We really love Florence Scovel Shinn (1871 – 1940). She was a New Thought teacher in the first part of the 20th century and was a very practical woman. She believed that all the philosophy and preaching in the world was absolutely and totally useless if we couldn’t use the knowledge in our day-to-day lives. I couldn’t agree more.
Today, affirmations are extremely popular and Ms. Shinn was a master of this ‘art’. We call it an art because just mindlessly repeating a few words accomplishes nothing. However, truly understanding what you’re saying and putting energy behind it and then using the affirmation can lead to some truly amazing results.
For instance, look at the Shinn affirmation above. How many of us haven’t been in despair because of fear? I know I have. And I love the notion of fear being “tyranny”. It’s especially ironic since we are being tyrannized by our own minds. And most of what we fear never comes to pass.
So here are some more favorites of her affirmations or inspirational quotes.
You can print these out if you like them or we are working on turning them into cross stitch patterns. At the very least, pick out one or two of her affirmations and use them often. Your life will benefit from it.