Staying Positive and Feeling Good

AffirmationsSo, if the goal is maintaining positive thoughts and feelings, just how does one go about doing that? I’ve employed several techniques that are proving quite effective. One of them stands out above the rest.

Positive Affirmations

Let’s face it, affirmations can be a pain in the ass. I’m not talking about writing them. That’s the easy part: Keep them positive, first-person, present-tense. No, it’s the reciting of them daily that takes time and energy and seldom have I had any luck using them for a consistent, sustained period of time. Until now.

Previously, I’ve tried techniques like reciting them over and over, but then I have to keep them physically written down nearby. I’ve tried memorizing them, but that cuts down on the number of affirmations I can remember. Then there’s finding private time to recite them. Alone time is preferable, lest you sound like a crazy person muttering to yourself.

I’ve also experimented with writing down affirmations over and over again, a la Bart Simpson on the chalkboard, but this, too, is time-consuming and limits the number of affirmations I can use, to mention nothing of hand cramps.

The most effective way I’ve found to employ affirmations is to record them, which is pretty simple these days with all the computer, tablet and phone gadgets that allow for recording. This means I can listen to a good couple of dozen affirmations several times a day, very quickly, without needing anything more than my smart phone or computer nearby.

I’ve mixed my affirmations with dramatic music, which I find heightens the effect and allows me to feel the intent behind the affirmations more than if I was just hearing my voice. I have two separate sound tracks that I use, with the affirmations recited in a different order, to keep things fresh.

For the morning affirmations I use tracks from the movie Tron Legacy, which if you’ve ever heard it has this driving, insistent techno-beat that suggests we really are all in The Matrix and that, yes, focusing your thoughts positively can actually affect The Matrix.

My evening tracks are from the movie Somewhere In Time, from the scenes in which protagonist Richard Collier is trying to hypnotize himself back in time to the year 1912. If you know that scene, you’ll realize that what he’s done is record and playback affirmations for himself.

My affirmations take twelve to fourteen minutes to play. I listen to them while walking to and from my bus to the office, which allows me to repeat internally what I’m hearing and really feel the power of what I’m saying.

How have they worked so far? I credit them for remembering to keep mindful of my thoughts, to realize throughout the day how vitally important staying positive and feeling good is. They are a mental cue that I really can let go of negativity and redirect my awareness toward something positive. They remind me to trust, to focus on the right frequency and let The Universe take care of the rest.

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Brian Mercer is the author of the supernatural YA novel, Aftersight (Astraea Press, 2013). He is also co-author with Robert Bruce of Mastering Astral Projection: 90-Day Guide to Out-of-body (Llewellyn, 2004) and The Mastering Astral Projection CD Companion (Llewellyn, 2007). A board member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and senior editor at Author Magazine, he lives in Seattle with his wife, Sara, and their three cats.

 URL: www.brianmercerbooks.com

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Minding the First Creation

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I’ve never been one for new year’s resolutions, but I’ve always been a goal setter. Since college I’ve written them down. And, as a new calendar year begins, I like to take the time to reflect on where I’m headed and what I would like to manifest.

In the past, I’ve always focused on accomplishments and tangible acquisitions, the idea being that that shiny new computer, seeing my books published, would lead to happiness, fulfillment, and self-actualization. I’ve been reasonably successful in manifesting the things I’ve set out to achieve, but it occurs to me that I’ve been going about things backwards.

I’ve been hearing about the Law of Attraction since the mid-1980s, the idea that how you think and feel attracts the people and events in your life. Since college I’ve been consciously using the Law of Attraction to bring into my life the things I’ve wanted to have and experience, but it was only with Rhona Byrne’s The Secret (when the Law of Attraction got a good PR person) did I start to think bigger.

Yet even then, while many things manifested with uncanny speed and accuracy, there were a few goals that remained elusively out of reach. Was fear holding me back? A sense that I am unworthy? A preconceived notion that these things were difficult and took a lot of effort? Maybe all three.

This year I decided that, rather than spending my energy pursuing specific goals and aspirations, I am going to focus my energy minding how I think and feel. “Master that and everything,” says Teal Scott, author of Sculptor in the Sky, “EVERYTHING falls into place.” If thoughts are the first creation, as Stephen Covey suggests, then mastering them should effect everything that follows.

At first glance, the idea of controlling your thoughts — staying positive, feeling good, harmonizing with the frequency of things you want to attract — seems like a tall order. Oh, maybe it’s fine for an afternoon. A day or so. But what about long term? To always feel happy? To always think positively? Isn’t that next to impossible?

Maybe. Or maybe that is just a belief. What if it isn’t that difficult with a little concentrated focus?

So this year I mean to do just that. Through a combination of affirmations, meditation, and just plain thought awareness, I am going to focus on positive thoughts and feelings, and trust that The Universe will reflect back that energy. I’ll be documenting the results of my efforts here.

What methods have worked for you in controlling how you think and feel? I’d love to hear your suggestions.

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Brian Mercer is the author of the supernatural YA novel, Aftersight (Astraea Press, 2013). He is also co-author with Robert Bruce of Mastering Astral Projection: 90-Day Guide to Out-of-body (Llewellyn, 2004) and The Mastering Astral Projection CD Companion (Llewellyn, 2007). A board member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and senior editor at Author Magazine, he lives in Seattle with his wife, Sara, and their three cats.

 URL: www.brianmercerbooks.com

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