Examine your motivations

We want the things we want for good reasons, right? Helping others, enjoying life more, having new experiences, growing and learning are all good, honest, pure reasons. But sometimes there are other reasons, reasons we may not admit to ourselves or even be aware of consciously. Just like negative emotions and self-imposed limits, these hidden reasons can hinder our progress.

Misguided Motivations

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Jealousy is poor motivation, whether you are the one feeling it or you are trying to make someone else feel it. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You’ve probably asked yourself why you want the things you want. If you haven’t, do so. If you have, do it again. There are very few cases of wanting something for only one single reason. If a desire is strong enough for you to seek a method of manifesting it, then there are probably multiple reasons why you want it.

Take the common desire for greater wealth. If you have made a practice of giving, then one reason you probably want more money so that you can give more. You probably tell yourself that and it is probably true. If you are a parent, you probably also want more so that you can give your children a better life. But don’t you also want more so that you can live a more comfortable lifestyle? Don’t you also want to be able to enjoy life more, take trips, have nice things? There’s nothing wrong with that. The term “selfish motivations” has a negative connotation, but honesty is of utmost importance here. Wanting nice things isn’t evil. Things only become a problem when you become too attached to them, or seek them out at the expense of other areas of your life or other people. There’s nothing wrong with seeking wealth in order to enjoy life.

But do you want money to impress people? Do you want money to make others jealous? What about to gain power over others? Be honest with yourself. Have you had thoughts like, “Oh, I’d love to see that stupid jerk’s face when he hears about this,” or, “I’m sure she’ll like me more when I’ve got this.”

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Take a little time to dig deeply and honestly into why you truly want what you want. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These motivations hinder us, because they focus our attention outwards and away from
our true goals. Instead of thinking, “I’d like to have this money so that I can enjoy nice things,” you’re actually thinking, “I want to make so-and-so jealous and having this money would be a good way to do it.” It makes what you think you want secondary to the goal of making the other person jealous. It splits your emotional and spiritual strength and divides your attention, even if you don’t realize it.

If you examined your motivations honestly and found some like this hidden away, don’t be too worried. Usually they are more easy to get rid of than you might think. Once they are uncovered and brought out into the light, they tend to simply dissolve away. Face them, admit them, and know that they are simply remnants of your old way of thinking. Know that you are living your life for you and no one else, and you have no need or desire to impress anyone else or hold power over anyone else.

Wanting friends and relatives to be proud of your success is natural, and there is nothing wrong with that. The problems creep in when you turn your success into a secondary objective, a means to the end of impressing someone else, making them jealous, etc. Want what you want for you and for your children, and don’t worry about the rest of it.


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Watch the bad vibes, man

There are many different ways in which we can be our own worst enemy. Yesterday we looked at how setting self-imposed limits on the ways in which our supply restricts the flow of blessings. Today we’ll take a look at another way we block the good.

Negative Emotions

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Our thoughts and emotions determine our experience. Our responsibility is to learn to manage them, not try to manage life. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There’s nothing here that hasn’t been covered before, but it is important enough to go over again. Fear, doubt, worry, anger, resentment and other negative emotions can be huge blocks to personal development. They misdirect our power, they distract our focus, and they keep us in a perpetual cycle of negative manifestation.

If you fear a situation, you are directing your thoughts toward it with an emotional charge and will only bring about more of what you fear. The same is true of doubt. The very action of doubt focuses the attention on the negative side of whatever you are thinking about. Ditto for the others. They set up a cycle in which, by focusing your attention and emotion on the negative, you manifest more of the negative, which you in turn focus on again, etc.

Break the cycle by focusing on the solution, not the problem. Find your center, your connection with the Divine. Know that you are directly connected to the Divine by nature of being part of it. Know that the solution is already there and simply waiting on you to align yourself with it.

Take all thought off of need or lack. Focus on supply and abundance. I admit, this is a case of “easier said that done,” at least at first, but it IS possible. The key is gratitude, both for what you already have and for what you are seeking.

Also, release any resentment you may have. Think of where it is directed, whether at another person, a situation, or even yourself, and think positive thoughts about the object of the resentment. Make this a daily practice until you feel peace when that person or situation enters your thoughts. This is a vital step in reaching any degree of peace or happiness.


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Don’t shoot yourself in the foot

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Don’t block the flow of blessings with self imposed limits. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Often we are our own worst enemy. Through wrong thinking and a lack of understanding, we cut off the flow of blessings into our lives. There are many different avenues that this can take, but over the next few days we’ll take a brief look at three common ones.

