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Preface - by Jerry Hicks
What do you believe attracted you to this book? Why do you suppose you’re reading these words?
Which part of the title got your attention? Was it Money? Health? Happiness? Learning to Attract?
Or was it the Law of Attraction perhaps?
Whatever the obvious reason may have been for your attention to this book, the information contained here has come to you in answer to something for which you have been somehow asking.
What is this book about? It teaches that life is supposed to feel good and that our overall Wellbeing is what is natural. It teaches that no matter how good your life is now, it can always get better, and that the choice and the power to improve your life experience is within your personal control. And it offers practical philosophical tools that—when put into consistent use—will enable you to allow yourself to experience more of the wealth, health, and happiness that is your natural birthright. (And I know, because it keeps happening to me. As I move forward from each desire clarifying experience of contrast to a new desire and then to a new manifestation —my life overall gets better and better.)
Life is good! It is New Year’s Day of 2008, and I’m beginning this Preface while seated at the dining-room table of our new Del Mar, California, “haven.”
From the time Esther and I were married (1980), we’ve been making it a point to visit this “Garden of Eden” area as often as has been practical. And now, after all those years as appreciative San Diego visitors, we will be actually living here as appreciative part-time residents.
And what’s not to appreciate? There was our friend who led us to find the property. (We told him we were looking for a piece of property near Del Mar where we could park our 45-foot tour bus.) There were the landscape architects, engineers, designers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, tile roofers, and copper gut-terers. There were those talented, skilled tradespeople: tile layers; stuccoers; painters; and fence, gate, and ironworks creators. There were foor installers and custom-lift, slide doors, arched-wooden-windows-and-doors, and stained-glass-window folks. There were the “high end” high-tech people who installed the Lutron master-controlled lighting system, the audio/video/computer networking system, the new Trane multiple-zone master-controlled (silent) air-conditioning system, and the Snaidero/Miele/Bosch/Viking kitchen and laundry equipment.
There were those who placed our new furniture, and placed it again, and again—as we discovered what felt best. There were those teams of hardworking diggers, trenchers, haulers, cement pourers, stoneworkers, and trans planters of full-grown trees. . . . And then there were the thousands of people who had a hand in—and also earned money from—the invention, creation, and distribution of the thousands of products involved. . . . Well, that’s a lot to appreciate.
And that was just the tip of the iceberg of what’s to appreciate. There was the discovery of a new “favorite” restaurant—and owners and staff—only a couple of minutes away, and then there were those incredibly delightful eclectic, positive neighbors who welcomed us here in a style that we have never previously experienced.
There’s more, too. There’s the breathtaking view to the south into the primitive Torrey Pines State Reserve, across the Carmel Valley Creek and waterbird sanctuary and the lagoon, and down into the crashing, foaming waves of the Pacific Ocean as it untiringly washes up onto Torrey Pines Beach.
Yes. Life is good!
(Esther and I just fnished a brief walk on the beach, and we’re now settling down for the evening to put some fnishing touches on Abraham’s newest book—Money, and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Wealth, Health, and Happiness.) It was over 40 years ago, while performing a series of concerts in colleges across the nation, that I “accidentally” noticed a book lying on a coffee table in a motel in a small town in Montana. That book, Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, changed my beliefs about money so dramatically that my use of its principles attracted financial success to me in a way I hadn’t previously imagined.
Thinking or growing rich hadn’t been something I had much interest in. But shortly before discovering that book, I had decided that I wanted to modify the way I earned money—and increase the amount I received. And so, it turned out that my attraction to Hill’s book was a direct answer to what I had been “asking” for.
Soon after encountering Think and Grow Rich in that Montana motel, I met a man in a motel in Minnesota who offered me a business opportunity that was so compatible with Hill’s teachings that for nine joyous years I focused my attention on building that business. During those nine years, the business grew into a multimillion-dollar international enterprise. And in that relatively short time, my finances grew from just getting by (which was all I’d previously really wanted) to reaching all of my newly inspired financial goals.
What I learned from Hill’s book worked so grandly for me that I began using that work as a “textbook” to share his success principles with my business associates. But, looking back, even though the teachings had worked extremely well for me, I became aware that only a couple of my associates had received the huge financial success that I had wanted all of them to have. And so, I began to search for another level of answers that might be more effective for a broader range of people.
As a result of my personal Think and Grow Rich experience, I became convinced that the achievement of success was something that could be learned. We didn’t have to be born into a family who had already discovered how to make money. We didn’t have to get good grades in school or know the right people or live in the right country or be the right size, color, gender, religion, and so on. . . . We simply had to learn a few simple principles and then consistently put them into practice.
However, not everyone gets the same message from the same words—or the same results from the same books. And so, as soon as I began “asking” for more understanding, Richard Bach’s enlightening book Illusions happened to come into my awareness. And although Illusions brought me to one of the most thrilling “Aha!” days of my life and brought some concepts that began to open my mind for the phenomenon that I was about to experience, it contained no additional principles that I could consciously utilize in my business.
