Seeking the “Right”

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Everyone who lives long enough can attest to the following: Life can deliver a multitude of challenges. They come in all shapes and sizes. They can be long term or short term, major or minor, critical or relatively trivial. We know this, too: When such challenges appear, it can be all too easy to slip into a victim mentality in which we believe that life is against us. This attitude must be avoided. Why? Because it not only disempowers us but also makes us dependent on circumstances which–by their very nature–are always changing. When approached with the right attitude, however, challenges provide opportunity for growth and greater awareness. What, though, is the key to living this way?

PRESENCE. By staying calm, aware, and alert; by remaining anchored in the here and now; by being with the very challenge that we instinctively want to deny. When we remain present, we stay connected to an Intelligence–Source–which is much greater than our own. The opposite–to allow our mind to be driven by old reactive thinking–actually prevents us from receiving inspiration that will help us solve our challenges. To be present is to be with Source. An example may help:

Our car is making strange noises, and we take it to be repaired. At the car dealership, we’re told that the problem doesn’t sound too severe, and that the repair shouldn’t take very long. We’re given an estimate of the cost, and we leave the car overnight. The following morning, the Service Manager calls and informs us that the mechanic has discovered several other problems, some of which relate to safety concerns. The cost of the repairs has increased by several hundred dollars, and the car will have to be left another full day. When we get off the phone, we realize that reactive thinking is running through our awareness. “How can this be!” we think. “They just want my money! What a rip off! I need my car now!”

Here is where seeking the right actually serves our greater good! The sooner that we seek and find the right in any situation, the sooner we reclaim our power! A few questions related to the example may help us understand this more clearly: Is it not better that the safety concerns were discovered? Are we not fortunate that the problems can be fixed? Is safe driving not worth the price involved in the repair? Is it realistic to expect that our car should never require such maintenance? Would it truly be better if the problems went undetected? Or, can we seek the right and rest easy–and grateful–that the problems are being repaired?

Although the example may seem oversimplified, or even unrealistic, the benefit of training our mind to seek the right should not be discounted. Right mental action has tremendous value that can be applied in countless situations! Are we dissatisfied with our career, our relationship, our health, or finances?  A change of attitude–which is really a change in thinking–may help us find what’s positive right here, right now!

Life ultimately comes down to us, and our attitude toward it. To expect that the world will always unfold as we might expect, demand, or prefer is to be delusional. Our true power lies within. A scripture from Luke: 11: 5-13 may help us understand this teaching:  Ask and it will be given; seek and ye shall find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Does this mean that a deity in the sky will deliver what we desire? No. And the scripture has nothing to do with being holy or deserving. It means that through right government of our mind, we may discover an improved state of consciousness. When we find the right within, we’re going to experience right in the world without. This change, as always, involves an inner transformation.

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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My Sky is Blue

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Chances are that most of us have heard the following expression many times: What colour is the sky in your world? And chances are that whoever used it (most likely with a roll of the eyes) was trying to imply that someone else–a friend, a family member, a colleague, a stranger–was slightly off their rocker. It implies that a person is unrealistically happy, optimistic in the face of a negative reality, or living in a delusional bubble. Whatever the reason, the expression is usually–although not always–intended to insult. And why am I sharing this in an article regarding the Law of Attraction?

To remind, or perhaps inform, that life–and our experience of it–is unique for each and every one of us. And, further, to state–yet again–that we attract according to the habitual way we think and feel about the world; therefore, feeling good not only benefits us in the present moment but also in the future. The fact is, the reality that we experience can be good, even when everyone around us claims that the world is falling apart. This does not make us stupid; quite the contrary. To be ruled by circumstance, or the predominating opinions of others, places us at the whims of the world. Is this wise, to allow the world to determine our state of being? The opposite is true when we practice our right to govern our own perspective. We may also remind ourselves that a shift in our perspective–to one of gratitude and optimism–creates the pathway for real and dramatic change to occur in our lives. Such occurs through a shift in consciousness from within, independent of the world without.

With this mindset, we may–despite hearing that we are beaten–think “I will be victorious!” With this mindset, we may–despite hearing that we look tired–think “I feel full of vitality!” With this mindset, we may–despite hearing that the state of the world is hopeless–think, “Goodness will triumph!” It is such optimism–combined with applied action toward positive goals–that actually creates a Blue Sky reality. This doesn’t mean that we’re denying a negative reality that might be occurring; we’re just choosing not to focus upon it.

Clearly, our evolution is up to us. We may live as a conduit to goodness and kindness, courage and optimism, power and perseverance. In the same way that we decide whether to challenge our muscles by lifting greater and weights–and thereby grow stronger–we may challenge our attitude by choosing the colour of the sky under which we live. Source, which is Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient, will support us. We get to choose. Such is our power. Such is our freedom. Such is our birthright, if only we will claim it.

This world can undoubtedly have a negative effect upon us. But such cannot occur without our permission. On any given day, we can see the news–and watch reports of terrible atrocities. We can listen to our neighbours–and hear them complain about politics, the weeds in their front lawn, or the cost of a loaf of bread. Or…we may exercise our right–divinely given, as is life itself–to view the world through our own eyes. Through the use of deliberate focus–and deliberate intention–we may turn our back to dark skies, and face the light. Through happiness we attract more happiness. We may remind ourselves the next time someone asks “What colour is the sky in your world?” that we may confidently and apologetically affirm “My sky is blue.”

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2016 – R. Arthur Russell

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Point of Attraction

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In today’s post we’re going to examine Point of Attraction, which is central to the teachings of the Law of Attraction. We might also call it our perspective. Regardless of what term we use, it is from our personal vantage point that we draw more of the same into our life, for we realize that like attracts like.

To make this more clear, I’m going to share a short passage from the King James Bible, because it so concisely explains the subject. It is Mathew 7:7: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: I realize that many people may question the truth of this, especially if they have been asking, seeking, and knocking for years without experiencing the results they desire. If so, this may be due–at least in my opinion–to a misunderstanding of the passage. I believe that the passage refers to a change that occurs within ourselves, and not a blessing from the world around us. It is when we change–toward a wiser perspective aligned with natural laws–that our results also improve.

The teachings are essentially about changing you, and the way that you look at the world. When we do that, the results that we experience in the world also seem to change. I use the word seem because nothing in truth has truly changed, but by choosing a more positive focus we will definitely experience better results. Basically, we will have trained ourselves to attract the good that was always present…outside of our consciousness.

Now, back to the biblical verse…and logic. Doesn’t it make sense that if we’re asking (speaking) in a certain manner (our Point of Attraction) that we will receive more of the same? Doesn’t it make sense that if we’re seeking (looking) in a certain manner (our Point of Attraction) that we will find more of the same? And, likewise, doesn’t it make sense that if we’re knocking (acting) in a certain manner (our Point of Attraction) that matching actions will be opened up to us?

With this knowledge–and the awareness that we are free to choose our point of attraction–we can understand the importance of wisely choosing our viewpoint of the world. When we change from a negative to a positive perspective, we are focusing our mind to receive better results. We’re simply learning how to train our focus.

Understand, also, that our mindset regarding love, kindness, compassion, generosity, prosperity, and positivity are points of attraction. So are indifference, meanness, ill will, selfishness, poverty, and negativity. Exercise your freedom. Wisely. It’s your life and your point of attraction.

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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