 Self Imposed Limits

This is a problem that many of us have, especially early on in our study of the Laws. It is placing artificial limits on God by only being able to imagine His supply coming to us through certain channels. This is the reason we are so often warned against worrying about how our desires will manifest.

If you can only imagine increased income reaching you through your regular job then you restrict it and choke off other channels which you’ve probably never even imagined. If you want a new relationship but in your imagination you limit your possibilities on how and where you may meet someone, the same thing applies.

You’ve probably heard of the “butterfly effect” and chaos theory. The simple definition is that small initial actions can have huge and seemingly unrelated effects, such a butterfly flapping its wings and a hurricane forming somewhere else weeks later as a result. We do not have the mental capacity to take into account the vast number of variables related to cause and effect in our lives, but God does.

Try not to focus on the how. The method is not up to you, and if you try to “help” you probably won’t. This is one place where “let go and let God” comes into the picture. In my experience, God has a sense of humor and seems to get a kick out of delivering things to me in ways I would have never been able to dream of on my own. Instead, focus on the desire itself and the emotions you will feel when you receive it. Make sure gratitude is one of those.

Open yourself up to infinite possibilities and even become excited about seeing how things work out. Just don’t impose limits on the delivery method.


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Another Bite of the Burger

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With each “bite of the burger” our understanding grows. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rarely does understanding come to us all at once. As we seek truth, it usually comes to us one piece at a time, so we can have the opportunity to fully understand it and integrate it into the overall picture we are forming.

Discussing this idea with a friend one time, I used the analogy of eating a hamburger. Imagine you meet a person from some far off land who has never had a hamburger. You tell him how good burgers are, but no amount of description can truly communicate the idea. The only way for him to find out what a hamburger tastes like is to eat one himself.

You gather the ingredients, fire up your grill and make your new friend a hamburger with everything. Lettuce, pickles, onions…the works. You make sure he is going to get the full picture.

With the first bite, he gets some bread, some meat and maybe some lettuce. It introduces him to the idea of a burger but of course that’s just part of it, no where near the full experience. If he stopped there he could say that he was now familiar with hamburgers, but he still has an incomplete understanding of them. So he takes another bite, and this time gets some onion along with the rest. His picture of what a hamburger is has expanded, but is still short of complete.

Bite after bite, his understanding of a hamburger expands. The basic idea doesn’t change, but each bite introduces him to a new aspect of it. Bread, meat and lettuce isn’t fundamentally different from bread, meat, lettuce, onion, pickle, mustard, ketchup, etc. However the latter is a much more fully developed concept. When you friend finally finishes his burger, he has a full understanding of what a hamburger is.

While the analogy isn’t perfect, I think it illustrates the point well. When we study and meditate, ideas and understanding come to us, but not in their full manifestation. We may read a scripture or passage and believe we understand it, only to read it again later to see a whole new level of meaning in it. This can happen over and over with the same idea.

Normally the basic concept doesn’t change, but our understanding of it grows deeper and deeper. However, there are times when we will review something we thought we had cold only to find that we completely misunderstood what it was saying, or only had the most superficial grasp when the true meaning was much different.

When you are seeking truth, when you are looking for understanding and wisdom, don’t just read one source and then put it away thinking you have gained all you can from it. Put it back into your stack, and read it again after some time has passed and your understanding has grown.

It has been said that, when we reread something and see in it something we didn’t see the first time through, it isn’t because we actually see something we didn’t see the first time but because there is something new in us that wasn’t there the first time through. I think there is a great deal of truth to that.

Wisdom and understanding are cumulative. They grow and expand as our experience and study cause our minds to grow and expand. When you come across and idea that you’ve been familiar with for years and suddenly see it in a new light, don’t think that you missed it the first time. You just took another bite of the burger.


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Russell: God Works Through Truth

Many authors have written about natural laws that govern perception, reality and the power of mind and thoughts. Over the next several days, we will explore the various ways these writers have named and described these laws. This examination is merely a quick look at each of these laws, however. It is recommended that you study the books mentioned for yourself to gain a deeper understand of The Laws and how to apply them in your life.

In 1957 Robert A. Russell published a book titled “God Works Through You.” In it he describes eight avenues through which God works in the world. These eight avenues are not presented as laws per se, but for our purposes in this examination we will treat them as such. Today we will look at the final method of God.

God Works Through Truth

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

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Duality of Mind (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So what is the truth? The truth is that God is at the center of your being. He is already there, he is already pouring blessings “down the pipe.” They are ready to appear as soon as you bring your mind into harmony and alignment with them.

How do you know the truth? By becoming aware of God within you, of your oneness with Him, of your connection to Him and His desire to bless you. By clearing your heart of resentment, anger, and guilt and filling it with love for God, each other and yourself. By knowing that your Mind, your spiritual mind, is one with the Mind of God, and that it is only your human mind, the thoughts of the material mind, that limit you and that must be denied.

What does the truth set you free from? Worry, doubt, insecurity, fear and want.

“There are many forms and methods of prayer and treatment, but the essential in all prayer is to know, and know that you know, that what you have asked in prayer is already yours.” – Robert A. Russell

That isn’t the easiest thing, because until we learn this we spend our lives thinking that everything happens randomly, or that we are supposed to be in the situation we are in, or that life just happens and we just have to deal with it. Those ideas are conditioning, and they can be hard to get past.

You don’t reprogram this conditioning by just repeating words over and over. Affirmations can help, but without an awareness of God within you they are useless. They remind you that your blessings are already there, but the awareness makes you able to believe them, to know the truth.


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Russell: God Works Through Thanksgiving

Many authors have written about natural laws that govern perception, reality and the power of mind and thoughts. Over the next several days, we will explore the various ways these writers have named and described these laws. This examination is merely a quick look at each of these laws, however. It is recommended that you study the books mentioned for yourself to gain a deeper understand of The Laws and how to apply them in your life.

In 1957 Robert A. Russell published a book titled “God Works Through You.” In it he describes eight avenues through which God works in the world. These eight avenues are not presented as laws per se, but for our purposes in this examination we will treat them as such. Today we will look at the seventh of these eight methods of God.

God Works Through Thanksgiving

Gratitude Journal

A great way of realizing the power of thanksgiving in our lives is by keeping a Gratitude Journal (Photo credit: limevelyn)

If there is one element, one practice, that can have a greater impact on your life than any other, it is gratitude. What makes gratitude such a powerful force? I’ve discussed it in a series here, and even written a book on it. At the end of his chapter on thanksgiving, Russell presents fifteen different points on gratitude and its effects. The short answer is that there are so many benefits of gratitude there isn’t a short answer. I will, however, attempt to present a brief summary.

“After all the metaphysical theories have been written and all the philosophical platitudes spoken, the thing that sets the Law in operation is thanksgiving.” – Robert A. Russell

We know that one of the basic tenets of The Laws is a peaceful, positive state of mind. The Bible says over and over to “delight yourself in the Lord,” to “be still and know that I am God,” to “let not your hearts be troubled,” and so on. Different teachers have all told us that feeling good is imperative in bringing about good.

Gratitude is a powerful force for keeping your heart, your mind, in a positive, peaceful state. By focusing on the good already around you and the blessings you have already been given, you take your focus off of any perceived lack or want. It lifts your mood by praising the good things you already have and how much they mean to you. It uplifts, it inspires and it reassures.

Science has demonstrated in recent years the measurable physical and psychological benefits of gratitude. Better sleep, improved relationships and less stress are just a few of them. Practicing an attitude of gratitude has been shown in multiple studies to improve the mood and lead to an overall higher quality of life.

Gratitude focuses the attention on the now. You are aware of the good in your life now, and less concerned with the future. When you are thankful for the roof over your head tonight, you aren’t worrying about paying the rent tomorrow.

Gratitude also reinforces faith. Doubt about tomorrow’s supply is washed away when you become aware of all the blessings you have already been given. When you see the good around you, worry is replaced with reassurance.

Gratitude is the catalyst that makes all other aspects of The Laws and of faith function. It is the foundation upon which all the other Laws are built and which supports a positive mindset. Without a sense of gratitude, all the rest of it is nothing.


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Russell: God Works In The Now

Many authors have written about natural laws that govern perception, reality and the power of mind and thoughts. Over the next several days, we will explore the various ways these writers have named and described these laws. This examination is merely a quick look at each of these laws, however. It is recommended that you study the books mentioned for yourself to gain a deeper understand of The Laws and how to apply them in your life.

In 1957 Robert A. Russell published a book titled “God Works Through You.” In it he describes eight avenues through which God works in the world. These eight avenues are not presented as laws per se, but for our purposes in this examination we will treat them as such. Today we will look at the sixth of these eight methods of God.

God Works In The Now

The Passage of Time

Now is the time. (Photo credit: ToniVC)

One of the basic tenets of The Laws is that we should believe, act, think and thank as if the good we seek is already in our hands, not something that is coming to us at a future time. The past is forgotten, and the future isn’t here yet. The only time that matters is now.

