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.
The 4 Tiny Habits
- A definite purpose backed by a burning desire for it’s fulfillment.
- A definite plan, expressed in continuous action.
- a mind closed tightly against all negative and discouraging influences, including negative sugesstions of relatives, friends, and acquaintances.
- Friendly alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose.
Haanel: Knowledge does not apply itself; we as individuals must make the application, and the application consists in fertilizing the thought with a living purpose.
To go forward “you must first have the knowledge of your power; second, the courage to dare; third, the faith to do.”
“Thought impregnated with love becomes invincible”
Note to self: Believe. Do it now. Love.
Mark 11:24 “…all things you pray and ask for, have faith that you have received them, and you will have them.”
Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is the assured expectation of things hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities though not beheld.”
As long as the things we pray for are in alignment with the omnipotent infinite mind we can expect the manifestation of them to result in harmonious conditions.
However, “wrong thoughts” isolate one from God and “harass you, worry you, and finally bring about disease and possibly death” (Haanel week 10, line 20)
Note to self: pray as though you have already received it, do not entertain wrong thoughts, keep practising.
“I persist and I develop my skills” Og reminds me. I am forming good habits and becoming their slave; but, the old blueprint keeps rearing it’s ugly head and tells me “you don’t have time” or “you need your sleep” or “you’ll catch up after the rush is over.”
It is the law of cause and effect week. “There is no effect without an adequate cause”. “This law enables men to plan courageously and execute fearlessly.” Harmonious conditions are brought about when my thoughts are in tune with God who is the infinite mind. By being the observer of my thoughts I see which ones are preventing me from forming the “circuit” and impeding my progress to those harmonious conditions I seek.
Well I have some catching up to do but if I have removed the word impossible from my vocabulary so you know it isn’t that!
In number 7 of part 9 of the Master Key this week Haanel says “To know the Truth is to be in harmony with the Infinite and Omnipotent power. To know the Truth therefore is to connect yourself with a power which is irresistible and which will sweep away every kind of discord, inharmony, doubt or error of any kind, because the “Truth is mighty and will prevail”.”
It is like the switch to turn on the light at night. You will stay in the dark and never even know there is the possibility of light if you are not aware of the existence of the switch or you do not act to turn on the switch. What will I do “to connect” myself with the power? I will keep on working even if I get behind to build my mental skills to take full advantage of and act in harmony with this infinite and omnipotent power I call God who has a personal name, Jehovah.
I finished my Press Release finally so now I must remember to read it aloud every Thursday. It was actually fun to do. I used to love to write stories and I taught my students in school to do it but in the trappings of life that was a thing I never made time for. Thank you MKE for waking up my imagination again!
Got my recording done too. I had a lot of time it seems when I refuse to watch TV. Couldn’t unplug it because I am not the only one in the house.
I am still in “catch up” mode but I see the light at the end of the tunnel and have every good intention at getting back at DOING every little thing every day that will accelerate my progress! Believe!
I promise to get something more profound for you next week!
(ha ha had to change that last sentence from “I’ll try …”)
It was great being on the road and having my husband listen in to the training this week as we traveled together. The 7 Day Mental Diet proved to be something we could tackle together. I always thought I was a “positive person” but had to admit several times that I too succumb to negative speaking! My husband would say something and realize it was negative and then would say “restart” right away. I hadn’t remembered the part about keeping the exercise a secret from others so of course when either of us would say “restart” in front of one of our grown children we would have to reveal what it was all about. They too thought it was a worthy challenge.
I am learning to keep my opinions to myself but it is certainly a lot harder to not even think an opinion. It is a little scary how in every average conversation people give and expect you to give an opinion with almost every sentence spoken!
I want to believe when Mark says they are setting us up: “The payoff for your mental diet is bigger than you can think. If you will concentrate and master the Law of Substitution THEN you will possess something that guarantees: * Success in all ventures *your current desire *desires you are unaware of now, unborn desires *all desires that are good for you–IF you execute, THEN you will permanently possess a success formula.”
If that is true why wouldn’t I put every effort into it? Let’s DO this!
Yes, still catching up but I was able to get a $1 compass and pin it on my jacket. I love that metaphor. Living by the compass not by the clock. The compass reminds me that I need to be mindful of my navigation so that I reach my destination. I have tended to be busy “doing” the next thing rather than even knowing where I wanted all those “things” to lead me!
The movie poster was a long overdo exercise. I have thought about doing it many times in the past and got started a few times. This time with the internet and a printer it came together pretty fast. Thanks to a smart phone camera, email and a printer I could make multiple copies of any size I wanted. No excuses this time. There are visual cues to some good habits, short term goals and one big audacious goal. I now have the destination of where my compass is pointing!
I am a little “shy” about putting it up where others can see it but my husband seemed like he approved of the one on the mirror alongside the “Gal in the Glass” poem. 🙂 Give more, get more.