Well this week has been a week of me being consumed with a barrage of tasks, appointments, obligations. I’m not gonna lie, it was a tough week full of additional challenges just waiting in line to come forth. Other than me writing this blog on Saturday ( oops, please forgive me Mark and Davene) I’ve still managed to be on point with the lessons which I am now constantly integrating into my everyday life as my new normal behaviors and thoughts. This understanding is definitely making this whole process move along more seamlessly, along I now that they’ll be bumps in the road. I mean, how will I grow without them? I’m becoming grateful for obstacles and challenges. I remind myself that this journey is not a sprint to the finish line, but a long distance run that requires endurance, patience, hard, work, and growth. The Franklin Makeover is the big catalyst that will add more fuel to dynamo which is me. Can’t wait to see what other observations of virtues we will be instructed to observe. I can see from my constant reading and sits I do in the morning before I do any else is creating new peptides from my hypothalamus to the other parts of my brain creating new neural pathways that are creating my future self. I know now for a fact, that new brain cells are being created to receive new information. I’m so grateful to see how the household is filled more with harmony and laughter. I’m pushing myself more physically with my morning exercises to the brink of my body screaming out for relief. I’m observing a certain threshold or that proverbial “wall” that I encounter, and how I successfully enter a phase where my body shifts into another gear. I realize that I’m accomplishing this through the power of my mind due to the constant training and applications. Mentally, I see the exact thing happening. I’m constantly seeking more knowledge and discovery of my self, others and various situations that will propel me to reach the goals I have set to achieve everything in my DMP and step into the wonderful things I have accomplished in my Press Release. The way I’m visualizing my DMP and Press Release are becoming more and more clearer. I feel like I’m on a ship setting a course for a definite destination. Since I’m a musician, I never realized what I was actually doing and how important it is to be truly conscious of the Spiritual power we all possess. Having the skill and the ability to call upon the infinite. Out of that formless substance or plasticity, create a thought and have that thought, vision, feeling, flow through me to my instrument and produce matter in the form of music I feel is a truly incredible miracle. To truly be great at what you do requires a huge amount of attention leading to concentration and exercising the Law of Practice. I see my life continuing this same way due to my experience in MKE. I’m lagging behind a bit in the Digital connections, but I will make up that distance shortly. Also , I can’t say enough about observing and enjoying nature. I’m always including in my gratitude cards something about nature. I was fortunate enough to grow up in North Carolina with nature surrounding me. I love how nature goes into action as the spring arrives. I love hearing the sweet music the birds make in the morning with their chirping, the trees budding, the grass growing. I’m learning how to control my moods, and bring the spring, summer, and autumn, in my life everyday filled with beauty and perfection😎🚀. My business is moving along quite well and I’m enjoying the journey. I see nothing but clear skies ahead🚙🛺🚕.

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As this course is coming to an end, this week has been one filled with challenges galore. I think that I am being battle-tested for the up and coming days and years on what it means to perpetually grow and improve. With that being said, I’m gladly paying the price now than later. Since I finished the course and I am a lifer, this time around I see this whole year’s course as a vital part of my continuing commencement. I’ve become a much more stronger person spiritually, emotionally, and mental. Kindness, and discernment of any encounter are now like an automatic response to an encounter. Okay, so I still have work to do at home with these 2 elements. I express my gratitude for all my experiences good or bad, every morning by writing them down on my index cards. I read Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson. It was a bit challenging reading the first portion of the essay as the vernacular at time he wrote it was very different from what we are accustomed to reading today. My dictionary got a lot of usage. It was stop and go as I carefully read and re-read the first portions of the essay. As I started to get used to reading the essay, I was blown away at what I read. It was like it was speaking to my heart. It talks about being a self directed thinker, what it means to be self-reliant and being in complete harmony with the Universal mind, and not conforming to what society’s idea of who and what you should be. It was very comforting to read. I know that I will be misunderstood by family, friends, and intelligent minds. But you know what? It doesn’t matter. I definitely found myself this week taking positive advantage of anger, unworthiness, hurt feelings, guilt, fear, by immediately doing something constructive. I was totally amazed at how much more I was able to get accomplished. As I thought about this, I truly realized the potential and power that I possess to be anything I will to be. No limitations, period. I think about this one simple sentence in Scroll 6 that I think a hero or a winner would use every morning as they wake up: Weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions: strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts. The Law of Least Effort tops everything off while I become a master of my emotions by practicing this Law in actual situations. Wow! The 7 day Mental Diet on steroids’. Reading the Law of Least Effort on my 4 cards every morning is huge. I’m getting better each day at integrating these powerful tools. In the introduction to Chapter 23, I think literally what it said is that Perfection of Creative Thought is not acquired in 6 days, 6 months, or 6 years. It’s the labor of life. Not to go forward is to go backwards. Even after trying to explain the nature of what and why I’m involved in such a fantastic experience was met with ridicule and skepticism, I still pushed forward😄. I know that to others around me during these 6 months it might’ve looked as if I was being a bit selfish or neurotic by being so focused on what I was doing, but I’m focused on seeing my journey through all the way. I’m grateful for the resistance that I encountered because I know it takes a unique individual who keeps a promise, a dream, to finish what they started no matter what happens. Might as well be that hero 🚀. I see myself as this magnificent building being erected and only I know how it will look upon it’s completion. I look at myself as a Superman continually flying Up..UP.. and Away and being of service to others and being Kind to myself😎.

