Down Memory Lane

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With regard to our goals, do we believe that possessing a great memory, an accurate memory, and a quick memory could serve us better than a poor one? Would it not be to our advantage to remember the names of clients, directions to important meetings, and facts and figures? Would tests and exams not be more easily written through the use of excellent recall?

Often, though we hear people of all ages state: I have a terrible memory. I’m terrible with names. If I didn’t have a bad memory, I wouldn’t have any memory at all! Such statements–which are often stated as gospel truth–are in most cases nothing more than a bad habit in disguise. Do we really believe the memory we were given is somehow flawed? What many individuals may not realize is that by constantly reinforcing such negative statements, they are, in fact, creating that very reality. Bottom line: Unless we want that to be the case, we should not think, believe, or make such statements. Such is law: What we think about we bring about. It can be no other way, for nature governs us and everything within it through the Law of Attraction.

Does what we’re telling our self actually make a difference? Yes, a big one! Do we believe that golfers sink puts by continually telling themselves they can’t? Do we believe that financiers make profit by thinking about losses? Do we believe that students pass exams by repeatedly telling themselves they’re going to fail? No? Then why–logically–would we ever choose to deliberately program the thought of a poor memory into our mind? Is not the same principle involved? Once and for all, we must learn the lesson, and learn it well: We do not–and cannot–get what we desire by concentrating our thoughts on why we can’t! To replace the negative programming we may have accumulated, I offer these positive affirmations:

  • It (the information we desire to recall) will come to me in a minute.
  • I easily remember names of people with whom I interact.
  • My memory is sharp, clear, and accurate.
  • My memory is improving each and every day!
  • I have an excellent memory!

Will this magically and instantaneously displace years of negative programming? No, it will not. But if this method is put into practice–daily–beginning now, we’ll begin to witness a definite improvement in our recall. The key to improvement is this: deliberate programming and our degree of patience. When we allow memory to function in a relaxed state, the desired facts will often present themselves more rapidly than we might expect. Our memory is one of the most important faculties of our mind. Surely we owe it to ourselves to use it properly. When we do, we’re going to find it our willing and eager servant. Worth remembering?

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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Keys to a Better Life

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Richard has misplaced his car keys, and he needs them now! He’s running late for an important meeting with his boss. He can’t miss it! Frantically he searches for his keys–his dresser, the nightstand, his pockets, drawers, the kitchen counter, the desk in his office–all to no avail. In his mind, he’s telling himself this: I’m never going to find those keys! I can’t see them! I’m so dumb!

As Richard’s stress level reaches a new high, his wife, Marian, enters their bedroom and sees the panicked expression on his face. “My keys,” he says, “I’ve got to find my keys!” Marian glances toward the night stands but then focuses her attention on his dresser. “No sense looking  there,” Richard says, “I’ve already checked it.” Undaunted, Marian calmly eyes the dresser and then opens the top drawer. In her mind, she’s thinking this: I know I can find those keys! They must be here. I’m going to find them.” A few moments later, she sees the keys in full view in the right corner of the drawer. She picks them up and dangles them in front of Richard, a playful grin on her face. “Looking for these,” she says?

We could finish this fictitious account of the lost keys by telling that Richard made it to the office on time; that his boss was incredibly appreciative of Richard’s performance within the company; and that Richard received a massive bonus! That sweet ending, however, isn’t the point. The point is this: Richard’s eyes actually saw the same keys that Marian so proudly located. However, due to the negative messages that Richard was telling himself, his mind wouldn’t allow him to be conscious of them! His mind did exactly as he had programmed it to do!

What we experience in life has everything to do with what we’re expecting to find! And what we find is intimately related to what we habitually program into our mind. Expect to find a good day–perhaps through affirmations stating such–and we’re far more likely to experience it! As someone once said: Everything is created twice; first in our mind and then in our reality! The same principle that relates to locating the keys holds true for every aspect of our life. Do we desire greater health, greater wealth, greater success in every aspect of our life? Then we must program our mind to expect such! What are the keys to finding the life we desire? Definite intention, positive belief, and intuitive action.

