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Master Key -Week 16 – More Thoughts

I like going through the cards. About 50% of what’s written on my cards are things that I have done that I can look back on with a sense of accomplishment.  There are other things I listed that would be considered small achievements, but meant something to me. I never stopped to make a list like that. I can’t say I like doing the drills, but it’s part of the program, so I do them. What I’ve come to realize is that, whether I like the drills or the other things we have to do,  the total effect is one of gradually being wrapped in a cocoon of positivity.

It’s not until you become aware of the increased positivity that has come into our lives that you realize how much negativity had been there. The more we do the drills,  the more we chase out the remaining negativity. I can’t say that this will transfer to a greater ability to achieve our DMP, but it will definally make us happier.

What continually amazes me is that much of what we’re learning is not new. Yet, the MKMMA team has put it all together in such a way as to make it all available for immediate use.

 

 

 

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Master Key – Week 15 – Thoughts and Connections

Reflecting on Week 15, mention is made of letting our light shine.  In Matthew 5:16, Jesus said: “16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. ” It is interesting to note that this is not worded as a suggestion or a recommendation. It is a command. The big question has always been: “How does a person do that?”

I signed up for this course to help me get back to writing, after being in two car accidents within a five-month period. I find it incredible and amazing that, although I believe the course will do what I was expecting it to do, it has turned out to be an extraordinary opportunity for spiritual growth.  It’s not so much that we haven’t heard it all said before. Rather, it’s the way the course  uses a variety of sources to refresh and renew what we already know, as well as gently pushing us to put it all into practice in very specific ways.

For example:

Philippians 4:8-10 states: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

The mental diet and much of what Haanel says are all directed toward the above objective. Didn’t most of us know, deep down, that watching a lot of what’s on television and the movies was not advancing us in any way? Yet, without a real reason to change, we just keep on doing it because everyone else does.


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Master Key – Week 14 – Movie

The movie I chose was Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon.

When I write my blogs, I do make an effort to say something that I believe will be interesting as well as an honest representation of my thoughts. I will try to do the same with this blog,  staying as positive as I can while adhering to the first two objectives.

First, I think Reese Witherspoon did a great job as an actress. The heroine had what she thought was her DMP, and she persevered. She substituted grim determination for a PMA, which was a lot for her, given the state of mind she was in.  The best that can be said about her POA was that it left a lot to be desired.

Her stated DMP was to show that she could be the person her mother believed her to be. I’m sure that was part of her DMP, what she told herself; but her subconscious DMP was to punish herself and to atone for her past mistakes. She accepted the pain as part of a cleansing process, or a mental and spiritual detoxification. She took a lot of very unnecessary and dangerous risks; but that, of course, was part of the punishment and atonement theme.

I saw the incredibly large and heavy backpack  as a metaphor for the guilt she carried. She did, after proving to herself that she could make it to the first stage of her journey, allow her backpack to be lightened. She also connected with a few people who, for brief periods, acted as support and alliances.

The uplifting and inspiring aspect of this movie, for me, was to see how life can play out without Jesus Christ in your life. I was thankful, once again, for His mercy and forgiveness. I was once again grateful for not having to carry the burden of guilt for the wrongdoing in my life as the character in the movie had carried her backpack.

 

 


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Master Key Week 13 – I Miss Scroll II

I wish we could have spent another month on Scroll II. What a difference it has already made in my life! I was already doing a lot of what is recommended, but it it the remaining portion, when added on to what I was already doing, that is such a game changer! Maybe it is the intent to apply all the techniques that are described in Scroll II, as well as reading  a description of the techniques three times a day that makes the difference.  If we could continue to consistently apply all of Scroll II, and continue to improve out ability to apply it, we would change our lives forever. At the very least, it is the most complete instruction manual  for practicing the virtue of charity in our day to day living that I have ever seen.

I have taken key sentences from each paragraph, and written them down on index cards which I read at the same time I read the other cards. I don’t want to lose the momentum that has been created. The better we get at Scroll II, the better we get at everything else.


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Master Key Week 12 – More Speaking Truth

In Chapter 3, Haanel states: “To think correctly, accurately, we must know the “Truth”.   Since reading and thinking about that chapter, I have become much more sensitive to what I am reading. When I come across a statement that I know to be untrue, it really jumps out at me. As a result of learning more about how the subconscious mind works,  I have become  much more aware of the detrimental effects of making statements or affirmations that are not true or negative.

