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Week 22a: silence

From Tuesday at 11:30 am to today (Thursday) at 9:30 am, I checked myself into a hotel, locked the door, and went quiet. No electronics, no TV, no phone, no Facebook, no texting … quiet. I didn’t even talk (except a couple of times I caught myself talking to myself)

So why did I do all that?

Well, it was sort of an optional thing that Mark suggested we do, and it sounded like it could be useful. Some of the guides said they did it and it helped. Do at least a full day, they said, and you’ll learn more about yourself and who you are.

So I figured, what the heck? Maybe I’ll get something out of it.

Now, I like being by myself; I’m an introvert. But it was different being by myself with nothing to connect me with the outside world, so to speak. I did bring some books: The Master Key, Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman, and our MKMMA workbook (which I actually got quite a bit out of from re-reading — I didn’t realize how much I had missed and overlooked).

For other MKMMA students, I also brought my copy of my movie poster, my DMP, my flash cards, the photoshopped photo of my future self (which you can see in my press release), my makeover sheet, and so on.

I put my pictures up on the door to the shower (the door had a tiny gap where you could slide papers in) and spread everything else out on the other bed in the hotel room so I could see everything at once. I also had a desk area where I put up Wooden’s pyramid of success, the makeover sheet, and so on.

I did some sitting “sits”, some lying down “sits”, and a lot of walking. I must have walked several miles in that hotel room, just thinking about things. Life, the universe, and everything wouldn’t be too far off the mark. I flashed through my hundreds of index cards. I thought about things like “who am I, really?” and “what do I really want?” and “what’s most important?”

One thing someone said at the last webinar (two Sundays ago, we didn’t have one this week) was that a part of your comfort zone would get really loud. That first day it was guilt. People died. Like seriously, actually died. Because of me.

I can never be rid of that but I can honor those who believed in me anyway, in their faith and sacrifices. I can do this by becoming a person worthy of their trust.

This morning it was fear, the old adversary (can’t say that word without hearing it in Sean Connery’s voice lol)
But before that, and what I decided about fear, I’ll share some other things I learned:

  • I am my future self already; my body and circumstances have just not caught up to that reality.
  • Therefore, I need more action: I need to be ready when my future happens, so as to be physically, mentally and financially prepared to take the opportunities when they come.
  • My DMP is a promise to myself, both now and future. I always keep my promises.

There were a few other things which are too personal to me to be shared here, and are things I want to talk with certain people about face to face.

So the fear thing: I have decided that fear (to me anyway) is a symptom of wanting to control the situation. The big question that came up today was am I pushing or attracting? Am I trying to coerce things to happen or am I allowing them to happen?

And one thing (which I actually thought about yesterday, but which still makes me smile today):

Someone has to do and be what I want to do and be. Why shouldn’t it be me? 🙂

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Week 22: mind over matter

I really enjoyed this week’s lesson, but the week seems to be going way too fast! It’s hard to believe it’s Thursday evening already.

This week, Haanel talked about our physical health, and how the mind affects the body. Literally “mind over matter”.

Unfortunately, that term has the connotation of being something either supernatural or something to do with will power.

Now, Haanel REALLY does not like the term “will power” — he went on a rant about it a couple of weeks ago, which I didn’t mention then but I’ll quote him here:

Every 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. Thought which is in harmony with the Universal Mind will result in corresponding conditions. Thought which is destructive or discordant will produce corresponding results. You may use thought constructively or destructively, but the immutable law will not allow you to plant a thought of once kind and reap the fruit of another. You are free to use this marvelous creative power as you will, but you must take the consequences.

This is the danger from what is called Will Power. There are those who seem to think that by force of will they can coerce this law; that they can sow seed of one kind and by “Will Power” make it bear fruit of another, but the fundamental principle of creative power is in the Universal, and therefore the idea of forcing a compliance with our wishes by the power of the individual will is an inverted conception which may appear to succeed for a while but is eventually doomed to failure – because it antagonizes the very power which it is seeking to use.

It is the individual attempting to coerce the Universal, the finite in conflict with the Infinite.

Or as the saying goes, “your arms are too short to box with God” 😉

But the term “mind over matter” does have some merit, because your mind really can influence your body. Haanel gives several examples: you hear something funny and your whole body shakes with laughter; you see something sad and you cry; you read something horrible and become angry, your face turning red as the blood flows to your cheeks. According to Haanel, our minds can not only affect our bodies for a short period of time like laughing, but can cause real damage or good to our bodies.

