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What is your value?

I thought about value this morning while I read The Greatest Salesman by Og Mandino. This month’s reading talks a lot about multiplying our value, and a lot of people take that as “make more money” or “work way harder” and I’m not convinced that this is what Mandino is referring to. Does how hard you work or how much money you make determine your value? Some people think this is the case, but I disagree.

He talks about a grain of wheat which becomes many grains once it’s planted – but I don’t think it’s just about having a bunch of kids, or even “duplicating” yourself in a business sense, even if that was a possibility. That particular concept sounds like putting cement on others to me.

He talks about setting goals, but are the goals really what gives you value?

So what is your value?

You have intrinsic value from being alive, being human, giving and receiving from others in your group. But there’s more:

A field of clay touched with the genius of man becomes a castle …value-castle-917427_1920

… cannot I do the same with the clay which bears my name?

It seems to me as if this is saying it’s what we do with ourselves that makes the difference. Sure, you can eat and sleep and go to the bathroom and have kids and interact with others of your kind and do whatever you need to in order to have and get those things comfortably. But is that any different than what animals do?

It’s the genius of man, our thinking, which improves and multiplies the basic value that we’re born with.

We all know those “field of clay” people – and I certainly don’t look down on those who have no aspirations other than to eat and have kids and such. Just like the field, they have intrinsic value. They are good and useful and even beautiful in their own right. But I don’t think that you’re here because that’s what you want to be. You want to become a castle, metaphorically speaking. You want your life to be grand. You want to be a refuge of safety, an inspiration, a tower of strength, the launching point of something new and exciting and wonderful. You have dreams of making the world around you better.

Today I surpass every action which I performed yesterday. I climb today’s mountain to the utmost of my ability yet tomorrow I climb higher than today, and the next higher than tomorrow. To surpass the deeds of others is unimportant; to surpass my own deeds is all.

A lot of people believe their best days – the times when they had the most value, the most worth – were when they were in high school, or some other point in the past. To me, this is just cement.

Multiplying your value

I believe that multiplying my value means multiplying the abilities I have inside. Being able to do more than I did yesterday, last week, last year. Being more of a person than I was. Having more inner strength, more kindness, more love.

Multiplying my value means increasing my courage.

It does take courage to multiply your value, I think. That little seed needs courage to emerge from its shell. If it makes the wrong choice as to when to emerge, does so too soon, it can’t go back in. On the other hand, if it waits too long, stays in the seed, refuses to come out, it rots. But if it takes the opportunity to emerge, and persists in doing so, it can become something amazing.

 

Darkness

This week has gone well, and for my old blueprint, darkness tends to follow.

This time, I asked myself: Why should I feel this way when things are going well?


darknessThis month’s reading in The Greatest Salesman is about multiplying your own value. It makes the analogy of a wheat seed and how it multiplies from one to many seeds, which then multiply to many more. But in this, Og Mandino writes:

To grow and multiply it is necessary to plant the wheat grain in the darkness of the earth and my failures, my despairs, my ignorance, and my inabilities are the darkness in which I have been planted in order to ripen.

So darkness has value.


I’ve felt that darkness has value for a long time now. I feel as if much of the problems of the world are an attempt not to feel, not to think, to avoid the potentially dark areas in ourselves, as if they had some sort of power. But they only have power when ignored and suppressed, as far as I can tell.

I get the feeling that a lot of people – in and out of the Master Key Experience – are surprised or put off that one of the items on my DMP is a story which is so dark that I’ve seen people read the back cover, put it down, and walk away, saying, “I can’t read this.”

I admit, it’s not for everyone. But neither is it simply a wallow in darkness. I believe that stories have great power, and when you’re in darkness yourself having someone tell you, “see, there’s someone else here too” is a comfort that those who shy away from it will never be able to give. But you have to be willing and able to go there in order to help.

Darkness has its own beauty as well. The smallest bit of light becomes even brighter, and this is where the seed is transformed, reborn if you will, to become something it could never have been otherwise.

