How Affirmations Work

Affirmations are important to spiritual practice. But it’s not because they have magical power. It’s because they give the conscious mind something to focus on, and the subconscious mind something to integrate.

Affirmations are positive, present-tense statements of universal Truth. They recognize the ultimate spiritual reality underlying all things. Affirmations don’t deny that circumstances are what they are. However, they focus on the Truth that “this” is not all there is in Life. I.e. there’s more to life than what we perceive with the physical senses.

By choosing affirmations we lift our minds to something better than what’s worrying us. Einstein said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” Affirmations raise the conscious mind above problem thoughts. At the same time, they give the subconscious mind a positive truth to integrate.

It’s amazing how many untruths lurk in the subconscious! Affirmations are one tool to establish new patterns and beliefs and restore a positive mental attitude.

Sometimes affirmations alone aren’t enough. So, affirmations are often paired with denials. The denial takes power from the negative. The affirmation gives power to universal Truth.

Keep in mind that “giving power” is relative. The reality is that the Truth never lost its power. We just stopped recognizing that power in our conscious awareness. Reclaiming the power of Truth means realizing it for ourselves, and not that Truth has ever been lost.

Below are some examples of affirmations and denials.

This financial situation is not permanent. I know that the universe is ever expanding, evolving and changing. I accept this positive change in my life now.

Fear has no power over me. I am a child of the Ultimate (Spirit or God), and good is my divine birthright. I accept this good now, on all levels of my mind and being. Thank you!

Affirmations can be long or short, simple or more complex. What matters most is whether they work for you. Do they light that divine spark within you? If they don’t, they’re just not right for you. But if they speak to your heart and soul, while keeping your mind occupied, you’ve found something that will serve you well.

If these affirmations don’t work for you, and even if they do, I would encourage you to write your own. Create a quiet time and place, and go within to discover the affirmations that will remind you of the Truth when life feels overwhelming. Meditation is beyond the scope of this article, but daily meditation is important to keep in touch with the Truth of your being. Because this Truth is the source and substance of all affirmations.

Mental Attitude: In Limericks

Short forms, sometimes called micropoetry, can serve as reminders of right thinking and more than that, of the reality that we are spiritual beings first and foremost. And little poems are fun! 🙂

O the feeling of having no luck
And of being run down by a truck!
But there is a way thru
What to think and to do
Is decide that you’ll put on some pluck!

There’s a time and a place for the rules
And a purpose for those we call fools.
There’s a cage for the stressed
And a stage for the blessed.
Is it bars or the stars that you choose?

All the creatures are God’s, even mice,
And the people you don’t think are nice.
Speak and act with his grace
When you’re feeling distaste:
What you give, you get back at least twice!

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This song and related posts are based on my mystical meditation experience and contemplation of the following:

New Testament Quotations

from World English Bible (WEB)

But you, when you pray, enter into your inner room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
–Matthew 6:6

Being asked by the Pharisees when God’s Kingdom would come, he answered them, “God’s Kingdom doesn’t come with observation; neither will they say, ‘Look, here!’ or, ‘Look, there!’ for behold, God’s Kingdom is within you.”
–Luke 17:20-21

(…) that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me.
–John 17:21

Invocation – Lyrics

Instruments: Soprano recorder, Tempo – Seagull Excursion Folk Acoustic Guitar

1. I call on Your Presence within my mind
And let go of this place and time.

You quiet my soul, and I know I am whole.
We are one; it is done by Your will,
Not mine.

2. I call on Your Presence within my mind
And let go of personal life.

3. I call on Your Presence within my mind
And let go of looking outside.

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Song inspired by the invocation I use before
Metaphysical Talks
and the poem,
“I Invoke”

The Star of Christ in You

Instrument: Tempo – Seagull Excursion Folk Acoustic Guitar

1. So many sizes and shapes of all kinds,
So many candles that glimmer and shine;
One God is seeing them all in His Mind
In every shape and hue,
The star of Christ in you.

2. So many people and things to keep safe,
So many paths you could take any place;
One God eternal beyond time and space
Thru’ everything that moves,
The star of Christ in you.

3. Have you ever felt lonely and wanted to know
Some precious companion that you could show
The height and the depth of all that is so?
It’s One that looks like two,
The star of Christ in you.

The star of Christ in you.

One star,
The brightest light;
One star
In God’s sight;
One star,
Beloved Truth;
The star of Christ in you,
The star of Christ in you.


Behold, the Star!
Star – Relaxation Music