With Constant Repetitions (Affirmations)
Repetitive Affirmation: The repetitive assertion of something you want to be true in your life. A solemn declaration you accept as being true.
“I am happy, healthy and wealthy.”
“I am good enough.”
“Money comes to me with ease.”
“I’m so calm. I’m so happy. I’m so well informed. Everything I touch turns to gold. I’m surrounded by abundance.”
Now you can state your affirmations in three ways,
- Thinking them.
- Speaking them.
- Demonstrate them. Act with emotion. Combine the affirmation with an emotional impact. Act as if you already have it. Feel the emotion, an intense emotion! There’s the pretending. It sounds silly, but try it anyway. You will need literally to ‘hammer or batter’ your mind to go to the ‘imprint zone’ with this method. However, try it. While I will give you more tools to combine with ‘affirmations’.
We are living in a total mirage world. The reason you could be in debt is because you ‘pretend’ that you’re in debt, and you pretend money is hard to come, or you pretend nobody wants to hire you, or nobody would buy from you.
Pretend otherwise, show up for yourself with intense emotion and enthusiasm, knock on the door, print the business cards, buy the shoes, just do these consistent demonstrations. However, without an intense emotional trigger, you are working at a superficial level and you are not affecting your imprint zone.
Do these little things on a consistent basis with emotion as if your life depends on it. Then, as your life start changing, it will be easier to think it, and it will be easier to speak it.
You’re automatically dealing with acts of faith, where you even don’t know you are doing an act of faith. All of a sudden the pieces of the puzzle start shifting. Your life changes, and all of a sudden your life starts to mirror all of the pretending. (Read Lewis Howes’ life experience on Lewishowes.com/book)
Repetition is the mother of learning and is by repeating information that an action eventually gets rooted in the deepest area of our mind: the subconscious mind. As it gains strength the new information or action takes control and becomes predominant; other ideas that are not used as frequent become weaker and lose control.
Now let me show you one of my favorite tools I got for you and possibly more powerful than positive thinking alone. In fact, you can combine this tool with what you have learned.
This method is a very powerful tool for your toolbox.
But, before you say, “presuppo-what?” and drop this book away, let me help here a bit to discover what is this all about.
Presupposition means: To suppose or assume in beforehand; take for granted in advance.
At the beginning, the explanation may seem intimidating to you. However, at the end not only you will find it to be very simple, but very, very powerful as you discover how to apply this tool by taking advantage of the way your mind works.
Let’s discuss this great method.
Conversational therapists and psychologists are using the concept of “Presupposition Factor” as one important “Stealth Tactic” to deal with the mind.
So what exactly is a presupposition?
A presupposition is a linguistic assumption -something taken for granted.
Presuppositions are commonly used every day by everyone you know.
These are ideas your mind assumes according to the questions you ask or the statements you say. They are believed and taken to be true just because of the way you are stating them.
Almost every statement or sentence you make as you speak or write has a presupposition built right into it.
The best way to explain a presupposition is to show you examples.
If you were to state,
“Today the tourists are riding in the back of the bus.”
This statement is a relatively common sentence, and there are some presuppositions built in there.
- First is that there is a bus.
- Second there is a back and front on the bus.
- Third there is more than one tourist on the bus.
- Four not yesterday, not tomorrow but today.
You get all these concepts and assumptions from this simple phrase.
The neat thing about presuppositions is that once the information is implied, your mind no longer consciously tries to disagree with these facts.
Once the statement is made, your conscious mind won’t get involved in questioning whether or not there are tourists or a bus. Your mind gets busy thinking about “when” and “where” the tourists are on the bus.
The powerful thing about presuppositions is that they work to distract resistance since your brain gets caught up in organizing the events, where or when they took place while the suggestions and ideas quietly slip in your mind.
Using Presupposition Factor in the form of a question
The human brain is always asking and searching for answers to questions. The brain works automatically with more intensity searching for answers as we propose questions.
If somebody ask you a question, like: “Why the grass is green?” your mind immediately starts searching for an answer, because it’s programmed that way. By the way, you don’t have to answer that question.
Your mind works like a computer when you try to search and find answers on a search engine software in the Internet. The engine doesn’t care about the quality of the question you are asking.
Your mind works searching for an answer with or without you own volition or wish; you couldn’t not do it!
This sole idea is what makes this tool so powerful.
Disempowering and Empowering Questions
From Biblical times, we have been reminded: “You have not because you ask not.” “Ask and you shall receive.”
With that in mind, let’s look at something important to consider.
You have heard people saying:
“Why is this happening to me?”
“Why can’t I find what I am looking for?”
These are dis-empowering and sabotaging questions because they are focusing on the negative side.
You may have used questions like this for many years inadvertently. They are destructive forms. They create the quality of life you don’t want.
Stop Doing That and Start Doing this
On the other side, we call empowering questions the types of questions that cause the brain to concentrate on what you have instead on what you lack leading you to increase your self-esteem and create a positive self-image.
Your brain automatically focuses on what is right “about you”, not on “what is counter-serving to you”.
How to use the Two Drivers in Life
There are two human behavior drivers or motivators:
- Motive (the why)
- Method (the how)
Motive drives more action than method. Let’s see why.
