My 20 Favorite Abraham Concepts
(Part 3 of 4)

This is the third in a four-part article describing 20 of my favorite Abraham concepts:


Most of us here in human form did a lot of living before we learned (or re-learned) about vibration and vibrational alignment. In the human world, we’re taught to create what we want through action – work hard, give 110 percent, set goals, make plans, take steps, make it happen, struggle and persevere, never give up, etc. We don’t do this because it’s fun. We do it because we’ve been taught that it’s the only way to get what we desire, to get ahead, or just to survive.

Abraham offers us the bigger picture view, and says that we didn’t come here to create through action. We came here to create through vibration, guided by our feelings, fully supported by an unconditionally loving and generous universe, and then we’re free to enjoy through action what we’ve created through vibration.

Enjoying through action includes anything we can do through our senses that we enjoy – eating wonderful foods, traveling to and exploring beautiful places, listening or singing or dancing to music we love, expressing creatively through words, colors, sounds, food, making or building something with our hands, or any other medium we choose, enjoying our bodies through sports, adventures, sexuality, nature, sailing, skydiving – whatever appeals to each of us individually.

And if we find ourselves in that old thinking of, “Isn’t that just lazy and selfish?” we can remind ourselves that everything we experience, desire, and live contributes to the expansion of the universe. Abraham says that we’re not just here for the expansion, but for the joyous expansion. So all the better if we create through vibration, and then relax and enjoy it!


Creating through vibration and enjoying through action doesn’t mean that we never take any action toward what we desire. But there’s a difference between upstream action and downstream action, between action that feels difficult and exhausting and forced (which we usually do because we feel like we have to, or feel that we have no choice), and action that feels easy, fun, exciting, or inspired.

So how do we do this? If we need to get something done, have a decision to make, or need to deal with something we’ve been avoiding, it’s far easier and more productive if we line up our energy first, before making decisions or taking action. How do we do this? By paying attention to how we feel, finding a thought that feels better, or finding another way to release whatever resistance we feel about the topic.

We can release resistance in a number of ways. One is in simply changing the way we think about a subject. A simple example is, “I always feel better once my house is clean,” or “I love how my clothes feel and how fresh they smell after I do laundry,” instead of, “I have to clean the house and do the laundry – what a boring waste of time!” We can also release resistance through meditation, by putting on some inspirational or energizing music, brainstorming with someone positive for support, or using EFT, Brain Gym, or some other energy balancing technique.

When we feel less resistance, we often feel more inspired to take action, and it may not be the action we originally thought we needed to take. For instance, I may have a challenge that I can’t find a solution to, or I have a solution, but it’s something I dread doing and it feels very upstream. If I take the time to line up my energy, usually through EFT or meditation, I may be thinking about something else and suddenly an idea will pop into my head about how to address the challenge, and it’s so easy and so clear that I think, “Why didn’t I think of that before?”

Usually the answer to that question is that I was thinking and feeling “upstream” before, and trying to create through action because I couldn’t see any other choices. But once I shifted my energy, I could allow an easier way to occur to me. The other thing that may happen once I line up my energy is that the phone will ring, or I’ll interact with someone during the day who says, “You know, I was thinking...” and then they’ll offer the perfect idea or solution. Coincidence? Blind luck? No – just Law of Attraction.

I’ve known about this concept of lining up energy first, then taking action, for quite some time, but I admit that I often forget to do it. It takes practice to get into this positive habit after decades of the old habit of taking upstream action immediately because it seems like the only thing to do. I put Post-It notes by my computer and on my bathroom mirror – “Line up your energy, then take inspired action!” – to help me remember and practice this until it becomes a more natural way for me to live.


(My thanks to Connee Chandler for writing about the 17 Seconds process on her website. I’ve adapted her description slightly, but it was a wonderful place to start!)

Abraham says about this creative process:

“When you identify and hold your thought, purely, on any topic for 17 seconds, it is enough to set the Universe into motion. And the Universe, which has infinite ability and resources to match the vibration of your being, will do so. Now, it's happening all of the time anyway, but most of you are not making the correlation. It isn't until you deliberately hold a thought and then see the Universal response to it that you really begin to understand what's going on.

“Play these games of visualization for a few days. It will be such fun for you, and if you will do it, it will give you two very important things. First, it will show you that you can hold a thought for 17 seconds. That's a "biggie", bigger than you know. And the other is, it will show you that the Universe will absolutely, every time, respond to the purity of your thought. Very good.”

Abraham says that a thought reaches a combustion point at 17 seconds of pure undiluted focus. It draws another thought to it and it is exponentially more powerful. At the end of another 17 seconds, 34 seconds total, the next thought combusts, and by Law of Attraction, evolves to a higher level of energy. Again another 17 seconds to 51 seconds continues the process, and finally, if we can continue a pure thought for 68 seconds on any given subject, it will be on its way to manifestation.

The key word is pure, meaning positive focus, strong energy, no resistance; not slipping into fear-based, scarcity based, “yes but” thinking. Purely hold a thought for 17 seconds until it combusts and another thought joins it, and the Energy in that combustion is equivalent to 2,000 action hours. If we work a typical 40 hour a week job, that's about what we work in a year.

Seventeen seconds of pure thought, allowing the combustion, gives us that much energy. Our action is not very important by comparison. Cross the 34 second mark, and we can multiply our action by ten. That's 20,000 action hours. Cross the 51 second mark, and we can multiply by ten again. That's 200,000 action hours. If we can hold a thought, purely, without contradicting it, until we cross the 68 second mark, that's just four times 17, we can multiply by ten again. That's over a 2,000,000 action hour equivalent.

