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Anyone who’s never watched Galaxy Quest, y’all just need to repent and go watch it. 😉
It’s really a brilliant example of the Master Key process.
For those four of you in the US who never watched this show, it’s about a bunch of washed up actors from a long-canceled science fiction show with a bunch of raving fans (they’re spoofing Star Trek) who encounter a group of actual aliens who have no concept of fiction and believe that the old shows are historical documents.
The aliens come to the guy who plays the captain on the series and beg him to help their people, who are being systematically exterminated by another race.
It’s these aliens, the Thermians, that I want to talk about. These guys are awesome.
When their civilization began to come under turmoil, they were looking to change their lives. They found these “historical documents”, and found value in the things which these shows portrayed. So they decided to improve their lives by holding to the principles found there.
Not much different so far than anything else, really — people find religion, or some self-help group, or something outside themselves to help them every day. And again, when they got into really deep trouble (genocide), the Thermians went searching for the man they thought was Peter Quincy Taggart and his “crew” to help them, not knowing they were only a bunch of actors.
The thing I found really moving about this show was when the actors were clearly failing at saving the day, the Thermians stepped up to the plate. They began giving encouragement to the actors, they believed in themselves and their people, they dug deep inside to take control of their own lives. They became heroic, in the face of torture and death.
So can you. 🙂
You might not face genocide, torture, or death, but in every journey to take control of your own life, there will be dark times as you struggle to accept the call to be who you want to be. Others will doubt you. You’ll doubt yourself. But if you can drill down to what YOU really want and what YOU really need, the cool thing about this course is that you have someone to guide you and a huge group of people who are on your side.
You might have just heard about this, or you might have been following me from day 1. I don’t know. But with every journey there’s a moment when you say to yourself, “do I really want to do this?”
It all boils down to: do you want things to change or not, because if you take this class, do what they tell you, and finish it out, your life WILL have changed. You will know what you want and need in your life. You will know what you are living for, and what you’ll die for — what unique gift you have to give to the world.
Those sound like big heavy things, and they’re different for each person in the world, but once you know them, your life gets so much easier, like a weight is lifted off. Life becomes so much simpler. You can make decisions easily, because anything which doesn’t fit you, you recognize at once, and you can let it slide away.
The Thermians went for what they wanted, and they found a spectacular adventure, more peace and freedom than they could have imagined, a whole world full of friends who appreciated and valued them.
I think that’s pretty cool. 🙂
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)
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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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)
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!
Met people who I had only known online, but who had been through an incredible experience with me.
Handed my dreams to strangers.
Saw the most incredible beauty imaginable. I also saw Hawaii.
Threw myself on the complete mercy of strangers who became friends.
Pushed my personal limits. Every day.
Hiked a lot. And I hadn’t done any hiking for years before that. And I survived. 🙂
Made a promise to a tree. I always keep my promises.
Had my eyes opened.
Learned more than I have yet been able to process.
Each of these (and more) could — and probably will be — an entire post! I’m not sure how so much ended up being jammed into three weeks. If you’re on Facebook, I have many of my photos on there, if you want to look at them. Just shoot me a friend request.
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.
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:
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.
I have felt a bit more like Bilbo than Sam these past three weeks (each time, while off to my next adventure!) but right now, I do feel a bit like Sam must have felt as I try to convey what my trip was like (no trips to Mordor, although I did see a volcano!).
How do you write about three weeks of amazing things?
Especially the MKMMA and Go90Grow live events — they were the sort of thing where you really had to be there to understand and appreciate it, especially if you didn’t take the courses yourself.
Honestly, I’m starting to wonder if even this blog is comprehensible to someone who didn’t do the MKMMA.
But hey, I’m just doing what they asked me to do 😉
(sorry I got so behind — I forgot the password to the site, and I was on my phone, which made it even harder. I will do better next time.)
I got home yesterday and proceeded to sleep for 18 hours, and I’m still a bit jet-lagged. But I did want to touch base with all of you. If you want to sign up for my list, you’ll get notified when I write a new post!
I’ve been working my way along, getting all the zillions of things done I need to do before I leave on the 26th … well, it’s not really zillions, but sometimes it feels that way. It’s a whole sheet of paper and I have just three or four things to go (although some are multi-day projects). I’m really astonished at how much I’m able to get done without feeling stressed about it.
The other great thing that’s been happening now is that I’m much better with trying new things. I used to be so afraid to try new things, or I would try (ie. buy) new things which had nothing to do with what I really wanted to do and so were going to cost me money that would end up being wasted.
I’ve taken to heart a quote:
Today I ran across an amazing opportunity doing something that a year ago I would have said no to, even though it’s exactly the sort of thing I need to be doing, because I wouldn’t have thought I was good enough to do it. But today I said YES! and it’s going to be awesome.
(And I even know how to do it! Now it’s just a matter of figuring out the details.)
An opportunity to give without expectation of reciprocity (and even better, there will be a small fee for doing this which will cover my hotel while I’m there, yippee!).
More on that another time.
Here’s another example: I’ve been experimenting with scheduling posts on WordPress, over at my blog The Beautiful Hand, then sending them to Facebook and such. Some are going through with all the photos and links perfect — and others aren’t … no title, no photo, just a shortened link. No one’s going to click on that! It’s sort of a bummer in a way, but it’s still an interesting experiment to see what happens. And it can help my business, and maybe even bring in some cash. Who knows?
