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Week 11: I hear that train a-comin’

The question I had to face this week was: if I’ve been doing all this manifesting stuff right for the past year or so, why am I still not getting everything I want? Haanel has the answer:

“… while every effect is the result of a cause, the effect in turn becomes a cause, which create other effects, which in turn create still other causes; so that when you put the law of attraction into operation you must remember that you are starting a train of causation for good or otherwise which may have endless possibilities.”

In other words, the things you are getting right now are things which you (or if you’re a baby, dog, or other creature without agency, someone else) started manifesting a LONG time ago, just as a train doesn’t just appear on the tracks but has to be created and moved to where you are, and you’re not getting a train going anywhere from a dead stop in a hurry. It usually takes at least a little time. And conversely, the things you’re manifesting now will also take some time to get going depending on what they are and whether you may have the brakes on. 🙂


I have had a problem with being addicted to scarcity. I grew up rich as a child then my parents lost everything and it took a long time for them to get back to a good place financially, and then my father died and we were poor again. Then it took a really long time to get my career going (making more than I could ever imagine), and then I had a nervous breakdown.

I feel as if my old blueprint is set up to say ‘If you become wealthy it only brings you pain, loss, stress, and illness.’

I’ve talked about this before, and yet this week here I was again with that old demon. I wanted to manifest success in my business and it has seemed as if all I get is resistance at every turn.563121_630170500357775_1390384717_n

Then this popped up in my Facebook feed. And it hit me like … like someone slapped me in the face.

I have marked myself down.

Even now, I feel emotional at writing it.

I do feel as if I’m not being treated with love and respect.

But I really have a dilemma, because this business is everything I have ever wanted. It’s smack in the middle of my DMP. It – theoretically – meets both my PPNs. It’s been a passion of mine for decades. It’s my ticket to the dream of my life. It’s one of the things I want to be remembered for.

Do I just walk away? Or do I sidestep the rock there on the beach and keep going?

Anyway, I don’t have to decide any major business things today. But what I did do is to sign up for a course about upping your game in your business, which just so happened to be in the same place and a few days after a major venue to sell my book at which I’ve been looking at going to for months.

So I’m getting the feeling that the universe is nudging me along. Maybe it’s not the business. Maybe it’s the people I put on the damn train.

I already made the decision to set up an environment where the ones who won’t behave will kick themselves out, and if they don’t, I’m fully prepared to kick them out of the train myself.

But I feel as if I need to change me as well. I need to get off that clearance rack, the kiddie track, stop discounting, stop pricing my products to feed into the scarcity mindset that the whole rest of the world has. That’s the opposite of why I started the business in the first place.

I keep thinking of this quote from Og Mandino, which I’ll just leave here:

I was not delivered into this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lioness and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep. I hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. Let them join the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.

 

 

Week 8: the world is filled with outrage

I was going to write about all the nonsense that’s been going on in the past week or two, about Paris and Mexico, Kenya and Baghdad, the poor Syrians and the frightful situation still going on in Japan (where I lived for a short while), but it seems as if even now, people are moving on to the latest outrage de jour.

Emmet Fox has something to say about all that in the 7 Day Mental Diet:

If I witness an accident or an act of injustice, instead of reacting with pity or indignation, I refuse to accept the appearance at its face value; I do anything I can to right matters, I give it right thought, and let it go at that …

For I only have one life: a limited number of years, of months, of weeks, of days, hours, minutes, seconds. How many do I have left?1505372433_f9fb36a779_m

I don’t know, which is the very point. Instead of using the finite time and energy I have on things I neither know much about or can do anything about, I must focus, just as a magnifying glass focuses the rays of the sun, on things I am good at, I can physically do, I enjoy doing, I want to do, and what fulfills my needs: the things I was born to do, that only I can do in order to make this world better.

That may or may not involve the outrage de jour; it’s likely not to. The mob always goes for the quick and easy path.

Today, I went on a walk. It was cold and clear, the autumn leaves were brilliant. We have an exercise this week in the Master Keys to go backwards in time from a physical object (a battleship) to its sources. I did that for a whole week last year, so I decided to tackle my most impressive of objects: the space habitat I will design the landscaping for. I looked up into the blue morning sky, and imagined it. How did it get there? What happens to get it up there?

It was the most amazing experience. When I came back from the growth, the plantings, the development of the soil, the forming of the areas to hold the soil in, the building of the station itself, the technologies needed to create the parts (3D printing, I think, is the way), gathering the raw materials, building a place for these constructions to happen and the people doing them to live, the backers and engineers to send these things up, rallying and finding these people, the idea, the dream.

