Glorious Bridges

The study of the Law of Attraction is much deeper than most individuals realize. For the majority, it will only be about acquiring money, possessions, or fame. Such desires are certainly not wrong; for every desire which is not intentionally hurtful or harmful to another human being will be supported by The Universe. Through our study, however, we not only learn about manifesting but also about our essential nature.

The title of this article may seem deceptive or even misleading. It would be easy to assume it relates to marvelous structures such as The Golden Gate Bridge, Sydney Harbour Bridge, or the Rialto Bridge that grace this beautiful world. That context of bridge will be left to another writer. The bridges that serve as the subject of this article go by human names–such as Gustav, Julie, Hakim, Maria, Evan, and Jennie, to mention only a few given to the almost eight billion individuals on this planet.

I wonder if most of you–glorious co-creators–realize how marvelous you are. Are you truly aware of your incredible nature? Do you realize that you are creators descended from the most Glorious Creator of All? You know, the One who birthed the stars and started our hearts beating? And when you quiet your mind, do you realize that via the power of your imagination you can fashion and make real any dream? Such is your power. You alone possess the key to unlock the reality of your dreams.

This life–this bridge of human trials and joys–is an opportunity beyond compare. It is our  chance to bring our grandest visions to life. Within us, we bear dreams carried from the field of infinite possibilities! For some, that will mean designing and building actual bridges; they will become the architects, engineers, and the labourers. Others will share their creativity in different aspects of life–perhaps in family, medicine, law, politics, religion, science, or the arts. For as many categories that may be named, we–Glorious Bridges–can and will invent more categories still! Each of us is a unique and unlimited expression of The Divine!

This article is a tribute to you! Please take a bow; pat yourselves on the back; let your heart sing! But most of all, keep on dreaming! Your dreams matter. Without them, this world would begin an inevitable march to the grave. Through you, newness builds upon newness; life upon life; invention upon invention. Just so you know…I BELIEVE IN YOU! For inspiration, you might enjoy this presentation (read by Brian Scott) about Neville Goddard.

Dare to dream (and care fore one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell

P.S. If you’d like to view my latest book (This Taste of Flesh and Bones–released September 8, 2020) please press here. May it help you in your spiritual journey.

A Lesson About Affirmations

Anyone who is familiar with the teachings of the Law of Attraction will also be familiar with affirmations. To affirm is to declare–beforehand–that what we desire is already manifest…NOW. The stipulation of “now” is important; for if we affirm that our desire “will be” achieved at some point other than now, our desire “will remain” lost in a fictional future. All there is, is now. Go ahead, try to experience the future–perhaps next Thursday. When next Thursday appears, it will be lived now. To the majority of persons, this point about affirmations may seem ludicrous; but what’s truly ridiculous is to leave the quality of our life up to chance. Every professional athlete knows the value of visualization and positive affirmations; for what we impress upon the mind–whether favorable or unfavorable–will eventually be expressed. In golfing terms “you don’t sink the putt by believing that you’re going to miss it.” The heart (subconscious) wins every time; for “as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”

The title of this article refers to an affirmation that I used for many years. Over and over I would think it and feel is as deeply as possible; unaware that I was using it…incorrectly. Here what I was mentally saying: “What ‘I’ can conceive and believe, ‘I’ can achieve.” Does it seem bad? Faulty? Wrong? I mean, it’s good to believe in our abilities, right? Anyone with a deeper understanding of the teachings from Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill will recognize my error immediately. The Universe functions according to spiritual laws which are based in Truth; and our misuse of those laws will not reverse them, no matter how good our intentions.

Now, here’s the actual affirmation: “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Does the difference seem remarkable? I hope so, because the point is important. In the first example, “I” was claiming to be the doer of what is achieved in “my” life. This is erroneous. “I” am not–and cannot be–the doer of what occurs in my life. I realize that it certainly appears that way; but that’s not founded in Truth. It is true that I “think” my desires, but it is Mind that creates the apparent reality of them. To support this, I offer a quote from Paramahansa Yogonanda in his book entitled The Law of Success: “Mind is the creator of everything.” The Bible states the same message in Acts 17:28: “For in him we live, and move, and have our being.” Through my ignorance of my essential nature, I didn’t realize that I was neither the body nor the mind. Our true nature is Spirit, or Awareness. What occurs as “daily life” is actually occurring in what is referred to as the waking state.

