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This week’s lesson (I feel) is about power, and fear. The part about power is easy and interesting: where power comes from, how to get it, what to do with it — these are all fascinating topics. What people don’t really like to talk about is fear.
But fear is really the part which keeps us from getting the power we need to do what it is we want. Haanel makes that quite clear:
When fear is effectually and completely destroyed, your light will shine, the clouds will disperse and you will have found the source of power, energy and life.
None of us are immune to fear. We can push it aside, keep it at bay, but if we aren’t careful, it can creep right back in again. It’s all part of being human.
The biggest problem with fear is that it can cause us to make bad decisions. To not do things which are in our own best interests.To push away those trying to bring us wisdom. To not take opportunities which could help us!
So our major task is to focus on getting rid of fear, right?
Nope. If you focus on what you don’t want, subby brings you more of the thing you focus on. That is the Law of Attraction, in its negative form.
So what do we want?
We want the power, the ability, to get past the fear, to not let it stop what we want for our lives.
And if you read part 3, Haanel gives quite explicit instructions on how to activate the source of our power: what we in the MKE call the Sit. Purposeful silence. With this plus the mental diet, plus the other little exercises we do, many members are even now beginning to learn how to activate this power within them.
Sounds too good to be true? Yeah. I know. It does. But that’s your fear talking. 🙂
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 want to ask you a question, and I want you to answer honestly: Do you really want to change your life? If so, why haven’t you signed up to the Master Key Experience? Do you think that maybe you’ll be able to steal some bit of information from my blog that will suddenly make everything click? That the hundreds of hours you’ve spent trying to change your life and failing will suddenly all go away if you learn one new piece of information?
JUST STOP. Stop trying to change your life and change it!
You see, here’s the thing. Your subconscious mind has been programmed from birth for you to do what you do now, all the things you do now which are causing you to fail. You have NO control over your subconscious mind! So “trying” to change your life is just looking at the effect, not the cause – and it WILL FAIL.
Mark J talks about that and explains it really well in the first of the Master Key video series (WHICH IS FREE).
Okay, so if you watched that first video, then you should understand perfectly WHY you’ve been failing so much.
There is not magic information which is going to change your life. YOU need to get the guidance to learn how to DIRECT your subconscious mind (NOT control it! Because you can’t, by definition) and convince it that you’re serious about things getting better.
And the ONLY way you can do that is to actually get serious about things getting better!
This is where the Master Key Experience comes in. We have done it, and we can show you how.
No one controls you. We teach you how to control yourself.
No one pressures you. We teach you how to get out from under the world’s pressure to be like everyone else.
You find out how to be YOU, not a copy of a copy of a copy (which in most cases, has been mis-copied). Do you have the courage to learn to be yourself?
If this sounds at all good to you then go here right now. Clear your schedule and grab this opportunity, before it passes you by!
What does being self-directed mean? Because that is the ultimate goal of the Master Key Experience. Not to indoctrinate you into some new and different ideology, not to get you to think like we think … but to be able to think for yourself.
But I do think for myself! You might say.
Okay. Just for today, don’t say anything which someone else has already said in your presence. If you’ve ever heard someone else say it, it’s off limits. Keep your mouth shut until you have something original to say.
Sounds easy, right? But that gets rid of all the banalities, the small talk, the repeating of others’ opinions. You can’t just go the easy route. It forces you to think for yourself. For most people, if you take away the imprint the world has left on them, there’s nothing left.
So what does this self-directed stuff look like?
You do the work you want to do, work that makes you feel how you’d like to feel. If you’re not in that work right now, you develop your own plan as to how to get there.
When you need guidance, you go inward first. The only teacher is you. What do you want?
You know what you want in life, and you are at least developing a plan to get there. You don’t blame others for not having what you want in life, because you know it’s up to you to get it.
People don’t have to keep nagging you or telling you what to do. You’re motivated inwardly. You feel great about what you’re doing, because it makes you feel more alive. You get up with new ideas. You have a clear picture of your goal in mind, as if you were right there, with it already accomplished.
Does this sound good?
Well, it’s very achievable. Thousands of people are living there right now. Some took decades to figure out how to do this, but I took a course called the Master Key Experience and got all the help and tools I needed to do this in a year. Since then, I’ve just been refining, deepening my understanding. But you can see definite results in just a few months, if you’re willing to do the work.
And the class can’t be bought. It’s already been paid for by last year’s class.
So if you’d like this to be the year you become self-directed, get on the early notification list. By the end of 2016, your life can be a whole lot better. And by this time next year, you’ll be on the way to the life you’ve always wanted with thousands of dear friends cheering you on. 🙂
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. 🙂
This week has been very good and pretty bad at the same time. I won’t go into details, but the two major things I see here are my old blueprint and resistance. With a good dose of opinions on the side.
Anyone actually successful who’s reading this: when do you stop feeling as if you’re walking in a minefield? Perhaps that’s just my old blueprint as well.
I redid my DMP. In many ways I feel like this:
Those things we call miracles are just the inexplicable things which happen as the universe comes to your aid. I know that. But is it resistance not to want to rely on them? To know how to do what I want to do?
I feel as if I’m pushing through a jungle, alone, in a direction where there’s no path. Is that resistance? Or is that a sign I should go a different way? I don’t know, and I think the not knowing is what scares me.
Fear, unworthiness … hey, that sounds like my comfort zone! Now I know what to do. 😀
That, my friend, is a miracle. 😉
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 …
… 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.
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. 🙂