No Assembly Required

January 21, 2011 | 40 Comments »

Is it just me, or are there a lot of “action” imperatives even in the LOA community?

All my favorite guys touting action.  It’s enough to make a smart girl sigh.

Well, not all my favorite guys. (See the Abe quote below.)

But we hear this “have to take action” message often enough that I wanted to remind that action is often highly overstated in the deliberate creation process.

Contrary to instructions from many LOA experts, you do not have to go out and physically put together the life you want.

When it comes to getting what you want, the only required element is your vibrational alignment.

Not your action.

You don’t have to have both, and if you’re only going to have one, go with alignment.

How you feel and what you’re focusing your attention on is what matters.

Not what you do.

Yes, sometimes action is what puts us in alignment – but it’s still the ALIGNMENT that makes the difference, not the action.  (Like when we do something and that gives us a reason to believe … BELIEF is the helpful trigger to alignment, not the thing we did!)

I’m not an action party-pooper – I like it as much as the next person.  And no one really fantasizes about living life on the couch anyway, right?  But I’m not old-fashioned enough to believe that action is how I’m creating my world.

Rather, it’s how I’m enjoying my world.

At least, that’s what I strive to remember, and getting messages from LOA leaders telling me nothing happens until I get off my butt doesn’t help.

Hopefully this post will.

In fact, Abigail Steidley just did a fabulous call for GVU on this very topic (how resting is highly conducive to swift and successful manifesting).  Martha Beck gets it, too.

Here’s Abraham on the subject:

Q: The point of the question is trying to understand how you can create what you desire without taking physical action.

A: And what we’re saying is, you’ve already created it with all that you’ve been living and it’s waiting for you, offering a signal. And all you have to do is hone in on that signal. And you can tell when you’re honing in, because you’re feeling better. And you can tell when you’re getting closer, because you’re feeling lighter. And you can tell when you’ve really honed in, because you believe. And you can tell when you’ve consistently honed in, because you know. You just know life is good, and you just know you’re stable and you just expect it to be good, and now, you’re moving through life doing the action, which is delicious, doing the action that supports your knowledge of well being.

In other words, you’ll get tuned in and you won’t cease to act, we promise you. When you’re tuned in to the energy that creates worlds the inspiration to call this person and go there–the inspiration will flow through you–you’ll be the busiest, most active person that you’ve ever known in your life. But the inspiration comes first and inspires the action. The action doesn’t create.   Chicago, Il, 6/12/10

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:  Action is not how you get what you want.  Tend to your alignment first.  Then do what feels good, whatever that is.  (Enjoyable action can support and maintain your alignment!)

It’s a formula that can be tricky to follow after all the conditioning we’ve had about what’s required to make something happen, but it’s one that will serve you very well when you embrace it.

PS – I will say, the Joe Vitale article I linked to in the second quote is actually not a bad one.  Go Joe!!

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40 Responses to “ No Assembly Required ”

  1. Ming says:

    Jeannette, love the title.. no assembly required!! What girl doesn’t like that?! I can’t even buy anything at IKEA because of those pages of pictures and instructions.. aack. Feeling good, feeling lighter, feeling happier and I’m feeling so much CALMER on the inside.. I never realized until I started listening to you (and lately its just about 24/7 LOL) that I had this block or resistance. Tending to my alignment makes sense to me because all of my work is about “balance”. When I’m in balance, in alignment all of my clients benefit from that. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Well said about the power of balance, Ming. Everyone benefits!

    Thanks for reading, and for launching the conversation. 🙂

  3. Nicole says:

    Action is just a way to affirm a belief or vibration. If you act based on your belief, the result is to strengthen the belief and make it more of a “well how could it possibly be any other way?” 🙂

    This reminds me of Sonia Miller’s distinction between the motivational perspective (decide on the goal and go make it happen – doing) vs. the metaphysical perspective (be everything you want the goal to represent in terms of how you FEEL, and let it happen – being). This distinction has made me reflect a *lot* lately on motivational strategic planning in businesses vs. metaphysical strategic planning – or even better, an informed and synergistic combination of the two.

