Say What?

Say What3

As students of the Law of Attraction, we’ve most likely heard it before. And the news is, we’re going to hear it again! What’s that? I’m going to repeat what Louise Hay, famous teacher, author, and founder of Hay House Publishing has stated: It’s as if the Universe is hearing everything you think, feel, and say. What’s the importance of this information, and how may we put it to good use?

Let’s consider what we already understand about the Law of Attraction: We know–at least conceptually–that the Universe reflects (like a mirror) our habitual thoughts. Depending on our state of mind, this will seem either good or bad; for this places the responsibility for our life directly with us. We also understand that Source neither punishes nor rewards. In fact, Source (God, Divine Intelligence, The Great Architect) functions impartially. We understand our higher self (not the ego), possesses free will through the thoughts we think and the choices we make.

While this may seem difficult to believe, it’s actually good news, at least if we apply the knowledge wisely. By aligning ourselves with Source, we may rise above our current circumstances and actualize more of our desires. Better health, increased wealth, greater success, and more fulfilling relationships may be ours! Action, too, is required, but we will be guided. Our task–now and forever–is to aware of what we are saying to the Universe.

At first, the task of knowing what’s going on in our mind may seem daunting; however, with practice this becomes much easier. We learn to pay attention, not only to the repetitive and aimless thoughts, but also to our feelings. If we’re not feeling good, we may conclude that we’ve been thinking negative or fearful thoughts. As we become more aware, we also evolve in our speech patterns. We realize that words–like the thoughts behind them–are creative in nature, and manifest according to their literal meaning. Through watching our words, we unearth hidden (subconscious) beliefs. On occasion, we may catch our self utter a statement that clearly implies poverty, lack, or a belief that we’re undeserving of the very best life has to offer.

The point to realize is that our thoughts, feelings, and words, are saying something. Not only to us, but to The Universe. All three imply, tell, inform, and attract! Our task is to pay attention. We may align with positive thoughts at any moment–the choice is ours. It’s all good. We’re up to the task–we really are. And when we change within, we’re going to experience change without.

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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Rest in Peace

Rest in Peace

Freeman, Edward

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.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – 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.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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Right…Where I Am

God

This world can feel so strange. We’re born into an environment that seems to compel us to reach. And keep on reaching. As children, we learn the rules early: Kindergarten is meant to lead to Grade One, Grade Two, and so on. We are taught–explicitly and implicitly–that we should strive, reach, become more, and make something of ourselves. And to that end we often sacrifice a greater gift to the false gods of materialism, success, and money. Often, although not always, we pay a steep price for the ignorance of our ways.

Some years ago, the title of this article would have seemed nonsensical to me. I would not have understood. The very concept of being Right…Where I Am would have felt tantamount to capitulation. I would have been a loser. Without a mountain to climb or a vision to make real, I would have felt so very lost. Without purpose, what would have been the sense of living? Being, then–at least to me–was such a nebulous concept, for life was in the dreaming, doing, and achieving. Such misguided thinking seemed to offer only two paths called Success and Failure. And who of us desires to walk the latter? In my ignorance, I spent the first half of my life trying to succeed; only to later discover that I had not lived.

Now, I have a clearer understanding. I realize that Right…Where I Am we may find–if we still ourselves and awaken–that everything is, always was, and always will be just fine. Beyond the machinations of the mind, we may realize–now—that we don’t need to go anywhere, or be someone other than ourselves. Here, in this glorious moment–not the next or the next after that–a greater realization may also dawn: that we are not alone. The One is with us, and has been from the start. One: Omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. One: Beyond time, eternal. One: In our family, friends, and so-called foes. One: In every rock, tree, and butterfly. One: The All in all, including us.

What does Right…Where I Am mean? It means fine–fine with, and fine without. It means accepting of what is, and what is not. It means peace; living from a realm in which we’re not striving to be somewhere else. It means joyously creating, but from a detached and wiser perspective. It means content; dwelling with the Maker of our breath. Lastly, it means that we may rest, for we know that Right…Where I am, God is too. And with that knowing, what more could we truly want? Peace be yours, now and forever.