Contrary to popular misconception, consciousness does not arise from biological processes. It is also not personal; despite the claims of our ego, which will protest otherwise. Only Consciousness is conscious. Researchers have been studying the subject for many years and have been unable as yet to find the location of consciousness within the body. They never will. Consciousness comes first. It’s What we are. To learn more about the use of affirmations, you might enjoy this presentation by Jessica Connor at Your Youniverse on Youtube.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020–R. Arthur Russell

P.S. If you’d like to view my latest book (This Taste of Flesh and Bones–released September 8, 2020) please press here. May it help you in your spiritual journey.

This Mental Universe

In this article, we’re going to briefly depart from our inquiry into the nature of our true Self and take a deeper look at the Law of Attraction. For persons who are unfamiliar with the subject, the law is basically summed up as follows: “We bring about what we think about.” One well-known case is related in the Bible, through the account of Job, who suffered tremendously: “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.” That to which we give our attention–whether favorable or unfavorable–becomes real. If you doubt this can be true, please read the passages from various books in the photos above and also contemplate the quotes from various teachers and authors below. For this article, we’re going out on a limb…way out.

Socrates (470 – 399 BC) was no slouch when it came to philosophy. He was also an idealist, which basically means that he believed that everything is a concept in mind. Think opposite of a materialist; a person who believes in a world made of matter. Before scoffing at the idea that matter doesn’t exist in the “concrete-real” way that most persons assume, please contemplate the following question: “Do you believe that you actually come into contact with matter?” If so, you might want to think again. All that we experience directly are our perceptions–basically sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell, which are modulations of thought. Beyond these, we are only assuming that a correlative and fundamental world made of matter actually exists. Quantum physics has yet not discovered the tiniest bits of matter; and it never will.

A few quotes may help us understand how the Law of Attraction really works, beginning with Socrates: “To be is to do.” Mahatma Gandhi pointed to the same understanding through his famous quote: “Be the change you desire to see in the world.” Bob Proctor, who has been studying the Law of Attraction for almost sixty years, says: “If you can see it in the mind, you’re going to hold it in the hand.” Mike Dooley, who is a noted speaker and author about the Law of Attraction, states it this way: “Thoughts become things.” Neville Goddard, who lectured extensively throughout the United States and authored many books about deliberate creation, stated that to create effectively we must “assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled.” Andrew Carnegie, who was once one of the wealthiest men in the world, stated the premise the following way: “Any idea that is held in the mind, that is emphasized, that is either feared or revered will begin at once to clothe itself in the most convenient and appropriate form available.”

If all of this sounds like lunacy, trust me, I hear you. At one time, I would have definitely agreed. However, if we engage in even a little self-inquiry, we can come to realize that we are neither the body nor the mind. In other words, you’re not the person you have assumed. Through time spent in stillness (the Bible stated: “Be still and know that I am God“), we can directly experience a deeper dimension of Self; one in which we recognize that we are the witness of sensations, images, feelings, and thoughts. All of these arise and subside; we, however, are the eternal, unchanging witness (Universal Consciousness) of all that appears. Persons (aka body-minds) are appearances in consciousness that are known by Awareness. Our true nature is Awareness–Spirit. Just for the record, the source of consciousness due to biological functions has never been found in the body (coined The Hard Problem of Consciousness by David Chalmers) …and it never will be. Why? Because the body is rendered by the mind.

We are co-creators–not persons. How do we create? We create by imagining what we desire to manifest, and we do so by believing that what we desire is ours already. This world is not made of matter; it is made of mind. This explains why Nikola Tesla stated the following: “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration; “and why James Jean, noted astrophysicicst and author of The Mysterious Universe, stated “The stream of knowledge is heading towards a non-mechanical reality; the Universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter… we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter.”

As much as it might seem that we are the doers and the personal knowers of the world, we are not. Those effects are produced by Maya (Sanskrit term, meaning illusion). There is One Knower and One Doer: God, or “That” which is manifesting through a multiplicity and diversity of beings. With regard to our waking dreams (which the majority of persons assume to be reality), if we hold onto our visions long enough–and imbue them with feeling–they will manifest. Just know that they’ll be made out of “mind stuff.” For more on this subject of consciousness, you might be interested in this Ted talk by David Chalmers, and/or this presentation about quantum physics by Lothar Schafer.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020–R. Arthur Russell

P.S. If you’d like to view my latest book (This Taste of Flesh and Bones–released September 8, 2020) please press here. May it help you in your spiritual journey.

What We’re Looking For…

Everyone is seeking happiness. Ask persons what they want, and they’ll likely respond with one of the following superficial answers: a relationship, more money, a promotion, a new car or house, or world travel. On a deeper level, however, they want some or all of these for one simple reason: They want to be happy. In our blindness, we erroneously attribute happiness to things. If so, we’re bound to suffer–bigtime. The reason? Human happiness is fleeting and always on the move. Inherent in pleasure is its polar opposite, which is pain. Doubt this can be true?

Here is a simple illustration: Johnny loves chocolate cake. It just tastes so good, especially when it has thick icing. One piece leads to two; two to three; and just about the time that three peices is leading to four, Johnny gets a stomach ache. Our folly is attributing goodness to a thing which eventually must yield its badness. If Johnny continues on his path, he’s likely to end us overweight and in declining health. In and of itself, the cake isn’t bad; it’s Johnny’s relationship to it that’s causing the problem. Think it’s any different for the person that believes that a relationship will make life just perfect? Or the workaholic who sacrifices family life and health for….?

The other examples–of relationships, more money, promotions, a new car or house, and world travel–can logically be taken to the point of turning into pain. If we lean on any of them to make us feel good, all of them will no doubt let us down when we experience the pain of that dependency. The key to transcend this trap is to discover that deeper dimension within ourselves that is already whole and, therefore, in need of nothing. That dimension is what St. Francis of Assisi was referring to when he stated: “What we’re looking for is what’s looking.”

Our essential nature is completely overlooked by the majority of persons. Why? Because we’ve become lost to our senses and been conditioned to believe that the body-mind (the person) is the sum total of our being. It is not. To make our apparent human journey, we must temporarily forget What we truly are–Spirit. Live as a human long enough, with little or no awareness of our deeper nature, and we are bound to suffer. The pain of polarity, and year after year of striving to arrive at a fictional destination, is just too much to endure. In time, we tire and grow weary. What we’re truly seeking is to rediscover that overlooked part of ourselves that will make us feel whole and complete.

Consciousness is not personal; it only appears that way. In the body-mind, it is but a reflection of the one-and-only Consciousness, which is Universal. Our true nature is unbounded, eternal, immortal. We are “That.” It doesn’t die because it was never born. Birth and death belong to the body-mind, but not to us. We are beyond time and space, which are rendered by the mind. Our true joy will only be found when we recognize our deeper dimension of Self. Then and only then can we enjoy that piece of cake without depending on it for our happiness; nor anything else, for that matter. Time spent in meditation is one of the ways to discover the doorway that leads to our essential Self. For anyone interested, press here to view a brief introduction to self-inquiry by Rupert Spira.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020–R. Arthur Russell

P.S. If you’d like to view my latest book (This Taste of Flesh and Bones–released September 8, 2020) please press here. May it help you in your spiritual journey.

The Mirror Called Covid-19

As much as the title of this article might suggest, the purpose of this article is not to blah, blah, blah about Covid-19; for it is a subject that we’ve come to know far too well. According to the Law of Attraction, that to which we give our focus–whether favorable or unfavorable–expands. In other words, what we resist persists. If you doubt this to be true, please try–now–to not think of a pink elephant and see if that dang elephant doesn’t occupy your mind in the same way that you find yourself humming a tune that has hijacked your attention.

The purpose of this article is to draw our attention to issues which the mirror is reflecting–both personally and collectively–in the human race. Time spent in a forced lockdown has provided all of us an opportunity to take a long look at ourselves, our values, relationships, big business, and governments of the world. Perhaps this is the good side of an ugly situation; for as long as the dark side of human nature remains hidden we can’t change it; nor do we learn lessons that we need to learn.

