Hey everyone, it's been a while since I posted here, but I've been struggling with something, and thought I'd ask the IQ community what they think.
I've been seriously studying and practising the LOA for 7-8 years now. I've managed to manifest most of my big desires and I'm quite in tune with where my vibration is at most of the time. I do have occasional "negative" manifestations, but they aren't usually unexpected - whenever something happens to me, I can usually tell which thoughts or beliefs led to the event happening.
Lately, something happened to me that was completely unexpected, very scary and borderline traumatic. No warning whatsoever, and I can't think of what I did to manifest an event to that degree (I did have some negativity going on just before, but nowhere near enough to manifest something this big - I think?!). It's left me with this fear and a distrust of the Universe. Previously, I had come to the point in my spirituality where I felt sure that everything happened for a reason, according to our vibration and lessons we needed to learn. Now, I fear that maybe there is randomness to the Universe, that there are some negative events that just happen, that we can't prevent or prepare for no matter how emotionally and spiritually healthy we are. This has led me to fear that the things and people I love might be taken away, or that bad things might happen out of the blue.
One of the things that has given me great comfort about my LOA-based spirituality is feeling some security in knowing that everything happens for a reason and that we can shape our reality, or at least understand why events happen by examining our thoughts and beliefs. I feel like the rug has been pulled out from under my feet, and ever since this event happened, fear and anxiety often lurks somewhere in my brain (and then of course, I fear that the fear and anxiety will lead to further manifestations). I haven't had my faith in LOA tested like this is many years.
I appreciate all and any input!
There's only one occasion in my life that I can think of where something "unexpected" happened to the point where I was genuinely (unpleasantly) surprised at the physical manifestation.
Perhaps a bit like you are implying, I thought at the time that I had found an exception to the operations of Universal Law (Law of Attraction).
But after some months had elapsed and I was able to review the events with a more detached perspective, it became crystal clear that I had simply become accustomed to an uncomfortable vibrational setpoint and was "tolerating" it rather than cleaning it up.
I had grown used to wearing my leather shoes :) ...
Since Law of Attraction makes every vibrational setpoint "grow" where it is, that meant that, sooner or later, I was going to experience a physical manifestation to match my "aching feet" :) ...and that's exactly what happened.
It wasn't actually an exception to Law of Attraction's operations but a demonstration to myself that some chronic vibrational patterns of thought can be quite subtle and ingrained. It was the physical manifestation that finally made me conscious of them...so that turned out to be a "good" thing in the end :)
I suspect that if you revisit these painful events once you've gained a degree of emotional detachment from them, you'll discover which uncomfortable shoes you were wearing and it will restore your confidence/knowledge/faith in the operations of Universal Law.
Until then, yeah, you might feel a bit shaky on your feet for a while :)
EDIT - JAN 17, 2017
I realized that I haven't ranted and raved on Inward Quest for a while about the value of daily Vortex alignments so allow me to correct that here... :)
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The easy way to avoid subtle and chronic bad-feeling vibrations ever creeping up on you in future is to do daily Vortex alignments.
Touching the Vortex consciously at least once a day re-sensitizes you to your emotions so that even the subtle resistance ends up becoming about as subtle as a grand piano falling on your head :)
It can sometimes take an "unexpected" or "shocking" incident to make you realize the true value of constantly reminding yourself of the benchmark of really feeling good...it did for me :)
As Abraham repeat endlessly, words (even ranted and raved ones) don't teach, only life experience teaches :)
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There are three types of thinking. Positive attraction that pulls positive events into our lives, negative thinking that pulls negative things into our lives and then flatlining, which is what most people do. When you flatline you aren't pulling positive or negative events to you, you are simply taking life as it is happening to you, instead of having life work for you. when we flatline we are leaving things up to chance. Think of it this way, you are on a canoe and if you nagivate it yourself you can steer it where you want to go and you will have a smoother ride and get to your destination faster, if you are flatlining, you are leaving the journey on the canoe up to where the current decides to take you, you will float into calm waters and sometimes into rough waters. It's possible you are taking control of your thoughts and have them in alignment with your feelings and followed by inspired action, but you also may be flatlining. When we flatline, the events in our lives are dictated by the mass consciousness of everything around us. Also pay attention to the root of your feelings, is it coming from a truly positive place or a negative place? When you trace your feelings back in that way, you start to see where they are really coming from. Impatience for example comes from a lack of belief or fear it will not come,so does forced or obsessive thinking. This is just an example of root feelings and their underlying cause. Pay attention to how you feel, that is the most important of all, because that is the subconscious mind and that is the part of our mind that the Universe connects to.
This has happened to me in the past. Like you, that time really tested my faith in LOA.
Broadly speaking, and without knowing any specifics, there are the following possibilities:
You tried to manifest something, and the universe is taking the path of least resistance to get you what you wanted. The path universe takes can often be traumatic. It's also possible that what you were trying manifest is better manifesting ability. So far you have done well when conditions were good. Now your inner being wants you to vibrationally deal with a period when the conditions are not so good.
