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Affirmations Ideas

Adapted from Louise Hay
I’ve enjoyed using affirmations for several years. It is free, easy and usually effective. For myself, it is the simple repeating a positive phrase in front of the mirror, in the car, or writing it on paper. Whenever I catch myself thinking something I don’t want, I try to “change that thought” to be a new one. Here are some techniques I use with affirmations to change my behaviors. Feel free to modify them for your own use.
Anywhere technique:
Whenever you catch yourself thinking something you would rather not, here is a technique that works rather well. It is based on NLP techniques.
Hear the phrase you said diminishing in volume until it disappears, then hear the phrase you want to say grow louder.
Alternately, you can see the “picture” of what you didn’t like go spin away from you and have the picture of what you do want spin towards you.
Writing Technique:
I call this technique “Giving the problem to the universe”. Scott Adams used a version of this technique to change his life. It worked well for him, perhaps it will work for you.
Simply sit down at a table and write what you would like in your life 15 times every day. An example is: “I am healthy, happy, wise and free”. When you are done know that the universe is taking care of it.
Trash Can Technique:
Good for getting rid of negative thoughts
Whenever you find something you don’t like. Write it down and throw it into the trash. By doing this, you are telling the universe, I want to be done with this problem, please help me work through it and be done with it.
Meditation Technique:
Look for divine inspiration while repeating your affirmation
Sit quietly and ask your inner guide, universe, God, (whatever fits your belief system) for insights, help and guidance. Then quietly repeat your affirmation for 10-15 minutes. Sit quietly fo 5 minutes afterwards for any insights.
Exercise Technique:
Very nice for active people and for many healh related goals.
Repeat your affirmations while exercising. Soon they will be part of your thought process.
Integration Technique:
A technique for actively working on your goals
While repeating your affirmation, actively think of ways to integrate your affirmation into your life. For example: if your affirmation is “I have a great xxxxx”: find ways of loving your xxxxx, improving your relationship with xxxxx, and best ways of achieving xxxxx.
The Swish Pattern
Change Habits
Install Automatic Responses
The swish pattern uses rapid-fire submodality shifts to associate two mental constructs so that one automatically leads to the other.
Guru wants to get in shape. His only problem is an ice cream truck that swings by his village every day at noon. So far, every time Guru’s seen the rasberry-vanilla ice cream cone printed on the side of the truck, he’s felt he had to buy one.
Guru realizes that one way to change his behavior is a swish pattern. He closes his eyes, and pictures the rasberry-vanilla ice cream cone right in front of him. He puts an image of himself with the body he’s always wanted off in the distance. Now he pushes the cone off to the horizon and snaps the picture of himself into its place as fast as he can.
After doing this a few times, he brings up the image of the cone. Before he can think about it, the new image of his ultra-buff body pops into his head.
Now when Guru sees the ice cream truck, he instantly remembers this image. The thought of buying ice cream no longer even occurs to him!
Procedure – A Plain Vanilla Swish
The swish pattern is one of the simplest bits of submodality work. The idea is to rapidly swap the submodalities of two representations (images, sounds, or feelings) so that the first becomes a stimulus for the second:
Create a close-up image of the stimulus. This should be a specific object or scene from the outside world. Since this will act as a trigger for the new behavior, it should be seen through the user’s eyes.
Create a distant image for the desired response. You want to the user to move towards this, rather than experience it as if it were happening now, so it should be seen as through an outside observer’s eyes.
Swish the two images – rapidly push the stimulus into the distance, and bring the desired response right up to the user’s face. For effect, you can actually make a “swish” sound as the images pop into place.
Allow the images to settle for a minute in their new places.
Clear the user’s mind or lead the user into a neutral state.
Repeat steps 1 through 5 until any thought of the stimulus leads directly to the response.
NLP’ers tend to swish visually, as it has the best effect on most people. In this case, we’ve used distance as the varying submodality, but you could swish with size, brightness, color, or just about any other submodality or set of submodalities that effects the user. You can also swish in any rep system (auditory, kinesthetic, etc.) – whatever works!