You use affirmations every day - whether you’re aware of doing it or not. Every time you use I am statements you make an affirmation reinforcing what you believe about yourself. The meaning of the words you use in your affirmations is determined by the context of your life. In Beyond the Words: Reflections on I Am Affirmations, modern-day mystic Peter Mulraney explores what the affirmations he shares in I Am Affirmations: the Power of Words mean to him. This collection of easy-to-read reflections will expand your awareness of what your affirmations mean and encourage you to contemplate the meaning of the words you use in your I am statements.
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A note from Peter
Also by Peter Mulraney
In I Am Affirmations: The Power of Words, I share eighty one positive I am statements that I use as affirmations.
Those affirmations can be used many ways. You can repeat them to yourself, write them out, or read them silently every morning. There are no strict rules.
I hope those affirmations inspire you to write your own as you decide who you want to be and how you want to feel.
When you work with affirmations, it’s not uncommon for your negative beliefs to rise to the surface of your awareness in opposition to the positive statements you are now using to describe yourself. You may even hear your ego voice challenging those affirmations. Don’t let that discourage you. It means the affirmations are working.
Affirmations are a useful tool for flushing out our negative beliefs about ourselves for examination.
The secret is to stop saying those negative things about yourself once you’re aware of them, and letting them go without berating yourself when you become aware of falling back into your old habits. Be kind to yourself.
Consciously using positive I am statements will allow you to think about yourself differently - if you persist.
To succeed, you need to make it a habit that replaces your old habit of talking about yourself negatively, and that requires commitment and self-discipline. But, you’re worth it.
It’s one thing to use the affirmations.
It’s something else again to really think about what each affirmation means to you.
We all use words differently. Each word has a meaning for us within the context of our lives. Sometimes we share a common understanding of what a word means but other times we don’t. That’s one reason we have dictionaries.
In Beyond the Words: Reflections on I Am Affirmations, I explore what the words in the affirmations mean to me.
I hope you find the reflections useful for developing your own understanding of what the words mean for you.
The Biblical references in the text refer to the English Standard Version (ESV).
I wake up in the morning. How does that happen? Where was I when I was asleep?
What triggers my return to conscious awareness of my body and surroundings?
When I awake from my slumber, I have a sense of being alive. What keeps me functioning?
Am I breathing?
Or is some presence breathing me?
I’m present in the physical world through a seemingly solid body that scientists are now telling me is composed primarily of nothing - both my body and the physical world are apparently swirling vibrations of energy.
How does that work? How do I maintain the illusion of being a solid form in the physical world?
I have self-awareness but I have no recollection of who or where I was before I came here.
I’ve defined myself with stories but I know I’m not my stories.
I am a mystery to myself.
I am a miracle.
I am self-aware. Otherwise I’d never know how amazing I am.
I look around, notice things, and wonder about them.
I give everything in my environment a meaning so that it makes sense to me.
I have a body I can move by deciding I want to be somewhere else or to perform a particular task.
I have no idea how those messages move instantaneously from my mind to my limbs. But they do, and I’m able to move my body from one location to another or to persuade parts of it to perform selected actions.
I can shift my centre of attention without moving my body simply by thinking about another place or time. Time travelling inside my mind. Amazing.
I think a thought and move my fingers and words appear on the screen or page, depending on the tool I choose to use.
I think a thought, open my mouth and automatically (without conscious awareness) vibrate my vocal cords and make sounds to communicate with others.
And, I can interpret the sounds made by others.
I struggle with this one. Maybe it’s all that good Catholic education about being polite and considering the needs of others or maybe it’s simply not understanding what being assertive means.
Being assertive is not about being aggressive. It’s about standing up for myself.
Until recently, I was under the misunderstanding that being assertive was being able to say no when I didn’t want to do something, but it’s much more than that.
Thanks to a story in Shift Happens by Robert Holden, I now understand that’s only one side of the equation.
Being assertive is also about being able to say yes to opportunities I want to pursue.
It’s about standing my ground when someone tries to take advantage of me.
It’s about having and expressing a preference.
I know that not being assertive in appropriate circumstances is fear operating.
That fear of being seen as aggressive or selfish or self-promoting. That fear of being the tall poppy - the one that’s going to be lopped by the crowd. That fear of being laughed at or ignored.
I’m still working with this one, but each day I’m getting closer to knowing: I am assertive.
This one has multiple meanings, depending on the context in which I use it.
I am attentive to detail, which is an important skill in the writing world. I think I can say that’s one I have under the belt. Being attentive in that sense is essential to completing any task.
I know about applying attention to what I’m doing but that is only one dimension of being attentive.
What does it mean to say I am attentive?
Is it about paying attention to others?
Now, that sounds like more of a challenge.
How well do I listen when someone else is talking?
How well do I read their non-verbal communication signals?
Being attentive in that sense means choosing to focus on the other, and giving that person my undivided attention.
This might be the one to work on.
It’s tempting to think this means I am good looking - but that’s only the ego’s way of reading it.
I am attractive means I draw things to me. I attract people and events into my life through my beliefs.
This affirmation is a reminder that I’m like a magnet and I need to be aware of my thoughts and beliefs.
My current circumstances are the outcome of my beliefs.
If I’m not happy with my circumstances, there is no point in complaining - I’m the one that attracted them to me.
If I want to change my world, I need to change my beliefs about the world I want to live in so I can attract what I want.
This is a reminder to be awake at all times.
If I fall back into my old thought patterns, I’ll be attracting the things I no longer want in my life.
I am attractive and there appears to be no escape from the Law of Attraction.
That’s motivation enough to wake up and exercise the power of choice available to me, isn’t it?
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