SHINE: Affirm by the Spirit — The Power of Affirming Words

SHINE! … By the Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans

The Power of Affirming Words

© 2011 Tonya M. Evans

March 3, 2011

“I’m whole. Full circle. No separation.”

~ Tonya M. Evans (my daily affirmation in the neo-tradition of “six words” micro poetry)

So much has been made of positive affirmations. In this “law of attraction” and “prosperity preaching” day and age of spiritual awakening, the term has become at times overused to the point of being devoid of any real meaning or spiritual power. In fact, when affirmations emerge from the head (at the level of mind/thought) without any connection to God’s divine plan for one’s life (at the level of soul/Spirit), the words are relatively empty. They can at best only effect modest change (if that) because they rest on human power alone, rather than the combined force of our faith that the universe is “conspiring for our greatness,” a “knowing” born of our essential connection to the Creator’s omnipotent power.

But positive affirmation isn’t some airy fairy new age concept or magical incantation. Positive affirmation actually has its roots in the power of God’s words as demonstrated in the Biblical account of creation in Genesis when God spoke into existence the heavens and the earth, “… and it was good.” (Genesis 1). Jesus also demonstrated the power of positive affirmation when he cured terminal illness instantly, fed masses from scraps and moved mountains.

Other elevated spiritual leaders and texts from various religious traditions echo the same sentiments. So the universal spiritual basis for creating positive, healing outcomes by affirming love and life through words (those thought and those spoken) into every moment is without question.

Sowing positive affirmations into each moment is even more critical when one considers the number of negative thoughts we entertain on a regular basis. Psychology Today reports a startling statistic that we have anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 negative thoughts each day! This type of thinking is directly related to physical and mental illness of all kinds, from mild and acute to debilitating and chronic.

The modern day genesis of positive affirmation is traced back to Émile Coué, who coined the following affirmative phrase: ‎”Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.” Coué, known as the Father of Applied Conditioning, was a French psychologist and pharmacist who introduced a method of psychotherapy, healing, and self-improvement, based on autosuggestion or self-hypnosis. He developed a formula for healing physical illness by “optimistic autosuggestion.” His teaching achieved prominence in England and the United States in the 1920s.

Today, there are innumerable resources to teach and facilitate positive affirmation. But one needn’t have a shelf full of books on how to implement a particular affirmation technique. You can create your own affirmations tailor-made for your experience. The following is a little guidance to start you on your way. Your affirmations should:

  1. Consist of short sentences, written down.
  2. Focus on a special goal or outcome (with less attention to the actual steps … leave that to God who has an infinite view of your present situation and your ultimate spiritual destination!)
  3. Be spoken in the present tense.
  4. Incorporate positive words and avoid words like “don’t, not, no, can’t, won’t, never” etc. Basically, as Michael Losier advises in The Law of Attraction, state what you want rather than focusing too much time or attention on what you seek to avoid. [Listen to Losier and Oprah discussing The Law of Attraction]

Set aside 5 minutes in the morning, midday and before you go to sleep, to pray, meditate and reflect on your affirmations. Be present and mindful of any negative emotions that arise. If any do, breathe deeply through the feelings. Affirm that although you are sensing some resistance that suggests a disconnect, you invite Spirit in to bring clarity, calm and peace into your experience on the topic causing the negative emotion.

Positive affirmation is a way to set or re-set your intention and to connect fully and authentically with God so that you can experience your fullest potential and greatest self. An amazing life awaits you. The choice is yours. Affirm that you are complete, whole, loved, loving, deserving and enough. Know that your cup runneth over, that your needs are known and provided for, and that God wants the best for you not only in the “afterlife,” But right now. So affirm. SHINE!

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One Response

  1. Excellent! Right on time! Daily, we are assaulted with negative thoughts and vibes – the news, naysayers, others’ luggage,… It is critical to focus on the positive. And speaking affirmatively about what you want is very different from focusing on what you don’t want. We must do the former!
    This is a great way to “spring” into a new & better life!

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