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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15 thoughts on “Week 8 – Similar, but not equal

  1. You captured my idea – of the whirlwind! I listened to the recordings over several times today, and that one came to mind. I am happy you are sharing this experience within family discussions. Bravo!

  2. Lovely post Sue. I am thrilled that your family are sharing and benefiting from your experience. We often don’t see in ourselves what others see so clearly. Thanks for your honesty and love.

  3. I found myself remembering the movie- Pollyanna (one of my favorites!) about looking for the good and you will feel good. Serene is so much more of an outcome that is nice to be around! Great post, thank you.

  4. Great post as usual you are getting more out of the class than I am … you are putting more in! You are a great example and I keep plugging along lagging at times but still here. I appreciate you Sue.

  5. Sue B. You are growing and transforming into a calm, confident, serene, and graceful person. You have this gift of saying what needs to be said with humor and honesty. You’re taking us on your journey of self-discovery. I’m so grateful to know you.

  6. so inspired by your writing, Sue! so the FOCUS of the ENERGY and EMOTION we attach to any given thought must be very key, right?

  7. You are so right Sue, there is so much good in everyday! And we’ve learned that what we spend time thinking on GROWS. God has blessed us with such abundance, and our Thoughts are evident of a changing blueprint. Thank you for sharing your heart.

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