Reflections on Affirmations

People's affirmations can be empowering,they can also be unknowingly oppressing: keeping someone somewhere that that someone would never choose to stay if that someone could see the nature of their self at that particular time.

When I reflected on the difference for me, I was able to see this vague distinction: when affirmations come out of one's own compulsions, or when they seem to feed mine, then I (or that person giving them) are in grave danger of fostering spiritual death and further decay in either or both of us. When affirmations come from a place of acceptance and surrender, stillness and serenity, then an opportunity to create life and renewal is opened.