MD writes: “I learned to use affirmations in my Mary Kay business. Is it okay to use and record affirmations?”
It depends on what kind of affirmations you’re using. For instance, affirmation therapy is used by Christian psychiatrists for people who have been deprived of human love (which results in stunted emotional growth). According to the website of one of the pioneers of this therapy, Dr. Conrad Baars, “Affirmation therapy can be formally described as a way of being affectively present to another human person in a therapeutic relationship in which the therapist reveals to the client his or her intrinsic goodness and worth.”
Dr. Baars co-authored a book on the subject, Healing the Unaffirmed, with Dr. Anna Terruwe whose work was based on Thomas Aquinas’ understanding of the “nature of man.”
However, there is an entirely different kind of affirmation in use that is completely New Age and is based on the practice of positive thinking – a belief that just by thinking positive thoughts you will attract all kinds of positive outcomes, people, etc.
The New Age practice of affirmations involves the constant repetition of these statements, writing them down frequently, etc. They’re often used in conjunction with visualization techniques (imagining or visualizing the positive outcome) or with Cosmic Ordering (announcing what you want and when you want it to the entire universe with which we are all connected).
The problem with New Age-style affirmations is that they are based on a human-centered psychology that is based on the belief that a person is in complete control of their destiny. If this is true, and our lives are truly in our own hands, doesn’t that make God irrelevant?
In Christian vs. New Age Thought Control, I delve more deeply into this subject and give important pointers on how to affirm yourself in a truly Christ-centered way. It’ll change your life – forever!
PS: We have a variety of books & tapes on the work of Dr. Conrad Baars and his daughter, Suzanne, a practicing psychotherapist, available in our store. Click here for more information.