The Magic of Believing

In 1948, Claude M. Bristol published his little masterpiece entitled The Magic of Believing. It’s still in print to this day; which tells us something of its enduring value and–more importantly–the truth that he shares with its readers. The front matter of the book includes the following passage from Mark 9:23: “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”

In his book, Bristol shares accounts of numerous persons in a variety of situations in which belief–and deep faith–was the cause of seemingly miraculous results. The first sentence of his book about the power of belief 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? I firmly believe that there is…” To achieve the results that we desire, he also shares techniques that include the practice of impressing the subconscious mind through the repetition of positive affirmations.

This, of course, is nothing new; but the majority of persons may as yet be unaware of the power which is within their own grasp. Knowledge of our essential nature and the power of the mind and the application of that knowledge is key to achieving the results that we desire. Faith is not a dead word; it is vibrantly alive with the power that can move mountains. Here, from the Bible, are ten verses that I hope will provide inspiration to help you keep the faith:

  • Hebrews 11:3: “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
  • Matthew 6:33: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.”
  • Luke 12:32: “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
  • Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brethren whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
  • Matthew 9:29: “Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
  • Mark 11:24: “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
  • Job 22:28: “Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.”
  • Matthew 17:20: “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
  • John 21:6: “And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were unable to draw it for the multitude of fishes.”
  • Romans 4:17: “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”

Knowledge of the power of the mind to produce wonders–in all aspects of our life–has been known for centuries. Today, that power is termed The Placebo Effect; and it is equally powerful in producing both favourable and unfavourable results, depending on the habitual beliefs of the subject. Press here to watch a short Tedtalk about this fascinating subject. It will be easier to understand the power of belief if you realize that mind and matter are not opposite; they are one. We live and move and have our being in a mental universe.

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.

Consciousness Creates

The content of this article may seem challenging to understand or outright ludicrous for the majority of persons who are still clutching the materialist (matter based) paradigm of the world. However, artists and other creative souls who are attuned to the Source of inspiration will more easily realize its truth. As the title suggests, the purpose of this article is to cogently relate that CONSCIOUSNESS Creates–not humankind (alone). If you’re open to transformational knowledge, please continue reading.

I agree that it appears as though Humankind creates; but that’s only due to ignorance of our essential nature and sleight-of-hand tricks that are being played by our perceptions, which are only modulations of thought. Having been conditioned to identify as the false self (the person) since infancy, we, therefore, believe that we see, hear, taste, touch, smell, and act as separate and independent persons. The fact is that our body-minds are products of Infinite Living Mind. The true Creator, CONSIOUSNESS, cannot be sensed via the senses because it is beyond the mind. The same can be stated of our true nature; we are formless, limitless, apsects of Awareness. The fabric of this universe is not matter, as is commonly believed. All apparent actions, circumstances, and objects–including our body-minds–are woven from Consciousness. Doubt this can be true?

If you attempt to relate evidence of an event that wasn’t experienced via consciousness, in consciousness, you will always come up empty handed. Can you? It is impossible to directly know a supposedly material world beyond our perceptions–namely, seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, and smelling. Any event that apparently occurs is only known by One Knower, CONSCIOUSNESS. Of the supposedly material world beyond consciousness, (which quantum physicists are still attempting to prove exists), we know nothing. How could we? Matter is only a belief that is rendered by the mind; the truth of this is supported by the most rigorous science. In 1909 at Manchester University, Ernest Rutherford discovered that atoms, which were once believed to be physical building blocks of the universe, are predominately (99.999%) empty space. They are more appropriately described as whirling clouds of energy.

Due to the erroneous belief that consciousness is personal (it isn’t), the vast majority of humans believe that they arise in the morning to “reality” and begin their activities. Such persons erroneously mistake the waking state (a clearer and more sharply defined dream state) as the foundation of reality. They are confused but unaware they are confused. To the enlightened, such persons are asleep to their essential nature. Just for the record, the source of consciousness due to biological processes within the brain has never been found…and it never will be. The brain, our body-minds, all objects, and the world itself arise within Consciousness–not the other way around. Through innocent ignorance and the lack of clear discernment, humankind has identified with the creation (the body-mind) and remains unaware of their True Self, which is beyond name and form. We are an aspect of THAT (Consciousness, God) which gives rise to all name and form.

We can directly discover the deeper dimension that is our True Self through the practice of meditation, which is actually a non-doing activity. If we set aside a few minutes each day to still your body and mind, we will soon realize that we, indeed, are the Awareness in which our thoughts, images, feelings, sensations, and perceptions arise; they are not us. All of these appear to our True Self. This explains why the Bible advises us to be still and know that I am God.

One of the easiest ways to understand the creative process is through an analogy that Mike Dooley (noted Law of Attraction author and speaker) shared in one of his recent Notes from the Universe. To read it in full, press here. The information he shared is a fundamental principle of life. We pitch our ideas (via our feeling-imbued habitual thoughts and visualizations) and God hits them out of the park. Contrary to popular belief, “you“–Jane or John–are not the doer. There is One Doer, Consciousness, aka God. A note of caution: Consciousness hits all of our habitual mental pitches out of the park, whether we label them good or bad, favourable or unfavourable. It’s no wonder that we are advised to choose our thoughts wisely. I hope this information will help you understand the following quote attributed to Henry Ford at a deeper level: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” Just know that either way, it’s only going to appear that you’re the doer. All you truly do is…think.

