One of Abraham-Hicks’ teachings is that if we focus for 17 seconds on a thought, another thought that feels similar will join it. If we continue to focus on similar feeling thoughts for 68 seconds then we have started momentum and it will continue and grow as long as we don’t interrupt it with different feeling thoughts.
So, for example, if I want to start a feeling of abundance, I can think about ways I already feel abundant. I have a good car. I can buy cheesecake whenever I want. There are many wonderful flavors of cheesecake available. I can also focus on the ways I would like to enjoy more abundance. I can imagine the vacations I would take with enough money. I can think about the causes I would like to financially support. I can think of all the cheesecake I could buy for others. As I focus in that direction for a minute or more, I can easily generate more thoughts that feel abundant.
The thing I love about the idea of focusing for 17 or 68 seconds is that it’s so doable! I could do almost anything for 17 seconds. I could drink vinegar or stand on one foot for 17 seconds. Certainly, I can think in a way that feels good to me for 17 seconds. I just have to remember to do it.
I don’t know where that 17 second or 68 second figures comes from. Abraham-Hicks talks about this like it’s a law of physics. Maybe. I don’t know how you would prove it’s accuracy. I just know it’s a useful idea.
The beauty of this idea is that I can use it anytime and anywhere. I can deliberately focus for 17 seconds when I’m feeling bored. I can take a slow moment at work and use 17 seconds to get myself into a happier state of mind. I can do it while I’m driving or walking from one place to another. I can do it in the grocery store.
Of course, this 17 second rule also applies to negative feelings. It doesn’t take any longer to get negative momentum going than positive momentum.
There’s a youtube clip of an Abraham seminar where a man talks about using this 17 second rule with his intention to be happy. He made a practice of reducing the time that he held any negative thought. Eventually he claims he got to not holding a negative thought for more than 17 seconds. He talks about how wonderful this made his life. And, oh, he won the lottery. You can listen to the clip here if you like.
How are you going to use your next 17 seconds?