Even though you are proficient in deliberately applying LOA, you have indulged in some negativity, by your own admission. When people who are habitually in a good-feeling place let themselves go a bit, they often get shaken up by some manifestation far worse than the mild negativity of their thoughts would justify. I have experienced this myself, and the only possible reason I can put forward for this is that your inner being is telling you to sit up and notice, and stop slacking.
You haven't elaborated, but has this occurred as a by-product of a manifestation? I.e. something you successfully manifested, and then you have concluded that what you have just manifested is actually a hand grenade with the pin off? If this is the case, then this is quite common, and it is only your interpretation of the thing rather than an actual, physically bad thing.
Finally, it is my opinion that LOA as practised and discussed on the Internet actually makes people weak, overconfident and unprepared for serious upheavals. In the past I have experienced this helplessness myself, as you are experiencing now. The biggest fear someone can experience is not that of death, but something much more existential - which is the loss of faith. Because we think nothing bad will ever happen to us if we think right, when something 'bad' does happen, it leaves us a) completely confused, and b) unprepared to deal with the situation, because we find ourselves at the bottom of the EGS once again - and we have to learn to get up the scale all over again.
As a further complication, most people (myself included) overestimate the quality of their own thoughts. That may also have played a part. In other words, what you may have thought of as a phase of mild negativity, may not actually have been so mild.
For times like this, you need a back-up plan. My fall-back position was to forget about LOA completely for a while and read up on and practise stoicism instead. This gave me a lot of relief, and once back up the EGS (around pessimism), I resumed my normal vibrational alignment practices.
Updated on Jan 19, 2017
@cassiopeia, Abraham tackled scenario A, in a recent seminar (Asheville, October 15, 2016). Someone had three houses burnt down before they could move to a really nice and large house. Abraham said this happens when resistance is high, but the desire is even higher. Something like this happened twice in my life. In both cases the situation resolved and the new reality emerged within a month or so. If your difficulty is lingering on for much longer than a month, then it may not be a case of 'A'.
The answer to your question may be contained in how you asked the question....Let me show you:
I have always been one of few people on Inward Quest who has maintained a very different point of view from many people on the very subject that you you are addressing: There is randomness in the Universe...i.e. S**t Happens.... Even Forrest Gump knew this.
I cannot believe that all the people who are murdered, raped, injured in car accidents, etc. asked for these events to occur in their lives! Some may, in one way or another, but not ALL. I have been arguing this point from the first day I began my own "Inward Quest". But FEAR can bring on some pretty nasty stuff. If you do your part, many less "negative" manifestations will happen to you. But things do happen that we do not ask for! Who in their right mind would "ask" for an F4 tornado to happen to them? One hit our house when I was nine, in what came to be called "The Palm Sunday" tornado outbreak, which totally destroyed three homes right across the street from our own home, and did damage to ours on a lesser, but still scarier, level.
I refuse to hold to the belief that little babies in their cribs "attracted" Hurricane Katrina. For that matter, I refuse to believe that I did that. But I do drive a car, as do millions upon millions of other Americans, and the result is helping to raise the level of CO2 in the atmosphere. ALL OF HUMANITY TOGETHER HAS THE POWER TO SET THE TONE OF THE PLANET, FOR GOOD OR ILL.
And your fear will attract more of the same. Remember, once a great Man said, "Fear not; For Behold, I am with you!" This statement isn't just Christian. It is Everything! Whatever you call the Force of Good, it IS with you if you are Aligned with it.
Cass, go back and read some of your own (very good) answers to others here on IQ. This will help you to remember who you were before this "thing" happened to you. You did NOT DESERVE OR "ASK" for what happened to you. but you are making lemonade out of lemons, so to speak Your post is an answer to a prayer- an intent, if you will- that I have asked for myself and Inward Quest- to get back to what I used to be, and what I was capable of doing. When really bad things happen, it often fires people up to overcome the bad, and make things better. Katrina was a very bad event, but I saw such good come of that horrific storm. A newer, better, MUCH stronger bridge was built in place of the one that was destroyed between Ocean Springs and Biloxi. Perhaps you could help other people who have been through what you have been through.
DUMP THE FEAR!!!
I believe in you. But I am glad you came back to IQ. We need all the women we can get! (LOL!!!)
answered 17 Jan '17, 03:10
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answered 17 Jan '17, 06:03
From the stoic Seneca...
'You are unfortunate in my judgment, for you have never been unfortunate. You have passed through life with no antagonist to face you; no one will know what you were capable of, not even you yourself.' We do ourselves an immense favour when we consider adversity an opportunity to make this discovery - and, in the discovery, to enhance what we find there'
answered 16 Jan '17, 16:33
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