What if you were a person who possessed Courage, Decisiveness, Imagination, Self-Control, Disciple, Initiative, ENTHUSIASM, Persistence, KINDNESS, being Well Organized, having a Pleasing Personality, and Seeing God in Others, and being a self-reliant person and thinker? Also what if you had a map where you could see your destination in plain sight? And all you have to do is believe and do the work with full faith that your desire is already a done deal in the invisible spiritual world? And what if you possessed a level of unconscious competency in every task you perform make it seem sot effortlessly to manifest while to others make it seem like your always pulling a rabbit out your hat? Or be like Michael Jordan hitting three-pointers and then shrugging his shoulders as he ran back down the court as if to say, ” hey, I got the juice, it just happens”. That moment where everyone looks at each other in astonishment at what just happened. And now everyone wants to be like you or be around you hoping in some way that that magic you possess can trickle down to them from just being around you. You’ve learned how to communicate with others by knowing their color code and knowing how to approach them by speaking THEIR language. Your light shines so brightly because they see you as having a genuine interest in being of service to them and anyone else making them feel an inexplicable trust, and transparency they see in you thus getting them to serve you where everyone benefits from a any transaction they are involved in with you. You are the possessor of a Wealth that far exceeds anything financially. Well if you are fortunate enough to become a visionary and faithfully do the work in this course and apply the new knowledge that will constantly reveal itself everyday then you will be the possessor of having what others will see as an unfair advantage. We are a beacon of light to the world.
While attending last weeks’ webinar we were congratulated by Mark, Davene, and our fantastic staff on the progress we have made since that first class back in October of 2021. While they spoke, I reflected back on all the work and challenges of not only this year but the previous 2 years and my enthusiastic desire to learn more each year. I had thoughts of how it has impacted me and thought about all the new and creative thoughts and behaviors that I now possess knowing that I have access to that metaphorically speaking Aladdin’s Lamp which in essence is that beautiful mechanism, which is our mind or brain and if used correctly can accomplish anything we which to be or do. The exercises that we’ve been shown to do on a everyday basis have become habitual habits that are just as habitual as getting up in the morning and washing up, brushing our teeth, hair, eating breakfast, planning our day, dressing ourselves. Even though are plans might be thwarted sometimes we are not to be discouraged or derailed from keeping the main thing the main thing. What is the main thing I’m talking about? Discovering our true authentic selves and purpose in the life we have been graciously been given to experience.
I had experienced some interesting situations last week that seemed disastrous at the moment they happened. There was this one particular incident that occurred last week that could have produced a lot of anxiety and despair. Last week my virtue that I chose to observe was being Well Organized. I have to say that I nailed this virtue down to the wire. I had to go to my accountant to submit my W2 forms for my taxes. I carefully gathered all my documents with instructions enclosed inside that would make their job very easy when it came to doing my taxes. They were neatly enclosed in a small brown manila envelope with my name and address written on the envelope. I was actually kinda fatigued from the night before by taking the initiative to finish all my MKE work and then go to sleep. The next morning I enthusiastically got up did my sits and readings an promptly started out to submit my forms to my accountant. I took the bus and was happily riding to my destination and simultaneously trying to connect my earbuds to my phone via a Bluetooth connection. I started having problems making a connection. I had to get off that bus and transfer to another bus to finally get to my destination. As I waited for my bus, I was still fiddling with my phone and got distracted. When the bus arrived I got on the bus an rode for about 2 stops only to realize that I didn’t have my envelope. I got off the bus and tried to remember where I actually left it. I went back to the bus stop but the envelope was not there. Had all kind chaotic thoughts racing through my mind. Did I actually leave it on the bus or did someone take it off the seat at the bus stop and were they going to use the sensitive information for their own benefit? I just then remembered a certain sentence in my blueprint builder that said, ” I cause others to believe in me as I believe in them and in myself”. As I dejectedly came back home, I decided not to worry about it. I said to myself, ” well, at least I put my name and address on the envelope and just maybe… someone will perform an act of kindness and mail it back to me. I still believed that there were some good people out there that are kind and operate on a higher level of consciousness and being. Yesterday evening I looked in my mailbox and what was there? You guessed it, my envelope with all my info along with a letter from my fantastic hero who briefly explained how she noticed a package that was left on a seat at the bus stop. Once she opened the envelope and noticed how important the info inside was, she could only imagine how that person must feeling about losing it. I’m so grateful and humbled having experienced an act of kindness and that I still have enough belief, faith and trust in people. So, does this MKE stuff really work? For me it’s a smashing success. Today I get a chance to thank her. She left her address and phone number. Whoopie🎇👍!
