Week 21- Big Thoughts and Ask and You Shall Receive

Week twenty one begins by stating that “one of the secrets to success, one of the methods of organizing victory, one of the accomplishments of the Master Mind is to think big thoughts. This in direct contradiction to what had always been said to me, at least as remembered. The rule was have the goal that is “just” out of reach so the mind could accept small steps. That always made sense, but never seemed to work. What had been missing in the equation were the tools that have been presented in this MKMMA Course; The Master Keys to Success, habits, meditating, The Seven Laws of the Mind, Definite Major Purpose, Masterminding and Blogging to name a few.

With these tools and the lesson this week, it becomes apparent that the mind doesn’t know size. And more importantly, thinking on a large scale, allows the smaller, and often times, the nuisances, to take care of themselves. How neat is that. Sidelight is that when I’m focused on a big picture, the ego and day to day annoyances are non-existent.

My Definite Major Purpose was set well beyond anything I’d thought of before. It included helping 40,000 employees and their employers enroll in a program that will have an tremendous impact on reducing their cost of healthcare while putting cash back in each of their pockets, each and every pay period. Did I mention, there is no net cost to either. This program was offered to my company to help market, just prior to The MKMMA experience. When asked for a DMP, 40,000 was the number that came to me. My mind already knew this was achievable. I don’t believe this would have appeared had it not been for this program. The first 2,500 is in process. Onward!

As an aside, Week 15 was about The Franklin Makeover. It was about focus; what we focus upon, we start seeing everywhere. An example of this is when one of our daughter’s was pregnant, suddenly I noticed pregnant women everywhere.

In regard to our program, I have been seeing more of Haanel’s principals (laws) in several book studies, A Course in Miracles, Oneness and the Bible. (Prior to this MKMMA Course, I had only opened a Bible to read Genesis years ago so as to answer Jeopardy questions. Thank heaven for MKMMA, I am being saved.) But more, I am seeing references to these laws in other readings which I have been directed to in various ways, Joseph Murphy, Wallace Wattles and Earnest Holmes.

Finally, from Barbara Marx Hubbard’s book, Emergence, I quote, “As we shift our attention and identity to the Essential Self  and experience the world outside from this inner vantage point, the outer action seems miraculously to repattern itself to a higher order, one that is more resonant to our inner values. The steps we are to take in accomplishing our work are revealed spontaneously.

Ease of effort replaces overwhelm. Peace dissolves anxiety, panic and nervousness… When we take our attention off our strategies to get things done, when ego steps aside and essence is in dominion, life becomes a process of creative discovery. Internal compulsion relaxes its grip. We begin to flow in our work spontaneously and to unfold organically with others… Things that seemed impossible before now begin to happen effortlessly…When new order starts forming out of chaos in our lives, we realize we too are part of the self-organizing universe that brought us from subatomic particles to this very instant in time. It is no more miraculous that we should evolve into a higher order than the subatomic particles made atoms and that molecules made cells.”

I am becoming one with myself and the Universal Energy.

To be continued…

 

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Will The Real Week 20- Please Stand Up?

I listened to the webinar last week and thought I had the idea of what was needed in the Alliance Section; Write two posts on how we use points in our comfort zone to grow. Seemed like a piece of cake until I went to actually write about it. All of a sudden, it didn’t make so much sense. How am I using fear or feelings of unworthiness to goad me on, to get me into a new life that can only be dreamed about?

So I wrote about the feelings, but couldn’t take it to the next step. It was a blank, and still is. So what’s been happenin’ this past week that looks good?

In addition to reading Og and Scroll V 3 times a day, yes, I’m back to 3 from 2, I have started to do Paramahansa Yogananda’s energization exercises in preparation to my sit. And this seems to be a perfect intro to meditation. I seem to be getting into a deeper state with this exercise.

Everything we are reading now shows an increase in focus during meditation. Haanel says that the one and only condition of spiritual power is use or recognition. Part 20, section 2.