The following are a few questions that may have surfaced during the current world story:

  • Did you initially ignore the story of Covid-19 when it was apparently limited to a distant country? Did it only gain relevance when it threatened to affect “you?”
  • Has the world story caused you to contemplate the mortality of your body? Do you believe that “you” end with the death of the body?
  • What freedoms do you cherish? Would you like to have them again?
  • Did the story of the virus cause you to question your priorities–to ask what is truly important in life? If so, is it a thing–such as a car or a house? Or is it something intangible, such as love and freedom?
  • Have frienships and familial relationships changed or been forfeited due to what is happening? Have you contemplated what it might be like for someone living alone through this current world story?
  • Have you questioned the validity of media coverage regarding Covid-19 and so much more? Is the media deserving of your trust?
  • Secretly, have you been happy that groups of people are having the courage to speak out in favour of freedoms and rights that you once cherished? Are you that courageous?
  • Do you really want to wear a mask? If so, for how long? Do you decide or does someone else? Do you really believe that wearing a mask is doing any good? If not, then why do we wear them?
  • Do you believe a one-way arrow in a grocery aisle truly helps?
  • “Who” is going to declare that it’s safe to go outside?
  • At some point during the story of Covid-19, were you forbidden to visit a loved one who was in a hospital or nursing home. When you thought of your relative being alone, did you weep for them? Get angry?
  • Have you heard that mental health issues and suicide rates are increasing due to the story?
  • If you have children, do you really want them to be forced to wear masks at school?
  • Are you really willing to be locked in your home–from dictatorial forces “outside” of it?” If so, is your house still a home…or a cage?
  • Have you taken the time to write a letter of inquiry to your local, Provinical/State or Federal government?
  • Did you go for a swab test even though you were feeling fine? If so, were you relieved to discover the results were negative? Did you soon begin to worry whether you might catch the virus the following week? Have you ever wondered why you bothered to get tested?

Your answers to these questions may reveal a side of yourself that you’ve never looked at before. There is the mirror I’m referring to in the title.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020–R. Arthur Russell

P.S. If you’d like to view my latest book (This Taste of Flesh and Bones–released September 8, 2020) please press here. May it help you in your spiritual journey.

Our Right to Question

Hello Dear Readers,

There’s a lot going on in the world right now and of, course, we know the issue that’s getting the most coverage–whether deserved or not. With that in mind, I’d like to ask you the following question: Are you more afraid of Covid-19 (the virus that apparently presents as 99% mild symptoms for the majority of persons) or of the fascist government that seems to be taking over much of the world? If you choose to respond, please respond with A for the first part or B for the second.

In case you aren’t aware of the definition of fascism, here it is, supplied by Merriam-Webster Dictionary: 1: A political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of oppostition. 2. A tendency toward or actual exercise or dictatorial control.

In case you believe that this article is exaggerating what’s occurring, you might ask yourself if you’re still as free as you might choose to be. Can you go into a store without wearing a mask (to spend your hardearned dollars), while respecting the rights of those who prefer to cover their face? Have you personally, or someone close, felt the economic fallout due to measures that were forced upon us? Is your local government listening to your concerns about freedom? Have you or any of your friends asked one another this question: So, would you take the vacinne if “they” make it mandatory? Unless we’re ready to give up more of our rights, now would be a good time to question what’s happening…right under our noses.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020–R. Arthur Russell

P.S. If you’d like to view my latest book (This Taste of Flesh and Bones–released September 8, 2020) please press here. May it help you in your spiritual journey.

Stand Up, Be Counted

Most of us believe that if we saw someone being beaten, it would be unconscionable to stand back and do nothing to stop it. Depending on the circumstance, our actions might range from calling for help to stepping in and throwing a few punches or doing our best to otherwise subdue the attacker. In doing so, we would have to set aside our own fearful concerns for our self and engage; to do everything within our power to prevent the injustice from continuing. Noble spirits have done this in the past and often paid a very dear price for doing so. Still, that price is less steep than what we pay for doing nothing–for with that we live in shame for the rest of our days.

Is what we’re currently experiencing as the collective human race any less of a beating than the one referred to above? Are not the majority of human beings paying a very dear price, indeed, for standing back–arms folded–and watching, hoping, wishing, and praying that our living conditions will improve of their own accord; without our having to lift a hand against the faceless bureaucracies that are imposing their agenda, not protecting our rights? Are imposed curfews in other countries important to us, or of no concern as long as they aren’t implented here, wherever we live and move and have our being? Are lost jobs of any concern, or not as long as we still have employment? Do we care enough to take a look at information that is opposite that which is being espoused by mainstream media, and question whether most of the enforced rules and regulations are even remotely sensible?

