“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

“Seek the silence frequently. Power comes from repose.”

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”

Fantasy, Visualization and Meditation

Fantasy And Visualization

Fantasy is a form of visualization, meditation and positive thinking.

Visualization helped all of us when we were children as we spent a good portion of our time thinking on what we wanted without limitation. As we grew older, people and institutions in our lives and societal norms stripped many of us of this pleasurable and valuable skill. Next time you are with a child, take the time and effort to observe how they respond to their world with faith that all will work to their betterment. They never question their ability to have what they want and derive pleasure from.

We all yearn to have those skills to support us in creating the lives we picture for ourselves and our families. The movie called “The Secret” was all about the using visualization to manifest (i.e. activate the “Law of Attraction”) our personal desires. It was such a driving desire of many that the movie benefited to the tune of $65 million in direct box office sales. That’s a lot of repressed desire to find the skills of the “inner child” wouldn’t you say? The Master Keys through the MKMMA teaches many of these skills to those who commit and persistent.

So who in our society have been able to maintain their childlike abilities to envision and go after their desires? If you notice, those who are the more creative “right brain” thinkers (musicians, artist and entrepreneurs), seem to understand this and embed the instructions, nearly in code, in lyrics, images, visionary stories of creating new products or services and in movie scripts. For example, the video above of the Earth Wind and Fire’s song  entitled Fantasy. Read the lyrics while listening to it and decide if it does not pull at something in your heart that makes you believe in you… My fallback is always to music such as this magical piece. Music has been such a large part of my early years and still carries the emotional charge I need to power my affirmations and positive thoughts on a daily basis.

You too have a particular “tone” like a tuning fork of a particular size, certain songs infuse power into your dreams and inspire you with their lyrics. I recommend finding these harmonious musical gifts and keep them available for those days when you need more energy, more persistence to go after your fantasies.

Back in Scroll VI of Og Mandino’s Greatest Salesman in the World, we were taught how to master our emotions. Remember… “If I feel depressed, I Sing”? As just such a tool, I have created my own playlist of Youtube videos to energize me when I need that kick in the butt to “plunge ahead”.

Excerpt from Scroll VI

If I feel depressed, I will sing.
If I feel sad, I will laugh.
If I feel ill, I will double my labor.
If I feel fear, I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior, I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain, I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty, I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent, I will remember past success.
If I feel insignificant, I will remember my goals.

So, how perfect is it that this last line says “If I feel insignificant, I will remember my Goals.” This leads me back to visualization and object of our desire. I am becoming more childlike (I’m sure my wife would agree) in this respect and pick away the cement layered on my years of societies training, manners and constraints of externally imposed duty. The golden Buddha that lies beneath is my goal to expose and share; my authentic vision of who I am, what value I bring to every relationship and to every venture.

I am a self-direct human being with dreams and aspirations destined to leave a legacy of thoughts and shared experience to benefit all who are in tune with them or have resonance and alignment with the way they experience this world. Hopefully, if these words strike a familiar tune for you, you will share this with others who may also think, dream and fantasize as I do of a life of continuous development and self-improvement.

Fantasy ~ Earth Wind and Fire

Every man has a place
In his heart there’s a space
And the world can’t erase his fantasies
Take a ride in the sky
On our ship, fantasize
All your dreams will come true right away

And we will live together
Until the twelfth of never
Our voices will ring forever, as one

Every thought is a dream
Rushing by in a stream
Bringing life to the kingdom of doing
Take a ride in the sky
On our ship, fantasize
All your dreams will come true miles away

Our voices will ring together
Until the twelfth of never
We all will live love forever, as one

Come to see victory
In a land called fantasy
Loving life, a new degree
Bring your mind to everlasting liberty

As one, come to see victory
In a land called fantasy
Loving life for you and me
To behold, to your soul is ecstasy

You will find other kind
That has been in search of you
Many lives has brought you to
Recognize, it’s your life now in review

And as you stay for the play
Fantasy has in store for you
A glowing light will see you through
It’s your day, shining day
All your dreams come true

As you glide in your stride
With the wind as you fly away
Give a smile from your lips and say
I’m free, yes I’m free, now I’m on my way

Come to see victory
In a land called fantasy
Loving life for you and me
To behold, to your soul is ecstasy

You will find other kind
That has been in search of you
Many lives has brought you to
Recognize, it’s your life now in review

Responsibility and the Law of Least Effort

Power Comes In The Moment You Take Responsibility

Responsibility is tightly linked to accountability in our culture and brings to mind duty, commitments and perhaps guilt. This is not the type of responsibility Deepak Chopra is speaking of when he shares the Law of Least Effort with us. The secret in the Law is that we spend copious amounts of energy gyrating through our mind all that we should have done or all that we must or should do. According to this Law, this is all wasted energy better spent on the here and now, the present.

Unlike many of our mammalian co-inhabitants of this planet, we can choose how we respond to a particular stimulus. Let’s say we are driving to work; traffic is heavy and someone cuts us off nearly causing an accident. We have a myriad of things we can choose to do, yell and curse at them, bang on the steering wheel or raise our eyes and thank the powers that be that you noticed the danger and that you are now safely continuing on your commute home to see those you love. My wife calls this the “Glad Game” and it works quite well once it becomes a habit.

My point is this, we are “able” to “respond” how we wish and train our mind to habitually be flexible using the least amount of energy. Humans are Response-Able.

Accountability, another type of Law closely related in my mind to the Law of Karma, is the world without caused by our responses and actions. So, if in the traffic situation, you sped up to chase this jerk who cut you off and subsequently were seen by a cop and ticketed for your response, that would be accountability. Yes, Virginia, there really are Laws keeping the entire Universe in balance.  I’m not referring to man’s laws rather to the greater Laws that effortlessly keep our world as it should be. Notice how there are many laws without a single congressman or congresswoman in sight… little joke there 🙂 . Understand, these Universal Laws do not always act on our preferred timeline but, they do have their impact to be certain.

This leads me to my next point and the growing relief I feel due to Dr Chopra’s help in focusing me on this moment. The past is gone with it’s opportunities to accomplish tasks, the future may never arrive and the circumstances of future moments are unknown. The only moment that has value is this moment. The key to living my purpose and remaining in balance with the Universe is to live in the present moment. Below is the Law of Least Effort… read it slowly and imagine you responding differently to the “problems” that already occurred today in your life. Now reverse the clock and see yourself in those very moments when you could have chosen a different response and been lighter and happier for that choice.

I will put the Law of Least Effort into effect by making a commitment to take the following steps:

1. I will practice Acceptance. Today I will accept people, situations, circumstances, and events as they occur. I will know that this moment is as it should be, because the whole universe is as it should be. I will not struggle against the whole universe by struggling against this moment. My acceptance is total and complete. I accept things as they are this moment, not as I wish they were.

2. Having accepted things as they are, I will take Responsibility for my situation and for all those events I see as problems. I know that taking responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for my situation (and this includes myself). I also know that every problem is an opportunity in disguise, and this alertness to opportunities allows me to take this moment and transform it into a greater benefit.

3. Today my awareness will remain established in Defenselessness. I will relinquish the need to defend my point of view. I will feel no need to convince or persuade others to accept my point of view. I will remain open to all points of view and not be rigidly attached to any one of them.

~ Deepak Chopra

Now, LISTEN TO ME, you can do that in every present moment and build the Life You Choose. Here is the Magic!!! As we have been taught before in our MKMMA course, take the mentality that “I Live This Day As If It Is My Last”. Sound familiar? Here and now, would you make different choices? Then, Do IT NOW!! and Live the Life You Were Born To Live… Take Responsibility! A life of least effort, struggle and strain against the past or anxiety for the future. You only control your thoughts and choices in This Moment. Your life is made of single moments added on upon they other so, the only way to look back and become pleased with the life you have lead, the lives you have touched and change you have supported is to Do It Now, in this moment and release the burden of anything outside of that area of your influence.

