How Do Affirmations Really Work?
Affirmations should be viewed as a tool, and not a bandage or a simple optimistic declaration to make your wish come true. No one has a genie, unless you are staring at the bottom of a tequila bottle. For affirmations to truly work, there is a considerable amount to be done before the utterance of an affirmation will even begin to take shape.
If affirmations are seeds to be planted in your heart and mind, then you must wait for them to sprout and flourish. However, the most critical step people ignore is on the type of land you are planting these seeds.
Many proponents of affirmations suggest by simply repetitiously proclaiming your desires, they will not only manifest, but also replace the negative thoughts.
This is where I take issue.
The negative thoughts are the reasons you have not actualized your desires. Throwing fresh seeds on top of old, dried, unfruitful seeds will never yield success. By casting about positive seeds indiscriminately into your untended mental landscape is will only lead to frustration…because your affirmations aren’t working.
If you are saying affirmations to bring about a life change, are you planting these seeds on fertile soil or a plot of land dominated by weeds? If you have a yard full of weeds and trash, but you want a lawn manicured like of a golf course, how would you go about achieving this? Would you through grass seeds on the lot of littered land?
No, you would first clear any litter, dig up the weeds, possibly add new soil, wait for the rain to moisten the soil, then scatter the seeds. Once this is done you must continually water and nurture this land, carefully tending to it until you see the promise of sprouting.
Once the grass has full grown in, you will prune and nurture the lawn, to maintain it and realize its ultimate beauty.
This is likened to the process of planting the seeds of positive affirmations.
You cannot even grasps seeds of love with a heart full of hate, let alone plant those seeds in your mind. You cannot plant seeds of prosperity in a mindset of deprivation. You cannot plant seeds of leadership in a resistant mind.
You must first begin the clear your minds of the negative thoughts that stand in the way of you getting what you want. Because in essence, if your heart and mind was truly ready for what your affirmation calls for, it would have already flourished, so there is a reason why it hasn’t flourished.
You cannot claim to be a bestselling author if you are too afraid to approach the page, avoid criticism, or carry the load of many rejections.
You cannot claim a husband and children if you are afraid of relationships, have not released the injuries of past loves, or have not dared to explore what love really means.
Nor can you become a leader in your spiritual community if you are not upright in your beliefs, open to the spiritual conflicts with yourself and others, and are not ready to lead yourself.
Your heart and mind must be open in order to receive the manifestations of your affirmations.