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Week 13 MKMMA – Think Differently

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The title page of Novum Organum contained an image of a ship passing through the Pillars of Hercules. The Pillars of Hercules were generally accepted to have stood on the sides of the Strait of Gibraltar, the sole passage between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. For the ancients, the Pillars of Hercules symbolized the limits of human’s possible explorations. Beyond the pillars lay the edge of the earth; the ancients had not been inclined to progress into those outer reaches and leave the old world behind.

 

In our study for the past 13 weeks, the half-way point. I have found this training to be useful and effective. It has honed my sensitivities to the mind and the world within and broadened my approach to using God’s creation to the glory God.  Five points have come to my observation.  At which I would like to present to you in hopes that it could be used as an aid in reading and understanding the perspective of Charles Haanel and the Master Key System.

  1. It is about learning how to focus. To truly dedicate your thoughts to one end or desire for an extended period of time. To have this skill set in your repertoire is to have reached beyond most people. They willfully travel from one thing to the other without result.
  2. It is about thinking objectively. As you observe the world without you begin to see how the world within has designed and shaped it.  Seeing the things in the world for what they are rather than what they appear to be.
  3. It is about the greatest skill of all: how to THINK.
  4. It is about looking beyond problems to causes and developing precise solutions for success.
  5. It is about being willing to commit to and applying the principles taught. Can you merely by reading it, attain anything?  No, the Master Key System is not a “mystical” book. You must put these principles and concepts into action. You must obligate yourself to it!

In this week’s reading we learned of the English philosopher and statesman Francis Bacon and his contribution to thinking differently. He was one of the first to make Reformed theology relevant in the observatory and the laboratory. Bacon’s works championed the overturning of the Scholastic, Aristotelian order, along with the Catholic theology that embraced it too closely. But even then, there was no warfare. In fact Bacon did an exemplary job of integrating his faith and his science, affirming both.

baconport1674In 1620, he published the Novum Organum, which is part of a larger work called Instauratio Magna.  Novum Organum set out to organize the sciences, define a method of scientific inquiry, collect observations and facts, present examples of the new method, and define a new philosophy based on the results of this scientific work. This work so influenced modern scientific methods that Bacon is often called the Father of Modern Science.

Bacon’s scientific method consisted of three steps:

•        Purge your mind of prejudices—what Bacon called “superstition

•        Collect observations and experiences systematically.

•        Stop, survey what you have seen, and draw initial conclusions (the “first vintage”).

He argued famously that “the true and lawful goal of the sciences is… that human life be endowed with new discoveries and powers.”  And He continued, stating that “mankind’s calling on earth was to make creation useful and thence enable it to glorify God in the way that God intended”.

“It is more than two hundred years since Lord Bacon recommended this method of study, to which the civilized nations owe the greater part of their prosperity and the more valuable part of their knowledge; purging the mind from narrow prejudices and denominated theories more effectually than by the keenest irony; calling the attention of men from heaven to earth more successfully by surprising experiments than by the most forcible demonstrations of their ignorance; educating the inventive faculties more powerfully by the near prospect of useful discoveries thrown open to all, than by talk of bringing to light the innate laws of our mind. The method of Bacon has seized the spirit and aim of the great philosophers of Greece and carried them into effect by the new means of observation which another age offered, thus gradually revealing a wondrous field of knowledge in the infinite space of astronomy, in the microscopic egg of embryology, and the dim age of geology; disclosing an order of the pulse which the logic of Aristotle could never have unveiled and analyzing into formerly unknown elements the material combinations which no dialectic of the scholastic could force apart. It has lengthened life; it has mitigated pain; it has extinguished diseases; it has increased the fertility of the soil; it has given new securities to the mariner; it has spanned great rivers with bridges of form unknown to our fathers; it has guided the thunderbolt from heaven to earth; it has lighted up night with the splendor of day; it has extended the range of human vision; it has multiplied the power of the human muscles; it has accelerated motion; it has annihilated distance; it has facilitated intercourse, correspondence, all friendly offices, all dispatch of business; it has enabled men to descend into the depths of the sea, to soar into the air, to penetrate securely into the noxious recesses of the earth. “~ Charles Haanel , Master Keys, Chapter 13

Really quite a beautiful statement of the power of thought and the power of thinking isn’t it?  I also find it exciting as this is what we have really been learning about. It’s not about “creating” something from nothing and too it is not about, by means of the awesome power of the Universe, supplying you with baubles.  What it is about is learning how to use the power of thought; focused and objective to solve our challenges both great and small.

“The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal. Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. I never will know how close it lies unless I turn the corner” ~Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World, Chapter 10

attitudeNow here is where the “rubber meets the road”. In order to get tangible results, where we can see and enjoy the fruits of our labors, we must be determined. Our thoughts have to be defined with clear objectives and a defined purpose. As we offer further to this purpose and find it useful in our lives, a plan comes about which requires effort on our part; to the plan and in helping those who now have joined us. We need to give more to get more.

“In the first place, we must put our knowledge into practice. Nothing can be accomplished in any other way. The athlete may read books and lessons on physical training all his life, but unless he begins to give out strength by actual work he will never receive any strength; he will eventually get exactly what he gives; but he will have to give it first. It is exactly the same with us; we will get exactly what we give, but we shall have to give it first. It will then return to us many fold, and the giving is simply a mental process, because thoughts are causes and conditions are effects; therefore in giving thoughts of courage, inspiration, health, or help of any kind we are setting causes in motion which will bring about their effect. Thought is a spiritual activity and is therefore creative. But make no mistake: Thought will create nothing unless it is consciously, systematically, and constructively directed; and herein is the difference between idle thinking, which is simply a dissipation of effort and constructive thinking, which means practically unlimited achievement.” ~ Charles Haanel, Master Keys, Chapter 13

 

I will close with this brilliantly motivating prose written by Mr. Herbert Kaufmanherbert_kaufman

“They are the architects of greatness, their vision lies within their souls; they peer beyond the veils and mists of doubt and pierce the walls of unborn Time. The belted wheel, the trail of steel, the churning screw, is shuttles in the loom on which they weave their magic tapestries. Makers of Empire, they have fought for bigger things than crowns and higher seats than thrones. Your homes are set upon the land a dreamer found. The pictures on its walls are visions from a dreamer’s soul. They are the chose few — the blazers of the way. Walls crumble and Empires fall, the tidal wave sweeps from the sea and tears a fortress from its rocks. The rotting nations drop off from Time’s bough and only things the dreamer’s make live on”

People hardly think or write like that anymore yet it is exactly writing like this that I find solace in, what I search for to aid in times of adversity and despair.

