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I’m still on vacation and finished reading the novel I brought with me, so of course I needed a trip to the bookstore so I’d have something to do on the beach after being thoroughly beaten up by the waves. I intended to get another book by the author I had just read, but the other books by her didn’t seem too appealing, so I kept looking. I picked up another book by Paulo Coelho,  The Witch of Portobello. As I was walking up front to pay for this (and the few magazines I picked up), I walked by a table with a bunch of Law of Attraction books and was pleasantly surprised when I saw a new book by Esther & Jerry Hicks and the Teachings of Abraham. This book is called Money, and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Wealth, Health, and Happiness. It just came out in August.

Anyways, I started reading just a little bit of it last night and came across something called the “What-if” game. This is nothing new to me, but when I read about it this time I got a completely different perspective on it. Quite a few years ago when I was talking with my therapist after I lost my husband, I did the whole “What if we hadn’t moved where we did/when we did/ etc. ?”….thinking at the time of course that I had some control over what had happened. I’ll never forget what she said to me (which finally makes sense now….I’m not really a slow learner, just stubborn! :-) ). In a very kind, but direct way she said, “Ok Kim, if you’re going to play the what if game, you have to play it both ways”…..instantly I regretted what had come out of my mouth. As apposed to the “what-if” scenario that made things better, it was the “what-if” scenario in which things were worse. This might sound harsh, but I completely get it now (and did at the time, but it just took 5 years to sink in…). We’re quick to judge ourselves and decide that if we had done something differently, or not done something, things wouldn’t have turned out the way they did. Her point (other than sometimes the “what-if” game is simply not helpful) was that don’t assume that what you did (or didn’t do) isn’t what should have happened.

So, in starting to read the new Abraham book, the “What-if” game is a little different. Obviously with the title (and origin of the book), it’s about playing the “what-if” game to your advantage. “What-if” I followed my heart’s passion? “What- if” money weren’t an issue? “What-if” I was in perfect health? “What-if” I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be? Playing the “What-if” game like this puts you in touch with how it would feel if all of your “What-if’s” were true. The Law of Attraction is all about being in the right vibration with whatever it is you want. Feeling good will definitely get you headed in the right direction too. So now, whenever I think of the “What-if” game, I not only send out a silent thanks to my therapist, but I have fun with it and assume the best, not the worst.

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One Response to “The “What-if” game”


On 10/6/08 at 3:17 pm
aart said:

Hello!

I’m a big fan of Paulo Coelho! You will love this! He’s the first best-selling
author to be distributing for free his works on his blog:
http://www.paulocoelhoblog.com

Have a nice day!

Aart

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