Using Affirmations to reprogram your own mind

The Money Tree, a Symbol of Abundance
The Money Tree, a Symbol of Abundance

Can Affirmations Make You Lots Of Money?

Many positive thinking and self-help book recommend affirmations as a way to get what you want. Unfortunately, there is a disagreement in many of these books on how effective are affirmations and how they actually work.

The way affirmations are used, is that if you want something, like a lot of money, then you keeping on repeating to yourself, something like, “I want to be a millionaire,” or “I am a millionaire.”

Some books disagree about the wordings, as some say that if you say, “I want to be a millionaire”, then you are acknowledging the fact that you are not millionaire, and so this is a negative thought. But other books point out, that if you say, “I am a millionaire”, and you haven’t got any money, then you would be telling a lie. This means, you would be even more aware of your poverty, and this also creating negative feelings about your situation. So what would be the correct way to use affirmations?

There is no one correct way to use affirmations, as it depends a lot on the type of person you are and how these affirmations affect you. So to discover how efficient any affirmation is, we have to be aware of how we are feeling, when we use an affirmation. For instance, if we use an affirmation like, “I am a millionaire”, and it makes us feel depressed or angry, then we know that this affirmation is not helpful to us. We then would need to reword the affirmation in ways that would be acceptable to us, emotionally. This means, we can experiment with the wording to find a feeling that would be better for us

How Affirmations work

Alternative wording can be, “What if I was a millionaire”, “wouldn't it be nice to be a millionaire”, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be a millionaire”, “I am receiving abundance from the universe”, “I am allowing myself to receive wealth and abundance”, or make up your own set of words. You can try out these different affirmations and see how you feel, and then use an affirmation when you get the less negative feelings with it.

Another trick you can try, is to use affirmations only while you are in meditation. You may find saying, “I am a millionaire”, causes negative emotions while in normal consciousness, but while meditating, you may find, the same affirmation doesn't have the same detrimental affect. It is also helpful to focus your mind on the positive emotions of having a lot of money. The reason why so many people want to be wealthy is because they believe it will make them happy. So it is helpful to focus on the happiness they think they will receive, if they were rich, as it will help to put them into a positive frame of mind.

Another disagreement within the positive thinking community is that some say, “we create our own reality”, while others say, that this going too far. The problem is with the idea that we create our own reality, is that our reality is created by the sum total of everything we think. This means that even if we spend a half-an-hour every day in meditation affirming that we are millionaires, all this work can be cancelled out, if the rest of the time we are worrying about the fact we don’t have any money. So are affirmations a waste of time? No, because even a half-an-hour of positive thought a day, will have some effect on our reality. But also, affirmations can also be used to change our beliefs about ourselves.

In the New Testament when Jesus gave a successful healing he would say to the person he healed, “it was your faith that made this possible”. Now, this concept has caused a lot of problems for a lot of people, because how do you acquire faith that you are going to be healed of a deadly illness? Or even have faith, you will get what you want or desire, like having a lot of money. To understand this, we have to understand what faith is.

Adverts on TV are extremely effective in programming our unconscious minds.
Adverts on TV are extremely effective in programming our unconscious minds.

Indoctrination and advertising

Many religions, cults or even political parties have no trouble in instilling faith in their followers, and the way they do it, is through repetition. It is the same trick used by advertisers as well. People like to think they are not affected by advertising but large corporations do not spend billions of dollars on advertising for the fun of it, they use it because they know it works.

To understand why religious and political indoctrination, as well advertising, works so well, we have to understand how the human mind works. Psychologists tell us, the mind is made up of two elements, the conscious and unconscious mind. If we were to liken the workings of the human minds to that of a computer, we would see that the unconscious mind works like a computer and does whatever it’s told to do, while the conscious mind is the unconscious mind’s programmer.

The way the conscious mind programs the unconscious mind, is that when people learn a new skill like driving a car, they at first drive the car consciously. Then over time, after they have repeated the same actions time and time again, the unconscious mind learns what to do and takes over. This allows the person driving a car to think of other things while the unconscious mind is driving the car. So this then is a good thing, the unconscious mind takes over any repetitive task we have to do, allowing the conscious mind to be free to think other thoughts. So, the unconscious mind is the servant of the conscious mind, but unfortunately, too many people, have allowed the servant to become the master.

The unconscious mind also picks up on any repetitive thoughts we think. So if we are to think the same thought too often, then the unconscious mind learns it and feeds it back to us. This is how we obtain habitual thinking. Unfortunately, religions, political parties and advertisers all know about this and can use our unconscious mind to program us, to believe whatever they want us to believe in.

