If you’re as old as I am, you will remember the skit on Saturday Night Live featuring Al Franken as Stuart Smalley, before his illustrious political career. Stuart was a character with a T.V. show called, “Daily Affirmations”, who looked into the mirror and said “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and Doggone it, people like me.” At the time, this cheesy, silly, fake show was funny because it was so crazy that you would have to tell yourself this everyday.
Welcome to the 21st century, when we really do need to tell ourselves that we no longer refuse to “beat ourselves up.” When we need to tell ourselves that we are worthy of our “share of happiness.” So many of us seem lost in some way, devoid of personal relationships that anchor us to daily life. Where did it all go wrong? I don’t know, and this is not a time or place to open that Pandora’s box, but affirmations are good….and they work.
Take for instance the story of Jim Carrey, famous actor and comedian. Did you know that Jim found himself in Los Angeles, trying to get some work. He used daily visualizations, until he decided to write a check to himself for ten million dollars dated 3 years in the future. This was in 1992. Three years later, he received a check for 10 million after the release of Dumb and Dumber. This was the turning point in his career.
You can see some of his thoughts on affirmations here:
Several self-help gurus today recommend daily affirmation for personal health and spiritual growth. If you want something to happen, and it is a good thing that will help humanity, all you have to do is “put it out there” and let the universe do with it as it will. The funny thing about this, is that you can’t micromanage the situation. If, for example, you want a red sports car, you can’t figure out how it’s going to happen. You can work towards it as you visualize it, but you can’t see all the intricate events that go on in order to make the car become yours. Sports cars don’t really help humanity (unless it’s electric!), but you get the gist.
One of my favorite affirmation gurus is Dr. Joe Dispenza. I previously wrote about him in my blog “Heal Thyself” https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/debhead.home.blog/68 . He believes in “neuroplasticity”, meaning we can rewire our brains at any age, in order to live a more fulfilling life. He has a lot of useful meditations and exercises you can do to manifest your future. Check out his books on Amazon.
For myself, I rewrite my yearly goals and print them out on a small piece of paper, which is taped on the mirror in my bathroom. I continued doing this after the first year yielded positive results as far as financial goals, and made me a more positive person. Here are some of my goals:
What you believe will prosper
Your mind will be free
Doors of opportunity will open unexpectedly
You will be kind and generous to others
What has not worked will now succeed
Not all of my goals are listed here, as many are financially related. But I think you get the idea that “goals” are also “suggestions” for living which make me a happier, more giving person. I think we all need little suggestions once in awhile.
It doesn’t matter if you can’t really understand how affirmations and brain training in manifesting things work, what really matters is that at the core of your being, YOU BELIEVE EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. That’s the catch, you see. For if you don’t truly believe that, then it won’t work. But, if you can get yourself into truly believing it works, and FEEL THE FEELING OF GRATEFULNESS AFTER IT DOES WORK….well, then, it will.
I hope you will investigate this magic further, that you will come up with suggestions or goals, you will place them on your mirror to read every day, and feel how grateful you are that they already happened in some quantum time, and will happen soon for you. You and I are amazing. We are so much more powerful than we know. Love and cheers, Deb
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