Peace be the Journey…

 

 

Week 24.5 – Stress-Free Giraffes

Kenya Giraffes

Stress is unique to Humans; because we manufacture it! This week we have been studying Acceptance, Responsibility and Defenselessness which all focuses on living in the moment from within the Law of Least Effort. With the weather being right on the cusp of Spring, I spent some time outside watching the birds coming to my wife’s feeders. It was the perfect representation of living in the moment with taking thought for the future or complaining with changes in the weather.

To further accentuate the point, the benefits and the credibility of the Law of Least effort, I received on of my favorite newsletters this week from James Clear. His article not only brings home the differences stress in animals, birds versus humans but, as if to say “Hey, this is something related to the MKMMA!”, the animal of choice for James is the Giraffe, Mark’s favorite four-legged friend.

 

Please take the time to visit James’ article titled, “The Evolution of Anxiety: Why We Worry and What to Do About It” and see for yourself, why it is that humans stress and animals don’t. Hint, the live immersed in the moment and follow their own form of the the Law of Least Effort.

You will notice in the writing that the amygdala (a part of the lymbic system), which we have be learning about all throughout the course, is part of the fight or flight mechanism in higher vertebrates (i.e. animals and humans). In this Wilipedia entry about the amygdala, scroll down to the “Emotional learning” and “Memory” sections. Does any of this sound familiar?; “Cells That Fire Together Wire Together” or peptides…

Now that your head is hurting from researching the background, go outside your house or to the park and watch the animals; squirrels, birds, dogs, cats, chipmunks whatever. See how they focus on one thing at a time… I’m hungry -> find food; I’m thirsty -> find water; I’m tired -> they sleep. Life has no stress until there is a fight or flight response to REAL DANGER. Unlike humans who have the ability to trigger the REAL DANGER alarm if they think of what might happen at school tomorrow during a test they have not prepared for… Major Stress right. But, it is of our own making.

I put it to you that the Law of Least Effort gives us the tools (yes, more tools) to become more efficient and effective in our lives by living in the moment.

So, like the bird that trust his wings, free yourself from these manufactured fears and worries. Have faith and believe that in the moment you need things, they will be available to you. Focus on the tasks at hand, practice well the skills required and polish your gifts so that when the opportunity comes to share them, you can rise to the call and deliver your part. Remember, “When you come to know that every form of disease, sickness, lack and limitation are simply the result of wrong thinking (stress and fear), you will have come to know “the truth which will make you free” (The Master Key System by Charles F Haanel 24-5).

Matthew 6:26

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”

Week 24 – Somewhere Along the Road of A Hero’s Journey

Somewhere Along The Road - A Hero's Journey

 

Somewhere along my road of a Hero’s Journey, I’ve found the ability to enjoy the moment. Mark, Davene and the rest of the MKMMA support team just finished the 24th week of the Master Key Experience. The memories streamed through my head as I listened to the stories of my fellow travelers Ann and Hong Mai. There has been so much growth and personal discoveries. Simply amazing! Towards the end of the webinar, this song by Dan Fogelberg came to mind so I thought I would share it with you all.

Enjoy…

Along The Road ~ Dan Fogelberg

Joy at the start
Fear in the journey
Joy in the coming home
A part of the heart
Gets lost in the learning
Somewhere along the road.

Along the road
Your path may wander
A pilgrim’s faith may fail
Absence makes the heart grow stronger
Darkness obscures the trail.

Cursing the quest
Courting disaster
Measureless nights forebode
Moments of rest
Glimpses of laughter
Are treasured along the road.

Along the road
Your steps may tumble
Your thoughts may start to stray
But through it all a heart held humble
Levels and lights your way.

Joy at the start
Fear in the journey
Joy in the coming home
A part of the heart
Gets lost in the learning
Somewhere along the road
Somewhere along the road
Somewhere along the road.

Week 23A – Boundaries, You Might Be A Mini-Me

Healthy boundaries are, or rather have been an enigma to me. I’m risk here and be absolutely transparent like tissue paper… I have weak boundaries. I feel like I’m at the lectern in an AA meeting, and just as sober as though I’m a regular.