I’m reminded of people who “died of fright” or got terrible news and had a heart attack and died. Now this could be coincidence, or it could be something “real”.

Both seeing this as a former physician and from personal experience, I can tell you that your mind can have a big impact on your body. Not in the “will power” way, but as in holding particular thoughts for long periods of time. People who should have died and are fine, or who should not have died who predicted the day they ended up dying (in one case, I had a patient who seemed fairly well who died exactly one year after her husband did, and she told me that’s when she wanted to go — in another, a woman 20 years ago who had “terminal” brain cancer yet went into complete remission and as far as I know is fine to this day).

And I was labeled as “100% disabled” 15 years ago: I had severe psychiatric problems, fibromyalgia, and arthritis — and one day long ago I decided that my goal in life (my DMP, if you will) was to get well. Every day I thought about this: I want to get well. And other than some lingering memory issues due to the psychiatric problem and a bit of creakiness in the joints, I’m pretty much there.

So I found this statement interesting:

… when perfect images are placed before the subjective, the creative energies will build a perfect body.

In other words, think of what you want, and you’ll get what you want!

Now, this seems worth doing. I’m 52 and have had three children, and my body wouldn’t be considered “perfect” by any means. But this would be a great experiment!

Actually, I began this experiment several months ago, back in week 9, when Haanel said:

It used to be said that man is completely built over every seven years, but some scientists now declare that we build ourselves over entirely every eleven months; so we are really only eleven moths old. If we build the defects back in to our bodies year after year, we nave no one to blame but ourselves.

Wow! That statement hit me like a ton of bricks the first time I read it.

So far all I’ve done for sure is break through a weight loss plateau which had plagued me for the past 2 years, but I have some other changes I’d like to build in as well, if I can, not by “will power”, but by getting my subconscious mind to do it for me. I’ll keep you posted. 😉

 

Week 19: the universe is calling you

This has been one of the more difficult weeks for me in the course. I’ve felt emotional, anxious, and even have had some physical symptoms come back which I had thought I’d gotten rid of. It’s been very strange.heros_journey4_8462

I think it was last week (or maybe the week before) where Mark started talking about the Hero’s Journey in earnest, but more particularly about the phenomenon of refusing the call.

You see the diagram to your right, and the little guy at the top there? He gets a call (like every story hero does), but at first he refuses it. It’s not convenient, it’s too cold or hot or late or early or would cause him (or her) to get dressed up or get dirty. It’s just not going to happen.

But then, like I mentioned before, something happens, and off you go into your journey.

Something that I find interesting about the talk about refusing the call at this late date is the implication that we haven’t STARTED our Hero’s Journey yet. Which is kind of blowing my mind here, seeing as a lot of really cool things have happened so far.CuypmanipFrodosource-RED

But it occurs to me that there’s a point in time where you pass from what you know to what you don’t know (sort of like Sam Gamgee in the field there with Frodo). If you take one more step, you’ll be so far out of your comfort zone that you’re in the truly unknown, and you can feel it.

You could take that step, or you could refuse the call, turn around, and go home.

I think that this is where I’ve been this week.

You see, I’ve been getting all these signals from the universe over the past couple years or so, which can be summed up beautifully in this one:

10704172_912319372130844_8364997344370110710_nAnd this, as it turns out, is the “threshold guardian” that I’ve had to fight this week (and it was a hell of a fight): Do I value myself or do I not? Am I worth taking steps to assert my right to make a living from my business, or do I retreat and write my passion off as a loss, or do I start giving excuses for why my ALL businesses are not doing well, or at best barely breaking even, like I have done so many times before?

I hadn’t really thought about the whole “threshold guardian” part before I started writing this, so I decided to look the term up just now.

