Affirmations and Mantras
Affirmations and Mantras by Jan Engels-Smith
Affirmations and mantras are statements you say to yourself in a repetitive and rote way. Counseling uses affirmations for clients with varying degrees of success and monks have used mantras to train their minds for thousands of years. Affirmations and mantras are both methods of focused attention and concentration. Their success is based on the number of repetitions and the level of commitment to the process. Do you think the counseling clients or the monks have been more successful with this process?
The spirits taught me about the power of affirmations and mantras as I was doing soul retrievals for people. Whenever I finished a journey, the spirits would assign a mantra for my client to repeat. I gave my client the mantra with instructions to repeat it a specific number of times the first thing in the morning for sixty to ninety days. The spirits then instructed me one day to tell a particular client to say a mantra for ten days, 600-700 times per day. I was shocked because the number of repetitions was staggering to me. The spirits informed me that this process was a necessary component to enhance the healing my client had just received. From then on, the spirits continued to assign mantras to my clients with large numbers of repetitions.
The spirits never let me off the hook, so I too received a mantra to practice. I diligently repeated my phrase and it took me about an hour each day. The impact of saying my daily mantra so amazed me the practice became rote and, in fact, a part of my being. The mantra became embedded in my psyche like a catchy tune because of the repetitions. Then a magical truth was created and revealed; the mantra stayed in my mind and eventually created a new core to my belief system. Days turned into months and years and I now have a hard time even remembering the faulty belief system that caused me so much pain in the past. Remember that you respond from a belief system with every choice, thought, or action you have. This is an automatic response so when you want to experience permanent change, address your belief system.
The spirits informed me that the purpose of a mantra is to change the patterning of the mind. The mind is rarely still and has background chatter that is activated (probably even as you are reading this) often referred to as “self-talk.” Self- talk is destructive in many cases and becomes your own personal berating system. Your early belief system was usually put into place years before and it takes much effort to reprogram your existing patterns. Saying an affirmation a few times a day probably will not have much effect even if it is for three months. But anything that you say 600-700 times a day will. You will find yourself saying your mantra while you wash your hair, do the dishes, and drive the car. This beautiful thought becomes your new self-talk and the new background noise.
Spiritual initiates have known the power of mantras for eons; religious doctrines are based on this concept. Prayer beads and rosaries are simple counting systems for repetitive statements. Initiates sit for hours, days, and years chanting mantras and programming their minds with spiritual doctrines. This ancient method works.
I prefer using a clock. I notice how long it takes to say the mantra the first time and then multiply that out to determine the total time needed. No exact count is now needed and I know that I will have said the mantra the required repetitions when I have completed the time. I can focus on my mantra without thinking about manipulating prayer beads. Know that this process takes a tremendous commitment whether you use prayer beads or timing however, the pay-off is the fast progress. Dedicate just ten days to 600 daily repetitions and you will experience an amazing difference in your self-talk. The more you practice, the faster the transformation that will take place. It can be done formally sitting in front of an altar or informally while doing other activities.
I made a pact with myself that I would not listen to the radio in the car and that I would say my mantra the entire trip no matter where I was going. I felt wonderful when I arrived at my destination and was amazed at the magic that followed. I d built up positive energy along the way and the energy hovered around me for hours afterward. I found incredible deals while shopping; parking places in crowded parking lots and had great interactions with people. I was charmed.
You may put your mantra or affirmation to music and sing your tune throughout the day. Pick a jingle that sticks with you and plug in the words. Music has a profound effect on the psyche and is a wonderful way to memorize. Can you imagine trying to learn the alphabet without singing the alphabet song?
Creating mantras or affirmations for your self is easy, but there are a few rules that should be followed. Keep the mantras positive and somewhat short. Remember that the subconscious mind does not recognize negative words such as not, don’t, or won’t, and should be avoided. “I love myself,” has greater impact than, “I don’t hate myself anymore.”
I will list several mantras the spirits have given my clients along with ones I have accumulated over my years of study. Trudy Bragg, my hypnosis teacher, contributed many. One of my favorites is an ancient Tibetan mantra:” May I be filled with loving kindness, May I be well, May I be peaceful and at ease. May I be happy.”
I especially like to say this one as I am gardening because of the grounding effect I receive.
Another favorite of mine is a song I learned in the Unity church: “I am walking in the light, in the light, in the light. I am walking in the light, in the light of God.”
The spirits have often said that they can heal us emotionally, physically and spiritually but not necessarily mentally. We have free will or what they call sacred choice. Our thoughts are a representation of this choice. Even though many people don’t WANT to think negatively anymore the habit is persistent. The mantra is a tool that works to reprogram the habit into something that is amazingly beneficial. Make mantras up, try new ones, and be proactive with your thinking.