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Empowering questions as affirmations.

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posted on Mar, 18 2007 @ 01:13 PM
Hey members, try this one out.

Have you ever used affirmations before? Repeating the same sentence again and again, hundreds of times a day, only to have doubts creep into your mind and your subconscious rejecting your affirmation every time you say it?

Conscious mind: "I am very confident in public situations"
Subconscious mind: "No you idiot, remember that last time when everyone was making fun of you and you couldn't defend yourself? Of course you're not confident"

Conscious mind: "Every day I'm becoming more intelligent"
Subconscious mind: "Of course not you stupid loser. You're just of average intelligence, and that's where you'll stay"

Affirmations that conflict with your subconscious belief don't work because of this. Only affirmations that do not conflict will be sent to your subconscious. And with the mindset of the majority of people in this society we all know what kind of affirmations those are.

"I'll never get that job I like"
"I will always be stuck here"
"People around me are sheep and they will always be asleep"
"I can only get more income by getting promotions"
"I will never lose those 10 pounds"
"I always have to work really hard to get what I want"
"If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is"
"The financial elite are crooks; only the rich get richer"
"If he's trying to sell something, then he's not credible"

etc... etc...

Every time you think such thoughts, your subconscious will enforce it because there is no conflict. Those negative affirmations often work, and we experience those things as a result of that. That's the way most of us were brought up.

Now that we've seen that regular affirmations don't work, I'll show you another way of phrasing them that should work.

Change the affirmation into a question form. It's that easy.

Instead of: "Every day I'm becoming more intelligent" you can say, "why am I becoming more intelligent every day?"

You can also do it with negative affirmations, which you would have to rephrase two times. First to make them positive, then to turn them into a question.

Instead of: "My life sucks!" you will come up with "my life is great!" and then with "Why is my life so great?" or "Why is my life getting better and better?" or "What is the reason that my life is getting better and better?" or "How am I improving my life?" Any question form is good.

As you repeat these question form affirmations you will see how much better you will feel while you're asking those questions. That's a sign that it works and that your subconscious is accepting it already.

The reason why your subconscious accepts it is because it automatically tries to find the answer for any question you ask yourself. That's one of the functions of the subconscious. Which means that in order to look for that answer, it has to assume what you're asking about is already a fact (even if it really isn't).

So going through that example of negative affirmations I mentioned before, they would look like this.

"Why do I always get jobs that I like?"
"Why is my life dynamic and exciting?"
"How can I open other people's minds?" "Or why are all people starting to think more for themselves?"
"Why do I always have multiple sources of income?"
"Why do I always have my ideal weight?"
"Why am I always getting what I want by working smart?"
"Why do extremely good stuff happen all the time to me?" Or "Why am I always so lucky?"
"Why am I profiting from all of my actions, and helping others profit as well?"
"Why do we deserve to get paid if we create something of value?"

etc.. etc...

Which leaves me to a closing statement:

It's better to stop asking negative questions immediately. Your subconscious will accept it as fact and bring more of it to you. This is one of the main ways of how reality creation/ the law of attraction works.

[edit on 18-3-2007 by TheBandit795]

posted on Mar, 18 2007 @ 05:52 PM
There is a book which explains this in more detail. I haven't purchased this book yet, and NO... I'm not making a cent if you click on the link and purchase the book

The Great Little Book of Afformations
by Noah St. John

Here's some other links:

Why Affirmations Don't Work And How You Can Replace Them With Directed Questions™ To Get The Results You Want]*A Book Review*
The Great Little Book of Afformations

Asking Empowering Questions
By Jeanie Marshall

Asking “Why?” Can Change Your Life and Transform Your Class

posted on Mar, 18 2007 @ 06:22 PM
This rings true to me somehow, regardless of the technical specifics. I know there is a great deal of debate regarding the power of "positive thinking," especially whether or not it actually helps in and of itself versus its cognitive effect on our behavior having positive outcomes. Personally, I think this is a constructive idea, regardless of whether one agrees with the underlying foundation (the "why" behind "why" asking "why" might help us) for the theory or not.

Even just on a practical level, questioning ourselves about the positive potential in our lives can aid us in seeing what we have going for us, what we can work on, and how we can get where we want to go. At the very least, asking ourselves about positive potential within us and in our lives is a methodology that allows us to focus on something other than the negative, which is in and of itself a motivational improvement (if nothing else) in my opinion.

posted on Mar, 18 2007 @ 07:26 PM
Interesting theory. Sounds credible to me. Ask yourself a question in a positive manner so your entice your subconscious into learning....hmmm interesting.

I like it thanks for sharing. I think I will try it.

Question are there times you think are subconscious is more receptive to suggestions?

Originally posted by TheBandit795

Instead of: "Every day I'm becoming more intelligent" you can say, "why am I becoming more intelligent every day?"

[edit on 18-3-2007 by TheBandit795]

[edit on 18-3-2007 by Realtruth]

posted on Mar, 18 2007 @ 07:35 PM
I have done them for years, WorldWatcher had the mantras experiment and it was about the same but using mantras.

I did the experiment and it worked out pretty good, but I have to say that I am familiar with this type of exercises.

posted on Mar, 18 2007 @ 07:46 PM
This information couldn't have come my way at a better time.

I've been scouring the shelves of the local bookstore looking for somehting right along this vein of personal enrichment.

Thanks for the links, and I'll be looking into that book at first opportunity.


posted on Mar, 18 2007 @ 08:04 PM

Originally posted by Realtruth

Question are there times you think are subconscious is more receptive to suggestions?

