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Week 22 MKMMA – Change begins with our Lenses

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“This barricade is made neither of paving stones, nor of timbers, nor of iron; it is made of two mounds, a mound of ideas and a mound of sorrows. Here misery encounters the ideal. Here the day embraces the night, and says: I will die with you and you will be born again with me.” ~ ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

 

(This is Part 2 of a study of our MKMMA class assignment see Week 21 MKMMA – Tool Time – for Part 1)

Why are we even discussing such negative emotions like FEAR, ANGER, HURT FEELINGS, and UNWORTHINESS? Shouldn’t we just be thinking about practicing a positive Mental Diet? Why would intelligent people like you and I practice such negative emotions and allow them to keep us in shackles in the first place?.  Well because WE ALL DO. This way of thinking and experiencing life was probably formed by the age of six months old and now it is an ingrained part of our lives. Perhaps it is because we don’t connect this thought and emotional process directly to the damage it creates. No one changes their way of being until they SEE THE PRICE they are paying Is too high for what they are creating.  We are programmed to accept these emotions as being Bad and then find ourselves resisting or having resentment or even revenge to the situation or person involved.

What I am telling you now is that these are FALSE. These three reactions to those emotions will only lead to hurting You. What you give out, you get back.

What then is the answer to using these powerful emotions?  There are many ways once you have started at understanding the heart of the matter.

change-the-wayChange begins with our lenses

How then do we use these emotions to super charge our convictions?

Remember hindsight is 20/20?  And so if we could rewind the film of our life and look at the causes and effects that make up our life, then from this advantage useful insight and wisdom would follow.

In an essence that is what practicing and becoming the observer is all about. It is taking the approach of a “NO Opinion” zone. Instead we discern what we are feeling how we act and how others behave to our actions.

The conclusion of such an exercise is this; we notice that what our subjective / subconscious mind believes, determines the decisions based on those beliefs, and then those decisions cause us to take action. The action affects a certain experience which reinforces our belief.

sunglassesdogTo change how we see thinks can be as simple as slipping on a different set of lenses.  If you became aware that there was something called sunglasses and as you were starting to notice them all around you discovered you had them on.  Well in just a matter of seconds from taking those off your perspective and the way you look at the world would change. And that is the key, becoming aware of the lenses that are obscuring your vision for the results you want. This is why successfulness cannot be taught it must be experienced and observed. It must become known inwardly rather than knowledgeably.

The lenses of fear, guilt, anger, unworthiness and hurt feelings are emotions charged with beliefs designed to keep us SAFE from perceived danger. The emotions are awesome for they are REAL and a part of being who we are. However we can attach any reasonable and acceptable thought (belief) to an emotion. That is changing the lenses. In a moment we will take a look at these emotions with the belief that they are designed to expand our boundaries instead of constricting them. Care to try on a NEW set of lenses?

Fear is a powerful tool as it carries with it heightened concentration and focus. Fear takes your hard mental labor and puts it on steroids.  Imagine that type of intensity directed at your convictions.

Hurt Feelings can carry with them such a unique set of emotions that come from deep within you. They show that we care passionately… We cannot think about two thinks at the same time. What we think about grows choose to let those emotions remind you of your passion and the release you desire from preconceived ideas of how the world treats you. It is these experiences which give you the ability to learn the heart of compassion and how to truly care for others. Treating people with kindness and utmost respect is an extremely valuable attribute.

Anger is a powerful force and supplies massive energy. Yet most times the expression can do more harm to you in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. Anger is the signal that we need to check the quality of our meekness. Meekness is not weakness. It is strength under God’s control – A good illustration of Meekness is the strength of a horse under the control of a bridle and bit. A trainer takes away the horse’s ability to flee and then gently overcomes the horse’s fear. The horse must come to understand it is safe in its new environment. Anger is the energy to change and when reminded, our response should be to yield our rights not to evade responsibility or to allow others to exploit you but to recognize to stand for principles rather than personal rights and give gratefulness and discernment and no matter how rough the situation you will be able to see the root issues. With this perspective, you can determine the right response and relate to others constructively.

Guilt well again it is anger though this time self-directed. Once again if we yield to it and are grateful for it the root cause will be revealed. Anger carries energy for change physical emotional and spiritual.  Embracing the guilt it is a validation that your spiritual is working.  It confirms that we know what to do.

Unworthiness is like the horn that sounds when you get off track. It is not about your worth. You are worthy to have anything you want however you just cannot have everything you want. Unworthiness reminds us that we have a compass that is pointed true it warns us we are getting off track and instantly puts us back on the path to our convictions. Embrace it and ask yourself what does the person I intend to become do next?

Turning Barricades into the Platform to Launch from

Plaform for DMPThe only way this fundamental subconscious thinking or any other paradigm changes can occur is through emotional involvement and repetition. Intellectually knowing about connectedness is not enough. You can know about something and not know it. You can know about a romantic kiss and yet not know it. Rarely does fundamental thinking or our beliefs change from books and tapes. The books and tapes provide repetition, but not emotional involvement. The best vehicle of change is a combination of the two. The more emotion involved the less repetition is needed to create lasting change in our subconscious thinking. This is a major key…remember it. Translated, this means the fastest change is possible when you are very emotionally involved.  Do you know anyone who has not exercised and wants to change that habit or paradigm, it takes months and months before it becomes a habit doesn’t it?  The reason it takes much longer is that not much emotion is involved. Well let’s say that they had a heart attack. That is usually pretty emotional. It usually does not take as many heart attacks before someone changes their habits. However, I have been in a hospital and perhaps you have too, where someone who has had a heart attack or stroke is putting fatty food in their mouth or smoking a cigarette. This is a major clue about how strong the subconscious thinking is. Unless you are very committed you will get beat by your programs or your subconscious thinking. It is you versus your programs and many of your programs you have lived with for 10 – 20 – 30 years (that’s a lot of repetition and emotional involvement).

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Up your conviction and emotional commitment to change through the thoughts associated with the barricades surronding the Comfort Zone, NOW !!! Then watch the platform being built, the tools appear and what COMES ABOUT. You’re Rocket to your desires and goals.

Week 21 MKMMA – Tool Time

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“…I have been given eyes to see and a mind to think and now I know a great secret of life for I perceive, at last, that all my problems, discouragements, and heartaches are, in truth, great opportunities in disguise. I no longer am fooled by the garments they wear for mine eyes are open. I look beyond the cloth and I am not deceived.  I am nature’s greatest miracle.”  ~ Og Mandino

(This is Part 1 of the study of the MKMMA class assignment see Week 22 MKMMA – Change begins with our Lenses – for Part 2)

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers and sisters have been asked by the world class educators of the MKMMA a very interesting and life changing question.  It is the type of question which demands you look in and think of what it is to “know thyself”.  We have wrestled with it, thought about it and put it through a true Mastermind

Mastermind“The Mastermind principle consists of an alliance of two or more minds working together in perfect harmony for the attainment of a common definite purpose.”

The question is simple yet like all great questions it is the deep expression generated which fires the spirit to soar and take flight. I mean what’s stopping you? What keeps you in the comfort zone of the life you are living?  Not allowing you to break free and take the risk for the life you want.

 

baricades.JPEGThat “Comfort Zone” has been set up by the best mind (YOURS !!!) to keep you SAFE and able to live the life YOU REALLY would rather NOT HAVE. What are these Barricades that keep you SAFE? What are these experiences which reinforce and compel us to stay in the “Zone” and then gives us the life we would rather NOT HAVE. These strong emotions of Fear, Hurt Feelings, Anger, Guilt and/or Unworthiness are designed for just that. Making sure we do not stray to far off the reservation and stay comfortably NUMB.

Some people with an open mind have found a way to use these emotions not as a barricade to keep them SAFE and in the LIFE they would rather NOT HAVE, but as a way to launch into the life they always wanted!!! You would like to see that Aladdin’s Lamp, RIGHT?!?

Well that is the question we were asked. And now the following is my own thoughts and prose as to what we have talked, thought, cried and even got angry about. Nevertheless in the end we were all GRATEFUL for the insight and courage it laid at our feet.  As I wrote I find myself duty bound to give the reader an in depth survey even though the content was fast approaching a circular in length. For this cause; to keep the study at a sensible length and leave time for pause and contemplation, please find the reading broken into two parts.  Let us begin with Part 1

 

Tooltime

I am a tool man. If there is a project where I found myself building or fixing something one of my rules of thumb is “the perfect tool” for the job makes it all go a lot easier. Sometimes the perfect tool is found at the store or in a catalog even before you begin. Someone has told you about it or it comes with the instructions. There is nothing like it!! When you use it for your task it makes the work seem effortless and your time effective and efficient. However more times than not a tool comes about not because of the planning or how well the instructions were followed but from a conviction to finish the task. At these times tools were created from the matter or materials which were lying around. By the creative thought of a mind, a paper clip becomes a long a narrow extension to reach into a small hole to pull out a magnet, a quarter becomes a screwdriver. It was always amazing to me that time after time when the conviction to finish the task was present the mechanism or tools would always present themselves.

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In this way a formula is at hand by which we understand how these “tools” can and will give us the power needed to launch and hold velocity.

Conviction and Tools amount to what comes about

Ok I know you are saying to yourself “so what?” That doesn’t seem so special. Let me suggest that at this moment it is only information in your objective or conscious mind. You must make the formula part of your heart:

as_a_man_thinkethLet it become counsel in your subjective / subconscious mind, for then it too has the power of Aladdin’s lamp. You must bring the thought into your play, wrestle and meditate with it on a daily basis.

Let’s begin that process by defining the pieces of the formula:

Conviction: Dictionaries usually define conviction as a fixed or strong belief. Conviction is really much more than that. Your convictions include your values, commitments and motivations. Our convictions determine our conduct. They motivate us to take a stand and to act according to our values.

Tools: A tool is any physical item that can be used to achieve a goal, especially if the item is not consumed in the process. Informally the word is also used to describe a procedure or process with a specific purpose. A tool is then simply a vehicle or way to accomplish something-it is the “how-to.”

Comes About: To take place; happen.  It will come about after combining a conviction and a tool.

Suppose that your conviction always equaled what comes about or…. how about I put this forward; THAT IS THE WAY IT ALREADY IS!!! Your conviction always equals what comes about.

Imagine being on one side of a football field and I told you to go back and forth across the field 100 times but each time you do I insist that you travel in a different way. Perhaps you walk across and then crawl back. That’s two. Then you swim across and can’t think of a way back.  Now imagine that the swimming, crawling, and walking were all “tools”.  Before we go any further I want to clarify a point about the theory. What is your conviction? Is it is to keep crossing the field?  How would you know that, simply because I told you to?  I submit that you cannot tell a person’s true conviction by what someone else tells them to do. You might go through the motions but are you totally committed to the goal? The results are you fall short of the goal because it was not your conviction.   I am going to suggest you cannot even tell what a person’s conviction is by what they tell you they are committed to. Some people say their conviction is to have a happy marriage and yet “they are constantly trying to prove which of them is wrong.” It is their true conviction to be right – not to be happy. They definitely want a happy marriage but it is not their true conviction that is simply a wish or a want. We know this because they are not taking risks in any way. The true conviction is much deeper, stronger, focused. A person’s true conviction is often hidden from himself or herself.

What I am advancing is that the only way you can tell a person’s true conviction is by what comes about. I am suggesting that your convictions and what comes about are always one and the same. You cannot have conviction without it coming about. How many people do we know who set a New Year’s resolutions last year and not reach them? This theory is saying it was not their “true” conviction to keep those resolutions. Their true, deeper, driving conviction was for something else. Perhaps it was to be comfortable, or right about why something couldn’t be done, or to look good to your peers.  Now back to the football field remember you were stuck? Crowd in Bleachers at the Dodger and Giants GameWell let’s say I up the ante and add bleachers which are full of people that are cheering you on and are getting louder about it!   Well I believe as you stand there, seemingly out of the blue, an idea of how you can get across will come upon you.  Amazing isn’t it, well yes and no. We used a scientific principle of the mind. When the conviction is clear, intense, and emotional, a tool will always appear. In this scenario, a voice inside your head (actually the subconscious) said something like, “I am not going to stand here like a fool. Come up with a way and come up with it NOW!” And the subconscious responds with an idea for a new tool.  This is why we watch Professional sports and cheer them on with such gusto. Our emotions impact the players and put their convictions into a super charged emotional state and then the big play occurs. One that is for the records book!

This is priceless, do not miss it… You do not have to know what to do, that is know the tool.

You do have to have an incredibly emotional and clear conviction. The conviction always comes before the tool and true conviction and emotional commitment will always create the tool.

Well the question begs itself then, Are you getting something other than you want?  And how do we find and hold onto this Aladdin’s Lamp? Suppose that the formula that I have begun to talk about could produce for you anything that you wanted? You would be excited wouldn’t you?  I am excited about this formula and would not trade it for any amount of money. Because it holds the recipe for making a delicious and successful life. A few ingredients are waiting. Here is one of the topics  in the next blog.

Who or what are you resisting and what price are you paying for this resistance? Jump on into the blog Change begins with our lenses, Part 2 and find out.

 

Week 20 MKMMA – How are you known

Can you see it skipper?? His voice was straining as much as his eyes were bulging out of his head, as the first mate tempted his senses to see beyond the fog.

Right before daybreak the shadow crossing of night turning to day can keep you guessing as to what those shapes of gray and black can be yet in the fog an eerie and unearthly sense is layered upon your perceptions leaving you confused and well uncertain.

Hold Fast!! Yelled the Skipper it was not as much that he saw something in as much as that he felt that something was just not right.” Keep her steady and lay that anchor!” He added, “We will be staying here for now” The sun will be breaking through soon enough he thought in his mind, the light will pierce this darkness and lift the fog and we will then know where to go…

This week’s has left me holding steady and having faith that uncertainties and confusion will dissipate as the Father of Lights gives understanding and prepares the way. It is inconvenient and uncomfortable yet to know my chart is set by my dreams and aspirations rather than the circumstances and situations that occur allows eagerness and sagacity to be present. There is nothing to go back to, only forward.

For week 20 we will begin with a short piece of Haanels writing called the Letter of Transmittal.

“For many years there has been an endless discussion as to the origin of evil. Theologians have told us that God is Love, and that God is Omnipresent.

If this be true, there is no place where God is not. Where, then, is Evil, Satan and Hell?

Let us see: God is Spirit. Spirit is the Creative Principle of the Universe. Man is made in the image and likeness of God. Man is therefore a spiritual being. The only activity which spirit possesses is the power to think. Thinking is therefore a creative process. All form is therefore the result of the thinking process. The destruction of form must also be a result of the thinking process.

Fictitious representations of form are the result of the creative power of thought, as in Hypnotism.

Apparent representation of form are the result of the creative power of thought, as in Spiritualism.

Invention, organization and constructive work of all kinds are the result of the creative power of thought, as in concentration. When the creative power of thought is manifested for the benefit of humanity, we call the result good. When the creative power of thought is manifested in a destructive or evil manner, we call the result evil. This indicates the origin of both good and evil; they are simply words which have been coined in order to indicate the nature of the result of the thinking or creative process. Thought necessarily precedes and predetermines action; action precedes and predetermines condition” Charles Haanel MasterKey Chapter 20

Herein lays the thought process of Haanel towards the idea “to think is to create”. From God to man, to the nature of good and evil to the creative power of thought, there are many interesting points to highlight

First, it isn’t necessary that you believe in God. I choose the Creator and Savior; you may choose to call it another name. The universe, the super consciousness, these are names often given to this. One of the lessons I learned from my children is that the name they call me; Pops, Dad, Father, or even Old Man (well maybe now you have gone too far) it is not necessarily as important as the attitude with which they speak to me. You can label this as your conscious dictates.

It is about the world and universe in which we live. With that presupposition, we know that the nature of this “thing” is creative. The planets and stars or the flowers and plants or cars and planes, it’s all about creation. All is created by the power of thought. If those thoughts destroy or if the results cause harm and oppression, then we call that evil. If the thoughts create or if the results cause benefit and kindness, then we call that good. Thus, good and evil are known by their results. Nothing more or less.

How are you known?

Creative thought unquestionably comes first and controls the action which then foreshadows and predisposes how things are. We have intention, mechanisms are employed and we get results. It is how we become known as we’ll be known by the fruits of our labors.  We know the hero’s by their deeds. As we work in the “spirit of things,” we shall bring that genius from within ourselves and let our lights shine in the world.

The one and only condition of spiritual power is use or recognition. We must recognize within ourselves the wealth, the power, the talent, the ability that we have in our possession. That is the prerequisite for actually using that power!  When we’re working on something, we only understand when we recognize the connections, when things become clear. His recognition only comes through us via work: study, concentration, persistence.

“Thinking is the true business of life. Power is the result. You are at all times dealing with the magical power of thought and consciousness. What results can you expect so long as you remain oblivious to the power which has been placed within your control? “~ Charles Haanel, Master Key chapter 20

The answer is that one can expect nothing.  As Haanel wrote, thinking is the true business of life. As we think and plan and take action, we cease to become the “beast of burden” for those who would do the thinking. Please keep in mind that when Haanel writes “work” here, he is not implying that if we think we will be doing no work. Rather, the work to which he refers here is the mindless work that many do simply to earn a paycheck, to get by and merely survive. Haanel implores us to go beyond that. We must think for ourselves. We must come to recognize the power we each have in our possession that will enable us to impress the world for the good. With thinking comes knowledge. From knowledge comes power. He who knows why will always employ he who knows how.

What am I pretending not to know?

When you begin to perceive that the essence of the Universal is within yourself, is you. You begin to do things; you begin to feel your power; it is the fuel which fires the imagination; which lights the torch of inspiration; which gives vitality to thought; which enables you to connect with all the invisible forces of the Universe. It is this power which will enable you to plan fearlessly and to execute masterfully” ~ Charles Haanel, Masterkey, Chapter 20

Several weeks ago in the MKMMA we were given this question by our instructors and asked to write out what we thought the answer is and send it by email. I want you to fully understand it. The Master Key is you. We are not to look for something outside of ourselves to come to our aid. We’re not to wait for some cosmic “White Knight” to rescue us from our travails. As we study this “mind stuff,” we are not studying something outside ourselves.

What you think you are often times is more important than who you really are. When Haanel talks about a “master key,” he is not talking about something outside of you, something separate from you. He is talking about YOU. The Master Key is YOU. You have the power. You have the ability. You have the will.  It is your duty to use it. You are the only one who can open the doors put before you.  Be proud, be fearless, and be bold–and take advantage of that.

“To Think Is To Create.”

“Inspiration is the art of imbibing; the art of self-realization; the art of adjusting the individual mind to that of the Universal Mind; the art of attaching the proper mechanism to the source of all power; the art of differentiating the formless into form; the art of becoming a channel for the flow of Infinite Wisdom; the art of visualizing perfection; the art of realizing the omnipresence of Omnipotence.” ~ Charles Haanel, Masterkey Chapter 20

One thing that Haanel wrote here that I think is most poignant is that Haanel calls inspiration the “art.” It is an art! It’s not a science. We can’t give you exact steps to follow. You can’t put it on a production line. The key is to look for the beliefs and ideas that are blocking you from seeing the solutions you want. This is why you cannot teach success. A person must experientially (not intellectually) begin to “see” things, life, themselves differently. It’s an art. It’s meant to be played with — and every person will have a different experience with it As we practice the exercises in The Master Key System and as we build our ability to think and concentrate, we’ll become inspired — and it will be in our own way. It will be ours… “Inspiration is from within.” We will find within ourselves as we study, experience, and concentrate what we need to accomplish what we set ourselves to do. Within that whole we live and move and breathe. Within it we also have the same opportunity to use what we have as every other being or thing on the planet. Think about that for a few moments. Understand that the only thing separating you from what you want to be is what am I pretending not to know?

Apply it. Involve yourself in life. As you will discover, “To Think Is to Create” is not a “head-trip,” but an active process. As you begin to live applying your new thinking, you will get feedback from life. Apply a new changed perspective until those results and goals that you truly want are achieved.

“In Him we live and move and have our being” ~ Acts 17:28.

 

Week 19 MKMMA – The Final Frontier

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“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.” ~ Captain Kirk

 

I sometimes see the MKMMA hurtling through the inner cosmos of the mind on a mission of discovery and insight.  And this week I have used Quotes from TV and movie series Star Trek to describe the voyage.

We have a seasoned Captain and able bodied first officers who have studied the manual (Master Key) and the complex starship (The Mind within) and now they have taken the Cadets to the…

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“Second star to the right…and straight on ’til morning.” ~James Kirk, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, quoting Sir James Barry (Peter Pan)

…and “engaged” all in a journey to the full exploration of the wonders and delight of the true potential of each of us living on this awesome planet to the Glory of the Creator.

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Week Nineteen opens with a discussion about fear. Of course, the way to overcome fear is to become conscious of power.  One can best describe the concept as that all the functions of a living organism are due to an unknown vital principle distinct from all chemical and physical forces. This mysterious vital force is that which we call power. Not at all unlike electricity, we do not comprehend this power, however we do know that by conforming to the fundamental principles by which electricity is governed, it will be our willing servant; it will operate our computers, run our heating and cooling automatically, keep our food cold and our dinner warm. The way electricity serves us in many useful capacities is truly amazing.

Leonard_Nimoy_William_Shatner_Star_Trek_1968Kirk: Spock, where the hell’s the power you promised? Spock: One damn minute, Admiral.  ~ Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Courage and Confidence

We will find that if we put into practice the principles outlined in this lesson we will soon develop the sense of power which has ever been what Haanel describes as the distinguishing mark of Genius.

Both courage and confidence are the cornerstones to which this principle is built. We are developing both of these as we concentrate into the subject of our desire. The use of the word concentrate means all that the word implies: Become so absorbed in the object of your thought that you are conscious of nothing else. Our sit and think is of paramount importance to our growth, and our success.

Confidence is built upon on us thinking “open-eyed”.   We should willingly face all the factors bearing on our subject. To ignore unpleasant factors is cowardice. To acknowledge the full difficulty and yet, with careful analysis and principled conviction, draw upon the intent and creative ability found in the omniscient mind marks a bold line which will build confidence. It does not guarantee the absence of disappointment. However, when you base your confidence on what you believe to be the right choice, even a disappointing outcome does not necessitate regret. You can face the results either good or bad with the confidence that you made the best decision possible.

Courage begins with an honest assessment. Having an awareness of the obstacle, taking responsibility and creating choices that can benefit will keep fear in perspective. Courage is not a disregard for danger, rather it recognizes the consequences of the thinking, belief and action which have given us an outcome we do not at all desire and this realization puts fears in the right frame of reference.

Remember, no one changes until they see the price they and others are paying is higher than they want to pay for what they are creating.

“A man lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.” ~ Gene Roddenberry

On the Go with purpose

As we understand this lesson and develop this force within us, we will overcome those feelings of doubt we have. We will become bolder, more willing to push forward, even when the times are trying.

These are the marks of a Genius; one known by service, what is given, an inspirational thought or idea which shines a light towards another, and causes a change in outcome. Without the sense of power,  we will be more given to keeping our ideas and thoughts out of sight, allowing only very few or no one at all to be blessed with what we have to offer.

For us to get what we want and effect changes in the world, we must begin to practice letting our light to shine daily, and consistently and then watch it become brilliant!

EnterpriseCrewStarTrekIIIGenius doesn’t work on an assembly line basis. You can’t simply say, “Today I will be brilliant.” ~ Kirk

In order to wholly be conscious of this world, to live grow and succeed in it, we are compelled to cultivate how we look at what is in front of us. When we encounter something or someone, our gaze should be through a set of lenses that looks at the relationships to other things, assumptions, intent and beyond what was formerly.

Before long as we learn and practice to adjusting our set of lenses, we will discover that we don’t need to travel to distant stars to find new worlds. New worlds are all around us waiting to be explored.

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“Live long and prosper.” – Spock

Week 18 MKMMA – Creation of Heroes

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For the bye week; the Mastermind Alliance assignment was to watch the movie “I AM” by Tom Shadyac and if we so be determined, write a review of it or of a Movie of our own choosing. The guideline was to keep our focus on the material we have been studying and to recognize how the characters and the story of the movie portray and express these principles.

I have chosen to write a review on another movie that I viewed this week. The movie I AM  is a well-crafted story that compels the viewer to “stop and take notice” of what their core beliefs were causing in the world. Above all other, the theme of our connectedness  to each other and the Cosmo was woven into the fabric of the story challenging us to think differently on many levels and relationships. All very much aligned with the principles we are studying. This has been written about by my colleagues with such profundity and enlightenment that I would be humbled and honored to place my own erudition’s and applications with their great testimony. However this is not to be the case for the simple reason that the following sentence from our reading compelled me to make a choice of another Movie, one which shows a picture of what the heroes of the age now bring to this;

“change in the thought of the world. This change is silently transpiring in our midst, and is more important than any which the world has undergone since the downfall of Paganism” ~ Charles Haanel

As I might I will leave you now without the title and continue about the lesson for the week. I know it is an old ruse made to keep the reader’s attention but a little longer, albeit  good, yet I only delay to set a construct and form for which a clear understanding of the movie selected can be known.

Growth and Creation

Haanel writes  “In order to grow we must obtain what is essential for our growth, but as we are at all times a complete thought entity, this completeness makes it possible for us to receive only as we give. Growth is therefore conditioned on reciprocal action, and we find that on the mental plane like attracts like, that mental vibrations respond only to the extent of their vibratory harmony.  It is clear, therefore, that thoughts of abundance will respond only to similar thoughts; the wealth of the individual is seen to be what he inherently is. Affluence within is found to be the secret of attraction for affluence without. The ability to produce is found to be the real source of wealth of the individual. It is for this reason that he who has his heart in his work is certain to meet with unbounded success. He will give and continually give, and the more he gives the more he will receive.”  ~ Charles Haanel Masterkey Chapter 18

Here we see what the Mastermind Alliance in its entirety is building within us. We think and we create. All of animal kingdom is but a slave to its environment. If there is no food in an area, it must move to another or starve. If the weather changes, it must move or die. If something stronger invades it must flee or be killed.

Not so with man. We have created a world of thought. We can live where we want because we adapt the terrain to us. We do that with our thoughts and our ideas. Our thoughts have created a world in which we play, work and have our being. We are but thoughts relating to other thoughts, ideas meeting ideas, each influencing the other and judged on their usefulness and efficacy. And so too with our thoughts have come changes in our beliefs and customs, no longer is the despotic the sovereign for he must acknowledge the laws under which we all live, these founded upon freedom and liberty, having been established they allow the mind to flourish. These ideals are now what make people fruitful rather than looting and wars. This is the thought, running as a river throughout the world expanding and filling the surface. Described and known as the age of Grace, where abundance and generosity are working hand in hand to bring about harmony in the world. Where loving God and serving our neighbors are what we are creating. We all have the power to take part in it. We all have something to add. Think. Create. Then reap the rewards of our efforts. Here to you will find the true Heroes of the age at work.

END_SPEAR_SLIDERIn the movie The End of the Spear which is a beautiful retelling of the story through the dual eyes of a Waorani tribesman and the son of the man they speared to death. We are brought face to face with a sketch of the heroes of this age and with some important principles to consider as we look at our own beliefs and thoughts which have kept us where we are living

Deep in the heart of the jungles of Ecuador, along the Amazon River basin, the Waorani Indians are murdering each other to the point of near-extinction. Tribal conflicts (internal and external) have led to a staggering 60 percent mortality rate, and the average Waorani male lives to be just over 30 years old. In addition this violence has spilled out unto the local population as “no one” who journeys into their territory comes out alive. In response, the Ecuadorian government plans to send in troops to stop the killings and “reclaim” the land, essentially wiping out the Waorani.

It’s the early 1950s and Nate Saint, the father of Steve who is retelling the story , along with four other young American Christian missionaries, sense the urgency of this crisis and set out to befriend the Waorani people. Nate establishes contact with the remote tribe using a revolutionary aeronautical technique that he invents. Flying his small yellow craft in a tight circular pattern, he dangles a bucket on a rope (which centers itself due to centrifugal force), using it to lower gifts. Then, on Jan. 3, 1956, after weeks of what seems to be a progressing relationship (the Waorani have begun to place gifts of their own in the bucket), Nate and his friends, Jim Elliot, Roger Youderian, Pete Fleming and Ed McCully, land the plane on a sandbar and make face-to-face contact with the Waorani.

Five days later, their speared and hacked bodies lay in the Curaray River.5-missionaries-300x186

A senseless death? One, in which the plan only leads to tragedy?  Yes it could have been avoided; yes preparations and an intense study of the Tribe could have perhaps brought them to an understanding of the dire situation.  However as we delve deeper into what we have been learning we come to one of the principles that kept the Tribes in this darkness and horror. Haanel states that “In order to grow we must obtain what is essential for our growth, but as we are at all times a complete thought entity, this completeness makes it possible for us to receive only as we give” As we look upon the Tribesman or anyone who is trapped in a cycle of self-destruction we would describe this person as missing something or being incomplete. Here Haanel reminds that everyone is complete at all times. In order to grow and change we have to give that which we want to grow towards, for that which we think about grows and that which we forget atrophies.

Here lies the certain destruction of the Waorani Tribe. For what did they need to give? They were required to give of something that in their beliefs and traditions did not even have an expression, a life without revenge or forgiveness. Two parts of their culture kept them intrinsically in bondage. According to Waorani culture, the son is supposed to avenge his father’s death and the second belief is that the warrior gained spiritual power from all those they killed and to gain this power was the only way to “jump the great Boa” at the end of life and go on to eternity with God or your fate was to become a termite.

“Your subconscious believes. You make decisions based on those beliefs. Those decisions cause you to take action. The action causes you to experience. Your experience reinforces your belief. Your belief therefore gives you your outcome” ~ Claire Mcgee

The story doesn’t end on that tragic day, but shows how it forever changes the lives of both the missionary families and the Waorani Tribe in a remarkable testimony of God’s redemptive power.

The portrayal of missionaries  both the martyred and the surviving wives and family is particularly skillful, as the movie very naturally  communicates the motivations of the missionaries to evangelize these people, but also shows that the Waorani were  in need of an “intervention” before outsiders sent in troops to stop the violence of the region. The missionaries assurance to living with these people, and sharing their sufferings is a wonderful statement of their commitment to give forgiveness.

Two scenes in the story are very revealing of the motivation of the missionaries, to give what they could to help the Waoroni Tribe grow.

During the attack the Waorani men, who killed the missionaries, were perplexed over the fact that the foreigners never attempted to shoot at them, despite having guns. Yet earlier in the story we had heard Steve asks his dad about shooting the Waorani if they attack, Nate responded with one of the movie’s most powerful lines: “We can’t shoot the Waorani, son. They’re not ready for heaven—we are.”

The five missionaries men were prepared to give their life and show another way to live and help the Tribe grow. The way of one who was speared and did not spear back; they showed the trail of a God who left his carvings upon the hearts of violent men, changing them to persons who could love, forgive and be family even with their enemies.

The Waoroni lived in this cycle of revenge where sons were responsible for avenging speared fathers. The power of growth through giving what is needed, was again illustrated at the end of the film when Steve faces his father’s killer, Mincayni, at the exact spot where the attack had occurred. There, Mincayani, who has become a Christian and realizes his guilt. Is in torment,  as he tells Steve that killed his father, that he had taken his father’s life. He then places a spear into Steve’s hands and throws his arms out with a posture of total surrender, Mincayni is ready to be avenged. Instead, Steve gives mercy and forgiveness. And says “No one took my father’s life,” he explains. “He gave it.

While the retelling of this story is remarkable and unique in giving us a vivid sketch into the character of the Hero. The lesson is that the authentic Heroes are everywhere. They are those who give to the needs of others without thought of reciprocity so those who have received can give and become heroes too. This type of commitment to growth only leads to success.

Week 17 HJ MKMMA – Choices

For this week of training we had our first flight so to speak into being self-directed. The philosophy of the MKMMA experience has always been to create the environment where the student can learn to teach themselves and experience their true authentic self. Our wise and creative MKMMA team does have intentions and mechanisms designed to aid us in our journey nevertheless the grand design has always been to as the mother Eagle does with her eaglets make us fly on our own. And soar we shall to their and ours great joy to the world with courage, hope and Love.

Our focus has been to review the material we have at our disposal as we deem (with a slight “pull of the reins” for direction) daily with purpose and on purpose.

A mid class review

I found that from my first reading of the Master Keys I had become familiar with the style and jargon used by Charles Haanel and I could see where the book is heading. The first read kept me constantly distracted with the newness of the material and his minutia, this time I knew what to expect and what I was going to see, so I was able to keep my eyes open to what truly interested me. I could pick up nuggets under the broad strokes and the concepts discussed.

Let’s discuss one of the nuggets unearthed

“At least ninety per cent of our mental life is subconscious, so that those who fail to make use of this mental power live within very narrow limits”  ~ Charles Haanel Chapter 5

The genius of the human being is a God-given thing called CHOICE. We have the ability to change our way of thinking and so our experience. Here is a story taken from Wasps and their ways to help illustrate

“Certain of the minor wasps, when they bring prey to the burrow, first enter to see that all is Wasps and theri waysas they left it, leaving the captured insect near the entrance. If the result of their examination is favorable, out comes the wasp and drags in the insect. A French naturalist removed the cricket one of these wasps had captured and placed close to the entrance to her hole while she went in to reconnoiter. It was placed several inches away, but was shortly found by the wasp and dragged back to the hole. Again her ladyship went in to reconnoiter and again the cricket was taken away: It was found as before and dragged back, while the wasp, true to her habit, went in the hole and left it at the entrance. The same thing was repeated over forty times, until the patience of the experimenter gave out; and one can imagine the nervous condition of the wasp at this unaccountable and persistent interference with a matter that from her point of view was nobody’s business but her own. Had it occurred to Madam to look for troublesome intruders outside the hole instead of inside, she would have saved herself a great deal of time and strength. ~ Wasp and Their Ways by Margret W. Morley

The wasp was totally and completely run by its habit or program. The naturalist said, “This is a dumb experiment, I quit.”  He had a CHOICE. Yet the wasp couldn’t even to its death the program was intrinsically linked to its very core and no choice was available. The sad thing is that most people are more like the wasp than the naturalist. They give up their right of CHOICE and defend their associative memory or BELIEFS to their grave. Refusing to let go of old ideas captured by old behavior they say things like, “That’s just the way I am”, or “I’ve always been this way”, or “I can’t communicate my feelings, it’s just not me.”  Ironically refusing to use their CHOICE even though what they believe isn’t getting them what they want. Ultimately, you must decide if you are a human being or a wasp.

If you are looking for choice or options in life, it all begins with this concept.

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Let’s approach this concept from looking at our perspectives or viewpoint.

Vantage_point_08Do you remember the movie called Vantage Point?  I enjoyed the suspense and how the story unfolded with assassination, kidnapping, and terrorism. Vantage Point started with an assassination attempt on the president, relayed in a time span of 23 minutes. Each time the events unfold from the beginning, a new vantage point is shown from a different person’s viewpoint revealing additional details, which ultimately completes the story of what actually took place during the incident.

Sometimes in our need to be right about our viewpoint we don’t allow or even believe that other viewpoints also exist. One viewpoint does not mean another viewpoint must be wrong. They are simply two different viewpoints of the same thing.

Her are two viewpoints that would be worth delving into

Victim and Responsible

First about Victim: The view point where something was done to you. You were exploited or taken ad-vantage of. You were not in control. Perhaps it was a car accident where the other person ran the red light or maybe it was a business deal where you were misled or they simply didn’t do what they said they would. Perhaps it was a relationship you put your all into and they left. Can you relate to those or do you have a specific time that comes to mind? How did you feel? Pain, anger, overwhelmed, frustrated, hopelessness, foolish or even stupid?

That is the effect of a Victim viewpoint what if you took those same experiences but looked at them from the Responsible viewpoint?  Where you are “at cause” for your experience out of the choice or choices you have made. Instead of the victim viewpoint where it was done to you, let’s look at an example from the responsible viewpoint.

For example, let’s say Geni, my wife, and I had an argument. When I tell it from victim, it would sound something like this, “She didn’t listen to me,” or “She called me a name.” It would be about what she said and did to me. That’s the victim viewpoint. When I tell it from responsible, I begin by looking at every choice I ever made which had anything to do with this situation. It may be a choice which allowed the argument to happen. Maybe it was a choice that set it up that or that caused the argument caused it to happen. Looking for such choices, I see choice number one: Who married my wife? Me! This doesn’t mean I am at fault for the argument, but I could not have had a husband/ wife argument if I had not chosen to marry my wife (one of the two best choices I ever made!). Perhaps I chose, (again not consciously), to ignore some previous signals or remarks she made indicating she was tired. Again the choices do not make me at fault; they are the cause for me having this experience. Perhaps I chose to work or travel a lot and she felt ignored by me. I probably could now see 100 choices, I had made that were at cause for my experience. Again, not at fault, simply at cause for my having the experience. When you operate in the mode of discovery, you can learn from any experience. Most people have a less emotional experience from the responsible viewpoint than from that of the victim.

Choose to use the responsible because of what you will create in your life as a result. Hold yourself responsible for how you feel not what someone has said or done. Hold yourself responsible for how much money you make, not the economy, the size town you live in, your job. Hold yourself responsible for how the government is, the condition of the environment, for EVERYTHING!  This can be your mission not because of the truth but because of the excitement and possibilities that can be seen from the responsible viewpoint.  A key distinction is that responsibility does not mean that you are to blame or at fault. They are as different as land is from the sea. If your associative memory or subconscious thinking is that responsibility means fault, you will not look to see how you are responsible for anything simply because no one wants to be at fault. Unfortunately in our society this is where most still operate from. If you doubt that, pick up the city paper, choose any topic and almost all the conversation will be about who is at fault. The realm of fault and blame offers no solutions. That is the true price that is paid for thinking as a victim. Responsibility is the viewpoint that my choices set up an experience, created the experience or allow it to happen. This does not mean you are at fault. No fault, simply a choice. I gain power, possibilities and feel better when I choose the responsible viewpoint. If your experience around any event has anger, shame or guilt, you know you are still looking as a victim attempting to find who was at fault. You can do that, but you will pay the price of not moving forward, of stopping your growth. Remember it is not about the truth. Wherever you cannot see how you are responsible you have no power, no solutions, and you feel discouraged. Have you ever heard someone say I don’t want to be more responsible? That is because they are looking at the topic from the victim viewpoint. It changes this exciting empowering idea called responsible into a burden, a duty, an obligation, and it seems very heavy.

Responsibility is the viewpoint that you have choices. Don’t give up responsibility since it is the viewpoint where your choices create your experience. Freedom is the ability to decide and liberty is the result of wise decisions. This is the lever that is long enough to move your world to an incredible place of excellence.

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Week 17 MKMMA – Think to Create

Charles Haanel and his Masterkey approach to unlocking the true potential within each of us are profound. As I was talking with a friend of mine over the principles and scientific laws that we are studying we stumbled across this one thought that made us both sit up and take notice. They, meaning the principles and laws, have always been here and were here since the creation of the cosmos.  I am right now typing on a computer a jumble of logarithms and electrical impulses, while listening to music that is being transmitted through the air waves just fifty years ago never heard of. Another would be the science of propulsion/motion which has given us each autonomy and liberty to travel and experience the world. All of these great strides for the benefit of Humans to live in abundance did not just come into existence from nothing no they have always been here just waiting for us to discover,unfold if you will from the universe and be brought to the physical.  The human aspiring, as image bearers can, simply stated, “Think to create”.  The Great Architect, the Creator designed prepared and laid the foundation for this world with the unlimited possibilities and capabilities for us.  In the first creation act God did not work with any preexisting material.  Created with a word; spoken by God; ex nihilo-out of nothing. We on the other hand have a world equipped and ready to bring forth what we think.

These studies focus on human’s potential to utilize the undeniable principles and laws in context to the creation. God does not exist to make sure that we are happy and fulfilled. Rather, we exist to glorify God and enjoy him forever. God is not a facilitator for our “life Transformation” projects. He is not a life coach. Rather he is our Creator, Covenant Lord and our Redeemer.  Our ability to create, requires veneration and exaltation for the Great Architect, this must be our starting point. For from a place of gratitude and thank fullness our choices will be in harmony with all that is around us.

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One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way and no longer needed God. So they picked one scientist to go and tell Him that they were done with Him. The scientist walked up to God and said, “God, we’ve decided that we no longer need you. We’re to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don’t you just go on and get lost.” God listened very patiently and kindly to the man and after the scientist was done talking, God said, “Very well, how about this, let’s say we have a man making contest.” To which the scientist replied, “OK, great!” But God added, “Now, we’re going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam.” The scientist said, “Sure, no problem” and bent down and grabbed himself a handful of dirt. God just looked at him and said, “No, no, no. You go get your own dirt!”

Think to Create

While it appears to be a simple statement, it is not an easy one to fully understand. You may have already heard it many different ways before.

“As a man thinketh in his heart so is he” ~ Psalm 23-7.

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” ~ Napoleon Hill

“As a Man Thinketh” ~ James Allen

“The mind is an engine whose power is undreamed; thought is an omni-working power” ~ Charles Haanel

The difficulty lies in that until you truly internalize it – you will not create your life anymore differently than you have already.

 

Does Doing equal Experience?

Most people think that what you or someone else is doing is what creates your experience. As you observe people they will say things like” of course I’m upset, my Foreman just yelled at me” Their perspective is that what someone is doing creates their experience. It is as though the Foreman yelling at them created their distress. Another would be  “ I have every right to feel insecure right now I just lost my job”  As if losing their job has anything to do with how they feel , well for a majority of people this is the way the world is. Unless the circumstances change, you will have a certain experience. This type of thinking or belief leaves you stuck. A heartbreaking story I heard about this week shows how this type of thinking can lead to tragic results. For the last fourteen years at least 30,000 Japanese have killed themselves annually.  While the numbers include an alarming rise in Teen suicide and the elderly there is a group which is called karoshi (death from overwork). Japanese often place a great deal of value in having an ikigai in the form of a hobby, career, or family—the specific activity is less important than the act of doing something—and the absence of a purpose in life can be psychologically debilitating. With the rise of industrialization and isolation from family the importance has shifted to defining themselves by their work success that requires over-responsibility, perfectionism, and sustained social pressure to outperform. The financial and long term economic recession in Japan has caused many to lose their job and with their identity wrapped so intrinsically to their work also their will to live is lost.

Does Thinking equal Experience?

What we have been learning is that the creation of our reality actually resides in the subconscious. And this is good news. With the subconscious creating our experience we have so much greater a potential to change our thinking than we do to change our circumstances or other people.  Ever hear “What you sow, so shall you reap”?  This applies internally as well as externally. The sub conscious mind will produce weeds or flowers based on what you sow. Reason and logic and your five physical senses are what reside in the conscious mind.  It can solve very little and yet it is where our education is most often focused. For example, you have a friend who wants to buy a house. The first thing they do is try to solve the question of how with their conscious mind. They look at their income, and then they look at their outflow if they should buy the house. If the income doesn’t surpass the outflow they don’t buy the house. This is often where average, unexceptional thinking stops.  In our study the Master key Mastermind Alliance is practicing another level of thinking it is called visualization to get guidance.  A good way to look at this is that the conscious mind is having a conversation with the subconscious mind.  Many times as you are sowing these new pictures of what you want, your subconscious mind will go to work creating the solutions. In the buying a house scenario you will find yourself “discussing” different options to finance a house where before you weren’t even open, or even apparently from nowhere, someone will want to invest money and starts looking at a partnership with you. Do you have to figure this entirely out? Do you have to know how you will get to the new vision? No. That job is for your sub conscious. It is the problem solving part of you. The real question is this; are you using it unconsciously, meaning with no guidance by your conscious mind or whether the use of visualization is consciously applied. The choice becomes one of whether you want your odds of success to be those of circumstances or do you want your thinking to leverage the results in your favor. If you don’t apply visualization consciously then your subconscious will apply it according to your beliefs and you will recreate what you already have. Unfortunately this is how most people will try and solve all their problems or challenges.

earthmoverTo drive the point home picture a man on a giant piece of earth moving equipment making a new path to his gold mine. He moves a lever and turns the wheel and the mountain of dirt is whisked away and the path is closer. Now this time the man lets loose of the wheel and the levers and puts it on auto pilot the earth-mover goes where it was before or since that has changed, really just in a circle and ends up digging a hole rather than creating a new path.  The man then decides that today he doesn’t need the earth-moving machine and parks it in the garage. How much work would he accomplish today? Yet this is the way most of Human beings are. Why? Because they have left their earth moving machine, their sub conscious mind in the garage, that is your problem solver don’t leave home without it.

Visualization is very much the same way of bringing attention to what you want and desire as results in your life. It is focusing on and directing the “conversation” for the purpose of getting new ideas to your conscious mind. Visualization is a way of circumventing the filters of our prejudices, and beliefs. Imagination and visualization are keys, which open up the door to your earth mover.

To be a master at anything, one practices. A professional musician or an Olympian athlete does not practice once in a while or only when they feel like it. They practice every day, regularly, and consistently and often at the same time and same place. They are disciplined and we must be too, if we aspire to walk in mastery and create a life of liberty.

“No athlete in their right mind would attempt to compete at this elite level without using some form of visualization.”  ~ Marilyn King

Week 16 MKMMA – The Grand Experiment

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Good manners may in Seven Words be found: Forget Yourself and think of Those Around. – Arthur Guiterman

 

 

I had started this week’s entry with the normal review on the Masterkey readings for Week 16 the Nature of Wealth. However I could not put from my mind how extraordinary our week has been for the Alliance.  It has left enough of a mark that I stopped my review and decided to create an entry into this journal.

As time permits me, I will post the Week 16 review yet for now enjoy the reflections of this week

Grand Experiment

RAKOur Class assignment this week took on a feel of a field trip. The whole group of 200+ worldwide; which we call our MasterMind Alliance (MMA).  Were to focus on kindness. We were to notice it around us and to do a Random Act of Kindness and especially attempt anonymity.

Then on a daily basis we were to share our experiences with the group in a specific forum set up just for this grand experiment

To “see and do” kindness you must first put on the glasses of gratefulness and attentiveness. It begins with looking beyond ourselves and appreciating the everyday contributors in our lives. It continues with looking around for what needs to be done and giving what you could to benefit those around you.

It is amazing how much kindness is around us when we look for it. I noticed the warm smiles, the politeness, the gracious extension of making someone laugh or smile; the small thank you that said how much a person was appreciated. Helping a person who dropped something pick it up, cleaning a mess they did not make, sharing a bit of food with someone, praying for those around us. Saying “I love you” to every person though not out loud but in your mind as it then is expressed in your eyes and smile. Even in nature kindness was noted by a tender lick or nudge by another pet that we can see brings peace to the receiver, or the warmth of the sun coming through the glass on a cold day, to the beauty of a charming view that catches our gaze and momentarily makes us relax and enjoy.

In the forum the stories and observations of Kindness were multiplied and enhanced with the events that were happening in our lives as we too all experienced “seeing and doing”.

I laughed and felt elated by the groups own anecdotes and expressions as this journey unfolded.  It started with a warm feeling in the chest, an increased to a willingness to help. As I thought this is happening around the world I realized how much bigger than my own acts this was.

Kindness is free

It gave me a renewed faith in human nature and a sense of the sheer goodness which human beings are often capable of, which sometimes might seem difficult to see amidst the chaos and conflict of the world.

It provided me a sagacity of connection. In fact, the separateness we often experience as human beings goes away as we start to see and do kindness.

At our deepest level, all human beings are part of the same connectedness. Random acts of kindness are the bridges to this connection.

The person who performs the kindness experiences this and perhaps the recipient of the act of kindness too. And we who observe the act, we become part of the network too.

So when you consider performing an act of kindness, think about its potential three way positive effect.

There’s the positive effect on the recipient, and the positive effect on you as you experience the positive emotion of the ‘collaborator’s elation.’

But perhaps the biggest effect of all will be on a passer-by who just happens to witness the act.

Week 15 MKMMA – Vision and Togetherness

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“The desire that guides me in all I do is the desire to harness the forces of nature to the service of mankind.” ~ Nikola Tesla

 

 

In week 14 our exercise was to concentrate on Harmony and as Mr. Hannel said, “… concentrate so deeply, so earnestly, that you will be conscious of nothing but Harmony. Remember, we learn by doing.”  I know I digress from our customary erudition that is to discuss this week’s lesson, nevertheless the (2) exercises intertwined and completed each other which is the WHY of the addition. Besides last week I did a movie review which I enjoyed immensely yet I missed sharing about the 14th Weeks lesson.  For the reasons above and a few which shall be unfolded the blog will have great content, grab a cup of Tea sit back and enjoy.

Harmony

It can be a difficult word to define, as we all have different sets of beliefs and traditions which help us bring the thought into definition.

Those beliefs and traditions set a course and I believe that this fundamental assumption about reality for most people is why we are separate. You see your body growing up and it appears separate from others. One appears male, the other female. And our mind determines we are separate and the subconscious then approaches life with that filter, which is an “Us and them” filter. Separateness is in place we can see the evidence all around us. Christian vs. Muslim, Conservative vs. Liberal, rich vs. poor, talkative and shy, old and young, Americans and non-Americans. Once this way of thinking is in place, no matter how many teamwork books or posters on the topic you read and look at, you will not approach life from a place of Harmony or connectedness.Hawaiin isalnds

When we see and meet each other where is most of the person?  Where you can see or where you can’t see? If you can imagine for a moment that a Human Being is like an island and like an Island most of the greater part and substance of our Island is below the water where you can’t see. And like a group of Islands it is in this unseen realm where you and I are connected just like islands under the water.

To think intensely of Harmony is to exchange our thoughts from a mental state of discordance and separation into one of beauty and being a part of something larger than ourselves.

Instead of using the filter of separateness which has us see the world as a place to be feared and that other people are objects in our way, we are choosing to have faith in the principles by which the World has been created and designed. Harmony is tuning of our lives to those around us and the natural world that sustains our wellbeing. We listen and watch so that we can move in time and join the chorus of the Great Song in which we all have a small part.

 

AnnuindaleIn the Silmarillion, by JRR Tolkien, the story begins with the Ainulindalë,  the great song of the Ainur that took place before Time began, from which Eä, the material Universe, was created. As I meditated about harmony, this part of the book continued to enter my mind to describe our own song and chorus. Please enjoy the music video as a beautiful background to the tale below.

The Song of the Anuir

“The tale begins as Eru conceived the Ainur from his thought and taught each of them how to make music. At first the Ainur would only sing alone or in small groups while the others listened. The observance of their brethren singing taught each Ainu more about the others and the mind of Ilúvatar (Eru’s Elivish name). Their “unity and harmony” thus increased, and eventually, Eru brought all the Ainur together and declared that they would play a song greater and more complex than they had ever sung before. He told them that they would be allowed to weave their own thoughts and ideas into this Music, since they had been kindled with the Flame Imperishable and thus had the power of creativity. The Ainur were so overwhelmed by Eru’s description of this Music that they bowed before him in silence. After Ilúvatar told them about the Music, the Ainur began to fashion it. Their voices, like the sound of harps and trumpets and choirs, passed “beyond hearing” into the depths and heights of sound. The great Music filled the Timeless Halls and passed beyond them even into the Void, so that it “was not void”. The Ainur’s flawless Music satisfied even Ilúvatar during this early stage.

But soon, faults entered into the great Theme as a result of the discords of Melkor, an Ainu whose thoughts had become strange and unlike those of his brethren due to his wanderings in the Void. Ilúvatar had given the Ainur permission to weave their own ideas into the Music, but Melkor’s thoughts actually clashed against Eru’s Themes, because Melkor wanted to “increase the power and glory of the part assigned to him”. Melkor’s desire to bring into being creatures of his own with the Flame Imperishable and fill the emptiness of the Void put him at odds with Ilúvatar’s vision. These discords of Melkor that became evident in his music dismayed those around him, and many faltered in their singing or else attuned their song to his.

The original harmony of the Music was thus consumed by a “sea of turbulent sound” until it became like a “raging storm”. At that point, Eru responded by rising from his seat and raising his left hand. It seemed to the Ainur that he then smiled. After his reaction to the Music, a new Theme began amid the chaos. The Second Theme was “like and yet unlike” the First; it gathered new power and beauty. Soon, however, Melkor’s discord rose up against it, and there was a “war of sound more violent than before”. This time, Melkor’s Theme triumphed over that of the others; many of the Ainur stopped singing entirely out of dismay. Ilúvatar then rose from his seat again, his expression stern this time. He raised his right hand, and yet another Theme unfolded. The next Theme had a sound unlike the others before it. It began quietly amid the confusion of the Second Theme, and sounded like the rippling of soft and sweet notes. It gained power and depth over time, until two completely different songs were being made. One was filled with “immeasurable sorrow”, which gave it tremendous beauty, while the other was a loud, pompous theme playing in violent opposition to it. Nevertheless, this repetitive theme could not overcome the sorrowful one, and the latter merely took the former’s greatest notes and “[wove them] into its own solemn pattern”. The strife between the two themes caused the dwelling of Ilúvatar and even the Void beyond it to shake. At this point, Eru stood once more and raised both his arms, “and in one chord, deeper than the Abyss, higher than the firmament… the Music ceased”. Ilúvatar then spoke to the Ainur about the Music and the consequences that would arise from any attempts to bring discord into it, as Melkor had done. To show them the result of their actions, he led them into the Void and spoke, “Behold your Music!” The Ainur saw a vision of what their song had created—”a World that was globed amid the Void… but was not of it”. They saw the history of this World as it unfolded, and witnessed the part each had played in its making. Even the discords of Melkor contributed to the glory of this creation.

The Ainur were amazed when the Children of Ilúvatar came into this vision, for they were a part of Eru’s plan that had not been revealed to them before the Music was played. The Children were sung into being by Ilúvatar during the Third Theme, and none of the Ainur had dared contribute to their making.

Ilúvatar suddenly took away the vision, and the Ainur did not get to see how it would end. Some say that they only saw the history of the Universe until the Dominion of Men. The abrupt ending of the vision caused restlessness among the Ainur, and Ilúvatar perceived that they wanted the vision to be given true being, so that—even despite the terrible flaws that had been introduced into it—the Universe would be as real as they themselves were.

Therefore Eru said, “Eä! Let these things be!” He sent the Flame Imperishable into the Universe, and far off in the Void a light appeared—the beginning of the achievement of the Music of the Ainur.” ~ From Tolkien Gateway

Insight

This week our exercise is to meditate on Insight and apply it to our own challenges and goals. Insight and wisdom are cut from the same cloth; it too is a part of our determining the actions and words for circumstance or situations that come across our life.

“For this reason Insight must be exercised so that the thought which we entertain contains no mental, moral, or physical germ which we do not wish objectified in our lives. Insight is a faculty of the mind whereby we are enabled to exam the facts and conditions at long range, a kind of human telescope; it enables us to understand the difficulties as well as the possibilities in any undertaking. Insight enables us to be prepared for the obstacles which we shall meet; we can therefore overcome them before they have any opportunity of causing difficulty. Insight enables us to plan to advantage and turn our thought and attention in the right direction, instead of into channels which can yield no possible return.  Insight is therefore absolutely essential for the development of any great achievement, and with it we may enter, explore, and possess any mental field. Insight is a product of the world within and is developed in the Silence—by concentration.” Charles Haanel, Masterkey System, Chapter 15

Mr. Haanel’s text is so exact and thoughtful, that for those of you who have read it for the first time, I encourage you to take some time and read it again.

To grasp the key elements of a complex subject, person or situation and bring it to a sharp steady focus, with sincerity, and integrate it with our own feelings and motivations is part of insight that most will attempt. Yet it is lacking as it starts and stops with our beliefs and traditions. We also must have faith that we live under certain “natural laws,” which, if we allow them, will “help” us in our times of need.  Our whole course has been about getting us to think towards a “conscious cooperation” with these laws.

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This thought is about as magical as flipping a switch on the wall and expecting a light bulb to illuminate. It too works because of these natural laws.

 

 

“The laws under which we live are designed solely for our advantage. These laws are immutable and we cannot escape from their operation. All the great eternal forces act in solemn silence, but it is in our power to place ourselves in harmony with them and thus express a life of comparative peace and happiness. Difficulties, inharmonious, and obstacles indicate that we are either refusing to give out what we no longer need or refusing to accept what we require.  Growth is attained through an exchange of the old for the new, of the good for the better; it is a conditional or reciprocal action, for each of us is a complete thought entity and this completeness makes it possible for us to receive only as we give. We cannot obtain what we lack if we tenaciously cling to what we have. We are able to consciously control our conditions as we come to sense the purpose of what we attract, and are able to extract from each experience only what we require for our further growth. Our ability to do this determines the degree of harmony or happiness we attain.” ~ Charles Haanel, Masterkey, Chapter 15

In the paragraph above Haanel said “Growth is attained through an exchange of the old for the new, of the good for the better,” which is a key to insight.  In our thinking we have to identify those beliefs and traditions of things in the past that continue to hold us back. We have to “let go.” Our courage must begin with the faith that would place its hope upon the Natural Laws that the universe has designed for our benefit. Our gaze is fixed towards the future rather than to either gripping to the past in a sentimental custom or keeping in our mind the limiting thoughts and events that snare us there.

Albert Einstein

Knowing these laws is not enough it is in the “application” that we get results.

Do you want change for the better? Start NOW and look around and find the things that can be changed NOW, then take action on them.   The patient process of introspection, contemplation and study will exercise your insight. Being in a Mastermind Alliance will act as a mirror, reflecting back our fragments of insight and adding their own so that we can see the harmony that exists and have hope.

Always thinking about “The Old for the New; the Good for the Better” and you will be ready for the abundance and the culture of generosity that is unfolding around you.

In closing the words of Mr. Haanel say it best “Words may become mental places that live forever, or they may become shacks which the first breeze will carry away. They may delight the eye as well as the ear; they may contain all knowledge; in them we find the history of the past as well as the hope of the future; they are living messengers from which every human and superhuman activity is born”

Have you ever heard about the Battle of Agincourt? It is renowned as an almost miraculous victory of a small English army, a long way from home, over a vastly superior army of the French.  Morale in the English line as they looked upon the overwhelming force of heavily armored, highly skilled French knights must have been extremely low.  Yet King Henry, rising to the occasion, spoke words of hope, encouragement and courage that rallied the English troops and carried them to a victory. Although Shakespeare penned this work nearly two hundred years after the Battle of Agincourt (1415), it remains the finest dramatic interpretation of what leadership meant to the men in the Middle Ages.

Week 14 MKMMA – Believe and Succeed

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“It wasn’t solely about me.  It was more about the journey of life, how we look at life, how we can changes our thoughts, our thoughts control who we are, so that type of thing.” ~ Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger

The beginning of a New Year is always ready for change, as the year comes to a close and a new begins, it begs towards a fresh start, to initiate again with a clean slate and tackle those things that you have resolved to accomplish to make your life successful. This year though I have resolved to NO resolutions!!!  For this year my life is focused not on time or a task but on a dream. Not just a day dream which one would think about momentarily as the clouds drifted by on a sunny day but a dream that touches my very soul and causes me to stir in anticipation as it grows within my mind.

Henceforth, I am delighted to begin this year’s post with a review of the movie “Rudy”. If you have not had the privilege to view this movie I do encourage you to fill your mind with its concepts and ideals.  A true journey into the potential of human spirit and what the discipline of persistence accomplished for a young man with a big dream.

The underlying theme for the film underscores the 4 steps of Persistence:

  1. Think of a Definite Major Purpose
  2. Think out a Plan of Action
  3. Bring a Positive Mental Attitude
  4. Form a Mastermind Alliance

As a part of the review I will bring these (4) items to light as the journey to success is discovered.

On Aug. 23, 1948, Daniel Ruettiger was born in Joliet, Illinois as the third child out of 14 in his family.  He grew up in a lower-middle class household on the outskirts of Chicago, where his father worked very long and strenuous hours in an Oil refinery to provide a roof over their heads and food on the table for the family. One bright spot in the family’s home would appear on the television when Notre Dame kicked-off each weekend. Rudy’s father loved Irish football as his 15th child. Because of this, Rudy dreamed of not only attending the university someday, but playing football for the Irish. You could find him reciting and memorizing all of the statistics and speeches of the players and coaches who had the honor of playing for the Fighting Irish.

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Rudy embedded deep within himself the desire and purpose for which he knew would bring much happiness and satisfaction to himself and his family (especially his Dad).

This is the first step in Persistence. You must find a certain key purpose. Begin by understanding emotionally as well as intellectually that we literally become what we think about. To control our thoughts is to control our lives or what “we sow so shall we reap” As this permeates our thoughts we must allow our mind to believe that the opportunities are vast and are only limited by our own traditions and prejudices.  Now a dream will formulate that causes the soul to soar, breathe and feel alive.

Then begin to think deeply of it; and set definite and clearly defined objectives and think on them from all possible angles. Let your imagination wonder about the possible solutions towards those potentials. Keep in your mind that there are not any circumstances strong enough to hinder or stop you in the accomplishment of your purpose.

This type of thinking is not easy and takes hard mental work. Yet the fruit from its labor will yield success as you continue practicing persistence.

Back to the story

Rudy attended Joliet Catholic Academy; he was a standout cornerback in both his junior and senior seasons, leading his team in tackles both years. On paper, Rudy’s statistics may have been considered a decent recruit for college football programs. However, there was one glaring weakness about the young teenager. Rudy stood merely 5’6″ and weighed 165 pounds soaking wet. This combined with his academic record, at best an average student, made his chances of being accepted into Notre Dame slim to none.

As Rudy experienced the pressures of conforming to what everyone else thought and expected from him, his dream would become an ember that only needed a spark to flame.  And that spark was found in a faithful friend whose name was Pete. Pete grew up with Rudy and knew of his dream. He believed and supported Rudy’s dream with encouraging words and gifts.

This is why a Mastermind Alliance is so important. Surrounding yourself with people that will encourage you and support you in your dream even when the faintest glow is evident is the only way any of us can practice persistence. We are stronger together and can gather strength from them.  Rudy’s Mastermind with Pete was the catalyst that caused him to put action on his dream.  While working at the Oil Refinery Rudy witnessed the death of his dear friend Pete as he was killed in an industrial accident. Following the advice of Pete, he left his hometown after hearing enough negativity about his life ambition and began his historic journey. After reaching South Bend, Rudy was directed to Holy Cross Junior College, where he enrolled in classes immediately. It was here that he had learned that he suffered from dyslexia the root cause to Rudy’s academic struggles. Being a below-average student most of his life, he was denied acceptance to Notre Dame for his first three semesters. That time, however, proved to be valuable to Rudy in becoming a true Notre Dame man.

Rudy continued to form Mastermind Alliances throughout this part of the journey by finding the courage that forced him to think positively about his problems (positive Mental Attitude). He found others to help him by reaching out and serving them. Rudy would look for ways he could help and support the football team at Notre Dame and continued to give more of himself to all he came in contact with. Of course following this principle he found that he was getting more too. Rudy was avid to accomplish the right goals at the right time to attain his desires for he was constantly aware of the fact that he was only to hold his goal up before himself and everything else would take care of itself.

Since he couldn’t be a part of the actual team, he took a job behind the scenes as a stadium groundskeeper. During his employment, he was able to walk the field and travel the tunnels of Knute Rockne Stadium, which motivated Rudy even more to make his dream a reality. Living in a spare room in the basketball arena, Rudy was running out of time to enroll at Notre Dame as the university did not accept senior transfers.

Knowing this, Rudy sent in his application one last time and this time he did not fail.

After enrolling at Notre Dame, Rudy tried out for a walk-on spot. Going up against 15 other students, he was one of two chosen to prepare the varsity team while serving on the scout team. Making the scout team was the first step to succeeding in Rudy’s eyes. The second step involved playing in an actual game. Day-in and day-out, the pint-sized defender battled, displaying the true meaning of heart, passion, and hustle. A true Mastermind alliance occurred with Merv Johnson and Rudy’s fellow teammates and they inspired Rudy to take his proposal into the office of Coach, Ara Parseghian.  There Rudy was transparent with Parseghin and shared his dreams for his father and all of the friends back in Illinois that they could know that there is no limit to your potential as you follow your dreams. He was promised that he would dress in his final season at Notre Dame. However, the coach hadn’t promised that he would still be the coach. Paraseghin stepped down following the end of the 1974 season.

Dan Devine, the former coach of the Green Bay Packers, took over as Rudy’s head coach in his last season donning the blue and gold. On Nov. 8, 1975, Devine decided that Rudy was going to dress for the first and last time of his football career. On this sunny Saturday afternoon, playing against a powerful Georgia Tech team, Rudy stepped onto the Field of Rockne.

While it may not seem like a lot to many, he saw action in two plays. The first, he was stopped and unable to get to the Yellow Jackets’ quarterback, Rudy Allen. However, on the second play, Rudy broke through the line full of 300-pounders and brought Allen down to the ground for the final play of the game. After an uproar in the crowd and smiles across the faces around the stadium, Rudy was lifted onto the shoulders of his teammates and carried off the field. And so Rudy’s legacy still lives on today. Two plays. One sack. One dream accomplished.

Even before Rudy was on the field he was a success. He had worked toward a predetermined goal and he knew where he was going.

That is success. Not doing that is a failure.

To close I have found a brief video trailer from the movie that illustrates the (4) step discipline of persistence.

 1.     Think of a Definite Major Purpose

2.      Think out a Plan of Action

3.      Bring a Positive Mental Attitude

4.      Form a Mastermind Alliance

 

Benjamin_Disraeli_by_Cornelius_Jabez_Hughes_1878“Everything comes if a man will only wait … I’ve brought myself after long meditation to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and nothing can resist a will that will stake even existence for its fulfillment.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli