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I’ve just returned from a 13, 000-kilometer motorcycle trip in which I visited the west coast of Canada and also a few of the States of America. I was away for thirty-three incredible days. It was a great trip, and I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to travel in a way that provides both excitement and joy.

My passion for motorcycling struck me when I was a teenager, and despite a period of over twenty years in which I didn’t ride, my passion returned several years ago. How glad I am that it did! Several friends I know also ride, but we have strikingly dissimilar belief systems when the subject of continued riding in future years comes up. Two people I know have even planned the exact age when they will quit riding–stating reasons such as, “Well, you know that your reflexes get slower as you age,” or “you have to be very sharp when you’re riding on two wheels.” I don’t deny that these statements are true; but both negate that safe riding can still be possible, in part due to benefits that we’ve acquired as we age. We’ll look at the subject from a Law of Attraction viewpoint:

The Law of Attraction basically states that what we think about, we bring about. When we apply this to the subject of safe motorcycling, it, thus, means that if we focus upon the day when we will quit–to be safe–we will actually manifest that as a consequence of our thinking. Our mind, when directed in such a manner, will offer ample evidence as proof of why this should be so. My approach is much different.

Yes, the day will undoubtedly come when I will stop riding, but until that day appears I’m going to focus all of my efforts on staying in the saddle. Why not? I’m going to tell myself that such is possible for as long as possible. The point? It’s definitely not solely about riding a motorcycle! It’s about indulging and enjoying all of our interests! Golfing, skiing, running? Travel, adventure, passion? Yes to all and many more of our interests! Isn’t it wiser to let life determine when the time is right to forgo an interest…and trade it in for yet another that can provide us great joy? The details will look after themselves. We need not plan for the day when we figuratively park our motorcycle for the last time or shelve our helmet. In fact doing so, only makes such occur that much sooner!

Why was my trip only 13,000 kilometers long? Simple: Because I started to entertain thoughts (which brought about corresponding actions) that it was time to turn eastward and return to life in Ontario. If I had continued to think about riding in other States–perhaps heading further south–it would have been much longer. This little example applies to so many of our other interests? Why are we not travelling anymore? Because we stopped entertaining the idea that we could or should? Why have we given up on driving, maintaining our own home, or hiking the surrounding parks? Quite often it’s because we stopped thinking that such was possible…long before any physical reason presented that actually inhibited our ability to do so.

In a book entitled In The Flow of Life, the author, Eric Butterworth, tells the account of a businessman named Joseph McDonald, who, despite being eighty years of age, was vibrant, energetic, and doing the same amount of work of employees many years younger. At lunch one day, a young employee politely asked Mr. McDonald his age. Without missing a beat, Joseph replied, “My son, my age is none of my business!” What he was so wisely saying was that his age need not ever be his focus. Must we–should we–squeeze ourselves into the stereotypical definitions of someone who is sixty, seventy, eighty and beyond? No! We can let age take care of itself. It will. In the meantime, isn’t it time to be planning our next trip?

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell

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Calendar Days

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One of my passions is sharing information about the Law of Attraction. The reason is simple: Because I so strongly believe in the truth of the teachings. Through my articles, published every five days, I hope to empower people to meet the challenges of life and achieve what they desire. Why? Because I believe that empowered people are happier and healthier; and, thus, positively contribute to the creation of a better world.

Regarding the title of this article: It might be easy to assume that every five days–because I’ve committed to that schedule–I just sit at my computer, bang on a few keys, and press Send. That’s not the case. From the minute that I publish an article, I begin to consciously think of my next article: of new angles; of new and meaningful information to share with readers. This conscious effort then prompts the subconscious mind. Initial drafts based on intuitive ideas lead to editing. And more editing. I share this to make a point: To achieve our dreams and goals, we must make them a relaxed but persistent focus. To think of them once every five days–five weeks or five months–is not enough. They must occupy the foreground of our mind, not the background.

This point may be made clearer via a phrase from Thessalonians in the Bible: to pray unceasingly. Many individuals interpret this to mean that we are to get on our knees and beg to a deity. However, from my understanding, the phrase means to concentrate our thinking upon what we desire–not on what we don’t! That could be the house we desire; a new car; improved health and fitness; a different career; travel to a foreign country; a spouse, partner, new friend; or whatever else we deem important in our life.

How may we apply this? Through various means, but all of them basically involve immersing ourselves–in a relaxed way–in whatever we desire. And we are always to imagine our desire from the end result, as though already achieved. An example may help: If we desire a new car? Visit car dealerships and bring home brochures of models that catch our interest. Go for test drives. Speak with people who already own the type of automobile we desire. Attend an Auto Show and sit in various cars. Set a photo of the car we desire as the wallpaper on our computer. Visualize–if only for a few minutes each day–how it feels to sit behind the wheel. Whatever our desire, it will manifest more quickly through our relaxed but persistent focus.

With practice, we will discover methods that feel natural and right. Nothing should be forced; nothing made of life or death importance. A detached and expectant perspective works best, for creation functions with ease, without stress or worry. And here, a positive reminder: As long as we’re giving positive thought to our desire, it’s reality in our life is that much closer.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell

P.S. Please share this article if you enjoyed it. If you’d like to view my latest book (This Taste of Flesh and Bones–released September 8, 2020), press here. May it help you in your spiritual journey. 🙏🙏

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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 (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell

P.S. Please share this article if you enjoyed it. If you’d like to view my latest book (This Taste of Flesh and Bones–released September 8, 2020), press here. May it help you in your spiritual journey. 🙏🙏

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Rediscovering True Self

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In my ebook entitled Hold That Thought, I reveal that through my study of the Law of Attraction I unintentionally deepened my spiritual quest. That journey, I’m happy to say, has helped me rediscover more about true self and continues to this day. Why do I share this? Because in reconnecting with true self we also realign with Source, which is the Power through which we may fulfill our dreams. Such is a win-win situation.

Before we discover more about true self, however, let’s examine some of the common definitions of the false self–which most people errantly believe to be their true identity. Think: If asked who we are, do we not first offer our name? After a little contemplation, however, we realize that names are only labels–letters so arranged to form words that refer to people. Asked for a truer definition, we next often reach for titles: doctor, nurse, carpenter, plumber, lawyer, and librarian. Again we realize these terms can’t possibly be who we are; for they are also merely words describing what we do, not who we are. Next we may claim that age, cultural roles, physical description, and nationality are who we are. However, we soon conclude that these terms are as useless as the others. Who, then, are we?

We are spirit (Consciousness) and we may awaken to this truth here and now. Why do we need to know? Because when we know who we are, we also recognize the Source (God) of our Being. We may also think of God as Love; for Source’s nature is to love unconditionally. Forever and ever we may rest in that love. We call and Source answers. If we don’t hear, it’s only that we’re not listening correctly. If this sounds mysterious, or perhaps ludicrous, the use of an analogy may help us more clearly understand.

Think: If we desire to dig a hole, might we have use of a shovel? Yes? And if we went to our garden and prepared to dig, could we actually excavate earth with the word shovel? Would we not be standing empty handed? Could the word actually help us dig the hole? Of course, not! We realize that shovel is merely a word that represents the real item. Would not the same truth apply to us? Do we now understand that the aforementioned terms cannot possibly be our real self? Perplexed at a crossroad of understanding, we may ask how to discover–and know–our true self. The answer: by becoming still. When we quiet the mind (which will naturally rebel), we create a space through which the silent witness may reveal itself. There–in the gap between two thoughts–is our true self. In spiritual circles this self is often described by two words: I AM. This is who we are, the ever-present “I” in which all thoughts, sensations, and sense perceptions arise.

