Affirmations – Magickal Guide

af·firm·a·tion | afərˈmāSH(ə)n
NOUN emotional support or encouragement
VERB the action or process of stating as a fact; assert strongly and publicly
declare one’s support for; uphold; defend

What are Affirmations?

The mind affects one’s actions far more than any other physical part of your body. It has the power help manifest dreams. Often, one can feel like there is an overwhelming negative force trying to prevent one from achieving set goals. Whether negative or positive affirmations work. No one wants negativity dominating their life. These short, powerful statements allow one to consciously be in control of their thoughts. An affirmation is carefully constructed to have the most impact. As they are repeated, they become the thoughts that shape one’s reality.

Affirmations make one more aware of their thoughts. Reaffirming positive affirmations helps one to control the negative thoughts that cloud one’s vision, purpose and achieving goals. Adding affirmations to daily life, making positive declarations assertively, stating as a truth will help the mind prioritize positivity over negativity.

Do Affirmations Work?

The mind affects one’s actions far more than any other physical part of your body. It has the power help manifest dreams. Often, one can feel like there is an overwhelming negative force trying to prevent one from achieving set goals. Whether negative or positive affirmations work. No one wants negativity dominating their life. These short, powerful statements allow one to consciously be in control of their thoughts. An affirmation is carefully constructed to have the most impact. As they are repeated, they become the thoughts that shape one’s reality.

Using Affirmations

Affirmations make one more aware of their thoughts. Reaffirming positive affirmations helps one to control the negative thoughts that cloud one’s vision, purpose and achieving goals. Adding affirmations to daily life, making positive declarations assertively, stating as a truth will help the mind prioritize positivity over negativity. Neuroplasticity the brain’s ability to modify, change, and adapt both structure and function throughout life and in response to experience, sheds some light on the factors that not only what make affirmations work, but how to make them more effective. Scientists once thought the brain stopped developing after the first few years of life. But new research has shown that the brain can form new neural pathways and create neurons even in adulthood. Here are some ways to promote neurogenesis and neuroplasticity in your brain:
  • Exercise for 30 minutes per day or meditation stimulates the production of new synapses; eating foods rich in flavonoids (cocoa and blueberries) and antioxidants (green tea) also helps with brain growth.
  • Calorie-restriction/fasting increases synaptic plasticity, promotes neuron growth, decreases risk of neurodegenerative diseases, and improves cognitive function according to the Society for Neuroscience. During fasting, a metabolic shift lowers the body’s leptin levels, a hormone produced by fat. As a result, the brain receives a chemical signal for neurons to produce more energy.
  • Traveling promotes neurogenesis by exposing your brain to new, novel, and complex environments. Paul Nussbaum, a neuropsychologist from the University of Pittsburgh explains, “Those new and challenging situations cause the brain to sprout dendrites.”
  • Mnemonic Devices and memory training promote connectivity in your brain’s prefrontal parietal network and can slow memory loss with age. Mnemonic devices are a form of memory training that combines visualization, imagery, spatial navigation, and rhythm and melody.
  • Learn an instrument, brain scans on musicians show heightened connectivity between brain regions. Neuroscientists explain that playing a musical instrument is an intense, multi-sensory experience. The association of motor actions with specific sounds and visual patterns leads to the formation of new neural networks.
  • Play music to promote neuroplasticity. It can improve movement and coordination and may help strengthen memory abilities, especially when combined with dance, art, gaming, or exercise.
  • Use your non-dominant hand to do simple tasks such as brushing your teeth, texting, or stirring your coffee/tea can help you form new neural pathways. These cognitive exercises, also known as “neurobics,” strengthen connectivity between your brain cells. Studies have also shown that non-dominant hand activities improve your emotional health and impulse control. Switch hands with simple tasks to give you brain a workout.
  • Read fiction study conducted over 19 consecutive days by Emory University showed increased and ongoing connectivity in the brains of participants after they all read the same novel. Enhanced brain activity was observed in the region that controls physical sensations and movement systems. The ability to shift into another mental state is a crucial skill for mastering the complex social relationships. Add some novels to your reading list for these extra brain benefits.
  • Expand your vocabulary, learning new words activates the brain’s visual and auditory processes (seeing and hearing a word) and memory processing. A small vocabulary is linked with poor cognitive efficiency in children, while an expansive vocabulary is an indicator of student success. Learn one new word each day to expand your vocabulary and give your brain a workout.
  • Be creative, whether it’s creating mosaics, jewelry, pottery, painting, or drawing, the combination of motor and cognitive processing will promote better brain connectivity. The enhanced connectivity of the brain at a resting state known as the “default mode network” (DMN). The DMN influences mental processes such as introspection, memory, and empathy. Engaging in art/creativity also strengthens the neural pathway that controls attention and focus.
  • Dancing increases neural connectivity because it forces you to integrate several brain functions at once –kinesthetic, rational, musical, and emotional. Dancing, especially free-style dancing and forms that don’t retrace memorized paths is a “decision-making process,” and is healthy for your brain. If you’re dancing with a partner, learning both “Lead” and “Follow” roles will increase your cognitive stimulation.
  • Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night. If you’re struggling to get a consistently good sleep, try creating a nightly ritual; going to bed at the same time; drinking some sleep-inducing tea; or making your room as dark as possible. Studies from NYU showed that sleep helps learning retention with the growth of dendritic spines, the tiny protrusions that connect brain cells and facilitates the passage of information across synapses.
  • Dare to daydream by creating a mental image of yourself doing something — like acing a nerve-wracking interview or conquering your fear of heights by bungee jumping — activates many of the same brain areas that experiencing these situations would.