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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Commitment: A Big Deal

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Archimedes is attributed with the following quotation: Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. While this quote might seem like a stretch to our imagination,  I think we can at least grasp the gist of what he expressed. To move our world–our circumstances, our future–we, too, must possess a lever. It must be lived daily, until it becomes an integral part of our Being. We may sum it up in one word: Commitment.

What, though, is commitment? A few synonyms from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary may give us a more thorough understanding: adhesion, allegiance, attachment, fidelity, constancy, dedication, devotedness, faith, faithfulness, fastness, fealty, loyalty, steadfastness. With regard to our goals, we may define commitment as a marriage–or vow of faithfulness–between us and our vision. Commitment is vital, for it’s fundamental to the realization of our dreams! It’s the voice that whispers keep on going without guarantee of success. It’s the power that impels us to run faster! climb higher! go farther! Think:

Where would flight be today if brave men and women had not committed themselves to launching their dreams and early aircraft? What improvements in medicine would have occurred if visionary healers had not committed themselves to finding cures, perfecting surgery, and discovering new treatments? Of architecture, what structures would have been built if individuals had not committed their lives to bigger, higher, and grander? What level of commitment can we expect from the Universe, if we display little or none ourselves?

If our dreams hold importance, we must commit to them! To be committed is to claim, “This is my goal–my dream–and it starts now!” Not tomorrow or next week or next year, but today! Every great achievement requires commitment between the dreamer and the ideal. How, though, do we begin? By taking that first step…followed by another and another and another.

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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The Power of Attention

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There’s a misconception associated with the Law of Attraction, which may be expressed thus: When I get this, or achieve that, I will be happy. Due to this common and ill-conceived belief, many individuals spend their entire life striving to reach goals which–if and when achieved–bring little more than momentary happiness. And when such occurs, most dreamers automatically reach for an even grander goal, in the futile hope that it will bring the happiness they seek. The mistake? Believing that a thing, position, achievement, or even a person can yield joy which, by its very nature, must come from within. First.

How, then, can we experience the joy we desire? Does this not–especially for individuals who’ve blindly accepted the fallacy–seem a hopeless situation. If things and people and status and achievement cannot yield the happiness we desire, what can? The true answer: our deepest nature, which is joy itself. There, in the transcendent beauty of our soul, we may know firsthand the joy that is already ours. If it has eluded us thus far, it’s only because we’ve been searching in the wrong direction–outward instead of inward. Toward this truth, I offer a quote by Jose Orgega y Gasset (1883 – 1955) for contemplation: Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.

What, though, do we mean by attention?  We may think of attention as a flashlight that we may direct. Through it, we’re able to shine the light of our individuated consciousness in whatever direction we desire. We may shine it here–to a world of war, famine, politics gone wrong, and crimes against humanity; or we may shine it there–on love, on family, on friends, on food in our belly and a roof over our head. What an amazing power we possess! In any given moment, we may direct our attention to that which we choose. If we live consciously, the choice is ours: kindness, compassion, and love; or meanness, indifference, and hatred.

Does this mean we must toss aside our dreams and leave them behind in the dust? Not at all. We may still proceed with our dreams–the new house or car, the great career, world travel, the loving relationship–but with a wise approach. The problem of dissatisfaction only arises when we mistake our dreams as the source of our happiness–not a complement to it! When we live the wiser way, we’re going to discover a mysterious paradox: It’s when we’re most joyful within that we manifest most successfully without. What, though, if we can’t sense that inner joy? What then?

There is good news: Our joy is neither a million dollars away, nor the highest mountain climbed away. It’s neither a mansion away, nor a perfect lover away. It’s not a sports car away, a rich stock portfolio away, or a great travel destination away. It’s here–in this very moment–today! And the key that will help unlock this truth now? Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude! By centering our mind in the peace of the present moment, we may be surprised at what we discover. With the aim of discovering our inner joy, please contemplate the following list with a grateful heart:

  • A breath exhaled slowly, followed by the miracle of another breath inhaled.
  • The warmth of summer sun on our back.
  • A hug from–or given to–a loved one; or the memory of such.
  • That first sip of coffee in the morning, be it brewed or instant.
  • A barefoot walk across carpet or a sandy beach.
  • Bread and butter, for what it signifies: We have food.
  • Eyes closed, and then opened to reveal the miracle of sight.
  • The smell of crisp clean air.
  • Beethoven’s glorious “Ode to Joy,” or even more sublime, the words “I love you.”
  • A drink of cool water…and thirst quenched.