Part 20, section 5 says “So long as you do this (remain oblivious to our true power) you limit yourself to superficial conditions, and make of yourself a beast of burden for those who think; those who recognize their power; those who know that unless we are willing to think we shall have to work, and the less we think the more we shall have to work, and the less we shall get for our work. Well, I’ve been working most of my life and not really enjoying the “job” or the fruits of the labor. Emphasis on LABOR.

Since focusing on my DMP and moving through some hesitance of making calls, I’m finally finding some fun in what I’m doing. I have my first large account looking at a program that puts more money in the employees pocket each pay period, increases dollars in FICA savings for the employer, reimburses the employee for 75% of out of pocket expenses for their health insurance deductibles and co-pays and… not costing additional net out of pocket for either employer or employee. With the enrollment of this terrific service for employer and employee, I will be well on my way to a DMP of 40,000 employees enrolled by years end.

So what really got this to this point? I believe, exercise, change of habits and lotssa meditation… and asking for help.

To be continued…

Week 20- Another epiphany happens

My wife and I were talking this morning about MKMMA, A Course in Miracles, Oneness, my Bible study group, her church and how these are all getting intertwined for us.

MKMMA with Haanel and the exercises have helped me see what had been missing in the past. With the changing of habits and concrete ways to grow, from the bottom- up, has allowed me to get to a different space- faster than just meditating. It has allowed for the chemical changes that I had been addicted to, to move to a higher desire. I use to love a melancholy feeling, bordering on depression, overcast days, sad music and just plain feeling sorry for myself. Sunshine was the feeling that turned me on. What was with that?

Back to our conversation this morning… My wife mentioned, as she has for the 22 years we have known each other, has had visions that would make most envious. At a very difficult time in her life, she asked for guidance and had a chalk board appear before her with all the wrongs she felt people had done to her over her life and then a voice spoke to her and said, “Clean Your Slate” and then a white light appeared from the side of the board and came across the board, whiting out all those misdeeds.

My wife’s father and mother passed away at a fairly early age. She was in her twenties at the time when they passed, had three small children and was in the process of a divorce. Recently, she asked for help and her father appeared to let her know that she was not alone. As a matter of fact, she has felt that he has been there throughout her life, whenever she has asked for help, help surely arrived.

She mentioned enjoying the groups I attend and is totally on board with what is being presented, however, her Home is in attending church and reading the Bible. I have known this, for the length of time we have been together. She gets what is totally needed there and with the prayers she says each day and some instances, most of the day, depending on what’s going on gets results.

One last quick “happening” of many that needs to be brought up here is my wife asked the question, “What do I need to know?” She was meditating at that time and an angel called Gabriel came over a hill and down by her and answered, “Love is the answer to everything.”

We know that LOVE is the answer. It is where I have been going when things need a new light thrown on them.

But, what really came out of our conversation this morning that was pointed out by my wife… unlike her… I don’t ask for help. She asked, knowing full well the answer to the question, “Have you ever asked for help?”  So… an addition is to be added to my meditation, I ask for help.

To be continued…

Week 18…or 19, depending- BUT, BE HAPPY

Once again, I am told it is but a choice. “The Universal Mind is static Mind or Substance in equilibrium. It is differentiated into form by our power to think. Thought is the dynamic phase of the mind.” Sooo, whadaya think? MKMMA is working me each day to focus on the good, the things I truly want. How am I continually striving to change what might not have been the thoughts I wanted to create? It is happening through meditation, flipping through card decks with the things I want and the positives of which I need to take notice.

I am Reading three times a day from Og Mandino and The Greatest Salesman in the World. I am changing habits from the old to the new. FOCUS on what I WANT, not what I have been or do not want. Continue this focus, with feeling, during every waking hour. And what happens when I sleep? I take these ideas to bed with me as the last thing I think about before turning in.

Turning in, that’s interesting, because that’s exactly what I need to do. Go inside myself to the real authority, The Universal Energy that is within us all. It needs to see what I am trying to complete in order to move the universe in that direction. So, the last thing before sleep and the first thing upon waking should be the ever present thoughts of what I want, not what I do not want.

Focusing on what makes me happy gets the real feeling involved in the mix and it is this combination with repetition that moves the atoms into alignment for exactly what I want.

