Seeking the “Right”

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Everyone who lives long enough can attest to the following: Life can deliver a multitude of challenges. They come in all shapes and sizes. They can be long term or short term, major or minor, critical or relatively trivial. We know this, too: When such challenges appear, it can be all too easy to slip into a victim mentality in which we believe that life is against us. This attitude must be avoided. Why? Because it not only disempowers us but also makes us dependent on circumstances which–by their very nature–are always changing. When approached with the right attitude, however, challenges provide opportunity for growth and greater awareness. What, though, is the key to living this way?

PRESENCE. By staying calm, aware, and alert; by remaining anchored in the here and now; by being with the very challenge that we instinctively want to deny. When we remain present, we stay connected to an Intelligence–Source–which is much greater than our own. The opposite–to allow our mind to be driven by old reactive thinking–actually prevents us from receiving inspiration that will help us solve our challenges. To be present is to be with Source. An example may help:

Our car is making strange noises, and we take it to be repaired. At the car dealership, we’re told that the problem doesn’t sound too severe, and that the repair shouldn’t take very long. We’re given an estimate of the cost, and we leave the car overnight. The following morning, the Service Manager calls and informs us that the mechanic has discovered several other problems, some of which relate to safety concerns. The cost of the repairs has increased by several hundred dollars, and the car will have to be left another full day. When we get off the phone, we realize that reactive thinking is running through our awareness. “How can this be!” we think. “They just want my money! What a rip off! I need my car now!”

Here is where seeking the right actually serves our greater good! The sooner that we seek and find the right in any situation, the sooner we reclaim our power! A few questions related to the example may help us understand this more clearly: Is it not better that the safety concerns were discovered? Are we not fortunate that the problems can be fixed? Is safe driving not worth the price involved in the repair? Is it realistic to expect that our car should never require such maintenance? Would it truly be better if the problems went undetected? Or, can we seek the right and rest easy–and grateful–that the problems are being repaired?

Although the example may seem oversimplified, or even unrealistic, the benefit of training our mind to seek the right should not be discounted. Right mental action has tremendous value that can be applied in countless situations! Are we dissatisfied with our career, our relationship, our health, or finances?  A change of attitude–which is really a change in thinking–may help us find what’s positive right here, right now!

Life ultimately comes down to us, and our attitude toward it. To expect that the world will always unfold as we might expect, demand, or prefer is to be delusional. Our true power lies within. A scripture from Luke: 11: 5-13 may help us understand this teaching:  Ask and it will be given; seek and ye shall find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Does this mean that a deity in the sky will deliver what we desire? No. And the scripture has nothing to do with being holy or deserving. It means that through right government of our mind, we may discover an improved state of consciousness. When we find the right within, we’re going to experience right in the world without. This change, as always, involves an inner transformation.

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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Law of Attraction Luggage

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Bob is a business man. He’s forty-two, married, and the father of three children. He has worked for the same company in the same city for almost fifteen years. He lives in a nice bungalow in the suburbs. He pays his bills, does as others expect of him, and leads (as Henry David Thoreau so eloquently expressed) a life of quiet desperation. From Monday to Friday, week after week, he drives forty-five kilometers to his office and begins yet another day of tasks that he believes he must perform. And every day, he takes with him one piece of luggage–his mind–in which he carries the following:

  • If I didn’t have bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all.
  • Life is never going to get any better!
  • It’s too late for me to change.
  • It’s all downhill after forty.
  • I’m trapped.
  • Life is hard.

However, one night, after a particularly grueling day at the office, Bob goes to bed early and falls into a deep sleep. In his sleep–in a dream that’s clear, distinct, and real–a voice informs him that if he changes his thinking, his life will change! The voice also tells him that he can set aside the worn out contents of his luggage at any time–that he is free to think, believe, and act how he wishes! In his new luggage, he excitedly packs the following:

  • I easily attract great health, great wealth, and great success!
  • I’m surrounded by endless opportunities!
  • I’m free–to think, to believe, to act!
  • I have faith in the goodness of life!
  • It’s never too late!
  • Life is on my side!

When Bob awakens the following morning, he feels more alive than he has felt in years. The world seems new, vibrantly alive with possibilities. Something within him has changed: He feels awakened to the glorious newness of the day; to a world of opportunity just waiting to be discovered! And fortunately for Bob, that clear and inspiring dream in which he realized his own freedom stays with him for the rest of his life. In particular, he remembers this: If I change my thinking, my life will change.

