twin flame

on releasing my attachment to discover my twin flame

every day i am presented with choices to make. my mind always wanting to please others, i know which direction he tries to steer me. he wants to win at all costs. he wants to be right no matter what the fallout. he needs that approval.

man this is deeply rooted inside me. 

i can feel my soul send shivers down my right arm, now my left. a chill encompasses my entire being. immediately i know what is important to me. 


how can i express my love today?

love for myself, love for my twin flame, love for others, love for life.

i am a creature of habit but am breaking my ties. i no longer need to live the same way, everyday.

if something is not making me happy, i choose to get at the seed of that thought, remove it from my garden and plant a new seed.

i know i can. i have the tools the strength and the power to do so. i may need to weed my garden of my worries but when i do, my world answers me with bountiful blessings. 

a case in point.

just over a year ago, i asked the girl of my dreams to marry me. we hiked to the top of her favorite peak (alone in a blizzard) where i dropped to one knee and expressed my love, my commitment, my excitement to share the rest of my life with her. and the best part, she eventually said yes - yes eventually, that's a side story i'll share at some point.

Derek Russell proposes atop mountain to kara

the joy running through my body right meow fills me with peace. it fills me with pure happiness again. to think about that moment that happened just over a year ago, i am immediately a little boy again full of youthful expression.

but before i was with her, i was alone. i was alone for many years. i was lonely. i wanted her in my life. 

i dated many young and beautiful women. many only lasted a couple of dates. a couple were longer but eventually those relationships turned into better friendships. we knew we each had a different life we were meant to live. and so we moved on.

and it was hard. living years without anyone. by myself. i was attractive, funny, athletic, smart. where was she? and why haven't i found he yet, i agonized about it day after day.

i did something new to me. i called upon my angels to help me find her. 

my soul reminds me, when you can live and trust that what you desire is coming back to you, you will be surprised at how quickly you see what you desire appearing in your life. and it will come to you when you are ready. no earlier, no later.

i practice visualizing my life with my future wife. i see us smiling. laughing. playing. traveling the world. helping millions. i imagine the adventures we take together, the experiences we share, the love.

i grin from ear to ear this morning seeing the complete verification of this tool in my life.

as i released my inner need to have this girl in my life, the universe guided me into her arms.

when you committed to trusting yourself, when you let go of that incessant attachment, + when you really felt the emotions of being with her, you aligned yourself with your next level of awareness. you freed your mind from worry. your expression of gratitude in this moment brought you more to be grateful for.

be one with your creator.

be one with your spirit.

bringing this awareness into my mind this morning of what i created, i am at peace. i feel AMAZING! i can do whatever i intend. all i need to do i ask my angels for guidance, put the power of intention to work and trust the universe will handle all the details. 

I choose abundance for life.

on growing with my twin flame

i am going through a healing that i have been training for for a quite a long time. and i am finally ready. i am finally ready to heal. i am finally ready to grow.

this one goes out to my twin flame, my best friend, my adventure buddy, my lover, my wife, my little peach, my monkey.

i am so grateful to have you in my life.

you will not even begin to understand how long i have been searching for you. or maybe you will. maybe your soul has been searching for me.

but what i do know is, i was not willing to settle with anyone other than you. there is no woman, no girl, no lady more exquisite than you. no soul more magnificent than yours.

over every hill, across country lines, within each forest, and under every sea, i called for you. i sent out a beacon of love for you.

and i knew i had to find you before i could even think about moving onward on my journey, on our journey together.

we have traveled many lifetimes apart but the reuniting of our souls in this physical body is stronger than ever. our love sends rockets of radiance to all those around us. we are messengers of love, healers of light.

you are a gift in my life and there is no place i'd rather be than in your arms.

i belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweetheart
— ho hey, the lumineers

i may not always say thank you. i may not always agree with you. but know the togetherness i feel with you is one of unbounded love. it is unbending. and it will never break.

our love is beautiful and bright.

i love you more than words could ever describe.

i am immensely thankful that we have connected, that we are sharing our lives becoming what our souls are intended to be - and we are doing it TOGETHER.

you are my rock.

thank you for shining love in my life. 

thank you for supporting me throughout this healing.

i am awakening to my inner intelligence and am releasing these hidden fears that i've buried deep within me.

my soul is awakening and communicating with me more and more.

before i met you i hid my anger and inner hatred. i smothered myself. i was a victim in my life. i was always looking for the approval of others. i needed it. i wasn't able to be me.

