Last weekend I attended a 3 day Abraham-Hicks workshop. It was amazing to be able to share the material with my mom and also to connect with my gypsy caravan of "Aber-s" - some seriously enlightened peeps who travel the globe following the teachings, taking it to new levels in leading-edge conversations. Some came from as far away as Rwanda! Wow! Below were the gems which I gleaned from the experience. Note that these are a summary of my personal notes with some reflections. A previous knowledge of the Abraham philosophies may be helpful (for this check out the new book, the Vortex).
Allowing All You Have Asked For
This is a really yummy topic which speaks to something I love to do~ manifest! The idea of allowing is:
You cannot be in alignment with the vibration of what you want and it's absence at the same time.
In other words, you must feel into the furthermost expression of what you desire rather than wasting time justifying why you want what you want in terms of your past. This means becoming diligent about what you say and how you say it, re-phrasing things in empowering ways which feel good to say. To help get to this place, we were encouraged to be on the prowl for things to appreciate, compliment and rave about in everyday life. By focusing on the good which already surrounds us now in even the littleist things, it attunes us to the frequency of joy which we seek. In this way we can entrain ourselves to resonate at the feeling place of what we desire.
Allowing is about letting go of any thoughts and emotions which don't feel good on every topic. At every moment, we can ask ourselves if the story we are telling is uplifting or contracting. The idea is that sloppy talking and thinking will "muddy the signal" you emit to the universe.
By attuning to the frequency of Source, which is one of unconditional love, we enter the realm of magical opportunities - what Abraham playfully calls, "the Vortex" - and it is only from this place of complete alignment that we can attract our joy. However, there is this ironic thing required... we have to completely let go of attachment to outcome and actually receiving whatever thing you seek... and instead soak up the feelings we think we will get once we have it.
We bypass needing to get the actual thing we have asked for (i.e. car, house, lover) and instead immersing our bodies in the feelings, thoughts and sensations of what we think having it will give to us. Law of Attraction will then line you up with experiences which match your emotional frequency.
I loved this concept because it reminds me to stop talking about anything I don't want, no matter how little. I occassionaly fall into patterns of commenting on random unwanted things - traffic, some catastrophic news headline, some characteristic of a friend which rubs me the wrong way, gaining weight, a negative experience from my past. Instead, I am inspired to tune a lazer beam of attention exclusively on what I do want! This is actually a pretty deep life practice~ seeing only the good in everyone and everything which surrounds you!
I am reminded that every nanosecond I invest my energy into something unwanted, I am an unco-operative component to receiving anything in life which I do want!
So... I feel I am focused on cleaning up my vibration at a whole new level, on every topic. Alignment is my top priority on a daily basis. I look for things to appreciate. It's a fun game and I play it well!
Abraham provided a new descriptive title for the above process called, "feeling forward". This involves using the emotional guidance system to feel our way towards our joy. Instead of thinking so much in words, we were encouraged to feel our way forward with body sensations and emotions. Since good feelings are an indication of alignment and uncomfortable feelings are an indication of not being aligned with our Inner Being~ every moment we feel good, we align and therefore attract more good. It's easy... basically get happy!
Abraham reminded us that waiting to see to believe is holding yourself in resistance.
This work is all about using the imagination and flexing our multidimensional selves through the conscious generating of emotional states. For example, we actually need to feel the love of the lover you are asking for! Be the love you are asking for! Express the wealth you seek. Exude the comfort and ease which you think the new car will provide you with. You must feel forward to the unseen future and experience the real emotions which you think getting the thing you want will give you. Again, it is all about going to town with compliments and excitement about what you are currently having which mirrors the feelings you seek once you get the "thing". Imagine what it would feel like to have radiant health and inhale the physical sensations of strength, joy, balance and freedom. Imagine what it would feel like to be with your next lover and inhale the feeling of being nurtured, cherished and adored. Just make it your primary intention to feel forward to anything you desire and you can have the essence of it pronto.
Here's a fun statement to feel forward with:
"I am a lazer beam of energy- a beacon attracting only kind, loving, nurturing, affectionate, tender, honest and playful lovers of life! This feels wonderful."
How Are You Telling Your Story?
