This week has been a week of recognizing several things. As an exercise we were to do two random acts of kindness per day and record them in the Alliances. This has been a challenge to do outside the home as my eldest, who normally has a rock solid immune system and can be totally healthy no matter what virus is circulating, is sick with fever. But now it is her turn to be the recipient of care and love as well as plenty of home made soups. With the random acts of kindness assignment we where also to add to our 20-30 items to our accomplishment index cards as well as keep adding things we are grateful for.
In the past my “self worth” has been up and down depending on my life situation. In High School it was down, College it was up, Working years it was up, Mommy years it was so-so. With doing self development stuff it improved. But I haven’t really worked a job in 12 years and to me I tied self worth = bringing in income. This week I found out that you don’t have to be a great income earner to be an awesome person.
So now with this exercise I’m thinking of kindness and ways to give it out. I am thinking of my past and the kindness I have done…. things I have forgotten up until now…Passing a homeless man and giving him food out of my own grocery bag, saving the life of my dog from a bullet, save turtles and snakes on the highway, volunteer at my kids school, donate money to the burn foundation, we have two foster kids that we sponsor monthly etc.. and more. Now even saying these things on the blog makes me feel uncomfortable. I don’t want toot my own horn and i have to remember that this is not what its about. Its about recognizing greatness and by recognizing it, it grows. If I was to have a friend who did these things I would think they where pretty AWESOME.
Yet when I look at myself I don’t see it.
Why does it take being 16 weeks in this class to figure out that hey “my self image and worth does not = to reality” . It all goes back to red pencil syndrome. Where we steer our focus to is what we magnify in our life. Instead of focusing on all the good in our life we focus on the small mistakes we do.
So here I learn to love myself. Kindness is in everybody. Kindness is in me. And it is also everywhere. Self Worth is recognizing the love that is inside of you and how much you share it.
What greatness have you discovered within on this journey? I would love it if you shared!
I love you! You are whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy!
This past week while commenting on other blogs, I came across several that questioned Haanel and his view of God. This made me question if my daily MKMMA reading is going against my Faith. Alongside of reading of Og Mandino’s scroll 4 which mentions that we are natures greatest miracle and that “nature knows not defeat. Eventually, she emerges victorious and so will I”. Well… Scripture says we are to be children of God, not natures greatest miracle. And it is God who knows no defeat and emerges victorious and not nature.
So I do my readings with greater discernment. Just as ” accuracy in building words and sentences is the highest form of architecture in civilization and is a passport to success”…. So is the truth revealed in the Bible the passport to eternal life with Jesus in the Resurrection. And when Haanel states:
MKS 14:23 A scientific understanding of this principle will explain the wonderful results which are secured through the power of prayer. The results which are secured in this way are not brought about by any special dispensations of providence, but on the contrary, they are the result of the operation of a perfectly natural law. There is, therefore, nothing either religious or mysterious about it.”
This statement can sure can ruffle some feathers and I am not going to express an opinion. I prefer to keep an open mind as I do not have all the answers to the quantum physics of this world which Haanel explained in 14:7-13. The Master Keys System is an illuminated document and there are invisible forces in the world like “electricity” which we are not able to see with our naked eye. I am not going to call anyone who uses electricity to be possessed and worshiping pagan gods. Quantum physics is so above my understanding that I forget it as soon as I read it. So I do not judge on this principle.
I read my Bible with an open mind and do not take it literally at its concrete word. It is a spiritual document and therefore it needs interpretation to get to the true meaning behind the written Word. And there are several meanings that can be attained from that one word. This is insight and the Bible calls it Revelation.