with you i realize i don't need to live that way anymore. i don't need to pretend any longer. i don't want to.

i am moving through this pain very quickly.

marrying you was the most joyful day of my life. it was a day when all my worries disappeared. all my fears were nowhere to be seen, nowhere to be felt, nowhere to be heard. it was a day of pure love, happiness, and freedom. it was our day. and what a day it was!

i thought for sure i was going to cry. but the sight of you strutting down that aisle to me on that most memorable day, our most glorious day this past october is forever engrained in my heart, in my mind and in my soul when our souls united to become one, all i could do was smile. it was happening. 

see what i mean, big smile. Photo by NH Images

see what i mean, big smile. Photo by NH Images

you beamed a brilliant white light of love of happiness of life waving at everyone and telling them how beautiful they looked, yet you were the only one i saw. you looked so elegant in your backless dress.

ow ow we look so fine. photo by nh images

ow ow we look so fine. photo by nh images

the silliness, the laughter, the life we share is a dream come true. it has been a dream of mine since i was a little boy.

i longed for you way before i ever knew you.

so i'd like to take this moment, right now, to ask you for your hand again

it's time to dance the night away

When I Write it, I Create it

By Celebrity & Corporate Artist Derek Russell

Awakening to the simple pleasure of writing has been so powerful for me. I feel on cruise control whenever I get into my zone - and just let my inner being out. The ego is not allowed here. When I write, I release the need to correct and analyze the words as I write them. For me a freewrite of this nature is the only way to go. It was extremely difficult at first but with practice it started to come more naturally. And I discovered the liberation. This feeling is so enjoyable.

And writing has paved the way for my extreme success. Which is why it is one of the first things I do every morning when I wake up. I stretch my body long, wiggle the energy into my being, and breathe into each morning breath with excitement. I am creating the life I desire. And I've been writing about it now for years. I find it is the best way to write down your visions and your mission. To get really clear at what you want and what you desire. To get creative with it, have a little fun and use your imagination. It's your life, go big.

How has this vision writing helped me you may ask?

Let me share a couple personal stories with you

I'm engaged to my twin flame

Photo taken moments after I proposed atop Mount Chocorua

Photo taken moments after I proposed atop Mount Chocorua

Let's step back in time 2.5 years. I'm an easy going, good looking, adventurous guy - or so I thought? So why was I having so much trouble finding a girl.

Well - I'm extremely selective and very picky when it comes to girls. And I was getting sick and tired of going to bars trying to find one. No girl I've ever met at a bar truly had what I was looking for - so I would keep looking. What I really wanted was a nature girl that loved adventure. I mean I wanted to spend my days off going hiking, kayaking, exploring - not going to clubs.

There were years - years between girlfriends. And I began to think, I'm never going to find anyone. I got depressed and lonesome.

But that got me absolutely NO WHERE - but more sad.

I began educating myself. I learned what other successful people who were in loving relationships did. I asked questions. I got answers. I got excited again.

And one day I joined E-Harmony - yes I joined the world of online dating. A place so far from who I was. I took a chance. I took a giant leap and reached out hoping to find my soulmate. And boy was I surprised. Surprised by the matches I was set up with. None of the girls were even remotely my type. They were overweight, unhealthy, & unattractive. What a complete waste of money. I cancelled my subscription.

And then I remembered what I had forgotten - it's important to have reminders of these things - I needed to get clear about the girl I was looking for and the relationship I wanted and what it would do for me. So I took out my journal and wrote down exactly that.

Over the next two months, I was more open to finding, meeting and experiencing a loving relationship. I was happy again. I felt good.

I decided to join E-Harmony again - they offered me a discounted rate for a month subscription. Everything happens for a reason. Nothing over that month. Bummer! I really thought I would meet her. So I go back onto E-Harmony to find out I had gone over the month and they automatically renewed me for another month. Are you serious?

But I am so thankful everything worked out that way. Because staring back at me was my newest match, Kara. A bombshell. A total 10! I skipped the recommended communication ice breakers and put it all out there. I wanted to see if she really was my type, so I asked her to join me on a snowshoe/snowboard adventure at a local mountain and ski resort, left my cell phone number, and wished her well. Not 20 minutes later I received a text message from her. And the rest is for another story, but we are happily engaged and living the dream. When I write it, I create it.

