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

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

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The Power of Patience

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There are countless books on the Law of Attraction that repeat the same formula: Ask, Believe, and Receive. We know that to ask is to know what we desire. We know that to believe is to have faith that our desires can be fulfilled. We know that to receive we must act in ways that are congruent with our desires. All of this we know. What we may not realize, however, is the power of patience. Although it may seem counter-intuitive–or even ludicrous–to link power and patience in the same sentence, the title of this article holds great truth. Think of this for a few minutes, if you will.

In our fast-paced culture–that routinely demands instant gratification–we’ve grown accustomed to wanting results fast! We want our food fast; a product fast; our travel fast. Advantages have come with this mentality, but we’ve also experienced disadvantages from expecting everything to occur today, if not yesterday. This becomes even more obvious when we examine our attitude regarding the achievement of our goals.

We have become clear about what we desire in life–the new home; our own business; better health; increased wealth;  a wonderful relationship. And with our desire in mind, we begin taking steps toward its achievement. Initially, we may be making great strides. We witness progress on a regular basis. If we’ve started a business, we may have opened a shop and attracted our first customers. If we’ve committed to being an artist, we may have improved our skill and learned how to market our art. However, a time may come when our results stall or take a downturn. It’s at this point of deliberate creation that we need to practice the power of patience. What may we do?

Realize, first, that this time is not wasted. Although trite, the old saying that Rome wasn’t built in a day still holds truth. Our business or work of art will not be completed in a day, either. To expect so is unwise, and may lead to negative thinking that works against us. However, if we maintain the view that we’re gaining every day–even if the results aren’t obvious–we’ll be given the fortitude to achieve our goal. Step by step is the way of our journey toward greatness.

Through an attitude of patience, we become a conduit to inspiration, which–if acted upon–will elevate us to the next level of accomplishment. Solutions arrive because we remain calm and expect them. If we permit impatience to dominate our spirit, however, the channel to inspired thought actually constricts. We may consequently feel distanced from the Universal Intelligence we seek. Fortunately, if we live from a point of wisdom, we realize what’s to be gained by nurturing a positive and patient attitude. Without this, we may be sabotaging the achievement of our desires.

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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Say What?

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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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Trusting The Universe

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For many individuals new to the teachings of the Law of Attraction, this article–in fact the title itself–may seem too bizarre to be taken seriously. For them, expressions such as The Universe may reek of malarkey and a side of life they don’t wish to explore; perhaps because they think it’s occupied by fools. To believe so, however, deprives us greatly–of our intuitive connection to the Oneness of All. Let’s journey through a logical approach to discovering that–which although unseen–may be known and trusted to have our best interests at heart.

Before we journey onward, we must clarify what is meant by the expression The Universe. In short: God. That’s a heavy word, isn’t it? For many individuals, the term God is laden with troubling and unbelievable concepts. Visions of a personified figure–perhaps Mosses-like–who rules judgmentally and blesses some of his children, yet curses others, may come to mind. This conception–at least as it applies to teachings of the Law of Attraction–is false. In the teachings, The Universe, or Divine Intelligence, is known as life essence that is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent. The last three terms, which may be unfamiliar to some, mean totally present, totally knowing, and totally powerful. We may summarize this in three short words: ALL in all. It is ALL (The Highest) in all (everything and everyone that rises from and through it). The converse–all in ALL–is also true.

We may grasp a more thorough understanding of The Universe–and come to know and trust it implicitly–by examining a few of the miracles around us. Think: Do we know how to grow a blade of grass? Just one? Do we? Or does this occur naturally, via the power and intelligence of The Universe?  Do we know how to beat our heart? Could we fashion a heart such as ours? Likewise, are we capable of healing a cut? Of telling which cells, in which order, when to enter and exit and perform their functions? Do we know how to form a human respiratory system? One that functions with ease, without having to direct it when to inhale and exhale? Such are only a few of an infinite number of miracles in which we are immersed. They are in us, around us, through us, above us, and below us!

Regarding the title of this article: Does trusting The Universe, consciously and deliberately, now make good sense? May we logically conclude that knowing this One-And-Only Power would be of tremendous benefit in our health, our wealth, our success? What–literally–could be against us if The Universe were for us? It’s illogical to conclude that an Intelligent Power–which is in us, through us, and surrounding us–would act against its own nature; for such would be an act against Itself. We need only ensure that our goals align with the nature of The Universe (which is only goodness) to reconnect with tremendous power. And we may trust that The Universe will inform us via our intuition of the quickest, safest, and best ways to achieve our dreams.

What will our egoic self think of these teachings? That they’re utter nonsense! Our ego (the little i) would have us believe only it knows best! Our task is to distinguish between how we think and feel. How we think comes from our little self. How we feel, however, emanates from our grander self, which is connected to The-One-In-All. We may recognize intuitive feelings by their subtler nature. Our body or part of it–perhaps the gut–will inform us when something feels misaligned, out of order, or not in our best interests. At first it may be challenging to determine whether our guidance is true or false; but as we practice and evolve, the process becomes much easier. The difference related to living this way is great–akin to navigating a long journey via a paper road map, or the grandest GPS system.

There are other expressions synonymous with trusting The Universe–the best known being Let go and let God. With our logical understanding of the teachings, does this now make sense? Doesn’t it seem wise to trust that God–Who is in us, through us, and whose nature is goodness–has our back? We may contemplate this–if only for ten seconds–by focusing on the beating of our heart; which in those intervening seconds beat an average of six to eight times by the power and intelligence of The Universe. We had to do nothing but be grateful that it did.

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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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

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

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

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The Fine Balance

The Fine Balance

Having a goal feels wonderful. It can be the fire that warms our day. For a goal, we will rise early and stay up late–doing everything within our power to make it a reality. We have a business to build; a mountain to climb; a book to write; a new product to bring to market. Words like purpose, drive, initiative and achievement course through our veins like intoxicants; we feel drunk on the process of creation!

At some point, however, we may sense that our dream has stalled. In the early days, one step may have quickly led to the next. And the next after that. We were doing our part–putting faith into action–and reaping the rewards of our efforts. Now, however, the vision that once burned so brightly may be fading. We may be feeling sad, impatient, or lost. We may even be questioning if our vision will actually materialize. What now?

Most important: Realize that this stage is normal–a natural part of the creative process. We have only to look at country fields that surround us to notice that they, too, go through various seasons. After the Fall harvest, the fields lie fallow, naturally preparing for the growth that will return in Spring. There is a season to everything; a natural rhythm; an ebb and flow. And as much as we might desire continual growth, such will not always be the case. Neither is it realistic, and we can be grateful that it isn’t! When we view the creative process from a wise perspective, we’re able to transition smoothly through periods of slowed growth. We may rest assured, however, that the time is not wasted. What, though, may be gained?

While achievement is important–for it adds purpose to our days–a period of slowing growth provides many benefits. A chance to reap a healthier, more balanced, perspective may be one of them. What would we have gained in the achievement of our goals if we sacrificed our health, family life, or sense of peace? Would that be wise? Although the act of doing feels wonderful, it can also foster an addictive need to always be achieving! A healthy perspective balances achieving with the simple joy of being.

Relative dormancy offers opportunities to grow in other ways. Perhaps we’re being given a chance to practice being content in the Here and Now. If we cannot appreciate the goodness that presently surrounds us–in whatever forms it takes–it’s unlikely we will appreciate the greater rewards that come when we actually achieve our goals.

Also: A period of slowed creation may inspire us to help others achieve their goals. This life is about all of us! Beneath the masks of individuality, are we not all brothers and sisters? Perhaps there are people in our immediate group of friends or colleagues who are struggling. We might ask ourself if we possess a skill, talent, or knowledge that could contribute to their success. Our turn of continued growth will resume–perhaps sooner than we expect. Now, however, is the time to practice faith and grow in our awareness that we’re still on track. All is good!

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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