The term “Guardian of the Threshold”, often called “dweller on the threshold” indicates a spectral image which is supposed to manifest itself as soon as “the student of the spirit ascends upon the path into the higher worlds of knowledge”… The Guardian of the Threshold is a spectral figure and is the abstract of the debit and credit book of the individual. “It is the combined evil influence that is the result of the wicked thoughts and acts of the age in which any one may live, and it assumes to each student a definite shape at each appearance, being always either of one sort or changing each time” (wikipedia)

A figure or event that tests the resolve of a Hero as he pursues his destiny and/or his goal. The Guardian is not necessarily adversarial, but puts the hero in a position where he must make a decision that reflects a sincere commitment to the task at hand, by providing a threat or bar to progress that the hero must specifically choose to overcome. In simpler terms, the Threshold Guardian exists to make sure the Hero is prepared for his adventure … Whatever form the Guardian and his challenge take, their defeat forces the hero to grow; heroes that are not yet ready for their journey are forced to turn back until they have matured sufficiently to handle the task … A hero may have more than one encounter with Threshold Guardians during his adventure — each one tests him and at the same time heralds an escalation of the danger (and consequent reward) the hero faces. (tvtropes, emphasis mine)

Reading this over makes me laugh, because this is exactly how I’ve been feeling.

The universe is calling. I can feel it. You can feel it, if you stop long enough to listen. But before you stands something that you have to overcome, and to you it’s something really truly big yet unavoidable. Once you overcome it, you can step over the threshold into the unknown.

For me, it involved summoning the courage to tell 300+ people that my community was going to a paid membership model, instead of hiding behind some sort of faux nobility and settling for staying broke — because I decided that I do value myself.

For you it will certainly involve something different.

Did I overcome it? I think so. I spent all day yesterday preparing, and I actually enjoyed that part … so I’m thinking that the actual overcoming was somewhere after a talk I had on the phone with my mastermind partner Leanne, where I was in tears about the whole thing. Somewhere in there, I decided what needed to be done.

So I guess I’m in the unknown. It feels sort of fun here. 🙂

Week 18: the only hierarchy that matters

I feel like this week I’m finally starting to understand what’s going on in the course.

I laugh just a bit as I write this because it sound so silly to take a course and in week 18 understand what the hell you’re doing. But it’s true … as we have already discussed, there is a huge difference between knowing facts and understanding them.


Haanel talks about the Universal Mind in part 18, and how each living thing is marked by the degree of its intelligence that they manifest:

It is greater intelligence that places the animal in a higher scale of being that the plant, the man higher than the animal, and we find that this increased intelligence is a gain indicated by the power of the individual to control modes of action and thus to consciously adjust himself to his environment.

It is this adjustment that occupies the attention of the greatest minds, and this adjustment consists in nothing else than the recognition of an existing order in the universal mind, for it is well known that this mind will obey us precisely in proportion as we first obey it.

It is the recognition of Natural Laws that has enabled us to annihilate time and space, to soar in the air and to make iron float, and the greater the degree of intelligence the greater will be our recognition of these Natural Laws and the greater will be the power we can possess.

What I get out of this is: recognition of these laws (and tho the universal mind) leads to obedience to them, which leads to power.

At first this struck me as the only hierarchy which makes any sense: the universal mind is clearly greater than we are, so as we recognize that and obey it then we can access the power that it gives us.

Then I thought of an analogy: in every hierarchy, you only have power according to your obedience to the hierarchy itself. If for example you’re a soldier, by yourself you don’t have much power (the US Army’s ads notwithstanding). But if you put yourself into that hierarchy then you have tremendous power at your disposal. Or if you work at McDonald’s, by yourself you aren’t doing much, but you are part of a group feeding more people every day than live in a good-sized country.

For some reason (or perhaps because I wrote about Star Wars last week) I then thought again of good old Luke Skywalker.

Luke was told that if he wanted to be a Jedi, he needs to go to a planet called Dagobah to meet Yoda, who was described as a “great Jedi Master”.

But when he got there, Luke obviously assumed that this “great master” would be tall, big, with strong muscles, and probably human.061

Instead he is accosted by the alien version of a crazy bag lady (flip the gender but that’s basically how Yoda acts).

It’s brilliant on Yoda’s part, because then he gets to see exactly what Luke is like.

Luke almost shoots Yoda, insults him, and then after Yoda invites him to his house and gives him dinner, does nothing but complain.

And ohhhhh the backtracking Luke does when he realizes the person he’s done all this to is the only one who can give him what he’s always wanted in life!

It makes me laugh every time I see that movie.

Luke at first did not recognize this great opportunity he had been given, so instead of honoring and obeying Yoda, he insults and despises him. Until Luke recognized the tremendous power Yoda had access to, and began to obey him instead of insisting on doing everything his own way, Luke couldn’t do anything. But when he did, everything began to change.

