Tony Robbins: Incantations vs. Affirmations for Embodying Success

Do You Know How To Use The Law Of Attraction

Tony Robbins explains how the difference between winning and losing could just be a difference of a millimeter, and cites examples of how the gap between the two may not be that unbridgeable. Tony also relates his own story and how he turned his life around by using incantations. An incantation is different from an affirmation, which is usually a mere repetition of statements in one’s head. An incantation is a way of embodying the truth of a statement and involves a change in state and physiology.


“What a great belief system that when all hell’s breaking loose and nothing’s working that you’re only one millimeter off. ‘Cause most people think it’s impossible so they give up, isn’t that true?… A very powerful belief to leave today with will be: nothing’s working, I’m one millimeter away. What little thing I’m gonna change when i do it changes everything. Because I’m heading in this direction, I make this little shift, you pick that up an hour from now, a day from now, a week from now, a month from now, you have a  totally different destination from that direction.”

(Incantation that Tony used to change his life around:) “God’s wealth is circulating in my life. His wealth flows to me in avalanches of abundance. All my needs, desires, and goals are met instantaneously because I AM one with God and God is everything!”

Have you tried affirmations and have had success with it? Do you feel that Tony’s incantation approach makes more sense?

Please share your thoughts below in the comments section.

The 11 Forgotten Laws: Law Of Attraction & Vibration (Bob Proctor)

The 11 Forgotten Laws: Law Of Attraction & Vibration (Bob Proctor)

Note: Bob Proctor, one of the key teachers in the movie The Secret, believes that the Law of Attraction as portrayed in the movie is not complete, and reveals in this series the 11 Forgotten Laws that uncover its true potential. In this video, he talks about what the Law of Attraction is, and the Law of Vibration that underlies it, and the right way to maximize it for your benefit. Bob also relates a perfect example of the Law at work with the series of events that led to him being in the movie The Secret.

“The underlying law that regulates supply in the world of effects has two important faces: one his desire and the other is expectation… When we desire something we are instantly connected with the invisible side of whatever good we desire. It’s the expectation that reels it in.”

“The Law of Attraction is not the primary law. The Law of Vibration is the primary law. You see, everything in the universe vibrates. We literally live in an ocean of motion… Nothing is resting. Everything is moving… Our brain is an electronic switching station, and our thoughts activate brain cells and control the vibration we’re in, and the vibration we’re in controls what we attract into our life.”



The Law of Vibration and Attraction

by Bob Proctor

The Law of Attraction is the underlying principle that governs the level of your personal prosperity. However, to help you achieve a really solid grasp of this concept, it will be necessary for us to focus briefly on another law; namely, the Law of Vibration. The Law of Vibration accounts for the difference between mind and matter; between the physical and the nonphysical worlds.

According to the Law of Vibration, we postulate that everything vibrates or moves; nothing sits idle. Everything is in a constant state of motion, and therefore, there is no such thing as “inertia”, or a state of rest. From the most ethereal, to the grossest form of matter, everything is in a constant state of vibration. Moving from the lowest to the highest degree of vibration, we discover there are literally millions upon millions of intervening levels or degrees; from the electron to the universe, everything is in vibratory motion. (Energy is manifested in all the varying degrees of vibration.)”Rates of vibration” are called “frequencies,” and the higher the frequency, the more potent the force. Since thought is one of the highest forms of vibration, it is very potent in nature and therefore, it must be understood by all of us.

Now, the Law of Vibration may be explained in many different ways, depending upon the purpose for which it is being explained. In this chapter, however, it is our intention to confine our inquiry to thoughts alone, so we may thereby improve our understanding of the Law of Attraction. vibration vibrate means: “to move backward and forwards, to oscillate, to shake, to quiver, to swing, to waver, to cause to quiver.”To obtain a more graphic conceptualization of the idea of Vibration, just stretch out one of your arms straight in front of you. Then hold it perfectly still. While you are holding it still and are unable to perceive any motion in that arm at all, know that the electrons which compose the arm, are moving, shaking, quivering, or vibrating, at the rate of 186,300 miles per second.