The next “accidental” discovery of an ultimately valuable book for me came while I was just killing some time in a Phoenix library. I wasn’t “looking for” anything, but I happened to notice a book, high on a shelf, entitled Seth Speaks, by Jane Roberts and Robert F. Butts. Seth, “a Non-Physical Entity,” had “dictated” through Jane a series of books, and I read them all. And as strange as that form of communication may have seemed to most (Esther was extremely uncomfortable with it at first), I had always tended to judge the trees by their fruits. And so, I looked beyond the “strange” aspects and focused on what to me were the positive, practical parts of the Seth material that I felt I could utilize to help others improve their life experience.
Seth had a different perspective on life than what I had heard previously expressed, and I was particularly interested in two of Seth’s terms: “You Create Your Own Reality” and “Your Point of Power Is in the Present.” Although as much as I read, I never felt that I truly understood those principles, I somehow knew that there were, within them, answers to my questions. However, Jane was no longer in physical form, so “Seth” was unavailable for any further clarification.
Through a series of fortuitous events—in a manner similar to the Seth-and-Jane experiences— Esther, my wife, began receiving the material that is now known as the Teachings of Abraham®.
(Should you like to hear one of the original recordings detailing our introduction to Abraham, you can find our free Introduction to Abraham recording as a 70-minute download at our Website: www. abraham-hicks.com, or from our office as a free CD.)
In 1985 when this phenomenon began with Esther, I could sense that this would bring the answers to my desire to better understand the Laws of the Universe and how we might be able to naturally, deliberately work in harmony with them in order to fulfill our purpose for being in physical form.
And so, about 20 years ago, I sat with Esther and a small cassette tape recorder and plied Abraham with hundreds of questions on primarily 20 different subjects, mostly regarding practical spirituality. And then, as other people began hearing about Abraham and wanting to interact with us, we produced those 20 recordings and published them as two special-subjects albums.
Over the course of two decades, millions of people have become aware of the Teachings of Abraham as a result of our many books, tapes, CDs, videos, DVDs, group workshops, and radio and television appearances. Also, other best-selling authors soon began to use Abraham’s teachings in their books and radio, television, and workshop appearances . . . and then, about two years ago, an Australian television producer approached us requesting permission to build a TV series around our work with Abraham. She joined us with her film crew on one of our Alaskan cruises, filmed the show, and then went in search of other students of our teachings whom she could incorporate into the (pilot) film—and the rest is (as they say) history.
The producer called her movie The Secret, and it featured the basic tenet of the Teachings of Abraham: the Law of Attraction. And although it wasn’t picked up by the Australian network (Nine) as a series, the documentary went straight to the DVD format and was transcribed into a book . . . and now because of The Secret, the concept of the Law of Attraction has reached many more millions of people who have been asking for a better-feeling life.
This book has evolved from the transcription of fve of our original recordings from over 20 years ago. This is the first time these transcriptions have been available in print. However, they’re not word for word because Abraham has now gone through every page of the original transcriptions and modifed every part that might be made easier for the reader to understand and to put into immediate practical use.
There’s a saying in the teaching world: “Tell them what you’re going to tell them. Then tell them.
And then tell them what you told them.” And so, should you decide to immerse yourself in these teachings, you’ll probably notice much repetition as you move forward, because we usually learn best through repetition. You can’t continue the same old habitual, limiting thought patterns and get new, unlimited results. But through simple, practiced repetition, you can, over time, comfortably develop new life-enhancing habits.
In the media world there’s a saying: “People would rather be entertained than informed.” Well, unless you’re entertained by learning new ways of looking at life, you’ll probably find this book more informative than entertaining. Rather than being like a novel that’s read, enjoyed, and then set aside, this—more like a textbook on the principles of achieving and maintaining wealth, health, and happiness—is a book to be read and studied and put into practiced use.
I was led to this information by my desire to help others feel better, especially in the area of financial fulfillment, so I feel especially gratified that this Money book is now on its way to those who are asking the questions that it will answer.
This book, Money, and the Law of Attraction, is the second of four scheduled Law of Attraction books. Two years ago we published The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham. Next will be Relationships, and the Law of Attraction; and the final book in the series will be Spirituality, and the Law of Attraction.
Revisiting this life-changing material in preparation for the publication of this book has been a delightful experience for Esther and me, for we’ve been reminded again of these basic and simple principles that Abraham discussed with us in the beginning of our interaction.
From the beginning, Esther and I have intended to apply to our lives what Abraham has been teaching. And our resulting joyous growth experience has been remarkable: After two decades of practicing these principles, Esther and I are still in love. (Even though we have just now completed building this new home in California and are in the process of the construction of a new home on our Texas business complex, we enjoy being with each other so much that we will still spend most of next year traveling in our 45-foot-long Marathon motor coach from workshop to workshop.) We’ve had no medical examinations (or insurance) for 20 years. We’re debt free, and will pay more income taxes this year than the sum of all the money we earned in all of our earning years before Abraham’s guidance—and although neither all our money nor all of our good health can make us happy, Esther and I are still finding ways to be happy anyway.
And so, it is with extraordinary joy that we can tell you—from our own personal experience: This works!
