Have positive affirmations stopped working for you? Or maybe they never actually did work for you and you think the whole idea is nonsense. Well, here’s the thing about positive affirmations. It’s not about the words you think or speak, but the feeling and, more importantly, the understanding behind the words. Mindlessly repeating “I have abundance” or “everything I seek is now seeking me” won’t get you very far. The Bible specifically cautions against “vain repetitions” (Matthew 6:7). Is that what your affirmations have become?
The key to using positive affirmations successfully is to really understand the spiritual meaning behind the words you’re saying. So if your affirmation is “I have abundance,” for example, think about what that sentence really means. Why do you have abundance? It’s because we live in an abundant universe. The Bible reminds us that “it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Your abundance is already complete in Divine Mind, it’s just seeking its own manifestation through you. What does it mean to you to have abundance?
When I think about that affirmation, I think about being fully supported by all of creation. There is nothing in opposition to Spirit because Spirit/God/Source is all there is. Therefore, there can’t be anything real to oppose my abundance.
The I AM that I am is the substance of the overflowing abundance of creation, and lacks nothing. As I contemplate all of the things behind that three word affirmation, I bring myself into alignment with the spiritual Truth behind it. And it’s that alignment and understanding, rather than the specific words you’re using, that opens you up to being a channel to experience whatever it is that you’re affirming.
The thing to remember is that you’re not creating anything with your affirmations that doesn’t already exist. Rather, you’re just acknowledging the existence of what already is and bringing it into your conscious awareness. The power that creates worlds has already completed whatever it is you’re seeking. You just need to bring yourself into alignment with that understanding. And as you do, you bring yourself into greater alignment with whatever it is that you’re affirming.
Another habit that can keep affirmations from working for you is if you’re affirming your good in one breath, and denying it the next. That can happen if you don’t fully believe the affirmations you’re making, or if one day you believe and the next day you’re in doubt. Or you might constantly be looking for whatever good it is that you’re affirming wondering why it hasn’t shown up. That, my friend, is a denial not an affirmation!
When you start looking for your good, that’s an automatic indication that you don’t believe you have it (otherwise you wouldn’t be looking, you’d recognize that it’s already yours), which is in direct contradiction to the affirmations you’ve been making. If you find yourself doubting, try this affirmative prayer for peace to bring you back to center.
Also pay attention to your limiting beliefs. You know you have them if the voices in your head are scoffing at the affirmations you’re saying. So sticking with the “I have abundance” example, if you repeat that and the voice in your head laughs and says “yeah, right – if I have abundance, where is it?” then you know you have a limiting belief somewhere that needs to be cleaned up.
Instead of brushing that limiting belief aside and pretending it’s not there, pay attention to it. Start a conversation with it . Find out why it’s there and understand what’s behind the belief. That’s the only way you’ll be able to fully release it once and for all – avoiding it or pretending it doesn’t exist won’t get you there. (I know, I’ve tried. It definitely doesn’t work!)
So, for example, if the voice in my head is saying “where is this abundance if you already have it,” then probe deeper to find out what the underlying belief is behind that. Do you believe there is a power separate and apart from Spirit that’s blocking your abundance? Do you believe you’re somehow unworthy or undeserving of your abundance? Is there something else going on? The voices in your head are a sign that something is ready to be healed within you, and you just need to do some honest digging to figure out what it is.
So while working with positive affirmations is a great way to bring yourself into alignment with all the good that is already yours, it’s also a wonderful way to identify and release those limiting beliefs that are holding you back. Just remember, it’s not about the exact words you use – it’s the understanding behind the words that is the key. When you understand why the affirmations you’re saying are actually true, then you’ll start to see results as you use them.