I feel as if my whole attitude about these things has changed from fearful to fun, from avoiding life to finding it an adventure.
Oh, I have to share this with you. Remember how my husband was so suspicious of the MKMMA course? Well, the other day he tells me he likes it and gives all these reasons why.
I’m finding this whole thing very exciting.
Something my son said yesterday bugged me: that I was “lucky” to be able to go to Hawaii.
Luck does not come into it at all, and I told him that.
That first week of sits. The process (I was going to write ordeal, but it really wasn’t) of getting my DMP done (actually, I sent in another iteration of it the other day — it’s a work in progress for sure). Sticking to the 7 day mental diet. A hundred little decisions to stop thinking my old crappy way was the best way and let these people help me!
I am going to Hawaii because it was something I have wanted to do for most of my life, I decided I was going to, and even though I didn’t have the money for it when I decided to do it, it’s all coming together. That is an example of going by intention rather than methods (something taught early on in the course, which is easy to grasp intellectually but more difficult to understand, and I’m only now starting to really be certain of).
I’ve decided to go into the training to be a Certified Guide for the MKMMA class, because I feel like this is something everyone should know about. It’s another process, for sure (!) but it can only help me to be better as a person. I hope you’ll join me the next go round!
I’ve just been seriously busy getting ready for my “bucket list” trip to Hawaii!
Amazing, right? I have always wanted to go there, and my friends’ son is going to college there, and he’s graduating in May. If that wasn’t good enough, the MKMMA and Go90Grow live events are right before that! So I’m going to be taking three weeks and having a really great time … so I have to get my multiple businesses ready for me to be gone that long!!
So I have been writing, and probably a lot more than 500 words a day. Here are a few of the things I’ve done since I was last here …
Plus I have a bunch of weekly newsletters to write and schedule. Four down, three to go. 🙂
Plus social media stuff, household stuff, and a garden, and my rabbit to take care of, plus household projects, writing/editing my novel which is coming out in December … I always have things going on. 😉
Back on topic: what have I been learning? What have I been doing (other than writing)?
I’ve had some incredible experiences, which are sort of personal, but they have shown me that I do have the power to change myself, both inside and outside. I’ve had one thing happen that I never thought would, and it’s one of those “rock your world” things that I may share someday but not yet.
Lots of love.
Does that sound harsh? That’s because people use the term “It’s all in your mind” to mean that it is not real somehow.
One of my favorite movies is The Matrix. It’s the only movie that I’ve ever rented then immediately went back to the rental store to buy it.
(the lady was confused: “you can rent it again,” she said …)
But I had to buy it. Why? Because even back then it spoke to me in a way no other movie had.
If somehow you have never seen this movie, it’s based on the premise that the current world is not real, but simply a simulation of reality. Why and how this is going on in that movie, I’ll leave for you to watch for yourself.
But the idea that there is something deeper going on than what’s apparent on the surface made a whole lot of sense to me.
In Part 24, Haanel challenges the notion that what we perceive with our senses is necessarily “real”. According to him, if we solely went by our senses, then we would still believe that the world was flat and the sun moved around it.
In other words, our senses don’t tell the entire truth, and when you change your perspective (for example, observing the sun and earth from a spaceship rather than on the ground), the truth of the matter is self-evident.
For example, when energy hits our faces at one frequency, we see it as light. When it hits at a different frequency, we instead feel it as warmth. At a different frequency altogether, we can’t see or feel it, but it’s still there — if we have the instruments (which give us a new perspective) to perceive it.
This is important because a lot of people scoff at things they can’t see or immediately understand, simply because they’re unwilling to use the instruments to get that different perspective. Those tools are what this course offers in regards to the basic nature of reality.
Haanel repeats himself yet again, but only (I think) to try to use this one last chance he has to convey what he’s been trying to from Part 1: that our mind controls our reality — not in the sense of “oh if I think good thoughts then everything seems lovely” but rather —
Our environment and the innumerable circumstances and accidents of our lives already exist in the subconscious personality which attracts to itself the mental and physical material which is congenial to its nature. Thus our future being determined from our present, and if there should be apparent injustice in a feature or phase of our personal life, we must look within for the cause, try to discover the mental fact which is responsible for the outward manifestation. (emphasis mine)
It’s all in the mind.
In the movie The Matrix, a man who called himself Neo was taught how to think for himself, how to “free” his mind, and in so doing, was not only able to see the truth of his situation, but to do things which the people around him were astonished by.
The truth really did make him free.
Haanel says further:
The difficulty with which you have to contend is to realize that mind is not individual. It is omnipresent. It exists everywhere. In other words, there is no place where it is not. It is therefore, Universal.
Men have, heretofore, generally used the word “God” to indicate this Universal, creative principle; but the word “God” does not convey the right meaning. Most people understand this word to mean something outside of themselves; while exactly the contrary is the fact. It is our very life. Without it we would be dead. We would cease to exist. The minute the spirit leaves the body, we are as nothing.
Your ability to think, your ability to control your thoughts, to direct them to useful rather than destructive purposes, and your realization that your thoughts are merely one tiny part of the Universal Mind, so that what you think here can change your life and the lives of others in places and times you have yet not seen is, Haanel says, the “master key”.
It really is all in your mind, and how you choose to use it.