But honestly, it wasn’t Yoda who had the power, and he told Luke that. “My power is in the Force,” he said, and it’s a very good analogy.

Haanel goes on to write:

Thought is creative and the principle on which the law is based is sound and legitimate and is inherent in the nature of things; but this creative power does not originate in the individual, but in the universal, which is the source and foundation of all energy and substance; the individual is simply the channel for the distribution of this energy.

Each of us – you, me, everyone – is the individual channel for bringing our thoughts into existence, using the power of the universal mind. What you think about will eventually happen, or something similar.

Do you see now how important your thoughts are?

Do you see that you might need someone to show you how to change them from negative to positive?

What I used was the 7 day mental diet. You can sign up for it at the end of this post.

It has taken me way longer than 7 days to see it, but I can honestly say things have drastically changed between my ears. 🙂

Week 17a: be a baby about it!

This week has been sort of a review week, and at first I didn’t like the idea but I’ve found it really helpful to go back and see how much things have changed from those first weeks when it all seemed so confusing. 🙂

The webinar talked about babies, and birds, and one of the exercises we had was to revisit the seed exercise we did back in week 9. And the webinar also referenced something you might be familiar with called The Hero’s Journey.heros_journey4_8462

If you’re not familiar with it, the author of this book (Joseph Campbell) was consulted heavily in the making of the Star Wars original trilogy.

Joseph Campbell did a study of the myths and stories of cultures all over the world over the past 4000 years, and found that they all had something in common: the Journey which is diagrammed to the right there.

One thing that was said in the webinar is that we are ALL heroes!

The difference between the average person and a “hero” is that the hero answers the call to adventure, where most people resist it. mark-hamill-as-luke-skywalker-in-star-wars

It’s too cold, too hot, not the right time, there are bills to pay, and what would people think? Someone might not like it!

Bilbo Baggins comes to mind; he had to be manipulated and shoved out of the door by Gandalf to even get him to go on his adventure!

But at first in every story the hero is reluctant at first so don’t feel bad.

The problem is when you put the call off for so long that your chance at your own adventure of finding out who you really are passes and you’re left on your deathbed full of regrets, like the guy who never knew he was meant to run.

Now what do babies, birds, seeds, and the Hero’s Journey have to do with each other?

Well, first let’s think of the seed.

For a seed to grow, first something has to happen to crack the seed’s outer shell. star-wars-luke-skywalker-tatooine-star-wars-episode-7-amazing-luke-skywalker-plot-spoilers

In some seeds, it’s relatively easy to do this, but in other seeds, the shell is very tough and hard, and it takes a lot to get that seed started on their road towards becoming the plant it was meant to be.

Sometimes it means being soaked in water, sometimes it has to do with being chewed on, or fire, or something equally drastic.

But once that seed’s outer shell is cracked, this allows the seed to begin sending out tendrils of microscopic roots.

Once this happens, though, the seed can’t stop or go backwards, if it fails, it dies.Luke-Skywalker-star-wars-25114667-1024-7681

It has to have a full system of roots before it dares to show anything above ground, otherwise it won’t be able to support the plant when it emerges.

Plants are notorious for one thing: persistence.

They will find a way, make a way, do anything in order to succeed, even if it means going places and doing things that most people would never think of, totally changing the current order of the day.

And “nature knows not defeat” (says Og Mandino, and he’s right). 🙂

The biggest example that we all know about is a baby learning to walk. CGF073_Hero_Toddler-stripey-stndng201209070408Babies don’t care what they have to do in order to succeed.

No matter how many times they fall, no matter if people encourage them or not, they are determined and persistent to learn to walk and talk as any plant!

Everything is new and exciting and wonderful to a baby. It takes no courage at all for a baby to get up and try again, even if people laugh or tease. Baby_diving

Babies aren’t self-conscious. They don’t care what anyone thinks of them.

They feel free to be who they are, and if there’s an adventure, they’re all over it!

So what happened?

We stopped being a baby about it!

We got self-conscious and fearful, constantly looking around to see who was watching and what they thought about it, making our lives smaller and smaller, until most of us don’t do anything outside our comfort zones.

What does take courage is to get up and take that call to adventure now, to let go of the need to pretend you’re someone you’re not. To stop looking for someone or something else to blame for your problems or to save you from your life and take responsibility for your own adventure. To be the hero in your own life.

