Paramahansa Yogananda Quotes
How to Practice Affirmations
Choose an affirmation for your particular need.
Before starting to affirm, always free the mind from worries and restlessness.
Sit with spine erect.
Close your eyes and gently focus your gaze and concentrate at the point between the eyebrows.
Take a deep breath and exhale it, three times. Relax the body and keep it motionless.
Repeat all of the affirmation, first loudly, then softly and more slowly, until your voice becomes a whisper.
Then gradually affirm it mentally only, without moving the tongue or the lips, until you feel that you have attained deep, unbroken concentration — not unconsciousness, but a profound continuity of uninterrupted thought.
If you continue with your mental affirmation, and go still deeper, you will feel a sense of increasing joy and peace.
For Better results:
During will affirmations, your attention should be centered in the spot between the eyebrows;
during thought affirmations, in the medulla oblongata;
and during devotional affirmations, in the heart.
When healing others, select an affirmation that is suitable to the conative, imaginative, emotional, or thoughtful temperament of your patient. In all affirmations intensity of attention comes first, but continuity and repetition mean a great deal, too. Impregnate your affirmations with devotion, will, and faith, intensely and repeatedly, unmindful of the results, which will come naturally as the fruit of your labours.
When to Practice:
For maximum effectiveness one should use affirmations immediately after awakening in the morning or during the period of somnolence preceding sleep at night.
Words saturated with sincerity, conviction, faith, and intuition are like highly explosive vibration bombs, which, when set off, shatter the rocks of difficulties and create the change desired.
All affirmations, in order to reach the superconsciousness, must be free from uncertainties and doubts. Attention and faith are lights that lead even imperfectly understood affirmations to the subconscious and superconscious minds.
Spoken words are sounds occasioned by the vibrations of thoughts; thoughts are vibrations sent forth by the ego or by the soul. Every word you utter should be potent with soul vibration. A man's words are lifeless if he fails to impregnate them with spiritual force.
In his mortal aspect man is a triune being. He longs for freedom from all varieties of suffering. His needs are:
1. Healing of bodily diseases.
2. Healing of mental or psychological diseases such as fear, anger, bad habits, failure consciousness, lack of initiative and confidence, and so on.
3. Healing of spiritual diseases such as indifference, lack of purpose, intellectual pride and dogmatism, skepticism, contentment with the material side of existence, and ignorance of the laws of life and of man's own divinity.
It is of paramount importance that equal emphasis be given to the prevention and cure of all three kinds of disease.
I am submerged in eternal light. It permeates every particle of my being. I am living in that light. The Divine Spirit fills me within and without.
I am the Changeless, I am the Infinite. I am not a little mortal being with bones to break, a body that will perish. I am the deathless, changeless Infinite.
No birth, no death, no caste have I; father, mother, have I none. Blessed Spirit, I am He. I am the Infinite Happiness.
I think, but I am not the thought. I feel, but I am not the feeling. I will, but I am not the will.
I am infinite. I am spaceless, I am tireless; I am beyond body, thought, and utterance; beyond all matter and mind. I am endless bliss.
I am the Infinite that has become the body. The body as a manifestation of Spirit is the ever-perfect, ever-youthful Spirit.
I am the soul, a reflection of ever-youthful Spirit. I am vibrant with youth, with ambition, with power to succeed
Right beneath the flesh is a tremendous current. I forgot it, but now, by digging with the pickax of Self-realization, I have discovered that life force again....I am not the flesh. I am the charge of divine electricity that permeates this body.
I am the blessed child of sweet Immortality, sent here to play the drama of births and deaths, but always remembering my deathless Self.
The Ocean of Spirit has become the little bubble of my soul. I am this bubble of life — one with the ocean of Cosmic Consciousness. I can never die. Whether floating in birth or disappearing in death, I am indestructible consciousness, protected in the bosom of Spirit's immortality.
I am Light Itself. Darkness was never meant for me; it can never cover the light of my soul.
I am the child of God evermore. My power is greater than all my tests. What wrong things I did in the past, I can now undo by good actions and meditation. I will destroy them. I am an immortal evermore.
I am one with the eternal light of God, the eternal joy of Christ. All the waves of creation are tumbling within me. I have dissolved my body-wave in the ocean of Spirit. I am the ocean of Spirit. No longer am I the body. My spirit is sleeping in the stones. I am dreaming in the flowers, and I am singing in the birds. I am thinking in man, and in the superman I know that I am.
Am I the ocean? It is too small,
A dream dewdrop on the azure blades of space.
Am I the sky? It is too small,
A lake in the bosom of eternity.
Am I eternity? It is too small,
Framed in a name.
In the vast region of namelessness I love to dwell,
Beyond limits of dreams, names, conceptions.
I am what I am always —
In the ever-present past,
In the ever-present future,
In the ever-present now.
In life and death I am ever living in God.
I am renewed and strengthened by Thy life-giving energy.
The healing power of Spirit is flowing through all the cells of my body. I am made of the one universal God-substance.
Father, Thou art in me; I am well.