The benefits of reawakening to our true self are many: Work that may have previously seemed liked drudgery will be performed with ease. Anxiety about life will dramatically lessen; for through the recognition of our connection to Source we’ll realize we have nothing to fear. Likewise, the habit of complaining will diminish; and be replaced by a sense of deep and lasting peace. Regarding goals, we’ll be guided by Divine Intelligence; receive inspiration frequently; have faith that our efforts are not in vain. An example may help:

When I first began writing this blog, I literally had no ideas for the articles which have since been published. I knew only that I was passionate about the Law of Attraction, that I desired to share this knowledge to help others, and that I possessed a talent for writing. Nowhere did I have a list of articles. The ideas that inspired me came after I placed my request to receive them. All that remained was for me to apply myself–to jot down titles and ideas as they arrived, turn on my computer, and write the words. Editing, too, was done for me–through me. The good news? That the same creative process holds true for all of our desires–every time.

Rediscovering True Self is not about religion. It’s about realizing our essential nature, which brings us home to the Source of our Being. Through Source, we may receive inspiration, move forward positively, and create more effectively. Life will also feel lighter, for the burden of ego can be unbearable. Worth considering? If so, we may quiet our mind and enter the stillness from which all inspiration flows. As we dig a little deeper, the surprising truth of our nature will be revealed.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell

P.S. Please share this article if you enjoyed it. If you’d like to view my latest book (This Taste of Flesh and Bones–released September 8, 2020), press here. May it help you in your spiritual journey. 🙏🙏

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Be “That” Friend

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The study and deliberate application of the Law of Attraction can take us a long way–from that first faint vision of our heart’s desire to its achievement in the here and now. What was once only imagined–an intangible dream–can be made real through faith and action. A definite method exists; one practiced by wise men and women for countless years. Through this process, we may not only achieve our goals but also awaken to our essential nature.

However, anyone who has reached for a goal will likely tell us this: Along the path of achievement, there will be many unexpected twists and turns. There will be hills to climb and valleys to forge; there will be days that seem darker than the night; there will be times when our doubt is strong and our faith is weak; when we wonder why am I doing this? and why did I even start? It’s at times such as these–when the world seems braced against us, and our dreams beyond our reach–that we may consider ourselves very rich, indeed, if we can call on that friend.

Who is that friend? A soul that wishes us only good health, happiness, and fortune; an individual who wishes to take nothing, but eagerly offers what is most important–meaningful encouragement, honest opinion, and good wishes; a person who goes that extra mile in friendship, kindness, and generosity. Most of us realize the importance of having a mentor in our chosen field–someone who has bravely led the way and achieved what we desire to achieve. However, to have a friend who believes in us and our dreams is equally invaluable. What, though, if we don’t have such a friend?

All is not lost. We may still do something of great importance: We may be that person for someone else! We may give–first–what we wish to receive. We may be an honest and patient friend for an acquaintance, colleague, or so-called stranger. What goals do they desire? And how may we help them achieve them? What trials are they going through? And how–right now–may we help them surmount them? As ye sow, so shall ye reap. We may be that friend. Is it not in everyone’s best interest to be so?

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell

P.S. Please share this article if you enjoyed it. If you’d like to view my latest book (This Taste of Flesh and Bones–released September 8, 2020), press here. May it help you in your spiritual journey. 🙏🙏

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The Wrongness of David’s Life

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Before David has even raised his head off of the pillow, the torture begins again: This is wrong, and that is wrong. He tosses himself into a sitting position on the side of the bed, and a minute later something else appears wrong. His life isn’t the way it should be–he knows it! His mind tells him so. He goes to the washroom, and as he prepares for work more negative thoughts enter his mind. His life is full of wrongness. It’s just the way David’s life is…or so he thinks.

What David doesn’t realize is that life has nothing against him. In fact, it’s on his side. The evidence is all about him, if he’d only stop, pay attention, and see clearly. His heart beats, circulating blood, without any effort on his part. His lungs expand and contract beautifully, without any prompting from him. His digestion, too, especially when he’s not stewing about the sad state of the world, functions perfectly. All occurs with neither his consent nor participation. Still, however, David thinks that his life is wrong. His mind incessantly informs him of the seemingly-so fact.

