Week 18 –B+ in the Present

I am A+ as a blood type; however, I am practicing to B+ in the present.    As I sat contemplating happiness in the moment, I realized I had been wracking my brain on an internal conflict about the timing of a couple of my goals.  Why was I accomplishing some goals far earlier than anticipated while coming too close to the deadline on others?

Haanel tells us, “In order to grow, we must obtain what is necessary for our growth,” and that, “man . . . exists, therefore, only in his relation to the whole.”  Because “thought is creative,” I must “concentrate upon [my] power to create and find a logical basis for the faith which is in [me].”  My “faith” in those dates was not realistic because they were (unknowingly to me at the time) set by outside influences. The ones that had been established by me alone and based upon natural laws were being accomplished faster than I even imagined.

Although I still want to and know I will reach those goals, I no longer have an unsettled feeling about the timing.  Simply, “by keeping the thought in mind, it will gradually take tangible form.  A definite purpose sets causes in motion which go out in the invisible world and find the material necessary to serve your purpose.”

Hey, who moved my goal posts?!  Wait, that was me!  And I have found peace and harmony in moving the dates.

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Week 17a — The Hero’s Journey

This week has been interesting.  At first, the curve ball of an “a” week, threw me off.  (Mark J and the Fabulous Davene, you are stinkers — thank you for never letting me get too comfortable in my skin that I fall back into those old habits.)  Oddly enough, I have truly enjoyed going back over the previous weeks’ lessons and especially the sits.

Those pesky little sits that stumped me in the beginning because they seemed to make time stand still; that, over time, became something to look forward to even though they challenged me from week to week; that now are like revisiting an old friend.  I slid into them like a comfortable old shoe, well worn and loved, and found an inner peace with the adeptness of my ability to accomplish them.  To know the words on the page exactly as I read them, completing their sentences before I finished.

I kind of dreaded going back over them but now I know there is nothing to fear.  I am actually looking at my own Hero’s Journey and, guess what, the Heroine is winning!  She’s got this!  Accomplishment after accomplishment is appearing.  Obstacles seem to crumble just as the cement is crumbling off of my golden statue.  It is my time to shine in the sun.

With this week, we have also needed to do something I dreaded — reading obituaries.  A little morbid, right?  But, I get that, too.  We are observing the Hero’s Journey of others who have gone before us. How are they remembered?  What was their passion?  What is remarked as their legacy?

What do you want your obituary or epitaph to read?  Figure that out and you’ve found the key to your bliss.  Now, GO FOR IT!  And DO IT NOW!

Week 17 –Do It Now!

As we get closer to the end of our MKMMA experience, I begin to realize that there really is no “end”.  All that we have learned becomes a culmination of new better habits that will forever be woven into the fiber of our being.

I came to this realization when I was unable to view the class live and the recording took longer than I had hoped to watch during the week.  I felt panicked — that I had lost something I could never regain.  Then it occurred to me that I could never lose something that was a part of me since my creation.  It clicked!  The cement fell off.  I became empowered all by my little self!  No one can ever take that away from me.

Maybe it was the “flashing”; maybe it was the Chap-Stick I keep with my cards that I sniff to remind me of my Pop-Pop; maybe it was the fact that intuition eventually does come with silence (SITS!).  Haanel tells me, “. . . the subconscious is omnipotent; there is no limit to the things that can be done when it is given the power to act.  Your degree of success is determined by the nature of your desire.  In other words, “How bad do you want it?!”

Haanel continues, “By keeping the thought in mind, it will gradually take tangible form.  A definite purpose sets causes in motion which go out in the invisible world and find the material necessary to serve your purpose.”  That means that Subby will make it happen!  “Power comes through repose.”

And as Hugh Laurie said, “. . . you may as well do it now.  Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”  Last week, I began the process of closing my office so that I can focus on my network marketing business full-time.  (Green Triangle)  My expected date to do so was on or before 8/31/17.  But, heck, now is as good a time, right?  Let’s just DO IT NOW!

 

Week 16 — I Am Nature’s Greatest Miracle

Og Mandino and Haanel have really got me thinking this month about something I truly had taken for granted.  My parents, pictured above on their wedding day, were divorced before I was two.  As a child, I felt different — dealing with divorce, remarriage, shared holidays, oddly cut pictures, and all that other grown-up yet equally immature yucky stuff.  I really hated it but there was something deeper — a self-loathing of sorts that hid in the shadows.

Not to say that my parents didn’t love and support me.  But in my young mind, it was extremely apparent that my parents hated each other and that I was a product of them, therefore, unworthy of many things (possibly the now formerly elusive success others could have because of their better circumstances in my childlike mind’s eye).  Only now can I catch a glimpse of a truth I completely overlooked.  They loved each other enough to get married and conceive their only shared child — ME!

Og tells me, “I am rare, and there is value in all rarity; therefore, I am valuable.”  and “Why should the miracle which produced me end with my birth?  Why can I not extend that miracle to my deeds of today?”  Well, guess what?  I can!  “I have unlimited potential.” and ” . . . all my problems, discouragements, and heartaches are, in truth, great opportunities in disguise.”

Furthermore, Haanel adds, “We cannot permanently retain anything which we do not merit or which we have not earned.” and “. . . the vitality depends upon the feeling with which the thought is impregnated.”  I need to HONOR my conception and birth!  Why is this all coming up now at this point in my life as I turned 50 over the summer?  Haanel continues, “. . . so as to be ready for a new cycle of sevens, beginning with the fiftieth year.”   BAM!  It is my time!

As Og says, “I was conceived in love and brought forth with a purpose.  In the past I have not considered this fact but it henceforth shapes and guides my life.”  And it shall!  I proclaim it!”

