Guest blog post by Nicki Gill.
Firstly I would like to take this opportunity to thank Robin Cockrell for inviting me as a guest to share with you my personal experience with the Noah St John’s Afformations Revolution, and why the whole affirmations vs afformations thing came about for me.
My Husband Geoff and I ventured into some self-development, which was quite evident that we both needed as our confidence and self-esteem was extremely low. Without boring you with too many details, let’s just say that we’ve had about five years of challenge, perhaps ‘bad luck’ in the eyes of some.
As we are very close and work together it was natural for us to work on our self-development together. It was surprising how many self-development books and programs that we had accumulated over the years perched up on our study shelves that we had either never used, seldom used or just read little bits and pieces here and there without fully implementing what the ‘guru of the day’ was advocating.
Whilst the main program that we chose to embrace to start our self-development journey is an exceptional one, it was down the same traditional path of setting goals, writing specific affirmations against each of those goals and then affirming them aloud on a daily basis.
We all know what an affirmation is. It is a short, positive and supposedly powerful statement in the present tense, which over time becomes the thought that creates reality … there was a lot of ‘I AM’s’ being thrown around the home. Problem was we truly didn’t believe them. We persisted though, ritually saying aloud our positive affirmations.
Then one day Robin mentioned a book that she was reading, The Book of Afformations. At first I thought she misspelt affirmations but I delved further into her post and it really grabbed my attention.
Noah St John, the author of The Book of Afformations, had stumbled upon the reason why affirmations did not work for so, so many people. He too had been year after year after year contributing to the traditional affirmation ritual with no success. His ‘aha’ moment came to him in the shower as he looked around his apartment at his diligently printed and posted affirmations on Post-It notes.
The human brain is programmed to answer questions. Ask a question, and the brain instantly goes into looking for the answers. What Noah did was discover the missing link – if the human brain automatically starts to search for answers to questions, why are we going around making statements that we don’t believe?
And now we have the arrival of the Noah St John Afformations Revolution, and my Husband and I love it! All of our affirmations have now been transformed into an afformation.
Simply, an afformation is placing your once positive statement into a question, and our brain happily responds to it, looking for the answers, opening our eyes to what is already there but has been blocked or unseen in the past.
The reaction is amazingly different. Previously, with our non-belief of our affirmation statements we were hearing our inner voice telling us it was not true. In putting these affirmations into the context of an afformation, we were now literally experiencing our brain responding to the task – finding the answers to our questions.
Now before you get too excited, and just start chanting afformations about everything your heart desires, there is a simple four step afformations method that you also need to embrace.
Step 1: Ask
Step 2: Afform
Step 3: Accept
Step 4: Act
Noah teaches this simple four step afformations method in The Book of Afformations, and in all honesty, if you truly want to change certain areas of your life to the positive, join the Noah St John Afformations Revolution, it truly is remarkable, and start seeking the answers to the questions you so desire answered.