Lying to myself and God
Yes, I was telling lies! At least that’s what it felt like.
My list of daily affirmations were not true.
You probably already know how positive affirmations are supposed to make your life better, right? Take a look at this short video, for example.
I was never this dramatic when I said my affirmations. Perhaps that’s why I felt like a fraud.
But it should have been easy
You see, I took all my affirmations straight out of the Bible. Affirmations had to be a “Christian” exercise for me. I was firmly bound up in my religious crap, and I wanted no trace of New Age heresy to creep in and poison my soul.
All of my life I’ve said I believe the Bible is the written word of God. And, when I went looking for affirmations, I found plenty of Bible verses telling me I’m good, that I’m destined to be amazing, both on earth and in heaven. But these verses felt like a lie when I read them out loud. Do I really believe that I’m supposed to become like Jesus? That I’m freed from sin? That God will give me health and wealth?
None of these things ever showed up in my life!
I’m a sinner, saved by grace?
Church taught me I would never measure up to anything good in this lifetime. The best I could do was apologize to God when I screwed up and try harder next time. The goal was to get into heaven where everything will be perfect. You’ll never be perfect here on earth. That’s what I believed.
Praise Jesus! I’m free
I kept reading my list of “Bible affirmations”, almost every day. I found even more positive and affirming Bible verses over the years. And my life changed!
. . . but wait.
There’s a catch.
It took years before I saw even a tiny change in my life.
Here’s what I learned
Positive words and thoughts–affirmations–by themselves, won’t change your life. At least not in this decade.
It’s not what you think, it’s what you believe.
Jesus said that faith (belief) the size of a mustard seed (really small) would give you enough power to move a mountain by speaking to it. Here’s a direct quote from Jesus:
I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. [Mark 11:24 NLT]
I spoke affirmations, but my mountain of religious garbage and old habits remained. My life didn’t change.
Logical belief gives you slow results
Like most church-going Christians, my belief was all in my head, not my heart. I kept passion and emotion on a short, choke-chain leash. And I filtered every feeling through my intellectual “Christian” matrix.
I recited affirmations using my logical beliefs and got diddly squat!
You have to convince your Lizard Brain
Last time I wrote about how your Lizard Brain controls most of what you think and do. (You can read it HERE if you like.) Your unconscious, or subconscious, brain (Lizard Brain) is not logical.
Repeating affirmations will eventually seep into your unconscious Lizard Brain. I didn’t feel like as big a liar after 5 years or so of repeating affirmations.
The secret key to your unconscious Lizard Brain
Here’s the secret: Your unconscious responds to feelings and images. Words alone won’t do much. Yes, you still need to decide what you want. You still need to stop your negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones. But you also must feel and see a picture in your mind that validates what you say with your words.
You should also know that this principle of positive beliefs and affirmation works for everyone. You don’t have to be religious. What your Lizard Brain believes is what you do.
So make some affirmations you can grab hold of and get some emotion and imagination involved. You’ll see a difference, and soon.
Next time I’ll share another angle to get the habits you want and ditch the bad ones.
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