As Teal Swan shares in this video called “I Can Have Me and I Can Have You Too”, I tend to “cave” and let my boundaries be broken and disregarded. The MKMMA experience is helping me become a much better observer of my existing blueprint in this respect. I have 50+ years of programming to break down so it takes every day being conscious and observant to ferret out these tendencies, and expose them like film lying in the activating chemicals that bring the images to life.

In our Silence exercise, I was amazed that I spent much of my time contending with “monkey mind”. That state of thought described as running around in your head being unable to concentrate and focus on one thing. This week, in combination with the emotional exercises, I came to recognize that the list of things that drove me nearly crazy were all lists of duties and commitments to other people (many of which violated my boundaries). These are old counter-productive habits, that need to be eradicated.  Their extinction will bring me more health and an Acceptance/Defenselessness attitude to be more in alignment with the Law of Least Effort.

This last week with Scroll VI I’ll be watching to see why I might feel Sad, or Depressed of worst of all because it is the “opposite of money consciousness” as Haanel puts it. I know I have the tools to change it but, driving to the root and learning how to proactively build a new blueprint that supports my emotional system is where I want to be. More than anything, I want to be a solid, assertive and well-balance individual, capable of being alone all the while happy to be a part of the larger Universal plan as well. Is this not fulfilling my purpose? I am coming to realize that “Money has no value except to bring about the conditions we desire, and these conditions are necessarily harmonious. Harmonious conditions necessitate sufficient supply, so that if there appears to be any lack, we should realize that the idea or soul of money is service, and as this thought takes form, channels of supply will be opened, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that spiritual methods are entirely practical.” ~ Charles F Haanel

I hope you and I both are able to find and strike that balance that makes us both happy with ourselves, responsible yet not self-critical and supportive of others through service as our spirit beckons us to be and thus fulfill our purpose.

 

Week 23 – I Can’t Get No Permanent Satisfaction

I Can't Get No Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones

Haanel spoke in Part 23 – 22 about “Permanent Satisfaction” and it struck me as a culmination of many of the readings we’ve been asked to study over the many weeks in the Master Key System course. Let me quote the full sentence I am speaking of…

“Now concentrate on the fact that man is not a body with a spirit, but a spirit with a body, and that it is for this reason that his desires are incapable of any permanent satisfaction in anything not spiritual.” Wow, explains a lot doesn’t it about job satisfaction, relationship not based on ideals and money matters of all kinds. We chase after elusive concepts of money, reward and satisfaction but, how many of us continually miss the mark? If we do occasionally hit the bulls-eye, the positive energy often quickly dissipates and we go in search of new “greener pastures like a dandelion blown away in the wind. Our hearts tell us this is not as it should be.

That being said, the largest portion of the human race a buffeted like driftwood in the sea, never knowing what shore we will come to light on at sunrise. Our Scroll VI exercises are helping us become Masters of our Emotions, thus bringing some stability but, there just must be more than just defensive plays in our book.

Again, Haanel speaks to this in several paragraphs in Part 23. First, 23 – 4; “The forces of life are volatile; they are composed of our thoughts and ideals and these turn into form; our problem is to keep an open mind, to reach out constantly for the new, to recognize opportunity, to be interested in the race rather than the goal, for the pleasure is in the pursuit rather than the possession.”

So, let’s summarize a bit; a) we are spirit in body seeking the spiritual knowledge b) satisfaction for a spirit only comes from spiritual experiences c) the lasting joys in life are in the journeys not in the destination or possessions. In my mind, “Permanent Satisfaction” dissipates upon arrival in state where we stop learning and growing or experiencing our Bliss as Joe would say. I know I am still a bit convoluted in my thinking but, here me out on this one.

I spent much of the week parting these thoughts together with the last Haanel exercise wherein we were to “Speak to Him, thou, for He hears, and spirit with spirit can meet, Closer is He that breathing, and nearer than hands and feet.” ~ Lord Alfred Tennyson The last two weeks have brought a crescendo of thoughts and memories of a time when I used to walk and talk (almost in constant prayer) while preparing to be a missionary in my younger days. Thankful for all that happened (good or bad), blessing those I met silently, and experiencing amazing answers to the simplest and most mundane of request. Upon arrival to my appointed missionary assignment, much of that was lost. As Haanel said, I reach my goal and the satisfaction faded.

