Awakening Your Creative Spirit
How Affirmations Can Change Your Mind and Expand Your Creativity
People use affirmations for various reasons in their lives. I like to use affirmations to help me change my life’s outlook and to help expand my creativity. Affirmations are a tool you can use to transform your negative thoughts into positive ones and they can also be used to manifest your dreams.
Along with writing every day, I do ten minutes of affirmation work.
What does that mean?
Well, there are a couple different ways that I perform affirmation work.
- Speak your affirmations out loud, as loud as you can, feel the vibration of the words inside your body, and let it go.
- Write down your affirmations. Still feel the thoughts, feel the energy of those thoughts penetrate each cell in your body, know in your heart that the affirmations you are writing down are true, and let it go.
Of course you can perform your affirmation work for as long as you want, but I’ve found that ten minutes is a good time frame. I do it write after I finish my ten minutes of morning writing.
Again there are two ways of preparing for your affirmation work:
- Impulsive, on the spot affirmations. Yup. That’s right, you can just go at your affirmation work without any preparation at all. Write down or shout out whatever positive thoughts come to your mind continuously for the allotted time you’ve decided. Don’t judge yourself on the quality or quantity or if you repeat yourself over and over again. The idea is to stay positive and love yourself.
- Prepare your affirmations ahead of time. Decide what you want to change your mind about. Decide what you want to manifest in your writing, your self, your life. Whether you write down your affirmations or shout them out, write down the affirmations that you want to work on.
How I Started Using Affirmations
I first started using affirmations to change my mind and expand my creativity when I was in a slump at my engineering job. I was tired of what I was doing and I wasn’t finding much creative inspiration for my writing. Having a down turn in my two life’s endeavors was not a fun experience.
At the time I was practicing a Korean yoga and one of the workshops I attended was about affirmations. In this workshop we learned to hone down on a single core affirmation to focus on to change our lives, feelings, thoughts, whatever. It was intended to be a singe word affirmation. For example: “I am LOVE.” “I am STRONG.” “I am CREATIVE.” “I am FREE.” etc… Then as a group we would act out and shout out our affirmation over and over again. At first, it feels a little silly to be shouting and stomping and flailing around, but there were twenty people doing it, everyone shouting their own affirmation so all you could really hear was a massive jumble of voices echoing in the room.
“I am STRONG.” This statement held a powerful punch for me. This one word contained the ideas that: I can do anything I set my mind to do. I can handle any emotional blow life has in store for me. I stand up for myself and don’t let others push me around. I will wake up and be myself every day.
I stood in that room and screamed at the top of my lungs, all the way down from my diaphragm. My affirmation gathered in my abdomen and blasted out of my heart, throat, head, and through the tips of my fingers and toes. The whole experience was exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time.
Needless to say it was a powerful experience that I took home with me. At home I toned down my shouts, but kept the feeling of warmth in my heart and in my core. I’d go on walks and hold my hand over my heart as I repeat various affirmations. I may look a little crazy to a passerby, but it’s more comfortable than shouting in my home or in the office or at school.
How I Use Affirmations to Open My Creativity Today
I do a little bit of preparation before I do my affirmation practice. Most of the time I write down my affirmations because I’m already in writing mode and use them to manifest positive energy to write my stories and blog posts. I do occasionally verbalize my affirmations, to give myself an extra boost, but silent writing us usually the way I function.
Depending on what my goals are, I usually have weekly or monthly affirmations. A set of specific affirmations that I focus on to create good feelings and manifest my dreams. I also only choose a hand full to focus on at one time, usually 5-6.
The one thing I do every time I do my affirmation practice, whether I’m verbalizing or writing them down, is remind myself that I am loved. “Alina, I love you!” This isn’t a narcissistic “I love you,” but a reminder. This affirmation reminds me that I am worth loving; that, if anything, I love myself and God loves me. Everything can feel turned against me, but I am loved. I find this to be a very powerful affirmation and if I only do one affirmation, this is the one I do because everything I say, do, or experience extends from love and that love should always star with me.
So after my initial affirmation I go on to what I want to change my mind about or what I want to manifest in my life. Here is an example of my affirmations for January 2016:
- Alina, I love you.
- I am strong.
- I am flexible.
- I am a writer, storyteller, and published author. (See that visualization incorporated with my affirmation?)
- I take care of myself so that I can care for others.
- I am a divine being who spreads God’s light through my writing.
There are endless possibilities for your affirmations. Just decide what you want to enhance for yourself and go for it!
How My Husband Uses Affirmations
My husband is a big advocate of affirmations. He “commands his subconscious.” He wills himself to be or act in the ways that he wants to change his life. “I command my subconscious” to: be happy, be a giving human being, be self disciplined, be a thoughtful businessman, follow in God’s light, etc.
He often states his affirmations on walks or shouts out when he’s driving in the car. No one can hear you in the car unless you have your windows down. *wink*
What about you?
What about you? Are you ready to change your creative life by using affirmations? Do you already use affirmations to brainwash yourself into a better life?
I hope that you too can find the joys and benefits of awakening your creative spirit by using affirmations to change your mind and expand your creativity.