MKE Week 17A: Win the Heart and the Mind Will Follow

Mankind are emotional beings.  We make our conscious decisions on the basis of feelings and emotions, and back them up with logic.  The mind can always find the logical support to justify what the heart has already decided.

However, we are always ready to be distracted by something delightful.  This is why entertainment so often captures our attention.

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Two relevant lessons from the Master Key System to consider?

Haanel teaches in MKS 17/15: “All mental discovery and attainment are the result of desire plus concentration; desire is the strongest mode of action; the more persistent the desire, the more authoritative the revelation.”

Haanel teaches in MKS 17/19: “The principal necessity is the strengthening of the mind so that it rises superior to the distractions and wayward impulses of instinctive life and thus successfully overcomes in the conflict between the higher and lower self.”

In our journey to becoming a self-directed thinker and manifesting our bliss, this is the reason we need to focus on our DMP in multiple ways/day and constantly energize it with enthusiasm.  In a higher state of consciousness, when we concentrate on that burning desire and visualize our ideal as already being our reality, subby supports our decisions with actions that bring that state of being closer.  Hallelujah!

However, when our lower-self becomes distracted by the irrelevant, we may enjoy the entertainment of the moment but we are slipping away from Growing into Greatness.  We are slipping back into banality, which is not how I choose to exist.

My heart craves the lifestyle of service my better-self naturally exists in.  Keep that fire burning.  Concentrate.

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

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MKE Week 17: Thinking 2.0

Marianne Williamson says:

You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.

The Franklin Makeover is teaching us to be observant of a variety of personal traits. We have just completed a week of total focus on KINDNESS.  Noticing when others do (or don’t) behave from a place of love of others. Finding opportunities to do something nice for others, especially as a Random Act of Kindness when no one else is looking.  This resulted in an EXPLOSION of awareness of the abundance of love and kindness that surrounds us.  Much of it must have been there all along…I just rarely noticed.

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The result of this newfound awareness is a choice if we desire to continue to express these traits (we are working on 13 of them) or  if we slip back into our old habits.  As a group we noted thousands and thousands of positive behaviors.  Surely this will create a lasting impact on those of us with new awareness.

I love the feelings I’ve experienced of focusing on the goodness of mankind, rather than the habitual overlooking the good and primarily noticing the opposite.  While the MKE is moving on to another character trait for the next week, I for one commit to continuing to notice and practice Kindness 2.0.  It will make me more productive, more happy and can be the beginning of a movement to improve my immediate environment.

We have learned from Emerson that the more you give, the more you receive.  In the long run I look forward to an abundant harvest of kindness, because in the short term I intend to plant a lot of kindness seeds.

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

MKE Week 16B: Manifesting My Ideal Through Vivid Imagination & A Plan

THOUGHTS come and go through my conscious mind, often depending on what coincidence happens to bump into me in the external environment. While thoughts are essential, alone they are totally inadequate to create the future state I crave.

However, when I focus and concentrate thoughts on my IDEAL, what would make it perfect for me, my IMAGINATION starts to create a context and attributes that may not yet exist in my external world.  I am pondering what my ideal would be like and how it would make me feel to enjoy this outcome.

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But even though a vivid imagination of my ideal gets me closer to it….this too is inadequate for it can dissipate as soon as my mind gets distracted to something else.  If that occurs, it was a mere DAYDREAM…fun to experience but irrelevant in the long term.

But here is the key.  The more I repeatedly concentrate on the details and the feelings associated with manifesting this specific result…subby begins to take note of my interest and commitment.  When I concentrate again and again, revising and adding the nuances of how it might come to be…it begins to become a PLAN OF ACTION.  When subby takes note of the burning desire to manifest a specific plan, provided it is aligned with my definite purpose and pivotal needs, things start to take a life of their own.

Subby identifies resources and relationships which might help me move in the direction of my ideal that it communicates to me through my intuition.  Not all the ideas are relevant or practical, but by assessing them I begin to hone in on a plan that will work for me.

