Natural Law

Know It

To the uninitiated, the teachings regarding the Law of Attraction can seem bizarre–as though fabricated by mad mystics. We are asked to believe that our thoughts create the results that we experience in our lives. We are also told that cause and effect are intimately linked; operating upon every level. All of this may seem impossible to believe. However, if we examine our life we may discover that two and two do, indeed, add up to four, in favour of the truth regarding the teachings.

Think for a moment: Did your current career occur by happenstance? Or can you–with just a little contemplation–trace the predominant thought trail that led you to the career you’re in today? Conversely, if you haven’t found a career–but move from job to job–can you trace that to a reluctance or inability to commit to a line of work you truly desire? Is it an accident that you’re living in your current location? Or was their thought behind the move to the rural or seaside setting, town, city, or country in which you reside? Surely, you weren’t airlifted by Fate to your current dwelling. And of your relationships–or lack–can you identify a thought pattern that led to your current status? Isn’t it true that he or she matched an idea you held regarding a suitable partner? If not, can you consider the possibility that you–perhaps subconsciously–have attracted the wrong type of partners?

As much as it might seem otherwise, I’m not trying to make a case for the Law of Attraction. People will believe or disbelieve according to what feels right for them. And that’s precisely the way it should be. However, for those who already know that the Law of Attraction is real–and that it’s operating through our lives whether we believe in it or not–I’ll offer more.

At times, life can seem to flow with intoxicating ease and harmony. Every aspect of our life can feel right. During other times, however, old patterns may emerge from the shadows. We may struggle and feel lost. On certain days, we may seem to be blindsided by trying circumstances and events. Chores become more difficult; our relationships seem in turmoil; our finances may be challenged. In times such as these, it’s important to remember this:

Know the Law of Attraction. Know it as surely as you know that sunrise follows sunset. Know it as surely as you know that water is wet. Know it as surely as you know and trust the order of the seasons. Know it as surely as you know that a ball thrown up into the air will fall to the ground. Know it as surely as you trust that your heart beats and your lungs expand. Know that should you fall down, it will be a positive thought that will pick you up. Know, with unyielding faith, that your habitual thoughts matter; that we literally become what we predominately hold in mind. Know it thoroughly, until it becomes an innate part of who you are.

Why is this so important? The reason is simple: Empowerment. The quality of our life depends on the nature of the thoughts we entertain. Thoughts are the foundation upon which we build the quality of our life experiences. Our ability to think–to deliberately choose the thoughts we entertain–is our birthright. Through thought we may improve every aspect of our life. Trying times may be turned to better times by engaging a positive vision supported by positive thoughts. The gift of thought is ours to use. If we will! When we consistently reach for the grandest life-enriching thoughts that we can grasp, our life situation will improve. For it must. It’s natural law.

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2016 – R. Arthur Russell

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Consider This

Consider This

For you, my fellow co-creators, I offer a quote by Christian D. Larson (1874 – 1954), from How The Mind Works: “We become like the thoughts we think because the creative power of thought is the only creative power we have within us.”

Think for a moment. Can this be true? Do you know of any other power that holds such potential to transform your life? Have you ever raised your hand without first thinking that you should do so? Has your body–of its own volition–ever taken you for a walk? These questions seem ridiculous, because we realize that we think and thereby exercise control over our body. We also realize, of course, that much of our life and function is governed by the subconscious mind: We breathe without having to think inhale and exhale. Our heart beats by its own intrinsic rhythm. But when we consciously desire to manifest change, must we not first think of that change? Through thought do we not move our lives in certain directions?

Please contemplate what the greatest spiritual teachers have been telling us: that we are not our body, not our name, not our nationality, and not our mind. What, then, is our true nature? Consciousness itself: formless and eternal, ever present, unborn and undying, aspects of the One. If we dare to assume this true–that we are spiritual beings–what could be our only power? Yes: Thought.

Through recognition of our true identity we gain access to our true power. Nothing of this world ever came into existence without being held–first–as thought. However, the sword that we wield is double edged. It will cut in our favour–if we entertain positive thoughts aligned with health, love, and prosperity. And it will also cut against us–if we entertain negative thoughts aligned with disease, fear, and poverty.

Can I prove that we are spiritual beings first, and that thought is the only power we possess? No, I cannot; but we may experience that directly if we’re willing to abandon our false definitions of self. How? By becoming still and contemplating the following well-known spiritual expression: Do not mistake the map for the territory.

And what does that mean? This: That we must not mistake the representation (the map) for the real thing (the territory). Who of us would dare hold up a globe and proclaim: “This sphere in my hands is Earth!” And yet we claim–due to our programming since birth–to be our name! How could the arrangement of several letters possibly be who we are? How, too, could we be the ever-changing sum of our physical nature and social role? Surely, who we really are is unchanging.