(Editor’s Note: Please note that since there aren’t always physical English words to perfectly express the Non-Physical thoughts that Esther receives, she sometimes forms new combinations of words, as well as using standard words in new ways—for example, capitalizing them when normally they wouldn’t be—in order to express new ways of looking at old ways of looking at life.)
PART I. Pivoting and the Book of Positive Aspects
Your Story, and the Law of Attraction
Each and every component that makes up your life experience is drawn to you by the powerful Law of Attraction’s response to the thoughts you think and the story you tell about your life. Your money and financial assets; your body’s state of wellness, clarity, flexibility, size, and shape; your work environment, how you are treated, work satisfaction, and rewards—indeed, the very happiness of your life experience in general— is all happening because of the story that you tell. If you will let your dominant intention be to revise and improve the content of the story you tell every day of your life, it is our absolute promise to you that your life will become that ever-improving story. For by the powerful Law of Attraction, it must be!
- Does Life Sometimes Seem to Be Unfair?
You have wanted more success and you have applied yourself well, doing everything that everyone said you should do, but the success you have been seeking has been slow to come. You tried very hard, especially at first, to learn all the right things, to be in the right places, to do the right things, to say the right things . . . but often things did not appear to be improving much at all.
Earlier in your life, when you were first dipping your toe into the idea of achieving success, you found satisfaction in satisfying the expectations of the others who were laying out the rules for success. The teachers, parents, and mentors who surrounded you seemed confdent and convincing as they laid out their rules for success:
“Always be on time; always do your best; remember to work hard; always be honest; strive for greatness; go the extra mile; there’s no gain without pain; and, most important, never give up. . . .” But, over time, your finding satisfaction from gaining the approval of those who laid out those rules waned as their principles of success—no matter how hard you tried—did not yield you the promised results. And it was more disheartening still when you stood back to gain some perspective on the whole picture and realized that their principles were not, for the most part, bringing them real success either. And then, to make matters even worse, you began meeting others (who clearly were not following those rules) who were achieving success apart from the formula that you had been so diligent to learn and apply.
And so you found yourself asking: “What’s going on here? How can those who are working so hard be receiving so little, while those who seem to be working so little are achieving so much? My expensive education hasn’t paid off at all—and yet that multimillionaire dropped out of high school.
My father worked hard every day of his life—and yet our family had to borrow the money to pay for his funeral. . . . Why doesn’t my hard work pay off for me the way it was supposed to? Why do so few really get rich, while most of us struggle to barely get by? What am I missing? What do those financially successful people know that I don’t know?”
- Is “Doing Your Best” Still Not Enough?
When you are doing everything you can think of, truly trying your best to do what you have been told is supposed to bring you success, and success does not come, it is easy to feel defensive, and eventually even angry at those who are displaying evidence of the success you desire. You even find yourself sometimes condemning their success simply because it is too painful to watch them living the success that continues to elude you. And it is for this reason—in response to this chronic condition in the financial affairs of your culture—that we offer this book.
When you come to the place of openly condemning the financial success that you crave, not only can that financial success never come to you, but you are also forgetting your God-given rights to your health and happiness as well.
Many actually come to the incorrect conclusion that others in their physical environment have banded together in some sort of conspiracy to keep them from succeeding. For they believe, with all of their heart, that they have done everything possible to achieve success, and the fact that it has not come must surely mean that there are some unfriendly forces at work that are depriving them of what they desire. But we want to assure you that nothing like that is at the heart of the absence of what you desire or of the presence of things you would like to remove from your experience. No one ever has or ever could have prevented your success—or provided it. Your success is all up to you. It is all in your control. And we are writing this book so that now, finally, once and for all time, your success can be in your deliberate and conscious control.
- Whatever I Can Desire, I Can Achieve
It is time for you to return to the true nature of your Being and to consciously live the success that the experiencing of your own life has helped you determine that you desire. And so, as you deliberately relax right now, breathing deeply and reading steadily, you will begin to gradually but surely remember how all success comes, for you already inherently understand it, and so you will certainly feel resonance with these absolute truths as you read about them here.
The Eternal Laws of the Universe are consistent and reliable and steadily hold, always, the promise of expansion and joy. They are being presented to you here in a powerful rhythm of understanding that will start small within you and then expand with each page you read, until you reawaken into the knowledge of your purpose and your own personal power as you remember how to access the power of the Universe that creates worlds.
If this time-space reality has within it the ability to inspire a desire within you, it is absolute that this time-space reality has the ability to yield you a full and satisfying manifestation of that same desire. It is Law.
- To Achieve Success Is My Natural Birthright
Most people naturally assume that if their life is not going the way they want it to go, something outside of themselves must be preventing the improvement, for no one would deliberately hold their own success away. But while pointing the blame at others may feel better than assuming responsibility for unwanted conditions, there is a very big negative repercussion to believing that something outside of you is the reason for your own lack of success: When you give the credit or the blame to another for your success or lack of it—you are powerless to make any change.
