I used positive affirmations during labor with my fourth child, but I haven’t really thought about using affirmations for success in other contexts. Until recently. I started a creativity group that meets once a month. At our meetings we do a check-in, discuss what struck us as most interesting about the reading, and do creative projects together.
The book we’re using to guide us is called Walking in This World: The Practical Art of Creativity. Written by Julia Cameron, it is a sequel to The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity.
Like The Artist’s Way, Walking in This World includes insight into the creative process. It explores the roadblocks aspiring creatives encounter. In addition, it offers dozens of practical exercises to give you insight into your hopes, dreams, and creative endeavors.
Cameron recommends a powerful exercise. She suggests that you write yourself affirmations for success. She calls these affirmations for success an “affirmative prayer.”
What’s are affirmations for success?
In Cameron’s conception, an affirmation for success is “a prayer of recognition and acceptance of the divine help that is at hand.” She continues: “Very often the action of writing an affirmative prayer clears away fear from our lens of perception. We suddenly see that we are guided, that divine mind is answering our request for help and support.”
During my meeting we all wrote our affirmations for success. Then we read them out loud to each other. I found them so powerful and uplifting that I wanted to share.
N.B.: You don’t need to believe in god to do this exercise.
Here’s what I wrote for my affirmative prayer:
I am being guided along my creative path. My guides—and the divine forces in the universe—help me see clearly where I need to go, and what I need to do. Athena, the goddess of wisdom; David, the Jewish man who beat Goliath; and Ganesha, the multi-armed elephant god of the Hindu pantheon, are all by my side.
They believe in me and want me to succeed. They’re showing me where to go, how to move forward, and how to dynamite the boulders in my path. They believe in me and I believe in myself. In fact, I know exactly what to do and how to do it.
I gratefully accept this divine assistance. Recognizing that my guides love me and care about me and support my art, my writing, and my hopes and dreams.
When I experience trouble at the border between the metaphysical and the physical, they are there beside me, offering me their help, love, kindness, and guiding light.
My friend Angie is a conservative Christian. She wrote her affirmation for success from that perspective.
Angie’s affirmation for success:
Thank you, Lord, for helping me. You’re guiding me by your Holy Spirit to grow stronger and to be the bold woman you created me to be. You knit me together in my mother’s womb, and You gave me unique and beautiful gifts. You are helping me every day, every hour, every minute to use the voice within me. By your grace, Your light is shining out of me and You are using me to bring glory to yourself. Thank you for calling me to You and always being present in my life. I am blessed, I am powerful, I have a voice. Thank you, Jesus, for always helping me, in every way.
My friend Diane is also a very spiritual person but in a very different way. She teaches transcendental meditation and even reads the Akashic records. Right now Diane, at age 75, is working on building her first website.
Diane’s affirmation for success
I feel divine inspiration from my angels to write the copy for my website. I’m enjoying their powerful cooperation. I know that this is what I came here to do.
I can see them standing next to me whispering the most appropriate and moving words into my ears. I am not alone in this. We can do this together to move this creative, divine energy from my second chakra up through my core and out to the page.
It is fun, effortless and engaging to be so free and flowing with this creative energy.
I know they will continue to put people in my path who will inspire me and keep me going. They are whispering, “We will help you. You are going to love this process.”
I feel the satisfaction, joy and energy from partaking in this new creative writing for my website. My heart and mind are on fire as I move forward with this project.
You’ve written your affirmations for success, now what?
After you write your affirmative prayer, Cameron suggests you pull out the most powerful sentence from it. Once you have that sentence, she recommends you memorize it and use it as a mantra. Then, next time you go for a walk or a jog, instead of listening to music on your smart phone, say your mantra to yourself. Repeat it over and over. Believe that it is true.