I am an actor and for long have been searching for an answer to the following dilemma. When we play characters we often have to engage with emotions that are of a lower vibration since many stories speak of suffering and pain. So, how do I as an actor play a character who has negative emotions without attracting negative experiences in my life? I know this question was asked in one of Abraham's workshops, but I can't find the video. Can you help me out?
Thanks for your question. First allow me to clarify a common misconception that may be tripping you up. This is the notion that “lower vibrations” or “negative emotions” are necessarily detrimental and to be eliminated from our experience. From our study of the emotional scale we understand that emotion is always relative and merely an indicator of position and progress. So while anger or revenge are often considered to be negative emotions, to the person in fear or depression they are immediately positive.
Furthermore, as artists we especially appreciate the play of contrasting colors, vibrations, rhythms and attitudes to mimic, compliment or expand the rich and diverse Universe which we inhabit. As a writer I revel in contrast, allowing the Law of Attraction to fill the gap and manage the details of plot, character, and setting. What’s more, I look to the Law to draw actors like you who bring inspiration to the portrayal as well as an audience who will weep, gasp and cheer at the appropriate times.
Even as I now recall the process I am filled with exhilaration and joy, the same joy I suspect that drew you to acting in the first place. As creators we are capable of manipulating multiple levels of energy in the service of our personal expansion and this is the essence of alignment. Just remember, “The playis the thing…”
As we practice focusing on our feelings for guidance we simultaneously develop a finer capacity to interpret the invisible patterns of our desires.
Many of us in the creative community have learned the importance of our emotions in our process. It has been expressed colloquially many ways:
Trust your feelings; follow your heart; let your conscience be your guide.
An emotion can be a predictor of future success or failure, a detector of hidden opportunity, and generally an indicator of whether we are moving towards or away from what we want.
But as we become more aware of the vibrational nature of the Universe and the laws that govern it, we begin to see another, and perhaps more significant benefit to our emotions. For as we come to understand that all things are vibrational, both visible and invisible and that the things which are visible began as invisible things, we begin to see that the things that we deem future in our thoughts are in fact present as vibrational pattern.
As we practice focusing on our feelings for guidance we simultaneously develop a finer capacity to interpret these invisible patterns. Because, while we can’t see these vibrations, we can feel them. If we can feel them, we can focus on their presence. And as we practice the presence of things we desire, the Law of Attraction brings them into physical manifestation.
We’ve probably all heard that knowledge is power. This makes sense if power is defined as the ability to assert ones influence or will upon events, conditions or others. But in the world which we have come to understand as one of inclusion, where assertion is merely a misreading of events, acknowledgement is the true power.
For what we acknowledge we include in our reality. We animate it with our thoughts, emotions and beliefs. We give it direction, purpose and motive. And when it performs accordingly we say it has asserted itself. We call ourselves its recipient or, in many cases, its victim.
The ability to know implies a pursuit, an invasion, a conquering of forces arrayed to prohibit discovery. The power to acknowledge is inherent in every individual and makes each one the master of their domain. A discriminating acknowledgement yields instant access to that which is wanted and relief from that which is not.
But one might say “Should I ignore things that are troubling me? Should I not try to address problems when they arise?”
The simpler and more subtle way is to acknowledge those things that please you, to address yourself as fully as you can to delightful things when they arise. You cannot truly ignore anything. For just as there is no assertion in the Universe, there is no exclusion. But you also cannot truly divide your attention. You cannot focus on something in the foreground without relegating something into the background.
And so as you more consistently acknowledge things wanted, things wanted will increasingly hold more of your attention and, in turn, you will begin noticing more things wanted. Problems will seem to resolve themselves. Rather, they will dissolve into the blur of the background of your life which makes the relative deliciousness of that which you are focused upon possible.
Abraham repeats this constantly. It’s not very satisfying to those of us who want a prescription. And it doesn’t seem to be worth $200 to attend a workshop.
I’m becoming increasingly wary of prescriptions: those how-to guides for getting rid of, transforming, or breaking through what is. For what I give with the right hand I often take away with the left. In other words, the very solution that I am seeking often forms the basis of a formidable argument for the status quo. And in emotional terms I tend to dig in against the very prescription I’ve been offered as illogivcal as that may seem.
A friend of mine told me of the great success he was having simply by going around looking at things and saying “I like that (fill in the blank).” After a day or so of this he started noticing remarkable positive outcomes in his business.
Listening to this, I immediately felt resistance to the whole idea and carried away from the conversation a pattern of resistance every time I recalled it. But after a while I forgot about it until one day I spent an unusual amount of time playing at the beach with some rather upbeat and intellectually stimulating friends. On my way home I found myself flowing with praise for the things around me.
