Healing Affirmations

When One Door Closes Another Door Opens

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One of my favorite affirmations is “When one door closes, another door opens.” I love this affirmation so much, thatI used it as the title for my first meditation in the book Words That Heal. Here is the meditation in it’s entirety, along with the healing affirmations that accompany it.

Douglas Bloch, http://affirmationsheal.com

When One Door Closes, Another Door Opens

When one door closes, another door opens. Patience, perseverance and persistence.

There comes a time along the spiritual journey when something we cherish must come to an end. Perhaps a meaningful relationship is terminated. Perhaps some opportunity we sought suddenly becomes unavailable. Whatever the circumstances, we feel shut out from a good that we desired.

When this occurs, do not despair, for the Infinite has not forgotten you. You have experienced loss for one reason and one reason only—so that you may receive an even greater good.

Nature abhors a vacuum. What is true in the physical world has its parallel in the spiritual world. You can’t release something without gaining something in return. The universe longs to fill your void, replacing sadness with joy, loss with gain, death with rebirth.

What then is your task when a door is closed before you? First, release your attachment to the way it was, or the way you wished it to be. Your Higher self has prepared a far greater gift for you. Then affirm to yourself, “When one door closes another door opens. I expectantly look forward to the good that awaits me.”

Be patient, for it will come in the twinkling of an eye.

Affirmations

1. I release the past and eagerly look toward the good that awaits me.

2. I release my prior expectations and eagerly look toward the good that awaits me.

3. I have faith that I will be guided to my next step.

4. Although I grieve for what I lost, I have faith that a greater good lies before me.

5. A new door in my life stands open before me.

6. Your own

Words To Consider

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

Psalm 126.5

Best Affirmations for Guidance

In this post, I want to talk about affirmations for guidance. The times they are a changing. During this period of uncertainty, many of us are seeking reliable ways to receive guidance and direction in our lives. But with our familiar signposts in chaos and turmoil, there is only one certain way to obtain the guidance we seek—go within.

 In seeking guidance, you are really asking the universe to “show you the way.” A lovely way to request this direction is to affirm , “I want to do what God wants me to do” This statement will cause your higher wisdom to communicate its intention to you. Then, your task is simple—listen to and follow its instructions.

 Sometimes what you receive will not always be what you (your ego) wanted to hear. Don’t let this bother you; your intuition, not your ego, knows what’s best for you. Many times, your instructions will not “make sense” at the time. Again, don’t be concerned; your intuition doesn’t function through logic, but through what “feels” right.

 When you receive guidance, you will probably be told to take a single step. Rather than being shown the final out-come, you will be guided each step along the way. This is where you must exercise your faith. Trust that you are being lead in the right direction and that everything will work out. The universe wants you to succeed. The universe wants the best for you.

 As you follow this procedure, your guidance will become clearer and more defined. While the outer world continues to rock to and fro, you will retain that inner calm and security that comes from following that Higher Power within you.

Affirmations 

1. I want to do what the Universe wants me to do.

2. I want to do what my Higher Self wants me to do. 

3. The Divine Presence fills my body, mind, heart and soul. From this place of higher knowing, I see all things clearly.

4. God’s wisdom illumines me, casting light on my path. 

5. All things are working together for good in my life.

6. Your own 

Words To Consider

“Instead of asking Him to give  the things for which we pray,
All that we need to ask from God is this:
Show us the way.”

James Bowman

 

The Lord is nigh to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth.

Psalm 145:18

 

An Affirmation For Getting Through a Depressive Episode

 I am writing to share an affirmation for getting through a depressive episode that was a lifesaver for me. Years ago I was experiencing a hellish episode of agitated depression. My pain was not only unbearable, it felt like it was never going to end. Just when I was about to give up, I remembered an affirmation that someone had given me, “When going to hell, don’t stop!”

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   What does this mean? It means, that because nothing lasts forever, if you keep persevering, eventually something will shift and you can emerge from the dark night of the soul. So, if you find yourself going through the valley of the shadow of death, remember–you don’t have to pitch your tent there. If you keep moving forward, one day at a time, and ask for help, you will come out the other side. I can’t tell you how the resurrection will happen, but I can assure you that it will. Remember, the darkest hour is always just before the dawn.

    When at last I emerged from my hell of depression in the fall of 1997, I decided to write a memoir about how I survived. And the title that came to me, is When Going Through Hell .. Don’t Stop! The book is a survival guide for anyone, not just for those who are depressed, but for anyone who finds himself in unbearable pain that appears to have no end. If you or a loved one could use the support that this book brings, you can can take a look at a copy by clicking below. 

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  In the meantime, I leave you with these words taken from the the book’s last page:

 

If you are on the edge of the abyss, don’t jump. 
If you are going through hell, don’t stop. 
As long as you are breathing, there is hope. 
As long as day follows night, there is hope. 
Nothing stays the same forever.  
Set an intention to heal, 
reach out for support,
and you will find help.
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    I wish you the best in your mental health recovery and I hope that you will consider exploring the book, When Going Through Hell .. Don’t Stop! If you would like to watch You Tube video in which I talk about my experience, please click on the above image.