The stronger the burn of my desire and the more frequently I concentrate on my plan, behaviors start to change in specific ways.  I may be gaining specific knowledge or building specific skills that could be essential to manifesting this ideal state. I may be gathering resources or forming relationships that will help me in masterminding my plan for greater efficiency and effectiveness.

The timing that this whole process takes depends entirely on how much I need to grow to become the person who will naturally manifest this ideal state.  But once I have a burning desire, provided it creates value for others…I can be confident that as long as I persist it is certain to eventually become my reality.

Thoughts alone are insufficient.  But a definiteness of purpose enegized by a burning decifre, + a positive attitude + a written plan combined with persistent action + a mastermind alliance = the success system that cannot fail.

Haanel puts it this way in MKS 16/28: “If you desire to visualize a different  environment, the process is simply to hold the ideal in mind, until your vision has been made real; give no thought to persons or things, these have no place in the absolute, the environment you desire will contain everything necessary; the right persons, and the right things will come in the right time and the right place.”

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

MKE Week 16A: Kindness

This week our mutual focus in the Franklin Makeover exercise is KINDNESS.  24/7 all week we are focused on acts which certainly come from a higher levels of consciousness.  Acts which demonstrate character of the highest order.

SH Simmons (biologist) is quoted: “Kindness is never wasted. If it has no effect on the recipient, at least it benefits the bestower.”  

It feels good to notice many of the acts of kindness of others that certainly have been occurring around me every day, without prior notice.

It is also one thing to know the power of being the giver conceptually, another to experience it.  Being intentionally observant not only of the kind acts of others, but also consciously looking for opportunities to inject a “random act of kindness” to others brightens my day.  I’m definitely seeing more good in the world than I normally noticed, as well as intentionally doing the little bit extra that is an offering to others.  Doing more of this is an enlightening experience.  Why would I every not want to feel this way everyday?

I now realize choosing to be kind and to notice the kindness of others is a choice.  Give more…get more.  (Certainly makes the senseless bickering going on with the Washington shutdown seem so shallow and childish).

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Because we are masterminding the experience of mutual kindness this week, we are obligated to write down what we notice in a mutually shared journal.  In the 1st couple of days seems like there are over 1000 entries!  So much kindness being  expressed and being acknowledged.  What a wonderful exercise.  Reading about the kindness observations of others gives me so many ideas of times I could have expressed more myself.  I think I’ll double up on the requirements today.

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

MKE Week 16: Taking Control

Chapter 16 of the Master Key System clearly identifies the choice.  We know that what we think about grows.

From MKS 16/15: “Whatever enters the mind through the senses or the objective mind will impress the mind and result in a mental image which will become a pattern for the creative energies.  These experiences are largely the result of environment, chance, past thinking and other forms of negative thought, and must be subjected to careful analysis before being entertained.  On the other hand, we can form our own mental images, through our own interior processes of thought regardless of the thoughts of others, regardless of external conditions, regardless of environment of every kind, and it is by the exercise of this power that WE CAN CONTROL OUR OWN DESTINY, body, mind and soul.”

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Before the MKE I tried to reject negativity and focus on the positive perspective.  I tried to see the good in others.  I tried to live in the spirit of Kindness.  And in all honesty, I’ve lived a blessed life.  But it is not all I DESIRE it to be, so clearly I have room to grow to be able to manifest my better-self.  I know there is much unrealized potential in me hidden under layers and layers of limiting perceptions or surrender to mediocrity.

Through the MKE I have clarified my dharma and pivotal needs, created a plan and a mastermind and with each passing week starting to build good habits which subdue those thought which have left me wanting.  It’s like an onion being progressively peeled back to it’s core.

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Moving forward I know that I will be better served by using the perspective of my IDEAL in how I see the world and my choices.  I have a creative imagination, I need not be limited by the conditions I find myself in today.  I know that I am connected to the source of all good, as provided I stay in harmony I have no limitation on what I can create.  I choose to create my IDEAL lifestyle.

What a freeing, emancipating thought…empower my imagination to use my gifts to create more value in the world and help others achieve what they desire too.   Bring forth my better-self, the world needs what I have to offer.  In this way I can live my BLISS.

This is fully aligned with this month’s reading from the Greatest Salesman, GS scroll 4: “Within me burns a flame which has been passed from generation to generation and its heat is a constant irritation to my spirit to become better than I am, and I will.  I will fan this flame of dissatisfaction and proclaim my uniqueness to the world.  I am nature’s greatest miracle.”

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

 

 

 

MKE Week 15C: Assessing/Controlling our FEELINGS

Feelings, not words, are our natural language.  Feelings are the best way to communicate with/direct our subconscious mind.  After all, subby remembers not only every experience we’ve encountered…but how it made us feel.  When we direct subby to create more of a certain type of experience/feeling…our lives can be transformed.

As we learn from Haanel in MKS 15/10: “In order to possess vitality thought must be impregnated with love.  Love is a product of the emotions.  It is therefore essential that the emotions (feelings) be controlled and guided by the intellect and reason.”

We know that the cells of our body have become addicted to neuropeptides…and the specific hormonal response is directed by our feelings.  These addictions are always in harmony with our habits (+/-).

We have learned that subby controls our habits based on our mental blueprint which direct the actions as well as the feelings that we generate.  To a large degree our habits are a fulfillment of our predominant feelings.

When our mental blueprint is in harmony with our desires, we seem to exist in the flow.  We are thinking thoughts, taking actions and manifesting results that bring us joy.  We have become addicted to positive peptides.

I believe this is what we are striving for in becoming our better-self.  Bliss is a self-perpetuating virtuous cycle of positive thoughts/actions/feelings.  Bliss is magnified when we surround ourselves with others who have the same values and desires as we have…we support each other in synergistic cooperation and joyful experiences.  This leads to a cascade of positive feelings and memories.

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Sadly, most of us haven’t fully achieved this blissful state yet.

For those of us going through the MKE, we are learning how to realign our mental blueprint so we can form more positive habits and shift our addiction to more positive peptides.  This is what becoming a self-directed thinker is all about.

An important part of this is implementing the Law of Dual Thought.  We have the choice to associate any feeling with any condition.  The sooner we learn to focus on the positive perspective in our current condition, to have faith in our ability to Grow into Greatness through this process, the more likely we will be to always positive things fixated on the glass half full-rather than half-empty.

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Learning to be pleased with what exists in the moment…and detached from specifically what tomorrow will bring us…we can find happiness that we are on a journey with a certain end.  In this way, we can experience happiness and joy for what we have, not the emptiness for what is not yet in the glass.  This is the state of having a positive mental attitude…one of the critical 4 habits we are all striving for.

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

MKE Week 15B: Habits = Compound Interest?

James Clear (author/photographer) said “Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement”. 

Compounding means over time you not only are generating the specific impact/result of the initial action, but you are receiving an extra return because of the value created by that initial action too.  It means that over time, when the initial action is continually repeated more and more value is being created…the growth becomes exponential.  Or in other words, the effects are multiplied.  This is the reason Albert Einstein called compound interest the “8th wonder of the world.”

compound interest

It is important to understand that very small perceived benefits initially become very large differences in results over the long term.

A reason I believe this quote is so critical to understand…and relevant to those going through the MKE is that we seem to be consciously focused on doing so many new and different things each day in our MKE rituals…and yet we may see only slow and modest progress.  We may wonder is it worth the effort?  But this is just measuring the tiny end of the impact which will result as we stick it out and form specific good habits.

Why are habits so critical to our growth and transformation?  We have learned that subby controls 95% of our thoughts/decisions/actions.  As we consciously attempt to shift our thinking/behaviors to grow in a new direction, we impact only a tiny fraction of our thoughts/behaviors.  It is only through the extended repetition of rituals such as we are experiencing in the MKE that our blueprint/habits begin to shift.

Afterall, we are not just trying to learn a new skill…we are attempting to overwrite habits we have been living with for several decades.

This concept of shifting ingrained habits is the reason virtually all New Years Resolutions which were made yesterday don’t have a chance of coming through, except from the very few who have the persistence and dedication to stick out the forming of new habits.

How blessed we are to already be three months into a lifelong journey of receiving ever increasing benefits from the work we are putting in today.  Thank you James Clear for the quote that  helps clarify this important insight.

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