Me, walking along a suburban street in a housing tract in central Oklahoma.Sun_through_Conifer_Leaves

I felt for the first time, today, that this really could happen. I see it. Not every little detail, but I know when it will happen. I know where I will be living, say, 20-30 years from now: there on that space habitat, when those fruit trees are grown enough so I can look up and see the sun (or whatever we set up to pass for the sun) shining down at me through their branches.

I know that I am called to make this happen. It is what I was born to do. This is the way I will fulfill my PPN of Legacy: I will matter, and pass on something which inspires people for generations to come.

You can too.

Why spend your time worrying about the outrage de jour when you can change the world?

 

 

Photo credits: Dave Gough via Flickr, Ryan Hodnett via Wikipedia

Week 7: a little bit of this, a little bit of that

All sorts of stuff has been happening for me this week! It’s been difficult to narrow it down to one topic, so I hope you don’t mind a bit of a list.men-working-978394_640

As Mark J likes to say: you want a friend, get a dog. Confronting people on their bullshit is hard for me; my old blueprint is all about people liking me and avoiding conflict at all costs.

Well, I came across someone who is both manifesting some intensely interesting things and turning away from what they insist that they really want, simply out of fear, and I called them out on it.

I don’t think they’re real happy with me, but you know what? I no longer care (for more than about 20 minutes to cry about the fact that they’re upset with me, anyway) what others think of me. What this person is doing leads to the dark side.

The things they’re manifesting (to me, anyway, but of course this is just my opinion) seem to be the visualizations of others rather than anything they said that they want.

That is the big danger of not having control of your mind: you see examples of people getting their dreams (or nightmares) in living color, and your subby, for lack of any real vision on your part, manifests that instead.

To me, this is just more cement!!

I almost fell into that trap last year, and it took me a while to see that no, I don’t NEED or HAVE to want what others — even others I respect, honor, and admire — want.

It’s okay to want what I want. I am worth something.

What people don’t seem to realize is that, contrary to popular belief, you’re ALWAYS manifesting things. Every waking minute. So you better have YOUR dreams front and center, in detail, or you’ll get swept away in everyone else’s visions that produce emotion in you.

Subby is a simple little thing, who just wants to give you more of what makes you have strong emotion, whether “good” or “bad” emotion (subby can’t tell the difference).

So you have to VISUALIZE what YOU want, with EMOTION.

Or as Mark loves to say, ENTHUSIASM!

I was sitting this morning reading my DMP and the truth of this finally hit me: when you get your two most important needs met (your PPNs) then the rest come along.

I really can have everything a person could possibly want. Not only True Health and Legacy, but Helping Others, Recognition for Creative Expression, Liberty, Autonomy, and Spiritual Growth.

That feels really good.

In other news: my book The Jacq of Spades is available to buy! Another successful development from my DMP. 🙂

Week 6: welcome to the machine

I love this week’s teaching from Haanel, because I’ve been interested in the mind and brain for quite a long time. What he says is that the human brain is the most incredible machine ever. Of course, when you have an array of machines, even machines which are similar, there are going to be variations in how well they work.

Thought is the manifestation of the power that runs these machines, and thought is what goes out and does things. Not in the mystical sense or any sort of extra-sensory way, but since thought links us back to the subby, the portal to the Universe, a thought here has far-reaching implications everywhere.

This is where people get all twisted up, because they either don’t believe they have this power (with all that it implies) or they do believe it and are totally freaked out by the idea.

Phenomenal cosmic power, itty bitty living space. 😉

That’s actually truer than you think. Our thoughts are really the only thing preventing every one of us from being as rich as we want, as happy as we want, as powerful as we want, right now.

No, I take that back. We are EXACTLY, right now, as rich/happy/powerful as we have convinced subby we want to be. Think about that for a moment.

The whole point of this course is to persuade subby that we really want something else, to convince it once and for all that things must change, and in specific ways.

Which leads me to the other point Haanel makes this week: the spiritual must come first before anything will happen. Not in the religious sense, reading books or counting beads or any outward thing (although there’s nothing wrong with those things) but in the connection to the Infinite.

In the Master Key Experience we call it the ‘sit’. Sitting still, clearing your mind and letting yourself connect with the Universal Mind is the only way to get anything done of any value. Early on we learned of the Law of Relaxation: mental effort defeats itself. A relaxed state of mind is the doorway to mental progress.

Why? Because that’s when you get in touch with the real Power, without which our machine can’t run properly.

