This post is going to bust some serious misconceptions about the law of attraction. Specifically, did you know that creative tension is one of the most essential elements in manifesting your desires?
No, seriously. It is.
But not in the way you’re thinking of. I’m not talking about anxiety, or stress, or anything like that. Obviously, those things will keep your manifestations at bay as always.
No, tension, like I am talking about here, is a very different thing altogether.
My Own Discovery of Creative Tension
Before I get into the details, let me describe my own discovery of tension.
I’ve been seriously getting in the zone when it comes to manifesting lately. Ever since I started setting monthly income goals, I’ve been reaching each one. Last month, it was down to the very dollar: I was only 88¢ over my monthly goal.
If you listened to last week’s support call, you heard me describe already how I have been looking back over my manifestations, and specifically how I manifested them.
And I realized something: besides the element of confidence that I mentioned recently, there was also an additional element that I had not previously noticed.
That element was what I could only call tension. There was this force pulling me forward to my goal, because I refused to compromise on my vision of what I wanted. That creative tension wasn’t resolved until the vision was achieved.
I found this odd, initially, because it seems to go against so much of common LOA wisdom. However, as I looked back over my life, I saw that all my biggest manifestations, even the unintentional ones before I knew about the law of attraction, had this element of tension.
When I got into the music school at Duquesne University in 2007, I didn’t know how I’d do it, as it is pretty difficult to get accepted there. But I set it as a goal, and felt creative tension, due to my intense desire, pulling me forward until I did indeed get accepted.
I’ve often talked about my experience from September 2015, when money was super short, and I had to manifest everything we needed for the month. That, too, had creative tension, due to the urgency of the situation.
The house Christine and I currently live in is owned by Christine’s mother. We used to pay her very reduced rent, which she didn’t mind while we were getting on our feet. I told Christine we’d pay her extra if we had it at the end of the month. But, of course, we never had the extra.
That is, until I made the decision to pay her the full amount every month. It was super scary, but we went ahead with it anyway. And, surprise, surprise, all the money we needed to cover the extra cost was effortlessly manifested, thanks to the creative tension produced by the need.
Finally, I used to think I had the belief that I could only have just enough money. I used to only have $25 or $50 in the bank at the end of any given month.
Then, I had one of the biggest breakthroughs I’ve had so far. I realized that there was tension created to manifest the money to pay all the bills. But once I had just enough money, that tension was resolved, and so I didn’t make any more, meaning we ended the month with very little.
So, I made the deliberate choice that I would now have more than enough. I started setting goals above and beyond “just enough”, so that the creative tension wouldn’t resolve until I had reached that goal.
And, it worked. Two months before I made this decision, we ended the month with $28 in the bank. The month just before this decision, we actually ended with $2 overdraft.
The month immediately after making this decision, though, we ended with $103. The next month, we ended with $228.
It was all due to the creative tension that kept pulling me towards my desire until I reached it.
Creative Tension: The Root of the Creative Process
In discovering this trend in my life, I remembered back to a book I read last year, called Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz.
The book discusses the creative process, which is essentially the process of how to create anything you want in your life.
Robert Fritz teaches a concept called “structural tension”, which is essentially identical to what I have been experiencing in my life. I’ve seen it also called “creative tension”, which I prefer, as it is more descriptive of the process.
The idea is that everything has a structure. The structure of a system will determine how the energy flows. For instance, a riverbed determines where and how fast the river flows.
When a system has tension, it tends to want to resolve. Imagine a rubber band. If you pull it tight, it has tension, and naturally wants to resolve back to the relaxed state. Eventually, that will happen, because you can’t keep it in the unresolved state forever.
Fritz discovered this principle in music school. He realized that artists, composers, and others in the arts, use this principle all the time. When an artist is painting, they have the vision of what they want to create in mind, as well as the current state of their painting. The discrepancy between current reality and their desired vision creates tension, which naturally resolves towards the completion of the painting.
He realized that this could be applied in other areas of life as well, and that is the topic of the book.
It’s a great book. However, as a warning, he is very much against any kind of magical thinking. He scoffs at the use of affirmations, the idea that subconscious beliefs have any influence on your life, and believes that hard work is almost always necessary. So, be willing to read between the lines a bit, and take out of it what you can.
Luckily for me, this book was recommended to me by an instructor of a course I took last year. I’ve mentioned this course before, and it has been the biggest influence on my success with the law of attraction. The course is called, Hypnosis and the Law of Attraction. It’s taught by Joe Tabbanella, who seriously could not be a more helpful, friendly person if he tried.
Given Fritz’ dislike of the law of attraction, it was a bit hard to bridge the gap between his ideas, and those I’ve come to teach myself. However, my own experiences helped a great deal, as well as the above mentioned class.
How to Form Creative Tension
One important thing must be kept in mind: your outer reality is a direct reflection of inner reality. It is a mirror, or projection.
If you look within yourself right now, the state you feel within is going to match the feeling of what you experience in outer reality. It must be so, unless you are a deliberate manifester and already know the key to this.
But now, imagine that you deliberately change your inner state to be out of sync with outer reality. Imagine that you choose to focus on the vibrational signature of your goal, such as feeling abundant if your goal is more money, or feeling love if your goal is a relationship.
Now, there is a discrepancy between inner and outer reality.
The law of attraction could essentially be summarized thus: inner and outer reality must match.
If they don’t match, then one of two things must happen:
- Inner reality must be brought into alignment with outer reality, or
- Outer reality must be brought into alignment with inner reality
There’s no other way around it. The discrepancy generates creative tension, which must be resolved somehow. It cannot remain.
