In 1948, Claude M. Bristol (1891 – 1951) published a book entitled The Magic of Believing. It’s still in publication today, enjoyed by many individuals who are seeking inspiration. The opening sentence of his book reads as follows: “Is there a something, a force, a factor, a power, a science–call it what you will–which a few people understand and use to overcome their difficulties and achieve outstanding success?” Claude M. Bristol goes on to describe the nature of thought and explain the conscious and subconscious mind. He further relates situations in which the power of belief dramatically improved lives.
Many individuals may be skeptical. They may think that belief is child’s play, or worse yet fools’ play. If so, they’re certainly entitled to think what they will. But according to the Law of Attraction–which states that like attracts like–they will, therefore, attract to themselves accordingly. I, however, prefer to stand united with those who believe in a Power greater than ourselves; one which is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient; one with which we may deliberately align to help us achieve our goals.
I cannot prove the magic of belief, nor will I attempt to do so. I can, however, draw our attention to where we would be today if courageous men and women had not believed in their visions…and dared to follow them! Without the power of belief, what goals could have ever been accomplished? Would we not be insane to ever undertake a goal without first believing its achievement possible?
Belief (faith) is a power that moves mountains! This is not a figurative truth; it is a literal one! For instance: Would the Panama Canal–which involved the excavation of tonnes of rock and earth over a period of thirty-four years–exist if pioneering visionaries had not believed it possible? Likewise, could we have ever manned a rocket to the moon without the captivating belief that we could do so? Humankind–without belief–would literally be in the dark ages! It has been our dreams–and our belief in them–that has given us so many of the wonders we enjoy today!
Our goals, dreams, and aspirations do not occur in a vacuum. Our attitude is an integral factor in determining whether they will be realized. Or not. Without belief–in ourselves and in our goals–how can our desires possibly be achieved? Doubt has never, and will never, take us anywhere positive! Now is the time to question what we believe is possible. And while we’re at it, we might also remind ourselves that all lasting change first occurs from within.
Dare to dream (and care for one another).
With heartfelt regards,
Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell
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