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…