Intentional Writing

Affirmations are a wonderful tool to change your conscious mental habits. Often our mental chatter is pretty negative, but with consistent practice of positive, loving thoughts we can change everything about our lives. We naturally filter all of our experiences through our world view. If we are pessimists, then every experience is a royal drag; if we are optimists, we can only see opportunities in our challenges. Since different parts of our brains are involved when we write compared to when we speak, writing out your affirmations can help increase the impact they have in your life.

Louise Hay has a fantastic book filled with affirmations for just about every condition or situation. She mentioned that she changed her handwriting based on the work of Vimala Rodgers. Vimala has created an intentional handwriting system and explains that each letter has a unique meaning. She suggests that by changing your writing style you can change patterns in your life.

It is an intriguing idea. I like the idea of writing carefully in a beautiful style. I’m not sure if changing your writing to match Vimala’s is as important as being intentional with your script. I resist her suggested style mainly because I have developed my own calligraphic style that I have such fun writing.

I love calligraphy and I spend far too much time playing around with font choices when I’m starting a new creative project. I often write my affirmations and intentions in calligraphy and I have found that my wishes can manifest very quickly for me when I do. I write with a pen so rarely these days that it is a fun adventure to write with both creativity and intention.

What a neat thought, though, to change our everyday writing from a bunch of scribbles to something beautiful. Perhaps that is a metaphor for the change in our thoughts; as our writing becomes more beautiful our thoughts do too.

You Can Create an Exceptional Life

Lady looking into mirror, Belur Halebidu

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I’m reading “You Can Create an Exceptional Life” by Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson. It is a delightful peek into the conversations between these two amazing women. They discuss the power of affirmations and the courage to step up and change your life. It is a thoroughly convincing explanation of how important loving yourself is to realizing your dreams.

A key exercise is to do what Louise calls mirror work; you look into your eyes in a mirror and say ‘I love and approve of you’. Try it out if you haven’t before. It is one thing to say affirmations out loud, but it adds another dimension when you look in a mirror. You can’t hide from the places where you get stuck. You see it in your face right away. Believe it or not, that is a good thing.

By acknowledging where you have more work to do, and which affirmations you get stuck on, you can dial down the intensity of the affirmation. For some people, it is nearly impossible to say ‘I love you” to their reflection. They just don’t believe it. But if you go back to an affirmation that is easy to say, something like ‘I’m willing to learn to love you” or even ” I’m willing to think about one day liking you”, you can begin to make real progress. Repeating words without really feeling them will not bring the results you are looking for.

I have found that the perfect affirmation to work on is the one that causes something to go ‘zing’ in your chest, or the one that you can say when you read it, but you instantly forget as soon as you look away. The feeling of a deep resonance is easy to connect with an affirmation that will work for you. But even more, the one’s that are tough to remember signal a resistance and an area of your life that you can expand and let more light in.

‘I’m willing to change’ has been one that used to stick in my throat everytime I looked in a mirror. If I didn’t look in my eyes I could recite it hundreds of times without stopping. I realized that a hundred affirmations said without feeling are nowhere near as powerful as one affirmation said through quivering lips and tear-filled eyes. It is the power of the new feeling, of self-love, is what affirmations are training you to do.

Give it a try. It is completely free, and it just might make your life extraordinary. 🙂

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