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Week 13: knowledge vs certainty (part 2)

I feel as though I sort of left yesterday’s post unfinished, now that I think about it more, and while I was doing my readings I kept mentally adding enough edits that it seemed best to just write a second part and be done with it. πŸ˜‰

Today I’ve been thinking about how our current situations came to be, whether good or bad, prosperous or impoverished, in turmoil or at peace. And one thing which jumped out at me was that we didn’t have to do exercises or say affirmations or make a blueprint or exert any sort of effort in order to get where we are now.

Or did we? What goes running through your brain all day? I submit that those are your affirmations. What do you read about, watch, and talk about? What do you focus on? Those are your exercises. What are you certain of, in times of either stress or celebration? That is your blueprint.

The problem is that we have had this blueprint put on us since we were born by other people: parents, teachers, the TV, movies, songs, the news, and so on. These tell you who you are, what you should be, what you deserve, how much money it’s okay to have, where you can go, what you can do, what you can believe, how you can act, when/where/how it’s okay to eat/have sex/take care of your children, what you should look like — every single inch of your life has been dictated to you by someone else, programmed and conditioned to the point where most people don’t even know who they are anymore.

That is what this course is about: finding out who you are and creating a blueprint that fits you, not one that was put on you by others, who had theirs put on them by others, who had theirs put on them by others, and so on.

And this blueprint of yours (and mine) is so strong that it takes no effort on your part to create huge effects. Just look around you right now — you made what you see! While you might not have physically made it, you (like the architect of the battleship I talked about earlier), set events in motion which brought it to wherever you are right now, either by you physically moving to it (if, for example, you’re sitting in a park or a restaurant right now), or you bought it and took it home. The way you feel when you look at what you’re seeing, the way you view your surroundings and the people around you, everything in your life is made up of what you have been certain of.

Here’s what I see as the problem with the usual way people go about “changing their life”: they make a resolution, or set a goal, and go through all this mental effort to force themselves to do something, but since every effect (even the thing they want to change, say, being overweight, or smoking) has a definite cause, working to change the effect without changing the cause is doomed to fail. They haven’t even done a thing to change the blueprint which says “oh what a big boy Johnny is!” or “smoking makes you cool” or whatever the blueprint is, that jolt of pleasure you get for doing what you do which you know you shouldn’t.

And there’s something else which is even more important, that I have known about for many weeks, but just now really became certain of today:

Mental effort defeats itself — exactly the opposite of physical effort. A relaxed, calm state of mind is the only doorway to progress mentally. Relaxation of thought is the only access to Infinite Intelligence.

This is otherwise known as the Law of Relaxation, and has been stuck up on my wall since … I don’t know, week 3 or so? It makes me laugh to think of how it has been there the whole time.

So everyone all over the world is making “resolutions” right now: using the wrong tools (mental effort) to change effects (not causes), then after a few months, failing, repeatedly training their subby to fail, then next year either giving up (because they are certain they aren’t good enough) or vowing to do even more of this next year, because they are certain that this will work. I mean, that’s what everyone else does!

Not only that, but they are doing something else which Haanel warns against, and which was my problem the other day:

Are we to inform the Omniscient as to the proper channel to be used to materialize our demand? Can the finite advise the Infinite? This is the cause of failure …

As Albert Einstein said, insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

So what is the answer?

The main thing is to create a new blueprint which is stronger and better than the old one ever was, which it will be because it will be in alignment with who you really are. Once this new blueprint is made, doing what you want and getting what you want will be as easy and effortless as doing and getting what you have at present.

Creating and associating pleasure from doing the things which correspond with the life you want (and conversely, pain from doing the things you don’t want) is a big step, and one thing which we’ve learned how to do this week. But of course, Haanel once again emphasizes that “we must put our knowledge into practice” — just as an athlete will never become stronger by reading about lifting weights or running or whatever he or she wants to do, we aren’t going to change our blueprints by reading about how to do it. Not gonna happen.

But must use the right tools. Using woodworking tools to mix concrete, or concrete tools to work with wood, results in destroyed tools and ruined materials both. So how can we make sure we’re going to succeed?