When we think differently thinks happen.

Enjoy watching this short video by Apple as a contemporary piece of beautiful prose that reminds me to continue on this this grand experiment and persevere

Week 12 MKMMA – Rethink what is possible for there is no future in the past

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“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attraction.” ~ Albert Einstein

 

 

We now are at the beginning of the matter. Everything we have been discussing, sharing and thinking on has come to be simply yet succinctly placed into this phrase.

“You must first have the knowledge of your power; second, the courage to dare; third, the faith to do”. ~ Charles Haanel, Masterkey, Chapter 12

  • The knowledge of your power is, the power to think, to focus, and to shape the most plasticity of substance, the mind

Recognizing your ability to use the creative power of thought is the only true independence one has.

“That is the trouble with many inventors; they lack patience. They lack the willingness to work a thing out slowly and clearly and sharply in their mind, so that they can actually ‘feel it work.’ They want to try their first idea right off; and the result is they use up lots of money and lots of good material, only to find eventually that they are working in the wrong direction. We all make mistakes and it is better to make them before we begin… My method is different. I do not rush into actual work. When I get a new idea, I start at once building it up in my imagination, and make improvements and operate the device in my mind. When I have gone so far as to embody everything in my invention, every possible improvement I can think of, and when I see no fault anywhere, I put into concrete form the final product of my brain.” ~ Nikola Tesla

When we use it to our benefit we then can;

  • Have the courage to dare to dream, and why not make it immense! We can make massive plans and pursue vast goals. There is no limitation as the source of thought is omnipotent and has the  influence to pull the resources required to the summon of the call

With persistence, patience, and practice you begin to watch the process of the things fall into place.

  • The Faith to do; with belief in our thoughts, conviction in our plans, and the assurance in actions that we will take.

The expression of your aim which declares your “definite major purpose” brings two laws into operation.

The first of these is the Law of Love

Love knows how“The principle: which gives the thought the dynamic power to correlate with its object, and therefore to master every adverse human experience, is the law of attraction, which is another name for love. This is an eternal and fundamental principle, inherent in all things, in every system of Philosophy, in every Religion, and in every Science. There is no getting away from the law of love. It is feeling that imparts vitality to thought. Feeling is desire, and desire is love. Thought impregnated with love becomes invincible.”  ~ Charles Hasanel, Master key, Chapter 12

This is the feeling we have when your greatest passion intersects with the greatest needs of the world. It’s “the creative force behind every manifestation.”

The second law is the Law of Attraction.

“It is the operation of this marvelous law of attraction which has caused men in all ages and all times to believe that there must be some personal being who responded to their petitions and desires, and manipulated events in order to comply with their requirements.”

And Haanel continues to describe how the two work together…

“It is the combination of Thought and Love which forms the irresistible force, called the law of attraction. All natural laws are irresistible. The law of Gravitation, or Electricity, or any other law operates with mathematical exactitude. There is no variation. It is only the channel of distribution which may be imperfect. If a bridge falls, we do not attribute the collapse to any variation of the law of gravitation. If a light fails us, we do not conclude that the laws governing electricity cannot be depended upon. Thus, if the law of attraction seems to be imperfectly demonstrated by an inexperienced or uninformed person, we are not to conclude that the greatest and most infallible law upon which the entire system of creation depends has been suspended. We should rather conclude that a little more understanding of the law is required, for the same reason that a correct solution of a difficult problem in Mathematics is not always readily and easily obtained.”       ~ Charles Haanel, Master Keys, Chapter 12

As said last week, things won’t drop from the sky nor materialize in your lap, but you will, as you make your plans and take action, encounter the people and find yourself in the circumstances you require to attain your goal.

Tesla “The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. No big laboratory is needed in which to think. Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born.” ~Nikola Tesla

Week 11 MKMMA – Numero pondere et mensura Deus omnia condidit

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God created everything by number, weight and measure. ~ Sir Issac Newton

 

 

This week’s readings were different than any of the preceding weeks as the thoughts are topical rather than specific.  One of the main themes can be summed in a story about the process and methods applied by Urbain Le Verrier.

However before I tell the story lets set the stage….

What is this inductive reasoning?

  • Inductive reasoning is the process of the objective mind by which we compare a number of separate instances with one another until we see the common factor that gives rise to them all.
  • Induction proceeds by comparison of facts. It is this method of studying nature which has resulted in the discovery of a reign of law which has marked an epoch in human progress.
  • It is the dividing line between superstition and intelligence. It has eliminated the elements of uncertainty and caprice from men’s lives and substituted law, reason, and certitude. ~ Charles Haanel , Masterkey, Chapter 11

We all do this; it is what has been described as the “Watchman at the Gate” (Mastekey, Chapter 2).  As human beings we use our five senses combined with our intelligence, our consciousness, and our gift of reason to look at the things around us. We see facts. We see things around us. We then make observations and predictions based on what we comprehend. We do this with a simple task, like walking across a busy intersection. However some have used it to an even loftier goal, such was the case of Mathematician Urbain Le Verrier.

Le_Verrier_  Le Verrier’s most famous achievement is his prediction of the existence of the then unknown planet Neptune, using only mathematics and astronomical observations of the known planet Uranus. Encouraged by physicist Arago, Director of the Paris Observatory, Le Verrier was intensely engaged for months in complex calculations to explain small but systematic discrepancies between Uranus’s observed orbit and the one predicted from the laws of gravity of Newton. At the same time, but unknown to Le Verrier, similar calculations were made by John Couch Adams in England. Le Verrier announced his final predicted position for Uranus’s unseen perturbing planet publicly to the French Academy on 31 August 1846, two days before Adams’s final solution, which turned out to be 12° off the mark, was privately mailed to the Royal Greenwich Observatory. Le Verrier transmitted his own prediction by 18 September letter to Johann Galle of the Berlin Observatory. The letter arrived five days later, and the planet was found with the Berlin Fraunhofer refractor that same evening, 23 September 1846, by Galle and Heinrich d’Arrest within 1° of the predicted location near the boundary between Capricorn and Aquarius. ~ Wikipedia

Now, how do we apply it to those things not so common?

The training course with the Masterkey alliances has been developing just that. Creating desires, that are so much bigger than us that the only way they can be accomplished is through service to others.

So, what’s the first step?