Giving attention to anything is a vibrational choice. Are you aware of what you are choosing? There was a great example given about the value of paying attention to tone of voice, body language and word choices while speaking to others. Underlying this was the idea that you can choose to share something in a way which expands and feels forward, or a way which contracts and pulls back. A man got into the "hot seat" (where people go sit in front of Abraham to ask a question) and began by saying, in a throaty and emotional voice, "I'm going through a divorce..." It was really entertaining to see Abraham stop this guy immediately and repeat back to him what he said in an really melodramatic fashion. Of course, everyone, including the guy in the seat, started laughing. Abraham went on to share a different way of saying the same thing, "the contrast we lived together caused us each to launch rockets of desire and individually expand and it seemed best for us to take different paths." Another example was, "I'm having exposure to an experience which is causing me to expand and become more of who I truely am." We all sat and absorbed the different frequency created by these new versions of the exact same story. It was amazing how much more free and open the energy was. Abraham went on to share the same reframe which was used in much of the seminar on virtually every topic,
"You are not upset because you are _____ (getting a divorce), you are upset because you are using that as an excuse for being out of the vortex!"
The bottom line is not to ponder, discuss, blog, make a note, email, complain or otherwise obsess over things which you don't want to attract to you. Brush off distractions from joy and focus on feeling good. In this way you will join co-operative components for whatever you really desire.
I loved how Abraham spoke about the consciousness of our cells. They spoke about how our body's cells are always actively seeking a solution to any imbalance which comes their way. There is really nothing to "heal" except our perceptions.
Our cells are always radiantly healthy and in balance unless we choose to think something which prevents them from knowing the benefit which they already know.
We were encouraged to stay away from thoughts which disallow the wellness of our cells. What a neat way of thinking about our bodies! I love contemplating the trillons of cells in my body as wide-awake, conscious and shining brightly as beacons of perfection!
Other People's Behavior is Irrelevant to My Alignment
This is a super deep lesson. The idea is that we are exclusivly responsible for our own alignment by consciously choosing our thoughts (as opposed to having happiness conditional on the desired actions or alignment of others). Abraham had one particularly stunning statement:
"When you can allow someone who isn't allowing you, you are in alignment."
To me, this is the ultimate test: the ability to unconditionally love and accept others and stay true to my own vibration regardless of wether others accept me for who I am. I want to be anchored in my identify of being a loving appreciator, who appreciates without the need to be appreciated in return~ simply because my essence is appreciating and if I wasn't doing it, I wouldn't be who I am. In essence, finding an excuse in anyone not to love is sloppy thinking. Requiring the behavior, thoughts, words of experiences of others to conform to our desires takes us away from who we are- beings of love. If we are not focusing on the perfection and wellbeing of others we are not being who we are. Hence, our total job and focus should be on getting ourselves into alignment, and that is it! If we have extra time to sit around wondering how to change things to be able to feel happy or bring them into alignment, we are not in the Vortex!
One very powerful statement shared was:
"Asking someone to be different than who they are is creating a hostile environment."
I'm not really sure where I picked up the habit of trying to change or fix others or life in general, but all of these insights are helping release that old pattern. According to Abraham, differences and variety are a cause for celebration! We came to this planet in bodies to experience the joy of contrast and from this experience, to choose our preferences. But there is no way to stay in alignment and simultaneously compare, judge or control people or life circumstances. This is because when you are inside the vortex, aligned with Source, all you can see is wholeness. We can't expect others to stand on their heads so we can feel good~ we can only change our thoughts to feel good no matter what. This is true freedom!
Important Questions I Can Ask During Any Challenging Moment
Probably the profound thing Abraham offered were questions which can be used at anytime when one feels out of sorts or emotionally upset:
"Why am I using ___as an excuse to be out of alignment?"
Negative emotions mean you are thinking about something in a way which Source does not think about it. So another fun way of rephrasing this same inquiry is:
"What does my Inner Being and Source think about this 'problem'?"
The idea is that it is the tension between the truth of Source's perspective and the untruth of our perspective stimulates our emotional guidance system, delivering anxiety to us, as a helpful little message to let us know we are off track. Again, remember the idea is that we cannot really control any circumstances outside of ourselves. Also, remember that another key idea is that we asked for the variety of contrast before we were born so we could learn from what we don't want more clearly what we do want. By turning our thoughts around, we can change our reality.
For example, if you are feeling jealous, you can ask yourself, "what am I thinking which Source is not?" Soon you may realize that you are experiencing the emotional indicator of jealousy because you are holding yourself apart from what your larger self has already expanded to be... The same would also apply to a feeling of lonliness. Lonliness is has nothing to do with disconnection from others, it indicates a disconnection from Source and a lack of alignment. One feels lonely because they are not in the vortex and using the idea of no one else being around as an excuse to not be in the vortex.
Instead of using anything or anyone as an excuse to be upset, the ideal is to scour the environment for anything to appreciate. Admiration lines us up with who we truly are. Fussing about anything always pushes you offtrack from connection with your Inner Being.
