BEING THE CONSTANT OBSERVER

Being the Constant Observer requires being consistent everyday, every hour, every minute. The process of Recognizing, Relating, Applying,, Assimilating, are critical tools that are to be exercised everyday. In MKE it’s simply referred to as R2, A2. It sounds like a mathematical equation, but when applied faithfully by letting this thought process crystalize in our minds, it yields great rewards in all aspects of a persons life. In Think and Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill) I like to refer to Edwin C Barnes who never gave up on his dreams. He succeeded because he chose a definite goal. placed all his energy, all his will power, all his effort, everything back of that goal. Despite the fact that he had no money, he had a consuming obsession of his life, a burning desire, to achieve his goal. I recognize and relate my own experience as that of Mr. Barnes. Everyday they’re others embarking on their dreams and experiencing their own Edwin C Barnes experience guiding them to their definite major purpose in life.

The month of May so far has been an interesting one for me. For every accomplishment comes a new set of challenges. More success requires more effort, more attention to detail, more concentration. The challenge comes because I’m accomplishing this while still being in my current environment. My business is moving to another level, As a musician, opportunities are abound. I’m overjoyed, grateful, and humbled. My relationship at home and what I do has truly been a great harmonious experience. Doesn’t mean that everyday doesn’t have it’s bumps in the road, but because I’m learning how to me a master of my emotions, to me every day becomes a day of more discovery and thinking in a certain way. But it’s coming at a cost: not enough sleep, falling behind in some of the everyday exercises. Everything seems to be overlapping into the next thing. People are always quick to give praise and adulation to those who have achieved a certain degree of success and think that luck must have played a big part in their success. They never see the mental, and emotional challenges that have to be overcome through consistent practice, industriousness, and work that manifests those hopes and dreams into reality. Sometimes just the mental aspect of being responsible for every action I perform, making adjustments, and moving forward can make the mind weary. Since I’m a musician and being creative not only in music but being creative in any endeavor, I’ve recognized why it’s so important to drink water and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables because the brain uses a considerable amount of energy. This is what revitalizes the brain, and helps maintain a healthy nutritional lifestyle. What a great fact to know and appreciate.

As Earl Nightingale once said, the greatest things we can get are the things we don’t PAY FOR. It is out of the necessity to achieve the true outcome we wish to have in our lives do we develop character, wisdom, and enjoy the better things that life has to give. Everyday I’m always looking for a way to be of service to anyone. From helping people get off the bus with their shopping carts, to opening doors for others, to just giving that infectious smile and happy gleam in my eyes that others see and respond to in a thankful way through a smile of their own is a reward that I cannot describe. In the book The Greatest Salesman (Og Mandino) scroll 8, it says, “Today I surpass every action which I performed yesterday. I climb today’s mountain to the utmost of my ability yet tomorrow I climb higher than today ,and the next, higher than tomorrow, To surpass the deeds of others is unimportant; to surpass my own deeds is all” ( I eliminated the word will). By being the observer of myself, and just being my true authentic self, doors are inexplicably being opened. Every door that opens provides a moment of excitement and gratitude as I always make it a point to stay in perpetual motion in the way I think and do. Scroll 8 has made me a constant observer of what I do everyday. I hold myself responsible for every thing I do. I forget not the things that I have done and will achieve that have brought me to this point.

THE IMPORTANCE OF FUNDAMENTALS

I believe that a persistent practice of fundamentals provides a state of stability that provides success for anyone who wants to continually experience growth in any endeavor they embark on. Fundamentals provide that critical foundation of self-assuredness and knowledge that makes and keeps us strong, confident, vibrant, and always keeps us on the path of correct thinking, new ideas, strong character. Without it, there’s no stability in anything that we do. If we have a weak foundation we can only go as far as that foundation can carry us, often falling short of what we would like to be, have or do, without a clue as to what we should do next.