In Scroll III of The Greatest Salesman, Og Mandino states that “The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal.”

The second part of that statement: “and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal.” is true, and in keeping with the theme of persistence which is the subject of Scroll III. However, the first part of that statement: “The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning;” is not true. It is possible to reach a goal much sooner than anticipated;  and if we have let ourselves be convinced that the prizes are at the end of the journey, we risk not recognizing opportunities and options that present themselves sooner. (That is why we were instructed to add the phrase “on or before” to the date set on our smart goals.)  I was surprised and thrilled to reach one of my “smart goals” two months earlier than I had anticipated.

In our path to achieving our DMP, we must commit to persist while remaining open to recognizing opportunities and alternative options that may present themselves sooner than we expected.


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Master Key Week 11 – Speaking Truth

We are working so hard on the world within,  working to literally change our brains. I have come to appreciate the importance of what I tell myself, and the words I keep repeating to myself. Something that would be insignificant to one person might not be at all insignificant to someone else. Even with all that we have learned, I still don’t think we fully realize how carefully our  subconscious listens to what we say.

For example, the affirmation “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, etc.” just didn’t feel right. Finally, I realized why. I reflected on the concept of the DMP. It is supposed to be something we feel we are called to do. For me, the following change made everything fall into place, and feel right for me. What was bothering me might not seem important to anyone else, but it made a big difference in how I felt repeating that affirmation. Suddenly, it was easy, and I was ‘in the flow’.

I was not comfortable saying “I am perfect” In the Judaeo-Christian tradition, there is only One who is perfect. I once knew a man who collected priceless Persian carpets. He had been told that the people weaving the carpets would deliberately create a small flaw in the carpet, so it  would not be perfect. Again,  in their tradition,  there is only One who is perfect.  I now say: “For what God has called me to do, I am whole perfect, strong, etc. I know that is true, so I can comfortably and confidently affirm it.

I first started to be aware of how carefully the subconscious listens  when I was trying to learn techniques for guided relaxation and meditation. My teacher gave me the following image. You are walking toward a beautiful beach in the  Caribbean. The sun is shinning on the  blue water where all kinds of  colorful little fish are swimming all around. You must go down a set of stairs to reach this beach. With each step down the stairs, you feel yourself becoming more relaxed.

I tried everything to reach that fantastic point where you are in the image and all the beautiful things start happening. Nothing was working. Then I realized why. My subconscious was resisting. It knew I could not go on that beach when the sun was shinning brightly because I would have a bad sunburn in thirty seconds!

So, we changed the image so that I was walking in a deeply wooded forest where the trees filtered the sun so that only soft light came through. That image was successful because my subconscious knew I was safe there. I could relax.

 


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Master Key Week 10 – Appreciate the Parts

We are told to persevere in our work because the sum is greater than the parts. While we know that is true, I find that some of the parts are so fantastic that I want to take the opportunity to express appreciation for them.

Sitting still for even 15 minutes a day and focusing on thinking of a specific topic, or not thinking at all, is a tremendous way to improve focus and concentration. Of course, many of us had already heard that, but how many of us would actually make ourselves do it if it weren’t a requirement? I, for one, am quite happy to see my focus and concentration getting sharper!

Scroll II is just awesome. I have made up an index card with highlights from that scroll, and carry it with my other index cards, so that I’ll keep it fresh in my mind.

Then, there is the Mental Diet. Frankly, I not sure I’ll ever make it to Day 7, but I’m going to keep trying. I find that I’m slipping less, and I’m immediately aware of it when I do. I also am aware that on those days when I slip more often, I’m not as happy as I am on the days where I do better.  Since I like being happy, I am motivated to pursue the goal of reaching Day 7. 

When reviewing the 7 Laws of the Mind, the Law of Forgiveness, I am reminded of Scroll II. Each one of these alone is so beneficial, but the combination of improved focus, Scroll II, and the Law of Forgiveness just makes your life happier and less stressful, not to mention the fact that Scroll II and the Law of Forgiveness happen to be part of all major religions!

If nothing else happened, we’d all be better off for having been pushed to implement these three things in our lives.  So, although we are told to anticipate a big payoff in the near future when we see that “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts”, I’m quite pleased to pause and appreciate the value of “some of the parts”