After working with Law of Attraction for years I had an insight that has helped me incredibly. It's how I break down this whole "vibration" thing into manageable chunks. It helps me when:
I was already past the new-to-LOA stage when this idea came to me but I have seen it help friends who:
It all started with the idea that you can't seek joy until you have relief.
Cut the emotional scale in half.
Have you ever seen the emotional vibrational scale? If you haven't go here and check it out. At the very bottom is depression. At the very top is joy. All of the other emotions are in there somewhere.
According to how vibration works, you cannot just leap from depression to joy. Like spinning a dial (even if you spin it super-fast) you have to go through all of the emotional settings along the way.
This is why it's incredibly annoying to have someone tell you "Aw, just cheer up!" when you are completely down in the dumps. You want to thump them on the head. But if they said, "Aw, you need some relief, don't you?"...
...that feels better, doesn't it?
If you are on the bottom half of the emotional scale, between depression and frustration for example, you can't just get happy. You need relief. Once you have relief you can start to reach up toward the top half of the scale which starts, I think, with pessimism.
So now if you ever feel a failure because you don't "just cheer up" or if a particular go-go-go Law of Attraction tool has you running for the hills you can remember: "Ah... I am not there yet. I need to seek relief first."
There is no rule on what Law of Attraction tools are "relief" tools.
Seeking relief can simply be a change of attitude.
Writing a gratitude list with the expectation that it will thrill you and make you deliriously happy when you feel spitting mad can be a hard pill to swallow. Writing a gratitude list with the intent for some relief from your anger feels different.
In addition to asking if I need relief or if I am ready to seek joy comes the next question I ask myself:
Are you needing to take action, or to take a break?
Conscious manifestation is a dance of action and allowing. Knowing which part of the cycle you are in makes it that much easier.
It looks like something this:
If you are on the bottom of the emotional scale and you want to do nothing.... seek relief through doing nothing. Intend to find relief in watching a movie. Intend to find relief in taking a nap. Intend that reading a book for a while will help lift you up a little. But make sure you intend something.
If you are on the bottom of the emotional scale and you want to do something, anything... arg!.. then reduce your tolerations. Take action on the things that are dragging you down like an anchor. How about that clutter in the hall closet that falls on you whenever you go for the umbrella? What about the welcome mat you can't stand to look at that wants replacing? Look around you - what's driving you nuts or hanging over your head? Take out your need for action on it and make it right. This saves you from meddling in your life while you feel negative and, you know, sending that email to your boss you really should have slept on or calling that ex-boyfriend when, again, just say no.
If you are in the top half of the emotional scale and you want to take action you are probably already inspired. Go for it. Or maybe you need to ask a friend for support while you go outside your comfort zone. You know what needs to be done, let it get done. It will feel better to get it done.
If you are in the top half of the emotional scale and you want to do nothing... do nothing! Appreciating and relaxing and living in gratitude and love is powerful allowing. When I say "nothing" I don't mean you stare at the wall. I'm talking about not doing things society normally deems as productive. Perhaps you are taking a walk or doing yoga or snuggling someone you love. That's wonderful "nothing", if you ask me.
There you have it:
Which half of the emotional scale are you in?
Is it time to take action or to do "nothing"?
I have found that breaking things down into these questions (or four quadrants) helps me navigate the Law of Attraction world more easily, and I hope it helps you, too. :)