Slipstreaming in Deliberate Creation

April 30, 2011 | 12 Comments »

using drafting in deliberate creationEarlier this week I was talking with Master of Creation member Anna D, who shared an impressive story about sidestepping a potentially challenging encounter that I was sure I wouldn’t have handled nearly as well.

Ditto when I spoke with Sophie (of Sophie’s Bliss), about her expert management of another vibrational challenge that I could see myself going splat with.

I knew the next time my panties were in a twist on a topic my fellow creators navigate so well, I would follow their example.  Kind of like “drafting” – I would follow their lead, getting behind someone who knew the way, to help me reduce my own resistance.

The more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea.  Ease and flow, right?!

In trying to brush up LOA drafting, I couldn’t find anything on the subject.  (If you know of something on this topic, please share!)

Here’s what Wikipedia said about drafting in general:

Drafting or slipstreaming is where two objects align in a close group reducing the overall effect of drag due to exploiting the lead object’s slipstream. Especially when high speeds are involved, drafting can significantly reduce the paceline’s average energy expenditure required to maintain a certain speed and can also slightly reduce the energy expenditure of the lead vehicle or object.

Drafting is used to reduce wind resistance and is seen most commonly in bicycle, car racing, and speedskating, but also cross-country skiing, running, and swimming. 

And I may add (for fun consideration) … in deliberate creation.

I wasn’t sure what slipstream meant until I looked it up (also from Wikipedia):

To slipstream refers to the act of following closely behind another person in order to pay reduced attention to the direction, route or hazards, (e.g. while consulting a mobile phone), or in order to gain a competitive advantage or quicker journey time, (e.g. following closely behind a high speed emergency vehicle). It is particularly used in the context of walking closely behind another person to avoid bumping into objects, or other pedestrians, to avoid stepping into hazards such as puddles or dog feces, and to follow their lead on other hazards such as steps, curbs, ice, inanimate objects, warnings and stop signs.

What might that look like in application of real world manifesting?

The other day I was in a conversation where I could feel my blood pressure going up and the words in my head lining up in sharp formation, if you know what I mean.

But someone else present expressed a very different energy.  She was calm, cool, supportive.  Open and secure.  It was lovely, even if unfamiliar.

Smart girl that I am, I got behind our lovely leader and kept quiet until my energy softened, too.  I drafted off someone else’s good vibe.

At a recent in-person meeting, I noticed there were different energies flowing in the room.  I purposely sat next to the person who seemed exceptionally good at letting potential challenges roll off them like water off a duck’s back.

I’ll do my share of leading when I’m up, but if there’s a chance to improve my vibe by lining up behind someone else, I’m all for it. 

Big thanks to the many creators here in this community who give me a break from making my own rough way and let me step behind them to benefit from their positive energy.

Do you ever draft off someone else’s good vibe?

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12 Responses to “ Slipstreaming in Deliberate Creation ”

  1. Sophie says:

    What an amazing new concept to bring to LOA Jeannette! You are so brilliant!!!!

    I actually used to have too big of an ego to slipstream and took great pride in “doing it my way” but recently I realized that if someone has figured out a way to do it easily, why should I waste time reinventing the wheel?

    So thank you ego for getting out of my own way and leaving room for my favorite leaders to show me the way.

    Love,

    Sophie

  2. Sophie says:

    Absolutely brilliant!

    I have noticed recently that my ego would prevent me from doing this. I used to want to do it my way but now I get how much smarter it is to follow someone who figured it out 🙂

    Smart woman!

    (And thank you for the link :))

  3. Amanda42 says:

    All the time! That’s one of many reasons I love GVU! It’s fantastic to read or hear about something that’s going well for someone at GVU because a) they are awesome and I’m genuinely happy for them, and b) tuning into their vibe gets me aligned with the feeling I want. Good stuff all around!

  4. I agree, Amanda! I’m drafting off you guys every day!! lol

  5. Kim Falconer says:

    I LOVE this idea. I think we do it naturally without thinking though that might get us behind an energy we really don’t want to build on. (pack mentality is an example)

    This is something like entrainment, or aligning with another vibe, though here it feels super deliberate. We identify the path we want to take and slip into the #2 position behind the lead. It’s a good spot to be in and there is always plenty of room to wiggle out, or stood ahead to the finish line, if we want.

    I like it. A lot!

    Thank you, Jeannette!

  6. You know, Kim, I was wondering what exactly the difference (if there is one) with entrainment.

    You’ll love this “wiggling in and out” visual from Wikipedia. It’s called the Belgian Tourniquet:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drafting_(aerodynamics)

    where we take turns in the lead! ha

    Thanks for writing in on this one, my friend. Always nice to see you here! 🙂

  7. Harmony Harrison says:

    Yes! I slipstream all the time, but only with a few well-chosen people. It feels really good, and is a great way to use our intuitive awareness to everyone’s benefit — become open intuitively to the leader, and it’s easier to slip into their stream.

    I think it’s wise to use good discernment here, and remove yourself from the slipstream when you feel it’s time to leave. Just good energy hygiene. 😉

    Another cool thing about slipstreaming…

    Young dolphins and whales are always using slipstream. They don’t yet have enough muscle to swim on their own, so they swim closely alongside their mothers, sometimes for years.

    The mom displaces water in front of her, creating a wake that the young one swims within. This essentially sucks the young one alongside the mom, with much less effort required.

    I’ve read that adult dolphins will swim and play in the slipstream of boats, too! So slipstreaming isn’t just something you do because it’s necessary — it turns out to be a recreational sport!

    Here’s a pic of a dolphin in the slipstream of a boat:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/63448999@N00/2175247819/

  8. Oooh, “good energy hygiene.”

    That would make SUCH a great call at GVU, Harmony! 😉

    Off to go watch slipstreaming in nature … thanks for the link, girlfriend!

  9. Julie Masters says:

    Oh, I love this! So interesting about the young whales and dolphins being in the slipstream until they build their strength–I do this all the time with my grandson. Like most very young ones, he feels everything so completely, and moves back to joy so easily. So I’M slipstreaming behind HIM instead of the other way around! 🙂 I definitely use GVU in the same way!

    I love intentionally doing this for others as well, which is what it feels like when I share my ease by smiling, or listening, or simply being present, allowing someone else to utilize my “wake”.
    Thank you once again Jeannette!

  10. Julie, I TOTALLY get this since I’ve met that amazing grandson of yours!!

    In fact, Sophie’s got a fabulous idea cooking along those lines which she floated past us in the GVU forums. (!!)

    Thanks, Julie, for pointing out how we can take the lead for others so simply just by smiling.

    In fact, when I read your comment I thought, “Yep, that Julie leaves a nice wake!” 🙂

  11. Lisa Alessi says:

    Yes, me too! I love the concept of drafting and slipstreaming! Thank you for writing about this!

    When I think about times I’ve drafted — like following a great mentor/boss or leading/working with a group of supercharged individuals — each time incredible things would happen with ease.

    Then when dynamics would shift (with these same people), it was time to practice good energy hygiene(I love that, Harmony!).

    I also feel strongly that it’s so important to surround myself with people who support me and I agree with Amanda and Julie — GVU is a fantastic platform to draft. I’ve never been part of a more positive and genuinely supportive group. When I get off GVU calls, I feel uplifted.

    Thanks Jeannette for leading and attracting such a great group of people!:)

  12. We do have a pretty good “group draft” going on there, don’t we, Lisa? Kind of like the Belgium tourniquet – where we take turns in different positions!

    (Oh, that sounded kinky.) lol

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