Great “New”Charlie Brown

Most of you will probably be familiar with Charlie Brown, the principal character in the comic strip named Peanuts. He–with the round head, delightful innocence, and lack of self confidence–was often depicted as being a lovable loser. His character proved popular, indeed, to his faithful followers who could often relate to his trials. Secretly, we saw ourselves in him. For instance, whenever Charlie Brown played football with Lucy, he would always fall flat on his backside after she–in her devilish manner–suddenly yanked the football away at the last moment. We’ve all had days like that, when life seemed to dash our hopes and aspirations. Ahh, Charlie Brown, how I wish that I could help you. Actually, I can:

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If you can relate to many of the comic situations in which Charlie Brown found himself on the losing side of life, it’s likely because you’ve identified with your character, more than its creator–the true You. Despite popular misconceptions and seeming appearances, you are neither your body-mind (the Charlie Brown) nor its personal history. It’s vital that you know that you are its creator. In the case of Charlie Brown, that creator was Charles M. Schulz. He decided, he chose, he visualized the situations for Charlie Brown and then drew them into Charlie Brown’s apparent life situations. If you wish to increase the degree of success in your life expression, you must draw them for your character by visualizing them as true now.

You’ll recognize more of your innate creative powers when you–through stillness–recognize that you are not the character that you see before you. Since birth, you’ve been programmed to believe that all there is to you is name and form; but such is erroneous. The masses (who are unaware; and unaware that they’re unaware) will eagerly inform you that all you are is flesh and bones–that you were born, and you will die. That’s their storyline; but it needn’t be yours. With some deep introspection, you can discover your true Self. You are a divine aspect of Infinite Living Mind. You are co-creator with Consciousness Itself, eternal and immortal.

If you, like Charlie Brown, just once (or many times) desire to kick that football sailing through the goal posts, you must–first–imagine yourself doing so. “As within, so without.” Until you change your subconscious beliefs (your paradigms) from within, your apparent results will remain the same. It matters not whatever apparent “Lucy” seems to be challenging you! Dream the result that you desire to see! Feel its reality. If it’s great financial wealth; dream it in living detail. If it’s better health, or even a cure; dream it. Engage all of your senses. See your imagined reality as being more real than current circumstances; for current circumstances are only a reflection of your past thinking. Set aside a few minutes each day to visualize the type of life that you desire. Dream it from the end result, from the perspective of you playing a starring role.

Draw–as Mr. Schulz did for Charlie–the person that you desire to be. You’ll manifest that new-and-improved version of you when you feel its truth. Every thought you think and every word that you utter is a stroke of fortune or loss upon the comic strip called “your life.” Old tales full of woe only produce more apparent woe. Thoughts and words of a very bright future create a more rich and fulfilling future. The Law of Attraction is real; you bring about what you feelingly think about. Also, it’s important that you keep your visions for your future Charlie Brown secret; for the less that naysayers know, the better. This is your life, and you’re going to kick that ball through the goal posts when you believe that you can!

Doubt this can be true–that imagining your bright future can actually create it? I’ll end this article by offering a quote from Andrew Carnegie, who–in the late 19th century–was one of the wealthiest men in America. It was he who commissioned Napoleon Hill to write the classic motivational book entitled Think and Grow Rich: “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.” What a strange–magical–quote to come from such a successful man, don’t you think?

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell

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Dream On

If you’re not sitting down before beginning to read this article, you might want to do so now. As you may or may not realize, I write articles about Consciousness, Spirituality, and The Law of Attraction. These subjects have held a tremendous fascination for me for many years. It’s been an interesting journey. It has involved–and still does–learning more about our essential nature (the True Self) and how to manifest the results that we desire. There’s been a lot of surprises; not the least of which is related to the following quote from Sri Ramana Maharshi, who was a sage from India who realized his true nature at the age of sixteen:

That which is not present in deep dreamless sleep is not real.”

What Sri Ramana Maharshi was expressing is that the apparent world and the objects within it–including our body-mind–occur due to the power of Maya. Maya is a Sanskrit word which translates loosely as illusion. The world is real, but only relatively so. The real You is the changeless Self; which is the same in nature and quality (differing in degree) as the Absolute Self. That–Self–is customarily referred to by many reverent names which can point to, but never define, It.

