Just being a worrier, nothing more and nothing less.
Why worry? Why do we worry about groups of people…worry about individuals is very easy to understand. The personal relationship we have with a friend, our kids or spouses make “worrying” easy to understand…but groups?
I spend a lot of time thinking about this. Then I stopped.
People outside the MasterKeyExperience would never understand this…well, a few would I guess. It’s “the force” … we felt “force” in the kindness week and now with the comfort zone tools ending… and the commenting and sharing about it in the Alliance section we have set up for contributions, ideas and encouragement brought it to a deeper level. Instead of just “identifying” we were trying to solve a conceptual puzzle that will benefit each of us. And it ends as we go on break.
So why did I stop thinking about it?
A sit, of course, laid out the bridge to a different thought pattern. I took it.
Keep giving was the new thought….and for goodness sake, make it fun…good grief you’ve been pushing this group so hard for months about purpose … no wonder you worry they’ll just pack it in. In two words? Lighten up.
So first prize in this fun little video goes to the members who get the question right.
It’s right here on the video…relax, have some fun.
YOU KNOW ME 🙂
Bigger lesson…you know me, always looking deeper.
While your Definite Major Purpose is the “intention” don’t forget to pay “attention” during the break week… to what?
To the moment. You see “attention” is really what is going to manifest our “intention” so all the work on the DMP, the shapes, movie poster … all if it…is to create a demand in “sub” and “sub” will find the methods to meet the demand and manifest the DMP.
My assertion? The real point of the video?
Not only is everything within you already to have the DMP begin to manifest, “subby” has already drawn to you the resources, people and pathways to manifest…pay attention this break and don’t miss the gorilla.
You see, no matter how much the guides want to help, how much we worry and how hard we try, mind concept is internal. The very best we can do is create a challenging yet encouraging environment. It is why the March to 3000 members to create a massive force of self directed thinkers is really based on attraction, not promotion…
This is true because of qualia.
Ineresting and also the directions to the March for 3000.
It really means, drum roll. Follow your bliss and live the life you love.
And, we’re back to the gorilla … how do any of us follow our bliss and live the life we love?
Be present, every damn moment. Pay attention and know you’re surrounded by miracles, opportunies and wonder…and you are part of it and it is part of you….only….
Only if we are NOT in tomorrow….nor yesterday.
Pay attention, see the miracles, bask in the wonder and I promise, I won’t worry 🙂
The last few weeks are so exciting for the Guides and Staff that is painful to write a post, incrediblely painful.
We’re committed to, as facilitators, to “no influence” with the members. I’m talking to Andrei J the other day, a member who obviously is digging deep and the “no influence” thing came up. He said, “you are influencing us,” to which I agreed … we exert every kind of influence we can to get members to “engage” in the exercises, but stay away from the material.
It’s talking to people, kindred spirits like Andrei, who are paying the price, going the extra mile. That was evident in the conversation but I already knew that from his Week 17HJ post… The Hero’s Journey. And that causes the pain for me.
IT’S NOT COMPLICATED
You know how, sometimes you see the prefect gift for someone, [don’t we all wish that happened more often 🙂 ], and you buy it. Maybe their birthday is two weeks away or Christmas is 10 days away. And IT’S KILLING YOU!
We know members like Andrei are breaking through, becoming teachers to the staff and Guides…and you want to share something you’ve discovered as badly as you want to give that perfect gift….early.
So I sitting an thinking, as usual, thinking about that universal feeling … I bust into laugher
because I realize what I’m really doing is contriving a way in my mind to violate our primary objective – no influence – and, of course, justify it. So I laugh harder at myself because, let’s face it …we are funniest when we take ourselves most seriously.
Coming out of this 30-ish minute sit, laughing and being grateful for the temptation and what is teaching me…I wonder to my desk and – BAM! I get this email from Gerhard, another member stretching himself who recently gifted me in the healing process [bad injury] …and in the email is a video clip…
Most people won’t see it, really see the connection to the simple idea that we are all connected, harmony…even with enemies….Gerhard saw it and I know Andrei will too…and it satisfied me, surrounded me with peace of mind. The universe, eh? Coming through big time. It’s not what I wanted to share with Andrei and so many others…it’s better than anything like that…
A most remarkable kid, understanding point 5 of the bluepring builder [ a 5 point document we write out by hand and read daily] without ever having read it. This kid gets that we are not only all connected but becomes, intuitively, a channel of service….and …
Emerson’s Law, give more get more….shows right up
Giving without expectation….using the simple idea of the greater good to eliminate a justified prejudice….all on point 5 of the bluepring builder.
Mahalo Gerhard and all the members….fuggetabouwtit!
You’ll see countless examples of the things you’ve worked hard to learn and master….letting us all know, if we just let go and live the principles, without expectation of reciprocity….it will surpass anything we could possibly imagine…
Let me know what you see down below in the comments….and let me know if you know it’s already in you, OK?
