Energy flows where your attention goes
Thinking a thought over and over again creates a belief. Beliefs are what dictate our lives. It is to our advantage to pay attention to our beliefs.
Many of our beliefs come to us early in life through introjections. These are statements made to us from a significant person in our life before we have to ability to debate its truth.
So if a parent continuously commented, “You are so lazy” during our youth we will believe we are lazy. Without acknowledging we have this belief we most likely will fight it without even realizing its there.
An easy way to dramatically influence our belief system is to use affirmations. Affirmations are I statements that affirm something we desire for ourselves. “I allow life to flow through me easily and joyously” is an example of an affirmation.
If you struggle with finances you may want to create and recite an affirmation that states, “Abundance in the form of money comes to me easily, providing what I need and allowing me to give to others”. Simple sentences that state something positive can be placed on sticky notes and posted around the house.
Reading these statements daily will create a new belief through repetition. Additionally, the old negative belief will fall away because you are not feeding it energy. Many people use affirmations to heal physical ailments and illness as well.
A healthy regime of reading, reciting and writing your affirmation every day for thirty days will make a dramatic difference in your life. During the thirty days you may encounter circumstances that seem to validate your negative belief.
The trick here is to quickly insert your affirmation rather than delve back into the old belief pattern. It’s the old trick of—fake it till you make it!
You are being retrained to believe something different. Be gentle and patient with yourself during this process. This is important work. Try it and see.
Bridgette DeBoer M.A., is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, marriage and family therapist intern. She can be reached at 450-6632.