My friend and colleague Michele Woodward asked this question on facebook after reading a study that said people who engage in “positive fantasies” are less likely to achieve them.
This same article quoted another study that said the reason why is because “Imagining these successful outcomes saps our energy from doing the hard work it takes to get there.”
The author of this article writes, “The idea that visualizing your goals can help make them happen is a truism in many leadership development programs, and should be questioned.”
I’ve got thoughts I’ll share in the comments, but I knew the best people to run this by was you guys.
What do you think of the studies that conclude visualizing techniques enhance failure?
Even though it’s none of our business, it’s not unusual to have questions about someone else’s experience.
Especially when it’s someone we look up to as an example of how to live.
To the extent we can learn from it, be inspired by it or feel better by looking, I am all for getting in someone else’s business.
Since we’ve learned from Abraham that disease is a result of our vibration, and we assume Esther and Jerry Hicks are pretty good vibration managers, it does naturally lead one to ask what’s up with Jerry Hicks.
Last Wednesday Jerry sent out out an email sharing these details:
On March 12 we slept next to the dock with many yachts from many different parts of the world in the slip right outside our window. The next morning I had a large welt on the inside of my wrist that looked like a spider bite. It seemed to resolve itself as time went along forming a pea-shaped nodule on my wrist.
On April 18, I showed it to a dermatologist in Del Mar and she immediately decided to scrape it off and sent it in for a biopsy. We … heard back from the biopsy results that there was something amiss relative to my white blood cell count and she put us in touch with a dermatologist. The subsequent blood test showed my white blood cell count was extremely exaggerated and the physician insisted I undergo immediate treatment with no delay. He pointed out a number of options, one of them was to use the “big guns” (heavy chemotherapy) and so we decided to go along with that and checked into the hospital on May 6th.
We were swept up in such an obvious current of amazing “path of least resistance” events unlike anything we’ve ever experienced before. The strong feeling that we were proceeding in exactly the right direction continued as my response to these “big guns” was a week of no discomfort and none of the highly forewarned side effects. Everyone around us at the hospital kept speaking their surprise at my unusually comfortable experience. We are now in day 18 of a 28 day regimen of bringing my blood counts back into perfect balance.
Jerry plans to rejoin Esther at the workshops after he regains 15 pounds. Read the full post here if you’re interested.)
From the notes I’m getting it’s clear that deliberate creators are wondering how Jerry was a match for this experience, when everything Abraham trains us toward would seem to steer us clear of something like this.
I’ll share my thoughts in the comments, which I invite you to do as well. Together maybe we’ll better understand how this all works.
More importantly, and in keeping with the advice Lisa shared in her article on Maria and Arnold, I’m inviting everyone reading this to hold nice strong happy healthy pictures of Jerry.
Quoting a fellow creator:
“Feel free to think about me strong, whole and healthy, but for God’s sake if you’re feeling sorry for me mind your own damn business.”
Update: Jerry Hicks passed away on November 18, 2011. Read Esther’s note about it here.
One of my favorite guys posted something at Good Vibe U I wanted to run by you here.
He shared how much he was enjoying the Scream movies: how fun they are to watch, even (or especially?) while cringing on the edge of his seat waiting for the next thing to pop out at him.
I can totally relate to his observation that that doesn’t sound like fun in the vortex. I mean, we’re talking about getting tremendous delight in something that doesn’t seem very high vibing.
Quick primer on the vortex: it’s Abraham lingo for high vibrational alignment and is associated with feelings of joy, love, passion, inspiration, etc. Abraham’s standard answer about getting what we want is to “get in the vortex, and THEN …” (Because anything you do from the vortex has a Midas touch to it. Success is guaranteed. Plus it feels fab to be there.) So deliberate creators pay a lot of attention to getting in the vortex.
I’ve wondered the same thing about enjoying other things that might not seem super high vibing. Like:
… it seems there are many things some of us take enormous enjoyment in that don’t seem very vortexy.
In fact, did you hear Abraham talking to the rapper about swear words? This was hilarious:
Back to the subject, what’s going on that we love to be scared, feel sad, get challenged, smoke or swear?
Case in point, I absolutely LOVE the drama in Kim Falconer’s fantasy fiction novels! And even though it might not sound like it on facebook, I’m loving this impossible puzzle I’m struggling to finish of the last supper.
Sometimes I think we’re just experiencing the exhilaration of moving up the vibrational scale. Sometimes I think maybe we have too much judgment about what’s vortexy.
But I’d like to hear your thoughts about it.
Scream might not put YOU in the vortex, but is there something that does that might make someone else say “ewww!”? What’s up with feeling good about things that don’t feel good?
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this!
I can get law of attraction to work great for me on things like rock star parking and green lights in traffic, but on the things that really matter nothing seems to work. I visualize, use affirmations, listen to guided meditations, “act as if” and take inspired action.
But for the last three years my financial struggles have only gotten worse. It seems to me – and dishearteningly so – that law of attraction works on the stuff that just doesn’t matter that much. The stuff I really need continues to elude me.
If there is something I’m doing wrong, I would appreciate any tips or suggestions you have.
How about it Good Vibers? I’m sure some of us can relate to this experience, and have helpful advice or similar experiences to share.
Thanks in advance for your responses!
When Nikki shared this video made with Amy Steinberg’s “Exactly” song in the GVU forums today, it made me wonder what other fabulous music for deliberate creators I don’t know about.
And then I thought who better to fill me in than you all?!
Plus, I’ve been wanting a post devoted to uplifting music. Not just music that makes you feel good, but lyrics that are specifically written for conscious creators.
So I’m inviting you to please share your favorite LOA tunes. Songs that inspire your creative powers, remind you of your divinity to manifest what you want, and encourage you to go for it!
I’ll update this post with whatever video clips and links we collect in the comments.
Thanks in advance!
Here’s Amy Steinberg’s Exactly:
Natasha Bedingfield’s Unwritten fills the bill for this request, too, I think:
MC Yogi’s Give Love
Shawn Gallaway’s I Choose Love
Kellee Maize’s Third Eye
Lisa Ekdahl’s One Life
Carrie Underwood’s Ever Ever After
Miley Cyrus’s The Climb
Miley Cyrus’ Life’s What You Make It
des’ree You Gotta Be
Jason Mraz Anything You Want
Amp Fiddler Possibilities
Shakira Give It Up To Me
Beckah Shae’s Life
Get Spanky What You Focus on Grows
Brand New Heavies You Are The Universe