In her teachings about The Law of Attraction, Esther Hicks often uses river rafting as a metaphor for manifesting what you desire or bumping up against resistance. When you are fighting against something or focusing on what you don’t want instead of what you do want, it is like trying to paddle upstream. It doesn’t ever work out very well and it is exhausting! However, when you turn the boat around and work with the current (or within the Law of Attraction the vortex), you are able to manifest your desires.
This isn’t simply a re-branded version of giving up and becoming complacent. In the teachings of the Law of Attraction, it is actually the opposite. Our inner being and the universe want us to have the things we desire, but more often than not, people tend to work against themselves. What we resist persists and where attention goes, energy flows. The more we spend time and energy focused on all of the things in our lives that aren’t to our liking, the more we will keep those things in our lives.
I am a terrible sleeper. I have always struggled with sleep and it has become so frustrating to me because the harder I tried, the worse it seemed to get. After looking at The Law of Attraction, I realized how much energy I was putting into being frustrated that I wasn’t sleeping. As soon as I started to relax, my sleep improved. It was a shocking revelation because I had literally tried EVERYTHING to get more sleep. Now, even if I don’t sleep through the night, I feel way more rested because I’m not expending so much energy worried about not sleeping.
How is this playing into your relationship with your body or food? We think that being hyperfocused on our goals helps us achieve them. It can to a certain extent, but only if that focus comes from a positive and uplifting place. When it comes from an anxious or shameful place, it never helps. In the course of this work, I have realized that I have 5 ultimate goals in my life. To be:
When I line up my thoughts and actions with those goals in mind, I feel amazing. When I am engaged in thoughts or behaviors that aren’t going to bring me those things, I am probably irritable, resentful and fearful. When I am faced with a thought or action, I ask myself, “Will this bring me peace, joy, calm, love or safety?” and my answer is no, I work on turning my boat around. If you need help turning your boat around, contact me today!