The doorway to our transcendent state of joy cannot be found in the future; it cannot be entered tomorrow or next week or next year. The threshold to our joy can only be crossed in the ever present, eternal, now. No two alike, these moments come but once, bearing gifts both big and small. The only question asked of us is this: Will we receive them by using our power of attention wisely?

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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Law of Attraction: Inner Work

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When we begin our study of the Law of Attraction, the notion that we attract according to the nature of our thoughts may initially seem odd. This is only natural, for we’ve been conditioned to view life much differently. From a young age, we’ve been taught–by parents, peers, teachers, and others in authority–to yield our power unconsciously; to let our state of natural joy be dictated by the world of circumstance. As we become more knowledgeable, however, we gradually accept the truth of the teachings and settle into a new way of living. This new way includes what I term inner work.

What do I mean by inner work? Work that’s connected with who we are on the inside, at the level of our soul or innermost Being. We may become aware of this inner dimension at any time, for it arises frequently in both joyful and painful situations. Often, however, we become more acutely aware of it when something feels wrong or strangely misaligned. It’s important to understand inner work for two reasons: to develop a greater awareness of who we actually are, and also to manifest more effectively in the here and now. An example may help make this more clear:

Let’s imagine that we’ve driven to a neighbouring town or city. We’ve done some shopping or met with some friends and had a good time. However, on our way home we find that we’re stuck behind three or four vehicles, all of which seem to be moving more slowly than we would prefer. For a few minutes, we feel fine; but as the kilometers roll by without an opportunity to pass, we’re overtaken by a subtle frustration. Something feels wrong. The world is not operating according to the way we believe it should!

In such a situation, it’s important to be aware of that inner work to which I’ve alluded. We are wise to know that what feels wrong actually resides within us! Nowhere outside of our own perspective is anything actually wrong! The vehicles in the example are travelling at the posted speed, and actually pose no threat to our safety. With our knowledge that like attracts like, we realize that feelings of frustration and impatience can only attract more situations of a similar nature! How, then, do we break the cycle?

We break it through awareness. By being present in the moment. By living as the silent witness of our thoughts, not slave to them! When negative thoughts and feelings arise, we may acknowledge them and bid them farewell–by not engaging them further! We might imagine a Reset Button that we can press to redirect the focus of our attention. Remember: It is only we who empower thoughts–through our participation in them! Every time we consciously and deliberately choose a positive focus, we take a giant leap toward freedom! And with that freedom, we become more capable of creating the life-enriching results that we desire.

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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Conscience, Harmony, and Balance

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For many individuals, the teachings related to the Law of Attraction may seem incredibly foreign and esoteric. If we persist in our study, however, we realize that the teachings feel strangely familiar; as though a part of us intuitively knows that like truly does attract like. Through a subtle awareness of our soul, we are reminded of the following truth: That which we cast into the Universe–either consciously or subconsciously–via our thoughts, feelings, words, and actions must return. Such is law. Such is truth.

With hindsight, have we not already witnessed proof of the relationship between thought and experience in our life? For example: If we desire a loving relationship–either platonic or romantic–do we not realize that to receive love we must wholly and completely give love first? To be appreciated in our workplace, do we not know that we must appreciate our employer through honest and dedicated effort? Of pleasant gifts, do we believe that we are to receive but never give? Further: that our selfishness will be met with selflessness? our tardiness with punctuality? our greed with generosity? our lies with honesty? Deep within, we know better; for truth–even if denied–remains the truth.

The universe does not function randomly or accidentally. It functions harmoniously, through mysterious checks and balances. For instance: Our body maintains a state of balance through a process called homeostasis, defined thus: the ability to maintain a constant internal environment in response to environmental changes. If our body becomes too acidic or alkalotic, systems–which include chemical, respiratory, and renal–regulate function until an acid/base balance is restored. If our body becomes too cold or hot, mechanisms–which include shivering and sweating–restore our body to its optimal temperature. In the outer world, bees–working for a common good–either warm or cool the beehive as required; exchanging places as the need arises. We, too, may live for the good of all; and it’s in our best interest to do so. Why? Because Source is in all and through all. When everyone benefits, we also benefit.