Many persons write and speak about the Law of Attraction; but it’s unlikely that the majority realize the depth of the material. I sure didn’t; even though I easily grasped the importance of maintaining a positive attitude. Most persons are applying the Law of Attraction from the perspective of the body-mind, aka person. They are still living from the perspective of Jane or John Doe, because–until they awaken to their essential nature (which is Spirit, aka Consciousness)–they literally have no choice to do otherwise. Thus, they believe they are living a very busy life on Earth. The truth is that such…is a dream. The Waking State is similar to Dream State, only longer in duration, continual, and more clearly defined. The essential nature of our True Self is Awareness, or Consciousness. It could be likened to deep sleep, which is the reason that Sri Ramana Maharshi made the statement quoted above.

To fully understand this requires a tremendous shift in perspective and understanding, which can only be experienced directly. It cannot be learned or arrived at via processes of the mind; for the mind deals with conceptualizations. A quote from Paramahansa Yogananda, who was the author of Autobiography of a Yogi and instrumental in introducing Kriya Yoga to the West, may be of help. From another of his books, entitled The Laws of Success, I offer the following:

Mind is the creator of everything.”

The body and the mind that seem so very real to us (in fact, which seem to house “me“) is rendered by the mind. Consciousness is not created within the body-mind; despite what the masses may proclaim. In science, this is commonly referred to as “the hard problem of consciousness.” Science is still attempting to discover how neurological processes within the brain lead to our sense of awareness. They’ll never find it, for one simple reason: Such is backward, for Consciousness is that which gives rise to the mind and the body. To “Know Thyself” deeply would clear up so much confusion.

Consciousness is prior to the mind and body. It is the very foundation of our Being. When the mind is active, we experience the Dream State (usually referred to as nighttime dreams by most persons). When the mind and senses become active, we experience the Waking State (referred to as reality by the majority of the world’s population). This grossly erroneous assumption occurs in such tremendous numbers because the population is unaware, but unaware that they are unaware.

“But,” I can hear you say, “this can’t be!” Yes, it actually is. This is how the Law of Attraction truly functions. We can only attract circumstances with which we are harmoniously attuned. We must first “be” that which we desire to experience. Please consider this: What is the only thing (truly not a thing) required to have any apparent experience? Could we experience the eating of a meal if we weren’t aware that such was occurring? No, of course, not. Consciousness is the linchpin of every experience. The thoughts (either positive or negative) which we–Spirit–habitually impress into the subconscious will eventually be expressed in the dream of “our life.” I share this information so you’ll realize that the quality and the nature of your thoughts truly do matter. Our destiny is within our hands.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell

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Behind The Veil

I’m sure that many of you have heard of the somewhat mystical veil that is referred to in spiritual teachings. Although I’ve had a keen interest in psychology and human development for many years, I’ll admit that I did not give the subject of the veil any attention until relatively recently. The veil seemed to refer to an ephemeral barrier that hides something from plain view. Little did I realize, but “That” which is imperceivable via our senses is the Truth of our Being. The veil apparently hides this fact.

The veil is actually that placeless juncture that separates the True You, which is Spirit, from the apparent you of name and form. All that has ever been known, is known, and could be known–now and forever–is known by the One behind the veil of all our human drama. Although words cannot define It, we may describe It as omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent. Paradoxically, It is nowhere to be found, yet everywhere. We often refer to It by many reverent names; but It is also referred to as Consciousness, the Unified Field, and by the more informal term, “I,” by which each of us refers to ourselves many times every day. We apparently exist because It exists. It is the Alpha and the Omega of our Being.

If you’re interested in recognizing That which is behind the veil, such means that you’re curious about recognizing true Self. In Truth, the nature of your seemingly personal self is the same in kind and quality (differing in degree) as That which births distant galaxies and grains of sand with equal ease. Nowhere may we turn and find a place that does not bear It’s powerful footprint. It is my very breath and That which is beating my heart…now…now…now. It is raw unadulterated Glory, and to Know It is to be Love. It is the True You and I, in which each of our false little “i’s” have their apparent existence.

How can That which is everything–and yet nothing–be ignored by the majority of the world’s population? One simple reason: To the majority of human beings, this apparent earthly life consists only of that which relates to the body, the mind, and the world–namely, objects. Little thought, and virtually no investigation, is given to the nature of the Silent Witness, the subject, that is the Knower and Creator of all experience. Gross assumptions are made that lead the majority of individuals to assume that they are conscious, when in fact that, too, is only a reflection of All That Is.