The arm appears still to you, but in reality, it is in a constant state of motion. Of course, although such motion is imperceptible to the naked eye, under a high-powered microscope it would become very apparent, indeed.

Now, begin to shake your arm. You, yourself, are now causing the arm to vibrate. It was already vibrating of its own accord, in obedience to the Law of Vibration (which teaches that everything is in constant motion). But you have stepped up, or increased, the rate of that vibration. You have pushed down on the vibratory accelerator pedal, as it were.

Positive And Negative Personalities

“The mind in itself and in its own place can make a hell out of heaven or a heaven out of hell.” – John MiltonPeople, as a rule, can be classified as positive personalities (optimists) or negative personalities (pessimists).Those individuals who are positive in their thoughts always tend to look upon the brighter side of life. With their faces turned toward the sunshine, they attempt to see the good, even in the bad. Such individuals habitually think thoughts of a positive nature and they are a blessing to the world.

They are in a “Positive Vibration,” and therefore attract other positive personalities to them.Negative personalities, on the other hand, habitually look upon the dark, gloomy, and depressing side of life. Even the good holds some bad for them. They dwell on the bad and the negative. They think about it, anticipate it, expect it, and invariably they receive what they have been seeking. Due to the negative vibration which they keep themselves in, they, of course, attract other miserable personalities to them. As you are already aware, “misery loves company.”Their state of mind can be compared to the person who, upon being asked how he felt, said, “I feel alright today, but I might feel bad tomorrow.”Negative personalities are depressing to everyone around them. Their faces take on the expression, in physical form, of the negative thoughts which they are holding in their minds.

Each day, one can observe such individuals passing on the street. No cheer, no joy radiates from them-just gloom, frowns and hostility. Having created their own hell for themselves, they seem to enjoy wallowing in it.The law of Polarity and Relativity states that for every positive there is an equal and opposite negative. Therefore, both of these personality types are necessary, so you can develop the awareness to distinguish one from the other, and in that manner, choose the one which will advance you in life.You do have Free Will.

You can choose which of these two personality types you wish to adopt. Therefore, if a person is constantly negative, but tires of that state, the person may, through awareness and proper effort, change himself into a positive personality type of individual.Understand this-The Law of Vibration will give people the awareness they require, to make the personality changes they desire.

The Brain – The Body

The human body, believe it or not, is one of the most efficient electrical instruments in this entire universe. The human brain, similarly, is probably the most efficient electrical instrument ever created. Both are truly marvels. The brain is the part of the body where all manner of frequencies are transformed from one frequency level into another.

In the brain, for example, sensations are transformed into muscular action. Sound, heat, light, and thought are also, each in their turn, transformed into other frequencies, each affecting the body. Within the brain, there are centers that control and regulate the functioning of all organs and parts of the body. By means of the proper stimulation of these centers, the functioning of the organs may thereby be controlled. In our seminars, we refer to this phenomenon as the vibratory control of the body.In the final analysis, the brain is simply a vibratory instrument. To begin to understand its functioning you must undertake the study of the Law of Vibration.

Since the early 1940’s, we have had at our disposal the EEG (electroencephalograph), which reads the electrical activity of the brain, and the ECG (electrocardiograph), which traces the electrical changes which occur during heart contractions. Therefore, vibrations are certainly not something which is new to us. Indeed, all of us have an awareness of them. However, the problem which we encounter is that the vast majority of people are not aware of the connection between their vibrations and their results in life.It is, unfortunately, a very common sight to see people in bad or confused vibrations, busily attempting-through force-to achieve good results. However, due to the negative vibration which they are in, they are continually being bombarded by all manner of negative people and situations, which by law, are being attracted to them. Consequently, at some point, their battle must become overwhelming for them.

These people may be likened to a person who is jumping off the top of a building and trying to go up, at one and the same time. The result, in either case, would be equally predictable and equally disastrous.

