Applied Willpower

Willpower

Wallace D. Wattles (1860 – 1911) was a New Thought author who wrote many books on the subject of the Law of Attraction. In The Science of Getting Rich, he devoted an entire chapter to sharing his opinions about the proper use of willpower. His views are logical and helpful for everyone who desires to apply the Law of Attraction more effectively.

When the subject of willpower arises, the thought of New Year’s Eve might immediately spring to mind. We might think of the countless resolutions that are made…and often soon broken. We might also picture a struggle or battle; one in which we physically force ourselves to reach for a pinnacle that symbolizes success.

For some individuals, the use of willpower also includes the misguided notion of manipulating others through deceit and duplicity. Of this, Wallace Wattles is very clear. He states that mental coercion through the use of willpower is no less wrong than physical coercion. He also states that our willpower is not to be used outwardly, upon effects that already exist. We are to use it inwardly, at the level of cause. According to him, the purpose of applied willpower is to change who we are, at the core of our Being. And as we already realize, when we change within, the world without must also change.

How do we properly use willpower? By exercising our power to choose right thoughts. In any given situation, right nature thoughts create right–or betterresults. We, ourselves, possess the power to choose how we think and feel. With a clearer perspective, we may consciously and consistently engage better thoughts; thereby creating better outcomes. The key, of course, is to put these teachings into practice.

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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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

P.S. To view my ebook entitled Hold That Thought, please press here.

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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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Catch-22 Solved

Catch22 Solved

From Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, the definition regarding the title of this article: “A difficult situation from which there is no easy or possible solution.” The classic example given to illustrate the meaning is of a person who is qualified for a job but who cannot get hired due to inexperience. The Catch-22 is that the person can’t acquire the experience without the job! So, how does this apply to our study of the Law of Attraction? Stay with me folks, and we’ll discover more.

By now–according to last count–I have emphasized the following Law of Attraction truth over ten thousand times, give or take a hundred: “As within, so without.” Those who’ve been reading my articles realize this means that outer experiences are connected to our inner ways of being. Thus we understand that the happier we are on the inside, the more pleasing our experiences will be on the outside. And there, my friends, is our personal Catch-22! How, we may ask, are we to be ecstatic when our outer life is troubling, or difficult, or seemingly hopeless? In so many cultures, we’ve been conditioned to derive our happiness from external circumstances. Here, though, I’m going to challenge the definition of a difficult situation and offer two methods by which to solve our own Catch-22.

The First: Don’t believe everything that advertisers would have you believe! Learn to respectfully question content and motives. You–and only you–decide what will have meaning in your life. Realize that happiness cannot–ever–be purchased for the price of a fancy sports car, trip to Bali-Wally-Gong-A-Ling, or a pair of designer shoes! Just can’t. Nor can a spouse, a house, or a pony give it to us. There is absolutely nothing wrong with any of the above; but in and of themselves they can never be the source of our happiness. They may be adjuncts only. Cars may be reduced to their basic components–nuts, bolts, plastic, and metals. And mansions, too, may be reduced to rooms to dust, gutters to clean, and toilets that will occasionally overflow. How may we awaken, then, to our own innate happiness; and thereby attract more?

The most powerful way I know of is through gratitude. And such gratitude is founded upon intangible joys that have real transformative power. Upon their deathbed, dying persons never ask for brochures for that last automobile. Nor do they call their realtor for yet one more house to buy. I have heard, though, of the following: a request to heal a relationship with an estranged family member; one last conversation with a dear friend; and even the simple pleasure of an ice cream cone. Unbelievable? Or the real riches of life?

The Second: Years ago, I read the account of a woman named Kisa Guitama who lived in the time of the Buddha. She was grief stricken at the sudden death of her only child, a one-year-old boy. Distraught beyond words, she carried her dead child from home to home, seeking help. Finally, she was advised to visit the Buddha. According to the account, Buddha listened patiently and compassionately while she related what had occurred. The Buddha then instructed her to gather four or five mustard seeds from families who had never been touched by death. Off she went, knocking on villagers’ doors. Before long, however, she realized that everyone had endured the suffering related to death. No one could escape it. She returned to the Buddha and ultimately became one of his students.

Do I include this account to reinforce that life can be difficult? No, not at all. I include it for one reason only: to remind us not to demand of life what it can never deliver. In much the same way that Kisa suffered because her child could not be brought back to life, we may also be demanding the impossible–that life make us happy from the outside. Millions of people are trying such, which only serves to make them more vulnerable to the whims of circumstance! They are happy if everything is flowing smoothly; miserable if not. At any moment, we may choose to break free of such dependence and willingly align with life’s natural laws. And when we do, our suffering diminishes greatly! No one–including the rich, the beautiful, and the famous–receives an Escape Life Pass. Life will have its effects upon all of us. We may, however, choose our response and awaken to the goodness of the present moment. It’s here, now, waiting to be discovered via a shift in our perspective. And when that shift occurs, we’ll attract even more goodness into our awareness. These truly are the best days of our lives. We would be wise not to let anyone try to sell us otherwise.

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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Begin

Start

Many of us live in cultures that function–by and large–by a Need-to-Know belief system. It seems inconceivable that we could ever achieve our goals if we didn’t know a concrete, ready-made, and time-proven way of moving forward with our desires. And with that in mind, it’s easy to succumb to the fear-based belief that all of us are in competition. It can seem that there are only so many positions available at the best universities, and that we have to hustle, hustle, hustle if we’re ever going to get somewhere. And be a somebody!

The truth is that each and every one of us–regardless of position in life–is very much a somebody. Already! We may feel poor–perhaps because we lack the symbols of false wealth of our time–but each of us is rich already. We are a repository of the Divine. That’s right, God within! We have forgotten this, however, and adopted the belief that we are mere flesh and bones. From that lower perspective, we can feel powerless and afraid. We often believe that we need to know each and every step of our journey–prior to beginning. And when we don’t know, we don’t move forward. The fear-based belief system can paralyze us at our very core. We wonder, “How can I ever dream of achieving my goals if I don’t know how?” The truth of the matter is that we don’t have to know how! We just have to take that first step–as we’re told to do in every motivational book. That first step–if we trust–will lead us to the next and the next after that.

Could that possibly be true? Reminisce with me–just a little–and think back to something that you achieved without knowing the path that lay ahead? A week before you met your spouse/partner, did you really know each and every step that led to meeting him/her? Did you? Or did you have the intention of meeting someone nice, someone loving, and finally–through faith and vision–align with that person? In your professional life, can you honestly say that you knew beforehand each and every contact that helped to build the success of your business? Did you know exactly where you were going to meet? Two years before you built your brick and mortar store, did you know its exact location? Did you know every step you would take toward building your ebusiness? With travel in mind, did you have to know years prior the means by which you would–think trains, planes, and automobiles–or did you just know that you were going to travel?

See the point? Take a look at your own history. You didn’t have to know beforehand the exact path your life has taken thus far. You can DREAM and TRUST and ACT on the inspiration that you’re going to receive. As you tune into your true passion and take that first step, the Universe will guide you–through your intuition. Take that first step. Begin. Listen to what Goethe shared through one of his most famous quotes:  ‘Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!’ That magic is you! The more you practice this way of being in the world, the sooner you’ll achieve whatever you 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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