  • Here we find a method, the spirit of which is to believe that what is sought has been accomplished in order to accomplish it: a method bequeathed upon us by the same Plato who, outside of this sphere, could never find how the ideas became realities.
  • This conception is also elaborated by Swedenborg in his doctrine of correspondences; and a still greater teacher has said, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” (Mark 11: 24) The difference of the tenses in this passage is remarkable.
  • We are first to believe that our desire has already been fulfilled, its accomplishment will then follow. This is a concise direction for making use of the creative power of thought by impressing on the Universal subjective mind the particular thing which we desire as an already existing fact.
  • We are thus thinking on the plane of the absolute and eliminating all consideration of conditions or limitation and are planting a seed which, if left undisturbed, will finally germinate into existing fact. ~ Charles Haanel, Masterkey, Chapter 11

 

As you progress towards your objective, as you have confidence in its accomplishment, as you work and think, you will find the things, people, and events you require to make your vision possible.  With faith and persistence as your constant companions, you will succeed. When we have the confidence to set our thoughts adrift in the world we become more than what we are because we touch all that ever was and all that ever will be. Thoughts filled with love, generosity, courage, power will cause our creativity to inspire and work with the objective world and we become the Captain charting the course.

Riding out the storm

 

I persist and develop my skills as the mariner develops his, by learning to ride out the wrath of each storm” ~ Og Mandino

 

 

For your exercise this week, concentrate on the quotation taken from the Bible, “Whatsoever things ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them”; notice that there is no limitation, “Whatsoever things” is very definite and implies that the only limitation which is placed upon us in our ability to think, to be equal to the occasion, to rise to the emergency, to remember that Faith is not a shadow, but a substance, “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” ~ Charles Haanel, Masterkeys, Chapter 11

 Our time of sitting quietly this week was a delight to me as it was directed upon focusing on the sayings of Jesus, The Christ as written by John Mark before 70 AD. The whole statement by Jesus is this

And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

All Christians should affirm that if we have faith, then we can command a mountain to move, and it will happen. Jesus demonstrated it on the fig tree earlier in the text and then he said that we can do the same and even more, if we have faith. So unless we are willing to sacrifice the inspiration of Scripture due to unbelief, this principle is not subject to debate.

Yet is the verse saying that faith is produced by hearing the words of Scripture over and over again? If a person was to repeatedly speak some selected biblical verses out loud with enthusiasm. For example, if he is sick could he say, “By his stripes, I am healed” ~ 1 Peter 2:24 several hundred times a day and eventually become convinced that it is true, and then by the principle taught in Mark 11:23, physical healing will follow. Rather the understanding of this principle starts with a deliberation of Biblical faith.

  • First, Biblical faith is not a force that the power resides in belief as such, instead it is the belief in Divinely revealed propositions that require the Creator’s conscious exercise of His power to make good.
  • Secondly, the type of faith Jesus talks of is not something that can be produced within us by repeatedly listening to biblical propositions.

This second point is even more relevant to our main purpose, which is to attain a correct positive understanding of the verses. To review, Jesus teaches the principle, “if we have faith, then we can move mountains”, But again, the resulting conviction would be the result of mere brainwashing, and the profession of faith a mere parroting of what has been heard, similar to how an insane person might mindlessly mutter some of the phrases that he overhears or that are fed to him by others. There would be no genuine belief in the promises of God, but the conviction would serve only as the lifeless and thoughtless replacement to the person’s previous beliefs that have now been forcibly short-circuited by the process. The person might feel convinced, but there can be no power in this kind of “faith.”  True faith is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8). In 1 Corinthians 12:9, Paul refers to the kind of faith that is a special manifestation of the Spirit. From its mention in 1 Corinthians 13:2 that is, in the context of spiritual manifestations we understand that it is this kind of faith that moves mountains.

Our faith depends on the work of the Spirit, who applies the word of God to our hearts and convinces us of its truth, giving us confidence of its effect, power, and relevance.

This biblical understanding of faith returns the fulfillment of the verse into the sovereign hand of God. In the process, the principle taught by Jesus that if we have faith, we will have whatever we say is true. Perhaps it is best to acknowledge that faith in God can work for both our own benefit and for the advancement of his kingdom, and these two are seldom in conflict when we place the former within a broader concern for the latter. In other words, our faith for self-preservation and various benefits must be shaped by and subordinate to our concern for God’s kingdom.

My prayers is that this brief look at God’s word is of some use to you in further encouraging your faith and trust in the Creator.

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William Gurnall (1617-1679)

Week 10 MKMMA – Os homini sublime dedit, coelumque tueri jussit

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To man he gave an erect countenance, and bade him gaze on the heavens, that thus he may be directed to set his affections on things above for what we see has not its due influence upon us unless we consider it. ~ Matthew Henry

 

We have undertaken a journey of great discovery. Though it runs with hardship and a constant reminder of our own inabilities, we find small and ever increasing signs of change.  A step, a consideration, a gesture, an act of service all find our mind forgetting and declining in certain thoughts and instead  thinking on these things;

  • forgetting a negative thought found so prevalent in our daily habits as it is replaced with a positive life giving idea or concept
  • composed of peace and repose our thoughts rest where creativity thrives
  • reminded to forgive and let go of the anger and resentment which keeps us in bondage and become untangled…FREE
  • acknowledging our affective thoughts are of our own choosing
  • realizing that when a desire is established our sub conscious works to manifest it

I will persist until I succeedBull,

The bravery of each bull is then rated with care according to the numbers of times he demonstrates his willingness to charge in spite of the sting of the blade. Henceforth I will recognize that each day I am tested in like manner. If I persist, if I continue to try, if I continue to charge forward, I will succeed. ” ~ Og Mandino

 

“The law is that Thought is an active vital form of dynamic energy which has the power to correlate with its object and bring it out of the invisible substance from which all things are created into the visible or objective world. This is the law by which, and through which all things come into manifestation; it is the Master Key by which you are admitted into the Secret Place of the Most High and are “given dominion over all things.” With an understanding of this law you may “decree a thing and it shall be established unto thee.”  ~ Charles Haanel, MasterKey, Chapter 10

We have been created as the image bearers of the Most High.  It is our duty to consider the heavens. We gaze upon them as only mankind can. By this, among other things, man is distinguished from the beasts. We are made erect in stature and countenance to look upwards towards heaven. The heavenly bodies are not only the creatures of the divine power, but subject to the divine laws. They can never be altered.