How David would love to have a better life. He’s read many of the self improvement books. If he does this, he will be happy. If he rearranges his life that way, he will be happier still. Such-And-Such expert advises to do this; So-And-So psychologist concurs. For years, David has been studying personal transformation–how to become one of those blessed people who just fall into good luck. He desperately hopes that another night course, another book, or another counsellor may offer relief.

Here’s the truth: There’s nothing wrong with David’s life beyond his mind’s compulsive habit of labeling it wrong! If his life were left alone, free of the continuous negative rattling of his mind, there would only be isness. His job, his divorce, his finances, and his state of health are not wrong. All are only isness–empty except for the meaning that he, himself, gives them. Only in David’s mind does such become a problem. The joy he seeks is so very close. If only he knew.

David has no clue that his suffering is self imposed. Life isn’t doing it to him; his ego (the conceptual self) is the cause. David has lost touch with the awareness (so natural in children) that exists prior to mind. For David to heal, a break from the compulsive chatter of his mind must occur. The problem is he thinks that thinking can offer a solution–when, in fact, it is the I-Thought that actually is the problem! As a wise person once said, it’s like trying to remove blood with a bloody rag.

The solution? Stillness, first of body and then of mind. If David can catch a glimpse of life beyond the realm of thinking, the clear and luminous essence of his true self will have a chance to shine through and be recognized. As advised in spiritual teachings, he would also be wise to pose this question: Who am I? Such can stop the mind in its tracks and lead to great revelation. Do we–as in David’s case–desire a healthier, happier life? Do we yearn to break free from the destructive side of thinking? Do we desire to reconnect with our true self, and create from a state of innate peace and joy? If so, now is the perfect opportunity to still our mind and ask the question. The answer may surprise.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell

P.S. Please share this article if you enjoyed it. If you’d like to view my latest book (This Taste of Flesh and Bones–released September 8, 2020), press here. May it help you in your spiritual journey. 🙏🙏

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Rest in Peace

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Edward (“Eddie”) Freeman, thirty, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, July 4th, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Janet, proud father of Jane and Kirk, he was predeceased by his father, John, and is survived by his mother, Mary. Family and friends will forever remember him as a kind, generous, and loving man. Following a private service at Bolton’s Funeral Home, his body will be laid to rest at Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Donations may be made in his memory to The Recovery Center at Forge Memorial Hospital.

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This article is about nothing. That’s right, nothing. Our focus will not be the doing of anything. We’re going to stop striving; stop achieving; stop wanting; stop needing; stop demanding; stop complaining; stop criticizing; and stop trying to make life anything other than it is…this very moment. Today, we will not be envisioning anywhere other than here and now; and we will not be chasing dreams of money, mansions, or gold.

Right now–this very minute–we’re going to drop all our tasks, all our doing, all our errands that we have deemed so important! We’re going to stop–if only briefly–our absurd and compulsive fascination with seeking. For once, enough will be enough. Our only intention will be to meet life on its terms, to be attentively aware, to embrace the glory contained in each moment. In still silence, we will celebrate our breath; the beat of our heart; the love of family and friends. With a reverent glance toward the sky, we’ll knowingly admit that–like the drifting clouds–we, too, will one day pass. Such need not seem a loss, for the realization gives meaning to our days.

Today, however, we live! All of time’s sweet fruit is ripe…here and now. We will honour this day, this hour, this moment. To do so is simple. We need not beg for it; we need not plan for it; we need not alter it in any way. Nothing needs to be added or subtracted; nor multiplied or divided. We have only to let the sum total touch and warm our heart. It is perfect…as it is. What a joy to rest from our striving for more…more…more. Awakened, we may live the vibrant fullness of each moment. Eddie would be proud.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell

P.S. Please share this article if you enjoyed it. If you’d like to view my latest book (This Taste of Flesh and Bones–released September 8, 2020), press here. May it help you in your spiritual journey. 🙏🙏

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Trusting The Universe

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For many individuals new to the teachings of the Law of Attraction, this article–in fact the title itself–may seem too bizarre to be taken seriously. For them, expressions such as The Universe may reek of malarkey and a side of life they don’t wish to explore; perhaps because they think it’s occupied by fools. To believe so, however, deprives us greatly–of our intuitive connection to the Oneness of All. Let’s journey through a logical approach to discovering that–which although unseen–may be known and trusted to have our best interests at heart.

Before we journey onward, we must clarify what is meant by the expression The Universe. In short: God. That’s a heavy word, isn’t it? For many individuals, the term God is laden with troubling and unbelievable concepts. Visions of a personified figure–perhaps Mosses-like–who rules judgmentally and blesses some of his children, yet curses others, may come to mind. This conception–at least as it applies to teachings of the Law of Attraction–is false. In the teachings, The Universe, or Divine Intelligence, is known as life essence that is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent. The last three terms, which may be unfamiliar to some, mean totally present, totally knowing, and totally powerful. We may summarize this in three short words: ALL in all. It is ALL (The Highest) in all (everything and everyone that rises from and through it). The converse–all in ALL–is also true.

We may grasp a more thorough understanding of The Universe–and come to know and trust it implicitly–by examining a few of the miracles around us. Think: Do we know how to grow a blade of grass? Just one? Do we? Or does this occur naturally, via the power and intelligence of The Universe?  Do we know how to beat our heart? Could we fashion a heart such as ours? Likewise, are we capable of healing a cut? Of telling which cells, in which order, when to enter and exit and perform their functions? Do we know how to form a human respiratory system? One that functions with ease, without having to direct it when to inhale and exhale? Such are only a few of an infinite number of miracles in which we are immersed. They are in us, around us, through us, above us, and below us!

Regarding the title of this article: Does trusting The Universe, consciously and deliberately, now make good sense? May we logically conclude that knowing this One-And-Only Power would be of tremendous benefit in our health, our wealth, our success? What–literally–could be against us if The Universe were for us? It’s illogical to conclude that an Intelligent Power–which is in us, through us, and surrounding us–would act against its own nature; for such would be an act against Itself. We need only ensure that our goals align with the nature of The Universe (which is only goodness) to reconnect with tremendous power. And we may trust that The Universe will inform us via our intuition of the quickest, safest, and best ways to achieve our dreams.

What will our egoic self think of these teachings? That they’re utter nonsense! Our ego (the little i) would have us believe only it knows best! Our task is to distinguish between how we think and feel. How we think comes from our little self. How we feel, however, emanates from our grander self, which is connected to The-One-In-All. We may recognize intuitive feelings by their subtler nature. Our body or part of it–perhaps the gut–will inform us when something feels misaligned, out of order, or not in our best interests. At first it may be challenging to determine whether our guidance is true or false; but as we practice and evolve, the process becomes much easier. The difference related to living this way is great–akin to navigating a long journey via a paper road map, or the grandest GPS system.

There are other expressions synonymous with trusting The Universe–the best known being Let go and let God. With our logical understanding of the teachings, does this now make sense? Doesn’t it seem wise to trust that God–Who is in us, through us, and whose nature is goodness–has our back? We may contemplate this–if only for ten seconds–by focusing on the beating of our heart; which in those intervening seconds beat an average of six to eight times by the power and intelligence of The Universe. We had to do nothing but be grateful that it did.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell

P.S. Please share this article if you enjoyed it. If you’d like to view my latest book (This Taste of Flesh and Bones–released September 8, 2020), press here. May it help you in your spiritual journey. 🙏🙏

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Taking Grant For Granted

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Grant Johnson: He believes himself to be the sum total of his thoughts, feelings, body, sensations, perceptions, and circumstances. He believes this to be undeniably true. In his mind, he is his name, physical appearance, personal history (including degree of success or failure), and even the possessions he has, thus far, acquired. What a busy mind. He’s always comparing, for that’s his intrinsic nature. “Am I good enough?” is the persistent whispered question he hears, for a degree of insecurity is always lurking nearby. There’s also fear; of being discovered as a fraud; and of the inevitable–death. What then?

What’s the problem with this way of existing? Simple: It’s not based in truth. It’s actually a projection through the perspective of a false and apparently separate self. The story of Grant Johnson may seem real; but it’s a relative truth only, constructed from thoughts and beliefs. And a false belief (such as two plus two equal five), although possible to believe, can never alter the underlying reality. Two plus two is four–now and forever! In the case of Grant Johnson, his story has little to do with the essential and absolute truth of his Being. However, the false self, which is formed in the mental state, will hijack his true identity at every opportunity. It’s always busy, continually constructing itself through the power of thought and the use of “I, Me, and My.” That’s its very nature; it is self centered. To be silent–still–is to run the risk of being discovered in a lie, as a lie. And the Grant Johnson we speak of in this article wouldn’t like that at all.

How does this understanding relate to the Law of Attraction, and how can it possibly help us create a more abundant and happier life? When we recognize our true identity (Spirit, Awareness, Being), we gain access to the Infinite Intelligence (Consciousness) that actually forms worlds. When life is approached from the limited perspective of the egoic self, however, we’re shut off–at least to our knowing–from The Source of our Being. As such, we’re deprived of the intuitive living connection that can help us in every aspect of our life. When confined within the conceptual self, we also feel separate, stressed, and dependent upon our own–relatively limited–resources.

Is there a direct way to experience this Source? Yes. The Bible–and other sacred texts–offers us clear advice. Psalm 46:10 (KJV) reads as follows: Be still, and know that I am God. The practical meaning of this passage? To still our thinking (perhaps through meditation or time spent in nature) and get out of our minds. What is meant by God, from the viewpoint of the Law of Attraction teachings? In short, Consciousness. And contrary to the popular perspective, which postulates that consciousness arises from form, Consciousness exists prior to all. It is, therefore, primary cause. It is the Alpha and Omega. However, It is not a personified deity, as often conceptualized; rather, impartial and impersonal Universal Intelligence. Attempting to define The Infinite is an impossible task, but for the sake of understanding we’ll make a concession. Consciousness would thus be defined as self-luminous, self-aware, presence. And how may we experience–not only believe–this?

Through a logical approach, one not aimed at beliefs. Key to this understanding  is this: You’re not, and cannot ever be, who you think you are. Why? Because the mind (via thought) can only form a representation of truth, never truth itself. Consider: If our car needs repairs, could the thought “mechanic” be of any help? Or would we require an actual mechanic? Likewise: If we’re refurbishing our home, could the word “carpenter” be of any assistance? Of course not. It’s imperative that we differentiate between an actual thing, and the thought of a thing. The former is experienced directly, and the latter is conceptualized through a mental process (which can only render a depiction). In spiritual teachings, this could be expressed thus: Do not mistake the map for the territory. Which means: Do not mistake the symbol for the real item. To catch a glimpse of Source referred to in this article, please read the following instructions and try an experiment aimed at direct knowing:

Find a place to sit quietly, away from disturbances of any nature. Only a few minutes are required. Sit cross-legged if you wish (as in a traditional meditation posture) or in a comfortable chair. Breathe normally, in a relaxed manner. Let tension drain from the body. Now, close your eyes and let your focus drift inward, away from stimuli of the world. Pay attention to your breath; inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth. The aim is not to fall asleep, but to pay attention to what’s happening in the moment. Perform this experiment for three to five minutes.

