Did you know what the most powerful affirmation in the universe is? Were you even aware that most of you reading this article practice almost every single day, perhaps unintentionally and perhaps without the faintest idea of what it can lead to? In fact, the practice is so common that even those who have absolutely no clue what an affirmation is, also practice it with unfailing regularity and possibly guaranteed outcomes.
The New Age Wikipedia states that “Affirmations in New Thought and New Age terminology refer primarily to the practice of positive thinking and self-empowerment—fostering a belief that a positive mental attitude supported by affirmations will achieve success in anything." What it perhaps fails to mention is that owing to the fact that affirmations is merely the assertion that something exists or is true, it is not just positive thoughts, but also negative thoughts that can be affirmed.
Affirmations become powerful when –
1. One visualizes the outcome
2. Feels in one’s physiology as if it were happening now
3. Ponders in a manner where it were congruent in the present
Affirmations (which are suggestions and commands to your subconscious mind) are maximum in Theta, optimal in Alpha and relatively ineffective in Beta.
Now, here is the kicker! Eager to know what the most powerful affirmation is, which many of us indulge in every single day? Worrying.
Worrying is one activity that keeps you busy reaching nowhere. And many of us indulge in it, or even revel in it (pardon my English) every single day! And a few paragraphs below, allow me to explain why so many of us have the propensity to turn worry into reality!
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” – Leo F. Buscaglia.
“Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.” – Dale Carnegie
“Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” – Arthur Somers Roche
“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere” – Erma Bombeck
“A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work.” – John Lubbock
Now spend a little time re-reading the above article with respect to affirmations, when and how they gain power and about worry as an activity. Uptil now, you have no clue what we are doing to ourselves! And also make sure, before you proceed further, that you have read the previous post on this blog, just so you understand every little bit of what I am expounding right below.
Before you proceed, presuming you have at least now read the previous post on this blog, you also need to familiarize yourself with two fancy technical terms, viz., Hypnopompic and Hypnagogic Peridos.
These two periods basically refer to the shot period when you wake up in the morning and fall asleep at night. When you fall asleep, you go from Beta to Delta through Alpha and Theta and when you awaken, you go from Delta to Beta through Theta and Alpha states. Twice each day, you are unintentionally connected to your subconscious mind, which is the seat and reservoir of all the programming you do.
So, at least twice each day, even if you were not a practitioner of Nirmiti Nidra or meditation, you have an irrevocable opportunity to program your subconscious mind whilst in the Alpha or Theta State.
Now, contemplate on what you do when you go to bed worrying or when you wake up in the morning worrying!
1. Fulfilling the criteria for connecting with your subconscious (unintentionally) optimally by being in the Theta or Alpha state of mind.
2. Programming it with your worries (thoughts) becoming affirmations (positive or negative)
3. Empowering the Affirmations further by visualizing and feeling the emotions and adding fuel to the fire, by imagining as if it were in the present.
Is it a wonder then that most of your fears come true? I have also had people feeling proud of the fact that their apprehensions actually fructified. Really!
Worrying is a waste of time (irrespective of what nomenclature you use to describe the phenomenon). Planning, however, is a necessity to alleviate future anxiety. Stop worrying! Start living! And, remember you can never displace thoughts, only replace them.
“According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don't bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous. (quoted by Carol Lynn Pearson in Consider the Butterfly)” ― Deepak Chopra, Synchrodestiny: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence to Create Miracles
The author, Rajesh Seshadri, is an internationally recognized Certified Leadership Coach, Certified Success Coach and Certified Life Coach. He is also a NLP Master Practitioner, facilitator and therapist. The basket of therapies is holistic and integrative adopting techniques from Psychotherapy, NLP, Silva, Gestalt, Hypnosis and Silva UltraMind. Additionally, he is a seasoned corporate professional who continues to serve as a whole-time Director and Board Member. You can contact him here.