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Week 16: converting difficulties into blessings

I have been in the New Orleans area this past week, and I have learned SO much. The one thing which amazed me the most is how many people I met who were saying things like, “I decided I need to follow my own inner voice.” Wow!!


This week, we’ve been asked to look for kindness, both in ourselves and in those around us.

The preface to Part 16 of the Master Keys says:

… through an understanding and conscious operation of spiritual laws, we can convert every seeming difficulty into a blessing.

Isn’t that what kindness is all about?

Here is what I mean. If you pay for something you bought, that’s not particularly kind in and of itself. That is simply a transaction. But if you buy it to help someone else, or pay for someone who comes up short at the register, then it becomes a kindness. That person you helped had a seeming difficulty, which you turned into a blessing.


Haanel again hammers at the idea that thought is the cause. The only cause. If we want something, anything else, these things are simply effects, and we need to develop the appropriate thought patterns to produce that effect. Our time is best spent in developing those thought patterns (aka: the silence/the sit), because once you think about something in a certain way, the outward world MUST change to correspond to that.


So: kindness. Converting difficulties to blessings. Thought being the cause. How do these things fit together?

Let me give you an example: you go into your bathroom, and there’s a towel on the floor. You can have several thoughts about this, but here’s two that everyone can relate to —

  • oh, look, the towel’s on the floor. Let me pick it up.
  • oh, look, the towel’s on the floor. I’ll get it later.

Which thought leads to the effect of a clean bathroom?

Well, you might think, “Who cares if a towel is on the floor?” That has an effect too, and if you’re asking that, I bet there is more than a towel on your bathroom floor. Am I right? 😉

If you live with others, you might have angry thoughts and blame them for that towel being there. That leads to other effects. Negative thoughts charged with angry feelings … I hope you see where I’m going with this. You wonder why you feel so bad all the time.

Or you can be kind and pick up the towel, giving yourself a feeling of accomplishment. Kind to the others in your home. Kind to yourself.

It’s the same seeming difficulty: a towel lying on the floor. Totally different thoughts. Completely different effects.


Haanel talks more about constructive and destructive thoughts, and how the thoughts themselves are not particularly good or bad. What matters are the thoughts we entertain, dwell on, and manifest in our lives. This is why the Mental Diet is so important, and why we need to be kind to ourselves while using it. It’s too easy to get into this vicious circle of I had this negative thought and therefore I’m bad (another negative thought), and so on.

I love love love this quote from Part 15:

We do not have to laboriously shovel the darkness out; all that is necessary is to turn on the light.

light-bulbs-1125016_640Focus on what you want, your ideal, and on what you want to become, and voila! the light is on. It was dark, which seemed like a difficulty, but you turned it into a blessing, not only for yourself but also for those around you.

 

Week 13: Effects and causes

This week, Haanel talks more about causes and effects: more specifically, that each of the effects we see around us, from natural to man-made, have a particular cause. Once we find the cause, we can create the effect for ourselves whenever we want.

For example: people have observed birds flying, leaves floating, and so on, since the beginning of humanity, and for thousands of years people spent their lives trying to create the effect without understanding the cause. As far as I can tell, even the Wright brothers more or less stumbled upon the effect, and so we have airplanes. But once we learned the cause (aerodynamics) we could create the effect of flying whenever we wanted to!

I think it’s the same way with the other effects in our lives. We see how our lives are, and we spend our lives trying to create situations which we think are good, without really understanding the cause of either why we are here now or why someone who has what we want got that.

(many times, we don’t really even know what we want in the first place, but that’s another matter)

We may stumble upon it, and many often do. When we understand the cause, though, we’ll be able to create that effect whenever we like.

During the first part of the class (and some people are still struggling with the question) we asked: what do you want? That is the effect.

But what is the cause? That is what we need to figure out.

(This reminds me a bit of our battleship exercise.)

Haanel talks about belief, about the Universal Mind, about how our thoughts become the cause which creates literal effects in our existence. Not supernatural. Not mystical. Real effects from a real cause: your thoughts.

(If the thoughts you create inside your own head are not real, then what is?)

Anyone who’s tried to guide their thoughts (aka the 7 day mental diet) has learned how difficult it is at first. Just like anyone else who’s trying to create an effect, it takes some doing. Things (whether a positive mental attitude or a skyscraper) do not just jump into existence because you wish they would.

So now the task is to examine the effects we want then go back to see what the cause might be for this. Haanel gives us a clue:

The athlete may read books and lessons on physical training all his life, but unless he begins to give out strength by actual work he will never receive any strength; he will eventually get exactly what he gives; but he will have to give it first. It is exactly the same with us; we will get exactly what we give, but we shall have to give it first. It will then return to us many fold, and the giving is simply a mental process, because thoughts are causes and conditions are effects; therefore in giving thoughts of courage, inspiration, health or help of any kind we are setting causes in motion which will bring about their effect.

Or as Mark J likes to say: give more, get more.