Haanel writes:

We can best conserve our interests by recognizing the Infinite Power and Infinite Wisdom of the Universal Mind, and in this way become a channel whereby the Infinite can bring about the realization of our desire.

In other words, prioritize: put those 2000 connections of your conscious mind to work on figuring out what you want out of life. Exactly what, down to the smallest detail. Let the 4 billion connections of your subby and the infinite power of the Universal Mind work on the how. Spending your 2000 connections worrying about how this is all going to happen just manifests anxiety and fear when you can’t get it to work. This week, I learned this the hard way.

Use the right tools for the job and it becomes much easier. πŸ™‚

 

Week 13: knowledge vs certainty

For the past few weeks it has felt at first as if the reading in the Master Keys was basically saying the same thing over and over. And then, of course, as I approach the end of the week I realize something that amazes me and totally makes me look at things differently.

I’m not sure how I got my mind onto the track that it went in, but I thought of something Mark said in the webinar on Sunday: it’s what you learn after you know it all that makes the difference”.

And then I thought of the people who every week seem intent on changing something in the readings: it’s too violent, it’s too wordy, it’s not religious enough, it’s too religious, and on and on.

A lot of those people end up dropping out, and I think the reason why is that they feel that they know it all and don’t need to sit with the material and see where in their old blueprint this rebellion is coming from and what it’s triggering in them.

Most times, when something jumps out at me like this it’s because it’s something I need to look at in myself. So I thought about this for a while and remembered a part a week or so ago where it talked about the various “fabrications”, as Haanel puts it, of the Law of Attraction, things like seances and such. He might put the current “The Secret” fad into that as well, but I haven’t watched it so I don’t know.

What I got out of that section at the time was that the motivation was off in each of these: the purpose was either manipulation or self-aggrandizement, rather than to find your true dream and calling with a focus on giving first, then receiving.

Haanel continually says: knowledge will not apply itself, and at first glance this seems really truly obvious. I mean, you wouldn’t hire a brain surgeon who had only read (ie, had knowledge) about how to do brain surgery. You’d want someone who had done it so many times he was certain of how it would go, certain of his or her capabilities.

But when you’re talking about the inside of your own head, it gets a bit more tricky than that.

Because you want to believe that you know what’s right for you, and ALL of that is coming straight from your old blueprint, who KNOWS that this is too violent or too wordy or too religious or not religious enough, and so on. Or, as I found out in my case, “knowing” that I had to figure out how I was going to do something in order to feel good about it, which this week totally backfired.

Last week I went ahead in full faith and signed up for the conferences in Hawaii and the hotel. At this point I did not have the money, and the only things I could think of to get the money involved depleting my current resources. But I signed up anyway, putting it on my credit card (because I knew that would work even though it wasn’t ideal but I was afraid I wouldn’t get to go), and I’ve had this on and off anxiety about it, even though if I talked to my husband about it he would probably be ok with paying for part if not all of it.

I’ve tried to make the anxiety go away, even trying something someone mentioned on the forums, which was adding “healthy and wealthy” to this one affirmation we have been doing, instead of trusting the text that the original affirmation was all that was needed.

So after the webinar I went to the store to get some things for the class, and when I went to pay, the guy behind the register said that my card was declined.

It was our joint sapphire Chase credit card with a huge credit limit. There was no way that the card was declined for buying a pack of index cards. But for a second, I panicked.

It was just that the guy typed in the last 4 numbers on my card wrong, but it really shook me up, and it took me about a half hour to feel right again.

I KNEW my card was perfectly fine. But deep down, for just a second, I was CERTAIN something had gone horribly wrong.

Why? Because my old blueprint is full of not very nice things, such as low self-esteem (you don’t deserve your dream), fear, and shame. And in that second, all the nonsense that I had been doing because I KNEW that the ONLY way to pay for the trip was for me to put it on my credit card when I didn’t have the funds at present (which breaks one of my personal rules, as I pay my card off every month) … all that came back to bite me. And although it was just for a second, it was a hard bite.

I now realize that I tried to shove the universe out of the way (because I knew the right way to do things), then added to an affirmation precisely in order to manipulate the universe into rubber-stamping my plan. I did all this out of fear, not calm, so what I was telling my subby was “fear, debt, credit cards, break your personal rules, fear”.

