The Skill of Observation

It might seem like “observation” isn’t something we have to practice or get good at.

After all, it just happens. We don’t have to practice it – it’s automatic. We see, we hear, we smell, we perceive.

It just happens – it’s not something we have to direct.

Or maybe the muggle view of observation skills is about being able to notice details that others might miss. Like in Sherlock Holmes fashion.

But it means something else altogether for conscious creators.

Because we know that observing something makes it real. (Whereas non-LOA savvy folks think it’s real, therefore they observe it. They’re passive witnesses to what’s so in the world.)

Not for us, though.

Conscious creators know that whatever we look at, we bring to life. The way we see things serves as a vibrational instruction as to what comes next.

That’s why observation is a skill.

The Observer Effect tells us that the act of looking at something changes what we see. The act of observation quite literally creates our entire world. Our reality depends on what we look at and how we look at it.

From Joe Dispenza: “… our observation has a direct effect on our world. If we keep it very simple then people can get about the business of beginning to practice the skill of observation.”

So what is the skill of observation? And how do we practice it?

Here’s my take on how we become highly skilled observers:

For one, we learn how to spotlight our favorite parts, and dismiss our not-so-favorite parts.

We know what to bring to the foreground and what to send to the background. Like an artist who knows optimal placement of things for maximum desired effect.
It’s not that we’re down to our last $20 in our checking account. It’s that we have money in the account!

It’s not that a love interest is ignoring us. It’s that there are a handful of other delightful candidates for fun romance! (And anyone who asks about the one prospect gone awol will hear all about the others we are enjoying.)

In short, we have eyes for the gifts.

That’s what my friend Ming did when her money stone went missing during our visit. She didn’t “lose her money stone.” Rather, she left a magical money attractor with me. Somewhere. We don’t know where. Exactly. But it’s here somewhere.

It’s not the seven job interviews that didn’t go anywhere that we get hung up on. It’s the one we’re in the running for that we dwell on. Or the one we know must be right around the corner that we think about.

In fact, that’s another skill of observation – being able to see what isn’t so yet.

We see the success when everyone else thinks it’s a pipe dream. We hear the applause before anyone has gathered. We smell the mountain air while we’re still breathing city fumes. (Or vice versa, depending on your dream!)

In short, we know how to recognize a topic or perspective that doesn’t serve, and are willing to turn attention elsewhere.

Like when a friend is getting riled up about a subject that isn’t likely to have a happy ending, and we gracefully change topics. Or when we’re scrolling online and see a facebook friend post, “This made me sick to my stomach,” and we scroll right on by. Or when an ex makes insistent attempts to engage drama, but you just let it go.

We don’t get stuck where some people do. Skilled observers are very conscious about where we invest our attention.

Bottom line, conscious creators know how to powerfully engage our imaginations and tweak our perceptions to make our dreams manifest. That’s the skill of observation.

How are you practicing it today?

  • October 25, 2016
  • Helen says:

    Thanks Jeannette, your articles always bring such a ray of sunshine and I feel so positive after reading them.

  • Treasa says:

    I LOVE your simple and practical life lessons. Just reading them and the experiences of others who’ve tried these tips, not only inspires me but also helps me to focus on the things that really matter.
    I’m excited to learn to live this way…Thank you

  • Danielle says:

    Thank you for this great post Jeannette! It has given me a specific direction on how to spend each morning when I’m at one of the places where I bring in big money, yay!!

  • Shan says:

    ‘We see the success—we hear the applause before anyone has gathered–‘ I love it!! Thanks for the reminder, Jeannette. My online business is coming together in perfect timing.

  • C says:

    Thank you for this!
    Yesterday, I decided to buy a $20 scratch off on a whim and no, I didn’t win anything! Since then, I’ve been feeling funky, telling myself: “Why did you buy that?! It was a waste! You could have used that $20 for something else!”
    During that contrast, I realized a few money kinks I didn’t know I had.
    So now, instead of observing it as a bad thing, I observe it as a feel good time! I’m scripting to myself: “Hey, I had $20 to buy whatever I wanted and that feels good!” OR “Well, I know not to buy that ticket next time. So, I’ll buy an even better one!”
    This post has helped me and came right on time!
    Thank you!

  • Ruby says:

    I was only just reading about this two days ago.
    Lets indulge,
    For example, you are reading this right?
    Great, where are the letters? Where do you see this sentence?
    The folly we start out with is one to think that the world is outside us. The letters and sentence I asked you about, isn’t that inside your head?
    The image is totally projected inside but we rarely acknowledge and contemplate that, ever.
    So too what we perceive, see, know, acknowledge, is all playing out inside of us. I love that thought, its scientific and spiritual at the same time. I love how I can change the movie in my head!

  • Karen says:

    Love that healthy, physically and financially comfortable retirement is right around the corner!

  • Amina says:

    I love this Jeannette, because what we observe directly impacts the story we make up in our minds. So, observing only good helps to create the only good story in our mind. I was thinking today of all the wonderful things I have learned and how I have grown from Donald Trump running for president, and our national tone towards the election in general. I have become a better person from all that is going on around me – eyes to see, perception, and finding the good… these are all choices I can make at any time! Thanks for the share!

  • Ming says:

    Its so funny because when people lose their money stones they freak out, they write me Ming, OMG what does this mean?!! Or their money stone cracks in half, Ming OMG what does this mean? I tell them well I guess the money stone needed to go to someone else. If it cracked in half, you now have TWO money stones, I mean how fabulous is that?!!! Love the power of observation and having the eyes to see. Lots of avenues and choices in front of us. Right?!

    • Jeannette says:

      Ming, I loved how when you visited you showed me a couple of upgrades on the way I had been seeing things. Sometimes seeing it through someone else’s eyes makes it easier to upgrade our own observation skills!

    • Mark says:

      Hmmm, perhaps take a hammer and smash the money stone into little pieces and then sprinkle money dust around your house. 🙂

  • Jeannette says:

    I’ve had lots of practice to get better at this, with an ex who wants to continue the drama of our breakup, a couple of politically passionate friends, and the challenges of moving to a new house in a new area.
    I’ve learned how to let him have his anger, without joining him in it. I’m getting better at smiling at friends who want to make sure I am completely informed about the latest political happenings. And I am consciously reminding myself of all the things that ARE getting done in the new house, instead of just feeling overwhelmed by the things that aren’t.
    It definitely gives me appreciation for how Joe Dispenza describes “practicing the skills of observation.” 🙂

    • anonymous says:

      It’s so true — what you think about, you bring about….And, as you have explained in so many blog posts, when you focus on the positive, you get it — expecting people to treat you well, knowing you’ll have success, appreciating what you have….thanks for the uplift…
      (You know….I’m an interior designer….and I have to say — don’t hurry on the house, let it get better sort of organically. Sometimes it’s good to settle in, see how you use the spaces, how you really live in the house day to day…sometimes the house even tells you what it has always wanted to be (and somehow that will be right for you, it’s loving caretaker, also. Good luck!)

      • Jeannette says:

        Can I just say I LOVE how you talk about a house, anonymous! (goosebumps)
        (You wouldn’t happen to be in Salt Lake, would you?)

        • anonymous says:

          I am in DC….but I would be happy to offer emotional support/advice.
          I have done some work via email, etc…it just depends!
          I am a pet rescuer, love houses…I imagine I can find your email on your website?
          Really, I have learned so much from you, I would be delighted to return the favor.
          (I should mention that I can totally relate to many of your rescue stories…notably, your backyard breakdown, leading you directly to LoA and your calling….)

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