Commencement…a NEW BEGINNING

Six months ago we started this adventure reading Og Scroll 1 from the Greatest Salesman:

“Today I begin a new life.  Today I shed my old skin which hath, too long, suffered the bruises of failure and the wounds of mediocrity.  Today I am born anew and my birthplace is a vineyard where there is fruit for all.  Today I pluck grapes of wisdom in the vineyard, for these were planted by the wisest of my profession who have come before me generation upon generation.”

Now, we demonstrate the principle that when we return home again from a growth adventure, we are not the same person as when we left.   Hopefully I have stepped up to a closer proximity of my ideal self.

Commencement from an adventure is truly a new beginning, using our new skills and improved habits to create more value and be in a position of serving more people.


I leave this experience with two overarching thoughts.

  1. It was different than I expected for a reported Mastermind of a book…it turned out to be so much more, an adventure in refining my purpose and aligning my mental blueprint.  I’m happy it was more than just an intellectual exercise in understanding a book.  It involved a lot of action, this is how we grow into greatness.
  2. . I’m proud that I completed the formal class…and will continue on the journey of truly being self directed thinker.  In my opinion, too many of those who started left us along the way.  Their loss.

I want to thank the anonymous person who paid my tuition with the Pay it Forward method of funding.  I hope the scholarship that I provide will end up being for a committed person next year.

Cheers to all of those who finished with me.


Peace and prosperity be the journey, as the ripples in my wake continue to radiate.


MKE Week 24: Parting Thoughts on Thinking 2.0

We are reaching “commencement” of the MKE experience.  It has been a 6-month journey of revelation and growth.

One of my major Ah Ha’s has been to consciously decide what I how I perceive things.

I noticed a relevant quote:

“Nothing erases unpleasant thoughts more effectively than concentration on pleasant ones.”
Physician, Hans Selye

In the past I used to think I could “fix things”  by focusing on the problems in life.  Now I’m on a journey of living better solutions, imagining and creating the conditions where the problems no longer can exist.

This fundamental shift changes how I perceive things.  I now realize perspective is a choice.

Arch to Ship MagicRealism

Commencement is a beginning not an ending.  My ship has set sail into a new adventure.  But I am a confident captain, because I now better understand my core values and my purpose than I did six months ago.  I am absolutely certain that this adventure will be fruitful as I primarily focus on serving others with my talents.

Peace and prosperity be the journey, as the ripples in my wake continue to radiate.

MKE Week 23: Destiny Is A Matter of Choice

Today in my sit I pondered a quote from Williams Jennings Bryan:

Destiny is no matter of chance.  It is a matter of choice.  It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

Success ahead

As we near the completion of the MKE experience, the initial mastermind on this enlightening work, the foremost thought I have as a self-directed thinker is that I have so many more options than I previously imagined.

As I proceed to align my mental blueprint with my heart’s desires and get into vibrational harmony with the source of all good…there are no limits to what I can manifest.  I leverage the universal power and knowledge and discover how through service to others I can create substantial value.  Give more to get more.

Knowing that my bliss is certain and obtainable gives me confidence to grow into greatness with bold action and conviction in my cause.  The canvas of my life awaits the artist of my better self to paint a new reality into being.  A life that fully satisfies and is encouraging to others as well.


Time for the big dog to get off the porch and start taking the leading role in an enlightened adventure.  Commencement is a new beginning and this one is truly worth living to its fullest.  Bon Voyage!

Peace and prosperity be the journey, as the ripples in my wake continue to radiate.

Week 22C: Feeling Like a Charlatan…

Last night was a struggle.  I held in my arms what looked like a full grown cat but was by age still a kitten while her heart pounded wildly, the irises of her eyes had fully expanded to cover the full size of her eyes, muscles in full convulsion  until life passed from her.  My heart is broken.

Black persian bliss

This morning, her brother seems to sense the loss as well, certainly noticed my pain.  This is his first experience with death and loss.  Normally I’ve handled it well.  I’m a Red, my emotional capacity is small and often transparent.

About four months ago, we began to notice occasional twitching and a very rare epileptic like seizure.  The vets claimed this is rare in Persians but really nothing could be done without going to neurologists.  The estimated several thousands of dollars of expense couldn’t be justified.

My wife holds a certification in as a homeopath and discovered a homeopathic treatment which seemed to be quite calming for Huggs.  We thought this was the solution.   Over the past couple of months, whenever we would notice significant twitching or the occasional seizure a few drops orally and like magic everything was  relaxed and calm.

Overall her demeanor was exactly what one would expect of a kitten.  Always running and playing and then being a lap cat seeking petting.  Lots of purring.  She was a joy to behold.  Over our 43 childless years of marriage, pets have be surrogates for us to care for and pamper.

Last night was different.  A bad seizure that seemed to dissipate but then reoccurred again and again.  Her last half-hour was not kind.  But holding her seemed calming as well.  So I sat petting her, holding her to my chest as she looked into my eyes afraid of what was occurring.  Until her last struggle for life., a gasp and she was gone.

It was a rough night of “what if….”.

Leather scrolls

Every morning I begin my day with MKE readings.  Scroll 6 in Og claims “I am the master of my emotions”.  Tears welled up when I tried to read this.  Try as I would to force myself to read it aloud…the words fail me.  I simply could not finish the reading.  I’m feeling like a charlatan because mentally I am wrecked with grief.  At the moment I am certainly not the master of my emotions.

I don’t know why I’m sharing this publicly…I’m not typically one to emote anything but the positive with others.  Perhaps I’m hoping it will be cathartic.  Perhaps in time it will be an experience I can grow from.

At the moment, the law of dual thought is failing me, while grief is raging.

Peace and prosperity be the journey, as the ripples in my wake continue to radiate.


Week 22B: A Prayer in Silence

With the current MKE focus on the power of silence, I noticed this prayer and thought it would resonate with fellow travelers on this journey.  (without attribution):


Lord, it is night.   The night is for stillness.  Let us be still in the presence of God.  It is night after a long day.  What has been done has been done.  What has not been done has not been done.  Let it be.  The night is dark.  Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives rest in you.  The night is quiet.  Let the quietness of your peace enfold us, all dear to us and all who have no peace.  The night heralds the dawn.  Let us look expectantly, a day of new joys, new possibilities.  In your name we pray.  Amen. 

Out of the silence our FAITH speaks loudly , reflecting what we truly believe.  When our faith is aligned with the source of all good and we have a purpose to serve…we become a vessel to create significance in our deeds.

Peace and prosperity be the journey, as the ripples in our wake continue to radiate.

Week 22A: I Will Master My Emotions

I absolutely love Scroll 6 from Og Mandino’s Greatest Salesman.

“…I make my own weather, yea, I transport it with me.  If I bring rain and gloom and darkness and pessimism to my customer, they will react with rain and darkness and pessimism and they will purchase naught.  If I bring joy and enthusiasm and brightness and laughter to my customers they will react with joy and enthusiasm and brightness and laughter and my weather will produce a harvest of sales and a granary of gold for me.  Today I will be a master of my emotions.”


When I find myself in an environment of negativity, I have two choices.  I can bring sunshine and try to brighten their day…or I can simply walk away so the negative vibes don’t sour my mood.  What I cannot do is try to sustain my positive perspective amidst people with a different agenda.

The path of a self-directed thinker is to be an observer of his environment and select the path that his ideal self would choose.   We are in control of our destiny.

Peace and prosperity be the journey, as the ripples in my wake continue to radiate.

MKE Week 22: Silence is Difficult

We have been given the exercise of remaining silent, cut off from all electronic stimulus, human interaction and most reading for a couple of days.

hear no see no speak no

As a means of working up to this challenging exercise, I’ve decided to break common routines.  Such as not looking at my cell phone every 10 minutes to check messages, not answering the phone just because it rings or driving the car without the news/talk-radio or an audio program playing on the speakers.  I’m finding this quite difficult.   I obviously have been programmed to seek constant stimulation.

When starting the MKE and being challenged to sit silently for 10+ minutes a day and ponder a subject in complete silence, this too was difficult at first.  Then, I learned to concentrate my thinking in select areas and it became delightful.

Today, I’m driving off to a conference with a 3+ hour drive.  Obviously I’m specifically going there to be with a team of folks and listen to 8-9 hours of presentations.  But the drive up and back will be an opportunity for self-control.  Nothing on the radio, not even background music.  The phone will be put in my briefcase in the trunk.  I”m not taking my computer or a book to the event…something unthinkable in my past.

I’ve discovered being a self-directed thinker in short bursts to be joyful.  Now just extending the duration a bit.  Surely there will be some benefit in this progression…as I work my way up to days on end.

Peace and prosperity be the journey, as the ripples in my wake continue to radiate.