27 Nov 2012

What are Affirmations?

What are affirmations? How can you use them for healing? Affirmations are statements composed of positive words structured in the present or past tense. They are no less than mantras if chanted with as much fervour and conviction. Affirmations release a great amount of energy because every word chanted or uttered vibrates with positive energy. Thus when a group of empowering words are put together, the results are bound to be effective and influential. You must take affirmations seriously, and not treat them as some silly ditty if you want to take the best advantage of these. 

It is strongly recommended to spiritualise your affirmations at least once during the day, by chanting them in a place where you will be undisturbed for a while, as when you say your prayers. Sit before an altar, light an oil lamp, burn some incense-sticks. Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, bring your attention to your heart chakra or your third-eye chakra and visualize a light in that area. Never mind the colour of the light; whatever is right for you, will come naturally to you at that time. Now with your mind centred on the light, you will start your chanting. Start slowly expressing each word with feeling and emotion. Gradually increase your speed as you increase your repetitions. Do this for five minutes to start with. You can increase your practice gradually from ten to fifteen minutes, or to the duration that is convenient to you. nevertheless, over and above this daily ritual, you could also repeat them hundred or more times during the day while doing chores, travelling, going for walks or whatever else you do that does not require your concentration. Affirmations can be chanted, sung, recited or intoned. Nevertheless, in whichever way you choose to use them you have to practice with complete faith; half-hearted and mindless chanting is useless and a waste of time and energy. Feel the joy when you chant your affirmations. Constant repetition impresses upon the mind and forms new thought-patterns. The signals sent out by these patterns are then picked up by your physical brain, which in turn sends out commands to your cells and molecules to function accordingly and to bring about the desired results.

Affirmations can be used for general well-being, spiritual empowerment and to heal any physical ailment. But, a word of caution here: always end your affirmations with “if it is for the highest good for all.” This is because, often your soul needs to go through physical difficulties for the sake of purification and spiritual development; they are the karmas, which one needs to settle. Karmas are the reason why the soul reincarnates into this world, and you must make sure that you do not interfere with these. You will stand to gain much if you live in accordance with the Universal Laws, and go through life with a quiet acceptance with all that your soul needs to go through as per the divine Plan.

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