Using the As-If Rule


You Must Master One Manifesting Principle Above All Others To Hasten Positive Change

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Alignment. Resonance. Embodiment. Identify transition

Most certainly, you have heard of all or some of these ideas in relation to manifesting and the Law of Attraction. All of them emphasise that changing who you are is the key to bringing about any kind of positive change in your life. The “As-If” Principle is used to achieve this.

What is the “As-If” Principle?

The As-If Principle became well-known through the teachings on manifestation of spiritual teacher and novelist Neville Goddard. He had the opinion that you may attract a desired outcome into your reality by visualising and experiencing it as though it has already happened. Every lesson on personal improvement or spiritual development will include some variation of this idea as a strategy or way of thinking to hasten the accomplishment of objectives. As-If is so potent because it addresses three of the essential elements for effective manifesting:

  1. Resonance: To achieve your desired condition, you must energetically align with it and embody it.
  2. Positive expectation: You have to have complete certainty that it will occur.
    You must have self-belief to realise that it is achievable and that you are deserving of realising it.

Goddard penned the following in “The Power of Awareness”:

“Live your life in a majestic attitude of confidence and resolve; dismiss appearances, circumstances, in fact every evidence of your senses that prevent the realisation of your desire… Put yourself in the position of having your wish come true, and then watch where your attention goes. This is the “gotcha” of manifesting and the Law of Attraction that trips up the majority of people: We must learn to disregard our current circumstances, what we see with our eyes and hear with our ears in our present reality, and live our lives fully convinced that we are already the person who has achieved the result we are seeking to manifest.

A Relationship With Your Future

Author and neuroscientist Joe Dispenza covers the As-If Principle in great detail in many of his books. He calls it “bonding with your future,” which is the practise of feeling love and joy while establishing a connection with your future self through visualisation and mental practise. He refers to this as “gratitude ahead of the actual event” in several of his guided meditations, challenging his audience to practise feeling glad for an outcome they want but hasn’t yet achieved. Three passages from his excellent book “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself” that perfectly express the As-If Principle are included below.

  1. The secret is to imagine your future as already completed. to become so emotionally invested in that future—to the point where you’re already experiencing it in the here and now.
  2. The more you think and act like your new ideal of yourself, the more you’ll start to think and act like that new self, and the more you think and act like that new self, the more you’ll become that new self,” the author writes.
  3. Change is to be greater than your environment, greater than your body, greater than your brain, and greater than time.

Right, that does sound a little pretentious. Let’s face it, it’s difficult to pretend that you are high on life, perched on a mountain, and living your wildest desires while entirely ignoring how your life actually is. Even while it can be challenging to live a completely aligned lifestyle throughout the day, every little amount counts. Here, compound interest is what you’re going for. Your daily task is to gradually chip away at your “old self” while painstakingly and slowly wiring in your “new self.”

Here are some pointers to help you with this. Tips For Applying The As-If Principle

  1. Always concentrate on being grateful – Even when your want hasn’t materialised in your physical reality, the best approach to act “as if” is to feel sincere gratitude that it has. (See Bonding With Your Future from Joe Dispenza above). At first, doing this will be challenging. Begin by expressing gratitude for the fact that you even have this desire. Consider it a blessing that the universe has placed within you in order to bring about in the world. Then, try amplifying your sentiments of thankfulness by tapping into how appreciative you would feel if your wish came true. What would the physical effects of that flavour of thankfulness be? How would you put that into words for others? There is magic here if you can relate to these emotions. Try to live these gratitude-filled emotions on a daily basis, even in small doses.
  2. Pay attention to your feelings rather than your actual desires – Remember that, at the end of the day, high-vibe emotions—feeling radiantly alive and joyful are what we all truly crave, regardless of the desire. Describe in writing how it would feel if your wish came true. Give specifics of it. Picture yourself reaching your goal at that precise time. What would be your response? How would you physically feel? What new emotional area or way of being would your desire for manifestation bring into your life? The goal is to clearly identify the emotions that your desire will bring you and then make an effort each day to become accustomed to those emotions.
  3. Establish a new persona – You must imagine yourself as an actor playing different characters in life if you want to apply the As-If Principle. You have to let go of preconceived beliefs about who you are in order to act “as if.” You also have to let go of the idea that you are a one-dimensional, rigid person. Instead, you need to adopt the perspective that you are a collection of many different “characters” each of whom stands for the amazing traits you have been called to display throughout your life that are all alive and well inside of you. Here are some inquiries to help you access your inner “actor” and develop a new identity that is consistent with your desired manifestation. How would I behave if my wish were granted and it was really me who brought it about? What if I were to think? Which manner would I adopt? To myself, what would I say? Which social behaviours would I exhibit? How would I be feeling and acting? I wonder how I would appear. How should I dress?

What makes “as if” so potent?

The As-If Principle is frequently used in cognitive-behavioral therapy to rewire the subconscious mind to form fresh habits and beliefs. By repeatedly acting, feeling, or thinking “as if” a desired belief or behaviour is already true, you train your subconscious mind to accept that belief or behaviour as the new standard. Simply put, it works because the mind is unable to distinguish between reality and a vivid imagination. Basically, the As-If Principle is about consistently trying to tell your brain that the future you want has already happened. The purpose of “as if” in your meditation practise goes beyond simply “bonding with your future.”

The goal is to instead get as accustomed to your future preferred condition as possible so that as you go about your daily activities, your body and mind will naturally default to it.

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  1. sicetnon3 says:

    Yes, Alignment. Resonance. Embodiment, and I would add “transformation/transition”. We will come up with one word for the “whole” thing. “Holiness”, perhaps.

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