As image bearers of the Most High we have been given the gift of bringing things from the spiritual and manifesting them to the physical. Our thoughts are as important as they can bring to presence those things that are not yet.

From the wisdom book in the Bible called Job this verse is taken from the discourse of Eliphaz a friend of Job. He has come to give encouragement and exhortation to Job during his calamity. (Job 22:28) “Thou shalt decree a thing and it shall be established unto thee,”

In other words;

Matthew-Henry“Thou shalt frame all thy projects and purposes with so much wisdom, and grace, and resignation to the will of God that the issue of them shall be to thy heart’s content, just as thou wouldst have it to be. Thou shalt commit thy works unto the Lord by faith and prayer, and then thy thoughts shall be established; thou shalt be easy and pleased, whatever occurs, Prov. 16:3. This the grace of God shall work in thee; nay, sometimes the providence of God shall give thee the very thing thou didst desire and pray for, and give it thee in thy own way, and manner, and time. Be it unto thee even as thou wilt.” ~          Matthew Henry

If our thoughts are predicated upon the Divine, we then hold our thoughts in harmony with the creativity that fills the heavens. We complete the circuit, power and growth occurs. However just thinking is not enough as Matthew Henry said” we must commit our works”

“Knowledge will not apply itself. You must make the application. Abundance will not come to you out of the sky, neither will it drop into your lap, but a conscious realization of the law of attraction and the intention to bring it into operation for a certain, definite, and specific purpose and the will to carry out this purpose will bring about the materialization of your desire by a natural law of transference. If you are in business, it will increase and develop along regular channels. Possibly new or unusual channels of distribution will be opened and when the law becomes fully operative you will find that the things you seek are seeking you.” ~ Charles Haanel, Masterkeys, Chapter 10

Powerful words! “Abundance will not come to you out of the sky, neither will it drop into your lap…”

“Abundance is a natural law of the Universe” and “that mind is the active principle whereby we are related to the things we desire.”

Establishing our thoughts towards the Creator, committing our plans and working towards our goals, finds the law of growth beginning to take effect.

Keep looking upward !!!

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Week 9 MKMMA – Whatever we think about grows. What we forget atrophies

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“Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them” – William Shakespeare, The 12th Night

 

Ever feel like you’re treading water, barely making it? Ever wonder if you have what it takes to truly launch yourself in a big way and make a big difference in your life, your business and the world? Me too!

I know that I am responsible for; what I think, what I do and the choices I make, although I find myself sometimes forgetful of this important reality.  Then to the rescue, my friends at the Master Key Master Mind Alliance team step in and remind me of just that.  I am very fortunate to have these tools, skills and this community available to keep me moving forward.

This week was no exception.  The welcome mat was opened for obstacles. I cannot say that all were met with a correct mental diet. However I am keeping a short account with my friends and family by letting them know that although the actions cannot be taken back I realize that they were done in poor character and attitude, humbling myself I ask for forgiveness and thank them for helping me once again. Though not all of the obstacles were relational in nature they all were viewed through the lenses of achievement.  I am finding that the metaphors of the compass to remind me of the direction I am going and the magnifying glass to focus my thoughts on my desires,  are quick to come to the  forefront , that is to say that these challenges make the victory that much sweeter.  AS the observer I again find relief and respite in the fact that the journey is becoming much more enjoyable!!!

“Whatever you desire for yourself, affirm it for others, and it will help you both. We reap what we sow. If we send out thoughts of love and health, they return to us like bread cast upon the waters; but if we send out thoughts of fear, worry, jealousy, anger, hate, etc., we will reap the results in our own lives.” ~Charles Haanel

I am perfect

This statement was shared this week   and I am sharing it with you because it is ever so powerful. Ever so true, and undoubtedly the first step on our road to success:

 

Stating this affirmation compliments my desire to move my thoughts towards an alignment with the culture of Generosity that the Creator has provided.  It flows from a heartfelt desire to make a contribution to the World, for all of us can make contributions far beyond our conventional expectations.  All of us have different things to share, gifts of knowledge, skills, time, money and it is in our best interests to act with generosity in the places we inhabit and in the businesses in which we engage.  It has a multiplying effect that allows each person involved to grow. These benefits spread out in all directions, creating similar benefits in others’ lives and eventually finding their way back to the original giver.

One word in the affirmation that seems to be a stumbling block for most people is the word “perfect”. The definition reminds us that perfection is hard to achieve. When the gymnasts take to the mat only a few twist turns or postures can keep them achieving a perfect score. We can watch a shooter take aim and “miss the mark” as the bullet hole on the target strays from the Bulls eye or total perfection.   All the same for humanity to be called to perfection or being complete it is not in the sense that they have achieved total moral perfection, but rather that they have reached a singular level of maturity in their growth in terms of spiritual integrity. In fact, the basic call to a person in this world is to be a reflection of the character of God. That’s what it means to be created in the image of God. We are the Image Bearer.

In order for a person to be perfect in their humanity though many elements affect it. They must be the best they can be. To be their best, they not only need to cultivate proper intentions and an appropriate disposition, but put those intentions into real virtuous action.

“Action is the blossom of thought, and conditions are the result of action.” ~ Charles Haanel

Everything we have and everything that is around us begins with a thought but the process doesn’t stop there. Merely thinking and hoping that that which you are visualizing will drop into your lap is not what Haanel speaks to. Rather there is the planning and the action that is required to bring us to what we aspire.  A person thinking about writing a book will never “manifest” a book until he shelve your opinionstakes the time and expends the effort in doing what needs to be done to write a book: the planning, the outlining, the rough draft, the editing, letting other people see and criticize it, re-drafting, re-writing, fixing errors, making passages more clear, hunting and citing sources.  Action is part of the process that bridges the cause and effect with the manifestation into the physical world. In the Master Key System we are taught how to think; properly, correctly, and with taking action in mind.

Aristotle called this hands-on form of constructive self-perfection eudaimonia, a word defined and redefined by virtually every Greek thinker, coming from the Greek words for “good” or “well” (eu) and “spirit” or “soul” (daimon). Often translated as “happiness,” Aristotle’s eudaimonia is concerned most of all with the exercise of good actions. What makes actions good, you ask? Well of course those that flow from the hand of the Creator who gives us all good things though not for our own but for sharing with others.

“How will I confront each whom I meet? … In silence and to myself I address all and say I love you. Though spoken in silence these words will shine in my eyes, unwrinkled my brow, bring a smile to my lips, and echo in my voice; and their heart will be opened.” ~ Og  Mandino

Candlelight-service.jpeg1Make your life a shining example so that others can be inspired and guided by its light.

