Caveman Wisdom


Two cavemen, Gronk and Thogg, were sitting on a rock ledge, overlooking the expanse of land that stretched before them. The afternoon sun was full and bright; not a cloud was in the sky. In the near distance, wildlife grazed or darted playfully to and fro. The warbled songs and stabbing calls of various birds filled the air. Life was good. Impulsively Thogg turned toward his friend and said, “You know, Gronk, I’ve been…thinking.” It felt as though he was admitting a dirty secret.

Gronk lowered his head and stroked the hair of his forearm. “There’ve been rumours,” he said.

“Yes, no doubt. Word gets around.”

“What’s it like?”



Thogg was staring dreamily off into the distance. “It’s wild. Can take you on amazing trips without ever leaving the cave.”


“Oh, yeah.”

“Sounds almost like a drug,” said Gronk.

“You ever been tempted?”

“Nah, can’t say that I have,” said Gronk. Indifferent, he began to pick at his teeth with a small twig. A few moments later: “It’s new, isn’t it?”

Thogg leaned against a slab of rock behind him and spread his arms wide, sitting as though on a couch. “In the big scheme of life, yes, relatively.”

“It’s just a fad, though, right?”

“No,” said Thogg, “I think it’s here to stay.”

“What is it…actually?”

“It’s a higher intellect function that sets us part from wildebeests, monkeys, and such. They haven’t got it, but we do. With thinking, we can produce ideas, decisions, and memories or have opinions about something.”

“You don’t say,” said Gronk. Staring off into the distance, he absentmindedly scratched at his chest. “Is it good for anything?”

“Well, can be,” said Thogg.


“Remember two moons ago, when we were working on that straight stick?”

“For sure.”

“And how I used a rock to shape the end into a point?”

“Yes, marvelous, simply marvelous. What a stroke of luck!”

Thogg grinned. “Uh, uh, wasn’t luck. It was thinking,” he said–tapping a crooked finger against his head.

“Nah! Really?”

“For sure. Thinking is great stuff; we just have to use it carefully.”

Gronk scratched his chin. “Whadya mean?”

“Well, thinking is like any other tool–like fire, twigs, rocks, and clubs. We just have to make certain that we’re using our thinking rather than our thinking using us.

Gronk swatted lazily at some flies buzzing near his head, and then turned–with a puzzled expression–to face Thogg. “I’m not sure I follow,” he said.

“Hmm,” said Thogg. “Well, you know when we make fire? How we have to be careful?”

“For sure,” said Gronk. “Because if we’re not we can get burned!”

“That’s right,” said Thogg. “Thinking is much like building fire. We must always control the fire, and fan only the positive sparks of thought.”

A glimmer of understanding lit across Gronk’s face. “Tell me more,” he said.

“It’s really not that complicated,” replied Thogg. “With thinking, we can imagine all sorts of new ways to improve life. The key is to focus on good stuff…here,” he said, pointing to his head.

“Sounds wonderful!” exclaimed Gronk. I’m going to try this new thing called thinking on for size.”

“Before you do,” said Thogg, “just remember the caveat.”

“Humph,” said Gronk, “the what?”

“The ca-ve-at,” said Thogg, with a roll of his eyes. “It means a warning or caution.”

“What’s the warning?”

“That we must only think positively–never negatively, or about what we fear.”

“Just one more time…why?”

Thogg cleared his throat, and leaned forward. “Because all thought–both good and bad–is creative! If we focus on negative thoughts, we’ll create negative outcomes! You may not know this yet, but we’re creators–the top of the heap! And thinking is our greatest tool. If we think the right way, there’s no telling how far we may go. But if we think the wrong way, absolutely no good can come of it.”

Gronk stuck out his chin and nodded. A beetle crawling by soon caught his attention. As though mesmerized, he nudged it several times with his finger. And just as suddenly as their discussion had begun, it came to an end. Gronk yawned; thinking about thinking had made him tired. He groaned softly as he stretched out on the flat rock to soak up the heat of the sun. Thogg, however, felt energized. Compelled by a creative spirit that would not be denied, he clambered up a nearby hill. At the peak, he raised a hand to his prominent brow and scanned the horizon–dreaming and thinking of a better future not yet a reality. As twilight fell, a lone eagle crossed his field of vision. Thogg craned his head and watched it soar in wide circles above him. How effortlessly it flew, barely moving its wings. A grin crossed his face. “One day,” he said aloud, “maybe one day.” And with that thought echoing in his mind, he ambled back to his cave and dreamt away the night.

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,


Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell

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Law of Attraction: Believer?


I have a confession to make: Although I write about the Law of Attraction, I was only a partial believer until a few years ago. Overall, the teachings made sense to me; and I could easily accept that I had created part of my life. But…when it came to believing that I had attracted some or all of the painful situations in my life, my skepticism increased by leaps and bounds. You, too, may have doubts. You may be questioning and wondering. You may be thinking: “Really? You want me to believe that thought is at the heart of what I’m experiencing in life?”

I share the truth regarding my initial skepticism for one reason: Because I sincerely desire to help people understand a process which–when properly applied–will empower us to create more fulfilling lives. The benefits won’t be realized, however, if we discard the teachings due to ignorance or misunderstanding. In such a case, the Law of Attraction will still be functioning; it’s just that we won’t be applying it deliberately. The decision regarding our beliefs, of course, is highly personal. If we just try to believe our thoughts matter–but actually doubt the truth of the Law of Attraction–we’ll attract according to that reality. For the teachings to have value in our life, we have to know they are true.

In my ebook entitled Hold That Thought, I include five Tipping Points that helped convert me to a one-hundred percent believer. The first tipping point relates to this: Please take a look around whatever room you’re in and glance at various objects. Can you find anything that wasn’t preceded by thought? A chair, a kettle, a television–for example– were all preceded by thought. Someone imagined them. Had someone not imagined them, those objects would not exist. The same holds true for a computer, a vase, and a light. In every case, thought came first; followed by manifestation in the world without. So?

If that is how objects–which had only existed as intangible thoughts in someone’s mind–were created, should not the same process apply to the creation of our desires? Nothing is by accident. Therefore, may we logically conclude that imagination is a fundamental part in manifesting the house we desire, better relationships, improved health, and greater wealth? The answer voiced by great men and women is a resounding yes. This knowledge–when applied–yields tremendous benefits; for when we deal with life at the level of cause, we may deliberately create the effects we desire.

We may also consider this: The inventors of such objects didn’t know how they were going to create them. None of them knew–beforehand–the steps that would be required to make their inventions tangible in the world. How, then, did they achieve their goals? Through conviction to their visions, and courage to act upon their intuition. In short, they trust that the Universe would provide. And the Universe did just that! Contrary to popular belief, we don’t have to know how. The way will be revealed. Now…are we going to take that first step?

Dare to dream.

With heartfelt regards,


Copyright © – 2016 – R. Arthur Russell

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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,


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,


Copyright © – 2016 – R. Arthur Russell

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

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