Affirmation In Yama

Affirmation is called mantrayama by the Yogis; apply it as you have previously been instructed in connection with the practice of Yama or self-development. The general principle consists in expressing in verbal form, either mentally or vocally, the idea or thought, the picture or concept, which you have already visualized and are about to project. This serves to crystallize the thought, and gives it body and form; also, according to Yoga teaching, there are certain effects produced by the vibratory influence of thought-filled words.

What you have learned of the power of affirmations applies equally in the particular form of "treatment" known as Yama. In addition, there are two special points concerning this application of affirmation to this process, viz., (1) the choice of suggestive words, and (2) the "second person" method of directing the affirmation.

Considering the choice of suggestive words, you should first acquaint yourself with the various terms defining or being analogous to the particular quality you wish to cultivate and develop. Next select the most inspiring and animating words from the list—the words or terms being selected should have the greatest suggestive power, and the greatest vibratory power. These words should be capable of arousing the highest degree of incentive feeling in yourself.

For instance, let us suppose that you wish to cultivate the quality of courage within yourself, if such happened to be a quality in which you are lacking. By refering to the dictionary, you will find the following synonyms of courage: heroism, bravery, intrepedity, valor, valiantness, gallantry, daring, firmness, hardihood, boldness, dauntlessness, resolution, etc. A further search of the dictionary will give you more synonyms of each of these terms. Make a list of them, and then repeat them to yourself, letting each work sink into your mind, awakening in your mind their respective vibration or responses.

Say them as a mantram; you will find that some of these words will fairly set your soul on fire, and will awaken suggestive vibrations of desire, ambition, seeking, striving, etc., accompanied by a corresponding impulse to action. Write down the special words that strike the most responsive chord in your being; letting the others rest until you place them in a secondary list. In this way you will have developed an inspiring list of suggestive words for yourself to employ as your affirmation; in this case for the cultivation of courage.

The same thing you will find true of any other terms denoting a desired quality or characteristic. For instance, suppose you wish to affirm the quality of stability. Here you will run across the associated terms of tenacity, fixedness, purpose, doggedness, determination, firmness, resolution, unwavering, persistent, persevering, steadiness, abiding, strong, durable, steadfastness, enduring, etc. Some of these words you will find strongly hit home to you. When you find them, make a list of them, and thereafter affirm and assert them to and of yourself. You will find that such special words will fill you with the desired vibrations, and will arouse in yourself the firm and fierce determination to express them in your character.

Also, energizing suggestive words will give a clearer outline to your visualization, for you will mentally picture yourself as manifesting the particular physical action and mental states which are triggered by these special words. Moreover, they will serve to give additional force to your projection; visualization, projection, and affirmation really being but parts of the same fundamental activity of thought and will in this process; in direct ratio each enforcing the other and blending into a powerful manifestation.

Let us now consider point two of Affirmation in Yama, which is directing the affirmation in "the second person." Western teachers of affirmation will tell you to affirm in the first person, as, "I am courageous;" "I am stable and persistent;" etc. This is based on sound psychology, but the Yogis instruct that in using Yama, the initiate is advised to make the affirmation in the form of a command or statement to himself. In other words, give yourself the command in the second person. For example, John Doe (or whatever your name may be) you are courageous, you are filled with courage, you are brave, daring, intrepid, bold, etc." Or, "John Doe, you are tenacious, fixed of purpose, dogged, determined, resolute, steady, persistent, persevering, steadfast, enduring; you are filled with stick-to-itiveness; you never give up; you have fixed purposes, and pursue them to the determined end, etc."

In other words, you should conduct this work of affirmation just as were you giving a "treatment" to another person, and seeking to cultivate in him the particular characteristic which you are seeking to cultivate in yourself. The Yogis say that one talks best and gives instructions to his innerself that way.

You must of course back up this practice of Yama by actual manifestation of the desired quality or characteristic in performance in your daily life. Let your thought take form in action, as often as possible. Play as often as possible in real life that which you have been rehearsing and "playing out" mentally in your exercises.

You now have the technique for the practice of Yama. Use it. You can make yourself anew!

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