This is more like a clue-bat: an athlete who just sat around reading books about training but never did any would be ridiculed!

But we say we want wealth yet are fearful, greedy, and stingy; say we want happiness but are mean to others, or think of unhappy things all day; say we want health but do and think things we know are unhealthy. And so we get what we think about.

You see, the law of attraction is no different from any other law. It works 100% of the time. You can’t get away from it any more than you can get away from the law of gravity. You reap what you sow.

Right now is a good time of year to think about these things, because while you may be sure of the effect you want, if you don’t understand the cause then you probably won’t get that effect.

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 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. 🙂

 

The mental game

Bradley_Wiggins_Mark_Cavendish_-_2012_Tour_de_FranceI love the Tour de France, and today was the last day in the 21 day bike race. It’s a grueling race (it really seems like the Iron Man of professional cycling) and there was a lot of nostalgia and reminiscing about the Tour in the TV coverage. One thing that was mentioned over and over was that more than physical toughness (although you better have that to even try the race) what you needed to even finish was mental toughness.

Each time there was a crash, it was because someone let their mind drift, got careless, and numerous people would go down at 30, 35 mph, losing skin, breaking bones, and so on. It’s really quite astonishing and frightening when you think of it.

Then there were the people who got so sick they had to drop out. Why did some get sick and others didn’t? I don’t know. Could it have been what they were telling themselves? Were they just not ready to receive a prize, or even a finish in the most prestigious race ever?

I honestly don’t have the answers to any of this. I don’t know any of these men. I’m not even an athlete. But I know for myself, when I’m not focused on what I want, I’m focused on what I don’t want. It’s very easy for me to drift back into my old mental habits if I’m not watching myself. I have to constantly bring myself back to what I want, substitute what I do want for the old “what I don’t want” thinking.

It’s not very easy, but it gets easier the more you do it. I use the 7 day mental diet all the time, along with the rest of the tools that come with the Master Key Experience, so that I can have some chance at getting what I want instead of the other stuff. 😉

What do you think? Does the mental game matter at all?

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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Are you ready to receive?

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Of course I’m ready to receive! People will say. I want lots of love, lots of money, time with my kids, to travel the world, a new car … I want it all! I’m so ready to receive that you can’t imagine it!

But are you sure?

I’ve been reading Wallace D. Wattles’ book The Science of Getting Rich during the past couple of weeks, and this quote leaped out at me:

Never look at the visible supply; look always at the limitless riches in Formless Substance, and KNOW that they are coming to you as fast as you can receive and use them.

(emphasis mine)

There are a lot of people out there talking about the Law of Attraction, but I honestly think that this point right here is what they are missing. It’s why they aren’t getting what they want, even though they claim that it’s what they really truly do want.

How do I know this? Because I have been a huge offender in this area.

What do I mean exactly?

Okay, let’s say you want people to value what you do for them. You’ve done all these affirmations around that. But then when someone thanks you, or says you did a great job, you say “oh, it was nothing,” and point out all the other people who should really get the praise. When you’re going to get recognized for what you do, you suddenly get sick, or injured, or lost on the way.

Remember, we manifest our reality. Were you really ready to receive what you claimed you wanted?

Maybe that’s not a good example for you. Maybe what you want is money. You want to be a millionaire! You want the cars, the freedom to travel, the big home. You’ve done all these affirmations around that. But when it comes time to price your products, you constantly undervalue them, or if you do price them well, you create sales so often that your customers just wait for the next sale to buy. Or somehow you just can’t find time to do what you need to do in order to move your business forward. Or maybe you’re doing okay at work, but your car’s always breaking down, or someone always needs money from you, or you just can’t resist buying that new toy. Or when someone offers you an opportunity, you say “oh, I’m not qualified enough for that,” or “I don’t know if I could do that,” or maybe you get sick, or injured, or lost on the way.

Remember, we manifest our reality. Were you really ready to receive what you claimed you wanted?

You see, we can only receive when we’re ready to: when we have the structure in place to receive, when we are ready in our hearts to receive, when we are capable of receiving.

The Universe is always giving. There’s an infinite supply. But if you can’t receive, the gifts will go to someone who can.

So how can you become ready to receive?

I think you know what I’m going to say. 🙂

What are you thinking? What are you saying? What are you doing?

If your mind is not focused on what you want then it’s focused on what you don’t want. You can’t have it both ways.

But I can’t control what I think! you might say. Yes, you can. It’s difficult, because what you’re thinking is due to a blueprint that has been engraved on you since you were born. But you can change it. You are a grown human being. If you’re able to read this, you can do it.

That’s what the Master Key experience is all about, training you how to get hold of yourself so you can do that.

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Some people are quicker at this than others. I’m sort of a slow-poke, I suppose, in that I’m just now beginning to see how my refusal and inability to receive has caused me all sorts of problems, both in relationships and finances. But as they say, seeing it is the first step in dealing with it.

Because without being ready and able to receive, all the asking in the world is going to get you nowhere.

