The line of distinction between Action & Alignment is not as sharp as is sometimes thought. In college, when someone discovered I was studying Philosophy, he quipped “What are you going to do with your life…sit around and think all day?”
I was intrigued by the ease with which he lumped together “sitting around” and “thinking.” Contemplation is typically seen as some sort of leisure or lazy non-activity to be contrasted with “real work” (“real” usually meaning some form of manual labor like construction or unloading boxes from a truck).
In fact, contemplation is simply a varied form of action. When Law of Attraction authors speak of “taking the emotional journey” or “deliberately focusing on what feels good”, they are encouraging us to engage in real activities.Action, to be contrasted with mere motion, is the process of deliberately choosing to direct one’s energy along a given path.
This point of view recognizes many forms of action; mental activity, emotional activity, conversational activity, AND physical activity.
Rather than thinking in terms of Action OR Alignment, it may be more beneficial to think of Acting FROM a state of alignment. The goal then becomes about focusing the energy of one’s activities, whether physical or non-physical, around the joy of one’s desires.
In a very real sense, all of life is activity. Reading, meditating, quieting your mind, listening to your heart, focusing on your breath, activating your chakras, doing creative visualization exercises, sitting on the couch, relaxing, “taking a chill pill”, refusing to work, etc. All of these are activities even if your employer might not want to pay you for them.
The question is not “Am I aligning or acting?”
The question is “When I am engaged in the activities of thinking, emoting, talking, relaxing, or physically moving around, am I lining up my energy with the vibration of what I love OR am I offering resistance to the choices I’m making in this moment?
Abraham, one of the clearest expositors of the alignment idea, says the following:If you work really hard at the office, but spend the entire time resenting the fact that you have to work, you’re misdirecting your creative energy away from what you want. If you take the day off, but condemn yourself for being lazy or negatively judge those who refuse to relax, you’re misdirecting your creative energy away from what you want.
As long as you are alive, you will be doing something; whether thinking or talking, relaxing or jumping around, visualizing your dreams or working at a factory.
The key to manifestation is making sure that those activities are pointed in the direction of where you want to be.
So, is it action or alignment? It’s agreement.
Let your thoughts, words, feelings, and physical behavior be in agreement with your highest ideals.
That’s my two cents,