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Day 133

Affirmation:

I envision my tomorrows as wonderful, blessed experiences that I look forward to.

I build my tomorrows on a foundation of hopeful, eager and joyful anticipation.

I live in today but am ever excited about tomorrow.

What has yet to be, shall be good, plentiful and easily experienced.

I know that tomorrow will be a great day.


Our tomorrows are created in our consciousness today.   There are as many recipes for creating a better tomorrow as there are words to express the process, but a good place to begin is by finding what our personal default setting is…  Stop for a moment and ask yourself, “How do I envision my tomorrows?”   Do you consider the future as a chore?  Bleak?  Boring? More of the same?  Or is tomorrow an eagerly anticipated cache of miracles and treasured moments to come?   Do you see unexplored opportunities waiting to unfold?  Love lying in wait?  Aging, health issues and loneliness?

Our underlying beliefs and attitudes about tomorrow create the blue print for what will manifest.  If thinking about your future feels uninspiring, worrisome or exhausting, change it before it manifests.  To change the future, we need to shift our thoughts and feelings so that the tomorrow in our mind is what we wish it to be and look forward to arriving.

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Day 125

Affirmation:

I celebrate life.

I celebrate the miracles, joys, successes, bounty, imperfection, health, love, triumph, growth, prosperity, support, opportunities and Presence, in my life.

I celebrate the big reveals in the small details.

I celebrate living.


Life is not always easy but it always holds something to cherish, to honour and to celebrate.  It may be storming but outside birds still sing.   Find a reason to celebrate.  Look around the world and see the goodness, the glory and the greatness!  Look in the mirror and see the smile, the wisdom and the potential!    Rejoice in the monumental small details, the clean water, the gentle hug, the bee that dances from flower to flower.   Celebrate good times, past, present, and future.   Celebrate the Divine and Sacred gift of existence!   Find a reason, any or none at all, but CELEBRATE!

And if my passionate words aren’t enough…. listen and just try not to dance!  Celebrate!

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Day 121

Affirmation:

I am free from a false ego, full of passion, in the flow of abundance and centered in my heart.

I am free from a false ego, full of passion, in the flow of abundance and centered in my heart.

I am free from a false ego, full of passion, in the flow of abundance and centered in my heart.

I am free from a false ego, full of passion, in the flow of abundance and centered in my heart.

I am free from a false ego, full of passion, in the flow of abundance and centered in my heart.

I am free from a false ego, full of passion, in the flow of abundance and centered in my heart.

I am free from a false ego, full of passion, in the flow of abundance and centered in my heart.

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Rinse and repeat.  All day.  Even if none of the above are true, what we think so do we become – especially when thought repeatedly – so these words can become our truth.   Recite the words till they are felt, each of them.  Feel passionate, feel the  ego loosen its grasp, feel money flowing into the experience, feel love for all creation and creation’s love for us. By saying the words, thinking the words, feeling the words and believing the words true,, their meaning becomes our reality.

Sri Yantra – the Creation Yantra or Cosmic Yantra

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365 Days of Inspiration –  Daily Affirmations and Insights for Living a Joyful Life of Empowered Consciousness

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Day 109

Affirmation:

I act and speak from my loving heart.

I offer love.

I represent love.

I am loving in my thoughts toward others.


Along the path toward living consciously many become concerned with the ego and its influences.  We’re often guided to ask ourselves “Am I acting from my ego?”  It is a valid consideration but with so many different ideas of what ego actually is, how can anyone really know?  And even if we agree on the function of ego, repeatedly placing our focus on the Little Protector will keep us coming at ourselves from an unproductive place of criticism and judgment. It can be frustrating and deflating.  But it doesn’t have to be and it shouldn’t be.

Instead of asking “Am I responding from my ego?” or “Is this my ego talking?” we can ask ourselves, “Am I acting from love?” or “Is this my loving heart talking?”  We all know what is loving and what isn’t.  We all know if we’re reacting to something from love or not.  So let’s make it simple, let’s just shift the focus a bit, let’s make it about love.

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Day 108

Affirmation:

I pray for those who suffer.

I offer positive thoughts of healing, courage, recovery, and strength to those in need.

I send the energy of love where it is needed.


It’s easy to watch the happenings of this world and feel pain for those in pain and to suffer along with those who suffer.   Empathy is a powerful connection.   A better connection is compassion.   Feeling miserable on behalf of others does nothing to improve their situation and can even add unhelpful energy where the opposite is needed.   As we watch the events of the world we can strive to keep our thoughts and emotions positive, uplifting, and beneficial.  We can send loving, healing, and productive, positive loving energy to those in need.  Doing so helps them while allowing us to remain in a healthy place too.

