Don’t call it a fortune cookie

September 14, 2017

use-affirmationsDon’t call it a fortune cookie.
Call it a plan.


I was talking to one of my favorite friends last month about A Healing Spirit affirmations.

“I use affirmations all the time– I keep them nearby so I can meditate on one day,” she said. “But sometimes, they piss me off!”

use-affirmationsI asked what she meant and she pointed to this affirmation (left) from my deck of Healing Affirmations:

“This condition isn’t going to ever be anything but chronic,” she said. “I don’t believe fortunate cookies!” 

“It’s not a fortune cookie,” I told her. “It’s not a prediction at all. It’s a PLAN.” And an attitude adjustment. It’s connecting to the possibility of good happening.

So here’s how affirmations work: they’re meant to program your mind to believe what it says. In this case, the concept of perfect health. The mind can believe anything–think about people who enjoy horror movies. They know the story is fake, but they’re still scared. That’s the mind, believing it’s real.

Can an affirmation manifest perfect health for someone? I don’t know the answer to that. Researchers are only now looking at these kinds of ideas, concepts that used to be considered ridiculous, but are now not so silly at all.

I just know that recent brain imaging studies show that something does go on in the brain during affirmations. So there’s neural evidence that affirmations do make changes in the brain. And we don’t know what we don’t know–which is to say that the number of studies to date have been very limited–too limited to draw any conclusion. I believe that we may well discover that reprogramming the brain does have an impact on health outcomes.

In the meantime, having a more optimistic and positive attitude about illness has repeatedly shown to have positive impact on surgical and cardiac patients. So to the extent that affirmations help redirect our attitudes about our health, they may well be helpful and we can be pretty sure that they don’t hurt. So for that reason alone, I believe affirmations should be a part of treatment for every serious disease.

I see two options: wallow in the bad or live in possibility. I know what my choice is.

I hope you’ll take a look at all of our supportive products and services for people who are working hard to recover from any big disease. Or a small one that won’t go away.



22 comments on “Don’t call it a fortune cookie
  1. I believe that a positive attitude has a positive effect on everything. Perception equals reality. If you alter your perception, you alter your reality!

  2. Positive words can make all the difference for others, so why not for ourselves.
    I love this, Carol.

  3. There is definitely a benefit t a positive attitude when it comes to health. There will always be ups and downs and thinking positive will always benefit the patient and family.

  4. I’m a huge fan of affirmations because…how can they hurt? But for sure, negative talk can hurt. So there’s that. But I do forget about them, like I forget about my neck exercises, my yoga class and my flossing….oh so much to do, so little time…no wait, a better affirmation is needed there…I have all the time I need to take care of me and I need to because I bring good things to the world! Thanks, ‘Carol, feeling better already!

  5. Jennifer says:

    Everything, including affirmations, can help. And that’s coming from someone who is a kinesthetic learner. I need to manipulate my affirmations by writing them out.

  6. Diane says:

    I couldn’t agree more! A positive attitude is everything. Everything! And surrounding yourself with positive affirmation can only help.
    And horror movies aren’t real?! 😉

  7. Christina says:

    I absolutely agree! Our attitude affects our approach, which affects our outcomes. Doesn’t matter what you apply it to!

  8. Barbara says:

    I think the best way to confirm the belief in positive affirmations is to be around negative people for a little while. Nothing can bring you down faster than negative people.

  9. Laurie Stone says:

    I love affirmations and have been using them for years. To me, they’re signposts that help steer the ship. “Here’s where I want to go”, you tell your subconscious, even if its 50 miles away. At least the ship knows which way to go. For me, they’ve made a world of difference.

  10. Sarah Bailey says:

    I definitely think that having a positive mindset can really help your outlook. It might not make the symptoms disappear but feeling better about the situation can bring about a huge difference alone.

  11. Pam says:

    Positive thinking can definitely help. If you think you can’t do something, you definitely can’t.

  12. Melanie MG says:

    For sure being optimistic and having a positive attitude make a difference. We are going to go through whatever life throws at us either way. We can at least try to see some or all the good there could be even if we can’t do it 100% of the time.

  13. Linda Hobden says:

    I’m all for positivity – I would rather look on the positive side of things than wallow in negative waters.

  14. That’s a beautiful reminder for all of us, regardless if we’re sick or not or going through something difficult. It’s all in the mind as they say.

  15. I really love the message, it’s all about changing the way you think into something more positive. It’s really important to do so especially if you’re going through something challenging in life.

  16. Ingrid says:

    In a world that assailed by negativity that could really wear one down your promotion of optimism and affirmations is admirable

  17. I agree with all these! Having a positive attitude really makes great changes!

  18. I saw a very wise counselor in my younger years who always said to me “What are you telling yourself?” The mind is so powerful and what we tell ourselves does make a difference. I meditate daily, but haven’t done any affirmations per se in years. Need to get back to that. Thanks for the reminder, Carol

  19. Rosey says:

    There is a lot to be said for your frame of mind. I have been totally geeked for something and then had someone I love tell me it was stupid and it really did change my mindset, my will. It was awhile ago but I remember it. I think the mind is very powerful. I’m not sure about perfect health, but I bet it helps a lot no matter the situation, where your frame of mind rests.

  20. Kiwi says:

    afffirmations arent fortune cookies at all its not just something to predict your future, its helping you have a better future. I know its hard to have a better outlook on life when things arent going right be people need to understand the shift in energy is powerful!

  21. Reese Evans says:

    Affirmations will helpful to the people who are always facing failure. In short, this works like a tonic. Thanks for sharing this.

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