By choosing to think and say positive affirmations as true, the subconscious is forced into one of three reactions – avoidance, reappraisal and acceptance. The bigger the issue the bigger the gap between the positive affirmation and the perceived inner truth, and the more likely that one is going to experience resistance.
This is where the subconscious finds it easier to stay with its perceived inner truth and avoid the challenge, using any means at its disposal to avoid examining the issue.
You will recognize this reaction by a strong negative feeling inside as you state the positive affirmations. Equally, if your experience is a sense of joy and well being, your mind is instinctively responding to something it believes to be true.
When you get this emotion you know your affirmations are working! When you are continually repeating affirmations with conviction and passion, this will help remove even the strongest resistance. Once the resistance is broken, your subconscious is able to re-examine the core belief and patterns you have been working on. The effect can be startling, and things can change very quickly as the dysfunctional beliefs get identified and replaced by your own new inner truth.
Depending on how deep into your consciousness these beliefs lay, every other learned pattern and belief that relied on the original belief as a foundation becomes unfounded. The subconscious has to reexamine them all. This can lead to a period of self reflection.
Due to the fact that affirmations reprogram your thought patterns, they change the way you think and feel about things. Since you have replaced dysfunctional beliefs with your own new positive beliefs, positive change comes easily and naturally. This will start to reflect in your external life. You will start to experience major changes for the better in many aspects of your life.