                        Douglas Bloch

                       http://healingfromdepression.com

Best Affirmations for Finding Your Purpose

Tulip fieldHow can you go about finding your purpose? Everyone has a dream. Everyone has a purpose or mission, something specific he is called to do. You are on this earth for a reason. Although you can temporarily hide from yourself, you can never lose your connection to your purpose. It is always with you, beckoning to be uncovered. You just need to listen and let it speak to you.  

When you do decide to follow your dream, be prepared for resistance. The old beliefs and messages from the past that say it cannot be done will come rushing to the surface. How will you respond to these voices of fear and doubt? Will you  allow them  to immobilize you? Or will you tell them who is in charge and move forward in spite of your fears?

Despite the objections of everyone around her, Augusta pursued her dream of becoming an Olympic track athlete. At first a series of disappointing performances seemed to confirm the predictions of her family and friends. But then she won a race. The improvement continued until a number of first-place finishes gave her a spot on the Olympic team.

No matter what the obstacles, choose to be true to  your purpose and let it guide and direct your way. Your destiny is beckoning you. It is time to heed the call.

Affirmations

 1. I am aligned with my higher purpose. 

 2. I am in touch with my destiny.

 3. I hear my inner voice and heed the call.

 4. I am living a life of purpose and passion.

 5. I follow my dreams and make them reality.

 6. Create your own 

Words To Consider

“The reasonable man encounters circumstances and adapts himself to them.
The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt circumstances to himself.
All progress depends upon the unreasonable man.”

George Bernard Shaw

Best Affirmations for Following Your Heart

Consider the following story of misplaced priorities. While hiking in the wilderness, I met a man whose T-shirt carried the following message: “He who dies with the most toys, wins.”

As I pondered those words, I was sure that the author meant the opposite of what he said. No one on his death bed ever stated, “I wish I had spent more time at the office.” We were put on this earth not to accumulate “toys,” but to reap the gifts of the spirit.  These gifts come to us when we dedicate our lives to something greater than ourselves-a path of service in the world, the raising of a loving family, the creation of beauty through art, or any passion that inspires one. 

Having lived in this manner, you can look back over your  life with a real sense of fulfillment. By following the path of peace, love and joy, you will discover your true treasure-one that transcends death itself. 

 He who dies, having followed his heart, wins.

Affirmations for Following Your Heart

1. Joy is my compass. 

2. As I follow the path of my heart, I discover  my true treasure.

3. I release my unnecessary attachments to people, things, or situations in the world.

4. My spiritual growth is  my top priority.

5. When I am being true to the highest and best in me, the rest of my life falls into place.

6. Create our own 

Words To Consider

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth
where moth and dust doth corrupt,
where thieves break through and steal; 
but lay up treasures in heaven …
 for where your treasure is,
there will be your heart also.”

Matthew 6:19-21

Affirmations Helped an Olympic Skater to Land Her Jumps

Gracie GoldAs the Olympics have just concluded, I wanted to share a story on how affirmations helped an Olympic skater to land her jumps. As reported in the New York Times, it was the short program and Gracie Gold, the American national skating champion was warming up. She could feel her legs start to tingle before she skated, a hint that they might betray her. Then the nervousness began.

On Gracie’s opening jump, a triple-triple combination, she landed her first jump with difficulty. Then a thought rushed into her head. “Is this my Olympic moment?” she recalled saying to herself. “I’m going to be on my butt?” She quickly told herself no. She fought for and landed her second triple.

Then, during her double axel, her body was off balance as it flew through the air. Her negative self-talk  piped up again and tried to discourage her. But Gracie countered with a perfect affirmation. “I’ve come too far not to land this stupid double axel,” she told herself. “I’m going to land it with a smile.” And that was what she did.

Gold finished fourth on the short program and fourth overall. Not bad for her first Olympics.

Keeping a positive mental attitude was a key in the victories of other Olympic athletes. Elite athletes athletes know that their mental preparation and mental toughness are as important, if not more important, than their physical conditioning. Affirmations are a wonderful way to keep their “eyes on the prize” and keep those negative voices at bay. 

 

Creative Visualization Contributes to Gold Medal

 The technique of creative visualization and affirmations are closely related. One might even call them fraternal twins. While affirmations work by repeating the spoken word, creative visualization works by creating pictures in the mind that reflect the outcome that one is seeking.

Creative visualization is a technique that is employed by elite athletes in many sports. Recently, the technique was used in the 2014 Winter Olympics by coach Brian Orser, who coached figure skater Yuzuru Hanu of Japan to a gold medal in figure skating.

In an interview in the Toronto Star,  Orser said, “I’ve been visualizing my two skaters on the podium.  At 11:11am every day I close my eyes and I visualize that. I’ve been doing after two months.”

