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My S t r e t c h … What is that you ask?
I can literally feel the very fiber of my brain cells really stretching as I progress on this journey within. I have heard a number of times that the longest distance we will ever know is the distance between our ears.
For the first time in a long time, I can see light at the end of the tunnel and be confident that it is not a train! I have been able to keep my “game face” on through some pretty tough times over the past few years. You know that look of determination that you are making it no matter what!
Well, I can honestly say that I no longer need the game face. Whew! What a relief!
So much has happened that most people would call “coincidence”. I am now at the point where people keep saying to me, “WOW, you are really on a roll!” I am truly making the progress in my business life, in my personal life and in my spiritual life that I have been chasing for about a year and a half!
In fact, I am going to be so bold as to say, “I believe”.
Have you ever really thought about what you think about?
Funny question, right?
In today’s society, that does seem like a funny question. Have you ever noticed how many times we hear; or even say ourselves, “Oh, I never thought about that!”?
This week in our Master key journey we are thinking about what we are thinking about. By this I mean we are examining our thoughts and using the Law of Substitution to cancel a negative thought and replace it with a positive thought. This is the exercise of The Seven Day Mental Diet of Emmet Fox. “For seven days I must not allow myself to dwell for a single moment on any kind of negative thought.”
Here’s the kicker – once I dwell on a negative thought for more than a moment, I must restart the seven days!!!!
We have all heard many times, in all forms of marketing relating to food and diets; that we are what we eat. In fact, you may even recall this image in a clever food advertisement. Although, this is not breaking news for readers of the bible; you will be happy to know that it has been scientifically proven that we are what we think, as well.
So I ask you again, have you ever really thought about what you think about?
Think about this for a moment. Imagine there were a way to learn HOW TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE IN A WEEK. However difficult this may be, Emmet Fox points out that there is a reward!
“The most important of all factors in my life is the mental diet on which I live. It
is the food which I furnish to my mind that determines the whole character of my
life. It is the thoughts I allow myself to think, the subjects that I allow myself to
dwell upon, which make me and my surroundings what they are. As thy days, so
shall thy strength be. Everything in my life today – the state of my body, whether
healthy or sick, the state of my fortune, whether prosperous or impoverished, the
state of my home, whether happy or the reverse, the present condition of every
phase of my life in fact – is entirely conditioned by the thoughts and feelings which
I have entertained in the past, by the habitual tone of my past thinking. And the condition of
my life tomorrow, and the next week, and next year, will be entirely conditioned by the
thoughts and feelings which I choose to entertain from now onwards.
In other words, I choose my life, that is to say, I choose all the conditions of my
life, when I choose the thoughts upon which I allow my mind to dwell.”
“The practical difficulty in applying it, however, arises from the fact that our thoughts are so close to us that it is difficult, without a little practice, to stand back as it were and look at them objectively.”
I am willing to do the hard, mental labor that Haanel speaks of in his weekly lessons as I learn HOW TO CHANGE MY LIFE IN A WEEK! It is going to be another pivotal week!
I challenge you to notice this week how may times you hear; or even say yourself, “Oh, I never thought about that!”? While you are thinking here is some food for thought…
Sunday, November 1, 2015. The morning began a new week, a new month, a new Master Keys lesson and a new scroll from Og Mandino’s, The Greatest Salesman in the World. Whew, that’s a lot of expectations! No worries, I thought, that’s nothing for God! Little did I know that my daily devotional would set the tone for my whole week.
“For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11
I continued on with the exercises of the Master Keys and noticed how the two were related. Discipline. Moving on to a new scroll knowing I’ll be reading it three times a day for the next 30 days, you could say, takes some discipline. But the habit was already formed, besides scroll two is one of my all-time favorites, “I greet this day with love in my heart”.
Later in the day I prepared for the webcast by printing the lesson and viewing the introductory video. We are assigned the creation of another tool this week. Getting set up properly with the tools of the MKMMA takes time, energy, commitment; and yes, the discipline to get it all done. There it was again! Our guides remind us over and over (and over and over again) of DISCIPLINE yielding the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it, though not in the same words.
In previewing Haanel’s lesson, I notice he makes a very valid point about getting set up with the proper tools and understanding how to implement them:
use for tilling the soil, and we try to get an understanding of the mechanism of the
automobile which we drive, but most of us are content to remain in absolute
ignorance of the greatest piece of mechanism which as ever come into existence,
the brain of man.
It takes discipline to learn to use your brain, especially in today’s world of distractions! So I ask myself this week… Am I willing to love myself enough to use discipline as a vehicle that brings blessings, peace, fun and great enjoyment… everything that God wants me to be…into my life? The answer? A resounding YES!
I can hardly believe that Week 5 is here already because last week, I quit! I quit any notion of giving less than 100% commitment to my Master Key journey. In reality, I quit before I started. If you have been following my journey, then you know that I learned a valuable lesson last season. At the end of the 2014-2015 session I wished I had remained fully committed to each exercise and each assignment.
This week’s assignment of the Press Release was one of those activities. So here we are again. I have a new opportunity to dig into an assignment and do my best. There is no way that I am dropping the ball this time!
I could tell you last season that I didn’t have time, or how I didn’t completely understand the assignment. Except that neither of those statements would be true.