And what do I want more than anything? What will help build a better life than LOVE and HAPPINESS? The genius in me is Attention and the Attention is being practiced.

So I am stacking my card deck with Happiness and seeing it everywhere.

Week 17A- The Deck is Stacked

Mark J mentioned death of the old self and the 5 stages of loss and grief last week. I had been immensely sad the past three weeks at different times. It had never crossed my mind, THIS IS LOSS of a loved one. I can almost cry thinking about this now. However unsuccessful the old was, it had been me! And I’d put a lot into and around that fella (protection against all). I really liked a lot about the me. But when it comes down to it, there’s so much more to add.

Not only is Mark J and company “stacking the deck ” in my favor with Daily “to do’s, ” but my two weekly book studies (notice plural) are putting me into the same place. Who would have believed they are in the same place?

The last paragraph we studied in a book this week, titled Oneness,  says, “These times are about embracing the power with which you have been blessed and relinquishing the remnants of limitations and fear that result in separation from self. The wholeness toward which you strive energetically fuels the impetus toward radical change that marks this phase of this lifetime.Recognizing the patterns of self-defeating response and releasing those tendencies is the task at hand. For there is truly no limit to what can be created and experienced in this lifetime. And no limit to the joy to be experienced when one unites in Oneness with oneself.” This is what Mark and company are saying. How wonderful can this be!!! It’s no wonder Mark and all get so excited for us. My Heavens!!!

The second study is on a book called A Coarse in Miracles. The last paragraph studied in this last week was, “You have not realized it is impossible to understand what fails entirely to reach you.  You have received no messages at all you understand.  For you have listened to what can never communicate at all.  Think, then, what happens.  Denying what you are and firm in faith that you are something else, this ” something else” that you have made to be yourself becomes your sight.  Yet it must be the “something else” that sees, and as not you, explains its sight to you.  Your vision would, of course, render this quite unnecessary.  Yet if your eyes are closed and you have called upon this thing to lead you, asking it to explain to you the world it sees, you have no reason not to listen, nor to suspect that what it tells you is not true.  Reason would tell you it cannot be true because you do not understand it.  God has no secrets.  He does not lead you through a world of misery, waiting to tell you, at the journey’s end, why He did this to you.”

Why is it such a struggle? We do it to ourselves.

Each week gets us closer to another way. The way that is inside us all.

To be continued… this is getting neat!

 

Week 17- Here comes Emerson again

The Essay on Compensation by Emerson says that the more you give, the more you get. This give a new twist on an old thought I’d had…forever. I couldn’t offer more love than I had love for myself. And for years, that was not something that was available. I had trouble looking at myself in the mirror. But Emerson showed a new way. I could give love, and the more I gave, the more I could feel about myself. And you know what, that worked! With Sherman and Mr. Peabody and the way-way back machine, thinking on times that were successful in my life (when I felt happy) equated to helping and caring about someone else. That fact never failed! The MKMMA light had to be switched on again to put it in place.

Getting back to the essay and Compensation, the more we give, the more we get. It works well with part of this week’s lesson and concentration. Give more focused thought (meditations), “become so engrossed in the subject, as to be conscious of nothing else. Such concentration leads to intuitive perception and immediate insight into the nature of the object concentrated upon.” Part 17-6

“It is thus that the mind becomes a magnet and the desire to know draws the knowledge, irresistibly attracts it, and makes it our own.”

Once again I am jumping into the way-back machine. I remember as a child, it was easy to dream and things seemed to become realities fairly easily. I can see it in children now, prior to their being influenced by well meaning friends and family or misinterpreting what they are experiencing. Then at some point, five years old, six, somewhere around then, the dreams seemed fewer and farther apart and ending in, I don’t remember, just not dreaming. Too many outside negative influences? Things became a bit more difficult, still leaning on not too hard to get on in the world and then moved further to the point that it just didn’t make sense anymore. There were no more dreams and it was difficult to go on day to day. There was no focus. That’s been a lot of years from then till now and a little course called MKMMA dropped into my email and struck a chord.

