Lessons In Truth - Lesson 5 - Annotation 1
What is an affirmation?
Affirmation is the presentation of constructive ideas by definite words, spoken silently or audibly, in order that the ideas may take hold of the feeling nature, the subconscious phase of mind, and become an habitual possession.
The word affirm comes from the Latin word affirmare which means "to make firm, to assert positively." When a thought becomes so firmly grounded on the Truth of God that it cannot be shaken or diverted therefrom, it is established in consciousness. The repeating of constructive affirmations, silently or audibly, adds firmness and strength to the mind, just as repeated physical exercise adds firmness and strength to the muscles of the body. Man's "mental muscles" are his abilities to think, reason, and feel and they need strengthening by affirmations.
We must bear in mind that affirmations, as well as denials, are more concerned with attitudes of mind than with words because mental attitudes are the result of the use that has been made of divine ideas.
In the lesson "Denials" we considered some denial statements we might use for cleansing our consciousness of specific undesirable thoughts. The following affirmations could be used to improve our understanding of God, the universe, ourselves, others, a condition, a thing:
"I see you unfettered and unbound, triumphant! glorious! splendid! free!"
Preceding Entry: Explain the two ways in which denials may be spoken.
Following Entry: What is the purpose of affirmations? What part do affirmations play in the fulfillment of our desires?