And what is a worse feeling (financial-wise) than having your card declined in a store with a line of people behind you the week before Christmas?

So be careful when you think you know how to do something (especially when someone is trying to teach you something that you said you wanted to learn). It’s what you learn after you think you know best that will make the difference, because it will be painful, and you won’t forget it soon. πŸ™‚

How does understanding this help?

Because it works the other way round too. When you are certain of your connection with the Universe then you don’t muck about trying to move the immovable force. You clearly visualize what you want to get the mountain moving, and then you get the heck out of the way.

This week, Haanel has been trying to get us to be certain of this connection, through the daily sits. For me, it’s just been flashes here and there. But it’s a start. πŸ™‚

Week 11: what’s in your cart?

This week, we’re supposed to meditate upon Mark 11:24 —

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

This at first was difficult for me on a few levels, and a few months ago I probably wouldn’t even have wanted to have anything to do with it for several reasons which aren’t pertinent here. This is the first time there’s really been any religious stuff in there that we couldn’t avoid. So before I did the first sit of this week, I sort of struggled with having to spend a week on this.

But something else that was in the Study Questions was helpful:

We are to believe that our desire has already been fulfilled; its accomplishment will then follow.

And while I was sitting, I was thinking about the application of the thought, and I came up with an analogy that you might find helpful.

When you go to the grocery store, for example, you might go to the store and stand at the deli counter and maybe ask for some cole slaw or some sliced cheese, or my favorite, potato wedges. (otherwise known as home fries, basically a potato cut into wedges lengthwise, seasoned, and fried)

Potato wedges! Mmmm πŸ˜€

So you tell the lady that you want a pound of potato wedges, and she starts putting them into a bag to weigh them.

You aren’t eating them, you haven’t paid for them, you don’t have them in your cart, and she doesn’t even have them all in the bag yet, but at this point you feel that they are YOURS. If someone was to go and snatch that bag away from the lady and give it to someone else, you would feel a sense of outrage: how dare you take my potato wedges!

It’s the same way with what you’re asking the Universe for. You don’t in any way actually have possession of what you want yet, but you have laid claim to it just as surely as you did with the potato wedges or with the things you put in your cart at the grocery store.

Something to think about is: what is in your cart?

In other words, what do you believe that you already have, because the Universe is putting it into your bag right now? What do you believe your future is like?

Do you even have a shopping list? Did you ever have one, way back when you were a child?

What was your burning desire, your dream that you would do anything to have?

Where is it now? What happened to your dreams?

Did you give up your dreams because you thought they were going to cost too much, or other people said they would be unrealistic, or you don’t feel you’re good enough to have them — and put some crappy life of poverty and fear into your cart instead?

Something worth thinking about, because you are spending the one life you have on what you have put in that cart of yours, so you might want to make sure it’s something you want. πŸ™‚

 

Week 10: cause and effect

This week has been a real roller-coaster for me. Several fairly things happened which made me feel happy and some things have happened which made me feel pretty bad. I’m handling both a lot better than I usually do, but I still am working on the Mental Diet. I think my best stretch without dwelling on something negative has been 18 hours or so. LOL.

This week’s readings have been talking about persistence, about (of all things) circuits … and a lot of things are beginning to clear up for me, but the biggest thing I got out of this week was the emphasis on cause and effect. Everything — every effect — has a definite cause.

Which is making a lot of sense to me right now. The “good things” had a cause. The “bad things” had a cause. The way I reacted to each had a cause!

It’s becoming way more clear what the causes of each was, and as Haanel says:

When you win, as you will, you will know exactly why.

The corollary to that is when you lose, you will know why also, and not blame it on others or bad luck or the current President or whatever most people blame things on. You lose the excuses. And you lose the stress, for the most part.

And it’s making me more curious. When something happens that upsets me, I think: is this my old blueprint? Is it something I am attracting through negative thoughts? Is it the result of past negative thoughts?

(like a weed takes a while to grow from a weed seed, so have some bad situations from my past weedy thoughts)

Or is this, as Emmet Fox says in the Seven Day Mental Diet, a “rocking” of my world, so that it may be re-set in a manner more to my liking?

