Coaching Call #023 has been released today! Today’s topic: Manifesting And Epic Love.
This call is for all those who want to manifest an epic romantic relationship, but have no idea what that looks like. It includes a really detailed process of how to create a visualization that actually addresses your resistance and retunes you to what you want. See the full summary of the call here.
Awesome dude asks: “I listen to a lot of LOA teachers, one being Jack Canfield. Everyone I listen to says don’t take action until you have inspired action, but Jack says the universe rewards action and he says to go out and take action. But what if this is not inspired action? Can’t that hurt you more than help you? Please help me with this.”
The questions of when to take action, whether or not to take action and how we can tell if it’s inspired or not come up quite often around here. So, I’m more than happy to write another post on the subject. It can be a bit confusing, especially when you’ve been well trained to “make it happen” by taking action.
I’ve already published an article, a podcast and several posts in which I explain what inspired action actually is and how it feels (links at the end of this post). So today, I thought I’d do something a little different: I’m going to offer you a new way of looking at action, one that may really help you get a handle on when to take action and when to leave well enough alone. Ready? Here we go:
Breaking down a manifestation
Instead of thinking of yourself as just the boss of the creative process (and NOT the victim of it…), it’s helpful to realize that you’re also a cog in the machine of your own creation. Let me explain:
A day in the life of a manifestation:
- You experience something you don’t like. Maybe your car is giving you some trouble.
- Even before you know it, the desire for a better functioning car is born.
- Your inner being focuses on this desire and matches the frequency of it. It is actually, in that moment, created. All you have to do is line up with that frequency and the experience of a better feeling car is yours.
- You may focus on the crappy car for a while and complain about it, but eventually, if you’re a good LOA student, you’ll remember to focus on what you want – a well functioning car.
- As you do that, the Universe begins to bring together all the components necessary to bring you that well functioning car – in the way that’s easiest for you to allow.
- One of those components may be you, in which case you are inspired to do something, go somewhere, talk to someone, etc.
- You may begin to see glimpses of the manifestation as it comes closer. You may see your dream car all over the place, or read about someone who won a new car, or meet someone who just bought their dream car. You might be tempted to get jealous to use this evidence to focus on the fact that you don’t yet have your well functioning car, but that would be a BIG mistake.
- As long as you stay in a good feeling place and stay in alignment with what you want, the well functioning car will come into your reality.
Your action is a manifestation, too
When we break down the manifesting process this way, we can see that your action is part of the manifestation, or more accurately, it is a manifestation, just one that’s part of a larger one. Your action is a manifestation of your vibration. Always.
So, let’s say that you’re taking some action, but it’s really hard and you’re all frustrated. This is a manifestation of your current vibration. But because it doesn’t feel good, it becomes apparent the vibration which is causing the action you’re taking is nowhere near where you want it to be. In other words, your actions are aligned with your vibration, but not your desire.
When your vibration is aligned with what you want, the actions you’ll take will also match that frequency – they’ll feel good.
All action is technically inspired action
When I use the term “inspired action”, I’m usually talking about action inspired by a high vibration, one that matches what you want. Seen from this new perspective, however, all action is technically inspired action. So, the question becomes less about whether or not the action is inspired, and more about, “What vibration has inspired this action?”, or “What belief has inspired this action?”
Or, to put it even more bluntly, “Where’s my vibration at?”
If the action you want to take feels really, really good to you (in which case, you’re probably not even asking if you should take it, just saying), then it’s being inspired by your alignment with what you want.
If the action you want to take feels frustrating or hard or forced or like obligation, etc., (in which case, you’re probably asking if you should take it because you don’t really want to), then it’s being inspired by your fear or limiting belief.
Let’s look at an example, shall we?
Bob is running a small business and wants to get more clients. Bob has taken the time to create a vision of a successful, thriving business that feels great. He spends time every day visualizing how amazing it will be, and a lot of the time, he does manage to feel great while doing it. So, he’s attuning himself to what he wants. But, Bob has some resistance, too. He has some beliefs that being successful requires a lot of hard, torturous work, that getting new clients is difficult in this economy, that vendors are a hassle to deal with, etc.
Now, as I said, Bob wants more clients. He devises a marketing plan that he hopes will get him more clients. He advertises and sends out mailings and even does some cold calling. He’s hustling like crazy, and yet, the clients are only trickling in. Not only that, but the new clients he’s getting are all kind of whiney and difficult. What the hell Universe?
