Awakening To The “Now”

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There’s a paradox related to the Law of Attraction: From the beginning of our study, we’re told that we must govern our thinking; to choose our thoughts wisely; to concentrate on what we desire to experience, not on what we don’t! The importance of being the watchful guardian of our mind is stressed repeatedly. We’re taught that positive thoughts create positive outcomes; negative thoughts, negative. Intuitively, we realize this is true, for our instincts inform us nothing good can come from entertaining negative thoughts. So, what’s the paradox?

That thinking, the very tool we use to attract the good we seek, can become a hindrance. When used correctly, thinking is undoubtedly one of our greatest gifts. Used incorrectly, however, it can be more a curse than a blessing. Not only is it important to know how to direct our thinking, but also how to get out of it! Contrary to popular belief, we needn’t have endless thoughts and opinions about every aspect of life; nor in our best interests to do so. But how do we enter the transcendent beauty of the present moment?

By directing our attention out of the mind and into a dimension apart from thinking. Eckhart Tolle, a renowned spiritual teacher and author of The Power of Now and A New Earth, advises us to leave the mind’s incessant chatter by focusing our attention into the body. A deep breath may help us enter–then anchor in–the present moment; for the breath is a potent reminder of life that’s happening right now, moment to moment. To exist in a conceptualized realm is not to live. An overactive mind, subject to thoughts that hijack our attention, may render us incapable of truly enjoying the fruits of our labours. What sense in that?

With practice, we may regain our sense of innocence and wonder, as though reborn into the world as a child. We may surrender to life as it is. By doing so, we discover that the good we sought is naturally present, closer than we previously thought. Awakened, we realize that our experiences come vibrantly alive. The difference is not related to the activities themselves, but to the degree of presence we bring to them! That sense of aliveness has been shining there all along, obscured by conceptualization.

Life happens now. Plain. Simple. Real. True. The present moment is all there is. When we think about the past, we do that now. When we think about the future, we do that now. There’s definitely a time to visualize, to dream and mentally reach beyond our current circumstance. However, there’s also a time to enjoy–fully engaged in the aliveness of experience. As always, balance is key.

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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Conscience, Harmony, and Balance

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For many individuals, the teachings related to the Law of Attraction may seem incredibly foreign and esoteric. If we persist in our study, however, we realize that the teachings feel strangely familiar; as though a part of us intuitively knows that like truly does attract like. Through a subtle awareness of our soul, we are reminded of the following truth: That which we cast into the Universe–either consciously or subconsciously–via our thoughts, feelings, words, and actions must return. Such is law. Such is truth.

With hindsight, have we not already witnessed proof of the relationship between thought and experience in our life? For example: If we desire a loving relationship–either platonic or romantic–do we not realize that to receive love we must wholly and completely give love first? To be appreciated in our workplace, do we not know that we must appreciate our employer through honest and dedicated effort? Of pleasant gifts, do we believe that we are to receive but never give? Further: that our selfishness will be met with selflessness? our tardiness with punctuality? our greed with generosity? our lies with honesty? Deep within, we know better; for truth–even if denied–remains the truth.

The universe does not function randomly or accidentally. It functions harmoniously, through mysterious checks and balances. For instance: Our body maintains a state of balance through a process called homeostasis, defined thus: the ability to maintain a constant internal environment in response to environmental changes. If our body becomes too acidic or alkalotic, systems–which include chemical, respiratory, and renal–regulate function until an acid/base balance is restored. If our body becomes too cold or hot, mechanisms–which include shivering and sweating–restore our body to its optimal temperature. In the outer world, bees–working for a common good–either warm or cool the beehive as required; exchanging places as the need arises. We, too, may live for the good of all; and it’s in our best interest to do so. Why? Because Source is in all and through all. When everyone benefits, we also benefit.

How, though, do we function in a world that doesn’t always reflect the ideals to which we aspire–the driver that cuts us off in traffic? the thief that robs our home? the murder who kills a family member? The Bible offers clear and sound advice. Are we not to turn the other cheek? Is this suggesting that we turn from the negative to the positive? The darkness to the light? In practice, this would not only benefit us but also the entire world. Why? Because it prevents the perpetuation of behaviour that’s against what’s good for all; and it spares us the negative effects associated with seeking revenge. Mahatma Ghandi echoed this advice when he so wisely stated: An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

A me-ness attitude toward life–in which we take without giving–never works! Although our false self (the ego) would have us believe that selfish desires should supersede those of anyone else, such action breaches a truth of life: That all of us matter equally; that no one is greater or lesser than another. We may let conscience be our guide, for it was given to us for a reason: to guide us through life. Through the gift of conscience, we may become a vessel filled with kindness, compassion, and love which we freely share. In doing so, we become a conduit to All that is Good–God. What, truly, could attract a greater reward?

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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The Fine Balance

The Fine Balance

Having a goal feels wonderful. It can be the fire that warms our day. For a goal, we will rise early and stay up late–doing everything within our power to make it a reality. We have a business to build; a mountain to climb; a book to write; a new product to bring to market. Words like purpose, drive, initiative and achievement course through our veins like intoxicants; we feel drunk on the process of creation!

At some point, however, we may sense that our dream has stalled. In the early days, one step may have quickly led to the next. And the next after that. We were doing our part–putting faith into action–and reaping the rewards of our efforts. Now, however, the vision that once burned so brightly may be fading. We may be feeling sad, impatient, or lost. We may even be questioning if our vision will actually materialize. What now?

Most important: Realize that this stage is normal–a natural part of the creative process. We have only to look at country fields that surround us to notice that they, too, go through various seasons. After the Fall harvest, the fields lie fallow, naturally preparing for the growth that will return in Spring. There is a season to everything; a natural rhythm; an ebb and flow. And as much as we might desire continual growth, such will not always be the case. Neither is it realistic, and we can be grateful that it isn’t! When we view the creative process from a wise perspective, we’re able to transition smoothly through periods of slowed growth. We may rest assured, however, that the time is not wasted. What, though, may be gained?

While achievement is important–for it adds purpose to our days–a period of slowing growth provides many benefits. A chance to reap a healthier, more balanced, perspective may be one of them. What would we have gained in the achievement of our goals if we sacrificed our health, family life, or sense of peace? Would that be wise? Although the act of doing feels wonderful, it can also foster an addictive need to always be achieving! A healthy perspective balances achieving with the simple joy of being.

Relative dormancy offers opportunities to grow in other ways. Perhaps we’re being given a chance to practice being content in the Here and Now. If we cannot appreciate the goodness that presently surrounds us–in whatever forms it takes–it’s unlikely we will appreciate the greater rewards that come when we actually achieve our goals.

Also: A period of slowed creation may inspire us to help others achieve their goals. This life is about all of us! Beneath the masks of individuality, are we not all brothers and sisters? Perhaps there are people in our immediate group of friends or colleagues who are struggling. We might ask ourself if we possess a skill, talent, or knowledge that could contribute to their success. Our turn of continued growth will resume–perhaps sooner than we expect. Now, however, is the time to practice faith and grow in our awareness that we’re still on track. All is good!

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2016 – R. Arthur Russell

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

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