  4. Now THAT’S a business course I could get lit up about, Nicole: “metaphysical strategic planning”!

    I like the sounds of that a LOT.

  5. Leslie Richter says:

    Alignment in action is where I want to direct my action. It rarely
    works for me when I try to action in alignment.

  6. Ha! Very clever, Leslie!

    That’s exactly what many are trying to do, isn’t it? “Action into alignment.”

    That’s like getting the cart before the horse, huh?

  7. Jessica Earl says:

    I have to thank you soooo much Jeanette! This is just what I needed! Such a great reminder and vibe shifter! 🙂

    All the best in my life has come to me through no action on my part. At least not action to make it happen, the action comes in response. For instance, getting a call about a job, and then I have to get in my car, drive there, interview, do a resume, etc… but the job just came to me without me “seeking” it out. This has happened on many occasions!
    Then there was my house. I knew I wanted to buy a house, but hadn’t even started to look, and a co-worker of a friend was selling a house… and so I checked it out. Put in a very low offer for the fun of it… and I’m still here 11 years later! And the house is worth more than double of what I paid for it. 🙂
    And there are plenty of other examples.

    Really though, there was plenty of action on my part in the process of anything happening. For instance, paperwork, meetings, etc, but all that was the FUN part. 🙂

  8. Oooh, I like how you said that, Jessica: “the action comes in response.”

    Great examples you shared of that, too – THANK YOU! 🙂

  9. Ducky and I just gave you a standing ovation, Jeannette! Complete with arrwoos and woo hoos! 🙂

    I am so delighted to see the head-on debunking of the notion that nothing will happen without action. I remember soon after The Secret came out, Bill Harris of Holosync sent a message to his subscribers that you HAVE to take action or you won’t get anything. And this after he was quoted in the book, telling a story of how a man changed his attitude ONLY and had everything around him change. I unsubscribed from his list.

    I forget who it was, but one of the other teachers was quoted as saying if you sit on your couch visualizing money and feeling good, you’ll visualize yourself right into the street. I spent two years vacillating between believing in my gut that vibration was all that mattered and then giving in to the gremlin voices that told me, no, you HAVE to take action. I spent all last year saying I was going to focus on vibration only to get sucked back into uninspired action.

    I finally made the shift to vibration and vibration alone in December, and now I’ve had your words validating that choice in Speed Dial Universe and here, and also had that validated in Abraham’s meditation CD, and it’s finally integrating into all my cells so completely that the gremlins have no hold on me anymore. Which is SUCH a cool feeling.

    I am more in exhilaraxation (my word for exhilaration and relaxation combined) than I’ve ever been in my life and it’s AWESOME. AND I’m in action, but the action comes from feeling good, and the minute it’s not good, I stop.

    So thank you, thank you for supporting my journey and being a voice of wisdom in a sea of misconceptions.

  10. Ande, I know that routine! Getting sucked back into uninspired action.

    It does take something to be willing to let that old way go, doesn’t it? Courage, insight, understanding of how the system REALLY works and a willingness to do life different than most.

    I’m with you, Ande: here’s to full integration into all my cells! 🙂

  11. LOALoveCoach says:

    Hi Jeannette,

    I woke up to find this post on my computer this morning. What a refreshing reminder. Plus the fact that when I woke up, the word “FLOW” was repeating through my mind.

    When I am not sure what step to take next, I like to remind myself of all the things that flow. Air, water, clouds in the sky, blood through my veins, sap through a tree, ducks swimming across a pond, thoughts through my mind.

    I can’t think of something that doesn’t have flow. Your article flowed right to and through me. Alignment flows and refreshes. I like that.

    Like I said, nice morning reminder!

    Love,
    Catherine

    PS So want to interview you for my BTR show….hope it flows into being! 🙂

  12. Oh yes, that’s flowing Catherine! Looking forward to it!
    🙂

  13. Jessica Earl says:

    I was reading a book this morning and I drew a parallel to this topic. The chapter was about overcoming fears/taking action to do so!

