Originally Posted by Cantando
How about :
According to the Hicks/Abraham teachings, you create your own reality through your thoughts and whatever you desire, you can manifest by practising LoA exercises.
This is like saying - "Whatever kind of body or physical fitness you want, you can get it by doing certain physical exercises."
Doesn't quite work like that. I'm sure I'll die or at least tear a muscle or two, if tomorrow I decide to do exercises like a Navy Seal or an Olympic athlete.
I think that the theory holds - if I could train like Usain Bolt, then I could approximately run as fast as Usain Bolt. If I could train like Mariusz Pudzianowski, then I could be approximately be as strong as him.
However, I cannot train like Usain. I cannot train like Mariusz. Reading a book about how they train may give me the KNOWLEDGE of how they train, but doesn't mean that I can train like that.
Similarly, reading a book about Abraham's LOA methods may give me the KNOWLEDGE of what those LOA methods are, but doesn't mean that I can successfully apply those methods with consistency or regularity.
If you don't agree, just flick through Ask And It is Given (one of the seminal LoA works by Hicks) and see how many times the word desire pops up. Desire is also a simile for want, btw.
Desire is a different part of the story.
The important part of desire in the LOA framework (according to me at least) is that what you strongly desire is often what you naturally think a lot about, and thinking a lot about something can be very helpful for manifesting it.
On the other hand, many people also think a lot about what they DON'T desire - eg they think a lot about what they fear (the usual word is "worry"). or they just think a lot about irrelevant, meaningless, random things which is why they get irrelevant, meaningless, random things showing up in their lives.
Desire, in fact, is not a necessary ingredient in the LOA process. It's helpful in the IM process, but even there, it is not strictly necessary. For fun, one can manifest blue feathers, without having a particularly strong desire for blie feathers. (And really, who the heck wants blue feathers anyway? But it is a common LOA experiement).
Whilst there is much engaging material in that book relating to staying positive and enthusiastic, visualizing your goals, etc, there is a running theme throughout which goes: |
You can have your cake and eat it - in this life, like NOW. That's the great selling point of the book which appeals to the spiritually challenged: if you want something, you don't have to work for it, worry about it, or save up for it, or wait for it.
No matter what it is you want, just buy the book, follow the simple exercises, and it will automatically manifest in reality - that's law.
That's the theory. You CAN be as strong and fit as Mariusz too! All you have to do is buy his book, follow his simple exercises, carry an ox or pull a bus or lift heavy slabs of cement and run with them every morning, and your strength and fitness will automatically manifest.
Assuming you don't break your back or get a heart attack, of course.
If you can't train the way Usain and Mariusz do, well, you can aim to do much smaller, scaled-down versions of their training. You'll get fast and strong and fit too ...... just not so fast, not so strong and not so fit.
Same thing with your manifestations.