I'm a celebrity & corporate artist

Painting commissioned and licensed by Global Silicon Valley Capital

Painting commissioned and licensed by Global Silicon Valley Capital

It started with a feeling and a desire to make it as an artist. I have always known my calling to be expressing myself through art. But with all the negative publicity associated with starving artists, I knew I had to be special. It takes a strong foundation and a respected reputation.

With help from my treasured high school art teacher, I sought out to learn the artistic skills necessary to develop my talent. She introduced me to one of the best traditional portrait painters of this time. I studied under him for multiple years and intensely everyday for more than a year. I mastered my technique. I gained the confidence I needed.

And then a deep feeling came to me one day when I was doing my vision writing. I knew in order to make it big, I needed to start painting famous iconic people. And these paintings needed to be vibrant, expressive, and totally unique. I began writing. I am a celebrity artist. My art appeals to celebrities, musicians, actors, businessmen, politicians, royalty...Thousands of people see and appreciate my work. This focused me into a clear, targeted audience for original paintings. The more I wrote, the more I was able to determine my mission and vision. Emotions poured out. My expressions powerful. I wrote about my motives and reasons. And I wrote about what it would do for me and for others.

And then the art I started to create began getting noticed by more and more people. My vibrant expressions captured the souls of every iconic person I painted. Pretty soon I was selling portraits. Businesses began contacting me to inquire about commissioning me for inspirational artwork. Private collectors called and wanted more. People from all over the world reached out to me and wanted to learn more. Reporters interviewed me. Financial firms contacted me for licensing opportunities. I felt honored and blessed to be able to share my gift with each and every one of them.

It is my vision, my mission and my passion to use my gift to inspire the world.

Now I have and am working on paintings for celebrities, innovators, entrepreneurs, politicians, businessmen, and royalty. I am truly grateful! Thank you so much

I'm happy & healthy

Photo courtesy of Liz Russell, St. Thomas, VI

Photo courtesy of Liz Russell, St. Thomas, VI

It started with a vision when I was in the 6th grade. I was not happy with myself. I was overweight, sluggish, & tired. I needed a change.

Very driven and motivated to do whatever it takes to make my visions reality, I have learned tricks along the journey. One of the most important pieces is writing down what I wanted from my life in the form of my body, my mind, and my soul. At that age, I really only understood my physical appearance - so I got clear. I wrote about how my athletic, model quality body looked. I wrote about how it made me feel. I wrote about what it would do for me. I know this was a lot for a kid my age at the time, but I was determined. Little by little I began carving away the fat, shredding unwanted "rolls" from my midsection and excess skin from my chubby cheeks. And the more I saw my transformation taking place, the more excited I got. Over the years, I trained myself to eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, and be mindful everyday. Looking at myself, I wouldn't have changed a thing. Kids may have laughed at me for what I started eating - because it was different from them (slices of chicken with no bread, fruit and veggies and a water with lemon in it). Keeping track of my goals in my journal allowed me to discover my beauty. Years later, I feel so good about myself. And I am so grateful!

Cheers to writing the world we wish to create



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About Derek Russell

Russell, born 1985, lives and works in the mountains of New Hampshire. His areas of interest include painting, health and wellness, higher consciousness, architecture, growth mindset, engineering, travel, sports, and adventure. And he is happily married to his wife, Kara.

His love for adventure started in college when he began traveling and exploring the beauty of the world and its amazing people, places and experiences. This is the energy he captures in each of his pieces.

The foundation for his art is grounded in a decade long interaction with the art of realism. Researching and learning the techniques of the old masters, he felt a calling to express himself with paint. For over 10 years, he continued to draw and paint in a very slow and precise way. An internal struggle to make his work perfect fought with his desire to paint. And he stopped for years.

After an intensive yearlong study under a Copley Art Master, his awareness changed. By engaging in a visual story with the live models he painted, he needed to paint faster.

And then one day, it clicked for him.

He put aside his analytical mind and let the colors speak to him. He coined the term “Free Spirited Realism” as a brand for his art. It is a dance between contemporary art and realism.

When viewing his work at a close range, areas are broken up and fit together only at a distance. As you advance toward his painting, it becomes more abstract, more fluid, and as you move away, it falls into focus and is realistic. At no two distances will the painting appear the same.

He has developed a dynamic way of combining abstraction with realism. In this technique, he is able to make the action within the painting as intense and exciting as it actually is in your direct experience.

He creates meaningful, engaging stories with a shower of bold, vibrant color that inspire people to open their minds and make a positive impact on the world.

Today, his art is collected in several countries around the world.