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…