When I was a child, my family was involved in churches that taught us about positive confession. At the time, I really didn’t know why we did positive confessions, I just knew that we did them.
There were sayings like, “What you confess, you will possess” and a little book called Hung by the Tongue. So, way back then I started trying to watch what I said and to make sure it was positive. I mean, I didn’t want to possess anything negative and I certainly didn’t want to get hung by my tongue.
Then in my twenties I got involved with a group of people who begin to teach me things about meditation. They told me to use prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact with God. The only thing I knew about meditation was what I had heard as a child – that it was of the devil and not of God. Here was a group of people telling me to use it to connect to God. Huh? I knew that I did not believe everything that my family had taught me, and I had to start researching meditation to find out for myself what I really believed.
I started reading about what meditation was and how to do it. There are a ton of way to meditate. You can chant, be perfectly still, clear the mind, just be mindful, think on things, and many more. A couple of the books I read back then were called, How to Meditate and Creative Visualization. I admit that I don’t remember exactly what those two particular books said, but I have continued to study about meditation over the years and I try to put it into my life on a daily basis.
Last month in our daily reading for The Master Key Experience, Og Mandino said, “As I repeat the words daily they will soon become a part of my active mind, but more important, they will also seep into my other mind, that mysterious source which never sleeps, which creates my dreams, and often makes me act in ways I do not comprehend.” (The Greatest Salesman in the World, page 56.)
Here is the reason I should use positive confession or affirmations as they are sometimes called. I need to repeat them daily to get them into my mind, but more importantly, I need to get them down into my subconscious because my subconscious never sleeps, and it works to create those confessions.
According to Merriam-Webster, visualization is the “formation of mental visual images.” In our readings this week, Charles Haanel says, “Visualization is a very different process from seeing; seeing is physical, and is therefore related to the objective world, the ‘world without,’ but Visualization is a product of the imagination, and is therefore a product of the subjective mind, the ‘world within.’ It therefore possesses vitality; it will grow.” (The Master Key System 9-15.)
Here I am, forty-six years after first learning about positive confessions and over thirty-one years after starting to study meditation for myself, and The Master Key Experience seems to be bringing me back to both of those. I really feel like everything I have been through in my life has been bringing me to and preparing me for today. It is a state of constant learning.
Next time you start to say something, remember to practice positive confession and visualization because you don’t want to get hung by your tongue.
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