We are mistaken if we believe we are powerless to prevent this situation from happening; for we do have some power–UNITED; not picked off like individual ducks at a shooting range. Votes, purchasing power, peaceful rallys, and honest sharing about what is occuring may be some of the ways we can help. Every silent voice states “Let the beating continue!” If we choose to look away and pretend the whole ugly beating isn’t occuring, maybe we can still get a deal on plexiglass. Someone will be glad that we’ve made the purchase; no doubt the same someone selling masks, test kits, sanitizer, and one-way arrow stickers.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020–R. Arthur Russell

P.S. If you’d like to view my latest book (This Taste of Flesh and Bones–released September 8, 2020) please press here. May it help you in your spiritual journey.

A Vote for Sanity

On November 3, 2020, a supposedly democratic election will take place in the United States to determine who will become the next president. Not being a U.S. citizen, and deliberately choosing not to be plugged into mainstream media, I can only imagine the issues that will have been discussed. No doubt, there has been rhetoric galore–about taxation, health care, border safety, international trade, unemployement numbers, job creation, business incentives, and a whole lot of blah, blah, blah. Personally, I believe that there’s a much bigger issue to which the world and every last one of us should direct our attention: SANITY.

The main point of this article relates to the following question: Have all of us walked close enough to the edge of the flat earth yet? Watch out, ’cause if we continue on the path we’re walking, we’re gonna fall off! Edit alert: I take that back: “We’ve already stepped off, clutching our favourite designer masks, and we’re tumbling toward oblivion. As proven by our actions–think masks, plexiglass, sanitizer stations, six-foot rule (not 5’6″), one-way arrows, lockdowns, curfews, and more–we have demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that humanity has gone STARK RAVING MAD. Think looney tunes, fruit loops, index finger moving up and down against pursed lips, hee-haw donkey waves with thumbs in ears. Press here to listen to what the human race currently sounds like (the first few seconds only). A green one-eyed alien sucking its thumb would look at our human behaviour and say, “You’re kidding, right?”

The current actions that are occurring in the world do not come close to approximately sanity. Think the following is a joke–nope: Truly, signs in place that indicate that a beach has not been sanitized? For real? “YUP!” Or people actually enraged because you have stepped a couple of feet into a grocery aisle against a one-way arrow? Again, “YUP!” Or, better yet, virtual kindergarten school? Yup!” This insanity is like watching persons place horseshit patties between two buns and then munching down every last morsel–while claiming that they’re good for you. They’re not. Such burgers are eaten by the insane.

This article may sound harsh, but sometimes the truth is harsh. Enough of this insanity! Think: What are we teaching our children? What kind of future do we wish them to inherit? Do we wish them to look back at us with any sense of pride or fondness–or hang their heads in shame and admit, “Yes, that’s how they taught us to live.” Tap, tap, tap, folks–time to awaken.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020–R. Arthur Russell

P.S. If you’d like to view my latest book (This Taste of Flesh and Bones–released September 8, 2020) please press here. Thanks for reading!

What Type of World?

Human beings learn by contrast and opposites. We know hot by learning cold; right by learning left; up by learning down. This applies to everything we learn. The story of Covid-19 has provided a ton of lessons; not the least of which is how not to be. It’s given us a long look at the ugly side of human nature; as proven by fear mongering and corruption by big business and government; and the weak side, too, as evidenced by the majority of persons who hope that someone else will speak up and defend our precious freedoms while we sit comfortably on couches, staring at the news, the latest count, and praying that someone somewhere deems it safe for us to take off the masks that hide our humanity. Brave heart? Not even close. According to stereotype, spiritual beings are supposed to calm, meek, and mild–what utter nonsense! Bring on the spiritual fire.

So, the title of this article: What type of world? Through Covid-19, we’ve learned–via the contrast mentioned above–a few lessons about a side of human beings that we might prefer to leave in the dark. We’ve seen that we are willing to play the role of good little followers even when every neuron of our intellect was firing repeated warnings about what was being spread via the media. We’ve sacrificed our innermost feelings about important issues–such as ensuring health care for persons with real health issues; deprived ourselves of visits with family and friends who were feeling lonely and isolated; and forfeited healthful activitities in an effort to help. For what? The story, itself, is not even in question; for deep down we realize it is a disgusting farce that has been played on the masses. Everyone knows this. Symptoms, in 99% of the cases, are very mild and reported as such! Our intuition has been screaming the truth at us since the first months of subjugation–the six-foot rule, social bubbles, plexiglass walls, the masks, and threats of manditory vaccination. But we–the Beings who comprise the world–don’t want to ruffle any feathers. No, that wouldn’t be polite; and if we disagreed–or worse yet, walked the wrong way up a one-way aisle–it might draw attention. Instead, a part of us that we don’t like to face, watches gleefully from the sidelines as our brothers and sisters fight for the rights that used to be ours.