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Day 98

Affirmation:

My dreams are as big and as infinite as my imagination.

I believe in my dreams and their fulfillment.

I let no one and no thing hinder my dream potential.


Why do we settle for dreaming small when dreaming big is just as possible?  Because we tend to minimize our own potential, we often minimize our dreams, hopes and ambitions.  There is no limit to human potential, only that which we ourselves place on it.  Men soar in the sky like birds because someone dared to dream that big dream.  Humans have navigated beyond the scope of our planet because someone dreamed that big dream.  Organs can be replaced, regenerated and even grown all because first someone dreamed those big dreams.  Every thought we have creates something so why not go for something grand? Don’t settle for dreaming small.  Dream BIG and bold and all the way and let no one tell you that you can’t.

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Day 90

Affirmation:

I am stronger than the influence of any negativity.

I choose to expose myself to that which supports and mirrors my positive thoughts, actions and feelings.

I surround myself with optimistic, hopeful people.

I engage myself in uplifting activities.

I cherish myself, my balance and my happiness, and do what I can to promote those states within me.


Everyone has those days that challenge personal equilibrium. They’re the days when it seems like everyone around us is breathing dragon fire. The boss is yelling, the kids are screaming, the ne’er content friend is complaining again and we are standing in the middle of them all.  We try to remain detached, reminding ourselves that their problems are not ours.  We physically remove ourselves from the wellspring of discontent only to wind up the captive audience of a right vs. left, fear-mongering, news broadcast.  By the time the sun has disappeared, so has our ability to withstand the onslaught of negativity.  We’re agitated, nervous, cranky, and generally unhappy.  It isn’t always easy, but we can protect ourselves from the energies we don’t want to be influenced by.  To start with, we can be very selective about the people and situations we interact with.  We can make a habit of avoiding those operating from lower vibrational energies.  We can learn to end conversations when the focus turns to unproductive complaining, fault-finding, or worrying.  We might choose to watch or read only enough news as is needed to stay informed.  Beginning the day with a high vibration, well grounded in positive thoughts, feelings, and the heart, while periodically repositioning one’s self in that vibration throughout the day, is one of the best ways to avoid being brought down by the misery of others.  By putting our attention on that which is beautiful, sacred, loving, whole, abundant, and healthy, we center ourselves in our hearts and align ourselves with positive energy. Pausing at various moments during the day to feel love, gratitude, compassion, joy, freedom, security, or any of the other emotions that take us into the heart, has the same effect.  With just a little effort, we can avoid rolling around in the pollution of negativity, keep ourselves energetically clean, and develop habits that help reduce our exposure to emotional toxins.

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Day 89

Affirmation:

I keep my focus in the direction of my desires.


If we desire abundance but keep seeing lack everywhere we look, we need to turn and look in a different direction.  If we desire health but our attention is only on ailing, we must change our point of view.  We cannot experience, achieve, or manifest a desire if we’re looking in the direction of what we do not want.  And since we can only see in the direction we face, we must be facing that which we desire.  If we desire harmony, we must look in the direction of harmony rather than staring at discord.  If we wish to have a life we are grateful for, we must be seeing that which we are grateful for.  If we do not like what we’re seeing, we must change our position.

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Day 82

Affirmation:

I do not believe in failure.

I believe that success has many faces.

I believe that there is success in every effort.


There is no such thing as failure, only varying degrees of success.  Every step we take in the direction of our dreams and goals is one step closer to their realization, even if one of those steps is a fall, a wrong turn, or a step backward.  If someone is free of a habit they’re trying to break for thirty days but on the thirty-first day they engage it again, they didn’t fail,  they succeeded for thirty days.  If we attempt something and don’t meet the desired or expected goal, we can choose to view it as a failure and take on all the negativity that bears, or we can see it as a success of a different kind.  We can believe that we have succeeded at taking a chance or we can believe that we have succeeded at trying.  We can even believe that we have succeeded at not reaching our goal.  If we look to the set backs or misses as failures, we find ourselves discouraged and struggling for the motivation to begin again.  If we look at the accomplishment, the success, we can continue on our way, beginning again with self-assurance, courage, and motivation.

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Day 79

Affirmation:

I accept change as part of my ongoing evolution.

