This past weekend, I spent a day with spiritual teacher Esther Hicks, who channels an infinite intelligence called Abraham.
If you haven’t heard of Abraham-Hicks, you can watch Esther on Oprah or check out these videos. The movie “The Secret” was based in large part on this work.
Learning to manifest your desires.
The basic premise of Abraham-Hicks is that your thoughts create your reality, and you have the power to manifest truly magical things in your life.
But it’s taking too long.
One of the biggest complaints I hear from clients is that it’s taking too long and they still don’t have what they want.
The more annoyed you are with the status quo, the longer it takes to change it.
Ironically, the thing that will get you what you want sooner is for you to embrace your current situation while still focusing your attention on what you’d like instead.
For us humans, this is not easy to do.
In this book, Abraham says;
“It is our desire that you become one who is happy with that which you are and with that which you have – while at the same time being eager for more. That is the optimal creative vantage point: To stand on the brink of what is coming, feeling eager, optimistic anticipation – with no feeling of impatience, doubt or unworthiness hindering the receiving of it – that is the Science of Deliberate Creation at its best.”
Whether you want a new relationship, more fulfillment at work, greater financial independence, or just to feel happier, this truth remains.
But…you want a sure thing.
Looking back on my life, the times when I was most able to enjoy the moment while also being excited about creating something new were when I had a “sure thing.”
For example, going on a three month wilderness expedition or taking a sabbatical while knowing I had a new job starting afterwards.
Or finishing up the final months of my job and then traveling for a couple weeks, knowing I was leaving for business school at Stanford in the fall.
You don’t relax until you get the next thing.
Imagine you’re looking for a new job. You feel anxious, worried and stressed about your future. You’re miserable with the uncertainty.
After three months, you get the perfect job offer and they want you to start right away. You’re thrilled about the opportunity, it’s exactly what you want. You say yes and eagerly begin the new job.
After three months of stressful job-related anxiety, you finally feel happy and relaxed.
What if you knew that next job was coming all along?
Now, imagine you have that same job offer, but it doesn’t start for three months.
You have a guaranteed contract of future employment that you’re thrilled about. Plus, they gave you a signing bonus so you have a little extra cash to enjoy the three months until your new role begins. How would you feel?
A paid sabbatical with a guaranteed positive outcome. Pretty sweet!
In each scenario you have to wait three months for the job.
But those three months can be experienced very differently.
At its core, the teachings of Abraham-Hicks suggest we should all act as if the next job is coming, because it is.
The more you can settle into this awareness, and focus on what you want instead of on what you currently don’t (yet) have, the sooner it will arrive.
The key to creating what you want is to make yourself a vibrational match.
This past weekend, Esther said; “You need to be satisfied with the emotional vibration for a while until your manifestation shows up.”
What does that mean? It means stay positive.
Stay in a high vibration state in relation to your desires as you wait for them to arrive.
It takes awareness and focus.
In order to do this, you must notice when you’re having negative or impatient thoughts about your desires and redirect your attention to something positive instead.
Focus on the small ways you already do have what you want. Go for a walk in nature, meditate, listen to uplifting music, call a friend. Do whatever necessary to lift your energy state.
Energy precedes creation.
You must feel good NOW to allow more good things to come into your life.
Abraham also talks a lot about the importance of meditation. Meditation is one of the best ways to increase your vibrational state and relax your resistance so that you’re in a state of allowing.
(We’ll be launching a brand new meditation challenge with longer, 15 minute meditations in the coming months…stay tuned!)
I’ll be sending out more tips on how to manifest your desires in the next few weeks.
For today, see if you can pretend that whatever you most want in your life is going to happen. It just hasn’t happened yet.
What would you do if you knew that it was definitely going to happen? How would you act as you wait for it to show up, knowing it was a guaranteed outcome? How would you feel? What would be different in your life?
We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below and let us know – do you get impatient waiting for things to show up in your life? Are you able to trust that things will work out and act as if?
Join in the conversation! We really want to know what you think.
May you deliberately create work and a life you love,
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