Week 3 was a very busy week for me. On some occasions during the week I found time to relax and I thought about getting back to that commitment of getting better at growing everyday. I mean not consciously saying it, but doing it. Think about it. When we learn something new, at first it takes a certain amount of conscious thought, and then with consistency it becomes easier and easier to perform. It becomes a pleasure to perform and thus a new habit is formed. I never realized how much I accomplished until I slacked off. Everything started to materialize ( I’m a musician, and have some business opportunities coming to the forefront). All these things started happening I believe because I faithfully read my Blueprint builder,DMP, Og Mandino, Flash Cards, and much more. I think whats happening is my old blueprint is still trying to make a last stand like, well let’s say the 300 Spartans. My excuse was, “I’m so busy now, I don’t have the time to commit like I did before”. When I caught myself saying that, that’s when I knew I had to take this course again. Get back to the future me. It was through these moments of being engaged in what was starting to happen is when I needed to stay on track the most. Not being distracted by thoughts like, ” Is this really going to work this time, or ” is this going to happen when I said it was going to happen in my DMP?” Doubt and Anxiety quickly set in and thank God I saw what was happening and quickly put a stop to that. I was thinking, ” Oh boy, now I’ve got be consistent in reading Og 3 times a day….changing one of my PPN’s….. my sit…. etc.” I realized that I was looking at it like a chore instead of it being exciting. My old self was saying, “you’ve done that already. Now you’re going to do it again?” When I observed what I was thinking, I realized the need to be connected to the real me again. For me it’s like keeping the light bulb on all the time. I know the drill. Now it’s all about being consistent, persistent, and enjoy what I’m doing and stay all in all the time!
As I am beginning to move at a faster pace. I’m beginning to really see what it means by having the sophomore jinx. Man last year I faithfully moved at a deliberate pace that paid off in big dividends The Sit, Blueprint Builder, DMP, Og Mandino, and many more great tools that this course has to offer. Wow, I’m realizing that my Old Blueprint is still trying to make a comeback. I’m happy to really make that observation. I’m realizing how important it is to STAY connected to the process until it becomes automatic for rest of my life. When I focus on last year’s accomplishment of completing the course I realize that doing is completely different from being that “NEW PERSON WITH A DIFFERENT LIFE”. That’s not to say that I have not benefited from last year because I have, immensely. With more growth comes an acute sense of doing and being more. I truly know what Hannel meant by saying that one of the hardest things to do is the mental work that it takes that most people are unwilling to do. It is definitely work, but the payoff is life changing. Now I’m saying all this at this point because I recognize that I still have unfinished business when it comes to saying hello to my “future self”. One of the things I will improve on is creating a mastermind alliance with this family. After completing this course I truly realize how important it is to be with like-minded people. I am really amazed at how people think and once I became a self-reliant thinker, sometimes it felt like I was standing alone, but that is the challenge that I face but because of that, new people and new circumstances have materialized in my life. Discovering the world within is the key. Another key that I see is that knowledge does not apply itself. Learning with an open mind is valuable. Doing the exercises and meeting the requirements of this course is of the utmost importance, but until it becomes your everyday life, all the work will be ineffective. FAITH AND BElIEF ARE CRITICAL COMPONENTS that pave the way to the new person that we intend on becoming.
Well here I am getting back on track. I quickly found out how easy it is to get off track even if it is only for a month or so. I am a lifetime member and last year was truly an experience that I won’t forget. I truly recommend taking this course because it has helped me through leaps and bounds. One thing that I realize is that this years course has some significant changes in which I am pleasantly surprised to see. One thing I realized is that it is a never-ending journey to push oneself to a higher level of personal growth and reaching towards one’s higher self. Trust me there’s always new frontiers to discover. I had been struggling with myself when it came to taking the course again. Things was saying like,” I finished the course in its entirety, boy was that an accomplishment!” As things are starting to materialize,it was then that discovered that my old blueprint was still lurking around waiting to get a chance to re-emerge. I realized that in no way am I going to let that happen. Too much hard work was put in last year. So now I humble myself and right the ship that I am currently navigating. As I am writing this I feel the spark of my higher self seeping back in. Mark J said that taking the course again for a lot of folks works wonders. I can’t help but think how this year will turn out, having completed the course last year! So now it’s time to roll up my sleeves and GET BUSY. I am now engaged in catching up with my requirements, so here we go!
