Week 14 has been a difficult week for me. As I am writing this blog, I have the flu and have been bedridden for most of the week. This blog will be very short because I’m still very sick, but I still managed to do my sit for a few days as well as my daily readings. My habit for creating a new identity is so strong that I thought I was superman before I finally succumbed to my illness. I managed to constantly put more effort and concentration on thinking of nothing but harmony. Reading my index cards has provided a spark in the way I feel everyday. Every movie I see is seen from a different perspective. I now concentrate on the 4 tiny habits of persistence. I listened to Earl Nightingale’s The Strangest Secret. I think that’s a must for anyone who wants to change their life. Well that’s about it for now until next week
Week 13 has been a week of being persistent. The word fidelity keeps popping up in mind constantly. The holiday season is upon us all. No Webinar this weekend. Got to keep concentrating on that point of Traction in order to keep perpetuating the Law of Growth. Am I giving 100 precinct when it comes to making all the practices and exercises pay off? This is a passage from Scroll 2 in The Greatest Salesman,“Nor do I allow yesterday’s success to lull me into today’s complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure. I forget the happenings of the day that is gone, whether they were good or bad, and greet the new sun with confidence that this is the best day of my life” ( I eliminated the word will). I enjoyed a successful monday night’s performance with a group at a jazz club that was well liked by the people who were in attendance. What I would normally do like some folks, is savor that moment for a few days before I would re-focus my attention to other matters at hand. This time, I savored the moment and remembered the passage that I just stated a few sentences earlier in Og, and started focusing on the next day. Now that I understand that the whole is greater than the sum of its’ parts, there’s still that feeling of not experiencing everything (My networking businesses has to be jump started into an irresistible force) that I desire abundantly. To know that I have the power over everything that I desire to come into existence is HUGE. No superstitious beliefs or capricious actions are responsible for any outcome. When I give my report at the end of the day to my boss (my future self in the mirror), I want to experience a good feeling of excitement, satisfaction, and happiness when I tell him that I gave 100 precinct effort when it comes to helping him. I have the ability to be “anything I will to be”, so there should be no excuses when it comes to me being persistent. My efforts have to be such as one blow of my blade against a mighty oak. Everyday each blow might seem trifling and of no consequence, but from my childish swipes the oak eventually tumbles. AHA ; persistence. Here’s a poem that I really like:
I bargained with life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store
For Life is a just employer,…
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.
I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have willingly paid.
This time of the year really calls for persistence. Practice Prevents Poor Performance. The 15 minute sit is of crucial importance. Concentration and paying attention to everything, every detail is critical. “Whatsoever thing ye desire, when we pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them”. Now I know that they’re some folks out there that think that I’m suffering from the Ralph Kramden ( you remember the honeymooners? Hope I spelled it right) syndrome ( that thought is from my old self that crops up from time to time) waiting for everything to come to a screeching halt, but being persistent creates an unshakable, unflappable determination to see this new identity emerge from a thought into a new reality. ” No weapon ( thoughts, people, circumstance) formed against me shall prosper, and Love conquers all”. Love the first quote from the bible, the second is equally true. If they’re some folks that are not believers in the Spiritual, it still holds true according to a persons mental being or for those who would look at that statement from a scientific veiwpoint. That’s okay too. The point is that this is a true statement. That point of Traction that is so critical will be met with enthusiasm, knowledge of power, and using that power to achieve what my heart desires. It’s that point where hesitation disappears. Concentrating on the 7 Laws of the Mind, The 7-day mental diet are some of the keys that should be assimilated into one’s daily life so that it no longer exists as a practice but a disciple from here on thru eternity. Correct thinking and the usage of this power that I’m discovering should be used for the good in myself as well as others whom I shall be of great benefit to.
