doing affirmations "the right way"
Many people write down affirmations on a piece of paper or on post-it notes and stick them up everywhere. Affirmations like
- I am beautiful
- I am smart
- I am confident
- I am successful
- I am rich
- I am resourceful
and so on. Will this help? Will this "reprogram" the subconscious mind? Yes, but only if it´s done the "right way".
Some people claim affirmations don’t work at all. It´s a waste of time writing them down and putting them on post-it notes and what have you. The fact is this: They do work if you do it "the right way".
People who say they don’t work have not really understood how new neural networks in the brain are formed. When doing affirmations you must remember to:
- Repeat them often while in Lower Brainwave States and
- Involve your feelings and emotions
If you just read or write affirmations without any feelings while in the waking state of beta brainwave state it will have little effect. However, if you repeat them while in lower brainwaves states, like alpha, and also involve your feelings you will see results.
Let’s say you are sick and you want to use affirmations to feel better. Maybe you use an affirmation like this:
I am so happy and grateful because I am well and healthy.
If you say it while awake and in the beta brainwave state it’s not going to do a lot of good. Also, it will not make an impact on your subconscious mind if you can’t imagine how it feels like to be well and healthy.
We are all born with the wonderful gift of imagination. You have the power to think regardless of circumstance.
So, use your imagination. And lower your brainwaves to lower levels - to “the bridge” between your conscious and subconscious mind which is in the lower alpha levels.
Repeating this affirmation in the evening when going to bed will be much better since your brain automatically goes into the lower state of alpha at night. It´s all about calming the mind down. Remember to also repeat the affirmation with feelings. See yourself well and happy. Feel it. Sense it with all your senses.
Your feelings and emotions act like glue and this glue is what is needed if you want these new thought patterns to stick to your subconscious mind. So, imagination goes a long way.
And here is an interesting scientific fact: The brain cannot distinguish what´s real from imaginary.
In other word, using your imagination to see yourself in the state you want to be in is going to trigger the same neural networks in your brian as if you were in this state for real.