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Shaman by Martha Ruppert
When it all seems impossible, focus on the point in front of you. Follow it like a hawk and forget everything else.
— Carlos Castaneda
This week, we are finishing up Chapter Eight, Recovering a Sense of Strength. In fact, the only work left in this chapter is a few exercises. So first, we are asked to choose five affirmations and work with them this week.
Okay, I heard that: “Affirmations? Are you kidding me? How hokey can you get?”
Well, Mr. or Ms. Skeptic in the audience, I know that affirmations sound simplistic, but they can be miraculous. They take practice, focus and intention. In short, they are a spell-weaving.
We have been seeing how our lifetime of habitual denial, block, and hurt as artists is a formidable obstacle to deal with. We have countless years of inner dialogue that is critical, mean, wounded, sad. But affirmations change the conversation. They can bring profound healing. They are the muscle building reps that can help us overcome our past.
To have affirmations really work, we first need to make them your own. So I would suggest that you re-word these so that they really resonate for you.
Another powerful way for us to work with these affirmations would be to make art to go with them: a collage, putting them to music, interpretive dance. Every time you work with them, they reflect your creativity. How perfect is that?
Clinical hypnotherapist Dr. Laura De Giorgio writes, “An effective process of working with affirmations has three main stages…The first stage gets you into the appropriate state of mind for impressing the affirmation upon your subconscious…You get into this state of mind generally through relaxing your mind and body. When working with affirmations, you may want to align yourself with the source of all power, or if you prefer, your own inner power to create changes in your life.”
The second stage consists of working with very clear, specific goals. “Your goal should be stated in positive terms (what you want to experience instead of what you don’t want),” Dr. De Giorgio writes, “and be in present tense – ‘as if’ the desired outcome were your reality now. Your affirmations should begin with ‘I am’ or ‘I am becoming,’ ‘I have,’ etc.”
Finally, simply close the process. You might want to add a gratitude affirmation, giving thanks for the blessings that you have just acknowledged. For example, you might close with “I am deeply grateful for my ability to now know this is true,” or whatever you have just affirmed. Seal the deal with whatever is your custom – “So mote it be,” or “Blessed be!” or “It is so!”
So here we go. Choose five from the following:
I have a right to be an artist.
I am a good person and a good artist.
Creativity is a blessing I accept.
My creativity blesses others.
My creativity is appreciated.
I now treat myself and my creativity more gently.
I now treat myself and my creativity more generously.
I now share my creativity more openly.
I now accept hope.
I now act affirmatively.
I now accept creative recovery.
I now allow myself to heal
I now accept God’s help unfolding my life.
I now believe God loves artists.
Which five will you choose? How might you re-word them? Please share with us, if you’d like.