Week 8 MKMMA – The Train has left the station

harold wright bell . JPEG“Eyes blinded by the fog of things cannot see truth.

Ears deafened by the din of things cannot hear truth.

Brains bewildered by the whirl of things cannot think truth.

Hearts deadened by the weight of things cannot feel truth.                                                                                     Throats choked by the dust of things cannot speak truth.”                                                                                     ~ Harold Bell Wright, The Uncrowned King

 

Week 8 brought into being; flux in my life. I found myself creating discord in my sphere of influence. Not a just for a minute nor an hour but enough to grab hold of the week and bring things to a standstill. In a great sense I found it fortunate as I now could put mental labor into surrounding a thought conducive to enfold the situation. Wrestling with these devils of chaos was not done by might or muscle but rather by the small seed of substituting a thought, then cultivating it with imagination, watering it with confidence that the energy provided by God would cause a small sprout of beneficial and pleasant design to spring forth. The branches from this positive thought yielded a fruit of a new future where dreams do come true for all who are involved.

In the first few weeks “The MKMMA Team” told us that this course was all about authentic self- discovery. The kind that brings success!!!

I am overjoyed with the commitment and determination that continues to fill my mind and compels me to strive for the best effort. This train is bound for glory, this train!!

“Here, then, is the secret of the origin of both good and evil, this is all the good and evil there ever was or ever will be. Let me illustrate. Thought results in action, if your thought is constructive and harmonious, the result will be good; if your thought is destructive or inharmonious, the result will be evil. There is therefore but one law, one principle, on cause, one Source of Power, and good and evil are simply words which have been coined to indicate the result of our action, or our compliance or non-compliance with this law. ~ Charles Haanel

These statements of Mr. Haanel’s caught my attention and caused me to examine the question this week of what is evil? And could it have a purpose?

Here and now is a humble attempt to present a view of evil for this application. The first step in answering the problem of evil is this: We’ve got to get clear on what this thing “evil” actually is.  Some would say and it does seem to follow, that if God created all things, and evil is a thing, then God created evil. This is a valid syllogism. If the premises are true, then the conclusion would be true as well.

The problem with that line of reasoning is that the second premise is not true. Evil is not a thing. The person who probably explained it best was  Augustine of Hippo, and then Thomas Aquinas echoed and focused the thought further. Presently there have been others that have argued the st-thomas-aquinassame premise; that evil has no ontological status in itself. The word ontology deals with the nature of existence. When I say that evil has no ontological status, I mean that evil, as a thing in itself, does not exist.

Let me give you an illustration to make this clearer. We talk about things being cold or warm. But coldness is not a thing that exists in itself; it has no ontological status. Coldness is the absence of heat. When we remove heat energy from a system, we say it gets colder. “Cold” isn’t a thing. It’s a way of describing the reduction of molecular activity resulting in the sensation of heat. So the more heat we pull out of a system, the colder it gets. Cold itself isn’t being “created.” Cold is a description of a circumstance in which heat is missing. Heat is energy which can be measured. When you remove heat, the temperature goes down. We call that condition “cold,” but there is no cold “stuff” that causes that condition.

Here’s another way of looking at it. Did you ever eat a donut hole? I don’t donut holesmean those little round sugar-coated lumps you buy at the donut shop. I mean the hole itself. Donut holes are actually what are left when the middle is cut out of a donut. There’s a space called a hole, a “nothing,” the condition that exists when something is taken away.

Evil is like that in a sense. Evil isn’t like some black, gooey stuff floating around the universe that gloms onto people and causes them to do awful things. Evil is the absence of good, a privation of good, not a thing in itself.

When God created the universe, he created everything good. He made a universe that was perfectly good. Everything was as it should be. After God was completely done with creating everything, something happened that reduced the good in the world. That loss of good is called evil.

Now to the second part of the discussion on evil; to what purpose, a question that the Greeks coined a phrase to; called Theodicy, it is derived from the words for “deity” and “justice,” it “refers to the attempt to justify the goodness of God in the face of the manifold evil present in the world.”  It begs the question, if God is good and powerful, why does God allow bad things to happen? It speaks to the heart of the issue—the very nature of God, who He is, and who we are in relationship to Him. CS Lewis asserted in his book the Problem of Pain “If God were good, He would wish to make His creatures perfectly happy, and if God were almighty He would be able to do what He wished. But the creatures are not happy. Therefore God lacks either goodness, or power, or both.”

Be that as it may CS Lewis continues and leads us to look at two important perspectives which can radically alter out concepts of being happy. The first is the law of non-contradiction, this basic law of logic applies even to God. God cannot grant free will to humanity and not grant free will at the same time and in the same way. Holding God to a standard of applying two mutually exclusive alternatives is essentially meaningless. Secondly, God allows us as human beings to be free agents with free choices. We cannot desire freedom to choose and yet hold God responsible for not preventing our choosing of evil. Either we have freedom or we do not. Either we choose or we do not. We cannot have it both ways. We cannot blame God for our evil actions when we freely chose them. We cannot excuse ourselves and accuse God when freedom was truly granted to us. Our understanding of what it means for God to be all-powerful must be viewed within this informed reality. We must not “think things possible which are really impossible” ~ CS Lewis.

However this perspective though does not, in any way, compromise God’s sovereignty or power. Noticeably it brings the co-existence of God with pain and suffering into alignment “without contradiction” ~ CS Lewis. Granting free will to humanity, to love self more than God or to love God more than self, is the ultimate power by which a Creator can grant freedom to His creation. The natural, fixed order of the universe provides a stable framework in which freedom, and the possibility of pain and suffering as well as love, is viable.

“Is it not so that birds, the wind, the sea and all nature speaks with the music of praise for their creator? Cannot I speak the same music to his children? Hence forth will I remember this secret and it will change my life” ~ Og Mandino

Lewis soberly reminds us that if the possibility of suffering is excluded, life itself is excluded. God, in His omnipotent power, allows us the greatest amount of freedom to choose for or against Him and our fellow man. Pain is a consequence inherent in this sovereign design. Without this freedom, the full extent of goodness, joy, or love cannot be authentically known.

