How to Use Affirmations

Affirmations Help Us Erase Negative Beliefs

Another powerful tool to use when stuck in negative energy/thoughts.

Realize we affirm all the time

Use affirmations in spiritual practice to align with your intention. We affirm all of the time. Every belief we have we affirm and reinforce it by thinking and searching out proof of its reality in the world. When we believe city streets are unsafe at night, we notice all the news reports that reveal violence at night.) Our chosen thoughts affirm our beliefs.

Discover the negative beliefs

One of the simple ways of finding out what your negative beliefs are is to make a list of 50 affirmations. Next, start affirming. E.g., say, “I am peaceful.” Feel it. Of course, if you believed it, you would not need to affirm it.

Then listen

Saying it is much like dropping a rock into a still pond. You make lots of inner waves (in your belief system).

The waves are from all the times you haven’t been a peaceful person, all the parts that do not believe in your peacefulness, all the parts of you that are still guilty, or that show you that this is not always true.

Can you see how having both the old and the new positive belief will bring out a feeling of resistance and confusion in your self?

How then do you successfully affirm?

  • Say the affirmation
  • Wait for the negative statements to arise (“I can’t; I won’t; it’ll never happen; it’s too easy,” and so on.)
  • Use a tool to release the negativity, such as Tapping Therapy, or Surrendering. These two are offered in the Tools section of my book, At Your Heart’s Pace
  • Say the affirmation and/or write it out. Feel for any negative emotions or thoughts. It is just lovely to say the positive affirmation when you are clear of doubt and fear.
  • When you can say it with clarity and no negative feelings, the affirmation will be accepted by your consciousness.

Enjoy more success with your affirmations.

Peace to you.

Read transcript:

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Hello and welcome, I am Ellen Sutherland and we are Being Spiritual.

I wanted to carry on with (offering) another tool. We have been talking about Tapping Therapy and now let us talk about affirmations. I have four tools that are offered in my book: At Your Heart’s Pace and Affirmations is one of them.

Why affirmations in a book about spiritual practice? Really, it is to help you realize that we affirm all of the time. Pretty much every belief is affirmed by looking into the world to confirm our beliefs and how we think, reaffirms it. Every thought is constantly affirming.

When we talk about affirmations, what we mean is new, positive things (thoughts) that we want to supplant. We want to supplant what is already in there. We want to erase the old one and put in another one. Put in one that is usually positive – always positive when you are on a spiritual path – something that is uplifting and positive.

We may have a belief, a negative self-talk expression that comes from a belief about who we think we are. We want to find that belief, erase it, then put in a new one.

One of the simple ways of finding out what your negative beliefs are is to make a list of 50 affirmations and just start affirming. Because you make an affirmation e.g., “I am peaceful. I am peaceful,” and you just drop it into your consciousness, “I am Peaceful,” just feel it. It is just lovely to say that.

Then listen. It is just like dropping a rock into a still pond. You are making lots of waves (in your belief system). The waves are from all the times you haven’t been a peaceful person, all the parts that do not believe in your peacefulness, all the parts of you that are still guilty, or that show you that this is not always true.

Those are the parts, if you remember from tapping therapy when we had psychological reversal process and we would tap on the karate chop point to reverse, to stop resisting the negative beliefs back there. Well, as you put a positive belief into your consciousness up comes all the parts of you that do not believe it, the negative beliefs.

You can use tapping therapy to tap it away. Say, “Even though I believe that I am not a peaceful person; I’ll never be really peaceful; I’ll just be peaceful sometimes,” or, “Even though I believe that because I did some bad thing in the past, I don’t deserve to be peaceful…” Whatever it is, you will find out. Just drop it (the affirmation) into consciousness, and up it (the negative belief) will pop.

Then you can tap out this belief, (shows tapping sequence) this negative belief, which will release and help you let go of this negative belief. You can also just surrender it. Just decide to let it go.

Decide that you really want this new affirmation, so that you are not suppressing (the negative belief.)
This is what happens when affirming. By putting in a new affirmation, you will often suppress the old one. (You may think to yourself) “I can’t acknowledge that, I want this new one.” So you are in an (inner) battle and resistance always causes a reaction or counter-resistance, so that there is a war that is happening. If you are putting in a peaceful, positive affirmation or a joyful, positive affirmation, some kind of new affirmation that supplants or intends to erase the old one, you do not want to be in a war.

Notice what is in there after you put your affirmation out. Let it go, whatever way you choose to let it go; tapping, releasing, surrendering it to God; praying, whatever. Just let it go.

Then say your affirmation again. If you notice anything coming up again, grab hold of it, give it over to Holy Spirit, surrender it to the light, whatever your practice, your way is up to you. It is no longer hidden in the darkness of you, it is brought up, and there it is.

You take that shadow and deal with it, do whatever you will with it. Then your affirmations are clear. Then when you say, “I am peaceful. I am joyful,” whatever your affirmation is, it feels honest and true and the way is open for that (affirmation) to be more and more possible and probable.

I hope that is helpful for you, so you can practice it. So (first) you affirm. Write out your affirmation if you like or say it. Wait to hear what is inside you that do not believe it. Bring that piece up, bring that negative belief up, and deal with it as you do. You can tap it out. You can surrender it. You can release it. You can give it to God; then do your affirmation and it will feel pristine, pure, and lovely.

I hope that is helpful. Peace to you.

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Ellen Sutherland shares her work through her sites: http://www.beingspiritual.com, http://www.ellensutherland.com and her book: "At Your Heart's Pace",
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2 Responses to How to Use Affirmations

  1. Geraldine says:

    Wow, that’s a really clever way of thinking about it!

  2. Roby says:

    That’s the best answer of all time! IMHO

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