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The Affirmations of Life

I was reflecting the other day on how well some of my favorite affirmations have served me …

From the time I was new in the coaching business affirming that “I am a brilliant coach in high demand,” to the one for amplifying financial abundance (“Holy sh*t, I make a lot of money!”) to the one I use lately that “I am the best there is and I get better at it every day.”

(Yes, that latest one feels audacious, but so did the brilliant coach in high demand version at first. It’s that willingness to claim it (and feel it) regularly that makes it so.)

I thought it was smart of me to pick such bold statements to build my life on. They have served me well, and continue to do so!

But the truth is those aren’t the only affirmations of my life.

Because those aren’t the only thoughts that get regular air time with me.

In the past I was known to overuse a couple of other affirmations that went something like:

  • “What a jerk!” (predominantly in my love life)
  • “This isn’t right.” (featuring in hired help)
  • “Uh oh.” (that one got spread everywhere)

as well as the one that continues to plague me: “f*$%ing cats.”

(I’m so well known for that one that my friend said it for me last night when I held up the broken baby succulent that Merlin had just clobbered.)

I used to inadvertently employ “What’s wrong with people?!” on a regular basis (inspired by time volunteering in animal rescue) until I realized I was manifesting some seriously messed up situations with that one.

I used to say, “It figures” regularly until I realized how that vibrational instruction was manifesting.

Now I’m more likely to say something along the lines of “Even better!” and lots and lots of “thank you”s.

If you think about the people you’re close to, you probably know their favorite affirmations, too … phrases they’re known for or sentiments that if you repeated everyone would know who you were quoting.

How about your own most-engaged affirmations?

I mean, most of us conscious creators have at least a few well-chosen, carefully worded statements designed to acclimate us to a desired outcome …

But what about the thoughts that run unchecked that might not be as helpful?

It’s the day-in day-out thoughts that form the basis for the lives we create.

One I Am statement repeated once a day can’t override hundreds of counter-thoughts throughout the day, no matter how powerful it is.

It’s worth making sure your most common thoughts aren’t holding up your manifesting party, because I suspect I’m not the only one who has a combination of well-crafted affirmations along with knee-jerk thoughts that contradict my instruction for the good life.

This is your invitation to get clear on what your top affirmations really are and replace anything that deserves an upgrade.

(Wish me luck with the cats!)

In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you discover about your own day-in day-out affirmations in the comments …

  • August 10, 2018

How Often to Repeat Affirmations?

This manifesting question comes up often, so I thought it’d be worth all of us addressing it here.

The question is: when using affirmations (or even setting intentions), how often are you supposed to repeat them?

Is it a once and done sort of thing? Or is it best to repeat them regularly?

Some law of attraction teachers say, “Set it and forget it” and that the power is in “letting go.”

Others say you have to be persistent and patient in creating a new dominant vibration for Universe to answer.

If repetition is good, then how much? Daily? Multiple times a day?

What’s the best practice?

This question comes from both experienced manifestors as well as those new to conscious creation. And they wonder it about both affirmations and intentions.

I’ll share my two cents in the comments, and would love to hear from you as well.

What have you practiced, and how has that served you?

Thanks in advance for your input!

  • October 15, 2017

Evolution of an Affirmation

I Say the Words: Evolution of an AffirmationI say the words and they feel ridiculous. Impossible even.
But I know how this works …
I keep saying the words.
I say the words and they feel far away.
I keep saying the words.
I say the words and my gremlin tells why it can’t be so; why this can only end in disappointment.
I keep saying the words.
I say the words and they begin to feel familiar. I’m getting used to the idea.
I keep saying the words.
I say the words and they start to feel possible. Belief is taking root.
I keep saying the words.
I say the words and they feel within reach. This might happen.
I keep saying the words.
I say the words and they begin to animate my being. The words come to life within me.
I keep saying the words.
I say the words and they’re no longer just words. They’re an energy that fulfills itself.
I keep saying the words.
I say the words and they are what is. These words are serving me well.
I keep saying the words.
Until one day, I find new words.
They feel ridiculous. Impossible even.
I keep saying the words.

* * * * * * * *

The above little ditty is what came to mind after Michel Marcellot wrote these wise words on my facebook page:

Telling ourselves a different story is not a simple as it sounds. That story has to become the background software, the underlying theme song to our lives. Not just the conscious voice over.
In my view this is what controls the manifesting mechanism.

Miche asked: “How do we get the new story to percolate down through the conscious to the subconscious?”
This is one way I do it. I keep saying the words.
How do you make a new story the underlying theme song in your life?

  • March 23, 2015

The Affirmations Solution

Ever been stuck with noisy gremlins spoiling your manifesting party? Namaste Faustino shares inspired solutions in today’s guest post. Enjoy!
Release TechniquesHave you ever said an affirmation like, “I always have more than enough money” and your mind says, “No, you don’t”?
Have you ever made a vision board, including something like a new car, dream vacation, or a million dollars and the voice in your head said, “This never works”?
Have you ever done a visualization of meeting your soul mate and your mind said, “Yeah, right”?
Well, I’ve got some good news. A solution has been found!
I was listening to an audio interview with Bob Doyle, who is the creator of the Wealth Beyond Reason Program and a featured teacher in the movie The Secret. What he said about fixing these problems is brilliant.
I’ll use affirmations in the following example to illustrate his solution, but keep in mind it applies to vision boards and visualizing techniques too.
If you’ve been doing self-development for any amount of time you’ve run across a teacher’s advice to “affirm what you want, which will result in those desires coming into your life.”
Examples of some common affirmations would be ….