There’s a saying that a bird never is afraid to sit on a new branch, because it trusts its wings. Once you trust your wings, you can truly fly.

 

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 15: growth and decay

This has been an emotional week for me. I haven’t yet figured out why. But the things we’ve been learning have affected me profoundly over the past few days. This quote affected me most of all:

Difficulties, inharmonies, and obstacles, indicate that we are either refusing to give out what we no longer need, or refusing to accept what we require.

I’ve come to the conclusion that in my case it’s been a little of both.


 

This week’s reading focuses quite a bit on the idea of exchanging old ways for new ones. The New Year has a lot of people trying to exchange old ways of doing things for new, mostly through the use of resolutions. I’ve never found resolutions to be very useful, mainly because you’re working on changing the outside (the effect) rather than the inside (the cause). The problem seems to be that people try to get new things without letting go of the old way of thinking, but:

We cannot obtain what we lack if we tenaciously cling to what we have.

Sounds a bit like the mental version of Hoarders: people bursting with limiting and negative thoughts, unwilling to let go of them so they have room for the good things that they claim they want so desperately. But:

All conditions and experiences that come to us do so for our benefit. Difficulties and obstacles will continue to come until we absorb their wisdom and gather from them the essentials of further growth.

That we reap what we sow is mathematically exact. We gain permanent strength exactly to the extent of the effort required to overcome difficulties.

This was a bit daunting at first, but at the same time makes a lot of sense.

Haanel then goes on to talk about thought, how emotion brings life to thought and enables it to manifest into form, first by creating words (reproducing the thought to others “in the form of sound”) then eventually with action:

… whatever the action, it is simply the thought attempting to express itself in visible form. It is evident, therefore, that if we wish desirable conditions, we can afford to entertain only desirable thoughts.

This leads to the inevitable conclusion that if we wish to express abundance in our lives, we can afford to think abundance only, and as words are only thoughts taking form, we must be especially careful to use nothing but constructive and harmonious language, which when finally crystallized into objective forms, will prove to our advantage.

He goes on to talk more about words and the value of crafting your words exactly, which leads, of course, back to our old friend the Mental Diet, which helps us to craft our thoughts more exactly. He says something which I found interesting, and at first, baffling:

There is a principle of Mathematics, but none of error; there is a principle of health, but none of disease; there is a principle of truth, but none of dishonesty; there is a principle of light, but none of darkness, and there is a principle of abundance, but none of poverty.

How shall we know that this is true? Because if we apply the principle of Mathematics correctly we shall be certain of our results. Where there is health there will be no disease. If we know the Truth we cannot be deceived by error. If we let in light there can be no darkness, and where there is abundance there can be no poverty.

These are self-evident facts, but the all-important truth that a thought containing principle is vital and therefore contains life and consequently takes root, and eventually but surely and certainly displaces the negative thoughts, which by their very nature can contain no vitality, is one which seems to have been over looked.

This section puzzled me for quite some time, especially the last bit. It seemed to me that the whole course so far had been making the case that negative thoughts were quite vital, seeing as we put a great deal of emotion into them.

But then it dawned on me that what he’s talking about is growth and decay, energy and entropy. The “principle” he is talking about is another way to say that math works one way, but there are a zillion ways to make a math mistake. Health looks a certain way, where disease has all sorts of manifestations. You tell the truth one way, but you could be dishonest any number of ways, and so on. Something in the “Q & A” section really helped me with this:

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

In other words, things with “principle”, as he puts it, lead to growth, energy, constructive action. Things without lead to decay, entropy, destruction.

This week, we have been thinking about insight, and beginning to apply the things we have learned to the problems that lie before us, which I find really exciting. 🙂

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. 🙂

 

Week 12 (part 2): a revelation

In my last post, I talked about my subby, and how it was just as good as anyone else’s.

Well, today during my sit, I had this revelation: my subby is exactly the same as everyone else’s: everyone who has ever been born, everyone who ever will be born, all the explorers and philosophers and magnates and adventurers.

I have the same subby as Alexander The Great, the same as the Polynesian canoe-men who crossed vast distances to see what lay beyond before there were compasses to guide them, the same as the ancient warrior women of the North, who they say fought with an axe in one hand and their baby in the other. I have the same subby as Socrates and Leonardo, as Elizabeth I and Marie Curie. And if there are beings out there beyond the stars who think, I have the same subby as they do.

