This week, Life Training Online will be reviewing Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires, by Esther and Jerry Hicks, the fourth of fifty-two books in the 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks series.
At first I wasn’t quite sure how this book was written. I thought that it was typed by Esther and Jerry Hicks based off of a compilation of notes that they recorded through channeling sessions. But after rereading the introduction I realized that it was in fact Abraham, who — through Esther — typed this book. Either way, from here on out, I’ll refer to the author as Abraham or “they”.
While you’re reading the book, you may notice that there seems to be quite a bit of overlap. Whether this was by design or because it was edited to be that way, I don’t know. In any case, I’ll present it to you in a more linear format, presenting some of the main “discussion threads” that course throughout the volume.
You Only Hear What You are Ready to Hear
“When the student is ready, the master appears”. I’m sure you’ve heard of that saying. According to Abraham, we attract into our lives exactly those things which we are ready to experience, so if you are reading this book — or any other book for that matter — you can know that you are ready for the information which is inside it. (If you don’t feel ready for this post though, close your browser now! )
Setting up the Foundation
Early on in the book, Abraham starts establishing a baseline of understanding so as to build upon a solid foundation for all readers. The cornerstone of their teachings is that we are eternal beings in physical form, infinitely connected to a Higher Power or what they refer to as the Source.
We can never fully remove our connection to this Source; we can only hinder it through our thoughts. This then, is the true purpose of this book — to help us to fully “connect” with this Infinite Power and learn to “allow” all our desires to flow to us.
You Create Your Own Reality
Freedom of choice is the basis of our existence. And our purpose is to experience joy. When you can come to the awareness that you are the creator of your own experience and that the only thing that hinders you from those things that you desire is yourself, then you can deliberately allow all those things to flow into your life.
This goes for all people. You create your own reality even if you don’t understand that you do so. The same energy that was used to create planets, you can learn to harness so as to create the life that you desire. This is part of our birthright. And the key to controlling this energy is through our thoughts.
The Law of Attraction
If it seems like you’re unable to continually get what you want from life, then you most likely don’t understand the formula behind what can give you consistent results. This formula is called the Law of Attraction.
The Law of Attraction states that every thought is a vibration which radiates a signal into the universe. This signal then attracts a matching signal back. In other words, you attract into your life that which you dominantly think about.
This can be compared to a radio. When you tune your radio to 98.5 you don’t expect to get 100.7. And just as a radio tuner receives what vibrational frequencies it resonates, so too do our vibrational frequencies (thoughts) match whatever it is that we are receiving. The challenge is learning how to maintain a resonance of what we desire, so that we attract it into our existence. This is the key to applying the Law of Attraction and this book’s entire second part is dedicated to practical methods on how you can “tune” yourself to your Source.
You Are At the Leading Edge of Thought
I found this concept to be very interesting. To be at the leading edge of thought means that you are existing as the manifestation of all who have gone before. Sound a little new-agey to you? Let me rephrase: Where you are now, and everything that you have and are experiencing in this moment, is the result of past people’s desires, thoughts, and efforts.
For example, the car that you drive to work is not something that was simply conjured up out of thin air, but is the result of all the thoughts, desires and efforts from all people from the beginning of humankind.
This is not a far-fetched statement. When the first humans began walking around, they probably noticed horses running around a lot quicker and more efficiently than their little bow-legs could carry them and desired that they too could travel with such speed. Then someone got the bright idea to tame one of those horses and ride it instead. This then turned to multiple horses pulling a carriage to the Model T to the little Pinto that sits in your garage.
This is all an oversimplification of course. We know that the first automobile was not invented in a single day but reflects an evolution that took place throughout the world. In fact, it’s estimated that our modern-day automobile is the combination of over 100,000 different patents. That’s a lot of individual thought and desire making up something that we consider commonplace!
I would bet that the first person who rode a horse wasn’t even the first one who tamed one. Even that was probably a combination of different people’s desires. Basically the point of this is that we live in a world that is made up of everyone’s thoughts and desires manifesting all around us. The fact that you live in the now, shows that you are at the “leading edge” of the entire human race’s thoughts; which you will further build upon with your own thoughts and desires, expanding your own existence as well as the universe’s.
Tomorrow, I’ll be finishing up the review of the first part of this book with details about your Emotional Guidance System, how you can become a deliberate creator, how to change your own vibrational frequency and more! So stick with me…
Ask and It Is Given is the fourth of fifty-two books in Life Training – Online’s series 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks.