In our study of the Master Keys, we are only presented with one week’s lesson at a time. We are to study this lesson and allow it to breathe the essence of the lesson into our lives. Last week I was inspired to share how I manifested my beautiful family into my life with the full intention of continuing that story for you this week.
If you were catching the drift from last week, you know that God and I had very different ideas of my “ideal family” 🙂 Challenging is such a mild word for the transition we were all making to become the loving, caring family that we are today.
There were so many lessons for us to learn, individually and collectively. I often thought, “It must be so much easier to grow into a family when you start from infants.” Trust me I have been assured by everyone I know that it is not! LOL
Haanel’s introduction to Week 16’s lesson shed a great deal of light on this last period of 7 years of my life. Insight and understanding. Check this out…
The vibratory activities of the planetary Universe are governed by a law of
periodicity. Everything that lives has periods of birth, growth, fruitage, and decline.
These periods are governed by the Septimal Law.
The Law of Sevens governs the days of the week, the phases of the moon, the
harmonies of sound, light, heat, electricity, magnetism, atomic structure. It governs
the life of individuals and of nations, and it dominates the activities of the
Life is growth, and growth is change, each seven years period takes us into a new
cycle. The first seven years is the period of infancy. The next seven the period of
childhood, representing the beginning of individual responsibility. The next seven
represents the period of adolescence. The fourth period marks the attainment of full
growth. The fifth period is the constructive period, when men begin to acquire
property, possessions, a home and family. The next from 35 to 42, is a period of
reactions and changes, and this in turn is followed by a period of reconstruction,
adjustment and recuperation, so as to be ready for a new cycle of sevens,
beginning with the fiftieth year.
Well if that doesn’t explain just about everything!!!!
I am just recovering from the seventh period – you know the one Haanel describes as a period of reconstruction, adjustment and recuperation!!!! There is no better description of this period of my life! My Sweetheart, Clymer and I were talking just last week about the fact that we have been challenged on every front; physically, spiritually, family, financially, business. In addition to all the challenges that this 7 year period presented us as a family; my character and integrity were attacked. I was really quite shocked.
Although I did not realize it until much later, these attacks emanated from people who were jilted by my decision to focus on my own family instead of my business, and the benefits they received from my business success. As time went on, these constant attacks lead me question my purpose. If I had made the right decisions. Would I ever be “successful” again?
The daily battles of “reconstruction” brought on by malicious acts of others became my focus for far too long!! I realized this and began to turn my attention to LONG reflective moments, deep searches within, and growing my spiritual relationship.
THEN finally it hit me one day!! I came to the realization that I AM SUCCESSFUL!! I am doing exactly what God intended for me to do. I am taking amazing care of my family!
Within our first 18 months as a family, Clymer and I built our new home together; no loan required!
My new daughters begged to be home schooled through their high school years. Let me just say that repeating high school was not in my life’s plan! 🙂 In fact one night I even had a dream (OK it was a nightmare!) that my own personal high school diploma was revoked thus voiding my bachelor’s degree from college! YIKES! I was knee deep in the 10th
I am so proud of both of them for completing this phase of their lives with fortitude and discipline. Amazing young ladies!
Clymer’s injury on the job requiring 2 back surgeries was life changing. I watched him press on and provide for his family in excruciating pain every day for years. Pride can make us do things that are not necessarily good for us! Finally I convinced him to go for disability to avoid spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair. – That was a huge success! 🙂 Of course there are adjustments of every kind, every day; but we are grateful for each day’s progress.
Haanel writes in lesson 16:
2. The most commonly accepted definition of wealth is that it consists of all useful and agreeable things which possess exchange value. It is this exchange value which is the predominant characteristic of wealth.
3. When we consider the small addition made by wealth to the happiness of the
possessor, we find that the true value consists not in its utility but in its exchange.
WOW this was a serious adjustment in “exchange value” for me. I have always striven for riches and wealth for the good it could do. And I love to do good for others! But through it all… the challenges, growth, blessings and gratitude! Now this was the kind of wealth I grew up with! I had come full circle. Truly, as a family, we are wealthy!
When I think about my family and how we have melded together, I am reminded of Og Mandino’s Scroll marked IV. As different as we all are, I just want to give each of them a big squeeze and hang a sign around their neck like this one:
My girls will be 21 and 19 in less than a month. We have joined our families and our hearts. I have manifested a beautiful family and a beautiful life. Speaking of manifesting my life, it is my sincerest believe that I have manifested myself right into this Master Keys Journey.
Entering the final year of this seven year period, I have full faith that I have learned more than one definition of wealth and what “exchange value” means. The best is yet to come! I can hardly wait for each new day on my journey!