Affirmation Design

Contents

Affirmation structure

Affirmations comprise three elements:

  1. Self/soul focus
  2. Chakra nature
  3. Universal gratitude

Example:

For my courage, I am grateful

(1) For my — (2) courage, — (3) I am grateful

The structure is inverted in terms of how English is usually written and spoken. The purpose however is to talk to the subconscious mind, which can be seen as inverted with respect to the waking mind. It’s a form of poetry.

The elements correspond to: good thoughts, good words and good actions, and in that order.

Composition

Affirmations should be crisp. They must be worded using common and non-ambiguous language where possible. Deviating from simplicity engages the mind in counter-productive ways, which has the opposite effect to that desired.

Consider the following:

  1. For my relationships, I am grateful.
  2. For my healthy relationships, I am grateful.
  3. For my friends and family, I am grateful.
  4. For my wonderfully sparkle-filled loving relation­ships, I am grateful.

The second affirmation is preferred because there’s an unspoken (and dangerous) ambiguity regarding unhealthy relationships. Use this judiciously because many affirm­ations could be argued in this way. The danger per this example is significant enough to warrant explicit wording. (In a targeted therapist-client scenario, adding ‘healthy’ to certain affirmations might be essential.) The third affirmation is both too specific and too complex. It’s more wish-like than a healing statement. The fourth is the typical woolly garden-variety affirmation that’s a wish instead of being healing related. Take note!

A brief aside

I found this gratitude affirmation example using the QwantExternal hyperlink symbol search engine, and I think it was written by a lawyer, or a cat (being so hard to determine these days):

“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 a middle layer of cats and lawyers. Here’s the EJT version:

For my joyfulness, I am grateful.

Should I belabour my point any further? Mantras on a postcard, please.

Arrangement

Affirmations should be sequenced like a seed grows into a flower, working from the core outwards. This is creates a natural, organic emotional flow that doesn’t rouse the mind into a thinking state. Consider the placement of phrases and the effect they might have. Some affirmations might be emotionally difficult, so try to soften the way beforehand.

Affirmations can potentially reinforce circum­stantially non-ideal behaviour:

(Brow chakra) For my sincerity, I am grateful.

However, this is immediately followed by:

For my wisdom, I am grateful.

The reasoning here is that sincerity without wisdom isn’t always going to be your friend. You should consider that the person you’re dealing with is unlikely to share your moral compass. We live in an imperfect world and a healthy, pragmatic strategy is vital. It’s the kind of oversight that good people have been exploited for since the dawn of time.

The sequence should be both concise and sweeping. Targeting a specific nature might seem like a good idea for deeper work, but that’s thinking too linearly. It needs to be holistic, which is mutually supportive across a broader spectrum. That’s not to say tweaking the affirmations towards certain ends isn’t going to be helpful.

One must consider at all times the underlying nature of what’s being worked upon here, being the soul. It’s fundamentally non-linear, but at the physical end of the equation things become somewhat quantifiable, hence being able to pin numbers against chakras. It might be helpful to envisage the chakras as seven concentric spirals (with the root at the centre, like a bullseye) rather than a column of individuated whirly bouquets. This describes their overlapping nature and why the root is vital for the entire system to function.

Newgrange (Co. Meath, Ireland). Markings that just-so-happen to correlate with the chakra system, though informed scholars might disagree and wave their receipts at me, which is fine. Front facing, 7 concentric spirals depict the synchrony of spirit-soul-body. That’s a pretty good effort from a commonly depicted bunch of dishevelled, semi-naked godless hunter-gatherers just trying to survive. Having been inside Newgrange, my sense is it’s a shamanic springboard into the realms, like a retreat centre. The deep peace waiting inside is truly awesome, even with a dozen other people and a guide who won’t shut up from talking.

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 upwards is my recommendation.

Audio

Originally I made audio available for download, but I’ve dropped the feature for the time being. I’ll tackle it again another day. However, EJT was always meant to be an audio experience, being part of the original design.

I’ve gathered some of the old audio-related copy here, because enterprising readers (and curious nerds like me) are perfectly welcome to brew their own.

Playing the audio

Earth Jakked Audio

The audio tracks are about 15 min­utes in length (or 936 seconds for those who groove on angel numbers). They incorp­orate binaural beatsExternal hyperlink symbol. The EJT affirm­ation sequence is circa 7 minutes.

  1. The ‘boots’ mix has a strong, euphoric lead-in and is intended to help those who experience lots of mental chatter.
  2. The ‘laces’ mix is much softer, leading in with bird song and a gurgling stream. It’s an alternative, gentler option.

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.

Binaural tones

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). 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?

Timings

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 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 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 to carry it off. Devotional EJT would be perfect on that platform…