The following affirmations are taken from Wayne Dyer’s book, Living the Wisdom of the Tao, in which he writes his inspirations, ideas, and affirmations to accompany each verse of the Tao te Ching, one of the most influential spiritual books of all time.
81 Affirmations from Living the Wisdom of the Tao
- I choose to enjoy living the Great Mystery. The Tao that can be named is not the Tao.
- When my work is done, it is forgotten. That is why it lasts forever.
- I know that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is The Way.
- The all-providing Tao is empty, yet inexhaustible.
- I work at eliminating all my judgments of others.
- I pay attention to my inner callings and apply my own uniqueness to everything I undertake.
- It is through selfless action that I experience my own fulfillment.
- I live in accordance with nature and therefore never go against the way of things.
- When my cup is full, I stop pouring.
- I suspend my belief in opposites by seeing myself in all.
- The usefulness of what is depends upon what is not.
- I choose to ignore the seductive lure of acquisition and fame.
- I see myself as everything. I love myself as everyone.
- Discovering how things have always been brings me into harmony with The Way.
- The place of my origination is stillness, from which all creation originates.
- Amidst the rush of worldly comings and goings I observe how all endings become beginnings.
- I fully trust that others do know what is best for them.
- I act virtuously. I do not need rules to be kind and just.
- I am moral, profitable , and a genius extraordinaire, regardless of what any transcript or bank statement might say.
- I am doing nothing. Rather, I am being done.
- How do I know the way of all things at the beginning? I see it within myself.
- I resist any brokenness by being flexible and bending when storms appear.
- In all of nature, no storm can last forever.
- Boasting and showing off are examples of superfluous exceses. These practices must be uprooted, thrown out, and left behind forever.
- I come from greatness. I attract greatness. I am greatness.
- I have the ability to stay poised and centered regardless of what goes before me.
- What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher? What is a bad man but a good man’s job?
- As I preserve my original qualities I can do or govern anything. I live with radical humility.
- There is a time for being ahead. There is a time for being behind. There is a time for being in motion. There is a time for being at rest. There is a time for being vigorous. There is a time for being exhausted.
- Whatever strains with force will soon decay. I eschew any and all forms of violence. I take the line of least resistance in all of my actions.
- I allow my highest nature to come forward by bringing love to the places where I used to live in hatred.
- I trust in the perfect goodness of the Tao to guide and direct me wherever it will . I allow my thoughts and ideas to be carried by the great wave of the Tao.
- I am replacing my desire for power over others with my efforts to understand and master myself in any and all situations. The things I love I have to learn to leave alone.
- By not claiming greatness, I achieve greatness.
- When I look for it, there is nothing to see. When I listen for it, there is nothing to hear. When I use it, it cannot be exhausted. This is the great Tao.
- I seek out obscurity by suppressing any desires for attention or recognition.
- The Tao does nothing, but leaves nothing undone.
- I trust my essential nature. I let go of all polarities, and I live in the indivisible oneness of the Tao. Goodness and Godness are one, and I trust who I am, a child of God.
- I am a piece of the whole, and I act in accordance with the wholeness of the Tao.
- I bow to the All Creative Power from which I came and to which I am returning.
Why Affirmations Work
Affirmations work because they are based on the principle of autosuggestion. Autosuggestion is a process you can use to create new, more empowering beliefs in your life.
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As you think a thought, you create connections between other ideas in your brain, and trigger your brain to release positive or negative chemicals. As you continue to repeat the same thought, over time it forms into a belief, and it is your strongest beliefs that dictate how you interact with and respond to the world around you.
Best Time To Use Affirmations? Before Bed, As You Fall Asleep
When working with affirmations, the most powerful time of day to repeat them is as you are falling asleep at night. Whatever you think right before bed has a powerful influence over the quality of sleep you get, and what you dream about. This impacts the subconscious mind, and can be used in order to cement new beliefs more firmly into the subconscious.
One of the best techniques is to listen to a recording that repeats a few positive affirmations as you drift off to sleep, thereby triggering your mind into a more relaxed and receptive state. I recommend you try either this Bob Proctor abundance affirmation, or these Louise Hay affirmations for gratitude and well-being.