The Fire of Transformation – Do Affirmations Really Work?

The Fire of Transformation

By Openhand

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Do affirmations really work?

There are many spiritual teachings that speak of the power of positive affirmations in one’s life as a force for transformation. Basically if we keep telling ourselves that something is true long enough – like “we are only love”, for example – the hope is that we begin to fully believe it and manifest that reality in our lives. But does it work?…

As anyone can, I can only offer my own view based on my life experience. I have paid much attention to this over the course of my lifetime and what I can offer is a resounding NO!!! They do not work – at least in my truth.

I should qualify this statement and say they can work temporarily and some people appear to have success with them – at least for a while. So why do they sometimes work in the beginning but fail the test of time?

The answer is quite simple really. Whenever you make a statement about yourself “I am love” for example, you create an internal identity around the affirmation. There becomes a ‘someone’ inside trying to manifest a reality on the outside. In doing this you are of course defining yourself. But that which you are – the all of it – is beyond definition. A definition that something is ‘this’ needs the presence of ‘that’ and so immediately you create love inside of yourself, you also create that which is not love.

The illusionary self you have just created relates to the interplay of the two states of beingness. If your will is strong, you may radiate love for a while but it will always wane eventually. You may be able to sweep the ‘not love’ bit under the proverbial carpet for a while but sooner or later it will reappear and ‘bite you in the ass’ when you probably least need it! Why is that?

This is because there is but one purpose of the universe. That is to realise yourself as what you truly are – the absolute, through all experiences identified with none of them. So when you make a statement like “I am”, you summon the whole power of the universe to test you on that belief. No matter how successful you may initially appear to be, it will ALWAYS fail in the end because there will always be more darkness – the relative universe is continually expanding at the speed of our thought.

So how can we be a positive force for upliftment and change? Why is is that enlightened masters such as the Buddha have spoken of the inner fire that melts all darkness in its path?

It is because the fire is arising from the absolute. It is the fire of compassion for all those who are still caught up in the illusion that there is ‘someone’ inside of themselves. The inner fire is the experience of release from that illusionary universe. When burning brightly, it transforms all in its path.

The Fire of Transformation

Be a lamp unto yourself.
Don’t search for light anywhere else;
the light is already there, the fire is already there.
Just probe a little deeper into your being, enquire.
Maybe much ash has gathered around the fire…
Just probe deep inside, and you will find the spark again.
And once you have found a single spark inside you,
you will become a flame, soon you will be a fire…
a fire that purifies, a fire that transforms,
a fire that gives you a new birth and a new being.
Be a lamp unto yourself.

    ~ the Last words of Gautama, the Buddha

The Fire of Love, TransformationTo facilitate the arising of this inner flame, we have to still the mind, go inwards and connect with the truth of what we are being. We become the witnesser of ourselves identifying with nothing that arises from within whether ‘good’ or ‘bad’.

Over time, the ‘ash’ is blown away and the spark of light grows and grows. At Openhand, we use breathing to fan the inner flame and then movement to release that through every part of the body.

Would you like to know more about kindling this fire of transformation?

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Updated August 2014

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About the author:

OpenOpenhand is the name we give to a highly evolved benevolent consciousness that has been around since the dawning of time. It is that energy which works within the weave of the fabric of life, helping to unravel blockages, rebalance disharmony and bring greater enlightenment to the universe. It works as a synchronistic mirror, revealing what is holding us back and how we can take the next evolutionary step.

My soul is intimately connected with the higher dimensions where I find myself in communion with this benevolent presence most of the time. We ‘speak’ through the language of telepathic synchronicity: plain knowing of signs and symbols, an intuitive, objective interpretation of the flow of the moment which helps me understand and realise the various underlying impulses that are activating and influencing people’s lives here in the lower realm. The Openhand Foundation works on behalf of this energy, helping ground its presence in this realm.

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  • Katie

    Affirmations always work. Trouble is there’s often a subconscious yes but after the conscious deliberate statement which are the real affirmation that gets acted upon.
    This may be due to the conscious affirmation being discordant with the true self, being driven by aughts, or shoulds or musts. It may be due to it contravening a disfunctional conditioning at the identity level – like painting over rust.
    Affirmations are often incorrectly used to try and deal with these disfunctions instead of being used to support the truth of what is, in its healthy and uncorrupted form, How do you find out what the healthy uncorrupted form is, well as you say, meditation for one and in the body dissociated west, mind body re-integration work such as yoga, authentic martial arts etc.
    One variation on affirmations that is quite powerful, afforemations is to say “I wonder how it is that I am ……..” This causes a trans derivational search by the subconscious mind tol find and focus on the answers to that question

  • John Nauss

    Affirmations in and of them selves have little power. Words do not heal without intent behind them. That said, they are transitional and are very useful to help maintain, albeit temporary, until a person has built enough will and courage to love themselves. Its all well and good to speak of the absolute but how can one speak of this and ignore the law of attraction, the very law I believe we are here to master. Affirmations help to strengthen, and help to open our minds and hearts, not necessarily in that order, to a higher spiritual awareness, so we can know what is illusion and what is not. Even the sound of “Om” is an affirmation. When one speaks it with intent and the feeling of the heart, the answers cascade forth. My experience with the absolute is one of love and compassion and unity, on all levels and open to anyone. Illusion is not the problem but how we regard and if one requires and affirmation, it helps train the mind to receive more guidance and instruction, healing, unity etc..

    • ali

      Thank you.

  • Diogo

    As long as we are willing to expand, with the right high vibration, just like the expansion of the Universe itself, and just like the fire that expands from the material/physical things like the wood, so can we adopt the right direction, the direction of All Things/Universe…