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WHY AFFIRMATIONS DON’T WORK

As I’m doing research for my latest novel, I’ve been reading about hypnosis, self-hypnosis, hypnotherapy, etc. One of the books I read called, Through the Open Door, Secrets to Self-Hypnosis, gave me some insight into why affirmations (for the most part) don’t work. The book explains that we have a barrier between our conscious and unconscious mind, a filter system that protects us from suggestions that may not be in our best interest.

“The anti-suggestive barrier is the part of the mind that ‘protects’ the unconscious from suggestions that seem to be dangerous…(however) this barrier does not always identify truly dangerous problems. It only repels what the mind has been conditioned to believe is dangerous. (It) rejects input…that is not consistent with what is already in the unconscious mind.”

This barrier is made up of three parts: logic, emotions, and ethics.

  • The logical barrier protects us from suggestions that don’t jive with our sense of logic.
  • The emotional barrier protects us from suggestions that may hinder our security or self-confidence.
  • The ethical barrier protects us from suggestions that go against our ethical beliefs or morals.

The goal then is to overcome or find resonance with these barriers to create inner harmony—thereby opening the unconscious mind to POSITIVE SUGGESTION. We can do that by constructing messages to ourselves that our unconscious mind will accept.

Of course the book is talking about self-hypnosis, so the person would be in a self-induced trance state when the suggestion is made, but I really believe this can also apply to what we tell ourselves on a daily basis.

With LOA teaching, we learn that we get what we expect, however expectation is a belief that lies primarily in our unconscious. That’s why there is so often a discrepancy between what we think we are thinking about (conscious desires) and what is coming to us (manifestations)

We have deeply rooted belief systems in our subconscious, forming a barrier that can negate conscious thoughts and affirmations. The good news is that when a statement does pass through into our unconscious mind it is immediately acted upon as truth and implemented into our experience.

Therefore when making affirmations:

  • Use statements of faith, which is certainty or knowledge that something is.  “I know that well-being flows and I am open to receive it.”
  • Use goal-directed language (words that imply the goal is becoming a reality)  “I am becoming more (clear, healthy, prosperous) all the time.”
  • Use present (or near future) tense. “I am content with what is and eager for more.” (Abraham-Hicks)
  •  Avoid statements that currently are not true (even though we’d like them to be)  “I have all the money I need.” I am perfectly healthy.”

For example, years ago I began saying, “I always get good parking spots.” I could feel the resistance around that. My logic barrier kept rejecting that statement because my experience had simply not proven it to be true. Then I took a different tactic. I suggested that since people are always coming and going (from the mall or any other busy venue) someone could be pulling out right now. That one got past my logic barrier and implemented a permanent deep-rooted belief that it’s easy to get a parking spot. Hence, I always get good parking spots

I use the same suggestion to get comfy seats at Starbucks. Works like a charm!

Money/abundance is an elusive desire for many people. We tend to use affirmations that get rejected such as, “I am abundant.” or “I have all the money I need.” or “Money is flowing to me.” Can’t you just hear the buzzer cutting you off before you even finish the statement? Again, that’s because our logic barrier rejects a statement that has no evidence to support it.

I’ve begun using statements such as: “Money is energy. (I believe that everything is made up of energy, so this statement gets past my barrier). Therefore, as energy it is constantly expanding, transforming, flowing, becoming. Because it is energy it naturally expands to fill any vessel that is open to receive it. 

The bottom line is to use affirmations/statements that have at least an element of truth that your mind will receive. Feel your way. If you make a statement that doesn’t feel good initially, it’s a waste of time to keep repeating it over and over. FInd a better one—one that will slip past the barriers of your unconscious mind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Guest Blog by Karen Money Williams

The following is a review of Emmet Fox’s “Power Through Constructive Thinking” by Karen Money Williams

One of my favorite inspirational books pre-Abraham was Emmet Fox’s Power Through Constructive Thinking. I highly recommend this insightful compilation of essays written from 1932-1940. Fox was a scientist, philosopher, and spiritual teacher who lectured widely about the power of the mind.

In Fox’s own words: “This book shows that your destiny is really in your own hands, because it is impossible to think one thing and produce another, and that by selection of correct thought a harmonious and happy life is produced.”

We Abers know, of course, that there is no “correct” or “incorrect” thoughts; the thoughts that serve us well FEEL GOOD when we think them. Conversely, the thoughts that don’t serve us well FEEL BAD. Despite his terminology, Fox exhibited time and again how well he understood that “thought is the key to life,” (as he states in the book’s introduction).

Wow, it’s easy to appreciate a guy like that.

I bought this book various times when I lived in Oregon. I would rave about it to friends, who then borrowed it and forgot to return it. No big deal. I was happy that others seemed to enjoy the essays as much as I did.

When our friend Waukena was leading a study of Power Through Constructive Thinking at a weekly book group held at Barnes & Noble, I happily bought the book again. I enjoy revisiting Fox’s words of wisdom, especially after now having eight years of Abraham-Hicks under my belt. I find that Fox and Honest Abe jibe in countless ways.

Fox finds a message about the power of thought to beckon from seemingly every page of the Bible. In spurts of creative and ecstatic analysis, he reveals the Bible to be a “vortex” through which spiritual truth and power flow. Whether his interpretations seem far-fetched or brilliant, he ever arrives at this place: the way out of every problem and the way into experiencing every conceivable form of “good” is by rebuilding our consciousness — changing our habits of thought.

Wherever anyone can manage to find that message is a wondrous thing, in my estimation.

When I first encountered Fox’s essay entitled “You Must Be Born Again,” I wondered where he was going with that! How on earth was he going to interpret those famous words that Jesus spoke to Nicodemus, the Jewish teacher who came to Jesus by night?

“This statement [‘You must be born again’]…is verily a textbook on metaphysics compressed into five words,” Fox asserts. Then he proceeds to explain that in order to go from a life of frustration to a life of thriving, we must be willing to “revise every opinion, every habit of thought, every policy…without any exception whatever.”

Fox clarifies: “This, of course, is something absolutely tremendous. It is no mere spring cleaning of the soul. It is nothing less than a wholesale tearing down and rebuilding of the entire house…” (p. 148)

“Whew, he knows the process!” I marveled, as I re-read these words.

Since learning, as Abraham says, it’s all about mental focus, I have systematically dismantled and rebuilt huge portions of my belief structure.

–I used to think that germs or toxins could make me sick. Now I know that they might be precipitating factors, but it’s all about my habits of thought.

–I once thought that calories or metabolism could make me pudgy. Now I know they might be catalysts, but it’s really about thoughts.

–I used to believe that a faulty or flawed government could undermine my well-being. Now I know that I can be safe and secure no matter what administration is in office providing I maintain happy habits of thought.

–I once feared that I could rendezvous with a natural (or un-natural!) disaster if I were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now I know that nothing occurs randomly and that consistently upbeat patterns of thought protect me day and night.

–I used to overemphasize “hard work,” thinking that it was through achievement that I could guarantee a sense of prosperity. Now I’m learning that I can accomplish SO much more with MUCH less effort if I simply take the time to “line up” my thoughts with the outcome I desire. (Hello, visualization.)

–I once felt like a perplexed victim of my own negative emotions. Now I understand that they are messages from my Inner Being concerning how I’ve been thinking, and I can move beyond any negative state by systematically choosing better-feeling thoughts.

I pause now to bask in appreciation of Emmet Fox. He held many pieces of life’s proverbial puzzle, and he awakened countless people to the power within their own minds. For me, he paved the way to meet up with Abraham-Hicks. And Abe showed me the way to truly be born anew – with every feel-good thought.

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