Last week I had my usual every-four-month dental appointment. My dentist is a sweet man, very precise, and thorough. You should see the way he flosses the intersections of my teeth after he’s done cleaning them! Not just a quick in-and-out, but a scraping motion that saws back and forth back and forth, up one tooth and down the other. I’m always impressed.
Over the ten years he’s been my dentist, he sometimes asks me, in his shy way, questions that have come up for him since I saw him last. These questions are usually technical. and focused on improving his dentristy. Like what did I mean when I talked about an “oil pull” to remove bacteria in the mouth? He knows I’m not his usual patient, but I had no idea just how much he knew until this last appointment, when, in his usual shy manner, he walked up to me as soon as I arrived and handed me a little book, saying that he had recently re-read it, and he thought that I might appreciate it.
I glanced at the cover, and was startled. That my sweet, precise, doggedly thorough dentist would hand me such a book? Huh? To me, this little juxtaposition of a very ordinary dentist appointment with the insertion of a book that yes, he was right — how did he know?! — I did and do very much appreciate, just goes to show how surprise lurks in every second of every minute of every day, if we but allow it room to blossom.
In fact, the juxtaposition of the mundane with the miraculous in this little encounter is very much an example of what Walter Russell himself, I discovered as I pursued the book later, is about. He is a man after my own heart, claiming that we are all geniuses, and that all we have to do is peel back the encrustations of conditioning to discover that. For when we do, the universal chi or energy that courses through the universe then moves through us, too, expressing itself into form after form according to the way we, as unique individuals, are designed.
Here’s some info from wikipedia:
Walter Bowman Russell (1871-1963) was an American polymath known for his achievements as a painter, sculptor, author and builder and less well known as a natural philosopher and for his unified theory in physics and cosmogony.
I no longer have the book here, or I would quote from it. (I lent it to an artistic friend who will appreciate it as much as I do.)
Instead, here’s someone else, who quotes from the book as his review:
This story of the life of Walter Russell was first published in 1946 when he lived in Carnegie Hall, in New York City. A few excerpts:
II. We Meet the Man, p. 6-9
“Every person has consummate genius within and carries within the key which unlocks awareness thereo f, to allow in the universal power that has made each a master. That key is ‘desire’ when it is ‘released’ into the great eternal Energy of the universe.”
“You may command Nature to the extent only in which you are willing to obey her.”
“Joy and happiness are the indicators of balance in a human machine, just as a change in the familiar hum in a mechanism immediately indicates an abnormalcy to the practiced ear of the mechanic. An inner joyousness, amounting to ectasy, is the normal condition of the genius mind. Any lack of that joyousness developes body-destroying toxins. That inner ectasy of the mind is the secret fountain of perpetual youth and strength in any man. He who finds it finds omnipotence and omniscience.
“The electric energy which motivates us is not within our bodies at all. It is a part of the universal supply which flows through us from the Universal Source with an intensity set by our desires and our will.”
III. We Meet the Artist, p. 16-17
“He also financed the buildings and sold all of the stock and even devised the legal possibility of making a sound economic principle out of an idea which was deemed unsound before. It was the principle of cooperative ownership, which for many succeeding years was acknowledged as a sound economic principle throughout the world. He conceived that principle. Lawyers said it couldn’t be done, and the real estate men and bankers said it was ridiculous. He showed them the soundness of the principle even though he knew nothing of man-made law or finance. He knew Universal Law, however, and applied that law of balance in nature to man’s law and thus created an epoch in New York real estate dealings. He had a very hard time in procuring the first loan, but after four or five buildings had been erected, every financial institution in the city offered him all the money he wanted and he built many notable buildings on that principle.
“Real estate “operators” then came along and destroyed the principle. They violated the universal law of balance between give and take. They looked at the product and the profit as the reality instead of upon the thought which created the product. They “milked” every operation for themselves and left only a liability for their cooperative clients. The result is that every cooperative building that he erected is profitable even today, and some of them are forty-five years old, while practically all of those in which business men varied the principle to make more profit are failures. Shortsightedly they killed a wonderful market and wrecked a cosmic idea by increasing their immediate profits at the expense of their future ones. Incidentally in doing this they caused the losses of many millions to investors who relied upon them.”
IV. The Five Laws of Success
One must not be the part, One must be the whole.
Enter alone your inner world in complete reverence.
The universe gives to those who ask without favor.
4. DEEP PURPOSE
Plumb the depths of this limitless electric universe.
It’s the gift that keeps on giving…
AK again: I also downloaded a pdf of a very complex, technical work of Russell’s called The Secret of Light, but it was way too daunting for me to read on a screen. I’m going to print it out and see if I can penetrate it that way. If so, I know damn well that I’ll be glad I did.