WEEK 19: CONNECTING THE DOTS…..

This week has been presenting itself with all kinds of moments of connectivity for me. I found myself reflecting back when I was in elementary school. For instance, when I would get my report card, how I was graded on how I absorbed and carried out all the things that were taught to me, my attendance, my attentiveness towards the teacher while she was teaching, and how I interacted with my fellow classmates. Since we are taught to excel in our studies and make sure when we take a test, our success is predicated on us not submitting too many wrong answers. Failure is unacceptable. Get good grades and you’ll be successful in life. All through our lives we live by this doctrine and conform to these concepts. They are inforced by our parents ( even though they have good intentions), peer pressure, and society. We start adapting ourselves to be like everyone else: go with the Law of averages, go with the flow. I might not have the exact words quoted here but, Earl Nightingale said: Conformity is one of the biggest reasons why a lot people never live out their dreams. That thing that I would always see on report card: HOW  I got along with my classmates never resonated that much until now. Success actually hinges on your willingness to serve others. Now that’s one thing that I came to an understanding with, and connected those dots.

This course has made me so much aware of many things, that it’s starting to feel uncanny. I was searching for something on Netflix, and Lo and behold I found this show called Inn Saei: The Power of Intuition. Now what this program talks about is exactly what we are learning and implementing, with one exception: the tools that we have at our disposal and how to actually use them are superior to anything else I’ve seen! More and More professors, and scientist are talking about the small percentage of our brain we actually use! What is being noticed now is how society has steered people to use only 2% of our brain (left side) which is our conscious part: logic, facts, knowledge of only the things that we’ve been taught. The other part of our brain, the subconscious, (right side) comprises, get this, a whopping 98% of our brain. This part of the brain comprises the imagination, creativity, awareness of nature, emotion, what’s around us, intuition. These are all the things that are of a divine spiritual nature. They say that this why people continue to do the same things and keep getting the same results. Remember I didn’t say this from a theoretical conclusion that I came up with, this is scientific fact!  I feel privileged to be one of the few that get it. It is also was said that the one that realizes, and learns to possess these qualities has a distinct advantage over controlling what they want out of life as opposed to the other percentage of the people who never come to this realization.

I have recordings on a topic called, Your Wish is Your Command, by Kevin Trudeau. Since I am MKMMA student, I made another connection with his recordings and this course: I am the Genie of Aladdin’s Lamp. I started listening to these recordings 3 yrs ago, along with think and grow rich. What I started to see was the uncanny connection all 3 have in common. MKMMA is the glue because it shows the daily process that must be applied in order to get a true understanding of the 2 afore-mentioned. The light bulb immediately came on when I read in Think and Grow Rich, you must master all the virtues that one is required to master. Each one is not effective without the other.  Now, I take the palm of my hand and slap it on my forehead and marvel at how I’m really starting to connect the dots. It might seem like I might be one of those folks that might be coerced into saying these things, and being biased because I’m in this fantastic course because it seems like I’m saying all the right things, or yeah he’s saying this because he wants to show that he’s a committed trooper, but this real and from the heart. You know how it is when you witness something fantastic and you just can’t keep your mouth closed? Well this is it.

Now for my last connection that I made. One of our assignments was to watch a movie of our own choice, and point out the habits that are ingredients for success: DMP (Definite Major Purpose), PMA (Positive Mental

attitude) POA (Plan of Action), MMA (Mastermind Alliance). I didn’t have a clue at first as to what I was going to watch. Let’s talk about the Superbowl for a moment. Now my team, aka: The Giants weren’t in this years final game, so I was asked if I was going to watch the Superbowl. I said that I would, so I started watching the game and couldn’t believe how the Patriots were being outplayed in the first half. Even though I’m not a Tom Brady fan (because they always crush the competition in the AFC east division), I had grown to sense of admiration and respect for what Tom went through on his way to becoming the great Quarterback that he is (did I really say that?). After that 1st half I was almost convinced that the Patriots had no chance. But I kept saying to myself, ” they are the AFC champions. They didn’t get this far to fail”. Well as we all know now, the rest is history. That game seemed like a microcosm of what kind of journey that I’m on. It put on display all the unseen forces that come into play that are at anybody’s fingertips if they have the courage to realize the power they have, the courage to use it, and claiming it. So I know that I’ll always be connecting the dots…..

