I got a cold. That nasty one that appears to move in and take up permanent residence. I haven’t been sick for years, so I barely paid attention to it the first day. What’s this? A cold. Heck no, I don’t get colds.
That didn’t work. It simply made more noise. I honked, sniffed, and shuffled around for days.
Days later, feeling irritated, I got mad and took it out on my sweeper. I yelled at it, swore at it, slammed it into the floor to prove that it lets go of dirt it has swept up whenever you bump it.
Getting mad didn’t work. I still felt miserable, although it did focus on the fact that my stick vacuum does not suck.
Finally, I decided to do something I already knew how to do but had forgotten its power.
Two things reminded me. A member of our Women’s Council, Diane Solomon experiencing grief over losing a friend, said that she remembered that she could feel sad, but it didn’t make her sad. Instead, she could remember that she is love.
And I listened to a podcast about how football is using virtual reality to produce better football players.
They watch themselves do something right over and over again. They are training their brain to see themselves as successful.
Wait. What had I been doing all week? I was lamenting that I didn’t feel well. Essentially training myself to feel sick.
Periodically, I would remember that not feeling well, isn’t the same as being unwell.
I would say, “I am healthy” and then succumb to a brain blowing coughing fit and forget the whole thing.
Finally, it clicked. I remembered the proven power of simple affirmations. Having no brain cells left to think better thoughts I could at least say affirmations without ceasing and see what happens.
Here’s what I said. “I am happy. I am healthy. I am successful.” I didn’t feel any of those things at all. The opposite in fact.
But, I said them anyway. I wrote them down. I put them on my mirror. I taped them to the toilet lid.
And here is what happened.
Nothing. And something.
And, the something showed me that I was on the right track. I was able to separate myself from what I was feeling to knowing what I am.
I felt better emotionally. The urge to kill my sweeper, or to sink into depression slipped away. I started working on projects that I have been putting off forever.
Tiny things that needed to be done got done. I was able to think creatively again.
Physically, I coughed and sniffed, and slowly got better. But, I stopped counting the days to getting healthy, I knew I was already health.
Affirmations work for two reasons.
They retrain our point of view. We no longer question the validity of doing this. Brain retraining is everywhere.
One day I saw a yoga move that I physically felt was impossible for me. I watched the instructor effortlessly accomplish it. I tried and failed. But I accepted that it was possible. Then one day, without thinking, I followed along.
Once my brain believed it was possible, because I was already strong enough to do it, it became easy.
The second reason affirmations work is that they begin with the Truth. We are not trying to become something we aren’t. We are removing what isn’t true.
Of course, I am making the life-altering-choice to choose the point of view that there is an infinite intelligence that lovingly governs and creates all that we know and are, and all that we can not yet see. Otherwise known as God and faith.
You, me, everyone, and everything is the expression of that infinitely loving intelligence.
I choose that because I know that what I perceive to be reality magnifies (yes, we are back to that) so why not choose infinite Good as Reality?
Which brings us back to why affirmations work. We affirm what is already true so that we can see and experience it.
Affirmations help us remember a greater Truth. Affirmations remove what isn’t true.
And then we act as if it was true because if it begins with good, it is.
Go ahead, try it. Let me know what happens.
If you like those affirmations, here’s a coffee cup that helps me remember – maybe you too?
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