Week 24 is actually the commencement of this course going forth in my everyday life from here on with the completion of this course. It’s been a week of learning how to master the Law of Least effort. It’s been a struggle with this one but I’m confident that I will master it with practice. I’m happy to have actually come to the finish line with this course, and now the new thoughts and habits will definitely crystallize as each day, week, year passes by. I don’t have that much to say in this blog other than I thank Paul,my certified guide, Mark J and Devene, all of the other fantastic Blogs that I read that were so inspiring. I enjoyed being involved in our mastermind groups. I felt like I was a part of a special family. It really takes a lot of courage to do something that you believe in when others are so opposed to what you’re doing. I know that my true authentic self will come out in full bloom with constant work and persistence. I will highly recommend this course to anyone who wants something more out of their life. It already has changed my way of thinking for the better.
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Aloha nui:) We’re at week 20 of our MKMMA na’au/soul-opening adventure and it has definitely been a continuous ride of wonder, releasing of old habits, death, re-birth, accepting new habits, expansion of self, lovingly embracing myself as I AM natures greatest miracle. Our daily blueprint-building ha’awina ho’oma’ama’a/lessons/exercises has become wonderful habits in my daily life…mahalo piha!!!
Being the observer each week in the Franklin Makeover: week 7, my word is Discipline. Webster’s Dictionary: Discipline, noun, 1. training that develops self-control, character, or efficiency. 2. the result of such training; orderly conduct. 3. submission to authority and control. 4. a particular system of rules or methods. 5. treatment that corrects or punishes. Always in training particularly in our daily ha’awina ho’oma’ama’a. Mahalo to my mentor, Jim Tait, in challenging me in mastering the sit for this next week 20 minutes a day. Hiki no!
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As this course is winding down to the final stretch, Week 23 has been a week of more and more discovery. Every week that has passed and come to this point has made me more observant of myself. This week we are supposed to implement the Law of Least Effort into our daily lives. I liken this experience to that of being a farmer tilling the soil for the upcoming harvest in order to plant the fruit and flowers in their garden. I used to do this every year when I lived in Charlotte, N.C. I can remember never relishing that time of the year because it called for a lot of physical work. Even though by doing this, the results of my efforts produced beautiful flowers and fruits and vegetables that were eaten and some preserved in mason jars that could be eaten in the winter time. I just disliked doing the work because while I working, I could hear my friends playing outside and having a good time while I labored in the yard preparing the soil.
I used this scenario as an example because all through the course I’ve been tilling the soil (my mind) so I can reap the benefits of a good harvest ( the future me) and let the beauty of the flowers (harmony, happiness, wealth, good health) shine out for me to experience as well as being of benefit to others (being of service). Some things were happily discovered while other things were discovered after experiencing frustration, anxiety, and discomfort. In order to make this happen I had to till the soil and then take a rake (Masterkey Experience lessons, Flash Cards, The Sit, The Greatest Salesmen, Blueprint Builder, DMP, Positive Mental Attitude, Plan of Action, Mastermind Alliance) to separate the weeds, rocks, etc.. (former thoughts beliefs, actions, behaviour) and get rid of these things so I can enjoy a bountiful harvest.