Staying in and accepting the ebb and flow of life everyday can seem like a daunting task of observing how we think and behave. What actions do we cause by our thoughts that cause certain effects and learning from these circumstances whether they be good or bad.? How we can apply the Law of growth in certain situations that appear to be disastrous, but actually are for our on benefit that can be ‘ a blessings in disguise” if we can only stay in the flow of giving and receiving. Do we learn anything from these experiences that will shed a different light for us to discover about ourselves and how we can control our destinies through observing the causes and effects that lead to certain outcomes? Are we happy to discover certain truths about ourselves, or do we continue to spew out negative and self- loathing thoughts that we give life to that keep giving us the things we don’t want? Do we understand that it takes practice to achieve the desired results we really want when it comes to staying in the flow so we accomplish all of the beautiful things we desire to manifest in our DMP’S?
How do we react when things seem to go “sideways” when we’re faced with adversity and become vulnerable to all false statements with actually no truth behind them? As I am writing this blog, this is actually my second attempt. Just before this attempt, I was actually almost finished with my first attempt when all of the sudden, as if my computer had a mind of it’s own, it decided to shut down and restart in order to complete a crucial up-date. All my precious thoughts gone down the drain. Yeah, there was that moment where I thought negatively ” here we go again”. I thought this way because of the negative events that happened to me all through the week. Losing my house keys, losing important documents, making a decision not to go to a rehearsal because of certain principles that I stood by ( ignoring my deep desire to play, and performing hours of practices at home in anticipation of going to rehearsal. Ouch) and not to make any compromises with what I felt was the right decision and then this incident today. I asked myself “was I doing things that were not compliant to Universal Law, or on a lesser plane of thought from a whiner, why me?” The Last webinar I attended talked about the various color code that each person possesses from childhood. It explained our tendencies from a behavioral viewpoint. Where our strengths and weaknesses lie depending on what color we truly are. I’m a blue, so in stressful times I have a tendency to beat myself up with all sorts of negative criticism that actually keeps that self perpetuating act of pling on more cement continually gaining momentum flowing in the wrong direction on autopilot . I’m saying of this because I actually like these thoughts I’m writing down better than my first draft. Couldn’t come to this outcome without seizing the opportunity to use this moment to my advantage. I realize now that giving thought to everything in a positive manner whether it be good or bad keeps me in a positive flow of giving and receiving as well as attracting to myself the attributes, virtues, I wish to receive. Saying in the flow I think is A VITAL INGREDIENT when it comes to staying in the flow of Life. Faith, Belief, Practice, Practice, Practice, leaves others scratching their heads with a sense of astonishment and wonder at how we’re able to accomplish any task happily.
“I’ve changed the way I see and think of myself. I’m an Enthusiastic Adventurer no longer seeking opinions and ideas from others”. This sentence is my opening statement from my DMP. The more I memorize it and make a conscious effort to think about it everyday, the more I understand the Spirit of the Thing I must manifest within me. Week 18 has been a chaotic week of highs and lows with each situation whether it being good or bad I am grateful to have experienced. It just seemed like everything I tried to do right morphed into a disaster….or it seemed that way on the surface. From being accused of being the “bull in the china shop” wreaking havoc and destroying drinking glasses at home (only later finding the “broken glasses” misplaced in the cabinet😁) to having rehearsals canceled, and having a blizzard in Queens New York this week, every event seemed liked an assault on my mental and emotional state. As I tenaciously fought to claim back my piece of mind I retreated back to my DMP, Blueprint builder, index cards, etc. They were all helpful tools that put me back on track so far as me keeping the pathways clear to receive insightful ideas, inspiration, and faith and belief as I traverse the landscape of the Hero’s Journey. I remembered the fact that knowledge does not apply itself. But it was when I remembered reading a passage in Lesson 17 of Hannel that talked about the Spirit of a thing is the thing itself. I then thought about a musician friend of mine a long time ago making a statement that said, “in music, there’s a rhythm inside the rhythm that also creates the rhythm itself. There’s always the ebb and flow of the Rhythm of Life each day. If we embrace the Spirit of a Thing, I believe we can deal with the ebb and flow of life by staying in the rhythm of life itself😁.