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Week 17 – The Franklin Makeover, Living Knowledge Into Wisdom.

This is a must read blog to check out!

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Practical wisdom “is the ability to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason.”

Back in the 90’s a first grade teacher shared something with me that until that time I had not considered.  She was going to be my daughter’s first grade teacher.  I asked her how I could help her in the classroom.  She surprised me when she told me she wanted me to help her young spanish-speaking children learn the words for things like swing, tree, sidewalk, playground, spoon, fork, plate, chair …

She explained to me that it was more difficult for her to teach them how to read words that they didn’t speak.  This would lighten the load on her, big time.

Most of these children were the children of migrant workers who worked from sun-up to sun-down on the surrounding area’s big farms.  Their parents often had one to two…

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Week 18: DISCOVERING THE TRUTH

Week 18 has been a week of reflection and more discovery about me. For every positive discovery celebrated with joy and happiness, there is a negative aspect that’s discovered that needs to be eliminated. The biggest DIFFERENCE in how I handle a negative aspect is that I’ve learned to celebrate identifying something negative by letting it die and being happy at the forthright honestly to accept it.  With growth comes pain sometimes but I tell myself that it is the price I must pay now for success instead of paying the price of failure later. The new me that is evolving is not being accepted by some because that person looks like a stranger to them, although some people see the new me as a bright beacon of light. This was THE one fear that I constantly thought about before I took this course. But since that fear has been eliminated, I continue my climb into the unknown with a sense of adventure. Sometimes I struggle with accepting this thought, but then I look at it as an intriguing movie that I’m watching that has me glued to screen saying to myself, “I know that this individual is the star of the movie, so I know in the end he’ll come out of it being the victor. I just want to see how he’s going to do it”.

I never gave myself enough credit for things I did right. It was always me looking at all the things I did wrong. I was harder on myself than anyone else. I was always moving the Goal Post ( every achievement that I accomplished was never met with any type of satisfaction, or happiness). I hammered in this way of thinking for years. Now I could go on into giving you examples, but they would of course be too numerous to really write about as I am just explaining about a negative habit that I possessed. Then 2 crucial questions were presented to me 1 each week consecutively: What am I pretending not to know? What would the person I want to become Do next?  When the correct answer was revealed to us regarding the 1st question, the answer was, Aladdin’s Lamp. That it already exists in us: everything we have is first a thought: Thought is a wish: The perfect plan already exists. We just have to learn how to rub it the right way. I immediately started thinking about everything I said in my DMP, Press Release, Dream Board, even my previous blogs.  I reviewed each and every one and realized that I had (duh…) already started implementing the right thoughts, and that word called HAPPINESS was prevalent throughout everything that I wrote about. DID THE HARD WORK FOR 4 MONTHS and didn’t realize the impact that it was actually having on me! I KEPT MOVING THE GOAL POSTS! My belief was not as strong as it should have been, I was still carrying around stuff I needed to let go. It was then that I realized that when I’m happy, I’m at my best in anything I do. Being in compliance with the 7 laws of the mind and the Laws of nature, Love, are just some of the

critical components to the acquisition of the true power that we have access to already. I WASN’T GIVING MYSELF ENOUGH CREDIT for the new discoveries that I was encountering, the changes that were being made in my thinking and habits. Without realizing this fact, I probably would still have been mired in the continuance of my erroneous thinking (moving the goal posts).

After the realization of all these things that I have stated, the future me is becoming more recognizable. The second question: What would the person I want to become do next? Now I look at the future me as a powerful entity that exudes strength, courage, abundance, love, faith, belief, that will not tolerate mediocrity. No “woe is me syndrome”. As long as I’m grateful for each day, no matter if it was good or bad, I know eventually I WILL WIN. I always make it a habit of saying to myself, “I am Natures Greatest Miracle”. And that IS the TRUTH.

I love Nature because of all the Abundance that is seen in it. All the abundance that we are privy to, because we are part of it.

