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THE LAW OF ATTRACTION; THE BASIC TEACHINGS OF ABRAHAM
The Law of Attraction
The Universal Law of Attraction: Defined
Jerry: Well, Abraham, I assume that the first subject that you will discuss with us in detail is the Law of Attraction. I know you‘ve said that this is the most powerful Law.
Abraham: Not only is the Law of Attraction the most powerful Law in the Universe, but you must understand it before anything else that we offer will be of value. And you must understand it before anything you are living, or anything you observe anyone else living, will make any sense. Everything in your life and the lives of those around you is affected by the Law of Attraction. It is the basis of everything that you see manifesting. It is the basis of everything that comes into your experience. An awareness of the Law of Attraction and an understanding of how it works is essential to living life on purpose. In fact, it is essential to living the life of joy that you came forth to live.
The Law of Attraction says: That which is like unto itself, is drawn. When you say, ―Birds of a feather flock together, you are actually talking about the Law of Attraction. You see it evidenced when you wake up feeling unhappy, and then throughout the day things get worse and worse, and at the end of the day you say, ―I shouldn‘t have gotten out of bed. You see the Law of Attraction evidenced in your society when you see that the one who speaks most about illness has illness; when you see that the one who speaks most about prosperity has prosperity. The Law of Attraction is evident when you set your radio dial on 630AM and you expect to receive the broadcast from the transmitting tower of 630AM, because you understand that the radio signals between the transmitting tower and your receiver must match.
As you begin to understand—or better stated, as you begin to remember—this powerful Law of Attraction, the evidence of it that surrounds you will be easily apparent, for you will begin to recognize the exact correlation between what you have been thinking about and what is actually coming into your experience. Nothing merely shows up in your experience. You attract it—all of it. No exceptions.
Because the Law of Attraction is responding to the thoughts that you hold at all times, it is accurate to say that you are creating your own reality. Everything that you experience is attracted to you because the Law of Attraction is responding to the thoughts that you are offering. Whether you are remembering something from the past, observing something in your present, or imagining something about your future, the thought that you are focused upon in your powerful now has activated a vibration within you—and the Law of Attraction is responding to it now.
People often explain, in the midst of unwanted things occurring in their experience, that they are certain they did not create such a thing. ―I wouldn‘t have done this unwanted thing to myself! they explain. And while we know that you did not deliberately bring this unwanted thing into your experience, we must still explain that only you could have caused it, for no one else has the power to attract what comes to you but you. By focusing upon this unwanted thing, or the essence of it, you have created it by default. Because you did not understand the Laws of the Universe, or the rules of the game, so to speak, you have invited unwanted things into your experience through your attention to them.
To better understand the Law of Attraction, see yourself as a magnet attracting unto you the essence of that which you are thinking and feeling. And so, if you are feeling fat, you cannot attract thin. If you feel poor, you cannot attract prosperity, and so on. It defies Law.
Giving Thought to It Is Inviting It
The more you come to understand the power of the Law of Attraction, the more interest you will have in deliberately directing your thoughts—for you get what you think about, whether you want it or not.
Without exception, that which you give thought to is that which you begin to invite into your experience. When you think a little thought of something that you want, through the Law of Attraction, that thought grows larger and larger, and more and more powerful. When you think a thought of something you do not want, the Law of Attraction draws unto it, and it grows larger and larger, also. And so, the larger the thought grows, the more power it draws unto it, and then the more certain you are to receive the experience.
When you see something you would like to experience and you say, ―Yes, I would like to have that, through your attention to it you invite it into your experience. However, when you see something that you do not want to experience and you shout, ―No, no, I do not want that!- through your attention to it you invite that into your experience. In this attraction-based Universe, there is no such thing as exclusion. Your attention to it includes it in your vibration, and if you hold it in your attention or awareness long enough, the Law of Attraction will bring it into your experience, for there is no such thing as ―No To clarify, when you look at something and shout, ―No, I don‘t want to experience that; go away- then what you are actually doing is calling it into your experience, for there is no such thing as ―No- in an attraction-based Universe. Your attention to it says, ―Yes, come to me, this thing I do not want!
Fortunately, here in your physical time-space reality, things do not manifest into your experience instantaneously. There is a wonderful buffer of time between when you begin to think about something and the time it manifests. That buffer of time gives you the opportunity to redirect your attention more and more in the direction of the things that you actually do want to manifest in your experience. And long before it manifests (actually, when you first begin to give thought to it), you can tell by the way you feel whether it is something you want to manifest or not. If you continue to give your attention to it—whether it is something you want or something you do not want—it will come into your experience.
These Laws, even if you do not understand that they do, affect your experience even in your ignorance of them. And while you may not be aware of having heard of the Law of Attraction, its powerful effect is evident in every aspect of your life experience.
As you consider what you read here and begin to notice the correlation between what you are thinking and speaking and what you are getting, you will begin to understand the powerful Law of Attraction. And as you deliberately direct your thoughts and focus upon the things that you do want to draw into your experience, you will begin to receive the life experience that you desire on all subjects.
Your physical world is a vast and diverse place full of an amazing variety of events and circumstances, some of which you approve of (and would like to experience), and some of which you disapprove of (and would not like to experience).
It was not your intention as you came forth into this
physical experience to ask the world to change in order to accommodate your opinions of the way things should be, by eliminating all things that you do not approve of and adding to the things you do approve of. You are here to create the world around you that you choose, while you allow the world—as others choose it to be—to exist, also. And while their choices in no way hinder your own choices, your attention to what they are choosing does affect your vibration, and therefore your own point of attraction.
My Thoughts Have Magnetic Power
The Law of Attraction and its magnetic power reaches out into the Universe and attracts other thoughts that are vibrationally like it brings that to you: Your attention to subjects, your activation of thoughts, and the Law of Attraction’s response to those thoughts is responsible for every person, every event, and every circumstance that comes into your experience. All of these things are brought into your experience through a sort of powerful magnetic funnel as they are vibrational matches to your own thoughts.
You get the essence of what you are thinking about, whether it is something you want or something you do not want. That may be unsettling to you at first, but in time, it is our expectation that you will come to appreciate the fairness, the consistency, and the absoluteness of this powerful Law of Attraction. Once you understand this Law and begin to pay attention to what you are giving your attention to, you will regain control of your own life experience. And with that control you will again remember that there is nothing that you desire that you cannot achieve, and there is nothing that you do not want that you cannot release from your experience.
Understanding the Law of Attraction and recognizing the absolute correlation between what you have been thinking and feeling—and what is manifesting in your life experience—will cause you to be more aware of the stimulation of your own thoughts. You will begin to notice that your own thoughts may be stimulated from something you read or watch on television or hear or observe from someone else‘s experience. And once you see the effect that the Law of Attraction has upon these thoughts that begin small and grow larger and more powerful with your attention to them, you will feel a desire within you to begin to direct your thoughts to more of the things that you do want to experience. For whatever you are pondering, and no matter what the source of stimulation of that thought…as you ponder that thought, the Law of Attraction goes to work and begins to offer you other thoughts, conversations, and experiences that are of a similar nature.
Whether you are remembering the past, observing the present, or imagining the future, you are doing it right now, and whatever you are focusing upon is causing an activation of a vibration that the Law of Attraction is responding to. At first you may be privately pondering a particular subject, but if you think about it long enough, you will start to notice other people beginning to discuss it with you as the Law of Attraction finds others who are offering a similar vibration and brings them right to you. The longer you focus upon something, the more powerful it becomes; and the stronger that your point of attraction is to it, the more evidence of it appears in your life experience. Whether you are focusing upon things you want or things you do not want, the evidence of your thoughts continually flows toward you.
My Inner Being Communicates Through Emotion
You are much more than you see here in your physical body, for while you are, indeed, a wondrous physical creator, you exist, simultaneously, in another dimension. There is a part of you, a Non-Physical part of you—we call it your Inner Being—that exists right now while you are here in this physical body.