When I realized this, I felt overwhelmed with it and began to cry. My subby is so precious.

It gives me new motivation to succeed with this mental diet (I’m up to two days at a time so far), so that I can be the person I was meant to be.

 

Week 12: let abundance in!

This week has been … the only word that even comes close is mind-blowing. But that doesn’t do it justice.

We began with an exercise which was the most amazing experience I’ve had in my 52 years here on this earth, and I’ve experienced quite a bit. I won’t spoil it with details for those of you thinking of joining the course next year, but I was able to tap into what Davene called “your true self” for just a few moments, and it was incredible.

Definitely worth it.

But there’s more!

The reading this week … I haven’t totally gotten my head around it all yet, but I’ll try to share as much as I can.

I’ve come to dislike the requirement to post the blog so early in the week, because I invariably want to write more at the end of the week as I feel like I finally understand some things, and then of course everyone just focuses on that last post and ignores the one with the meat in it that I spent so long working on. But that’s life, I guess. 🙂

Part 12 begins by reminding us to focus, to keep going forward, and to have “eternal vigilance” about our thoughts. Sounds a lot like the mental diet! 😉

But then, Haanel says something that I found very interesting:

There are three steps, and each one is absolutely essential. You must first have the knowledge of your power; second, the courage to dare; third, the faith to do.

Now, Mark J did something during the webinar this week that this reminded me of: he wrote out checks to people who had helped him with doing something (I forget now what, but it had to do I think with helping promote the MKMMA) and he said that this was creating a demand (!) for his future project to work.

So his faith to do created in his mind a demand for subby to produce the funds for what he’s up to!

(Now, I’m sure he has the money in the bank, don’t get me wrong. But I can tell that he’s up to something bigger.)

Anyway, back to Haanel:

… you can construct an ideal business, an ideal home, ideal friends, and an ideal environment. You are not restricted as to material or cost. Thought is omnipotent and has the power to draw on the Infinite bank of primary substance for all that it requires. Infinite resources are therefore at your command.

But your ideal must be sharp, clear-cut, definite …

He goes on to talk about people who are constantly going from one thing to another, and how “indecision and negative thought” can cause the loss of everything you’ve worked for. Then he says:

… the only real power which you can have is the power to adjust yourself to Divine and unchangeable principles. You cannot change the Infinite, but you can come into an understanding of Natural laws. The reward of this understanding is a conscious realization of your ability to adjust your thought faculties with the Universal Thought which is Omnipotent. Your ability to cooperate with this Omnipotence will indicate the degree of success with which you meet.

Basically, you got to get out of your own way. You have the overwhelming abundance of the entire universe at your command! But you have to decide what you want, you have to let go of fear, negativity, and stubbornness (I see people reject this whole thing because of a closed mind, which Haanel later calls the lack of “a corresponding vibratory brain cell prepared to receive it”), and you have enough faith to work at it. (remember the whole vigilance part?)

The law is that thought will correlate with its object and bring forth in the material world the correspondence of the thing thought or produced in the mental world. We then discern the absolute necessity of seeing that every thought has the inherent germ of truth in order that the law of growth will bring into manifestation good; for good alone can confer any permanent power.

Then he goes on to say something really interesting:

… the law of the attraction, which is another name for love.

… It is feeling that imparts vitality to thought. Feeling is desire, and desire is love. Thought impregnated with love becomes invincible.

This is why Mark keeps harping on having enthusiasm (the word literally means “possession by a god”!). Intense feeling attached to a thought gives that thought power, gets your subby going after it 24/7 with all 4 billion connections, taps into the Universal Mind’s infinite resources, and all that good stuff. (or bad, depending on the thought) This is how the law of attraction works.

Our sit this week seems to me to be focused on continuing to develop the knowledge of our power, which I feel is this: Since each of us is a fractal curl on the huge universal design, I have been given the same amount of power as Bill Gates, Martha Stewart, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, JK Rowling, you name it (ie. infinite). My solar plexus is just as good as theirs.There is no real reason why I can’t achieve my dreams as much as they have theirs.

I just have to learn to use that power, to get out of my own way, to become enthusiastic in cooperating with the Universal Mind, in order to let all that abundance in. 🙂