 

WEEK 17A: TRANSITION OF THOUGHT

Week 17 has been a transitory week of thoughts and feelings. Giving myself permission to have access to power and happiness, letting the old me die and be reborn into the future me, and this question which is like coming up with the correct answer to the riddle that the Sphinx (Geek Mythology) asked its unfortunate contestants, “what am I pretending not to know?” I liken my experience up to now as the first 3 1/2 weeks as the regular season of any particular sport where teams position themselves to make the playoffs (all of the exercises and requirements). Now at this juncture of the course, it’s the playoffs. I couldn’t have gotten this far without being faithful to the exercises which I now look at as new habits, plus the tools that I learned to implement everyday to effect change. Each week that I complete is like a step further to the championship game. The closer I get, the more I feel is at stake. The crowd (the divine consciousness that is waiting to possess me) is frantically cheering me on to win this one game and continue my ascent to the championship round. Of course there’s some folks that are in the stands (my old self) who are not rooting for me, but their shouts are being drowned out by the folks that are rooting for me.

Great situation to be in. What’s at stake? I get to be the hero (the future me), take the trophy home and put it on my shelf and forever admire an accomplishment that nobody can take from me. The flip side to this scenario is the closer I get and because of the enormity of the moment I start getting out of myself and start to do things I normally wouldn’t do (wondering how and when this transition is going to take place). I forgot how to enjoy what I’m doing, to be thankful to have this opportunity, let the game come to me, relax, everything will work its way out because I know I’m the better opponent. “Why should the miracle which produced me end with my birth? Why can I not extend that miracle to my deeds of today?” I found out that in anything you embark on you can never force the issue. I cannot be like the child who plants a seed and every 15 minutes disturbs the soil to see if the plant has taken root and starts to grow. I’m a musician and network marketer, and I have noticed how I have embarked on learning something new, and how it never came to fruition by forcing the issue. If I let the thought flow through my mind, insight takes over and I accomplish what it was I was trying to accomplish.

I realize there’s nothing that I have to change, but just continue to get better at what I do and always have humility in my heart and celebrate every new discovery. The flash index cards, noticing different virtues, observing and documenting acts of kindness that I perform or witness, and enjoying doing it is of GREAT VALUE. I laugh at how I must look to some people sometimes. You remember the movie The Ten Commandments right? Picture me being Moses (Charlton Heston) coming down from the mountaintop after he encountered God and the expression he had on his face. I feel myself walking around with that look (ha,,ha,,ha).

There is plenty of uncertainty abound as I move forward, but I’m the star of this movie, and you know the star of the movie always comes out on top. I’m finding more people to Mastermind with. I never realized how much I missed doing this, because I used to do it all time a long time ago. I just didn’t realize that I was creating a Mastermind Alliance at the time. Transition. Practice, Practice, Practice.

 

WEEK 17: BEING THE OBSERVER

Week 17 has been a week of observation. I’ve been on a vigilant crusade to reach my higher self. All of the assignments that I do are no longer assignments but are crucial behavioral habits that I observe as integral steps that are forever embedded into my consciousness. I look at them as being vital assets along with the critical training that must be accomplished so I can attach every thought, behaviour, experience to the future me. Attaching them as an autonomous entity that I control is what I am so grateful to come to realize. I’m observing the effect the Franklin Makeover has on me. I never gave myself enough credit for having Kindness, Courage, and Persistence plus more to discover that I already have. By really getting serious and intensifying my awareness of these 3 virtues alone, they are opening up new doors of thought, feeling, self-confidence, and belief. Each day is a day where I eagerly embark on noticing just these 3 virtues and I notice that they’re everywhere. Neighbors who keep not only their yards and sidewalks clean, but take it upon themselves to keep their fellow neighbors yards and sidewalks clean. The daily routine of exercise that people and I still perform outside even though it’s winter. The courage and self-confidence I observe when I see a squirrel leap from branch to branch, or walk fearlessly on a telephone wire with such ease. An indefatigable abundance of just these things to be observed everyday creates a compounding effect on the mind daily.