When you desire success, but—from your perspective—you are not currently experiencing it, at many deep levels of your Being you recognize that something is wrong. And as this strong feeling of personal discord magnifies your awareness that you are not getting what you want, it often sets into motion other counterproductive assumptions that evoke jealousy toward those who are having more success; resentment at a myriad of people you would like to blame for your lack of success; or even self-denigration, which is the most painful and counterproductive assumption of all. And we submit that this uncomfortable upheaval is not only normal, but it is the perfect response to your feeling a lack of success.20
Your emotional discomfort is a powerful indicator that something is very wrong. You are meant to succeed, and failure should feel bad to you. You are meant to be well, and sickness should not be accepted. You are supposed to expand, and stagnation is intolerable. Life is supposed to go well for you—and when it does not, there is something wrong.
But what is wrong is not that an injustice has occurred, or that the gods of good fortune are not focusing on you, or that someone else has received the success that should have been yours. What is wrong is that you are out of harmony with your own Being, with who-you-really-are, with what life has caused you to ask for, with what you have expanded to, and with the ever-consistent Laws of the Universe. What is wrong is not something that is outside of you over which you have no control.
What is wrong is within you—and you do have control. And taking control is not difficult to do once you understand the basis of who-you-are and the basics of the Law of Attraction and the value of your personal Emotional Guidance System that you were born with, which is always active, ever present, and easy to understand.
- Money Is Not the Root of Evil or of Happiness
This important subject of money and financial success is not the “root of all evil” as many have quoted—nor is it the path to happiness. However, because the subject of money touches most of you in one way or another hundreds or even thousands of times in every day, it is a large factor in your vibrational makeup and in your personal point of attraction. So when you are able to successfully control something that affects most of you all day, every day, you will have accomplished something rather significant. In other words, because such a high percentage of your thoughts in any given day reside around the topic of money or financial success, as soon as you are able to deliberately guide your thoughts, not only is it certain that your financial success must improve, but the evidence of that success will then prepare you for deliberate improvement in every aspect of your life experience.
If you are a student of Deliberate Creation, if you want to consciously create your own reality, if you desire control of your own life experience, if you want to fulfill your reason for being, then your understanding of these prevalent topics—money and the Law of Attraction—will serve you enormously well.
- I Am the Attractor of My Every Experience
You are meant to live an expansive, exhilarating, good-feeling experience. It was your plan when you made the decision to become focused in your physical body in this time-space reality. You expected this physical life to be exciting and rewarding. In other words, you knew that the variety and contrast would stimulate you to expanded desires, and you also knew that any and all of those desires could be fully and easily realized by you. You knew, also, that there would be no end to the expansion of new desires.
You came into your body full of excitement about the possibilities that this life experience would inspire, and that desire that you held in the beginning was not muted at all by trepidation or doubt, for you knew your power and you knew that this life experience and all of its contrast would be the fertile ground for wonderful expansion. Most of all, you knew that you were coming into this life experience with a Guidance System to help you remain true to your original intent as well as to your never-ending amended intentions that would be born out of this very life experience. In short, you felt an eagerness for this time-space reality that nearly defes physical description.
You were not a beginner—even though you were newly beginning in your wee, small physical body—but instead you were a powerful creative genius, newly focusing in a new, Leading Edge environment. You knew that there would be a time of adjustment while redefning a new platform from which you would begin your process of deliberate creating, and you were not the least bit worried about that time of adjustment. In fact, you rather enjoyed the nest into which you were born and those who were there to greet you into your new physical environment. And while you could not yet speak the language of their words—and although you were perceived by those who greeted you as new and unknowing and in need of their guidance—you possessed a stability and a knowing that most of them had long left behind.
You were born knowing that you are a powerful Being, that you are good, that you are the creator of your experience, and that the Law of Attraction is the basis of all creation here in your new environment. You remembered then that the Law of Attraction (the essence of that which is like unto itself, is drawn) is the basis of the Universe, and you knew it would serve you well. And so it has.
You were still remembering then that you are the creator of your own experience. But even more important, you remembered that you do it through your thought, not your action. You were not uncomfortable being a small infant who offered no action or words, for you remembered the Well Being of the Universe; you remembered your intentions in coming forth into your physical body, and you knew that there would be plenty of time for acclimating to the language and ways of your new environment; and, most of all, you knew that even though you would not be able to translate your vast knowledge from your Non-Physical environment directly into physical words and descriptions, it would not matter, for the most important things to set you on a path of joyful creation were already emphatically in place: You knew that the Law of Attraction was consistently present and that your Guidance System was immediately active. And, most of all, you knew that by trial, and what some may call “error,” you would eventually become completely and consciously reoriented in your new environment.
- I Knew of the Consistency of the Law of Attraction
The fact that the Law of Attraction remains constant and stable throughout the Universe was a big factor in your confidence as you came into your new physical environment, for you knew that the feedback of life would help you to remember and gain your footing. You remembered that the basis of everything is vibration and that the Law of Attraction responds to those vibrations and, in essence, organizes them, bringing things of like vibrations together while holding those not of like vibrations apart.
And so, you were not concerned about not being able to articulate that knowledge right away or to explain it to those around you who had seemingly forgotten everything they knew about it, because you knew that the consistency of this powerful Law would, soon enough, show itself to you through the examples of your own life. You knew then that it would not be difficult to figure out what kinds of vibrations you were offering because the Law of Attraction would be bringing to you constant evidence of whatever your vibration was.