Positive life grows because the laws that work are being presented and internalized. It is good to get up and out of bed again. Great lessons are being learned.

To be continued…

 

Week 16- Wealth is a product of Labor

Labor…What that congers up in my mind is hard physical and/or mental work. WERK!!! But what I’m being shown, week after week after week is that it isn’t all I had thought. It’s not that strenuous! It’s been werk to me because I’ve had scattered focus. One idea one day, another the same day and sometimes, a dozen directions in the same day…and none related to any other. Then the next day and next with never a change. Here I can see the law of “cause and effect.” It had worked perfectly, but I didn’t get the idea. Scattered ideas lead to very difficult and hard work each and every day. Now that’s hard! It’s called, Operator Error.

What shows up again in Chapter 16, section 15 states “Whatever enters the mind through the senses or the objective mind and results in a mental image which will become a pattern for the creative energies. These experiences are largely the result of environment, chance, past thinking and other forms of negative thought, and must be subjected to careful analysis before being entertained. On the other hand, we can form our own mental images, through our own interior process of thought, regardless of environment of every kind, and it is by the exercise of this power that we can control our own destiny, body, mind and soul.”

What power I’ve been searching for IS, directed focus…The law of attraction. It is through the exercises that I am doing, shuffling through note cards with positive acknowledgements, positive things I’ve done and witnessing to Kindnesses this week that I’m releasing the old negatives jumbled in my mind and allowing directed focus on LOVE, LIBERTY and HEALTH.

I am changing the material of which the mind is composed and it is becoming easier by the day. Results are slowly appearing. Today is wonderful.

To be continued…

Week 15- We reap what we sow; it is mathematically exact

So here it is again, from Week One, “That much gathers more is true on every plane of existence and that loss leads to greater loss is equally true.” It starts at the electron level, smaller than our molecules and builds from an energy brought about by our thoughts. They can be in line with goodness and have great energy attached or outside what’s good and have little energy, it is our choice. But either way, we get what we think about most, with feeling.

The MKMMA exercises are putting the good to our forefront on a daily basis. Going through my card deck with things I have accomplished, intermixed with my viewing of others showing positive use of some of my weaknesses is showing subby positives, great and small. Subby doesn’t care how great or how small; they are all positives (truths) and subby is getting fed a new lease on life. This makes me happy!

I am getting the objective mind, my subby, to think correctly with my flash cards. “When it understands truth, when thoughts sent through the cerebro-spinal nervous system to the body are constructive, the sensations are pleasant and harmonious.” Thank you flash cards!!!

I seldom attend church with my wife. She enjoys attending as it takes her to a special place. She finds her peace there. She usually comes home and goes over the sermon with me. But two Sundays ago, she came home in a really excited state. The sermon had talked about just how small we were in relation to the universe and then talked about just how miniscule the electrons in our body were in relation to the cells and the body as a whole and how it was all tied together with one energy that was directed by love and growth of love. This was interesting enough that we went back for the second service.

Sure enough, it really related to what Haanel teaches. The crowning piece was a short you tube video that they showed, “God is in everything, even molecules that hold us together.” See it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuDtlHtWR64, it is pretty amazing. At the very least, Google “laminin.”

To be continued…

Week 14- Thought is a spiritual activity and is therefore endowed with creative power.

Interesting concept. I had never thought of it in those terms.

Line 23 puts forth “A scientific understanding of this principle will explain the wonderful results which are secured through the power of prayer.”

Line 24 continues “Yet there are many who are not ready to enter into discipline necessary to think correctly, even though it is evident that wrong thinking has brought failure.”

This truly hits the nail on the head for me. From the beginning of the MKMMA program, I have believed that it has been my wrong thinking and feeling that had brought me to this juncture in my life. The idea that I had that control and the control to change was new.

What is interesting with this is that I am now finding the means to trick “change habits” my subby that actually work. It never came together like it does in this book and program. It allows my brain a chance to actually improve from the bottom up and then allow my subconscious to actually take over through meditation, or prayer, or what you will call it. Meditation never seemed to work before. I had attempted meditation, inconsistently, for a number of years. It never seemed to accomplish much. But I am noticing change!