Affirmations

Affirmations are positive statements that can help you to overcome self-sabotaging, negative thoughts. To use affirmations, first analyze the thoughts or behaviors that you’d like to change in your own life and career. Next, come up with positive, credible, and achievable affirmation statements that are the opposite of these thoughts. Repeat your affirmations several times a day, especially when you find yourself slipping into negative self-talk or engaging in negative behavior.

Remember that affirmations are most effective when you use them alongside other strategies, such as visualization and goal setting.

Creating Affirmations

Step 1: “I am…”
Beginning your affirmation with the words ‘I am’ makes it powerful. It uses language that gives your subconscious mind a command. Your mind then interprets it as a directive that it must follow through on.

Step 2: Use present tense
Speak about things as if you already have them. It helps your mind to visualize the outcome. For example, you can use ‘I have a beautiful beach house flooded with sunlight’ instead of ‘this year I am going to buy a beach house’.

Step 3: Speak about what you do want
Do not use negatives in your affirmation. Your subconscious mind does not recognize negatives. So, if you say, ‘don’t shut yourself off to new opportunities’, all your mind hears is ‘shut yourself off…’ Instead, try saying ‘I am open to new opportunities’.

Step 4: Keep it brief
Don’t write an essay. It is easier to remember something that that is short and snappy. Think “I naturally choose healthy foods”, rather than “I always choose healthy foods over junk food because I’m mindful of my health”.

Step 5: Be specific
Including a specific makes it easier for your mind to visualize the outcome. So instead of saying, ‘I will increase my income this year’, say ‘I am enjoying my $100,000 earnings this year’.

Step 6: Write it for you
Make sure your affirmations describe your own actions and not the actions of others.

Step 7: Make it mean something
Make sure your affirmation means something to you. It must be meaningful on all levels, speak to you and mindfully crafted.

Reinforcing Affirmations

Regular repetition of affirming statements can encourage your brain to take these positive affirmations as fact. When you truly believe you can do something, your actions often follow. Use affirmations in situations where you would like to see a positive change in your life. The key to combating negativity is using positive and meaningful affirmations. Affirmations are the strongest when reinforced in several forms.

