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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Susie’s Going to Be Late!

Susie's Going To Be Late

“I’m going to be late! I’m going to be late! Susie just knows it! She can feel it in every fiber of her being. It seems normal to her, for she’s been late for as long as she can remember. She arrived late at her graduation party; she’s almost always a few minutes late for work; and she was even late to her best friend’s wedding! It’s just the way she is…or so she thinks.

What Susie isn’t aware of, is that it’s not by accident that she’s habitually late. The pattern of her behaviour began a long time ago, when she was just a little child. Her mother unintentionally reinforced the behaviour–those times when Susie was tardy to the dinner table–by repeatedly saying, “Well, our late little girl finally decided to make an appearance!” Her father also contributed to the programming by kidding that Susie would even “show up late to her own life!” Teachers, too, played their roles. Why am I mentioning this? To offer an explanation for the not-so-accidental results we may be manifesting in our lives.

There’s another point of which Susie is unaware: All these years, her subconscious mind has been eavesdropping on what she’s been telling herself. From every thought, word, and experience, it has formed the paradigms (collection of beliefs) that are governing almost every aspect of her life. Whenever Susie thinks she has allowed lots of time to prepare for work or a special occasion, her subconscious mind directs her to begin a minor task that will just take a few minutes; or convinces her to underestimate the time required to travel a certain distance; or trick her into forgetting to set her alarm.  It has a multitude of ways of delivering the results that Susie believes have been fated to her.

Susie is not alone; for all of us live with our unique paradigms. It’s part of life. And just as Susie knows that she’s going to be late, Elizabeth knows she’ll never find the man of her dreams; Ralph knows he’ll never be able to shed those extra pounds; Beverley knows her new business will probably fail like all of her others; and Tim knows that he’s an absolute klutz, especially when under stress. What none of them realize, is that as long as they keep reinforcing the same thought patterns, they’re going to keep manifesting the same results! They are–in a way–prisoners of their own lives; unaware that they are their own jailers.

For anything new to occur, we have to change our thinking and claim our power. It’s up to us. A deity is not floating upon a cloud, dictating that this will occur first, and then that. We are the impetus behind creation. It’s simple, really. Now, a question to consider: Are we going to learn how to think differently–and use our powers of imagination–or continue to be late for the wonderful life we deserve?

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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“It” Just Is

It Just Is

The content in today’s article is going to help anyone–whether curious about the Law of Attraction or not–create better life experiences. Guaranteed. The method costs nothing, is easy to use, and will bring immediate results. With a little practice, it has the potential to dramatically change our quality of life. I’m going to use a real-life experience to share my message:

It’s raining today; at least where I live. Grey clouds are hanging over town as though they might stay forever. They won’t. It was under these conditions that I ran some errands this morning. At the checkout of one of the stores I visited, the woman behind the counter glanced out the front window and remarked, “What a crappy day.” I replied, “Well, it’s raining, that’s for sure.” She made another statement related to ducks liking this kind of weather; and I left the store and walked to my car, the rain still falling.

I realize that such comments are often intended as fillers or conversation starters. That’s wonderful, for it engages people and provides an opportunity to share. Also, I’m not judging the woman as being right or wrong for her dislike of rainy weather; she just made a comment that felt appropriate for her. I would, however, like to offer an alternative way of looking at life.

We who desire to learn more about the Law of Attraction–and how to manifest better results–understand that what we’re telling our subconscious day after day, month after month, and year after year matters. We understand that habitual thought patterns–either positive or negative–create according to their nature. We realize, too, that underlying programming gives context to everything we experience. Telling ourselves that a rainy day equates to a “crappy day” creates a crappy day. It’s just the way it is. For anyone with this mindset, a rainy day will negatively colour many of the other aspects of such a day. This is logical. The experience has been labelled–as though carved in stone–with little or no awareness that it could be labelled otherwise.

My message today also relates to freedom. Such freedom–here and now–is available when we break free of the mind’s incessant need to label. Can we allow life to just be? Could a situation, event, or circumstance just be what it is? The benefits–if we’re willing to comtemplate them–are great. Every time we deliberately practice allowing, we’re marching away from the negative thoughts and feelings related to earlier programming. In time, such negative labels will fall away. In their place, we’ll discover–as in the case of the rainy day–that it’s actually possible to enjoy the day! The air will feel vibrant and fresh, cleansed by the rain that once seemed a curse!

As we dig deeper within, we’ll unearth more labels, which may no longer seem relevant to what is currently occurring. No one–including me–wiill deny that certain situations are more challenging, for many labels are deeply ingrained. Still, our new practice holds value. By detaching ourselves from our habitual mind speak, we may also discover our higher self, the witness. From this perspective we are grounded at the very core of our Being; rather than upon the shifting sands of effects. We’ll be capable of witnessing experiences and simply letting them be.

Can you imagine catching yourself the next time you’re about to automatically label this as good or that as bad? The practice has the potential to immediately transform your life. And with just a little observation, you’ll understand that a thought is only creative when empowered with attention. If you’ll give this process a try, you’ll find yourself attracting more of the good you desire. And you’ll have manifested that change from within. Consciously.

