Week 9 – Part 2 – Change the world

I am whole

I know, I know, I’ve already posted this week!!  These ideas kept coming to me, insisting that I share them!  What’s a girl to do?

“I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.”  This is something which we are to affirm to ourselves often.  I like it.  It makes me feel good about myself, it makes me think.  I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately.  That’s part of the work of the MKMMA course, but I think ALL of the TIME!  This is a good thing.  Not only are we giving this message to ourselves about ourselves, but we are also seeing this in all of those with whom we meet.  It correlates with Og Mandino’s Scroll II in the Greatest Salesman in the World, where we are to look at others and think, “I love you!”  What we think about others has an impact on them, so why not give them a gift of good, correct thought?  In this practice, we are improving ourselves, changing ourselves, and as a bonus, we are changing the world!

What world are we changing?  Primarily, the world within.  Our thoughts determine our experience.  So I changedAs we align our thinking with the truth of who we really are, God’s image, we see that become clear in our experience.  I see it more and more frequently.  Harmony begins to assert itself when our thoughts become harmonious.   Who could argue that our world doesn’t need harmony?  Mom always taught me that society’s woes or successes are founded in the home.  Just so, our individual successes are based on our thoughts. As the home is a microcosm of society, our thoughts are a microcosm of our experience.  These microcosms are causal.

change compassWe’re learning to follow the compass, not the clock.  Huh?  How do we not follow the clock?  We have appointments, we make a schedule, we need to be prompt!  Well, that’s all well and good, but to what end?  What are you working towards?  Where are you going?  The compass guides our steps, it helps us to find our way.  The clock helps things to mesh, but it doesn’t lead us anywhere. Give me a compass, any day!!

change essence of lifeI’m having to sacrifice quite a bit on this journey of mine.  Things about myself that I’ve accepted but are untrue.  Things about others that are assumed and accepted, but false.  I need to surrender what I believe that I am in order to find out the Truth.  Truth is the Master Key, we’re learning this week.  Jesus taught this many centuries ago:  “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free!”  change is goodI’m not just willing to surrender what I am (what I believe about myself), I’m eager to let it go, to find my limitless possibilities!

I haven’t been this excited about my life, my future, since I was very young!  I look forward to my destination, now that I know it doesn’t have to be what I’ve been expecting (dreading).  change direction quoteWhat a better way to live, this is, than drudging through life, bemoaning my fate, bewailing my circumstances.  Life is GOOD!

 

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Week 9 – Who am I?

questionWho am I?  This seems to be an ongoing question in the MKMMA class.  I know who I am – I’m the perfect child of God.  Sometimes, unfortunately, I seem to forget that, so the constant reminders we’re getting in this process are invaluable.

At the beginning of this journey, I was feeling lost, a failure, unable to succeed at the things I wished to accomplish.change process  Now we are 9 weeks in to a 27-week class, and I’m beginning to see the light.  I’ve reached rock bottom, emotionally, and am looking at the upward slope with mixed feelings of despair and hope.  Can I make the climb?  I know I can, but in my old habit of thinking, which I’m working to shred, I tended to avoid such challenging and life-altering work.  No longer.

We’re integrating all sorts of learning techniques into our endeavors.  Not long before we were instructed to make our Movie Poster (mine can be found on the Movie Poster tab of my blog), I made a simpler version for myself.desire  I still have it posted in my workspace and on my computer desktop.

We’ve since added in the Movie Poster, and a page of shapes. Shapes Each shape represents, to me, both a concept and a concrete goal.  The blue rectangle is my income of $10,000 per month, which I’m earning before the end of 2014, and it also represents liberty.  The red circle’s concrete goal is the achievement of my ideal weight by the beginning of May (in time for my trip to Hawaii!), and also represents true health.  The green triangle, which represents liberty, is also my dream home, and the yellow square, which stands for enlightenment, is the accumulation of $500,000 by the end of 2016.  I’m excited and eager to achieve these goals, and I am confident!!

As I strive to adjust my way of thinking, I grow in my sense of peace and joy.  thought lightChallenges which would previously have buffeted me emotionally are now greeted serenely.  I like the place to which I’ve come, and enthusiastically anticipate the final result of my efforts.  On this, the day after our national day of Thanks, I give thanks and gratitude to God for the angels He’s sent into my life.who am i green

This week, in the Master Key System, Haanel proposes that we frequently affirm to ourselves the following:  “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.”  Which leads back to the original question:  Who am I?  The answer?  I am God’s perfect child right now, and nothing can ever change that!