Sigils – create a meaningful sigil or symbol and place where you will see it through out the day. When the sigil grabs your gaze repeat your affirmation.

Totems – use a crystal, charm, miniature, favorite pen, or other item to remind you of your intention throughout the day. Repeat your affirmation when you see/tough the item.

Visualization – picture yourself completing your goal or obtaining the desired results from your affirmation. Try to include all your senses in the visualization, colors, sounds, smells, taste, and touch.

Music – find a tune or song that you enjoy, you can think of your affirmation when you hear the song or change up the words to fit your affirmation.

Goal Setting – identify your goals and use positive affirmations to help you stay motivated.

Affirmation Examples

  • I am successful.
  • I am confident.
  • I am powerful.
  • I am strong.
  • I am getting better and better every day.
  • All I need is within me right now.
  • I wake up motivated.
  • I am an unstoppable force of nature.
  • I am a living, breathing example of motivation.
  • I am living with abundance.
  • I am having a positive and inspiring impact on the people I meet.
  • I am inspiring people through my work.
  • I’m rising above the thoughts that are trying to make me angry or afraid.
  • Today is a phenomenal day.
  • I am turning DOWN the volume of negativity in my life, while simultaneously turning UP the volume of positivity.
  • I am filled with focus.
  • I am not pushed by my problems; I am led by my dreams.
  • I am grateful for everything I have in my life.
  • I am independent and self-sufficient.
  • I can be whatever I want to be.
  • I am not defined by my past; I am driven by my future.
  • I use obstacles to motivate me to learn and grow.
  • Today will be a productive day.
  • I am intelligent and focused.
  • I feel more grateful each day.
  • I am getting healthier every day.
  • Every day, I am getting closer to achieving my goals.
  • Through the power of my thoughts and words, incredible transformations are happening in me and within my life right now.
  • I am constantly growing and evolving into a better person.
  • I’m freeing myself from all destructive doubt and fear.
  • I accept myself for who I am and create peace, power, and confidence of mind and of heart.
  • I am going to forgive myself and free myself. I deserve to forgive and be forgiven.
  • I am healing and strengthening every day.
  • I’ve made it through hard times before, and I’ve come out stronger and better because of them. I’m going to make it through this.
  • I do not waste away a single day of my life. I squeeze every ounce of value out of each of my days on this planet—today, tomorrow, and every day.
  • I must remember the incredible power I possess within me to achieve anything I desire.
  • I do not engage with people who try to penetrate my mind with unhelpful thoughts and ideas—I walk away when a person or a situation isn’t healthy for me.
  • I belong in this world; there are people that care about me and my worth.
  • My past might be ugly, but I am still beautiful.
  • I have made mistakes, but I will not let them define me.
  • My soul radiates from the inside and warms the souls of others.
  • I don’t compare myself to others. The only person I compare myself to is the person I was yesterday. And if the person I am today is even the tiniest bit better than the person I was yesterday—I’m meeting my own definition of success.
  • Note to self: I am going to make you so proud.
  • I finish what matters and let go of what does not.
  • I feed my spirit. I train my body. I focus my mind. This is my time.
  • My life has meaning. What I do has meaning. My actions are meaningful and inspiring.
  • What I have done today was the best I was able to do today. And for that, I am thankful.
  • One small positive thought in the morning can change my whole day. So, today I rise with a powerful thought to set the tone and allow success to reverberate through every moment of my day.
  • I set goals and go after them with all the determination I can muster. When I do this, my own skills and talents will take me to places that amaze me.
  • Happiness is a choice, and today I choose to be happy.
  • The magick in life surrounds and inspires me every day!
  • I create magick moments for myself, my family, and my friends.
  • I believe in fairies and unicorns. I believe in ultimate love and beauty and compassion, as well as joy and playfulness and celebration, and partake in these aspects of life, every moment.
  • Every day is filled with magickal happenings
  • I am in alignment with the source of all creation. I am fully supported, protected, and loved.
  • I am the conscious creator of my reality.

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