“We were made not primarily that we may love God (though we were made for that too) but that God may love us, that we may become objects in which the Divine love may rest ‘well pleased’. To ask that God’s love should be content with us as we are is to ask that God should cease to be God: because He is what He is, His love must, in the nature of things, be impeded and repelled by certain stains in our present character, and because He already loves us He must labor to make us lovable”. ~ CS Lewis

“Deal with your servant according to your love” (Ps. 119:124 NIV).

 

 

Week 7 MKMMA – A Diet ????

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“The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.”

― Walt Disney

I LOVE THIS CLASS!!!!

The thought and ingenuity which developed this training is first class. I am overwhelmed both with the depth of the material and the sequence at which it is unfolded.

 

 

It is not for the faint at heart though, for even with a well prepared plan and thoughtful presentation it only leads you to the land of enrichment.

THE REST IS UP TO YOU!!!

Most assuredly work is required, hard mental labor. Mental labor works best in an environment of a relaxed and calm mind.

A mind that takes hold of self with loveliness, forgiveness, interest that molds and shapes our thoughts towards courage and power.

“Never will I allow my mind to be attracted to evil and despair; rather I will uplift it with knowledge and wisdom of the ages” Og Mandino

As long as fear and discouragement are what we think about then no amount of desiring money, power, health and abundance, will bring it about.  It will only bring about aversion and disappointment. For those desires are the trappings and can come only when the cause (what we think about) is found. Furthermore thinking about two things at the same time cannot be done, though try as we might one thought will be dominate.

Rather than abstaining from evil turn from it and think about what is good, noble pure of heart, make the choice.

As Mark J loves to say “the thoughts that fire together, wire together” What we think about will grow and those things we let pass on by will decline.

 

Waly Disney

 

 

“Think, Believe, Dream, and Dare.”

― Walt Disney

 

 

 

Our first step towards our desire would then be to magnify it. Our demand on our mind is to see the end, picture in your mind what you want. For instance in my Water treatment career I would build Dialysis Water treatment areas. These were small in scope so most of the time an Engineering firm was not used for the project, we would discuss with the Doctor his requirements; quality and amount of water any special considerations. This is all done prior to the material being ordered or purchased. We were finding out what was to be acquired.

The second step is to visualize your desires. Imagine what it is to be. Keep your thoughts mold able and consequently the plan will start to emerge. Write this plan down and the required material will present itself. Now back in the dialysis project, many times I would walk the area of the project and prepare a plan for the installation, so that before any equipment was ordered or an electrical line or water pipe was laid I would have a completed system in operation in my mind’s eye. Then a drawing would be completed material ordered, however that alone did not bring about the desire. One more ingredient was called for.

The expectation of the plan requires action; with these actions methods will be learned methods will bring about the people and friends to help accomplish the desire

Back at the dialysis project, a schedule of work was established and the scope for each task defined. Then a call to the tradesmen and Technicians would bring those whom would gladly join into the project and bring it to completion.

My illustration only touches upon the Mental Labor required for a simple water system and the concentration for the desires of your life will be much wider and deeper. I hope the analogy is not lost as it is simple; one step after another.

Which is perfect segueing to the last point today;

Our team of educators have not left one stone unturned in keeping our desires in the forefront, we are saturated with different combinations of permutations; visual, audio, mathematical, and sensory reminders that keep our desires always in the front and center.

Where our desires are wholeheartedly expressed and positively calculated, with a definite call for fulfillment. It is the practice practice, practice of these correct things that aid our improvement.

Let me close with this wonderful and insightful story which illustrates the patience and will required.

space mountain 2I HATE waiting in line so much … EXCEPT at one place and that is Disneyland. The attention to the theme of the ride always catches my attention and interest. Disneyland has perfected the science of waiting in line. Though long and time consuming the wait is always filled with another song to listen, to a character to interact with, a sign to read or a scene to chuckle at. So even as my feet take one step at a time through lines that sometime appear as a maze I am always drawn to the theme and the discovery of the RIDE.

space mountain 1One of my fondest memories is of Space Mountain. A roller coaster housed inside a building. The real excitement is that the whole ride is in the dark. The theme is a ride to the cosmos!!  It was my son Dakota’s first time and he was of the age Disneyland designed for. His imagination was firmly in the forefront. As we space mountain 7walked in line all of the scenes depicted our entrance into a space station. As I commented to Dakota about this I could sense that he was fully involved in the concept. Our steps took on a whole new approach as we anticipated each new discovery as we were “processed” to begin our flight and journey to the Galaxy.

space mountain 4At one point his trepidation was realized by one of the attendants. In her “space attendant” costume she knelt down to Dakota and said “you know you don’t have to go, we have a door that will take you back to the entrance”

 

space mountain 3He looked bewildered at her and then at me. I took that as “what is she talking about?” confidently I informed the attendant that no, he really did need to take the flight. The remaining rest of the wait we were engrossed in each new detail and item as our feet went one step at a time towards the ride.

As we practice the correct things and keep our attention on the details of our desire. We can have the patience to let this unfold and become what we have conceived.

End note: As Father knows best, the Space Mountain ride was what Dakota liked best for the rest of the day at Disneyland. And even to this day

Walt and Mickey

“When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”

― Walt Disney

Week 6 MKMMA – I will greet this day with love, and I will succeed.

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You must know that it is no easy thing for a principle to become a man’s own, unless each day he maintain it and hear it maintained, as well as work it out in life.
Epictetus – Golden Sayings – XXX
 
This week has been a hard fought and rewarding time spent in our study.
We have found ourselves immersed in bringing about a change in our mind. To put it as Og Mandino said “the mysterious source which never sleeps, which creates my dreams, and often makes me act in ways I do not comprehend”
The Masterkey Mastermind Alliance course created complied and taught by the team of Mark J, Davene, Trish and Heather is designed to bring our attention to the world within where all change occurs.
The “hard fought” challenge has been to “DREAM” in the most personal way, to put aside the fears hesitations and common objections and get to the business of CHANGE.
As the observer I have been in the front row for an amazing display of the way my patterns and habits lead to a certain outcome. A smirk, a look of disbelief and sometime even wonder at the way self interacts, and then how my emotions are fed and satisfied.

I understand that this is the beginning of a consciousness towards a change, and I relish the challenge and opportunity.

I started out the post with a quote from a new acquaintance of mine Epictetus.  He was born into slavery about 55 AD in the eastern outreaches of the Roman Empire. Once freed, he established an influential school of Stoic philosophy. Epictetus’ focus was on the responsibility of the individual to live the best life possible. He insisted that human beings do have freedom of choice in all matters even though that choice may be limited by the operation of “nature”, “Providence” or “God”. In individuals it is the faculty of reason. On a cosmic level it is the rational principle that governs the organization of the universe.  His words and principles inspired many and were written down by his pupil Arrian.  James Stockdale an American fighter pilot who during the Vietnam War became a prisoner of war for seven and a half years in a North Vietnamese military prison – including torture- and four years in solitary confinement credited Epictetus principles and writings with helping him endure. (He penned a book of his experience called “In Courage under Fire: Testing Epictetus’s doctrine in a Laboratory of Human Behavior” )
Epictetus taught that every individual is connected with the rest of the world and the universe is fashioned for universal harmony.
O slavish man! Will you not bear with your own brother, who has God for his Father, as being a son from the same stock, and of the same high descent? But if you chance to be placed in some superior station, will you presently set yourself up for a tyrant?
Epictetus – Discourses Chap. xiii.

This seems to be the crux, of the scheme. How we treat and look upon each other will determine if the effects will be to our success.

 The knowledge that if we infringe upon the rights of others, we become moral thorns and find ourselves entangled at every turn of the road, should be an indication that success is contingent upon the highest moral ideal, which is “The greatest good to the greatest number.” Aspiration, desire and harmonious relations constantly and persistently maintained will accomplish results. The greatest hindrance is erroneous and fixed ideas. ~ Charles Haanel Master Keys part vi

When we start with a thought what will it hold?  For we want it to bring about the best outcome for those around us and then for ourselves.

The kernel must start with Love; giving without expectation of personal gain. The sweetest love is that which is neither sought nor deserved. “Charity (Love) ….seeks not her own” 1 Corinthians 13:4-5.

I will greet each day with love

 
“And how will I act? I will love all manners of men for each has qualities to be admired even though they be hidden. With love I will tear down the wall of suspicion and hate which they have built round their hearts and in its place will I build bridges so that my love may enter their souls.”  ~The Scroll Marked Two Og Mandino
 
 
This type of action requires a commitment to remembering that our Creator made us to be in relationship. It comes from the gratitude of recognizing the many blessings bestowed upon us by the Creator. It is expressed by praise through imitating this work done on our behalf. We are our best when we are serving. As we anticipate what can be done for another and receive those gifts given with a heart of thanksgiving.
 “Henceforth will I love all mankind. From this moment all hate is let from my veins for I have not time to hate, only time to love. From this moment I take the first step required to become a man among men. …”. ~The Scroll Marked Two Og Mandino

And this is our reward; to have our being and life focused on giving to the basic needs of others and receiving those same with a responsiveness to praise. We are in harmony as we imitate, experience and share with others the love that God demonstrates.

I will close for the week with a quote from The Weight of Glory, by C.S. Lewis. Lewis delivered this cslewissermon at Oxford University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, on June 8, 1941. It was originally published in January, 1942.
“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. 
There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations -these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously – no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption. And our charity must be a real and costly love, with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner – no mere tolerance, or indulgence which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment. Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses. If he is your Christian neighbor, he is holy in almost the same way, for in him also Christ vere latitat – the glorifier and the glorified, Glory Himself is truly hidden”, ~ CS Lewis

Week 5 MKMMA – Post Tenebrae Lux – “After Darkness Light.”

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Mind in action is thought, and thought is creative. Men are thinking now as they never thought before.  ~ Master Key Part 5 – Charles F. Haanel

“History must live by that principle of life which is proper to it,—and that life is God…. God looks upon that wide stage on which the generations of men successively meet and strive. He is there, it is true, an invisible God; but if the profane multitude pass without noticing Him, because “He is a God that hides himself,” thoughtful men, and such as feel their need of the Principle of their life, seek Him with the more earnestness, and are not satisfied until they find Him and throw themselves prostrate at His feet. And their search is richly rewarded; for from the heights to which they are obliged to meet their God—the world’s history, instead of offering, as to the ignorant crowd, a confused chaos, appears a majestic temple, which the invisible hand of God erects, and which rises to His glory above the rock of humanity. ~ Preface of History of the Reformation – JH Merle D’Aubigene

As I thought this week upon the readings and my faith I was struck with how remarkably the truths that Haanel wrote or spoke (if you are taking advantage of Davenes recordings…a pure delight) compared with the History of the Reformation.  And since the day of this post coincides with the date upon which we remember this time in History let us take a look briefly at the events and thoughts that encompassed the Reformation period.  A  time which demonstrated how the Spirit of God went about as if melting the ices of a long winter upon Christendom.  Whom by their traditions, fables, superstitions and moral corruption had frozen the hearts of people and turned the Faith of the apostles to the very thing that Christ had freed them from: the tyrannical rule of Man.

“Even though the banner was raised in Germany it did not mean that the truth was then communicated to Switzerland, then Switzerland to France and France to England. All these countries received it from God, just as one part of the world does not transmit the light to another part; but the same shining sun communicates directly to all the earth. Christ the day spring from on high, infinitely exalted above mankind, was at the period of the reformation, as at  that of the establishment of Christianity—the Divine fire which gave life to the World”  The History of the Reformation – JH Merle D’Aubigene

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On October 31, 1517, an Augustinian monk named Martin Luther posted 95 debate questions on the door of Wittenberg Church, which began the movement known as ‘the Reformation. That which constituted the great wonder of the Reformation, was the setting forth of God’s truth in the midst of human error. The gift of Divine grace gratuitously made, received by faith without any merit on our part, is the beginning of the new creation and of the new creature. This brought about a new era; one of light, of liberty, and of faith, which contrasted forcibly with the darkness of the Middle Ages.

“… Luther was the first who publicly, and with indomitable courage, raised the standard of truth against the empire of error; called general attention to the fundamental doctrine of the Gospel—salvation by grace; introduced his age to that new career of knowledge, faith, and life, out of which a new world has arisen; in a word, began a true and salutary revolution. The great struggle, of which the theses of 1517 were the signal, was truly the birth-throe of the Reformation, giving it at once both a body and a soul. Luther was the first reformer.” The History of the Reformation – JH Merle D’Aubigene

I could keep writing about the Reformation and it would thrill my soul to do so, Nevertheless  perhaps at another time if comments find it appropriate (hint, hint).

