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The Power of Affirmations

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“Every time you tell your self that you are worthy, that you are good, that you can achieve, that you know that unlimited, positive abundance is all ways waiting for you, you set up a chain reaction throughout the entire Universe. Every thing conspires to support your dream. Every thing.

When you allow someone to repeat your affirmation on your behalf, you instantly increase the power of your intention. Please share your dreams and let us all support them.” – At One

That is your second official invitation to share your Big Wish, Bountiful Dream, Abundant Prayer with everyone who reads this blog. Send me your Positive Affirmation (please see the beautiful examples below and read them aloud so that the intention/prayer/desire is magnified), and I will review and post it here this week. I am so inspired by this! Who knew?

Plus – take a look at this video of Mark Victor Hansen, co-creator of the hugely popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series, as he talks about the power of this process.

Read the following Affirmations aloud, along with the writer’s name. Remember: You are what you think (and say!).

“My life is filled with Love, Laughter, Joy, and Peace. I am grateful for all my creative work that brings me wealth inside and out. I am committing to shine more, emerge more, and ‘to Play Full Out’!”
Mary Anne

“My life is filled with happiness, laughter and boundless energy. I take pleasure in knowing that I wake up everyday knowing that I have survived the greatest of challenges. My challenges have only awakened me to accept who I am ,realize the true meaning of unconditional love and to be grateful for the air that I breathe. I am committed to respecting and loving myself as I grow as a woman, a wife and a mother.”
– Emily

“I am filled with gratitude each day as I open my eyes and immediately recognize the beauty and love that it all around me. I am engaged in my life and live with purpose. I am fully awake as I nurture myself and love myself no matter what I feel or what is going on around me. I am open to discovering my next chapter and doing what it takes to get there. What I have to do is also what I love to do. My spiritual, physical and emotional space is clear and fluid and I am at peace.”
– Bridget

“As I continually step into a more empowered version of myself, all that I need is taken care of. As I stretch myself to take on increased responsibility, support rises to meet me from all directions, even from places I have yet to imagine. As I open myself to my worthiness, my desires manifest to fill the open space I create. I am now open to unlimited possibilities as a powerful, responsible, worthy person, and I abide in appreciation for this life.”
~Sarah, the Optimist.

Thanks and Peace!

Joe

Googling for Optimism in the Media

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Please help! I am fishing for optimistic stories in the media. I want to see a headline and read a story (non-fiction) in a leading newspaper or magazine that is inspiring, full of encouragement and the audacity of hope. I Googled ‘Optimism in the Media’ and found this story: Scanning Headlines: Sure, Optimism Is Great, But Pessimism Sells. The title of that 2003 post says it all. Who sells optimism in these times of economic crisis, war, and global warming? Disney? That’s a bit pessimistic now isn’t it. Sorry, Bambi. It looks like I might have to fish in deeper waters.

My interest in this topic was spurred by my month- long intention to be Radically Open to new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving, and also by a curious, true story of ‘rejection’ that a normally optimistic friend told me.

Sarah called on Tuesday to tell me that the uplifting story she was asked to submit to a journalist’s blog about her sudden and seemingly radical career change a few years ago (featuring your’s truly as shamanic healer/coach) was promptly rejected on the grounds that it was “not ‘practical’ enough”. The journalist felt that readers “were bogged down by the signs of the times.” Who could possibly want to read a happy tale when one could choose from an abundance of bad ones?

Dr. Wayne Dyer once spoke about how the things we have hanging on the walls of our home affect our energy. Beautiful, peaceful images, whether looked at or not, always reflect their “good vibes” onto us and make us feel good. Dr. Masaru Emoto theorized that water is affected by positive and negative thoughts or words. In Dr. Emoto’s studies, positive words helped to create beautiful water crystals, and negative words created water crystals that were distorted.

Each day I walk directly past at least five newsstands in Manhattan. Lately I’ve been bombarded by headlines that scream: Crisis! Disaster! Recession! Sometimes I glance at the headlines, sometimes I don’t. No matter what, I truly believe that the energy that each headline emits is having some subtle effect on me and the more than eight million people who travel into and around New York City throughout the week. And what happens when those people watch TV news, or listen to the radio, or log onto their computers? How much bad news are we being subjected to?

Let’s start a revolution. Let’s start a good news revolution. Today, at least once, share a story of hope with a friend. Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Vistor Hansen is filled with inspirational stories (and those guys got rich and famous by sharing those tales). Tell a co-worker a funny joke. Call your parents and tell them you love them. Spread the good word: Optimism is Possible and Welcome Here Now. Amen!

Peace!

Joe