When we return to this article–fresh with the memory of experience–please consider the following questions: At any point while breathing, did a thought cross your mind? Could you sense its arrival? Yes? Were you aware of its departure? Yes? When a thought of any nature (dinner? an errand to run? the next day?) departed, did you feel diminished in any way? No? Did you still feel present when the thoughts left? If so, can you entertain the possibility that you are not your thoughts? Nor are you the sum total of feelings, bodily sensations, or sense perceptions–for all of these also come and go. The constant backdrop of all that arises is Consciousness Itself. Our true and essential nature is often described as The Silent Witness (Being, Awareness, Consciousness). Our error—ingrained in us since birth–has been to misidentify Universal Consciousness (which is impersonal) as our personal consciousness. Thus: the rise of separateness in the world.

Our true nature is subjective–only. Contrary to conventional belief, we share One Consciousness, through which we live and breathe and have our Being. It is That–the very foundation of all. The phenomenal world, including all seemingly real objects, arises in and through Consciousness. All objects have no real substance beyond our perceptions of such. Quantum physics is verifying this truth; for it’s now known that atoms–once considered the tiniest particles of matter–are, indeed, 99.999% empty space. To our amazement, we discover the intangible (Consciousness) is real–the tangible only relatively so! The body/mind is an individuated aspect of That (Consciousness). That is our essential nature. That permeates time and space and form. That is closer than the pulse in our neck. And what is the point from a co-creators point of view? We are wise to dream, create, and manifest from the perspective of Beingness. By doing so, we gain access to a rich world of opportunities previously believed unavailable.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell

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Exchanging Paradigms

Changing Paradigms5

As defined in a previous article, paradigms are a collection of beliefs held in the subconscious mind that serve as a model or blueprint for our life experiences. Many of our paradigms are positive and serve us beneficially. Some, however, are negative and detrimentally affect the quality of our life. We can easily understand the importance of exchanging negative paradigms for the better.

How can this be accomplished? The first course of action is to realize they exist. Although it’s true that we cannot directly witness paradigms, we can definitely notice their effects. A useful analogy would be to think of paradigms as the wind–made knowable through a weather vane. We can notice our paradigms by observing how we navigate through life. When we pay attention, we’ll notice that we perform most activities in a predictable and habitual manner. For instance: After a shower, we begin to dry ourselves in a definite pattern–arms, chest, and then lower body? When brushing our teeth, we begin from right to left or top to bottom? When driving our car, we buckle our seat belt immediately or just prior to pulling away? Believe that there’s no such thing as paradigms? Then watch next time as your habits drive you to the same parking space, in the same lot, at your local grocery! These actions are due to the function of paradigms.

A useful technique to exchange paradigms–which is described in this article–was borrowed from a hypnotist’s internet presentation. In it, the hypnotist shared that we could conceptualize the subconscious mind as a glass container, perhaps in the shape of a carafe or flask. The flask is full of our subconscious paradigms–both good and bad. Fluid symbolically represents the paradigms contained within the flask.

For the purpose of learning this technique, we may imagine that the flask contains a belief system (paradigm) that’s producing a negative effect regarding a goal we desire to achieve. Perhaps we have a habit of procrastination that’s hindering us from completing our goals in a timely fashion. Next, we may imagine dropping a new and positive belief (conceptualized as a pebble) into the flask every time we perform our tasks on time. Initially this may not appear to make any difference to the amount of volume in the flask. But, when we drop pebble after pebble–day in and day out–our limiting beliefs will be displaced. They’ll simply spill away to darkness where they belong. The key with this method is mindful repetition. When we’re present, we’ll see that it’s actually possible to choose our habits.

So, please take an honest introspective peek. What paradigm needs exchanging? Anger? Defensiveness? Excessive consumption of food or alcohol? Fearfulness? Irritability? Jealousy? Tardiness? Is there a belief that’s preventing us from experiencing a healthier and happier life, or hijacking our degree of success? If we’re aware of a limiting paradigm, now’s the time to symbolically drop that first pebble and take inspired action toward the change we desire.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell

P.S. Please share this article if you enjoyed it. If you’d like to view my latest book (This Taste of Flesh and Bones–released September 8, 2020), press here. May it help you in your spiritual journey. 🙏🙏

Thank You” & “Note to Publishers