Week 22 MKMMA – Change begins with our Lenses


“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).


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.

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5 thoughts on “Week 22 MKMMA – Change begins with our Lenses

  1. Genie L Witt

    So much packed into your post, so much to think about and ruminate. I choose the mound of ideas over the mound of sorrows. You defined the comfort zone so well, and turning the barricades into platforms to launch from is ideal! Thank you for your insightful approach to expanding the comfort zone, and using the tools to our advantage as we change the lenses.

  2. Mark Laytin

    Luther…great post, full of examples and insight. One of the things that I love the most about it is when someone like you takes the time to really think, and create an original piece of writing. Keep it up!

  3. Michael Eisbrener

    I love the Victor Hugo quote. The good vs bad world we live in has convinced people they need to increase one and eliminate the other. The trouble is one is the other. Remove one and both are gone. For me all the so called negative emotions are merely ways of looking and thinking. Change your thoughts, but first you have to notice where they are from, what you have decided is true and what is not. All suffering is caused by expectations. Learn to adjust expectations first and one day you’ll see where they appeared from and what had you grab on and use them to color the world. Thank you Luther!

  4. Linn Stevens

    I love the quote by Victor Hugo. What you spoke in your post is so detailed and wonderfully written to capture what we have been learning these past few weeks. Thank you for capturing it and giving me such clear insight.


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