By Robert Ross
Affirmations . . . Do They Work?
Part II



In January of 2003, I was sure about one thing in my life. I wanted a new truck. The truck I was driving was eleven years old and beginning to show serious signs of aging. So I thought I’d test the concept of affirmations. There were, and are, anecdotal stories galore about the benefits of doing affirmations.

After reading Patricia J. Crane’s book on affirmations, Ordering From the Cosmic Kitchen, in January 2003 and doing daily affirmations, the truck I wanted arrived in July of 2003. How it arrived was, well, not in the manner I had expected. In fact, how my new truck came into being, left the whole affirmations question still in the air. Do they work? Do they really work?

In December 2005, I received an e-mail from “L” in Maryland who had recently read the 2003 column on the Awareness Magazine web page ( “L’s” question? “Well, did you get your truck? Do affirmations work?”

I responded to “L” that I got the new truck, but the reality was, I had to buy it (imagine that!), putting myself at considerable financial risk. While doing my affirmations, I was secretly hoping for the easy way out. Perhaps Ed McMann would knock on my door with a Publishers Clearing House check in his hand. But, the “Cosmic Chef” had other ideas in mind.

There was one event in the process of getting the new truck that one just might consider “cosmic” in nature. While making a deposit at my credit union one day, I was told that I qualified for an auto loan — no proof of salary, no questions asked — just sign and buy. Had they known my financial status, this would not have been the case. So, a few weeks later, I signed and bought. In the end though, it worked out. The truck is paid in full, but the question about the effectiveness of affirmations still lingers.

The e-mail from “L” was a bit serendipitous — after all, the new year is just around the corner, and the usual questions are circulating through my mind. “What’s 2006 going to be about? What do I want? Where am I going? Will this be the year when Helen Keller’s quote ‘life is a daring adventure or nothing’ be my experience?”

This seemed an appropriate time to revisit the concept of affirmations. Define what you want and then do your affirmations consistently and believe that what you want, will in good time, show up. The new job you want, the new relationship, the new thing, will find its way into your world.

Referring back to the 2003 Reflexions column, “Affirmations are essentially a repetition of a positive statement. For example, ‘I am healthy’ repeated or written daily is an affirmation. ‘I have a job that I love’ would be another affirmation. The idea is, you’re sending this message to either your higher consciousness, your spirit guides, the universe, the cosmic kitchen or . . . whomever. This message is received, and the forces of life work to help you achieve this desire.

“Affirmations are in that grey area of life. The area that has some people rolling their eyes and others eager to hear more. It’s hard to get a clear picture of their mechanics and even harder to find with any degree of certainty what works and what doesn’t.”

The concept of affirmations parallels the world’s mainstream religions in one way. The religions of the world operate from a foundation of faith. To accept a mainstream religion one has to have faith that the tenets of that religion are true. There are no double-blind studies coming from prestigious universities stating that XYZ religion is the correct, accurate and true religion.

Likewise, there are no double- blind studies stating that affirmations work or which affirmations seem to work best. There is, though, plenty of anecdotal evidence confirming that with the right affirmation and right frame of mind, you can pretty much write your own ticket.

So what exactly is the right affirmation? The book, “Ordering From the Cosmic Kitchen” (see ) has some principles that must be followed for your order (or desire) to be received and acted upon. Principle number one: “you need to decide what you want.” Principle number two: “orders are positive, present tense and personal.” Principle number three: in your affirmation “include positive, energetic feelings.”

Principle number four: “trust the timing of delivery.” Principle number five: “let the cosmic chef decide how you receive your order.” Principle number six: “Allow your inner wisdom to guide you in the right balance between action and allowing.”

Principle number seven: “Believe that you deserve to have a wonderful life.” Principle number eight: “feel gratitude to the universe and the cosmic chef for fulfilling your order in the most miraculous way.” As Crane states: “an attitude of gratitude will create wonderful miracles in your life.”

For those with a practical temperament (like myself), I’ve reworked a few of these principles to fit the linear thinkers of the world. Principle one: decide what you want — something measurable, specific, achievable (with the help of the Chef) and currently out of reach.

Being governor of California is not (currently or in the near future) a realistic desire. Crane’s second principle works for me — keep it present and positive. Principle three on feelings is a biggie. For me, this desire has to feel achievable even before I begin affirming it will come into being.

Sure, I can see myself “high fiving” Arnold as I take over the helm in the governor’s office. But that’s not realistic, and on all levels doesn’t feel achievable. For me, it’s more realistic to take smaller steps, to build on a solid foundation.

For example, losing ten pounds in three months is a goal that, with the proper affirmation, will work. The remaining principles that Crane lays out in her book are suitable for us linear-thinking, practical types.

So, we’re back to the question, do affirmations work? Is it time to do another test? Is another metaphorical truck ready to be ordered up?

I e-mailed “L” from Maryland to see if she would join me in an affirmations experiment. The rules: share one goal with the Awareness reader, follow the tenets of Crane’s book, agree to do affirmations daily, and let’s see what happens.

My goal is to come up with an idea for a book that will be successfully published. I will be designing an affirmation consistent with this goal. “L” was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago, so she will be utilizing the affirmation: “I am vibrantly healthy. I feel great. All medical tests now show results that are in alignment with my perfect health.”

O.K. Cosmic Chef, we have placed our orders. We’ll take one “perfect health” and “one successfully published book.”
To be continued . . .

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