My point (I think) is that to regret the past or to plan the future is not where the value lies, it is the here and now, the present. If we are not present, in the race, thrilled with the pursuit, grateful for the fight to become what we long to become such that we can serve others in compliance with the law of compensation, it is all for naught! Spend just one hour focused completely on the present.

Being a project manager, it is my job to go through a thousand permutations and plan for many contingencies in direct opposition to Haanel. I am excited that this has opened an experiment of epic proportions for me. I will be adding another card to my 3X daily reads and one for my pocket to remind me always to apply thought and concentration to the race, the pursuit for it is there that I will find Satisfaction. Unlike the Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger, I’ll pursuing things of a more spiritual nature and therefore, Satisfaction will be my reward.

 

 

Alfred Tennyson, 1809-1892

“The Higher Pantheism”
from The Holy Grail and Other Poems (London: Strahan, 1870).

 THE sun, the moons, the stars, the seas, the hills and
       the plains--
 Are not these, O Soul, the Vision of Him who reigns?

 Is not the Vision He? tho' He be not that which He
       seems?
 Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in
       dreams?

 Earth, these solid stars, this weight of body and limb,
 Are they not sign and symbol of thy division from
       Him?

 Dark is the world to thee: thyself art the reason
       why;
 For is He not all but thou, that hast power to feel
       'I am I?'

 Glory about thee, without thee; and thou fulfillest
       thy doom,
 Making Him broken gleams, and a stifled splendour
       and gloom.                                             10

 Speak to Him thou for He hears, and Spirit with
       Spirit can meet--
 Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands
       and feet.

 God is law, say the wise; O Soul, and let us rejoice,
 For if He thunder by law the thunder is yet His voice.

 Law is God, say some: no God at all, says the fool;
 For all we have power to see is a straight staff bent in
       a pool;

 And the ear of man cannot hear, and the eye of man
       cannot see;
 But if we could see and hear, this Vision--were it not
       He?

Week 22 – Emotions That Set The Tone

Chakra Emotional Guidance Scale

Have you ever gotten up, first thing in the morning and felt a surge of emotions that set the tone for your whole day? It seems they come from nowhere and leave debris and the potential for failure in accomplishing anything of value for that day which once held so much hope for improvement and accomplishment.

We’ve all had them; you are not alone. This past week, I had one of those days and it went from just a glum day to worse. The next day was a the day we switched from reading Og Mandino’s Scroll V to Scroll VI. I saw the phrase “Today I Will Be Master of My Emotions” and burst out laughing had just the prior day been such an obvious hint from one smarter than I.

The lessons did not stop there. Several times this week, business (in particular) delivered me opportunity to observe and reflect on how my emotions set the tone for my interactions and reactions throughout the day to situations for which I had no control. The only control I had was in my response. I am happy to say, after the slap and the training from Mandino, I’ve been quite even-keeled this week and am grateful beyond measure for the tools shared in this Scroll VI.

For example, Og Mandino points out there are two sets of emotions that can set the table for outburst or just poor performance in the day and worse, set a trend that takes far more effort to reverse. These two types of performance-degrading emotions are those that sap our energy (negative emotions) and those wherein we let our Ego diminish our ability to clearly observe and control our responses.

Christie Marie Sheldon discusses how in her energy healing practice, she has developed a mapping of what she calls “Love or Above” scale that helps her, and her clients define their emotions and the vibrational influences they are experiencing. Click here to listen to her description of what she observed. Please note that this week we started on Charles F Haanel’s Part 22 in which he shares the health impacts of vibration. The gist of what he said is vibration is the cause of all states of matter including the human state of health or lack of health called disease. If you speak to any scientist, especially a scientist studying Quantum Physics (Check out the movie “What the Bleep Do We Know-Down the Rabbit Hole“), he or she will emphatically agree that vibration and energy (reflected or observed as vibration) is the cause of anything we can observe, quantify and measure; it is reality. This is why this is so important to understand and maintain control of our vibrational state, i.e. our moods and it effects our outcomes and can change what we manifest in our lives. Here is the chart Christine uses to educate clients about moods, vibration and their emotional states.