Do you think the seed is doing well? It’s doing what it was meant to do, becoming what it was intended to become.

I realized this week that asking why I might be in darkness when things are going well was the wrong question. The real question is: am I doing what I was meant to do? Am I becoming what I was intended to become? Am I breaking the hard crust of cement which has surrounded my life? If so, darkness might be exactly where I need to be right now. πŸ™‚

The Law of Attraction is no secret

You might remember that movie “The Secret”? I never saw it but as far as I can tell from looking on Wikipedia that the premise is that the Law of Attraction is a secret that is being suppressed by some sort of conspiracy.secret

Which makes no sense to me: if it’s really a “Natural Law” (as Haanel claims it to be over and over) then it is just as evident as any other.

I wrote last week about knocking a chunk of what we call “cement” off – basically, getting to a root of something from my old blueprint which had been holding me back from what I could be. The next day I watched a webinar about releasing money blocks with some fantastic tools in it which I was now in the mindset to be able to use. Two days later I sold over $1000 of courses from one of my websites.

Cause and effect? Or coincidence?

Does it matter? My credit card company doesn’t care; they just want their money. πŸ˜‰

Just for fun, let’s go backwards here. I’ve been pounding away on this particular website trying to make it profitable for over five years now. I’ve written hundreds of pages of information, and up to now, over 70% just clicked away from it. The particular course I sold all that with just now has been up and running for two years now. Barely a bite.

Could I have been attracting the wrong people, perhaps?

I haven’t changed much of anything on my website, except to make it more mobile-friendly a couple of months ago.

Anyways, I take the view that if something works, I don’t care about the details of why, unless it’s really relevant or interesting. I have too much to do with my life to spend time trying to analyze everything.

I’m pretty happy with this unexpected “experiment” – and this is making me think about my other experiment, which has been going on for over a year now. I’m making progress, but it’s not going as fast as I would like. Now I’m wondering why, and what different thoughts I might need to have in order to make it go faster.

You can do all this too: there’s no “secret” or “magic” about it. But first you have to begin looking at what you’re thinking right now, in real life. I have a booklet called “The 7 Day Mental Diet” which is free. Fill out the form at the top of this page (or the one that pops up, they both go to the same place), and I’ll send it to your email.

A major breakthrough

I was doing my reading of the Master Keys this morning like usual, and I came across this in part 11:

… the supply is created by the demand.

And next to it, last year I wrote:

If the supply is created by the demand, and there is not sufficient supply, it is only due to insufficient demand. (BURNING DESIRE)

And it occurred to me: if I don’t have sufficient demand inside me for what I claim I want, what am I really demanding that is either superseding that or blocking that? I sat with the question for some time, until it began to come to me.

This post isn’t going to be like the others. I’m going to link to another blog of mine that I bet 99.99999999% of people who come here have never and will never go to, even though it’s been linked on my About Me page from the beginning.

If you go there, be warned that there is cursing. A lot of cursing. That blog is not about being pretty or nice. It is about my struggles with severe mental illness. I am being very real, and I am doing it over there so as not to mess up anyone’s brand or be offensive to anyone. If you still want to read it, go there.

If you just want a summary, here it is:

  • I have had fairly serious problems with money for a while now
  • it’s been based in my old blueprint (duh) which is pretty twisted up around the subject
  • I think I’m beginning to find my way out

This has been mainly through looking more closely at who I am and what these things I claim I want (like money) mean to me. My way may or may not work for you; the point of taking the MKE is to find out what works for you, without the influence of others getting in the way.

After two years of pretty intensive hammering on the subject, a chunk of cement falls off. That could either be encouraging or not, depending on your attitude. But if you don’t start hammering nothing’s going to happen. πŸ™‚

Want to begin? The 7 day mental diet is as good a place as any to start. If that popup box hasn’t popped yet, scroll down and you’ll see it. Or take a look at the box at the top of the page. Fill one of them out, read the booklet I send you, and give it a try.

 

The secret to reaching your goals

I know many people think that there’s a secret to reaching goals. I used to think that too. Sometimes I still think that way when my old blueprint tries to sneak up on me.

These past two weeks were like that: I felt lost and foggy, which didn’t surprise me. This is often a bad time of year for me anyway, but often when I’m in a more structured environment and then that disappears, it takes a while for me to become more self-directed again. Many of this year’s students have been saying the same thing.

So while it felt uncomfortable at times, and I even began having doubts about some things I know I can have in my life (along the lines of could I really do them), I knew it would pass, because this sort of thing has happened before.

Is there really a secret to achieving goals?

Today I was reading in the Master Key and something jumped out at me in the foreword to part 9:

If you wish to change conditions you must change yourself.

Haanel change conditions

Okay, I’m sure most of you are thinking: so how does one do that, exactly? Well, if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, this shouldn’t be too mysterious.

Hold in mind the condition desired; affirm it as an already existing fact.

Again, it boils down to: WHAT DO YOU WANT? You have to be specific. Literal. If a computer did what you just said and thought, what would happen? Because it will happen if you affirm it as an already existing fact.

We never question it when we do this in the negative sense (something like “why does this always happen to me?” – which is another affirmation as an existing fact) but for some reason people get all twisted around about doing this in the positive sense. As if there’s something weird or wrong about positive thinking.

But I digress.

Haanel goes on to say:

Character is not a thing of chance, but it is the result of continued effort.

Well, then. I guess I have slacked off a bit, and gotten off my target.

I’ve been feeling over the past few days that I need to lighten myself, to begin cutting things out of my life that aren’t getting me to my goals, that don’t advance my objective.

I feel this is another “secret” which people leave out when talking about the process of getting what you want. It’s all very well to have intention and ambition, but you can’t physically do everything you might have the whim to do (I’m looking at you, Facebook), for the simple reason that there isn’t time. You have to decide what stays in your life and schedule and what goes. I’ve done this before, but I feel as if that sort of pruning needs to happen again.

So I’m going through a time of refocusing, I think, which is always good.

How are you doing these days? Have you found that the mental diet is helping you?

(if you’re not sure what I mean, sign up to one of my lists, or drop a reply below, and I’ll send it to you)

Looking back

Looking back at my second year with the Master Key Experience, I’d have to say it’s been pretty amazing. This time last year I was on my way to completing something I never thought I would even try – and it worked out great! Since then, I’ve:12841274_234206800257983_4398829372072310848_o

  • traveled to Hawaii (Kauai, Oahu, and the Big Island)
  • became a Certified Guide for the Master Key Experience
  • did the Small Product Lab (and made something cool)
  • made my first ever book trailer
  • did my first Indiegogo
  • published a novel (the Kindle version has broken the top 1000 in its categories on Amazon several times now)
  • written the second in the series (I’m revising it at present)
  • decided to quit selling Avon (it’s just not what I want to spend my time doing)
  • went to Wizard World New Orleans to sell my book (wow! That con was huge!)
  • did my first ever webinar (to sell my edible landscaping course, which is opening up again in a few weeks)

I think I did okay. πŸ™‚

How are things with you?

Psychic gravity

This has been an interesting week. I’ve gotten a lot done, and I’m on track to accomplish my goals for the week. Being that the Master Key Experience is done for the year I feel as if I can relax a bit, but I’m still reading and studying. This has sort of become my life.

I didn’t actually understand the reading we’re doing this month from Haanel the last time I read it (which was last year at this time). I was so busy getting ready to go to Hawaii and all (which I’m not going to do this year) that it was all more or less a blur. This chapter is so packed full of concepts that I still don’t feel as if I really get it, but I did want to talk about one phrase he uses: psychic gravity.

I pondered that one for a while there, and I think what he means is just like regular gravity, which pulls objects together, this is the mental pulling together of like-minded people.

This is fairly encouraging, because one of the things I’ve struggled with is not feeling part of anything. Even in the Master Key Experience, I still feel like the outsider. It’s been that way all of my life, and I’m looking forward to the time when this part of it begins to work for me, because I know that my future self has lots of friends. People that want to call and be in my life, and that are just like-minded people. That have the same goals and dreams, and want to work with me, as opposed to what I’ve had, which has felt more like pulling teeth.

So I’m not really worried about when it’ll happen.

I hope all of you are well and getting excited about the next Master Key session in September. I hope to see all of you there.

Week 24: the truth

So what is “the truth”?

Ask twenty people and you’ll get twenty different answers, mostly involving whatever ideology was imprinted onto them as part of their old blueprint: a copy of a copy of a copy, as Mark J likes to say.

We already know that the evidence of our senses is only a clue to the truth, and may actually be wrong.

So what does Haanel say?

When you come to know that every form of disease, sickness, lack and limitation are simply the result of wrong thinking, you will have come to know “the Truth which shall make you free.” ….

… Your real work consists in convincing yourself of the truth of these statements. When you have succeeded in doing this you will have no difficulty in thinking the truth, and as has been shown, the truth contains a vital principle and will manifest itself.

(emphasis mine)

In other words, you don’t have to ‘work’ at manifesting the truth once you have it. However, there is a bit of mental work involved in breaking out of the “cement” – the mindless slavery to others’ ideas, opinions, and ideologies – then getting control of yourself to the point that you can look past relying only on your senses and experiences and begin to grasp your own destiny for yourself.

(for example, this month, Og Mandino tells us to master our emotions – easier said than done at times)

Haanel isn’t saying anything new; this is basically what he’s been saying the entire time. Last year, I didn’t get it, to be honest. I feel as if I’m just starting to understand what he’s talking about. I have had a lot of cement on there. πŸ™‚

I do like this statement of his very much:

…you have no patient but yourself; you have nothing to do but to convince yourself of the truth which you desire to see manifested.

Isn’t that what we do every day? We believe certain things (whether or not they’re true) then live like they’re true, think as if they’re true, make choices as if they’re true, react to others as if they’re true … and what else did you think was going to happen? This thing you believe begins to manifest in your life!

And the things we think are imprinted on us from the time we’re born, when we’re not much more than just a subby ourselves, before the conscious mind can form enough to be a “watchman”.

Some people have overcome this alone, after decades of labor and heartache. Most people (like 99%) never even know how to begin. They just live feeling trapped and die regretting that they never did what they were born to do.

That’s why it’s so important to get help from like-minded people. To start examining your thoughts.

You know what I’m going to say. If you haven’t started on the 7 Day mental diet, why not? If you gave up, why? You’ll be a whole lot better, and you’ll have a great head start when the Master Key Experience comes around in September.

I love this quote:

It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot

Thanks for hanging with me another year. Be well.

Week 23: deep thought

Deep thought.mar-1203345_640

As I mentioned in my last post, most people will do just about anything to avoid thinking.

I see it all around me: people asking questions when a two second Google search would do. Collecting opinions to see what everyone else thinks about an intensely personal matter.

I don’t believe it has anything to do with wanting to fit in – it’s about the fear of deep thought, an intense fear of what you might hear inside, if you would just stop and listen.

People are so … distrustful of themselves, of their own hearts, so wanting to control and avoid whatever they are so terrified might happen, that they would rather look unintelligent, dependent, and incapable than spend just a few minutes in deep thought.

Haanel puts it this way:

Β The average person is entirely innocent of any deep thinking; he accepts the ideas of others, and repeats them, in very much the same way as a parrot; this is readily seen when we understand the method which is used to form public opinion, and this docile attitude on the part of a large majority who seem perfectly willing to let a few persons do all their thinking for them is what enables a few men in a great many countries to usurp all the avenues of power and hold the millions in subjection.

If you’re here, I’m assuming you don’t want to be like the average person – instead, you want to make a difference, to improve your life, to make things better inside yourself and around you.

So why is thinking important? Who cares if we think or not? How does thinking benefit us?

Some of you are laughing right now. Others of you are serious. It’s the second group I want to address.

Bottom line: Silent, prolonged, deep thought is how you connect with the Universal Mind (Whatever you want to call it/him/her. Don’t get twisted up about the name.)

There is nothing mystical about it. Not one thing.

Have you ever been really focused on finding a solution to a problem then … AHA! … the answer comes to you? Remember that feeling. Hold onto it. What happened is called inspiration.

From dictionary.com:

Inspiration: noun. 5. Theology. a. A divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul.

Okay, now, if you don’t believe in divine influence, fine. But something happened there, something which is important, something we can use to our benefit.

Notice what happened before that AHA moment? You were exercising deep concentrated thinking. You were thinking very intently on your problem. And then BAM! – the answer came, as if out of nowhere. But it wasn’t out of nowhere. In that instant, you made the connection – to whoever or whatever you want to call it – and got your answer.

And you can get that answer again, to any question you want answered. Anything. World peace, end hunger, that one thing in your life you always yearned for, it doesn’t matter how big or small it is. You can get the inspiration … the answer to any question you have. You just have to learn how.

(which is what the Master Key Experience teaches you)

Now, I’m not saying I’m enlightened or achieve this all the time. If anything, I’m a student. But I’ve gotten the answers to things which frankly amaze me, things I very much wanted the answers to.

(that’s part of the equation, by the way – you have to really truly want the answer … which means getting the blocks like fear, etc out of the way first … )

You have a couple of choices. You can keep reading along and hope you can figure it out on your own. Or you can take a step forward into understanding yourself.

I have a brief pamphlet written in the 1930’s called The Seven Day Mental Diet. If you follow the instructions in it, you’ll begin seeing a lot about yourself and others. If you’d like a copy, let me know.

 

 

Week 22a: 11 ways to avoid thinking

When I was doing my Silence, it occurred to me that most of what we do is to avoid thinking.

So for those of you who aren’t interested in learning to think, control your mind, or have a better life, here are some wonderful tips on how to do that:

  1. Never do your Sit. It takes too much time. You’ve got better things to do. Besides, you can function just fine with your kids, partner, phone, TV and computer going all at once.
  2. Have every app on your phone send you notifications! You’ll be bombarded with noise from your email, messages and apps. How fun is that?
  3. Check your email, social media, and websites every hour. Every one of them. You know, just in case.black-892457_640
  4. Turn on the TV to a 24 hour news network and keep it on all day and all night. Put a TV in every room of your house. You never know what you might be missing.
  5. Never go anywhere without at least one person with you, especially someone who talks constantly.
  6. Better yet, you talk constantly. Stream of consciousness is good for you.
  7. Eat every hour, more if you feel like it. Between preparing, eating, and cleaning up, you’ll be constantly busy. Keeps you from having to think. And make sure you eat in front of the TV, computer, or both. You’ll never have to think then.
  8. Keep busy. Busy, busy, busy! Don’t ever take any time to yourself. You’ll get lots of praise and admiration from others for being so darn busy, plus you’ll have a great excuse for when you don’t want to do something.
  9. Your vice of choice, whatever it is. Smoking, drinking, gaming, and drugs are great ways to avoid thinking.
  10. If you are forced to be alone, for example, you’re driving somewhere or in the shower, make sure there’s something to listen to. Audiobooks, radio, your favorite tunes, whatever. They’ll stop you from thinking for sure!
  11. When you do think, it’s important to think of negative things. Worry a lot. Get angry. Feel sorry for yourself. Indulge all the negativity you can. That will be sure to keep you from thinking about anything useful.

So there you have it: eleven awesome ways to keep from thinking.

If this does not sound fun, useful, peaceful, or like anything you want, then why not try another way?