Awesome Heinrich’s Burning Question: “Why do bad manifestations happen within seconds while the good stuff seems delayed? Take today for example. I realized something that sent my blood pressure racing. Now I am so pissed that I decide to embrace my pissedness. Within less than a minute, an irate customer calls me, now I am really mad. Then my sibling sends me the most arrogant message, now I am fuming like a volcano. Then my partner sends me messages which concern finances, all of this in less than 10 minutes… Yes, I have now %$&*#* exploded. Now, on days when I am feeling really happy and giving out tons of smoochy love puppy kisses, feeling so confident that I could run for president within a second, one odd %^*&^$ good thing happens. Why can’t good events follow in the same sequence as bad events? Why can’t one good thing happen after the other within minutes when I am feeling like a freakin’ ray of sunshine and smiling so broad that I could possibly develop arthritis in my jaws?”
Dear Awesome Heinrich,
The short answer is: Positive events can manifest just as quickly and voluminously as negative ones.
And yes, I can hear your follow up question now: “So, why the %$&*#* don’t they?”
Here’s why the %$&*#* they don’t:
You see, we, as in we humans living today, have this stupid, hair brained, not even remotely useful belief that anything that isn’t known, that hasn’t been specifically defined, is almost certainly going to be bad. If you can’t see into the darkness, there’s definitely a monster lurking in there. If someone walks up to you in the street, they’re probably begging for money, or are about to rob you. If you go to a party where you know no one, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have a horrible time. If you go on a blind date, you imagine the worst case scenario, you know, just in case. If someone brings a dish to your pot luck and you don’t know what it is, or it looks different from what you expected, you automatically assume it’s going to taste like ass. Strangers are dangerous. Change is scary. The unknown is a bad thing.
In short, we are, not by nature but by training, a negatively focused people. We expect things to go badly, especially if we’re not sure what’s going to happen.
How manifesting is like gravity. Sort of.
Now, if you’ve been studying the Law of Attraction at all, you’ll know that what you focus on, you get more of. So it stands to reason that if you are generally negatively focused, as in, your automatic, knee-jerk reaction is generally one of dread, you’re going to be adding to the energy of the unwanted. As you keep adding to it, that energy speeds up. This is what sciencey people would call momentum. The energy increases in volume and velocity. In other words, it gets bigger and faster and more and more of a force to be reckoned with.
Think of the energy that you’re focusing on as a planet. The more you focus on it, the bigger the planet grows and as you add to its mass, its gravitational force increases. More gravitational pull means that it’s easier to get sucked in by the planet by merely getting into the vicinity of it, and the harder it is to tear free once you’re caught in its orbit.
So, if there are two planets, one we’ll call Planet Fear (representing what you don’t want) and one we’ll call Planet Awesome (representing what you do want), our propensity as humans to focus negatively (again, not by nature, but by training) will have grown Planet Fear to the size of, well, let’s say Jupiter. In case you don’t remember anything about astronomy, Jupiter is pretty freaking huge. It has a gravitational pull 2.5 times that of the Earth.
Planet Awesome, having been a bit neglected, focus wise, is currently the size of Pluto (which I will always maintain is a planet, goddammit!), whose gravitational pull is 8% of Earth’s. It’s a bit on the teensy side. With such a weak force of gravity, you have to get up really close to it to be pulled in, and it’s easy to be pulled out of orbit by say, Planet Fear, which just happens to be passing by to deliver a swift kick to the nads before flipping you off and then snickering loudly as it spins away. Planet Fear is kind of an asshole. Go figure.
Grow the right planet
So, there you are with two planets to choose from. One’s got a lot of mass and speed going, the other, not so much. When you focus on one of the planets, the energy it represents starts to manifest. The speed at which those manifestations come in is directly related to the momentum that energy has behind it. In other words, manifestations from Planet Fear come easily and quickly, while manifestations from Planet Awesome come more tentatively and timidly.
This is not, however, how it has to be. You can deliberately choose to focus on Planet Awesome and grow it, while letting Planet Fear wither away. If you don’t keep giving it your attention, you see, it will begin to shrink and slow down. The problem is that most people only ever focus on Planet Awesome when they want something (kind of like believing in God but only praying when you’re hung over…). The rest of the time, they’re running on auto-pilot. And if the automatic programs that are running are fear based (and they usually are), Planet Fear is going to be growing by default while Planet Awesome impotently wobbles along on its teensy weensy axis.
The solution – or how to manifest the good stuff fast
Fortunately for you, I have the solution to this dilemma. Ready? Here it is: Practice focusing positively even when you’re not actively trying to manifest something. This will add momentum to Planet Awesome while taking it away from Planet Fear. Being a Happy Shiny Puppy every once in a while isn’t really going to do that. You have to change the automatic programs, the ones that are running all day, every day. And the only way to do that is to be just a bit deliberate for a little while, until the habit of positive focus is established.
The good news is that once your Planet Awesome has gathered some increased momentum, it will begin to suck you in easily just like Planet Fear used to do. In other words, once you’re over the initial hump, it’ll get easier and easier to add momentum to the energy of what you want.
Of course, focusing positively will also make you feel a lot better, but apparently, for many people, that’s not worth the effort on its own. *sarcastic eye twitch*
Once your Planet Awesome has loads of momentum behind it, you’ll not only feel really good most of the time – it’ll be really easy for you to feel amazing and much harder to fall into a funk – you’ll be bombarded by a cascade of positive manifestations. You’ll have days where everything just seems to go right, it’s just one awesome thing after another, and you’ll barely be able to catch your breath between joyous moments. That’s when life gets really fun.
How to get there
If you want to grow the momentum of your own, personal Planet Awesome, here are some tips on how to do that:
- Expect things to go well. This might seem like kind of a “duh” thing to say, but it’s one of the most powerful changes you can make. When you’re facing the unknown, say to yourself “I’m not sure what’s going to happen, but I know it’s going to be awesome.” This is my personal mantra and it totally works as long as you actually have a positive expectation. You may well find yourself having negative knee-jerk reactions to the unknown and unexpected for a while, but keep practicing and that’ll turn around. Remember, it’s all about building momentum.
- Dedicate about twenty minutes a day to deliberately focusing positively. You can meditate, or visualize your life the way you want it to be, or just play with your dog or cat. Do something that makes you happy, but do it deliberately and notice the good emotions.
- Notice and celebrate even small manifestations. It’s so easy to dismiss small manifestations as meaningless and not worthy of appreciation. But celebrating the small stuff is one of the fastest ways to build positive momentum. If you see a beautiful flower by the side of the road, celebrate that you noticed it and that it’s there. If someone smiles at you, celebrate that. If you find a dollar in the street, do a happy dance. If your boss is less nasty today, that’s worth appreciating. Noticing even small positive changes and events and consciously rejoicing in them will begin to shift the balance from negative to positive. Think about it: there are a lot more small events in our lives than big ones. If you react negatively to all those small events, that’s A LOT of momentum. Train yourself to celebrate anything and everything, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly your manifestations start to become full of awesome.
It really is as easy to manifest positive stuff into your life as it is to manifest the negative. But what shows up in your reality is always determined by your vibration, which is shaped by your focus. If you’re not currently being bombarded by awesomeness, if you seem to have an easier time manifesting unwanted crap, then you’ve got to redress the balance. You have to build more positive momentum. You may think you’re predominantly positive, but if your manifestations say otherwise, you’ve got some more work to do. Give your Planet Awesome some love and you’ll become a Happy Shiny Puppy manifesting superstar in no time.