[æfərˈmeɪʃən] n. count.
1. A positive statement used to firmly validate or assert as fact.
2. A statement of support, encouragement, or acceptance.
All our thoughts and utterances are affirmations. They reinforce and validate as subjective fact our worldview and cosmology. They are verbal guideposts that guide and shape not only our future thoughts and words but also our very behaviors; in this way, they become self-fulfilling prophecies by defining what we believe to be possible in our lives and in our world. Affirmations within the Science of Mind are therefore verbal touchstones to guide our consciousness into higher planes by releasing limiting beliefs, loosing the bonds of self-doubt and self-loathing, and healing our emotional wounds.
Effective affirmations are stated aloud or written in the present tense and in the declarative, which means they contain no negation (i.e., not or no). Like spiritual mind treatments, affirmations are best performed with a sense of ease either before a meditation session to allow the mind to alight on the affirmation or immediately following a meditation to drop the affirmation into the fertile soil of the subconscious.