What is the True Affirmations Definition?

Is the true “Affirmations” definition Negative or Positive?

The answer is both.  Due to the onset of “New Age” study there is some confusion about the true “affirmations” definition.  Wikipedia, a website that is known for setting the standard for gathering information has the affirmations definition as follows:

“Affirmations” in New Age and New Thought terminology refers primarily to the practice of positive thinking—fostering a belief that “a positive mental attitude supported by affirmations will achieve success in anything.”More specifically an affirmation is a carefully formatted statement that should be repeated to one’s self and written down frequently. For an affirmation to be effective, it needs to be present tense, positive, personal and specific.

When the word affirmations is used in the context of  New Age thought practices the above is the definition the speaker is referring to. However, if we really wish to use affirmations for accomplishing goals like improving self esteem or manifesting abundance, we must consider the true affirmations definition outside of this context.  The Webster’s Dictionary affirmations definition is as follows:

“A statement asserting the existence or the truth of something”

When we closely examine Webster’s definition we can we can see the absence of the positive thinking element.  The truth is we use affirmations all day everyday.  Most of us don’t realize how powerful our words are.  Whether spoken aloud or repeated in thought, we are asserting and creating our own individual truths.  We have all had the experience of  looking at an object with a  friend and not sharing the same opinion about the object.  For example you see a car and state “I really like that car” and your friend says “I can’t believe you like that thing!” in obvious disapproval. Who is right?  You both are because you are stating your own individual truths. Some may think this example is a matter of personal taste, but the more you practice using positive affirmations the more you will see that the principles apply to circumstances you may currently view as unchangeable facts.

The point of the New Thought affirmations definition is to change your conscious level of thinking until your subconscious accepts the statement as your truth. This changes your actions, words and experiences. By choosing to always affirm the positive about yourself, your situation, and the world around you, you will create more joyful life experiences. Have you ever heard the saying “You don’t pray to change God’s mind, you pray to change your own mind”?  All the joy, prosperity, good health, and love you desire already exist, and using positive affirmations helps you achieve a greater awareness of their existence in and around you.

The true affirmations definition is not just the positive statements we make, but all the words and thoughts we use from moment to moment to create our reality.  So, while writing a positive statement down several times a day is a great start, we must retrain our conscious mind to affirm the positive from moment to moment.  Only then will our subconscious mind believe the positive affirmations and create more of the good experiences we wish to see.  I suggest starting by creating a statement like:

“I am increasingly aware of the love and joy that surrounds me in each moment.”

Next, go through your day trying to catch yourself every time you make a negative comment about yourself, your situation, another person, or object, and then mentally or verbally repeat your new positive statement to start that all important change.