So Iâ€™m reading a book that Iâ€™m referring to a lot in my life coaching these days. And this is a book that has elicited many â€œahaâ€™sâ€ for me, which is humbling because after all, Iâ€™m a Swami, and shouldnâ€™t I have learned everything? I mean, do I really need to read yet another book? Well, apparently the answer is YES.
The book is Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks. And I understand the principles are similar to whatâ€™s espoused in the movie â€œThe Secret.â€ Not surprisingly, both the book and the movie started showing up in my horizon of awareness at about the same timeâ€¦funny how that happensâ€¦
The book outlines how to manifest your desires and more importantly, how to do it joyfully based on the â€œLaw of Attractionâ€ which is stated as: â€œThat which is like unto itself is drawn.â€ Now this is nothing new and itâ€™s what many of us teach in our life coaching along with other laws of the universe. But whatâ€™s so interesting about the teachings of this book is that it presents a very practical way of assessing how weâ€™re doing with using the Law of Attraction as we strive to manifest our desired goals.
Hereâ€™s how it worksâ€¦first, you use your thoughts to set the desired goal into motion. And you must continue to think those thoughts for the manifestation to occur. But you must also allow it to happen. In order to allow the desire to manifest, your vibrational frequency must match that which you want to manifest. The book uses an analogy of a radio: â€œIn the same way that your radio tuner must be set to match the frequency of the broadcasting station you desire to hear, the vibrational frequency of your being must match the frequency of your desire.â€
So, if you want peace, then you must feel peace â€“ not just when you are imagining the goal but throughout the day. You need to be in resonance with the goal. In order to be in resonance to receive the desired result, you need to attune to it. You do that by invoking a feeling that is on the same frequency. And you invoke the feeling by thinking a thought that will elicit the feeling.
For example, if you want to manifest â€œjoyâ€ and â€œjoyâ€ is at 103.5 FM, but you are feeling â€œshameâ€ or â€œguiltâ€ and â€œguiltâ€ is vibrating at 89.5 FM – then you are not in resonance with joy. To get there, you need to invoke a thought that will elicit a more positive feeling, which will help you move up the scale of emotion until you get to joy.
Your feelings are signposts or indicators of how youâ€™re doing. The book calls this your â€œEmotional Guidance System.â€ What you are feeling from moment to moment indicates how close you are to manifesting your desired goal. This is because your feelings dictate your frequency of vibration and your frequency dictates what you attract due to the â€œLaw of Attraction.â€
Another major concept of Ask and It is Given is that there is this powerful, unlimited â€œstream of well-beingâ€ that is flowing through the universe. Again, this isnâ€™t anything new but itâ€™s a different way of presenting what some have called â€œSourceâ€ or â€œBrahmanâ€ or â€œGodâ€ or â€œLove.â€ Whatever the term, the stream of well-being is there and will always be there. And we are all connected to it. In fact, we are IT. But we donâ€™t know it or havenâ€™t experienced IT because we are out of tune or alignment with it.
I love when things that I read are in alignment with the mystical concepts that I studied. It just reinforces the idea that there is one body of truth and many ways to say it. In Patanjaliâ€™s Yoga Sutras, he defines Kriya Yoga as self study, self discipline and â€œattunement to the indwelling Reality.â€
We need to attune to the all pervasive energy (of â€œwell-beingâ€) that exists within us and around us by tuning our frequency to a higher vibration. And you do it through feelings. How practical!
Of course, like most of these books, the trick is in applying it. And for some, this is where â€œspiritual life coachingâ€ comes into play. Many of us are stuck in the realm of theoretical understanding, or in the â€œmental body.â€ And as this book states, we need to know it by feeling it.
As I write this, I am thinking about what I am feeling. And Iâ€™m optimistic about the future. We are truly living in such an exciting time because the wisdom of the ages is becoming more and more accessible. We donâ€™t have to trek to the Himalayas to find it; itâ€™s at the local bookstore!
May we all be blessed with this wisdom that we will be an even greater blessing to others!
Om Sat Tat Om.