Using Affirmations With EFT

by Steve

in EFT

Many years ago I came across the concept of affirmations.

When I first heard about it, it sounded like a magic spell. You make a statement about something you want to happen, and then it magically happens.

Unfortunately, many people don’t feel that positive affirmations work for them and have therefore given up.

So why does it work for some people, and not for others? The old school personal development gurus will tell you to just make the statement, for instance “I am rich” or “I am driving a Porsche”. But when you try a sentence like that, your first thought is often “but that’s not true!”

If you’re poor, or in a difficult situation, then making the leap in your mind to say that you are driving a Porsche is difficult when it’s not true at the moment, and you can’t see how to make it happen.

“It’s not true!”

“I am living in a small apartment and I’m surrounded by bills I can’t pay. Affirmations are just stupid lies that make everything worse!”

And that’s when affirmations stop working.

If you fall into that category, then you must understand one critical aspect of affirmations: affirmations are your goals, not a description of your current situation.

So first of all when you make an affirmation, I want you to add the following sentence:

“This I want to happen.”

So your affirmation now becomes: “I am driving a Porsche. This I want to happen.”

The next part of setting a powerful affirmation is to make sure it really is what you want. An affirmation is only powerful if you really want it to happen.

Let me give you an example. If you are in a ton of debt and cannot pay your bills, you could still end up driving a Porsche. For instance, you could possibly manage to borrow more money and buy an old Porsche. You have then achieved your affirmation. But is this really what you wanted?

Well, if you are in a ton of debt then I hope, for your sake, that what you really want is financial security. So let’s do a reality check on your affirmation.

I would like you to pick your own affirmation so you can test it, but if you don’t, then pick something like driving a Porsche.

Now visualise yourself having achieved your goal. For instance driving the Porsche. See yourself in that situation. Smell it. What are you feeling? What are you hearing? Close your eyes, and really go into that feeling.

Is that feeling of having achieved your goal, a 100% positive feeling? Or is there any dissatisfaction when you imagine having achieved that goal?

If there is any dissatisfaction at all, then that affirmation is not right for you at this stage.

Go back to the drawing board, and create an affirmation that is closer to what you actually want. Test it again. And go through that process until you reach a 100% satisfaction. At the end of the process, you should be absolutely certain that this is the goal you want to achieve.

Remember, you can have more than one affirmation. But for now, one will be enough.

I hope you didn’t have any voices in your head shouting “but this is not true!”

The next part of a power affirmation is how you say it and how you believe it. We don’t really know how affirmations work. But what we do know, is that the brain cannot distinguish between reality and what you visualise. If you have a strong image what you want, then your brain will work to make it happen. This is working on a subconscious level so you are not even aware of it.

If you believe this affirmation 100% then you will start making decisions that will take you on the path to make it come true. You may or may not be aware of this, at all.

The next point we need to deal with, is that you don’t know how to make it happen yet. You may therefore doubt you’ll be able to make it happen, and you’ll have this little voice that keep saying “but it won’t happen!”

This is where EFT comes in very handy.

From now on when you do an affirmation, you should combine it with a tapping routine to help you accept that this will become reality.

Let’s take an example. In this case we are using the affirmation: “I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.” Below, each bullet point corresponds to a tapping point in the EFT sequence.

  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • This I want to happen.
  • I don’t know how to make it happen yet.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • There may be big obstacles to make it happen.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • It seems impossible right now.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • But it will happen.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • My subconscious will work at making it happen.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • Even though it feels impossible right now.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • How can this possibly happen.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • I don’t feel I deserve it.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • I don’t have enough skills to make it happen.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • I don’t have enough knowledge to make it happen.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • This is what I want.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • There is a way to make it happen.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • That way will become obvious to me.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • I can figure out how to do it.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • It is possible for me to do it.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • I really believe I can make this happen.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • Everything inside of me will work to make it happen.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • Others have done it.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • I can do it too.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • Maybe I doubt I can do it.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • But that’s only my negativity speaking.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • I’m sure I can do it.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • And I will make it happen.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • I strongly believe I can make it happen.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • I will make it happen.
  • I want to have paid off my mortgage by 2012.
  • This is what I want.

Of course, you might want to change the words so they reflect what you actually think. Any doubt that comes into your mind should be mentioned and dealt with whilst tapping.

And your affirmation should be mentioned every other time, i.e. you say your affirmation and then you mention one specific doubt you have. Then you say the affirmation again and then another doubt.

It might be worth you writing down the doubts that come to mind so you can tackle them one at a time. But it’s very important that you keep mentioning your affirmation as well, as that this sentence you really want to stick in your mind.

Try this with your own affirmation and see what happens. How do you feel afterwards? How do you see yourself afterwards? Do you now more strongly believe that it can happen? Or do you now believe it will happen?

You have now seen one of the most powerful ways of doing affirmations, combining EFT to help build your affirmation to be stronger, positive and more likely to happen. Do this at least once a day and you will soon start noticing how your state of mind is changing and your belief in that it is possible it will become much stronger.

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Lisa Wallace September 16, 2009 at 11:44 pm

You make an important point about believability. If you can’t believe your affirmations, they’re unlikely to produce the desired results.

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