As Russell points out, it is the difference between unloading a ship that is moored at the dock and waiting for “your ship to come in.” Is is the difference between harvesting a field that is already ripe and waiting for the crop to ripen. It is the tense that you see things from that counts.

When I was growing up, in church we would sing what we called “The Doxology.” It begins:

“Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;”

As a child, and even as an adult, I knew that God was the Creator of everything but I missed the deeper meaning of these words. All blessings do indeed flow from God. Think of it as a spiritual pipeline running from God into our lives. On the end of that pipe, like most pipes, is a valve. The only thing keeping blessings from flowing to us constantly is our sin, our wrong thinking, which closes the valve and shuts off the flow.

One of Christ’s purposes was to show us how to turn that valve back on. Part of that is not to think of our blessings as coming to us later, but now. “Believe that you receive them and ye shall have them.” (Mark 11:24)

The blessings are already there, are always there. We do not experience them in our lives because we fail to see them in our minds, fail to be aware of them, fail to accept them.

As Russell points out, when we are in water, is the business of the water to make us wet. When we are in the tropics or the arctic is the business of the climate to make us warm or cold. We do not have to DO anything. When our vision is correct, when we become aware of our link to God through Christ, we take our place in the Kingdom of God and begin to turn that valve. When we are in the Kingdom it is the business of the Kingdom to supply us.

Time is a human creation. It is something we manufactured to make sense of the goings on around us. It isn’t as concrete as we think it is. Ever noticed how the older you get, the quicker time seems to move? As technology advances, communications speed up and our sense of times shifts there as well. How long did it take in the past to mail a letter across the ocean? Now telephones and internet bridge that gap instantly.

Our supply is sitting there waiting. The only limitations on it are put there by us. We impose our own limits by our lack of understanding.


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Russell: God Works Through The Law

Many authors have written about natural laws that govern perception, reality and the power of mind and thoughts. Over the next several days, we will explore the various ways these writers have named and described these laws. This examination is merely a quick look at each of these laws, however. It is recommended that you study the books mentioned for yourself to gain a deeper understand of The Laws and how to apply them in your life.

In 1957 Robert A. Russell published a book titled “God Works Through You.” In it he describes eight avenues through which God works in the world. These eight avenues are not presented as laws per se, but for our purposes in this examination we will treat them as such. Today we will look at the fifth of these eight methods of God.

God Works Through The Law

Prayer

Prayer isn’t just reciting a formula. (Photo credit: Boofalo Blues)

The law spoken of in Russell’s fifth chapter is what he calls the Law of Mind. It is knowing that God is the source and creator of everything, and that we are one with God through Christ. Jesus said, “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” (John 14:20) Through this oneness with God we can have happiness, true peace, and joy. We can also ask what we will and it will be given to us.

Russell points out five elements of effective asking, or prayer;

  1. Intent: A specific desire. Not a vague, general longing but a very specific picture of what we want.
  2. Belief: knowing that we are one with God and that He is the source and creator of all and both able and willing to provide. This also encompasses a love of God and each other, and a sense of forgiveness and lack of resentment toward anyone.
  3. Knowledge: Knowing that whatever you ask for is already granted, and therefore feeling gratitude for it.
  4. Emotion: There must be emotion behind the desire. Not one of lack or want, but a sincere desire for whatever we are asking for.
  5. Surrender: Willingness to surrender to Divine will. Knowing that, just as a parent would not give a child anything that would harm them no matter how much the child begged, God sees from a higher viewpoint than we do and will not give us anything that will harm us. Whatever happens will be for the ultimate good.

Old movie projector

He also uses a powerful illustration to show how the thoughts impressed upon our subconscious manifest in our reality. He talks about a movie projector (remember the good old days when movies came on film instead of on a disk or down a network cable?) and how when the operator wants to change the picture on the screen, he doesn’t go down and try to deal with the picture itself, he changes the film that is in the projector.

In this illustration, the screen is our reality. The projector, or more specifically the light shining through it, is the Law or the creative power of God flowing to us and through our subconscious. The film is our beliefs, the thoughts, desires, fears and worries we hold in our mind. Whatever film we feed in front of the light is what is projected and appears in our lives. If you don’t like the way the movie is going, beating on the screen all day long will not help anything. You must change the film to one you want to see.


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Russell: God Works Through The Kingdom

Many authors have written about natural laws that govern perception, reality and the power of mind and thoughts. Over the next several days, we will explore the various ways these writers have named and described these laws. This examination is merely a quick look at each of these laws, however. It is recommended that you study the books mentioned for yourself to gain a deeper understand of The Laws and how to apply them in your life.