So things that appear negative are beginning — just today — to trigger curiosity rather than hate, anxiety, worry, rage, and so on.

Although we’re still not supposed to form opinions on things, it seems to me as if this is a good thing.

 

Week 4: who am “I”?

This week’s reading focused on the “I”.

Most people think who they are is a race, or a gender, or a nationality, or a religion, or an ethnic group, or a sexual identity. Haanel says that we are not our bodies, as they are just tools of the “I”, just as much as the internet, our car, or the spoon we use to eat with.

Others think that who they are is their mind, but no, the Master Keys says, the mind is also just a tool. When you say “I think”, there is an “I” who is using the mind to do the thinking, the planning, and the acting.

So who am “I”?

The “I” must be something which controls and directs both the body and the mind

He goes on to mention that your “I” is not your personality either, as this is simply the result of your former ways of thinking, your old blueprint, if you will.

So what is the “I”? How can you find out who “you” really are?

He mentions exercises to train yourself to think, to strengthen your conscious mind — your World Without — so it can constructively address the World Within — your subby.

… when you have learned to control yourself you will have found the “World Within” which controls the world without; you will have become irresistible; men and things will respond to your every wish without any apparent effort on your part.

This is not so strange or impossible as it may appear when you remember thatΒ  the “World Within” is controlled by the “I” and that this “I” is a part or one with the Infinite “I” which is the Universal Energy ….

… referring to the Universal Mind. As I mentioned before, each of our subbies is an outlet to the Universal Mind.

So who “I” am, deep down, is my subby, who uses my mind and body to navigate and create my world.

Now you might be asking at this point, “So if I’m an outlet to the infinite power of God, why is my life so screwed up?”

The greatest and most marvelous power which this “I” has been given is the power tho think, but few people know how to think constructively, or correctly, consequently they achieve only indifferent results. Most people allow their thoughts to dwell on selfish purposes, the inevitable result of an infantile mind. When a mind becomes mature, it understands that the germ of defeat is in every selfish thought.

Basically, it’s because our conscious mind has abdicated as the “watchman at the gate”, and instead is preoccupied with Ebola, or the Kardashians, or the fall TV shows, or how the government is doing this or that, instead of being focused on anything constructive.

He takes pains to make it clear that he doesn’t mean we should give away everything and live in poverty, becoming what most people think of as “selfless”. I personally feel that this attitude is self-destructive and a attempt to selfishly garner pity and attention for how “holy” you are.

I think Haanel agrees:

Self-denial is not success. We cannot give unless we get; we cannot be helpful unless we are strong. The Infinite is not a bankrupt and we who are the representatives of Infinite power should not be bankrupts either, and if we wish to be of service to others we must have power and more power, but to get it we must give it; we must be of service.

He later says:

… we must be a channel whereby the Universal can express activity. The Universal is constantly seeking to express itself, to be of service, and it seeks the channel whereby it can find the greatest activity, where it can do the most good …

I find this seriously exciting! Remember all the little atoms in the Universal Mind’s “plastic mind substance”? Well, they are out there looking to see who is ready to do something good and useful so they can help!

There is so much in this chapter that I could be writing all day … but what we’re doing this week is basically a baby step attempt to turn our minds from our own pettiness and negativity on towards the ideals and aspirations that uniquely touch each of us individually, because these are the things which the “I” has always wanted to do, before the rest of the world with its ideas cast us into some cement copy of someone else (who probably isn’t either happy or doing much with their lives).

And this is only week 4!! I can’t imagine what will happen at the end of this. This whole thing is too exciting for words. πŸ˜€

 

 

 

 

Week 2: some insights (part 2)

So if you remember we were talking about the subconscious (or “subby”) and how it’s like if a four year old had the mind of a supercomputer. Innocent, trusting, lightning fast brainpower, and totally dedicated to being helpful, your subby looks to you for guidance as to what to do and takes you absolutely LITERALLY.

Say to subby “why do I always do that?” and subby will not only provide all the reasons you do that (because, after all, you asked), but will also make sure you continue to do that, because you said you always did that!

See how what you say and think might be important?

