How Affirmations Work

In "A Journey into Affirmations," we talked about our experience of incorporating affirmations into our daily lives and the profound change it has made to our well-being. So we thought we would dive a little bit deeper into the power of affirmations, the science behind them, and how to create personalized affirmations that work for you!


Have you ever heard the saying, "where attention goes, energy flows"? Or better yet, have you run across the "law of attraction"? In the simplest of terms, the law of attraction is the belief that positive or negative thoughts bring positive or negative experiences into a person's life. While that is a tad oversimplified, it still remains that our lives…our realities if you will, are a product of our thoughts and feelings. Why? Well, as humans, our bodies and our emotions are made up of energy. Specific emotions carry specific frequencies or vibrations; some are considered low on the spectrum (anger), and others carry higher states of vibrations (love). We literally send out frequencies or vibrations all day long through our bodies, thoughts, and emotions. This is often why people say they "vibe" with something or someone – they resonate with a vibration that matches their current vibration. 


Now have you ever noticed that when you're having a bad day and feeling "low" that you can find yourself in a cascade of unpleasant experiences? Perhaps you wake up to discover your alarm did not go off on time so you begin to rush around, upset and anxious about being late. Because you are in a hurried and stressed state, you spill coffee on your dress. Now you're in further despair and mad about ruining your dress. As you're angrily getting into your car, you realize your neighbor is blocking your car, and you can't leave, and you end up getting into a terrible confrontation with them. Sound familiar? This is what we call the law of attraction. 


In the example above, we are experiencing lower states of emotion. Therefore, we send out a frequency or an electromagnetic charge to the Universe that says we are in a low state. As such, the Universe is matching our vibration by giving us more of what we are experiencing. This also works for more positive emotions. You are a magnet, sending out vibrations that attract experiences that match your current frequency! You can call it the law of attraction; some refer to it as Quantum Physics or Universal Law, and some call it Karma.


We won't call our emotions positive or negative but rather low or high based on the frequency they carry.

So what does this have to do with affirmations? In the example we talked about above, we were swept up in lower states of emotion such as anxiety, frustration, and anger. We were also pulled out of the present moment as we worried about what might happen due to being late. When we are pulled out of our present moment state, we are not in alignment with ourselves, and therefore we inhibit all possibilities and potentials that exist for us. AFFIRMATIONS bring us back to the present moment by allowing us to connect with our emotions, process them, and hopefully move through them with the goal of elevating our vibe or frequency. When we elevate our frequency, we can attract the things we do want and that resonate with a higher state of being.


This is a VERY lofty subject, and we have barely scratched the surface, so we highly encourage you to do some digging into this incredibly powerful topic! We especially love Dr. Joe Dispenza and Gregg Braden if you're interested in learning more about the science behind affirmations and Universal laws. 


So how do we create affirmations that really work? According to Dr. Joe Dispenza, moving into higher states of being require two things:


1. Intention: The secret to making affirmations work is INTENTION. It's not just enough to recite the words. A clear intention is exactly what it sounds like. You have to get VERY clear about what you want to create, how you want to feel, what you want to do – get as specific as possible. Let's say you want a new job…how much do you want to make? Do you want to travel? How many people do you want to work with? What kind of people? What feelings do you want to have about the work you will be doing? Where do you want it to be? Again try to be as specific as possible. Once you have a clear vision, assign a letter to this vision…in this case we will visualize the letter "J" to embody all of the intentions we have for attracting a new job. So now by simply imaging the letter "J", I call forth all of the intentions I set for myself related to my job. Make sense? (I write many of my affirmations or intentions down in a journal).


2. Elevated emotion: Now, you have to combine that intention with an elevated emotion such as joy, love or gratitude. Remember, emotions carry frequencies that send messages out into the Universe. According to Dr. Joe Dispenza, "you have to tap into the feeling you anticipate you will have when you manifest your intention and then feel the emotion ahead of the experience." This helps call the intention into being, otherwise known as manifesting.


The elevated emotion, which carries higher energy, is the magnetic charge you are sending out into the Universe or "the field." When you combine the electrical charge (your intention) with the magnetic charge (elevated emotion), you create an electromagnetic signature equal to your state of being!


Affirmations or intentions coupled with elevated emotions become our homing beacon to a more aligned, higher state of being. They serve to return us to the present moment where we can tap into the field of infinite potential and act as the creator of our reality – regardless of what is happening around us. 


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