I LOVE this. It is such a simple question, and yet it can be applied to everything which distracts me from my happiness~ traffic, an irritating person, an injury, or any other challenge which can distract me from the wellness and perfection which abounds. in short:
"Stop using ____ as your excuse to be out of the the Vortex!"
By far, this was the most exciting topic for me. It speaks to what I feel is one of the biggest lessons in my lifetime- being able to see everything and everyone through the eyes of Source. Abraham defined unconditional love simply: "Training your thoughts away from the things that bother you." We were encouraged to list many things about a person which we admired and appreciated and focus on these as reasons to love (as opposed to focusing on differences. And when we noticed differences, remembering they are reasons to love too because they clarify our own uniqueness.)
Since Source unconditionally loves everyone and sees only their wholeness and perfection, I know that any time I am looking at myself or anything critically that I am deviating from the pure vibration of Creator. You simply cannot be in the Vortex and find lack or deficiency in anyone else.
The idea is to love because it hurts not to love. Love because the larger part of you does. Love because that is what you do! Love because you are Source and Source loves. "Love ___ because you are one who loves and when you don't love for any reason, you are not being who you are!"
There was a wonderful new exercise provided to assist in changing our point of attraction. It was playfully called, "the bounce". There are five simple steps involved:
1. Identify the uncomfortable emotion you are feeling by name
2. Identify the thought you were thinking which caused this emotion
3. Create a list of emotions which would be the opposite on the spectrum from the first uncomfortable one. Choose the best feeling one.
4. Now make a second list of positive emotions which this emotion makes you think of. Have fun!
5. Choose the best feeling emotion from that list and now create some rampages of appreciation about how you are already experiencing that emotion in your life now in various ways.
The idea behind this whole process is that you will get so saturated with the new vibration of what you are feeling forward for, you will soon forget what you were even challenged by in the first place.
Here is an example:
1. Step One: Challenging emotion is lonliness/fear of rejection.
2. Step Two: Challenging thought is that "I'll never find a man who is my match."
3. Step Three: First list of positive emotions which are the opposite of "lonliness": community, cherished, adored, unconditionally loved, lavished, nurturing, understanding, presence, bliss, ecstacy, love, togetherness, passion, bonding, connected, affectionate, tender, vulnerable, open, accepting. Best feeling one:adored.
4. Step Four: New list of words which "adored" makes me think of: joyful, blissful, complete, peaceful, delightful, cherished, surrounded by love, radiant, at ease, nurtured, held... Best feeling word: radiant.
5. Step Five: Rampage of Appreciation for how I already experience radiance in my life: I love my radiant body! I love my eyes and how they sparkle. I love how my smile can light up a room. I love how good i feel when I laugh. I love how fun it is for me to dance in amazing ways. I love how joyful I feel while doing yoga. I love how nourishing and restorative the food I eat is. I love my radiant, inspiring friends! I love how I feel while hiking in the sunshine! I love ... (etc, etc. You get the idea).
What's happening in this exercise is you really start to get thinking (and FEELING) what you want. I find that taking deep breaths, closing my eyes and imagining the physical sensations which accompany emotions really helps me with this exercise. By the time you get done, it's hard to feel the original challenging emotion, or even remember what it was.
The Reality of Our Vibrational Reality
There were some pretty neat details shared about how we can rethink the presence of our vibrational reality. To some, the phrase, "vibrational reality" can sound a bit out there, abstract and esoteric. But the fact is, even though we can't see it and touch it, it is still real. After all, we can't see electricity, gravity, magnetism, radio waves or love, but they are all real, aren't they? Abraham had us start by thinking about animals. We have no problem understanding that dogs and horses have senses beyond our human capacity... they can "smell" trouble, they can "hear" frequencies indiscernable to human ears, they can "sense" someone's intentions just by by being in the same space. What animals are dialed into is the world of vibration. They are attuned and completely in sync with this invisible realm of information. Animals offer no resistance to what is. They live in the present moment without overanalyzing. They represent strong allowing. In this way, they have a lot to teach us about living in harmony with the unseen realms of reality and respecting emotions as a real, tangible part of our vibrational reality.
Wrapping It Up
Wow! I hope this was as exciting for you as it was for me. If you made it this far, you get a gold star. Here's to high vibration living! I HIGHLY recommend attending an Abraham workshop if you ever get the chance. Their full schedule is available here. These teachings have been the most practical, spiritual, life-changing materials I have ever experienced in all my years of study. I love that just listening to an audio recording of it, watching a DVD or reading one of their books can instantly provide a sense of relief. What an amazing gift! I am so grateful!