Everything Is Energy, Everything Vibrates

For you to gain a better awareness of how you are to take control over your results (i.e. to better understand how and why the thoughts and things come into your life as they do), you must go back to the basic premise with which we started: namely, everything vibrates and nothing stands still. There is, in truth, no such thing as inertia. Scientists today support this thesis and every new scientific discovery tends to lend even more credibility to it.However, by virtue of your Free Will and the many other mental factors in your marvelous mind, you have the Co-Creative ability to cause vibratory changes to take place at your bidding in your life. The cause for our lack of ability to exercise this tremendous power for good is nothing other than our own ignorance about the Law of Vibration.

Let There Be Light-Your Connecting Link

Slowly but surely, let us see with our inner eye of understanding, how you may “connect” with the good that you desire, to improve the quality of your own life. Two objects whose electromagnetic fields are the same are operating on the same frequency. Therefore, we can say they are in resonance, in harmony, or in rapport. When two objects are in resonance or vibrating at the same speed, the vibratory rate may be transmitted from one to the other through the medium of the electron. (“Resonance” as a field of study, is concerned with the electromagnetic fields surrounding objects.)For example, we find a globe in a chandelier will vibrate when in resonance with a certain key on a piano; yet it will not vibrate to any other note on the piano keyboard.

The two objects under discussion are composed of entirely different material and they have completely different shapes. Still, they are in resonance with one another, due to the fact their ultimate magnetic fields are the same. They are within the same sphere of relative motion, and this holds true, irrespective of their size, shape, or the elements of which they are composed.

All electromagnetic waves, or quantum, have their own particular rate or frequency, which corresponds to the number of changes in direction they make per second. The electromagnetic wave spectrum is simply a “Scale of Vibration,” and it is subdivided into specific regions.Nevertheless, one must always remember these regions are not actual divisions, but merely arbitrary spaces covering frequencies that manifest in our senses in different ways. Each region actually “blends” into the one above and the one below, and in truth, there are no definite lines of demarcation.

Everything Is An Expression Of The Same Thing

Everything in this entire universe is connected to everything else in this entire universe, through the Law of Vibration. Just as the colors in a rainbow are connected in such a way that you are not able to tell where one color stops and the other begins, so too are you unable to distinguish where one “thing” starts and another one stops. Everything in this universe is connected to everything else in this universe, just as the water that boils is connected to the steam into which it transmutes, and the steam is connected to the ether or air into which it changes.You too are connected to everything in the universe. Whether you can see it with the naked eye or not is unimportant.

The only physical difference which exists between one thing and another, relates to the density or the amplitude of their vibration.Therefore, as soon as you choose certain thoughts, your brain cells are affected. These cells vibrate and send off electromagnetic waves. When you concentrate on those thoughts, you increase the amplitude of vibration of those cells, and the electric waves, in turn, become much more potent.Know that it is you who is originating those electric waves and know that you are also determining the density of them by your own free will. You must also know, since you are originating these electric waves, your whole being is being put in that particular vibration.We have already covered the point that two objects may be of entirely different material and shape, and yet still be in Resonance.

This is due to the fact their ultimate magnetic fields are the same, because they are within the same sphere of relative motion. (Keep in mind that resonance is the factor governing the transmutation of vibrations.)When you hold the image of your goal on the screen of your mind, in the present tense, you are vibrating in harmony (in resonance) with every particle of energy necessary for the manifestation of your image on the physical plane. By holding that image, those particles of energy are moving toward you (attraction) and you are moving toward them-because that is the law.All things are merely manifestations of energy or Spirit.When the world comes to understand this great truth, we will be aware that all people are the same; they only appear to be different. The true dividing lines for mankind are not borders, color or language, but simply ignorance and its polar opposite, understanding.Know The Truth And The Truth Will Set You Free.