You get what you ask for

I have so much to write about I don’t even know where to start. But I feel as if I have had some insights over the past week or two that I’d like to share with you.

Since I’ve taken this course, more and more I’ve been faced with evidence that what happens to us isn’t just random fate, but a direct result of what we’ve asked for.

We manifest ALL the time, both good and bad. We can’t help it. We’re manifested in the image (the IMAGE!) of the Infinite, and we have the same ability to create our reality.

Now I know a lot of people have problems with that. I would have had a huge problem with that a year or two ago, being a survivor of a whole lot of bad stuff that you don’t really even want to know about.

Putting aside the inevitable questions about things which happen to children and other beings who have no agency (which I feel is just avoiding the real point), if you look back at your life, you can often see what I’m talking about.

For example: I was in Hawaii (known for its bugs) for three weeks. I think I got one or two bug bites. I come home to Oklahoma (known for its bugs), and for over a week, I didn’t get a single bug bite. I sell this bug lotion and I use it regularly, and I like it.

So I was reading this discussion on Facebook by some friends of mine who were talking about how bad the bugs were, and (here comes the ego!) I was feeling upset that none of them bought any of my bug stuff, so I said, “I use my bug lotion and haven’t gotten any bug bites.” Which was a lie, and when I wrote it, I thought of my two bug bites quite clearly.

Guess what happened the next time I went outside. Tons of horrible bug bites!

I was talking with Mark J over in Kauai one day and he thought I needed to work on visualizing. I told him, that’s not my problem. My problem is that I visualize too well!

Over the 50 some years of crap I’ve had to deal with, I learned to visualize negativity SO well that it’s really no wonder that I’ve had the struggles I’ve had.

But then he said, well then you need to work on your mental diet.

I totally agree with that, because it’s a daily battle, even after the 8 or 9 months I’ve been working on this. It takes persistence. It takes courage.

But it gets easier as time goes on. It really does.

My point is that because you DO get what you ask for (what you visualize, which is the main way you tell your subby what you want) you MUST get control of your mind!

Right now, what are you thinking? What are you visualizing? Is it positive and enthusiastic, full of what you want for your life? Or is it hateful and angry, full of anxiety and fear, guilt and shame, focused on things you don’t want?

You can either control your mind (and learn to get what you do want), or your out of control thoughts will continue to manifest things you don’t want.

The thing is, you have to start. I truly wish I would have started on this before the class began; I think I would have had a much better time of it. And I probably wouldn’t have spent the past week itching! LOL

I’ll leave this here for you again. It’s just a copy of the 7 Day Mental Diet by Emmet Fox, a few emails to encourage you along, and a notification when I post something new. If that provides some benefit to you, welcome aboard! I want to have 200 of you with me when we start again in September. 🙂

 

What I’ve been doing lately

For me, it almost seems as if the class hasn’t ended. Here’s why:

  • I have all these habits. When you’ve done something for months straight, you tend to keep doing them. Seeing as they’re really great habits (for example, doing what I say I’m going to do), it’s not such a bad thing.
  • I’m finding these great things to read that I overlooked before in the course. For example, this week I read Wallace Wattles’ book “The Science of Getting Rich”. Now, in week 22a, we watched/listened to the audiobook of this, but reading it in print for some reason impacted me much more. I think it’s a case of “when the student is ready, the teacher appears”, more than anything else.
  • Since I’m doing the Guide training, I still have webinars to go to and things to work on. But it’s much less intense than what we did in the 26 weeks.
  • I have made masterminds with people that I spent months with online, then got to meet in person and hang out with for a week or two! So I sort of know them, and it’s a lot of fun. I feel as if I have made friends.

So when I say that it doesn’t seem as if the class has ended, that’s a good thing! I really have enjoyed this, as tough a class as it’s been.

But what I’ve also been doing is working on my book series, more particularly, on my first novel in the series. It’s the next thing on my list to accomplish, and it’s with my editor right now (who doubles as my youngest son and has a real gift in this area), so I’m taking a break while he’s reading through it and making pages of notes (actually I don’t know how many notes, but he’s a tough customer!).

On my DMP, it’s coming out in December, and I have a boatload of things to do in the meantime. Right now, I’m taking an online course in film noir, so I can learn as much as I can about the genre and make my series really good.

Want to know more?

(shameless bragging here)

My novel’s Facebook page

Tumblr for the series

Twitter account

So no one has asked me what the tree is about yet. That’s my tree buddy, and it is on my list of Hawaii stuff to talk about eventually. 🙂

I guess getting a lot of things done is good!

Anyway, you know the drill. If you want to know the next time I post something, you can fill out one of these forms, depending on what else you want along with it. I started off with the videos, but some people really like the mental diet. Whatever you’re cool with. If you’d rather just get notified of when I post without any of the other things let me know and I can set one up with just updates too. But I happen to think the mental diet is a great way to get a head start on the course.

Hope you’re having a great summer so far and can’t wait to see you in the course!

Patty