I welcome rebirth in my life without resistance.

I celebrate spring as an opportunity for renewal within myself and my life.


While our seasons of rebirth may not always coincide with the rest of nature we can allow the newly reactivated Life Force energy around us in Spring to facilitate growth in our lives. We can use this season to break forth from any resistance we might feel and allow life to transform us into whatever beautiful, amazing, spectacular creations we are meant to become.  Spring is a chance for each of us to remember that we are also the Life Force animated, that we too have within us all potential, and to ask ourselves some really invaluable questions.

  • Am I resisting a natural renewal and rebirth in any part of my life?
  • Am I struggling against change that I cannot avoid?
  • Am I allowing myself to be a part of the natural cycles of change?
  • What are the opportunities for growth that are disguised as challenges?
  • Are there any ideas I’d like to consider birthing into my life?
  • Would I like to engage in any new activities, hobbies, or courses of study?
  • Are there changes in any areas of my life that I’ve wanted to make and haven’t?

Spring isn’t just for the birds and bees, it’s also for our souls and spirits.  If allowed, it can awaken, resurrect, and remind us that we are intended to live in seasons of change, ever-growing toward our highest and most beautiful potential.

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Day 78

Affirmation:

When I see boulders on life’s path I find a way around them.

Facts do not stop me from finding a path to my goal.

I let nothing stand in the way of me and my dreams, desires, and aspirations.

I am determined.

I am sure.

I am confident.

I will change direction but I do not give up.


From every CAN’T can be extracted CAN, but CAN does not have CAN’T within it.  Whether it is the fear of success, lack of self-worth, the ease of inaction, or the inability to see through some other darkness, nothing should stop us from living our lives to their fullest potential.  Sometimes an obstacle appears in our way in order to lead us to an even better path.  Sometimes it’s there so that we’ll pause to gather or increase our motivation and inner resources.  Sometimes an obstacle is the Universe’s way of asking us, “Just how bad do you really want this?”   Whatever the reason, we need not let anything stop us from realizing our goals and dreams.  We may be detoured, slowed, even halted for a moment, but if we are determined, we will let nothing tell us, “No.”

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Day 76 

Affirmation:

I have enough.

I am enough.

I see abundance, plenty and potential everywhere I look.

I appreciate what I have.

I appreciate all I am.

I express gratitude daily for all that I have and all that I am.


It’s so easy to be drawn in by the lure of lack and insufficiency, our media sources drown us daily with information about what we don’t have enough of  – things like health, style, beauty, security, financial freedom and excitement.  And media very generously offers the solutions to these same shortage problems – drugs, fashion trends, makeup and cosmetic surgery,  insurance and investment options and a slick sports car with a sexy passenger.  Those same media sources also try to convince us that what we do have isn’t good enough – think bigger house, fuller breasts, whiter teeth, greener lawns, more sexual vigor and fewer gray hairs.  The outside world is constantly selling us the idea that what we have and what we are is not enough.  No wonder our attention is constantly falling on what we believe is missing or in short supply!  The truth is that we already have and are so much more than we think.

To see what we have we need to shift our perspective from one of lack and shortage to one of abundance and flow.  That shift begins by recognizing how often we put our attention on what we want more of, less of or better. While some want is born of a desire for expansion, as in, “I want to someday take a trip to Spain,” most want has a very different energy, as in , “I want a more agreeable and loving partner.” (which translates to, “I don’t have a very agreeable and loving partner.”)  And it’s the want that comes from lack that keeps us in misery.  Once we recognize our patterns of wanting and from where they derive,  we can make a switch and start thinking instead about what we have.

By shifting from constant thoughts of “I want…” to  constant thoughts of “I have…” we begin to appreciate what we  already possess and experience and how perfectly it has served us.  Thoughts of “I have…” and the gratitude they provoke are the seeds for future abundance and plenty.  When we see that same partner with grateful “I have…” eyes, we start to notice wonderful traits previously hidden by our discontent and our attitude toward them changes.  Most amazingly, as our perspective changes from want to have, the things we have and appreciate begin to transform and become the things we always wanted.

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Day 69

Affirmation:

I let go my resistance to life’s natural rhythms and allow myself to be carried through change and growth.

I surrender my need to control every outcome and circumstance and allow life to unfold naturally.

I  surrender to faith.

I live with trust.

I let go.


