Using affirmations with Consciousness/Awareness to deal specifically with situations and/or associations that are upsetting and/or low tone works. But just repeating affirmations written by others without focusing them on a specific aspect of our personal Reality (accumulated experiences stored in our subconscious mind) is like painting over the rust in an old car … it may hide the problem temporarily, but it won’t remove the underlying rust; or the pain that continues to eat away at our enjoyment of life on Earth.
Hence the Personal Power to be gained from doing Cognitive Behavioural Techniques (which affirmations on their own are not) that have us reCOGNISING the underlying issues. It is not that we need to dig around in our past to find faults with our upbringing, etc, (they will present themselves for COGNITION when and if needed) but we DO need to reCOGNISE the current cause to our current dis-comfort, dis-ease, emotional, physical, mental and/or spiritual pain.
In my experience, any technique that firstly uses our (not our therapist’s) Thinking ability Constructively to reCOGNISE our emotional attachments and/or reactions, then has us doing an ACTION/behaviour to change it, to address the out-of-date belief/attachment/reaction … is beneficial.
Just talking about change doesn’t cause or Create change if and/or when we are stuck in a lower emotional tone. So affirmations miss the mark each time when our emotions are running high and our innate Intelligence to connect with our Consciousness is low.
I am noticing many people who are asking me for “tools” to Create the change they want to see in their life … are not using them. I now (finally) understand why not, because they haven’t applied the first step of Awareness to their life, reality, yet; let alone taken responsibility for it and then the reparation of it.
So firstly it is our Awareness that we are not totally comfortable or at ease with the way things are. Many of us find ourselves being rudely awakened (made Aware) by our involvement in a serious accident, chronic disease, shocking relationship, diagnosis of a mental disorder, etc. In other words we missed the nudges and hints Provided by our Consciousness in the lead up to the drama we now find ourselves in. But late is still better than never!
So, from the time we realise we need to be AWARE, we can then use this COGNITION to our eternal advantage! I use both the Creative Goal Setting (CGS) Program and the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), along with my knowledge of Hubbard’s Emotional Tone Scale and Genpo Roshi/Merzel’s Big Mind/Big Heart experience, to Constructively put into Action my Awareness. Both CGS and EFT use positive wording, but in a very specific manner in each case. In both cases, with personal responsibility.
In using the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), we have firstly reCOGNISED we need to do something to change the way we feel about something (from a bee sting, to a hurtful relationship, or a past or current experience). In doing an EFT, we are doing an Action with Awareness. Just in the wording of the set-up phrase; let alone the transformation invoked by the tapping on the 8 pressure points we are demonstrating our Awareness/COGNITION.
And, as in using the Creative Goal Setting Program, the Emotional Freedom Technique’s continued focus of our intention to Consciously take 100% responsibility for our life, or an issue in our Reality, is using our Free Will to Command Consciousness.
With EFT we keep the focus for about 30 seconds at least, and that is enough to Create a new Reality. With CGS we take advantage of our subconscious mind’s ability to store all data and our Consciousness to materialise all our Distinctions effectively for the Highest Good of all concerned (among other useful things). By combining the two techniques, we take personal responsibility for our emotional state along the way.
The main thing to be AWARE of is our tendency (due to the massive global indoctrination to do so) to be in denial and/or avoidance of our feelings and/or emotional state … this does not fix anything. Often, using the Emotional Freedom Technique is about acknowledging what is NOT working for us, about being aware of what is “YUCK.” It requires that we reCOGNISE what is going on in our Reality.
This is the opposite to much of the New Age teachings around affirmations. These ACTION based techniques I am suggesting are the opposite to being in La-la-land where all is bright and cheery because our affirmations say so (while underneath we continue to struggle with depression, anxiety, separation and abandonment issues) … I speak from experience.
Without Awareness we are left with no empathy, for our own well-being, let alone anyone else’s. Although there are so many “empaths” now feeling what they experience to be other people’s feelings/emotions ~ the irony! If only they knew that this experience is their Consciousness attempting to WAKE THEM UP to their own experience of Reality ~ there are no accidents or mistakes in this. There is no Consciousness without Awareness. There is no point in “coming from the Heart” while hurting (even if it is subconsciously) … holding this position (of coming from the Heart while hurting) is low on the Emotional Tone Scale, below “fear,” “sympathy,” “grief” … maybe as low as “apathy!”
We can be aware of spirituality in theory, and/or we can be Aware of Our Spirituality/Consciousness! By releasing our emotional attachments to out-of-date beliefs (or recently gained beliefs) we can break through the fine/thin Veil between consciousness and Consciousness on each and every issue/Area of Life ~ including those reflected back to us via other people, media, etc.
With Awareness of what is good/Yum and/or “yuck” we can consciously create what we REALLY want. Living with an illusion (created by layering affirmations) is delusional as it only creates more illusion without releasing accumulated pain. Whereas acknowledging our Reality and taking Personal Responsibility for it with Awareness whilst assuming a new Reality is Constructive, not only Creating Change, but also Allowing our Consciousness to Focus on Solutions (we are no longer emotionally blocking the Flow of Consciousness at this point).
Choosing not to see issues (by only focusing on affirmations), does not allow for possible solutions, it just creates a more effective “filter” or shutter system that is now blocking even more from our view … like wearing “rose coloured glasses” and only seeing what we want to see. We become blinded to what is causing our pain. So, look issues in the eye and Command Change … for the Highest Good of all concerned. ♥
Marianne : )
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