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Tools: Affirmation Flashcards

May 27, 2015

Altar and affirmations flashcards

The truth is that I never wanted to be the type of person who used affirmations. Hippies, woo-woos, positive people use affirmations: I didn’t want to be associated with them! Most of all, I just wanted to be grounded, successful, perfect and rad all on my own. When I first began hanging out with one of my best friends, Julian, what initially drew me towards him was that he had a calm, positive, supportive air about him. Without being fake, like many of the “calm”, “positive”, “supportive” people I’d been around. How was he so genuinely likable? What was his secret? Then it hit me — I asked, “Do you have, like, a list of affirmations or something?”

He did.  He’s posted it here.  It’s really long.

He was that type of person.  After reading over his list I looked at him and realized that he really seemed to embody every single one of those affirmations.  That day I began saying his list out loud during my commute to school in the mornings, spending about 30 seconds on each affirmation to allow myself to believe it.

Within 2 days my life had changed.  I woke up happy and energetic, I was more patient, I smiled at strangers, I talked to strangers, I formed genuine relationships with strangers. I was confident, I saw myself as equal to the world, and I felt like I was enough. Suddenly public speaking, social events, and older, “cooler” people stopped intimidating me.

Then I fell off the wagon, and I forgot about being enough.  Since Julian gave me his list of affirmations two years ago I have stopped and started saying the affirmations more times than I can count.  Each time I start again it only takes a day to recognize their positive effect.  Falling off the affirmation-wagon reminds me how powerful affirmations are, but it also shows me that I never return to the same place I was to begin with.  The act of practicing saying affirmations actually changes the patterns in which your brain operates, so you’ll never think the same again.

My practice

It’s nice to have Julian’s complete list on-hand from all over the world (as long as I have my phone or a computer), but after saying them hundreds of times now, I’ve deleted and added some, and modified how I use them.

I have a stack of tiny affirmation flashcards on my altar in my bedroom. I keep them in a bowl, and in the morning I go through each of them quickly, spending a few seconds reading each one. When I pick up one that I feel I really need time to truly believe, I place it face-up on my altar and continue through the stack. After I’ve run through all the cards in the bowl, I then turn to the ones laid out and spend about 30 seconds on each one, lining them up, and I leave those out for the day.  Before bed I return to my altar and go through my selected cards again and spend a few moments thinking about each one as I place it back in the bowl.  This act of review allows me to see how I’ve come to embody the words.

I AM Affirmations

These simple “I AM” affirmations are my favorite because I feel that they are the foundation to all other affirmations. For example, I can just cut to the chase by saying “I am committed” and that’s broad enough to mean a number of different things, depending on what I’m needing for the day.

What I also like about this specific list of I AM affirmations is that when I go through them, I don’t feel like I’m kidding myself. One time I tried out an “I am free of debt” affirmation, but it took a lot of work to try to convince myself that I was “free” from debt in one sense, when I wasn’t free from it in “all” senses. I find that “I am in sync with the infinite universe” works much better for me because it makes me feel like I can’t ever fuck up — thus, getting 20k in debt doesn’t bother me.

I AM affirmation flashcards download

I AM affirmation flashcards download

If you’d like to give these affirmation flashcards a shot for yourself, click the link below to download. I laminated mine before I chopped them up, which I found makes them easier to handle. With different definitions of success and infinite ways of thinking, this is only one method, one list. Maybe you don’t want them. Maybe you want to make your own. Maybe you just want to cut out 5 of them and trash the rest. I wont be offended, but I would love to hear about your experience if you choose to try them out!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Beauty Style

The Language of Rings

May 15, 2015

Ring PlacementOne of my friends wears thick, chunky rings on four of his fingers.  I’d once heard that in Japan each of the fingers represents different members in your family, and I wondered if he knew about that.  He didn’t, but he said that they each had a special, more abstract meaning for him.  I was jealous.  I wanted meaning!

So I started researching the meaning of rings, and treated myself to some retail therapy after a pretty emotionally exhausting/enlightening few weeks.  What I found was that the language of ring placement is fairly universal, kind of like mathematics.  In all cultures, the circle is a symbol of the all-encompassing eternity.  Rings simbolize unity and life.  In ancient cultures, rings were considered to bind the wearer with power and energy, bestowing protection on them.  Priests and shamans wear rings on their pointer fingers for spiritual guidance and leadership, and couples bind themselves together by placing them on their ring fingers.

