For the longest while I questioned the purpose of prayer. Even though, I prayed exactly how I was taught to pray with every ounce of faith I had in me, I felt my prayers had little to no impact in my life. After many years of futile prayers, I ceased to pray all together. Prayer felt like a continual waste of breath until I learned about affirmative prayer.
The universal Law of Attraction teaches us, what you attract in your life coincides with your underlying thoughts, beliefs, conscious and subconscious mind. Thus, the energetic messages we emit to the universe is reflected back to us in how we pray. I later learned, the problem wasn't that my prayers weren't working. It was that I misdirected my attention and my focus.
In the past, I centered my thoughts on my current situation or on avoiding a specific negative outcome which is what led me to pray out of a heart of desperation. As oppose to, directing my energy towards what I truly desired.
Affirmative Prayer, is a prayer technique that centers the mind on the desired positive outcome instead of on the present situation or negative circumstance. It operates by aligning your thoughts with what you desire through the process of creative visualization.
Creative visualization is the mental process of creating an imagery in your mind of a desired outcome with the intention of transforming the subconscious mind. This practice shifts the focus of the mind and our emotions from despair to hope.
There are five key elements of affirmative prayer: Recognition, Unification, Realization, Thanksgiving and Release.
5 Elements of An Affirmative Prayer
1| Recognition - Awareness of A Divine Force
Affirmative prayer begins with a statement of recognition of a Divine Force. This statement is an acknowledgement of the omnipresence of this divine force, and the divine energy from the universe that flows within you.
Statements of Recognition:
God Is love.
The Source of all things is abundant.
The universe is prosperous.
The Divine is all knowing.
2| Unification - I am
Unification is the acknowledge that you are one with this divine force, in so being, a divine co-creator of your own reality. Words of unification in affirmative prayer signifies our awareness that there is no separation between God and humanity. It acknowledges that we are one with Source. You do this by stating that you are what divine energy is.
Statements of unification:
I am filled with hope and promise.
Abundance is my divine birthright because of the abundance of this universe.
The Divine intelligence is all knowing thus I am blessed with Divine wisdom.
All that the Divine Creator is I am.
3| Realization - Affirmative Statement or Desired Intention
As a divine co-creator with the universe you have the power to state your desired intention and to affirm that which is true. You can call what you desire from above into this current reality. This is your moment to speak those things that are not (yet) as though they already are (Romans 4:13, King James Bible).
Statements of realization:
In realization that I am one with the Divine I call ______.
From this awareness, I ______.
In this truth, I ______.
4| Thanksgiving - Allowance
Thanksgiving is the awareness that what you created in the spiritual realm is waiting for the divine timing of the universe in order to be physically manifested in the present. Expressions of gratitude, aligns your heart and mind with the abundance of this universe. Expressing gratitude enables you to be in the state of allowance and receiving.
Statements of gratitude:
I give thanks for the realization of this truth.
In gratitude ______.
With a grateful heart I ______.
Knowing_____ I am grateful for _____.
Finally, release your words of affirmation out into the universe trusting that it is at work on your behalf. That the seeds you have planted will come into fruition.
And so is.
And so be it.
Below I’ve written a sample prayer for you. This way you have a better idea of what it may sound like. However, use what ever language or wordings that best suits your beliefs.
An Affirmative Prayer of Self-love and Compassion
Do you incorporate prayer into your spiritual practice? If so, what is your method of prayer? Please share in the comments below.
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