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Words as Medicine – Affirmations (Part 3) by Abby Wynne

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Abby Wynne

Abby Wynne

The Words as Medicine that I have to offer you comes in 3 doses: the mind, the heart, the inner wisdom. In part 1 we looked at the mind, part 2 the heart, and in this final part, I will discuss how to use affirmations with your deep, inner knowing. See here to start with Part 1, and here if you’re needing Part 2.

I offered you 4 affirmations from my One Day at a Time 2021 healing diary. Here they are one final time:

I release myself from my expectations of myself

I completely accept myself just as I am

I am learning how to trust myself more

I invite joy and love into my life

After spending time in the heart space, feeding the emotional body with our awareness, gently spreading the balm of our awareness into the cracks and crevices that were aching, we may feel it’s time to stop the healing work. But we would be doing ourselves a disservice if we did this, just as we would be doing ourselves a disservice if we bypassed our heart and went straight to our knowing.

With heart, mind and gut we can navigate the world with all of our natural resources activated and in alignment with each other. This means that we are on our own team, on the same page, not necessarily that we are cheering ourselves on, but we are not trying to sabotage ourself at every turn.

So now we venture forth to do the the work of our intuition, to connect with our inner wisdom, our knowing. What you think and what you know can differ greatly, as does what you feel and what you know, and, of course, what you think. When it comes down to it, we think rather an awful lot, and we actually know a lot less than we think we do. I find it refreshing to sit with what I know, and remind myself what little I actually know. It’s quite humbling at times and it does keep me on the straight and narrow.

So choose an affirmation from the list, sit comfortably and switch off your distractions if you can. Take a few minutes to tune into yourself, and discover where the focus of your awareness is right now. Imagine it’s a bright light just as before. Take a breath and move it to the top of your head, sit with it until you really feel it there with you.

Breathe in and let your body soften, breathe out, and feel it sinking down slowly into your body, perhaps one inch per breath. Say the affirmation to yourself and notice how you feel when you hear the words. See the words as medicine with a timbre, a frequency and vibration, and these words are being ingested by you, so that they eliminate anything that is discordant within you and you get the benefit of their healing energies.

As you work your way down your body, on your in-breath feeling the ball of light softening and relaxing the muscles in your body, on your out-breath, the ball of light moves down a little bit further and then you say the affirmation, and mean it. It can take 20 minutes to get to the stomach area, but most of us don’t have that much time, so take as long as you need to, or extend from 1 inch to 2. This exercise gets easier the more you practice it.

As you feel this ball of light enter your stomach area you might realise that you’re holding the muscles of your tummy particularly tight. Sit here for a few breaths and say hello to your stomach. Seriously! You’ve been feeding your stomach without really connecting to it, so feed it with your attention. Taking the time to say hello to your stomach can really improve your relationship with yourself. And that’s what this is all about really, the relationship with yourself is the most important one you’ll ever have in your life. Releasing yourself from your expectations of yourself, accepting yourself exactly as you are, your gut knows if you are in really in this zone or not. So say the affirmation to your stomach, and see what it says to you. It could do a flip, or you could notice anxiety, or feel a heaviness. Shame and guilt live here, ask yourself if there’s some family/cultural conditioning that’s preventing you from embracing yourself, flaws and all. Compassionate, non-judgemental listening. Your gut knows, it’s just been waiting for an opportunity to tell you.

When your gut speaks back to you, if it uses words at all, you can start the sentences with “I know….”, and I guarantee you this cuts out a lot of waffle talk from your brain which always tries to sneak back in there somewhere and tell you what you think you know. It can hurt your pride to admit you don’t actually know a thing. However, admission is good medicine too.  And let your gut tell you what your affirmation actually is right now in this moment. I have written them, yes, but now you can make them your own. “I am inviting joy and love into my life” can transform into “I am learning how to invite joy and love into my life” and ring more true than before. Feel how that feels to wear, to say, to ingest, and to digest. Yes, you’ve got the idea now. You start the process through digestion, and then, with time, repetition and trust, comes embodiment. The energy of the affirmation is in your body now, and believing it is just a natural thing.

I really, honestly don’t expect my readers to take all 300 affirmations in the diary and do this process with all of them. If any of them chose even one affirmation to do this process with, my work is done, because the words I offer are medicine only if taken at the level of energy at which they are offered. If they are treated seriously, with great care, and taken literally at the level of mind, heart and deep knowing, they’re an opportunity to grow, and we all love to grow towards the light. There’s plenty of light here, if you want to invite it in.

Have a wonderful 2021, no matter what life throws at you, you have an opportunity to grow.  There’s another affirmation that you can try: I appreciate and make the most of all my opportunities for growth and healing. I hope you do. Blessings, Abby

(c) Abby Wynne


Read Part 1 of this article here and Part 2 here.

About One Day at a Time Diary 2021:

Make every day count with this inspirational journal.

Open this diary to discover the keys to your own unique happiness and wellbeing. Invite more joy and balance into your life through the power of affirmations.

Many of us spend most of our life caught up in the details of the things we are doing without making enough time to reflect, to be grateful and to be inspired. This self-care diary is a commitment to ourselves, an opportunity to slow down and think about who we are and what we want from life.

This elegant journal will help you enjoy every moment of 2021 by exploring monthly themes such as awareness, grounding, happiness and creativity. It contains inspirational affirmations to ground you and help you reconnect to your inner wisdom.

Order your copy online here.

About the author

Abby Wynne is the bestselling author of the “One Day at a Time Diary 2021” which is available both online and in all good Irish bookstores. She is a healer who blends Shamanism, Psychotherapy and Energy Healing in a unique way to empower and heal her readers and clients. Abby offers her healing to the world through books, healing sessions, and online programmes. Abby’s based in Ireland and lives with her husband, 4 children, and her dog Milo. Look out for her new book, Planting the Seeds, which is a combination of healing poetry, short stories and prayers. Abby offers you many ways to feel supported while you are on your path of healing and empowerment. You can find Abby on her website www.abby-wynne.com

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