As I digress back to that opening statement of me being Enthusiastic Adventurer, I was hell bent on finding out what this “Spirit thing” was all about. As I glossed over my 5 virtues that I’ve observed already along with performing acts of kindness everyday, I had taken the time out to write out the definitions of what each virtue actually meant. I saw that being aware of them and applying each one and observing them in others is the Spirit of a the thing itself. It’s make me hold myself accountable for everything I do right and what I need to do better each day with confidence knowing that things will change. When I read the Guy the in Glass out aloud looking at myself at night, I smile and I understand the great service and honor that has been bestowed upon me to let my light shine and to be of service to my future self.
I see the Law of Growth being applied by experiencing weird sleep patterns because I’m always thinking about that next thing I should be doing, and what am I pretending not to know? By applying The Law of Practice, it is making me a great salesman to myself and being grateful for the rest of my life enjoying every minute of adventure, discovery, fulfillment and being of service to others.
This week has been a week of more observation of myself and everything around me. Earlier today I found myself watching a show that featured people who happily purchased a home. Cosmetically, it looks fantastic, but after a while they discover that there are a plethora of problems that were hidden from their eyes initially. They then decide to call on a contractor whom they put their trust and money in to come in and fix their existing problems only to become the unfortunate recipients of these shady individuals/companies who do shoddy work and run off with these poor individuals hard earned savings, leaving them to endure periods of despair, anger, and frustration. Not being able to either find or come to some sort of agreement with these contractors to do the right thing, they are then seen employing the highly skilled professional talents and abilities of this empathetic contractor to finally do what they wanted to have done in the first place: fix their existing problems without going through the same hassles they went through before. In the end he delivers well above their expectations. You can see a look of gratitude and astonishment on their faces as they happily thank him in the end.
It was then that I thought of a part of myself being that contractor, or what I call, The Repair Technician. I thought of myself as being that homeowner going through life accumulating a plie of cement and telling myself, ” wow, at one time everything seemed ok and then all of the sudden now I’m seeing one thing after another that needs to be fixed. I angrily think of how I put my trust in this contractor I’ve known for quite some time. (my old self) to fix these problems. I say to myself, ” who in heck referred this person to me anyway?” Ah, the power of thought. I figure out that question rather quickly, and say “oops, I did”. I realized I couldn’t blame anyone but myself. But I didn’t beat myself up by self-loathing myself at the fact that I allowed this rip-off to happen. I just happily discovered that the only thing he did instead of solving my problem was to drain me of all my vitality, creativity, enthusiasm, and happiness and only provided me a constant obstruction of my vision with a bunch of false realties, beliefs, fears. I realize that the very things that are positive and powerful are free charge and are actually more valuable than money. Out of necessity and persistence, I found this empathetic individual in me who calls himself “The Repair Technician”.
He explained to me that if I just trust and follow his instructions and guidance, it’s inevitable that that forever dream (my future self and environment) is a done deal. So I’m focusing on these virtues like my life depends on it. I’ve been observing Self Control this week. So many of our thoughts, feelings, and actions are determined from this virtue. I see an abundance of it everywhere. I can see it in myself and how I can use it to my advantage. I can also see how disastrous it can be by not using it at all. When I use it properly, I think more clearly. Intuition, ideas, poise, patience, and more attention to detail visit me more frequently. When I don’t exercise it all, I get everything I don’t want and nothing more. I can see that by taking each one of these virtues seriously in the Franklin Makeover, I am now that empathetic contractor, that much needed REPAIR TECHICIAN that lies within me with the blueprint and the tools to make my future self a happy homeowner.