Although I did this in N.C., I never did it with a happy knack! I can’t explain it throughly, but all I know is that the moment I embraced this Law of Least effort I felt this big rock disappear from my shoulders! Accepting people, circumstances, situations, was like the personification of a Large individual equipped with array of weapons, busting in a room crowded with folks called fear, doubt, frustration, and forcefully telling them that they must vacate the premises immediately or else! I can see all these folks in the room angry and terrified. They put up a fierce fight, but in the end they surrendered and waved the white flag. It was like they were making their last stand just like the 300 Spartans did with the Persians.
I watched Joseph Campbell”s video about Mythology, and it put a lot of things in perspective for me and peeled off some more of that Fear cement. You see, ever since I was about 14yrs old, I always had an obsession with mythology. Now I can remember going to church from the age of about 7 or 8. Back then the only concept that was ever discussed in the household was man’s spiritual connection to Jesus Christ and God (which I still truly believe), but I was always felt that it was wrong of me to hold as much interested in Mythology as I held in my Sunday school teachings. Now I find out that what I was doing was doing was OK. Also was my fascination with Nature. I never realized how much I was already consciously connected to nature and it’s abundance. People from the city always made jokes about me being a “country guy”. For some reason I always loved the smell of grass, trees, the sound of birds, crickets and the smell of the morning dew. So too, I never realized until I listened to Joseph Campbell how much I was really fascinated with the Hero’s Journey. The character in a particular story went through all kinds of obstacles to finally realize their true self and purpose in life. I was always fascinated with the reluctant hero at their beginning, first undertaking the journey and the amazing transformation that occurred after they encountered the abyss and came out transformed to their higher self. So too was I fascinated at the person who had a dream and never gave up until their dream became a reality. I now see that it was my true desire all the time since I was 14 to encounter that same experience.
Now SINCE I realize that this course is a commencement to the future me that I always yearned for, I can RELAX and enjoy achieving what I set out to do with a happy knack. I know that there will be obstacles to overcome, but now I welcome them for they now are my challenge. It’s not about, “what do I do now that the course is finished, or I didn’t accomplish everything I said I was going to do”. Now, it’s no more trying to fit in the world without, but following my heart, trusting myself, and going after my true purpose, and living a life with purpose. It just seems more like a fantastic adventure full of wonder and surprise , and LIFE
. It is now like me being 10yrs. old again thinking that anything I want to do is possible. So now I let Fear wave the white flag of defeat.
As I commence to write this week 22A blog, I see myself on this spaceship called the FUTURE ME EXPRESS. I commenced this journey almost 6 months ago. The planet that I launched from is called the Old Me. While I am on this ship, I get flashbacks on what it took to get a ticket to embark on this journey. In that moment of lift-off I kept wondering, “what new worlds would I find?” Am I going to get lost in Space? What happens if I run out of fuel? Is this new place going to be an inhabitable place? What will I put in my reports? I remember all that energy my ship expended to escape the gravitational pull of the OLD ME planet. I was provided with certain tools and equipment only (masterkey experience lessons, greatest salesman, blueprint builder, DMP, flash cards, affirmations). Every week I was instructed to be an observer and log all this information in this computer that was just called MIND. I then asked, “well where’s my crew?” I was told that I would be making this journey alone, but I would only have contact with mission control (webcasts, certified guide, Masterkey alliances, workbook).
Now since I was out in this vast universe (abyss), and admiring the beauty that I was witnessing, I started experiencing weightlessness, and said to myself, “this is really cool!” I then realized that while I was on planet OLD ME, the gravity (OLD HABITS, THOUGHTS, BEHAVIOUR) made me expend more energy, kept me in a chaotic state of mind, and anxiety. I remembered many a time while I was on my old planet, I would always look up in the sky and wonder how it would feel if I could just take that journey. Some friends that I knew that I kept in contact with via holographic imagery said that they were where I was at one point in their life but decided not to be the reluctant hero anymore and eliminated that moment of hesitation and indecision and just went for it. Since they took the journey, we could only communicate through holographic imaging since they actually weren’t on he same planet I was still on anymore! They told me how happy they now were on this new planet. They also remarked about how all the things that tried to do and experience on that old planet now worked flawlessly on this new planet. I thought that this call was only reserved for people who were chosen to take this journey, but mission control told me that what I thought was only some misinformation that spread like wildfire throughout the planet. They informed me that this journey is available to anyone who chooses to accept this invitation!
