How Affirmations / Mantras Work

What are affirmations, mantras and self talk?  How do they work?  Are they effective?  What can I use them for?

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Affirmations, sometimes called mantras, or even self talk, are an ancient auditory mental technique, which can be used to create new mental processes and positive new results in your life.

These are often used in the areas of self help, health, business or sports improvement.

An affirmation can be just a few words, or even a short statement, which is then mentally repeated at regular intervals until the subconscious mind accepts it, and begins to go to work at bringing this command to fruition in your life.

Affirmations have the ability to change negative thought patterns, attitudes and beliefs, and athletes also use them to create new mindsets for their bodies to follow when they are competing.

Affirmations are often used during relaxation, meditation or hypnosis - as the relaxed state deepens the mind's acceptance of the words or phrases, and can accelerate positive change in your life.

Mantras can be used in any area of life, to focus the subconscious positively on whatever area we choose. Here is a list of good affirmations to choose from, which have been hand-picked by Craig Townsend (the owner of this site) to ensure the various important aspects are observed, which greatly contribute to their success - such as being worded in the positive, and present tense.

Some people use affirmations throughout their day, during the normal awakened state - simply by repeating a particular affirmation, internally in their mind over and over again - literally bombarding their subconscious with a single repetitive thought, over and over again until it accepts it.

This is because during the normal awakened state, the conscious mind often blocks much of the information from getting through - and so the reinforcement, brought about by the regular repetition, allows the affirmation to become accepted within the subconscious.

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However, constant repetition of an affirmation is not required when in the relaxed state - which automatically opens the window to the powerful subconscious.

This allows the affirmations to be accepted effortlessly into the software of our mind, without massive repetition required.


Mantras are a perfectly normal technique in that we have a constant inner dialogue going on within our minds, all day long - no matter whether we realize it or not.

The problem with this inner dialogue is that our inner-talk is not always as positive as we would like it to be. And so this is where affirmations come in very handy - because instead of mentally criticizing ourselves (as our self talk can often do), we instead mentally repeat a positive affirmation to to ensure our mind remains focused on the positive.

This repetition blocks the flow of negative thoughts, and helps to program your subconscious for whatever goal you have focused it upon, with your affirmation.

It is estimated that around 60,000 thoughts a day flows through our conscious mind while we are awake, and as much of this is the incessant negative chatter of our inner dialogue - affirmations create an opportunity where you actually get to choose what you want your mind to focus upon.

Along with other powerful techniques such as visualisation and meditation, affirmations are certainly worth looking into for enhancing personal development or gaining greater control of your thought processes.

Mantras are the auditory mental equivalent of visualisation, which use both visual and kinaesthetic methods of thought (ie. mentally picturing images or imagery, and the feelings related to thoughts and emotions), and so the techniques very much are complementary to each other.

Along with other powerful techniques such as visualisation and meditation, affirmations are certainly worth looking into for enhancing personal development or gaining greater control of your thought processes.

I highly recommend checking out the suggested list of mantras on our site, along with the articles about meditation and visualisation.

 

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"Your mind can just as easily show you an ocean of abundant opportunities, as it can the opposite. It just depends what you focus upon". Craig Townsend