I noticed that by reading and listening to the audio counterpart of the Masterkey Lessons, it has had a huge effect on any learning curve that I might run into while I am reading and absorbing all of the information presented to me. Practice.. Practice… Practice. In lesson 17, paragraph 12 states: “The mind may place the ideal a little too high and fall short of the mark; it may attempt to soar on untrained wings and instead of flying, fall to earth; but that is no reason for not making another attempt”. Also it says in paragraph 34; If you wish to eliminate fear, concentrate on courage, 35; If you wish to eliminate lack, concentrate on abundance, 36; If you wish to eliminate disease, concentrate on health. I now see how important it is to continually get better doing the 15 minute sit because now I can almost totally concentrate without any interruption on any thought I wish to concentrate on and totally be immersed in that thought. It feels like I’m somewhere else and being totally oblivious to my current surroundings! I feel so grateful to grant myself permission to enter a realm of higher consciousness. I have not been able to do that for a long……time. If I was able to do so, it was only for very short periods of time. As long as I was physically somewhere that would induce those special feelings and thoughts, I was OK. Take me away from that special environment and I was back to normal. Talk about a fish out of  water (whew). I also observed that imagination, intuition, and understanding are making their way into my consciousness and are taking hold. Now that’s not to say that it doesn’t come without effort because it forces one to tenaciously fight the old thoughts and habits that are still prevalent in the deepest recesses of our minds. But the good news is I’m a witness to it getting easier to do with constant repetition.

I’m starting to feel like I have an unfair advantage over regular folks. I can see the fallacy in saying “I’m finishing this course”, just so I have a feeling of accomplishment because I kept my promise to finish. The real goal that I should be looking at is me becoming that Great person that I see myself as and through giving more, get more. Understanding what it takes to become that individual, filled with happiness and power, and possessing something that I know my family and the world needs is what I call keeping the main thing, the main thing. By the way, there are a lot of good folks out there living in quiet desperation seeking folks like me who are committed to being of service to them as well as being a beacon of light to them. Keeping it real like this will enable me to have the Midas touch in everything that I set my mind to do.

 

 

 

WEEK 16: CREATING THE ATMOSPHERE

Well week 16 has been a week of observing acts of kindness and performing acts of kindness. Through most of my life, I ‘ve always been observing acts of kindness and performing them as well, but I’ve never observed how this could have a compounding and creative effect when it comes to creating a different environment and atmosphere for me. It actually creates a shield of Positivity that protects me from the forces of negativity that constantly exist in the Spiritual as well as the Physical realm. It is putting me in a better position to become the receiver of the gifts, hopes and desires that I yearn for in life because I am giving and sharing. I am in the Dynamic flow of giving and receiving. Give more, get more. It is the catalyst that I believe strengthens all the other virtues that must be perfected in order to have A Definite Major Purpose Manifest itself into The World Without.

Success does come with a price tag though. I believe that it is better to pay that price now than pay the price of failure later. As I aspire to reach my higher self and develop more awareness about myself and my current environment, creating a different atmosphere first by thought, then by the words to express those thoughts, are things that are challenged everyday sometimes by the people closet to you. I know that by visualizing and imagining a harmonious atmosphere in my mind and creating a clear mental picture of what I desire, will present the right people and situations that will come seeking me (it has already started). The fact that through performing acts of kindness and creating a consciousness of harmony and happiness supersedes any thought of lack or limitation, distress or anxiety is a HUGE fact to be realized. Being of service to someone or something much bigger than yourself is a key to success in anything you desire. When I thought about taking this course way back in the beginning, the biggest apprehension I had about it was, how would it affect others by having the courage to change things in my life and stand tall in the process. By facing these challenges it has shown me that my faith, belief, and perseverance, and the discovery that there are other people that have the same or more challenges than myself seeking the same things is quite a humbling but fantastic experience. The simple fact of giving more to get more, acts of Kindness, The 7 Laws of the mind, Og Mandino, flash cards, 15 minute sit, Masterkey Lessons, is opening up a bridge that’s creating a powerful connection to a divine source that no one or thing can take away from me which is priceless. Becoming a Self-Reliant and successful person forever is worth the struggle. Every new discovery each day creates a feeling of joy, excitement, and accomplishment. New neural pathways are forming in our brains and creating cells to receive all these new beliefs and habits that we form. How many people are lucky enough to experience that?

Now it might seem like I’m moving from one thing to another but there is a correlation between everything here that I’m saying. CREATING A DIFFERENT ATMOSPHERE in relation to what you think about  most of the time is vital. There were 3 movies I saw that exemplified these things. They were Rudy, Cool Runnings, and Joy. Rudy was about a person who held a dream since he was a child of Playing football at Notre Dame. Although he was undersized and had dyslexia, he never gave up on his dream. He had a Definite Major Purpose (DMP), Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), Plan Of Action (POA), and a Mastermind Alliance (MMA). Cool Runnings was about a 4 Jamaicans who dreamed of being bobsledders in the Olympics who employed these 4 things. Joy was about a woman who made QVC, and HSN what it is today Her dream started out as a child too. She too employed these 4 things. All these people I mentioned started out by creating an atmosphere in their minds first and never wavering from what they wanted. They all performed acts of kindness too. If you don’t believe me then watch these movies for yourself and closely observe what I’m saying. Give more, get more is seen throughout all of these movies.