To give an example of this, if we are told often as a child that; “The Bible is the word of God”, this is then learnt by the unconscious mind and it feeds this thought back to us whenever we think about the Bible, and as the result, we think that this is our faith. Whereas all it is, is a habitual thought learnt by our unconscious mind. The same is true in advertising. We see an advert many times on TV and the unconscious mind learns it and repeats it to us, when we go shopping. As the result we unconsciously buy goods we see advertised on TV, without being aware we have been programmed to buy these products, by TV adverts.

So if others can program our minds to believe in whatever they want, then we should be able to programme our minds to believe, whatever we want to believe in. This is done by using affirmations to create our own beliefs. If we keep on repeating an affirmation like, “I am a millionaire”, then although we might resist this idea at first, once the unconscious mind learns it, then it will start feeding it back to us, so it can become a habitual thought or a belief.

One of the best times to do affirming is while meditating
One of the best times to do affirming is while meditating

Relaxation and affirmations

This means that affirmations can be used to create the beliefs we want to have. Some positive thinking authors talk about obtaining a ‘millionaire mind’. The theory being, that if we can create a belief that we are a millionaire, through affirmations. Then we are far more likely to have a more confident and positive frame of mind when we look ways to make money. Or this new belief can change our reality.

I have focused on money in this article, because this is the main thing people seem to want. But the same principles can be applied in healing the body or finding the perfect partner for us, or even just finding happiness. So if we want better health, then we can use an affirmation like, “I have a strong, fit and healthy body”. If you do have an illness or injury, then you can affirm to yourself, “my body is able to heal, (or repair) itself”. This will strengthen your body’s immune system and help clear away any blockages to healing, you might have unwittingly created, through negative thoughts about your body.

Using affirmations for relationships is trickier, as relationships can be a lot more complicated, than just wanting more money or better health. So it is better to use meditation and while in a deep meditation, to then think about the relationship you want for yourself. If you haven’t learnt meditation or don’t want to do it, then you can get the same effect by having a long relaxing hot bath, or listening to your favourite music.

This can be tricky for some people because, even in meditation your mind can easy drift into thinking about what you don’t want, rather than what you do want. So it is important to monitor your thoughts and feelings. Every now and then, try to take stock and see if what you are thinking is what you want for yourself. If find you are thinking what you don’t want, don’t beat yourself up, but quietly switch back to more positive thoughts. At the same time try to be aware of how you are feeling, if the thoughts you are thinking are making you happy, then you are thinking positive thoughts, but if they are causing you to be upset or depressed, then you are thinking negative thought. This means you have to practise learning to control your mind, so you can keep it thinking about things wanted, rather than things not wanted.

Conscious control of our thoughts

If you can learn to monitor and keep control over your thoughts in meditation, then you will find you are likely to start to do the same in your normal consciousness. This is where the unconscious mind can be very helpful. In some positive thinking books the unconscious mind is portrayed as the enemy, and is referred to as the robot.

There is a good reason for this, because whenever we attempt to introduce a new thought pattern, we immediately get resistance from the unconscious mind, which always takes us back to our established habitual thoughts. This then makes it very difficult to start to create a new way of thinking and some people find it so hard, battling against the robot, that they give up.

But this is the same in learning any new skill, when we first try to do this, we have to battle against the habitual behaviour patterns we already have acquired. So, if we persist in monitoring our thoughts and feelings and learning to be aware when we think negative thoughts, then over time the unconscious mind will catch on. Once the unconscious mind learns what conscious mind is doing, it begins to help the conscious mind, and reminds the conscious mind to monitor it’s thoughts. This means that over time, the unconscious mind slowly changes from being a hindrance in trying to learn a new thought pattern, to being a great help in this

So affirmations are a very useful tool in not only reprogramming ourselves but also in creating our own reality

© 2011 William Bond

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epage 4 years ago


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Social-eyes 4 years ago

Your affirmation- 'I am receiving---abundance from the universe' seems to be an all encompassing affirmation in that it could mean adundance in all its form(spiritual,mental etc.)while on the other hand it allows one to state specific area(s) of abundance.

Your explanation of the play of the conscious and unconscious mind makes the effects of affirmations plausible.

Having been affirming and not or rarely receiving, your explanation resonates.

Thanks for sharing.


R. J. Lefebvre 4 years ago

wabond,

I found you hub interesting, it aroused my interest to look into it further. How does spontaneous reactions such as fight or flight fit in? I tend to think we possibly have many levels (more than two) of mental use than we realize.

Ronnie


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ufk 4 years ago from Maidstone England

I am constantly plagued by negative thoughts since a relationship broke down and I have been looking for ways to accept that it is no more...so that I can move on. I have positive spells...but quite often I am taken back to the dark place...when I think thoughts like 'How did it all change so suddenly?' and 'How can someone care for you so much and then change their feelings so drastically?' I am talking about when a relationship has broken down for no apparent reason....except for the fact that the other party has simply changed their mind about their feelings. I am now wondering what the best affirmations would be...for me to use...in order that I can move on. There has been much advice bandied about and although it is with a positive intention it is not so easy to just lose the feelings that you have. Any advice would be gratefully received. Yes...relationships are very complex...I agree with that. Life is too short, though, to be living in the past when you should be moving along to the future.


