Week Sixteen – Kindness; Give More, Get More

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Give more, get more. What an interesting concept.

I first became aware of this thought when a friend recommended that I read the book “Conversations With God”, by Neale Donald Walsh.

Mr. Walsh also wrote another small book entitled “Abundance and Right Livelihood-Applications For Living”. I was reminded of this small book while performing, and noticing, acts of kindness as part of our Franklin make-over.

I pulled my copy of the right livelihood book from the book shelf and was astonished  by the number of similarities to the Master Key program that I noticed.

These words struck me: “Look within, and not without. For those who fail to go within, go without.”

He later writes, “If you say something often enough, loudly enough, I promise you it will come to pass. If two or more start saying the same thing, I assure you it will come to pass. And when a whole group of people start saying the same thing, it cannot help but come to pass. This is called group consciousness.” He continues, “The world that we see, and everything that we see in it, was once a thought. And most of the  things we see resulted from the thoughts shared by more than one person.”

So here we all are, noticing kindnesses, performing acts of kindness. And it’s all coming back to us.

Give more, get more.

If you want more kindness, be kind. If you want more love, love more. If you want to experience abundance, be abundant.

As I performed acts of kindness while trying at times not to get “caught”, I began to notice more acts of kindness. The Law of Attraction, the Law of Love, in action.

I hope that everyone in our group has had the overwhelmingly joyful experience I have had this week. I hope you have been surrounded by, immersed in, and affected by kindness.

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Week Fifteen – The Power of Words.

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Many of the passages in this week’s Mastermind Alliance lesson dealt with the power of words.

Part 15-12 “The first form which thought will find is language, or words; this determines the importance of words; they are the first manifestation of thought — the vessels in which thought is carried. They take hold of the ether and by setting it in motion reproduce the thought to others in the form of sound.”

Part 15-14 “… if we wish to express abundance in our lives, we can afford to think abundance only, and as words are only thoughts taking form, we must be especially careful to use nothing but constructive and harmonious language, which when finally crystallized into objective forms, will prove to our advantage.

Part 15-15 “We cannot escape from the pictures we incessantly photograph on the mind, and this photography of erroneous conceptions is exactly what is being done by the use of words, when we use any form of language which is not identified with our welfare.”

Part 15-17 “It is with words that we must express our thoughts, and if we are to make use of higher forms of truth, we may use only such material as has been carefully and intelligently selected with this purpose in view.”

Part 15-18 “This wonderful power of clothing thoughts in the form of words is what differentiates man from the rest of the animal kingdom; by the use of the written word he has been enabled to look back over the centuries and see the stirring scenes by which he has come into his present inheritance.”

Part 15-19 “He has been enabled to come into communion with the greatest writers and thinkers of all time, and the combined record which we possess today is therefore the expression of Universal Thought as it has been seeking to take form in the mind of Man.”

Part 15-20 “We know that the Universal Thought has for its goal the creation of form, and we know that the individual thought is likewise forever attempting to express itself in form, and we know that the word is a thought form, and a sentence is a combination of thought forms, therefore, if we wish our ideal to be beautiful or strong, we must see that the words out of which this temple will eventually be created are exact, that they are put together carefully, because accuracy in building words and sentences is the highest form of architecture in civilization and is a passport to success.”

Part 15-21 “Words are thoughts and are therefore an invisible and invincible power which will finally objectify themselves in the form they are given.”

Part 15-22 “Words may become mental places that will live forever, or they may become shacks which the first breeze will carry away.  They may delight the eye as well as the ear; they may contain all knowledge; in them we find the history of the past as well as the hope of the future; they are living messengers from which every human and superhuman activity is born.”

Part 15-23 “The beauty of the word consists in the beauty of the thought; the power of the word consists in the power of the thought, and the power of the thought consists in its vitality.”

Words, language, allow us to share our innermost thoughts with others.

We should be mindful of the words we choose. Words may carry unwanted connotations with them based upon our, or our audience’s, previous life experiences.