If you are earnestly interested in discovering more about this subject, it may help to conceptualize the veil as a curtain that figuratively separates both actors and audience from the inner Truth that peacefully resides backstage, behind the scenes. Everything in front of the curtain is in time and space; and everything behind the curtain is timeless, eternal, and immortal. Do you dare to leave behind your unquestioned assumptions and discover the nature of true Self? To do so is in our world’s best interest.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell

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Making Room for Emptiness

Dear FamilyofOne,

I thought I’d inform you of some recent happenings in “my” life. I’ve got some good news, and some good news. Although it may sound bad, or even wacko, I finally had to give “Art” the boot to make room for the emptiness of true Self. For the figurative move to the Truth, I had to clean house, so to speak. The place is feeling a lot more spacious without him. Sure, Art meant well, but his arrogance (he claimed to be the doer, when all of us know that mind is the creator of everything) and ignorance of our essential nature became very wearisome. By ignorance, I don’t mean to imply that he was stupid; I just mean that he didn’t know. He was unaware, but unaware that he was unaware. He and the majority of other persons on the planet are asleep to their true nature.

Have I lost anything by giving Art the boot? No, not at all. What can be lost by losing a ghost? In fact, I’ve gained–peace, joy, and freedom–simply by dropping what I am not. In truth, Art was simply a collection of repetitive sensations, images, feelings, thoughts and perceptions that habitually reinforced the idea (but not reality) of a separate self. Give it a name–like Jane or John Doe–and you’re off to the races. I’m happy to report that my suffering has decreased immensely since I got rid of Art. It was only he who was the negative voice; he who suffered apparent losses or wins; he who existed as a fictional self in apparent linear time and space. You and I–Spirit–realize that there is only here…now.

Doubt that space-time (they go together) can be an illusion? Go ahead, please try to experience the future. Can you actually live an hour from now or next Tuesday? Of course not. When that conceptual future hour or day arrives, it can only be lived “now.” Can you take a step into the past? No, even when you remember it, you do so “now.” Eckhart Tolle, a well-known spiritual teacher, shares this point through a sign that he once saw in a pub in England. The sign read: Free Beer Tomorrow. Get it? If you think you can show up and drink free beer tomorrow, you will remain thirsty forever. It’s always now, despite the protests of the finite mind.

Maybe you also feel that it’s time” for the shift to true Self. It’s easier than you might imagine. The key is to drop the thinking self–the fictional “i”–and let Awareness, your true identity, rule the roost. Don’t expect to find your true Self in anything that can be conceived or perceived. That’s why the following is expressed in Luke 17:21: “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” In stillness, you might at first only recognize a glimpse; but as you remain as Presence, the perspective of That will become your established point of view. This was the way that life was meant to be; but the conceptual self can be an ornery type. It doesn’t like to be dethroned. Take your position as Truth, and politely kick the little “i” out by regularly withdrawing your focus from it. You’re not losing anything that’s real; only a virtual thief. Stillness itself will help you transcend the costume playing “you.” Through self-inquiry, you lose nothing and gain the knowledge of true Self–Spirit.

Oh, by the by, just in case you think the “you’ve-gone-nuts” truck has pulled up to my place and picked a permanent parking space, you might be interested in this: Even science is backing up these findings. What was once considered matter is recognized as being nothing other than mind. They are one and same. The apparent objects that appear to our senses are perception only. What you call reality is nothing more than the Waking State, which is actually a projected story of “you” and the “world” in high definition 3-D. If you care to do a search regarding atoms on the Internet, you’ll discover that they’re 99.999% empty space, more aptly described as whirling clouds of energy. Ain’t that a kick in the imaginary gut! Yup, the “you” that you’ve been identified with is nothing more than a projection of the mind. True Self, my dear friend, is Spirit, aka Consciousness. Press here to view an article regarding the subject of “matter.”

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell

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The Fraud Called Death

The title of this article is not intended as catch bait–a shiny lure that catches our attention but delivers nothing of value; nor is this article intended to instill some trite belief system about death. The title stands true to my understanding: Death is a fraud. We’ll dive deeper after reading a passage from The Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

Life is real! Life is earnest!
   And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
   Was not spoken of the soul
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So, Mr. Arthur Russell, how can death possibly be a fraud, when we see evidence of it on a daily basis? Trust me, if that is the question that is crossing your mind, I “hear” what you’re saying. First, I am not denying that bodies die–they do. Anything that has an apparent beginning will also have an apparent end. To make sense of this subject, it requires that we investigate the nature of our Being–beyond the superficial answers that we have previously assumed to be true. If we believe (as the majority of persons do) that the sum of all that we are is contained within the body-mind, this article may seem not only insensitive but also the product of a delusional mind.

Our investigation of our “I”-ness (that sense of “me” which knows our experience) requires that we challenge the assumptions to which the masses currently subscribe. You may or may not know this: Science does not know how biological processes give rise to consciousness. Why? Because consciousness does not arise from them. Science also states that matter, as conceived by the masses, does not exist; it is actually rendered by the mind. In 1911, Ernest Rutherford proved that atoms, which were once believed to be the foundational “stuff” out of which “things” were made are actually 99.999% empty space. Our world “is” perception.

Perceptions are informing us of a world–one supposedly made of matter; but could it actually be that your apparent personal life–this right now–is a dream? When Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi (a realized sage) was asked the difference between the dream state and the waking state (assumed to be “reality” by the masses), he replied that the main difference was that one was short and one was long. Can you be daring enough to challenge the current norm and consider that Consciousness is fundamental and Universal? The reason that science cannot find the seat of consciousness within the body-mind is because Consciousness is not formed by the body-mind? Consciousness is actually the foundation of our Being. That is why death is a fraud.

René Descartes, who famously stated “I think, therefore I am” was known to practice radical skepticism, in an effort to arrive at Truth. At one time, he questioned whether his life–and his body-mind–could, indeed, be a dream within a dream. However, he finally backed away from that position, claiming that he did exist as a body-mind. He argued that this “reality” was too clear and real to be a dream. This led to his famous saying. This article challenges that; for I do not believe that we exist because we think. We exist as pure Awareness, prior to the mind.

Several years ago, I remember reading the following: “We’re not human beings having an occasional spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having occasional human experiences.” I actually scoffed at the idea; but such only revealed my own lack of understanding. Could this explain why ancient Grecians inscribed “Know Thyself” on the frontispiece of the Temple of Apollo in Delphi? Yes, most certaintly; for knowing ourself–at the deepest level–was, and still is, tremendously important.

Rupert Spira, who lectures widely on the subject of non duality, asks us to conceptualize our essential nature as the empty space within a room. He then directs us to add a sense of beingness and knowingness to that space; and then, further, to remove the space. What remains is being and knowing, which is equivalent to Awareness. This, however, is not a concept. It is Truth. To have any experience–of a world, a cup of coffee, our body-mind–awareness must be present. How else could we ever know anything? The linchpin of our Being is Awareness. We are That in which the body and the mind appear. Yes, the body dies; but we never were what appeared. We are That which cannot be known via the senses. Buddha referred to It as emptiness. The term which is often used to describe the dramatic change in our understanding is The Shift.

We are That, out of which arises the mind and the apparent body. Through misidentification (which is still being preached by persons who believe in a materialist model of the world), we–Spirit–are relentlessly conditioned to believe that we are nothing more than name and form. We are so much more! We are Oneness, having an apparent human experience. What I’m sharing is that it is impossible to be separated from That which we are. It’s why Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj stated: “You can only be what you are in reality. You can only appear to be what you are not.” The title of this article stands: The Fraud Called Death.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell

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The Hammer Named “Choice”

Once upon a time in a land very close, indeed, there lived an evil hammer named Choice. Everyone knew that The Hammer was big and monstrous and bad to the bone. How it loved to prey upon unsuspecting thumbs! All day long, it would hide in the bushes and await the opportunity to pounce. “Heh, heh, heh, ” the thumbs imagined Choice muttering as they walked by, “now, there’s a delicious-looking thumb to whack!”

The thumbs never knew when Choice would strike. On some days, a lot of thumbs were whacked hard; on other days, only a few thumbs were struck; and on rare days, most of the thumbs went merrily about their business. However, almost all of the thumbs lived with the pervading fear that at any moment The Hammer could fall. In secret, the thumbs held Town Hall Meetings with the window blinds drawn and the lights turned low. They would talk in whispers and discuss what could be done to improve the condition of their lives. During such meetings, a variation of the following was almost always heard: “Did you hear about Burt?” asked one thumb to another. A terror-stricken hush would fall upon the room, then: “Yup, got whacked today–real hard.”

One day, however, a startling revelation occurred to a bright little thumb. “Wait a second,” thought the thumb, “I cannot, in fact, know if I will be whacked by the big bad hammer today; but I can definitely choose how I live. I get to choose–how I think and feel about every circumstance that arises. Choice doesn’t have meI have Choice!” Empowered by the epiphany, the bright little thumb felt jubilation arise from within. It inhaled a deep breath and squared back its shoulders; and from that day forward, it focused on the beauty to be enjoyed here and now.

Within a few days, other thumbs noticed the dramatic change in the brave little thumb. It seemed to be shining with hope, positivity, and a fearless spirit. Often the brave little thumb would be seen marching around town wearing a T-Shirt emblazoned with “I Am Lion Thumb, Hear Me Roar.” In time, word of the change began to spread to other thumbs, who told two thumbs, and so on, and so on, and so on. The startling transformation spread far and wide. The thumbs all rejoiced, and there was dancing and singing as never before. They even held a Thumb Fest open to all; with everyone chanting “We have power, here; we have choice, now!”

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So, what’s the point of this little parable? Did all of the thumbs march off into the sunset and live happily ever after? Well, yes and no. Like us, of course, the thumbs continued to be whacked by life; but the good news is that due to this, we and the thumbs evolve and grow stronger. So much of life is beyond our control, but we can definitely control our attitude toward it. We can cower, or we can express our courageous nature. The choice is ours. One of the greatest lessons we can learn is this: To live in fear is not to live.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell

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Children Play

Recently, I was watching a YouTube presentation in which Osho, a spiritual teacher (1931 – 1990) shared some of his enlightening statements about life. Although Osho’s lifestyle and political beliefs were controversial, I believe that he, nevertheless, shared Truth. The subject of this article relates to the following short statement he made:

Adults play games; children play.”

I’m sure that many of you, if not all, will have intuited the point that caught my attention. It relates to the habitual and predominant unconscious need of persons (particularly in Western-style, driven societies) to be forever doing. Day after day after day we strive. We do; we go; we plan. The tragic issue, ignored by most, is that will all of our doing, we are never done. We are like spiders spinning webs in which we, ourselves, are caught by our nature. We become the prey of our own lives.

The point that Osho presented was that children, those glorious beacons who still shine with inner knowledge, still remember what it’s like to play for no sake other than to play. For them, the play is not the main point–it is the only point! Conversely, our pseudo-wise adults almost always have some prize in mind as a goal; which paradoxically robs us of the real prize.

It’s not too late: The child that is our true identity–the spiritual child–is waiting to be rediscovered. It is forever young; eternal, immortal. Given an opportunity–when not forced into submission by the enslaving will of the ego–it can still urge us to sing, to dance, to play. We owe our Spirit that chance; for it has sustained us through the best of times and the worst of times. We may allow ourselves to take a break; watch a sunrise; sing for no other reason than to sing. What’s the best–not the worst–that could happen? We might step out of our tedious habits and into the glory of the present moment. We’ll close this article with the following lines from Osho:

Just be, total, alone in your absolute purity.

This is enlightenment.”

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell

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Just “Be”

You’ve heard, or perhaps even said, the following: “I’m a work in progress.” It is a statement that seems to contain a toss of the hand, a roll of the eyes, or an unspoken hmmph. It suggests dissatisfaction at imperfection; perhaps even quiet resignation that ‘i” am not yet enough. The statement implies that a quality or aspect–one which we desperately need–is lacking; one which, if found, would make me all right, good enough, a work complete and worthy. What utter nonsense.

From moment to moment, life is always moving, pulsing like a multifaceted diamond. Nothing rests. If it stopped, it would not be life; it would be lifeless. As everything is always moving, how could we ever reach (as implied by the sentence referred to in the first paragraph) a place of static perfection? How long could we clutch that fleeting second when we could joyously cry, “Now, I can stop; I have made it to the top of the heap!” How, in a medium that is always moving, could we ever possibly arrive?

Again: Life movescontinuously. Everything is in flux. Heraclitus is said to have stated the following: “You can’t step into the same river twice.” It can also be argued that you cannot even step into the same river once; for the river, itself, is never the same. Answers and solutions considered to be the pinnacle of perfection (think finest transportation = horse and buggy) are all replaced when the next-best solution appears. The situation is the same for us. Education that was considered sufficient one hundred years ago would be considered incredibly inadequate today; and the same will hold true twenty–ten–five–years from now. The point is to enjoy the ride called “the story of my life. In short, we can strive to do the best that we can in any given moment and go with the flow. Awareness, an open heart, humility, and a willingness to allow good works to occur through us will take us a long way.

You (yes, “you” in the last row, in the corner) are more than enough as you are! Please don’t let graphs, statistics, and the social averages related to the tests that you’re going through right now define you. They can’t! Success and failure are relative words, which ultimately mean sweet diddly squat. This is not intended to imply that we should not strive; to dream is part of our essential nature. It’s just not wise to make our sense of worthiness dependent on results. You “are” inherently valuable hereandnow. Period.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell

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Driver Training

———————————-Art” ~ 🙂 ~ circa 1906 ——————————–

Oh, how we love cars, especially those of us raised in Western cultures. We love them so much that we can hardly wait to get our driver’s licence. To us, a licence symbolizes freedom to come and go as we please and to, as Steppenwolf expressed in “Born to Be Wild, “get our motor running and head out on the highway! Before we acquire our licence, most of us have to pass a Drivers’ Education Class. We have to study the rules of the road and learn how to properly signal, accelerate, steer, brake, merge, and drive defensively. The lessons are in our best interest. No less is required for those of us who desire to deliberately apply the Law of Attraction.

Before we proceed, it’s important that we understand the nature of our vehicle. It is the body-mind, aka, the person. Contrary to popular belief, such is not the sum of What we are! In truth, we are Spirit–the silent witness that actually drives the body-mind through life. The quality of our personal journey is dependent upon the nature and intensity of our thoughts and feelings. Negative thoughtssuch as anger, hatred, revenge, jealousy, envy, pride, and selfishnesscan never lead us anywhere good. They create a rough ride and a tough life. Positive thoughts–such as love, kindness, compassion, empathy, generosity, humility, and selflessness–help lead us toward favourable destinations. The destinations we reach depend upon the skill with which we comply with spiritual laws.

So, are we buckled up? Have you checked your mirrors and left the story of your life in the past, where it belongs? Good, we’re off to a great start! Now, please know this: There are two powerful pedals that we must learn to operate before we pull away from the curb. One is Fear–it’s the brake; every time we  step on it (allow it to function in our consciousness) our vehicle slows down. The other pedal is Faith–it’s the accelerator; every time we press on it (feel triumphant joy rise in our heart) our vehicle moves closer to our desired manifestation! Through the power of Awareness (which can be increased through meditation), we’re going to learn how to be more aware of which pedal we’re pushing.

Our Driver Education Course required a set number of days; and the same applies to learning how to deliberately apply the Law of Attraction. In this case, thirty days. During this period–marked faithfully on the calendar–we’re going to monitor our thinking while going about our days. Our goal is to engage only positive thoughts. If we find ourselves concentrating on negative thoughts–either big or small–we’re going to begin our count anew. At the end of thirty days, we will arrive at our destination with a mind trained to focus on the positive aspects of life. The results that we’ll notice after successful completion of this course will make the effort required to pass it seem more than worthwhile.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell

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The Power of Attention

There’s a common 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 ill-conceived belief, many individuals spend their entire life striving to reach goals which–if and when achieved–bring little more than momentary happiness. When such occurs, most dreamers automatically reach for an even grander goal, in the futile hope that it will yield the happiness they seek. The error is to believe that an object, position, achievement, or even a person can ever be the source of true joy.

How, then, can we experience the joy we desire? If objects and people and status and achievement cannot yield the happiness we desire, what can? The true answer: Our essential nature, which is joy, itself. There, in the transcendent beauty of Self, 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 Paulo Coelho for contemplation: “You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.”

Attention is like a flashlight that we direct. Through it, we’re able to shine the light of consciousness in whatever direction we desire. We can shine it here–on war, famine, politics gone wrong, and crimes against humanity; or we can 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 whatever we choose. If we live consciously, the choice is ours.

Does this mean we must toss our dreams aside and leave them 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.

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. Our joy is here, in this very moment–todayAnd the key that will open this truth as experience? GRATITUDE. By centering our mind in the peace of the present moment, we will be surprised at what we discover. With the aim of discovering your 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.
  • The first sip of coffee in the morning.
  • 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 is here, in the ever-present, eternal NOW. The moments of our life come but once, bearing gifts both big and small. The question is, Will we receive the best this life can offer by using our attention wisely?

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell

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