Transcending History


Anyone who has studied the Law of Attraction realizes that we attract according to our predominant thoughts and feelings. Positive thoughts and feelings attract (or create) positive situations and events; and negative attract (0r create) negative. We are to realize, also, that it’s possible to live from the center of our being and choose how we will think and feel; rather than being subject to the whims of wordly experience.

Because feeling good and thinking positively–first–attracts like-nature manifestations, it’s easy to understand the importance of controlling our moods. For those who trust the teachings, we may logically conclude that permitting ourselves to wallow in negative emotions only leads to more negative experiences. Therefore, we strive to be happy, content, joyous, and thereby attract good circumstances that will bring even greater joy. How, though–given personal histories that may contain painful experiences–can we feel good? This may seem impossible, or challenging, at best.

One of the keys to feeling good now–in spite of our history–is to figuratively step back from the identity that we’ve accepted as self. For those who are strongly attached to self image–our name, age, physical attributes, role, nationality–this may prove challenging. It is possible, however, and doing so makes creating good circumstances that much easier. When we permit ourselves to just be–perhaps through meditation or time immersed in nature–we access a deeper part of consciousness that’s distinct and separate from the noisy mind chatter that often dominates our life. From this awareness–or knowing–we may transcend our history. Inner dialogue, which is often repetitive and negative, will diminish or even disappear; and therefore lose its effect. Experiences, which may have included death, divorce, and disease, will no longer define us without our permission.

Another technique that makes positive creation easier is to employ our history–in much the same way that we might hire a person–to work for us, instead of against. Rather than bemoaning our lot in life, we may consciously reframe our history and view it from a different perspective. We may ask: Did superficial failure actually contribute to a much deeper success? Am I rich, here and now, in ways beyond obvious scope and measure? Would my life without the painful experiences truly have been better? Am I now stronger in character due to the physical and emotional mountains I’ve scaled? Have I gained in ways previously unacknowledged?

With a fresh–and positive–perspective, it’s possible to put our personal history to good use; rather than letting it use us. It’s all in our point of view. Nothing is set in stone. It is we who assign meaning to life events. They need not define us, nor should we permit them to rob us of our happiness. A quote attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) may also encourage, if not inspire: What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. Is that not true? Is the purpose of this journey not, in fact, to learn more of our true nature? Along the way, we may also become wiser, stronger, greater. And therein lies our freedom to create an even better future.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,


Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell

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