“So did Neville ever say anything about affirmations, and if so, what were his views on them? Do you have any opinions on using affirmations? Thanks” – Matt F.
Seems as if Neville mentions affirmations a bit more in his written books, but very rarely in his lectures.
That gave us a clue. So we decided to deeply study and use only what Neville teaches most, and to stop checking out the next new trick out there. Once we did that, our lives transformed big time.
Here are our personal and professional observations about First Person Affirmations (I Am statements) – which is how most people teach and do them.
First Person Affirmations tend feel like a bad first date. (And they tend to work for a very very small percentage of the people.)
I watched this just the other week when I went out for lunch. There was a young bloke sitting at a table, with a bored to tears young girl sitting across from him. Let’s call him Boring Bobby.
Boring Bobby kept saying “I Am” and “I have” statements, to keep feeling good, and to keep puffing himself up – and she wasn’t responding – or impressed.
- “I have a great car.”
- “I am really great at football.”
- “It’s so great to go to the beach with me and my friends.”
Boring Bobby’s “conversation” with his first date, wasn’t going anywhere. And it really reminds us of how a lot of people do affirmations – and why they aren’t getting anywhere with them.
Take Away: If she was bored, so was the rest of the universe. Next….
Contrast this with these snips from a lovely couple conversation:
- “I remember when we were in New Zealand and when got that camper van stuck on the rock ledge. What a scary time that was, and what a wonderful day that became for us.”
- “We did it! We finished that garden bed!”
Notice this little statements, are just like what Neville teaches in the Toolbox. Notice how natural they are. And notice how much more ALIVE they are than the “I Am” statements delivered by Boring Bobby.
Why do “I Remember When” and why do “Congratulatory Conversations” work?
This could be the most valuable lesson you can learn today – when it comes to Feeling It Real. You might want to write this down. Here goes:
- Your brain experiences life as a series of STORIES.
- Your brain does not experience life as bunch of STATEMENTS.
This is why you can entertain a group of kids, adults, friends or strangers with a good story. But if you start making isolated statements – assertions about you and the world – you’ll lose the crowd.
It’s time for you to Feel It Real. It’s time for you to notice if you’ve been doing what works, or not. And if not, dive in. Do what it takes, and transform your world.
Big blessings to you!
Mr Twenty Twenty and Victoria
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“If your income had just been increased to say $30,000 a year from your present income of less than $10,000, how would you feel? How would your present circle of friends see you? Would they know it? Would they discuss it? Would they speak of the change in your life? Tell them, and then eavesdrop and hear your friends discuss you as one who is now making $30,000 a year.” – Neville Goddard