Helping Others Feel Better

You automatically like people who cause you to feel good. It would necessarily follow, therefore, that others will like you when you cause them to feel good, or when you move them into a more positive vibration.ExampleVibratory control of the body, mind and soul of a person gives you a means for the restoration of positive vibrations, through the medium of resonant electric waves of the brain cells, from you to another person.As already stated, the human body, including the brain, is a high-powered electrical instrument. Therefore, you are a veritable “broadcasting station,” relative to other people. When the “tune in” between you and them has been completed, or when the composite personality has been established between you and the other person, the other person receives and becomes conscious of the vibrating thought which is being broadcast by you.Under the Law Of The Perpetual Transmission And Transmutation Of Energy, the other person, being a low potential of energy, takes on this added energy which is being sent out by you. And, like a weak battery, the other person becomes recharged, more energetic, and more positive as a result of his contact with you.The process of transmitting energy between you and the other person is exactly the same as the process which takes place between the broadcasting station and the radio. That is to say, laws which are identical in nature, govern both phenomena.

Vibrations And Attitude

Every physical thing throws off a vibration. Everything which you see, hear, smell, taste, or touch, throws off a vibration because these things, like everything else, are in a constant state of motion. Whenever you get near enough to them to enter into their “sphere of vibration,” you will be affected by that vibration, whether you realize it or not. Have you ever noticed, for example, how peaceful you feel (vibrate) while walking alone in the woods?The Law operates exactly in the same way in the mental realm. For when a person thinks a thought, it means the person has consciously or unconsciously started a group of brain cells vibrating abnormally.

Once these brain cells, being things, begin to vibrate abnormally, they throw off a wave of electronic energy which moves out seeking a place to land.If you are in the sphere (space) of their vibrations and you happen to have similar cells which are in rapport (in harmony or agreement) with the ones vibrating in the other person’s brain, then you receive these vibrations and are affected mentally by them, either negatively or positively. (It is clear that everyone in sales or management will thoroughly understand this information.)Let us suppose that another person is vibrating to “Anger Concepts.” If you are the type of person who becomes easily angered and you happen to enter the vibratory field of those anger vibrations, then those vibrations will strike the “anger cells” in your own brain. A condition of resonance being present, those vibrations will start your brain cells vibrating and your entire being will move into that vibration. You will become irritated or angry (even though you may, or may not know, the cause of your own anger). If you do not understand what has happened, you will be at a loss to change the conditions which caused the effect in the first place.

The same principle applies to all mental vibrations. As soon as a person starts to think, he starts brain cells vibrating. Energy is released, therefore, in the form of electrons which travel out according to the intensity of the thought involved. Whoever stops that energy, is affected by it. But bear in mind, the only thing which stops a thought, is that which resonates with that thought. This means, if you should run into an electromagnetic vibratory field of negative thoughts, you will, if you are that type of person, become negative yourself. Conversely, if you run into a positive vibratory field, you will experience the opposite of the negative; namely, the positive.

Since the air we breathe is literally “filled” with both types of vibrations, they are constantly bouncing into your brain. As a result, you could become like a “ship without a rudder,” tossed about at the mercy of whatever is vibrating or “in the air.” However, once you understand the Law of Vibration, you are in a position to insulate yourself against the negative vibrations. You can then be in control of yourself, in the true sense of the word, and you will begin to attract to you the things and circumstances that you choose.

Become A Mental Magnet

Attract What You Need For The Physical Manifestation Of Your ImageIf it is true that energy, or Spirit, is neither created nor destroyed and everything in its original state is either energy or Spirit, it necessarily follows that everything you will ever want is already here. It is simply a matter of choosing the thoughts which will put you into harmonious vibration with the good that you desire. Everything you are seeking is seeking you in return. Therefore, everything you want is already yours. So you don’t have to get anything; it is simply a matter of becoming more aware of what you already possess. The moment you bring your life into harmony with the Law, into harmony with the current of Divine Order, you will find that the “negative” will have “taken wings.” For its cause will have been removed and you will no longer attract what you don’t want. The secret to receiving, on the physical plane, the results you desire is always locked into the Law of Attraction. This entire book has been designed to help you understand how to get into harmonious vibration with the good you desire, and then how to stay in that positive vibration, so you will begin to attract whatever you need for your image of prosperity to move into form.