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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Law of Attraction: Inner Work

Inner Work

When we begin our study of the Law of Attraction, the notion that we attract according to the nature of our thoughts may initially seem odd. This is only natural, for we’ve been conditioned to view life much differently. From a young age, we’ve been taught–by parents, peers, teachers, and others in authority–to yield our power unconsciously; to let our state of natural joy be dictated by the world of circumstance. As we become more knowledgeable, however, we gradually accept the truth of the teachings and settle into a new way of living. This new way includes what I term inner work.

What do I mean by inner work? Work that’s connected with who we are on the inside, at the level of our soul or innermost Being. We may become aware of this inner dimension at any time, for it arises frequently in both joyful and painful situations. Often, however, we become more acutely aware of it when something feels wrong or strangely misaligned. It’s important to understand inner work for two reasons: to develop a greater awareness of who we actually are, and also to manifest more effectively in the here and now. An example may help make this more clear:

Let’s imagine that we’ve driven to a neighbouring town or city. We’ve done some shopping or met with some friends and had a good time. However, on our way home we find that we’re stuck behind three or four vehicles, all of which seem to be moving more slowly than we would prefer. For a few minutes, we feel fine; but as the kilometers roll by without an opportunity to pass, we’re overtaken by a subtle frustration. Something feels wrong. The world is not operating according to the way we believe it should!

In such a situation, it’s important to be aware of that inner work to which I’ve alluded. We are wise to know that what feels wrong actually resides within us! Nowhere outside of our own perspective is anything actually wrong! The vehicles in the example are travelling at the posted speed, and actually pose no threat to our safety. With our knowledge that like attracts like, we realize that feelings of frustration and impatience can only attract more situations of a similar nature! How, then, do we break the cycle?

We break it through awareness. By being present in the moment. By living as the silent witness of our thoughts, not slave to them! When negative thoughts and feelings arise, we may acknowledge them and bid them farewell–by not engaging them further! We might imagine a Reset Button that we can press to redirect the focus of our attention. Remember: It is only we who empower thoughts–through our participation in them! Every time we consciously and deliberately choose a positive focus, we take a giant leap toward freedom! And with that freedom, we become more capable of creating the life-enriching results that we desire.

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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Dream, Dream, Dream

Dream Your Dream

Robert Browning, the famous poet and playwright, once wrote: Man’s reach should always exceed his grasp. To me, this means that we should honour our creative instincts to strive for that which is greater. This trait–our ability to create–plays a huge role in what actually defines humankind. That’s only natural; for we are creators, descended from the Creator of All.

The purpose of this blog is to share information regarding the Law of Attraction, which–if acted upon–will help empower people to achieve their goals. For many individuals, the truth that our thoughts play an integral role in the results we experience seems farfetched. Such people believe that our quality of life–and degree of success–has little or nothing to do with the thoughts and beliefs we entertain. However, experts in the field of mind inform us otherwise; as do wise men and women who have studied personal growth and the Law of Attraction. They realize that our thoughts and beliefs have everything to do with what we experience.

For those who doubt the truth of the Law of Attraction, we may learn more through a lesson in contrast. To begin, let’s examine what happens to a dream when we deliberately think nothing positive about it at all: Perhaps we wish to own a house, but let the thought of building–or buying–one flit away, as though a bird on the wing. No effort is given to the dream: no attempt to search for homes for sale; no attempt to arrange for financing; no attempt to contact home builders. Is it safe to conclude that the home–once dreamt of–will remain only a wish? Obviously so, unless the beggars’ best friend, Fate, drops one in our lap.

The point, although not brilliant, may help prove that effort–beginning with thought, and maintained with deliberate focus–will (in the case of the house) guide us from ground breaking to foundation; from floors to walls; from roof to interior; and finally to the day when we hold the key to our new home! Simple really. We might think of the process as an equation: Thought + Belief + Inspired Action = Deliberate Creation. Conversely, we realize that if one–or all–of these three components is missing, we will be left empty handed.

The choice regarding what we reach toward is up to us. There is no right or wrong, for each of us is unique. Something that’s important to one may be totally unimportant to another. What we do share in common, however–to lesser or greater degree–is our greatest faculty: our ability to think! It may be deliberately honed, like a knife sharpened against a whetstone. Through thinking, we may envision a future of our design. And through applied faith combined with inspired action, we can make our dreams come true.

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2016 – R. Arthur Russell

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Finding Source

Finding Source

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

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