I read a similar post, but it didn't quite answer my question:

I'm still trying to get my head around a lot of this, so bear with me :-). I seem to understand here that focusing on one's future, making plans, and putting a lot of energy into trying to manifest something in the future is not a good thing. What then are "affirmations"? If we recite well thought-out affirmations every day are we then putting a lot of unnecessary energy into a future event or goal?

I have been spending a lot of time with this every day...mostly when I go out for walks...and I spend a lot of time and energy planning out my future employment and eduction. Is this wrong? Should I not be doing it this way?

To be honest what I have been doing for the past year has not been working that well for me, so I'm trying to learn exactly how I should be living in order to be more successful and abundant.

Thank you.

asked 27 Dec '12, 02:41

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Pacal Votan

edited 27 Dec '12, 15:27

Well look, nothing has been working out for you and you still don't appreciate it. How then will you appreciate when everything starts working too?

You have all the nothing of the universe. Is all of nothing not enough? If not, then all of everything will never be!

(27 Dec '12, 03:34) CalonLan

@CalonLan: something of everything will always trump all of nothing.

(27 Dec '12, 04:20) SR7

@SR7, very well then, next time you feel like having nothing let me know, I'm producing fair amount of waste of everything on daily basis. So instead of throwing it out, I could supply you with it!

(27 Dec '12, 05:42) CalonLan
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A lot of answers you will get on Inward Quest will boil down to one thing.

Be happy all day every day and you will get everything you want without planing anything.

Considering this principle there is nothing wrong in planing as long as planing makes you feel good. Affirmations are also just a tool to change your limiting beliefs to make you feel good. So you see it is all about feeling good in the end. You could do nothing but feel good for no reason and you would manifest all things you want and live a happy und fulfilling life. Ultimately you don't need any spiritual, psychological knowledge whatsoever. Just feel good all day and every aspect of your life will work perfectly without you doing anything.


answered 27 Dec '12, 04:20

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edited 27 Dec '12, 04:25


What a great paradox indeed!

Be happy all day, every day and will get fixed everything you are not happy about without planing anything!

But of course you can be happy about being unhappy as well.

(27 Dec '12, 05:34) CalonLan

Thanks for the positive feedback releaser99. Good interactive dialogue is what we all need. This does help.

(27 Dec '12, 15:34) Pacal Votan

@Pacal Votan You are welcome.

(27 Dec '12, 15:56) releaser99

@Releaser99- Nice answer.Trust and feel good in the Now moment and everything else gets taken care:)

(27 Dec '12, 16:12) Satori
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It is perfectly fine to make plans for the future, yet each individual should live day by day, without worrying about the outcome of those plans. The physical body can only react in present moment. Worrying about future events, or dwelling upon past unfavorable situations, only confuses the body’s mechanisms, and undermines their precise activity in the present moment.

Source: The Way Toward Health (A Seth Book)


answered 27 Dec '12, 09:25

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edited 27 Dec '12, 09:26

Thanks TA. I replay my plans in my mind every time I go out for a walk, but I was wondering if this may have perhaps been somewhat obsessive. However, what you're saying here makes perfect sense...worrying about future events is probably obsessive, but the planning part I find enjoyable and therefore is probably positive and productive (and coincides with releaser99's advice above). I will certainly be more aware of my own thoughts now. Thanks again.

(27 Dec '12, 15:37) Pacal Votan

Realise deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life. Whereas before you dwelt in time and paid brief visits to the Now, have your dwelling place in the Now and pay brief visits to past and future when required to deal with the practical aspects of your life situation.

Always say "yes" to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to something that already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say "yes" to life - and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.

The Power Of Now

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answered 27 Dec '12, 16:04

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edited 27 Dec '12, 16:05

Please explain here why you downvoted

(27 Dec '12, 16:08) Pacal Votan

Thanks Satori. I actually only just found Eckhart Tolle's book "The Power of Now", and am about 1/3 of the way through it. The fact that you're also using that to convey a message here is a good thing :-).

(27 Dec '12, 16:10) Pacal Votan

@Pacal Votan- Your welcome. Excellent book, I get something new from it everytime I read it:)

(27 Dec '12, 16:15) Satori
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