I like this definition of Fundamentals: a basic principle, rule, law, or the like that serves as the groundwork of a system; an essential part. All through school from the 1st grade to the 12th grade we start start out with the basic fundamentals of reading writing, arithmetic. As we reach another grade level, we learn more, etc. In other words we don’t advance unless we have acquired a thorough understanding of the knowledge taught to us in the grade we’re currently in. Our minds experience tremendous growth. We’re constantly reminded of how important it is to get an education from our parents and society. If we really do the work, we’re rewarded with special skillsets that are valuable tools when we go out to make a life for ourselves in he corporate world. We need these fundamentals in order to survive in the society we live in.

But there’s another set of fundamentals that are just as important as the ones we acquired in school. These fundamentals are of a different nature. These fundamentals exits in the realm of the invisible where true power is obtained and reigns supreme to anyone who dares to venture out of the ordinary and the mediocre and sees how things really are as opposed to what they appear to look like. One fundamental truth is that if we have a Positive Mental Attitude- Definite Major Purpose-Written Plan of Action-Mastermind Alliance of 2 or more People will equal Success. Another truth is that mind is Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omnipotent. Creative thought is what creates the dynamo that churns the energy thus creating all circumstances whether good or bad (Law of Attraction). When a person becomes a self-reliant thinker using the powers of inductive thinking, intuition, visualization, idealization, he or she does not let their sense of sight betray them when they see the same things in a different manner from others. The true Fundamentalist who thinks in this manner will always take responsibility for their actions making no excuses, but always being the captain of their ship. They see opportunity where others see none. Their not afraid to be different. Any slippage or leakage in their ship can quickly be identified and repaired because they have a strong working knowledge of the fundamentals that the have made their own. They recognize that happiness and laughter are the maidens that serve them. They know that they are Whole, Perfect, Powerful, Strong, Loving, Harmonious and Happy. Last and the most important Fundamental of them all: without Love all the skills and knowledge are utterly worthless to the possessor. Fundamentals are the launchpad for the unlimited and perpetual success in health wealth and love.

MASTERKEY EXPERIENCE: KEEPING THE PEDAL TO THE METAL

As I keep focusing on the moment and taking each day at a time, I’m getting better at being in the habit at the end of each day doing a recap of what I did, what I didn’t do and what I can do better. I never thought I would be so excited to know that I accomplished something of value that not only builds more character in myself , but also keeps me on track with creating that new reality that for some folks seems impossible to do. It’s the little things we do that have a compounding effect on what we do. We chop that mountain down piece by piece, bit by bit. I find myself constantly being an observer of myself, and focusing on all the harmony that exists all around me. One of the main things I do is constantly look for anything to be grateful for whether it be good or bad. I know that life has it’s surprises each and everyday. I always observe how I handle the unpleasant surprises that are actually nothing more than the rhythm of life itself. Am I in complete control of my thoughts and emotions? Am I being kind to myself and to others? How am I coming along learning how to deal with and understand all the different color codes of behavior that people possess? Do I truly believe that I possess certain greatness and genius, gifts unique to my qualities, and character? Am I like the little girl who plants a tulip seed and the next day and thereafter constantly waters the plant expecting to miraculously see a full grown tulip in the span to a few days?

The thing I’m observing is this feeling of self confidence in everything that I do. That constant focus on who I am and that map that I have carefully constructed has me extracting from any circumstance the valuable parts and discarding the parts that have no value. A more simpler way of saying it is that I’m seeing things differently than I did before. Here’s one example: A few weeks ago, as I came in the kitchen with my gig bag and guitar, I heard a loud crash. I wasn’t sure what I had knocked over. The bad part about what just happened was that my fiancé heard the crash too. She was in the bedroom, so she frantically yelled out, “what was that?” It was then to my dismay I realized that I had knocked over a beautiful ceramic utensil holder we had for years, and all I saw were pieces all over the floor. Well after I told her what happened, I was quickly and emphatically reprimanded with some colorful metaphors that had my ears sizzling. No apologies were accepted, I only made matters worse by constantly apologizing. I vowed to get another one even though the one I broke I knew was treated like it was a valuable family heirloom. I was hoping to smooth things over. I was happy to see that I was not trying to defend what I had done, and that I took full responsivity for what just happened without getting into a heated argument that I was not going to win anyway. It was then the thought came into mind….. I had been lobbying for over a year that we had too many utensils in the drawer and we needed a bigger utensil holder. Was it because of my constant complaints that this eventually happened? I sure didn’t want this to happen. Was this some sort of evidence that the Law of Attraction really works? I mean I was just constantly annoyed every time I had to go in that drawer. I thought about it all the time. Well, I surprised her and bought another one and put the utensils in it. She love’s it. She’s happy and I got my wish granted.

