Flight of Imagination

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Orison Swett Marden (1850 – 1924) was a New Thought author of many inspirational books. From The Miracle of Right Thought, I offer the following: The bird does not have an instinct to fly south in winter without a real south to match it. For those who desire greater understanding of the Law of Attraction–to use it deliberately to improve the quality of their life–his message is worthy of contemplation.

Consider, if you will: Do we not also possess instincts? Instincts far greater than those of a bird? And may we not also trust that our instincts–to create–will lead to the fulfillment of our intentions? The bird flying south trusts implicitly that the Source which gave it life is not playing a cruel trick; that seemingly endless hours of flight will be for nothing. We, too, may trust that our intentions–combined with constructive use of our abilities–will lead us to our real south! How, though, may our dreams get off the ground?

By first having them! Without a destination in mind, we literally don’t have a real south; for unlike the bird, we do not have a preset flight path for our lives. As humans, it is our birthright to choose our destination. If dissatisfied with our current circumstances, we may deliberately use our imagination to create a new reality that better suits our desires. The bird trusts–not consciously, of course–and flies toward a destination which it intuitively knows exists. And so may we.

The reality of our dreams actually exists! By dreams, I do not mean hollow wishes, which lack any real substance. I mean desires that we hold–faithfully and deliberately–in mind. We are free to intend whatever we desire–vibrant health, wonderful relationships, and great abundance and success in every aspect of our lives. And when we trust in our real south, the way toward it will be revealed.

How, though, may we arrive at our real south? In short, by flapping our wings! Unlike the bird, which for argument’s sake possesses only one talent, we possess so many more! First: We have the ability to choose our destination. Second: We may deliberately have faith that our desires are possible. Third: We may exercise our faculties of mind–perception, will, memory, imagination, reason, and intuition–to transform intangible visions into tangible realities. Such powers were given to us for a reason–to use. We are wise, however, to be aware of the following caution:

One negative word–which is powerful in its influence over the mind–may keep us grounded: Fear! It is our bad weather of the soul! If we continuously focus on thoughts such as What if I don’t achieve my goal? I might fail! or What will people think of me? we sabotage the achievement of our dreams. To soar–high, higher, and higher yet!–we must concentrate with unwavering faith on the outcome we desire–not on what we don’t! And if we veer off course, due to doubt or anxiety, we must steer our dreams back on course.

Our dreams take flight through the power of our imagination! Such a marvelous faculty was not given to us by chance. We are creators! And as creators, it is our duty to exercise the gift of imagination to express our inner nature. How could we truly call ourselves creators if we didn’t possess the God-Given ability to create? We might also remind ourselves that birds were given wings for a reason: To use. To fly.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell

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Imagine “That”

Imagine That

That. And what is “that?” In the case of this article, that will refer to the Golden Gate Bridge. It will also refer to the Panama Canal, the CN Tower, the Channel Tunnel, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, Apollo 11, our computer, our cell phone, and an MRI used in hospitals. All of these thats (in fact every that) would never–and could never–have come into existence save for the power of our imagination!

Of imagination, Albert Einstein is quoted as saying this: Imagination is more important than knowledge. He is also quoted as saying: Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. And of the same subject, Napoleon Hill–author of Think And Grow Rich, wrote: First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination. And from John Dewey: Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.

My intention regarding this article is sincere: To help awaken readers–especially those studying the Law of Attraction–to the power and potential inherent of their own imagination. Why? Because it is through our imagination that we may make of our lives what we will. It is through imagination that we dream a better life. It is through imagination that we draw the blueprint of our future achievements. Such potential is often overlooked, taken for granted, or–especially in the case of young children–deliberately stifled by parents and teachers.
 

Doubt that imagination can truly be the origin of life change, of great inventions past and present? Do we then believe that such great inventions were fated into existence? Was it luck that brought us automobiles, airplanes, and cruise liners? No, we know that is not true. We know that we are co-creators linked to a Divine Mind that desires to facilitate our highest ideals. And, with just a little examination, we may see that it is through that same great faculty–our imagination—that we may fashion the wonderful life changes we desire. How?

By removing our focus from the outer–the effects that are already in place–and directing it toward the inner world of our imagination. It is only in that quiet place, the one in which we dare to dream, that we may seed the new harvest. When we go there–now–fully present, fully focused, we are free to envision the life we desire. In doing so, we go beyond our present circumstances–first–in mind. Our vision takes life as we engage our senses in the end result, as though whatever we desire is already here. Afterwards, we need only trust that we will be guided to the necessary action. This is not magic; it is the process of creation.

Is it possible that the beginning of the change we desire–greater health, a new business, a wonderful romantic relationship, and financial success–is conceived through a power that’s within our own mind? That we hold the key to our own future? Yes! And it is through our life–by living faith, and actions we take–that our dreams may be born.

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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