In other words, when you feel overwhelmed, circumstances and people who could help you get out from under your feeling of overwhelment cannot find you, nor can you find them. Even when you try hard to find them, you cannot. And those people who do come do not help you, but, instead, they add to your feeling of overwhelment.
When you feel mistreated—fairness cannot find you. Your perception of your mistreatment, and the subsequent vibration that you offer because of your perception, prevents anything that you would consider to be fair from coming to you.
When you are buried in the disappointment or fear of not having the financial resources that you believe you need, the dollars—or the opportunities that would bring the dollars—continue to elude you . . . not because you are bad or unworthy, but because the Law of Attraction matches things that are like, not things that are unlike.
When you feel poor—only things that feel like poverty can come to you. When you feel prosperous—only things that feel like prosperity can come to you. This Law is consistent; and if you will pay attention, it will teach you, through life experience, how it works. When you remember that you get the essence of what you think about—and then you notice what you are getting—you have the keys for Deliberate Creation.
- What Do We Mean by Vibration?
When we speak of vibration, we are actually calling your attention to the basis of your experience, for everything is actually vibrationally based. We could use the word Energy interchangeably, and there are many other synonyms in your vocabulary that accurately apply.
Most understand the vibrational characteristics of sound. Sometimes when the deep, rich bass notes of your musical instrumentation are played loudly, you can even feel the vibrational nature of sound.
We want you to understand that whenever you “hear” something, you are interpreting vibration into the sound you are hearing. What you hear is your interpretation of vibration; what you hear is your unique interpretation of vibration. Each of your physical senses of seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and touching exist because everything in the Universe is vibrating and your physical senses are reading the vibrations and giving you sensory perception of the vibrations.
So as you come to understand that you live in a pulsating, vibrating Universe of advanced harmonics, and that at the very core of your Being you are vibrating at what could only be described as perfection in vibrational balance and harmony, then you begin to understand vibration in the way we are projecting it.
Everything that exists, in your air, in your dirt, in your water, and in your bodies, is vibration in motion—and all of it is managed by the powerful Law of Attraction.
You could not sort it out if you wanted to. And there is no need for you to sort it out, because the Law of Attraction is doing the sorting, continually bringing things of like vibrations together while things of different vibrational natures are being repelled.
Your emotions, which really are the most powerful and important of your six physical vibrational interpreters, give you constant feedback about the harmonics of your current thoughts (vibrations) as they compare with the harmonics of your core vibrational state.
The Non-Physical world is vibration.
The physical world that you know is vibration.
There is nothing that exists outside of this vibrational nature.
There is nothing that is not managed by the Law of Attraction.
Your understanding of vibration will help you to consciously bridge both worlds.
You do not have to understand your complex optic nerve or your primary visual cortex in order to see. You do not have to understand electricity to be able to turn on the light, and you do not have to understand vibrations in order to feel the difference between harmony or discord.
As you learn to accept your vibrational nature, and begin to consciously utilize your emotional vibrational indicators, you will gain conscious control of your personal creations and of the outcomes of your life experience.
- Whenever I Feel Abundant, Abundance Finds Me
When you make the conscious correlation between what you have been feeling and what is actualizing in your life experience, now you are empowered to make changes. If you are not making that correlation, and so continue to offer thoughts of lack about things you want, the things you want will continue to elude you.
People, often, in this misunderstanding begin to assign power to things outside of themselves in order to explain why they are not thriving in the way they would like: “I’m not thriving because I was born into the wrong environment. I’m not thriving because my parents didn’t thrive, so they couldn’t teach me how to do it. I’m not thriving because those people over there are thriving, and they’re taking the resources that should have been mine. I’m not thriving because I was cheated, because I’m not worthy, because I didn’t live the right way in a past life, because my government ignores my rights, because my husband doesn’t do his part . . . because, because, because.” And we want to remind you, your “not thriving” is only because you are offering a vibration that is different from the vibration of thriving. You cannot feel poor (and vibrate poor) and thrive.
Abundance cannot find you unless you offer a vibration of abundance.
Many ask, “But if I’m not thriving, then how in the world can I offer a vibration of thriving? Don’t I have to thrive before I can offer the vibration of thriving?” We agree that it is certainly easy to maintain a condition of thriving when it is already in your experience, because then all you have to do is notice the good that is coming and your observation of it will keep it coming. But if you are standing in the absence of something you want, you must find a way to feel the essence of it—even before it comes—or it cannot come.
You cannot let your vibrational offering come only in response to what-is and then ever change what-is. You must find a way of feeling the excitement or satisfaction of your currently unrealized dreams before those dreams can become your reality. Find a way to deliberately imagine a scenario for the purpose of offering a vibration and for the purpose of the Law of Attraction matching your vibration with a real-life manifestation. . . . When you ask for the manifestation prior to the vibration, you ask the impossible. When you are willing to offer the vibration before the manifestation—all things are possible. It is Law.
- Rather Than by Default, Live Life Deliberately
We are giving this book to you to remind you of things you already know at some level, so as to reactivate that vibrational knowledge within you. It is not possible for you to read these words, which represent the knowledge that you hold from your Broader Perspective, without a recognition of this knowledge beginning to surface from within.
