by AJ cross posted from her blog I Am Phoenix
Life has changed so much for me the last several months. I honestly am still pinching myself. I got myself out of a living situation that was not conducive to healing, as well as a location that was physically not the best for my health. I’m living in Florida now, which has been my dream for quite some time… I’m finally free of the cold NY and PA winters. I’m surrounded by a totally new set of people… no one in my life now knew me before, and no one from my past contacts me now except two sisters. There is a possibility that I can work again in the future, get my career back. My physical health has been coming back to me faster than I imagined! I’m going out and being social and living life more than I ever have since 2010. I didn’t think for years that I could change so much by leaving, since my health was fragile up until right before I left PA. But… I did it! Friends, I did it.
The manifesting, self hypnosis, and positive affirmations I’ve been submerging myself in for some time have finally paid off in real life. I wrote out a collection of positive affirmations last year on note cards, stuck some stickers on to jazz them up, and bound them together with a whole punch and metal ring. I’d concentrate on one or two each week, or flip through the whole set occasionally. But that was just a start… just a stepping stone. The cards on their own did not do the trick for me. I needed more. I could tell that the affirmations just weren’t sinking in and applying themselves in my daily life. So I found some positive affirmation meditations and self hypnosis recordings online that I could listen to while falling asleep. This way the affirmations could sink into my subconscious more easily as I drifted from that world between wake and sleep. Effortless!
Another fun habit that really flipped my world upside down was visualization. I skipped ahead in time and let myself fully feel in 3-D the amazing feelings of gratification and enjoyment that went along with whatever it was that I wanted to achieve. I would be in that moment with all my senses to the point that I was all but there.
Next comes the cool part. Just switch the image on the right side to the left side, and say, “It’s already done.” And this is where your sleepy brain sighs and relaxes, and you fall asleep knowing that it indeed is already done.
Here are a few of my favorite affirmations that I wrote down on cards:
Do you have any tricks to help yours stick?
I’d love to know!
Hi! I’m AJ. I grew up in a spiritually abusive cult. It was based on the teachings of Bill Gothard and was heavy on patriarchal control. I have two brothers and three sisters, so six of us in all. We experienced emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual abuse, but thought it was normal because it was done in God’s name. When I became an adult, I moved far away from home and finally was able to breathe and live a fairly happy life. But because I feared what would happen to me (God’s wrath and my family’s judgement), I still held onto the beliefs I grew up with.
Over time the stress of repressing the trauma from childhood built up in me and I developed severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Chronic Fatigue, and Adrenal Burnout. I had to move back home, but my parents turned their back on me and wouldn’t open their doors to me or help me. I was shocked. I was the black sheep in their eyes because I wasn’t going to church or following the rules of the cult, but I was their child. I couldn’t believe the cult had them so blinded that they couldn’t help their own child. At that point, I started seriously evaluating this religion of theirs. Over time, the blinders fell off my eyes and I began experiencing truth. I am now so free and joyful.
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