real life examples
Here we go again! The first thing which jumped out at me this week was Haanel’s assertion that power comes from within. Isn’t that so unlike what the rest of the world tells us? We need this guru or that system or some product – that has the power, not us.
But no, Haanel says: the power to do or be anything comes from inside ourselves.
Isn’t that encouraging, though? Once we figure out how to access that power, nothing can stop us from being or having or doing anything we want. ANYTHING!
It makes perfect sense: celebrities or rich people or the powerful aren’t intrinsically any better than anyone else. They’re not gods or somehow specially qualified. They’ve just found a way to access the power within them, as far as getting what they want goes. There’s no reason why we can’t do this too.
Guess what? Those of you who are doing the work will find out. It’s not particularly difficult. But it does take a bit of effort.
The first set of DMPs are coming in, and it’s always a hectic and exciting time, seeing people – some of them for the very first time – asking themselves the simple question, “what do I want?”
We root for them, we encourage them, but for some, it’s too much, too difficult, too scary, to actually think about what they want. Not what their spouse or their children or their parents want. Not what their pastor or their boss or their neighbors want. But what THEY want for themselves.
Some are already doing everything they can NOT to answer that simple question. Which is okay. Not everyone is ready.
For those who pass this simple test of writing down what they want using some simple parameters, a whole world opens up to them. It’s awe-inspiring, to say the least. They are finding the power that lies within them. 🙂
I guess I’ve been thinking a lot about what we manifest, and what we don’t.
The last few weeks have been pretty hectic – getting my book ready for the proofreader, going on a two week vacation in California which turned into a lot of driving around in a rental to deal with my daughter’s car (which we drove there) breaking down, then trying to catch up with all the things neglected by being gone two weeks. You know how it can go.
I wasn’t 100% sure I wanted to go on the trip in the first place. I had a lot to do. My husband didn’t want me to go (he never did say why). But I thought it would be a nice way to get away, relax, go to the beach, and see family. I did do those things, but the trip turned out to be way more stressful than I anticipated.
Through most of the things which went wrong in California, I kept thinking, did I manifest this? Or is this stuff my daughter is manifesting? Because I honestly didn’t know. It was a very strange, beautiful, interesting trip. And unfortunately, quite expensive for all of us.
I’m not sure there’s any way to know. It could be that what happened was a combination of a lot of unexamined thoughts floating around in our heads. Or it could have been just random.
The good thing is that I felt a lot better about what happened than I ever would have a few years ago! I would have been some sort of nervous wreck the whole time. But I took all my driving around by myself while everyone else was at the beach as a chance for some silence and to serve my family. So I guess it turned out okay. 🙂
The past few weeks have been very interesting. I’ve gotten a lot done. But the one thing which has jumped out at me is the demonstration of this passage in the Master Keys:
Abundance will not come to you out of the sky, neither will it drop into your lap, but a conscious realization of the law of attraction and the intention to bring it into operation of a certain, definite and specific purpose, and the will to carry out this purpose will bring about the materialization of your desire by a natural law of transference. If you are in business, it will increase and develop along regular channels, possibly new or unusual channels of distribution will be opened and when the law becomes fully operative, you will find that the things you seek are seeking you.
Here’s how it went: I’m writing a book, the sequel to the novel I published back in November. It’s almost done; I’m going to release it October 1st. So I’ve been spending some time promoting the first one. Well, I’ve had new and unusual (to me) channels of distribution (or to be more precise, marketing) open up to me. And for the first time, I’ve had people begin coming to ME asking if they might promote my book.
I hope your summer (or winter) is going well. I’m looking forward to the new Master Key Experience starting in September. It’s been really cool to see how much my three friends (and those who finished the course in my tribe) have had their lives change. I can’t wait to see what happens over the next year. 😀
I only pray for guidance – Og Mandino
The past few weeks in the news have been horrifying in ways I can’t even describe, even if I were brave enough to. For the people involved and their families, it’s tragic, infuriating.
I only pray for guidance.
I have light skin and code (to most people) as “white”. What should I do? Is there anything I can do? Would the things I want to do, to say, just make things worse?
I only pray for guidance.
I do not identify as a skin color. My heritage is Creole. My family looks like the people who have died the past two weeks, on both sides of the issue. I fear for the lives of my family, that a person filled with hate may look at their skin color and decide they should die.
I only pray for guidance.
I have had my own run-in with a police officer, who took away so much, merely because they could. He knew he would never be caught or tried or even accused, because he had a badge and a gun and was male and had the might of the entire world behind him, and I was a teenage girl. It was over 30 years ago and I am still afraid when I see a police car behind me. The man who did that got a pension and a long life and died “a hero” simply because he wore a uniform.
I only pray for guidance.
I understand the hate. I understand the fear. It brings me back to those days as a small child after the Civil Rights Movement, forced busing, the gangs of kids attacking others who didn’t look like them because their parents told them those people had ruined everything, caused every problem. Those kids are grown now, and so are their victims, and they both HATE. So they tell their children, and their grandchildren, to beware of those people that don’t look like them, to hate them, to fear them, to stand up for their rights to not be afraid by the use of weapons, because that’s what we as a country value above all things.
I only pray for guidance. Because everything else is up to me.