 

Week 15 — Courageous Insight

Benjamin Franklin said, “. . . contrary habits must be broken, and good ones acquired and established . . .”  This means we first must have the insight that what we have been doing up until this point has been a contrary habit.  It takes courage to stare back at that gal in the glass and know that she hasn’t done all that she should or could have done and then it takes more courage to change.

Haanel tells us, “We gain strength in proportion to the effort expended.  Difficulties, inharmonies, and obstacles, indicate that we are either refusing to give out what we no longer need, or refusing to accept what we require.  Growth is attained through an exchange of the old for the new.  If we wish desirable conditions, we can afford to entertain only desirable thoughts.  If we wish our ideal to be beautiful or strong, we must see that the worlds out of which this temple will eventually be created are exact, put together carefully, because accuracy in building words and sentences is the highest form of architecture.  If we pledge ourselves to a certain action we must be prepared to assume the responsibility for the development of that actionInsight enables us to be prepared for the obstacles which we shall meet; we can therefore overcome them before they have any opportunity of causing difficulty.  Knowledge does not apply itself.  Our actions are not governed by knowledge, but by custom, precedent, and habit.  The only way we can get ourselves to apply knowledge is by a determined conscious effort.

In order to be successful, the knowledge acquired must be applied in specific actions known to produce the desired results and must also be tied to emotion exhibited as a passion.  I, therefore, make a determined conscious effort to rise to the tremendous success I set forth in my DMP using my POA.  Doing all of this intentionally as assigned now becomes rote.  Ingrained good habits are born, fostered, and executed and my shapes and colors are becoming fulfilled.

The Cowardly Lion had all that he ever needed within himself from the beginning.  He just needed to believe enough in himself for all that God had created him as to become manifest.  I, too, have always been filled with courage; and now I also know how to let it be expressed.  I am queen of my forest!

Week 14 — Harmony Allows Peace To Be the Journey

Cool Runnings brought back memories of watching it during 1988 Calgary Olympics.  The movie captivated how important having all four habits is crucial to success and how they are inextricably intertwined/linked.

DMP Backed by a Burning Desire

Derice is determined to make it to the Olympics and win the gold like his father.  He and Yul are accidentally tripped by Junior.  His determination takes on a life of its own.  Imagination is sparked and he comes up with the unlikely scenario of a Jamaican bobsled team.  Oddly enough, his vision is backed by tangible opportunities like a best friend who is the “best pushcart driver in Jamaica”.  [There is no such thing as coincidence.  God’s provision surrounds us.]

Positive Mental Attitude (A Solution for Every Obstacle)

There is community encouragement for Derice who has a “team” of local kid helpers.  However, we see a predominance of naysayers and disbelievers who mock and belittle them.  Some are strangers and others are family.  Fortunately, their Mastermind has been constructed in such a way that they beautifully support each other when one is down and vice versa, which maintains the overall Positive Mental Attitude.

“All he has to do is know where he wants to go; and if he works hard enough, he’ll get it.” (Junior to Sanka about Yul)

“Go get your palace.” (Junior to Yul)

“Look in the mirror.  What do you see?” (Yul to Junior)

“I see Junior.” (Junior)

“I see pride, power, and a badass.  But it’s not about what I see; it’s about what you see.  Look again and tell me what you see.” (Yul)

“I see pride, power, and a badass.” (Junior)

“When you look at me, what do you see?” (Junior to his Dad)

“I see a lost little boy who’s dad knows best.” (Dad)

“I am a man and an Olympian and I’m staying.” (Junior)

“And you’re a badass.” (Yul)

Written Plan of Action Expressed in Continuous Action

Irv shares his knowledge from winning the 1972 Olympic gold.  Each person is chosen a position based upon who they were created to be.  He drills into them through creating repetitive actions how to succeed. [Sound familiar?]

Mastermind

When they finally act in harmony and are true to themselves and their DMP while maintaining a positive mental attitude, peace is brought to their journey.

“The right foot for us isn’t the Swiss foot.  The best I can be is Jamaican.” (Sanka to Derice about trying to copy the Swiss team’s routine.)

“If you’re not enough without it, you’ll never be enough with it.” (Irv)

“How will I know when I am enough?” (Derice)

“You’ll know when you cross the finish.” (Irv)

“We have to cross the finish.” (Derice after they crash and carry it to finish.)

Week 13 — Progress NOT Perfection

Never did I imagine that Mark was right.  During our lesson this week, Mark said that we would need to be careful because this week is one known to be filled with broken promises.  Being one that, up until this week, could count on little more than one hand the number of times I have missed my coveted readings and sits including on my cruise vacation, I scoffed at the idea that I might fall off the MKMMA wagon.  Yet, here I am.  Thankfully, I have not missed an entire day; however, honestly, I must admit that I have been less than normally diligent.

I could blame outside forces — finishing out homeschool honors final exams for our youngest son, decorating, shopping, gift wrapping, family visiting (although they did enjoy my shapes and colors), traveling, cramming patient appointments into fewer days, sheer exhaustion — but the fact of the matter is that I am responsible for my future self’s best interest.  Am I disappointed, somewhat.  Am I mad at myself, not really.  The desire for perfection is something I have shed long ago from much self work and study of God’s word.

Sanctification is the life-long process of becoming more and more like Christ.  Right there I know that perfection is not an expectation or even an option.  What it tells me is that maintaining direction and aspiring for progress is EXACTLY where I should be.  I find peace and joy knowing that I am am on the right path and following my compass.

A gift in all this, I see how ingrained it has become because I heard the echos of all of the teachings throughout my week.  I persist.  I win.

I pray that each of you is experiencing the same peace and joy now and always.  Merry Christmas, y’all!