Once I developed a level of consciousness after really understanding what this statement meant, I started to work hard to meet the requirements that would make me eligible to take this journey. It didn’t happen overnight because I didn’t realize how much baggage I had to leave behind in order to make this journey.
At this point in my adventurous space exploration, I’m noticing that my instruments are letting know that I’m almost there to planet FUTURE ME. BOY, am I really getting excited!
It’s week 22 now, and it has truly been an unbelievable experience up to now filled with wonder, discovery, frustration, and humility. When I started this journey I was like a novice technician trying diagnose an electrical problem with an appliance without any real knowledge of 24 volt circuitry, and not having proper tools to use in order to fix the problem, along with a lot of sheer guesswork and ineptitude and zero experience. Now some folks will convince themselves that they can still pull this feat off by attempting to proceed to fix the appliance anyway even though they know they don’t have the know-how, but their ego says “go ahead you can do it. You really don’t want to let anyone know that you can’t do it”. Well I think you know what usually happens next, disaster. Then you have some folks that are smart enough to realize that they don’t have the know-how nor the tools to complete such a task successfully and call for help.
Well when it came to making the decision to take this course I fall into the category of the second group of folks. Sometimes it can be difficult to be brutally honest with yourself by admitting that there are some things that need changing, but every time you make an attempt it always winds back to square one, not knowing that a decision has already been made in the subconscious, even though consciously you’ve made a decision to change certain things you do. When I realized I couldn’t commit to change by myself I knew I needed some assistance. And Boy , did I get assistance! I’ve started becoming that electrical technician who can properly diagnose any electrical problem in an appliance by (1) finding the cause, (2)having the right tools, (3) fixing the problem.
Having the right tools makes all the difference in the world. Now I have the ability and the tools to expand my comfort zone by embracing, FEAR, UNWORTHINESS, GUILT, ANGER, HURT FEELINGS, instead of avoiding them which is huge. By being the observer of yourself and how you react in any situation that will induce any of these what I call “pitfalls or stumbling blocks” and taking that intense energy and redirecting it into positive energy is huge. I have started implementing this practice into my daily life, and guess what? It actually works!
This morning started out disastrously,(or so I thought). It was payday today, and guess what? I didn’t get paid! What happened next was a sudden array of 2 distinct feelings: Fear, Anger. Now mind you this happened after my morning sit and reading of The Greatest Salesman. Fear eked in because I had bills that had to be paid, and I was angry because I was saying “why me?”. Now this lasted about 2 minutes because I realized that this could be a defining moment to excercise this practice of redirecting this negative energy into constructive energy. I actually calmed down, and remembered what it said in scroll #2 : I welcome obstacles for they are my challenge. After that I sent an email of encouragement for a speedy recovery to one of the guides in MKMMA who is ill at the time. I then continued my readings with more intensity and calmly said, ” everything’s going to be ok”. Sure enough, everything was resolved, and without going into a lot of detail, my fiance’ benefited from this experience by receiving money for herself from this so-called “disaster!” I realized that I was becoming that character Yosemite Sam who
was telling Bugs Bunny, “look rabbit, I don’t get upset anymore”, and has these 3 gentlemen hit, kick, and throw pies in his face without him getting upset anymore.
As each day comes and goes, I know I will get better and better through practice, and observing myself. I never would have thought that I would actually get excited whenever I see myself getting ready to go through what I call negative feelings and relishing how I can use them to my advantage! When I have the Masterkey Lessons, Blueprint Builder, The Greatest Salesman, Flashcards, DMP, my Affirmations, Masterminding with people in the Mastermind Alliance center along with masterminding with friends, all these are powerful tools that I have at my disposal. I am now becoming that technician.
