Which Style of Affirmations Is the Best?

“Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul.” 
Ralph Waldo Emerson (Tweet This)

First-person affirmations represent ideas you have about yourself. When you talk to yourself, you are saying affirmations. An affirmation is a statement of fact; whether that fact exists as an idea or your physical reality doesn’t matter. With repetition, the affirmation becomes part of your belief system.

Whether those affirmations are empowering or not and whether they open or block your chakras is a different story. Many people thoughtlessly affirm self-defeating ideas: “I am stupid, I am poor, I can’t ever…, it won’t work out for me, etc.”

When you listen to people talk about you, either to you or to others, do you take their word as gospel over what you say to yourself, or do you tend to believe yourself more? The surprising answer is we tend to believe what others say about us more than what we say about ourselves. This is why using second- and third-person affirmations gives first-person affirmations a powerful boost.

That doesn’t mean that you should stop using first-person affirmations. Not at all! Your mind needs to hear that you believe something about yourself. So second- and third-person affirmations aren’t necessarily better, they just complement and reinforce what you say about yourself.

You can use this tactic to clear self-limiting beliefs and open up your chakras in the process.

When you say any affirmation, say it in the first person, then the second person, and finally in the third person. Like this:

  1. “I am a compassionate and loving person.”
  2. “You are a compassionate and loving person.”
  3. “(Your name) is a compassionate and loving person.”

Together, these affirmations are a potent combination. It’s like you telling yourself how wonderful you are, while having your most passionate supporters and believers confirming what you said!

It may help you to visualize people you love and admire when you are doing this exercise. For example, picture a treasured teacher or mentor saying the “you” affirmation. Picture your colleagues, teammates, friends, or even anonymous admirers saying the affirmations that mention your name.

Affirmations to Help Clear Your Chakras

We tend to believe what others say about us!

Root Chakra:

  1. “I am secure, peaceful, and safe.”
  2. “You are secure, peaceful, and safe.”
  3. “(Your name) is secure, peaceful, and safe.”

Sacral Chakra:

  1. “I enjoy a healthy, passionate, and beautiful life.”
  2. “You enjoy a healthy, passionate, and beautiful life.”
  3. “(Your name) enjoys a healthy, passionate, and beautiful life.”

Solar Plexus Chakra:

  1. “I feel empowered and successful, and I easily achieve my goals.”
  2. “You feel empowered and successful, and you easily achieve your goals.”
  3. “(Your name) feels empowered and successful, and (he/she) easily achieves (his/her) goals.”

Heart Chakra:

  1. “I am a compassionate and loving person.”
  2. “You are a compassionate and loving person.”
  3. “(Your name) is a compassionate and loving person.”

Throat Chakra:

  1. “I love expressing myself clearly and honestly.”
  2. “You love expressing yourself clearly and honestly.”
  3. “(Your name) loves expressing (him/her)self clearly and honestly.”

Together, all three affirmations are very powerful!

Third Eye Chakra:

  1. “ I trust my intuitive guidance.”
  2. “You trust your intuitive guidance.”
  3. “(Your name) trusts (his/her) intuitive guidance.”

Crown Chakra:

  1. “I am a radiant being of light, love, and energy.”
  2. “You are a radiant being of light, love, and energy.”
  3. “(Your name) is a radiant being of light, love, and energy.”

Use the same guidelines when using these three affirmations as you do when saying your usual “I am” affirmations:

  • Be in a relaxed and happy frame of mind when you say your affirmations.
  • Let yourself feel good about what you’re saying (and “hearing”).
  • Repeat, repeat, and repeat some more until it feels like a part of you!

So which affirmation is best?

In the first person, you make a declaration about yourself.
Pro: You imprint an empowering idea into your subconscious.
Con: You may have a tough time getting past the filters of your conditioned beliefs.

In the second person, you “hear” a statement about yourself, directed to you.
Pro: You tend to believe what people say about you more than you believe what you say about yourself.
Con: What you hear is an opinion, so you may reject it.

In the third person, you “hear” a statement about yourself as told to others.
Pro: You tend to believe what people say about you more than you believe what you say about yourself.
Con: What you hear is an opinion, so you may reject it.

The real magic is in the combination. If we hear ONE opinion, it’s easy to reject. But if many people repeat the same thing about you, it starts to stick (even if those people are imaginary!).

As you can see, using all three types of affirmations combined works best because of the powerful reinforcement that the idea receives. This reinforcement makes the affirmation more believable, and it will imprint faster. Try it today!

This article on affirmations was published by Mindvalley. If you liked it, you can like it on Medium, share it on Facebook and Twitter, or follow us!

One clap, two clap, three clap, forty?

By clapping more or less, you can signal to us which stories really stand out.