The Acorn Analogy

In Raymond Holliwell’s magnificent book, Working with The Law, Holliwell points out in the chapter entitled “The Law of Success,” the following: “All of the processes of nature are successful. Nature knows no failures. She never plans anything but success. She aims at results in every form and manner. To succeed in the best and fullest sense of the term we must, with nature as our model, copy her methods. In her principles and laws we shall discover all the secrets of success.”Keep in mind that everything in this universe you can see with the naked eye and everything you cannot see, is an expression of Spirit. Also bear in mind that Spirit operates by exact laws. You are subject to those laws, in just the same manner nature is. Therefore, Holliwell is right-we definitely should copy nature’s methods.

For years I have held up an acorn in the seminar and used it as a device for helping people to gain a better understanding of how the law of attraction actually works in their lives. So please visualize, if you will, an acorn. Then think-really think-about what it is you are looking at.Although the acorn may appear to be a solid object, by now you should clearly understand that the acorn, like everything else which appears to be solid, is in truth, “a mass of molecules at a very high speed of vibration.” Within the acorn, there is a nucleus or a patterned plan that dictates the vibratory rate at which these molecules will move. Moreover, the same principle holds true for all seeds. In other words, every seed has a nucleus or a patterned plan within it, which dictates the vibration it will be in and which thereby governs the end-product into which it will expand or grow.I believe you are all aware of this fact: everything in the universe is governed by a basic law-“Either create or disintegrate.”

Therefore, it follows that, if something is not in the process of growing, it must, by the law of its being, be dying. For example, so long as the acorn is kept out of the earth, it is slowly but surely disintegrating. However, as soon as you plant the acorn in the earth, the patterned plan or the vibratory rate of the acorn sets up an attractive force and the acorn begins to attract everything that vibrates in harmony with it. If you were able to observe with the naked eye exactly what is taking place, you would see a “parade” of particles of energy-a never-ending stream of them-marching in a very orderly manner toward the acorn. As they came in contact with the molecules making up the acorn, they would join, marry, become one, and of course, the acorn would expand, become larger, grow.Now consider this – if you were to put two drops of water and two drops of oil on an arborite table and then you were to move them together, the two drops of water would resonate and become one larger drop of water, as they came in contact with each other. On the other hand, if you were to move the water toward the oil, they would actually repel each other because they are not in harmonious vibration. Likewise, with the acorn, the only things which join with the acorn are those particles of energy which are vibrating in harmony with it.

All the other particles of energy, which make up the earth, are repelled.As the acorn expands from the never-ending stream of molecules which are attracted to it, little shoots begin to come out of the bottom and out of the top of it. These shoots, in turn, begin to develop into roots. As they grow or expand and burst through the earth into the earth’s atmosphere, this attractive force continues, and particles of energy from the atmosphere are attracted to it (just as the particles of energy in the earth were attracted to it). As the acorn continues to expand, at some point it ceases to be an acorn and it begins to become an oak tree. The roots, the trunk, the bark, the branches, the twigs, and the leaves, are all in the universe and they are attracted to the acorn, because of the nucleus or the patterned plan which rests within the seed.

Now, unlike the human creature, the acorn does not have the ability to change its vibratory rate. It can therefore only grow into what it has been programmed to grow into; namely, an oak tree. You are much like the acorn in many respects. For example, you are also a “seed,” relative to the whole scheme of things. However, the difference between you and the acorn is that since you are a co-creator, you can choose your own programming. Therefore, the image you choose to hold, on the screen of your conscious mind, and plant deeply in the treasury of your subconscious mind is the patterned plan or the nucleus which determines what you will eventually grow into. It dictates the vibration you will be in and also controls what you will attract to you and what you will repel. This is an orderly universe; nothing happens by accident.

The images which you plant in your marvelous mind instantly set up an attractive force, which governs your results in life. You must remember though, if your image is continually fluctuating, you will continually be growing into something different and that sets in motion a most chaotic process. Unfortunately, those individuals who are unaware of these very exact laws are planting images of plenty in their minds one minute and then images of poverty the next. They are continually “switching” vibrations, so they are attracting good things one minute and then bad things the next. The sad truth is, the vast majority of people spend their entire lives oscillating between these two extreme positions, with the resulting effect that their lives become disordered and chaotic to the “nth” degree. Although it is true that everything you will ever want is already here, it is up to you to get into harmony with it. Clearly, you will never get into harmony with prosperity, if you insist upon holding images of lack and limitation in the storehouse of your marvelous mind. Since you are always magnetized toward something, it follows it can never be anyone else’s fault, when something comes into your life you supposedly do not want. Understand you have ordered it and it is being delivered to you, right on schedule.

