Florence Scovel Shinn (1871 – 1940) was an artist and metaphysical teacher. She has written books that, if allowed, can transform your life. I don’t say that lightly—in my own life; I see the transformation.
On this blog, there is very little “I” or “me.” That’s intentional. This blog is not about me. Instead, I see this blog as a community service. It is my way of spreading powerful, life-changing knowledge—the same knowledge that has, and continues to change my life. I genuinely believe that if you understand and implement the universal laws, you can have the life you desire.
Florence Scovel Shinn is one of my favorite thought leaders. Her words have influenced me in the past, and it continues to do that. In fact, when it feels like things aren’t going right, I read or listen to a bit of Florence. It always settles me and puts me in alignment.
If you allow, I believe she can do the same for you! Here are some of my favorite Florence Scovel Shinn affirmations and quotes, and how they can benefit you.
The wisdom of Florence Scovel Shinn
If you feel that something is impossible, you may not even try. However, if you believe Florence Scovel when she says that the unexpected is possible, you make difference decisions, and your life opens to a new, more exciting, more rewarding path.
These two affirmations are great to help you change your mindset. Saying it and feeling it to be true is a wonderful confidence booster.
According to the law of rhythm, there are going to be lows because life is a cycle of ups and downs. Understanding this is very powerful, but consciously using these obstacles as stepping stones, is transformative!
With this affirmation, Florence Shinn is trying to tell us to use whatever obstacles that come before us. Instead of allowing it to bring you down, use it to push you up. Consciously look for ways that adversity may serve you.
No one likes adversity. I think it’s natural for us to fight it, but when we fight it and resist it, we are not allowing ourselves to learn from it or to use it.
I have many examples of how adversity has brought me to my knees. When it happens, it sucks! However, months or years later, I am so grateful that it happened because amazing things came after that.
You may see this in your own life. For example, having a soul-sucking job that you absolutely hate. However, because you hated it so much, it pushed you out of your comfort zone to do things you may not have otherwise done, so today you have a career that you are grateful for.
Today, when adversity comes my way, I’m not happy—I am human, after all. However, once the shock settles, I try to find the silver lining. I may not see it immediately, but I know and trust that there is always a silver lining.
According to the law of non-resistance, “whatever we resist, persists.” We certainly don’t want our problems to persist, so Florence Shinn is saying that if we are undisturbed by it, it will fall away of its own weight.
Forgive yourself! We are human—we make mistakes. These are two great Florence Scovel Shinn affirmations to use when you need forgiveness.
And forgive others. Holding on to things often hurts us more than the person to which the resentment or anger is directed. It’s similar to one of Buddha’s quotes, which says: “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”
When you feel burdened or overwhelmed by debt, this is a great affirmation to use.
This Florence Shinn quote fortifies another popular quote, which states that “whatever you focus on, expands.” Florence Shinn is saying that instead of complaining, express gratitude for what you have. You want your reasons to be grateful to expand, not your reasons for complaining.
In one of her books, Florence Scovel says: “I knew a woman who went about bragging of her troubles, so, of course, she always had something to brag about.”
If you think of yourself as more of a spiritual person (than religious), you could change this quote slightly and instead think of it as the universe. We often speak to the universe through our thoughts, imaginations, and meditation, and we get answers through intuition.
This Florence Shinn quote is another reminder that we become who we truly are inside, not what we want. You can say you want to be rich and successful, but if you feel poor and unsuccessful, you will be the latter. It is also a reminder of Lao Tzu’s famous quote: “Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.
This Florence Scovel quote further speaks to the fact we become what we expect, not what we want. For example, you may want a successful business, but if you think it will probably fail, that’s what will happen.