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This week I choose disciple as my virtue. This week has been filled with unexpected situations that I’ve had to deal with. My dearest had to be rushed to the hospital this Wednesday, and it’s been a nonstop roller coaster of highs and lows of emotions, that I really got a chance to observe this week. My opportunity to pick a day of complete silence got derailed, followed by not getting enough rest (whew). I’m happy to say that she’ll be okay. I had to take advantage of my silence in small increments. 2 hours here, 3 hours there. I’m hoping to at least put 1 full day in soon. The things that got me through this week by still being positive was what I would say where a combination of virtues that used to keep it all together for me. I observed that I exercised disciple by still staying on track with my new behavior habits ( daily exercises that I’ve been doing for almost 6 months.). I incorporated the Law of Dual Thought by attaching a positive feeling with anything that would come to mind thus curtailing any anxieties that would occasionally flash though my mind. I also used the other powerful tool: Law of Substitution. Made sure that my mind was not entertaining 2 thoughts at the same time. Became well organized, as I meticulously maintained everything at home better than I ever did. Still got up enthusiastically every morning doing my sits, readings, etc. Took the initiative to ratchet up my daily musical practices. Even though a lot of times I was exhausted, my persistence would not allow me to take time off. I found myself being decisive in with all the challenges that I endured this week. Even found the need to produce 3 gratitude cards daily along with some nice experiences during the week that I could reflect on. I can’t express enough how have these things helped and strengthened me throughout such a tumultuous week. I’d have been a chaotic nervous wreck without applying all my new found weapons or one might say tools. Despite all of things challenges that I experienced, I can still find myself being grateful for everything good or bad that happened this week. It’s good to know that I can be what I WILL to be. 😎

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Last weeks webinar was just fantastic, and for me it signified a point in this course where all the accountability from now on falls on me. You know there’s an old saying that says, ” you can lead a horse to the trough but you can’t make him drink”. Well for over 5+ months we’ve been cleverly trained, and directed, (or setup like a naïve person who thinks that wrestling’s not staged, or the horse and the carrot thing) specifically for these crucial last weeks of our experience in this years class. Talk about watching the Karate Kid. Wow, all the sudden I got a epiphany When I completed the course the first time, it was at this point that I didn’t fully realize how critical at this juncture of course it was to advancing, or should I say, “put the icing on the cake’. Not being able to cross this hurdle kinda makes all the hard work seem useless without getting over this part of the proverbial “hump’.” This is MY “movie.” I’m the star of the show. This so serious for me, that sometimes I can just see me watching this movie about this guy (ME) whom I see that has a fantastic future ahead if only he just continue his journey, because I CAN SEE all the Greatness he has in him, just waiting to bestow miracle after miracle. It’s like I’m looking at the screen yelling, Yeah, I don’t know if could’ve dealt with all those challenges I saw you going through, but you’re making me a believer out of me. So Man,” don’t even think about stopping, just do it now!” It is at this point of my heroes’ journey that I enter what is called the abyss 😲.( scary music at this moment)in which I MAKE A DECISION to enter the unknown with some of my lingering vestiges of my old self tenaciously clinging on to me. NOW is really when I start hearing that one sentence which utters louder and…louder….and….LOUDER…….”WHAT WOULD THE PERSON I INTEND TO BECOME DO NEXT?” 😧, To me, the abyss means that you go in that place of development and uncertainty with no help or suggestions from anyone else but you. Every time I look in the mirror and recite my guy in the glass poem I’m being pushed into the next phase of my development to be the person I was meant to be. This week we were instructed to take at least 2 days, or up to 5 days if that is possible and devote those days towards going through TOTAL SILENCE. Yeah, I mean no TV, not a sound uttered from my mouth, no phone, or messaging anyone, no facebook, Nada, no nothing period. This exercise is for the sole purpose of me not being distracted by anything around me ( except nature) and just quiet my mind down from all existing noisy thoughts until I experience complete silence on the inside, period. This gives me the opportunity to fully visualize my new life, and permanently say goodbye to all past negative experiences, old thoughts, and beliefs. When that directive is accomplished I believe that that space that no longer exits, creates a vacuum, that is literally refilled with peace of mind, confidence, adventure, and a permanent new reality, along with an assortment of some really cool new “stuff”. Bingo 🤸🏽‍♂️. I will have answered the call of my heart which was crying out to be my authentic self for as long as I can remember. While I’m on this trip into the unknown, I find the true answers that have been dormant, or should I say hidden inside me like for forever it seems. While I’m in what I call this invisible realm is the place where I make that transition, and after exiting the abyss, I become a conqueror like Odysseus became when he came back home from his 20 year Odyssey from the Trojan War. It will be my time to actually use my new consciousness, my Future self will now inherit all of the virtues, and power, that I worked so hard to give him. As I look in the mirror I see how he gladly accepts the gifts that I have given him as I see the tears roll down his cheeks as a sign of his gratitude and appreciation for my love for him. He knows it wasn’t easy letting the old me die so he can live. My authentic self now eagerly faces new challenges and triumphs as I keep growing into the person I was meant to be. Yeah that sounds noble and all that, but…wait… all the sudden…. I hear a sudden screech, you know, like the sound of a person bringing their car to a sudden stop in order to avoid an accident. I can hear my future self telling me,” You know …I’m from that good ole state of Missouri. You gotta Show me”. Yep, so I’m keeping it real. I have yet to schedule a time to designate the period of silence, challenges, challenges. Anything worth fighting for is never easy. So I’ll probably do it next week, but I WILL find a way to get it done. I didn’t come this far to shy away from this moment, nor come up with a thousand excuses as to why I can’t do it. So I have no doubt when all is said and done, I’ll be looking in the mirror at my future ME looking back at me with a smile on his face full of gratitude and happiness for allowing him to be my best friend paving the way for him to be in possession of a new reality, new life, filled with all it’s abundance of riches.😎

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