“I love the yellow on that sign. I love the cut of his beard. I love the color of her hair, and so on.”
These things flowed so effortlessly and, what’s more, one inspired another without a break for criticism or even objectivity. And I remembered my conversation with my friend and marveled at how easily the pattern of resistance had dissolved.
The difference between prescription and principle is the difference between trying and knowing, the difference between limited success and unlimited being. Get into the Vortex and then…
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A friend of mine was looking for a job. He had been quite successful at manifesting a number of inspiring opportunities in this area, including a casual introduction to a very desirable firm. Ahead of any formal interview and through no effort on his part, he was invited to a game night with several decision makers at the company. This would allow him to get to know them personally and experience himself as part of the gang so to speak.
It was at this point that he began to worry that the alignment that had brought all of this would fail him on the night of the event. Periods of time spent out of the Vortex became more pronounced and menacing. And as he focused more upon these moments he attracted more resistance until finally the game night was cancelled. The opportunity went away as effortlessly as it had come.
I found myself pondering these details yesterday as I was playing in my own manifestations of business and finance. I recognized them as the perfect opportunity to see how we create our reality in real time. Abraham tells us that when we sleep we align with pure positive energy. There in the Vortex, we experience the life we desire without resistance. Often, as we wake, we translate this experience according to our vibrational set point. If our vibration is high we interpret the dream as pleasant. If it is low, we call it a nightmare. But in either case the source material is the same.
My friend was demonstrating this capacity in waking life. He took a dream scenario and turned it into a nightmare using nothing more than his vibration. I identified the turning point in his story as when he began to try to be in alignment in the future, which of course is impossible. I can only align now. And when the future comes, it will be now. Trying to control the future introduces discord in the present and produces a tailspin out of the Vortex.
As I continued to ponder this I unwittingly engaged the Law of Attraction and, before I knew it, I was worrying about my own manifestations. The vivid details that had flowed to me effortlessly had become hurdles and obstacles. I began to worry about how they would be received or whether they would be ignored. This continued until 3:00 this morning when I awoke, restless and disoriented.
Then it occurred to me that the Law of Attraction had brought me my heart’s desire: a real life, real time experience of these principles in action. For it is one thing to read or hear the teachings of Abraham. It is quite another to observe and feel their reality in your own life. I realized that we are always living the dream, that our lives are always bringing to us our heart’s desire. But when we try to control the future or change the past we deny the truth of our present and translate the dream into a nightmare.
If in these moments we will relax and go general, remembering that we can’t get it wrong and we’ll never get it done, the details of the dream will continue to flow to us. The inspiration to enjoy them will enrapture us. We will experience ourselves as the magnificent creators we always wanted to be.
If we can step back long enough to appreciate what masterful creators we are we may discover a generic principle of how we personally create unwanted things, which we may then specialize to more easily and consistently create that which is wanted.
The New Thought pioneer Thomas Troward introduced the concept of specialization to the topic of metaphysics with profound implications. He stated that, given the right conditions, any natural law may be employed to yield predictable results that would seem to defy nature.
The progress of shipbuilding affords a good example of what I mean. Formerly wood was employed instead of iron, because wood floats on water and iron sinks; yet now the navies of the world are built of iron. Careful thought showed the law of flotation to be that anything could float which, bulk for bulk, is lighter than the mass of liquid displaced by it. And so we now make iron float by making use of the very same law by which it sinks. By the introduction of the personal factor, we provide conditions which do not occur spontaneously — according to the esoteric maxim that “Nature unaided fails”.
Now we want to apply the same process of specializing a generic Law to the first of all Laws, that of the generic life-giving tendency of Spirit itself.
We have evolved since the time of this lecture toward a better understanding of this life-giving Spirit through the teachings of Abraham and others. We have come to revere the concept of the Vortex as an ideal to be devoutly wished. Yet we may be overlooking the fact that this Vortex of all things wanted is only a specialized version of the generic vortex that is the Universe, full of both wanted and unwanted things.
We know that the Law of Attraction indiscriminately gathers together things of like vibration, both wanted and unwanted. And this gathering together is a vortex of creation. We know that we are the creators of our own reality, of things and experiences both wanted and unwanted. Our vortex of creation is so powerful that we often speak about the need to break free from old thoughts, habits, relationships or jobs.
But if we can step back long enough to appreciate what masterful creators we are we may discover a generic principle of how we personally create unwanted things, which we may then specialize to more easily and consistently create that which is wanted. The reclaiming of this powerful beingness is the essence of The Vortex Abraham refers to. Recognizing it in the midst of unwanted experiences will immediately ease any situation. But perhaps most significantly, it allows us to joyfully experience being the conscious creators we always wanted to be.