I have been Abe-ing it a lot lately and want to share my new understanding with you. I always get new insights as I study Abraham Hicks’ model of Law of Attraction.
So what is Abraham teaching in all of their videos, audio, and books?
Raise your feelings by any means necessary.
They are not teaching how to get $100,000 dollars or a new car or a new well paying satisfying job or a vacation to the islands.
They are not teaching how to get physical manifestations first. They are not manifestation-focused. They are feeling-focused.
(Feelings are a manifestation of course but most people don’t think of it that way. Most people want the actual physical stuff.)
This differs from other models of law of attraction. Napoleon Hill (Think and Grow Rich), Earl Nightingale, Neville Goddard, W Clement Stone, The Secret, E-Squared, Creative Visualization, Reverend Ike, and many other law of attraction teachers are manifestation-focused. They are goal-focused.
You want to get a husband? Here’s what to do. You want a million dollars? Here’s what to do. You want a new car? Here’s what to do. You want to heal your gut? Here’s what to do. And so on.
Both models are fine but Abraham stresses positive vibration (positive emotion) as the most important goal (manifestation) to achieve.
From the higher vibrations (positive emotions), everything must work out for you anyways. High vibrations attract high manifestations.
Another difference in the Abraham Hicks model of Law of Attraction is that you do not have to create your desires.
You do not have to make a list of qualities you want in your new job or new wife in order to create it. Just by living all this time, you have already created all those qualities and manifestations. It already exists in the vibrational (emotional) reality.
According to Abraham, all the specific and general things you want exist specifically for you in your vibrational “bank account.” You do not have to tell the “universe” what you want today and tomorrow and the day after. It already has been created vibrationally by the fact that you lived this long and you encountered plenty and lack. Every time you encountered lack, “the universe” created plenty and put it vibrationally just for you in your specific “vortex.”
In other law of attraction models, you are to create what you want by thinking specifically and frequently about what you want. Affirming it, writing it down, speaking it out loud, speaking it in front of a mirror, masterminding with like minded friends, visualizing it, making vision boards. Reading your dreams and goals often. Listening to your dreams and goals as audio recordings.
In the Abraham model, you only do those things if it feels good. You do those activities for the enjoyment of it, if it brings you joy, not in order to make it happen.
You actually don’t have to think of what you want in order to get it, according to Abraham.
You are constantly creating and refining what you want just by being alive and encountering various events. What you want is automatically created by your Inner Being (spiritual counterpart, higher self, source) in the vibrational nonphysical reality.
It is ready as a package for you.
The only thing you have to do is be happy emotionally (raise your vibration) by any means necessary and one by one, the things from the nonphysical vibrational reality will come into your physical reality as physical manifestations.
It is like going to the top floor of a building (by raising your vibration) and withdrawing your gift from your own vault (your vortex, your vibrational escrow).
The surefire ways to raise your vibration are to meditate, listen to music that makes you feel good, and to think positive-feeling thoughts.
Positive-feeling thoughts include appreciation, counting your blessings, giving thanks for all that you have, remembering good memories, imagining good pretend scenarios, noticing the good around you right now, focusing on the good qualities in yourself and others, thinking one positive-feeling thought at a time and building momentum, etc.
Then everyone has their own things that make them happy. Some people can pet their cats or play with their dogs. Watch movies that make them feel good. Go out in nature. Take a hot bath. Get a massage. Work on hobbies or projects. Garden. Cook. Read. Play games. Write. Sing. Make shows. Being around people they enjoy. Doing things they love. And so on.
When you are on the high vibrations (positive emotions), inspired ideas and solutions will flow into your life. Other people who are a match and can assist will flow into your life. You will get hunches on what to do. You will “run into” the right book or blog post or recipe or article or job posting or business idea. You will be led one step at a time as you follow actions that feel good. “Following your bliss,” in other words.
So Abraham is more vibration-based (emotion-based) and other teachers are more goal-based (physical manifestation based). Both are fine.
