How to Use Affirmations
A guide to maximizing the benefits
of your affirmations
People are often curious about how to make affirmations work and how to use affirmations effectively. There are many different ways for you to use your affirmations, so let's get to know what REALLY works...
It’s desirable that you be in a relaxed state of mind when you use your affirmations. When you are deeply relaxed, your subconscious mind is more open to positive suggestions. This is why hypnotists always use deep relaxation techniques with their patients.
How to use affirmations? Let’s now explore the most powerful methods. You can choose to use any or all of these techniques. Just choose whichever ones suit you the best.
Meditation with your affirmations.
For a very powerful experience, find yourself a quite place to sit and close your eyes in readiness for meditation. Listen to some soothing meditation music and focus your attention on your affirmations. Allow them to consume your awareness. Feel them and visualize them as you repeat them mentally. Remain in this state for 20 to 30 minutes.
Meditation with your affirmations is like taking a bath in positivity! In this relaxed, focussed state, your subconscious mind is open to the positive directions that your affirmations provide. You’ll be deeply relaxed and absorbed in the affirmations as they soak deeply into your mind.
Sleeping and/or relaxing with your affirmations
This is one of the most enjoyable and most popular ways to experience affirmations. Just lie down somewhere comfortable and let your affirmations roll around in your mind. Many people do this as they are falling asleep at night, which is one of the main reasons why positive affirmation recordings are so popular. Affirmation recordings make the whole process rather effortless - all you need to do is play your affirmations quietly as you relax and drift off to sleep. In this dreamy state of relaxation, your subconscious mind opens up to your affirmations which are then absorbed and assimilated at a deep level.
Active visualization with affirmations
This third technique is quite different to the last two, but it is no less powerful.
Sit or stand while you repeat your affirmations, but keep your eyes closed. As you repeat your affirmations, vividly visualize yourself experiencing them. Make a conscious effort to really feel them. Be actively involved in the experience of your affirmations, not just a passive observer. You may even choose to move your body slightly or to use your hands to gesture and play - act the scenes you imagine in your mind.
This method might seem a little odd to some people, but it is extremely powerful because it engages all your senses. It can be quite an exhilarating and liberating experience!
The techniques I’ve mentioned so far are very focussed, very powerful techniques that will help you to get the most benefit from your affirmations in the shortest possible time. However, you are not limited to these techniques alone. Repeated use of your affirmations is always a good thing, so you can repeat your affirmations at almost any time. Here are just a few examples:
While you are walking.
While you are doing housework.
While you relax in the bath.
How often to use affirmations
There is no hard and fast rule here, but as a general rule of thumb, once per day for at least five minutes is recommended, however twice per day is preferable. Our best recommendation is that you start and finish each day by repeating your affirmations while in a relaxed state.
More is better than less, and some is better than none, so even if you can’t manage 5 minutes twice per day, short sessions of just a couple of minutes will yield great rewards just so long as you repeat your affirmations every day, not just once per week. Keep using your affirmations on a consistent basis. The more you affirm something, the more your mind will accept it, and the more positive changes you will experience in your life.
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