- Affirmation structure
- A brief aside
EJT affirmations comprise three elements:
- Focus on the self
- The chakra nature or quality to nurture in the present moment
- Universal gratitude in the present moment
For my courage, I am grateful
(1) For my — (2) courage, — (3) I am grateful
The structure of the affirmations is inverted from typical English sentence structure, which is intended to communicate with the subconscious mind in a poetic way. The elements correspond to the principle of ‘good thoughts, good words, and good actions’, emphasizing the importance of positive self-talk and gratitude in cultivating a healthy mindset and positive actions. The use of short affirmations allows the quick and easy integration of these principles into daily life.
Affirmations should be crisp. They must be worded using common and non-ambiguous language wherever possible. Deviating from simplicity can engage the mind in counter-productive ways, which has the opposite effect to that desired. Sometimes specific scenario-based affirmations are more helpful. Earth Jakked doesn’t directly deal with this. In such cases the reader is encouraged to develop their own affirmations to suit.
Consider the following:
- For my relationships, I am grateful.
- For my healthy relationships, I am grateful.
- For my friends and family, I am grateful.
- For my wonderfully sparkle-filled loving relationships and all the amazing relationships coming to me, I am grateful.
The second affirmation is preferred because there’s an unspoken (and dangerous) ambiguity regarding unhealthy relationships. Alternatively the words ‘good’ or ‘right’ can be used according to preference. The danger per this example is significant enough to warrant explicit wording. In a targeted therapist-client scenario, adding ‘healthy’ to affirmations might be essential. The third affirmation is both too specific and too complex. It’s more wish-like than a healing statement and is quite removed from a chakra nature. The fourth is the typical woolly garden-variety look-ahead affirmation that’s a hot mess instead of being healing related. Take note!
A brief aside
I found this gratitude affirmation example using the Qwant search engine, and I think it was either written by a lawyer or a cat masquerading as a lawyer:
“I am here to fully and completely accept all joy that already has and will in the future transpire in my life. I accept it here and now in a willing and open state of gratitude.”
EJT is very simple, and crucially doesn’t require the middle layer of feline lawyers to beat the soul into submission. Here’s the EJT version:
For my joyfulness, I am grateful.
Should I belabour my point any further? Your mantras on a postcard please!
Affirmations are best sequenced like the growth of a seed into a flower, starting from the core and moving outwards. This creates a natural and organic emotional flow that doesn’t engage the mind in a thinking state. It’s important to consider the placement of phrases and their potential impact. Some affirmations may be emotionally challenging, so it’s helpful to soften their delivery beforehand.
Affirmations can inadvertently reinforce non-ideal behaviour when not carefully constructed. For example, simply affirming sincerity without following up with wisdom may not always be advantageous, especially when dealing with individuals who do not share the same moral values. To address this, it’s essential to consider a more comprehensive and pragmatic approach that acknowledges the imperfect world we live in. A well-crafted sequence of affirmations requires thoughtful planning to ensure that the affirmations work together holistically, rather than reinforcing potentially problematic behaviour.
The sequence of affirmations should strike a balance between being concise yet comprehensive. While targeting a specific chakra may seem like a good idea for deeper work, it can limit the holistic approach needed. The affirmations should be mutually supportive and work across a broader spectrum. However, tweaking the affirmations towards specific goals can still be helpful.
It’s crucial to keep in mind that the soul is the underlying nature of what’s being worked upon here. The soul is fundamentally non-linear, but the physical aspect of the chakras can be measured, making it quantifiable to some extent. It might be useful to envision the chakras as seven concentric spirals, with the root at the centre, rather than a column of isolated energy centres. This approach better describes their overlapping nature and emphasises the vital role of the root chakra in the proper functioning of the entire system.
Following this advice, it becomes a valid discussion whether to sweep the seven primary chakras at the same time, or the upper and lower three as groups. There’s merit to this, but working with the root chakra is essential before anything else. Primarily working from the root and up in supportive sequence is my general recommendation.
There was downloadable audio, but this has been dropped for the time being for redevelopment. Although the affirmations can be freely spoken, EJT is meant to be an audio experience, being part of the original design.
The next section is currently redundant, but it does provide structural guidelines for anyone wanting to make their own backing tracks.
Playing the audio
The audio tracks are about 15 minutes in length (or 936 seconds for those who groove on angel numbers). They incorporate binaural beats. The EJT affirmation sequence is circa 7 minutes.
- The ‘boots’ mix has a strong, euphoric lead-in and is intended to help those who experience lots of mental chatter.
- The ‘laces’ mix is much softer, leading in with the sounds of nature. It’s the gentle alternative.
The meditations have been designed to draw the listener into a state of deep of relaxation whilst being as time-economical as possible. If you need a longer lead-in, then queue up your favourite meditational music before the session.
For those interested in such things, I presently use a simple 97.36Hz binaural tone, which is derived from the Earth’s rotation (aka the Cosmic Octave). More simply, I could have used G2 at 98Hz instead, being the same thing.
Although I don’t feel there’s any quantifiable benefit behind specific tones at this level of audio production (looking at you, Solfeggio), I personally find the lower ranges to be warmer and less fatiguing.
In mystical circles, the note of G relates to the root chakra. And: I use the same tone for all the chakras because G is for ‘Grounding’ and Earth Jakked is about getting boots on the ground. Besides, activating the root chakra with sound whilst working on higher chakras develops an energy circuit, which is the whole point, isn’t it?
EJT affirmations are delivered in 3 rounds. Each round consists of 10 affirmations. Each affirmation cycle lasts 13 seconds. Therefore, a complete round is 13×10, being 130 seconds, which is a little over 2 minutes.
The rounds are gapped. The entire sequence lasts a compact 7 minutes. Gaps are needed to avoid overload and to resettle the mind. Although it’s possible to add more rounds, mental, emotional and vocal fatigue is a determining factor. Longer gaps between rounds is a good thing and EJT audio lacks that due to a decision regarding brevity and attention-spans.
The 13 second cycle (13x10x3) works well because it allows good settling time. Alternatively, an 11 second cycle (11x11x3) is the minimum-reasonable length in the English language. Subjectively, it was found to be less effective than 13 seconds. The EJT meditation music synchronises to a 13 second cycle as the result.
Finally, for those wishing to use EJT as a therapeutic tool, please tailor the timings and sequences to your requirements, which might for example be wholly determined by client response. It’s all good.
A 15 second round of singing each affirmation would be ideal for platforms such as TikTok, but I lack the voice and youth-filter to carry it off. Devotional EJT would be perfect on that platform…