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

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The title of this article definitely has something to do with the Law of Attraction! Everything, in fact. It’s not just a lame expression; it’s true. And it definitely applies to the purpose of this blog, which is to help empower people to bring their best visions to life and–through the same process–gain deeper insights into our true nature.

There are several core components to understanding the Law of Attraction, but one of the most important is this: What we think–habitually–comes back to us. We may accept this; know this; live this. It’s the truth. Period. The same can be said of our words, actions, habits, and character; for all of these are actually just extensions of thought. They are intimately connected; so much, in fact, that we could say they are thoughts projected.

For anyone who doubts the truth that thoughts–either entertained or acted on through words, actions, or habits–actually return like results, please consider this: Have you ever known a time when behaving angrily–I mean really angrily–returned anything to you but anger? Most of us might agree that such situations usually escalate, unless one of the people involved is wise enough to respond with silence, words of understanding, or loving compassion. Angry actions usually yield angry actions in return. This is no accident. There are no accidents. I use this example because it so clearly shows the Law of Attraction at work.

If the example seems logical, please also consider this: What if all of our habitual thoughts, words, and actions actually returned to us as experiences in reality? Would a sane person ever focus on disease, poverty, or failure? Would a sane person ever speak or act with those in mind? Wouldn’t doing so just prove that we–creators–desired to bring such to life? And wouldn’t the Impartial Power behind all of life respond by giving us that for which we asked? Would the old saying–What goes around, comes around–not take on greater meaning?

Once we accept the truth of the Law of Attraction–that we bring about what we think about–we will realize that we’re living our own prophecies. We are free: to think, speak, and act. Life is reflecting our way of being. Without this mirror, it would be impossible for us to evolve. Through our experiences, we may learn whether our thoughts and actions actually serve us. Or not. And as we gain a clearer understanding, we may thoughtfully and deliberately use the Law of Attraction in our favour. I think we can. I know we can.

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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Mental Eavesdropping

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To become proficient at the deliberate application of the Law of Attraction, it’s vital that we monitor our thinking. By this, I’m not suggesting that we need to know the nature of each and every thought, for such would be impossible; but we must certainly realize the gist of our mind. In this process of mental eavesdropping, we might imagine that we’re a dutiful guard standing watch at the doorway of our mind. Our primary task is to grant entry to positive thoughts; and to deny entry to all negative.

For individuals new to the Law of Attraction, the idea of monitoring our thinking may seem very strange. To achieve the results that we desire, however, the importance of this must be grasped. As Napoleon Hill stated in Think and Grow Rich, most people don’t actually think.  They allow their minds to drift in one direction one minute; a different direction the next. This scattered focus leads to haphazard results. Successful creators are able to maintain a relaxed but concentrated focus at will. How, though, do we develop the habit of focusing properly when we experience average 60,000 – 70,000 thoughts per day?

The task of mental eavesdropping–which may seem daunting at first–becomes easier when we understand the role of feelings, which serve as invaluable indicators of our thought patterns. The key is understanding this: The thoughts we think lead to the feelings we experience. Thus, the way we’re feeling reveals the nature of our thoughts. Through the course of a day, we may apply this knowledge effectively by paying attention to how we feel. If we’re feeling good, joyous, and content, we may just continue on our course. If we’re feeling angry, depressed, or frustrated, we’re wise to examine the nature of our thoughts. In most cases, a negative thought pattern will be evident. Perhaps we’re regretful about the past, or fearful about the future. A loved one may have died, or an important relationship concluded. Business may have been slow, or our health been less than optimal.

I’m not suggesting we should become automatons; we are, after all, having a human experience. However, for the sake of manifesting effectively, we’re wise to get our thinking back on track as soon as possible. Although down days are only natural, we don’t have to let them sabotage our future. In this regard, gratitude is a powerful habit, for it can quickly transform our state of mind. Every day, we have so much for which to be grateful: our health, our family, our friendships, our work. And by aligning with our positive nature, we’re also aligning with Source–a good place to be!

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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Down Memory Lane

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

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

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

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

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

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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Keys to a Better Life

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

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

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

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

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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Commitment: A Big Deal

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

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

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

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

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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

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