To some, this might seem like I’m making a big deal out nothing. Hey, little things like this always happen. But to me it was just another example of how we have a tendency to hold on to things that at one time had value but as time marches on and as everything is always in motion, we have to move on and let go if we want something different in our lives. Saying goodbye may not be the easiest thing to do. Change is never easy. There’s a bunch of grist that goes with it, but there’s always small victories that excite us, that make us feel good all over because we just defeated a dragon. We see the rewards manifested in the new habits we acquire. We are amazed and grateful for things we’re doing now that before we thought to be impossible. The funny thing is it’s those everyday little things we get 100% better at performing that make such a huge difference in how we go about getting the things we want in life. We learn to triumph over adversity. We get addicted to being able to do that. We’re not afraid to dream big because we have a definite major purpose with a plan and with the help of others because we enjoy being of service to them. This is why I think it’s a good thing when you can keep the pedal to metal and enjoy every minute of it. There’s too much to discover that makes life so interesting.

MASTERKEY EXPERIENCE: THE ART OF BEING THE REAL YOU

Everyday as most people go about their daily routines of living out their lives in quiet desperation just living out the time clocks of their lives, I’m quite sure there must be that one fleeting moment of thought that may allow themselves to entertain imagining themselves in an environment where their dreams have actually come true. But then yank themselves back into the everyday reality that their mind has shaped for them, believing that their past experiences define who they are. Since they have acknowledged to themselves that they are adults an adopted the worlds version of what they should be doing and who should they be, they’ve actually become a tiny microbe living in the world without. They react to stimuli instead of creating their their own stimuli. Any notion of seeing themselves experiencing a totally different life filled with knowing their true purpose in life and only living their life on a purpose that truly defines their existence seems like a childlike thought that is believed to illogical, and focus on that thought which becomes crystalized in their conscious and unconscious mind as a true fact. Fear affecting them in ways they have no way of comprehending. So deep seeded is this fear, and sense of unworthiness, it’s just accepted as being normal like everyone else. Feeling secure in the fact they’ll be accepted in society and always being relevant in today’s world. There’s some that have the desire but not the will to trust their heart.

So let’s move away from that grim reality and look at another one filled with limitless factual possibilities. Possibilities that are backed by normal science as well as spiritual science. Science says that a brain that has logic and creativity working in unison and working in complete harmony with one another, comprises the activities and functions of a healthy brain. When we allow ourselves to embrace creative thought which exists in the right side of our brain, we’re able to tap into infinite intelligence, where imagination, courage, kindness, imitative, intuition, being morally competent, creative vision, self disciple, enthusiasm exists. We need these things or what I call virtues in order for us to begin to start looking at things from a different perspective. The left side of our brain houses all of the facts, logic, science, mathematics, accurate thinking, careful planning, A Definite Major Purpose, goals, Objectives, plans of action. This is what I deem as a perfect marriage of the finite and the infinite, the personal and impersonal. When people can stop looking at the world’s definition of what a Genius is and believe that there are no common people but that there is that quality of Genius within us all, we will have gotten to that point of populating the world with more self-directed thinkers who will believe that true success in all things comes from being of service to others. In other worlds there’s always room in this world to have an abundance of wealthy individuals who are self-directed thinkers.