Scale Of ConsciousnessChristie Marie Sheldon points out that expanding and being the proper environment in which abundance and expand is at the vibration of 500 +, therefore, Love or Above.

Another form of this chart is below and maps to the chakras; the energy centers of the body from eastern schools of medicine. Please note that colors, as in the rainbow and the chakras, are all the wave form of vibration and energy states. Gas Chromatography, for example, aids scientist in determining what atomic elements are found on distant planets and in chemicals which they may want to use in drugs to helps someone heal. It can also be used in a lab to determine certain diseases or have foreign substances in your body that may be causing disease. All this from vibration, color and energy observed.

 

You have this power as well. They are your emotions and if you, like a scientist, non-judgmentally observe and map the ebb and flow of your states, you can be Master of Your Emotions and your outer world, i.e. matter.

Use a sit and think on the ramifications of the second class of emotions Mandino speaks of, those I have classified as the Ego-based emotions. In my opinion, they are self-deceptions that subby uses to keep us in the comfort zone. Another name for the comfort zone is the “Zone of No Growth”, the “Status Quo”. That which is not growing or maturing, is dying and decays.

One thing that has stuck with me over the past week has been the quote which I believe I heard on one of our mastermind calls that said, “The meaning of life is to find your gifts, the purpose in life is to give them away.” I’ll pose the question and let you contemplate in silence… If you are in an emotional state that is contracting, have you anything of value to give to others? Does this not make it our responsibility to control our emotions and thus rise to Love or Above and be generous in blessing others with our gifts?

Peace be Your Journey 🙂

Excerpt From Og Mandino’s Scroll VI:

(My Categorization: Energy Sapping Emotions)

Each day I will follow this plan of battle….

If I feel depressed I will sing
If I feel sad I will laugh
If I feel ill I will double my labor
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come
If I feel incompetent I will remember past success
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals

Today I will be master of my emotions.

(My Categorization: Ego Related Emotions)

If I become overconfident I will recall my failures
If I overindulge I will think of past hungers
If I feel complacency I will remember my competition
If I enjoy moments of greatness I will remember moments of shame
If I feel all-powerful I will try to stop the wind
If I attain great wealth I will remember one unfed mouth
If I become overly proud I will remember of moment of weaknesses
If I feel my skill is unmatched I will look at the stars

Today I will be master of my emotions.

 

 

Week 21 – “Don’t Look Back” – Boston

Don't Look Back - Boston

Boston, had a hit back on 1978 titled “Don’t Look Back”. As I’ve been reading Haanel 21.18 in relation to breaking old bad habits wrote, “the same rule applies in breaking any and all bad habits; we stop doing a thing, and then avoid doing it again, and again until we are entirely free from it; and if we do fail now and then, we should by no means lose hope, for the law is absolute and invincible and gives us credit for every effort and every success, event though our efforts and successes are perhaps intermittent.”

Wow, I have an account with the Universe that awards me credit and for that reason, I now can more freely “live this day as if it is my last” and ” waste not a moment mourning yesterday’s misfortunes, yesterday’s defeats, yesterday’s aches of the heart, for why should I through good after bad” as Og Mandino admonishes in the open of the Scroll V. I “Don’t Look Back”!

I underlined this in green as I read Haanel 21 this week and have gone back to it several times. Several business issues have arisen which, in past, may have derailed my mood and temperament (my Ego). But, with this and one new card in my various stacks to remind me of that to which I am eternally grateful for all truth and energy to accomplish by following my compass and not a clock.

By inverting the sentence in our weekly exercise in the Master Keys 21.28 I can find and confirm the truth in this account receivable relating to my efforts to modify my habits. Let me frame it for you; originally, the text reads “For your next exercise, concentrate on Truth. Try to realize that Truth shall make you free, that is, nothing can permanently stand in the way of your perfect success when you learn to apply the scientifically correct thought methods and principles.” My version to test Haanel 21.18 goes something like this, “To test a thought method, tool or principle to determine if it is Truth, apply it’s precepts and actions and sense the degree of freedom you feel; by following it’s path are you progressing nearer to your ultimate success? Is it motivating, does it make you happy, does it make you more kind to others or yourself?”

