Steady…”Freddy”

Fred is having an awful day…again; and it’s showing. He feels anxious and fearful; he’s pacing back and forth like a man possessed–and in truth, he is, by the “false guy” pretending to be him. He just can’t keep still. He’s felt this way before–such is his deeply-ingrained behaviour. It usually occurs when Fred gets too caught up in the world around him. He tries to make things right; but on certain days–like this one–nothing he does seems to help. There is no peace to be found.

If Fred could only remember to apply the advice he was once given (about how to regain his center), his present situation could improve dramatically. The Core of his Being is there, waiting to be acknowledged. Overworked, overtired, and overstressed, Fred is so wound up that he has forgotten the technique that worked so well for him in the past. He’d been told that when life got stressful, he was wise to become still, take a few slow breaths, and reconnect with his True Self, the witness of all that was seemingly occuring.

The problem basically boils down to one issue: Fred is so busy doing and thinking–which is the case for most humans–that he has lost track of his true identity. He is attached to the personal concept which he erroneously believes himself to be. Behind the facade of his egoic identity, his real “I” is safe and sound…observing the human drama that is playing out on the world stage through its lead character, Fred.

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You’ll be happy to know, that Fred did actually get steady. Exhausted, he finally lay down; and after a much-needed nap, he was able to regain a relatively stable perspective of the world. Life wasn’t falling apart–it never was. It was only through Fred’s viewpoint that such seemed to be the case. In reflection, he would look at what occurred as one of those “I-don’t-know-what-got-into-me” situations. The true solution for his predicament, which will undoubtedly repeat, is for him to knowingly recognize his essential nature.

The good news is that all of us can learn how to recognize our True Self and, thereby, leave our problems behind with the body-mind (aka, person) that frequently takes life far too seriously. In other words, we can get steady by practicing clear discernment between what’s Real (our Spiritual Self) and the character (insert your name and form) that’s been causing us grief. One of the most potent ways to do this is through meditation. Being still allows us the opportunity to discover That dimenstion of ourselves that is beyond the body and the mind. If you’d like to see a visual illustration of what it feels like to recognize your True Self, press (drumroll…please) HERE (all credit to ImageMovers Playtone and Tom Hanks). Special Note: No lemons were actually harmed during the writing of this article.

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.

Self Recognition

Until we knowingly reconnect with That which is our essential nature, there will seem to be a deep wound within us that refuses to heal. No matter how much salve we apply–in the form of relationships, financial gain, achievements, and objects of desire–the wound will remain. Due to innocent ignorance of What we truly are, we will repeatedly try to alleviate the pain. It may take countless years, even lifetimes, before we learn that there is one cure only: Recognition.

I, too, suffered under the tyranical rule of my false self for many years–or so it seems. My character “Art” took me down various blind roads before the suffering became so intense that I–as is the case of so many others–was forced to look within. There in the dazzling darkness, I glimpsed my own essence; an essence that I recognized as the Essence of everyone and everything. It was That for which I’d unconsciously been seeking. Words such as beautiful and transcendent cannot begin to express the joy I experienced. I was home…where “I” belong.

When we recognize the Truth of our Being, we realize that appearances–especially of the false self and this “world“–are not as they seem. We also learn that we may question the reality of our personal history. With insight and clear understanding, we’re able to know that we are apparently in the world but not of it. As much as the senses might adamantly proclaim that they’re stating the truth–and nothing but the truth–we literally cannot be the face that stares back from the mirror.

There is one reason only why those who’ve realized Truth share the information that I’ve related in this article: Love. The wonderful and expansive feelings that arise from knowing our True Self–which is the same Self flowing through and as everyone else–are too sublime not to share. Love that is not shared is not love. That is the reason and the purpose behind the writing of my recent book–to share. Be brave, be bold, be earnestly curious and dare to reach for your True Self. You’ll be glad that you did.

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.

Dear “Death”

Dear Death,

Regarding your rather dark and threatening memo dated yesterday, thanks, but no thanks. I’m having no part of the mythical story you’re attempting to spread via fear mongering, subliminal messages, and outright deceit. Nice try; but aren’t you getting a little tired of spreading the same old same old? That skull-and-crossbones logo is passé, don’t you think? Perhaps you could attempt to sell us–the general public–another type of story. You know…a certain bridge for sale; shares in a swampland development; or cures for bunyons, acne, and warts.

Perhaps you haven’t heard, but there’s a spiritual movement that’s gaining momentum, here and now. Human beings are learning that they’re not who they think they are. They’re learning to recognize–and reconnect with–the deeper dimension of their essential nature that is beyond birth and death. They know they’re so much more than mere flesh and bones. They also know that the consciousness through which they live and move and have their being is impersonl–not personal. So basically, my message to you is this: The jig is up. Your pants are down. You can run, but you can’t hide. You may now cease and desist from your scare tactics.

I hope this won’t embarrass you, but I shared your recent message with as many people as I could; and I must admit that after reading it, all of us had a good chuckle and then…yawned; especially at that fire and brimstone part. We’ve seen through you. Your story’s getting very old. Perhaps you should engage some good ghost writers to punch up your story line.

As for you–you little beggar, you, I bid you farewell. You need not ever contact me again, either in person or via threatening emails. I’m on to you, and so are a lot of other beings. Personally, I wish you a fine, long, and warm stay in Hello, watching eternal reruns of Gilligan’s Island. Spoiler alert: They never did get off the island.

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 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.

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.