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Gathering Force: The First Gate

We all want to manifest the things we desire – that’s why many of us are drawn to the study of subjects like magic, meditation, or yoga. The gathering and maintaining of force, the energy that enables us to transform thoughts and ideas into physical things we can touch and feel, is one of the easiest ways to manifest. There are so many wonderful ways that we can gather force and it’s very easy to know if we are gathering force. Here’s a simple formula (adapted from our good friend Abraham – check them out when we feel good, we are gathering force, and when we don’t feel good we are losing force.

It would be easy enough to decide that we would spend a little time each day doing things that make us happy, which would help us gather force. But if you’ve ever been in the doldrums or felt blue, you know how difficult it can be to get yourself into a happy place, no matter how much you may want to. In fact, our decision to spend time being happy every day may be all but inaccessible to us on any particular day, depending on how we feel when we wake up in the morning. For example, if I wake up feeling grumpy, by the law of attraction, unless I make a conscious effort to shift into a happier place, I’ll end up grumpier at the end of the day than at the beginning of the day. On that day, I may be totally unable to remember my decision to be happy, or I may remember, but not be able to change my state. Often times, the more we try to change our unhappy state, the more frustrated we seem to get.

There is, in fact, a much easier and softer way to gather force. There are two simple exercises, which if practiced for 40 days, can help us gather tremendous force: the consistency exercise and the conscious choice exercise.

Consistency Exercise

  1. Choose a very basic and simple task to do every day for 40 days. The key is to keep the task as simple as possible. Examples include making a mark on a sheet of paper, touching your nose, singing a short song, repeating a mantra silently to yourself, or lifting a foot off the ground.
  2. Choose a time to do this task everyday. Be sure and pick a time that will be convenient and easy for you to complete the task.
  3. Do the task at the chosen time everyday for 40 days. If you miss a day or miss your chosen time, you must start over at day 1. Keep doing the exercise until you have 40 contiguous days.
  4. Use any method of reminder needed to keep you on track, including alarm clocks or reminder notes.

Conscious Choice Exercise

  1. Make a conscious choice everyday – at any time of the day.
  2. Start with trivial decisions, such as what to eat for breakfast, whether to watch TV or read a book, or what color socks to wear.
  3. Say to yourself, either aloud or silently, "I will now make a conscious choice."
  4. Next, ask yourself the choice question, such as, "Do I choose to watch TV or read a book?" You can also make the question broader, such as, "What do I choose to do right now?"
  5. The first answer you "hear" internally (or sometimes externally from a passing person) is what you must follow. You may not, in this exercise, avoid doing the option you have consciously chosen. This is reason for making trivial choices at first.
  6. Make and follow your conscious choice each day for 40 days.

The goal is to do the consistency exercise AND the conscious choice exercise successfully for 40 consecutive days. If you miss either exercise, you must start over from day 1 for BOTH exercises.

These two simple exercises, when done together for a period of 40 days, help us gather a tremendous amount of force. As a result of these exercises, every action we take will be exponentially more powerful and effective than without the exercises. More importantly, the exercises help us avoid the need for willpower, which can carry us only so far. You will find the force you gather with these exercises to be powerful, flexible, and effortless. In fact, this force is the essence of miracles, in which events happen seemingly outside the bounds of reason. Try it. It’s simple and you have nothing to lose but the opportunity.

**You may also want to read the article Consistency: A Key Spiritual Principle for Business Success for more detailed information about the consistency exercise and the gathering of force.

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