We never get something for nothing. The price we pay is doing the work of getting rid of the way we see and think of ourselves and start doing and seeing things in a different way. By using the power of Dynamic Thought we can harness and use the unlimited power of the ether that is in the Universe. And get this: It’s all scientific fact and i’ts already in you. Being an Enthusiastic Adventurer of the unknown will bring to your future self who is the real you. If you believe you can, you can.

MASTERKEY EXPERIENCE: UNCHARTED TERRITORY

As the 2nd week has come and gone I’ve found myself being happily engaged in my commencement and tenaciously clinging to my new thoughts of becoming that new man with a new life. “Do it now, and I can be what I will to be” are the daily Mantras I live by. Gotta be in it to win it. So unlike at the end of my 2 previous courses, I’m making sure that there’s a seamless transitory progression to the exciting part 2 of this course which will involve studying the Kabalion and the Greatest Salesman part 2 along with some cool additional surprises that I’m eager to experience. No stop and go here. Did that dance before. I’m continually expanding my comfort zone by being the observer of myself and my current environment and visualizing the future environment I envision myself living in. More creative thought peppered with that critical plan of action along with the question: “what can I do better?”. I ‘m still doing what I did when I was in the class so far as exercises are concerned. I’m reading T J Wattles, Napoleon Hill, and standing Tall, There’s a few more that I can’t name but all are of significant value. If I took this course another 5 times I’d chalk it up to it being a never ending part of my commencement, just as the rest of my life surely is. As long as I continue being that Enthusiastic Adventurer and think and see myself in a different way, I win.

MASTERKEY EXPERIENCE: THE BEAT GOES ON

Well since the course has ended for this year, I find myself still moving onward by doing my sits, my 3 gratitude cards statement, reading OG, blueprint builder, and the 1st of 4 of the last chapters in the Masterkey Experience. Because I am a lifetime member, I’ve already printed out these lessons from past classes, so I kind of eased up a just a tiny bit this past week with being engaged in this continual process of ascending to my higher self. Too difficult for me to actually take a breather as all of these new habits have taken hold and are uncovering that golden glow that’s inside of me screaming to be free. It feels like I’d be preforming a sacrilegious act of non-compliance that makes me feel guilty by not staying in the rhythm of life. I so grateful to see myself gravitating to good habits and being an acute observer of my self continually. There’s a break in the action for about a month and then it’s on to the continuation class that will start up in May. Last year I was faced with a lot of personal challenges that prevented me at times from being fully engaged. But the one thing I am grateful about is my persistence in doing the best that I could to stay engaged in what I call the second part of this course.

The Continuation part of this course is what inspired me to take this course again this past year. It was at that point where I knew that there was plenty more to learn and understand. Yeah I could have listened to my Ego and felt good about actually being engaged for a full year, but I listened to my heart and found humility from within and did everything again with the Enthusiasm of a new member and not taking anything for granted. So the beat goes on for me as I happily embrace and wait for round 2 of this course which I know will be a mind blowing experience.

MASTERKEY EXPERIENCE WEEK 24: PERPETUAL MOTION

This week is our final week in this wonderful experience that I call the Masterkey Experience. For me it signifies a continual growth process that is a self- perpetuating process of development to ascend to the highest level of the human consciousness to a state of unconscious competency in how we think, what we do and what our true nature to be is. If we don’t embody the spirit of the Enthusiastic Adventurer we stagnate. We become like that stagnate pond which at one time provided life for so many living things that called the pond home. The constant vibrant flow of fresh water was always available. But one day the pond starting drying up. What happened? Well this certain region where the pond existed and enjoyed constant periods of rain that provided a lush environment of life and beauty started experiencing periods of drought. At first these droughts were intermit. Then they started coming more frequently, until one day the rain stopped coming completely. When we acquire that cement through the years from family friends, schools, media, and past experiences, we no longer don’t stay in that perpetual motion with our thoughts, and behavior patterns, and being the observer of ourselves and the world around us. We stop receiving things like inspiration, imagination, visualization, and a plethora of other spiritual virtues that are at our command just sitting there in an inert state waiting patiently to be used to their highest degree.