My gratitude list is growing by the day. It wasn’t long ago that I couldn’t come up with much that I was grateful for. And then I heard it could be as simple as brushing my teeth twice a day or getting out of bed in the morning… and now, as I type this, I get a smile because… it can be as simple as that, and that’s OK. But out of those small things appear bigger and better, each and every day.

About meditation, just a couple stories.

We were at a Christmas dinner and a niece’s husband brought up an observation he had mentioned before. He is half Japanese and half Korean and observed that he came to the US for an education because the children in those countries, as well as many others, learned by rote, repetition. He liked our education because of the imagination it fostered. He saw more growth potential here. (I’m not so sure we are still heading that way with the current system, but we can find our way back to better) I equate this with our ability to meditate.

We read an article in a book study I attend that gave some pretty impressive results several school systems were getting by taking a thirty minute meditation time each day. The three schools had been experiencing trouble with disruptive behaviors, absenteeism, declining grades and children just not graduating. All schools saw betterment in all categories that were declining by 80% to 90%. Meditation is working for me and others.

Just another quick story. My wife received an email from Jean Houston, an American author involved in “human potential movement.”

The story follows with Jean speaking:

When I was eight years old, I attended a school in Manhattan where they felt it would be good for students to meet some of the great elders of the time.

One of those elders was Albert Einstein, and one day we were trotted across the river over to Princeton University to his house there. He had a lot of hair and was very sweet.

One of my smart-alecky classmates said to him: “Uh, Mr. Einstein, how can we get to be as smart as you?”

He said: “Read fairy tales,” which made no sense to us at all.

So another smart-alecky kid said: “Mr. Einstein, how can we get to be smarter than you?”

He said: “Read more fairy tales!”

We of course didn’t fully understand him at the time, but what he was actually encouraging us to do was to nurture and grow our imaginations.

He understood something that almost all highly creative and successful people do, that the imaginal realm is where the most potent ideas—the ones that can change your life or change the world—are held.”

The basics are simple… meditate and imagine.

To be continued…

Week 13- Tough week for homework, but have gratitude for all I have done and all I am about to do

Family get-togethers, family calls, skyping and another family get-together that has step-son and family in for three days, probably for the last time for years to come. They are expecting their fourth child this March and it’s getting tougher and tougher to move the kids enforce. So we have been happy and busy- cooking, cleaning, doing dishes and watching precious little people. For this family, I am grateful.

I was adopted at weeks of age by wonderful parents and had two wonderful sisters growing up. I couldn’t have grown up in a better family. One of my sisters in growing up was also adopted. Then along came our youngest sister to a couple that didn’t think they would have any of their own. They were 38 and 39 when my sister and I were adopted and 40 with their first born. For this family, I am grateful.

I found birth relatives about 6 years ago. There were two half sisters, a half brother and a full brother, nieces and nephews that I still see and knowledge of my birth parents that seems beyond just interesting. For this family, I am grateful.

Soooo, off to my newest growth…and another family.

Og gets done, sits are about 15 minutes before and after everyone goes to bed and cards need to be finished and gone through two, three or many times each day. Soooo, new start. Thought on DMP is ever present upon awakening, during my day, before sleep and each time I wake at night. It’ just always there. That’s pretty neat! That’s there and negatives that were constantly my thoughts are seldom felt. Oh, I’ve started my 7 day mental diet each and every day and sometimes several times a day. But my overpowering thoughts have changed. The diet is having effect. The long-time oppressive thoughts are not obsessive. They are fleeting. Haanel, Mark J, the Fabulous Davene and guides have put the Keys together in a way that fits for me. It is working.

I am noticing small things. I have heard for years about writing a gratitude list…and never did it. It just wasn’t in me to find a lot to be grateful for. That’s where I was. There was no escaping, but I just knew there was… somewhere down deep… I just knew there was. And along comes MKMMA and it is here. For this I am grateful.

Thank you…for all I have done… and all I am about to do.

To be continued…