Rings Meaning

I have bought six new rings this month, and made three— I’m a little obsessed.  It has become my morning ritual to decide who I am for the day, what I need spiritually, and I project my intentions.  Even if the rings are not harnessing extra energy from the universe, my mini-ceremony is in no doubt changing my life with the law of attraction.

Here’s what I found…

Fingers, Planets and the Yin & Yang

Your hands are essentially an energy map of consciousness, with each finger having a quality that it represents and stimulates.  Rings act as a filter, enhancing or decreasing our innate energetic characteristics.

The Two Hands

Based on the age-old art of Palmistry, your right and left hands hold distinct energies— the yin and the yang.   The passive hand holds the yin energy, the active hand holds the yang.  For right-handed people, the left is considered the passive hand, the active hand will be the right. With the left hand we receive energy, and with the right we give.

Placing a ring on the left hand aligns in to our bodies and our lives with the qualities associated with that particular finger.  When we place a ring on the right hand, that ring channels the giving/creating qualities associated with that particular finger.  The hands/energies are opposite for left-handed people.

The Thumb
The will, both personal and universal, and Self-assertion

Index Finger
Leadership, Executive Ability, Self-esteem, Power, Money, Spiritual/Religious Authority

Middle Finger
Responsibility, Universal & Human Law, Justice, Sense of Right & Wrong, Self-Analysis

Ring Finger
Love of Beauty, Creativity, Expression of Self, Relationship with Others

Pinky Finger
Intuition, Communication, Quick Intelligence

 

fingers ring meaning

The Greek Gods

Mercury (pinky finger)

Mercury was the messenger of the gods.  He symbolizes intellectual capacity, thought process, comprehension, and all intellectual activities in general.  He is the planet of communication and exchanges.

Sun (ring finger)

The Sun is a star of warmth, life, and light. He emphasizes courage, loyalty, nobleness and generosity, but also pride and self-centredness.  He represents the source of life itself, and therefore, creation and creativity.

Saturn (middle finger)

Saturn is a sign of ambition, maturity, wisdom and asceticism.  He is associated with the elderly, the wise, and all people who can help others overcome an ordeal such as priests, medical practitioners, etc.

Jupiter  (index finger)

Jupiter is associated with wealth, glory and honours, and he also is a success factor.  He symbolizes abundance, warmth, blossoming, good luck and self-confidence.

The Elements

varung mudraThe five elements of the body have a close relationship, with each finger representing a specific element.  The meanings of each finger in relation to the elements are key in understanding the power of Hindu/Buddhist mudras.  It is interesting to note the relationship between the planets (above) and the elements (below), and observe how the power of the mudras correlates with planetary descriptions.  For example, the Varun Mudra is the mudra for the higher mind, or mental clarity, to symbolize openness and fluid concentration.  It is formed with the thumb (universal will) and pinky (intuition).  What better way to find mental clarity than connecting your intuition to the universe?!  Mudras are effective through reflexology, as putting light pressure on specific areas on your hands triggers certain areas in the brain to activate.

Water (pinky finger)

Water characterizes change and represents the liquid state.

Earth (ring finger)

Earth represents the solid state of matter. It manifests stability, permanence and rigidity.

Ether (middle finger)

Ether is the subtlest of all elements, which is everywhere and touches everything.  It is a vessel in the mind which receives all impressions, and in the heart space accepts love.  Ether is receptivity and non-resistant to what is true.

Air (index finger)

Air is the gaseous form of matter, which is mobile and dynamic. It is a key element required for fire to burn. Air is existence without form.

Fire (thumb)

Fire has the power to transform the state of any substance: to transform solids into liquids or gas, and back again.  It is the universal force in nature that produces heat and radiates light. Fire removes doubt from the mother-substance of human heart and replaces it with joy.

With all of this laid out to enjoy and contemplate, our fundamental intuition is truly the best guide of all.  What matters most is what feels right to the ring wearer.

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