I’ve been crafting a workshop based on some of the work of Louise Hay, the motivational author, speaker and founder of Hay House Publishing. Louise’s positive philosophy and healing techniques, forged from her tormented upbringing, have helped millions learn to create more of what they want in their lives- more wellness in their bodies, minds and spirits.
Louise is known by millions for her positivity in all areas, and often thought of as the Queen of Positive Affirmations. One of the simplest techniques for healing she has taught over the years, is in asking people to look into their own eyes and say something positive about themselves every time they pass a mirror. These positive statements, are positive affirmations, and practicing positive affirmations and positive self talk can be a major step toward healing, and creating a life more in alignment with what you desire.
As we begin a new year, are you willing to change your self-talk to positive affirmations? Are you willing to try on a couple of simple techniques that can help you to overcome self-doubt, low self-esteem and self-defeating behaviors, as Louise Hay was able to do? I’d like to share with you two very simple techniques, which IF you will practice them regularly, will help you to create the life you want.
Louise observes that much of what we normally say and think is quite negative and doesn’t create good experiences for us. Have you ever noticed the way that lonely, unhappy, poor, sick people talk? What words do they use? What have they accepted as the truth for themselves? Perhaps you even catch yourself thinking or speaking words that are negative, pessimistic, unkind toward others or even toward yourself; words that are quite self-defeating. I know that in spite of my best efforts, I sometimes catch myself. Old habits and patterns can be a challenge to break.
If we want to change our lives, we have to retrain our thinking and speaking into positive patterns. A positive affirmation opens the door. It’s a beginning point on the path to change. In essence, you’re saying to your subconscious mind, “I am taking responsibility. I am aware that there is something I can do to change.” When you pay attention to your thoughts, you can begin to eliminate the ones creating experiences you do not want in your life.
Do you often begin a conversation with a complaint? Do you realize that every complaint is an affirmation of something you think you don’t want in your life? Every time you get angry, you’re affirming that you want more anger in your life. Every time you feel like a victim, you’re affirming that you want to continue to feel like a victim. If you feel that Life isn’t giving you what you want in your world, then it’s certain that you will never have the goodies that Life gives to others.
You’re not a bad person for thinking the way you do. You’ve just never learned how to think and talk. People throughout the world are just now beginning to learn that your thoughts create your experiences. Where do you start?
Positive affirmations are solutions that will replace whatever problem you might have. By repeating these affirmations over and over, you’ll be planting new seeds in the fertile soil of your subconscious mind, and they’ll become true for you. Notice, she says “they’ll become true for you.” So even if they are not true now, as you affirm them, affirm them all the same, and they will become true for you.
Louise asks us to twice a day, stand in front of a mirror and repeat our positive affirmation statements ten times. If doubts or fears or negative thoughts come up, just recognize them for what they are—old limiting beliefs that want to stay around. Say to them gently: “Out, I no longer need you.” And then repeat your positive affirmations again. That which we constantly affirm becomes true for us.
Like I so often say: what have you got to lose? Why not give positive affirmations a try and just see how your life improves?