I kept 21.18 in my mind this week and the freedom and release from stress, fear and self condemnation is gone. I get strange impish grins coming over me just for no reason at all. Like right now, as I write this, I feel as though I am being hugged by a caring mentor or parent; it instills confidence to pursue achieving the tasks leading to fulfilling my DMP and the legacy to benefit others long after I move on. Now that I don’t look back, I explore further and confirm that needing to anticipate and be consumed with dread for tomorrow is a supreme waste of time and effort.

One more tool I added this week to my kit was a card that said “Thank You” and which I have in all my card stacks. I remembered a past when my connection to my maker was far stronger than present and recollected that whenever I observed a smile, a compliment, a courageous action by another, I thanked the one from whom all strength comes. What an enhanced feeling of connection this has brought this week! Thank You!!

“When the individual mind touches the Universal Mind it receives all the power it requires. This us the world within. All science recognizes the reality of this world, and all power is contingent upon our recognition of this world.”

“Don’t Look Back” by Boston

Don’t look back
A new day is breakin’
It’s been too long since I felt this way
I don’t mind where I get taken
The road is callin’
Today is the day

I can see
It took so long just to realize
I’m much too strong
Not to compromise
Now I see what I am is holding me down
I’ll turn it around

I finally see the dawn arrivin’
I see beyond the road I’m drivin’
Far away and left behind

It’s a new horizon and I’m awakin’ now
Oh I see myself in a brand new way
The sun is shinin’
The clouds are breakin’
‘Cause I can’t lose now, there’s no game to play

I can tell
There’s no more time left to criticize
I’ve seen what I could not recognize
Everything in my life was leading me on
But I can be strong

I finally see the dawn arrivin’
I see beyond the road I’m drivin’
Far away and left behind

Week 20.5 – When The Body Becomes The Mind, We Are In a Habit

Rewire Your Brain

A habit is something that we do without thinking.

As Dr. Joe Dispenza states in this video, “When The Body Becomes The Mind, We Are In a Habit” . I take that to mean that when we have allowed or purposely programmed our chemical body sufficiently to the point where it no longer needs our brain to execute or choose a response, we no have a habit; for good or bad. The body does not care if it is a positive habit or a negative one at this point. It only knows that a set of circumstances trigger a response and that judgement is no longer necessary.

Can you imagine how our mind atrophies (shrinks) the more we reduce the need to make our own, conscious decisions? Can you say the size of a proverbial pea? This is not what we were designed to do and more importantly, this path of of least resistance and the least amount of growth and accomplishment. As Dr Joe says, “when we can’t think any greater than how we feel, we will never change.” I would qualify that to say we will never change for the betterment of ourselves or others.

If you’ll what and listen carefully, the Doctor speaks of the sub-vocalizations, mental chatter and self-talk that the body and brain conjure to discourage us from follow-thru with our commitments to change. Note that he says we often will hear internal rationalizations like you can start tomorrow, you are unworthy, this doesn’t feel right and the like. If we have become the master observer, we can take this as confirmation that we are nearing the abyss spoken of by Joseph Campbell that occurs at the base of the circular cycle. Rejoice, you are getting near the part where things get better!! This most certainly will not be the end of the chatter but, you have the Law of Substitution and the Law of Dual thought to aid in your efforts to change back to proper way to use your mind and for the body to follow, not to be the master of the system. To allow the body to rule the mind is the path to taking what fate and others hand you only to be constantly disappointed.

This week we spoke of the using negative emotions like fear, anger, guilt, unworthiness and hurt feelings as tools to help us in regaining control of our our body by using our mind. So, out comes the skills bag… We use our skills of observation and introspection (i.e. the SIT) to determine when, why and what triggers our negative emotions. Now we use our skills of tracing effects back to their root cause. Here is the key, we now apply our two favorite laws of the Seven Laws of the Mind (Law of Substitution and the Law of Dual thought) and whalla!!, reverse the perverse! Sorry, I just had the rhyme strike me as an opportunity for lifting the mood a bit (too much hard mental effort). The meaning of perverse I am using is this… (adjective) “(of a person or their actions) showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable or unacceptable, often in spite of the consequences.”

