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Week 11 (footnote): a tale of three carts

I feel as if I’m getting a better grasp of this week’s meditation topic, and I wanted to share a few last things before the week ends and we move on.

After I read part 11 in the Master Keys today, I wrote:

 Trust in subby

who is a small part of the

Universal Mind

All will be taken care of for you.

Fear blocks the process

so worry is


Nothing good can get to you.

If the Universal Mind

is the Creator

who brings all good

Fear is the


who stops all good

The cloud that hides the sun inside you.

Section 30 of part 11 of the Master Keys says:

You ask in what does the creative power of thought consist? It consists in creating ideas, and these in turn objectify themselves by appropriating, inventing, observing, discerning, discovering, analyzing, ruling, governing, combining, and applying matter and force.

As far as I know, humans are the only living beings who create ideas.

I had conversations with two women this week on different days at different times. These are women I consider friends. Very different women who have chosen different lives, but I spent an hour with each one in very different settings. Perhaps it’s the generation they are in, because that is the only common factor, other than the fact that the whole conversation on their end was full of negativity.

I think I am more sensitive to the feelings of others than most people, or else I’m not all that great at shielding my poor subby yet, because I had a physical reaction each time after hearing these things.. These women had put lives of disease, poverty, fear, and self-destruction into their carts, looking towards futures more limited with every year. It grieves me, because I feel they are worth more than that.

(Yes I suck at not having opinions. Perhaps this is part of my problem.)

I don’t yet have the words or the skills to talk to them about their carts, or even the wisdom to know if I should.

So what am I putting in my cart?

Physical health, specifically: quiet breathing, internal organs and teeth in perfect function and alignment, dark reddish-brown hair, muscles and joints which function perfectly, skin which is smooth and radiant.

Mental and emotional health: peace for my entire self (this is a big one), love, kindness, goodness, gentleness, self-respect, perfect boundaries towards others. Courage, confidence, harmony, and intimacy with like-minded people.

A clean home, a lovely edible yard, abundant resources to have financial independence and security, with the ability to travel anywhere I want to in comfort. The joy of creation, using every talent I have to the best of my ability.

I feel as if my cart is looking pretty good so far. 🙂


Week 11: doubt spike

This hasn’t been the best day for me so far in the program.

But it hasn’t been the worst, so I guess it’s okay.

I did, however, have a terrible hour or two of self-doubt this morning at about 4 am — you know, the “who am I to think stuff like this would ever happen to me, I am never going to be good enough, I’m just in a fantasy world if I think I’m going to somehow have any of this happen” sort of time, where you end up bawling because you feel so depressed about the whole thing.

I still feel a bit emotional about it even now, which is 2 hours or so later. But I have my good habits (“the key to all success”) and I have “turned out” the negativity finally, and “all hate is let from my veins, for I have not time to hate, only time to love”, and I’ve decided that this whole thing is my old blueprint trying to have its way with me again, and it’s not going to happen.

But I did examine my DMP and motivations during my sit just now and it’s all being revised today in a major way. I feel like a good bit of my DMP is a steaming pile of bullshit, and so far I’ve boiled off the ick and gotten down to:

  • People like me, “get” me, and value what I do.
  • Wellness, whatever that ends up meaning. The undiscovered country.
  • Joy of creation.
  • Go cool places (like Hawaii, Tahiti … I want to go to space! Virgin Galactic, baby!).
  • Money to do what I want.
  • Kind of halfway thinking of moving out of the US, just not sure where. I have a couple candidates for the position, just need to interview them.

So … no real point to this, but I did want to share it so you see that the roses do have thorns sometimes. But “I welcome obstacles for they are my challenge” 🙂

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 9: I am a seed

I was just mentioning on the forums that this has been the most peaceful holiday I have ever had. I love the Mental Diet — it makes it much easier to let the negativity around me just slide past and away.

I feel as if I’m finally beginning to enjoy the course without anxiety or fear, that my old blueprint is realizing that it’s no longer welcome, and that the new one is going to be the way things are going to be.

This week we’ve been asked to think of a flower that we really like, and follow it from seed to finished plant in bloom.