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Week 8 – Similar, but not equal

So I changedWe’re learning that our thought determines our circumstance, the world within determines the world without.  This explains how two people can be in the same situation and describe it completely differently.  I sit in my house in the evening, with the air conditioning running, and I have to have socks on my feet, and sometimes a blanket over me, while my husband and sons are complaining that it’s hot.  Same situation, different experience.  Similar and not equal.

emerson and carlyleIn the Master Key System, Haanel begins part 8 with a comparison of Emerson and Carlyle.  Both were authors of note.  They were friends.  They corresponded with each other.  Haanel tells us that Emerson loved the good, while Carlyle hated the bad.  Same thing?  Nope.  Similar, but not equal.  Emerson’s attention was focused on good things.  With that focus, the bad things were probably barely noticed by him.  His life circumstances reflected the direction of his focus.  Carlyle’s attention was focused on bad things.  He liked the good, I’m sure, but his energy and attention were directed at the bad.  His life circumstances reflected the direction of his focus.

I’ve been working with Mark J. for nine months now.  You can find him here:  http://bit.ly/17NUyaD mark j Today, my sons and I were discussing my statement that you choose how you feel.  This has been proven to me a completely true statement.  In all circumstances, at some level you choose how you feel.  My eldest son disagrees.  My youngest son agrees, and pointed out to the elder the thought-boychanges that have occurred in our home and family since I began working with Mark J.  There’s a greater sense of calm, things are more in control with all of us because of the changes in my thoughts, feelings, and reactions.  I’m so grateful to hear that my son sees this, and amazed that he sees it more clearly than I!

Whirlwind-of-EmotionSo, Haanel concludes the paragraph with which he introduces part 8 with this statement:  It is evident therefore that we are to hate nothing, not even the “bad,” because hatred is destructive, and we shall soon find that by entertaining destructive thoughts we are sowing the “wind” and in return shall reap the “whirlwind.”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough whirlwind in my life.  Time for the serene. CB017727 So I choose to feel love for everything and focus on the good, of which there is so much!

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Week 7 – Love One Another

boy thinkingIf you’re a student of the Bible, you’re familiar with the idea of the command that we love one another, and even further, that we love our neighbor as ourself.  This is an idea that is very deep, and we need to look below the surface.  I’ve been delving into it as I spend time devoted to thought.

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Love your neighbor as yourself.  There’s a qualifier attached to this – do you see what it is?

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As Yourself.  Do you love yourself?  Seems hard to do, sometimes.  One assignment we have in the MKMMA is to read a poem called “The Gal in the Glass,” then look at yourself in the mirror and say, “I love you!”  Sometimes I believe it, sometimes I don’t.

This week we began the 7-day mental diet.  There’s an essay, you can find it here – http://bit.ly/1e8T8a3 – written by Emmet Fox. Love heartWe are to allow no negative thoughts.  If a negative thought presents itself, you have seven seconds to negate it.  Get it?  Negate the negative thought.  LOL!!  Replace it with something positive.  If you don’t catch it in time, you have to begin your 7-days anew!

love is always the answerCombine the diet with our thrice daily reading of Scroll 2 in The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino, which repeatedly states, “I will greet this day with love in my heart,” and then throw in Jesus’ instruction noted above, and you see that you have to be particularly careful about what you think about yourself.  If you don’t love yourself, then loving your neighbor as yourself isn’t such a great thing.  You MUST love yourself in order to love your neighbor.  You first, in this particular instance.

love unlessThis love must be unconditional.  The love for oneself, the love for others.  We don’t hear, love your neighbor unless he makes you mad!!  We’re not told, love yourself as long as you do certain things.  Just love.  Just love yourself!  Just love your neighbor!!  When you avoid the negative thoughts, when you withhold your opinions as we began to do recently in this wonderful course, it becomes more clear how veryloving hands lovable you are, and how very lovable your neighbor is.  I had an inspired thought about two weeks ago:  Love is both a noun and a verb.  If you don’t understand the application of the verb, you have no comprehension of the meaning of the noun.  LOVE IS ACTION!  Go out there and love!  Everyone!

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