Let me return to our study and exercises for this week as I found them to be both exhilarating and stressful. As the contrast lends itself to ” the concept of good news and bad news” let me start with the ‘bad news”

One of our exercises for the week is: Unless directly asked, give NO OPINIONS. Period. Be the non-judgmental OBSERVER. As the week progressed I found myself  a rather opinionated fellow.  During the week my wife questioned if I was sharing my opinion to which I spouted off “that I was not giving my opinion just the facts” Well we chuckled and I have since been guarding my tongue or it is best to say engaging my mind before the motor of the mouth speaks. This exercise  coupled with the extremely full work week and all of the extraordinary events led me to the exhilarating part of our exercises.

Everyday we are required to sit and think. Except actually we are to think about nothing except what has been instructed. I have found myself enjoying this exercise as I allow the body to relax and feel the energy radiate from my solar plexis; a calmness sets in as it flows through me. I consciously allow all of the negative feelings and emotions of the days gone by, those contrived to be ahead, and  those currently present to move away through  forgiveness acceptance and choice. what I relish about the exercise is that I am training myself to keep a short inventory  on those items that are contrary to being courageous,noble and consistent to who I am. And lastly allowing the thoughts from my mind to flow through me like  the water in a river continues; not focusing on any thought but that which I choose to.

13. When this mental house-cleaning process has been completed, the material which is left will be suitable for the making of the kind of ideals or mental images which we desire to realize ~ Master Key Part 5 – Charles F. Haanel

I have found myself looking forward to this time of “sitting still and thinking”

Let me close with this  quote from a remarkable character from history whom we will become acquainted with next week

“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.”  ~ Epictetus

 

 

 

Week 4 MKMMA – Enthusiasm

“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Ralph Waldo Emersonaotearoa_long_canoe

Last week I skipped a thought that I wanted to explore to post something spontaneous, and I hope as meaningful for our Alliance group as it was for me. Sometime in early May 2014 I am envisioning sitting on the beach looking over the Ocean at sunrise and chanting I Ku Mau Mau

So to pick up where we left my mentor and early basketball coach (not personally but when you grow up in shadow of UCLA, all the coaches taught Wooden B’ball) John Wooden named Enthusiasm as one of the cornerstone to Wooden’s triangle of success.Pyramid-of-Succes-John-Wooden

Coupled with persistence (or determination) the fellow that practices and keeps these two traits exercised will be a long way towards success.

When our children were of the “schooling” age, we chose to Home Educate them. This gave us the freedom to broaden their education in ways and means not so formal.

One field trip we enjoyed was going to a grade school in Topeka and taking the class for an hour or so and introducing a Character trait to the children. We would do songs, tell stories and teach them about different character traits and how important it is to practice them, even when no one is looking (the true test of character).

This became so much a part of our life that I joined up with our Church who ran a Bus ministry to underprivileged areas in downtown KC. We would drive out to the kid’s homes and pick them up Sunday morning and become their Church family for the day.

As the children grew too old for Children’s Church we found that they were still not ready to sit through a worship service. One of our Pastors came up with an idea called Teen church.

This is the group I joined and was able to introduce a fifteen minute character trait sketch every Sunday with them. I took you down this memory lane for a point of clarification. As my daughter read my blog from two weeks ago she noticed that I was using material from the Character First training, though not completely verbatim an edited version or as I say heavily leveraged. Nevertheless credit should be given where credit is due.

So this little list for practicing enthusiasm comes from our training with Character First!

 

The “I Ams” (changed from wills) of Enthusiasm

         I am an energy-giver

Everyone loves and respects an energy-giver. These are the people who never need to be reminded of their work. They volunteer to do task others would resist. Energy givers maintain a good attitude while they work. A giver of energy gives energy. Energy-takers and energy-wasters, on the other hand, are the ones who float through life without contributing much to anyone’s goals but their own. Ask daily, “Am I giving or taking energy?”

          I smile

The most attractive thing you can wear is a smile! A smile is contagious. A smile comes natural when you see another person smiling. Smiling improves health. Experiments were made with actors. They were told to use expressions unrelated to the way they were feeling. During these test, their heart rates rose and fell according to their expressions. A smile does more than improve health and make your face attractive. A smile brings beauty from the inside out.

           I treat every job as important

If you enjoy a job, enthusiasm comes naturally. It is difficult to be enthusiastic if you do not feel enthusiastic. Practicing enthusiasm will give new perspective to menial tasks. Everything we do has an end result. Keeping the end result in view will build enthusiasm for those difficult tasks.

          I put my whole heart into what I do

Successful lives require effort. Success requires going the “second mile.” Extra investment pays off in the long run. Giving half our best yields half the results. The Lord is our example. He went the extra mile for us.

          I am not discouraged by failure

It’s easy to become discouraged when met with discouragement. Enthusiasm is seeing beyond the failure to the lessons and benefits of the failure.

~Character First!

 

To close a thought and a poem that came about as the Master Key lessons saturated my Spirit, Mind and Soul.

“…it is not necessary to outline the method by which the subconscious will produce the results you desire. The finite cannot inform the Infinite. You are simply to say what you desire, not how you are to obtain it.” ~ C. Haanel The Master Key

As I attempted to wrap my mind around this statement it at first seemed so foreign. I am accustomed to writing and planning to make the desire happen. However the activity though not wrong is misplaced it is in the stillness that a thing is desired and formed with the mind. The specifics for attaining the desire will come about yet how many times have we planned and planned to say “the best laid plans of mice and men” meaning that the desire is manifesting just not quite how we expected it to. It is in the stillness of the mind that you introduce a desire. Let your thoughts dwell, engage your emotions, use your imagination and know that that which you desire is possible.

Then quite clearly the self confidence to achieve that desire will be evident and clear. This little children’s poem expresses the subtle yet profound idea of a desire dreamed about yet left unplanned until the self confidence and clarity of what to do became apparent.Frogs_and_the_Ox

 

Two Frogs In Cream

Two frogs fell into a can of cream,
Or so I’ve’ heard it told:
The sides of the can were shiny and steep,
The cream was deep and cold.
“O, what’s the use?” croaked Number 1,
“Tis fate; no help’s around.
Good-bye, my friends. Good-bye, sad world”
And weeping still, he drowned.
But Number 2, of sterner stuff,
Dog-paddled in surprise.
The while he wiped his creamy face
And dried his creamy eyes.
“I’ll swim awhile, at least,” he said –
Or so I’ve heard he said:
“It really wouldn’t help the world
If one more frog were dead.”
An hour or two he kicked and swam,
Not once he stopped to mutter;
But kicked and kicked and swam and kicked.
Then hopped out, via butter

-TC Hamlet

Until next week….