How, though, do we function in a world that doesn’t always reflect the ideals to which we aspire–the driver that cuts us off in traffic? the thief that robs our home? the murder who kills a family member? The Bible offers clear and sound advice. Are we not to turn the other cheek? Is this suggesting that we turn from the negative to the positive? The darkness to the light? In practice, this would not only benefit us but also the entire world. Why? Because it prevents the perpetuation of behaviour that’s against what’s good for all; and it spares us the negative effects associated with seeking revenge. Mahatma Ghandi echoed this advice when he so wisely stated: An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

A me-ness attitude toward life–in which we take without giving–never works! Although our false self (the ego) would have us believe that selfish desires should supersede those of anyone else, such action breaches a truth of life: That all of us matter equally; that no one is greater or lesser than another. We may let conscience be our guide, for it was given to us for a reason: to guide us through life. Through the gift of conscience, we may become a vessel filled with kindness, compassion, and love which we freely share. In doing so, we become a conduit to All that is Good–God. What, truly, could attract a greater reward?

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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Sweet Glory: Decision

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We desire to create deliberately. We desire to be the master of our fate. We desire to set an intention in motion and have it arrive at a chosen destination. Intuitively we realize that to deliberately create an outcome, we must–first–decide upon what we desire. And there’s the rub. The weight of decision can feel so heavy; the number of choices so great. Do I want this…or that? Should I go here…or there? Would this career be best…or another? Do it now…or wait? And so, we wait, deciding not to decide.

In many cases, there is one lone factor that prevents us from making a decision: Fear, although we may not recognize it as such. Fear–the trickster–would try to convince us that the world hinges on just one wrong decision. Fear–masquerading as logic–would have us believe we shouldn’t take a step unless we can foretell every consequence in advance. Fear–the thief of dreams–would have us focus on potential losses instead of potential gains. Fear–masked as common sense–would have us reason we should wait another day, or another year. And so, we wait, deciding not to decide.

A mind that has been conditioned to delay making decisions is often haunted by a What If mindset and subject to a negative theme of thinking: What if this happens? What if that happens? What if my family or friends or neighbours think I’m a fool? What if people laugh or talk behind my back? What if everything doesn’t go as planned? What if I invest all this time and energy and money and I don’t reach my goal? The scariest, and most powerful, mind speak, however, is this: What if I fail?

What is the real risk of deciding not to decide? Time. Life waits for no man or woman. The days have a habit of turning into weeks; the weeks to months; the months to years. We need not jump to a decision, however, just to have a decision made. In truth, neither the fulfillment nor the frustration of our goals actually matters. The heart of what matters is the journey–how we grow, how we reach, how we evolve; the heart of what matters is our inner transformation; the heart of what matters is what we learn. The good news? That all experiences–not only those labelled right –offer lessons in life.

With a clearer perspective, we can let go our fear and learn to make decisions more easily. Through practice, this new way of being can, in fact, become a habit. We may begin with little decisions that hold little or no consequence. As is said, we need not sweat the small stuff; and in the end it’s all small stuff. Does it truly matter whether we order the pasta or the fish? Does it truly matter whether we see an Action movie or a Comedy? Does it truly matter where we vacation or what type of car we buy? The larger, more important, issues of life may be decided as we grow in our perspective and our ability to prioritize. A quote from Amelia Earhart offers great inspiration: The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process, is its own reward. Is it not true that the most difficult step to take is often the first?

In the matter of decision, a riddle may offer a dose of wisdom: Five seagulls are sitting on a dock. One decides to fly off. How many are left? Do most of us answer “four?” If so, we might think again; for deciding to fly and actually doing it are very different indeed. Once we decide upon a desire, it’s imperative to take action. Even little steps are better than no steps at all. Until we act, we are–as in the case of that fifth seagull–still sitting on the dock. Regarding all of our concerns and worries about making a wrong decision, please consider this: In the end, is it not that we flew–not where or how–that matters most? Is that not our sweet glory?

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

P.S. To view my ebook entitled Hold That Thought, please press here.

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