In today’s Q and A video, Awesome Jo wanted to know just exactly how many seconds of focus it takes to really activate the progression of a wanted manifestation. As an avid Abraham-Hicks fan, she’d heard that it takes 17 seconds to get enough energy going to manifest something. But is this true? Is there a measurable amount of time that can be reliably used to activate our manifestations? Or… is there more to the story?

Watch today’s video to find out, and get ready for a nitty-gritty dissection of the manifestation process!


Hey, my happy shiny puppies, this is Melody Fletcher, your go-to for everything Law of Attraction and Reality Creation. And today, I’ve got a treat for you! What follows is an excerpt from one of our live Q&A calls, where people just like you, students just like you, were able to ask me questions, and I answered them. And today, you’re going to get one of those. And, as you see, in the coming weeks, we’re going to be rolling out more and more of these.

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Caller – Hello Melody; how’re you doing?

Melody – I’m good; how are you?

Caller – I’m good, thank you. I’m just curious about something. It’s about activating the feeling of what we want, only when we have one technique that I seem to, kind of, lean on when I really want to do that. When I want to, consciously, get a really good manifestation going. And that is just sitting, visualizing, and trying to get that really good feeling going; imagining it all in the hologram. And, I know it’s working when I get, like a silly, little smile on my face, and everything feels really good. And then, I just try to sit with that for as long as I can.

Melody – Hmmm!

Caller – But, something that I’ve noticed has popped up in various LOA teachings, here and there, is this whole idea of the duration that you should do that for. And, there’s this thing about 17 seconds. And, I’ve just always been curious about it. Like, I’m not that bothered by it – but I’ve always been curious about it. Like, why 17? That’s so random, and why does that pop up? And, you know what I mean? So, it’s a bit odd.

Melody – Well, that comes from Abraham.

Caller – Yes, yeah!

Melody – That 17 seconds thing comes from Abraham, where they say you have to do 17 seconds. And, I think – I haven’t listen to them in quite some time – but I think that at one point I heard them say that it was even shorter now. I’ve never gotten a message that said so and so many seconds. I think that it is a situational, and an individual thing that has to be looked at for the individual. And so, I basically have said, look – and I don’t know about 17 seconds because, I have certainly taken people through this process many, many, many times, where, after about 20 seconds they stop, and they stop just short of actually getting there. Because that little bit of resistance comes up, that little bit of reluctance comes up where you’re like, “Ooh!” And then, you kind of go: “This isn’t working!” And then, you want to run away. Right? Because you were just shy of coming to that. And that doesn’t happen at the 17 seconds mark. So, if that was a universal measurement, then we would be able to reproduce that, and measure that, and see that every time. 17, 17, 17, 17. Right? You passed the 17 seconds mark. And, it also depends on how pure the signal is; how much resistance you have as you focus on it.

Caller – Hmmm!

Melody – Because, if you have no resistance, how much, how often do you need to do it? Well, once! Boom – in! Right? The reason why we repeat is, because, often, we’re still banging it into place a little bit. It gets a little bit more comfortable, a little bit more comfortable, and little bit more comfortable; oh, now it’s comfortable. Right?

And so then, we do it as long as it takes, basically, to get to that really good feeling place, which is often more than 17 seconds. But what you can see is within – and they don’t say it’s solved within 17 seconds, they basically – I’m going to use my language to explain what they say.

Caller – Hmmm!

Melody – They say it takes 17 seconds to get the progression really going. And, that may be true or not; I have not received that message, I don’t know. I’ve certainly not seen that play out in something that I could measure.

But I think that the message, the underlying message is that we’re talking about seconds, not hours, days, weeks, or months. That this kind of work is really fast. That if you really start to surrender to a frequency, and you really kind of go for it, within a few seconds – I usually say, within 30 to 60 seconds, because that gives people – people aren’t going to watch the clock so much – 30 to 60 seconds, and that’s also my experience around where that happens. Sometimes, after 20 or 30 seconds; sometimes after about a minute. But, where that happens, where you get over that little hump, and it starts to already feel better. And, to me, that’s the indication, when you’re like, “Oh!” That’s the indication, now you’re building a positive progression. You just swapped into it, and everything starts to open up, and it’s easier and easier, and better and better. It starts to build, and build; and more ideas come in, and more thoughts come in, and memories come in that are positive.

That’s when you’re building that progression. I think you can watch yourself do that. And, it takes as long as it takes. Sometimes, it’s going to be real quick. Sometimes you’re going to be sitting there for 45 minutes, challenging yourself to – “Ok! This doesn’t quite feel right. This doesn’t quite feel right. Let me re-shift. What do I want; what do I want? What do I want; what do I want?” Until you hit that frequency, where then, you really start building that positive progression. And so, I kind of stay away from measurements like that because I don’t think they’re helpful.

Caller – Yeah! It just always really confused me. And, every time I do, actively, consciously try to sit and get that really good feeling going, it’s different every time. You know, like, earlier I was just sitting, and trying to get into that really good feeling place, without trying to force it, just sitting there, and my mind bounced around loads. And, I start thinking about, instead of focusing on this one particular thing, I started going elsewhere, like a playground, and I was like, “Oh! Wait a minute; let’s go back here.”

Melody – As long as it feels good!

Caller – Yeah!

Melody – You know; you can always let that happen because then, you understand what is happening, is; you’re getting lots of different representations.

Caller – Hmmm!

Melody – You’re on a good feeling frequency and that just explodes. And, you’re like, “Oh! I could do this; and I could do this. And, oh my gosh! And….” And, all these ideas come in. That’s when you’re really popping. You’ve got that frequency going, and lots of data is starting to come in.

You see, the data doesn’t just come in on the negative side. When you’re exploring something, you sit on the negative feeling; you get more data. That happens on the positive side too. Because all that is, is just building a progression. Right? Bringing in more information; bringing in more representations, bringing in more evidence. You can do that on the positive side too. And, that’s why, if you’re in meditation or you’re just sitting and trying to feel good – and, you know you have it, when that shit starts happening. When your mind just can’t – instead of it looking for every negative thing, it’s like, going to every positive place. And then, you’ve really – you’ve made it; you’ve made a shift when that happens. You just enjoy the shit out of that!!

Caller – Yeah! Yes, sometimes, I get into it really fast – in fact, once or twice, it’s happened on its own, and I’ve just, sort of, found myself, daydreaming. Next thing you know, I’m feeling all good and mushy inside, and I’m smiling, and I’m like, “Oh; holy crap, I’m actually doing it!” You know? But, I think, yeah, it’s really fun; it’s really fun.

But I want to get more into a habit of being able to do that every day, just a little bit here and there, and play with it a bit. And then, and obviously, you know, like you taught us, it’s really good because then, we’ll see where our resistance is at as well.

Melody – Hmmm!

Caller – But, yeah; but that whole thing about that specific time stamp has just always, sort of, confused me, and I just thought it was really random. So, it’s good to hear that it’s more about what feels right to you, and however long it takes. You know?

Melody – Yes, that’s how I see it anyway. I mean, I can only give you what I get, and what I can pass on. But, I never gave it much credence, just because, it didn’t really resonate with me. And, when I asked about it, the answer that I got, was that, that’s too linear of a way of looking at it.

And, I’m sure Esther Hicks and Abraham, they brought that through for a reason. And, I think, the underlying message of that was, is: It really doesn’t really take long to do this. Which I’m happy to say as well. To me, it’s not helpful, or empowering to lock people into a certain timeframe, because, especially with my crowd – maybe not everybody – but with my crowd, people will lock into that 17 seconds. And then, if it hasn’t happened by second 18, they’re like, “Oh! I’m doing it wrong!” And then, they’ll over-think it, and they’ll spiral, instead of – 30 to 60 seconds; how about you give it that long? How about – you microwave a Burrito? And, you give it that long. Just relax a little bit, and don’t be so hardcore about how much time it has to be.

But, I do like to tell people that, because, if you’re sitting there for 10 minutes, 20 minutes, and you’re trying, and you’re trying, and nothing’s happening – you need to stop! Like, don’t keep hammering on after it, because if it didn’t happen within a couple of minutes and you saw no movement; didn’t get worse, didn’t get better, it’s just the same, then, it’s not happening. Like, back-off; do something else. You’re not going to get it to pop by just pushing forward.

And so, I think there’s a great message in the 17 seconds, which is: Don’t do this for hours, and hours, and hours; as many people want to do. Don’t torture yourself. Its like: You go in, you see if you get it to shift within a minute or two, and if nothing happens, back away; because, this is quick.

Now, sometimes, it takes several minutes, but something’s happening the whole time. So, if you have an anger release that takes 10 minutes, I mean, you are doing stuff the whole time, energy’s moving the whole time. But if you go in, and nothing happens within a minute or two, and you just, you can’t get any data, you can’t get any more or anything – you just can’t get at it yet; you’ve got to back away, and let it come again.

Caller – Yeah, ok! No, that’s great; that makes a lot of sense to me. Yes, because, the idea of putting in these parameters doesn’t make sense. I mean, because then, you’re just putting these, kind of, like weird restrictions on yourself to have things a certain way. And, I think, you’ve just got to go with how you feel. Right? So, yeah!

Melody – Yep!!

Caller – Yeah!

Melody – It works! It so simple, isn’t it? Why can’t I just say that? Let’s put that on a T-shirt, and I can just retire. Yeah? Hehehe!

Caller – Hehehe!! Ok! No, no; that’s great, that’s brilliant. Thank you. That was just my little point of curiosity that I wanted to ask, so.

Melody – Good! Good Well, thank you Jo, that was a great question.

Caller – Cool, thank you, Melody. Cheers.

Melody – Thank you, bye.

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