Week 21 has been a week of understanding the great power that we all possess and learning how to use that power at anytime we wish. In the blueprint builder that I read every morning, in the 5th paragraph there’s a sentence that says: I will succeed by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use, and the cooperation of other people. As I have traversed through this course I have realized how powerful that statement that I’ve been reading for 5 months is. On one particular occasion while was doing my sit, I was experiencing a nervous spasm that I had in one of my shoulders. Through sheer concentration, I made the spasm go away while I was doing my sit! I was fascinated by this experience because it showed me that I have command over my body! Before this incident, I would usually have to just ride the spasm out until it stopped. I’m in the process right now of taking the 5 deadly habits ( Fear, Unworthiness, Guilt, Anger, Hurt Feelings) and using these things as tools to my advantage! Wow! Talk about taking your weaknesses and turning them into your strengths! Using these negative attributes as a motivational tool is awesome. I know it works because I had no choice but to use this method when I started out playing Guitar.
When I first started playing, I started out playing the bass guitar. It seemed like it was the instrument that I was supposed to play. Everyone else agreed to that fact also. But just seemed that there was always a guitar lying around when I visited my friends. I was inexplicably drawn to that instrument. When I switched to guitar a lot of people were shocked. Not only that, I’m left-handed but I play right-handed. All I heard was, ” You made a big mistake by switching by over to guitar”, or ” you’ll never be any good”. I used all these statements as motivational tools. Everytime I would get discouraged when it came to a learning curve, I just thought of all those disparaging remarks and just buckled down and intensified my efforts. What I didn’t realize I was doing was using Fear, Unworthiness, Anger, Hurt Feelings, Guilt, as tools to propel me to My Chief Aim which was being a Guitar Player. I now realize that I refused to believe that any of these things had any merit in them. As far I was concerned, they were all things that didn’t exist.
Now since I accomplished that feat, I get even more excited because I know that I possess a Universal Power at my command anytime I which to use it. In other words: My Wish Is MY COMMAND. Anytime I feel any negative bias I think of the monkey with his hand in the jar holding a banana and refusing to let it go thus keeping his hand in the jar. Every day is a day of unfolding mysteries and letting go of anything that I don’t need. As I continue this process of chipping away the cement, I’m learning how to do it happily with excitement and wonder. Looking at all of us as being as one on this planet enforces the reason why serving others is huge. I will always be looking at the world within instead of the world without.
WEEK 20 is the week of demarcation. It is this point in this journey where all of the practice and study moves from preparation into the application of answering the call to Greatness. It is where the realization of all the hard work that has been done starts to take flight towards the true goal: the new person with a ” new” life.
It is where the “old self” truly dies, and the transformation, transcendence begins. Reading the
obituaries, and being Ok with thinking about that word called Death, and truly feeling reborn again is definitely a serious concept that knocks fear right out the box. I still find in myself “remnants” of my old self still lingering. If I just wanted to overcome these “remnants”, then I guess I could live with that realization but now, I’m in the business of totally eliminating anything that is of no constructive use to me.
I still find myself during certain periods of the day ,drifting away from keeping the main thing, the main thing. Things like , keeping my DMP in my head all the time AND FEELING ESTACTIC about it. Watched way too much tv for a couple of days. Even though I was still doing what I should be doing so far as being faithful to my everyday practices, I just felt that what I was doing wasn’t enough. It feels like when what I call, “getting out-of-pocket” for any extended length of time happens, a gong goes off in my head saying “okay that’s enough, let’s get back to the real matters at hand”.
