Originally Posted by Lionman
Great idea Balbrae and well produced.
One big suggestion though...
In the audio you are using "I" instead of "you".
I listened to one and automatically my mind starts building a picture of what it thinks you look like talking about how great you are. It's rather amusing.
Imagine seeing a video of someone looking at you saying "I'm great, I'm so amazing" etc
Contrast that to someone looking at you saying "You're great, you're so amazing"
This is pretty important, especially when the voice you hear is different to your own voice.
Thanks for you kind words and excellent observation. I agree with you. I have recently begun using a newer technique--a 2-cycle approach ("I" and "You") on the 3-part affirmation platform. I was going to mention this in this thread soon, but you beat me to the punch.
The two affirmations that use that newer technique have been produced, and I listen to them regularly. I like them a lot. They have not been posted publicly anywhere, due to licensing issues, which have not yet cleared. In particular, I am using free songs from a 2-man group called Deep Sky Divers. (They make excellent "ambient" or "new-age" music.) Although I use this newer method on my private audio affirmations because there is no licensing problem for private use, I have not uploaded them because I have not yet received licensing permission to publish them on the Internet (i.e.
, on my Kiwi6 site that is hyperlinked to the threads of this post). The details: In a recent thread, I noted that I have sent a written request directly to the band, requesting that I be able to publish their music as background for my free audio affirmations. (See thread at: Has Anyone Heard of the Deep Sky Divers?
.) So until I get licensing clearance, that new method will have to be utilized on license-free, royalty-free music, which I am going to add more of to this thread very soon.
Please allow me to explain the new technique. I give credit to others for this idea, as I did not come up with it on my own. Unfortunately, I cannot recall on what website the idea was discussed--it was some website that sells audio-affirmations. Anyhow, the idea given to me by others was as follows: affirmations should use BOTH pronouns, "I" and "you," because our unconscious minds actually become habituated according to auto suggestions (things we tell ourselves) and according to the suggestions made by others to us. So, if one were to "double-down" and duplicate the affirmation, using both pronouns, "I" and "You," one can reprogram one's beliefs that arise from either source.
For example, if a person forms the belief that he or she is a nervous public-speaker, that unconscious, habituated belief may have been suggested, planted, or reinforced by one's own negative internal chatter and/or by another's criticism. So a 2-cycle affirmation on this might go along the lines of:
- "I am calm and confident when speaking in public, and I speak clearly and persuasively. People are fascinated by what I say in public" (repeated at least three times before switching pronouns from "I" to "you"); and
- "You are calm and confident when speaking in public, and you speak clearly and persuasively. People are fascinated by what you say in public" (repeated at least three times). Then, the other two parts of the affirmation (right and left channels) move into the center channel, also using a 2-cycle ("I"/"You") pronoun substitution.
By using the two-cycle approach, one can actually cast out both "demons" from their unconscious mind. The first demon is the demon of an unwanted, habituated, unconscious belief-system that was created by one's own self-criticism. The second demon is the demon of an unwanted, habituated, unconscious belief-system that was suggested or reinforced by others.
When I read about this 2-cycle idea, I thought, "Wow--that's pretty ingenious!" Since I have been using the 2-cycle approach, I swear by it. I actually experimented with a 3-cycle approach: (1) "I"; (2) "You," and (3) my first and last name (e.g
., "John Doe"). The third cycle aimed to address beliefs suggested by others, to others, where my name would have been used. Thereafter, I would learn about this "gossip" or "reputation" statement, which could form an habituated, unconscious belief. For example, John Doe might hear or read a statement such as: "John Doe is a nervous public speaker." The pronouns "I" and "you" wouldn't cut through the belief system as quickly as "John Doe," given that the suggestion was planted by the use of one's name, e.g.
, "John Doe," not the pronouns "I" or "you."
Now, I must confess that I'm not ready for the 3-cycle approach.
It is just weird to hear my name in an audio affirmation. However, when I re-recorded it and deleted references to my name, replacing it with the "you" pronoun, I made a mistake. I didn't actually erase the "silent" Channels 2 and 3. So in the end, it was there in the soft, barely-audible whispers: my name + the affirmation. I laughed at my "mistake," and just let it be. My conclusion is that it's easier if the third cycle (mentioning my name) is done very softly. I'm okay with that, but am only uncomfortable when my name is pronounced loudly in the middle-panned channel, Channel 1.
Thanks for your interest and comments. They're very helpful.