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Belief Part 4: Verbal Affirmations vs Emotions and Actions

Yesterday I talked about the subliminal affirmation method of changing belief.

Let’s say you want to feel and act more confident in social situations.

Using this method, you’d listen to affirmations to install the thinking patterns of someone who is confident, relaxed and open at social gatherings.

And you’d listen…

And listen…

And listen some more.

Every waking hour of your life, you’d keep bombarding your subconscious mind with these verbal affirmations.

And, eventually, the affirmations would cause you to start feeling confident.

Until, finally, the new feeling of confidence overpowers the old emotional habits of anxiety or insecurity, thereby changing your actions.

And, of course, you’d have many relapses along the way.

The first time you notice yourself feeling insecure or anxious, those feelings will act as affirmations that cancel out your affirmative thoughts…

…and you’re right back at square one.

My method skips all of that.

Since emotions and actions always override verbal affirmations, we can just jump to the emotional part.

When you listen to one of my subliminal CDs, instead of getting hit over the head with verbal affirmations, you’re simply instructed to recall the feeling you want to experience.

Everybody can think of a situation where they feel calm, relaxed, confident, and absolutely certain of their belief in themselves.

And any feeling you’ve ever experienced and want to experience again can be easily recalled, in a state of deep relaxation, by simply thinking of a time when you felt that way.

Then, once you’ve recalled this feeling, you are instructed to strengthen that feeling – make it intense and pure – and then keep it locked and loaded and ready to fire the second you need it.

After that, there’s no need to listen to affirmations all day.

The whole point of verbal affirmations is to generate the feeling you want.

But you can skip all that by preparing the emotional affirmation ahead of time.

So now, when you enter a social situation where you would previously be triggered to experience your old, habitual, negative thought loops and negative feelings, none of that happens.

This new feeling will fire off instead.

And your new experience of the situation will immediately affirm your new reality as a person who is confident in social situations – not only with your verbal thoughts, but with your feelings and actions as well.

The belief change is almost instantaneous and effortless in this case.

After all, it’s easy to believe that you are a confident person when you see yourself acting confidently.

And it’s easy to act confidently when you can automatically call up that feeling of confidence at a moment’s notice.

In summary: We affirm our deepest, reality-creating beliefs with our thoughts, feelings and actions. Changing our thinking with verbal affirmations is a slow and sloppy process. So it’s much easier to use emotional affirmations to change our actions, which changes our experience, which changes our beliefs, which feeds back into our automatic thoughts, feelings and actions as the new reality becomes the norm.

Tomorrow, we’ll dive into the second method for changing your beliefs: directly changing your experiences.

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Belief Part 3: Affirming Your Reality

We affirm and re-affirm our reality every moment of our waking lives.

The automatic thoughts, feelings and actions we experience throughout the day are habits that spring forth from our deepest beliefs about ourselves and our environment.

People who believe in an abundant universe think in terms of abundance. Their every thought affirms their belief in abundance – expresses their gratitude for all there is – so that their feelings and actions manifest in ways which bring them more health, wealth and good things in life…

…Thereby strengthening their existing belief in abundance.

On the other hand, people who believe that there is a lack of resources will think, feel and act in ways that affirm their belief in scarcity. Their actions will manifest the reality that reflects their belief back at them.

In other words:

To those that believe they have, more will be given. And from those that believe they have not, even that which they have will be taken away.

So how can you change your beliefs with affirmations?

Easy. Just break the pattern.

Your beliefs create your habitual thoughts…

…which then re-affirm your beliefs…

…which create your habitual thoughts…

So interrupt your negative, limiting thoughts by inserting the thoughts you’d rather have, to reflect the beliefs you’d rather have:

  • When you catch yourself thinking about scarcity, think of abundance instead.
  • When you catch yourself thinking about sickness, think of health instead.
  • When you catch yourself feeling fear of loss, stop yourself by making a conscious effort to think of things you are grateful to have instead.

…And so on.

By making this conscious effort to affirm a new pattern of thinking, you will automatically feel and act in different ways, and your beliefs will begin to change to reflect your new way of thinking.

This method is sometimes called “fake it ’till you make it,” since you won’t believe your new thoughts and actions at first.

It takes time to start seeing results and for your beliefs about yourself to update, so it can feel ‘fake’ in the beginning.

But, as you persist, you’ll quickly discover that your old beliefs which were holding you back in life were much less ‘real’ than the new beliefs that open you up to new ways of thinking and allow you to reconnect with the infinite intelligence of the universe.

How are affirmations used in my subliminals?

The most common way, of course, is to repeat a series of positive statements affirming a new way of thinking.

This is a ‘brute-force’ method that works by flooding out the old beliefs with the new beliefs through constant, subliminal exposure to the positive statements.

But my method is much more surgically precise than the old method (I’ll explain it in more detail tomorrow).

In the meantime, for those who prefer the simple “old school” method, I’ve started adding a few simple affirmations MP3s to my catalog due to the constant demand from new people discovering my website.

It has been made clear to me that some people simply prefer the old way, and no other, so instead of trying to convince them otherwise, I’m just making these available here, for those who prefer them: Subliminal Affirmations

After all, if you believe that one method will work better for you than another, it almost certainly will by the power of your belief alone!

It’s my belief, however, that my method is objectively more effective and I’ll attempt to change a few people’s beliefs about that tomorrow.