If Bob had stopped before creating and implementing that marketing plan and asked himself some simple questions, he could’ve created a very different outcome (and he still can turn it around from here by asking the same questions):
Why am I taking this action?
Bob’s Answer: “Because I want more clients and I think this marketing plan will help me do that.”
How does this action feel? Does it feel closer to fear or joy? Does it seem like it’ll be more of a hassle or that it’ll be really fun?
Bob’s Answer: “Uff. Well that’s a hard one. It definitely doesn’t sound like fun. I guess, if I’m really honest, it feels more like fear. “
What are you afraid will happen if you don’t take this action?
Bob’s Answer: “I’m afraid I won’t get more clients, and that my business won’t expand.”
So, what vibration is inspiring this action? Where’s your vibration at?
Bob’s Answer: “Ooooh. I just got it. I’m focused on “no clients”, aren’t I?”
Bob’s Solution: Scrap the marketing plan, and spend more time lining up with what he wants, which in this case would entail defining his perfect clients (perfect for him), seeing himself happily dealing with tons of perfect, appreciative, affluent clients, and maybe visualizing himself welcoming new clients to his business on a regular basis. He could also possibly visualize hiring help to deal with all the amazing clients he now has (as long as it feels good to do so.)
In other words, Bob’s going to clean up his vibration some more and then see what he’s inspired to do.
But what about Jack Canfield’s suggestion?
Don’t worry, Awesome Dude; I haven’t forgotten about your question. So, why would Jack Canfield suggest that the Universe rewards action and that you should just do something? Well, as I recall from reading some of Jack’s work, he doesn’t actually suggest that you should just go out and do something. He advises that you set a goal (define what you want) and then take some kind of action towards that goal every day. As long as you keep your eye on what you want in a way that feels good, much of that action will naturally be inspired by the vibration of your desire.
Will some or a lot of that action be inspired by fear? Possibly, yes. Will you still get there if you consistently stick with it? Eventually, yes. Taking action inspired by fear won’t ruin your chances of you getting what you want, but it will slow you down. Remember that in each moment, you get a new chance to take a different course. You may have to adjust and readjust that course a few times, but eventually, your inner being will be successful in calling to the frequency of what you want (you will, at some point, get sick of taking frustrated action). Also, if you have a positive expectation that this process will work, it will help you get aligned with what you want, as well, which will make the whole process a bit easier.
I don’t disagree with what Jack Canfield says, I just take it further. I think there are a lot of people out there who aren’t ready for this level of explanation. They’re going to resonate with “set a goal and take action towards it”. You have to be ready to pay attention to how you feel. For some people, that very notion is still very uncomfortable. Jack’s books are designed to appeal to massive audiences. If he goes too deep, he’ll lose that appeal.
I would, however, reword the statement that “The Universe rewards action” to “The Universe rewards aligned action”, (because you guys, being awesome and all, can handle it, damn it!) When you realize that the action is really just a manifestation, then forcing yourself to take action is obviously a reflection of your fear. You’re determined to “make it happen” because you don’t trust that it will, if you don’t get in there and do it with your bare hands. If, however, the action you’re taking feels good, passionate, and/or joyful, then the action you’re taking is being inspired by a high vibration, one that matches what you want. The second type of action will get you where you want to go much, much faster and without all the bumps and bruises.
I also want to point out (again and again) that the process of aligning is a type of action, as well. Focusing is action. Visualizing is action. Aligning IS action. When you are visualizing or meditating or daydreaming or deliberately getting happy, YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING. I just wanted to make sure you knew that. 🙂
I’ll probably continue to use the term “inspired action” to represent action inspired by the vibration of what you want. But, ultimately, it’s valuable to understand that all of our actions (and reactions, but that’s another post…) are manifestations of our vibrations. When you ask yourself “Why did I do/eat/drink/say that?”, what you’re really looking for is the answer to “Where was my vibration at?”
The following articles and posts also talk about inspired action:
Action Versus Inspired Action (also available as an audio file)
Quick Questions About LOA and Manifesting Volume 1 (Third Question)
Now, it’s your turn. How you do determine if the action you want to take is inspired or not? Do you have a litmus test of your own? Share in the comments!