Just as if you put diesel into a regular car it might run for a bit but it will end up destroying the engine, trying to run your machine without proper fuel ends up … well, right where you were when you learned about this course. It takes a bit longer to jam up the works, perhaps, but the gunk and corrosion and other effects are just as terrible in the long term.

What happens with most people is that when things aren’t working right with the fuel they’re using, they just rev the machine harder! They work more, try more, do more, instead of stopping, sitting, tapping into the Source, and changing the fuel they’re using, starting the process of setting things right.

But the good news is that the mechanism can be cleaned, fixed, and set in good working order. Anyone can get their minds back on track, to have the things they truly want in their lives. Even you. 🙂

Week 5 – Limitations

I’m in the middle of getting another box checked off on my DMP! I’m doing the cover reveal for my upcoming novel in a few hours. And it feels awesome. Exhausting, but awesome!!

Chris basically wrote what I was going to write (maybe better) so I’m going to leave this here:

As we go into week five of the Master Key Master Mind Alliance course I find that this past week a word has popped up more frequently than I had noticed in the past, maybe it’s because of what I am learning through this course, maybe it’s because I am beginning to observe things a little differently, maybe it’s the positive literature that we’ve been instructed to bombard our mind with day in and day out through this course, maybe it’s my old blueprint desperately clinging to my subconscious mind trying to get back in, maybe it’s the new blueprint showing me what’s held me back for so long.

The word is limitations.

Go read his blog and watch the video. It made me cry for several reasons.

I’m sure you can figure it out if you have known me very long.

Week 4 – how do you want to feel?

10273430_10152211471133366_7187797986126513386_nI’ve been reading a book lately which has really made an impact.

I’m not going to share the name of it right now because this is the week where everyone gets sidetracked on reading other stuff and doing other stuff … and I’m not going to be part of contributing to that.

But what I’ve gotten out of it so far is very much like what we’re doing here in the Master Key class, but coming at it in a different direction.

In week 2 you get a couple of sheets which I have tacked up on my wall: Seven Laws of the Mind. One of them is called the Law of Dual Thought:

Thought is a combination of ideation and feeling. We can attach any feeling to a thought we want.

The reason why I mention this is that the book I’m reading is all about the question, “How do you want to feel?”

I believe that most of the problems in this world are an attempt not to feel. Most of the business of refusing the call is an attempt not to feel, whether it’s not to feel

  • shame at failing (because in your particular old blueprint you always fail)
  • guilt at wanting something for yourself instead of others (this is very common in women)
  • fear that your feelings will overwhelm you or make you less of a person (very common in men)

or whatever your issue is.

Feelings are what makes us human. When we can’t identify how we want to feel or deny the fact that we do feel, we cut ourselves off from the rest of humanity, worse yet, from the source of life within us (whatever you want to call it: the Universe, God, etc). We begin to die inside.

So we need to feel: the good, the bad, the ugly.

The sit is good for that, which is why so many avoid it, find problems with it, don’t have time for it, would rather do anything else but it. Sitting, alone, in silence, not moving, you’re forced to deal with yourself. Who you are. What you feel.

And I think it’s this more than anything else which makes grown up people throw tantrums and flounce away from changing their life. They are SO afraid to feel.

Hopefully, if you’ve gotten this far you’re at least beginning to get past that. So I’ll ask you: how do you want to feel?

I found this question very helpful. Even though I did the course last year and I’m a guide now…

(and released from supervision, woo hoo!)

(still love you Dayna! but I’m excited to be making progress)

… I have gone round and round with my PPNs (personal pivotal needs). But reading about the question of how I want to feel, and how others want to feel brought me up against:

I want to feel like I matter.

Which is the definition of Legacy! Which is something I’ve been thinking about for a while, but reading that made it click for me. Now my DMP makes much more sense.

So if you’re having trouble with your PPNs or your DMP, think about what you want to feel!

Week 3: refusing the call

Being a Master Key Experience guide gives me a unique perspective on the course. Not only am I doing the course again with the members (and getting new insights on my own) but I’m watching fifteen people make – or not make – their own Hero journeys.

Every hero refuses the call at first. That refusal can be anything:

  • procrastination to the point where they miss the application deadline (about 400 people did that),
  • confusion to the point where they don’t do any of the work and are eventually asked to leave,
  • defensiveness: refusal to get help when they clearly need it or arguing when they do get some,
  • manifesting obstacles,
  • all the way to downright saying “I’m out”.

These are people who are simply being asked to answer the question: what do you want?