Week 17 has given me the initiative to write down the definition of every virtue in the Franklin Makeover that we have been given the task to observe for the whole week for 3 months. I even decided to look up the definition of virtue. Virtue: moral excellence, goodness, righteousness. 2. effective force; power or potency. Even though I completed the course last year it was at this period of the course where I didn’t persistently go after this with the tenacity of a shark smelling blood in the water. Now what I really enjoy by being an observer of myself is being aware of any repeats of last year’s letdowns at crucial moments that I should’ve taken advantage of by recognizing critical watershed moments that if taken advantage of AND recognized (R2, A2) can be game changers for life. In my room that let’s say, my Fortress of Solitude, I have a sheet pinned to the wall right beside my computer that has printed on it the 17 Principles of Success. I had this SHEET on my wall for 2years. I’m looking at it but…no connection. You know, it’s like misplacing your car keys and looking all over the place and then deciding to look down and seeing them lying on the floor right in front of you. Yep, sure I read it. Sounded good, noble, and noteworthy. That was it. Nothing else gained from reading it Then for some reason this time at that this particular moment, I suddenly envisioned myself turning into a parrot reciting what I read without a clue of what these 17 principles really meant. If nothing else, I now realize that you don’t do anything unless you know why you’re doing it. A lot of times we search for things that are actually staring us right in the face. It was then that I heard this inner voice inside me saying, “knowledge does not apply itself”. It was this nagging thought that made me dig further down to the truth. With the infusion of Going the Extra Mile, Accurate Thinking, and last but not the least, ENTHUSIASM ( all principles of The 17 Principles of Success that stared me in the face for 2yrs.). Even though Enthusiasm is one of the virtues that we are to observe for one week, I haven’t gotten to that one yet. But I believe this virtue to be the “glue” that cements all of these virtues which are our powerful “friends and allies” of power and character that will cling to us eternally. When I go the extra mile by writing down the definitions of each virtue, thinking accurately of what that virtue means and “gluing” it all together with my guy Mr. Enthusiasm, I know that principles will always be eternal. I feel like someone who had a hypodermic needle filled with truth and self-confidence stuck into my blood stream giving me an immediate rush to my brain, sending out new peptides with new instructions for day, week, years. The amazing thing about this is I’m doing this with a happy knack. My virtue this week is Disciple. It can be seen everywhere in abundance. So if I’m seeing it, it’s already in me. It’s so cool to know for yourself that you are that self-reliant, successful person, that unique individual. I know that it’s already done in the world within. All I have to persistently do is the work and let subby do it’s thing pointing me to the right person, the right situation’ and the right time for it to manifest in the world without. True power from within, and not some symbol of power like a fancy house or car. The Franklin Make Over is the real deal. I’m hooked and lov’in it😎
This week in the Masterkey class our assignment was to to observe kindness. I feel that it’s the one thing that can bring us together. If we sit back and really observe kindness, it’s everywhere. A smile that radiates sends a message to others of happiness, and sincerity of a true altruistic benevolence to one another. If we’re kind to ourselves we tend to be kind to others. As we’re being bombarded everyday of negative things from our peers, news media, and opinions, it seems like the things that grab attention for most people is the constant pandering of our basic negative thoughts have put us in a mindset of me first, and everyman/woman for themselves. For me being kind opens up the most powerful thing in the universe which is love. When we’re kind to ourselves and others, we concentrate on the things we want instead of the things we don’t want which determines the outcome of circumstances, relations, dreams, and a happy, harmonious life. We experience more vigor, better health, accomplish much more, are fun to be around others, and are in direct harmony with universal law. When we learn to give it away to others without any expectations, or reciprocity, we’re in the dynamic flow of giving and receiving.