This really is the time of awakening—the time of remembering your personal power and your reason for being. So take a deep breath, make an effort to get comfortable, and slowly read the contents of this book to restore yourself to your original vibrational essence. . . . So here you are, in a wonderful state of being: no longer an infant under the control of others, somewhat acclimated into your physical environment, and now—by reading this book—returning to the recognition of the full power of your Being . . . no longer buffeted around by the Law of Attraction like a small cork on a raging sea, but finally remembering and gaining control of your own destiny, finally and deliberately guiding your life within the powerful Law of Attraction rather than responding in an attitude of default and just taking life as it comes. In order to do that, you have to tell a different story. You have to begin to tell the story of your life as you now want it to be and discontinue the tales of how it has been or of how it is.
- Tell the Story You Want to Experience
To live deliberately, you have to think deliberately; and in order to do that, you must have a reference point in order to determine the correct direction of your thought. Right now, just as at the time of your birth, the two necessary factors are in place. The Law of Attraction (the most powerful and consistent Law in the Universe) abounds. And your Guidance System is within you, all queued up and ready to give you directional feedback. You have only one seemingly small but potentially life-changing thing to do: You have to begin telling your story in a new way. You have to tell it as you want it to be.
As you tell the story of your life (and you do it nearly all day, every day with your words, your thoughts, and your actions), you have to feel good while you tell it. In every moment, about every subject, you can focus positively or negatively, for in every particle of the Universe—in every moment in time and beyond—there is that which is wanted and the lack of what is wanted pulsing there for you to choose between. And as these constant choices reveal themselves to you, you have the option of focusing upon what you want or the lack of it regarding every subject, because every subject is really two subjects: what you want or the absence of what you want. You can tell, by the way you feel, which choice you are currently focused upon—and you can change your choice constantly.
- Every Subject Is Really Two Subjects
The following are some examples to help you see how every subject is really two subjects: Abundance/Poverty (absence of abundance) Health/Illness (absence of health)
Happiness/Sadness (absence of happiness) Clarity/Confusion (absence of clarity) Energetic/Tired (absence of Energy) Knowledge/Doubt (absence of knowledge)
Interested/Bored (absence of interest)
I can do that/I can’t do that
I want to buy that/I can’t afford that
I want to feel good/I don’t feel good
I want more money/I don’t have enough money
I want more money/I don’t know how to get more money
I want more money/That person is getting more money than his/her share I want to be slender/I am fat I want a new car/My car is old I want a lover/I don’t have a lover
As you read this list, it is undoubtedly obvious to you which we consider to be the better choice in each example, but there is a simple and important thing that you may be forgetting. There is a tendency as you read a list such as this to feel a need to state the factual truth about the subject (“tell it like it is”) rather than make the statement of what you desire. That tendency alone is responsible for more miscreating and more personal disallowing of wanted things than all other things put together, and so, the examples and exercises offered in this book are given to help you orient yourself toward what is wanted, not to explain what already is. You have to begin telling a different story if you want the Law of Attraction to bring you different things.
- What Is the Story I’m Now Telling?
A very effective way to begin to tell that new story is to listen to the things that you are now saying throughout your day, and when you catch yourself in the middle of a statement that is contrary to what you want, stop and say, “Well, I clearly know what it is that I don’t want. What is it that I do want?” Then deliberately and emphatically make your statement of desire.
I hate this ugly, old, unreliable car.
I want a pretty, new, reliable car.
I want to be slender.
My employer doesn’t appreciate me.
I want to be appreciated by my employer.
Many would protest, claiming that a simple rewording of a sentence will not make a shiny new car appear in your driveway, or change your fat body to one that is slender, or cause your employer to suddenly change her personality and begin to treat you differently—but they would be wrong.
When you deliberately focus upon any desired subject, often proclaiming it to be as you want it to be, in time you experience an actual shift in the way you feel about the subject, which indicates a vibrational shift.
When your vibration shifts, your point of attraction shifts, and, by the powerful Law of Attraction, your manifestational evidence or indicator must shift, also. You cannot talk consistently of the things you do want to experience in your life without the Universe delivering the essence of them to you.
- The Pivoting Process Can Reorient My Life
The Process of Pivoting is a conscious recognition that every subject is really two subjects, and then a deliberate speaking or thinking about the desired aspect of the subject. Pivoting will help you activate within yourself the aspects that you desire regarding all subjects; and once you accomplish that, the essence of the things that you desire, on all subjects, must come into your experience.
There is an important clarification that we must make here: If you are using words that speak of something that you desire while at the same time you are feeling doubt about your own words, your words are not bringing you what you want, because the way you are feeling is the true indication of the creative direction of your thought-vibration. The Law of Attraction is not responding to your words but to the vibration that is emanating from you.
However, since you cannot speak of what you do want and what you do not want at the same time, the more you speak of what you do want, the less frequently you will be speaking of what you do not want. And if you are serious about telling it like you want it to be rather than like it is, you will, in time (and usually a rather short time), change the balance of your vibration. If you speak it often enough, you will come to feel what you speak.
