Affirmations, What Works, What Doesn't (Page 1 of 3)
Positive declarations (I am loving, I earn $3000 a month, I am willing to change, I weigh 132lb, etc) often work to make it happen (whatever we declare). But there are limits and ways to maximize/negate the effectiveness of these affirming statements.
First of all, affirmations must be positive and forward-going, something you wish to have happen (i.e. manifest). They are your goals, things you wish for, things you desire. Speaking them out loud is always best!
Do Not!!! 1.Don't phrase them to emphasize what you are trying to rid yourself of (i.e. "I stop smoking" or "I get rid of my excess weight"- those accentuate the ideas of smoking/excess weight. 2.Don't use the words "I want" in your affirmations because in English the word "want" carries an alternate meaning of "lack". In effect you are stating "I lack ___" which is likely to help make your current situation continue! (Use "I wish" or "I desire" or "I have" instead of "I want.") 3.Similarly, do not use the words "I need"; you are likely to remain stuck in your need.
Frequency. Louise Hay (a.k.a. the Affirmation Lady) recommends several hundred times every day and no more than 1-2 affirmations at a time. Others keep a somewhat different schedule, however, and have a list of affirmations that are voiced perhaps 10X twice daily.