Yes there are, if you can go into a deep state of meditation (deep alpha or theta brainwave state) regular positive affirmations will work, because the "censor" in your mind will not be active.

posted on Mar, 18 2007 @ 08:06 PM
This is so cool! It's like when I ask the question, I can almost feel my mind start searching for the answer. That means that I believe the assumptions inherent in the question. That is, when I ask myself, "Why am I feeling more energetic"? The assumption is that I'm feeling more energetic and my mind believes that!

Very cool! Thanks!

posted on Mar, 18 2007 @ 08:10 PM
Hi All,

Thank you so very much TheBandit795!
I am laughing and smiling right now, because your post comes right at the time that I am researching the law of attraction. The question form seems to feel "right" to me, especially for those nagging doubts that like to dance circles around me.

I dont have time now, but I am going to paruse those links you posted and see if I get any positive results. Im going through this self-doubt battle right now, and I have been searching for some better ways to help myself.

Its weird because this doubt stuff just sort of appeared without any trigger that I can readily recognize. About a month ago, I got so sick and tired of feeling that way, that I decided I wanted a change right then and there. I asked the universe to help me out, and that is when I re-discovered the law of attraction. (I had read up on it before and thought I really understood it then.
I guess I know better now!)

Thank again TheBandit.

(And thank you too Universe!)

posted on Mar, 18 2007 @ 08:17 PM
You're all welcome guys!!!

posted on Mar, 18 2007 @ 08:47 PM
I've found more articles;

Positive Questions

Asking the Right Questions

Questions To Help You Get What You Want

[edit on 18-3-2007 by TheBandit795]

posted on Mar, 18 2007 @ 09:02 PM
Bandit, you are so clever for posting this.
How did you know that I needed to hear this today.

There's is something that I am very concerned about and this will help me to deal with it

posted on Mar, 18 2007 @ 09:05 PM


I was thinking on typing this u for a few days already. And after I did, I started to ask myself the following questions:

"Why are members being interested in this thread?" "Why is it helping others?" " How is this thread becoming successful?"

posted on Mar, 18 2007 @ 09:08 PM
That is incredible, becasue I was thinking about my prob;em and not posting about it because I didn't want to put any more negative energy about it out there.
And I didn't know how to put it in a positive way without sounding like I was whining

posted on Mar, 18 2007 @ 09:10 PM
Glad to be of service...

Now you can rephrase your problem into a positive question or "afformation".

posted on Mar, 18 2007 @ 09:12 PM
Hi Bandit,

I was just wondering how long you have been studying, or applying all of this? Would you say that you have noticed a significant change in the type of life that you now have? I was also wondering what your emotions are when a very stressfull situation arises.

Oh, and thank you for adding more links! Seems like I will be quite busy tomorrow.

[Edit to add this new link to the book Bandit linked to earlier. Seems like it is for the hardcover edition, and that one is only avail used. This one is an expanded edition in paperback. The Great Little Book Of Affermations ]

[edit on 3/18/2007 by sylvrshadow]

posted on Mar, 18 2007 @ 09:16 PM
The reason I asked I have used a hypnosis series by a man named Barrie Konicov, Potentials Unlimited. Their series has both hypnosis and subliminal and I have found them to be very very good over the past 20 years. I think his daughter is now running the show in Florida, but they were originally in Michigan and I had the privilege of meeting and speaking with him many times over the years. I would recommend his audios to anyone. Barry's voice is very soothing and comforting. And I have had great results with many of the series.

Thanks for your additional info. I hope that people will post more on this subject because I believe it to be important.

Originally posted by TheBandit795

Originally posted by Realtruth

Question are there times you think are subconscious is more receptive to suggestions?

Yes there are, if you can go into a deep state of meditation (deep alpha or theta brainwave state) regular positive affirmations will work, because the "censor" in your mind will not be active.

posted on Mar, 18 2007 @ 09:17 PM
Well I haven't been studying it for that long at all. Just a few weeks in fact. But right now it feels like it's working....

But I did know about the subject (questions) for some years already though. But I didn't understand it so good, and didn't apply it.

posted on Mar, 18 2007 @ 09:25 PM
Why do I love this? lol

According to anthropologists, people are "meaning makers." In other words, people will ask themselves "what does this mean to me?", "what is in it for me?", or "what should I do?" It is the questions we ask ourselves that create meaning for ourselves. And you have a choice as to what exactly those questions are going to be. Are you going to ask yourself questions that get you bad results, like "how come I'm so stupid?" or are you going to ask yourself questions that get you good results like "how soon will I begin to realize how wonderful I am?"

The kinds of things you ask yourself are critical. If you say "gee, how come I am so stupid?", your brain goes "because when you were a child you didn't eat Wheaties, you didn't have corn flakes, you didn't grow up right and it was your parents fault." Or because "you are a slow learner" -- because someone told you that when you were a child. Or because "you aren't disciplined enough", or "you have great potential but you'll never really amount to anything"...

Whatever it might be, when you say "how come I'm like this?", your brain will answer and it will come up with a reason no matter how logical or illogical it is. The number one thing in our culture, bar none is that when someone in our culture says "why" someone says "because".

This is a significant moment!!!

I really liked the second para here...the logical and illogical answers!!

I would give you a WATS but do SM's get WATS?

This info is very positive... fantastic!
I have just added it to my favorites and forwarded it onto my contacts!

edit = formating

[edit on 18-3-2007 by NJE777]

posted on Mar, 18 2007 @ 09:31 PM

Originally posted by Realtruth
Thanks for your additional info. I hope that people will post more on this subject because I believe it to be important.

Thanks for the info man!!! Yep the regular affirmations do work better when under hypnosis.


Just knowing that it will help you is thanks enough... Mods don't get WATS votes.

[edit on 18-3-2007 by TheBandit795]

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