Week 15 – Words, Thoughts, Principle

This weeks reading in The Master Key System by Haanel talks about the power of words, again referring to the fact that what we think we manifest.  And our emotions determine our experience.  I enjoyed digging in to the following sentence.

In 15 number 24 he says “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.”

th-40One of the definitions that I found for principle is “a primary source.”  This is interesting to consider while thinking about the above statement.  I take it to mean there is no primary source for error, disease, dishonesty, darkness and poverty.  Wow!  Doesn’t that give us freedom from a lot of fears?  If these things have no source do they have reality?

One cannot argue the principle of Mathematics.  1 plus 1 is 2.  There is no other answer!

No primary source for disease?  Health is man’s true nature.  Genesis 1 tells us that God saw everything that he had made and it was very good.  Disease was not of God’s creation therefore it has no source.  Haanel has told us that the “I” is spiritual.  The spiritual “I” cannot experience disease.   Neither can man experience disease.  Keep this in thought the next time you are not feeling well and see what happens!  What we think about will manifest.  As we have been repeating “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy!”  Can you be harmonious and experience disease?  I don’t think so.

One morning a few months ago I awoke early feeling that I had the symptoms of a cold.  It seemed that I had a stuffy nose, sore throat and all.  I thought to myself “this is NOT part of my day.”  I fell back to sleep and when I woke later all of the symptoms were gone!  I had a harmonious day.

th-42It’s easy to understand the unreality of darkness.  You turn on a light and darkness is
gone!  It is the absence of light.  Darkness has no source.   Even so, dishonesty and poverty have no source.  Haanel has referred to unlimited supply.  Therein is our abundance.  Since abundance has a source it is always there for all of us!

Thinking about words and looking up their meaning has been an important part of this MKMMA experience for me.  It sure gives you a lot to contemplate and learn.

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Week 14 – Movie time!

movie_audienceThis week we were asked to watch at least 1 of 4 movies.  So far I have watched two – October Sky and Door to Door.

Both stories were wonderful examples of many of the things we are learning in this MKMMA experience.  The thing that stood out to me the most was PERSISTENCE.

In both stories, which are based on true stories, the main character was determined to succeed in his endeavors.  I do recommend that you have tissues handy while watching Door to Door as there are a number of touching scenes.

th-35Door to Door was about a man named Bill Porter who, by the way, just passed away in December 2013.  Bill’s birth was difficult and the doctor ended up using forceps to extract the baby.  In the process the doctor caused brain damage, which led to Cerebral Palsy.  The medical profession suggested that Bill be institutionalized as they felt he would not have a very good life.  His parents refused to do that and raised him to be independent.

As an adult Bill had a hard time finding a job and finally convinced a sales company to let him attempt selling door to door.  Bill was a very persistent man and went on to become the leading salesman in the company.  He always took no to mean “not this time” and returned to each home regularly to present his products.

th-37Bill had a way with people and became well liked in the neighborhoods he visited.  Some even looked forward to his regular visits.

I admire Bill and his parents.  His parents gave him the ability to live independently and the value of persistence in life’s endeavors despite his handicap.

We can all learn a lot from Bill.

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The following video is another great (and funny) example of Persistence.

Week 13 – New Year filled with Gratitude

live-gratitudeth-19 This week we are to write 3 things we are grateful for, each day, on an index card and review them regularly.  What a wonderful way to start your day!  It can be as simple as gratitude for a warm shower.

I am grateful for this opportunity to open my eyes and thought to all the good in my life.  I’m thinking this will also help with the mental diet we are partaking of.  How can you have a negative thought when expressing gratitude?

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On to a new year and a new me as I learn more about myself on this MKMMA journey.  I can’t believe it is halfway over already.  So much learned and more to come!  It is rewarding to be sharing this adventure with others and finding new friends and support along the way.  As Mark J says “Peace be the journey!”

Happy New Year and new you!

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It
turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into
order, confusion into clarity.  It can turn a
meal into a feast, a house into a home, a
stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes
sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie

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“You cannot be grateful and bitter.
You cannot be grateful and unhappy.
You cannot be grateful and unloving.
So just be grateful.” – Anonymous

th-26“If you woke up this morning with more
health than illness, you are more blessed
than the million who will not survive the
week.  If you have food in your refrigerator,
clothes on your back, a roof over your head
and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75
percent of the world.  If you have money in
the bank or in your wallet, you are among
the world’s wealthy.  If you hold up your
head with a smile on your face and are truly
thankful;, you are blessed because the
majority can, but most do not.” – Anonymous

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“If the only prayer you ever say in your
Whole life is Thank you, that would suffice.” – Meitser Eckhart

 

 

 

 

th-29“A grateful heart a garden is,
Where there is always room
For every lovely, Godlike grace
To come to perfect bloom.” – Christian Science Hymnal – hymn #3.