Goal-based teachers also teach vibration. If you want a new job, feel as if you already have it. If you want a million dollars, feel like you already have it. If you want to be married, pretend you are already happily married. Whatever your goal, match that feeling inside.
Abraham students just simply feel good first and let the matching physical manifestations come as they will at their right time.
If you are an Abraham student, you make it your point to feel as happy as possible as early as possible after you wake up. Think good-feeling thoughts as soon as you wake up and then meditate. Then think more good-feeling thoughts.
Then you do what you have to do, while paying attention to how you are feeling and doing your best to reach for the best-feeling thoughts while taking action.
This is about constantly reframing every situation into a positive. Looking for silver linings. Being solution oriented. Being an optimist. Counting your blessings. Being thankful for the good. Looking for positives in every event. And so on.
End your day by focusing on good-feeling thoughts as you fall asleep.
There are three types of negatives that will happen in your day.
1. Recurring old negative subjects
These are topics that come up daily or regularly that make you feel bad.
Your job, money, spouse, kids, health, home, etc.
You have no choice but to work on these subjects thru the various Abraham processes (ie: Focus Wheels) or by using another technique (therapist, cognitive behavior therapy, spiritual counselor, emotional freedom technique, mind coach, prayer, visualization, forgiveness, surrender to a higher power, and so on).
Your goal is to no longer have that subject pull you down emotionally (lower your vibration).
Remember, our goal is to maintain high vibrations (positive emotions). Negative emotions are fine but we don’t want to stay there too long. Negative emotions indicate that we have work to do.
2. Nonrecurring old negative subjects
Something may have happened a while ago but it doesn’t come up regularly.
If you purposely think about it, you feel bad. But if you don’t think about it, it has no effect on you and it doesn’t pop up in your day to day life.
In this case, just ignore it. “Let sleeping dogs lie” as they say. Or you can work on it too. The choice is yours.
This is lesser priority than #1 above.
3. New negative subjects
Something will happen today that lowers your emotions.
Your job is to stop when feeling negative emotion. Stop the thought, speech, or action. Then get back to feeling good again by changing your thoughts, speech, or actions.
If this new negative subject is important enough or will happen again in the future, work on it later to feel good about it.
In the Abraham world of law of attraction, feeling good is the most important task. So we neutralize all subjects that consistently make us feel bad and we reach for thoughts and take actions that make us feel good.
Physical manifestations like more money, a better job, happy relationships, good health, new car, a new home and so on are a result of this emotional management. They are not the primary target. Feeling positive emotions by any easy method is the primary target in the Abraham world.
The Abraham model is similar to Tosha Silver’s “Outrageous Openness” (Letting the Divine Take The Lead) and Byron Katie’s “Love What Is”.
Tosha lets the Divine (spirit) tell her what to do and surrender to the higher power (nonresistance). Thus she is at ease more often, maintains higher vibration, and hears her intuition more clearly. Intuition is messages from higher self (inner being, spirit).
Byron chooses to love no matter what happens (unconditional love) and thus stays at the high vibrations.
Eckhart Tolle also teaches nonresistance thru meditation, body awareness, and changing thoughts. Nonresistance is the same thing as Allowing in Abraham terminology. Thus Eckhart maintains high vibrations.
The only goal in this moment is to ask “what can I think, write, speak, or do that makes me feel better?” If nothing comes to mind, meditate. Or listen to music. Or pay attention to and count your breathing. Or pay attention to some random sound in the room or to your body sensations without thinking. Or chant a mantra. Or take a nap.
Do whatever you have to do to stop feeling negative and to raise your emotions. Maintain those good feelings regularly and consistently.
Paying attention to your emotions and learning how to raise your emotions is your job.
Remember that emotions and vibrations are the same thing. Said another way, recognizing your current vibration and knowing how to raise your vibration is your job. No one else can do this for you nor should we depend on others to lift us up all the time.
(All of this is my current understanding of the teachings. My understanding may evolve in the future!)