Youth & Family: Spiritual Practice

AFFIRMATIONS: A Basic Tool

A handout for parents to use for themselves and their children

Affirmations are statements we make about our being and our lives. The word affirmation means: something validated, made firm. An affirmation is a desire stated in present-tense terms as if it is already manifesting in our lives. With affirmations we can reprogram our minds as if we are filling a glass of dark, cloudy water, drop by drop, with clear water.

Writing Affirmations

  • Make them personal: I AM… I KNOW… I LET… GOD WITHIN ME IS…
  • Make them short: One sentence, if possible, for easy memorizing.

  • Write them in the present tense. RIGHT NOW, TODAY, IN THIS MOMENT.
  • Never use the past or future tense.
  • Make the vocabulary personal to YOU: Use your own manner or speaking.

  • Be specific but do not “outline”. State WHAT but not HOW.
  • Use words that touch you at the feeling level.

Working with Affirmations

  • Place them everywhere you are likely to look.

  • Write each 10 to 20 times.
  • Say them aloud as many times a day as you can; be enthusiastic.

  • Record them and play them to yourself throughout the day.

  • If the words don’t "feel right" to you, restate them until they do.

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