Have you ever used the spiritual practice of chants, litanies, or affirmations? And are you ever puzzled as to why they sometimes work and sometimes don’t? Does the power of an affirmation or chant have to do with the words or with something else? Why do certain affirmations work for some people and not others?

To answer these questions you really have to consider them from a magical standpoint. We recently read this fascinating passage from W. Frederic Keeler’s writing, “Solving the Problem of Supply,” that relates directly to this issue. He writes:

“Words do not heal.
Silent words do not heal
Pictures do not heal.
Visualized mental pictures do not heal.
The right attitude of mind heals — i.e. right quality of consciousness.
The state of consciousness of True Knowledge heals.
Spirit Heals.
Spiritual thinking heals, provided it is directed toward healing.”

In other words, according to Keeler the words of a chant or affirmation are not the changing or healing agents. Instead, it is the quality or level of consciousness produced by the chant or affirmation that creates change.

When you go to a metaphysical workshop and learn a new affirmation, aren’t you incredibly excited about using it? What happens when you get home and start using it? Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, right? Why? Most of the time when an affirmation works we are accessing the level of consciousness, or being, of the person who teaches us the affirmation. We are tapping into that person or group’s stream of well-being. The affirmation acts as a channel to connect us with the stream of energy. The same effect occurs when we listen to a tape or CD of a spiritual teacher. But if we try to use the affirmation by itself the result is often nil.

So how can we use affirmations more effectively? Perhaps the more useful goal would be to increase our level of consciousness or being. We’ve found that one of the best ways to increase our level of consciousness is engage in a chosen activity that is unrelated to our survival. In other words, most of us are forced by life to go to work, wash the dishes, do the laundry, pay bills, and so on. And at the end of the day many of us feel like we lack to energy to do anything else. However, if we can choose to do a very simple daily activity – consciously – then we have a very good change of increasing our level of being.

This can be as simple as doing a 5 minute meditation daily, changing the order of our morning routine, opening doors with the opposite hand, or going out of our way to greet a stranger each day. Choose something simple and utterly unrelated to your daily survival. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you notice a difference in the way you feel and the way you interact with your life. Enjoy!