Everything that we repeatedly say to ourselves out loud or in our thoughts are an affirmation. The Reticular Activating System (RAS) is a part of our brain that makes words that get repeated over time as part of our identity, positive or negative. Just like sowing seeds in a fruitful garden. When we water and nurture the seeds every day, they will grow (most of them). That´s like repeating an affirmation. If you have a tomato plant seed…you plant that seed…water it (focus)…can you expect to get apples? No of course not. You expect to get tomatoes. That´s how our subconscious mind works. It doesn´t care if you want the seeds you plant to grow. As long as you water and nurture them (affirm repeatedly), they will grow.
Our subconscious mind is the deep part of us that takes in 40 million bits of information every second, after a filtering process in the brain we only perceive 5 – 9 bits per second. These 5 – 9 bits per second is our perception of reality. In the subconscious lies all of our past experiences, like a computer logging every millisecond.When you look at the surface of the sea, you only see what your eyes can perceive, while the sea can go thousands of meters in depth. You can´t see that, but it´s still there, it´s still a part of reality. Like the conscious mind (surface) and the subconscious mind (beneath the surface). The conscious mind is the logical, analytical part of us, while the subconscious mind is completely illogical.
Our subconscious mind doesn´t know the difference between past and future; all is here and now. It doesn´t know the difference between yes or no. It just reacts as if its truth (RAS). That is why it is so important to state the affirmation positive and as they are true right now.
“I am healthy and energetic” is stated in the positive, here and now. It gets received as a command that your subconscious mind reacts to as an obedient, loyal servant.
“I want to be healthy and energetic” will make your subconscious ask “when”? Do you want to be healthy and energetic within a couple of minutes? Hours? Days? Years? When? It just isn´t specific enough for the subconscious to react upon.
To state I am, you say it as it is true right now, and if you repeat it or listen to affirmations as part of a daily ritual – your brain will work over time to make this become true.
No, you don´t need to believe 100% in them, but if you don´t believe in them at all while listening to audios, then we would recommend you to discard them, just let them flow by. Your subconscious mind will register them. We believe that the affirmations we use in our audios are positive and empowering in every aspect and will have a positive impact on the listener. However, we also understand that affirmations can trigger resistance even though they are positive.
No, the affirmations you listen to or consciously repeat to yourself don't need to be true. Many athletes, entrepreneurs, and other people who know the power of affirmations use them as part of their ritual to manifest goals – BEFORE they have manifested in the physical reality. That´s the genius thing about affirmations – they become true. That´s why it is so important to become the master of your thoughts.