Surrendering is not giving in or giving up, it is letting life unfold in its mysterious unbridled way, accepting that some things simply can’t be controlled.  When we surrender to life, we let go of our resistance – which pushes against the natural flow of things – and allow ourselves to become a part of the harmonious rhythm of the universe.  When we surrender, we throw our oars in the river and let the current carry us, acknowledging that sometimes we truly do not know what is best, but having faith that something greater than us does.  Surrendering is accepting the unacceptable, when there is no other choice.  Surrendering is accepting the inevitable as part of life’s journey, even if we don’t really want to.  Observe a leaf floating downstream, a hawk gliding on an air current, or a child going down a slide, and you are observing surrender.  Let’s know when to be the leaf, the hawk, the child, and let life carry us for a while.

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Day 67

Affirmation:

I believe in my dreams.

I expect my dreams to become my reality.

Every day I move confidently toward the realization of my dreams.

Every day I do something that supports the fulfillment of my dreams.


Consider the dreams you have for yourself.  Now ask yourself if you honestly believe in their coming true.  Do you expect them to become reality, or not-so-much?  Do you take action that supports the fulfillment of your dreams or are your actions counter-productive?   Too often our dreams sit idle – placed high upon the shelves of our imaginations only to be looked at and sighed over wistfully from time to time but never touched.  Dreams don’t just manifest themselves into reality without those two magic ingredients – belief and action.  Our beliefs create an opening that allows our dreams to come to us.  Our actions create the energy vortex that draws them into our experience.  Dreams need our help to come true and today is a good time to start moving confidently toward their realization.

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Day 63

Affirmation:

I know my strengths and I embrace them.

I know my weaknesses and I accept them.

I am grateful for the whole of my self.


Everyone has their strengths and their weaknesses.  They are our personal gifts and challenges.  It’s easy for the ego to lead us to feel falsely BIG about ourselves because of strengths we possess and falsely SMALL because of weaknesses.  Embracing strength does not mean gloating, boasting, or feeling self-important.  To have a strength is to have a gift to share with others.  Accepting a weakness does not mean accepting defeat or having an excuse to belittle oneself.  Accepting a weakness is being honest in facing an opportunity for growth.  Embracing and accepting both as complementary parts of a whole reminds us that we are a wonderful blending of both strengths and weaknesses, and neither should make us feel big or small, only blessed and grateful for who we are.

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Day 60

Affirmation:

I rise above opportunities to express fear and anger.

I choose to respond to life with and from love.

I choose to be better than the examples others set.

I grow and evolve with life’s experiences.

I am my own hero.


One of life’s great lessons is to rise above and be better for our circumstances and trials.  We learn, grow and evolve when we take every experience – not just the good ones – and become better and more loving for them.  It can be easy to repeat the bad choices and behaviour others have modeled for us but the desirable way is to be better than those examples and to let them inspire us to greatness.  The easy path is to react to life’s difficulties with negative resistance; the desirable way is to respond to challenges with hope, faith, courage and optimism.  Some of our greatest heroes are those we see as having overcome formidable circumstances in order to rise to their highest potential.   We can all be our own heroes and heroines, being better – always better – for what life offers us.

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Day 54

Affirmation:

I live true to myself.

I listen openly to the ideas of others but decide for myself.

I live my own original life.


Sometimes we fall like blind sheep over the ledge and into the pit of cultural should’s and shouldn’ts, acceptables and unacceptables, such that what others think becomes a genuinely unconscious factor in our decision making. Whether it’s about which music is cool to listen to or which clothes are in style, or something vastly more important like which path to follow or who to love, we must be consciously aware of what influences play into our choices and decisions.  Living authentically means living true to one’s own beliefs, opinions and ideas, even if that means being unsupported.

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Day 53

Affirmation:

I am stronger than I appear to be.

I am stronger than I think I am.

I am not yet as strong as I will be.


We may be physically small, weak, or feel challenged by our body, age, or intellect, but no matter what the perceived limitation, we are ALL stronger than we appear to be, and undeniably stronger than we think we are.   The strength I’m referring to  is inner strength, what we think of as courage, determination, fortitude, grace and integrity.   This inner strength has carried each of us through life’s storms.   It has given us the will to get out of bed when we all we want to do is hide under the covers.   Our strength allows us to stand up for others without a second thought.  It nudges us gently into relationships that are so good they scare us, and forcefully walks us away from those so bad they wound us.    Our inner strength allows us to face our fears, go for our goals, recover from pain, and express ourselves authentically.

