Well, no revelations yet during my sits. But I have been much more regular. However, there have been some revelations just with the weekly material. My Franklin Makeover virtue for this week was “imagination” and it blew me away to think that pretty much everything in my line of sight ALL the time is evidence of either the creator’s, or man’s imagination. My house and everything in it is the way it is because I had to imagine the end product before I made the plan before I went to work to implement it and to acquire it and then arrange it. It occurs to me that it should be just as straightforward to imagine a healthy bank balance! I need to take that to the sit perhaps and work backwards like the battleship exercise…I need to do more on my hedgehog exercise from week 20 to really come clean on the most important activities to do to drive my economic engine that will bring that imagined healthy bank account into reality.
Everything is a miracle is so much more fun to think than nothing is a miracle. I absolutely loved the webinar this week. The Physics lesson really drove home just how miraculous EVERYTHING is. The atomic makeup of everything from our cells to the universe is mind boggling. And yet it is so understandable. It is the only way to make sense of the complex simplicity of how we are all connected, all one, all in harmony. We are all just “wiggling” at our own rate to make us a little bit unique.
Who is the “I”? Who notices our body’s feelings? Our emotional feelings? Our mind’s thoughts? “Maybe it was something other than the body, greater than the feelings, more magnificent than the mind.” “I” is our “Spirit”. It is the “I” that receives power from our source, the divine creator that the Bible names Jehovah (Ps 83:18) Jehovah (the causative form, the imperfect state, of Heb. verb ha-wah’ (become); meaning “He Causes to Become”). How appropriate. And everything he causes to become is good and a miracle. We tap into this energy when we recognize the miracles around us and the miracle we are. Haanel 21:3:…the Infinite Mind, which is the source from which all things proceed, is one and indivisible, and each individual is a channel whereby this Eternal Energy is being manifested….” What a privilege to be of service to this sovereign of the universe!
Back to the sit. Haanel 20:18: “Inspiration is from within. The Silence is necessary, the senses must be stilled, the muscles relaxed, repose cultivated. When you have thus come into possession of the sense of poise and power you will be ready to receive the information or inspiration or wisdom which may be necessary for the development of your purpose.” And 20:27 “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 Universal Mind will result in corresponding conditions.” What am I pretending not to know? What if that is true? Would the silence (sit) not be a worthwhile daily habit? Would it not be more important than say 15 minutes of scrolling Facebook? Schedule it Polly, write it down. Do it now.
Okay. It is in my daytimer in writing.
Let’s put it to the test. I have been debating what business to focus on for my paired comparison exercise. What is my perfect plan for where I spend 80% of my time that will drive my economic engine in the area of what I am deeply passionate about and in what I can be the best in the world at? I know I can’t multi-task because that is futile according to the research but I still have to operate the two businesses that pay our bills. I will have to just focus on one at a time and do a chart for each business. But neither of those businesses can get me the long term residual income that I need for my liberty. So with all that on my mind it will be a revelation to see what the Universal Mind will come up with when I tap into it in my regular sits from this moment forward.
I always keep my promises!!!!
Haanel says in 19: 28 “Let the thought rest on the fact that appearances are deceptive. The earth is not flat, neither is it stationary; the sky is not a dome, the sun does not move, the stars are not small specks of light, and matter which was once suppose to be fixed has been found to be in a state of perpetual flux.” and in 29….”modes of thought and action must be adjusted to rapidly increasing knowledge of the operation of eternal principles.”
Align your thought with those eternal principles and good must result. Commit to the study of them and reap the rewards. It might seem initially that nothing is happening or perhaps even that things are getting worse. Remember, appearances can be deceiving. There is no telling what good is on the other side of the challenges.
What would the person I intend to become do next? The answer lies in scroll V of The Greatest Salesman: She would avoid with fury the killers of time, destroy procrastination with action, bury doubt under faith, dismember fear with confidence! She would make this day the best day of her life, making every minute full of valuable, fruitful pursuit and give thanks for EVERYTHING.
The Happiness progression: Gratitude, “re-living a moment”, kindness, the sit, exercise. It’s just 5 simple things. I find 4 of them easy but I seem to still be refusing the call to do the sit. I think because I don’t have a routine for it I easily skip it and then when I do it it seems like it is not productive and it is probably not productive because I have not practiced it enough!! What am I pretending not to know?
If thought is the lamp with the genie in it why would I not be rubbing it with all my might? Maybe my DMP is still not right? What would the person I intend to become do next? My needs are true health and liberty. I am spread between two businesses that pay the bills but I know that liberty by means of residual income is likely only to come with my putting effort into my networking business. But I don’t WANT to do it!!! Okay, relax. Asking myself the question “What would the person I intend to become do next?” is supposed to summon the perfect plan.
Just stay the course according to the compass and the way will appear perhaps in a form that I have not heretofore considered.
The world is so full of acronyms it is hard to keep up! So it only took me a day or two to figure out that the acronym HJ stands for “Hero’s Journey”. Duh. Haha–I am writing them all down on an index card for easy reference–do you realize there are 20 so far in our MKE…there is only one I haven’t deciphered–HEM–please inform me in your comment if you know!
