Happy Saturday Loves! I hope you all have enjoyed the month of October so far. Halloween will be here soon and the month of October will be over before we know it. This month has been wonderful for me!
On Sunday, October 20th, I was the Guest Speaker at Unity of Columbia which I announced in my last post! My title was: “The Power of Affirmations!” I believe my first Guest Speaking experience was amazing. I was nervous and excited at the same time. I received so much love and positive feedback from my spiritual family on my talk. Many of them said the message I provided was exactly what they needed to hear. They loved my energy and told me that I was a great speaker who should speak more often. I still feel like I am in a daze from the experience. I am thankful for the support provided by my family as well. My fiance and son supported me that day like they always do when I am a platform assistant. Two of my sisters drove down from the Charlotte area to watch me which really made my day. Overall, the experience reminded me why I wanted to become ordained as a minister which is to use the power of God within me to help others and myself.
I wanted to share my talk for those who could not make it. I hope something I include will inspire you in some way!
I will discuss what affirmations are from a New Thought perspective, how I have used affirmations in my daily life, and how we all can incorporate different categories of affirmations in our daily lives.
So let’s begin with a few definitions of affirmations. The universe knew I wanted to give a talk on affirmations. Once I found out I could give a talk I considered talking about affirmations since I love using affirmations. Then on August 30th, the Unity facebook page posted an article titled ‘Unity Spiritual Tool Affirmations’. I know that was spirit confirming this was the perfect topic for me to speak about. I love how synchronicity works.
Charles Fillmore, cofounder of Unity, defines in the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary that an “affirmation is a positive statement of Truth.” The Unity Spiritual Tool Affirmations article defines an “affirmation as a declaration of spiritual truth, supporting us in the way an anchor holds a boat steady in its position on the water. An affirmation is a claim on truth, our demand on truth to establish itself in mind and heart.”
Most of the time in Unity, when we see affirmations, they are partnered with denials. The Unity Spiritual Tool Affirmations tells us “denials clear away or release a false belief followed by an affirmation by affirming an important truth. Together, they are a valuable and rewarding tool.” Charles Fillmore explains in the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary that denials should not be made with too much emphasis. They should be like sweeping cobwebs away. I won’t spend time discussing denials today but it was important to mention them.
According to Unity minister, Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett, in Unity Spiritual Tool Affirmations: “an effective affirmation is not wishful or magical thinking and this is very important to note. It is not a prediction of how things will turn out. Rather, it is a statement of what is true here and now.” Eric Butterworth, popular Unity minister and my personal favorite Unity author, explains in his book, The Universe is Calling: Opening to the Divine Through Prayer: “Now let’s become clear about the practice of affirmation. It is not a verbal attempt to make something happen. It is not important many times we repeat a statement or how loudly or softly the statement is said, or if you use even state them out loud. The important thing is to get ourselves into a ‘YES’ consciousness, synchronized with the inner flow of God. Affirmations are very simply the means by which we get in tune with the divine flow.”
Affirmations can be found everywhere we look especially within New Thought but also other religions and secular platforms. There are affirmations based on the 12 powers of man on the banners on the walls at Unity of Columbia. Unity has a page dedicated to Affirmations at unity.org/prayer/affirmations. It lists five different categories of affirmations each month. I printed a copy of the October affirmations from the Unity website and provided to the audience. In addition to the monthly affirmations, the page lists affirmations in categories like Guidance, Prosperity, Harmony, Protection, Inner Peace, and Healing. Go check out the web page if you are needing a short positive statement to help you through any situation in life. I included the website address. When I am a platform assistant at Unity of Columbia, I read the Absolute Word message which always has an affirmation that we repeat together as a congregation. If you have a Daily Word subscription, there is an affirmation for each Daily Word passage. Have any of you ever subscribed to the Science of Mind magazine? I used to love getting those magazines in the mail. They were filled with so much wisdom. Each monthly magazine lists affirmations in the front of the magazine as well as in the daily focus passages. Affirmations can be found in many New Thought songs and even in popular songs. I enjoy listening to Karen Drucker because many of her songs are affirmations. Affirmations are also found in the Bible. Jesus speaking as the Christ gives many affirmations in the book of John with the I AM statements. He states, I am the bread of life… (John 6:35 NRSV). I am the light of the world… (John 8:12 NRSV)). I am the true vine… (John 15:1 NRSV)). I am the resurrection and the life… (John 11:25 NRSV). Many affirmations start with “I AM” because “I AM” is the name for God.