 

 

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Week 12 – Self-Confidence

th-16th-14This week we have been asked to write down 30 or more things we have done, accomplished, or experienced in our lives.  They can be as simple as shoveling snow.  We are to put these on index cards and flash through them at different times of the day.

At first I thought that I would never come up with 30 things that would have meaning but as I began to write these cards more things came to mind.  It became a fun adventure and I was blown away at some of the things that have been a part of my experience.

We are also to add some cards with affirmations.

As I have considered these things and flashed through the cards I find my self-confidence building. I also feel better about my ability to succeed in future ventures.

Thank you Mark J for this great tool!

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Week 11 – Spread the love!

th-6During this Christmas season there are many beautiful reminders of the joys of the holiday.  The greatest joy is in the children.  I know, because my School Bus is getting louder and louder!  They are silly, singing and happy.

Gift giving is another source of joy.  One of the things we are asked to read every day is about giving a gift to everyone we meet.  It doesn’t have to be a material gift.  It can be a smile, loving thought, compliment, etc.  I have found through my years of bus driving that the more I smile and wave at people the more I receive in kind.  I also am finding that many people in town know me and smile or wave in other situations as well.  Lately I have been feeling a bit lonely but I realized I have many “friends” in the community.  Just this morning I stopped at a gas station and a man that was pumping gas waved to me to get my attention.  I’m not sure where I’ve seen him but he looked familiar and recognized me with a wave and a smile.  What a blessing. (Of course I waved back!)

th-7A few weeks ago I told a High School girl that she had a beautiful smile.  She lit up like a Christmas tree!  It gave her a boost and me as well.  Giving is a beautiful thing whether we receive something in return or not.

This reminds me of a book I read recently called The Gentle Art of Blessing by Pierre Pradervand.  On the back cover it says “Pradervand describes blessing as genuinely wishing the best for another person through seeing their individual worth and honoring them for it.”  He says at the beginning of Chapter 7 “It is impossible to bless and judge at the same time.”  He then talks about flowers that give and give and give no matter who you are.  “Their sharing is natural and effortless, expressing the essence of their being, which is to give freely.”

It is the “essence of our being” to give freely.  Jesus, whose birth we celebrate this season, was the consummate giver.  He gave love, freedom, healing to all no matter who they were.  What a great example he is!
A favorite hymn of mine ends with:

    In thy house securely dwelling,
    Where thy children live to bless,
    Seeing only Thy creation,
    We can share Thy happiness,
    Share Thy joy and spend it freely,
    Loyal hearts can feel no fear,
    We Thy children know Thee Father,
    Love and Life forever near.

th-12From the Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran in The Prophet:

  There are those who give and know not pain in giving,
nor do they seek joy nor give with
mindfulness of virtue;

  They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes
  its fragrance into space.

  Through the hands of such as these God speaks
  and from behind their eyes He smiles upon the earth.

th-13May God’s love shine on you and through you this Christmas Season!

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Week 10 – Persistence

1468663_613078632061055_372668781_nWe have begun reading a new scroll in The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino .  The last scroll was beautiful with thoughts about love for all.  I was sad to leave that scroll and move on but as I began reading the next scroll I was almost in tears.

The last few weeks in the MKMMA course have been a bit of a challenge for me.  There has been quite a bit of resistance to continuing with the work required.  I realize it is my old blueprint trying to drag me back to the comfort it feels I need.  But now that I am reading the new scroll about persistence I am determined to fight my way forward on this journey of finding my authentic self.  Repeated throughout the scroll is the phrase “I will persist until I succeed.”

The paragraph that grabbed my attention says “I will never consider defeat and I will remove from my vocabulary such words and phrases as quit, cannot, unable, impossible, out of the question, improbable, failure, unworkable, hopeless, and retreat; for they are the words of fools.  I will avoid despair but if this disease of the mind should infect me then I will work on in despair.  I will toil and I will endure.  I will ignore the obstacles at my feet and keep mine eyes on the goals above my head, for I know that where dry desert ends, green grass grows.”

This woke me up and now I will persist despite the arguments from the old blueprint.  As he also says in this scroll “I was not delivered unto this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins.”

In The Master Key system week 10 Haanel gives us a wonderful affirmation.  “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.”  This is a great basis to work from.

Joyfully I persist!

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Week 9 – Gratitude

thankyouIn the spirit of our American Thanksgiving I want to express my gratitude for this journey in the Master Key system.  Mark J, and his wife and team, are giving us a wonderful gift for which I am eternally grateful.  They are leading the way and guiding our progress but letting us make the discoveries.

These discoveries include knowing what we truly desire in life and learning how to get there.  It is a challenging yet exciting adventure.  We are reading and learning with ENTHUSIASM, seeing colors that have meaning to us, relating many things together, living by the compass not the clock, and given many new ideas to consider and make our own.

