The Way of Trust

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All of us bring attitudes to the situations of our life. Some situations we may label as good; some we may label as bad; some perhaps a mixture of both. Whatever the case, it’s unavoidable that we will bring our habitual thoughts and feelings with us. However, for the sake of manifesting the best of life, let’s share a perspective that may help us greatly.

We dream of the way we’d like life to be. We want this, that, or the other thing. We want a relationship to be just so; our career to happen this way but not that; travel to unfold according to our expectations; and solutions to arrive on our schedule. Alas, this is often not the case. Life surprises us, shocks us, knocks us, confuses us, and downright rebels against our most valiant efforts. However…

What if we adjusted ourselves–and our beliefs–to life; rather than expecting life to adjust to us. Would there be a benefit? Could we actually find ourselves flowing with the tide of life, rather than against it? The undeniable and unequivocal answer is yes! Could we arrive at a state of Being–deep within ourselves–in which we accept every moment as it is? And could we adopt the belief that life is always working in our favour, even if at first glance it appears otherwise?

Think: As life is always changing, is it safe to say that we never truly arrive? Is not every moment merely a stepping stone to the next? Can a supposed arrival ever truly be static? And with this knowledge, may we conclude that the outcome we have desired–which has not yet appeared–doesn’t have to be labelled as disappointment? Could the fulfillment of our desire still be on its way? Or could that which didn’t occur, still turn out to be for the best? And could we, thus, learn invaluable lessons?

To live in this manner is to live by the way of trust. We may believe that whatever happens in life–the loss of a recent relationship; the end of a business venture; an unexpected displacement from the workplace–is in our best interest. From our limited and small perspective, we so often assume that we know best. The truth, however, is that life’s detours often yield the best results…and the greatest joy!

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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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.

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

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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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The Power of Belief

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In 1948, Claude M. Bristol (1891 – 1951) published a book entitled The Magic of Believing. It’s still in publication today, enjoyed by many individuals who are seeking inspiration. The opening sentence of his book reads as follows: “Is there a something, a force, a factor, a power, a science–call it what you will–which a few people understand and use to overcome their difficulties and achieve outstanding success?” Claude M. Bristol goes on to describe the nature of thought and explain the conscious and subconscious mind. He further relates situations in which the power of belief dramatically improved lives.

Many individuals may be skeptical. They may think that belief is child’s play, or worse yet fools’ play. If so, they’re certainly entitled to think what they will. But according to the Law of Attraction–which states that like attracts like–they will, therefore, attract to themselves accordingly. I, however, prefer to stand united with those who believe in a Power greater than ourselves; one which is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient; one with which we may deliberately align to help us achieve our goals.

I cannot prove the magic of belief, nor will I attempt to do so. I can, however, draw our attention to where we would be today if courageous men and women had not believed in their visions…and dared to follow them! Without the power of belief, what goals could have ever been accomplished? Would we not be insane to ever undertake a goal without first believing its achievement possible?

Belief (faith) is a power that moves mountains! This is not a figurative truth; it is a literal one! For instance: Would the Panama Canal–which involved the excavation of tonnes of rock and earth over a period of thirty-four years–exist if pioneering visionaries had not believed it possible? Likewise, could we have ever manned a rocket to the moon without the captivating belief that we could do so? Humankind–without belief–would literally be in the dark ages! It has been our dreams–and our belief in them–that has given us so many of the wonders we enjoy today!

Our goals, dreams, and aspirations do not occur in a vacuum. Our attitude is an integral factor in determining whether they will be realized. Or not. Without belief–in ourselves and in our goals–how can our desires possibly be achieved? Doubt has never, and will never, take us anywhere positive! Now is the time to question what we believe is possible. And while we’re at it, we might also remind ourselves that all lasting change first occurs from within.

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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Finding Source

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I remember that period of my life well–the years when I held only an idea about Source. During that time, my concept of God/Infinite Intelligence/The Great Architect was nebulous at best. I understood that those terms (and so many others) referred to a Divine Creator; but I didn’t have a conscious relationship with It. Many people may be feeling as I once did–confused and uncertain about the nature of Source, or questioning if there truly is a Source. It is for you that I offer this article. Why? Because our degree of success and peace of mind correlates to our knowing of Source; the teachings are also incomplete if the spiritual component is dismissed.

First, a couple of points. One: Such a relationship doesn’t occur through belief alone. Humans may hold all types of beliefs that may–under examination–not be related to truth in any way. A belief does not make it so.  A lie habitually told still remains a lie. Two: We may actually know that Source is with us–right here, right now–through direct experience. The invitation from The Divine is always present; all we have to do is step forward into a new consciousness. So how may we do this?

By first realizing what we’re seeking. Definitions of The Infinite–which is what God/Source is–are always inadequate; for trying to describe the Infinite with finite minds is impossible. Doing so also conceptualizes That which is beyond thoughts and words. We, do, however, have to begin somewhere. The three terms most often used to describe The Infinite are Omniscience, Omnipresence, and Omnipotence. Meaning: all-knowing, all-present, and all-powerful. Such is the nature of the Divine Power we seek to know. 

Where, though, do we find Source? The good news is that we don’t have to go anywhere. Source is as close as the pulse in our neck. Go ahead, feel the pulse in your neck, for therein you’ll find God. Living within you–and all that surrounds you–is the omnipresent Intelligent Force that gives rise to everything. Eric Butterworth, who was a Unity (New Thought) Minster and author, described Source’s location through the following quote: God is a sphere whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere. Consider that for a moment. Yes, that would mean that our Source of infinite power and intelligence is with us right now! With that in mind, we might also understand that the song You’ll Never Walk Alone–instead of describing a pleasant concept–is actually speaking of a literal Truth. Through our knowing of this, we actually strengthen our connection to Source!

For those who desire to contemplate this further–that Source could possibly be with us right now–I offer this: If you sustain a cut–perhaps on your arm–do you have to do anything to actually heal it? When you consider this question more deeply, can you even pretend to know how to heal the cut? Have you even the faintest notion of the intricate physiology involved? Would you know which specific cells to call upon, and the action they must perform? The truth is that humans may, at best, facilitate the healing of the cut; perhaps through antiseptic technique, appropriate dressings, and even sutures if necessary. It is God/Source that actually heals the cut. Can you awaken to this as a possible truth? If so, might you also consider that Source is handling other intricate details of our physical being? Perhaps the beating of our heart? The exchange of air within our lungs?

We have only touched upon the surface. If even the slightest realization has dawned within you, I hope you’ll welcome more of that light. When we begin to awaken to the miracle of Source in one aspect of life, we often recognize It in so many more. As you contemplate this knowing, a question may enter our mind: If Source is actually  everywhere, through everything–including me–could It also know what I’m thinking? Could It know my hopes, my dreams, my goals? The answer–most definitely–is yes. And we may trust that Source will guide us–through the voice of our intuitive feelings–toward the action necessary to make them come true. Such is called faith.

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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