If you've encountered and perused a wide variety of spiritual teachings with differing perspectives, you might be feeling confused and overwhelmed. I got that distinct impression from a question that was recently submitted to my blog. Well, I've been there, done that, and got the spiritual confusion t-shirt. It was pea-green, and I chucked it.
The Abraham-Hicks perspective overlaps with many teachings and yet is unique in various ways. It contains more depth and clarity than anything else I've found, and I am thus an adoring advocate of this approach to comprehending life and living fully.
Here's the Abraham-Hicks perspective, as I understand it, in a nutshell:
--We are eternal beings.
--We come forth into physical expression to create joyful and novel experiences.
--We have an Inner Being, which is part and parcel of Source or God.
--Every time we have a desire, Source or God experiences the fulfillment of that desire and thus All-That-Is expands via our experience.
--But not only Source gets to enjoy the ride; as we think more about each desire than the absence of it (or problems in general), each desire will manifest for us in physical expression. Then we get to employ the same process again, and again, and again.
--We know if we're thinking about our desires or the lack of them by how we feel emotionally. Our emotions are our guidance system used by our Inner Being to help us move towards what we want, not away from it.
--"Contrast" or unwanted events are vital, as they cause us to naturally emit preferences and desires, and then if we understand the nature of things, we'll focus our attention on what we want and allow it to find us, perhaps through easy, inspired action on our part. If we don't understand how things work, we'll keep giving our attention to what's wrong -- blaming, analyzing, regretting, over-working or in other ways feeling unhappy. And then life can seem arduous, senseless, and plum meaningless.
My antidote for confusion or spiritual overwhelm: Read an Abraham-Hicks book published by Hay House. You could start with Law of Attraction
, if you like. They're all absolutely wonderful, including Ask and It Is Given
, The Amazing Power of Deliberent Intent
, The Astonishing Power of Emotions
(prepare to be bowled over by this insightful book), or Money and Law of Attraction
. Give yourself some time to focus just on this material until you grasp the concepts they share. If you feel the fog begin to clear, read some more and perhaps subscribe to the monthly CDs made at the Abraham-Hicks workshops held around the country. Their website is www.abraham-hicks.com.
On the other hand, this may not be your cup of tea. If so, continue to explore elsewhere as it feels right, taking plenty of diversionary "breathers." There's a lot of material available these days, heaven only knows. Pace yourself and see this all as a fun journey of exploration rather than something you must have all sorted out quickly. In fact, we'll never really "arrive" in our spiritual understanding, for there is an unlimited amount to learn and live. It continues forever.
I personally have no particular allegiance to Abraham. I immerse myself in those teachings because they make so much brilliant sense. But if that ever changes, I'll magnetize the new best teaching for me.
I'm enjoying this ultimate journey of discovery. And I hope you'll do the same.
If your spiritual journey has you jumping through hoops, find a way to have fun with it all. ("Girl With a Hoop" by Auguste Renoir, 1885, National Gallery of Art)