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Week 18: putting your heart into it

Although I’ve gotten a lot done, this past week has felt very difficult.sun-622740_640

Yesterday was the anniversary of my father’s death, and even though he died a long time ago, for some reason this week has been emotional for me.

I think it’s the collision of a lot of things I alluded to last week: just seeing how much negativity I’ve manifested and attracted in this 53 year life of mine, and realizing that it’s going to be more of a process of tearing down an old building and rebuilding it than just chipping off a little cement. At times I feel as if I need to get an earth mover.

But as always, Haanel has an answer for this situation:

In order to grow we must obtain what is essential for our growth, but as we are at all times a complete thought entity, this completeness makes it possible for us to receive only as we give; growth is therefore conditioned on reciprocal action and we find that on the mental plane like attracts like …

.. Affluence within is found to be the secret of attraction for affluence without … it if for this reason that he who has his heart in his work is certain to meet with unbounded success. He will give and continually give; and the more he gives, the more he will receive.

I found this very encouraging, because I realized that I haven’t had my heart in my work for a while, and of course that sort of thing always comes back to bite us, as like attracts like. But I can change things simply by putting my heart into what I choose to do and letting like attract like. I don’t have to force things to happen, good or bad; they just do.

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. 🙂

The creative mind

I’ve been reading Wallace Wattles’ book The Science of Getting Rich lately, and he talks a lot about the creative mind.1175750_554402311261698_1808182561_n

The creative mind is more a mindset than anything else, and I see it as when you focus on the joy of creation, on being, on doing things because you either love doing them or because you’re helping someone else (like when you clean the toilet so it will be clean for your family).

The creative mind realizes that the world is full of infinite abundance, and that there’s more than enough for everyone. When you’re in the creative mind, you’re focused on beauty, gratitude, love, and living in the moment.

He contrasts the creative mind with the competitive mind, which unfortunately is where most people tend to live. The competitive mind is focused on what can I get? Why don’t I have what I deserve? Who do I have to beat out to get it? The competitive mind fears the world is lacking, a zero-sum equation, and that someone is going to get what you’re entitled to or take away the little you do have. When you’re in the competitive mind, you’re focused on worry, fears, debt, vengeance, the past or on the future.

The one thing that he’s crystal clear on: the only reliable way to succeed is to be in the creative mind.

This is something that I’ve been thinking about for the past two weeks pretty much straight, and one night I had these really anxiety-filled dreams. When I woke up I realized that I have been very much in a competitive mindset, even after going on nine months with the course. I suppose you could call it a breakthrough of sorts, because when you see something, that’s when you can start fixing it.

I feel as if I haven’t been very successful because I’ve been in the competitive mind through most of this. I know it’s because I’m still partially in my old blueprint, which is about as much in the competitive mind as a person can get. The times I have succeeded have been when I’ve been able to get into the flow, to be grateful, to do what I love because I love it or it helps someone else, not trying to get something for it.

(this doesn’t mean I don’t want to be paid; but it does mean that while I’m doing it, I’m “creating more life”, as Wattles puts it, so that everyone has more than when they began … a win-win situation)

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It seems difficult to explain this properly, and the reason why this is, and why it’s become more difficult with each post, is something else I’ve been thinking of a lot lately. This blog is sort of like coming in the middle of a movie and not understanding most of what’s going on. I wouldn’t expect you to, because you haven’t taken the course yet.

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A wish that came true

During the MKMMA course, we had to write something called a DMP, or Definite Major Purpose: basically answering the question WHAT DO YOU WANT? Mine got sent back over and over because I wasn’t being very specific. But on the third draft (dated October 5, 2014) I wrote in there that I wanted to go to Hawaii in 2015.

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I had wanted to visit Hawaii for most of my life, because I kept hearing about how awesome it was. But I really considered it more seriously than a passing fancy when on a visit to California (where we were from) my best friend Celia told me her son Tyree (who was going to school there) would be graduating in 2015 and would I like to come too?

And I was like GREAT! AWESOME!

But I didn’t seriously feel like I was going. I didn’t keep my word a lot those days.

There are a few things you might want to know:

We drove to California from Oklahoma back in 2013 because I was so paranoid of the TSA. I had publicly and actively boycotted flying, speaking out against what was going on, and I didn’t even know if I was on some list or something. I am an abuse survivor, and the thought of some stranger touching me was like a phobia. At one point I couldn’t even read stories of TSA abuses because they would make me feel physically ill. The whole part about private jets and cruises (although those would be awesome) was my way to figure out how I could possibly go without having to deal with the TSA.

Even if I could have made myself go through a TSA line back then, I had no idea how I was going to pay to go to Hawaii. My husband doesn’t like traveling and while he might have paid for me to go, I didn’t know if it would be possible for us. At that time, my own finances weren’t doing too badly but I was later to take a series of financial missteps which put me into serious debt for the first time ever.

And although I had known Tyree since he was in second grade (his younger brother and my sons went to kindergarten together and they lived right around the corner) I didn’t actually know him all that well. So at the time the only thing sending me there was the prospect of hanging out with my friends for a week (which was pretty cool).

But doing the MKMMA forced me to decide WHAT DO I WANT, and I wanted to go to Hawaii. As it turned out, I got a TON more things done in that trip, which I’ll talk about more later. But going to Hawaii was not only something I had wanted to do for a long time, it was the first thing that they were actually able to drag out of me as a specific thing I WANTED TO DO, as opposed to what others might want, stuff for my husband/kids/etc.

Isn’t it weird how women are? LOL

So that gives some context into this photo:

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How did I get there? How did I not only go, but have a great time, absolutely zero trouble with airport security, and meet some dear friends along the way?

Well, it’s sort of like Sam’s dilemma. How do you explain nine months of effort, involving danger, fear, and victories? It would be easier for you to look at the information in the tabs above, then take the course and retrain your own subby (plus more fair to those who created it and those who took it) than for me to explain the whole thing. You  also could read what I’ve written so far. But it’s really a change inside which all this guidance, training, and mental effort produced that did it for me, and that’s something which WILL happen if you do the work.

I admit I slacked off some there at the end, but even so it’s been enough to get me through. I have a lot more specific things that I have discovered along the way that I want to do, and I am really excited because I know now that I can do them!

But really it began with the Mental Diet for me. That’s why I keep going on about it. You can save yourself some time and do it now while you’re waiting, instead of waiting until whenever they introduce it after the course starts (which won’t be for a while). But it’s up to you. 🙂

Just fill out the form and follow the directions. I don’t have time to spam people, so it’s all cool.

Week 20: just breathe

Overall this has been a good week.

I liked this week’s lesson quite a bit, and I found it really inspiring.

Here are just a few quotes from the lesson:

Thinking is the true business of life, power is the result…. What results can you expect so long as you remain oblivious to the power which has been placed within your control?

So long as you do this you limit yourself to superficial conditions, and make of yourself a beast of burden for those who think; those who recognize their power; those who know that unless we are willing to think we shall have to work, and the less we think the more we shall have to work, and the less we shall get for our work….

When you begin to perceive that the essence of the Universal is within yourself — is you — you begin to do things; you begin to feel your power ….

This power of thought, if understood and correctly used, is the greatest labor-saving device ever dreamed of ….

Inspiration is the art of receiving and makes for all that is best in life; your business in life is to understand and command these invisible forces instead of letting them command and rule you. Power implies service; inspiration implies power; to understand and apply the method of inspiration is to become a superman. We can live more abundantly every time we breathe, if we consciously breathe with that intention ….

He then talks about something I had never heard of called Pranic Energy (or Pranic Ether). According to Wikipedia, Prana means “life force”, analogous to the Chinese medicine concept of qi, and is “the sum total of all energy that is manifest in the universe”.

Every time we breathe we fill our lungs with air and at the same time vitalize our body with this Pranic Ether which is Life itself, so that we have the opportunity of making a conscious connection with All Life, All Intelligence and All Substance.

The idea is to consciously think about this each time we think about breathing, to associate breathing with our connection to the Universe, as Haanel reminds us yet again:

Each time you think, you start a train of causation which will create a condition in strict accordance with the quality of the thought which originated it.

So it’s best to think, as Haanel puts it, “constructively”, letting go of the negative stuff and focusing on the positive, the things you can do something about, the things which are what you really want, what you’re meant to do in this world.

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Week 17: things are finally beginning to move

I was going to title this “inertia” but that usually has the connotation of being stuck. But inertia can be a wonderful thing once you get something moving!

I feel inside like someone who has been pushing their car and it just. will. not. move. But then it starts moving, and you have to jump in not to get left behind!

Why? You may ask. How?

I’m not really sure. But today in my sit, I became convinced that my subby was going to take care of all the things that I’ve been having anxiety attacks about. How I was going to pay my bills (I always keep my promises) when no one has had any desire whatsoever to buy anything I’ve been selling for months now. Stuff like that.

But for some reason something has let loose inside my heart and things started moving today.

It doesn’t really make any sense, but I think things are going to be okay. 🙂

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. 😉

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. 🙂