Think of a time when you were sure you could not take another step in life,  a time when hope was nothing more than another 4-letter word.    Something propelled you out of the abyss.  What was it?  It wasn’t  the friend, book or doctor.  It was you.   Before anything external can help us move from misery to recovery, we must first reach the point of wanting better for ourselves and creating that space where better can be seeded.  And  it is inner strength that births that desire for better, allowing us to find or accept help.   Our strength never leaves us, no matter what happens to our bodies or our situations.  Not only is it a permanent part of our beings, it grows with each trial.   It reminds us that we’ve overcome before and will again.  It says, “If I could go through that, I can get through anything.”

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Day 52

Affirmation:

I am flexible in my journey, how it unfolds and where it leads.

I am open to seeing new doors as they appear in front of me, walking through them if invited.

I let go my rigid expectations and create an open space of willingness to accept and receive the unexpected gifts of the Universe.

I allow my fixed dreams and desires to become malleable.


We all know someone who has stopped struggling toward a goal or desire, only to then achieve it.  Or let go of a dream, certain it would never be realized, only to then know something better or even more fulfilling.  Imagine how many people have missed out on great relationships, jobs, and experiences because those presented them didn’t match their criteria.  Life rarely offers the straight and well paved road to where we wish to be.  More often it’s filled with unexpected twists and turns, and blind corners that keep us guessing.  If we are willing to be flexible and open to the unknown, if we are willing to trust that there is a universal force at work in our lives that knows even better than we do how to reach our desired happiness, and if we surrender our small will to that force, miracles will happen. When we create a space of openness in our hearts and minds for the unknown and are willing to step forward and say YES to it, we make ourselves and our lives available for all that is beautiful, fulfilling and joy-full.

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Day 51

Affirmation:

I choose a positive perspective no matter what my situation is.


If we see ourselves as victims of this world we cannot feel grateful for all that is right in our lives . If our focus is on what we perceive as lacking, we can not see all that we have. But when we come at life from the other side, seeing what we love and want and cherish and appreciate and learn from, we no longer see what we don’t want, don’t like, and don’t feel good about.  When our focus is on what is uplifting, we don’t see what brings us down.  When our hearts are feeling grateful for the plenty we do have, we aren’t giving attention to what we think is missing.   While in the midst of positive, limitless, hopeful thoughts, we are not having negative, limiting and doubting thoughts.  Having and maintaining a positive perspective changes everything because it changes everything.

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In case you missed one, here’s a recap of the first 50 days of affirmations for 2015 …

Day 1     Birthing OurSelves

Day 2     A Used Book or Gently Loved?

Day 3     Love Is Not Blind

Day 4     Infinite Potential

Day 5     Be Here Now

Day 6     Remembering What Matters

Day 7     An Unknown Path

Day 8     Lighten Up!

Day 9     We Already Are

Day 10    PB and J

Day 11    Remembering to Breathe

Day 12    Yielding to Life

Day 13    Just Jump

Day 14    Somewhere Out There

Day 15    Just BE

Day 16    All Miracles Are Created Equal

Day 17    I Am in Perfect Health

Day 18    The Dis-Abling Effects of Fear

Day 19    Creating Tomorrow Today

Day 20    Being Grateful

Day 21    Square Peg? No Problem.

Day 22    The Joyful Inner Child

Day 23    Sacred Journeys

Day 24    Trust the Feeling

Day 25    Half Full? Half Empty? Neither!

Day 26    Every Day a Lifetime

Day 27    Cultivating Self-Worth

Day 28    Go Fly A Kite

Day 29    From a Child’s Example

Day 30    Love Beyond Fear

Day 31    Flowing with Life

Day 32    Addicted to the Drama

Day 33    Help Another, Help Ourselves

Day 34    Shut Off the Inner Critic

Day 35    Finding Purpose in Everything

Day 36    The Presence of Spirit

Day 37    Sharing the Gift of Positive Thoughts

Day 38    Survive and Thrive

Day 39    Transforming Knowledge into Wisdom

Day 40    Valentine’s Week… Putting Love First

Day 41    Valentine’s Week…. Saying I Love You

Day 42    Valentine’s Week… Life on Fire

Day 43    Valentine’s Week… The Care and Feeding of Relationships

Day 44    Valentine’s Week… Creating Romance

Day 45    Valentine’s Day – It’s All About Love

Day 46    The Habit of Duality

Day 47    The Influence of a Good Teacher

Day 48    Rising Above for a Different Perspective

Day 49    Soul Revival

Day 50    A Chance To Start Over

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