Bob Proctor, one of the key teachers in the movie The Secret, believes that the Law of Attraction as portrayed in the movie is not complete, and reveals in this series the 11 Forgotten Laws that uncover its true potential. In this video, he talks about what Law of Attraction is, and the Law of Vibration that underlies it, and the right way to maximize it for your benefit. Bob also relates a perfect example of the Law at work with the series of events that led to him being in the movie The Secret.

“The underlying law that regulates supply in the world of effects has two important faces: one his desire and the other is expectation… When we desire something we are instantly connected with the invisible side of whatever good we desire. It’s the expectation that reels it in.”

“The Law of Attraction is not the primary law. The Law of Vibration is the primary law. You see, everything in the universe vibrates. We literally live in an ocean of motion… Nothing is resting. Everything is moving… Our brain is an electronic switching station, and our thoughts activate brain cells and control the vibration we’re in, and the vibration we’re in controls what we attract into our life.”

What do you think of what Bob taught in this video or the Law of Attraction in general? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Abraham Hicks: The Secret Behind The Secret

Abraham through Esther Hicks responds to a question on why there are two versions of the movie, The Secret. One version has Abraham on it and the other doesn’t.
Abraham, who describe themselves as “a group consciousness from the non-physical dimension,” are acknowledged as one of the original sources of the teachings of the  “The Law Of Attraction” principles and how we are the creators of our own reality. If you are a fan of Abraham teachings, or have heard of them and want to learn the core principles of their teachings, you can visit
Are you a follower of Abraham’s teachings? If so, how have they changed your life? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

John Assaraf Gives Tour of prosperity on a vision board

This is an inspiring video of John Assaraf giving a tour of the dream home that he attracted using visualization and the vision board. John is one of the teachers featured in the movie, The Secret, and in that film, he related his experience of purchasing the home which he discovered only later is the exact same house he posted a picture of prosperity on a vision board.

How I Bought My Dream House

Later in the video, John gave a tour of his office and showed off his boards, including an achievement board and a virtual mastermind group.

Aside from being a Law of Attraction Expert, John is also a very successful entrepreneur. He built 5 multi-million dollar companies in the last 25 years in the fields of real estate, Internet software, brain research, and life and business coaching and consulting. John has also written several best-selling, highly-praised books, including The Answer: Grow Any Business, Achieve Financial Freedom, and Live an Extraordinary Life, Having It All: Achieving Your Life’s Goals and Dreams, and The Complete Kit: Using the Power of Intention and Visualization to Achieve Your Dreams.

Prosperity by John Assaraf

When Neuroscientist and NYT bestselling author, John Assaraf, moved into his brand new house, nothing life-changing had quite struck him. That is, until, his curious son went up to one of the boxes he had yet to unpack and began asking questions about what was inside.

It wasn’t until that moment, however, that John REALLY understood how intensely profound his vision boards had been.

Right there, he held in his hands that was of the EXACT same home he was currently standing —and living— in.

So, out of about 20 million something homes in America, he happened to be living in the one home whose picture he had stuck on his board years ago and had since forgotten about.

John Assaraf, on the other side of the Law of Attraction.

Goal setting

The first thing John Assaraf recommends is that you have goals and absolute clarity. You do not need to know why it is so important.

He says that all we know about the quantum field is that when we become absolutely clear, we begin to really apply the laws of nature.

If you look at nature, there’s nothing imperfect about it. We may not like some of the things that happen, but it’s perfectly natural.


When you start to see things that really harmonize with that vision and that goal, things start to appear. The fact that what we know to be true is that all we need is right here and now. We just need to realize what is already here.

First of all, you have to ask yourself what you are passionate about. If you are not passionate about anything, as John Assaraf asks, what are you good at?

