10 “I Refuse” Affirmations

I believe in mixing up affirmations and not always following the standard pattern. Really, any words that you say to yourself and that powerfully resonate with you qualify as an affirmation.

I love the word refuse. To me, it’s a very powerful word. Here are 10 refuse affirmations for your Friday.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE awesome!

Ray

I REFUSE to allow my dreams to become victims of my fears.
I REFUSE to allow injustice to prevail in my world.
I REFUSE to be divided into “Us” and “Them.”
I REFUSE to allow other peoples’ opinions to rule my thinking.
I REFUSE to be limited by my past.
I REFUSE to be limited by my present circumstances.
I REFUSE to stop.
I REFUSE to be denied.
I REFUSE to allow peace to lose in my world.
I REFUSE to allow love to lose in my world.


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The Placebo Effect – Words and Beliefs Are Powerful

Happy Wednesday, my friends.

You probably know that the first hurdle every prospective drug must jump is The Placebo Effect. Did you know, though, that it averages about 22 percent?

I’m not surprised is you didn’t. It’s not a number the pharmaceutical industry has a vested of interest in advertising. That means, on average, patients taking a pill, with no known curative affects, get better 22 percent of the time just because they believe they’re taking medicine that will help them.

That’s WITHOUT even trying. Imagine how powerful your mind can be when you focus on an outcome.

It’s not to say that we don’t need medicine or that our thinking alone can heal us. I think it’s powerful tool in your toolkit, though, and one you certainly want working with you and not against you.

Your beliefs and your words have so much power! They can help you be braver, stronger, and more resilient. Here are a few #Rayquotes to add to the magnificent manifester that is your mind.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE awesome!

Ray

50 Thank Yous

There are no two words in any language as powerful as “thank you.” They are an affirmation unto themselves. For our gratitude spreads out into the universe and brings us more to be grateful for.

Here are 100 things to be thankful for. Whether they are yours now or aspirational at this moment, feeling and expressing your gratitude brings them closer to you. Use the ones that feel appropriate to your daily gratitude practice and add others that are special to you.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE awesome!

Ray

  1. Thank you for my life.
  2. Thank you for the people who love and support me in my life.
  3. Thank you for air to breathe.
  4. Thank you for my healthy body.
  5. Thank you for my healthy mind.
  6. Thank you for food to eat.
  7. Thank you for water to drink.
  8. Thank you for shelter over my head.
  9. Thank you for a place to sleep.
  10. Thank you for the freedom to think and to speak.
  11. Thank you for the sun.
  12. Thank you for the rain.
  13. Thank you for the wind.
  14. Thank you for love in my life.
  15. Thank you for abundance in my life.
  16. Thank you for joy in my life.
  17. Thank you for peace in life.
  18. Thank you for challenges in my life.
  19. Thank you hands that work.
  20. Thank you eyes that see.
  21. Thank you for ears that hear.
  22. Thank you for a healthy heart.
  23. Thank you for healthy lungs.
  24. Thank you for strong arms.
  25. Thank you for strong legs.
  26. Thank you for a strong back.
  27. Thank you for wisdom.
  28. Thank you for courage.
  29. Thank you for patience.
  30. Thank you for a chance to become more than I am.
  31. Thank you for freedom.
  32. Thank you justice.
  33. Thank you for peace in the world.
  34. Thank you for those who help my life in ways I can’t even see.
  35. Thank you for flowers.
  36. Thank you for trees.
  37. Thank you for green grass.
  38. Thank you for a beautiful blue sky.
  39. Thank you for rushing rivers.
  40. Thank you for the powerful ocean.
  41. Thank you for the stars above.
  42. Thank you for the chance to be generous.
  43. Thank you for the chance to support others.
  44. Thank you for the chance spread joy.
  45. Thank you for the chance to be the person I came here to be.
  46. Thank you for a today better than yesterday.
  47. Thank you for future better than today.
  48. Thank you lessons I learn along the way.
  49. Thank you everything I’ve forgotten.
  50. Thank you for everything coming my way.

Original Poem – The Little Stargazer

My grandmother was a poet. Back in my teens and twenties I wrote poetry too. I penned (literally) this poem back in 1991. It recalled a time when I was eight years old looking at the night sky through my grandmother’s binoculars. Enjoy!

“THE LITTLE STARGAZER”

Little boy eight years old
dreaming of adventures bold.
peering up into the sky
at points of shining light.

Busy counting all the stars
through grandma’s old binoculars.
Wondering who might live out there
Perhaps a race advanced and fair.

Making plans one day to go
Out beyond our tiny globe.
Journey to the star fields bright
Out amid the scattered light.

Twenty years since that summer night
Spent scanning distant stellar light.
Still search that dazzling canopy
For someone staring back at me.

Ray Davis
1991

Affirmations for Dealing with Criticism

Elbert Hubbard once wrote, “To escape criticism – do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.”

Most of us don’t want those outcomes in our lives, so we have to deal with the fact we will face criticism. The key is not to avoid it, but rather to use it productively in your quest.

Here are a few affirmations that suggest productive ways to use criticism.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE awesome!

Ray

Dogma Blocks a Better World

In a world where dogmas and entrenched beliefs rule, it’s practically impossible for better and new ideas to grow. Societies that become that, lose their forward momentum and they cease to be leaders.

The only way for a society to get better on this front is for individuals within that society to release limiting paradigms and be open to new ideas. All the world’s great ideas are not limited to certain times, certain places, and certain people. They’re born every day in the minds of people we “agree” and those we “disagree” with.

Failing to see that, we cut ourselves off from half or more of the better ideas that could improve country, planet, and species.

It’s up to each of us to reflect on how we are contributing to being stuck with ideas that don’t work anymore. The pace of change in the coming decades is likely to force our hands, but a more enlightened approach is to begin opening ourselves to new possibilities, figuring out how we make timeless ideas thrive in these new environments, and how we stop being a roadblock to needed change.

Our best future was not conceived in the past. It’s being conceived right now in real time. Our choice is to participate constructively in that process or be an obstacle to it.

Every great teacher and leader of the past did not re-entrench in old ideas. He or she brought new ideas to the table. They were change agents not defenders of the status quo. If we are to transform our times as powerfully and positively as they did, we must be agents for conscious change too.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE awesome!

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Sometimes You Just Have to Allow

Hey, my friends. I hope your Tuesday is bringing the best your way. You know sometimes, as counterintuitive as it seems, we have to cease the struggle and the digging and the grinding and just ALLOW.

That’s not to say that our determined action isn’t important in reaching our goals – it is. It’s simply a recognition that different circumstances call for different strategies. Sometimes all our action is getting in the way.

Here are five affirmations encouraging you to allow. So, allow it.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you’re awesome.

Ray

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