Haanel tells us to be sure to use the exact words to express our exact desires since they so powerfully affect our lives.

Now we understand why our guides had us think and rethink the words we chose to relate our DMP’s.

The pen, and the words formed by the pen, are indeed mightier than the sword!

Words used to express our thoughts, when harmonious with our dharma, and causing no harm to others can change our lives, and our world.

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Week Fourteen – Cool Runnings, Mon.

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This week I had the pleasure of watching the movie, “Cool Runnings”, which was (very) loosely based on the true story of the Olympic Jamaican bobsled team.

While not a cinematic coup, the film was an enjoyable diversion which did bear witness to many of the themes we’ve been exposed to while on our MKMMA journey.

The movie also tied in very well with Scroll IV of “The Greatest Salesman In The World”.

Scroll IV emphasizes the fact that we are all individuals; “unique creatures”.

Each member of the team had their own reasons for wanting to qualify for the Olympics, but they obtained their own goals, their DMP’s, by becoming a team and “masterminding”.

Yul Brenner had a vision of the “castle” that he wanted to move into after he left Jamaica and made his mark.

Junior wanted to break free of his father’s control and create a life of his own design.

Sanka loved his homeland of Jamaica and wanted to bring glory to his country.

Derice had long dreamed of being an Olympian like his father.

Coach Irv, perhaps unknowingly, wanted to earn redemption for his earlier cheating scandal.

When Junior becomes discouraged, Yul Brenner has him look at “the man in the mirror” and asks him what he sees.  Junior replies, “I see Junior”, and Yul replies, “You know what I see? I see pride. I see power. I see a bad-ass mother who don’t take no crap off of nobody!”

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Near the end of the film, Coach Irv tells Derice, “A gold medal is a wonderful thing, but if you’re not enough without the medal, you’ll never be enough with it.”

Needless to say, despite crashing and not winning a medal, the team competes and earns the respect of their fellow bobsledders, the judges, and everyone who followed their story.

The Universe did not give them what they expected,  but it did give them what they had asked for.

I wish you all, cool runnings. Peace be the journey.

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Week Thirteen – Just One Step

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As we approach the beginning of a new year, it seems to be an appropriate time to reflect on how far we’ve come on our MKMMA journey.

This is the time of year when you will undoubtedly hear comments like, “I can’t believe another year has already gone by”, and “It seems like it was Christmas just a couple of months ago.”

And here we are, halfway through our MKMMA journey.

When I began writing this blog at the beginning of October, I wasn’t sure that I would have the time to invest in a six month marathon.

I’ve learned that we have time for what’s important to us.

We don’t manage time, we manage our activities.

I’ve become much more patient. I’m not looking for a quick fix to things anymore. I’m learning to take things one step at a time.

I used to be overwhelmed by looking at where I wanted to be, and feeling that it was unattainable. So I never even started. Unfortunately, for myself and many like me, it was the start that stopped us.

The MKMMA course has helped me to change that attitude. The compasses on my desk, and on my wrist, remind me that I’m on a journey and I’m headed in the direction of my most cherished dreams.

And now I’m enjoying the journey. There’s always something new and exciting around each corner.

Life has become so much more enjoyable by having a long term goal, but living in, and appreciating the “now”.

I’m much more a human “being”, and much less a human “doing”.

As Og states in “The Greatest Salesman in the World”, “In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult.”

I wish all my fellow MKMMA travelers a most joyous New Year, and a remarkable new life.

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Week Twelve – Knowledge Does Not Apply Itself

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending my daughter’s RN pinning ceremony at the University of Massachusetts, Boston campus.

One of the speakers said that while she was traveling into Boston, she noticed that the vehicle in front of her had the word “Compass” emblazoned across the back. She said that it reminded her that those in the nursing program not only followed a compass to end up where they were today, but also that they themselves will become a compass; guiding others in the course of their practice.

It hit me like that proverbial “ton of bricks”.

I began to see aspects of the MKMMA course of study in my daughter’s life. She didn’t know it, but I began to see what made her successful in her quest to become a nurse.

