This week is unique: all weeks and days really are unique!
My virtue word this week is “Imagination.” Children have it in abundance; let’s give ourselves permission to turn ours on, or turn it up in volume.
A poem I remember: ” Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that can not fly.
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams go, life is a field, all covered with snow.”
The Physics lesson we had this week still has me thinking: is it possible that EVERYTHING is really mostly empty space? No, I’m not referring to my brain (only.) Basically, all is energy; we are all miracles of creation. We are simply dust, or particles, which have the breath of life within– the life force. Everything is in motion. “There is no standing still in a world where all is motion.”
Is that why I’ve heard that “either we’re green and growing or ripe and rotting?”
Someone posted a poem about gratitude by Og Mandino that I wish to share:
I stopped to buy some candy, the lad who sold it had such charm; I talked with him, he seemed so glad; if I were late, it would do no harm. As I left, he said to me, I thank you, you have been so kind. It’s nice to talk with folks like you, you see, he said, I am blind. Oh God, forgive me when I whine; I have two eyes, the world is mine. Later while walking down the street, I saw a child with eyes aglued. He stood and watched the others play, he did not know what to do. I stopped a moment and then I said, why don’t you join the others, dear. He looked ahead without a word; and then I knew, he couldn’t hear. Oh God, forgive me when I whine; I have two ears, the world is mine.
With feet to take me where I go; with eyes to see the sunset’s glow; with ears to hear what I would know; Oh God, forgive me when I whine, I am blessed indeed, the world is mine. Remembering to be grateful for ALL this life has to give us is something to always be aware of because we really never know when our time will be up. It’s a great reminder to always stay in the moment and be present, because it truly is a gift.
A note from a “vet” of the Master Key journey!
New perspectives again! Each week we learn and practice, putting into action what we study. The previous blog posted (found below)has a great summary of our reading assignment, so I won’t repeat the reading part here.
One concept which I learned, is that we can give ourselves permission to do/feel/think of things any way we would like. One example of an important “permission” is to allow ourselves to forgive others and even forgive ourselves for mistakes or wrongs. Another example could be to give ourselves permission to succeed, permission to live a life of abundance! Perhaps we have grown up with a scarcity paradigm, thinking that there is only “one sized pie”, so if someone else gets more, there is less available for others. Not true! “A rising tide lifts all boats!” In this land of abundance, as we add more to life,we create more abundance for others. Give yourself permission to live a life of abundance! Give yourself permission to succeed. You can do it!
We had an exciting week with the “kindness” exercise. Less than 300 people in our group either did acts of kindness (some “random” anonymous acts)or observed others doing the same. We got excited, and by week’s end we tallied over 8,000 acts of kindness. Abundance?!! What of the “ripple effect”? How many other people were inspired to do the same, or to continue this exercise in the days ahead? Perhaps you’ve heard of “Random acts of kindness” and/or “Pay it forward.” The more you observe these things, the more they will grow.Being kind and having gratitude go hand in hand. Dennis Prager says that grateful people are happy people.
Einstein once said: “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.”
You are a miracle.
Hope everyone is have an excellent week and that all your goals and dreams are beginning to manifest!
For this weeks lesson there were a lot of powerful messages (as there always is in this book)
1.The first one was the power of Intuition, I never really explored Intuition or how to develop it till I read this passage….
“Intuition arrives at conclusions without the aid of experience or memory. Intuition often solves problems that are beyond the grasp of the reasoning power. Intuition often comes with a suddenness that is startling; it reveals the truth for which we are searching, so directly that it seems to come from a higher power. Intuition can be cultivated and developed; in order to do this it must be recognised and appreciated; if the intuitive visitor is given a royal welcome when he comes, he will come again; the more cordial the welcome the more frequent his visits will become, but if he is ignored or neglected he will make his visits few and far apart.”
2.Also this next passage hit me hard as well, taking time to be silent!!! I have consistently been doing my quiet time ritual for about 2.5 weeks now, and even though my thoughts are all jumbled and crazy its a time a calmness and peace that I get from consistently blocking out all distractions and noise and just sitting in silence with myself and visualising my future and where I’m going to be. Also a therapeutic escape…
” Intuition usually comes in the Silence; great minds seek solitude frequently; it is here that all the larger problems of life are worked out. For this reason every businessman who can afford it has a private office, where he will not be disturbed; if you cannot afford a private office you can at least find somewhere, where you can be alone a few minutes each day, to train the thought along lines which will enable you to develop that invincible power which is necessary to achieve.”
3. This is another one that spoke to me, Every challenge I face while building my business or in life, yes it may have been hard while I was going through it, but when I come out on the other side I have noticed my faith has grew because I persevered through.
Every obstacle conquered, every victory gained, will give you more faith in your power, and you will have greater ability to win. Your strength is determined by your mental attitude; if this attitude is one of success, and is permanently held with an unswerving purpose, you will attract to you from the invisible things you silently demand.
4. Lastly, I have been really focusing on getting better and mastering my quiet time ritual, beginning to intentionally begin to gain control of my mind and thoughts and this passage has really helped lay out a clear outline on how to do exactly that. Even during my life when Im beginning to thing fear, anger, jealousy or any other negative thought…. I immedietly try to shift to something positive like abundance, courage, love etc! So powerful and its such a simple change but I know it will have a profound impact in the long term….
3. For your exercise this week concentrate as nearly as possible in accordance with the method outlined in this lesson; let there be no conscious effort or activity associated with your purpose. Relax completely, avoid any thought of anxiety as to results. Remember that power comes through repose. Let the thought dwell upon your object, until it is completely identified with it, until you are conscious of nothing else. 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. 37. Always concentrate on the ideal as an already existing fact; this is the germ cell, the life principle which goes forth and sets in motion those causes which guide, direct and bring about the necessary relation, which eventually manifest in form
Wishing you all the greatest success! Happy Friday
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I have been enjoying this week very much. I find myself fully revitalized on my MKE mission, I have some time and space to focus the way I want to on the exercises, the readings, and the always challenging mental diet.
The MKE exercises have been amazing, great tools, brain trainers, to keep my own goals and behaviors in my mind, with the use of repetetive readings, and associations with shapes, colours and index cards. Now they are pretty much habits, good habits……But I must say, this shift into looking for the virtues in other people’s actions has been the eye opener that was promised. The Franklin makeover is really resonating with me, as a practical application of all that we have been learning.
This week of kindness has been particularly powerful. Firstly reading all the RAKs on the kindness page has been wonderful, people are getting into it, and…
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Johnny, you are one amazing dude. Did you know that you had such a gift of writing and expressing yourself ? I really, really like your blogs. (Just read 15 and 16 so far,)
Hello to all who stumble across this blog. It seems every week has its intense moments. A few short weeks ago I was very discouraged at my performance in the MKE. As I was at my lowest, that’s when it happened, it seemed every lesson, every scroll, points discussed in the webinars, were absorbed on a deeper level at the very moment I needed them the most. My partner, my guide, my tribe, and the blogs of others reinforced I am not alone, these new habits, this remembering who we are, is a true shock to our system.
The ferocity with which my old blueprint wants to protect itself is quite remarkable…To replay some of the things I had thought or said last week, to be that third person in the room, and see my behaviour, was an amazing display of the ego feeding the subby, with undesirable information, embracing…
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In order to be creative, it requires three steps: idealization, visualization and materialization. (Haanel) Thoughts and words, combined with imagination, can conceive something. Everything we can see, touch, feel and that appears in the material world at one time was “simply” a thought. With the aid of language , the idea or thought is given clarity by visualization, in such detail that it can be produced or manifested. Look around. Everything you see was once a thought in someone’s mind. All of creation was once a thought in the Creator’s mind, and the Word created all that we see. Thus the same creative process continues in our lives today. By it’s nature, thought precedes and determines action, which then yields results.
This same process occurs in the invisible or spiritual world. Thought, action, result. Be, do, have. Adults would tell us, in a simple way: “Think before you act. Think before you speak.”
“Imagination is a good servant but a poor master.” (Haanel) Paul Myers said: “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” He echoed the thinkers who proceeded himself. “As a man thinketh, so shall he be.”
This week we focused on Kindness. To observe, to do, to be kind. The more we gave, the more we received. My family participated, and it was a joy to hear of all the acts of kindness that were happening in so many places. This MKE course is life changing, starting with self discovery and self development. “The room for improvement is the biggest room in the world.”
Brenda shares one example of how being observant changes “everything” around us.
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As I look around me for kindness this week, I am amazed that I rarely saw kindness before! That I was so unfocused, so in my own little world, not to notice kindness with out trying to see it! I am so grateful for this exercise this week! One thing I noticed today was my sweet little 5 year old boy! We decided to go visit his great 95 yr old grandma, and we didn’t want to show up empty handed so I let him pick out some donuts and orange juice at the store! When we got to the store my son opened the door for me, his little brother, and a guy walking in behind us! The guy smiled and said thank you, and I also said “Thank you Jaron you are so nice to hold the door for other people”. It just made his…
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Each week in Master Key Experience (MKE) I have assignments, along with a host of other activities which are building upon the foundation which is already in place. Progressions, permutations, persistence. patience…you get the idea! Good habits take effort, bad habits grow automatically, like weeds in nature. It has been said that 95% of what we do is based on habits, and generally speaking, we need habits to function in our daily activities. Just think how our day would be, if we had to lean anew each time we wanted to do something, like driving a car, cooking a meal, etc. Our thinking is also habitual, and gets “set in cement” over time. Therefore, I work on good habits and think good thoughts!
The role of the subconscious is illustrated by the following poem.
In “Seeds of Greatness”, Denis Waitley wrote “My Robot” :
I have a little robot, that goes around with me,
I tell him what I’m thinking, I tell him what I see.
I tell my little robot, all my hopes and fears,
He listens and remembers, all my joys and tears.
At first my little robot, followed my command,
but after years of training, He’s gotten out of hand.
He doesn’t care what’s right or wrong, or what is false or true,
No matter what I try now, he tells ME what to do!
One of our assignments over the next 13 weeks is to follow Wise Ole Ben Franklin’s efforts to improve himself, focusing as he did, on 13 Virtues, one for each week. Mark J added a twist: we only focus of the positive aspect of each virtue. Hence, this week I observe “Courage”, wherever I can see it. This can be observed in people, animals, even in fiction, or in the news. The biggest “secret” was that these virtues already exist within us! Observation helps us to manifest these virtues in our own lives. Oh, what fun it will be in the following weeks!!
Because of my interest in words, and the power of words, I am including a quote by Haanel that I want to share: “Accuracy in building words and sentences is the highest form of architecture in civilization and is the passport to success.” Many authors have pointed to vocabulary and use of language as the best indicator of a person’s success in the work world. Who is our most important audience? Who needs to be a ‘Watchman” to the gate into our subconscious? Words are thoughts; thoughts have power. It has been written: “The pen is mightier than the sword.” The Bible says that the Word of God is a two edged sword.” Bonar writes: “Speak truly, and each word of thine shall be a fruitful seed.”
Open your heart, open your mouth, let your light shine forth!