The apostle Paul in the letter to Galations wrote this Gal 1:11-12
11 But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Revelation and insight is seeing beyond the written word. It is connecting the dots to form the big picture. Paul was a Pharisee of Pharisees. Before his Revelation, his mission was to crucify the disciples of Christ because he thought that their teaching was blasphemous against the Torah and old testament Scriptures. Jesus only taught Old Testament and revealed Himself as the Messiah from the Old Testament. There was no New Testament at the time. The Jews needed to find Jesus in the invisible because in no place in the Old Testament does “Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah” . There are many clues, patterns, mysteries, parables that point the finger to Jesus… but the connection, insight and revelation is up to each individual.
So for now when I meditate on “the Father and I are one” I will add “Through Jesus, the Father and I are One”. When I read ” I am natures greatest miracle” I will cross out nature and replace it with God as it is God who knows No Defeat and Emerges Victorious.
… And through all my readings I will connect the dots to form the big picture.
This week we were asked to review a movie and look for the 4 Habits that all Successful people have. My movie of choice was October Sky. Out of all four movie choices, I could not find one in the local movie store and had to venture and rent from Itunes for the very first time.
These 4 habits that we were to look for are the success formula which is DMP+ POA+PMA+ MMA = Persistence
Definite Major Purpose (DMP)
Homer Hickam is the son of a Coal Mining Superintendent and is in his final years of High School. During this time the Russian Sputnik Satellite was launched. He was very inspired and influenced by this bit of history. He had tried out for football, as football scholarships are granted for a few “lucky” students to get out of the Coalwood, West Virginia , which is a coal mining town with few options for employment. Homer was unsuccessful at football but still had the determination to get a scholarship. He found out that he could enter into his school science fair and if he won then he could move up to nationals with a possibility to earn a College Scholarship. Determined to not end up in the coal mines he prepares everything that he needs to build his rocket to enter into the science fair… gathering physical materials, intellectual information, creating mastermind relationships while setting his eyes on winning the science fair.
Plan of Action (POA)
It took many attempts to perfect the formula for a flawless launch of a rocket. There where many obstacles that had to be overcome including… Homers father who did not support his efforts, money, lack of materials and their inability to weld. Homer and his friends even got dragged into the police station when a fire was discovered and they could not account for all their launched rockets. With every obstacle Homer was able to overcome and persevere and find a way to get past it.
Positive Mental Attitude
Homer was able to stay in a positive frame of mind no matter what obstacle was handed to him. Even when he was forced to drop out of school and work in the coal mine when his father was injured. He said that it was not as bad as he thought it would be. He was also able to reconcile his relationship with his father even though his father was unsupportive of him, calling him his Hero.
Master Mind Alliance
This is a huge reason why Homer was successful. He was able to get the support of his friends and they befriended a classmate Quinton who had a lot of intellectual knowledge. Their science teacher was supportive of them and supplied books to them. Also when they needed welding done for the rocket then they befriended Homer’s dads employees to weld rocket pieces for them. When the rocket launches became known throughout the town, people started showing up to watch and support. Homer was also in correspondence with Wernher von Braun who was a aerospace and rocket engineer who gave him an autographed photo.
Homer was determined to build a perfect working rocket no matter what. He walked 8miles to his launch site, tore up railways to get money to order rocket parts and struggled through advanced math that even his Science teacher could not help him with. With every obstacle Homer just kept on keeping his eyes on his goal.
I really enjoyed this movie and it touched my heart. In the end he won 1st place at the National Science Fair and got his Scholarship. He graduated from Virginia Tech, Served in the Vietnam War, became a NASA space engineer, New York Times best selling author and avid amateur paleontologist.
I am very inspired to see these skill put into context and to see how they can change the direction of a life lived. This is the SUCCESS FORMULA. Four tiny habits that build fortunes, rags to riches stories, win gold metals, and bring the best life ever dreamed of. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Everybody wants a better life and yet most of us have trouble getting past obstacles and get stuck in a rut. Most of the time this rut is a MENTAL OBSTACLE. Running in the same old routines is so comfortable and thinking of the same excuses is the crutch that we depend on.
What is the power that can change our whole life?
We have the power to think and with that power we make decisions and choices.
Whatever we focus on grows. Perspective is reality. We avoid things that cause us pain and we are drawn to things that cause us pleasure. And a choice is made… People are the only ones that can associate different feelings to situations. Animals are reactive to situations but people can change how they feel.
Some people feel that…
Exercise is painful while others feel pleasure
Making sales calls is painful while others attach pleasure
Chores are painful while others just love getting things done
Our ability to think is the ability to act.
Whatever gets rewarded gets reinforced.
What is it that we are rewarding?
Good behaviour from now on! In MKMMA we learned the technique of Neurological Associative Reactive Conditioning (NARC) that turns a previously painful experience into a pleasurable one. So that there is no more excuses not to do the work needed for SUCCESS. Now there is pain attached to not doing the work. This is an instantaneous shift in mindset. We need to focus on the main thing that will drive our business forward and not get distracted by the little things (and the excuses in our head). Not doing these things will cause huge pain in not attaining our DMP. The phone is now an ATM machine and the only way for the DMP becoming reality!
I am so grateful now to have this tool in my toolbox!
To your bliss,
Week 12 is here and I think I had highlighted the entire chapter of Master Key 12. This is one of my favorites so far.
3. We know that thought is building for us the thing we think of and actually bringing it nearer, yet we find it difficult to banish fear, anxiety or discouragement, all of which are powerful thought forces, and which continually send the things we desire further away, so that it is often one step forward and two steps backward.
4. The only way to keep from going backward is to keep going forward. Eternal vigilance is the price of success. There are three steps, and each one is absolutely essential. You must first have the knowledge of your power; second, the courage to dare; third, the faith to do.
How powerful it is to understand that fear is actually chasing away the actual thing we seek. I have had to deal with anxieties for a long time and it has become part of my personality. Since MKMMA, these anxieties have greatly diminished in volume, to the point of me hardly noticing anymore. What a huge success! In 12 weeks I do not feel anxious anymore! Most of it I attribute to continually attempting to do the 7 Day Mental Diet and doing 15-30 minutes sits.
The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines courage:
as mental or moral strength to venture, to do something, to persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.
Courage is all in the mind and how we choose to think. In the 7 day mental diet, Emmet Fox writes ‘the food which I furnish my mind determines the whole character of my life‘. We can choose to entertain weak thoughts or ones of power. We have had the project this week of creating flash cards of all our accomplishments no matter how great or small and flipping through them several times a day as needed. Such a small project but what a huge impact! So instead of listening to the voice inside my head saying ‘I cant do this’ I flip through my cards and say instead ‘I CAN do this!’ THIS IS THE EXACT DEFINITION COURAGE. Courage is the mental strength to push through that voice and to act accordingly to overcome the difficulty or circumstance.
A great video on Reprogramming Your Brain to Overcome Fear by Olympia LePoint
The 3 Steps of Overcoming Fear
a) Name and reject your fear. We are told that your subconscious mind has no power against your voice. I have been practicing this within our daily life to release anxieties that pop in my head throughout the day. It works!
b) You must reprogram your brain with different thoughts as we are doing in MKMMA. Tell yourself that you are going to make a big difference and make an action plan. Speak positive affirmations with feelings and visualize yourself successful in the future.
c) You must rebuild the neurons in your brain and take actions. Take action in direct opposition of your fear. When someone has fear, the frontal lobe that controls problem solving is completely turned off. When we take action in the direct opposition of our fears, neural transmitters are created within our brain, turning off fear and building and creating new pathways, turning on our frontal lobe. It is our frontal lobe that is our creative brain and gives us the ability to solve problems.
It is action that cures fear. When we delay action through indecision and postponement we make the fear bigger in our mental minds. This is not what we want to happen in our mind! So take action and “do it now!“ Become courageous and Be the Hero in your Journey! As Hanaal points out in sentence 4 ‘The only way to keep from going backward is to keep going forward.’
