"Contrast" is the hopefully less-emotionally-charged term used to convey our recognition of unpleasant circumstances and situations. These experiences help us appreciate the good. Some posit that, without this contrast, life would be so bland there would be no impetus for growth. "Contrast" in this context is useful - enabling us to appreciate and impelling us to change.
"Alignment" in this context signifies tuning in, so to speak, with the higher vibration of pure, positive energy (AKA Love) moving into a Resonance with Divinity. Much as one might "tune in" a radio receiver to a specific frequency to enable reception of broadcast content, "Alignment" of the Consciousness allows the rapid revision and/or restructuring of.. (any) physical, emotional, relational (AKA Spiritual) thing(s) so as to generate/enable a more favorable life experience.
"..And I feel awesome knowing that when you said in class "God is LOVE" it literally means just that, and its not like a riddle or something that needs to be earned.. The thing is that a lot of the things that were taught this weekend [at someone else's Seminar] you have talked to us about in the classes....I mean we pay $20 bucks for information that is really priceless. You are so awesome!" - M. G. Texas