It was an interesting week of introspection after the great call on Sunday. There has been a lot of R2A2 (recognize, relate, assimilate, apply) going on. It so happened that my Franklin Makeover virtue I am working on this week is “discipline”. While I noticed places and people (including myself) that demonstrated discipline I also was forced to confess where I wasn’t and if I intended on completing the Hero’s Journey I would have to “pull up my socks”. Our top card of the stack of index cards was spot on: “What am I pretending not to know?” Ha! Where do I even begin? So….from now on I am going to be more disciplined in doing my sit (inspired by my Marco Polo team member Kevin who has only missed 1 or 2 in like 4 years) and in DOING ALL the other requirements (notice I didn’t say recommended requirements) to fulfill my commitment to this Master Key Experience! Might as well put it to the test–only good can come of it!!
My Franklin virtue this week is “persistence”. I have been on the quest of personal development for it seems a very long time so it might seem to some that I am persistently pursuing it. Why haven’t I attained it? Well for one thing it is an ongoing process since there is always room for improvement so I don’t think one will every “arrive” at their highest possible attainment. But I also believe I have had too many “fits and starts”. According to Haanel spiritual insight “is only secured when the mind is continuously concentrated in a given direction.” In 17:4 “Continuous concentration means an even, unbroken flow of thought and is the result of patient, PERSISTENT, persevering and well-regulated system.” I definitely need to work on that.
He goes on in 19: ” The principal necessity is the strengthening of the mind so that it rises superior to the distractions and wayward impulses of instinctive life and thus successfully overcomes in the conflict between the higher and lower self.” Oh boy I can identify with that!! He then reminds us that this strengthening of the mind comes in the silence–the taking of time to be undisturbed in order to “train the thought along lines which will enable you to develop that invincible power which is necessary to achieve.” I must confess that I have avoided the sits way too often!
And here is the value of our stack of index cards: 26: “Every obstacle conquered, every victory gained, will give you more faith in your power, and you will have greater ability to win. Your strength is determined by your mental attitude; if this attitude is one of success, and is permanently held with an unswerving purpose, you WILL attract to you from the invisible domain the things you silently demand.” Thanks to those cards I am gaining faith in my power, in the victories I have achieved. I have a pretty good positive general mental attitude in comparison to the rest of the world but I have perhaps been avoiding the the positive mental attitude of success.
Be persistent Polly, just do it already. Do it now! I have to go do my sit now and think about success….
Wow, it was so awesome to be focusing on Kindness for our Franklin exercise this week in our MKE community! There is so much room for kindness in our daily living and it was a joy to notice kindnesses all around me and to participate in so many too. It raises a person’s happiness and hope vibration to a peak level. And then reading about all the other acts of kindness in our MKE kindness alliance added a harmony to the week that made me look forward to reading and sharing every day!
Kindness week linked nicely with Haanel in Chapter 16 “Thought is spiritual and therefore creative–to consciously control thought is therefore to control circumstances, conditions, environment and destiny.” With the whole MKMMA thinking kindness I’d say it was pretty obvious we had a creative effect. I think we all could attest to kinder circumstances, conditions and environments, but there is no telling, yet, how it will all play out for kinder destinies for each of us and all whom we touched, or those who we witnessed touching others with kindness! (After all it is a Law of cause and effect–more linking.)
Well my for my Franklin exercise I chose “Well Organized” as my top virtue I needed to work on. So of course wouldn’t you know the first things I noticed were all the places/things that were disorganized in my life! I redeemed myself by focusing on the things that were organized, not just some of my own things/surroundings but also how God has organized his creation so amazingly. No it might not all be organized in a straight line or in a way that is pleasing to the eye but for the most efficient functioning it is superb! I must admit that as the week progressed I neglected my assignment but once I “noticed” I could correct it. No beating myself up just notice and adjust accordingly.
I listened to Wallace Wattles “The Science of Being Well” with interest and I see how it all aligns with Haanel: Question 7: How are desirable conditions secured? By entertaining desirable thoughts only.
Question 8: How are undesirable conditions brought about? By thinking, discussing, and visualizing conditions of lack, limitation, disease, inharmony (disharmony), and discord of every kind. This mental photography of erroneous conceptions is taken up by the subconscious and the law of attraction will inevitably crystalize it into objective form. That we reap what we sow is scientifically exact.
It’s so simple. Only Desirable thoughts are allowed! DO IT NOW!
I have not been able to locate the recommended movies yet. I am sure they are on their way to me soon though. After all Haanel says “is it not evident that the conscious mind can consciously suggest thoughts which the subconscious mind will put into action, and as the subconscious is one with the Universal, is it not evident that no limit can be placed upon its activities?”
I have found the The Strangest Secret audio though and will listen this week.
I love the Master Key part 14 line 25: “Thought is the only reality; conditions are but the outward manifestations; as the thought changes, all outward or material conditions must change in order to be in harmony with their creator, which is thought.”
And George Mathew Adams: “Learn to keep the door shut, keep out of your mind and out of your world, every element that seeks admittance with no definite helpful end in view.”
Ah the importance of the Mental Diet!
NARC: Neurological Associative Reactive Conditioning is based on “pleasure feels good, pain feels bad”
We must attach pleasure to the things we want to accomplish and pain to the things we don’t want to do–those things that are preventing us from attaining our desires.
What specifically am I avoiding doing that is necessary to move my business to where I want it to be? Well first of all I need to focus on what business has the potential to get me there. I have been avoiding this conversation with myself….
Maybe Franklin can help: “Increase in me that wisdom Which discovers my truest interest, Strengthen my resolution To perform that which wisdom dictates.”
And be grateful. That is easy.