If you believe the astronomers and the scientists, the universe is a mysterious pastiche of dark energy and distant galaxies. If you listen to Anne Marie Evers, you’ll see it through an entirely different telescope.
For this North Vancouver author and speaker, the universe is a place brimming with light and grace, a place where thoughts and prayers ricochet to pierce with light the darkness of fate.
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The universe may be inscrutable but Evers believes it’s accessible to anyone who has faith in its ability to give back health or prosperity or anything we desire if we can make a plea to it.
For the last 50-odd years, Evers has placed an unfettered faith in universe and the affirmation it can provide if only we can believe in its power to respond to our urgent prayers.
She is a living proof of the power of affirmation, which she describes as prayers, wishes and goals grounded in positive thinking. Born and raised in a small town in Alberta, Evers worked as a realtor until a family challenge made her interested in the power of positive thinking.
Her son, David, suffered from crooked feet in his childhood. While the family sought medical help, Evers says she also read about the affirmative power of positive thinking. “I used to say to him, ‘you will walk’ and that was the beginning of my affirmation. People used to say ‘poor Anne, she has lost it’, but I kept in believing with positive thinking and eventually my son was healed,” she says. “This was the first time I really experienced first-hand the wondrous power of affirmations and it certainly made a ‘believer’ out of me.
Since that time, I have used them and still am using them daily in all aspects of my life with great success. I always add what I refer to as the ‘safety clause’ – ‘to the good of all parties concerned’ to all my affirmations and I know this works to my highest good as well.”
When people say they have never done an affirmation, Evers asks them if they have ever blown a candle on a birthday cake and made a wish. That is an affirmation.
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She says there are two ways to make things happen: Either you wait for them to happen, or you ask the universe for it, or place your order into the universe, as she likes to say. By using the tools of affirmation, people can change their life according to their deepest desires.
In 2013, the universe affirmed its presence in her life in its usual mysterious ways. She was diagnosed with colon cancer and had emergency surgery for colon cancer, developed a severe hospital infection and underwent chemotherapy. In the middle of her chemotherapy, her husband died of a sudden heart attack. Evers says when she was told she had colon cancer, she was shocked and asked, “Why Me?”
But then the answer came back quick enough. “Why not you? You are a best-selling author. You have a computer. And you are a writer. Why not take those affirmations that you have been teaching for many years and put them together to make ways to help others?” The result was ‘70 Ways to Cope with Chemo’, a practical tool book of affirmation that gently guides the reader on a path to healing and positive thinking.
For those who believe in God, affirmation could be a shorthand for old-fashioned prayer. But even if you don’t, affirming your faith in the universe to respond kindly will leave you happy and fulfilled, she says. Think of it as a mantra for lasting happiness, she says. “I can’t imagine life without my affirmation tools. They are my most valuable and much-loved tools and I’m very excited to teach them to others and hear about their wonderful success as well,” she says.
You can hear more about affirmations from Dr. Anne Marie Evers. She speaks at the Silver Harbour Senior Centre first Tuesday of every month from 10 am to 12 pm, where she teaches how to use positive thinking, mind power and creative visualization to improve life and live happier and more fulfilled lives.
You can also hear her speak last Friday of each month at the Evergreen board room at Lions Gate Hospital from 11 am to 12:30 pm.
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