Now, the subconscious mind will do its best to pull your inner reality into alignment with outer reality. That’s why resistance pops up in the form of doubts, fears, anxiety, etc. That’s why you might be tempted to give up your vision of what you want, because it is easier, and it’ll keep you getting the same things over and over again.
Your subconscious mind doesn’t hate you, really. It is just familiar with the current state of things, and its job is to perpetuate and habituate whatever it believes to be true.
But, if you hold to your vision, something magical will happen: your subconscious mind will get the message that this new reality is more important than what it previously believed to be true. So, it will pull outer reality into alignment with inner reality, and you will have realized your vision.
But, this can only happen if you do this one thing: get comfortable with tension.
I know that seems odd. But, think about the mechanics of the process I just described.
Without that tension, there simply won’t be the energy to pull you forward to your goal.
Again, tension doesn’t mean anxiety or stress. What it does mean is that you will notice that you don’t have what you want, yet.
It means that as you go about your day, you will run into experiences that aren’t in alignment with your vision.
That’s to be expected. Your inner reality is out of sync with outer reality, and it takes time to catch up. That’s the tension I’m talking about.
The best reaction is to look at the discrepancy between your vision and outer reality, and say, “Oh, look, it’s not in alignment with my vision. That’s okay: I’m still going to hold to my vision.”
However, many people don’t like that tension. So, they will find creative ways of reducing or eliminating it.
The most obvious way is by dropping their vision. They think it’s too hard, so they give in and return to the status quo.
But, there is another common method: by lying to oneself about current reality. Some people will sugar coat current reality, making it seem better than it really is.
They will refuse to look at circumstances as they are right now, and instead choose to deceive themselves.
To traditional LOA thinking, this makes sense: not looking at “what is” will help you to feel better, and if you feel better, then you’ll attract things that feel better, right?
Not quite. If you deceive yourself about current reality, then how can there possibly be creative tension? If you don’t notice what is, and that what is is not in alignment with your vision, then you totally circumvent the tension required to bring you to your inner vision.
Not to mention, the more you deceive yourself, the harder it will be to ignore current reality. Eventually something will happen that is just impossible to ignore, and you’ll have to pay attention.
At that point, you’ll wonder, “Why did this bad thing happen? I’ve been feeling better and only focusing on what I want.” Sounds like a common complaint, doesn’t it?
But, it happened because you were totally ignoring outer reality, and so you were really just going with the momentum of what was already being created, according to your subconscious patterns.
You must be honest with yourself about three things:
- What it is you want,
- What it is you have right now, and
- The discrepancy between the two
Only by all three elements being present can you generate the creative tension required to bring you quickly to the manifestation of what you want.
The great thing is that when you are okay with tension, negative manifestations, sometimes called “contrast”, no longer pose any threat to you.
A negative manifestation only means more tension can be created, because the discrepancy has gotten a bit larger. But, creators are comfortable with discrepancy. The larger the discrepancy, the stronger the tension, and so the more force that is present to bring you to your goal. The less the discrepancy, the weaker the tension, and the stronger the momentum that is actively moving you towards what you want.
Imagine a bow and arrow. It won’t go anywhere without tension. The farther back you pull the string, the more tension there is, and the farther the arrow will fly once you release it. Once the string is released, momentum takes over as tension decreases.
So when a negative manifestation arises, it’s just pulling back that bow string a bit more, ensuring that once the string is released, the arrow will fly even faster towards its target.
In that way, whether the discrepancy is small or large, it is okay, so long as you are being honest with yourself about where you are, and where you want to be. Eventually, that tension must be resolved, and just like the arrow, you will find yourself flying quickly towards your goal.
Make Your Goal Non-Negotiable
Want to ratchet up that tension one more notch?
The element I saw present in each situation was that my goal became non-negotiable. That is, I firmly resolved to achieve my goal, and I would not take “no” for an answer.
This seems totally at odds with the common approach of being detached from your goal, but it has worked for me every time.
This is in alignment with what Robert Fritz says. He says that you have to choose your goal. Hoping or wishing for it isn’t good enough. You have to firmly and resolutely choose the vision that you want to create, and then do everything necessary to create that vision.
It is scary to make a goal non-negotiable, I know. There’s always the chance of failure, and so you might find it hard to ignore that “what if”.
But, I find that allowing your goal to exist as anything but a deliberate decision simply doesn’t hold the creative tension required to bring you there.
If it’s just something you’d maybe like to do one day, without the backing of your will, then you’ll be more likely to drop it the moment things get a bit difficult.
If you’re going to create something, choose it whole-heartedly. Make it non-negotiable. Give it the full backing of your deliberate will.
This can be done simply by saying something like, “I choose …” and insert your goal.
As you say it, really feel the strength of those words. Feel the power of your choice.
To choose means that you are taking control. You are not allowing life to dictate what is possible. It is important to choose a goal that is meaningful to you, whether or not it seems possible.
To choose means that you are putting energy into this goal, and plan to bring it to completion.
Deliberately choosing your goal tells the Universe that you are serious. It tells your subconscious mind that this goal is meaningful to you.
Also, it sets up creative tension, because you have decided to create something that does not yet exist. Only through your willingness and determination to hold to this vision can you bring this creation into existence.
To choose is the ultimate creative act.
Now, that doesn’t mean that you’re stuck with your choice. If you truly discover that you actually don’t want this goal as much as you thought you did, you are of course permitted to revoke your choice.
But, that’s another reason why it’s useful to make a deliberate choice. It clarifies your intensions, and helps you to know 100% whether you really want to create this thing or not. Only a true heart-based desire can be fully chosen and brought to fruition.
How About You?
Now it’s your turn. Have you successfully worked with the tension between where you are and what you want to create? Are you able to fully choose to make your goal non-negotiable? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.