All those nasty old ideas that we took on from our families became habitual ways of thinking because we heard the same things said as negative affirmations so many times that the ideas became etched into our consciousness. These old habits of thinking were created by negative mantras: “You’re stupid,” “You can’t trust anyone,” “Life is hard.”

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives. Wilfred Arlan Peterson

Affirmations, on the other hand, are powerful, positive mantras that can build new grooves in our consciousness and create new habits of thinking. Every time your thoughts get caught in the groove of “not enough,” say your favorite mantra (positive affirmation) instead. “There’s always enough in God!” or “Somehow, I always have enough, no matter what.” But don’t say them just once or twice—say them repeatedly so that a new groove is worn in your brain, a new pathway of thought.

When you change your thinking, you change your life. Change your consciousness, the habits of thought, and the Universe instantly begins to support that new way. A new consciousness is the most powerful creative force in the world.

Spiritual Contemplation: What are your most cherished, habitual limiting grooves of thought? Create new affirmations instead, just five to seven words that you can memorize and repeat constantly for days on end.

Affirmation: I am one with God! I am completely Abundant!

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