Focus (the Written Version)

I went back and reviewed the written version of my previous post and it’s not bad. I decided to share it as well for those who cannot watch my video [Focus], or who want to refer back to the details and reread specific parts.

I first discovered Abraham-Hicks about ten years ago. Esther Hicks is an amazing channel and Abraham is the name she uses for the group consciousness she brings through. If you search YouTube, you’ll find plenty of videos, most of which are basically recordings. Esther has been channeling publicly for more than twenty years.

In the beginning, I resonated with Abraham’s teachings. It was an obvious extension to the Seth channelings I was familiar with. Abraham, however, was easier to understand and apply. And yet, some part of me still doubted. Even though I successfully coached and guided others’ manifestations, I continued to struggle with the most important of my own.

The little stuff was easy. At times, I created experiences sought within hours or days. But the big dreams remained ever elusive. Eventually, I threw my hands up. There was one piece I couldn’t quite find.

For example, Abraham says to focus on thoughts that feel good. I have heard them say to move away from thoughts that don’t feel good. They even say to distract yourself from negative thoughts—to find something else to think about.

For me, certain subjects brought pain when I thought of them. The pain came from the lack. I wanted what I wanted and not having what I wanted was painful. I think it was painful because not only did I not have what I most wanted, but I felt that I would never have it.

As Abraham instructed, I distracted myself. I stopped trying to make IT happen, and focused on areas of my life that were moving along well. Those areas got better. The majority of my life was good. I could focus on desires, and then attract the experiences…and I could make the experiences better and better.

And then, when I revisited that hairy subject, the pain came right back in. No amount of success in other areas helped that one sore subject.

It was then that I moved away from Abraham’s teaching because I felt them to be too simplistic. Something was missing.

Those years of wanting did allow for great things. Much of my writing was born from it. If I didn’t want a solution so strongly, I wouldn’t have asked and received so much guidance over the years.

And now here I am.

What I do want to discuss is an Abraham teaching that fills in that missing piece.

This year, I’ve heard Abraham say that we pick up vibration right where we left it. In other words, if we feel pain around a particular subject and walk away from the subject, when we return to it, we’ll pick that vibration back up. Bingo! That was my experience. The distraction allowed me to feel better, but it did not help me with that subject.

Abraham then says we must clean up our vibration for every subject where we desire improvement. Okay, but how? Well, their Focus Wheel technique for one. I now practice this frequently and have already had visible successes.

The beauty of the Focus Wheel technique is that is helps us clean up our vibration within specific subjects. That’s the missing piece. That’s what I wanted to know all of those years ago.

Now I don’t do the Focus Wheel exactly the way Abraham taught. I created my own variation simply because I like to type rather than write. So now I will tell you the way I do it.

Step One: The Rant

In step one, allow yourself to rant on a particular subject. It can be general (I don’t have enough money) or specific (I hate my nose). This step is the easiest. We get to call it out like it is with as much of the hairy details as we like. We get to vent and dig in to the grime. There is no harm in writing a paragraph ranting and raving with all of the negative feelings that we harbor. In fact, I think it is useful to really get it out because often the real pain is something underneath.

In step one, we might dig up fear, anger, hate, frustration or pain. So be it.

Step Two: The Most Opposite I Can Find

Here we want to write a statement that is as opposite to our rant as we can find…not merely in words, but in genuine feeling. We want to find a perspective that matches our Higher Self’s opinion on the subject. This can take a bit of time.

So let’s say our rant is: I hate my job. Maybe it is more specific: I hate my boss. When we really think about it, maybe the truest rant is: I don’t want to work for someone else anymore.

When we reach for the opposite, we’ll first want to say: I want <the opposite of what I hate>. Using the example above, we might say: I want a new job; I want a new boss; or I want to work for myself.

That’s a good start, but it will not likely bring any relief. We need to dig further.

One suggestion is to find something you can genuinely say that starts with: I love… Now, in the above case, you certainly don’t love your job or your boss or working. So you have to find something you do love that relates to the subject. So you might say something as simple as one of the following: I love creating; I love drawing; I love writing; I love having money; I love demonstrating my talents to others; I love success.

In step two, you are looking for one sentence that feels good…that feels like relief compared to the rant. It doesn’t have to reach excitement or joy, but it does want to feel genuinely better.

Finding things you love close to the subject at hand is one approach. If you can’t find specifics, then keep moving more general until you find something.

Another approach is to remember. For example: I remember how good it felt to give presentations on my designs in that job I had 15 years ago; I loved talking in front of a group; It felt like I was showing off; I felt proud of my accomplishments; I made a lot of money and that felt really good;

Notice that we are not saying, “I want that again” specifically, but we are remembering what it felt like. The more we can feel those good feelings from the past, the better.

If the experience sought is completely new, then we can employ our imagination. Here’s some examples: If I made a lot of money, I would move into the apartment with a view of the lake and downtown; If I was in love, I would go on a Mediterranean cruise with my partner; If I worked for myself, I would take every Friday off and have a three-day-weekend.

In step two, we only need to find one sentence that feels good.

Step Three: A Rampage of Appreciation

Step three is about riding the wave and building momentum. It is where we get to have fun.

Write whatever comes to mind that feels as good as the first statement. You might be surprised how quickly you can feel the emotion rise.

Identifying things you truly love, walking down a memory lane of happiness, and drawing a beautiful scene with imagination pump and prime positive momentum. They employ the law of attraction. If you can find one statement that feels good, then another will come…then another…then another.

Sometimes you’ll drift far from the subject. Sometimes (like for me this morning) you’ll uncover a new rant to then refocus. In this case, you might want to start a new Focus Wheel.

If you do this a few times, you might even find a whole new way to do it that works better for you. I know I am still exploring.

I love to write (type). Abraham says that writing is a powerful tool, and that happens to work really well for me. If you loath writing, then maybe try speaking out loud. Maybe just say a key word as you think through the sentences. It matters not what you do; it matters how you feel. If your emotions are getting better, you’re on the right track. If they are not getting better, put it to rest and try again later.

To close, there is one more example I would like to share.

Yesterday, I was working with someone, helping them do a focus wheel. This person has recently experienced formidable health challenges and is afraid they could return. She fears that if they do, they could take her life.

When I asked her what she fears and why, she very easily and very clearly described her fear and pain. She also very clearly stated that she is not ready to die and doesn’t want to. She even told me what she wants to experience before she dies and what she wants to keep experiencing.

Her Step One rant contained within it the key for Step Two. She wants to keep living because she wants to have and continue having good experiences. All we needed for Step Two was one of them: I want to keep living in this body because I want to experience <x, y, and z>. This is an “I want…” statement, but its vibration is so much higher than the fear, it is enough to get going.

For Step Three, I inspired her to tell me all of the things she loves about being alive. I love walking on the beach; I love watching the sunset; I love petting animals…

I told her that if you pump up the vibration of “I love being alive in this body,” then the Universe has to give her more of that and more of that means more time being alive in this body. That’s an avenue for health and recovery. In this rampage of appreciation, she doesn’t need to approach any part of the current problem…merely focus on subjects that are no where near it. In fact, that’s actually the point.

Your focus wheel doesn’t have to solve the problem you’re facing. It doesn’t have to give you a solution. It doesn’t have to tell you when or how it will come. The goal is simply to feel good doing it…to feel better…here and now. Yes we want the problems solved. Yes we want the manifestations. But do a focus wheel simply to feel good or better because then you enable yourself to succeed every single time.

Any bit of good feeling you dig up will attract more: it is law!

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