Your emotions are your physical indication of your relationship with your Inner Being. In other words, as you are focused upon a subject and have your specific perspective and opinion about it, your Inner Being is also focused upon it and has a perspective and opinion about it. The emotions that you feel are your indication of the match or mismatch of those opinions. For example, something may have happened and your current opinion of yourself is that you should have done better or that you are not smart, or that you are unworthy. Since the current opinion of your Inner Being is that you are doing fine, and that you are smart and eternally worthy, there is a definite mismatch in these opinions, and you would feel this mismatch in the form of negative emotion. On the other hand, when you feel proud of yourself or love yourself or someone else, your current opinion is a much closer match to what your Inner Being is feeling in the moment; and in that case, you would feel the positive emotions of pride, love, or appreciation.
Your Inner Being, or Source Energy, always offers a perspective that is to your greatest advantage, and when your perspective matches that, then positive attraction is occurring. In other words, the better you feel, the better your point of attraction, and the better things are turning out for you. The comparative vibrations of your perspective and that of your Inner Being are responsible for this magnificent Guidance that is always available to you.
Since the Law of Attraction is always responding to and acting on whatever vibration you are offering, it is extremely helpful to understand that your emotions are letting you know whether you are in the process of creating something you want or something you do not want.
Often, when our physical friends learn of the powerful Law of Attraction and begin to understand that they are attracting things to themselves by virtue of what they are thinking, they try to monitor each thought, often feeling guarded about their thoughts. But the monitoring of thoughts is a difficult thing because there are so many things that you might think about, and the Law of Attraction is continually bringing more.
Rather than trying to monitor your thoughts, we encourage you to simply pay attention to how you are feeling. For if you should choose a thought that is not in harmony with the way the broader, older, wiser, loving Inner Being part of you sees it, you will feel the discord, and then you can easily redirect your thought to something that feels better and which therefore serves you better.
You knew, when you made the decision to come forth into this physical body, that you would have access to this wonderful Emotional Guidance System, for you knew then that through your wonderful, ever-present emotions, you would be able to know if you were straying from your broader knowing or flowing with it.
When you are giving thought in a direction of something that you want, you will feel positive emotion. When you are giving thought in the direction of what you do not want, you will feel negative emotion. And so, simply by paying attention to the way you are feeling, you will know, at all times, the direction from which your powerful magnetic Being is attracting the subject of whatever you are giving thought to.
My Omnipresent Emotional Guidance System
Your wonderful Emotional Guidance System is a great advantage to you because the Law of Attraction is always working whether you know that it is or not. And so, whenever you are giving thought to something that you do not want, and you stay focused upon that thought, by Law you are attracting more and more and more and more, until eventually you will attract matching events or circumstances right into your experience.
However, if you are aware of your Emotional Guidance System and are sensitive to the way you feel, then you will notice, in the early, subtle stages, that you are focused upon something that you do not want, and you can easily change the thought to begin attracting something that you do want. If you are not sensitive to the way you are feeling, then you will not consciously notice that you are thinking in the direction of what you do not want, and you may very well attract something very large and powerful that you do not want that will be more difficult to deal with later.
When an idea occurs to you and you feel eagerness about it, that means that your Inner Being is a vibrational match to the idea, and your positive emotion is an indication that the vibration of your thought in this moment matches that of your Inner Being. That is, in fact, what inspiration is: You are, in the moment, a perfect vibrational match to the broader perspective of your Inner Being, and because of that alignment, you are now receiving clear communication, or Guidance, from your Inner Being.
What If I Want It to Happen More Quickly?
Because of the Law of Attraction, matching thoughts are drawn together, and as they do so, they become more powerful. And as they become more powerful—and therefore closer to manifestation—the emotion that you feel also becomes proportionately larger. When you are focused upon something that you desire, then through the Law of Attraction, more and more thoughts about what you desire will be drawn, and you will feel greater positive emotion. You can speed the creation of something simply by giving it more attention—the Law of Attraction takes care of the rest and brings to you the essence of the subject of your thought.
We would define the words want or desire as follows: To focus attention, or give thought toward a subject, while at the same time experiencing positive emotion. When you give your attention to a subject and you feel only positive emotion about it as you do so, it will come very quickly into your experience. Sometimes we hear our physical friends speaking the words want or desire while at the same time feeling doubt or fear that their desire cannot be achieved. From our point of view, it is not possible to purely desire something while feeling negative emotion.
Pure desire is always accompanied by positive emotion. Perhaps that is why people disagree with our use of the words want or desire. They often argue that ―wanting implies a sort of lack and contradicts its own meaning, and we agree. But the problem is not with the word or label itself, but instead, with the state of emotion expressed while using the word.
It is our desire to help you understand that you can get to wherever you want to be from wherever you are, no matter where you are or what your current state of Being. The most important thing to understand is that your mental state of Being, or your attitude, in the moment is the basis from which you will attract more. So, the powerful and consistent Law of Attraction is responding to everything in this vibrational Universe—bringing people with matching vibrations together, bringing situations with matching vibrations together, and bringing thoughts with matching vibrations together. Indeed, everything in your life, from the way thoughts roll across your mind, to the people you rendezvous with in traffic, is the way that it is, due to the Law of Attraction.
How Do I Want to See Myself?
For most of you, many things in your life are going well and you want a continuation of those things, but there are also things that you wish to be different. In order for things to change, you have to see them as you want them to be rather than continuing to observe them as they are. The majority of the thoughts that you probably think are about the things that you are observing, which means that what-is dominates your focus, attention, vibration, and therefore your point of attraction. That is further compounded as those around you also observe you.
And so, as a result of the overwhelming amount of attention that most of you give to your current situation(what-is), change comes very slowly or not at all. A steady stream of different people flows into your life, but the essence or theme of those experiences does not change very much.
In order to effect true positive change in your experience, you must disregard how things are—as well as how others are seeing you—and give more of your attention to the way you prefer things to be. With practice, you will change your point of attraction and will experience a substantial change in your life experience. Sickness can become wellness, lack of abundance can become abundance, bad relationships can be replaced with good relationships, confusion can be replaced with clarity, and so on.
By deliberately directing your thoughts—rather than merely observing what is happening around you—you will begin to change the vibrational patterns to which the Law of Attraction is responding. And in time, with far less effort than you may currently believe, you will no longer—by responding to what others perceive you to be—be creating a future that is so similar to your past and present. Instead, you will be the powerful deliberate creator of your own experience.
You would not likely see a sculptor throwing his large wad of clay down onto his worktable exclaiming, ―Oh, it didn‘t turn out right!‖ He knows that he must put his hands into his clay and work with it to mold it so that the vision in his mind matches the clay on his table. The variety of your life experience gives you the clay from which you will mold your life experience, and merely observing it as it is, without getting ahold of it and deliberately molding it to match your desires, is not satisfying—and is not what you had in mind when you made the decision to come into this time-space reality. We want you to understand that your ―clay,‖ no matter how it may look right now, is moldable. No exceptions.
Welcome, Little One, to Planet Earth
You may be feeling that it would be easier to be hearing these words if they had come to you on the first day of your experience upon this planet Earth. And if we were talking to you on your first day of physical life experience, this is what we would be saying:
Welcome, little one, to planet Earth…. There is nothing that you cannot be, do, or have. You are a magnificent creator, and you are here by virtue of your powerful and deliberate wanting to be here. You have specifically applied the wondrous Science of Deliberate Creation, and by your ability to do that, you are here.
Go forth, giving thought to what you want, attracting life experiences to help you decide what you want, and once you have decided, giving thought only unto that.
Most of your time will be spent collecting data—data that will help you decide what it is you want…. Your real work is to decide what you want and then focus upon it, for it is through focusing upon what you want that you will attract it. That is the process of creating: giving thought to what you want, so much thought, and such clear thought, that your Inner Being offers forth emotion. And as you are giving thought, with emotion, you become the most powerful of all magnets. That is the process by which you will attract what you want into your experience.
Many of the thoughts that you will be thinking will not be powerful in their attracting, not in the beginning—not unless you stay focused upon them long enough that they become more. For as they become more in quantity, they become more in power. And as they are becoming more in quantity and more in power, the emotion that you will be feeling from your Inner Being will be greater.
When you think thoughts that bring forth emotion, you are accessing the power of the Universe. Go forth (we would say) on this first day of life experience, knowing that your work is to decide what you want—and then to focus upon that.
But we are not talking to you on the first day of your life experience. You have been here for a while. Most of you have been seeing yourself, not only through your own eyes (in fact, not even primarily through your own eyes), but through the eyes of others; therefore, many of you are not now currently in the state of Being that you want to be.
