One Man's Affirmation is Another Man's Denial
By Thomas Lomax, Jr.
When I began my quest for abundance by using the power of my mind, I came across many different types of affirmations. One of them was put together by motivational speaker Anthony Robbins. He claims the following affirmation, which he called an incantation, helped him to become a millionaire in less than a year:
"God's wealth is circulating in my life. His wealth flows to me in avalanches of abundance. All my needs, desires and goals are met instantaneously. For, I am One with God, and God is everything."
What a great affirmation, huh? So, I immediately began to repeat it... last thing at night, first thing in the morning, and, all throughout the day. I mean, it worked for him, right? But, I noticed that, within myself, something wasn't quite right.
Also, my research had taught me that you should begin to see some kind of indication that an affirmation is working within 7-10 days. If nothing's happening, it could be that you've chosen the wrong affirmation. That seemed to be what my intuition was telling me was true here. So, I decided to break it down and see what it was I was really saying.
First, here's what Tony Robbins probably heard in his subconscious:
"The Infinite Intelligence behind all manifestation is flowing Its abundance into all areas of my life. This abundance is flowing to me greatly. Whatever I need or desire is already mine to claim because Infinite Intelligence operates outside of time and in the Universal Now. And, I, Tony, am a part of this Intelligence because It is All There Is."
Wow! That's really powerful, isn't it? No wonder he got rich pretty quick. However, when I said this same affirmation, here's what my subconscious heard:
"The One who will judge my soul for all eternity has been kind enough to bless me daily. His wealth, which is his not mine, is visible all around me. My needs are mostly met, but certainly not all my selfish desires. Because, I am a sinner and, in truth, separated from God."
That's a very different affirmation, isn't it? Is it any wonder I didn't feel like riches were coming my way after saying that? So, what I learned was, when you say an affirmation, you have two options if you want to be successful with it:
- The words you say must resonate, on some level, with what you already believe, or can easily come to believe. You have to find a way to state your goals and desires so as to create very little, if any, disagreement with ideas you hold to be true. This, needless to say, is quite an art.
- Your beliefs need to be changed so as to be compatible with your new goals. This, ironically, is one of the reasons people take up affirmations. They want to use them to re-program themselves. Other options are hypnosis or some form of therapy (talk, energy, or body-centered).
It's important to understand this because affirmations, when properly constructed, naturally and automatically lead to visualization, a necessary component in reality creation. It's also important because one of the main reasons affirmations fail to work as desired is that they create some kind of internal conflict. As soon as you say something, an objection to it arises. So, what you really end up affirming is the objection, which is usually related to a deep-seated belief that has prohibited what you're affirming from manifesting in the first place.
So, have patience and practice wording your affirmations in ways that will bring you want you want, and, at the same time, not raise any argument from your ever vigilant subconscious mind.
Copyright © 2008 Thomas Lomax, Jr.
Thomas Lomax has been studying and using affirmations for the past 21 years. He's studied the teachings of African, Tibetan, Chinese and Indian spiritual systems; European and American esoteric Brotherhoods; and the disciplines of NLP, EFT, REBT and a host of other acronyms. Just two years ago he discovered some really powerful information and finally learned how to have almost 100% success with affirmations. These methods make it very much easier to achieve what Thomas has described in the article above: to be completely congruent with one's affirmations at a Subconscious level. You can learn and apply these secrets for yourself here...
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