No alliteration intended.
Woo is short for woo woo which traditionally has been a derogatory phrase for people who believe in things that aren’t backed by scientific examination and explanation. This phrase isn’t used for religious people that often but more the secular group of people who believe in God or Source or Creator and who do things to connect with those “imaginary” beings, like burn sage, read tarot cards, see psychics, or even go to a seminar that’s being channeled by an entity from the other side. I see it as more of a term of endearment these days. More and more people are into “woo” and its expressions are quite diverse. A day at yoga could be woo for some people, whereas others might spend a weekend retreat exploring their Inner Being’s astrological dream adventures.
All this to say, I’m going to see Abraham this weekend!! Those of you who are into this idea of changing the world from within, law of attraction, and the power of feeling good, will likely know who I’m talking about. Esther Hicks is the speaker, the person on stage giving the seminar, but the energy that’s coming through her in this public environment is known as Abraham. You could call what Esther does channelling but Abraham doesn’t identify as a single entity, they are a group of non-physical somethings or other. The ultimate genderqueer ghost. “Call me they, and don’t label me a being from the other side, I’m much more than that.”
Esther travels frequently, giving these seminars on a weekly basis, and even giving week-long seminars a few times a year. Personally, I don’t know why she works so hard. I understand that she believes that by interacting with the people then expansion and growth is occuring but, well, anyway, it’s what she wants. So she can do whatever she wants. And I get to benefit from her compulsion to work all the time. The Abraham crew is going to be in Seattle so I get to cross the border and see them before my concern for her working too much starts to manifest and I don’t get another chance like this again.
A typical Abraham seminar starts off with Esther taking a few breaths on stage and getting into a sort of trance so that she speaks for/as Abraham. Then Abraham reiterates their teaching, setting the stage, so to speak, and then opens up the floor to questions. One person is picked at at time to come up and ask their question. Abraham typically has only one answer for all questions. But, sometimes they can get Abraham to say it in a new way that’s perfectly relevant to their personal situation. I’ve watched a bunch of these seminars online and on DVDs from the library and I’ve narrowed down the main answers:
- Vibration first – this is the energy part of you that goes up and down at any given moment. The idea is that from your vibration comes feelings, then thoughts, then actions, then interactions.
- Momentum is in play – the law of momentum is a factor in everything, the more attention you pay to something (through thoughts, feelings, actions and interactions) the more momentum you give to that particular vibration.
- There’s a lot going on behind the scenes – enter the God part and our eternal nature/soul.
- You’re either resisting or allowing – going with the flow or against it.
- Your feelings are your indicators of which you’re doing.
So basically, if you follow what Abraham suggests for living life, then you will get yourself into a good feeling place at the beginning of every day and you will do whatever you can and whatever you want to keep that feeling going. As a consequence you will find that things just tend to work out for you. But, the idea is to just feel good no matter what the circumstances and to feel good about just feeling good, unconditionally.
I feel particularly connected to this material. It caught my attention when I watch the original release of “The Secret” (Abraham was later edited out because of contract or copyright disputes). I saw this strange-talking sweet-looking woman and read the lower third title: The Teachings of Abraham. It was the only person in the documentary that I followed up on. I bought a couple of books, and I knew they gave seminars but didn’t think much of it. Years later, I discovered the YouTube videos, library DVDs and all the good stuff that the Internet can provide if you know what you’re doing. Because I see their answers as always being the same (and they say this too), every seminar ends up being a new way of wording the same question (How do I get what I want?) and a new way of wording the same answer (Get your vibration high, and then…). And there’s something about that repetition that really works for me. It’s just like rereading inspirational books, you always find something new or understand something old in a brand new way. This is what I get from Abraham. And this is why I’m so excited to go this weekend.
And now I ask myself, “what question should I ask?” There’s usually only about 10 people at the most who get up to ask a question and there’ll be hundreds of people there, but if I decide to put up my hand then I need a question. And I’d love to have the chance to sit face to face with Esther as she’s embodying Abraham on stage. Apparently the energy is incredible.
