When I became pregnant with our first child, I became aware of the definite power of words to change our physical bodies. Through self-hypnosis, I was able to resolve a complete placenta previa and recover from a miscarriage. Using self-hypnosis, I birthed three beautiful babies completely pain free, without any medication. My children's births were the most transcendent, empowering, fun experiences of my life. All because I changed the words I used to describe how the experiences would unfold and be interpreted by my body.
Words have power.
Unfortunately, many of the words I use are self-defeating to my goals and harmful to my body. Saying, "I'm so exhausted," might be true, but it also confirms to my subconscious mind that I lack energy. If I say, "Um, vegetables are gross," enough times, my subconscious mind begins to believe that vegetables are gross. I have struggled with depression and feelings of fear and inadequacy my whole life. I have struggled with lack of energy. Despite being on medication to treat my various conditions, I have always felt as though there is something more out there, something better, some bigger sort of freedom. A bigger, more free me. With that feeling in mind, I have been spending time lately thinking about the words that I use and how they shape my mental and physical states. I am trying to change the words I use to describe myself and my life.
That intention has led me to look more closely at affirmations--not just for pregnancy and childbirth, but for life as a whole. Affirm means "to make a positive statement, as of fact". "As of fact".....that part hit me right between the eyes. It hit me that I have the power to state facts with my words, even if those words are not yet facts. I began to look at the words I use to describe my emotions, my thoughts, my feelings, my circumstances. And I began to wonder what would happen if I changed those words. What would happen if I woke every day and, instead of the same kind of script I've said to myself for 30+ years, I said this instead.....
I reject mediocrity. TODAY, I am exceptional.
I reject marginalization and inferiority. TODAY, I stand tall and proud and attract big things into my world.
I reject exhaustion. TODAY, I have all the strength I need for the tasks I have determined to accomplish.
I reject poverty. TODAY, I attract wealth and abundance into my life.
I reject doubt. TODAY, I trust my Self, my God, and my Loved Ones.
I reject isolation. TODAY, I find support and friendship from those around me and those who have gone before me. TODAY, I will ask for that support when I need it.
I reject angst and anxiety. TODAY, my Spirit is peaceful.
I reject food addiction. TODAY, food heals and nourishes my body.
I reject fear. TODAY, I see and claim victory over the generational curses that grow like parasites in our families of origin. TODAY, I water a different family tree. TODAY, I water a healthier tree. TODAY, I water a stronger tree.
I choose to fight only the battles I can win. TODAY, I accept the people in my life for who and where they are right now, and I eagerly anticipate the transformations they choose to make in themselves.
I refuse to phone it in. TODAY, I will show up and walk through, take goodness in so that I can give goodness out, and live for and lift up My Manifesto.....
By the Grace of God, through the Power of God,
and for the Glory of God,
I live my life Thriving in the Abundance of God,
and this Abundance in which I live is a
Beacon of Hope and Inspiration to others.
What would happen.....?