IF I PERSIST,
Week 12 was a week of really being thankful and grateful to still be alive and well in this course. When I started this course way…. back… in September (seems like a century ago), I wondered what it was going to be like, feel like, staying immersed in this course for 6 months. Was I going to give up? How would the folks closest to me react? Would I cave in to external pressure, circumstance, or simply my old self telling me that this is useless? But “even now and then it might be slightly hard to tell, but I’m still alive and well (words from Johnny Winter’s song Still Alive and Well). This is what I’m looking at. I always keep in the back of my mind a passage from scroll 2 that says ” I welcome obstacles for they are my challenge”. Now all of that sounds good but, to really apply that passage to my everyday life is a horse of a different color. A friend of mine who I talk to and Mastermind with has been a blessing in disguise for me. We talk about a journey that both of us are experiencing laden with all kind of obstacles to be overcome, and remarkably are going thru some similar things. What astonished me about myself was how I was able to explain to him in bits and pieces ( had to keep it simple) about this fantastic course that I’m a part of. I was talking to him as though I had become this expert when it comes to understanding cause and effect (the world within and the world without). I then really started to realize how far I have come since that first day in September. Being of service to someone else, expressing gratitude to that Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent force, believing in my dreams, desires and wants that are also beneficial to others, has become a top priority for me these days. Upon seeing how much of an impact that this practice of being of service to others has on people, and how Powerful this practice really is, shows me how people will respond to you like a magnet! By talking full accountability for my actions shows me that I am truly the captain of my ship. I feel all the wonderful dormant things that are within me coming alive and are truly well in my mental being. Upon making this discovery I reflect on the sentence in Lesson 12 of the Masterkey that states: “You must first have the knowledge of your power; second, the courage to dare; third, the faith to do”. I was reviewing some of the blogs that I had previously posted and came across an inspirational video that I included in the blog itself. The video shows a lot of famous successful people who had discovered that Universal force that cleared a path for them to achieve the success that they are currently enjoying. Only through idealization, visualization, constant persistence, and seeing themselves already achieving their goals did their success manifest into the world without! That really sealed the deal for me. That was enough evidence to prove that everything that I do and practice is the real deal. I’m reposting this video because I thought it was so powerful! This one big sentence says it all: “Now realize your unity with omnipotence;get into touch with this power, come into a deep and vital understanding, appreciation, and realization of the fact that your ability to think is your ability to act upon the Universal Mind, and bring it into manifestation, realize that it will meet any and every requirement; that you have exactly the same potential ability which any individual ever did have or ever will have, because each is but an expression or manifestation of the One, all are parts of the whole, there is no difference in kind or quality, the only difference being of one degree. Wow! if they can do it, so can I! This is why I
believe why it’s so important to always be Alive and Well.
2nd wk in MKMMA 2015
Well week 2 in MKMMA was all it could be and more for me. I’ve always been in search of that “holy grail” to really change and jumpstart my life. It has not disappointed. the exercises, tasks, reading, have all been so beneficial for me. As I stated in my week 1 blog, that cement that I was carrying around for years is slowly starting to chip away. When I submitted my first DMP, I realized (thank God) I didn’t know what I didn’t know. When it came to knowing how I was going to achieve the things I wanted, I realized all I had was a bunch of scattered thoughts that didn’t amount to that old saying, a “hill of beans”. I’ll never forget the feeling that I had after I sent my DMP in to my mentor and the reply I got back: DUMB AS A BRICK. My first initial…
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1st wk in MKMMA2015
Wow! My first week in a MKMMA was certainly an interesting one that was filled with many challenges that I had to deal with. Some of the challenges that I incurred had nothing to do with the course itself, but just the challenges of dedicating time to do what is required to maintain your scholarship while going thru the course. I got a great feeling of being committed to accomplishing certain tasks while dealing with the normal things that occur during the course of the day. The webinar that I watched was fantastic and it had an immediate impact on me. The first week of training is not even completely over with and already I am experiencing major shifts in my choice of the words I use and the beginning of a different way of thinking! I’m already finding myself becoming obsessed with completing this course…
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Week 11 has been a week of intense mental navigation. It seems like with every passing week, day, hour, every thing that I do, think , and feel must be intensified in order to keep moving straight ahead. I made it to day 7 of my mental diet before I was bombarded with all kinds of occurrences to derail me from completing that special 7th day. My printer went ka-put, had a technician tell me that my computer was infected with multiple viruses (which I’m happy to say was erroneous), bills,bills,bills to be paid etc. After all of that mess happened, I thought about the major achievement I made for even making it that far in the 7 day mental diet. I realized that it was actually the Law of Practice, the Law of Substitution, Law of Dual Thought I was performing, and actually doing on a high level. That was the true payoff! Even when I eventually succeed, I can do it over and over again. Wow! I started thinking about the Leader who went off to war in a far off land ( my future self), and told his warriors to burn all the ships they rode on (my old self), so his army had no choice but to seize victory or perish. Mark J said that throughout the course that there would times when things would get crazy, but hang there. In Lesson 9, there’s a passage in 9:15 that states: “The mechanism is perfect; it was created by the Master architect who doeth all things well, but unfortunately some times the operator (ME) is inexperienced or inefficient, but practice and determination will overcome this defect. Now upon realizing this statement, I know this to be true because being a musician, there’s a certain thought process along with constant practice coupled with a belief and feeling with a visualization that the notes you create will produce themselves in the physical realm. So I look at that as a microcosm of the that particular statement in Lesson 9:15. I also observed that anxiety can be a major stumbling block because we have a tendency to want to see results right away, and we want to accomplish so much. That’s not to say that so many amazing things haven’t already happened because they have. My DMP is my roadmap, so everyday I am more observant as to progress I am making when it comes to manifesting my dreams. I’m not that leaf that blows in the wind anymore, susceptible to any kind of doctrine or “new thing” that everyone else adhere’s to. My old self which had that loud booming voice saying, ” will this work for me?”, or ” how am I going to accomplish this?” has turned into a weak murmer that’s barely audible. This course for me is like looking at a clock and watching the second-hand move so slow, you wonder if it’s moving at all, but when you take another look, 1 hour has gone by without you even realizing it. Webinar 11 blew me away because Mark said we already have done the hard work in all the previous weeks, and we already have what we need. At the end of the day, looking into that mirror at my future self and holding myself responsible for my actions of the day, and giving 100 percent effort to that person is huge! Some days might not be a banner of total consistency, but the fact that I’m on a mission to get it done is huge! That person in the mirror is the one that will give me
the greatest rewards for helping them out! So I keep moving straight ahead like a horse with blinders on with a carrot dangling in front tied to a rope.
