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Priming the Brain: Do Inspirational Affirmations Work?

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Your brain is primed every time you hear an affirmation, strengthening the ability to let go of conflict and tension. You expand your neural pathways to support positive actions and inspire innovative solutions. Don't conflict this with self-perception and be delusional. Use it to match your perception of what person you are becoming and the life you want.

Most of us realize that affirmations can make you feel good in the moment; but that doesn’t mean they help you have long lasting results. Or, could they?

Priming Your Brain For Things You Desire

Neuroplasticity, the science of how our brain can change, informs us that you can actually prime the brain to target what you desire. (And synaptic pruning of the neural pathways can help to eliminate what you don’t.) But, let’s focus for now on how to get the good stuff.

A study from Carnegie Mellon University with 80 students in 2 Pittsburgh universities, demonstrates how using self-affirmation could boost academic grade point averages. Specifically, the studies showed that self-affirmation was effective in eliminating the harmful effects of chronic stress on problem-solving performance.

How this translates to you; you are engaged in problem solving every day. When you prime the brain with thoughts and words that inspire you, you’re expanding the neural pathways that support positive actions and inspire innovative solutions.

How Inspirational Affirmations Work?

  • Your subconscious responds from your (emotional) mindset.
  • Your brain is primed each time you hear the affirmation.
  • The intelligent cells in your body are listening; they send messages that strengthen your ability to let go of conflicting thoughts and tension.
  • Your inspired mind begins to develop new beliefs.
  • Neural pathways where negative patterns formed are used less and new habits are established which helps you solve problems.

When Would It Not Work?

Affirmations are not that effective if they are in conflict with self-perception; such as ‘I am wealthy’ and you’re not paying rent, or ‘I am loved’ and you feel unlovable. Use affirmations that match your perception of what is possible, i.e. the next step forward in the person you are becoming, and the life you want, and you will see wonderful results.

Try saying:

  • I Bless this day and give thanks for my life.
  • I can remember to bring more peace into my life.
  • I am finding new solutions that empower my life every day.

Tip: By adding the dynamic potential in SOS meditations, affirmations become fueled with even more creative and sustaining power.

Marlise Karlin

Marlise Karlin is an internationally renowned thought leader who has been interviewed on NBC and Fox News, and shared the stage with other visionaries including Gregg Braden, Panache Desai, and Dr. Eric Pearl. The emotional and physical trauma of her past, and the illnesses it caused, ignited her search to discover new solutions. Converging 25 years of study in Eastern holistic traditions and modern science, including Epigenetics and Neuroplasticity, Marlise developed The Simplicity of Stillness®, SOS Method. Over a decade of case studies has evidenced highly effective benefits for people on 6 continents. Marlise shares these inspiring stories as well as SOS Tools and Technology in her books, The Simplicity of Stillness Method and The Power of Peace in You. www.theSOSmethod.com

Marlise Karlin

Marlise Karlin is an internationally renowned thought leader who has been interviewed on NBC and Fox News, and shared the stage with other visionaries including Gregg Braden, Panache Desai, and Dr. Eric Pearl. The emotional and physical trauma of her past, and the illnesses it caused, ignited her search to discover new solutions. Converging 25 years of study in Eastern holistic traditions and modern science, including Epigenetics and Neuroplasticity, Marlise developed The Simplicity of Stillness®, SOS Method. Over a decade of case studies has evidenced highly effective benefits for people on 6 continents. Marlise shares these inspiring stories as well as SOS Tools and Technology in her books, The Simplicity of Stillness Method and The Power of Peace in You. www.theSOSmethod.com

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