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This is leading me to the point of: “When you know clearly what you want, you’ll wake up every morning excited about life.” ~ Mark Victor Hansen

Week 8 – Light dawns and the warmth spreads.

canstock0399391I live in Massachusetts where there is a saying “Light dawns on Marblehead.”  Marblehead is a town on the coast, and of course Marble is a hard rock.  It’s a fancier way of saying “Duh” when you realize the truth about something.

In the introduction to our readings this week Haanel says “Thought results in action, if your thought is constructive and harmonious, the result will be good; if your thought is destructive or inharmonious the result will be evil.  The importance of this is well illustrated in the lives of Emerson and Carlyle.  Emerson loved the good and his life was a symphony of peace and harmony, Carlyle hated the bad, and his life was a record of perpetual discord and inharmony. “

th-5As I was walking my dog today and resenting the cold weather I thought about these statements.  For the last years, I don’t know how many, I have reached the point where I hate being cold in the winter.  It is hard for me to feel warm during the winter months and I yearn for warmer weather.  Is this coldness a result of my hating the cold weather?  It must be for as I thought about the above statements I felt warmer on our walk!

th-3It became obvious to me that to find comfort during these cold New England months I need to stop hating the weather, find the good in the winter months to love and I will be warmer!  The snow is beautiful, some plants need to cold weather to survive and recreate in the spring, children’s eyes light up as Christmas approaches and when they get “snow days” (no school because of snow), the warmth of a fire, soups and stews to eat and many other things to love and appreciate about winter.

I am going to have a warmer experience this year!

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Week 7 – Love and positive thought

Love_in_3d_Our second scroll in Og Mandino’s book The Greatest Salesman in the World repeats this phrase “I will greet this day with love in my heart” multiple times throughout the scroll.  He then goes on to describe the different aspects of this love.  It is all consuming and the most important thought of the day.

The following quote is so helpful to me:

cute-smile-baby-photo-002“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.” Marianne Williamson

Wow! This quote fits so well with the ideas Og presents as well as our task this week to go on a Positive Mental Diet.  No negative thoughts allowed.  This diet is actually a process of bringing that “love back into our hearts.”  “Love is…our purpose on earth!”

diet-joke-imageI am finding this diet to be quite a challenge.  It requires one to step back and observe the thought process at every moment. Is the thought positive or negative?  If negative replace it with a positive immediately or start over until 7 days of positive thinking are achieved.   The challenge is in observing my thinking instead of “going with the flow” and just doing without thinking.

World thought today would have us believe that there is not much good going on any more.  As I am working to observe my own thinking I find I am also observing others more closely as well.  Guess what!  I am finding so many good, cheerful, kind people everywhere I go.  That would be experiencing love in others as Marianne Williamson said.  What a joy this is.mysmileydude

So, instead of struggling with this diet, I am going forward to find the meaning in me and loving what I see in others.  God, ever-present good, is positive and so am I!Gods_Love

Week 6 – Compass and Magnifying glass? – Aha!

Week 6 – Compass and Magnifying glass? – Aha!

This week we have been asked to have a compass and magnifying glass handy to remind us of all that we are learning.

compassThe Compass is to remind us to live by the compass and not the clock.  As I thought about this I decided to look up the definition of compass.  The first definition is the item that we all think of when we see the word.  “A device used to determine geographic direction usually consisting of a magnetic needle or needles horizontally mounted or suspended and free to pivot until aligned with the earth’s magnetic field.”  There is also the tool used to describe circles, circular arcs and for taking measurements.  The definition that caught my eye and that relates to our readings this week in The Master Key System is “range or scope, as of understanding, perception, or authority.”  The dictionary then goes on to give an example of this: “Lacking a coherent intellectual and moral commitment, [he] was forced to find his compass in personal experience.” (Doris Kearns Goodwin).

magnifying-glass-vector5In The Master Key System Haanel uses the magnifying glass as an example of focus. He says: “The power of attention can be more readily understood by comparing it with a magnifying glass in which the rays of sunlight are focused; they possess no particular strength as long as the glass is moved about and the rays directed from one place to another; but let the glass be held perfectly still and let the rays be focused on one spot for any length of time, the effect will become immediately apparent.  So with the power of thought;… focus this power through attention or concentration on any single purpose for any length of time and nothing becomes impossible.”

elephant-sittingOur “sit” or quiet time this week is to be spent focusing on a picture for 10 minutes and then covering it and recalling all of the details in our “mind’s eye.”  He says that this will be difficult at first because our thought will wander but with practice it will train our thought to concentrate on the item we focus on.  This is an interesting challenge but I am thoroughly enjoying it and finding it helps me to focus in other activities as well.

                  (We’re training the elephant (subconscious) – right?)  😉

So now I am holding my magnifying glass (thought) still and my compass (understanding) is increasing incrementally!

dictionaryI haven’t used a dictionary this much in years.  What fun!