But it goes deeper than this. Subby also doesn’t understand sarcasm or negatives (don’t smoke = smoke), and can’t reason the way the conscious mind does. When presented with two thoughts that we would think are contradictory (my liver is shot, but I love to drink), it can’t make the leap to understand that the liver is shot because of the drinking. You love to drink so subby helps you drink!

This is why people make decisions that we think are so obviously stupid — they may think they want one thing (consciously) but what they have communicated to their subby is just the opposite.

The things you and the rest of the world from the time you were born have told the subby (which accepts everything as true) are all there for subby to access. This is your “blueprint” which subby uses to keep you alive. If all your mom ever said to you when you were a kid was “rich people are stupid and greedy” then no matter how hard you work you’ll never get rich, because not only does subby think that becoming rich will make you stupid and greedy, but subby doesn’t want to disappoint your mom!

(This, by the way, is why extremely hard-working people blow their money the minute they get any, or why most lottery winners end up worse off and unhappier than they were before they won. Their blueprints simply won’t allow them to become rich.)

Since subby is who makes your decisions, which leads to your thoughts, which directs your actions, which makes your environment, you could make the case that subby is who created all the stuff (good and bad) that’s going on for you right now.

I understand that some people have a HUGE problem with that idea. It’s okay. Don’t get sidetracked by the thought that me or Haanel or anyone else is blaming you for stuff other people did to you. This is not what that means. My take on that is that bad things are a combination of your subby and someone else’s subby colliding, and that yours got the raw end of the deal.

There is good news, though — the good news is that you can rewrite the blueprint that subby is working from! That is what this course seems to be about so far — helping us to create great positive blueprints that will get us what we really want instead of the crap blueprints we were programmed with growing up.

But here’s where it really gets wild.

I haven’t quite wrapped my head around this yet. It sounds crazy even to me.

The Master Keys says that there is one Universal Mind. There seem to be a lot of synonyms for this:

  • Infinite Wisdom
  • Infinite Power
  • Infinite Supply
  • Universal Fountain

According to this, each person’s subby is a part of this Mind, but “lesser in degree”. If you know anything about fractals, this is sort of how I picture it — each part is the same as the big picture, just smaller.

This Universal Mind — according to Haanel — is the “life principle” of all the atoms in the universe, and describes it as “plastic mind substance” which is “seeking purpose(!)”, just waiting to be formed into what the conscious mind directs it to be formed into.

This is the “Law of Attraction” — that thought creates reality. Because since subby will do anything to please you, if you tell subby to, it will literally move mountains for you by tapping into the Universal Mind.

I feel as if I’m training to become a Jedi. πŸ™‚

Week 1 – patterns

Others might have different views on this, but I feel that this first week is about beginning to recognize the patterns that we’ve created in our lives.

There are of course good patterns and bad ones, but it would be safe to say that if someone was completely happy with their lives they wouldn’t be in a course like this, and if you’re not doing what works for you, you’ve probably got at least one bad pattern going.

So … about patterns, in particular mine.

This is where things get tricky. What do I share? How much? I feel like my about page bordered on over-sharing, as I’m a pretty private person, especially when it comes to my health issues.

But I guess if I’m going to write about this stuff I might as well write.

I feel as if these are some of the patterns I’ve noticed:

  • attention seeking — seeking attention is one of the driving forces in life so this isn’t too surprising, but mine has been for things such as complaints, illness, and so on. One insight I’ve gained is that I was pretty harshly treated as a child for succeeding — by other students — so I find it difficult to talk about my successes. Not a good thing when, it seems, words are so important.
  • manipulation — this is more in my private life, and I could go into a lot of gory detail, but the end result is that I get people to let me off the hook for things instead of holding me to a high standard. And since our mantra seems to have become “I always keep my promises”, this pattern became pretty glaring this week.

Which leads me to an issue which has bothered me for a while: I have felt untrusted and unlikable. Well, duh! Ya think? Complaining and manipulation doesn’t seem too trustworthy or likable to me either. Seems like something which in retrospect should be no surprise, was.

The other thing that has occurred to me is that patterns operate under the Heisenburg principle: the act of observing them causes aspects of them to change. Which is great! πŸ˜€

I feel as if I learned a ton this week so far, and we’ve got a couple days to go.