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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So What!

So What!

Jack Canfield, famous author of the Chicken Soup For The Soul books, and practitioner and teacher of the Law of Attraction, used a two-word phrase in one of his presentations that I enjoyed. The two words were So What!

In his presentation, he was describing how many people let their personal history prevent them from taking some of the necessary steps toward living their dreams. The people he was describing (and I admit that I, too, have been one of them) often stated that they were “too old,” or “too poor,” or “not educated enough” or “from the wrong side of the tracks,” or “not smart enough” or “not talented enough” to actually pursue their desires. The not this and not that and not something else is a common mindset, and on a certain level it makes perfect sense. It seems logical. The statements may even seem true. They will likely be reinforced, too, by well-meaning family and friends. Those type of statements, Jack said, basically fall under the “So What!” category.

Everyone, he stated, may share some or part of that type of personal history. The difference between those who succeed (and I would place anyone who at least attempts his/her dream into that category) and those who never attempt their heart’s desire is that those who succeed refuse to let themselves–or their future– be defined or limited by where they were born, their degree of formal education, the amount of money they possess, or any other reason. These type of people realize that a focus on the negative–on the reasons why they CAN’T possibly achieve a goal–will never lead them to the fulfillment of their goals! What do they do instead? They choose to focus–powerfully–on the reasons why they CAN achieve what they desire.

To be fair, successful people also realize other truths: They know the importance of educating themselves, either formally or informally. Libraries offer a great deal of information; so does the internet, and these type of people wisely make use of both. They also know the importance of having a mentor who has already achieved some degree of success in their particular field of interest. You don’t have to know the mentor personally; just watching or listening to how your mentor progressed is enough to help.

Although the short phrase–So What–might seem harsh, I’m writing about it here with a positive intention. Perhaps it will stir us to examine the lives of many successful people around us. We are mistaken if we assume that they were born with some great advantage in life. No doubt some of them may have been born into environments that proved beneficial to their rise to fame, fortune, or prominence in a particular field. Many, however, have lifted themselves by sheer WILL and ATTITUDE and PERSEVERENCE. Hats off to them, for through their example we, too, may be inspired. As someone once said, “we stand on the shoulders of those who have come before 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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What Are You Telling Yourself?

Tell yourself

So, you’re running late for an appointment, and you’re ready to leave your home when you realize that you’ve misplaced the keys to your car. If you’re like the majority of people, you’ll begin a mad search; looking on the top of your dresser, the key holder at the entrance to your home, or your purse or pockets. As the minutes tick by–and you feel the mounting pressure to leave–there will most likely be an interior dialogue squawking in the background of your mind.

In most cases, the habitual dialogue of your thoughts might sound like the following:

  • “Oh, God, I’m never going to find these keys!”
  • “I’m going to be late; I just know it!”
  • “I don’t have time for this nonsense!”
  • “I can’t see them! Why can’t I see them?”
  • “This is just like me! I’m so stupid!
  • “Today of all days!”

If any of that dialogue sounds familiar–as though you might at some point have told yourself something similar–you are not alone. The vast majority of people might let their mind behave in such a manner. Is that dialogue harmless? Hardly…and here’s why:

What we are habitually telling ourselves is a reflection of our inner thoughts. Those inner thoughts–as Louise Hay, of HayHouse Publishing would tell us–are creating our future. In effect, we’re programming ourselves in much the way that a computer is programmed. There’s an age-old phrase in the computing world, familiar to many: Garbage in; garbage out. It means that the success of the computer systerm will only be as good as what was programmed into it. Humans are no different!

How the above dialogue actually brings an effect in our real world is simple. For every time that we tell ourselves “I can’t find my keys!” we’re actually programming the mind not to alert us to the keys even if our eyes have actually seen them! A little proof of the above, which many may have experienced, is when someone–perhaps a spouse or partner, who wishes to assist us in our search–proceeds to look in the very same drawer or coat pocket that we have just searched. Exasperated, we tell him/her that we’ve already looked there, only to have the person triumphantly shout that he/she found the keys…in the exact place had already searched!

Why could this actually happen so often? The answer–which I cannot prove–is actually simple to understand. The spouse/partner is using a different program, one with very different dialogue playing in the background. In fact, the person may take great delight in finding something that we could not find. Chances are the helper was telling him-her/self: “I know I can find those keys; I know I can,” or something similar.

The lesson here is that we, too, can change our programming, by consciously making the effort to do so. The good news is that we can apply this programming in ways that will be beneficial to us in every aspect of our life. It doesn’t take a genius to realize the difference that positive internal dialogue could make regarding a business we’re starting, a weight loss program, an exercise plan, or a new skill that we’re trying to master.

What we’re telling ourselves matters, literally; for what we tell ourselves manifests as the matter (circumstances and situations) in our environment. Mystical? Maybe, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. The theory might be worth putting to a test the next time you misplace your keys. Just try telling yourself something positive.

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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