As much as it might seem so, the point of this article is not to be negative. The point is to raise questions about what type of world we are creating. Is it free? Is it respectful of persons’ rights? (including the right to wear or not wear masks). Does it help the downtrodden, the lonely, and the weak? Is it a world in which we teach our children–by example–that we have strong immune systems and also recognize their need to play with their friends in person; not virtually, through the screen of a computer. Is it a world in which we’re free to say “no” to the overuse of alcholol sanitizer, which has been proven to decrease immunity? Or is the world we’re trying to save one in which we behave like good little sheep, praying that the wolf won’t come and eat us. You know, the type of world in which couples say, “Now, Dear, when it comes to the vacinne, please don’t be the first to take it. Let health professionals test it on a few thousand others, to see if they go blind or grow a third eye.” We might ask ourselves if the second type of world–one devoid of love, touch, comraderie, and honest caring–would really be worth saving. If that’s the case, I vote “No”–as long as I still have a right to vote.

Is there something positive that can be reaped from all of this? Yes. When we recognize our weaknesses, we can begin to transcend them. With that intention, I offer a few inspirational lines from The Power of Awareness by Neville Goddard, a modern-day mystic who lectured and wrote books in the 60’s and 70’s: “You give beauty for ashes when you concentrate your attention on things as you would like them to be rather than on things as they are. You give joy for mourning when you maintain a joyous attitude regardless of unfavourable circumstances. You give praise for the spirit of heaviness when you maintain a confident attitude instead of succumbing to despondency.” Perhaps the key to coping with the current world situation is to notice what is happening and unite with one another in honest positive action. Hiding our shame beneath masks isn’t working.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020–R. Arthur Russell

P.S. If you’d like to view my latest book (This Taste of Flesh and Bones–released September 8, 2020) please press here. Thanks for reading!

“Fooled by Your Name”

Fooled by Your Name

The title of this article is borrowed from a line in The Book by Alan Watts, who was a noted British writer and speaker on Buddhism, Taoism, and theology. The subtitle of his book is entitled On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are. What, though, does this mean? Be forewarned: The answer will not be remotely interesting for those who are content with living a lie.

The point that Alan Watts so eloquently expressed is this: Deep beneath the ordinary world of name and form (the world in which we refer to things by words) there lies the most mysterious of mysteries. It is beyond the mind; therefore, beyond comparison because it is singular. How, logically, can One be compared to anything? Of course, it can’t be. The key that unlocks the door to this dimension can be summed up in one word: Stillness. When we turn away from sense objects and become still (through the practice of meditation), we “re-cognze” (to see again) the very nature of our Being. We discover that we are not our thoughts; nor are we our sensations, feelings, or perceptions. All of these, however, are known by the real You–Awareness.

Even a little investigation can yield tremendous insights. Think: For objects to be known, they must be known by something. How else could they be known? In our case, our true Self is not a thing in the common sense of the word; nevertheless, it is present. Wherever we are, Consciousness is. We cannot think “I do not exist” for the very thought is ludicrous because it requires Consciousness to think it. Our true Self is That which registers impressions from an apparently external world. It is also Consciousness which registers the name and form which we erronesouly believed to be our personal identity.

Why, though, should we care? Especially when life seems to be ticking along just fine. For that very reason: The clock of our body’s life span is ticking; but we need not wait for the “alarm” called death of the body to discover our true nature. A multitude of benefits may be realized now, not the least of which is that we are immortal Beings; therefore, beyond death. Our true Self is also beyond human drama;  therefore, immune to suffering and fear. Nothing–no event, circumstance, or situation–can harm it. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare summarized this truth succinctly through the following words: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” The true You is That Sweetnessnot the name and form through which It is expressed.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020–R. Arthur Russell

P.S. If you’d like to view my latest book (This Taste of Flesh and Bones–released September 8, 2020) please press here. Thanks for reading!