There was a short time in my life when I played basketball. I was a guard playing the old fashioned Iowa girls’ six-player basketball rules of half-court ball. We were only allowed to take two dribbles, and remain on one side of the court, so learning to fake pass (shifting our bodies), bounce the ball only twice and pivot after those two dribbles became quite important. While this post isn’t about basketball, I hope you’ve gotten the image in your mind of shifting, bouncing and pivoting in order to look and throw or bounce-pass the ball in a different direction.
I re-learned these techniques and particularly the art of “pivoting” from an entirely different angle yesterday. I was having a “player-in-your-face, trying-to-steal-the ball feeling” moment and I had become upset about a recent situation. It was bad enough that I immediately felt my gut tense up with anxiety about what I was going to do about it. I went right back to an old habit of mine, (which I always tell myself and others serves no purpose) and that habit was to WORRY. But that’s not all! I went right back to another old habit: thinking that I had to take control and DO SOMETHING in order to figure it all out.
While it may be that I will be taking some action eventually, I know that it needs to come from an inspired place. So I knew I’d come a long way in my own personal development when during this “worrisome phase with my situation,” I was very aware of my feelings so I shifted my thoughts and bounced right into a place of knowing that in the end, it will all be OK. This, I know in my soul: it WILL be OK. (And those of you familiar with the Teachings of Abraham will understand the lingo of shifting, bouncing and pivoting!)
While we can’t control our minds 100% of the time, we can learn some useful techniques that serve us to shift and bounce to a better feeling thought and then pivot towards our desired outcome. It’s natural for those “gremlins” to creep in now and then: even amongst the most practiced “positive thinkers” of our day. Even Louise Hay admits on one of her audio recordings that she pays attention and focuses on the good and the positive about 75% of the time.
What I find interesting is that often the negative event or thoughts come right after or even during a whole set of feeling good moments and manifestation successes! (That’s another topic for a different post so I won’t elaborate about why that happens here.) And while I knew it would be all OK in the end, I still couldn’t shake a tense little feeling that I was holding some resistance to that idea by being anxious about HOW it was all going to unfold.
Fortunately for me, I had previously booked a free coaching session about setting up my own coaching business with life coach, Patty Lennon, so instead of talking about coaching, she provided that much-needed “assist” that is so important in the game of basketball. So I worked on my negative issue instead.
Patty reminded me of a technique from Abraham-Hicks called “pivoting” and it totally worked out all my anxiety immediately! After identifying the fear that was behind this “bad situation,” she asked me to turn around and pivot to the other end of the spectrum and to look at what that would look like. What was my most ideal outcome of this situation? How would that look? That’s exactly what I needed: a gentle push (not a foul, but an assist!) to pivot around and look at it from a more positive place by appreciating what I know about the situation and focusing on the desire I intend for the outcome. Almost instantly, I felt 100% better! From there, I did a List of Positive Aspects about this situation and then a Rampage of Appreciation about it as well.
The result? I was able to pass that ball onward without the defending gremlin player getting its hands on it! I know that by taking these small steps to pivot to good thoughts and feelings that I’ve now attracted more good things into my life. And this is how we do it: one step at a time, shift, bounce, bounce, pivot– until you get on the winning side: the feel better, hopeful, positive side of looking at the situation. These little steps in our daily lives truly make a difference. Thank you, Patty, for reminding me to “pivot!”
Abraham talks about pivoting from the analogy of picking up a stick. When we pick up a stick, we are picking up both ends: the end representing what we want and the other end representing the absence of what we want. When we become more aware of what we are feeling, we can use pivoting to shift to a better point of attraction, step-by-step and see positive results. But this post isn’t about baseball!
Anyone up for a game of basketball? Let’s bounce!
Note: All of these processes are from Abraham-Hicks and you can learn more about them by reading their Ask and It Is Given book. I’ve provided links to Amazon.com for the book both in English and Spanish below.