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After initially graduating from college with a degree in Theater Arts, she discovered that unless you knew someone in the business, it was very difficult to actually find gainful employment in the entertainment field while waiting for your big break.

One of her professors had told her that she had earned the most expensive degree in “waiting on tables”.

As time went by, she started her own personal training business, specializing in helping mothers-to-be, and women who had recently given birth.

This helped her to develop an interest in labor and delivery and she became a doula.

Shortly thereafter, she decided that she wanted to return to school to become a Nurse Midwife.

So my little girl, now 34, had found her calling. It should be noted that my daughter was someone who had often said, “Why do I have to study math and science?”

Now, she had a goal, definiteness of purpose.

It was a struggle. She was operating her own business, on a shoestring, and attending school on a full time basis.

She did have, however, “knowledge of her power, the courage to dare, and the faith to do”.

She centered her “mental force upon a specific thought” and held it there “to the exclusion of all other thoughts”.

Her “ideal” was “sharp, clear-cut, definite”.

Quite unknowingly, she was able to “co-operate with this Omnipotence”.

She was able to put the Law of Attraction into operation by concentration.

Thought. Word. Deed.

She had the thought of becoming a nurse. She declared that she would do it. She did it! It all began as an idea.

She was in harmony. And now the world has another new caretaker. And I couldn’t be more proud.

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Week Eleven – Pay It Forward

Once again, ideas from the MKMMA classes are showing up in my life.

This was a “pay it forward” week for those of us in the MKMMA group, so when a “pay it
forward ” story appeared on the local news , it caught my eye.

A “good Samaritan”, who chose to remain anonymous, paid off over $20,000 of Christmas lay aways at a WalMart in Bellingham, Massachusetts.

I decided to do a web search of “pay  it forward” and the results were very interesting.

At the Wise Geek, Clear Answers For Common Questions website, someone asked, “What does ‘pay it forward’ mean?”

The answer given explained that “Paying it forward is a third-party beneficiary concept that involves doing something good for someone in response to a good deed done on your behalf or a gift you received. When you pay it forward, however, you don’t repay the person who did something nice for you. Instead, you do something nice for someone else.”

The explanation continued by stating, “One of the most important things that people should remember about this concept is that it should be done with a selfless spirit. This means that one person helps another without hoping for repayment or good deeds in return.”

Sounds a lot like, “I promise to give without expectation of reciprocity to the channels I enrich because I know that I am in the dynamic flow of giving and receiving.”

In its entry on “Pay It Forward”, Wikipedia mentions Emerson’s essay, “Compensation” and includes the quote, “In the order of nature we cannot render benefits to those from whom we receive them, or only seldom. But the benefit we receive must be rendered again, line for line, deed for deed, cent for cent, to somebody.

Oh yeah, Emerson. Compensation. That rings a bell.

Every week something gently reassures me that participating in the MKMMA class is an example of being in the right place at the right time.

Pay it forward. ‘Tis the season.

 

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Week Ten – Persistence

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“I put instant coffee in the microwave and almost went back in time.” – Steven Wright

We live in a society frequently seeking instant gratification. The present generation has grown up not having to wait for much of anything.

We want everything done instantly. Faster downloads. Faster uploads. Fast food. Fast lanes. Instant breakfast. Same day delivery. Instant messaging. Instant pudding.

There seems to be a “fast” version of almost everything, which can make it difficult when our goals require time to accomplish them. At times it might seem easier to give up, rather than to continue and risk failing.

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Mandino tells us, “I will persist until I succeed.”

A quote from Calvin Coolidge, and a poem by an anonymous author came to mind while reading “The Scroll Marked III”.

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“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not;
nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not;
unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full
of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the
human race”. –  Calvin Coolidge

DON’T QUIT!

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
– Author unknown

I read both of these passages many years ago, however, they took on new meaning once I realized that “I can be what I will to be.”

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There is joy in the journey.

