An affirmation (from Latin affirmare, to assert) is the declaration that something is true.

In spirituality and personal development, an affirmation is a form of autosuggestion in which a statement of a desirable intention or condition of the world or the mind is deliberately meditated on or repeated in order to implant it in the mind.

Affirmations could be viewed as a kind of self-induced brainwashing and is similar to the way a mantra works in forms of meditation called Samadhi. Affirmations can be a very powerful means of reprogramming the unconscious mind.

Perhaps the most often used and well-known affirmation is the word “Amen,” which can be translated simply, “so be it,” affirming the truth of whatever was written or said immediately prior.

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