Perpetual motion: a state in which movement or action appears to be continuous and unceasing. Life is always in a state of perpetual motion. There’s always an ebb and flow. The Universe is in a state of perpetual motion. Matter also is in a constant state of perpetual motion our should I say vibrating. Giving and receiving are always in a dynamic flow of motion. Nature is always in motion with the different seasons that occur throughout the year. We ourselves are always vibrating at a certain frequency. Over thousands, millions of years the tectonic plates shift. Mountain Ranges are formed. The problem with some folks is that they can only see things through their sense of sight, which sends messages to their brain that the very things that look to be completely solid are solid. Their sense of touch tells them that what they’re touching is solid. The life that they live is etched in stone. Their spiritual life force slowing dying. The react to stimuli instead of being pro-active and creative. It’s like looking at the majestic Lion who was once King and ruler of his domain now behind the bars in a Zoo and noticing that regal glare in his eyes, his posture, all reduced to an empty look of defeat, and despair. Now he definitely lives by the clock as he reluctantly accepts his fate.

Unlike the lion, we have the ability to change the outcome of our lives. We have the ability to accept what is real and what’s not real. If we jump on board with nature and the Universe, our heart, and stay in perpetual motion always seeing and doing things in a certain way we can assuredly find comfort in achieving the life we seek. So as the course ends this year, I promised myself to constantly stay in perpetual motion.

MASTERKEY EXPERIENCE WEEK 23: THE HERO

We all love watching a movie where we see the main character in that familiar role as the underdog in their story. We may see them as being a reluctant hero when they face a watershed moment over and over again until one day, they’re faced with a decision to be or not to be. We see them being torn between remaining as they are or they just get sick and tired of being sick and tired ( in one of my movie favorites, it’s The Matrix, it’s the red pill or the blue pill). Then there’s the one’s that have a dream of seeing themselves and their new reality just as clear as a sunny day. Every detail well thought out and visualized and occasionally making the necessary adjustments to fulfill their dream, but none the less they never lose their enthusiasm and belief in what they see themselves transforming into. Their journey seems to be an arduous one that might span years but in the end they finally succeed. People have a habit of living vicariously through these characters because it makes them feel sooo good. The Hero’s journey is romanticized in way that it condenses the journey into sequences that will make the movie more enjoyable within at least 2 hours. The tragedy of this experience is for these people in that moment, there is that feeling of sheer ecstasy, happiness, and adventure. The thoughts that race through their minds create these momentary sensations that affect them mentally, emotionally and physically. Hmmm…seems like something that we’d all want for ourselves all the time. After the spell wears off, these folks come back to the reality they’ve come to accept as that life they’re experiencing which they see as their real reality. A continual and perpetual life of quiet desperation. Although a lot of these movies might be fictional and some might portray real events that actually happened, it’s that underlying message that says If you can believe, you can achieve. The other tragedy of this whole situation is there is a HERO IN EACH AND EVEYONE OF THESE PEOPLE who watch these movies. If they’re enjoying watching these types of movies and can relate to them in a way that excites and inspires them, then they qualify as having that essence in them we call a Hero. They are just not aware of the greatness and genius that lies dormant in them. Hannel says that it’s the mental labor that is required to make that change in ourselves and our environment. That thing that most people are unwilling to do. People always like to see how grand the finished product or results looks like but are terrified at all the responsibility, work, and change that it requires. Not giving into Conformity, always seeking their higher selves, those gut-wrenching difficult decisions that have to be made that not everyone is going to accept. Being different from the crowd, being misunderstood, acquiring a different lifestyle. I could go on and on, but I think the point has been made here. In this microwave age we live in, these are unabashed truths that are critical realities that could be so daunting that it deters many a folk from undertaking such a huge task. How long will it take? Will it work for me if I totally commit to reshaping the outcome of my life? What will the people that I’ve known for years think when they see a different me? Well, I was one of the folks that I described in this blog, I Was one of them. Now I see myself as that Hero as I have learned to see my movie clearly in 8k definition blaring across the movie screen of my life. If I can become a Hero, then anyone can. We are all connected to those omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent vibratory frequencies that the pervade the whole universe. So there you are: That’s one of the truths of how things really are in the invisible world or what I call the world within. And yes, it’s working for me incrementally in all aspects of my life. Ohh, by the way there’s this one critical point of reference or advice here that is of vital importance: never start something you truly intend not to finish. If you’re a quitter, then you have consciously made that decision to keep perpetuating those ignominious acts of failure. I liken it to having the Midas Touch of failure. It’s not easy doing something different, but it’s what transforms ourselves into what we perceive as being a Hero to our families and others and not the worlds definition of what a Hero is supposed to be. See your ideas and dreams all the way through even though the sky might seem to be falling.😎