    I find that I easily overcome my fears when I am aligned and inspired to do so. The pull is SOoooo strong to do whatever it is, that I can not NOT do it. The fear becomes secondary. You do whatever it is because you are feeling good, even if fear pops up, it doesn’t become the focus. An example for me is that public speaking would freak me out, make me sweat, my heart palpitate, but I just did it because I was thinking of all the parents and kids that wanted their awards, and how great it felt to say nice things publicly about those kids! Sure fear existed, but I wasn’t aligned with THAT… so I overcame fears by being in alignment with my desired outcome that had nothing to do with a goal of “overcoming a fear”.

    However the book, and most advice is to just “push” through it. To just be “brave”. Right? I just thought it is weird advice to force action when we are not aligned. I’m thinking fear is in place for a reason, even if our imagination is what is causing that fear. The imagined negative outcome is what we will attract. Pushing through a fear when we are not “ready” AKA: Alignment, then we will end up validating our fear rather than overcoming it… right?

  14. I like how you said that, Jessica – that the fear becomes secondary to the inspiration that’s calling us past it.

    And I agree that pushing through a fear with a focus squarely on that fear is probably not the best way to achieve alignment. ha

    Trying to think of examples that might prove otherwise, though … let me know if anyone thinks of one.

  15. Pernille Madsen says:

    I too agree that what matters is to be in vibrational alignment and then follow inspired action, whatever that might be.

    I know several persons who feel that the law of attraction is flawed, because in their opinion it takes action to get the results you want.

    To me the irony is this:

    if I believe it takes action to get what I want, then it does take action for me to get what I want.

    if I believe it does not take action, then it does not take action for me to get what I want 😉

  16. Pernille, I was thinking that very thing when I wrote this! That it’s ridiculous to say how it “is” because however we each believe it is IS how it is for us!

    (Did that make sense? ha)

  17. Brigitte says:

    Yep, this article resonates with me right now. I can even hear my non physical self shouting “That’s what I’ve been trying to say all this time!”.

    Ok, ok, I get it. The only reason why we jump into action without proper alignment is because we think it’s not going to happen if we don’t do it, PLUS thinking “&if if doesn’t happen, I’d be totally miserable”. What’s that I’m hearing?

    Resistance, that is. Heavy, tiring, draining, ruining-everything resistance.

    No, no, no. Take it easy, align with it and THEN, just like playing chess, I’ll make a move if I feel ready.

    Thanks again, Jeannette.

  18. That’d make a great mantra, Brigitte!

    “I’ll make a move if I feel ready.”

  19. Sophie says:

    Jeannette, what a relief to read this blog! This is exactly what has been bothering me about so many LOA teachers. Also, this is what I am now applying and you just gave me a way to explain how I live my life!!!! Love it!

  20. I love that you’re already practicing it, Sophie! Kudos, my friend.
    🙂

  21. Enoch says:

    I think some of the LOA teachers promote taking action because they may sense that some people are searching for a “quick fix”, so they say things like “take action” to inspire those who are “stuck.” Different people require different lessons. The flip side could be to tell people who are constantly moving, to “slow down” and to “stop.” If you don’t think the particular message is relevant to you, then it probably isn’t. But if you feel the tinge of, “that sounds like me”, then it probably is for you.

  22. Well said, Enoch. I like the thought that there’s no such thing as bad advice/guidance. Just words that either fit or don’t.

    Everything serves someone.

    That thought feels great. 😉

  23. Michaela says:

    Hm, I always wonder how far you can take this …

    – Just sitting at home and waiting for new friends or your new partner to knock at your door?
    – Just intending a great new job and having somebody contacting you with an offer completely out of the blue?
    – Hating marketing but still attracting lots of new clients just by believing you can?

    I mean, if I’d really want to have it that way, could I make it happen?

    For example, it becomes more and more popular to use the LOA in business and for attracting new clients. Lots of people (coaches, marketers, experts, etc.) recommend it but it’s usually like “Yes, you can attract your perfect customers *but* you need to be on Facebook, you need to have a website, you need to build an e-mail list, …” I personally find this confusing … it feels to me like the LOA gets sort of “diluted” that way. (Sorry, no idea if this is the correct English term! 😉

    This is actually what I like most about your approach, Jeannette – that you use the LOA without compromises and without “yeah but”.

  24. Loved your “extreme” examples, Michaela, and especially that I personally know someone who has had each of those experiences.

    I also appreciate your last comment about LOA with no compromises. That was one of my favorite things about an interview Joe Vitale did on Larry King with a couple of other Secret contributors. Joe was the only one who didn’t “couch” or “soften” it.

    Nice to in that company. 🙂

    Thanks for posting, Michaela!

  25. Lois says:

    Great post. It is such a great reminder to get into alignment before taking action. I know that there have been many times that I have been in a situation and panic and take action before seeking alignment. This never gives me the results that I want, often times the situation becomes even more frightening. There is no substitute for getting into alignment. Sometimes I think that people misunderstand LOA by thinking that it has to do with “positive thinking”, but really it has to do with “positive feeling”.

  26. I know what you mean, Lois. When fear sets in, that’s an easy time to resort to actioning it out rather than getting in vibrational alignment first.

    Love how you said it’s about positive feeling, not just positive thinking. !!

  27. This topic is near and dear to my heart. It’s a conversation I have had with many friends. I also hear “You need to take action” over and over from many sources. Since I am a go-getter, action oriented person, this makes sense to me. But when I take action and my goal does not manifest, I sometimes feel frustrated and upset.

    I have to share this story. I am a health, wellness and fitness freelance writer. I am always looking for assignments. I have a Mac and recently it has been acting up and not working very well. I got on the computer and it took a long time to start working. When it finally worked, it opened up to a page in LinkedIn that I know that I did not click on. My mouth dropped. It was a post from someone I had worked with a year or two ago saying that her company was in need of a health freelance writer and to email her for more information. I could not believe it! I don’t think I have ever been so shocked in my life.

    I emailed her to reconnect and she said she would let me know the next steps. How freaking cool is that!?!?

  28. Way to let it be “easy,” Judie! 🙂
    I don’t think we have to have a whole lot of those experiences before it gets our attention and offers incentive to do life a different way, huh? Very cool!

  29. I can’t tell you how much I love this post. Just… thank you. 🙂

  30. Right back atcha, Caterpillar Woman. 🙂

  31. Jeannette, you can add to the list of relaxation proponents Dr. Maxwell Maltz, the author of PsychoCybernetics. His research on this subject started in the 40s. Patients who relaxed more and sought out ways to have fun or feel joyful recuperated faster and with less complications or drugs.

    He went on to study successful mindsets, and found this was a key. It makes sense: When we know something good is about to happen, we usually feel relaxed and happy, maybe a little excited anticipation, but we are definitely on the high end of the vibrational scale.

    Recently, I was thinking about all the amazing processes that I’ve learned over the years and wondered…is their REAL power in taking my mind off (and therefore inducing relaxation on the topic of) what I’m manifesting?!? 😉 In other words, it’s not so much what we do to relax, but that we do!

    Many blessings,
    Nancy

  32. This was BRILLIANT, Nancy: “In other words, it’s not so much what we do to relax, but that we do!”

    Thank you for that! 🙂

  33. I LOVE this post, Jeannette! Thanks for mentioning the Body Talk GVU call! Yay to resting and relaxing!

  34. I’ve been quoting you all over the place since that call you did, Abigail! Highly highly inspiring.

    Thanks again for it. 🙂

  35. Jeannette, great post. I have read this one along with the others you wrote and passed them on to other people. Thanks for mentioning my interview with Martha Beck.

  36. Nicole says:

    My husband really has this down. If something doesn’t feel right, or he’s getting really down over a certain situation, he just completely pulls himself out and stops doing it. He retreats, plays games, cleans, plays with kids, everything but creating. Suddenly jobs, money or new opportunities come into our lives. . .all because he’s re-aligned to feeling good and relaxing.

    For years it drove me crazy because I always have to be doing something! And it seemed like he was just avoiding complex situations and not really facing problems. Now, after understanding vibrational alignment, it makes complete sense to move towards what feels good.

    Great post – I feel so much better knowing I can have fun, eat the office birthday cake, and relax!

  37. Susann says:

    Holy cow, Jeannette, this is fabulous. I live LOA quite successfully most of the time, but I do fall into big holes in my road now & again, and this action thing is one of those holes. As almost everyone here has said, the only “right” action is inspired action — action I’m drawn to without even knowing why, and action that usually doesn’t really FEEL like action (“work”). For someone raised in the traditional Protestant Work Ethic scenario, the “doing what feels good” can be scary indeed!

    Also — and this is huge for me — my best inspired action is that which moves me toward what I want (motivated by desire), NOT action that moves me away from what I do not want (motivated by fear). I am finally learning to recognize when a course of action that suggests itself to me is actually Fear masquerading as “the smart thing to do”. Every single stupid thing I have ever done was when I let fear propel me into doing something to avoid what I don’t want. Every time! When I let desire draw me *toward* something and I take THAT action, ooooh, the deliciousness of it all! Fear is sly and so adept at pretending to be something else that I have to be ever-watchful, but now I start asking myself Jeannette-like questions: is this action I think I need to take pulling me toward something I want, or pushing me away from something I don’t want?

    Today’s example? I’ve been struggling for 2 days to solve a problem with my taxes that could be serious. Spent hours today alone trying to find information I needed on-line with zero success. Knowing I had to get out of “struggle” mode, I was inspired to cruise over to this blog when “the right thing to do” would have been to keep on hammering away at the problem. After reading the column & taking a minute to realign what I want, I went back on-line and instantly found (seriously, after looking for it for hours this morning!) the exact information & on-line form I needed to solve the “problem”, which turned out to be not much of a problem at all. Thank you, Jeannette and everybody!

  38. Stacy says:

    I’m late to the discussion but here’s my thoughts. Getting into alignment IS action. But it may not be what people typically define as action. It takes some effort at times to stop or diffuse negative thoughts. It takes building a habit to meditate and to be aware of our thoughts and focus on what we want rather than what we don’t want.

    Also I think people often confuse action with “work” and it being labor intensive or difficult. The action could be as simple as taking a nap or distracting oneself with a hilarious video on youtube. Those are actions but just not what one things of as “productive” actions.

    A few years back I got what was my dream job by first meditating and then a day or two later making a single phone call to a friend when I felt that “inner nudge”. So in that instance, meditation was action (and that action got me into alignment so i was open to take inspired action) and the phone call was the inspired action. Of course as Jessica said, I had to take more actions after – ie starting the job and doing the job.

    Where I’m having my struggles now is that I did take a couple of years of going with the no action is necessary route – however, looking back I obviously wasn’t ALIGNED with that. I didn’t really BELIEVE that I could get what I want with no action. So even though I took no action – I got no results. And now I’m realizing that is why I feel I now HAVE to take action. BUT I’m not necessarily always aligned when taking actions that I think I should/have to take.

    So….I just decided I’m giving myself 30 days to get into the habit of alignment and if I don’t feel inspired to take action I won’t and I won’t FRET about it. I decided 30 days is good on a couple of counts – takes about that time to get something to be a habit AND the freak out ego/gremlin side is soothed because I’m “ok” financially to do this for 30 days. If I do nothing for 30 days – even if the gremlins think I have to take action to get what I want – I’m not “harming” myself. It’s a compromise so to speak – take 30 days to get really aligned and enjoy those results but if it doesn’t work – no harm done and I can go back to taking action.

    Ok, that was a lot of rambling – but I’m excited to have a no action if I don’t want to take it for 30 days experiment. (Well, I’ll still go into work – I’m more talking about action for my business, etc.)

  39. Cassie says:

    Jeannette I love this article! It’s such a great reminder. It reminds me of a class I created this summer. I said I wanted to have a large group of women and I wanted someone else to do all the work. Organize it, follow up, collect the money and just hand me a check after a great session. I literally put no action into this. A friend of mine called me up one night out of the blue and said she wanted to put together a group for me to do a session with. She organized everything! I showed up did my class, had a blast and collected the check at the end. It was fabulous! Thank you for the great reminder!!!

  40. KE says:

    I just want to add that yes, you can get stuff without going out and searching for it (I have!) AND that inspired action is action that will feel good to you, it won’t feel like, oh I suppose I’ll do this/just ok, it’ll feel natural.

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