WE Magazine for Women Interview with Christy Whitman, Author of Quantum Success
Q: The basic premise of your new book is that we can attract anything we desire by adjusting the frequency of the thoughts, feelings and beliefs that we are sending out. Can you describe how the process of attraction works and give us an example that relates to attracting greater abundance and career success?
A: Everything in the physical universe is made of energy, and this energy is alive, moving, and vibrating at a particular frequency. This includes all inanimate objects; our physical bodies, and it also includes the energy that is transmitted through our thoughts, feelings, moods and beliefs. All of us receive and respond to the frequency of the energy around us, whether we are consciously aware of this or not. If you doubt this, pay attention the next time you walk into a room where two people have just had a heated argument, and compare it to what you feel when you walk into a place where people have been laughing, praying, dancing, or meditating. One vibration is attractive and expansive; the other is constricting and repels.
When the vibration you are offering, at both conscious and unconscious levels, is consistent with or resonant with the feeling of success that you desire, you will naturally draw into your experience people, circumstances and situations that reflect that feeling back to you. But if your chronic beliefs and feeling states are more in harmony with doubt, disappointment or impatience, you will draw into your life experiences that reinforce what you already expect and believe. This phenomenon is very the basis of the Law of Attraction: What you focus on you tend to notice, and what you send out comes back to you through the vibrations you most consistently attract.
The key to using this knowledge to create more success and prosperity lies in learning to offer our vibration on purpose, rather than by default. In the book, I show people how to intentionally redirect the power of their focus in order to attract the things they most want to experience in the area of their career expression – including great success, prosperity, and fulfilment.
Q: You talk about the importance of connecting with the “essence” of success. Can you tell us what this means and how to go about it?
A: Behind every desire – big or small, material or intangible, superficial or deep – is a longing to experience a certain feeling. Whatever your desire – whether it’s to make a million dollars, meet your soulmate, transform your body, or experience greater success in your career – the underlying reason that you want to create any of these conditions is because you believe that having them will make you feel a certain way. This core feeling is what I call the “essence” of your desire, and it is unique to everyone.
To discover the essence of anything you desire, simply ask yourself the question, “Why do I want this?” For example, if you have a desire to earn more money, it’s probably not because you like the way it looks or enjoy the feeling of paper between your fingers. You want more money because of some deep, essential feeling that you believe the money will bring. It might be a feeling of worthiness, of empowerment, of self-love, of freedom…This feeling is the essence of your desire. No matter what you want to create in the outer world, what you are really seeking is the feeling of this internal “essence.”
In the book, I share many different processes for connecting with and vibrating in energetic resonance with the essence of anything we want to manifest, while it exists in its unmanifested form. This is the key to attracting it quickly and joyfully into your life.
Q: You describe your formula for creating success as an “inside out” approach. What do you mean by this and how does it differ from traditional career building strategies?
Most of us have been trained to approach success from what I call the outside in, which is to say we are conditioned to believe that once we’ve achieved a certain external result, that result will evoke a desirable feeling within us. Begin paying closer attention, and you’ll realize just how common it is to hear people say things like, “Once the house is paid off…. Once I get the promotion… Once the kids are in school… then I will be happy.” Some of us believe the happiness we’re seeking will come to us when we finally earn a certain amount of money, or have risen to a particular status within our careers. We may think it will be ours when we reach our ideal body weight or clothing size, or move into the house of our dreams. To some extent, all of us have been conditioned in the mindset that attaining some external condition or object will bring us internal fulfillment.
The inside-out approach that I teach in the book represents a 180-degree turnaround from this way of thinking. Instead of going after the external result, hoping it will bring us the internal feeling we’re seeking, I teach people how to first generate within them the feeling they desire, and from that feeling state, they naturally magnetize people, experiences, circumstances and opportunities that are in alignment with the essence of what they want. It’s a shift in mindset from “When I get the job, I will feel confident,” to “When I align myself with the feeling of confidence, I will attract the job.” This inside-out approach is the key not only to creating greater career success and prosperity, but to finding fulfilment in every aspect of our lives.
Q: In Quantum Success, you show people how to create an upward spiral of success by understanding the universal forces of alignment and momentum. Can you talk a little bit about these two forces and the role they play in creating success?
A: We live in a culture that celebrates momentum and praises every appearance of motion forward. On the whole, we value productivity – even if it’s only the illusion of productivity – and loathe the idea of stagnation. The idea is that, in the pursuit of achieving success, doingsomething is surely better than doing nothing. That our everyday language is rife with phrase like, put the pedal to the metal and hit the ground running, speaks to our widely held perspective that action is the primary way of getting things done.
What almost no one stops to consider (unless they understand the universal forces of alignment and momentum) is that not all actions are created equal. In fact, actions that are taken from an inner state of confusion or misalignment are often counter-productive to the achievement of our goals. This is why you sometimes see people (or have had the experience yourself) running in circles and going through the motions, but not achieving any significant progress towards their desired direction. Sure, they’re creating momentum; all motion produces momentum. But without alignment, all our actions yield us is the dissatisfaction of feeling exhausted at the end of a long day, but with little to show for our efforts.
Aligned action, on the other hand, produces the opposite result. Actions that are taken after we have deliberately cultivated a state of internal, energetic alignment with the end result we want to create are far less taxing on us physically, and yield much more productive results. This is the principle of “doing less and accomplishing more” that Eastern philosophies have been teaching for thousands of years.
In Quantum Success, I show people how to clarify their intention before taking action. By consciously deciding how we want to feel, and getting into that state of being before we do anything, we infuse our actions with astounding creative power. A few minutes of aligning your energy with the outcome you want to create is far more effective than hours and hours of action taken without this connection. It’s like the difference between using an electronic device that is running on battery power versus one that is plugged in and being fully charged by a live electrical current. Action that is infused with energy and intention produces results that are astonishing compared to what can be accomplished with action alone.