As a child and as an adult I have always been a believer in miracles. They are all around us if only we would have eyes open to see what is possible instead of our focusing on the daily doldrums of the same old routine, day in day out. When one realizes that something super natural has occurred it increases ones faith and belief and just makes life much more exciting. And living with excitement is a powerful emotion to use to manifest our DMP goals.
When encountering something that can not be explained, there is a mystery that is drawn out from the invisible and brought into the visible, we are left to try to trace the effect back to where it originally came from. Just like we had to go back to recreating the battleship exercise and draw the battleship back to its inception, we trace back to how the miracle had happened.
Whenever a miracle has happened in my life I have always had a burning desire before it has manifested. There was also always two or more people in harmony working toward the same goal (ie. a bible study, church group) and there was a collaboration of spoken ideas and prayer.
“Whatsoever things ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them“ Mark 11:24
I have full Faith that this will happen. We are in a time and season of these happening. Youtube videos are becoming more common of people sharing the miracles that are happening in church groups. I wont post all of them up but just do a search of Supernatural Miracles and you will find incredible Videos! There is one that had Angelic Singing during prayer! I will share my favorite video. I saw it a few years ago and it has left a hope and FAITH in me that I will one day see this happening in my life again.
Jewels Falling From Heaven
This church in Puerto Rico, in the following video, has a burning desire to see the manifestation of the supernatural and dedicated themselves to the praise and worship of God. They are seeing over a thousand Gemstones in their sanctuary, they have manifestations of supernatural anointing oil overflowing from the Bible and ceiling and Angel footprints have even appeared in the carpet in diamond dust! These are creative miracles where something came from nothing! God created the heavens and earth and that same God lives as Spirit in us and works through us.
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen“
The word Substance in the Greek is hupostasis Strongs#G5287 means firm foundation, a substance a real being, that which has actual existence, steadfastness of mind
The word Evidence in the Greek is elegchos Strongs #G1650 which means conviction, proof, that by which a thing is proved or tested
This is the entire MKMMA experience. We are gaining Faith by building a firm foundation of our PPNs and holding them steadfast in our thoughts and blasting our subconcious in multiple ways. This thought creates an actual existence a real being (FAITH)! A manifestation of spiritual thought and knowledge becoming physical! The Evidence will be manifested to be proof of the Faith.
I have full Faith with with every cell in my body that it will manifest.
Hanaal writes in chapter 11 “…. when you put the law of attraction into operation you must remember that you are starting a train of causation for good or otherwise, which may have endless possibilities.“
It’s time to dream big!
Catchy title … and who knew that you can change something that has already happened. Isn’t the past done already? Concrete and set in stone? And I am not talking about time travel, well maybe but in a different kind of way! Let me explain…. It`s all came to me in this weeks sit. I was trying to concentrate on my colorful box with a cone which was much harder for me to focus on then previous weeks exercises. There is something about switching colors that needed more intense focus and mental power. My mind does wonder and I do my best to bring it back. I could feel that I was near the end of my sit so I let my thoughts go to my PPN`s of True Health. I wanted the energy and vitality of my youth so I was thinking of the time when I was 9 years old and when I used to play with my friends in my old backyard. As I was playing in my vision running around and being happy I noticed my mother standing by the sidelines. I ran over to her and she knelt down to my level and I placed my little arms around her and said to her “I forgive you. I love you!“.
As soon as I said those words the tears just started coming. I visualized the same thing with my father and I had the feeling of something inside of me beginning to shift. I was complete crying mess by this point.
You see, two years ago my children and I had experienced something not so good. My kids where not doing well at school and I was pursuing avenues to help them. That led to parenting books and courses and those led to huge revelations of childhood development and how children thrive emotionally within their environment. Children`s brains develop differently under stress whether physical, emotional, environmental and they are considerably smaller than a normally developed child.