Is My “Reality” Really All That Real?
We intend to offer you a process whereby you can achieve the state of Being that is of your choosing so that you can access the power of the Universe and begin attracting the subject of your wanting, rather than the subject of what you feel is your actual state of Being. For, from our perspective, there is a very great difference between that which now exists—which you call your ―reality‖—and that which your reality really is.
Even if you sit in a body that is not healthy or in one that is not of the size, shape, or vitality that you choose; in a lifestyle that does not please you; driving an automobile that embarrasses you; interacting with others who do not bring you pleasure…we want to assist you in understanding that while that may seem to be your state of Being, it need not be. Your state of Being is the way you feel about yourself at any point in time.
How Can I Increase My Magnetic Power?
The thoughts that you think without bringing forth the feeling of strong emotion are not of great magnetic power. In other words, while every thought that you think has creative potential, or magnetic attracting potential, the thoughts that are thought in combination with the feeling of strong emotion are the most powerful. Certainly, the majority of your thoughts, then, have no great attracting power. They are more or less maintaining what you have already attracted.
And so, can you not see the value of spending 10 or 15 minutes every day deliberately setting forth powerful thoughts that evoke great, powerful, passionate, positive emotion in order to attract circumstances and events into your life experience that are to your wanting? (We see great value in that.)
Here we will offer a process by which you may spend a little bit of time every day intentionally attracting into your experience the health, vitality, prosperity, positive interaction with others…all the things that make up your vision of what the perfect life experience would be for you. And that will be a
changing thing, friends. For as you intend and receive, you will not only receive the benefit of that which you have created, but you will also receive a new perspective from which your intentions will be different. That is what evolution and growth are about.
Abraham’s Creative Workshop Process
Here is the process: You are going to go to a kind of Creative Workshop every day—not for a long period of time—15 minutes is a good amount of time; 20 minutes at most. This Workshop need not occur in the same place in every day, but it is good if it is a place where you will not be distracted or interrupted. This is not a place where you will enter an altered state of consciousness; it is not a meditative state. It is a state of giving thought to what you want with such clarity that your Inner Being responds by offering confirming emotion.
Before you begin this process, it is important that you be happy for if you go there unhappy or feeling no emotion, then your work will not be of great value, for your attracting power will not be there. When we say ―happy,‖ we are not speaking of that jumping-up-and-down sort of excitement. We mean an uplifted, lighthearted feeling, that sort of sensation where all is well. And so, we recommend that you do whatever it takes to get happy. For each of you it is a different process.…For Esther, hearing music is a very fast way to get that uplifted, joyous feeling—but not all music accomplishes this, and not even the same music every time. For some of you it is interacting with animals or being near moving water, but once you bring yourself to that good feeling, then sit—and now your Workshop has begun.
Your job here in this Workshop is to assimilate data that you have been collecting from your real-life experiences (as you have been interacting with others and moving in and out of your physical environment). Your work here is to bring the data together in a sort of picture of yourself, one that satisfies and pleases you.
Your life experience outside of your Workshop will be of great value, for as you are moving around through your day, no matter what you are doing—going to work; working around your home; interacting with your mate or your friends or your children or your parents—if you will use your time, with one of your intentions being to collect data and look for things that you like that you may bring into your Workshop—then you will find that every day is one of fun.
Have you ever gone on a shopping spree where you had some money in your pocket and your intent was to find something to buy? And as you were looking around, although there were many things that you did not want, your intent was to find something that you did want to exchange for the money. Well, that is the way we would like you to look at every day of your life experience…as if you have a pocketful of something that you are exchanging for this data that you are collecting.
For example, you may see someone who has a joyful personality. Collect that data, intending to bring it into your Workshop later. You may see someone driving a vehicle that you would like; collect that data. You may see an occupation that pleases you…. it is that you are seeing that pleases you, remember it. (You could even write it down.) As you see anything that you think you would like to be in your life experience, see yourself collecting that data in a sort of mental bank. And then when you go into your Workshop, you can begin assimilating the data, and as you do so, you will prepare a picture of yourself from which you will begin attracting into your experience the essence of that which has been pleasing you.
If you are able to grasp the knowledge that your real work—no matter what other activities you are performing—is to look around for things that you want with the intent of bringing them into your Workshop in order to create your vision of yourself from which you will attract—then you will come to know that there is nothing that you cannot be, do, or have.
I Am Now in My Creative Workshop
And so now you are feeling happy, and you are sitting someplace in your Workshop. Here is an example of the work you may do in your Creative Workshop:
I like being here; I recognize the value and power of this time. I feel very good to be here.
I see myself in a sort of total package, one that I know is of my own creating, and certainly a package of my choosing. I am full of energy in this picture of myself—tireless, and really moving through
life experience without resistance. As I see myself gliding about, moving in and out of my car, in and out of buildings, in and out of rooms, in and out of conversations, and in and out of life experiences, I see myself flowing effortlessly, comfortably, and happily.
I see myself attracting only those who are in harmony with my current intent. And I am clearer and clearer in every moment about what it is I want. When I get into my automobile and I am moving to a place, I see myself arriving healthy and refreshed and on time, and prepared for whatever it is that I am about to do there. I see myself dressed to perfection in just the manner that I choose for myself. And it is nice to know that it matters not what others are choosing, or what others are even thinking about what I am choosing.
What is important is that I am pleased with me, and as I see myself, I certainly am.
I recognize that I am unlimited in all facets of my life…. I have a bank account balance that is unlimited, and as I see myself moving through life experiences, it is exhilarating to know that there is nothing that I am choosing that is limited by money. I am making all of my decisions based upon whether I want the experience or not—not based upon whether or not I can afford the experience. For I know I am a magnet who attracts, at any point, whatever prosperity, health, and relationships I choose.
I choose absolute and continuing abundance, for I understand that there is no limit to the abundance in the Universe, and that by my attracting abundance to myself I am not limiting another…. There is enough for everyone. The key is for each of us to see it and want it—and then we will each attract it. And so, I have chosen ―unlimited,‖ not necessarily putting a big stash away—for I understand that I have the power to attract it as I want it for whatever I want it for. And as I think of something else that I want, the money flows to me easily, so I have an unlimited supply of abundance and prosperity.
There are abundant aspects in every area of my life.…I see myself surrounded by others who, like me, want growth; and who are drawn to me by my willingness to allow them to be, do, or have whatever they want while I do not need to draw into my experience those things that they may be choosing that I do not like. I see myself interacting with others; and talking, laughing, and enjoying that which is perfect in them while they enjoy that which is perfect in me. All of us are appreciating one another, and none of us is criticizing or noticing those things that we do not like.
I see myself in perfect health. I see myself in absolute prosperity. I see myself invigorated with life, again appreciating this physical life experience that I wanted so very much as I decided to be a physical Being. It is glorious to be here as a physical Being, making decisions with my physical brain but accessing the power of the Universe through the power of the Law of Attraction. And it is from this marvelous state of Being that I now attract more of the same. It is good. It is fun. I like it very much.
I will leave this Workshop, and I will set out—during the remainder of this day—to look for more things that I like. It is nice to know that if I see one who is prosperous, but sick, I do not need to bring the whole package into my Workshop, just the part that I like. So I will bring the example of prosperity, and I will leave out the example of sickness. My work, for now, is done.
Are Not All Laws Universal Laws?
Jerry: Abraham, you spoke to us of three major Universal Laws. Are there some Laws that are not Universal?
Abraham: There are many that you may call Laws. We reserve our definition of Law for those things that are Universal. In other words, as you enter into this physical dimension, you have the agreement of time, the agreement of gravity, and the agreement of this perception of space; but those agreements are not Universal, for there are other dimensions that do not share those experiences. In many cases, where you may use the word Law we would use the word agreement, instead. There are no other Universal Laws that we are waiting to divulge to you later.
How Do I Best Utilize the Law of Attraction?
Jerry: Are there many different ways that we can consciously or deliberately use this Law of Attraction?
Abraham: We will begin by saying that you are always utilizing it, whether you know that you are or not. You cannot stop using everything that you do. But we appreciate your question, for you want to understand how to deliberately use it for the achievement of that which you intentionally desire.
