The reason for desires, goals…for finding those decisions or points of focus, is because they are the life-giving things of the Universe.  Without objects of attention, or objects of desire, Life Force does not come through any of us.

— Abraham


I hate goal setting.  At least formal goal setting.  It’s probably cost me a bazillion dollars throughout my life, but something inside of me rebels whenever I try to do it.  Maybe it’s because getting really clear on what I want in the first place has been a challenge for me.  So, sitting down to write out what I want, or where I want to go, is no fun.

On the other hand, I do have goals.  It’s just that they are more spontaneous in nature.  They change and morph and sometimes disappear, depending on who-knows-what other factors are at work in my life at any given moment.  I’ve just never been one to get so mentally focused on a goal that I just have to make it happen.  In some ways, this is a good thing; I’m not crushed by failure if I don’t manage to accomplish something – there’s always something else to chase.  The flip-side is that I don’t often get to enjoy the kind of satisfaction that comes with completing something difficult.

But, I’m OK with this mindset, for the most part.  I sometimes wish it was different, but I’m good with who I am.  I don’t have any desire to experience the dark psychological valleys that accompany the occasional sunny peaks – I’ve been there, and at this point in my life, I don’t feel that the tradeoff is worth it (the valleys outnumber the peaks by a large percentage, apparently).  I have more of a middle-of-the-road kind of personality.  I prefer rolling hillside over the Himalayas.

As usual, I digress…

A lot of goals are subconscious in nature.  We see a bad traffic accident, and we don’t set a goal (consciously) to drive more carefully, but below the surface we do.  Likewise, if we see a news story about someone who lost his life savings in the stock market because he put all of his money into REITs, we might be driven subconsciously to pay a little more attention to our own investments.  I’m thinking out loud here, but I think I’m making the point well enough.

The kinds of goals Abraham is talking about here are those which we have more of a connection to.  They’re the kinds of desires that make you want to get up in the morning; that make you willing to do things that are new, different, more.  Things you hadn’t thought of before.  Things you previously would have said you couldn’t or wouldn’t ever do.  They give you energy by thinking about them.

They cause what Abraham refers to as “inspired action”.  I consider inspired action to be any endpoint-oriented activity that doesn’t feel like work, no matter how much effort it requires.  Digging a drinking well with a shovel takes a lot of effort; a lot of manual labor.  But, it might not feel like work if you’re doing it so your family can drink sweet fresh water from an aquifer under your property, rather than terrible-tasting tap water.  Again, that’s off the top of my head, but you get the idea.

“Without objects of attention, or objects of desire, Life Force does not come through any of us.”  Goals of inspiration pull Life Force through us; they don’t just make the flow possible.  We should all do our best to set those types of goals as often as we can.


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