 

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Week Nine – Faith In Science

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For some time now, I’ve enjoyed Haanel’s and the MKMMA’s juxtaposition of faith and science.

So now I’m going to go out on a limb and talk about science. And religion.  (Do I really want to do this?)

I often wonder why the two camps are so often thought to be mutually exclusive of each other.

People argue about the creation of the universe.

They argue about how long the earth has existed.

They argue over whose god is the God.

Believers of hundreds of persuasions (and sub-persuasions) arguing with agnostics, atheists, and anti-theists.

What’s with all the arguing?

Does anyone have compelling proof that their line of thought is the one correct line of thought?

Vincent Bugliosi, world famous prosecution attorney and author of “Helter Skelter”, wrote another book entitled, “Divinity of Doubt”, in which he presents arguments for and against the believers and the non-believers. And the verdict: precisely in the middle. Theists and atheists are equally skewered.

Albert Einstein, arguably one of the great mathematicians and scientists, is quoted as saying, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

If we go all the way back to (one version of) the beginning, science sets forth the “Big Bang Theory”. Very interesting concept.

Ah, but what was before the Big Bang that allowed the Big Bang to occur?

But does the mere fact that our minds can’t conjure an explanation for “before the beginning” mean that (a) God is the only explanation for a beginning?

Speaking strictly for myself, I feel that there just might be some higher power that may have created all the science.

I’m right there with Bugliosi; I don’t know. I won’t pretend that I have an answer. Or even an opinion. (Especially not an opinion!)

This is why I’m so impressed with the Master Key.  The believer, the non-believer, and the “I don’t know what I believer”, can all find Truth in Haanel’s writing.

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Week Eight – Being Present

There were a few lines from the Sanskrit at the very end of Part Eight of “The Master Key” that resonated with me this week.

“Look To This Day for it is Life, the very Life of Life. In Its brief course lie all the Verities and Realities of your existence; The Bliss of Growth; The Glory of Action; The Splendor of Beauty; For Yesterday is but a Dream, And tomorrow is only a Vision: But Today well lived makes every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness, and Every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope. Look well, therefore, to This Day!”

I was reminded of another quote I had heard many years ago.

“Yesterday is history. The future is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it’s called the present.”

I’ve been doing much more living in the moment as of late. It’s where I am when I fondly remember the past. It’s where I am when I think of the future. It is, where I am.

The MKMMA has been reinforcing this.

The Mental Diet has kept me aware of my thoughts as they happen.  Realizing what I think, within seven seconds, and replacing any negativity or criticism with positive thoughts has really made me aware of, and connected me to, the present.

My “Do it now!” mantra is becoming second nature.

I’m appreciating more moments with my children. With my grandchildren. I’m more mindful of the “now”.

Noticing shapes, and colors, reminds me of my bliss. Frequently.

And it reminds me of where I am at this moment. And that is a very good place.

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Week Seven – Conspiracy Theory

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yes, there’s a conspiracy afoot. Every week there’s more evidence.

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A while ago I purchased an on line meditation course. While at the website this week I happened to stumble across a bonus e-book that came with the course. I had completely forgotten about the bonuses, so I clicked on the link for the book to see what it was all about.

The book was entitled “The 18 Rules of Happiness”.  I’ve listed a few of the “rules” below since they coincided so well with what we’ve recently covered in the Master Key course.

Rule #4 – Follow Your Bliss

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The chapter begins with this quote from (I’ll be darned) Joseph Campbell: “When you follow your bliss, doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else.”

The chapter is about finding your “own true happiness and authenticity”.

Rule #9 – Appreciate Both Sides of The Coin

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This brought to mind Scroll Two of “The Greatest Salesman In The World” stating love for the light and the dark, welcoming happiness and enduring sadness, acknowledging rewards yet welcoming obstacles.

Rule #11 – Love More!

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It’s what we’ve been reading three times a day for the last two weeks. “I will greet this day with love in my heart.”

Yes, this is much more than mere coincidence. I’m caught up in a conspiracy, and it just gets more exciting every day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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