Being aware that the Law of Attraction exists is the most important part of utilizing it deliberately. Since the Law of Attraction is always responding to your thoughts, a deliberate focusing of your thought is important.
Choose subjects that are of interest to you, and think about them in a way that benefits you. In other words, look for the positive aspects of the subjects that are important to you. As you choose a thought, the Law of Attraction will act upon it, attracting more thoughts like it, thus making that thought more powerful.
By staying focused on a subject of your choosing, your point of attraction on that topic will become much more powerful than if your mind moves from subject to subject. There is tremendous power in focusing.
As you make deliberate choices about the thoughts you think, the things you do, and even the people you spend time with, you will feel the benefit of the Law of Attraction. When you spend time with others who appreciate you, it stimulates your own thoughts of appreciation. When you spend time with those who see your flaws, then their perception of your flaws often becomes your point of attraction.
As you come to realize that whatever you are giving your attention to is getting larger (because the Law of Attraction says that it must), you may become more particular about those things that you give your initial attention to. It is much easier to change the direction of your thoughts in the early stages of the thought before the thought has gathered much momentum. But it is possible to change the direction of your thought at any time.
Can I Instantly Reverse My Creative Momentum?
Jerry: Let‘s say there are those who already have something going on, from their previous thoughts, and now they decide they want to suddenly change the direction of their creation. Isn‘t there a momentum factor? Don‘t they have to first slow down what‘s already in the process of being created? Or can they instantly create in a different direction?
Abraham: There is a momentum factor caused by the Law of Attraction. The Law of Attraction says: That which is like unto itself, is drawn. So whatever thought you have activated by your attention to it is getting bigger. But we want you to realize that the gathering of momentum is a gradual thing. And so, rather than trying to turn that thought around, consider focusing upon another thought.
Let us say you have been thinking about something that you do not want, and you have been doing that for a while, so you have a rather strong negative momentum going. It would not be possible for you to suddenly begin thinking the opposite thought. In fact, from where you are standing, you would not even have access to those kinds of thoughts—but you could choose a thought that feels slightly better than the thoughts you have been thinking, and then another, and then another, until gradually you could change the direction of your thoughts.
Another effective process for changing the direction of your thought is to change the subject altogether, deliberately looking for the positive aspect of something. If you are able to do that, and if you are willing to try to stay focused upon that better-feeling thought for a while, then, since the Law of Attraction is now responding to that thought, the balance of your thoughts is now improved. Now when you go back to revisit your previous negative thought, since you are now in a different mode of vibration, that thought will be slightly affected by your vibrational improvement. Little by little you will improve the vibrational content of the subject that you choose to think about, and as that happens, everything in your life begins to shift in a more positive direction.
How Can a Person Overcome Disappointment?
Jerry: For the individual who is trying to make a severe switch in the positive direction of their prosperity, or of their health, if they already had a momentum factor going the other way, how much faith
or belief would it require for them to overcome their disappointment and say, ―Well, I know this is going to work out for me,‖ even though it hasn‘t worked yet?
Abraham: You see, from your point of disappointment, you are attracting more to be disappointed about…. An understanding of the process of creation is really the best way. That is the value of the Creative Workshop, of getting happy, and then going to a place where you see it as you are wanting it to be; seeing it until you are believing it so clearly that it is already bringing forth emotion—and from that state of Being, you will attract it as you want it to be.
Disappointment is communication from your Inner Being letting you know that that which you are focused upon is not what you want. If you are sensitive to the way that you are feeling, then the disappointment itself will let you know that what you are thinking about is not what you want to experience.
What Causes Worldwide Waves of Unwanted Events?
Jerry: Over the years, I‘ve seen TV newscasts, or whatever, that report the hijacking of an airplane or a terrorist act or a severe case of child abuse or a mass murder or something negative like that—and then I‘ll see an almost worldwide wave of those events beginning to occur. Is that brought on by the same process?
Abraham: Attention to any subject amplifies it because attention to the subject activates the vibration of it and the Law of Attraction responds to the activated vibration.
Those who may be planning the hijacking of an airplane are adding power to that thought, but those who are frightened by the prospect of a hijacking are also adding power to the thought—for you add power to those things you do not want through your attention to them. Those who have a clear intent to not draw any sort of negative information into their experience are probably not watching the broadcast to begin with, you see.
There are so many different intentions and combinations of intentions that it is very difficult for us to point out, in general, how one would bring it about.…Certainly, these newscasts add to these situations. For as more and more people are focused upon what they are not wanting, they are adding to the creation of what they do not want. Their emotional power is adding great influence to the overall events of your world. That is what mass consciousness is about.
Can Attention to Medical Procedures Attract More?
Jerry: Currently, there‘s a wide range of televised surgery going on. Do you see that sort of thing as increasing the amount of surgery that will actually occur per capita? In other words, when individuals observe televised medical procedures, can they automatically become more of a vibrational match to the essence of medical procedures?
Abraham: When you give your attention to something, your potential for attracting it is increased. The more vivid the details, the more attention you will give it, and the more likely you are to attract it into your experience. And any negative emotion that you feel as you watch such a thing is your indication that you are negatively attracting.
Of course, the illness does not come upon you immediately, so you often do not make the correlation between your thoughts, your subsequent negative emotion, and the resulting illness, but they are absolutely linked together. Your attention to anything is drawing it closer to you.
Fortunately, because of the buffer of time, your thoughts do not become reality instantaneously, so you have ample opportunity to evaluate the direction of your thought (by the way you are feeling) and to change the direction of your thought whenever you find yourself feeling negative emotion.
The steady offering of details of illness is very influential in the increasing of sickness in your society. If you allow yourself to focus upon the constant barrage of unpleasant statistics regarding the never-ending stream of possible physical maladies, it cannot help but affect your personal point of attraction.
You might, instead, find a way of focusing your attention on those things that you do want to draw into your experience, for whatever you are consistently looking at, you are attracting…. The more you think about illness and worry about illness—the more you attract illness.
Should I Seek the Cause of My Negative Emotions?
Jerry: Suppose you are using the Creative Workshop Process of focusing on the things that you want, but then later, if you are out of the Workshop and you feel a negative emotion, would you suggest trying to find out what thought caused the negative emotion? Or would you suggest just thinking of one of the things that you‘d been thinking about in the Workshop that you want?
Abraham: The power of the Creative Workshop Process is that the more attention you give to a subject, the more powerful it becomes; the easier it is to think about it, and the more of it begins to appear in your experience. Whenever you are aware that you are feeling negative emotion, it is important to understand that while you may not be aware of it, you have been conducting a negative Workshop.
Whenever you catch yourself feeling negative emotion, we would suggest that you try to gently pull your thoughts around to something that you do want to experience, and little by little you will change your habit of thought regarding those things. Whenever you are able to identify something that you do not want, you can always then identify what is it that you do want. And as you do that again and again, your pattern of thought—on every subject that is important to you—will shift more in the direction of what you do want. In other words, you will gradually build bridges from any current beliefs that are about things you do not want over to beliefs about things you do want.
An Example of Bridging an Unwanted Belief
Jerry: Can you provide an example of what you mean by ―bridging a belief?
Abraham: Your Emotional Guidance System works best when you are setting forth continual, deliberate intentions of what you desire. So let us say that you have intended, in your Workshop, perfect health; you‘ve visualized yourself as a healthy, vital Being. And now you are moving through your day, and while having lunch you are sitting with a friend who is discussing her own illness. As she speaks about her illness, you find yourself feeling very uncomfortable and uneasy in the conversation.…Now, what is happening is, your Guidance System is indicating to you that that which you are hearing and that which you are thinking—that which your friend is speaking—is not in harmony with your intent. And then you make a very clear decision to stop this conversation from going any further in the direction of illness. And so you attempt to change the subject, but your friend is very excited and emotionally drawn to this topic, and she brings the conversation back to her illness. Again, your Guidance System’s warning bells begin to ring.
The reason why you are feeling negative emotion is not only because your friend is talking about something that you do not want. Your negative emotion is your indication that you hold beliefs that are contrary to your own desire. Your friend‘s conversation merely activated beliefs within you that challenge your desire for wellness. So walking away from your friend and from this conversation will not change those beliefs. It is necessary that you start, right where you are, in the midst of that belief, and move it gradually, building a bridge, so to speak, to a belief that is more in harmony with your desire for wellness.
It is helpful, whenever you feel negative emotion, to stop and acknowledge what you were thinking about when the negative emotion surfaced. Whenever you feel negative emotion, it is always telling you that whatever you are thinking about is important, and that you are thinking about the opposite of what you really desire. So questions such as ―What was I thinking about when this negative emotion surfaced?‖ and ―What is it that I do want regarding this?‖ will help you realize that you are, in this moment, focused in direct opposition to what you really do want to attract into your experience.
For example: ―What was I thinking about when this negative emotion surfaced? I was thinking about this being the flu season, and I was remembering how very sick I have been in the past with the flu.
Not only did I miss work, and many other things that I wanted to do, but I felt miserable for so many days. What is it that I do want? I want to remain healthy this year.
But merely saying ―I want to remain healthy‖ is usually not sufficient under these conditions because your memory of having the flu and therefore your belief about the probability of getting the flu are much stronger than your desire to remain well.
We would attempt to bridge our belief in this way:
This is usually the time of year that I get the flu.
I don’t want to get the flu this year.
I hope I don’t get the flu this year.
It seems like everyone gets it.
That may be an exaggeration. Everyone doesn’t get the flu.
In fact, there have been many flu seasons when I didn’t get the flu.
I don’t always get the flu.
It’s possible that this flu season could come and go without touching me at all.
I like the idea of being healthy.
Those past flu experiences came before I realized that I can control my experience.
Now that I understand the power of my own thoughts, things have changed.
Now that I understand the power of the Law of Attraction, things have changed.
It isn’t necessary for me to experience the flu this year.
It isn’t necessary for me to experience anything that I don’t want.
It’s possible for me to direct my thoughts toward things I do want to experience.
I like the idea of guiding my life to things that I do want to experience.
Now you have bridged the belief. If the negative thought returns—and it may continue to do so for a while—just guide your thoughts more deliberately, and eventually it will not come up again.
Are My Thoughts in My Dreams, Creating?
Jerry: I would like to understand the dream world. Are we creating in our dreams? Are we attracting anything through the thoughts that we‘re having or experiencing in our dreams?
Abraham: You are not. While you sleep, you have withdrawn your consciousness from your physical time-space reality, and you are temporarily not attracting while you are sleeping.
Whatever you are thinking (and therefore feeling) and that which you are attracting is always a match. Also, what you are thinking and feeling in the dream state and what is manifesting in your life experience is always a match. Your dreams give you a glimpse into what you have created or what you are in the process of creating—but you are not in the process of creating while you are dreaming.
Often you are unaware of the pattern of your thoughts until they actually manifest in your experience because you have developed your habit of thought gradually over a long period of time. And while it is possible, even after something unwanted has manifested, to focus and change it to something you do want, it is more difficult to do that after it has manifested. An understanding of what your dream state really is can help you recognize the direction of your thoughts before they actually materialize in your experience. It is much easier to correct the direction of your thoughts when your dream is your indication than it is when a real-life manifestation is your indication.
Must I Take Their Good and Their Bad?
Jerry: To what degree are we a part of what someone whom we‘re associated with has attracted (wanted or unwanted)? In other words, how much does another person that we‘re associated with bring into our life what they‘ve attracted—the things that we want or the things that we don‘t want?
Abraham: Nothing can come into your life without your attention to it. Most people, however, are not very selective about the aspects of others to which they give their attention. In other words, if you
notice everything about someone else, then you are inviting all of those aspects into your experience. If you give your attention only to the things you like most about them, you will invite into your experience only those things.
If someone is in your life, you have attracted them. And while it is sometimes difficult to believe, you also attract everything about your experience with them—for nothing can come into your experience without your personal attraction of it.
Should I “Resist Not, Evil”?
Jerry: So we don‘t really need to repel any negatives? We only have to attract what we want?
Abraham: It is not possible to push things that you do not want away from you, because in your pushing against them you are actually activating the vibration of them and therefore attracting them. Everything in this Universe is attraction based. In other words, there is no such thing as exclusion. When you shout ―No!‖ at those things you do not want, you are actually inviting those unwanted things into your experience. When you shout ―Yes!‖ at those things you do want, you are actually inviting those wanted things into your experience.
Jerry: That‘s where that saying ―Resist ye not evil‖ probably came from.
Abraham: If you are resisting anything, you are focused upon it, pushing against it, and activating the vibration of it—and therefore attracting it. And so, it would not be a good idea to do that with anything that you do not want. ―Resist ye not evil‖ would also be spoken by someone wise enough to understand that what humans call ―evil‖ does not exist.
Jerry: Abraham, what would be your definition of the word evil?
Abraham: There would be no reason for the word evil to be in our vocabulary because there is nothing that we are aware of that we would label with the word. When humans use the word, they usually mean ―that which opposes good.‖ We have noticed that when humans use the word evil, they mean something that opposes their idea of what is good, or what is God. Evil is that which one believes is not in harmony with what they want.
Jerry: And good?
Abraham: Good is that which one believes they do want. You see, good and evil are only ways of defining wanted and unwanted. And wanted and unwanted only apply to the individual doing the wanting. It gets tricky when humans get involved in the wanting of others, and even trickier when they attempt to control the desires of others.
How Do I Find Out What I Really Want?
Jerry: One of the most common concerns I‘ve heard over the years is people saying, ―Well, I just don‘t know what I want.‖ How do we know what we want?
Abraham: You have come forth into this physical life experience with the intention of experiencing the variety and contrast for the very purpose of determining your own personal preferences and desires.
Jerry: Could you give us an idea of a process we could use to find out what we want?
Abraham: Your life experience is continually helping you identify what you want. Even as you are keenly aware of something that you do not want, in that moment you are becoming more clear about
that which you do want. And it is helpful to make the statement ―I want to know what I want,‖ because in your conscious awareness of that intention, the attraction process is intensified.
Jerry: So the person who‘s telling me ―I want to know what I want,‖ is, at that moment, beginning to find out what they want?
Abraham: Through the experience of life, you cannot help but identify, from your perspective, your personal opinions and preferences: ―I prefer that to this, I like that more than this, I want to experience this, I don‘t want to experience that.‖ You cannot help but come to your own conclusions as you sift through the details of your own life experience.
We do not believe that people are having such a difficult time deciding what they want as much as they do not believe that they can receive what they want…. Because they have not understood the powerful Law of Attraction, and because they have not been consciously aware of their own vibrational offering, they have not experienced any conscious control over the things that have come into their own experience. Many have experienced the discomfort of really wanting something and working very hard to try to achieve it, only to continue to hold it away because they were offering thoughts of the lack of it more predominantly than thoughts of the receiving of it. So, over time, they begin to associate the receiving of wanted things with hard work, struggle, and disappointment.
So when they say, ―I don‘t know what I want,‖ what they really mean is, ―I don‘t know how to get what I want,‖ or ―I‘m not willing to do what I think I need to do to try to get what I want,‖ and ―I really don‘t want to work so hard again only to have the discomfort of still not getting what I want!‖
To make the statement ―I want to know what I want!‖ is a first and powerful step in Deliberate Creation. But then, a deliberate directing of your attention to the things you want to attract into your experience must come next.
Most people have not been deliberately directing their thoughts toward the things that they really want, but instead, are simply observing whatever is going on around them. So when they see something that pleases them, they feel positive emotion, but when they see something that displeases them, they feel negative emotion. Few realize that they can control the way they feel and positively affect the things that come into their life experience by deliberately directing their thoughts. But because they are not accustomed to doing that, it takes practice. That is the reason why we encourage the Creative Workshop Process. By deliberately directing your thoughts and by creating pleasing mental scenarios in your own mind that induce good-feeling emotions within you, you begin to change your own point of attraction.
The Universe, which is responding to the thoughts that you are thinking, does not distinguish between a thought brought about by your observation of some reality you have witnessed and a thought brought about by your imagination. In either case, the thought equals your point of attraction—and if you focus upon it long enough, it will become your reality.
I Wanted Blue and Yellow but Got Green
When you are clear about everything that you want, you will get all of the results that you want. But often you are not completely clear. You say, for example, ―I want the color yellow, and I want the color blue.‖ But what you end up with is green. And then you say, ―How did I get green? I did not intend that at all.‖ But, it came forth as a blending of other intentions, you see. (Of course, blending the color yellow with the color blue creates the color green.)
And so, in a similar manner (at an unconscious level), there is a blending of intentions that is continually occurring within you, but it is so complex that your conscious thinking mechanism cannot sort it all out. But your Inner Being can sort it out—and can offer you guiding emotions. All that is required is that you pay attention to the way you feel, and that you let yourself be drawn to those things that feel good or right to you while you let yourself be moved away from those things that do not.
When you have practiced clarifying your intentions a bit, you will find yourself, in the very early stages of interacting with others, knowing whether what they are offering is of value or not. You will know whether you want to invite them into your experience or not.
How Does the Victim Attract the Robber?
Jerry: I can understand robbers being attracted to those they‘re robbing, but it‘s difficult to see innocent victims (as they‘re called) attracting the robbery, or the person being discriminated against attracting the prejudice.
Abraham: But they are, just the same. The assaulted and the assaulter are co-creators of the event.
Jerry: So, one of them is thinking about what they don’t want and getting it, and the other is thinking about what they do want and getting (the vibrational essence of) that. In other words, they are, what you call, a vibrational match?
Abraham: It makes no difference whether you want the specifics of it or not; it is the vibrational essence of the subject of your attention that is attracted. That which you really, really want, you get—and that which you really, really do not want, you get.
The only way to avoid developing a powerful emotional thought about something is by not thinking the first not-so-powerful thought that is then added to by the Law of Attraction.
Let us say you read in the paper that someone has been robbed. Unless you read a detailed account that brings forth great emotion within you, reading the account or hearing about it will not necessarily put you in the attracting mode. But if you read about it or see it on television or discuss it with another until you begin to feel an emotional response about it, then you begin to draw a similar experience closer to you.
As you hear the statistics of what percentage of your population will be robbed this year, you must understand that the numbers are so high and getting higher because so many people are being stimulated by the thought. Those warnings do not protect you from robberies, but instead make them more likely. They do such a good job of making you aware of the prevalence of robberies, bringing that awareness to your attention again and again, that you not only think of it with emotion—but you expect it. It is no wonder that you get so many of the things you do not want—you give so much of your attention to the things you do not want.…
We would recommend that if you hear of an assault, you say, ―That is their experience. I do not choose that.‖ And then release the thought of what you do not want, and think of what you do want, because you get what you think about, whether you want it or not.
You came into this environment with so many others because you wanted the wonderful experience of co-creating. You can attract from your population those people with whom you would like to positively create, and you can attract from the people in your life the experiences you would like to create. It is not necessary, or possible, to hide from or avoid unwanted people or experiences—but it is possible to attract only the people and experiences that please you.
I Decided to Improve My Life
Jerry: I recall that, as a kid, I had extremely poor health and my body was very weak; and then as a teenager, I decided to, and did, build up my body strength, and I learned how to defend myself. I practiced martial arts and got very good at self-defense.
From the time I was a teenager until I was 33 years old, there was seldom a week that went by that I didn‘t have what we used to call a ―fistfight,‖ that I didn‘t hit somebody in the head. Then, in my 33rd year, after reading (in The Talmudic Anthology) about the counterproductivity of taking revenge, I made some major decisions, and one of them was that I was going to stop taking revenge—and since then I have not had to hit one person. In other words, all those people that I believed were picking on others and starting fights with me—from the day that I stopped practicing fighting (physically and mentally), those fight-provoking people stopped coming into my experience.
Abraham: So in your 33rd year you changed the direction of your attraction. You see, through the process of living your life and having those fights, week in and week out, you were coming to many
conclusions about what you wanted and what you did not want. And while you may not have been consciously aware, with every fight you experienced you were getting clearer about not wanting that experience.
You did not like being hurt; you did not like hurting others; and even though you always felt completely justified in your reason for fighting, clear preferences were being born within you. The attraction of the book you mentioned came about because of those intentions. And as you read the book, it answered the questions that had been formulating within you at many levels of your Being. And as those answers came, a new intention was clarified, and a new point of attraction was born within you.
What’s Behind Our Religious and Racial Prejudices?
Jerry: Why is there prejudice?
Abraham: It is often felt that there are those who do not like certain characteristics about other Beings, so in their dislike of those characteristics, they are responsible for the prejudice. We want to point out that it is not only the doing of the one who is accused of being prejudiced. More often, the one who feels discriminated against is the most powerful creator in that experience.
The Being who feels that others do not like him—for whatever reason—whether it is religion, race, gender, or social status…no matter what the reason is that he feels that he is being discriminated against—it is his attention to the subject of the prejudice that attracts his trouble.
Do “Likes Attract,” or Do “Opposites Attract”?
Jerry: Abraham, there‘s a statement that doesn‘t seem to blend with what we‘ve heard from you. And that statement is ―Opposites attract.‖ That seems different from what you teach, as far as ―like attracting like.‖ For instance, opposites do seem to attract, like an outgoing man will marry a shy woman, or an outgoing woman will be attracted to a shy man.
Abraham: Everything you see and everyone you know is offering vibrational signals, and those signals must match before attraction can take place. So even in a situation where people seem to be different, there must be a dominant basis of vibrational similarity for them to be together. It is Law. Within all people there are vibrations of that which is wanted and vibrations of the lack of what is wanted, and everything that comes into their experience always matches the vibrations that are dominant. No exceptions.
Let us introduce the word harmony. When two are exactly the same, then their intentions cannot be fulfilled. In other words, one who wants to sell does not do well to attract another seller. But the attracting of a buyer brings forth the harmony.
The shy man attracts an outgoing woman because his intention is to be more outgoing, so he is actually attracting the subject of his intention.
The magnetized skillet, whose essence is of iron, will attract to itself another object whose essence is of iron (that is, a bolt or a nail or another iron skillet) but it will not attract a skillet that is made of copper or aluminum.
When you set your radio receiver to the frequency of 98.7FM, you cannot pick up the signal of 630AM being broadcast from a radio tower. Those frequencies must match.
There is no vibrational evidence, anywhere in the Universe, that supports the idea that opposites attract. They do not.
What about When What Felt Good Now Feels Bad?
Jerry: How is it that some people seem to eventually attract something they‘ve really, really wanted, but then when it comes, they find that it turns out to be a very negative situation? It brings them pain.
Abraham: Often, from a place that is very far from what is wanted, people will decide what they do want. But instead of focusing upon that desire, and practicing the vibration of it until they have achieved vibrational alignment with their true desire—and allowing the Law of Attraction to then reach
out into the Universe and bring them perfect matching results—they become impatient and try to make it happen by jumping into action. But when they take action before they have improved the content of their vibration, what they get is something that matches their current vibration instead of something that matches their desire.
Until you practice your vibration, there is often a big gap between the vibration of what you actually want and the vibration that you are offering. However, without exception, what comes to you matches the vibration that you are offering.
For example, let us say that a woman has recently come from a bad relationship where her partner has verbally and physically abused her. She did not want that or like that. In fact she hated the life that she lived with that person. So, from her place of really knowing what she does not want, she makes a clear statement of what she does want. She wants a partner who loves her and treats her with kindness and respect. But she feels very insecure without a partner, and she wants a new partner immediately. And so, she goes someplace where she is accustomed to going and meets a new person who seems nice enough. But what she may not realize is that the Law of Attraction is still matching her up with whatever is dominant within her. And right now, what is still dominant within her is the vibration of what she does not want because the unwanted parts of her last relationship are much more active within her thoughts than the new intentions that have been established. In her eagerness to soothe her feelings of insecurity, she takes action and jumps into this new relationship—and gets more of what is dominant within her vibration.
It would be our encouragement that she take things more slowly and spend more time thinking about what she wants until those thoughts are the basis for the dominant vibration within her. And then, let the Law of Attraction bring her wonderful new partner to her.
Jerry: Okay, that makes sense. It‘s sort of like we used to say: ―They got some things they hadn‘t bargained for.‖
Abraham: That is the value of the Creative Workshop Process. When you get into your Workshop, visualizing all of the wonderful possibilities, letting your emotion come forth when you are touching upon that which you are really wanting, and then working upon staying focused where it feels good, then you will not have so much of that. You will discover how to make what you do want your most dominant vibration, and then when the Law of Attraction matches those thoughts that you have been practicing, you will not be surprised. In fact, you will begin to recognize (the manifestation of) the wonderful things that you have been practicing in your mind.
Is Everything Composed of Thought?
Jerry: Is everything and everyone composed of thought or by thought? Or neither?
Abraham: Both. Thought can be attracted by other thoughts through the power of the Law of Attraction. Thought is the vibration that the Law of Attraction is acting upon. Thought is the stuff, or the manifestation, and it is also the vehicle through which all things are attracted or created.
See your world as a sort of well-stocked kitchen where every possible ingredient that has ever been pondered, considered, thought of, or wanted exists in an abundant, never-ending quantity; and see yourself as the chef, soliciting forth from the shelves of your kitchen whatever ingredients, in whatever quantity, you desire, and you are mixing it all together for the creation of your cake, which currently pleases you.
I Want More Joy, Happiness, and Harmony
Jerry: What if someone would say to you, ―Abraham, I want to be more joyful. How can I use what you‘re teaching to attract more joy, happiness, and harmony into my life?‖
Abraham: First, we would complement the person on discovering the most important desire of all: the seeking of joy. For in seeking and finding joy, you not only find perfect alignment with your Inner Being and with who-you-really-are, but you also find vibrational alignment with all things that you desire.
When joy is really important to you, you do not allow yourself to focus upon things that do not feel good—and the result of thinking only thoughts that feel good would cause you to create a wonderful life filled with all things that you desire.
When you hold the desire to be joyful and you are sensitive to the way you feel, and therefore guide your thoughts in the direction of things that feel better and better, you improve your vibration, and your point of attraction becomes one that will only attract—through the Law of Attraction—things that you desire.
Deliberately guiding your thoughts is the key to a joyful life, but a desire to feel joy is the best plan of all…because in the reaching for joy, you find the thoughts that attract the wonderful life you desire.
Isn’t it Selfish to Want More Joy?
Jerry: Some would say that for a person to want to be joyous all the time would be a very selfish way to want to be, as though desiring joy is a negative.
Abraham: We are often accused of teaching selfishness, and we always agree that we certainly do teach selfishness, for you cannot perceive life from any perspective other than from that of yourself. Selfishness is the sense of self. It is the picture that you hold of yourself. Whether you are focusing upon yourself or another, you are doing it all from your selfish vibrational viewpoint, and whatever you are feeling is your point of attraction.
So, if from your perspective of self you are focused in a way that you are feeling good, then your point of attraction is such that the things that you are attracting—through the Law of Attraction—will please you when they get there.
If, however, you are not selfish enough to insist upon focusing in a way that feels good, and you are focused upon something that feels bad, then your point of attraction is such that you are negatively attracting—and you will not like what is coming when it gets there.
Unless you are selfish enough to care about how you feel, and therefore direct your thoughts in such a way that you are allowing a true connection to your Inner Being, you have nothing to give another anyway.
Everyone is selfish. It is not possible to be otherwise.
Which Is More Moral, Giving or Receiving?
Jerry: So, you would seem to see as much that is right and joyful in giving as in receiving. In other words, you don‘t see one as morally superior to the other?
Abraham: Because of the powerful Law of Attraction, whatever you are giving—by way of your vibrational offering—you are receiving.…The Law of Attraction always accurately sorts things out and brings to everyone the matching product of their thoughts. So when you give a thought of Well-Being, you always receive the matching equivalent. When you offer thoughts of hatred, the Law of Attraction cannot bring you loving results. That defies the Law.
Often when people speak of giving and receiving, they are referring to gifts of action, or material things, but the Law of Attraction is not responding to your words or actions, but instead to the vibration that is at the basis of those words and actions.
Let us say that you see those who are in need of something. Perhaps they have no money, transportation, or food. And as you see them, you feel sad (because you are focused on their lack and activating that within your own vibration), and from your place of sadness you offer them the action of money or food. The vibration that you are transmitting is actually saying to them, I do this for you because I see that you cannot do this for yourself. Your vibration is actually focused upon their lack of Well-Being and therefore, even though you have offered money or food through your action, your dominant offering is perpetuating their lack.
It is our encouragement that you take the time to imagine those people in a better situation. Practice the thought of their success and happiness in your own mind, and once that is the dominant vibration that you hold about them, then offer whatever inspired action you now feel. In that case, because of the dominant vibration of your Being, as you are holding them as your object of attention, you will attract a matching vibration of Well-Being from them. In other words, you will uplift them. You will assist them in finding the vibration that matches their desire for Well-Being instead of the vibration that matches their current situation. In our view, that is the only kind of giving that has value.
So the question is not ―Which is superior, giving or receiving?‖ The question is ―Which is superior, focusing upon what is wanted or upon what is unwanted?‖ ―Which is superior, uplifting another by believing in their success, or adding to their discouragement by noticing where they are?‖ ―Which is superior, being in alignment with my Inner Being and then taking action, or being out of alignment and taking action?‖ ―Which is superior, adding to one‘s success or adding to one‘s failure?‖
The greatest gift that you could ever give another is the gift of your expectation of their success.
There are as many different worlds as there are perceivers, Beings, or individuals. You are not here to create one world where everyone is the same, wanting and getting the same. You are here to be that which you want to be, while you allow all others to be that which they want to be.
What If Everyone Got Everything They Wanted?
Jerry: Let me play the part of devil‘s advocate here. If each of the selfish Beings on the planet were getting everything they individually want, what kind of mess would this world be in?
Abraham: It would not be, and is not, a ―mess‖ at all. For, through the Law of Attraction, they would attract unto them those who are in harmony with their intent. You see, this is a very well-balanced place in which you live. There is some of everything here, in enough proportion, abundance, and difference, to give you all of the ingredients for this vast and marvelous ―kitchen‖ that you have come to participate in.
How Can I Assist Those Who Are Feeling Pain?
Jerry: I live a joyous and glorious life, but I am often aware that there is much agony being experienced in the world around me. What could I do to make this life experience painless for everyone?
Abraham: You cannot create in the experience of another because you cannot think their thoughts….. It is the thoughts they are thinking, the words they are speaking, or the acts they are doing that is bringing forth the emotional response (agony) from their Inner Being. They are creating their own agony by giving thought to that which they do not want.
Now, what you can do for them is to set the example of joy. Become a Being who thinks only of that which he is wanting; who speaks of only that which he is wanting; who does only that which he is wanting—and therefore brings forth only joyful emotion.
Jerry: I can do that. I can focus on what I want, on that joy, and I can learn to allow them to have whatever experience they create. So would it be accurate to say that if I focus on their painful experience, that I will now create pain in my own experience? And then I‘ll be setting that example—the example of a painful experience.
Abraham: Let us say that someone in pain comes into your experience and as you see them in their painful situation, a desire wells up inside of you that they find the way out of their painful situation, so their pain only brushed you slightly as you quickly identified your desire for their joyful solution. If you then turn your undivided attention to their successful resolution of their painful situation, you would feel no real pain, and you could be a catalyst to inspire an actual solution for them. That is an example of what true upliftment is. However, if you only focus upon their pain, or upon the situation that has caused it, you will activate within yourself the vibration that matches that, and you will also begin to feel pain as you then begin the attraction of that which you do not want.
Is Setting a Joyous Example the Key?
Jerry: Is the key to just continue to seek joy myself? To set that example and allow the others—really allow them—to have whatever experience they‘re choosing (in whatever way they are choosing it) for themselves?
Abraham: You really have no other choice but to allow them to have whatever experience they are attracting, because you cannot think for them or vibrate for them—and therefore you cannot attract for them.
True Allowing is maintaining your own balance, your own joy, no matter what they are doing. So the advantage that you offer them is that as you remain in balance, connected to your own Inner Being, aligned with the wonderful life-giving resources of the Universe, and you hold them as your object of attention, they benefit. The more you feel good as you hold others as your object of attention, the greater the power of your positive influence.
You will know when you have reached the point of Allowing them to be, do, or have whatever they want (or do not want), when, as you are aware that they are doing it, you are not feeling negative emotion about it. When you are an Allower, you are feeling joy as you are observing the experience of all.
You have come full circle with your questions in helping us explain the three Laws that are so very important.
The Law of Attraction is responding to the vibration of your thoughts.
As you deliberately offer your thoughts by choosing thoughts that feel good, you allow your connection to your Inner Being, to who-you-really-are. When you are connected to who-you-really-are, anyone you hold as your object of attention benefits. And, of course, in all of that, you feel joy!
In time, you will be so aware of how you feel, and you will become so adept at deliberately offering your thoughts, that you will predominantly be in the state of positive attraction. And then (really, only then) will you be comfortable in letting others create as they choose. When you understand that unwanted things cannot assert themselves into your experience, but that everything is invited to you and by you through thought, you never again feel threatened by what others may be choosing to live, even if they are very close by—for they cannot be a part of your experience.
Can I Think Negative Yet Feel Positive?
Jerry: So how can we give our attention to, or have a thought about, something that‘s negative and not have a negative emotional response to it?
Abraham: You cannot. And we would not suggest that you try. In other words, to say never have negative emotion would be the same as saying, ―Do not have a Guidance System. Pay no attention to your Emotional Guidance System.‖ And that is the opposite of what we are saying. We want you to be aware of your emotions and then guide your thoughts until you feel relief.
As you are focused upon a little (negative) thought, you will feel a little (unwanted) negative emotion. And if you are sensitive to the way you feel and want to feel better, you will change the thought. It is easy to change it when it is a small thought and a small emotion. It is much harder to change when it is a big thought and therefore a big emotion. The emotion will be proportionate, in intensity, to the amount of thought that you have amassed by the Law of Attraction. The longer you stay focused upon what you do not want, the greater and more powerful that thought will become. But if you are sensitive to your emotions and you withdraw your attention from the unwanted subject very quickly, you will begin to feel better, and you will stop the attraction of this unwanted thing.
What Are Some Words to Enhance Being Well-Being?
Jerry: Could you give us some words that we could use to help attract a variety of things, like perfect health…?
Abraham: I want perfect health! I like feeling good. I enjoy my good-feeling body. I have many positive memories of feeling good in my body. I see many people who are clearly in a state of good
health, and it is easy to see how much they are enjoying their good-feeling bodies. When I think thoughts like these, I feel good. These thoughts are in harmony with a healthy body.
Jerry: What about perfect financial prosperity?
Abraham: I want financial prosperity! There are so many wonderful things that are readily available in this wonderful world, and financial prosperity opens the door to so many of those things. Since the Law of Attraction responds to my thoughts, I have decided to focus predominantly upon the abundance that is possible, understanding that it is only a matter of time before my thoughts of prosperity will be matched by the flow of financial prosperity. Since the Law of Attraction will bring me the object of my attention, I choose abundance.
Jerry: And great relationships?
Abraham: I want great relationships. I so enjoy nice, clever, funny, energetic, stimulating people, and I love knowing that this planet is abundant with them. I have met so many interesting people, and I love the discovery of fascinating characteristics in the people I meet. It seems that the more I enjoy people, the more people whom I enjoy come into my experience. I love this time of spectacular co-creation.
Jerry: What about positive Non-Physical experiences?
Abraham: I want to attract those who are in harmony with me, physical and Non-Physical. I’m fascinated by the Law of Attraction and am comforted by the knowledge that when I’m feeling good, I can only attract that which feels good. I love understanding that the basis of that which is Non-Physical is pure, positive Energy. I enjoy utilizing my Emotional Guidance System so that I can rendezvous with that Source.
Jerry: And continual, joyous growth?
Abraham: I am a growth-seeking Being, and it is exhilarating to remember that expansion is not only natural but inevitable. I love knowing that joy is simply a choice. So, since my expansion is inevitable, I choose to have all of it—in joy.
Jerry: And that will attract these things?
Abraham: Your words will not bring you immediate manifestations of what you are asking for, but the more often you say them, and the better you feel while you are saying them, the purer or less contradicted your vibration will be. And soon your world will be filled with these things you have spoken about.…Words alone do not attract, but when you feel emotion when you speak, that means your vibration is strong—and the Law of Attraction must answer those vibrations.
What Is the Measure of Our Success?
Jerry: What do you see as success? What would you say is the mark of success?
Abraham: The achievement of anything that you desire must be considered success, whether it is a trophy, money, relationship, or things. But if you will let your standard of success be your achievement of joy, everything else will fall easily into place. For in the finding of joy, you are finding vibrational alignment with the resources of the Universe.
You cannot feel joy while you are focusing upon something not wanted, or the lack of something wanted; therefore, while you are feeling joy, you will never be in the state of contradicted vibration. And only the contradiction in your own thoughts and vibration can keep you from the things you desire.
We are amused as we watch the majority spending most of their life seeking a set of rules against which they can measure their life experience looking outside of self for those who will tell them what is right or wrong, when all along they have within themselves a Guidance System that is so sophisticated, so intricate, so precise, and so readily available.
By paying attention to this Emotional Guidance System, and by reaching for the best-feeling thought that you can find right now from wherever you are, you will allow your broader perspective to help you move in the direction of the things that you truly want.
As you sift through the magnificent contrast of your physical time-space reality, consciously aware of the way you feel, and deliberately guiding your thoughts toward those that feel better and better, in time you begin to see your life through the eyes of your broader Inner Being. And as you do so, you feel the satisfaction of being upon the path that you chose from your Non-Physical perspective when you made the decision to come forth into this wonderful body. For, from your Non-Physical vantage point, you understood the eternally evolving nature of your Being and the promise that this Leading Edge contrasting environment held. You understood the nature of your magnificent guidance system and how, with practice, you could see this world as your Inner Being sees it. You understood the powerful Law of Attraction and the fairness and accuracy with which it responds to the free will of all creators.
By reaching for the best-feeling thought you can find, you reconnect with that perspective, and you will shiver with exhilaration as you reconnect with your purpose, with your zest for life, and with you!
What I have found key in my own understanding of LOA is that everything in my life experience is a manifestation of my own creative vibration, whether it is deliberate creation or creation by default.
Sometimes the word manifestation is used to express only the creation of something we wanted, as in "I manifested a wonderful new relationship." And, of course, that would be true. However, it is also useful to recognize the manifestations we didn't want, as in, "I manifested this stomach ache."
It's only when we understand that we create it all that we can truly begin to live with deliberate intent. The trick is listening to how we feel--ALWAYS--and making decisions from that point of focus.
hi...nicely put, karen :)
putting together a little linked thread collection of all three laws abe explains to us....little editing time this morning will be needed as it is put together and linked, hope you all find this user friendly when it's "done"!
Many thanks and much appreciation for all of your posts, DS. --K
Abe: Let your blending be your dominant intent. You want to find alignment with who you are.
So, you deliberately conjure an emotion of well being. You deliberately conjure an emotion of friskiness and fun. And, you do such a good job of conjuring that and maintaining that that becomes your point of attraction. Meaning: by controlling your emotion you control your grid; and by controlling your grid it fills in with everything that is the vibrational match.
So, you become a conscious (mmm!) (Abe savors "conscious" visibly) deliberate rendezvous-er.
Abe: You see that's what creation always is; you rendezvous. You rendezvous with anything that is active in your vibration. That's really an interesting thing. And as you begin to notice that; as you notice how you were feeling before you rendezvoused with something wanted or unwanted then you are able to make that correlation. "I'm rendezvousing; Law of Attraction is the mechanism that causes the rendezvouses, but I am the rendezvous-er. And we want you to know that therefore, if you want to be a conscious rendezvous-er, then you've got to be a conscious controller (and we use that word softly), controller NOT of circumstances, controller not of events, controller not of others, controller of your emotion.
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3-27-2011 Orlando Fl Session 1 Opening Statement
Law of Attraction does not focus you, Law of Attraction responds to your focus. Its up to you to focus. Its up to you to focus. It's up to you to decide. Its up to you to be determined. Its up to you to make decisions. Its up to you. Its up to you to focus yourself into the alignment with who you are.
Now we are not trying to talk you into being more than you are, we are wanting you to get up to speed with who you are.
Abraham ~ Abraham Hicks Publications
Much Appreciation to Esther Hicks.
Law of Attraction is like a magnifying glass that magnifies whatever is.
Abraham-Hicks, Albuquerque 3/22/2014