For me I’ve learned to observe kindness all the time, not just for this week, but constantly everyday. You never know how much you can change a person’s outlook for the day with a smile, a hello, even something humorous (which I’ve become very good at doing) which inevitably changes their thoughts, and emotions. Heck, I even think more clearly if I’m kinder to myself instead of beating myself up with a bunch of negative crap. There was one instance for me that showed how infectious kindness can be once it seeps in a persons soul. I was in the store at the cashier watching them ring my items up. She asked me if I would be interested in buying some candy as a donation. I jokingly said “no” because I was watching my weight, I thought about it for a moment and then agreed to purchase the candy because at that moment I realized it was a chance for me to perform an act of kindness. To my astonishment, the lady behind me offered to pay for what I thought was only the candy. Feeling a little embarrassed I told her “thank you but I’ll pay for it. She then said, ” no, I’ll pay for everything including the items you purchased”. I was flabbergasted . What she said next was even more beautiful. She explained to me that her daughter was to be married in a few days and this was her way of showing her gratitude by doing something for someone else. Then she told me that it was my responsibility to do the same for someone else. It was then that I discovered how powerful being kind can really be. With the Power of Soul and Kindness, anything is possible.
As week 15 comes to a close I found myself taking more time with thinking about the aspects of all the readings and exercises that I have been engaged in and how I’m Recognizing, Relating, Assimilating and Applying (R2,A2). By understanding this critical formula, it gives me a much clearer and stronger understanding of truth, power, intention, and awareness which is becoming more visible and real through the power of Constructive thinking. As I constantly read my DMP and Press Release I see how the power of thought conveyed through the right concise words that I use are truly the highest form of architecture in civilization. This feat of completing my DMP which took almost 2 months to accomplish I consider as a major accomplishment in my life. Yeah, I was successful with last’s year DMP, but this year is something special. Last year we had 400 words to work with. 300 WORDS this year was the requirement. 400 words seemed like a challenge, but 300 words? Now take the 7 day mental diet, and the Franklin Makeover. I choose to observe Courage this week. I realized how I can bring out the Courage that already have to become a powerful virtue I can employ at a moments notice. Then as I read my Press Release I came across a passage where I was wishing to experience a future time when I would enthusiastically wake up every morning contemplating what next exciting thing I would do that day. Wait a minute….that day is right now. Since embracing that thought, with the expectation of contemplating what next exciting thing to do that day, I know that the future me is taking hold because things are getting done with me marveling at what just happened. Even though I’ve accomplished this a while back, I’m asking myself, “hey this is week 15, why am I still so enthusiastic about this accomplishment? Shouldn’t I be taking more about the Franklin Makeover more?” Well, I’m just can’t stop being grateful and thankful for realizing the positive collateral effect that is taking hold of me every day I wake up. Without that happening, I would still feel like a leaf blowing in the wind subjected to embracing every thought or idea whether it was good for me of not.
How I think, what I think about, how I feel, and what words I use to express my thoughts and feelings have a major impact of my descensions for applying these mental actions which are critical points of reference when it comes to R2,A2ing anything. Constructive Thinking is so critical and one the very important element which will facilitate the Law of Growth. I find myself continually taking out the trash and making that new environment a peasant place to live in. I could write another blog on just how happy I am to see self imposed obstacles vanishing right before my eyes and enjoying every minute of it. Had a moment during the week with my printer. Just bought it 2 months ago, and problems already. Spent 3 unnecessary days trying to fix the problem myself, and fuming at my inability to fix the problem. I was ready to send the printer back. It was then that I realized that I had listened to the opinions of others, because when I finally took the imitative to just contact the manufacturer myself, guess what? Got the problem fixed and realized that I have a 22 month warranty on my printer. Also the technician told me anytime I encounter a problem I can call them free of charge. What a good lesson to learn about life itself. By thinking the right way I have the power to solve any problem that I encounter and any purpose I wish to fulfill if I think in a constructive way,
Wow, I don’t know why, but I find myself picking the last day of this year to write my blog. Did I make a conscious or unconscious choice to do this? Maybe later on it will become apparent why I made such decision. Well one thing I know for sure is that I’m happy to know that I know that I follow my on compass and not fall into that dreaded trap of making a New Years resolution most people make only to fail in a couple of weeks, months, reverting back to the old blueprint. This past week we were instructed to pick out a movie from numerous choices that were given to us. I chose the Big Lie. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this movie as I noticed how important it is to mastermind with other people unselfishly, seeing how love can be very powerful, and the art of giving no matter what happens in the end. Because a lie used with good intentions can used in a positive way, I thought that it’s truly a movie that I recommend one should see.