Somewhere deep inside of us we know. We realize that we are more than meets the eye. We also know the order of creation. My friendly invitation in the days and years ahead is to use a power unique to us–thought–to begin the creative process of the life we desire.

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2016 – R. Arthur Russell

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Simplicity Itself

Simple

I think that many people who are new to the Law of Attraction may disbelieve its truth for one reason: It just seems too simple. As though they are being asked to believe in a fairy tale. Easy beyond words. They may believe: Really, if changing my thinking was all that was required to live a better life, everyone would be doing it!

The truth of the matter, however, is that making great improvements in our lives really is that simple. When we change our thinking, everything in our life must also change. The greats of history–such as Confucious, Loa Tzu, Jesus, and Buddha–taught us this; and wise men and women are still sharing the same message!

Many people, however, hold the mistaken belief that change has to be difficult. Or even impossible. They believe that life has dealt them a hard hand, and that they have to play it. Forever! That belief, however, is a fallacy. We may throw down our old beliefs–which are no more than a collection of ingrained thoughts–and pick up new ones at any time. True, certain physical realities may remain the same; but when we view life from a different perspective, this alone will inspire us to use our abilities in new and creative ways.

The beauty of the Law of Attraction is that we can deliberately put it to use here and now. We need not wait one minute longer. There is no line up. We can stop waiting for the world to get better and make a better choice…now. We can accept that it is our impression of the world, our attitude, our way of being. The seat of power is within us. As many motivational speakers have said: No one can do your push ups for you. The good news, however, is that we can do them for ourselves!

Too simple? Not really. The philosophy may be simple, but the practice–at least at first–involves mental effort. It requires us to be on patient guard, over ourselves. As we adopt this new way of being, we will witness real changes in our life. We will benefit in ways that may surprise. We’re going to grow stronger, too. When the going gets tough, we’re going to keep going! Positively. We’ll also realize that the quality of our future depends on the quality of what we’re thinking now. The future belongs to us. The question we may ask ourselves: What are we going to make of it?

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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Good Storytellers

Storytellers

Remember with me…now, to when we were little children, perhaps six, seven, or eight years of age. At that time, someone we knew–perhaps a good friend or relative–may have told us a ghost story. Listening intently, we felt our muscles tighten, shivers run down our spine, and our breath tighten as we imagined ghosts in the attic, the creak of doors opening by invisible forces, or a sudden frostiness in darkened halls. In spite of being frightened, we may have soon begged to hear another.

What we didn’t realize at the time, was that our body was creating real reactions to those fictitious ghosts. Now, of course, we know that the ghosts–the ones with eyeballs dangling from empty sockets, severed body parts, and oooohhhh-sounding voices–aren’t real; but at the time we believed they were. And because of that, our hearts beat faster, our eyes dilated, and the rate of our breathing increased. Our bodies reacted as though those ghosts were real. And the point of this article is?

This: That even though the ghost stories are long gone, we’re still telling stories. They’re just different. In fact, we’re telling them to ourselves every day. The stories we tell now most likely revolve around health, wealth, family, careers, and relationships. They also relate to what we imagine is possible or impossible for us. We’re telling ourselves: I am this, or I am that. I can or I can’t. Life always works out for me, or I was born to lose! I’m unlovable, ugly, and poor; or I’m lovable, beautiful, and rich! And as a consequence of the nature of stories we’re telling–some of which may be very scary–we experience correlating positive or negative consequences. For example:

Every time we tell ourselves illness-based stories, our bodies react by matching what we’re telling ourselves–perhaps by delivering more aches and pains, or another health issue to be investigated. The body might deliver the ache first, but it is we who add to the story by thinking, “Oh, there’s that ache again. Could it be…?” Conversely, if it’s a health-based story, we have nothing to do but enjoy the harmonious ease with which our body functions. For every time that we tell ourselves a poverty-based story, our subconscious mind delivers a way to fritter away money, turn down a great job opportunity, or instill another belief that we are destined to be poor. A prosperity-based story, of course, functions by motivating us to create the results that match that type of story. It’s just the way this reality works. The sad part is that many people don’t realize that results are directly related to the type of thoughts we engage. This will make more sense when we realize that it wasn’t real ghosts that frightened us as little children; it was merely the thought of ghosts that created the effects. The point? That thought was–and still is–the power.

