Affirmations in Life

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Louise Hay, founder of Hay House Publishing and author of many Law of Attraction books, is a firm believer in the use of affirmations. By her definition, an affirmation is any statement that we say or think–whether positive or negative. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Affirmation: Something affirmed; a positive assertion. We, too, may benefit from the use of affirmations; for they are powerful tools for deliberate co-creators.

How do we effectively form and use affirmations? It’s easy, really. Our affirmations must always be phrased positively, and always in the present tense. The powerful influence that affirmations have over the subconscious lies in repetition; so it’s to our advantage to use them frequently. They should be stated in a relaxed and positive manner, for stress and anxiety only hinder progress. We will also benefit by writing them down and referring to them daily. As an example regarding wealth, we might say: Money comes to me easily and frequently, from known and unknown sources. We would not say: I am not poor; for doing so would only give focus to lack and poverty.

For those who are new to the concept of affirmations, the previous sentence regarding money may seem ridiculous. You may think: But I am poor! Do you want me to lie to myself? No. I do, however, want to encourage you to tell yourself a new truth, to help you create the life that you desire. Understanding a concept of Law of Attraction teachings will help: What we sense in our outer world–through our five senses–is an effect of past thoughts, feelings, and habits. If we continue to focus on effects, the future that we’ll create will look very much the same! But…when we deliberately control what we’re thinking now, we’re dealing with creation at the level of cause. It may help if we imagine this as seeding the garden of our mind with new desires; rather than watering what has already manifested. With patient persistence–and action based on our new way of being in the world–our results will change. They must.

Why, you might ask, must I phrase affirmations in the positive? Because we create most effectively by focusing on what is desired while letting what is undesired wither and fall away. Consider this: Don’t think of a pink elephant. What just came to mind? A pink elephant, of course. Although this example may seem nonsensical, you may understand the logic when you consider affirming “I am not overweight.” In this example, what would have just entered your mind? Being overweight. For someone who desired to be slim or more fit, such an affirmation would obviously be unwise to program into the the mind. The same logic holds true for every aspect of our life.

As we incorporate affirmations into our life–regarding health, wealth, relationships, and success–we’ll receive intuitive guidance regarding the action required to manifest our desires. Such guidance may take many forms: It could be the repeated mention of a book to read; words of advice from a friend or colleague; or a symbolic message that keeps entering our consciousness. Whatever the form, we will feel whether acting upon it is right. When this occurs, it’s imperative to follow through by taking a step. Even a little one! Doing so will make all the difference. And it will strengthen our faith to continue taking step…after step…after step.

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2016 – R. Arthur Russell

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Bending Reality

Bending Reality

When I was a young child, I learned–as did most people–that reality was hard, fast, and unyielding. It was just the way it was. The facts were the facts, and there was little one could do about changing them. My perspective about the world was largely based upon beliefs that I acquired from family, friends, and teachers. Such holds true for everyone. Now, however, I realize that reality is far more flexible than I had ever imagined; and that we may truly change our experience by changing the way we view the world. Doubt this can be true?

The quest to discover the tiniest units of matter (solidity) has lead to a field of study called Quantum Physics; of which I won’t pretend to possess more than the most basic understanding. I have learned, however, that even an atom–which was once believed to be the tiniest unit–consists of even smaller units called protons, electrons, and neutrons; and, further, that atoms are actually 99% empty space! When we consider the Double Slit Experiment, which was first performed in 1801 by Thomas Young to determine if light was a particle or a wave, our quest to define reality may become even more confusing! The unexpected results did not reveal that photons of light were actually particles or light, but actually both! Today science describes this phenomena as Waves of Probability. My point? That even great scientists cannot prove absolutely whether reality is actually as solid as once believed. Let’s take another view of reality, through the analogy of a roller coaster ride:

Sam and Samantha, who are both twelve years of age, decide to go on their first roller coaster ride. They are secured safely side by side, and the ride begins. Up, up, up the roller coaster car ascends, with Sam and Samantha holding tightly to the bar in front of them. At the peak of the first climb, their car rolls along level for a few feet, then plunges down a steep decline before banking left and then right. Two minutes later, the ride comes to a halt; and we see Sam and Samantha as they are helped from the car.

Sam, who had thought that he might love the ride, is actually weak in the knees, pale-faced, and close to vomiting. Samantha, on the other hand, who had been frightened before the ride began, is beaming with excitement. Sam can hardly wait to leave the theme park, but Samantha immediately wants to line up for another ride! Although this tale is clearly fictional, we can easily understand that the ride itself is not responsible for such disparate realities. The ride will obviously have the same height, the same curves, the same length, speed, and duration for everyone; but everyone’s experience of it (or reality) will be unique. In short, you make the difference!

If we wish to bend reality a little further, we may look at what should not be possible, especially if we think as the masses do. For instance: Who would think that reality could include a paraplegic man propelling himself around the world in a wheelchair? Clearly such is impossible…unless you’re Rick Hansen (otherwise known as the Man in Motion), who, beginning in 1985, defied reality by logging 40,000 kilometers over the course of twenty-six months! Who, too, would think that reality could include a man born without arms and legs becoming a motivational speaker? Such is clearly impossible…unless you’re Nick Vujicic, who is doing just that, and serving as an inspiration to children, students, and adults. And who would think that reality could include a man making eight passes between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, on a tightrope strung 1350 feet above the ground? Such is clearly impossible…unless you’re Phillipe Petit, who performed that daring feat against reality in 1974.

Beyond these accounts, what else is really possible? Yes, there are cases of terminal patients experiencing spontaneous remissions; of people who–in moments of absolute faith–lifting a car off of a loved one who would otherwise be crushed to death. My main intention in sharing this article, however, is not to draw attention to what others have done; but to encourage people to contemplate unexplored avenues of belief that have the potential to improve their quality of life. Think: Could it be possible to propel yourself through challenges? Motivate yourself to break free of self-imposed limits? Successfully walk the tightrope of your fears?

So, how may we bend our reality? By beginning to contemplate (think about)–as did Rick Hansen, Nick Vujicic, and Phillipe Petit–what is truly possible! By questioning whether we must accept reality as we’ve come to know it, or alter it through a change in our beliefs. This life is our ride. It’s also our chance to make the most of ourselves. Perhaps it’s time to open our mind to new possibilities and, thereby, begin the process of redefining reality.

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2016 – R. Arthur Russell

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Consider This

Consider This

For you, my fellow co-creators, I offer a quote by Christian D. Larson (1874 – 1954), from How The Mind Works: “We become like the thoughts we think because the creative power of thought is the only creative power we have within us.”

Think for a moment. Can this be true? Do you know of any other power that holds such potential to transform your life? Have you ever raised your hand without first thinking that you should do so? Has your body–of its own volition–ever taken you for a walk? These questions seem ridiculous, because we realize that we think and thereby exercise control over our body. We also realize, of course, that much of our life and function is governed by the subconscious mind: We breathe without having to think inhale and exhale. Our heart beats by its own intrinsic rhythm. But when we consciously desire to manifest change, must we not first think of that change? Through thought do we not move our lives in certain directions?

Please contemplate what the greatest spiritual teachers have been telling us: that we are not our body, not our name, not our nationality, and not our mind. What, then, is our true nature? Consciousness itself: formless and eternal, ever present, unborn and undying, aspects of the One. If we dare to assume this true–that we are spiritual beings–what could be our only power? Yes: Thought.

Through recognition of our true identity we gain access to our true power. Nothing of this world ever came into existence without being held–first–as thought. However, the sword that we wield is double edged. It will cut in our favour–if we entertain positive thoughts aligned with health, love, and prosperity. And it will also cut against us–if we entertain negative thoughts aligned with disease, fear, and poverty.

Can I prove that we are spiritual beings first, and that thought is the only power we possess? No, I cannot; but we may experience that directly if we’re willing to abandon our false definitions of self. How? By becoming still and contemplating the following well-known spiritual expression: Do not mistake the map for the territory.