As far as I know no one has been actually asked to leave yet in the over 600 people enrolled, but I’m sure there will be some fireworks to come. 🙂

What is refusing the call about? Fear.

It’s interesting that Haanel spends most of part 3 talking about fear, since so much of it is coming out right about now. The solution for it is expressed best in the week 3 study questions:

How may fear be completely eliminated?

By an understanding and recognition of the true source of all power.

I feel like these first few weeks are the most difficult of the course … like weeks 2-6. In week 1, you’re all pumped up, ready for anything. Then it sort of stops being so exciting and fun and begins to feel like work. Lots of stuff to do but maybe not so much happening yet. I remember those days very well.

But then once you accept the call, step across into the unknown, you begin to ‘get it’ – the light bulb turns on, you start seeing what this is really all about and it becomes much easier.

Some people are beginning to get it even now: the realization that YOU can change your life, that YOU have power, not because “you’re being your own god” as some ignorant person put on Facebook, but because God/The Universe/whatever is IN YOU, is directly connected to your subconscious mind, and you have the ability to communicate directly to that Power.

Every religious figure and most philosophers have said this over the past 6000 years, but people still want to cling to the old blueprint that tells them some authority figure or organization or society needs to tell them what to do and think in order to be okay instead of relying on the power within them like their own religious books tell them to do. It would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

But I’m seeing some amazing breakthroughs as people do the work and really wrestle with these questions on their own. It’s truly exciting to see what can happen when you stop refusing the call.

Week 2: monster attack!

Okay, this post is not really about the Master Keys. But then it is. Because if it hadn’t been for this course and the support of the friends I made here I would not have gotten through this week:

  • husband sick (with multiple specialist visits)
  • son sick
  • anniversary of a not-good thing
  • trying to promote my upcoming novel
  • doing Small Product Lab (great idea, bad timing — but I finished!)
  • all the things one needs to do to run a business
  • the work of being a guide for this (which actually is pretty minor)
  • and so on

I must admit I had a melt-down on Tuesday. My old blueprint ATTACKED! But I kept my mind focused on the positives, let myself feel the stuff that needed to feel, and was able to get everything done.

So I’m very happy.

(If you’re curious about what I made in the Small Product Lab, it’s here)

Week 1 – your future is under your control

Say WHAT?

Yep, after one year of doing this, I’ll have to say that your future is firmly under your control.

How do you figure that, you might ask?

Well, Haanel says in the Master Keys that the world without is a reflection of the world within, just as what you see in the mirror is just a reflection of the reality of your appearance. Your inside is a cause; your world is an effect.

(Please don’t even start ranting about evil in the world and how you didn’t cause it. I know way more about that than I care to, believe me. If you didn’t cause it, then you didn’t cause it. Let it go. Other people have inner lives too: it’s not all about you.)

So the concept is really quite easy: change what’s going on inside you and you will automatically change what you see outside you, just as if you brush your hair differently or wear a different shirt, your reflection in the mirror changes as well.

It happens in your outlook right away. What do you see when you get in your car? A bunch of bad drivers, or a bunch of beautiful cars? A glorious sunny day or a horribly hot one? The beauty of snow or every crash on the way home? It’s all in your mind which you see, which is why I like that 7 day mental diet so much.

The hard part is actually changing that inside of yours. It’s hard to control your body, as people doing this for the first time are finding out. It’s really hard to control your thoughts. It’s even harder to change that stinking old blueprint, especially if you’re trying to do it on your own without any help.

Thus, this course. 🙂

But that’s what people rant and throw fits about when you come out and SAY that their future is under their control. Because not only do people tend to not believe it, but if they DID believe it, then, you know, they’d actually have to change what’s going on inside them. Which seems impossible.

If you don’t believe you can change, you won’t do what you need to in order to do it, or you’ll sabotage yourself when you do try to do it, or you refuse to do the work, or you whine about how it’s so hard.

But if you’re willing to be open to changing, it’s very possible. I know: I’ve been there. 🙂

 

Week 1: and round we go

I’ve been thinking of how much things have changed since I began this journey a year ago. I look back at my old posts during this week last year, read (as I do every morning) my signed Blueprint Builder, dated on this date last year, and I’m amazed.

Then today I got a list of the people who will be in my tribe as a Guide, and I see how though each has his or her own journey and issues and ways they will (or won’t – hopefully they will all make it but it’s up to each of them) change their lives, and I feel very humbled at the opportunity to be of service, in whatever way I can.

It’s an exciting, scary time, to start on a new adventure. I’m glad you’re here along for the ride.