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.

Bad Things Come in Fours

I’m writing this article as my civic duty, to inform those persons who may be unaware of a change in a law of the universe. When it changed, or how it changed, I know not. I only know that it has changed. Although we were once subject to the law that Bad Things Come in Threes, we must now accept the indisputable fact that Bad Things Come in Fours! Perhaps we can blame the change on cosmic inflation or an ever-expanding universe. It only makes sense. It’s clearly evident that expansion is at play! In twenty years, it’s most likely that bad things will come in fives! The cause truly doesn’t matter; only that we that we’re aware of the change.

Why is this so important? Because we wish to live an orderly life, one in which we’re aware of the facts and live by them. To stumble about through life, ignorant of the laws of the universe, would not only be silly but potentially dangerous! We want to be educated and clear-thinking individuals; not helpless ninnies bumping into one another.

To anyone curious about the time frame under which these bad things must occur, the formal rules are nebulous, at best. This part of the law has never been clearly defined. The period could be twenty-four hours to the minute; loosely based around a period of several days; or even stretch to a week or more. The main point is that the bad things must truly be bad—think severed limbs, overflowing toilets, and neighbours from hell—unless no such bad things are available to count. In such a case, it’s permissible to include matters that might otherwise be viewed as trifling—think smucked in the face with a cream pie. Again, no hard and fast rules exist; discretion is required.

Disbelievers in this law should be cautioned to proceed at their own peril, for the law is operating whether they accept it as fact or not. The situation becomes quite dire, for by and large the masses are unaware of the change! So many unsuspecting people may be going to bed at night, thinking that all is well and fine—having counted their bad things up to three—only to later learn that the fourth bad thing was left uncounted! What tragic fate may befall those people ignorant of the law! We may all do our part by advising two friends–who tell two friends.

So, at least the readers of this article are safe, for they know the truth: Bad Things Come in Fours! Read it. Know it. Commit it to memory! When looking for the bad things it’s imperative to know precisely how many bad things to expect. It’s all about being educated and aware. Realize, too, that if there’s a shortage of bad things in our immediate vicinity, we may lift our gaze and focus upon the horizon until some bad things show up! Invariably they will, and we may include them in the count and rest easy.

And now, we arrive at the serious part of this tongue-in-cheek article. It lies in part of the verse from Mathew 7:7: “Seek and ye shall find.” What does it mean? Basically that people find what they’re expecting to find. For those bent on finding the bad—be that in threes, fours, or fives–they shall aim their attention toward that intention, and such will–for them–become a self-fulfilling prophecy. I’m pleased to report, however, that the opposite is true. There’s a lesser-known saying, one of which many people are unaware: Good things come in innumerable quantities! By seeking the good–and being grateful for the goodness we’ve already experienced—we discover even more! The change occurs within us, not the external world. Attention is key. Simple as that!

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.

All Systems Go!

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The mood of a nation–yes, even the world–is dependent on the mood of the people. Why? Because we literally are the world. Each and every one of us matter. By our spirit, we either rise or plummet; by our strength we either swim or sink; by our courage we either gloriously triumph or temporarily fail. We–and know this in the marrow of our bones–are going to get through this present challenge and shine.

As holds true for the launch of any rocket, we must prepare ourselves thoroughly and check our equipment to make certain that all systems are a Go for liftoff. We can do this right here, right now, by checking the systems within our own influence; beginning with awareness of what’s going on within our own minds. Checklist please:

  • Are we breathing right now?
  • Is there some form of food–even if it’s only bread and butter–in our home?
  • Is there water to drink?
  • Do we have friends, even one?
  • Do we still have the strength to be a friend?
  • Are we currently able to rise and shine within the confines of our home?
  • Have we reason to hope–perhaps based on past challenges–that goodness will triumph?
  • Do we possess the concentration to focus our mind upon something positive?

The point of this checklist is obvious, no doubt. Yes, of course, I’m presenting the list to help raise us out of the fear-based darkness of our minds, and into the light of the present moment. The message is intended to inspire us to notice the beauty that still surrounds us…now. This in no way is meant to deny the current situation in the world, or to trivialize any of the tragedies that have occurred. The truth is, however, that sickness and death due to some nature or other is happening every day in this world. The insidious virus of the mind (aka, fear) is far more virulent than anything we may encounter physically. Given the chance it will destroy us.

We can still lift off to a bright new world. To state such is not poppycock or a pitiful denial of what’s currently making news. To overcome our present challenge, however, will require that we deliberately turn away from the tempting–almost irresistible–habit of focusing on every bit of bad news that is currently making the rounds. We possess the strength to see beyond this; and when we do, the attitude and health of the entire planet will reflect our changed state of mind. Ten, nine, eight, seven…

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell