Time for Change

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“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result.” That quotation, which is attributed to Albert Einstein, is important for everyone who desires to create deliberate change in their life. Why? Seems obvious, doesn’t it? If we habitually repeat our way of being in the world, isn’t it logical to expect that life will remain fairly similar? Granted, life is always in a state of ebb and flow and changing moment to moment; but as deliberate creators, we desire to be the captain of our ship–our life.

To do so, we must first know what we truly desire. Until an interest becomes a burning passion, it’s unlikely that we’ll make the necessary steps to effect change. In short, our discontent has to become more stimulating than our content. Why? Because humans have the habit of embracing the status quo; it’s part of our safety mechanism. Our subconscious mind would have us believe that if life remains the same that we can let down our guard and relax. We feel that we know what tomorrow will bring!

However: This small way of thinking doesn’t positively serve our evolution. Indeed, there is a time to rest and enjoy the fruits of our labour. But so many of us may reach a point where we long for something more; where we intuitively realize that an ingredient of life is missing. Subtle feelings inform us that it’s time to expand and reach and grow. At such a time, we’re faced with making a choice: to expand in our awareness and live a grander version of ourselves, or shrink back into the old patterns that gave rise to our discontent.

Although the known world may feel comfortable and safe, it’s important to remember this: The known is not the place where we reap the benefits associated with change. To reap those benefits, we must courageously step into the unknown! We must rise–higher and higher still–and proclaim “I can, and I will!” Frightening? Scary? Unsettling? Definitely, but when viewed with a positive perspective, the unknown has the potential to make us feel more alive than we’ve felt in years! How, though, do we begin?

By paying attention to the longings in our heart; by taking time to envision what we really want! What dreams–of greater health, of greater wealth, of greater success–do we wish to make tangible and made vibrantly alive in the here and now? We might be wise to remember this: Different thoughts lead to different emotions; and different emotions lead to different actions; and different actions lead to different outcomes! Simple, really. Whether we put this into practice and dream our dream is up to us. Time for change?

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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LOA: Cause and Effect

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From Three Magic Words, written by the gifted New Thought author U.S. Andersen (1917 – 1986), I offer the following quote: Inherent in every cause is its exact result, for effect is nothing but cause moving through space and time. Please read those words again slowly, giving them the contemplation which they deserve. When fully grasped, the concept may be the key through which we unlock understanding of our true nature, and also the means to achieve our goals.

Think: What if we realized our power? What if we knew our true nature–of being so much more than flesh and bones? And what if we realized that every step we made was leading us closer to the realization of our dreams? What if we knew–with absolute and unwavering faith–that cause and effect were intimately linked; so much, in fact, that they could be called one? What if we realized that to imagine a desire was as good as creating it–whole, complete, and manifest? And, as U.S. Andersen expressed, that only space and time separated us from experiencing its reality here and now?

The concept of cause and effect being one–not two–is not unique. It’s similar to an esoteric teaching called the Principle of Polarity, which states that everything is dual. Right/left; up/down; east/west. This concept may be more easily understood through a familiar example: Heat and cold, it is taught, are not opposites but poles–or extremes–of one thing called heat; the only difference being that of degree. We are figuratively asked to look at a thermometer and state where heat begins and cold ends, or vice versa. Of course this is impossible, for such is relative. With this information in mind, may we now at least consider that cause and effect could, indeed, be one?

The implications of this understanding are tremendous. Think: What fears could assail us if we knew the truth of this promise? What mountain could we not scale or move? What valley of doubt could we not endure? With U.S. Andersen’s quote in mind, we would know that our goal was already manifest; and that our vision, faith, and persistence is the price we must pay to claim it!

We might also remember this: First cause is always mental. Physical outcome (the effect) is always secondary. Most, if not all, of our worries and problems arise because we assume that our life is a reflection of the outer; when, in fact, circumstances are but a reflection of the inner. It is from within–where our true nature shines most brightly–that we access the power and potential to decree what will manifest in our life.

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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How, Dreams, How?

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Anyone with even a basic understanding of the Law of Attraction will be familiar with one point: We’re not to be concerned with how we’re going to manifest what we desire. Upon learning this, many individuals may feel ready to pitch The Secret and other related books out the window! The teaching seems so illogical! How–we reason–can we ever create the results we desire if we don’t know how? How can we manifest financial freedom? How can we create better health? How can we attract those enticing new possessions? So many of our goals seem to hinge upon that one word: How.

There is logic involved, however, even if not immediately obvious. If we examine a period in our life that includes a major event, it will become clear that the event occurred despite our ignorance of how it would. As life occurs new and fresh in each moment, doesn’t it make sense that the exact path to a specific goal could not be predicted? If we contemplate how we met our partner or spouse, isn’t it true that–a day, or even an hour prior–we didn’t know how he/she would enter our life? Did we know that friends would introduce us? And if so, which friends? Or that going to the grocery store on Friday at exactly 6:59 pm would lead to our meeting in the Frozen Goods Aisle?

Regarding education, did we know when we received our diploma or degree that it would lead us to our current employer? Or the company we now own? The truth is that life is an unfoldment. Our main task as co-creators is to dream our dream and intend our future into existence. Once we’re clear about what we desire, our next task is to believe (have faith) that the achievement is possible, and that the way will be made known. We receive the reality of our creation by taking step-by-step action. People will guide us; life will guide us; intuition will guide us. Our work is to remain strong to our vision and keep on going. If we stop, for whatever reasons, the dream will die; or at least temporarily come to a halt.

We may more easily accept the point of this article–to have faith–if we quiet our mind and contemplate a few questions: Do the seasons occur haphazardly? Or do we see order in their sequence? Do we trust that day will follow night, and vice versa? Is it possible that One Universal Intelligence (Source) is operating in and through everything and everyone, including us? If so, may we receive guidance from It? Day in and day out, we trust Life with matters of great importance: that our heart will beat; that our lungs will exchange gases; that our digestive system will assimilate food. Surely we may also trust Life with our goals.

Being overly concerned with the how’s of life leads us nowhere. In fact, focusing on the how’s may immobilize us and our dream completely. If we know some of the pieces of the puzzle, we can fit them together as best we can. If we’re unaware of action to take, we are best to wait–detached and at ease–until we feel an intuitive nudge. The next clue in our evolving journey–perhaps meeting a mentor in our chosen field–will come! Patience is of great value, for through it we remain open to inspiration. This alone moves us forward. We may leave the how’s to the Universe; the vision, belief, and action to us.

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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Caveman Wisdom

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Two cavemen, Gronk and Thogg, were sitting on a rock ledge, overlooking the expanse of land that stretched around them. The afternoon sun was full and bright; not a cloud was in the sky. In the near distance, wildlife grazed or darted playfully to and fro. The warbled songs and stabbing calls of various birds filled the air. Life was good. Impulsively Thogg turned toward his friend and said, “You know, Gronk, I’ve been…thinking.” It felt as though he was admitting a dirty secret.

Gronk lowered his head and stroked the hair of his forearm. “There’ve been rumours,” he said.

“Yes, no doubt. Word gets around.”

“What’s it like?”

Thinking?”

“Yeah…thinking.”

Thogg was staring dreamily off into the distance. “It’s wild. Can take you on amazing trips without ever leaving the cave.”

“Really?”

“Oh, yeah.”

“Sounds almost like a drug,” said Gronk.

“You ever been tempted?”

“Nah, can’t say that I have,” said Gronk. Indifferent, he began to pick at his teeth with a small twig. A few moments later: “It’s new, isn’t it?”

Thogg leaned against a slab of rock behind him and spread his arms wide, sitting as though on a couch. “In the big scheme of life, yes, relatively.”

“It’s just a fad, though, right?”

“No,” said Thogg, “I think it’s here to stay.”

“What is it…actually?”

“It’s a higher intellect function that sets us part from wildebeests, monkeys, and such. They haven’t got it, but we do. With thinking, we can produce ideas, decisions, and memories or have opinions about something.”

“You don’t say,” said Gronk. Staring off into the distance, he absentmindedly scratched at his chest. “Is it good for anything?”

“Well, can be,” said Thogg.

“Yeah?”

“Remember two moons ago, when we were working on that straight stick?”

“For sure.”

“And how I used a rock to shape the end into a point?”

“Yes, marvelous, simply marvelous. What a stroke of luck!”

Thogg grinned. “Uh, uh, wasn’t luck. It was thinking,” he said–tapping a crooked finger against his head.

“Nah! Really?”

“For sure. Thinking is great stuff; we just have to use it carefully.”

Gronk scratched his chin. “Whadya mean?”

“Well, thinking is like any other tool–like fire, twigs, rocks, and clubs. We just have to make certain that we’re using our thinking rather than our thinking using us.

Gronk swatted lazily at some flies buzzing near his head, and then turned–with a puzzled expression–to face Thogg. “I’m not sure I follow,” he said.

“Hmm,” said Thogg. “Well, you know when we make fire? How we have to be careful?”

“For sure,” said Gronk. “Because if we’re not we can get burned!”

“That’s right,” said Thogg. “Thinking is much like building fire. We must always control the fire, and fan only the positive sparks of thought.”

A glimmer of understanding lit across Gronk’s face. “Tell me more,” he said.

“It’s really not that complicated,” replied Thogg. “With thinking, we can imagine all sorts of new ways to improve life. The key is to focus on good stuff…here,” he said, pointing to his head.

“Sounds wonderful!” exclaimed Gronk. I’m going to try this new thing called thinking on for size.”

“Before you do,” said Thogg, “just remember the caveat.”

“Humph,” said Gronk, “the what?”

“The ca-ve-at,” said Thogg, with a roll of his eyes. “It means a warning or caution.”

“What’s the warning?”

“That we must only think positively–never negatively, or about what we fear.”

“Just one more time…why?”

Thogg cleared his throat, and leaned forward. “Because all thought–both good and bad–is creative! If we focus on negative thoughts, we’ll create negative outcomes! You may not know this yet, but we’re creators–the top of the heap! And thinking is our greatest tool. If we think the right way, there’s no telling how far we may go. But if we think the wrong way, absolutely no good can come of it.”

Gronk stuck out his chin and nodded. A beetle crawling by soon caught his attention. As though mesmerized, he nudged it several times with his finger. And just as suddenly as their discussion had begun, it came to an end. Gronk yawned; thinking about thinking had made him tired. He groaned softly as he stretched out on the flat rock to soak up the heat of the sun. Thogg, however, felt energized. Compelled by a creative spirit that would not be denied, he clambered up a nearby hill. At the peak, he raised a hand to his prominent brow and scanned the horizon–dreaming and thinking of a better future not yet a reality. As twilight fell, a lone eagle crossed his field of vision. Thogg craned his head and watched it soar in wide circles above him. How effortlessly it flew, barely moving its wings. A grin crossed his face. “One day,” he said aloud, “maybe one day.” And with that thought echoing in his mind, he ambled back to his cave and dreamt away the night.

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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Circumstantial Evidence

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The vast majority of people are living from the outside in. Meaning? That they’re allowing external circumstances to determine–or dictate–how they think and feel. About almost everything! A good day is one in which experiences fall precisely into place–the way they should–or the day can’t possibly be labelled good. Trip getting out of bed, spill that first cup of coffee, or miss the bus, and many people are convinced the day is ruined. Little do they realize that they’re creating the results they expect…by the nature of their thoughts! Under such demands, an entire life may fall short of the mark. For instance:

If there are ample signs and symbols of wealth–such as an overflowing bank account, a big house, and several expensive cars in the driveway–people who live this way will feel rich. If there are trophies on their shelves, diplomas on their walls, and an office with a great view, they will feel successful. If they’re surrounded by a loving family, admiring fans, and a multitude of friends they will feel lovable. This way of being seems normal to most; for we’ve been programmed to believe it so. There’s a downside, however: It not only leaves us dependent on outer circumstances–which are changing from moment to moment–but also makes us vulnerable to great suffering when/if the symbols that define false wealth, success, and love are no longer present. In the extreme, it means that if the Cadillac rusts or is stolen, the office with the great view no longer ours, or a spouse or lover leaves, we must feel crushed. The obvious solution for people who live this way is to replace these symbols as quickly as possible. And so the cycle repeats again…and again.

We who are studying the Law of Attraction are advised to live a different way: from the inside out. We’re taught that all change comes from within; that circumstances and effects are but an outer reflection of who we are inwardly. Therefore, if we desire to experience more symbols of wealth, we must trust they will appear when we–first–feel rich within. To people accustomed to viewing the symbols of wealth as the true wealth, this will seem illogical at best. However, if we contemplate what a symbol of wealth actually is–perhaps a hundred dollar bill–we realize that it only holds value because of a shared belief system. The bill or note represents a promise only; and holds little value of its own. Think: Can a bill–the paper, ink, serial number, and seal–truly be wealth?

With these points running through our mind, we may contemplate a few questions about our own value system: Do we think it’s possible to place a value on health? If so, would it be priceless? Would we have much wealth at all if our health failed? And what of family and friends? Can a value be placed on time shared with them? Is it possible to feel wealthy by viewing a sunrise, a thunderstorm, a child’s smile? And what price would we place on holding our children or grandchildren for the first time? Or the last?

For those wondering how we can possibly feel healthy when the evidence reflects disease, I offer this: Concentrating on disease only creates more disease. We may counter this by envisioning ourselves as either healed or experiencing greatly improved health. Through our subconscious mind–which is our link to Universal Intelligence–we will intuit the right path. Surgery, medication, or alternative methods of healing may, indeed, be required; but we may trust that the way will be revealed. The key is to focus on our vision of health–not disease; the solution–not the problem; the positive–not the negative.

There are tremendous benefits related to living this way–the greatest being freedom! We may feel as though we’ve shrugged off the burden of chasing symbols, whose luster is transient at best. That we may still acquire great wealth is certainly possible; but we will never require such symbols to elicit the feeling of being rich. In fact, needing the symbols is the surest way of keeping the symbols distant; for need implies the lack of true wealth. A change in perspective can be a giant step toward liberation. We can have it all–health, wealth, and success. And along the way, we may also realize deeper aspects of our true nature.

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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Ghetto Thinking

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Eric Butterworth (1916 – 2001) was a Unity Minister, broadcaster, and New Thought author and teacher who wrote several books, including In The Flow of Life and Discover The Power Within. For those of us learning about the Law of Attraction and how to manifest more of our desires, I offer one of his quotes which contains great meaning: “It is not so much that we need to get the people out of the ghetto, as it is that we need to get the ghetto out of the people.” What, though, do I mean by the term ghetto?

Two definitions from Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary may help: 1. A quarter of a city in which members of a minority group live, especially because of social, legal, or economic pressure. 2. a situation that resembles a ghetto, especially in conferring inferior status or limiting opportunity. When I use the term in this article, however, I’m not referring to a class or ethnicity of people who inhabit a specific place. I mean it in a broader and figurative sense of the word; to apply to all human beings and an aspect of self–perhaps a negative trait or habit–that doesn’t serve our highest potential or expression. The ghetto of which I write is not a place, but a way of being in the world.

I draw Eric Butterworth’s quote to the foreground for one reason only: Because it contains a fundamental truth! On the surface, an actual ghetto (which is an effect) might appear to rise independently in the world of form. It could certainly appear so; and certain images associated with poverty and segregation might support that belief. The truth, however, is that ghetto-like conditions–in various aspects of our life–arise from our state of mind. In many cases, a ghetto mentality has been passed from generation to generation. The environment, no doubt, perpetuates the conditions; but the primary cause of such conditions is the underlying mentality. Let’s think:

Have we not heard accounts of individuals who–having been moved from a ghetto to a more favourable environment–soon created a ghetto anew? Considered superficially, this might appear as though a deity had deemed such to be so; or that the individuals had been cursed to exist in such conditions. It might even be labelled bad luck, coincidence, or fate. The explanation, however, is much simpler: Wherever we go, we take the way we think and feel about ourselves with us! Unless we change–and leave the negative mindset behind–the same conditions are bound to repeat. How, though, do we change?

By daring to envision a better way of life; by staking claim to that which we desire; by changing the way we think and feel; by averting our eyes from our negative habits and surroundings, and by imagining a brighter future. Easy? No. Possible? Yes, as proven by brave souls who have done so! Small habitual steps lead to great rewards. The point of this article is not about ghettos; it’s about the principle of life to which Mr. Butterworth alluded: That to change the unfavourable conditions in our life, we must change within! We must move ourselves! The way out is the way up–through a rise in consciousness to a higher vision of ourselves, for ourselves! Until that occurs, the lower conditions will continue to manifest. They must; for such is natural law. The effects that we experience are always a reflection of thought processes behind them! Such is so; has always been so; and always will be so! We may ask ourselves:

Is a ghetto mentality functioning in our life? Do we believe that certain conditions–in our health, wealth, career, and relationships–have been fated upon us? Or written in the stars? Are we giving too much attention to the circumstances in which we live, and too little to our positive creative vision? Do we desire greater health? Then we must move away from illness consciousness by focusing on health–not disease! Greater prosperity? Then we must away from poverty conscious by focusing on prosperity–not poverty! Greater success? Then we must move away from failure consciousness by focusing on success–not failure!

We may rise up and move from our personal ghettos; we may elevate ourselves into a brighter state of consciousness. Negative traits and habits may be left behind. How? One thought at a time. The results of tomorrow are created today–by the thoughts, words, actions, habits, and strength of character that we deliberately choose now! And to our glorious future, I offer a powerful quote from James Allen (1864- 1912), who was an inspirational author and teacher of New Thought: “Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.”

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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Of What We Speak

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Early in our study of the Law of Attraction, we are advised to discriminate wisely regarding the nature of thoughts we allow entry to our mind. We are told that positive thoughts create positive outcomes; and negative thoughts, negative. Logically this makes sense; for most of us realize, either intuitively or through direct experience, that negative thinking has never–and can never–yield positive results. However, many of us may not realize that we are to be even more careful regarding our speech. In The Master Key System, Charles F. Hannel ( 1866 – 1949) wrote that words are but the cloaks of thought. This means that words are but thoughts (given audible form) and, therefore, also creative. Doubt this could be true?

Think: Is it not true that we form opinions of individuals (at least to a small degree) by the words they speak? Do words, and the choice of words, not reveal the working of the speaker’s mind? Are not racial slurs and epithets, or their opposite–praise and accolade–not reflective? Why else would a word, phrase, or expression be used, if not related to the thoughts in mind? When we utter the word elephant do we not desire to convey a message related to an elephant? Is not the same true of love, compassion, and kindness? And likewise true of hatred, poverty, and greed? The words we speak are no less revealing of our own intentions toward ourself and the world.

Although we may accept the relationship between thought and word, we may realize that our words are creating the nature of our future experience. In the same way that thoughts and feelings attract like experiences, our words are also attracting their echoing effect. Some words–perhaps those spoken in anger–create immediate effects; while others–habitually used–create ongoing and long-lasting outcomes. The following examples of both negative and positive speech will help us understand the subject more thoroughly. When we say:

  • If I didn’t have bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all. We are telling ourselves that bad luck is our only luck; therefore excluding any awareness of fortunate occurrences. As directed, our mind will alert us only to circumstances and events that fulfill the negative prophecy that, we, ourselves, are unwittingly creating and reinforcing.
  • I hate my job! We are informing the Universe that we despise our work. In response, the Universe prompts us to focus upon everything distasteful and negative about our current employment.
  • I am sick! We are reaffirming a negative observation with regard to our health. In effect, we are using the great “I Am,” which is the true nature of our being, to drown out the intuitive voice that could lead to healing or improved health.
  • I’m so lonely! We are creating more loneliness; for we are given it focus in our lives, often with great intensity of feeling.
  • I can’t afford thatWe are reinforcing a poverty mindset. As directed, our mind will find ways for us to spend too much, save too little, risk great financial loss, or avoid sound opportunities to earn more money.

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  • I am so very fortunateWe are directing our mind to alert us to circumstances and events which are fortunate. Magical? Not at all; especially when we remember that we–via our attitude toward life–decide what is fortunate or unfortunate. To know such, is to be empowered..
  • I am rich! We are reinforcing our awareness of, and appreciation for, all of life’s richness; including abundance in health, family, friends, attitude, peace, joy, and–but not only–finances.
  • I am vibrantly healthy! We are gratefully announcing that we accept the health abundance that is our birthright.
  • My goal is coming true! We are telling the Universe that we are open to intuitive wisdom; that we have faith in our visions; that we trust that the way to achieve our desires will be revealed.
  • I love my life. We are affirming our joy; that we are grateful to life for its own sake; for the rapture that may be found in a breath and a heartbeat; and that we welcome positive experiences that validate such a belief.

To accept this as truth, it may be beneficial to contemplate just who is creating our experience? Do we believe that a deity in a cloud is moving us about, like pawns on a chess board? Do we think that others–perhaps friends, acquaintances, and employers–are responsible? Or to blame? Or do we realize–as we evolve and grow–that the thoughts we think, and the words we speak, are creating our life? Our experiences–whether positive or negative–are intimately connected to how we think and feel about everything; and how we think and feel is intimately connected to what we will experience! As Shakespeare so wisely penned: There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. The quality of an experience is nothing more than the label we stamp upon it!

For individuals who are willing, I suggest the following experiment: For one week, speak of good only! During this period, we will deliberately seek an aspect to praise about everyone and everything. Failing that, we will at least curse nothing. We will be free, of course, to notice events, circumstances, and situations to our disliking; but we will refrain from voicing our negative mindset. This doesn’t mean hiding our head in the sand like an ostrich. When required, we may communicate a way to improve a negative situation; but we will do so positively, without anger, hostility, or malice. Political, financial, and world affairs will be allowed to be as they are, free of our comments about the state in which we find them. We will hold our tongue. Gossip will also be avoided! In it’s place, we’re going to live by an old axiom that contains great wisdom: If you can’t think of something good to say, say nothing. Seven short days: That’s all that may be required to create a dramatic and positive change in our life.

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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