It just seems that way because now that I have so much more awareness, concentration, and attention and confidence, I actually feel my old self still resisting in certain ways: aka being aware of the true moments of recognizing when I’m falling into the trap of courting idleness, and familiarity. It manifest itself in a fleeting thought: Oh, I just spent an hour and a half of intense practice and study. “OK, I’ll chill out for a couple of hours and resume. I got this now. I know the routine.” BAM! Wrong thinking! The 2 serious questions ( 1. What am I pretending not to know? 2. What would the person I want to become do next?) should be pinging back and forth in my head every minute, every hour, every day. Since my conscious mind is the “watchman and guardian” of my subconscious mind, I don’t have the luxury of letting my guard down. I am still in the process of reaching that level of unconscious competency. I realize that my old self is looking for that comfort zone, because to tell you the truth, I know that being “uncomfortable” is just a precursor to actual growth. Every time I experience this feeling now I celebrate because I know I’m on the right path. Thank god I now know that I cannot try to out smart any of the Universal Laws because I know that they are immutable.
In The Masterkey Lesson 20:8, it says ” When you begin to perceive that the essence of the Universal is within yourself–is you–you begin to do things: you begin to feel your power: it is the fuel which fires the imagination: which lights the torch of inspiration: which gives vitality to thought: which enables you to connect with all invisible forces of the Universe. It is this power which will enable you to plan fearlessly, to execute masterfully. I highlighted this statement, because if I’m not jumping out of my shoes with excitement, enthusiasm, awe and wonder, that this power is something we already possess, and all we have to do is recognize it, and use it, then I think I need my head examined, plus I’m wasting my time being in this course, and spouting out a lot of fluff.
Sometimes just thinking about creating a new life overwhelms me, not in a negative way, but, in a way of amazement. The fact that I possess the courage to really do this and not think about doing this, is really something that I marvel at more and more with each passing day. Now I play in my music ministry in my church. There’s a particular song that we play to close out one of our services. A couple of sentences in the song ring out to me: WE ARE ONE, WE ARE ONE, WE ARE ONE IN THE SPIRIT, WE ARE ONE. Now I can’t tell you how many times we’ve played that song, and that one statement just kept flying over my head until I read Part 20 in The Masterkey Lessons.
God is Spirit Spirit is the Creative Principle of the Universe. Man is made in the image and likeness of God. Man is therefore a spiritual being. The only activity which spirit possesses is the power to think Thinking is therefore a creative process .
20:2 You may have all the wealth in Christendom, but unless you recognize it and make use of it, it will have no value; so with your spiritual wealth; unless you recognize it and use it, it will have no value. The one and only condition of spiritual power is use or recognition.
In The Masterkey-Part 4 it says,
Thought is energy and energy is power, and it is because all the religions, sciences and philosophes with which the world has heretofore been familiar have been based upon the manifestation of this energy instead of the energy itself, that the world has been limited to effects, while causes have been ignored of misunderstood.
On this one particular day, my Self- Control was sorely tested while I was in church. The conversation about Faith turned into a muddled debate about what it really meant to have Faith in all aspects of your life, all of the ingredients and the processes one must go through to really possess strong faith. Thank God that I had to return to my duties in the music ministry! When I got home, I must have thought about that conversation for a couple of days. But what that incident did for me was make me recognize how far I’m ahead in my thinking and recognizing the true power that I, and that person ( unfortunately they don’t recognize their true power) and everybody truly possess. The big question is: WILL THEY EVER DISCOVER IT? This is why I am so enamored with this course, because this course is not taught anywhere else but here. YEAH MKMMA!!
Experience is comparable to fashion; an action that proved successful today may be unworkable and impractical tomorrow Only principles endure
I know that my brain is cooking to the point of seeing steam exiting for my ears like Uncle Fester ( you remember, TheAddams Family) ha. ha. ha….. I have to keep cranking up the intensity, concentration, and attention.
Og Mandino; Scroll 4:
“I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I strain my potential until it cries for mercy ( my old self is screaming for mercy right now, but to no avail)”. The facts don’t lie, and It’s truly made me a believer in the power, Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omnipresent nature of God ( Universal Presence) that’s all in the ether that surrounds us and that is in each and every one of us whether we know it or not.