This blog has truths’ written all in it. It really inspired me
Week 10 – Avoid Gossip
This week is the last few days that I am reading Scroll II of the Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino and I found the following connection with two awesome pieces that one of my fellow Crusaders on the Hero’s Journey Master Mind, Martin Tobias, shared with me.
The paragraph from Og reads as follows:
“I will greet this day with love in my heart. And how will I speak? I will laud mine enemies and they will become friends; I will encourage my friends and they will become brothers. Always will I dig for reasons to applaud; never will I scratch for excuses to gossip. When I am tempted to criticize I will bite my tongue; when I am moved to praise I will shout from the roofs.”
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Week 10 has been a week of definitely staying on guard when it comes to letting any negative thoughts or feelings get a foothold in my consciousness. The one thing I’m really noticing is that you have to turn the intensity up and keep it up. Just when you think it’s safe to go in the water, it ain’t safe. There’s still sharks constantly roaming in that sea of thought and feelings. I’ve got to constantly use all my bag of tricks ( my affirmations: I AM WHOLE, PERFECT, STRONG, POWERFUL, LOVING, HARMONIOUS, HAPPY. I CAN BE WHAT I WILL TO BE), looking at my dream board, reading scroll 9 of the Greatest Salesman, and the Masterkey Lessons with more vigor and enthusiam each time I do any of these exercises. I’m starting to feel like I’m Van Helsing fighting off Dracula the prince of Darkness and all of his minions! As I am writing this blog, I’m on my 6th straight perfect day of the 7 day mental diet (after numerous start overs). One thing that is helping out with this difficult task is reading a particular analogy that Emmet Fox alludes to:”A man who is sitting by an open fire when a red hot cinder flies out and falls on his sleeve. If he knocks that cinder off at once, without a moment’s delay to think about it, no harm is done. But if he allows it to rest on him for a single moment, under any pretense, the mischief is done, and it will be a troublesome task to repair the sleeve. So is a negative thought”.
I think about this analogy all day long. Sometimes I’m so intense about what I”m trying to accomplish I get tunnel vision and block everything else out to a fault. When I go out for a walk, I’m in the process of remembering these sentences from scroll 9: If it’s a sunny day, I,say out loud,”I love the sun for it warms my bones”; If it’s a rainy day I say out loud, “I love the rain for it cleanses my spirit”. Anything that’s positive or uplifting or even a bright sky, I say, “I love the light for it shows me the way”; And this one I really like to say, “I love the darkness for it shows me the stars”. To actually say these things and suddenly feel a warmth and a spiritual presence within me is something special. It’s the same feeling I get if I were playing outside on a clear night and looking up at the black sky filled with stars and tapping into that Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omnipotent power that makes the notes sing like a heavenly voice from my guitar, it gives me a high that only God knows how I feel at that moment. Nothing like it! Now from reading other fantastic blogs from all these fantastic people who are a part of course or I really should say family, I kept noticing that some folks actually went back to earlier lessons from the Masterkey and started linking certain passages to the current lesson they were on. I took that idea ( I see what Mark’s talking about when it comes to masterminding with other people) and started doing the same thing. Now every night I read the current Masterkey Lesson, but I also add another previous Lesson to read also. POWERFUL is all I can say. As we are actually practicing the Law of Growth with each new Lesson, now when I read a previous Lesson again, I find myself getting a clearer picture of the same thing I read before because I’m thinking in a different way. It’s like watching a movie for the second time and noticing a lot of things that you didn’t notice the first time. It’s seems like the more I concentrate on observing myself ( without beating myself up with negative criticism if I
falter at something), the more my old self tries every means possible to throw a monkey wrench into the scheme of things. Talk about close encounters of the negative kind (whew). Talk about the Clash of Titans? Well this it. What’s so ironic about the whole thing is that nobody sees this but me! If I try to explain this to the average person, they’d be calling those folks with the straight jackets to come and take me away. HA, HA, HA,…… But the jokes on them because I’m the one discovering the Greatness that is in me.