Life Hack for Overcoming Depression: Believe That It’s Already True


The other month, I read Money and the Law of Attraction by Esther and Jerry Hicks. If you’re at all familiar with the concept of the law of attraction and/or saying affirmations, the content won’t be new to you–just somewhat encouraging (hopefully).

While I don’t know whether or not I agree with all of these very famous authors’ ideas, I did love one point they made.

They said that the best way to say an affirmation–and the most effective–is to focus on not just a statement of what you want, but a good feeling statement. Your good feelings about your desires, they say, shows that part of you already believes in the statement and in the possibility of it coming true.

Now, here’s the thing. I don’t usually love these kinds of “rules” that people make up about spiritual practices. Tips are great–advice is wonderful–ideas are cool … but when you start telling me my positive affirmations won’t work just because something is a little “off,” I automatically think you’re selling something.

Which, in this case, of course, they are.

But that said, everyone has something to contribute when it comes to this hugely varied topic, and I do think what the Hicks are saying makes a lot of sense. Sometimes, changing your affirmation ever so slightly to become something you can really believe in is a good thing. I’ve been trying it a lot lately, and not only does it often have great results–it makes me a little happier in the moment as well.

Try it sometime and let me know what you think!


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  1. For my money, I’ve not come across a better book or simple to apply technique (for affirmations/visualisations) than what is in Maxwell Maltz’s Psycho-Cybernetics. I prefer the original edition over it’s subsequent reprints. He outlines specifically how to change your self-image – combing visualisation, affirmation, and repeated practice for no less than 30 days for each new change. It’s sounds like any other hipp-dipppy feel good program in print, but when you read and apply the technique, it is actually similar material to what you fiind in Tibetan Buddhism, and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
    Maltz’s method is not some new age nonsense, but a specific mind technology that most meditators will recognise and find great value in when applied. I’ve used his method many times in recent years, and it’s excellent. It’s a shame that people can read this book and totally miss the point of it though. It’s not for entertainment.
    Good as his methods are, they have been improved on, I combine his method with a Chinese walking meditation and it is far more powerful than sitting on your ass waiting for life to get good.

    But any affirmation strongly felt and repeated is better than none!


    1. I’ve read it!

      “New-Age nonsense” — good phrase. I like New Age nonsense but at the same time, I prefer the simple, commonsense ideas found in this book and others. Oprah W. said something like, “All I know for sure is that what you think about, you become.” And that’s really what it comes down to, right? You can believe in reincarnation or angels or no afterlife at all, but that statement is hard to deny.


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