Now when it comes to doing the right thing, do we try to rationalize our behaviors and thoughts by believing or accepting a good lie from ourselves or the ideas and opinions of others? Do we take the time to find out the underlying facts and truths before we come to an intelligent decision? One observation that I have discovered about myself is me making conscious decisions not to use words like can’t, impossible, out of the question, failure, hopeless…….etc. All of these words and more that we use everyday I consider as good lies we tell ourselves. All are imagined and fear based. As go I through my index cards everyday and look at all the things I’ve done in my life, in every instance there were underlying things that I already possessed that made these positive events actually happen. Hey, I saw that I created them myself. Who said that I can’t be what I will to be? At these moments I was completely unaware that I had connected to Universal mind. I can actually go back and experience feelings like enthusiasm, confidence, belief, excitement and gratitude, happiness. The problem that I now see was that I gave life and a certain energy to something that possesses no vitality. I realize you get back nothing from nothing. My faith was displaced in believing in the good lie that these things only happen once in a while in a person’s life or worse, have no possibility of ever happening again, or the chance to create a new reality. I didn’t know exactly what it meant by starting a new life by the renewing of your mind. Now add the years of cement added on from negative experiences, listening to others ideas and opinions of others and a person can understand why we start to believe in that good lie which seemingly becomes almost insurmountable to overcome. You could stick a fork in me and see that I was almost done. Now, by freeing myself of that good lie that was mixed in with that good ole cement, the point of no return has come and gone and is being replaced with fantastic new things and events I’m experiencing and have yet to experience. HAPPY NEW YEAR……..oops, I meant Happy MAN/WOMAN new life ETERNALLY.
“Tis the season to be jolly…. and the time to be ever so vigilant staying focused on keeping the main thing the main thing. What is the “main thing” that I’m being vigilant about? Continuing creating a new blueprint and not digressing back to the old one. With Christmas and New Years occupying nearly 2 weeks, it can be so easy to relax and get derailed off the right track and unconsciously switch to that familiar track leading to the same things and circumstances we were desperately trying to escape. A little more alcohol, being engaged in opinions, talking about the past, annoying relatives conjuring up negative feelings of past experiences. Then there’s me picking up my mantle of truth and courage embarking on another 7 day mental challenge again at this time of the year? I was watching something on TV last night that kept me up until 3am. Our hero in the movie had seemingly vanished from from the face of the earth due to a plane crash with him and his wealthy parents on board when he was no more than 10yrs. old in. Saved by some monks in this inhospitable environment in some remote mountainous region, he returns 15yrs later. Upon his re-emergence he was transformed into this amazing individual with amazing martial arts skills, other worldly mystical powers, and a closer knowledge of the world within. Although he became a new man with a new life filled with a new purpose he was actually just starting his ever evolving journey of self discovery. MKE experience written all over this stuff. Now our assignment for next week was to watch a movie a dissect certain elements of the movie and relate them to what we’re learning. What got my attention was a part in the story where he talks about having no opinions because it blocks the path of clear thinking and being connected to what we called universal mind! He also mentioned true power comes from within. He also did his sits everyday, and stayed focused on his purpose everyday. I thought it was so uplifting. I see myself as seeing things others overlook. If I’m gonna watch something fictional or a real life documentary or event, it’s gotta have some sort of value or inspiration I can get out of it, or something so intriguing I can actually have a sit and focus on the thought that I had while watching it that will provide clues or answers to a particular situation I’m dealing with.
My biggest challenge this holiday season is not getting annoyed at these damm people ( I know they love me, and I love them also) interrupting my flow and momentum…ha..ha.. Thank God for the 7 day mental diet and my exercises which I tenaciously fight for to have the time and ability to stay on track. As John Wooden said, there’s nothing more satisfyingly than knowing that you’ve done your best. So the biggest present that I can give myself is continuing staying vigilant, and consciously being the watchman at the gate for my subby and future self. HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE.