What an Affirmation is and what it is not:
An affirmation is a declaration of an intention, quality, or desired outcome which, when stated with feeling, conviction, and confidence, has the power to supplant unwanted habituated mindsets and behaviors, and to change life circumstances through the creation of new neural circuits in the brain.
Affirmations are not magical incantations for manipulating people or circumstances, substitutes for professional treatment of physical or mental conditions, or the relinquishment of self-responsibility. Affirmations are not appeals to a power or deity outside of oneself. Rather, they work from the inside out: physically with the systems of the brain, mentally with the systems of the mind, and spiritually with the systems of the higher self.
Why and how Affirmations work:
The effectual use of affirmations is based on research in neuroscience, neurobiology, and cognitive psychology, all of which have proved how neural operations in the brain neutralizes unwanted emotions and eliminates limiting attitudes and beliefs, resulting in positive life changes.
Dr. Joseph Dispenza, in “Physics, the Brain and Your Reality” writes, “The thinking brain, the neo cortex, is the seed of our freewill and allows us to have a choice and opinion. There is sound evidence that our thoughts do matter. If rehearsed mentally, we will grow new circuits in the brain, the platform which we stand on to execute a new level of self.” The practice of affirmations is a specific technology for growing those new circuits.