I want to translate this talk using my understanding of Abraham Hicks teachings.
I have been big on Earl Nightingale content recently. His talks are great because they contain all the info I need in a short concise format. It contains theory and practice. Beginning, middle and end without having to read a whole book or listen to hours of lectures.
This whole talk is about Law of Thinking (as Louise Hay calls it), Mind Science (Reverend Ike), and Deliberate Creation (Abe Hicks).
This is about Law of Attraction and how to use this law to our advantage on purpose rather than by accident.
We attract into our lives using our Mind (thinking). We become what we think about. That is the theory.
The idea of having a Goal means that most people think randomly. Only a few successful people have definite goals, purposeful destinations.
The practice is to remember to do this daily by using checklists and how to think on purpose (by reviewing our goals frequently.)
We can think on purpose or think randomly and automatically. When we think on purpose, we get what we think about.
When we think randomly and automatically, we also get what we think about, but it will be a grab bag of random things, a little of this and a little of that. A mixture of good and bad.
The purpose of deliberate thinking is to increase the yield of good (wanted) and reduce the yield of bad (unwanted). To improve our batting average, using a baseball analogy. Or to improve our free throw percentage, using a basketball analogy.
In one case, we plant apple seeds to get apple trees by thinking of apple trees, buying the seeds, planting it, and taking care of it.
In the other case, we grab a random mix of seeds and get some weeds and bushes and trees and flowers and cabbage and maybe an apple tree (though the odds are slim!)
Towards the end of the talk, Earl gives a checklist that one should have. I love this part.
1. Have a Goal
Meaning, have a desire, want, worthy destination. Purpose. Most people don’t have a goal or a purpose. Said in Abe terminology, most people think randomly, wanted and unwanted. The goal is to think about wanted things, positive things. Earl talks about specific goals while Abraham teaches mostly general goals.
2. Positive Attitude
Very important to have a cheerful, optimistic, can-do attitude. Positive Mental Attitude as Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone call it. High Vibration (“being in the vortex”) as Abraham-Hicks calls it. Positive attitude is through positive thinking which results in positive feelings.
Take time to think. Think on paper. Think out loud. Think in the mind. Imagine. Think with others. Think alone. Have pen and pads of paper handy everywhere. Think on the phone in the notes app or google docs.
Integrity, honesty, building your life on truth. Following the Golden Rule. Honest dealings. Doing things the right way even when people aren’t watching.
5. Research & Development
Keep investing time, money, and energy into learning and improving. All the great companies invest in r&d and so should the individual person.
6. The Strangest Secret
The idea that “I become what I think about most of the time.”
This is due to Law of Attraction. The Law states that this is an inclusion-based universe, not exclusion-based, as Abraham says.
It is a magnetic principle. It works all the time for every being.
Meaning, if I think about it, I am bringing it into my life. I can’t think of something and say I don’t want that.
I can’t think of disease and say I don’t want that. I have to think of good health instead. “Let the weak say, I am strong.” It is not “Let the weak say my back hurts and I have no energy but I don’t want that.”
Luckily there is time in this physical universe, things don’t come asap when I think about it. There is a buffer zone of time. And a person usually thinks about thousands of things every day. Most people aren’t thinking about one thing or just a handful of things “most of the time.”
If I concentrate, focus, and think about a Goal (Desire in Abe terms) most of the time, it must come.
But there is fine print that Abraham teaches that other teachers did not in the past. *If it feels good.
Feelings (emotions) are the key indicator.
If I think about a Goal (Desire) AND it feels good, then I am attracting it into my life. If I think about a Goal and it feels bad, I am pushing it away from my life.
If I think about a white Tesla and it feels good, I am bringing it closer and closer into my life. If I think about a white Tesla and it feels bad, I am pushing it away and not only that, I am lowering my overall vibration and more “bad-feeling” things will come into my life.
Different emotions are indicators of different vibrations, as Abraham teaches. Once a person is at a Disappointment vibrational level because they thought about a white Tesla but felt the lack of it because they don’t have it yet, they are now attracting more things that match Disappointment because Law of Attraction brings you more things based on how you Feel.
Now that person has to either change the subject to a better one, think differently and more positively about their desire, meditate, or sleep to uplift themself! Shifting vibration takes work.
So Abraham suggests having either General Goals (Desires) or Specific Goals (Desires), *based on how it feels.
In Abraham teachings, the purpose of a goal isn’t to create it. It already exists. The purpose of thinking of a goal is to align with it. To think and feel like we already have it. As if it already exists and we are so happy and thankful.
You can have a goal that you will weigh a certain exact weight by a certain exact date (specific goal) IF that goal excites you and makes you feel good.
Or you can have a goal that you will maintain a healthy good-feeling body (general goal) IF that goal makes you feel good.
If there is no way you can think about your body and still feel good, ignore that subject for now and think about anything else that makes you feel good.
Being at a high vibration is the whole point of the game. From a high vibration, ideas and solutions and inspiration come to you at some point in time. It may not be today but maybe a week from now or a month from now.
So think about what you want. This could be general or specific. We all want good health, love, happiness, prosperity, success, joy, etc. Those are general goals. Some people want a white tesla and others may want a red corvette. That is a specific goal.
Have a positive cheerful attitude. Meaning, stay at the high emotional vibrations.
Deal honestly because dealing honestly is high vibration anyways. Follow the golden rule. Only lackful people (low vibratory people) deal with dishonesty because they think they have to lie, cheat, and steal to get what they want.
Think more and act less. Most people act a lot and don’t think at all.
Keep learning and improving. Sharpen the saw.
And remind yourself everyday that we get what we think (and feel) most of the time. Have a physical checklist. Place it where you will see it daily. Earl recommends taping it to your bathroom mirror.
If 80% of the day we are feeling great because we are thinking about what we want, that is fantastic.
If we are only feeling great 5% of the day, more work is needed. That work is to think properly and positively and consistently and persistently.
Keep doing it every day. It takes time. There is momentum.
Start with having one good hour of positive thinking and feeling. Or just fifteen minutes. Turn that into half a day sometime in the future. Then make it almost a whole day of positive thinking and positive feeling. Keep doing it.
The goal is to Think about what you want (positive things, general or specific) most of the time. When you think about positive things, you will feel positive. Feeling positive is the indicator that you are doing this right.
Eventually you will become unconditionally loving and unconditionally joyful.
Being “happy for no reason.”
“Love what is.”
Then you are consistently at the highest vibration and the law will bring you more things to be happy about and feel love about all the days of your life! That is the law. It is a magnet. It works for everyone all the time.
Oh, I wanted to add this too. Abraham (and many teachers today) teach meditation. The purpose of meditation, according to Abraham, is to not think in order to raise vibration. The only thing that lowers vibration is negative thinking. Quieting the mind automatically raises vibration. That is also something that is missing from older goal-setting teachings.
Have a physical checklist of things to do daily to maintain high vibration.
Look at it first thing in the morning, frequently during the day, and before sleep.
Have a physical book with dates and action steps written on it. Check it off daily. This is to see what you want to do and to see that you did it. Data. Track record.
Meditate daily. (15 mins using Abraham vortex meditation, a meditation cd or audio, youtube meditations, or something like TM.). Have it on the checklist and check it off in a separate notepad after it is done for the day.
Write a list of blessings, list of appreciation, etc. Do it long enough to evoke emotions and momentum. Either get to a number (50, 100) or do it for a certain time (30 mins, 60 mins). If I just make a short list of 10, that usually doesn’t evoke any emotions for me. It takes like a good 30 minutes or an hour for me to really feel it.
Meditation and Appreciation (counting blessings) are daily mandatory activities from my point of view. Both raise vibration (emotion) to the highest levels.
Every other goal (desire) depends on the individual person.
All goals will fall under Health, Wealth, or Relationship categories and specific action steps to be done daily or regularly.
Moving the body for a certain period of time.
Drinking certain amount of water.
Taking certain food and supplement items.
Certain business or career tasks.
Going out in nature a certain number of times a week.
Learning and reading for a certain period of time.
Certain relationship tasks. Keeping in touch with people. Remembering their birthdays. Doing things for them.
Being focused. We can’t think of all things all the time. So we pick the most important goal (desire) that takes care of most needs and focus on that most of the time, while feeling good.