Light bulbs started going of in my head about why I was the way I was. I saw how harmful my parents had been to me. I was a way better parent than my parents had been, but I still had a lot to learn. For me, before learning these parenting skills I thought everybody had so much hate and conflict within their family.
My kids got past their difficulties at with school and emotionally because I was there to help them. I did a lot for them. In the back of my mind I had wanted someone to do that for me when I was younger. So then I did not have to go through my younger years with the word “victim“ stamped on my forehead. To be left powerless and to be hurt over and over again. I attempted suicide 3 times and wished for death every night for years. Life was very cruel in those days. I needed someone to be on my side and there was no one. Those where my teen years and thankfully I found a passion that kept me engaged so I did not have to entertain those kind of thoughts anymore.
(for those that have loved ones going through emotional hurts, redirecting negative feelings into a passion and a sense of mastery is what builds someone out of a depressive state).
So going back to my sit. One of the Laws of the Mind is Forgiveness. I know in my head that I had to forgive but my heart was still clinging to those old wounds. The Bible says `forgive and you shall be forgiven`. But they don`t say HOW. Just letting go is not enough. Focusing on positives is not enough, reading cute little quotes about forgiveness is not enough. Until my sit and I was visualizing myself as a CHILD forgiving my parents. It was the CHILD in me that was hurt and in pain and it was the CHILD that needed to forgive. As we where taught in MKMMA that we see our future self as strangers, I could not forgive my parents as an adult because they did not hurt me as an adult, they hurt me as a CHILD.
In MKMMA we visualize ourselves as our future selves and manifesting what our heart desires. IT MAKES SENSE to visualize our past selves to let go of the hurts that stick. The ones our head knows to let go but the heart says “ìm keeping this pain“`. I did not visualize myself reliving this pain. I just visualized me forgiving my parents and changing my emotional state to liberty and forgave them. I was set free!In part 9 Hanaal writes
“the positive thought will destroy the negative as certainly as light destroys darkness, and the results will be just as effectual. “
I relived myself taking control of power. In part 10:2 Hanaal writes a brief sentence that stuck with me
“Events are significant only as they affect power“
As victims are weak and entertain weak thoughts and have little power….It becomes a personality and a way of life. Our lives are the result and the sum of the total of our thoughts. And remember that victim stamp on my forehead? Well it is no longer there. It is replaced with “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.”
Immediately after my sit I felt set free. The past is no longer concrete and set in stone. I can change it. I can change the feelings I have to people and events through visualization. I can visualize myself doing my past behaviours differently in a positive manner. I forgive and love. And now my actions will reflect these positive thoughts. The cycle has been broken. And most of all “ From this moment all hate is let from my veins for I have no time to hate, only time to love.“ In my mind I changed my past. I am not the sum of my yesterdays but I am the sum of what I create with the power of my mind.
Week 9 in the Master Keys says “to think correctly is to enter into the “Secret Place of the Most High” . ” to think correctly we must know the “Truth””.
Vs 7 ” to know the Truth is to be in harmony with the Infinite and the Omnipotent Power. To know the truth is, therefore, to connect yourself with a power which is irresistible and which will sweep away every kind of discord, inharmony, doubt, or error of any kind, because truth is mighty and will prevail.”
Vs11. “…and when truth appears every form of error or discord must necessarily disappear.”
These are powerful words to ponder.
“I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.” This is the affirmation to replace all negative thinking. Not only for ourselves but also got others when they are in need of it. What we wish for others we receive back as we sow and reap in return.
Man is the sum total of his own thoughts.
We also continue to visualize this week. MKS call it the “mechanism of attachment”. It possess vitality and is to grow with increased focus. “The thing visualized will manifest it self in form”
So I continue to do my daily exercises, visualizing a successful 7 day mental diet, a good night sleep and have thoughts of power, strength and health. For myself and others.
To your bliss – Catherine
The seven day mental diet by Emmet Fox was prescribed to us almost two weeks ago in the MKMMA course. It is a diet of only thinking positive thoughts straight through for 7 days. Just as much as we become what we eat, we also become what we think.