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wabond 4 years ago from England Author

Hi UfK.

I think with positive thinking you have to look at things in the long term. There is not a quick fix, if you want to change the way you are, then it is all about practising every day to be positive, and not give up.

As for relationships, it is not the job of any other person to make you, or anyone else, happy. The only person who can do that, is yourself. If you are able to learn how to be happy, without the help of others, then you are far more likely to attract the type of person you want.

As for affirmations, it is very hard to tell others what is the best affirmation for them. It is best to experiment and see what feeling comes up when you try different affirmations. I would suggest for relationships you could use a affirmation about giving and receiving love. Perhaps on the lines off. "I am a loving person, I allow myself to receive love from others and I also allow myself to give love to others." But that is only a suggestion.


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wabond 4 years ago from England Author

Thank you, Epage, Social Eyes and R. J. Lefebvre, for your comments. I think R. J. Lefebvre, that the fight or flight reaction, is more animal instinct. In my article I was referring to behaviour patterns we have learnt or have been taught as children.


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ufk 4 years ago from Maidstone England

Thank You Wabond.

Great advice....though I'm not too concerned about getting into...or sustaining a new relationship...more so moving on from the one that hurt me. Having said that...I totally agree that you have to take responsibility for your own happiness. That's why I hate it when these feelings of bitterness come back....because I specifically don't want to blame the other party.

I realise that I commented on your writing without telling you how great it is. It's the best account of the use of affirmations I've read....because it explains evrything so clearly. You're a terrific writer

Thank you


R. J. Lefebvre 4 years ago

wabond,

I believe your hub is correct, however I have a habit of questioning the known and unknown. As time progresses we learn something new, i.e. neutrinos exceeding the speed of light, which may or may not be accepted as fact. I wasn't questioning your hub, I was questioning the unknown.

Ronnie


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Bard of Ely 4 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

William, I think you have done a great job of explaining all this! I have voted up!


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wabond 4 years ago from England Author

Thank you, UFK, R.J, Lefebvre and Bard for your comments.


Sierra Bloom 4 years ago

William, as always... BRILLIANTLY said!!


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wabond 4 years ago from England Author

Thank you Sierra


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Abundant old soul 3 years ago from united states

Thank you for the interesting Hub Wabond.

I have used affirmations for years. I am now a Hopeologist. I am constantly amazed at how the ind has the ability to achieve what it believes. When I walk for meditation or exercise, I affirm sayings from the Bible or The Eightfold path. I find these to be very helpful.


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wabond 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks for the response, Abundant old soul. Yes, I have used them over the years but didn't use them enough as I felt a bit silly repeating the same phase over and over again. But my attitude on this did change when they began to work for me. Personally I find they work best when meditating or just relaxing.


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Abundant old soul 3 years ago from united states

I have been learning about brain science recently. I do not know enough about it to really explain it, but I am understanding that thee are studies which show that the brain actually changes in relation to the ideations that are entered into it.


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wabond 3 years ago from England Author

I'm not surprised. I think any change we make in our habitual thinking whether it is done by affirmations or something else, can have a big effect on our bodies and lives as well.


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self-counsel 3 years ago

Thanks, very informative! Affirmation can bring positive vibration, just like "gratitude".


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wabond 3 years ago from England Author

I agree Self-counsel, affirmations are a way of creating positive habitual thoughts and feelings.


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SharonBallantine 23 months ago

You hit the proverbial nail on the head when you said "we have to be aware of how we are feeling when we use an affirmation" as it is our feelings that resonate our energy, not the exact verbiage.

To help combat the influx of negative messages that come into our subconscious mind, it can be helpful to add positive messages (affirmations) subliminally. This can be done via recordings or written notes around the house, car, or office. It is essential that we feel good about these messages though. Otherwise our subconscious mind will still react with a negative energy.


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wabond 23 months ago from England Author

I agree Sharon, it is important to be aware of our feelings, whenever we do affirmations. As a negative feeling tells us it is not working for us, while a positive feeling tells us that the affirmation is helpful.


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SharonBallantine 23 months ago

We both agree that the exact words are not what is important, it is the feelings that we have about what we are saying.

The reason "wouldn't it be nice to be a millionaire" works is because it sets you into a positive mood, filled with the possibilities of what being a millionaire means.

Some people think being a millionaire would be a lot of pressure and others will want to take money from them. If you believe that, then affirming you are a millionaire (no matter the wording) will not work because your predominate feeling is a negative one. You are pushing it away with your energy.

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