But there is something even more significantly powerful about this Process of Pivoting: When life seems to have you negatively oriented toward the lack of something you want, and when you make the statement “I know what I do not want; what is it that I do want?” the answer to that question is summoned from within you, and in that very moment the beginning of a vibrational shift occurs.
Pivoting is a powerful tool that will instantly improve your life.
- I Am the Creator of My Life Experience
You are the creator of your own life experience, and as the creator of your experience, it is important to understand that it is not by virtue of your action, not by virtue of your doing—it is not even by virtue of what you are saying—that you are creating. You are creating by virtue of the thought that you are offering.
You cannot speak or offer action without thought-vibration occurring at the same time; however, you are often offering a thought-vibration without offering words or action. Children or babies learn to mimic the vibration of the adults who surround them long before they learn to mimic their words.
Every thought that you think has its own vibrational frequency. Each thought that you offer, whether it has come to you out of your memory, whether it is an influence from another, or whether it is a thought that has become the combination of something you have been thinking and something that another has been thinking— every thought that you are pondering in your now—is vibrating at a very personal frequency . . . and by the powerful Law of Attraction (the essence of that which is like unto itself, is drawn), that thought is now attracting another thought that is its Vibrational Match. And now, those combined thoughts are vibrating at a frequency that is higher than the thought that came before; and they will now, by the Law of Attraction, attract another and another and another, until eventually the thoughts will be powerful enough to attract a “real life” situation or manifestation.
All people, circumstances, events, and situations are attracted to you by the power of the thoughts that you are thinking. Once you understand that you are literally thinking or vibrating things into being, you may discover a new resolve within you to more deliberately direct your own thoughts.
- Aligned Thoughts Are Thoughts That Feel Good
Many people believe that there is more to their Beingness than what is represented in their physical reality as the fresh, blood, and bone person they know themselves to be. As people grapple with ways to label this larger part of themselves, they use words such as Soul, Source, or God. We refer to that larger, older, wiser part of you as your Inner Being, but the label that you choose to describe this Eternal part of you is not important. What is extremely significant is that you understand that the larger You does, and will eternally, exist and plays a very large part in the experience that you are living here on planet Earth.
Every thought, word, or deed that you offer is played against the backdrop of that Broader Perspective. Indeed, the reason that in any moment of clearly knowing what you do not want, you emphatically then realize what it is that you do want is because that larger part of you is giving its undivided attention to what you do want.
As you make a conscious effort to guide your thoughts, day by day, more in the direction of what you do want, you will begin to feel better and better because the vibration that is activated by your improved-feeling thought will be a closer match to the vibration of the larger Non-Physical part of you. Your desire to think thoughts that feel good will guide you into alignment with the Broader Perspective of your Inner Being. In fact, it is not possible for you to really feel good in any moment unless the thoughts you are thinking right now are a Vibrational Match to the thoughts of your Inner Being.
For example, your Inner Being focuses upon your value—when you identify some faw in yourself, the negative emotion that you feel is about that vibrational discord or resistance. Your Inner Being chooses to focus only upon things about which it can feel love—when you are focusing upon some aspect of someone or something that you abhor, you have focused yourself out of vibrational alignment with your Inner Being. Your Inner Being focuses only upon your success—when you choose to see something you are doing as failure, you are out of alignment with the perspective of your Inner Being.
- Seeing My World Through the Eyes of Source
By choosing better-feeling thoughts and by speaking more of what you do want and less of what you do not want, you will gently tune yourself to the vibrational frequency of your broader, wiser Inner Being. To be in vibrational alignment with that Broader Perspective while living your own physical life experience is truly the best of all worlds because as you achieve vibrational alignment with that Broader Perspective, you then see your world from that Broader Perspective. To see your world through the eyes of Source is truly the most spectacular view of life, for from that vibrational vantage point, you are in alignment with—and therefore in the process of attracting— only what you would consider to be the very best of your world.
Esther, the woman who translates the vibration of Abraham into the spoken or written word, does so by relaxing and deliberately allowing the vibration of her own Being to raise until it harmonizes with the Non-Physical vibration of Abraham. She has been doing this for many years now, and it has become a very natural thing for her to do. She has long understood the advantage of aligning her vibration so that she could effectively translate our knowledge for other physical friends, but she had not really understood another wonderful benefit of that alignment until one beautiful spring morning when she walked down the driveway by herself to open the gate for her mate, who would eventually follow in the automobile.
As she stood there waiting, she gazed up into the sky and found it to be more beautiful than it had ever appeared before: It was rich in color, and the contrast of the brilliant blue sky and the strikingly white clouds was amazing to her. She could hear the sweet songs of birds that were so far away she could not see them, but their beautiful sound made her shiver with excitement as she heard them.
They sounded as if they were right above her head or sitting on her shoulder. And then she became aware of many different delicious fragrances flowing from plants and flowers and earth, moving in the wind and enveloping her. She felt alive and happy and in love with her beautiful world. And she said right out loud, “There can never have been, in all of the Universe, a more beautiful moment in time than this, right here, right now!”
And then she said, “Abraham, it is you, isn’t it?” And we smiled a very broad smile through her lips, for she had caught us peeping through her eyes, hearing through her ears, smelling through her nose, feeling through her skin.
