You know by now my love of the author Richard Dotts.
Today, I want to review his latest book, Flowering: Living the Manifestation Experience.
In this book, Richard Dotts gives a very simple technique for maintaining your alignment throughout the day.
If you are able to maintain your alignment, your manifestations will come easily. But more importantly, you will be feeling much better than you ever have before.
Maintaining Moment-by-Moment Awareness of Your Inner State
This book emphasizes the importance of remaining centered. Richard Dotts calls it the flowering state, but it is the same as what Abraham calls the Vortex, and what I call the Silence.
Once you are able to remain centered, manifestations will come to you very quickly, because you are no longer holding on to resistance.
In this book, Richard Dotts is trying to help you to constantly be letting go of any resistance that arises.
And, this is very useful. I’ve said many times how important it is to pay attention to your own emotional guidance system, and release resistance as it arises.
However, my first criticism enters at this point, unfortunately.
His technique for letting go of resistance is, well, to simply let go.
I see his point, really. It should be a very simple process.
But, if you have a lot of negative momentum, it’s not so easy to just let go.
I’ve mentioned many techniques in my posts for letting go of resistance. Some of those include:
Plus many others.
I also discuss many more techniques in my premium membership.
But the point is, it’s not totally useful to simply say, “Just let go.”
That being said, I do really enjoy Richard Dotts’ technique for determining your own centeredness.
He calls it the centering scale.
He describes it as sort of a number line. You have the zero point, where you are completely centered. Then, you have negative space (everything to the left of the zero point), and positive space (everything to the right of the zero point).
He says that it is the most effective when you are right on the zero point.
The way to tell where you are on the scale is simply to pay attention to your emotional guidance system, of course.
If you feel a bit negative, that is your sign that you are in negative space, and need to release resistance to return back to the zero point.
He encourages you to pay attention to this spectrum moment-by-moment, so you can always tell where you are vibrationally.
If you’re a bit negative, you release resistance, and return to zero.
It is the point of complete flow.
What If We’re In Positive Space?
Now, a difficulty arises, however.
What if we’re in positive space, to the right of the zero point on our imaginary line?
Doesn’t seem like a problem, does it? I mean, isn’t the entire point to feel positive?
Not according to Richard Dotts, at least in this particular book.
He says that you should also avoid moving into positive space. To illustrate, here is a direct quote from chapter 9 of the book:
Some readers may wonder why there is also a need to let go of positive emotions and feelings. The logic is the same. All types of feelings, whether positive or negative, are not a part of our true divine nature. They are feelings we have been inadvertently chosen to hold on to for various reasons. We hold on to positive feelings because they feel good. When we hold on to a feeling and believe it is a part of us, we become attached to something that is not even real in the first place. Positive feelings about an outcome can also signal an attachment to what we intend to manifest.
The only place where you can experience your divine nature is from the zero state. It is the only state where the Universe is completely free to work its magic without your interference or intervention.
So, Richard Dotts sees either negative or positive as undesirable.
However, the positive is where you want to be. The Vortex, in Abraham terminology, is absolute alignment with your higher self. That’s found in highly positive states, not simply neutral or “zero”.
In fact, there is always a bit of resistance. Abraham says that you can always find relief from your current vibration, even if you are in joy.
In fact, if you held no resistance whatsoever, you could not be in this physical body. So, it’s a bit of a misnomer to say you can release all resistance.
However, this zero point can be useful. The way Richard Dotts is describing it, it seems more like a tipping point. It is the point between negative and positive—the point at which negative momentum has slowed, and now you can begin some positive momentum.
I do recommend that when you catch yourself in what he calls negative space, that you release resistance using whatever technique works best for you, until you have reached neutral.
But, please don’t just stop there. There is no problem whatsoever with starting up some positive momentum and moving towards the positive end of the spectrum. In fact, that is what is going to feel best at this point.
Living in the Present
The other topic that Richard Dotts emphasizes in this book is living in the present moment.
Now, living in the present is definitely an effective technique for releasing resistance. The reason is that there can be no resistance in the present moment. All resistance either comes from past conditioning, or fear of the future. When you are simply mindful of the present, all conditioning is released, at least for the moment.
However, I believe that this concept is often overly emphasized in the spiritual community. There are many books out there about the importance of living in the present moment.
That works great when you’re off in negative space, as Dotts calls it. But, when you’re in the positive, this won’t feel so good.
Think of it this way: the law of attraction is basically all about focusing on the future. After all, how could you get more specific about what you want, given that what you want isn’t here yet, if you couldn’t focus on the future?
It’s all about dreaming. It’s about, as Abraham says, being satisfied with what is and eager for more.
When you are a deliberate creator, you are always looking to the future. You are comfortable with the present, but also prepared for so much more.
I liken it to going on vacation. If tomorrow, you were about to leave for your favorite vacation destination, do you really think you could just live in the present?
No, you’d be making detailed plans: what you will do the first day, the second day, etc. You would be dreaming about how nice it’ll be on vacation. You’ll barely be able to sleep because of the excitement of it.
Indeed, when your momentum is positive and moving very quickly, it feels better to dream about the future in great detail.
So, it’s sort of silly to say you need to always remain in the present. If you always remain in the present, you’ll always be just creating more of what is in the present.
Again, it is useful if you need to release resistance. I recommend perhaps taking a day and just focusing on the present moment. This is a great technique for overcoming fears, since fears are always rooted in the future.
But once that momentum begins to shift to the positive, allow yourself to dream.
I know I picked on Richard Dotts a good deal in this post.
Honestly, he truly is my favorite author. But, I just felt this particular book had some flawed premises.
That, however, doesn’t mean that it’s not worth reading. It has some great points as well, and the techniques are very useful, particularly the centering scale.
Any time you read material on the law of attraction, you have to parse through and take what works for you, and leave the rest.
My own suggestion would be to take the techniques offered in the book, but leave behind some of the suggestions about avoiding the positive, and living in the present moment.
I think this book is great for those who are around the middle of the emotional guidance scale. You’re negative, but not so negative that this book can’t reach you. If thinking that “just let go” can be effective for releasing resistance, then you might get a lot out of this book.
But if you are in a more specifically negative area of the spectrum, then I don’t think it’ll have much value. Instead, I’d recommend my webinar from last weekend on radical acceptance.
How About You?
Now it’s your turn. What are your thoughts about the zero point, and working with more positive emotions? What’s your experience with living in the present? Let me know in the comments.