Consider this: Do you believe that repeatedly telling yourself “I’m having a crappy day” makes any difference to the quality of your experience? Do you believe that thinking “I’ll never find a wonderful partner” can help you find that great relationship? Do you believe that saying “I’m broke, and I’m always going to be broke” can help you effectively manage your finances? Amidst even the most chaotic and unsettling circumstances, we may tell ourselves the most amazing story–through our thought commentary–and maintain our calm center. Émile Coué, a french psychologist and pharmacist (1857 – 1926), realized the importance of what we’re habitually telling ourselves. A firm believer in the power of autosuggestion, he coined the well-known expression: Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better.”

So how do we make a better life? By realizing that the type of story we’re telling ourselves can transform our lives! If we want to be scared, we can focus on a fear-based and negative story lines. If, however, we desire a wonderful life, we would be wise to make great health, wealth, success, peace, and joy the underlying theme. To empower ourselves even more, we might use wording such as “I am strong, confident, powerful, courageous, and whole.” It’s our book of life. We are the author. We owe it to ourselves to tell a good story…now. Don’t you think?

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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Something Wonderful

Something Wonderful

A woman named Claire (not her real name, for reasons of privacy and respect) recently shared an account of an incident that holds value for those of us who deliberately want to attract more of what we desire. It relates to a fortune cookie, and the message that she keeps in her purse. So…

Only a few days ago, Claire was paying for some groceries at the checkout line. As she was doing so, the message–something wonderful will happen for you today–fell out of her purse. Fortunately, the checkout lady noticed it, and Claire was able to return it to her purse for safe keeping. I’m not implying that I believe (nor did Claire) that a fate can be decided by a mass-produced message within a fortune cookie. I do believe, however, that what we attract into our lives is directly related to the thoughts we keep uppermost in mind.

Through various sources (internet and books), I’ve read that our subconscious mind is able to process approximately 400,000,000,000 bits of information a second. Our conscious mind, however, can only process approximately 2,000 bits; this is relatively still a large amount of processing power. Although I have no way of verifying if this is factual, I think we may at least conclude that the difference in processing capability of the conscious and subconscious minds is vast. What this tells me is that in any given moment there must be some form of selection process (focus?) that determines what we will experience in our lives. I imagine this as blinders on a horse, a device which limits the horse’s view to that which is straight ahead; permitting it–in a way–to see only a slice of the reality actually available.

The role of focus in our life cannot be emphasized too much, for it is that important! Claire was wisely choosing to remind herself that in any given moment–on any given day–something wonderful was welcome in her life. She was, in effect, telling the Universe that she was open to receiving the good that was available. Do you believe, as I believe, that our thinking influences our experience? Or do you believe that life, and our experience of it, is actually random?

Think about this for a moment, if you wish. Does it seem logical that when we direct our attention to a something-wonderful point of view we leave ourselves open to the good, the beautiful, the ideals that we hold most dear? Does believing that something wonderful is going to happen–in our career, in our relationships, in our family, in our finances–attune ourselves to that which we seek? Conversely, if we attune ourselves to what seems terrible–both within and without–is it not logical that we make ourselves vulnerable to that reality?

As students of the Law of Attraction, a question may naturally arise in our minds: So, how do we actually open ourselves to the reality that we’re seeking? In part, by realizing three ways in which we unintentionally sabotage our dreams and goals:

  • The first and most obvious: Fear. So often, it is fear that makes us say no to a new experience. It is fear that disguises itself as common sense. It is fear that makes us think of what can go wrong, instead of what may go marvellously right. It is fear that keeps a ship safe–but rotting–in harbour, when it was meant to sail the seven seas.
  • The second: Confused thinking. If we truly don’t know what we desire, we cannot successfully achieve. We might imagine our desires as existing on the other side of a portal. If that portal is intermittently opening and closing–seemingly of its own accord–even our best efforts will be futile.
  • The third: Impatience. If we are unwilling to let the Universe work in its own way and its own time–through us–we may end something potentially good, before it has truly even begun.

I’ll wrap up this article by offering a suggestion: Consider writing your own fortune-cookie message, of your heart’s deepest desire. Write it in the present tense, beginning with “I am now…,” as though it already exists here and now, as a reality. Keep it close–perhaps in your purse or wallet–and refer to it daily, in moments of quiet reflection. The life we desire may be waiting just outside the 2,000 bits of data that we habitually process. A change in attitude–prompted by our own message–will begin the process of attracting the good we seek. We’ll do ourselves a favour by letting it in.

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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Imagine “That”

Imagine That

That. And what is “that?” In the case of this article, that will refer to the Golden Gate Bridge. It will also refer to the Panama Canal, the CN Tower, the Channel Tunnel, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, Apollo 11, our computer, our cell phone, and an MRI used in hospitals. All of these thats (in fact every that) would never–and could never–have come into existence save for the power of our imagination!