“Indeed,” we said, “we are enjoying the deliciousness of your physical world through your physical body.”
Those moments in your life when you feel absolute exhilaration are moments of complete alignment with the Source within you. Those moments when you feel powerful attraction to an idea, or keen interest, are also moments of complete alignment. In fact, the better you feel, the more in alignment you are with your Source— with who-you-really-are.
This alignment with your Broader Perspective will not only allow you faster achievement of the big things that you want in life—like wonderful relationships, satisfying careers, and the resources to do the things you really want to do—but this conscious alignment will enhance every moment of your day. As you tune yourself to the perspective of your Inner Being, your days will be filled with wonderful moments of clarity, satisfaction, and love. And that is truly the way you intended to live while here in this wonderful place, this wonderful time, and this wonderful body.
- I Can Deliberately Choose to Feel Better
The reason that Esther was able to allow that fuller perspective of Abraham to flow through her, providing her with such a delicious experience, was because she had begun that day by looking for reasons to feel good. She looked for the first thing to feel good about while she was still lying in her bed, and that good-feeling thought attracted another and another and another and another and another, until by the time she reached the gate (which was approximately two hours later), by virtue of her deliberate choice of thoughts, she had brought her vibrational frequency to a level that was close enough to matching that of her Inner Being that her Inner Being was able to easily interact with her.
Not only does the thought you are choosing right now attract the next thought and the next . . . and so on—it also provides the basis of your alignment with your Inner Being. As you consistently and deliberately think and speak more of what you do want and less of what you do not want, you will find yourself more often in alignment with the pure, positive essence of your own Source; and under those conditions, your life will be extremely pleasing to you.
- Could Illness Be Caused by Negative Emotion?
Esther’s experience at the gate was dramatically enhanced by her vibrational alignment with her Source and therefore with absolute Well-Being. But it is also possible for you to experience the opposite of that enhanced experience if you are out of alignment with Source and Well-Being. In other words, sickness or illness, or lack of Well-Being, occurs when you vibrationally disallow your alignment with Well-Being.
Whenever you experienced negative emotion (fear, doubt, frustration, loneliness, and so on), that feeling of negative emotion was the result of your thinking a thought that did not vibrate at a frequency that was in harmony with your Inner Being. Through all of your life experiences— physical and Non-Physical—your Inner Being, or the Total You, has evolved to a place of knowing.
And so, whenever you are consciously focused upon a thought that does not harmonize with that which your Inner Being has come to know—the resultant feeling within you will be one of negative emotion.
If you were to sit on your foot and cut off the circulation of the flow of blood, or if you were to put a tourniquet around your neck and restrict the flow of oxygen, you would feel immediate evidence of the restriction. And, in like manner, when you think thoughts that are not in harmony with the thoughts of your Inner Being, the flow of Life Force, or Energy, that comes into your physical body is satifed or restricted—and the result of that restriction is that you feel negative emotion. When you allow that negative emotion to continue over a long period of time, you often experience deterioration of your physical body.
Remember, every subject is really two subjects: what is wanted or lack of what is wanted. It is like picking up a stick with two ends: One end represents what you do want; the other end represents what you do not want. So the stick called “Physical Well-Being” has “wellness” on one end and “illness” on the other. However, people do not experience “illness” only because they are looking at the negative end of the “Physical Well-Being” stick, but because they have been looking at the “I know what I don’t want” end of many, many sticks.
When your chronic attention is upon things that you do not want—while the chronic attention of your Inner Being is upon the things that you do want—over time, you cause a vibrational separation between you and your Inner Being, and that is what all illness is: separation (caused by your choice of thoughts) between you and your Inner Being.
- Pivot from Feeling Bad to Feeling Good
Everyone wants to feel good, but most people believe that everything around them needs to be pleasing to them before they can feel good. In fact, most people feel the way they do in any moment in time because of something they are observing. If what they are observing pleases them, they feel good, but if what they are observing does not please them, they feel bad. Most people feel quite powerless about consistently feeling good because they believe that in order to feel good, the conditions around them must change, but they also believe that they do not have the power to change many of the conditions.
However, once you understand that every subject really is two subjects—what is wanted and lack of it—you can learn to see more of the positive aspects of whatever you are giving your attention to.
That really is all that the Process of Pivoting is: deliberately looking for a more positive way—a better-feeling way—to approach whatever you are giving your attention to. When you are facing an unwanted condition and are therefore feeling bad, if you will deliberately say, “I know what I do not want . . . what is it that I do want?” the vibration of your Being, which is affected by your point of focus, will shift slightly, causing your point of attraction to shift, also.
This is the way that you begin telling a different story about your life. Rather than saying, “I never have enough money,” you say instead, “I’m looking forward to having more money.” That is a very different story—a very different vibration and a very different feeling, which will, in time, bring you a very different result.
As you continue to ask yourself, from your ever-changing vantage point, “What is it that I do want?” eventually you will be standing in a very pleasing place—for you cannot continually ask yourself what it is that you do want without your point of attraction beginning to shift in that direction. . . . The process will be gradual, but your continued application of the process will yield wonderful results in only a few days.
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