Affirming in the face of contradictory evidence can have the appearance of forcing the issue – an act of will, not of faith. For example, saying “I am well” when you are obviously sick is trying to overcome the illness with a thought, as though the thought had a power of its own, which it does not. In order for a thought to have power, it has to have life moving through it, like an electric circuit has to have a current moving through it before it can produce an effect. Thoughts are circuits, and electric circuits are “thoughts.” In fact, an electric circuit is so exactly a thought that the word hardly needs quotation marks around it.
Saying “I am well” when you are not must be accompanied by a perfect thought before it can restore health. That’s the first requirement. You have to know what being healthy feels like, looks like, and sounds like, even when you feel like hell. You have to be able to visualize it and feel it with all of your senses while those same senses are inundated with the opposite. Easier said than done.
The second requirement is that you have to take your attention off of being sick and put all of it on your concept/experience of being well. This is kind of like “being part of the solution and not the problem.” As long as you are giving life to the problem with your attention, you are feeding it. Again, easier said than done.
Thirdly, you have to create it, and this has three parts. Briefly, you have to want to be well, which means you have to want it more than any benefit you might get from being sick, such as being right or getting sympathy or time off from work. The second part is that you have to have sufficient willpower to override the inertia of the already established thought, which by now does have a life of its own – the one you have given it by your words, your actions, and your thoughts. And the third part is that you have to command all this to take place. It’s not enough to just have the thought; you have to say it. Saying it breathes life into it. And you have to say it as though there is no other option. The universe is continually asking us what we want, and any hesitancy on our part is a deal-breaker. We have to want it past wanting. We have to expect it the way we expect our paycheck. This is our contract with God (in the old language it was called covenant). This is what the centurion meant when he said, “Only speak the word, for I too am a man under authority. I say, ‘Do this,’ and it is done.'” Symbolically, the centurion is the executive mind; the Christ is the God Being in Its life aspect. Both are elements of us – the thought and the life within it, activated by the Word.
There is a way to get a leg up on this: be proactive. It’s easier to change outer conditions before they get started than after they have hit high gear. Usually we wait until a negative condition is going a hundred miles an hour before we start making affirmations. It is far easier to affirm the good than to negate the bad, which is the way affirmations are normally attempted. Here’s how to make it work for you: the next time you’re feeling great, I mean really great, say to yourself and the whole universe, “YES! This is good!” And it doesn’t have to be a good feeling; it can be a knowing, a sense that what just happened was perfect. Call it that. Let God know that it fits – the same feeling when you fit the last piece of a jigsaw puzzle or when you find something that was lost. This goes beyond gratitude, which is also good; this is putting your whole being into it. Seize the moment. Carve it into stone. Touch the earth. Stand in it. If someone were to ask you in that moment, “Who are you?” you would say, “This is what I am.”
What we affirm is what we are. What we create comes back and re-creates us.