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.

Today we’re finishing up the rest of Part I of the book. Having an established foundation in the Law of Attraction and the creative power called Source Energy, Abraham’s goal is to now teach you how you can fully harness this power to make incredible changes in your life. So let’s move on…

Your Emotional Guidance System

After learning that you must “resonate” with your desire in order to achieve it, most people then ask, “How can I know that I’m resonating with it?” The answer can be found in your emotions.

Abraham explains that we all have a built-in guidance system which acts very much like a GPS — telling us if we’re on the right path to achieving what it is that we want. This GPS is our emotions.

This Emotional Guidance System is very easy to grasp: By noticing that your emotions are negative, you can realize that you are acting as a resistor to the flow of energy from your Source — which essentially hinders the power that is used to manifest your desires. On the other hand, if your emotions are positive, the higher the “positivity” or vibration of your emotion, the more power will be available to you to manifest your desires.

Although you might be thinking or visualizing what it is that you want, if your vibration is low because of your negative emotions, then those thoughts have no power behind them to manifest your desires.

Here is the list of “vibrational levels” from highest (you are an efficient conductor, “allowing” Source energy to flow) to the lowest (you’re acting as an insulator having no conductive properties).

You may notice that this list is very similar to the Levels of Consciousness that I wrote about from Power Vs. Force…check it out! (In my opinion, Abraham IS talking about the levels of consciousness here — they are one and the same).

  • Joy/Empowerment/Freedom/Love/Appreciation/Knowledge
  • Passion
  • Enthusiasm/Eagerness/Happiness
  • Positive Expectancy/Belief
  • Optimism
  • Hope
  • Contentment
  • Boredom
  • Pessimism
  • Frustration/Impatience
  • Overwhelmed
  • Disappointment
  • Doubt
  • Worry
  • Blame
  • Discouragement
  • Anger
  • Revenge
  • Hatred/Rage
  • Jealousy
  • Insecurity/Guilt
  • Fear/Grief/Despair

Increasing Your Vibration

If you are vibrating at a lower level, one thing you must realize is that you cannot simply skip ahead from the lowest vibration to the highest, without hitting the ones in-between. Although “quantum leaps” are possible, increasing your vibration is more like tuning an analog radio — you must dial through the various frequencies until you reach the desired one.

For example, if you are at the lowest level — Despair — and you notice that you are beginning to feel Anger, realize that you are actually making progress and raising your vibration. Too many well-meaning people might see someone caught up in, say, guilt and as they begin to get angry, they council them not to be that way. This is actually stopping there progression to higher levels of vibration.

To increase your vibration, the first thing is becoming aware of where you are on the scale. From there, it’s a matter of using techniques (covered in the second part of this book, which I’ll review tomorrow) to pull yourself up to a higher level.

The 17 & 68 Second Rule

Now that you’ve raised your vibration to a point where you are allowing the Source Energy to flow through you and your thoughts are in alignment with your desires, how long does it take for them to begin manifesting?

Surprisingly, not too long.

According to Abraham, if you are “conducting” at a high level, then it takes about 17 seconds of focused attention to activate a matching vibration with your desire. If you can maintain this pure focus for 68 seconds, then your vibrational match becomes powerful enough to kick off the manifestation process. Then it’s time to open your eyes and expect things to come into your life which will help you attain your desires.

This could be the desire itself, someone who is a key component to your attaining of it, an important piece of information, an opportunity and so on. The important thing is to open yourself up to these incoming opportunities.

Tomorrow I’ll be covering Part II of this book, which is a collection of exercises you can use to raise your level of vibration. Hope to see you there..!

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.

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