Of imagination, Albert Einstein is quoted as saying this: Imagination is more important than knowledge. He is also quoted as saying: Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. And of the same subject, Napoleon Hill–author of Think And Grow Rich, wrote: First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination. And from John Dewey: Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.

My intention regarding this article is sincere: To help awaken readers–especially those studying the Law of Attraction–to the power and potential inherent of their own imagination. Why? Because it is through our imagination that we may make of our lives what we will. It is through imagination that we dream a better life. It is through imagination that we draw the blueprint of our future achievements. Such potential is often overlooked, taken for granted, or–especially in the case of young children–deliberately stifled by parents and teachers.

Doubt that imagination can truly be the origin of life change, of great inventions past and present? Do we then believe that such great inventions were fated into existence? Was it luck that brought us automobiles, airplanes, and cruise liners? No, we know that is not true. We know that we are co-creators linked to a Divine Mind that desires to facilitate our highest ideals. And, with just a little examination, we may see that it is through that same great faculty–our imagination—that we may fashion the wonderful life changes we desire. How?

By removing our focus from the outer–the effects that are already in place–and directing it toward the inner world of our imagination. It is only in that quiet place, the one in which we dare to dream, that we may seed the new harvest. When we go there–now–fully present, fully focused, we are free to envision the life we desire. In doing so, we go beyond our present circumstances–first–in mind. Our vision takes life as we engage our senses in the end result, as though whatever we desire is already here. Afterwards, we need only trust that we will be guided to the necessary action. This is not magic; it is the process of creation.

Is it possible that the beginning of the change we desire–greater health, a new business, a wonderful romantic relationship, and financial success–is conceived through a power that’s within our own mind? That we hold the key to our own future? Yes! And it is through our life–by living faith, and actions we take–that our dreams may be born.

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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Getting “There”

Getting There

Getting there–however we may define it–means something different to all of us. For some, it will mean having or maintaining great health. For others it may mean running a successful business, amassing large sums of money, travelling abroad, or finding that wonderful romantic relationship. It might also be symbolized by the acquisition of certain possessions, such as a house, a sports car, or a cottage by a lake, for example. However we define there, I’m here to tell you that the Law of Attraction–and our understanding of it–can definitely help us get what we desire.

How? In this article we’re going to examine a word that is integral to the process of creating more of what we desire…and less of what we don’t. That word is vacillate. From Merriam-Webster’s dictionary it’s defined as follows:

  1. :  to sway through lack of equilibrium: fluctuate, oscillate

  2. :  to waver in mind, will, or feeling :  hesitate in choice of opinions or courses

I believe that almost everyone, at least on a basic level, realizes that if we’re always changing our mind we may only reap vague and changing results. With such behaviour how could we achieve anything but? However, many people may not realize the extent to which we either aid or sabotage our efforts by vacillating in our desires.

The point about focus of attention and commitment to a dream has certainly been written about previously, but it’s worth emphasizing again. My articles, for instance, amazingly write themselves after I commit to working on the ideas that Source supplies to me! It is my focused attention to provide inspirational material that brings the intangible ideas into the realm of the here and now words that you’re reading! Anything less than that…and the articles would not exist. Source and I share a mutual promise–the ideas faithfully come to me, and I faithfully express them in the written word. Now, let’s take a deeper look at focus, which is, indeed, the opposite of vacillating:

Any stonemason knows that it is the repeated and concentrated application of hammer to chisel upon one line of the stone that actually creates the break! We may also easily understand that two steps to the left, followed by two steps to the right does not actually take us anywhere, for we would literally end up back where we began! Likewise, one brick added to a foundation–only to be removed a minute or an hour later–does not create a brick wall. When reading a book, too, we will never arrive at the final chapter unless we’re committed to turning page after page after page!

So, the point regarding focus has been made. Now, what exactly must we do? It’s simple, really. As trite as this may sound: Keep on keeping on! Be not like chaff–blown easily off course by the wind; be the rock upon which your desires can be built! Drawing on some of the above examples: Make it a habit of taking two steps forward, followed by another two steps! Lay that first brick, and another and another after that! Finish one book, and then read two or two thousand more! 

In summary: We must determine what we desire and then continue to have faith that our dreams are attainable–while taking action to bring them to reality! What, my friends, do you desire? What keeps you up at night, excitedly dreaming with a hopeful heart? With focus and concentrated effort in the right manner–like that of the stonemason–we may create our own breaks in life. And it will have nothing to do with luck! We may get there if we will trust, believe, act, and have faith. In doing so, vacillate will remain a word in the dictionary; not a habit in our life.

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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