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Affirming

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What we say affirms what we will have in our lives.

Over and over, I have seen this seemingly idealistic concept work in my life.  In the past when I spoke of what was wrong, what I didn’t want or like, what I was complaining about – I received more of it.

When this simple principle of caring about and giving attention to what we speak of became part of my conscious awareness, I was compelled to change my focus.  Whatever we focus on grows and multiplies.  Knowing this we become responsible for what we’re inviting into our lives.  Our Higher Power is in control, and we have a part in what is happening.  When my past complaining diminished, thanks to what I was learning in 12 Step programs, I also stopped getting sick all the time.  My choice is to chalk this up to a better attitude and positive talk.  I started looking for the best in people and worked on letting go of expectations.  I affirmed what I wanted in my life, if it was God’s will, and thanked my Higher Power in advance for it.  Then my life changed.  People wanted to socialize with me, jobs started coming to me, people did nice things for me, financially there were no more worries – my life improved.  Formal affirmations still work for me as does choosing how I speak in life.  Focusing on the positive works well.  For me it was an acquired ability.  It’s one of the best things ever taught to me and one which has improved my life.  I’m blessed to be able to pass it on.

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 Affirmation for the Day – ” I am making progress.”

Remember to say the affirmation at least 3 times whenever you remember it, preferably in front of a mirror.

Course In Miracles Lesson – My holy vision sees all things as pure.

Practice – Father,Your Mind created all that is;  Your Spirit entered into it; Your love gave life to it.  And would I look upon what You created as if it could be made sinful?  I would not perceive such dark and fearful images.  A madman’s dream is hardly fit to be my choice instead of all the loveliness with which You blessed creation – all its purity, its joy, and its eternal, quiet home in You.

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What We Focus On

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Early in the program, part of my spiritual quest included guided meditations on Wednesday evenings at a church.  One of the things the pastor shared was that …what we focus on grows and multiplies. 

The concept of our focus magnifying whatever it is on is also stated in the 4th edition of the Big Book on pages 416 through 421.  Learning about this law of consciousness creates a responsibility and an opportunity for me to be thoughtful about where my mind is dwelling. 

When I catch myself in a negative space about any person, place, thing or situation it takes only an instant to recognize the error – awareness – and shift my thoughts to focus on the solution.  The solution can be seeing white light around the issue or people, or praying for those involved or working Step 1,2 and 3, giving it to God.  I feel so much better when I shift my thinking – I only have to make the decision, do it and life does get better.

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Affirmation for the Day – ” I am thinking more positive thoughts.”

Remember to say the affirmation at least 3 times whenever you remember it, preferably in front of a mirror.

Course In Miracles Lesson – I rest in God.  I am as God created me.

Practice – I rest in God. – on the hour.  I am as God created me. – on the half hour.

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Focusing On The Solution

 

A woman I know in Alanon recently had to replace work already done due to a technical difficulty.  It took a lot of time, and required her to postpone other plans.  Even in the midst of the dilemma, she focused on the solution and on the fact that she was pretty good at part of the task which would then help her complete it faster than normal.  The next day, she’d not only completed the task a second time,  but she came to the conclusion it was actually a good thing it happened because it gave her an opportunity to apply what she’s learning in Alanon and see that it works. 

Another Alanon friend whose family is struggling with the economic situations of our day has kept a positive attitude despite a lack of certainty on how the bills will be paid.  She and her husband both turned it over and both were inspired about a solution that takes care of everything.  They believe it was divinely inspired and they’re pursuing it presently.

The 12 Step programs teach us to shift our focus from the problem to the solution.  We learn that whatever we focus on grows and multiplies, and as we learn this new way of seeing life our lives get better and better.  Solutions fall into place easily, naturally, as we do what’s in front of us to do and rely on our Higher Power to provide for us.  The more we focus on the miracles, the more they happen.  The promises on page 83 of the Big Book come true.  The program works.

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Affirmation for the Day – ” Miracles are happening in my life.”

Remember to say the affirmation at least 3 times whenever you remember it, preferably in front of a mirror.

Course In Miracles Lesson – Light and joy and peace abide in me.  I am as God created me.

Practice – Light and joy and peace abide in me – on the hour.  I am as God created me – on the half hour.

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