As a thought for the New Year, I wanted to share with all of you some of my favorite affirmations that I use daily in my life. These are born out of my own experiences in life, what I have discovered by the grace of many gifted teachers, and my own meditation practice. These affirmations affirm the truths of our beings, the basis of what we are. And when we affirm these truths, all gates open for us and we get to live a truly phenomenal, spontanious, and rich life.
To me, affirmations should paint with a broad brush. When we affirm the major truths of our existence and recognize their validity, then the universe will fill in the specifics for us in truly amazing ways. Let go of the idea of material affirmations "I now have $6000" or whatever. Trust me, if we feel unworthy, bad, or weak in our hearts no amount of affirming will bring us money nor would any amount of money actually make us feel better. We need to affirm our worth, goodness, and strength and let karma reflect those qualities back into our lives in all ways including financially, romantically, or in any way we desire.
The truths of our existence are universal, eternal, omnipresent, and unchanging. However, as we live we often learn patterns and ways of acting that turn into feelings about what we are. We tend to believe our feelings and learned patterns as truths, almost like believing the clouds are the sky or the waves are the ocean. This belief in our learned patterns as truths creates a lot of turmoil and suffering in our lives. As much as we are always truly worthy, if we believe the feeling of unworthiness, our life will reflect back to us what we believe. As we shift our focus back to our nature, our focus changes, we relax, and our lives change.
Over time, these affirmations will help to retrain our thought processes to be in line with our true nature and help us to recognize the difference between truth and believed feeling. When our thoughts harmonize more with who we truly are we feel better, clearer, and more grounded, and karma will deliver us some wonderful surprises.
Each affirmation has 4 parts:
1. The truth and the common feeling that obscures that truth. "I am good even when I feel bad."
2. The purpose that truth serves in our existence. "Good is my nature and is the foundation of what I am."
3. Releasing the need to prove this truth to the world. The need to prove a truth always comes from a place of insecurity and perpetuates suffering. People who know their power feel no need to prove that power. People who know their goodness feel no need to do anything to prove they are good. "I release all need to prove my goodness to the world."
4. Affirming trust in the truth. "I trust in the goodness at the base of my heart."
You can use the whole affirmation or just one part that seems particularly relevant on any given day.
And here they are. . .
1. I am good even when I feel I am bad. Good is my nature and is the foundation of what I am. I release all need to prove my goodness to the world. I trust in the goodness at the base of my heart.
2. I am worthy even when I feel I am unworthy. I am worthy simply because I exist. I release all need to prove my worthiness to the world. I trust in the worthiness of what I am.
3. I am powerful even when I feel I am weak. Organic, creative power is the engine of what I am. I release all need to prove I am powerful to the world. I trust in the power of what I naturally am.
4. I am free even when I feel I am bound. I have freedom of choice, even if only in thought, in every moment of my life. I release all need to prove I am free to the world. I trust the freedom that is the bedrock of my existence.
5. I am light even when I feel I am dark. I realize that in reality there is no dark, simply a lack of light. I release all need to prove my light to the world. I trust the pure light that I am is what illuminates the world in which I live.
6. I am loveable even when I don't feel loved. Love is the sustaining force of my physical and spiritual life. I release all need to prove I am loveable to the world. I trust love is my true nature from which I can never be separated.
7. I belong even when I feel I am isolated. I belong simply because I am where I am. I feel no need to prove my right to belong in the world. I trust belonging is the basic reality of simply being exactly where I am.
Try these out for a while and see what happens. I have had some wonderful success with them in my life and hope you find the same. Happy New Year!