If you can’t answer that question, ask yourself, if I had only one year to live, what would I do if I had to earn money and I had to be happy doing it? People know what they want to do, but often they just don’t ask themselves the right questions.


John Assaraf has helped millions of people quickly turn their dreams into a reality. Through his two New York Times bestselling books (including Having It All), appearances on Larry King Life, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and numerous other TV shows including the hit DVD The Secret, he’s realizing his mission of helping create 20,000 new purposeful millionaires by the year 2020.

Abundance is Our Future (Peter Diamandis)

How To Use The Law Of Attraction

Peter Diamandis gives an inspiring, optimistic look at the future of humanity in this TED talk a few years back. According to Peter, with exponential technology and human innovation, solving the grand challenges of living on this planet can only yield an abundant future.

Abundance is Our Future

By Peter Diamandis


People think that the world is getting worse, but perhaps that’s not the case. Perhaps instead of the distortions brought to us, what’s really going on perhaps is the tremendous progress we made over the last century by a series of forces that are in fact accelerating to a point that we have the potential in the next three decades to create a world of abundance.

Now I’m not saying we don’t have our set of problems – climate crisis, species extinction, water energy shortage – we surely do, and as humans, we are far better at seeing the problems way in advance but ultimately we knock them down.

So let’s look at what this last century has been to see where we’re going. Over the last 100 years, the average human life span has more than doubled. Average per capita income, adjusted for inflation, around the world has tripled. Childhood mortality has come down a factor of 10. Add to that the costs of food, electricity, transportation, communication have dropped ten to a thousand-fold.


Steve Pinker showed us that we’re in fact living during the most peaceful prime ever in human history. And Charles Kenny, that global literacy has gone from twenty-five percent to over eighty percent in the last hundred and thirty years.


We truly are living in an extraordinary time, and many people forget this. And we keep setting our expectations higher and higher. In fact, we redefine what poverty means. Think of this, in America today the majority of people under the poverty line still have electricity, water, toilets, refrigerators, television, mobile phones, air conditioning and cars. The wealthiest robber baron of the last century, the emperors on this planet, could never dream of such luxuries.

Underpinning much of this is technology. And, of late, exponentially growing technology. My good friend Ray Kurzweil showed that any tool that becomes an information technology jumps on this curb on Moore’s Law and experiences price/performance doubling every 12 to 24 months. That’s why the cellphone in your pocket is really a million times cheaper, two thousand times faster that a supercomputer in the seventies….

Four years ago here at TED, Ray Kurzweil and I started new university called Singularity University. And we teach our students all these technologies in particular how they can be used to solve humanity’s grand challenges. And every year we ask them to start a company or product or service that can affect positively lives of a billion people within a decade.

Think about that. The fact that literally a group of students can touch the lives of a billion people today. Thirty years ago that would have sounded ludicrous. Today we can point at dozens of companies that have done just that.

So when I think about creating abundance, it’s not about creating a life of luxury. It’s about creating a life of possibility. It is about taking that which was scarce and making it abundant. You see, scarcity is contextual. And technology is a resource, a liberating force….

We think about energy scarcity. Ladies and gentlemen, we are on a planet that is bathed with 5,000 times more energy then we use in a year. Sixteen terrawatts of energy hit the earth’s surface every 88 minutes. It’s not about being scarce, it’s about accessibility.

And there’s good news here. For the first time this year the cost of solar-generated electricity is 50 percent that of diesel-generated electricity in India: 8.8 rupees versus 17 rupees. The cost of solar dropped 50 percent last year. Last month MIT put out a study showing that at the end of this decade, in the sunny part of the United States, solar electricity will be six cents a kilowatt-hour compared to fifteen cents at the national average.

And if we have abundant energy we also have abundant water… We live ona water planet. We live on a planet 70% covered by water. Yes, 97.5 percent is saltwater, 2 percent is ice, and we fight over half a percent of the water on this planet.

But here too there is hope and there is technology coming online, not 10-20 years from now, right now. There’s nanotechnology coming on, nanomaterials. And the conversation I had with Dean came in this morning, one of the great DIY innovators. I’d liketo share with you he gave me permission to do so.