I never pray for the material things of the world. I am not calling to a servant to bring me food. I am not ordering an innkeeper to provide me with room. I never seek delivery of gold, love, good health, petty victories, fame, success, or happiness. I only pray for guidance, that I may be shown the way to acquire these things, and my prayer is always answered.
I don’t have anything inspiring to say.
It’s funny, when you think about it: I began this journey in September 2014, and the first thing we were asked to do is to write down and read something called the Blueprint Builder. I have the copy I wrote out here still, and I read it aloud every day.
And what does it talk about? Well, when you join the Master Key Experience, you’ll find out, but there are five points, and two are about self-confidence:
… demanding of myself the development of self-confidence …
… until I have developed sufficient self-confidence for its attainment …
But I never noticed this until the past few weeks. This word, self-confidence, began jumping out at me every morning when I read the Blueprint Builder, and it made me curious.
Now, self-confidence has never been my strong point. Up until recently!
It’s 2 feet high and 4 feet long. So my face and name are going to be up on a banner above my booth, in front of everyone!
I never considered it until today.
But two years ago? I would have NEVER EVER EVER done this. NEVER. Promote myself? NEVER. Put myself “out there”? No way!
(The banner turned out perfectly, by the way. I love it!! 😀 )
So I feel as if I’ve made huge strides in this area without even being aware of it, simply by following the instructions in this course. Because I’ve gotten very clear about WHAT I WANT and put the beat-down on my old blueprint and did the work daily to begin installing a new blueprint (which, as it turns out, includes fostering self-confidence in very specific ways).
The Master Key Experience is not a “spend a bunch of money and have nothing to show for it but a feel-good networking session”. This is seriously changing my life for the better.
As I alluded to last week, changes are happening in my household. As much as I love my husband, the loss of quiet time at my computer during my prime working hours in the morning (he’s up before I am) is taking some getting used to. But even more than that, I’m finding changes going on inside me too.
This week, I failed to meet a Definite Major Purpose (DMP) goal. It was, as you might have guessed, a financial goal. I’m really trying to figure out why, because we manifest our own reality. The closest I’ve gotten so far is that as I mentioned my goal, in my mind I pictured what I would do, how I would juggle things, if I didn’t make it. I did notice it many times and corrected myself. But my old money blueprint of “here we go and fail again” has still worked against me in this area.
I realized I needed to circumvent my old blueprint entirely, make it irrelevant. So I removed all the financial stuff from my DMP. If I truly get what I want, money won’t be an issue.
I’ve also realized that while my Personal Pivotal Needs (PPNs) are True Health and Legacy, Autonomy is rising up as a close third. I thought it was Liberty, but one of my main goals for getting money is the freedom to do what I want. And that’s more important to me than how much I have in my bank account. How do I know that? Because even though my online businesses allow me to run them anywhere, I’m still feeling weighed down by them. I have deadlines, obligations, expectations put on me. And I’m not getting anywhere near the return I thought I would when I began them.
So here I am, yet again, trying to figure out if this is just me being flighty or whether I really should sell these and move on.
Since one of them is deeply tied into my DMP, something I’ve publicly announced I’m going to do, I have to ask myself why I’m feeling this way. There are some simple things I can do to make these more profitable. I know what I need to do. I’m not doing it. Why? Is it my old self-sabotaging blueprint again? Am I afraid of whatever breakthrough I’m going to make if I persist? Or am I just clinging to a dead horse no one else wants out of fear of doing what I really should be doing?
When you’re in this place, it seems dark. It seems overwhelming. But we know what that means. The real trick is knowing which way to go, what changes to make. But like that seed in the dark, we are given a major clue. I just need to follow it.
Where do you want to end up? Have you even thought about it? I’m not talking about “do you want to go to heaven?” – I’m talking about your endgame.
In most adventures (and the Hero’s Journey, if anything, is an adventure) at least one person has an endgame. Save the princess, get the magic ring – or if you’re the villain, take over the world (or something similar). They’ve thought the matter through. They know where they’re going, what they want to do, what they want to achieve.
Some studies indicate that men have an increased chance of death just after they retire. I wonder if these men considered retirement their endgame so fervently that when they did retire, they didn’t know what to do next. Perhaps for them, retirement was all they needed; they felt ready to go. Or perhaps they felt the loss of identity and prestige from not working was too much to bear. I’m not sure.
(my husband retired this week, so maybe this is why I’ve been thinking about this)
A big part of the Master Key Experience revolves around a simple question: What do you want?
The tendency is to think too small: I want a new car in 2016, I want to take the kids to Disneyland in 2017. Not that these things are bad, but the real question is: what do you want to do with your life? What is really important to you? Why are you even here?
If your only reason for existence is to get a new car or go to Disneyland, then fine. But where do you want to end up? We’re all going to die someday. Where do you want to live, right before then? How do you want to spend your time? What do you want to accomplish, so you don’t look back on your life with regret?
You can figure out your endgame, and once you do, it makes the rest of your life so much easier, because then you know where you’re going! Figuring this out is not actually that difficult, if you have someone to guide you through it. The only person who makes figuring your life out difficult is you.
The Master Key Experience comes once a year, in September. This course helps you work through these questions, and more. If you’d like more information about it you can go here, or fill out the form below.
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?
This 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. 🙂
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.
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. 😉
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.