What Are Positive Affirmations?

Learn to use the power of positive affirmations in your own life! 

We all have a constant stream of thoughts going through our minds. Often the thoughts are about what we don’t like about our life, and most of the time we’re not even truly conscious of these thoughts,  yet they are creating our future experiences! Consciously practicing affirmations is a way to re-train your mind to think differently and to focus on what you want. Louise Hay is one of the modern pioneers in the use of affirmations to make dramatic changes in your life!

Affirmations are positive, present tense and personal. For example, if you are not happy with the job that you have, you could create an affirmation like this: 

I am working in a career that I love, with wonderful co-workers and an excellent salary.

You can create positive affirmations for any area of your life you want to improve, whether finances, health, career, relationships or self-esteem.. Follow the links in the examples of affirmations for more..

What are the principles for creating powerful affirmations?

There are 8 principles. The playful image of “ordering from the cosmic kitchen” is used to remind you to have fun with this process!

1. Decide what you want.  
Get a notebook, journal, or just a piece of paper and start writing down what you want: better health, more slender body, increased prosperity, greater self-acceptance, a new job, etc. 

2. Make sure your affirmations are positive, present tense, and personal.  
Use words like “I have… I receive…I am…”

3. Include words that convey positive, energetic feelings. 
“It’s fantastic that… I am delighted to…….I am so happy and excited that….” 
The Universe responds to your FEELINGS along with your words.

4. Let go of your timeline and trust the timing for delivery of your cosmic orders. 
You may think you’re ready for that romantic relationship, but the Universe knows that your perfect partner has some more development to go through before you meet. So be patient! Trust the process. 

5. Let the Cosmic Chef decide HOW your affirmations will be fulfilled. 
When you set a goal, you create a list of tasks to get you to the goal. In contrast, with affirmations, you say and feel them with faith and then let them go. Often your order will be fulfilled in ways you could not have imagined!

6. Allow your Inner Wisdom to guide you in the right balance between action and allowing.  
There are times when you can just say your affirmations and what you want will manifest with no effort on your part. At other times, there will be some action by you needed. Let your Inner Wisdom guide you. 

7. Believe that you deserve a wonderful life. 
This one may require some affirmations by itself! Too often, people carry feelings of “not deserving” because that’s what they were taught in childhood. Be willing to believe that you deserve a wonderful life!

8. Feel gratitude to the Universe and the Cosmic Chef for fulfilling your orders in the most miraculous way! 
Gratitude send our a powerful positive energy with our affirmations. It’s a heart based feeling and also helps you feel trust and faith in the results of your affirmations. 

Why do affirmations work?

Affirmations work because your thoughts are not contained in that physical structure we call the brain. We are all connected (yes, all) in Divine Mind, Unlimited Potential, God, whatever you want to call It. Your thoughts, whether they are positive or negative, are an energy that connects to the universal consciousness, the Cosmic Kitchen and Chef, and the Law of Attraction that brings your orders to you. A simple example: have you ever thought of a friend you haven’t seen in a while and within a few days your friend either calls you unexpectedly or you see each other at the grocery store? You used an affirmation- thinking about your friend- without even realizing it. Affirmations are energized even more with positive feelings, so practice FEELING your affirmations as though they are already a reality!

Examples of affirmations

I am deserving of a wonderful life. I now consciously create the life of my dreams!

I easily create the ideal food and exercise plan so I  
achieve my ideal weight.  

I receive an abundance of love from my friends and family. 

I love and approve of myself. I am always doing the best I can. 

I am healthy, wealthy, and wise.

My income is constantly increasing. 

I’m having a love affair with life! 

My body is strong and healthy and every cell is alive with health and energy. 

I am delighted to be using my talents and abilities in my ideal career position!  

I now know and follow the Divine Plan for my life. 

I trust my Inner Wisdom, knowing that all the answers are within me. 

 

Common questions about affirmations and cosmic orders:

How many orders can I give the kitchen at any one time?

Unlike a regular kitchen, the Cosmic Kitchen can handle an infinite number of orders at any one time. It doesn’t matter how many other people are putting in their orders or how many you have; it can respond to all of them. The real question is: how many do YOU feel comfortable with? You can write out as many affirmations as you want, and then just allow the Universe to act on them.

How often do I need to say or think my affirmations ?

When it comes to affirmations, once is actually enough if your belief is strong enough. However, most people find that by saying their affirmations on a daily basis, they reinforce the new beliefs for themselves. Discover what is comfortable for you.

How can I check on my order to see if it’s really been prepared?

Please go back and re-read basic principle #4. The operative word here is TRUST. Have you ever gone to the kitchen in a restaurant to check on your order? (OK, so a few of you Type A’s have, but most of us are more patient than that.) Pressuring the chef in a restaurant or complaining to the waitress may speed up service, but it doesn’t work with the Cosmic Kitchen! There is a timing that is perfect for preparing and delivering your order.

Here’s another analogy: when you plant seeds in your garden, you know you need to water, fertilize, and weed around them. You don’t go pulling the seeds up every few days to check and see if they’re growing. In the same way, you want to lightly think and FEEL that your affirmations are a reality and go about your daily business with joy and trust, because you know that you are always supported by Spirit.

Can you do affirmations for others?

Sometimes. If you and another person agree on an affirmation for her/him, it’s OK. For example, your partner is looking for a new job, and you are both affirming, “______ has the perfect new job,” that’s fine. Or, you may be affirming with a friend for her vibrant health and vitality. However, you can’t try and control others with affirmations. If you have a disagreeable boss, rather than thinking he’s found another job, affirm “I always have a good relationship with my boss.” Remember to focus on the result you want for yourself.

Why don’t orders always get fulfilled?

The Law of Attraction always fulfills your orders, even though it may not seem like it. If you don’t feel deserving of what you want or you have inconsistent feelings about what you want, the Law of Attraction will give you the order with the strongest feelings. Let’s say you are affirming for a new job paying a lot more than you’re making right now. But the order isn’t completely clear, because you’re also thinking you’ll have to work a lot harder at the new job, and you don’t want to do that. Until you get clear, the new job can’t be delivered. You could affirm “I have a fabulous new job making $_______ a year, working less than I do now, and having more fun.”

If you’re ill and getting well will mean resuming some responsibilities you don’t want, you will continue to attract illness. If you are affirming for a relationship, but you’re actually fearful of having one, it won’t manifest.

When I was administering wellness worksite programs, I thought I would affirm to lead stress reduction programs as a consultant and make a lot of money. It never happened, for two reasons. First of all, the motivation to just “make a lot of money” doesn’t fit with my values, and second, I really wanted to share spiritual ideas and my own (limiting) thought was that I couldn’t do that in the corporate world. Now, I’m clear that I can offer spiritual principles anywhere, be of service to people wherever I give my programs, and be prosperous.

Why do some things happen that I DON’T want to happen?

If you send out a strong message, I DON’T WANT……, it’s the same as sending out a strong message I DO WANT… Try this: Don’t think about a pink elephant. The image that immediately pops into your mind is a pink elephant, right? Your unconscious mind doesn’t process the “don’t.” When you say I DON’T, the image of what you don’t want goes to the Cosmic Kitchen. Now stay calm—you don’t need to start worrying about every random thought. It’s the energy and the repetition that are important. Just pay attention to your thoughts and feelings: change the “I don’t wants…” to think about what you DO want.

 

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