So for months now I’ve been trying to come up with a question for Abraham. Here’s my problem, not much of a problem: everytime I ask a question in my mind, my mind gives me the answer, an Abraham answer. Maybe I’m just over anticipating what the answer is because I’ve witnessed Abraham’s answers so many times in the past and I’m forming the answers through my beliefs. Ultimately, every answer is this: tend to your vibration and follow inspiration, notice how you feel and see what happens and then adjust your vibration accordingly.
I feel like I want to ask big questions about life, the universe, the nature of reality, and all the stuff going on behind the scenes, maybe questions about the subjective nature of time and space and how our physicality affects or doesn’t affect these things. But, it doesn’t feel like the right time to get into those questions.
I’ve noticed that the questions that get the most in-depth answers and the most clarification on the nature of reality and our place in it are the questions that are the most personal. Sometimes is a simple question about repeated manifestations like people spitting in public, loud motorcycles going by, and sometimes it is a deep emotional question about a loved one who’s recently died. The answers never indicate rightness or wrongness about anything. Clarification is always welcome as the impetus for the question but if you start to focus on something that’s dragging you down, then Abraham will jump right in and redirect you as best as possible. So, I know not to ask a question that might feed a momentum of something not wanted. I want my time with Abraham to take me higher in my understanding than I can experience on my own, with my own inner motivation.
What do I want to understand? How to get a fast car? Hardly. How the universe is created in every moment? Nah, too complicated and I’m already reading about that so much that I’m getting more than I need for my day to day living. Better relationships, more creativity, joy in my body, flow of abundance, connection to All That Is? I have all of that and getting more and more every day. I don’t really feel like I need to increase the speed with which that is occuring. I’m on a good and steady path.
What do I want from Abraham? Interesting. This is the same question that came up in my past two posts. The first one where I explore the question, what do I want? And the other where I explore the idea and feeling of getting and having what I want. Maybe there’s a question here somewhere.
At the beginning of every seminar Abraham says in their purposefully weird grammar: “You are knowing what you are wanting?” Then the crowd murmurs their mixed response: yes and no. And then Abraham goes on to talk about it being an evolving thing, which leads to my thoughts in the post “What Do You Want” where I explore the notion of desire itself and it’s evolving nature. There’s no holding down desire. The minute you think you’ve identified “what you want”, it changes. There’s got to be question there. Or, am I just answering my own question again?
And so I continue my contemplation. In particular, along the lines of “knowing” what you want is actually experiencing what you want, realizing things wanted – as they are happening.
Then my question becomes: if knowing what we want is a matter of realizing the wanted thing in our present moment experience (in other words, we experience a wanted thing but didn’t even know before experiencing it that that specific thing was wanted), then what’s the point of thinking up things to want. It seems like the universe will just deliver all that I want if I just let it.
And, of course, the answer that I get is: Thinking about wanted things helps you to focus and your emotions are indicators of whether you are thinking about those wanted things in a beneficial way or if it’s hindering your progress towards more wanted things.
I’m not feeling confident that I’m going to have a question. I might just be one of those people in the crowd who gets all the answers to my questions from the other people going up and asking their questions.
Something that came up in a recent seminar I was watching was something to the effect of, “Lightly wanting things makes them come easily and quickly.” Lightly wanting. I think we’ve all experienced that before. You think of a friend you haven’t seen in a while and then run into them – a very light desire. You go for a job interview without even caring if you get the job or not and they very quickly and eagerly hire you. However, wanting things badly tends to elicit different results or no results at all. It’s kind of like wanting to sleep really badly, the more you try the further you get away from falling asleep.
I want to ask Abraham a question. I think I want it too much. This is a really wonderful problem. My questions get answered very quickly after I ask them. I feel like I want to ask… “how do I lightly want something?” Maybe I can use my composing of a question as my example. (The Abraham answer is to “go general”. Think about the wanted thing in a less specific way that evokes a feeling of relief.)
Time will tell if I can manage to more lightly want a great question to come to me, if that question can be clearly articulated in my mind, and if I get called on to pose the question. If yes, great. If not, great too. I will let you know. Woad Twip!!!