MASTERKEY EXPERIENCE: WEEK 22A: HEARING THE MUSIC EVERYWHERE

🎵🎶I hear the music in air🎶🎵 I hear it everywhere🎵🎶. Sometimes the music becomes so deafening I hear nothing else. It becomes even louder in my sits, and in my dreams. It’s that Grammy winning hit song that I voted number one and others have heard or are hearing also. You’re probably wondering, “well who’s the artist? What’s the name of the song? What was the year this song won a Grammy? Well I’ll give you a clue. It’s been a hit for at least 4000yrs. or more. It’s not restricted to any one country, race, religion, or creed but it’s been a hit for anyone who has a heart, ears, eyes, and that mechanism we call a brain. Give up? The answer is…..the music of our soul. When we start to think on a higher plane, we start hearing the music everywhere. It’s that music no one else hears but the individual themselves. Each person has their own unique way of dancing to the music they hear. They’re the ones that have the courage, vision, faith, and belief, not to be inhibited by what others think of them because their dance is so different from others. They’re the ones that are continuously peeling the cement off them that family, institutions, society and friends pasted on them for years. They’re the Dreamers. They’re the Enthusiastic Adventurers who happily embrace the unknown, they’re the Salmon that swims upstream against the current with that one singular thought of reaching its goal to get to that fertile pond, or lake so they can reproduce and thus perpetuate their species. In Men and Women’s’ cases, it’s staying true to themselves and having that seemingly instinctive flair, or should I say that indefatigable drive to fulfill their true purpose in life and to be of service to others, continually perpetuating a beacon of light and hope for others to be that self-reliant thinker spawning a new wave of thought to our species . I believe that we go through levels of competency. The 1st beginning with the level of unconscious competency where we don’t know that we don’t know. Unfortunately most people stay at this level for the duration of their life span. Then for the ones who wish to ascend to a higher level of awareness, we approach the 2nd level where we arrive at a level of competent competency. This where we realize that there’s a bunch of stuff we don’t know about. This is where we are in that period of awareness, and start to notice and believe that nature has given us all the power and resources we need to enjoy life to it’s fullest, start living in the moment, discover what is real, and not real. We become aware of the genius in us and discover and learn how to acquire and use this magnificent Universal power that is inherent to us. We then acquire the faith, belief, knowledge, and persistence to start to hear the music everywhere and embrace the unknown seeing ourselves meet and greet our future selves while we’re in that period of transformation. This is the period that separates the men from the boys, the girls from the women. It’s that “to be or not to be” moment. It’s when we stop being that reluctant hero and see and believe in ourselves as being great and being that true hero. It’s that hero that is in all of us waiting to be released to show the world who we really are and the unique way we do and express our dance. As we THEN start to hear the music in the air; we start to hear it everywhere. We now reach that coveted 3rd level of competency which is the level of unconscious competency. We have created a symphonic crescendo of music and dance. All we hear is music in the air, music everywhere all the time. We hear the music of our soul loudly all the time. We’re successful in anything we want to accomplish, we experience true wealth in our health, relationships, finances, and look at all things in a positive manner all the time even when it seems like we shouldn’t be seeing things that way. We affect others by just being ourselves. Now, we experience no more ridicule from others about the way we dance because they’re now trying to find out how and where we got our dance from. 🎶🎵 I hear the music in the air🎵🎶. I hear it everywhere🎶🎵😇