  • Money flows easily and effortlessly to me.
  • I’m in the best shape of my life and I love my body.
  • My soul mate and I are destined to be together.

A tiny portion of the population will say affirmations like these, feel good and just like the teacher suggested, results are achieved.
Most people however say an affirmation like the ones above and immediately the voice in their heads says, “Yeah, right! Who are you kidding?”
Now the self-development teacher said this would happen and explained to the person that she just needs to keep saying it over and over until her mind agrees. This might work for a few but the vast majority end up giving up because their minds always say, “Yeah right” after saying the affirmation, no matter how many times they say it.
Now here’s what Bob Doyle figured out that’s brilliant.
He said, “When your mind says, “Yeah right” you’re encountering resistance. Probably a limiting belief of some kind you hold. Don’t waste time trying to hammer the affirmation into your mind, now is the time to use your favorite resistance releasing technique!
What’s a resistance releasing technique?
It’s a technique designed to release your resistance to the affirmation (the luxury car you are putting on your vision board, dream job you are visualizing yourself having) so that you can allow it into your life. After using the resistance releasing technique, you’ll find that you say the affirmation and instead of your mind saying, “Yeah right” it will be happy and accepting of it. Problem solved and get ready for the results, baby!
There are a lot of resistance releasing techniques, you just have to find one that works for you.
Some examples are …
Emotional Freedom Technique
This is a method where you tap your fingers in different areas of the body to release resistance. It might sound hokey, but there is something to it. Too many people report amazing results after getting over their initial skepticism.
I discovered this method in my early 30’s. I’d been attempting to manifest the woman of my dreams for over a year and I was getting zero results. I kept rechecking my manifesting process and each time I confirmed I was doing everything right. Finally I realized that if I was doing everything right, it couldn’t be that the law of attraction wasn’t working, it had to be me.
So I asked myself, “Why wouldn’t I want the woman of my dreams to show up in my life?” To my complete surprise I wrote down reason after reason why not. It took some time but I came up with solutions to all those reasons.
Within four weeks of coming up with the last solution, I had four woman show up in my life, when I couldn’t get a date for a year. One of those women became my girlfriend, she helped me clarify my desires even more, and then the woman of my dreams showed up.
This experience taught me that the only reason something you want does not show up, is because your “want” is mixed with “don’t wants” (i.e. resistance). Get rid of the “don’t wants,” so you are left with “pure want” and watch how fast things manifest. This is my favorite resistance releasing technique, if you have questions about it, feel free to ask.
Not affirmations, that wasn’t a misspelling, afformations were created by Noah Saint John. The idea is that instead of saying an affirmation like, “I am a millionaire” which your mind rejects, you turn it into a question, “Why am I going to be a millionaire?” which cause your mind to start finding answers, answers that your mind won’t reject and cause resistance to because they are true.
Bob’s solution is brilliant! I’m all about releasing resistance when manifesting, it just never occurred to me to use releasing techniques in conjunction with affirmations, dream boards, or visualizing.
I’ve done a ton of vision boards. And I’ve gotten a lot of great results. But I had definitely not gotten some of the things I’ve put on there time and time again. When I update my vision board next time, instead of putting something on there that makes me think, “Didn’t show up last time, probably won’t this time” I’ll use my favorite resistant releasing technique. Then when I put it on, it will feel good to see it every day because I will expect it to show up. I love it!
Namaste Faustino learned about the law of attraction from the Rosicrucians (amorc.org) when he was eight years old. Initially skeptical, he tried out the law of attraction technique and manifested a little red radio. After that he was hooked and over the past 29 years has consciously created cash, trips, girlfriends, a diamond and even a millionaire mentor. Connect with Namaste on Facebook.

  • May 27, 2014

Money Mantra Success Stories

Money Mantra
Here’s Maggie McReynolds on how she used a money mantra to manifest $5,000 in new business:

A fellow coach told us about one of her clients who was in a financial crunch who set the intention “I create wealth” every morning for several days.
After that, she found out her holiday bonus was coming to her a month early – and her ex-husband called to say there’d been a mix up in the divorce dispersal, and he owed her money.
All told, she gained thousands of unexpected dollars.
So I decided to try this for myself when I got a new laptop this summer.
I thought if I made “I create wealth” the password to unlock my keyboard, I would by default think the thought every morning.
Except I put a bunch of numbers and symbols in it.
Four months of using it, and nothing happened.
Business tanking. Few to no clients. Despair. (Or at least lots of lizard fear.)
Then I got an idea to re-frame my practice. (I had been doing work that was sort of gratifying but not even a little bit joyful for me.) I decided to use my 30 years of writing/editing experience to shift to coaching others to find their authentic voice, tell their stories compellingly, and find the joy in writing.
At the same time, I realized I had this password in code – and that I wasn’t actually even thinking the thought, let alone saying it.
So I began saying “I create wealth” out loud every day.
Within a week, I had $5,000 of new business.

Woo hoo for Maggie! I love that story.  🙂
If you don’t already use a wealth affirmation and would like more financial abundance, Maggie’s example is an inspiring reason to pick one up.
I suspect her new focus in leaving work she didn’t love was also instrumental in letting money in. Which is no surprise! That’s what happens when we start affirming a new reality for ourselves – we get new ideas and inspirations that (when we act on them) help make that affirmation true.
Lots of great tips to pick up from her story! Thanks for sharing it with us, Maggie.
If you’ve got a wealth affirmation you enjoy using, please share it with us! I’ll include my latest money mantra in the comments, too …
PS – if you’re looking for a more time-tested and traditional money mantra, that’s over here.

  • December 9, 2012