The assignment is to write a Press Release from the perspective of a person interviewing me at a particular time in the future after I have manifested the life I have designed for myself. So what happened? What was the real cause of leaving my audience hanging after such a great introduction last season?
The truth is…I just didn’t have a clear vision of my future. For the first time in my life I had no idea of what I really wanted! Although I thought I had an idea, it was foggy at best. The subconscious mind does not work on foggy.
If you remember our assignment from Week 3, we were to design the blueprint to construct a bridge to the life we desire in the future. The trouble is, if it is foggy at the end of our bridge, it’s foggy in our future. Last season there was a lot of fog!
I am here to tell you that my dedication is paying off this season! I have been diligent with the readings, the sitting & thinking, the index cards. This week there was a lot of sitting and thinking on that same question, “What do I really want?”. Good news! It worked!! The fog has lifted!
It was a beautiful, enlightening moment when my future self came rushing up to meet me! My whole future looks completely different now. I have rewritten my Press Release from scratch! Although I am still getting the final touches on the full interview; you can catch a sneak peak at my future by clicking on the Press Release tab.
WOW!!! One year ago I wrote the following post. Honestly, after thinking about my journey thus far….today, I cannot say it better. Not only does the journey continue…it is so much better than expected!! Read on!
Up to this point my Master Keys journey has been “manageable”. Manageable is defined as the act of managing; further defined as the ability to direct, to control, to carry on, to cope with, to direct affairs, to succeed. I use this word specifically because this has been the nature of my journey thus far. I have completed assignments, participated in webinars, spent time sitting perfectly still learning to control my physical self, time thinking to control my thoughts and a host of other activities that require a serious commitment. I knew all of these things would be required when I committed to begin this 26 week journey. I knew it would take time each day. I knew I would be mentally stretched in ways I have never before experienced. But what I never expected was my reaction to reading the Master Keys.
At the beginning of this weeks studies, we learned that 100% of those on this journey would quit in Week 4. What do you mean QUIT?!! What he means is that each of us would either literally quit the journey by deciding that we are not ready OR we would quit giving just 90% of our effort to the journey. So immediately I thought, “Oh well in that case I quit! I am managing the journey just fine so I am going all in on this journey!”
Well Week 4 really “ups the ante” in our daily activities. Its not that we have more tasks added, this is the time to make these same daily activities have more weight or relevance to our real lives. Of course I am prepared for the work, after all I have made the commitment.
However, here is where this journey took a turn for me. You see, I love to read. I read a lot. I read all kinds of topics, all kinds of media – some even with video that can be quite moving. Well let me tell you, this weeks Master Key reading had me on the edge of my seat! My heart was pounding as I devoured every single word. There were questions answered that have been in the back of my mind for my entire lifetime. Some of my favorite scripture came flooding over me. As I looked around my office, I am amazed that these are very same scriptures I have written on sticky notes all over!
If ever the phase OMG was ever appropriate, it is now! I get it! I get why I must keep my commitments. I get why this time of trial in my life (which has gone on far too long) has created such growth in my spirit. I get why I have held firm on changing my career path. I get why my entire life has been about seeing the good in all situations. I get why I truly love people so much!
NOW I am ready for the rest of my journey. I QUIT! I quit just managing. I always keep my promises. Let the journey being for real!!
What do I really want?
I want a beautiful home, a really nice car, a super hot husband or a super hot wife, a great school for my kids, a fabulous vacation! Oh I mean, a fabulous vacation every year. No Wait! I mean several fabulous vacations every year! That’s what I want. Yes, that is what I want!
We even try one (or several) of these…
So you work hard and you get all that! And that is all good! Great accomplishments!!
But then what? Well, what do you mean – then what? Well, think about it for a minute….
You see, I have achieved a great many things on my list. I was convinced that I had achieved success. In every sense of society today, indeed; I achieved success! As many of you know, I am continuing my journey with the Master Keys. Perhaps though, not for the reason you may think.
Sure I want to be more successful, but it is so much more than that.
You see… last year I heard this “Follow your Bliss” statement several times. The guides even shared with us seven categories from which to choose the root of our bliss. Next, we wrote our 400 word description of what bliss would look like. They encouraged us to keep writing and re-writing this description until it was crystal clear. So clear that it could be considered architectural plans to build a bridge to our bliss.
I promise you that I did this assignment over and over and over, trying to create the bridge that would take me to my bliss! I read it faithfully as directed.
Interestingly, I observed that the assignment works beautifully!!
I manifested exactly what I was writing about!
Herein lies the problem…I know exactly WHO I want to become; and believe me, that part of my bridge is solid, beautiful; truly an impressive bridge! But – and honestly it is a big BUT… the Bliss part…
Well, let’s just say that you really need to Be TRUTHFUL TO YOUR SOUL when choosing your category.
Otherwise at the end of constructionyou have a bridge to a place
you do not want to go….
Or you will have no clue where you are going to end up….
Trust me, it will not be your Bliss!
I am sure we can all agree that this looks nothing like Bliss…
Even if we have no idea what Bliss looks like!
So I had two questions for myself to sit and think about …
Tune in next week and
let’s chat about it!