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!
It’s spirituality for the rest of us.
Eckhart Tolle is awesome. So are Byron Katie and all those Buddhist monks we hear about. Why, then, doesn’t their advice immediately solve all our most pressing spiritual problems?
Why are their results so difficult to replicate?
More Stuff to Read:
Some Spiritual Practices Actually Work. It’s Amazing.
There are hundreds of spiritual techniques for overcoming depression and increasing inner peace. Here, stories about the ones that actually work. (In some posts, I rate the practices on a scale of 1-10, too. Sort of like county fair pumpkins, but more spiritual.)
These Are the Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday
Kids, here it is. Have at it.
- Spiritual-But-Not-Religious Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday
- All Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday
I’m a Partner, a Mom, a Friend, a Mom, a Sister, a Daughter, a Businessperson and a Mom. Here’s What Helps.
Don’t read this section. It’s nonsense, mostly.
- My Mostly Ridiculous Self-Improvement Journal
- 150 Life Hacks for Getting Suddenly Awesome
- Suddenly Awesome Miscellany (And, Let’s Be Real: Book Promos)