Based On Assumption

The quality of our experience within so-called “reality” depends upon one assumption that is rarely, if ever, questioned. The assumption is this: That apparent “things” have existence apart from the mind in which they are seen. Because of this, we exhibit great confusion about our essential nature (which is Spirit) and the actual substance of the “world” in which we live. Believing our little “i” to be made of flesh and bones, we must assume that it requires a physical world made of “matter” in which to live. To this, I offer the following quote from an advanced-level law of attraction book entitled The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel:

“All things have their origin in mind, and appearances are the result of thought. So we see that things in themselves have no origin, permanency, or reality. Since they are produced by thought, they can be erased by thought.”

Our instinctive reaction to this will most likely be as follows: “But, I can see myself; I can feel myself; I know that I am real as the body-mind.” At one time, I would have definitely agreed; but I can no longer. Having recognized true Self, I now realize that my body-mind is an appearance within Consciousness only. In spiritual terms, this is sometimes referred to as waking from the delusional belief of personhood. Let’s stoke this spiritual fire through the following quote from Neville Goddard and one of his wonderful books entitled Neville Goddard’s Interpretation of Scripture:

Things have no reality other than in consciousness. Therefore, get the consciousness first and the thing is compelled to appear.”

Let me be clear: This is not to say that things are not real; only that they are not absolutely real in the way that most readers may currently believe. An apparent person crossing the street who is struck hard by a car will still experience an injury and feel pain. The example of a desert mirage is often related; for although we know the mirage is not real (in the absolute sense), it still has an apparent reality within consciousness.

This glorious incarnation is an unparalleled opportunity to truly KNOW THYSELF. To awaken to true Self is to realize that our apparent human life is being lived within the waking state; which the majority of Beings erroneously assume to be foundational reality. Through comparative contemplation, we can realize that apparent matter, buildings, and persons are also experienced within the dream state. They must, however, be rendered only via the activity of the mind; for there is nothing other than mind from which they could be made.

With this knowledge, does the well-known placebo effect (in which an inactive ingredient within a pill yields a positive effect) now make more sense? Our beliefs (whether good or bad) that are habitually impressed upon the subconscious mind will be expressed as our apparent circumstances. Through more understanding, of ourselves and the way that creation occurs, we can deliberately choose our focus wisely and, thereby, attract the best outcomes possible.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,


Copyright © – 2022 – R. Arthur Russell

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17 thoughts on “Based On Assumption

    1. You’re very welcome, Victoria. I know that the content can seem quite outlandish, especially for those who may still be deeply rooted in the egoic perspective. The teachings of the law of attraction are actually incredibly deep.
      Movies, such as “The Matrix” were pointing to this Truth. First scene, in which Neo (the One–“Consciousness”) is asleep in front of a computer screen upon which comes the message: “Wake up, Neo.”

      Our true essential nature is Spirit (Consciousness), dreaming a human experience. Thank goodness that Beings such as Paramahansa Yogananda also pointed out in a book entitled “The Law of Success:” “The mind is the creator of everything.”

      Thank you, Victoria. I hope that some of what I have shared will be helpful. 🙏🏿

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  1. Thanks Art! What rings true especially is Neville Goddard’s quote, ““Things have no reality other than in consciousness. Therefore, get the consciousness first and the thing is compelled to appear.” What a great confirmation that I create my own reality, and if I don’t like what I have created, I can change it by changing my thinking. My challenge is to catch myself in the act of thinking thoughts that will create a reality that I do not want. It isn’t easy to change a lifetime of thinking, but it can be done, one thought at a time. It sure does require a lot of vigilance and diligence though—and sometimes I forget, and/or get lazy. Hmm. Maybe that’s the first thought that I need to change….


    1. You’re very welcome, Julia. Yes, I firmly believe that we can change our reality through the power of our awareness. This is so much easier when we know That which we truly are. Every time you catch your mind focusing on unwanted outcomes, is a victory.
      I believe in YOU!

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  2. Yes they do, Art, if only to zone in on a more productive, healthier mindset. But I have trouble incorporating the info into daily life.


    1. I’m glad that they do, Jack. I can relate–especially a few years ago, when I was first reading what Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj expressed about just concentrating on being “I Am.” Here’s another couple of pointeres that helped me: The first came from Steve Harvey (comedian/host),who went through some trying times. In one of his videos, I heard him say, “You don’t get yourself up in the morning–God does.” Can you feel the difference? In the first, there is the erroneous belief in autonomy as an “apparently” separate self. It is the Mind that also gives rise to our character in nighttime dreams. It is only the illusory “realness” of the conceptual “Jack” or “Art” that gets in the way of knowing that God is living “through” us right now. The second pointer comes from the Barbadian mystic named Neville Goddard (famous for books such as “The Power of Awareness”). He said, “As much as you believe that you are living in a material world, you are actually living in a world of imagination.” That which is “Real” of us, is Spirit. It’s no surprise that science has been unable to locate “matter” independent of the mind that perceives it. They never will. I hope this helps.

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      1. Love this Art. I’m familiar with Neville’s work but haven’t read him yet. Again, I love what you’re getting at, it’s just hard for me to use this the way it probably should. Maybe it’s just my innate love for Nature that’s making things difficult…


  3. Wow North America got deformed…;-) Love what you said about fear, suffering and grief. “Ducks in a row…”-great metaphor. These ideas are incredibly comforting, knowing I am part of THAT. At the very least it frees up anxiety…Thanks Art.


    1. Hi Jack,

      Yes, the “world” will never be the same—why I apologized up front! :-). I’m glad that you find some of the information that I share comforting.

      Soon after I replied to you, an idea came to me that you might find helpful. It relates to what you alluded to, about putting this into everyday experience. Maybe this will help.

      Jack, if there was an apparent “person” in your dream and you turned from him or her, would he or she “exist?” If you apply that knowing to the waking state, you have “arrived.” 🙏

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