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Whether it is affirming your good or visualizing it coming to pass, affirmations and creative visualization are wonderful tools to help you turn your dreams into a reality.

 

Positive Self-Talk Helps Olympians

Recently, Oregon Public Broadcasting highlighted Olympic athletes’ use of mental skills training, including positive self-talk, to help “boost performance.” Mental skills coach and and professor of exercise science and sports psychology at Pacific Lutheran University Colleen Hacker works with the US men and women’s hockey teams on mental toughness, positive self-talk, concentration training, pre-performance routines and imagining success using all senses.

The good news is, these techniques are appropriate for everyone. She gives this example of positive self-talk: “Let’s say a soccer player shot and missed the goal. Positive self talk would be, ‘Keep shooting. Keep putting pressure on the keeper. I’ll eventually get it.’” When practiced, this is a tool that can improve outcomes for anything any of us would like to accomplish.

For more information, read the full article here, see my book Positive Self-Talk for Children or visit my website www.healingfromdepression.com.

An Affirmation for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

One of the simplest and most natural things that you can do to feel better–physically and emotionally–is to get a good night’s sleep. In this YouTube video, I discuss the importance of sleep in maintaining mental health and well as share a variety of solutions for keeping healthy sleep habits.

Sleep isn’t just “time out” from daily life. Sleep is an active state that is necessary for regenerating our body and promoting mental and physical health. If you suffer from depression or anxiety, it is quite possible that your sleep is adversely impacted. Sleep irregularities can bring about depression and they are among the early warning signs that either mania or depression is occurring. Symptoms include: trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, early morning awakenings (followed by ruminations), and sleeping too much. Sleep medication and tranquilizers can be useful in trying to break a pattern of sleeplessness, but they are only designed for short-term use. In my ebook, Healing From Depression Naturally, I discuss multiple strategies for getting a good night’s sleep,  such as those listed in the book No More Sleepless Nights by Peter Hauri.  Some of the strategies are:

  • Try to develop a sleep schedule–a regular time of going to sleep and arising–and stick to it.
  • Reduce caffeine and alcohol; eliminating cigarettes.
  • Use the bed only for sleep and sex, not for other activities such as reading.
  • Practice bedtime relaxation techniques.
  • Get regular exercise during the day.

In addition, you may wish to be evaluated at a sleep clinic to rule out the possibility of physical problems such as sleep apnea. (Sleep apnea is a temporary suspension of breathing that occurs repeatedly during sleep. It often affects overweight people or those who have an obstruction in their breathing tract.)

For those who have experienced crippling insomnia, establishing regular and restorative sleep patterns makes all the difference in the world. Practicing good sleep hygiene AND treating your depression and anxiety can help you to return to a good night’s sleep. In this regard, here is an affirmation/mantra that was given to me by a client who repeated it to himself as he drifted off to sleep in order to stop his obsessive thoughts. It was written by a 13th century English monk and reads as follows:

All shall be well,
and all shall be well, 
and all manner of things shall be well. 

 

Using Affirmations as a Form of Prayer

Many years ago I came across the idea of using affirmations as a form of prayer developed by the practitioners of Religious Science called affirmative prayer. Affirmative prayer combines the power of affirmations with the practice of prayer. When you pray using affirmative prayer, you are not asking something outside of yourself to give you something. Instead, you are claiming your good as if it has already come to you. Hence, affirmative prayer, like affirmations, is always stated in the present tense.

Here are the five steps of affirmative prayer, as described on the Science of Mind website:

Affirmative Prayer

Science of Mind uses a five-step affirmative prayer called spiritual mind treatment. The five steps are:

1. Recognition—know that God is all there is.

2. Unification—know that you are one with God.

3. Declaration—state your word for the circumstance you want to manifest.

4. Thanksgiving—give thanks for your word being acted upon by the Law of Mind.

5. Release—“And so it is!”

There is no beseeching to or urge to compel an outside entity in spiritual mind treatment.  As Ernest Holmes states in The Science of Mind:

Effective mental treatment is propelled by a consciousness of love and a realization that the Creative spirit is always at work….A treatment should be given in a calm, expectant manner and with a deep inner conviction of its reality, without any fear or any sense that the human mind must make it effective. The work is effective because the Law is always in operation.

People who practice affirmative prayer on a daily basis have reported profound changes in their lives. For example, when I was in the depths of a life-threatening depressive episode, I composed an affirmative prayer that I shared with the twelve members of my support team and asked them to say it with me for thirty days. Here is the affirmative prayer I shared with them.

With help from God, I am reborn to a new life. I have learned the lessons that the anxiety and depression came to teach and thus have fully and freely released these symptoms from my body/mind. They are replaced by inner peace, emotional stability, vitality, wholeness, wellness and joy. My brain chemistry is stabilized and in perfect balance. I am healed and made whole. Thank you spirit for healing.

This prayer may have saved my life, because seventy-two hours after the group and I started reciting it, my symptoms began to lift. Within ninety days I experienced a full healing. Try affirmative prayer for yourself, and let me know your results.