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Don’t settle for more

Happiness is less about the law of attraction and more about the art of recognition.

Getting what you want will not compensate for an underdeveloped ability to appreciate what you have.

The same blind spots that stop you from seeing how good it already is, if left uncorrected, will be right there to prevent you from enjoying yourself when you successfully attract what you think you need.

Instead of trying to magnetize what you want, try magnifying your perception of what you have.

Don’t mistake this perspective, however, for apathy-based contentment.

The art of recognition isn’t about settling for less. It’s about awakening to the fact that you already possess more than you’re currently conscious of.

Don’t settle for a life of manifesting more stuff. Aim for an understanding of the Universe that does away with the belief  that you are separate from the abundance and well-being that you seek.


T.K. Coleman

The Law of Attraction ends with “action”

“When we make a beginning, we get out of our own way and allow the angels to come in and do their job.” – Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

There are discoveries we make and treasures we gain from being actively involved in the creative process that we simply can’t get by sorting things out inside of our heads.

There’s a magic that is unique to action.

When we set things in motion, we disrupt the patterns of inertia in our lives and we create ripple effects which give rise to new options and opportunities.

The power of the undivided self

We create our own reality, but “we” refers to our multidimensional selves.

We are not brains in a vat and a purely mental life will never satisfy us. We are psychosomatic entities who were created to experience life with our hearts, minds, and our bodies.

It is when we engage the world with our complete and undivided self that we realize our full creative potential.

In the absence of resistance, action is natural

Physical action is not opposed to faith in the creative power of thought.

Physical action is what we naturally do when we release limiting, disempowering, and resistant beliefs about what’s going to happen to us when we dare to grab life by the jugular.

When we know that our activity is supported by the Universe, we no longer suppress our natural tendency to take action on our dreams.

Play like a pro

The amateur attempts to figure out all the answers before he acts. The professional begins with the knowledge that answers are invented and improvised along the way by those who create their own path.

The amateur looks for guarantees before he acts. The professional moves forward with confidence that the Universe will expand in order to accommodate the faith he expresses in his vision.

We are professionals in this game of life. There’s no need for us to play with timidity.

Take a shot at your dreams. It’s time to step out there and be the champion that you know you are.

I’m rooting for you.


T.K. Coleman

Action or Alignment?

In the fields of self-help, personal development, and spirituality, there are two schools of thought concerning how desires are most effectively manifested; Action & Alignment.

Action is usually understood in terms of physical discipline. It involves doing the work and taking the practical steps necessary to bring an idea into fruition. This perspective is brilliantly represented in such books as “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield and “Poke the Box” by Seth Godin.

Alignment refers to the process of selecting thoughts that are in agreement with ones desires. It can also be expressed as a state in which one focuses their attention in an empowering or encouraging way. The notion of alignment typically coincides with the ideas of “emotional guidance” and the “law of attraction.” Emotional guidance is the notion that your feelings function as a feedback mechanism or internal navigation tool which lets you know if you’re focusing your attention in a life-giving way or not.

When you feel resistant emotions, that’s an indicator from your guidance system that you are thinking in a disempowering or discouraging manner. Since the Law of Attraction teaches that we attract what we predominantly feel, the best way to manifest a desire is to habitually entertain thoughts which induce positive emotional states. This perspective is beautifully elucidated in books like “The Astonishing Power of Emotions” by Esther & Jerry Hicks (The Teachings of Abraham), “The Vibrational Universe” by Kenneth James MacLean, and “Thought Vibration” by William Walter Atkinson.

In some circles there is a debate as to which method is the preferred way to “get stuff done.” Should we follow the “no pain, no gain” mantra or should we focus mostly on alignment and allow the law of attraction to deliver the results to us?

As an avid student of metaphysics, I have a huge soft spot for words like the following:

“We do not create through action. Action is how you experience and enjoy what you attract through the alignment of energy.” – Esther & Jerry Hicks (The Teachings of Abraham)


Is that really all there is to the story? What about old fashioned hard work? Isn’t there SOMETHING to be said about excercising initiative and making things happen? Isn’t there something we all recognize as noble when a parent wakes up really early to take care of their child even though they don’t feel like it? Isn’t there something admirable about the person who “forces himself” to get out there and go jogging because he’s committed to being healthier?

What are your thoughts?

In tomorrow’s post, I’ll give you a few of mine.

The Law of Attraction and The Principle of Recognition

What we attract into our lives and what we recognize as opportunities are two different things.

“Attraction” refers to what comes to us as a by-product of what we ask for and focus on.

“Recognition” refers to our ability to see the evidence of what we attract.

This distinction is humorously illustrated by Chris Gardner’s son in The Pursuit of Happyness:

There was a man who was drowning, and a boat came, and the man on the boat said “Do you need help?” and the man said “God will save me”. Then another boat came and he tried to help him, but he said “God will save me”, then he drowned and went to Heaven. Then the man told God, “God, why didn’t you save me?” and God said “I sent you two boats, you dummy!”

The man asked and it was given, but he failed to recognize the opportunities in front of him because they didn’t fit his preconceived notions of how The Universe would deliver the goods.

There is never an instance of failure as far as the law of attraction is concerned. We always get the essence of what we predominantly focus on. The only “failures” are the moments in which we overlook a blessing or underestimate an opportunity because we were uncompromisingly wedded to the idea that our desire would manifest in a very particular way.

I define “Failure” as a perceptual phenomenon created by the temporary inability to recognize existing elements of harmony, abundance, and wholeness in one’s experience.

Conversely, “Success” or “Fulfillment” is the logical outworking of one’s ability to “connect the dots” in rich, meaningful, and satisfying ways.

We have the power to successfully create new realities through our thoughts, but we have to be open-minded and know what to look for in order to recognize those blessings when they show up.

That’s my two cents for the day, but don’t surprised if I revisit this topic in my next post.

Do you have any thoughts you’d like to add?

T.K. Coleman

My life is financed and funded by the rich substance of the Universe

“There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe. A thought, in this substance, produces the thing that is imaged by the thought. Man can form things in his thought, and, by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing he thinks about to be created.” -Wallace Wattles

My inner spirit of prosperity is a wealth magnet attracting abundance, in all of its forms, into my experience.

The abundance of life surrounds me on all sides. I can never get away from it for I am always located in the center of it. It is the very space in which I reside. As a fish swims in water, so my being is bathed in this invisible and limitless sea of supply.

I live continuously in a recognition of this supply and I confidently acknowledge its responsiveness to my thought.

While I am grateful for my job and all other visible means of provision, my faith is firmly rooted in that omnipresent spiritual substance out of which all physical things are made. This is the true and lasting source of my wealth.

From this place of awareness, I boldly declare:

My life is financed and funded by the rich substance of the Universe!

T.K. Coleman

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