Powerful Affirmations are a way to reprogram your subconscious minds perception of reality, the way you want it. I am going to show you a great way to do those affirmations through a simple technique.
In my last post I talked about one of the subconscious mind exercises of using writing to release deep thoughts buried in your subconscious mind. By writing, you are able to dig up these thoughts and let them come to the surface. Out of all of the ways I can think of, I feel like this is the best way to create awareness of these deeper thoughts. Now I am going to explain another exercise that you can use to build off of the first exercise. This new exercise will use powerful affirmations to allow you to reprogram your subconscious mind.
How does the releasing of subconscious thoughts prepare you?
If you have actually done the exercise that I talked about in Thought Journal for Clearing Out Your Subconscious Mind, then you should feel emotionally relieved. The human body is obviously extremely complex, and I think it helps to realize that it is very easy for your thoughts to get trapped. Literally, if you have any situation in your life that is accompanied by some thoughts that you do not accept/become aware of, then they can become trapped. Everyone has this at some level.
Clearing out the junk
Before I go into the next exercise, I want to explain the basis of why the pt 1 exercise works so well. A good analogy that I can think of for this is, that you had a room full of junk. You are a hoarder. You have hoarded all of the junk in this room for a very long time, and never cleaned it out. But really, you don’t want any of this junk. You just want to have a place where you can throw all of your junk. This room is equivalent to your subconscious. You have a bunch of junk in there that you don’t want. In part 1 you are just clearing out this junk to make room so you can put what you really want in there. Once you begin to do the writing exercise and clear these buried thoughts out, you have room to create new beliefs that you find empowering.
Technically, you could just create new beliefs to override the current beliefs. But, when you create relief for yourself and release these old thoughts first, your subconscious is more open to receiving new beliefs. If you are a hoarder and you try and put new things on top of the old junk in that room, it’s still going to be a huge mess. Another words, if before you decided to just create new beliefs over the buried ones, it is going to be tougher for your subconscious to actually accept these new beliefs.
The best way to think about your mind is that unless you are aware and accept these deep subconscious thoughts, they are going to sit buried there. Once you do accept them, it is like clearing the cobwebs out.
So now that your subconscious is cleared out after doing this exercise every day for a little bit of time, lets move on to next on the list of subconscious mind exercises.
Exercise #2- Powerful Affirmations + Mirror work
The next part of the process is going to involve talking to yourself in a mirror. And as funny as talking to yourself in a mirror sounds, it is a very powerful exercise.
You should do this immediately after you do the writing exercise that releases your deep subconscious thoughts. It is now open and ready to accept some new commands.
Go to a mirror and get your eyes a few inches from it. And begin by staring into either your left or right eye. I prefer my right eye when I do this exercise. Either way it will work just the same. I have read that some people think that your left eye is better because it is connected to your right brain. But, honestly your subconscious will pick up on your affirmations whether you do them staring into either eye.
Take a few minutes just staring into that one eye, until you have gotten yourself completely into the moment. Look at the blood vessels and the reflection of yourself. Once you have come completely into the moment, you are ready to begin.
Whenever I have done this exercise, I try my best to not blink even when my eyes start watering. You will blink at some point, but try your best not to.
Use of “I am” Statements
Every statement that you are going to say is going to start with “I am”. These will allow you to use the present tense, like you already are where you want to be in the future. “I am moving in the right direction”. “I am a friendly person, I love meeting new people”. “I am extremely healthy in body, mind, and spirit”. Those are a few examples of general “I am” statements. I say general, because a lot of times people will go into this saying things like, “I am a millionaire”. “I am the best looking person on the planet”. EXTREMELY specific.
General vs Specific
The problem with starting immediately really specific is, that there is no way your subconscious will accept those statements. It will immediately reject them. That is why the best way to go about this, is to start very general. As you begin to believe in the general statements, you can start to become more specific. This is definitely not a get rich quick scheme. It takes time and consistency. And you have to be intelligent about how you go about it.
I really believe that is why most people fail doing this. They want it right away. And they are to specific. What are you in such a rush for? They want to get everything now!
The Mindset You are Trying to Create
Another thing to note. The mindset going into this is not to get something. The mindset going into this is, to point you in the direction towards what you want, and give you a better chance to move towards it.
It’s not like you are going to magically do these affirmations and then something you want will show up without you doing anything. Nope. It is just going to give you the mindset, so that you can have the belief that you can move towards what you want. That is all you should expect from this exercise. It gives you confidence.
But confidence is what you need in order to accomplish or get where you want to be. But, there is going to be action that will have to be taken.
I saw a law of attraction video the other day, and they were making fun of people who think that they can just repeat what they want over and over, and it will come! Well, that’s part of the process, but the magic comes when you have belief plus positive action.
Just think. Would you really appreciate something very much if you just had to say a few words, and it came every time? Hell no. It wouldn’t be worth anything to you. The action is what makes it fun.
Usually when doing this exercise, you want to set a timer for 15 minutes so you know when to stop. Otherwise, you will have no clue how long it has been.
Formulate your general I am statements. For the first week just do 4 or 5. And make sure that they do not work against each other. Let’s say a guy is trying to attract a relationship and one of his affirmations is “I am always interacting with many women”. And his next affirmation is “I am attracting the perfect love relationship to me”. Contradictory, and it’s not going to create a clear picture of what you really want. So make sure that the powerful affirmations are in line with each other.
1) Formulate 4-5 “I am” statements. Always present tense.
2) Make sure they do not contradict each other.
3) Make sure they are general at first, can get more specific later.
4) Go to a mirror. Stare into one eye until you are completely present.
5) Begin saying the powerful affirmations. Important to not say them like a robot (Which is very easy to do if you don’t bring yourself into the present first). This might be the hardest part. Every time you say it, it should be like you are saying it for the first time. Consciously saying them is what is going to bring the results you are looking for.
That’s it for this exercise. If you follow those steps, you will see results. It might be small at first. But then when you recognize the small results, then it starts growing. Then when it starts growing, you can get more specific.
My experience with mirror affirmations
The longest period I have gone with mirror affirmations, is about two months doing them every day. I don’t remember exactly why I stopped doing them, but it was probably a combination of things. One of the reasons was I got lazy, and the other reason is the shock. Once you get really far into them, you start noticing all of the things in your life changing. If you aren’t ready for extreme changes, naturally some people retreat back into their comfort zone. There is about to be a big shift in your life, and if you are really attached to your current life, then you quit. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that these things work, if you do them correctly.
Word of Caution – YOUR LIFE IS GOING TO CHANGE
So that is the caution. Do you really want to change your mindset completely around for the better, most likely at the expense of your current life? This means you could see friendships change, people leaving your life, and old standards you were comfortable with completely changed. That is what you are in for.
I think it is awesome. You are creating your life how you want it. When you are staying attached to things in your life that you are comfortable with, then you aren’t really alive.
Try these out for at least a month. If you aren’t ready, then that’s fine. But I think that you will enjoy the process of reprogramming your subconscious mind, and creating your life how you want it.
In pt 3, I will explain a few other writing exercises you can try that can build off of Thought Journal to Clear Out Your Subconscious Mind. They are alternatives to the mirror affirmations.