CREATE THE ATMOSPHERE

 

 

 

 

WEEK 15 : ATTENTION & CONCENTRATION

Week 15 was a week laden with all kinds of circumstances and situations from highs to lows. I’ll start off with the Low points first and then modulate to the High points. As I move forward in this course, I’m noticing how much negativity is so prevalent in folks lives, without them totally being aware of the fact that they are consumed in a negativity bias atmosphere unconsciously. One thing that this course will do in subtile ways is automatically make you pay attention to the smallest detail in anything you observe or do. My dream board along with the shapes and colors that are posted on the wall have come under attack again with family members wondering, ” okay, when is he going to jump off the cliff? I can’t see anything that you’re doing that has any relevance to these pictures that I see on the wall, and by they way, whats up with the shapes and these colors? They all seem so childlike, you’ve been at it now for a while!” As I’m writing this, I have a smile on my face because I realize that they can see the persistence that I possess and they can sense that I’m not giving up or giving in to what anybody says or thinks. Since I perform it everyday, I have become a slave to good habits.

Last week, I was down and out with the flu. A 102 degree temperature was what I had. I don’t know how I did it, but I still managed to write a blog, read the Greatest Salesman ( although I couldn’t read it for a couple of days due to my illness), and struggled to,perform my service for that week. When I finished my service for that week, I got a feeling of accomplishment that was so strong that I was amazed! I really paid attention to the way I felt and I was still sick! As I felt better, this feeling came over me to concentrate more, pay more attention to detail because I believe that recognition and discovery start to come at a much more rapid pace once you have integrated Attention and Concentration. Certain aspects of my DMP are starting to manifest themselves but others need more of my concentration and more attention to detail because what I constantly think about is mine already, I have already claimed them. It is that simple saying in the bible that says,”Whatsoever things ye desire when ye pray believe that ye received them and ye shall have them”. Knowledge does not apply itself: we as individuals must make the application , and the application consists in fertilizing the thought with a living purpose . To believe that gives me a sense of power and confidence. Just think, nobody can stop you but you. When you actually believe and know this for a fact it is Huge. Since I’m feeling better, my vitality has doubled, burning desire, tripled. My Attention and Concentration levels have moved up a notch. Was my illness actually a blessing in disguise? I’m still trying to figure that one out. All I can say is I’m definitely feeling like a new man with a new life. Insight is eking its way out like the first rays of the Sun in the morning.

By the way there is something else that’s going on I’m paying close attention to.                                                                                                              I’m studying music with a friend of mine who is a fantastic musician and person. We mastermind about the mind and the spiritual nature that man must possess in order for him to live a life to prosperity and abundance. I was astonished to find out that he had read Think and Grow Rich over 20 years ago! It was like talking to a certified guide! Everything that I have studied so far in this course he unknowing  pointed out: his thought process, his  behavioural process, mental attitude and the most important thing: applying the knowledge he possessed into his daily life, along with other factual information that he enlightened me to. He pointed out to me how important it was to put an emphasis on Attention and Concentration. I never knew how powerful the musical ability I possess was until he stated that through the proper learning procedures the brain can actually form new cells when Attention and Concentration are done correctly and are accompanied with a positive feeling along with belief and faith. This is one of the things that makes our minds more receptive to new thoughts and ideas. I was so grateful to listen to him talk about persistence, faith, belief, positive mental attitude, and how he eliminated fear! These were just some of the things he had to overcome in order to be experience success in his life. He is my friend and living proof that anybody can succeed in life with the knowledge of the right methods that free you from any limitations, fear, and bad habits.

Since I now put a greater emphasis on Attention and Concentration, I expect more doors to open.

WEEK 14: MAKING THE CONNECTION

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 I PERSIST, I WIN

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,

I WIN.

 

WEEK 12 STILL ALIVE AND WELL

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.