It was during spring that particular year. It seemed like the devil had finally remembered my house address as troubles were hitting me left, right and center.
The sort of difficult period that before you finish escaping one thing, another one has arisen. Before you finish dealing with the new issue, something else is already waiting, calling for your attention.
It was financial problems and problems at work and problems with some law enforcement authorities. Jeez! It was just so overwhelming.
So, one day, not knowing what to do again in the middle of the never-ending misfortune, I decided to become a herbalist.
Funny enough, that was the year I decided to switch up my confessions aka the frequency of my “I am’s”. So, ignorantly, I had figured out that I was going to have a smoother ride of a journey that year.
Dream on dreamer … Haha!
Little did I know that the moment a man decides to consciously change his circumstances for the better in life, there is an equal and opposing force that will fight him dirty with every ounce of strength it’s got.
That year, I went to hell and back!
Not knowing what to do; in the middle of it all, a scenario flashed through my mind. It’s olden days Nollywood movies where herbalists usually chant incantations over and over again to bewitch someone or to produce a certain effect in someone’s life.
I somehow made a connection between what those folks do and how I could translate their practice to turn things around in my own life as well.
Meaning that just like the shamans chant words over and over again, I decided to face up to my numerous challenges by chanting words that were the exact opposite of what I was experiencing.
Now, this is what is called affirmations in modern-day parlance and declarations of faith in Church lingo. However,I wasn’t saying these words once or twice a day like most people are wont to do. I was effing saying them several times over and over.
So, the moment I got hit with how terrible my situation was, I chanted the words all over again. I channeled all my energies and frustrations about my predicament into the words I was speaking.
One hong helped me. I got a handwoven basket and placed it at one corner of my living room. Every time I made those affirmations, I dropped a coin into the basket. My intention was to fill the basket up and therefore be able to monitor my consistency at the words I was declaring. You could use little stones or little pieces of paper as well.
Boy, did it pay off? I don’t know how it happened but one thing I know is that over a period of time, everything that was stressing my life out resolved themselves one after the other and it was as though I never faced those difficult periods when I look back retrospectively.
Till today, this is one of my go-to methods to stay atop life’s circumstances. I just picture a witch doctor chanting away like there’s no tomorrow and he actually believes in what he is doing.
I figure out, my confessions can work much better for me so I begin to chant away too, declaring only those things I want to see manifested in my life/situation.
- Have you faced tough periods before with everything looking bleak and grim?
- How do you manage to go through them?
- What are your winning strategies?
Care to share with me in the comments? I’ll love to read.