And what does that mean? This: That we must not mistake the representation (the map) for the real thing (the territory). Who of us would dare hold up a globe and proclaim: “This sphere in my hands is Earth!” And yet we claim–due to our programming since birth–to be our name! How could the arrangement of several letters possibly be who we are? How, too, could we be the ever-changing sum of our physical nature and social role? Surely, who we really are is unchanging.

Somewhere deep inside of us we know. We realize that we are more than meets the eye. We also know the order of creation. My friendly invitation in the days and years ahead is to use a power unique to us–thought–to begin the creative process of the life we desire.

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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Simplicity Itself

Simple

I think that many people who are new to the Law of Attraction may disbelieve its truth for one reason: It just seems too simple. As though they are being asked to believe in a fairy tale. Easy beyond words. They may believe: Really, if changing my thinking was all that was required to live a better life, everyone would be doing it!

The truth of the matter, however, is that making great improvements in our lives really is that simple. When we change our thinking, everything in our life must also change. The greats of history–such as Confucious, Loa Tzu, Jesus, and Buddha–taught us this; and wise men and women are still sharing the same message!

Many people, however, hold the mistaken belief that change has to be difficult. Or even impossible. They believe that life has dealt them a hard hand, and that they have to play it. Forever! That belief, however, is a fallacy. We may throw down our old beliefs–which are no more than a collection of ingrained thoughts–and pick up new ones at any time. True, certain physical realities may remain the same; but when we view life from a different perspective, this alone will inspire us to use our abilities in new and creative ways.

The beauty of the Law of Attraction is that we can deliberately put it to use here and now. We need not wait one minute longer. There is no line up. We can stop waiting for the world to get better and make a better choice…now. We can accept that it is our impression of the world, our attitude, our way of being. The seat of power is within us. As many motivational speakers have said: No one can do your push ups for you. The good news, however, is that we can do them for ourselves!

Too simple? Not really. The philosophy may be simple, but the practice–at least at first–involves mental effort. It requires us to be on patient guard, over ourselves. As we adopt this new way of being, we will witness real changes in our life. We will benefit in ways that may surprise. We’re going to grow stronger, too. When the going gets tough, we’re going to keep going! Positively. We’ll also realize that the quality of our future depends on the quality of what we’re thinking now. The future belongs to us. The question we may ask ourselves: What are we going to make of it?

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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The Good We Seek

The Good We Seek

To live is to experience a wide range of thoughts and emotions. No one is excluded from this, or given a free pass card. There will be ups and downs; laughter and tears; triumph and tribulation; exaltation and despair. In any given moment, on any given day, we may feel as though what we seek is beyond our reach, or worse–an illusion. The world can seem against us; our life filled with struggle. The achievement of our desires may seem an impossible dream. If such seems the case, it may help to know that the good we seek is closer than we think. In fact, it may be only one thought away. When we change the way we think, we literally–not wishfully–change our world. How, though, may we find the goodness we so desire?

Through a shift in consciousness directed by our true nature, which is spiritual. Of all of our wonderful abilities, one of our greatest is our power of attention. Contrary to popular misconception, we do not have to let our mind gallop like a wild horse. With practice, we may grab the reins and ease it to the left, to the right, or slow it to a trot. Stirred by a deep breath that brings us back to the present moment, we may redirect our attention and, thereby, shift our experience. To deliberately move us to a good point of attraction–which according to the Law of Attraction must attract more goodness–join me on a journey of gratitude. Let me guide your thoughts to a few ways to feel better…now.

  •  Put on a T-shirt, fresh from the dryer. Feel the warm embrace of the fabric against your skin.

There is the goodness of life.

  • Phone a relative or long-time friend and let the sound of his or her voice elevate your spirit. Think of how truly rich you are for having such a person in your life.

There is the goodness of life.

  • Listen to a selection of music that never fails to raise your spirits. Let the rhythm and sounds transport you to a realm of reverie.

There is the goodness of life.

  • Take your parent or parents out for a coffee. If such cannot be the case, invite an alternate caregiver or teacher who gave of their time, energy, or heart and asked for nothing in return.

There is the goodness of life.

  • While walking down the street, guide your attention to a mother or father with a young child. Perhaps the child is holding the parent’s hand, or being pushed in a stroller. For just a few moments, let your mind sense the world through the child’s innocent perspective.

There is the goodness of life.

  • Look at your hands–truly look. Spread your fingers wide and feel the stretch of your palms pulling taut. If there are scars or digits missing, be grateful for the fingers you still have and what they enable you to do. Pick up a pen–as though for the first time–and feel the wonder of every cell, nerve, and fiber.

There is the goodness of life.

  • Place your attention upon nature, even if you are living in a large city. Sit upon a park bench–if only for a few minutes–and let your eyes find the birds, butterflies, squirrels, and insects that are having their day. Feel their aliveness, and imagine the journey that they, too, are having.

There is the goodness of life.

  • While eating your next meal–however humble or extravagant it may be–place your attention upon the food before you. With soup, salad, or sandwich, be with each mouthful. Be mindful of the taste and texture of the food. Be grateful for the innate wisdom of your body, and how it performs the function of digestion without a word of instruction.

There is the goodness of life.

  • Go for a walk, even if only in the halls of your apartment. Marvel at the wonder of your feet and legs and hips that allow you to do so. Feel the aliveness that is stirring within them. If this cannot may be the case, use walker, cane, or wheelchair to move; the distance matters not. Be present, mindful, alive.

There is the goodness of life.

  • Perform at least one good deed daily for someone else–be that person a friend, relative, or complete stranger. From the depths of your heart, ask nothing in return, not even acknowledgement of your kind deed. Know that giving–sincerely–is your reward. Tell no one; in doing so you’ll begin to disengage from the conceptualized self (ego), which is the root of all suffering.

There is the goodness of life.

Through the deliberate practice of seeking goodness, we reap yet another–even richer–benefit. It is this: We attune ourselves to our deeper nature, which is God within. It is here that we will find the Source of all Goodness, for that is God’s nature. It is ours, too. And when we know that, we may go through life with strength, courage, confidence, and poise. Such goodness of life is that close.

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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Give Yourself a Chance

Give Yourself A Chance

Because many of the Law of Attraction books that I’ve suggested reading were written over a hundred years ago, it might be easy to assume there are no noteworthy masters of the subject living today. Such is not the case. One of the most insightful teachers still presents seminars around the world, and has authored numerous books including Manifesting Change, Infinite Possibilities, and Leveraging The Universe. His name: Mike Dooley. He also writes daily Notes From The Universe; one of which served as the inspiration for today’s article. It concludes with these few words: …Chances are something you give yourself.

Do those words seem ludicrous? Can we truly give ourselves a chance? Or do you believe–as many do–that chances are external to us, beyond our control, and allotted only to a fortunate few? It would be foolish to deny that people who live in countries with better health care, better education systems, and come from wealthier families don’t have more obvious opportunities. However, history proves that such people often squander the gifts before them, perhaps due to laziness or lack of initiative. Often it is those who come from poverty and poor circumstance who rise and manifest the life they desire! And what is it that makes the difference?

Something within. A something that we might call a fire in the belly and a dream in the heart! An intangible something that drives dreamers to reach for goals even when the masses proclaim that’s impossible!  A something that drives them to stay up late, make countless sacrifices, learn new skills, pursue new leads, and relentlessly take action even when success is not guaranteed! A something that enlivens their faith, in life and in themselves. It is the spirit and vision of the dreamer that determines whether a goal with be achieved and made real. All of us were born with that certain something; whether we will act upon it, however, is up to us. The crux of the matter: Chances must be acted upon to hold any value! 

By taking a chance, do I mean visiting the nearest casino and risking our paycheque on one roll of the dice? Do I mean quitting our job–without another source of income–and hoping that our dreams come true? No, absolutely not! The point of this article is to draw attention to what Mike Dooley so wisely stated: that chances are something we give ourselves. What that means is that no one can say yes to opportunity but us; that no one will wave a magic wand and grant achievement of our dreams! We alone take the chance. Or not. We alone believe in ourselves. Or not. It is–literally and truthfully–up to us. Whatever vision we hold dear will remain just that–a vision–unless we take a chance.

Do you have a dream? Have you always wanted to run a marathon but as yet never around the block? If so, give yourself a chance; and begin a walking or running program (if you have the health to do so). Have you always wanted your own business, but been afraid that you don’t possess the necessary skills? If so, give yourself a chance; and learn more by reading books or talking with experts in your field of interest. Have you wanted to to lose weight, quit smoking, or learn a new language? If so, give yourself a chance; and believe that the achievement of such goals is possible! Then–beginning today–take one step (even a small one) toward making your dream come true. Trust. You will receive inspiration; and when you do, it is your job to take action!

So what is the take-home point of this article? Give yourself a chance! Take a chance! Make a chance! Act on a chance! And believe you’re worth a chance! If you’re fearful, know that you’re not alone. The greats of this world have fears too; they just acknowledge them and push through to victory! What is the worst that might happen? That you might not achieve your goal? Or that your journey to achievement might be longer or tougher than expected? If that’s what you’re thinking, now may be the time to ask yourself another question: What’s the best that might happen? And maybe there’s only one way to know.

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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Deciding Links

Deciding Links

For those of us with goals that burn as brightly as our sun, I offer another quote to help us create more of the results we desire. The quote is yet again from Robert Collier, who was an author, authority on the Law of Attraction, and motivational master. It is this: The strength of a chain doesn’t lie in its strongest link; but in its weakest. It’s easy to imagine a chain–pulled taut under great forces–snapping at a weak point. We, too, have such links.

What are our links? Character traits with the potential to hinder or break the outcomes we desire. For the purposes of this article, I’m going to rename them deciding links, which I believe is more appropriate. The three reasons: 1. The term is positive; whereas weak might imply a wrongness about us, which is not the case. 2. A deciding link–in much the same way as a weak link–often determines whether our efforts will be strong enough to meet with success. 3. A deciding link--at least in my opinion–is a trait that we, on some level, have accepted, either consciously or subconsciously. Great achievers do not accept their traits as fated inheritance; instead they decide how they will be in the world, and thereby create their own destiny.

And how may we discover our deciding links? To my knowledge, there is only one way: through honest introspection. If we’re unwilling to look deeply at ourselves, and remain open to change, our positive desires will almost certainly remain lifeless wishes. The process if not for the faint of heart, for it involves deliberate evolution. It involves choosing to look, rather than turning a blind eye; choosing to be courageous, rather than hiding behind our fears. The following is only a partial list of deciding links:

  • Indecision: Perhaps the most important link. If we lack the ability to decide what we want, we’ll remain unable to move forward deliberately. I’m not suggesting that we should rush the process. Vague feelings of inward discontent often signal that we desire change; it may just be that we yet don’t know what we truly desire. We might remember that not deciding is actually a decision in itself, one that can keep us mired in the same place, wishing for life to get better of its own accord.
  • Procrastination: When we delay performing tasks that could be done today, we are consciously or subconsciously delaying the achievement of our goals. An attitude of it-can-wait-until-tomorrow often creates the habit of waiting until never.
  • Pride: If we’re unwilling–due to ego–to ask for help when required, we sabotage our dreams and goals. There are plenty of people who are willing to help, but we must be willing to ask. We do ourselves a great favour by stepping out from the shadow of ego and asking for assistance.
  • Disorder: The opposite of discipline, disorder greatly limits our degree of success. We might also think of it as lack of focus or will power. When we are disciplined, we’re able to give ourselves a command and follow a task through to completion. Unlike disorder, discipline paves the way toward achievement.
  • Indolence: A polite term for laziness, indolence literally takes us nowhere. If we’re unwilling to rise up from the couch of our own indolence and reach for our dreams, we would be wise to realize that a mythical servant is not waiting to hand their achievement to us.
  • Impatience: Achievement takes time, patience, and persistent effort. Unless we’re willing to work and wait–faithful to what we desire–our greatest vision may well remain a distant mirage.

So there we have a few of our deciding links. There are many more. Every person has his or her own; we are all unique. Often we do not wish to accept such links; for we may view them as flaws, or aspects of ourselves that we would prefer to leave in the dark. However, it is when we bring such links into the light that we may change them. The decision to do so, of course, is up to us.

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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