There are several things that struck me with this exercise so far:

  1. Seeds know how to do everything — they can make roots, stems, leaves … it’s all there
  2. As it says in the Master Key, the cells of a seed know what they want, and they know how to get it
  3. Seeds are always searching, first for the confirmation that they’re in the right environment, then for opportunities and resources … they send out roots, powerful things that will split rock to get what they want, always driving deeper and farther to find the best for the plant
  4. The seed is the center and the beginning of it all — it provides the energy for the rest of the plant to begin growing, and where the seed is becomes the powerhouse meeting of the root and stem, the very center of the plant
  5. First the roots, then the leaves. First the foundation then the building. First the gathering of resources then the expression … everything a plant does is to attract more of what it wants to itself … water, nutrients, sugars, insects for pollination

The seed to me represents all the possibilities of the plant in one tiny thing, sort of like the tiny thing before the Big Bang which created the entire Universe, only of course “lesser in degree”. Like my subby working in my solar plexus to create spiritual roots that go deep to grab hold of solid ground around me, the resources I need to grow tall and strong.

This week, we were instructed yet again as to how to take hold of what we need. Like the cells in the plant, I know what I need and I know how to get it. I look forward to see how it unfolds.


Week 8: the power of imagination

When I think of the power of imagination, like most people who grew up as I did, I think of Willy Wonka and his amazing factory, where everything was “eatable”:

Come with me and you’ll be
In a world of pure imagination
Take a look and you’ll see
Into your imagination …

… If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Want to change the world, there’s nothing to it

There is no life I know
To compare with pure imagination
Living there, you’ll be free
If you truly wish to be

This movie was partly the inspiration for my own adventures into edible landscaping, which has spawned a whole business, and one of my dreams is to influence the way home food gardening is seen in our society.

But what is imagination, really?

Haanel says, “Imagination is the constructive form of thought which must precede every constructive form of action.”

He goes on to give many examples: the architect of a building or the builder of a battleship must first imagine the finished product before any material can be purchased; the Captain of Industry must first imagine how he or she wants their corporation to become before the first employees can be hired or the first capital for their venture raised.

Again he stresses that the law of attraction will bring to you what you persistently hold in your mind, whatever that is, good or bad (!), so it’s vital — that is, if you want to succeed — for your thoughts to be positive, harmonious, and constructive, for as much of the time as possible.

You can not entertain weak, harmful, negative thoughts ten hours a day and expect to bring about beautiful, strong and harmonious conditions by ten minutes of strong, positive, creative thought.

So we’re on the mental diet still, well, at least I am. I don’t think anyone in the group has gone a full seven days without entertaining a negative thought, so if you signed up to get the mental diet (and get notified of new posts), and you’re having trouble, don’t worry, you’re not alone!

(actually, you should have gotten some tips to help you out 😉 )

But it’s the persistent thoughts that we hold that make the difference. Just like exercising your body, when you exercise your mind it grows stronger and you can keep hold of positive thoughts longer.

So imagine good and wonderful things so you can get closer to getting them in your life!

Week 7: seeing more clearly

This week we’ve been doing a whole lot of things: making a recording of our DMP and various tasks, doing a “mental diet”, and of course, part 7.

Part 7 is very interesting because to me it lays out pretty clearly how to do this whole manifestation thing. I was able to make more improvements to my diagram and it seems as if I can understand things much better.

The basic idea is that the Law of Attraction works for everyone! You think about something, then your subby brings it to you. If you think about debt, fear, loss (as in worrying all the time), sickness, and death, then that’s what you’ll get. If you think about wealth, peace, abundance, health, and life, you’ll get that too.

It’s all about what you think of and picture in your life. Just as an architect pictures what he or she wants to build, then draws the blueprints, then creates the building, we picture in our minds first before our subby draws the blueprints and creates what we’ve been thinking of.

Each repeated [thought] renders the image more clear and accurate than the preceding, and in proportion to the clearness and accuracy of the image will the outward manifestation  be.

All you have to do to change your life is to change what you think about. This is what we’ve been working on this week.