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Affirmation is a statement of an idea you desire to "make firm", to impress upon your subconscious mind, so that eventually it begins to work for you automatically.

There are many different ways to practice self-hypnosis, and write affirmations is one of them. As you keep on working with self-hypnosis, you may find that at different times your mood and preferences may change and different methods may be more suitable for you. The more options you're aware of, the better you'll be able to deal successfully with any situation regardless of the circumstances.

There may be times when you just want to relax and listen to a hypnosis recording and let it guide you toward your desired outcome. There may be times when you feel too busy and may find it more suitable to just let the subliminal recording play in the background. And then, there may be times when you feel too restless, or you are experiencing some pressing feelings you'd like to get out of your system and transform them, times when you just don't feel like relaxing, but would rather engage in some form of physical action. Writing affirmations is one of the things you can do at such times. By the way, you can write them or type them, according to your preference.

Another purpose of writing affirmations is that they allow you to become aware of any conflicting beliefs hiding in your subconscious mind, so that you can transform them at the same time.

An effective process of working with affirmations has three main stages- just like a good hypnosis session, a prayer, or any other form of changework. The following process describes the way I work with affirmations.

The first stage gets you into the appropriate state of mind for impressing the affirmation upon your subconscious. In a regular hypnosis session, you get into this state of mind generally through relaxing your mind and body. When working with affirmations, you may want to align yourself with the source of all power, or if you prefer your own inner power to create changes in your life, by writing appropriate affirmations. The purpose of this stage in hypnosis is to help you to put aside the critical faculty of your conscious mind. The purpose of this stage when writing affirmations is to help you put your "outer" self aside, so that you can access your inner "creative power", your "true self" which knows of no limitations and has all the knowledge and power to effect the desired changes in your life.

Here are few samples of such affirmations:

"I live and move and have my being in an ocean of love, power and wisdom of God".

"I am in, one with, and completely amalgamated with all love, power and wisdom of God".

"I allow all the love, power and wisdom of God to express fully and freely through me now."

Depending on the goal you are working with, you may replace the word(s) "love, power and wisdom", with "God", "Spirit", "abundance", "peace", "energy", "healing energy", "light", "life", "chi", "ki" or any other attribute or the "universal essence".

How long should you keep on writing these affirmations in one sitting? Until you get the corresponding FEELING. You impress your subconscious mind through FEELINGS, so you need to keep on writing until you can FEEL that the affirmation you are writing is true for you.

If listening to a particular music helps you to create the desired feeling, by all means have that music play in the background. You may also listen to corresponding subliminal recordings while writing your affirmations.

The second stage of writing affirmations consists of your "goal-specific" affirmations. Your goal should be stated in positive terms (what you want to experience instead of what you don't want), and be in present tense - "as if" the desired outcome is your reality now.

Your affirmations should begin with "I am" or "I am becoming", "I have", etc.

Your affirmations should also be specific. For example, if you affirmed "I now have more money" - you may find one cent somewhere and the affirmation would be fulfilled, but that's probably not what you had in mind. Your subconscious mind takes your statements literally and it fulfills them according to what you affirm. A better affirmation would be "I now have $(specific amount)", or "I am now earning $(specific amount) a month".

You may write these affirmations in the first ("I am"), second ("You are" and third person ("[your name] is"). Also, incorporate "feeling" words into your affirmations, words that help you to elicit appropriate emotions relating to your goal. For example

"I feel so good that I am now able to ..."

"I feel so exited now that I have ..."

"I have decided to ..."

"I am committed to ..."

Certain types of general affirmations do work well, too. For example "All my needs are now and forever supplied", or "I am enjoying perfect health now and forever". These general types of affirmations are pretty close to the affirmations you were writing in the first stage of the affirmation process because what you're doing here is affirming and aligning yourself with spiritual truths. You are simply affirming that you desire to experience in your physical world what is already true for you in spirit. You are acknowledging these spiritual truths and allowing them to express in your life.

The universe (or, your subconscious / superconscious mind - whatever term you prefer) follows the path of least resistance. This means that what you ask for will come in a way that is the easiest to get according to your beliefs, desires and expectations and according to beliefs, desires and expectations of everyone else who may be involved in your project.

If you leave the "how" what you desire will come about - but instead state, for example, "this now manifests for me in a perfect way for the highest good of all" - you'll will often get what you desire faster. There are many more ways of getting what we desire that we are consciously aware of, so leavi