This article is about an “escape process” that will take us from the dark neighborhood of “negative thoughts and emotions” to the brighter realm of “positive thoughts and emotions”.
KEYWORDS: Abraham-Hicks, allowing, avoidance strategy, beliefs, emotions, feelings, law of attraction, manifesting, negative thoughts, philosophy, positive thoughts, psychology, techniques.
This is a blog post for those of you who want to perfect your skills as a deliberate creator with the Law of Attraction, and how to practically (and quickly!) handle our inner world of thoughts and emotions in our daily lives, in an “on the fly” situation.
The idea is, more specifically, to “handle” any and all negative thoughts and emotions, and to transform them into something positive, as soon as ever possible.
But to be able to do that, we need some form of “action plan”.
There are two major types of action plans that are commonly discussed in the Abraham-Hicks materials and workshops. Here, however, I will refer to them as “Plan A” and “Plan B”.
The first process that I am going to talk about is Plan A. This is what Abraham-Hicks calls “The Focus Wheel Process” in their Ask and It Is Given (pp. 257-266).
The idea here is the following. If you are feeling negative emotions about a certain topic that is important to you (your health, your spouse, your child, your money, etc.), the Focus Wheel process aims at relief: to be able to (gradually) mould your vibration into a less negative place on that very same topic.
There are many issues with this approach, however. One is that it is not easy to find a thought that is better, because there are millions of possible thoughts that might be proposed. And the maximum time allotted for this process is 15-20 min (p. 259). So it may be hard to actually find a suitable thought in that time.
Another problem is that this process needs to be scheduled. This is because whoever is doing this process needs to be alone, and have some desk space (for drawing circles, and writing sentences), and be engaged in proper focusing and concentration (partly with eyes closed). So we cannot use it “on the fly”, in our daily dealings, in the car, on the street, or at work. It is a process that requires a fair amount of attention, as well as (emotional) sincerity.
Still another issue is that this process, for a 15-20 minute session, will not take the practitioner all the way to positivity. (And that is not suggested by Abraham-Hicks either.) That is just the nature of this process. The aim is just to gradually “loosen up” the negativity on a particular topic. This might take dozens, or hundreds, of sessions to accomplish.
And yet another issue is that this process is not recommended for people whose negativity-positivity range is mostly positive (P1, P2, P3). It is only recommended (p. 258):
“…when your Emotional Set-Point is ranging somewhere between (8) Boredom and (17) Anger.”
Therefore, because of these issues, I will not consider Plan A suitable to accomplish the goal we are seeking, namely to quickly and effectively transform any negative thoughts and emotions into positive ones. Instead, we will now be looking at Plan B.
Now to Plan B, the “Pivoting” technique that Abraham-Hicks covered in Ask and It Is Given (p. 249-256). This process is meant to address the situation when you realize that the thought is opposite to what you want. So when you think about that which you do NOT want, you ask yourself the question “What is it that I DO want”?
However, there are several issues with the Pivoting technique as well. The most problematic one, in my view, is that it locks us in: it “holds us” within a particular topic. So in their example of what one might discover when one is feeling bad about something, they say (p. 250):
“For example, when you are sick, you know very clearly that you want to be well. Or, when you do not have enough money, you know very clearly that you want more money.”
So the idea is that if one feels bad about Topic A, then one should stick with Topic A and then try to find a thought that makes Topic A feel better.
The problem is just that it is hard to stay on Topic A and feel better, if you are starting out feeling bad (or even terrible) there.
I mean, that is the whole of point of the Focus Wheel process that I talked about above: it is difficult to stay on topic, and to find other thoughts that are positive (even if they are concerning what you DO want).
So we need to modify this Plan B. But how?
The Avoidance Strategy
At this point, my suggestion is simply that we must find another strategy, in which we do not stick with the same topic. For all we care about (or all we should care about) is feeling good.
It is important here to point out that Abraham-Hicks themselves have many times recommended (in their workshops, before a large audience) those persons in the “Hot Seat” to “avoid the topic altogether”.
That recommendation seems to be commonly prescribed when the interviewed person has “struggled” with a certain topic for a long time. So I think it is fair to say that avoidance is the best recipe for those topics (areas of our lives) that are “stuck” or “don’t work”.
But if an avoidance strategy is to be proposed, what do we do then?
My proposal is this: Let’s modify Plan B. So if you feel bad about Topic A, then you should switch to Topic B, which you already know that you feel good about.
So let us play with the idea that your “Topic A” sentence is something like this:
Topic A: My knee is aching so much!! How will this ever heal?.
What do we do now? Well, the “trick” is to already have identified at least one topic (or area of your life) that is going good, or great. So let’s say that your relationships area is working well: you just found the love of your life.
So you have decided to use some thought about your relationship as your default “Topic B” sentence whenever your knee starts hurting (or whenever you think negative thoughts about your health, or your looks, or about anything).
The overall idea here is to use our pre-selected topic (in this case, our relationship) as a “destination-topic” that we now can think lots of positive things about.
Therefore we may think things like:
Topic B: I have a new girlfriend. Can you imagine??!! How wonderful isn’t that??!!.
But going from thought “A” to thought “B” like that is probably not realistic. So at least in some situations we need to have some kind of transition.
Such a transition might be short, or it might be long. This depends on the topics themselves (Topic A and Topic B), and on the amount of negativity that is found in the original thought (Topic A). If Topic A has a lot of negativity, it could take several sentences to gradually be able to reach our destination (Topic B).
For those of you who already have read my blog post “Turn Thy Cheek”, you may remember that I talked about a strategy called The Added ‘But’ or ‘However’. This was a technique in which we are conditioning ourselves to always add the word “but” or “however” whenever we feel a negative thought.
So we could make a transition like this:
T1. However, even if my knee hurts right now, it will subside eventually. It just takes time. So I’ll just have to take it easy for a while. No big deal!
Another way to condition ourselves would be to use the second strategy (also in “Turn Thy Cheek”) called “Now” Is Old News.
So we could spin it like this instead:
T2. Right, now I remember: my current situation is old news. I know that my knee is in perfect health in the Vortex. So I just have to relax. All is well!
The overall strategy for the transition is thus to soothe ourselves after having been exposed to the negative vibrations of Topic A, so that we eventually can reach the positive thoughts in Topic B.
We must more and more learn to dismiss all “thought-life” in the negative zone. Only then can we start moving towards an “always happy” kind of life, where the overwhelming majority of things really are going our way.
By using Plan C, we can quicker and easier move from a negative thought-situation to a positive one. If we can do this consistently (every time we get negative thoughts in our head), that will go a long way.
Best of luck with your “Plan C” work, and with your manifestations!
- Hicks, Esther and Jerry Hicks (2004), Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires. Foreword by Wayne W. Dyer. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, Inc. [Link to book]
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