Affirmations are about re-training your mind to think differently.
In buddhism, it is believed that the mind is the creator of all problems, including sickness and health. The cause of disease is internal, not external. Therefore, the mind can be a person's worst enemy, or it can be the most useful tool if we learn to understand and control it.
According to the concept of the law of attraction, we attract certain events and people into our lives from our higher consciousness.
Our subconscious belief systems come from when we were children and the way we were raised, along with the way our parents and other people we admired treated us. Also, what was said to us and what we experienced plays a big role in how we view the world. We learnt what kind of relationship we have with ourselves now, from what kind of relationships we experienced early in life.
Louise L hay is one of the most inspiring people to me. She lived through a very traumatic childhood and adolescence, and went on to experience cervical cancer when she was older, which doctors claimed was incurable. She healed herself completely from the disease, and then went on to live a very successful and happy life, writing many books and spreading her knowledge and her concepts about affirmations and healing.
Affirmations take practice, and once you are in the habit of using them daily along with other lifestyle changes, you will very soon be able to change your life in ways you wouldn't expect.
By using affirmations that apply to us as individuals and what is currently occuring in our lives, we can begin the process of changing the beliefs that have been holding us back in our past, which are stopping us from achieveing our full potential. These beliefs are not allowing us to have all of the experiences and opportunities that we want, or the ability to see things from different perspectives.
Hay's books not only gives us affirmations and how to apply them, but gives us accompanying activities to assist us with letting go of resentment, forgiveness and so on.
We can start to learn how to experience gratitude for everything we have, and trust in the process of life.
There are a few things to remember when using affirmations. Always say the affirmation in present tense such as 'I approve of myself', instead of using future tense such as 'I will approve of myself'; otherwise what you're affirming for is always in the future.
Instead of practicing all different kinds of affirmations at different times, it would be wise to set up affirmations you will do daily or weekly, and vary them each time depending on the way you are feeling in your life or what kind of experiences/people you want to attract into your life.
If you are a parent, it is a wonderful idea to start surrounding your child with their own affirmations, you can find fun affirmation cards online, or you can recite them with the children throughout the day. This will give them the opportunity to develop love for themselves from an early age, an opportunity that some of us did not have growing up.
Affirmations can work on many different levels in many different areas of your life such as relationships, work and finance.
It is a good idea to also practice compassionate affirmations as well with the intention to benefit other peoples lives. For example -
Helping those less fortunate gives my life greater meaning
I always find the time to thank people for their kindness
I always see the good in people
I always speak kindly of other people
You can find Louise L Hay's most well known book 'You can Heal your Life' in most book stores and online. She also has numerous other wonderful books.
Miranda Kerr also has an inspiring book very well suited to teenage girls and young women about affirmations and positive lifestyle changes called 'Treasure Yourself.'