It’s been a huge challenge for me. I thought that I was a fairly positive person and the “no opinions” challenge went fairly well and we had this experience of monitoring our thought processes. We were told to turn off the televisions for ourselves and for our children. This includes any device that broadcasts news and all the negative stuff that comes with it.
I now call myself a former news junkie. I loved all things news. It has been running through my ears and into my brain for decades from morning till night. Now there is silence. And now I listen to my internal dialog. Oh my goodness! So many thoughts to actually become conscious of. How can I make sure that I can catch every negative thought?
Part of the process is becoming aware so we can correct the negative and turn it into a positive thought. And it’s kind of crazy how a simple inert thought can turn catastrophic in a mere split second. For example chopping onions for dinner… “these garden onions are strong, don’t drop onion bits on floor so the dog won’t eat it, onion kills dogs, oh my goodness I would be devastated when my dog dies” And then I go about feeling bad and then my thoughts go from my dog dying to other similar catastrophic events.
The good thing is that I am aware and I can stop them before they turn so bad and catch them at the “don’t drop onion on the floor” stage and get the thoughts going in a positive direction.
I have accomplished around 8hrs or so of positive thinking. We have been snowed in and the kids only had one day if school this week. They have been missing their TV and with no place to go to keep them engaged it’s been challenging. I have been teaching them material from MKMMA and it’s really been amazing to see their relationship between each other getting stronger.
“This then is the real key to life: If I change my mind my conditions must change too – my body must change ; my daily work or other activities must change; my home must change; the color tone of my whole life must change – for whether I can be habitually happy or cheerful, or low spirited and fearful, depends entirely on the quality of the mental food upon which I diet myself.” 7 Day Mental Diet, Emmet Fox
I greet this day with LOVE in my heart. And I shall succeed.
This is the time when things are starting shake up. I am not the person I was 7 weeks ago. I really don’t know myself anymore. I am a person who is motivated, focused, enthusiastic, compassionate and happy. I love life! I look in the mirror and see “same old me”, but….. its the “same me” without the OLD BLUEPRINT!
This week MKS is very powerful and I have many things highlighted in my notes. I noticed that the word “power” was used a lot throughout this chapter. So I will quote a few of my favorites…
11. If you can conscientiously follow these directions, you will develop Faith, the kind of Faith that is the “Substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”; you will develop confidence, the kind of confidence that leads to endurance and courage; you will develop the power of concentration which will enable you to exclude all thoughts except the ones which are associated with your purpose.
15. Think of it! You have over five million of these mental workers, ready and in active use; brain cells they are called. Besides this, there is another reserve force of at least an equal number, ready to be called into action at the slightest need. Your power to think, then, is almost unlimited, and this means that your power to create the kind of material which is necessary to build for yourself any kind of environment which you desire is practically unlimited.
25. If the law operates perfectly to bring about poverty, lack and every form of limitation for those who are continually entertaining thoughts of lack and fear, it will operate with the same certainty to bring about conditions of abundance and opulence for those who entertain thoughts of courage and power.
It all comes down to the fact that power comes from concentration of thought on a definite purpose! And the more powerful the thought, the greater the manifestation of that thought.
I will share a personal story here… My father was an electrical engineer. He was a thinker and inventor. He had several patents in his career and worked on lots of big steel mill projects. In his retirement he had grand ideas and inventions that never came out of the prototype stage. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Dementia a few years ago and had to go to long term care. When we cleaned out his home there where so many plans, drawings and inventions that had never come “off the paper”. In his library I had found Think and Grow Rich among *thousands* of other books. He valued intellectual property so much! He had the power to create but just not the focus. Those thousands of books had him chasing after all the things “without”. This week reading the story of Tesla was bitter sweet as he worked so diligently from “within”.
I love you all, and thank you for reading! Find your inner focus and find the power and genius within! ~ Catherine