What is missing in most teachings about the Law of Attraction is an understanding of what it means to take aligned action. Some teachers assert that action – even radical action – is the key to manifesting any goal. Others teach deliberate creation as solely a matter of energetic alignment. Thoughts and feelings are what attract like vibrations, they reason, so action isn’t really required. But the sweet spot of deliberate creation lies at the midpoint of these two philosophies. The sweet spot is learning how to take aligned action.
There is a huge difference between actions that are backed by energetic alignment and those that are not. In fact, they are entirely different states of being that produce dramatically different results. When you understand these differences, you’ll appreciate the many benefits of acting only from a state of energetic alignment.
The Alignment Factor
To begin to understand the difference between aligned action and non-aligned action, consider this: Why is it so much easier to wake up early to go on vacation, than to wake up early for work? The action of getting up early is the same in both cases. And yet one action typically evokes joyful anticipation while the other triggers some internal resistance. The reason for this has everything to do with our internal state of alignment.
You see, as human beings, we are made up of much more than flesh, blood and bone. Energy is the force that animates our bodies and minds, and all that we perceive to be solid. The thoughts we think carry a certain frequency of energy. The beliefs and expectations we hold generate a particular frequency of energy. So do the moods and emotions we experience on a moment-to-moment basis.
When the energy of our thoughts, expectations, and feelings are in resonance with one another, we are in an internal state of alignment.
And alignment draws us easily into action toward the things we desire. But when our thoughts, expectations, and feelings are not aligned with our desires, we experience resistance. And maybe you’ve noticed, actions taken from a state of resistance are not smooth or easy, nor do they produce great results. When our actions are not backed up by energetic alignment, they usually create more chaos than they soothe.
Using action to overcome internal resistance is a recipe for burnout.
Some advocate simply using willpower to push past resistance. Our culture abounds with sayings like, “Fake it ‘til you make it,” and “Feel the fear and do it anyway.” But forcing ourselves into action to overcome an internal misalignment of energy is like paddling upstream against a raging river. In the same way, the river’s current eventually overpowers a boat, the momentum of our energy will always win out.
Jumping into action before we’ve accomplished internal alignment with our intentions is a sure recipe for creating exhaustion and frustration. We get depleted because we’re using internal energy that we don’t have in an attempt to create an external result. This action-only approach is the culprit that drives our addictions to caffeine and other stimulants. Yes, they provide short-term motivation, but at the cost of long-term burnout. Taking misaligned action is like using an electronic device that is relying only on battery power. But aligned action, fueled by inspiration, is like plugging in and being fully charged by a live electrical current.
The key to aligned action is to line up ahead of time.
You will radically increase your effectiveness in all things if you make it a priority to align your internal energy before you take external action. For example, if you’re about to take a break from work to connect with your kids, align with this action beforehand. Think about the experience you want to co-create with them, and feel that experience within you now, in advance of your rendezvous. Recall a time when you felt connected, when you laughed easily, or when you explained something with clarity.
The more prepared you are internally for whatever interaction you’re about to engage in, the more joyfully it will unfold.
Think of it this way: Could you realistically expect to enjoy a great meal if you weren’t hungry? Would you expect to do well on a five-mile run if you hadn’t stretched out ahead of time? Of course, you wouldn’t. You would give yourself the best opportunity to succeed by warming up to whatever activity you were about to engage in. And it works the same way with taking aligned actions.
And so, prior to sitting down at your desk to work, mentally rehearse everything you love about your job. Make a mental list of all your talents and past successes. Think about the positive aspects of the project you’re working on. Prepare your internal environment for an effortless, easy, exhilarating experience.
When the universe throws you the ball, so to speak, you have to be both willing and ready to catch it.
And this means positioning yourself in the most advantageous stance ahead of time. Train yourself in advance. Believe in your abilities. Reminisce about past successes. Visualize what you want to unfold and how you believe you will feel. These inner actions are powerful. They shift you into a state of internal alignment.
Actions that are taken after we’ve deliberately fostered this kind of internal environment of alignment yield effortless, almost miraculous results.
Christy Whitman is an energy healer, Master Certified Law of Attraction Coach, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Having It All: A Woman’s Guide to Unlimited Abundance. Her latest book, The Desire Factor: How to Embrace Your Materialistic Nature to Reclaim Your Full Spiritual Power is on sale now at www.thedesirefactor.com. Christy communicates with, and for, The Quantum Council, a collection of non-physical ascended masters who desire to help humanity understand that we are divinely designed for well-being, abundance, success, and loving relationships. You can take the first step in aligning with and creating your desires by participating in a free 30-day program called Watch Your Words: Click here to learn more; www.watchyourwords.com.