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What was I thinking?
2004 was a rough year, I had lost my job, been in a string of dead-end relationships, going nowhere with my music - my band had split up because of some terrible managerial issues (I basically let a drug addict, with no experience in the music industry, manage my band and my precious songs, needless to say, it was a recipe for disaster!) I was lazy, drinking way too much, doing too many other 'recreational' things that were doing me, my body and mind no good whatsoever. I owed money and was like a parasite to all those around me, I was sleeping on a friends couch in his living room and always looking for what I could get out of people.
I decided that something HAD to change! My life was worth more, but I was a victim - this stuff was just happening to me, there was nothing I could do or have done about it, right?
There had to be answers outside of drink, drugs and other 'destructive' endeavours.
Towards the end of that year, in my desperation, I had started 'nervously' listening to a few self-help CD's and reading books like 'The Science of Getting Rich' by Wallace D Wattles and starting 'The Master Key' by Charles F Haanel. In the beginning, I thought them a bit hooky-kooky, but I recall, in my despondency, being 'attracted' to those 'tools' and I still recall the trepidation I felt when I began them.
So instead of trying to change the 'outside' world, I started 'within'....
I remember vividly the night when I started to put conscious awareness and intention to work in my life. I was sitting in a smoky, half empty pub on Portobello Road, London England, it was New Years Eve 2004/05, I was alone, the pub was devoid of any New Years Cheer and populated with a few drunks and loners mumbling incoherently to themselves, I was acutely aware of being single, sick of being paranoid and constantly broke, and fed up with feeling down and going nowhere.
Sitting in that empty pub, sipping my beer, as the clock struck midnight, I said to myself: 'Johnny, 2005 is going to be AMAZING, I am going to change, I am going to find an amazing woman, I am going to get fit, people are going to hear my music, I am going to make 2005 the most SUCCESSFUL year of my life - I will use my Intelligence and Creativity to bless the lives of others'. I didn't have much experience about intention or affirmations, and realise now that this was a pretty vague and poorly constructed affirmation, but it was with the sheer FORCE of CONVICTION that I said this to myself, it resonated deep into my core. I attached an IMAGE in my mind to what I wanted to SEE happen in my life, I did so with a BURNING DESIRE for change, and, little did I know, but that single incident put into motion the transformation that led to where I am today.
After leaving the pub, I didn't really give that night much more thought until strange things started happening!
The first thing was, by a series of 'seemingly random' events, I became keyboard player and guitarist for a band who had a single at 21 in the British pop charts. Through my further use of intention and manifesting, this led to me being able to share my talents with millions of people - we did festivals, TV shows and many other great and well paid gigs! A lot of fun, and many fantastic, (unrepeatable) stories came out of that!
Also, as a music instructor, my student base started to sky-rocket. I went from having a few students to having more than I could physically teach.
In March of that year, I walked into a pub just up the road from the one I was in on New Years, and I started talking to a 'random' woman there, who at the time, I thought was _just_ the kind of woman I should date, she was funny, terse, intelligent, well read, stunningly beautiful, American (you can't have everything, I suppose!!) And through more intention (some more conscious than others) I went on to date her, we fell in love effortlessly, and I'm now married to her, we have a sweet little daughter and live in the U.S in some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen.
I paid people back the money I owed, went from being a mooch to someone who gave more, I became more invested in the people around me, I wanted to give value, not just take what I could.
I started to get fit, I went out on a bike for the first time in years, and remember climbing a small little hill and almost vomiting when I got to the top - things soon changed though, and I started to go out on long (100 mile) rides with guys that were a lot fitter than me, I did my best to keep up and got very fit and healthy in the process!
I also became far more aware of the foods I consumed, so started making consciously healthier choices, I went from feeling sluggish to being full of energy and enthusiasm. I also cut back on my recreational habits, and it wasn't until the 1st Jan 2006 on the day I moved to America, that I stopped drinking and destroying myself, and haven't looked back since!
Random or Planned?
All of these events, before my 'awakening', I would have put down to chance, or luck, but this just isn't so. That night, in that smoky pub, when I decided to take 100% responsibility, and through the use of a badly worded but profoundly purposeful and convicting affirmation, it CHANGED everything.
I'm not going to tell you that that was all I did, just say one affirmation and everything magically changed - it was so much more than just the reciting or saying of words. I backed the original statement with PURPOSE and a DEEP DESIRE to change, so the affirmation triggered massive ACTION on my part to reach and put me on the path to becoming the person I knew I could and should be.
I have to constantly remind myself that affirmations are a single and powerful tool in a large tool-box of success techniques. They're not the only tool you need to use to create a life of your dreams.
Fighting the 'light'...
I was born into a home that taught me to accept that my life was pretty much outside of my control, that whatever the problem, Jesus was the answer, I seriously struggled with this, as when I added 2 + 2, the answer was 4, not Jesus, so there was an inherent problem with the logic!
I have nothing against religion or any faiths and denominations, it's just that my born again Christian upbringing left something out. I was forever 'guilty' for something, not quite 'worthy', not in 'control' or 'responsible'. I had (still have) loving and giving parents, but the deficiency was not their fault, it was almost inexplicable, and the bible and the faith didn't illuminate the answer for me - it wasn't until I consciously went out to look for myself that I found the answer.
I suppose, the thing my religious childhood left out was ME, my POWER, my SELF. And my connection to Infinite Power is not predicated on whether I PLEASE It through fear of angering It.
It's about simple CAUSE and EFFECT, nothing more! I didn't like being left out of the picture, I wanted to create my own work-of-art.
The Birth of something bigger than me...
When working on Master Key Mastery (Seminal BookSmart Tool for Transformation Affirmation Course), I was inspired to write these words:
'I don't know about you, but I had always 'known' there is the most beautiful treasure, priceless and eternal, hidden in the recesses of my own mind. I had felt it, I had even seen it transmute into the art of my life and in my creations and music. Knowledge of it in its visible form hasn't always allowed me to bring it into reality - I have waited expectantly for its seeming randomness, but after reading hundreds of self help books and learning the power of affirmations I have the tools and ability to attain and reach this treasure and It ISN'T random - it is ENTIRELY within my control'.
Bringing what you want into the world requires you learn a few simple truths and rules and you just follow them, it's hard work in the beginning, but perseverance pays and the magic starts to happen.
Part of the Affirmation I said that night was that I had a deep desire to use my Creativity and Intelligence to bless the lives of others' and this is how the site you are now at http://www.affirmationstation.com/ was born!
It's incredible, as you move closer to the core of who you really are, you get to do the things that really fire you up. I've always been fascinated with music and words, and when put together their impact is undeniable.
So what is Affirmation Station all about?
It wasn't until I actually began to see the positive change in my own life, and seeing firsthand the power of affirmations, that I started to devour everything related to affirmations, manifestation, Law of Attraction and Conscious Creation I could get my hands on, and after listening to hundreds of Self-Help affirmation MP3s, trying out other affirmation technologies and products, I started to create the Premium Transformation Tools available on this site.
The problem I found with other affirmation material available is that it was too 'hippy-dippy', and inaccessible for people like me - it scared me off to be honest! I always felt the quality and style of music found on them weren't congruent with the type of music I wanted to hear when I was listening to them. Often the music is poorly recorded, outdated, inappropriate, and the affirmations are not recorded 'Suggestopaedically'.
(Tools of note are ones that are in the banners at the side and on the bottom of the site).
Affirmation Station is about bringing Affirmation products up to date and conveying their life changing power to a wider audience.
What you won't find on Affirmation Station Products:
Nasty sounding instruments
Weird cookie-cutter type music
No library/elevator music
Strange 'Horror-Movie' Narrators
No overly excited motivational speaker screaming in your ears
No-one telling you that you aren't beautiful, worthy or less than amazing
No holier-than-thou attitude
What you can expect:
Laser focused Affirmations
Modern Tools designed to aid you on your path to mastery
Professional sounding, entirely ORIGINAL AMBIENT music
Beautiful, relaxing, inspiring and edifying soundscapes
Real instruments, crystal clear samples, undulating musical landscapes of unparalleled beauty
Suggestopaedic recordings for your maximum retention and learning
Wonderful Wealth and Worth tools
Great value Premium Products
As you check out the site, let my mistakes, intelligence, creativity and experience gently guide you to Positive Change. Please, don't hesitate in givinn me any feedback via the contact forms.
What is an Affirmation Station 'Tool for Transformation'?
The Transformational products on this site are combinations of beautiful Ambient Music and spoken word Power Affirmations, Prayers, Suggestions and Intentions.
The Music found on these products is specially recorded at 60bpm to aid in relaxation and repose. The Affirmations are recorded 'Suggestopaedically' (spaced in 8 second intervals to help retention).
The combined effect of music and positive spoken words can be truly transformational, hence the name 'Tools for Transformation'. I also call them 'Passive Power Products' as you can listen and glean the life changing wisdom 'passively' while driving in the car, mowing your lawn, slaving in the office or engaging in any other activity. You really can enjoy their enhancing power anywhere!