Sunday, 6 April 2008

The Power of Positive Affirmations

In the Summer of 2006, I was plagued by a skin rash which stayed with me for 8 months. During this time, I went to see my GP, who gave me some ineffective tablets after the blood tests returned all clear. I also went to see a Chinese herbalist and was on bitter medicine for 8 months. Unfortunately, my condition progressively worsened. Not only did I have a nasty rash on my thighs, it eventually crawled all the way down to my toes and up my body and arms. The strange thing was that this mostly happened in the evenings. Besides my rash, I also suffered from painful swollen joints in my fingers, elbows, knees and ankles. I was in such agony that at one point, I was having trouble with getting dressed! Since the blood test came back fine, I knew that whatever symptoms I was getting were no cause for concern.

But why was it happening to me?

I then remembered coming across a book called 'You Can Heal Your Life' by Louise Hay a few years back in a bookshop. I recalled seeing a dictionary inside the book explaining the reasons for manifesting certain physical symptoms and illnesses. So I got hold of a copy and found that my skin condition may have been related to 'small, hidden fears; anxiety; old buried guck; feeling threatened'. Louise Hay then suggested instilling new thought patterns, e.g. 'I bring peace to every corner of my life, I lovingly protect myself with thoughts of joy and peace. The past is forgiven and forgotten. I am free in this moment.' Targeting the problem in isolation didn't produce the result I desired, so I read the whole book instead. I was so glad I did because I learned from Louise Hay's research that self-acceptance is the ultimate key to a happy and fulfilling life. How can you expect others and the universe to deliver goodness to you when you feel you don't deserve anything good in your life?

I now check my dictionary when my body is unwell to see what my body is trying to tell me. I believe any illness is a sign that something is not in order.

Some of my favourite affirmations from Louise Hay:

The past is over, so it has no power now. The thoughts of THIS moment create my future. (Perfect when I do something stupid and couldn't get it out of my system. This helps to remind myself that what's done is done - move on!)

Everyone in my life has something to teach me. We have a purpose in being together. (Ever feel like strangling that annoying relative/work colleague/family member/friend? I like to think that they are mirroring a part of me that I need to become aware of. It's all a learning experience. Again, be forgiving, extract the lesson and move on!).

Today, no person, place or thing can irritate or annoy me. I choose to be at peace. (This may be hard to initially comprehend but when someone irritates you, YOU allow that person to do that to you.)

I am a magnet for money. Prosperity of every kind is drawn to me. (People tend to think that there isn't enough money to go around and that we have to compete for money. Babies are being born every second, would you think 'Oh no! More people using up the oxygen!' We don't think that because we know there's enough air to sustain everyone. Guess what, it's the same with money, there truly is enough for everyone, but we unintentionally block its flow to us because we may think we don't deserve it or that we feel guilty about being too materialistic - money is just an energy exchange (admittedly, it took me a long time to accept this!)). I release all resistance to money, and I now allow it to flow joyously into my life.

I let go of all negativity that rests in my body and mind.

I am willing to learn, the more I learn, the more I grow.

No matter how old I am, I can always learn more, and I do so with confidence.

I accept others as they are, and they in turn, accept me.


  1. Absolutely love this post!!! It makes me smile and feel so much better! Thank you Maxine for sharing it! I think from now on I will adhere to these quotes especially being the magnet of money... haha

  2. Louise Hay is an inspirational character. Her positive affirmations are always very uplifting to the soul.


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