Updated: Apr 23
Positive affirmations are a tool that you can use to reprogram your mind. Somewhere along the way you bought an idea that does not serve you for your highest good. No matter where you heard it, whether it was the media, from someone you know, or a thought that came in to your mind, the negative idea is not the truth, but when you believe in it, then it becomes your reality.
To combat negative ideas and programming about life, yourself and the world around you, you have to retrain your brain to think differently.
The 1st step is when you find yourself thinking these negative things is to recognize it. The 2nd step is to decide to change the thought into something positive. The 3rd step is to repeat the positive affirmation to yourself several times. The affirmations are the most effective when done in a meditative state on a daily basis. Even if done outside of meditation, the positive affirmations will still work. Consistency is key. To be highly effective, repeat the positive affirmation every time you notice you are thinking the negative thought.
Thinking positive does not mean that you are living in a fantasy world. You cannot say to yourself that you can fly, and then jump off a building. Rather this applies to ideas. For example, if you do not think you can do something, like cooking for instance, then you will probably not be very good at cooking. However if you start saying "I am a good cook", the likelihood of you using a cookbook and teaching yourself how to cook, or taking a cooking class and actually becoming a good cook, greatly increases. Notice that action is required. An affirmation without action is not usually very effective.
Let's look at some scriptures:
"As someone thinks within himself, so he is."
- Proverbs 23:7
"I can do all things through him who strengthens me."
- Phil 4:13
“Let the Spirit change your way of thinking.”
- Ephesians 4:23
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things."
- Philippians 4:8
"Do not copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."
- Romans 12:2
"God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."
- 2 Tim. 1: 7
“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”
“The mind is susceptible to suggestions. It learns whatever you teach it.”
- Swami Brahmananda
So you see that it starts in your mind. Whatever you think and believe gives power to it and manifests in your reality since you act consistent with it. Choose carefully, deliberately and follow up with action. With effort you can transform your life!
God bless you, have a great week and Namaste.
Rev. S. Castle