His technology called Slingshot that many of you may have heard of. It’s the size of a small dorm room refrigerator. It’s able to generate a thousand liters of clean drinking water a day out of any source: salt water, polluted water, latrine, at less than two cents a liter. The chairman of Coca-cola has just agreed to do a major test of hundreds of units of this in the developing world and if that pans out, which I have every confidence it will, Coca-cola will deploy this globally to 206 countries around the planet. This is the kind of innovation, empowered by this technology, that exists today.

We’ve seen this in cell phones. My goodness, we’re gonna hit 70 percent penetration of cell phones in the developing world by the end of 2013. Think about it, that a Masai warrior on a cellphone in the middle of Kenya has better mobile comm than President Reagan did twenty-five years ago. And if they’re on a smartphone on Google they have access to more knowledge and information than President Clinton did fifteen years ago.

They’re living in a world of information and communication abundance that no one could have ever predicted. Better than that, the things that you and I spend tens to the hundreds of thousand dollars for – GPS, HD video and still images, libraries of books and music, medical diagnostic technology – are now literally dematerializing and demonetizing into your cell phone.

But here here is the biggest force for bringing about a world of abundance. I call it the rising billion… We just passed the 7 billion mark on earth. And. by the way. the biggest protection against the population explosion is making the world educated and healthy.

In 2010 we are just short of two billion people online connected. By 2020 that’s going from two billion to 5 billion internet users. 3 billion new minds whom we’ve never heard from before are connecting to the global conversation. What will these people want? What will they consume? What will they desire? And rather than having economic shut down we’re about to have the biggest economic injection ever. These people represent tens of trillions of dollars injected into the global economy. And they will get healthier by using a tricorder, and will become better educated by using the Khan Academy, and, by literally being able to use 3dprinting and infinite computing, more productive than ever before.

What gives me tremendous confidence in the future is the fact that we are now more empowered as individuals to take on the grand challenges of this planet. We have the tools with this exponential technology. We have the passion of the DIY innovator.  We have the capital of the techno philanthropist. And we have three billion new minds coming online to work with us, to solve the grand challenges, to do that which we must do. We are living into extraordinary decades up ahead.

Marc Allen Reveals How He Sets Goals and Uses Affirmations

Marc Allen, an internationally renowned author, reveals in this interview his methods for setting goals and affirmations. Marc is the co-founder (with Shakti Gawain) of New World Library publications and its current president and publisher. He guided the company from a small start-up with no capital to its current position as one of the leading independent publishers in the country, making him a multi-millionaire in the process.



A few excerpts from the video:

“How many people dare to really even dream in the first place of success? And of those that do, how many really define their success and then make a plan on paper how to get there? I did four simple things when I was thirty, just four little steps on that day. I wrote down my ideal scene on one sheet of paper–and this is exactly what I teach today still–then I took another sheet of paper and just wrote goals and I listed all my goals. Then I looked at them, doubts and fears overwhelming me, and then I took another sheet of paper and i wrote my goals as affirmations. To this day I carry around in my pocket my goals as affirmations. I update them about every six months.

“And then the fourth thing I did, for every major goal, over the next few weeks plans started to emerge. As I was affirming these goals, plans will emerge. And so I would take one sheet of paper for each goal, I’d make a one page plan. I knew that was all that was necessary. I knew the important thing was getting my subconscious mind to get behind this idea.

You just need to affirm enough so that your subconscious mind gets ahold of it and runs with it.

“People keep asking when I get into all these affirmations, how much should I affirm, how often do I affirm. Well, I’m totally lazy. Days go by and I don’t affirm anything. But then if something comes up, if there’s a stressful thing that happens, then I’ll immediately affirm… in an easy and relaxed manner, in a healthy and positive way, I’m now creating whatever it is in this particular situation. You just need to affirm enough so that your subconscious mind gets ahold of it and runs with it. That’s the important thing. There’s no magic number.”

I think the concept of using your goals as affirmations is a great technique, as you’re providing your subconscious with more specific information about what you really want. What do you think? Please share your thoughts below.