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.