We're talking about accessing the energy that creates worlds. And the reason that it is not fathomable to most of us is that we don't make it past the eight second mark without contradicting our desire. But we can do it with practice, and the results are astounding.

To recap the leveraging of 17 + 17 + 17 + 17 = 68 seconds of pure thought, Abraham offers the following information:

17 seconds is worth 2,000 action hours (about a year, 40 hours per week, of action taken)
34 seconds is worth 20,000 action hours (or about 10 years)
51 seconds is worth 200,000 action hours (or about 100 years)
68 seconds is worth 2,000,000 action hours (or about 1000 years)

So in 68 seconds, we can access 10-15 lifetimes worth of creative energy. Talk about a productive use of our time and energy – and the process itself is fun! Set a timer (most cell phones have one these days) and practice spending 17 seconds thinking about something you already feel good about. This will show you how quickly 17 seconds really goes.

Then set your timer for 34 seconds and do it again. Very quickly, you’ll get the feel for this, how easy it is and how good it feels. You can think the thought silently or speak it out loud.

If you find yourself thinking something negative or contradictory, just stop and reset your timer. Start with things that are easy to think about, easy to feel good about, like a beautiful place you’ve visited, or a person in your life who’s easy for you to love and enjoy. As you practice, it will get easier to use this process to attract in what you desire. But start with something positive you already have in your life, and flow forward and downstream from there.

Play this game for five minutes a day, and watch what happens!


I love this concept! In itself, this is one of those “better-feeling thoughts” that helps shift my energy and turn me downstream every time.

From our human perspective, we’ve developed a habit of deciding what all kinds of things “mean,” and our interpretations are often bleak, heavy, and limiting. We’ve decided that this symptom means we have this miserable illness or condition, and this world event means that the economy will collapse and the end is near, and this relationship break-up means that we’re incapable of loving and unworthy of receiving love...

But according to Abraham, all feelings, symptoms, and situations are nothing more than indicators of where our vibration is at this moment. These things are Law of Attraction’s way of showing us what we’re currently vibrating, and when we change the vibration (through better-feeling thoughts, turning downstream, releasing resistance, etc.), the indicators will change. They must change – it’s universal law!

Abraham offers a great analogy about this. They say that our upstream thoughts about the meanings of these indicators are just like going to the gas station and sitting there slumped over the steering wheel, looking at the gas gauge on empty (an indicator) and wailing, “Look at that – it’s terrible, it’s the end! My life is over!” instead of filling up the tank and going on with our day. Even with current gas prices (another indicator, which many of us have upstream thoughts about), our response to give up in despair because the tank is empty is an overreaction.

So, we notice an indicator, and find a thought that feels better about it. My own better-feeling thought about gas prices is, “This feels uncomfortable now, but every day that gas prices are higher is another day that more research is done about alternative fuels, more energy-efficient cars are designed and built, and the ultimate outcome will be cleaner air, more environmental awareness, and independence from foreign oil.” That thought may not feel good to everyone, but it feels great to me! And that’s all it takes to shift my vibration for the better.

Abraham says that regardless of our indicators (“...even if you had twelve so-called deadly diseases,” they say), if we focus on finding better feeling thoughts throughout the day today, we’ll see noticeable changes in two or three days. And if we continue the habit of recognizing things as indicators and cleaning up our vibrations around them, we can be, do, and have anything we’ve ever desired in 30 days or less. And that’s the law.


This concept goes hand in hand with the previous one. Just like indicators don’t necessarily “mean” what we think they mean, the way we feel about things is not dependent on the conditions or the situation as it stands. This is a new way of thinking for many of us. We believe that we feel something in response to a situation, but we really have feelings in response to our thoughts or beliefs about the situation.

Abraham talks about how humans believe that conditions need to change before we can feel better, but really it works the other way around. We can choose thoughts that feel better, no matter what the situation. And the better we feel, the more aligned we are, the more quickly we move downstream toward everything we desire – including improved conditions.

For example, if I’m diagnosed with a serious illness, and I think or believe that it’s hopeless and I can never recover, I’m probably going to feel miserable and afraid. But if I’m aware that symptoms and conditions are just indicators of vibration, and that I’m already in the process of changing my vibration, I may feel hope instead, or positive expectation. Then the indicators change, and everybody calls it a miracle.

And if gas prices keep going up, I may think or believe that the economy is about to collapse, and feel terrified in response to that thought, or I may think about how the last time gas prices went up, many new hybrid cars came into the marketplace and many more people became environmentally aware, and in response to those thoughts, I may feel hope or certainty about the changes coming this time, rather than feeling dread.

To use an example that’s emotionally charged for many people, if someone I love comes to the end of their lifetime and dies or transitions (or “croaks,” as Abraham calls it – see # 17 in this article!), if I have fear-based beliefs about death or what happens after death, I may feel devastated, scared, angry, lonely, or any number of other painful feelings. But if I believe that everyone who dies immediately re-emerges into the bigger Stream of Well-Being and Source Energy, I may feel some sadness because I miss the person, but I ultimately feel peaceful.

So, how we feel is not dependent on conditions, and we don’t need to try to change or control conditions (or other people, or their beliefs, etc.) in order to feel good. How we feel is dependent on what we think or believe in response to conditions, and as we learn more about how things operate in the bigger picture, we can relax, float downstream, and know that no matter how things may appear, we are safe and loved, and well-being abounds.

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