Why Positive Affirmations Really Work
I’m very happy to be able to bring this guest blog post written by my friend and business partner, Laureen Falco:
I got introduced to using “positive affirmations” many years ago when I read Louise Hay’s book “Heal Your Life”. This book has positive affirmations for healing. I bought this book in the early 80’s, and I’ve read it many times since. I truly believe that we can totally change our outlook on life, by affirming ourselves. I listened to meditation tapes and I also wrote out affirmations.
I grew up with a very traumatic family situation, and I had a lot of pain. In order to “survive”, I had to shut down a lot of my feelings, and carry a large burden of pain and anger inside. By listening to positive affirmation audios, and reading positive literature, I began to realize that by changing our thoughts, we can change our reality. I realized that I had no control over situations that happened with my family as a child, but as an adult, I realized that I had control over my “thoughts.”
There are a lot of spiritual philosophy’s that believe that we are 100% responsible for everything that happens in our life. It took me years to realize that this was true. I had the opportunity work with both a licensed counselor and a Unity – Course in Miracles teacher. I took a “six month program” with these teachers, in which we delved into every single area of our lives – whether it was family, health, prosperity, integrity, etc. This was a very intense program, in which we explored every area of lives where we were feeling both pain and limitations. One of the homework assignments was to write out hundreds of positive affirmations. We wrote out affirmations in three tenses – “I am”, “you are”, and third person “(name) is.”
At first, I thought – what? I can’t write out a couple of hundred positive affirmations each week. I complained that my hand hurt from writing! But, deep down, I knew that they were trying to get me to “retrain” my thoughts. If I spent years in a negative family environment, or negative work environment, it was going to take years for me to reprogram these thoughts. Using positive affirmations gave me the confidence to believe that I really did deserve a great life. The other thing that became apparent was that I had the power (finally) to create my own reality. I could create anything I want, and I was putting the power back into my own hands. No longer, was I feeling a victim of circumstances, or anger with my higher power.
By using positive affirmations, I began to feel powerful. I began to feel for the first time in my life, that I was in the driver’s seat of my own life. It was a freedom that I hadn’t felt in my life!
I’ve kept up the practice of writing, speaking and listening to positive affirmations for years. I find that this method works for me. Louise Hay promotes looking into a mirror and saying the affirmations to yourself. When you think about it, who else is going to love yourself as much as you do? Who else is going to tell you that you deserve love, great health, or prosperity? Yes, it’s you!
I had the opportunity to work with the talented Claus D. Jensen in creating a positive affirmation audio. We talked about the subjects of self-esteem, health, love and prosperity. I meditated on it, and came to the decision that our first audio would be on “prosperity.” In the current financial conditions (I live in Houston, TX), people are going through financial difficulties. People are getting laid off from their jobs and with the current situation with the Gulf Oil Spill, local businesses are suffering greatly.
Claus and I have never met, or even talked together on Skype. We literally put this prosperity affirmations audio entitled “Everyday Prosperity Affirmations” via Internet! In order to prepare for this audio, I read and re-read a lot of my prosperity books by the greatest teachers. I picked out the most powerful affirmations that I loved, and ones that I thought that listeners would find powerful too.
I recorded my voice track at the famous “Sugar Hill Studios” in Houston, TX. I recorded my voice in the same studio that Janis Joplin, Destiny’s Child, and many other great musicians recorded in. There was an excitement for me – just being there! In fact, the sound engineers didn’t know what an affirmations audio was, and I had to explain it to them. They really enjoyed listening to the tracks and editing everything.
Then, I sent the audio track to Claus, and he loved it! Then, he proceeded to write the most beautiful music and produce the final audio. So, creatively, we both inspired each other. Then, because Claus was so moved by “The Prosperity Prayer” by Lynn Robinson, he created a beautiful video and bonus track for our audio. It was like the creativity was pouring out of Claus – and from my perspective, it was a beautiful process to be involved with.
So, we are both so happy with the final “Everyday Prosperity Affirmations” audio. As soon as we completed the audio, I had an opportunity to talk with the “Law of Attraction” guru Dr. Joe Vitale last March. We know each other from my attendance at various workshops in Texas. Joe and he came up to me and gave me a big hug. I told him that I was reading one of his books, and I had something I think he might be interested in.
He asked me, “Well, can I see it?” I said of course. I went to my purse, and pulled out a CD of our “Everyday Prosperity Affirmations” audio, and explained that I worked with Claus, and what a beautiful and effective audio this was. He looked down at the CD for a moment, and then looked up at me, and said that he wanted to promote our audio on one of his “Clearing to Attract Money” calls. I was confused for a minute, thinking he was going to help us find people would help us sell the audio. He said that he wanted his audience to purchase the audio. I literally had to stand in my shoes, and say “thank you”. I told him that he was very generous and how much we appreciated it.
He said that he wanted to promote this audio, because Claus always writes the most positive comments on his blog! So, I had Joe record a video just for Claus – saying just that. Again, Joe has never met Claus, or talked with him, or even chatted with him Online at that point. Amazing!
So, here is an example of how being positive, affirming others can benefit yourself.
Joe is now selling those “Clearing to Attract Money” audios – which includes promoting our audio on one of the recorded teleseminars. I feel so grateful!!
So, now you know the whole story of how immersing yourself with prosperity affirmations can bring prosperity into your life. So, what inspired action are you going to do today?