When I was a kid and wanted to wake up at a certain time, I would lie in bed and say to myself “I want to wake up at 7:00” Then I would imagine myself writing the words on a blackboard. (I always loved the way it felt to write on a real slate chalkboard) I would do it in my mind, slowly feeling the soft chalk on the slate, each stroke of every letter. I would print it then write it in script. I’d do it again and again, until I fell asleep or felt it was enough. (I know some people just use an alarm clock, I have no idea why I didn’t) And I always woke up when I wanted to. I’ve tried this more recently, and it still works.
In a way, it’s just what I’m doing when I make my affirmation potholders. Except now I’m actually doing it, slowly spelling out the words, not just repeating the affirmations, but writing them again and again. So each time I’m making one I benefit from the repeated positive message, then when someone buys it, they benefit from reading it when ever they take a hot pot off the stove or a hot dish out of the oven. The idea with affirmations, of course, is that if we say it enough times we will come to believe it.
Is this what happened when I set my internal alarm clock as a kid? What if I fell asleep, writing the words “I’m not afraid to be happy” on the blackboard in my mind. Would I wake up believing it, even just for a little while. I think I’ll give it a try. I’ll let you know what happens.
( This potholder, I’m not afraid to be happy, will be for sale at the Collective Arts Winter Gallery on December 8th from 10-5 at Bean Heads in Cambridge NY for more info go here or to my Events page)