We know what the consequences will be in this case because we are currently or recently have been living in the consequences or effects of our own making. It is these consequences we have all chosen to leave behind and replace with better and sunnier climes.

Let Dr Joe cap this discussion off. Listen, rewind and listen again to his description of True Self-Love. I think you will get the same charge from it as I did as we are human and things that inspire often evoke similar chemicals in all of us. The transmutation of anger, fear, anxiety and guilt harbored in the fiber of the body can be liberated only by the mind. Ladies and gentlemen, we are here to liberate ourselves from flesh and return to a mindful state of control and creation. Doesn’t that fill you with the same hope and faith as it does me? doesn’t it feel true and real? Do you hear the call to your Hero’s Journey? Listen… all real principle and truth comes in the Silence, the SIT.

Week 20 – You Wake Up Suddenly and You’re In Life

Suddenly - Billy Ocean

I was listening to some really beautiful music and suddenly I saw a new perspective to the lyrics. Given what we have been learning with the Master Key System, suddenly I see that the love I would be singing of would be my renewed love of life. New warmth, kindnesses and observations that make all I see new. It’s just like the first crush; life can be a new experience if, like my master mind friend Robert Rea [Week 19 – So many things Touch ME] urges all he meets to maintain focus on only the moment we are in.

Robert has been able to not only adopt but, more so infuse his entire being with the teaching of Haanel and Og Mandino to the point that people sense his power whenever he is near. Is not this the light shining on a hill that the carpenter from Galilee spoke of. There are many in our midst to emulate, teachers to learn from and brothers and sisters who are on the same “dynamic flow of giving and receiving” we’ve all been yearning for.

Reflect again back to the lyrics and rhythm of Billy Ocean’s song and find the emotions he’s sharing, replace the word love with “Love of Life” where it fits and find your own meaning. The woman he’s courting is the newly revealed golden Buddha, it’s the real you. It’s our future friend from our Thursday night dates.

Now I’m really going to stretch you. Think of the 99.99% nothingness within the atoms that make up all matter, including your body and mine. Haanel tells us that matter is not the ideal MIND is the ideal and is the cause for every effect. As that is the case, then the positive side of all contrasts are the positive polarity we are seeking.

If we are to give more to get more then, to give it to whom? With Emerson’s Law of Compensation, who are we really giving to or taking from if we are in our negative aspect? This yet unnamed love is ourselves via the universal. Now, go through these lyrics again and see if your perspective as the observer has changed, it did for me. Forgiveness had logic not surrender and loss of ego, life had power multiplied like taffy folder over and over on itself to the perfect texture and like this song, waves on the shore I feel a perfect, rhythmic ebb and flow to every effect I create with my mind; the one and only Cause.

Thank goodness I’ve woken up, Suddenly!

Billy Ocean – Suddenly (2009)

I used to think that love was just a fairy tale
Until that first hello, until that first smile
But if I had to do it all again
I wouldn’t change a thing ’cause this love is everlasting

Suddenly
Life has new meaning to me
There’s beauty up above and things we never take notice of
You wake up and suddenly you’re in love

Ooh…ooh…ooh…ooh…yeah…

Girl, you’re everything a man could want and more
One thousand words are not enough to say what I feel inside
Holding hands as we walk along the shore
Never felt like this before now, you’re all I’m living for

Suddenly
Life has new meaning to me
There’s beauty up above and things we never take notice of
You wake up and suddenly you’re in love

Each day
I pray
This love affair would last forever
Ooh, hoo

Suddenly
Life has new meaning to me
There’s beauty up above and things we never take notice of
You wake up, suddenly you’re in love

Ooh
There’s beauty up above and things you never take notice of
You wake and suddenly you’re in love

Ooh…hoo…hoo…hoo…