This article is about the idea that in order to improve our lives, we actively must search to move our emotional energy, every day, in order to achieve real success: more and more happiness.
KEYWORDS: 17-second rule, 68-second rule, Abraham-Hicks, appreciation rounds, beliefs, emotions, energy, feelings, happiness, law of attraction, negative thoughts, philosophy, psychology, techniques.
What is the main practice of a person who is a student of the Law of Attraction? The main practice is the movement of one’s emotional energy. We want to raise our emotional energy to more happiness. That’s all.
This, however, is not always easy to do, for most people. But the more experience one gets, the easier it gets. So it’s largely a matter of immersing oneself in the world of “earthly affairs” and then actively making sure that one routinely builds up a competence of handling all types of situations: both “tough” ones and “not-so-tough” ones.
So in order to really succeed with the Law of Attraction one must both know the theory about it, and then really apply all the various processes and techniques in various situations, in order “stay fit”. And sometimes one must also improvise and find new ways that work better, and also feel better to apply.
In much the same way as a singer has a certain capability to sing within a particular range of tones (soprano: C4 to A5; tenor: C3 to A4, etc.), each person has a certain range of emotions with which they experience their daily lives.
In other blog posts I have talked about my Negativity-Positivity Spectrum and the variety of moods that are connected to each “level” on that scale (N3, N2, N1, P1, P2, P3). These different emotional “levels” are meant to be used to describe, roughly, people’s factual negativity-positivity status (which may, or may not, be identical to what the individual himself or herself thinks they are).
So each person has, at a certain point in time, a lower limit and an upper limit. For example, Anne may have a range from N1 to P1, while Barry may have a range from P1 to P2. In this example, Barry is a more optimistic and energetic person than Anne is. This is because his range both has a higher lower limit (P1) and a higher upper limit (P2), compared to Anne’s lower limit (N1) and upper limit (P1).
Emotional Range over Time
This can compared with the idea of “muscle loss” that most people experience when they get older. However, “muscle loss” can be prevented by proper exercise and a good diet. But that’s not all: in fact, older people can not only counteract the “natural” effect of muscle loss, but also be getting even stronger and build more muscle than ever before.
Similarly, the emotional range for people in general is, in my estimation, declining as we are getting older. And just like in the case of “muscle loss”, this too can be counteracted by proper emotional exercise technique. And if the emotional exercise technique is good enough, and frequent enough, and sincere enough, we can actually not just counteract but improve our emotional range over time. In other words, we can “raise” our emotional range by consciously practicing certain (mental or meditative) exercises.
The 17 Second Rule
There are many techniques that we can use to raise our emotional energy, according to the standard Abraham-Hicks account of Law of Attraction. But most of them (except “clean” Abraham-Hicks-style meditation) require that we spend 17 seconds in a positive round of appreciation.
So if we just can be optimistic and appreciative for just 17 seconds in a row, as the 17-second rule suggests, then we have raised our vibration one “notch” more. And if we can do it 34 seconds in a row, or 68 seconds in a row, even better.
So in general, we can say that there are two main types of processes by which we build positive momentum and raise our emotional range: the first one is standard Abraham-Hicks meditation, and the second one is 17 seconds in a positive round of appreciation.
Abraham-Hicks-style meditation works using the principle of shutting down our negative thoughts. By meditating and thus avoiding all thought, we automatically also avoid all negative thoughts.
And according to the Abraham-Hicks principles, by avoiding our negative thoughts, we also avoid any resistance to the positive power that is generated by Source, our Inner Self (our Inner Family of energetic personalities that always guide us and assist us). So if we can remove our resistance to the Stream of Energy from Source, then that Stream of Energy can raise our emotional state.
The second process of raising one’s energy is the “17 second” rule. So if we deliberately “milk” any situation where we feel appreciation, or any situation where we feel positive excitement, we can raise our energy one step at the time.
If we do not consciously plan to raise our own vibration as we get older, it will become harder and harder to maintain a good mood, since our bodies will manifest various troublesome symptoms.
Only if we will actively pursue a raising of our vibration will we have an “insurance” that promises us good health even in old age. In other words, very optimistic and energetic people stay healthy and vibrant even in old age.