In 1957 Robert A. Russell published a book titled “God Works Through You.” In it he describes eight avenues through which God works in the world. These eight avenues are not presented as laws per se, but for our purposes in this examination we will treat them as such. Today we will look at the fourth of these eight methods of God.

God Works Through The Kingdom

The fourth chapter of Russell’s look at the methods of God talks about the Kingdom of God being a state available inside us all right now, not a future manifestation of a literal Kingdom on Earth. He doesn’t deny the idea of Heaven, but makes the point that if we do not live in the Kingdom here now, we will never reach the one to come.

The major thrust of the chapter is that the Kingdom is our awareness of both God in us and God in everything around us. It is in our viewpoint, our ability to see and accept the health and plenty available to us instead of seeing only the illness and lack around us.

The good is already there. The health, abundance and happiness are already provided. We do not have to beg for them, we only must bring ourself into awareness of them. We must relate ourselves to them, see them, accept them. If we are more conscious of our need for the good than we are aware of the good itself, we have disconnected ourselves from the supply and we encourage the growth of the need instead. We must shift our attention off of the problem and onto the answer. Even if our attitude is positive, if it is directed toward the negative state it only feeds the negative state. Our subconscious delivers to our reality the picture we constantly set before it.

This isn’t God being capricious or vindictive. It is simply the law. It is how the Kingdom works. If we are constantly aware of need and want, we will live in a constant state of need and want. If we shift our attention and focus to the good, the plenty and supply, then that is what will manifest.

This goes farther than just holding happy pictures in our minds, however. We must acknowledge God as not only bigger than ourselves, but bigger than the circumstances to which we have given so much thought. We must believe those pictures. We must accept their reality and take peace from them, because if we are in a state of struggle, conflict and competition we choke off our source of supply.

The Kingdom of God is your conscious awareness of the presence of God, and it is here that your needs are met. It is the awareness that it is everything, that we are already in it, and that it is in us. We must make all of our thoughts, words and actions be in harmony with this idea. It takes time, practice and effort, but it is possible to all of us. When we begin to do this, we will truly see that we are the branch and without the vine, we are nothing.


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Russell: God Works Through Agreement

Many authors have written about natural laws that govern perception, reality and the power of mind and thoughts. Over the next several days, we will explore the various ways these writers have named and described these laws. This examination is merely a quick look at each of these laws, however. It is recommended that you study the books mentioned for yourself to gain a deeper understand of The Laws and how to apply them in your life.

In 1957 Robert A. Russell published a book titled “God Works Through You.” In it he describes eight avenues through which God works in the world. These eight avenues are not presented as laws per se, but for our purposes in this examination we will treat them as such. Today we will look at the third of these eight methods of God.

God Works Through Agreement

Russell says in his third chapter that our higher self (spiritual self) and lower self (personality) must be in harmony. When we live in the lower self we are disconnected from our source of supply, like an appliance that has been unplugged. We must bring the two into harmony, but we must do more than that. The higher self must be in control, it must direct the lower self.

“It is a great day in your life when you recognize that your struggle is not with the world but with yourself.”

The higher self, the spiritual self, isn’t affected by changes in circumstances. When the adjustment from the lower self to the spiritual self is made our passage through life shifts from a ride in an old horse-drawn wagon to a ride in a hovercraft, floating over all the minor obstacles that used to make life so rough.

You stop trying to create, because you realize that you are already connected to the source of all supply. You simply become aware of the supply that already exists all around you. You know that all good things are manifestations of God, just as a chair is not a chair AND wood, it is wood manifested as the chair.

The lower self is in constant fluctuation between the good and the bad, lack and plenty, illness and health. It is the self that allows you to become jealous, angry, worried and resentful. There is good all around it, but since it has lost its connection to its spiritual identity it is unaware and falls prey to worry and doubt. It is unstable, being washed around by the tides of life or attempting to fight against them. It is up and down, never steady for long.

So how do you make the shift from the lower to the higher self? The subconscious (which Russell calls the soul) is the bridge. It is aware of both sides. When you make the conscious decision to shift your awareness to the spiritual plane, your subconscious opens the gateway. It is the pipe that lets the water flow from the spiritual realm into the physical. You become aware of your thoughts, and whenever you find yourself operating from the point of view of the lower self, shift your perspective. Know you are connected, be aware of God in you and His infinite supply.

It doesn’t happen instantly. It is a progressive change that happens over time, but probably not as long as you think. Watch what you are thinking, and ask yourself where those thoughts come from. When they are the thoughts of your lower self, change them. Dwell on the positive. This is how the lower self and the higher self are brought into agreement.


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