Suppose you are in a theater where some actors are performing. You could jump on the stage and kiss and actor or actress. You have the knowledge to do it, you know the “how”. You can conceive a method in your mind to do it. However, you don’t do that because there is a lot of “whys” you ‘better don’t do that’. You could be expelled from the site, it’s kind of embarrassing, it’s not social acceptable, etc.
We can think of thousand things we can do, because we know “how” to do them, and we don’t dare to do because there are lots of “whys” of not doing them.
That’s why “motive” trumps “method”, how. We use the “why” driver to build our empowering questions. Let’s start using this driver.
How do you do that?
Simply by reversing the negative questions we are so familiar using in our daily life with positive ones. So,
“Why am I so broke?” becomes “Why am I so rich?”
“Why am I so fearful?” becomes “Why am I so confident?”
“Why am I so fat?” becomes “Why am I so healthy?”
The good thing about empowering questions is that you don’t have to find the answer for any question you create. You could, but you don’t have to do it.
Applying What You Discovered
Let’s come back to what we discussed before about the Presupposition Factor. When you ask,
“Why am I so rich?”
“Why am I so confident?”
“Why am I so healthy?”
The mind is caught up with the reason “why” and assumes that you are rich, confident or healthy.
Increasing the Power by Staking Presuppositions
While you are learning the power of presupposition questionings, you can also practice stacking presuppositions to reinforce an idea.
“Why am I so happy?”
“Why am I so cheerful?”
“Why am I so confident?”
When you stack presuppositions, one on top of the other and repeat them, you are transmitting an overwhelming amount of information out for the conscious mind to break through the subconscious mind in a very efficient way.
Stacking is a great way to distract the conscious mind from noticing or considering the suggestion you are slipping in, making resistance nonexistent.
One More Element to Increase the Power
The final presupposition important element you need to practice is that of adverbs and adjectives. We can use them to create more quality and action.
They are descriptive words like: Fortunately, lucky, curiously and greatly – to take some as examples.
With this presupposition method, you are making your mind more aware of the quality of a thing than the thing itself. Consider…
“Why am I so lucky catching the bus?”
Here, there is no question about the bus’s existence; the attention is drawn to the “lucky” part.
If you ask this question alone, your mind will not resist the fact there was a bus but wish to find out why you almost missed it.
The possible resistance is now placed on “the how” and “the why”; how did the event happen, why you were so lucky, why did you almost miss the bus.
You will have lots of opportunities to use and practice presupposition questioning or Afformations in the next chapters.
Before that, let’s discover another tool you can use in combination with what you already have.
The ‘No Mind’ Method Tool
I discovered this wonderful method as I became tired of ‘trying’ to control my mind when a negative event aroused. In that time, I was forcing my concentration into a positive event but I couldn’t hold it for more than 4-5 seconds. I was dragged off by my mind into the same negative pattern, over and over again.
I suddenly realized I was not in control of my mind or my emotions!
Then I found the ‘No Mind’ method and literally turned my mind into a winner’s mind. I read about this method in a phenomenal work by Andy Shaw and my perspective and mind control changed completely for the good.
If you are interested to go further, you can read the whole method in the great book “Creating a Bug Free Mind” by Andy Shaw. (If you are interested you can have it here, www.abugfreemind.com)
For now, let’s dive in the method…
When you practice silencing your mind’s chatter, at some point you start practicing the ‘No Mind’ method. Literally you get in this stage when you learn to think nothing. No thoughts of any kind.
While you use this method, I’ll show you how to be aware, how to be present as you get the ‘No Mind’. It’s easier than you think. You don’t need to have a super mind to do it. I have taught this method to many of my patients, even to children and with no exceptions they have learned to switch their thinking off at will.
Wish to try it right now?
To start, we are going to do it for just few seconds. Some people found useful to do it staring to a candle’s light or some flames in a quite dark room. Go anyway, and avoid any interruptions, as you do this for the first time. I suggest you find a quite place so there are no external distractions.
When you are in those “ideal” conditions, bring your mind into a silence. Don’t force it. Don’t struggle with it. Just take it easy and calm down. Breathe deeply several times. Let it happen when you feel you can do it.
Bring your attention on your forehead, in a middle point just behind your eyes. Breathe normally now and just silence your mind. The more you do it the easier it gets.
It is okay if you can hold it for few seconds. Everything requires some practice. Remember the first time you ride a bicycle or you try to drive a car? Well, the same happens here.
I taught some children and seniors to do it. After some trials and errors they all were able to reach the “No Mind” state.
Once you are able to do it, try to see how long you can hold it. After some practice, a 93 years old woman needed just few seconds to silence her mind before bringing it in. She said that she can usually hold it for about one minute, which is remarkable for her.
The power of this method is so great that once you get control, you can bring in anytime, anywhere you wish. You only need to hold it for ten or fifteen seconds to regain control and effectively reset your mind completely.
I practiced the “no Mind” method in all sorts of conditions; in my car, in a plane, queuing up in a line, while listening some music, before going to sleep.
I kept practicing until it was no place I could not still my mental activity in seconds.
I suggest you to come back often times to this section. As you get this tool and turn it on whatever circumstance you wish to, then you will notice immediately the change of your reality.
Spend plenty of time building a solid foundation with this tool. You will be happy later on you did.
Let’s get another tool for your toolbox in the next post.