In all New Thought teachings the two concepts of Denials and Affirmations will appear. Ernest Holmes speaks of it, as does William Warch.
Denials are statements that erase, cleanse and release beliefs, thoughts and mental constructs that are contrary to Reality.
Remember Reality (with a capital R) is the big reality. The true nature of Life. The attributes of which are abundance, love, compassion, no-suffering, no-pain. This is the God Reality, the All – Good.
Warch gives a technique of making a list of all the negative things in your life. Write them out. After you write out all the negatives, look at them. Realize that each of those negatives in your life (and in my life) has a negative equivalent inside of us.
Using denials is not to deny the outward appearance, but to deny the inner belief that supports the appearance.
Instead of denying that you have a wart on your hand, deny permission for it to remain. Instead of denying that you feel lonely, deny the need to be alone.
William A. Warch. The New Thought Christian: An Introduction to the Life-Changing Concepts of New Thought (Kindle Location 460). Kindle Edition.
Forgiveness is a type of denial. It deny’s anger. Just recently I was very angry over someone I don’t even know. I just knew of their story. They went to prison for something terrible they did. I was angry at them. I forgave them this morning, as I realized in meditation, I had a seeds of anger about this person I don’t even know. The forgiveness denied the anger!
Affirmations are statements of TRUTH that build a conscious awareness of God. They are an acceptance of your “All Good.” When I say Truth, I mean Reality, not existence. Existence can say “you’re broke,” but Reality says “You are Wealthy.” Remember Reality (with a capital R) has no lack or limitation. It is pure abundance.
Warch says affirmations can be said silently or out loud. However Paramhansa Yogananda (as well as Michael Bernard Beckwith) say that affirmations should be spoken in this way:
- First, loudly
- Then softer, in a moderate tone
- Softer yet
- Mentally only
Steps to Building Our Own Denials
- Detect what is bother you or what is negative in your life (this is your challenge)
- Recognize the fact that there is a belief supporting this challenge
- Form the denial as a statement
Warch gives a great example:
As you begin to form your denial, be careful not to mistakenly try to deny away the old appearance. That is trying to manipulate the outer which only drains your energy. If you are afraid of a particular person and think they may physically harm you, deny that they can harm the real you. If it’s obvious that they may physically be able to harm you, remember that in reality they cannot harm the real you. Your perfect Christ self is unalterable so you can honestly say with all your heart, “I cannot be harmed.” You will be amazed by the fact that when you believe, it becomes so. Silently repeating your denial builds a knowingness in you that will thwart your fear. Once your fear is gone, you refuse this person the power to harm you physically as well as spiritually.
William A. Warch. The New Thought Christian: An Introduction to the Life-Changing Concepts of New Thought (Kindle Locations 481-485). Kindle Edition.
So there’s a key here – not to deny the challenge. As Warch continues:
The key is to use your denial on your belief, not on the outer appearance. If you have a receding hairline, don’t stare at it and say, “I do not have receding hairline.” Of course you have a receding hairline. But the real you has no imperfection and you can deny the need for any imperfection to tarnish you. When you believe that nothing can tarnish the real you, you will witness your healing.
William A. Warch. The New Thought Christian: An Introduction to the Life-Changing Concepts of New Thought (Kindle Locations 485-488). Kindle Edition.
If you just use a Denial without an affirmation, the self will try and replace it, and potentially replace the void with another challenge. The affirmation seals the void.
The affirmation should be a statement of TRUTH that replaces this specific concept.
For instance, if you affirm that you will have ten million dollars by noon tomorrow you probably won’t get it. If you don’t believe it yourself, it is a joke, not an affirmation. But if you claim that you are developing your ability to accept vast riches, you will see results very quickly. As you can see, one is aimed at the outer and the other is designed to change your consciousness.
William A. Warch. The New Thought Christian: An Introduction to the Life-Changing Concepts of New Thought (Kindle Locations 493-495). Kindle Edition.
WRONG: “I deny that I am broke.”
RIGHT: “Limiting ideas and feelings of frustration are now being dissolved into harmlessness.”
WRONG: “I will have a handful of money when I open my eyes.”
RIGHT: “God’s abundance is flowing to me now as ideas, love, and supply.
William A. Warch. The New Thought Christian: An Introduction to the Life-Changing Concepts of New Thought (Kindle Locations 496-498). Kindle Edition.