I think this is actually one of the first "spiritual tools" that I ever learned about. I am not sure who actually gets credit for them, but they came to me via the immitable Louise Hay.
Ok now for honest hour: I have always thought that affirmations were well, kind of hokey. I have used them a tiny bit, but my efforts at them have been half-hearted at best. Not convincing at all.
Instead of verbal affirmations, I have instead relied upon written affirmations and vision boards. Both of which I have found to be supremely helpful. I have a vision board next to my bed and written affirmations in my wallet, my computer and all over my many journals.
But lately, I have been reminded of the power of the spoken word. As in, it has shown up everywhere; on my facebook feed, in the book I'm reading, in my dreams and in my coaching.
So, today while in a fairly deep meditation, I somehow found myself speaking outloud the feelings that I most desperately wanted to feel.
I heard myself saying: "I am safe. I am safe. I am safe." Slowly, methodically, over and over, with tears streaming down my face, my body all tingly and coming fully "on-line" with the pulse of the Universe.
It felt so damn good that I continued on with other desired "feeling states" and let me tell you by the end of 30 mins I feel a whole lot different than I did going in.
Who knew? (Don't answer that. I knew. I just wasn't putting it into practice. One year meditation challenge for the WIN - again!)