Most of you know I recently became an ordained minister with the International Metaphysical Ministry earlier this year through the University of Metaphysics online seminary. So when I was completing my Bachelor of Metaphysical Science Studies, the emphasis on Affirmations was significant. In this program, I studied and was tested on 48 modules and most modules provided many affirmations that went with the topics. Dr. Paul Leon Masters, founder of the International Metaphysical Ministry, defines “affirmations as self-programming in a sense that when we use affirmations, we are programming our subconscious mind to maintain a positive, conscious, and aware attitude in the surface or conscious mind.”
Now that I have given a few definitions of affirmations from different viewpoints and where we can find affirmations, I will discuss briefly how I use affirmations in my professional life. I graduated from Claflin University with my degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. All I know after I graduated was that I wanted a job in accounting. I graduated with high honors so I certainly enjoyed my accounting classes. Before I graduated, I found the Unity spiritual path so I was doing a lot of exploring. I was reading all kinds of Unity books, watching videos and listening to podcasts. So I was looking for work, and was offered to apply to a position as a Financial Data Analyst. I looked at the description and saw that I would have to analyze data and learn the computer programming language Audit Command Language (ACL). Now I was thinking I went to school to be an accountant, not a programmer but I felt like I was up for the challenge so I took the job. The training for ACL was intense. I felt very discouraged the first week of training. I started doubting my abilities. What was I thinking believing that I could learn this computer programming language? I am not smart enough to learn this. Learning a programming language is like learning a foreign language. I had to realize that I was blocking the flow of God. I was operating from my EGO consciousness. I was Edging God Out. I knew I needed to transform my consciousness in order to grasp the material I was learning. Affirmations were one of the first practices I acquired when I found Unity. I needed to apply what I was learning. I repeated affirmations for inner peace, faith, harmony, and guidance from my new found path of Unity and the greater New Thought movement. One affirmation I focused on was: “I have the power of God within me, therefore I can accomplish any task before me.” Like Eric Butterworth explained, through my affirmations, I had to change my consciousness into a “YES” consciousness to allow God to flow through me. I had to remember who I was: An expression of the divine. It took a year, but I did learn the ACL programming language and analyzing data. I advanced my skills and was promoted to team lead after 3 years on the job. A year after that, I moved on to be the team lead of the largest team at my job. We have since switched to using Oracle MYSQL programming language but operating from the foundation of my God Essence, I have accomplished many great things at my job.
Affirmations are truly a blessing for me. I am a busy woman working sometimes more than 40 hours a week, especially during the busy season. Sometimes, I do not have time to say a long prayer. This is why I love affirmations because they are quick but very powerful. I often record myself saying affirmations and then listen to myself at my desk. I even keep affirmations at my desk at work so if I get frustrated with a project, I can look over and see an affirmation and remind myself that God is here and all is well. So I wanted to suggest to you today to incorporate affirmations in your life. You don’t have to be a student of Unity or New Thought to use affirmations. You don’t even need to believe in God to use affirmations. All you need to believe in is your higher self. As I was studying for my first degree at the University of Metaphysics, we had to create our own affirmations during the exam. My challenge to you is to write your own affirmations. When we write our own affirmations, they truly come from our individual God essences. They are the most genuine affirmations because they were revealed directly to us.
For this, we give thanks! And So It Is!