MASTERKEY EXPERIENCE WEEK 22: PERCEPTIONS AND OBSERVATIONS

Week 22 has been a week filled with more observation of myself and how I see and look at things differently than others. When did I start seeing things differently than others? Well honestly I can’t really pinpoint that exact moment when I looked at that very point in time and had that one eureka moment where time stood still and I declared to myself with utter amazement and ecstasy shouting to myself, “I see things differently than others” and with a confident assurance that what I proclaimed was the truth. I’ve been so entrenched in transitioning into my future self and wondering to myself, “am I dong my best? Am I an acute observer of myself? Am I still carrying a flame of dissatisfaction in a positive way to keep pushing myself until my mind screams for mercy? Since I have a tendency to be a little too hard on myself sometimes I can fail to give myself enough credit for the new thoughts and behavior that I’ve acquired that have been woven in incrementally without much fanfare to me. I just looked at everything I encounter as that challenging evolutionary process that runs it’s normal course which I perceive as steps that are vital and are a requirement to my growth.

I’m a musician, but what I’m about to say is applicable to anyone no matter what profession, business, family, or social circle they’re involved in. I was at another rehearsal the other day and I had a causal conservation with one of the members about music and what the direction the band had the possibly of evolving into. All of the sudden I started talking about being a visionary, having imagination, being creative, and having a positive attitude. And get this: Having the ability to create new brain cells that are receptive to new thought. I THEN quicky realized that I wasn’t talking to a MKE member but just my friend who at the least had some level of thought and consciousness to somewhat understand to a certain degree what I was talking about. I was astonished at how articulately and intelligently I explained these things to him and thought to myself, ” wow did I just say that?”. Then there was this defining point that happened later during the rehearsal that really got my attention. As we were fine tuning a particular song we ran into a snag. One of the members had a reoccurring problem with their ability to play a part effectively. Hey, I’m a blue so I’m all about quality and detail. When I pointed out what they were doing wrong, I was met with a strong emotional defensive response of denial, and a bit of frustration. I realized that even though both of us listened to the same song, both of us had different perceptions of what we heard. As I patiently showed them what I was expressing it was to no avail as they kept listening to song over and over, saying to themselves, I know what I’m doing is right. This has always been my approach. Why should I change what I’ve been doing for so long?. They just couldn’t see what I was talking about. I saw how the habit of doing certain things for so long can become so crystalized in a persons mind they can tenaciously cling on to what they know. They aren’t receptive to change even though you might try to point out the benefits of learning something new. They fail to realize the very things they hold on to is what keeps them in a perpetual state of non-growth. AT that moment came that ah-ha flash thought. That, drumroll….Epiphany . I thought to myself that whenever I refuse to do something of value for my benefit and I refuse to commit, this incident is what it looks like that’s actually happening inside me. Ugh, that’s kinda looking ugly. Naw, I don’t want to kept experiencing that. That doesn’t feel to cool. Now the bright spot out of all of this was that someone else heard what I was trying to convey and took a moment to think about what I was trying to convey ( thought about how I was inducing others to serve me because of my willingness to serve others: Part 5 of the blueprint builder). I said a prayer to myself to stay calm (I felt like taking my guitar and banging it across his head) and went outside for a moment. When I came back in, the member with the more open mind had gotten the other individual to by into the idea I was trying to convey. I realized that Someone understood what I was saying. After rehearsal was over all was well, just another rehearsal. I thought about what had happened and realized how important it is to be a master of my emotions and to be a better observer of the different color code types we all possess, and what a huge advantage it can be to be able to master this skill (Law of Practice). I learned how to be ever so grateful for this valuable experience that I can always reflect on. To much that is given comes with it great responsibility. Yeah, so I’m allowing myself to bask in the great strides I have made and the ones yet to come.😎