How Affirmations Work + The Science Behind Them

Affirmations can be quite tricky. You can have one statement as your sole affirmation which will work wonders for you or have a list of multiple affirmations but have none of them working in your favor. Why does that happen?

We all know that affirmations, if done consistently and regularly, do work. But how do they function? And how can you make the most of this habit?

Here are 4 ways that affirmations work, backed by scientific explanations.  Let’s dive more into the details of how they function and how you can use them for your benefit in order to help you manifest what you desire.

Your subconscious mind picks affirmative keywords:

Most of us don’t know the correct way of using affirmations and we end up blaming them for not working in our favor. In actuality, you might just be saying or writing them incorrectly. With a few shifts, you’ll be able to master them.

There is a scientific evidence that our subconscious only understands and processes affirmative keywords. It doesn’t understand negations.

If you’re using negating words like ‘no,’ ‘can’t,’ ‘not,’ and ‘don’t’ in your affirmations, chances are they won’t work the way you want them to. You’ll actually be affirming for the opposite of what you want to happen.

Instead of: “I am not gaining weight” say: “My body sheds all that it is holding onto.”

Instead of: “I am not going to fail my exam” say: “I successfully pass my exam with ease”

Instead of: “I won’t be sad today” say: “I am energetic and happy today.”

Affirmations reprogram your beliefs:

There is a reason why they say, “Fake it till you make it.” Repeating to yourself the habits you want to embody and the kind of person you want to be has a drastic impact on your subconscious mind. It paves the way for you to actually believe in these affirmations causing you to work towards them diligently thereby having them come true sooner than you can realize.

In essence, affirmations are reprogramming your core identity and belief system. Once you can tap into that deep level of your subconscious mind, your affirmations will be manifesting. The way these beliefs are formed are through repetition. The more your subconscious hears and sees it, the more it becomes programmed into your inner identity.

Eventually, the affirmations you practice will become your automatic thoughts and responses in various situations.

Gratitude can amplify your affirmations:

A very effective way to practice affirmations is to start being thankful for what you desire, before you have experienced them in your physical reality. The reason is that your mind is programmed to believe you only say “thank you” for what you have physically received and experienced.

For example, if you are trying to manifest a new home, try practicing the affirmation “I am so thankful for my beautiful new home”. By practicing gratitude for this new home, your mind believes you are already experiencing this, which will shift your vibration to match as if you already had this new home. This is a simple and effective technique to help with your affirmations.

Your mind understands time as an illusion:

A really interesting thing is that our minds don’t live in the past, present and future like we consciously do. For our minds, the only thing that exists is the Now. That’s why it is so important to practice your affirmations in the present tense, and start to embody them Now.

After all, the only moment we can control is our Now. So, when you practice your affirmations, don’t go in with the intention of manifesting something in the Future. If you do that, that manifestation will stay in the Future, and never come to your Present Moment or your Now.

So make sure to practice affirmations in the present tense. Avoid words like “will”, “future”, “going to be”.

Summing it up:

Affirmations are one of the strongest psychological tools you can use to reinforce your beliefs and channel your energy in the right direction.

Having said that, you need to write down and say your affirmations correctly in order to create the most impact on your mind and repeat it to yourself diligently a couple times each day. The power of repetition is really what enforces affirmations into your mind.

Only when you have faith in your affirmations and believe it can work wonders for you will you see its good results manifesting themselves in due course of time!

Happy affirming!