Update? Andrei is now clearly focused, a year later on a career path that is remarkable to say the least….simply astonishing to see this educator brusting into the private sector, doing what he loves and making a difference while maintaining excellence as a professor and excelling as a Certified Guide….while lending his expertise to helping reconstruct the Certified Guides ciriculumn … not bad plate…help, help, help others and, golly gee, it’s returning over and over and over.
We say farewell, with love, to so many during the high-teen weeks. 18, 19…
The choice has become clear, the choice we all must make
The choice has become clear, the choice we all GET to make
And that’s it in a nutshell.
By week 19, reality, no matter how hard we’ve been fighting it, is here. All, as in 100% of the circumstances in our life were created by us… we are all living the life we decided to live. Not one BIG decision…but the day to day, hour to hour, second to second decisions have given us the life that we have.
That’s the bad news… the good news?
We “created” it and that means, absolutely, that we are creative.
The choice is will I do the work to change the world within…will I keep grinding with the drills, the cards, the sit knowing that I can influence “subby” and the decisions, and by extension my world and the world around me will be different.
And… it’s bigger than you can think, this change you can, with hard mental labor, make.
There is more at stake than your DMP…
I WANT YOU
Naw, not little old me…the ideal, the world wants you. It needs you and it needs your unique gifts.
What will you do?
Will you find a sentence the Master Key System that you don’t like?
Will you complain and quit over the length of webcasts?
Will you find a sentence in the Master Key System that “unlocks” the vault?
No matter…for those choices have already been made by those who do not want to answer the call…and already been made by those who have. They are not the real choice.
The real choice?
You can change yourself and that inturn changes your world which changes the world.
Yeah, I get it.
Many are called, few are chosen.
You have been chosen… no, it’s not some elitest thing. You have, somewhere, surrendered to your highest self…hmmmm
See, we are ALL called and the “chosen” are simply the few who, like me, want to deny that people and the planet need us and it scares the crap out of us to the point .. but have the courage to answer our highest self
What would the person you intend to become do next?
How abou this… what would the miracle of a person that you are and were intended to be do next?
Quiet your mind and listen… you’ll hear it.
Do me a favor, do the world a favor, do your future you a favor….
Listen to this again…let it really sink it; it’s THE CHOICE
You are gifted, unique…and you are love.
The world is in need of love today, love is in need of love today.
Happiness comes from within and you know how to help people find the compass and the map and the guidance system.
Somehow talking about winners instantly makes our minds move to “winner and loser” mode. Aand there it is, that conditioning we all are trying to break away from.
As members and Guides alike hit week 15, everything changes. All the drills, all the hammering away to do the drills by the facilitators…and we do them …but… EXCITEMENT vanishes. The “aha” moments come, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly…but, they come. We “settle in” knowing we will finish what we started. It’s not enough.
The heartfelf emails begin showing up, like they do after “NARC” week…more and more often. The staff is no longer seen as repetitive, long winded and too detailed. The “applications” of the basics we drilled on for months start paying more and more dividends and the simple “tricks” – once the basics are mastered – members are no longer judging the pace, number of tasks or receptions…in a nutshell, it’s now fun. Weekly we
build more and more pratical applications off the basics … that conversion from deep thought to useful, easy applications of the knowledge and results from change begin pouring in as fast as a member wants them to.
The emails of gratitude are great and we take the time to remind those who express thanks or wonder or bliss that we did nothing, you did the work, you’ve earned this. With the comfort of routine and and quiet confidence that you can handle what we dish out can come a slight waning of enthusiasm … Ut-Oh?
Naw, don’t fret. We KNOW we need feeling to charge thoughts so they become beliefs. While we worked hard to push, pull, tug, encourage and drag [whatever it took] you into “charging” what you do with feelings, something wonderful happens about this time. That encouragement begins to swell up from a different source.
More. Infinitely more.
Always the case, there is even more…as we all begin to feel the release from the bondage of our “conditioned self” and begin to think for ourselves, find our authentic self and experience freedom…the idea of service gets louder. Once we touch this magnificent spot, thinking for ourselves and feel the joy that comes with that freedom, we want others to find this bliss…the ability to make change….the honor of keeping promises.
SERVICE SUPPLIES DEEPER FEELING
Success is service. Those who “get it” …get the Master Key…know that the only way to keep it is to keep giving it away. All of a sudden getting this into 3000 people’s hands and minds seems like too small a number….even the 2019 goal of 30,000 doesn’t seem big enough. They are no longer “words” on a “statement of cause” … after all, finding ourselves is the greatest adventure on the planet and giving to those we love, know and care about…suddenly…when members understand, through hard work….this is a movement that can make a difference because it’s making a difference in them….we want everyone to have this “experience”. Once we hit this spot, within, our feelings, the wonder around us, the color of the grass…EVERYTHING … explodes. We’ve tapped the truth of being and the endless resivour of deeply textured feelings, excitement and energy gushes out from within…it’s almost overwhelming. Go to it…and bewildering as it is, GO TO IT.
The “source” is gushing fourth through you as soon we let it, as soon as we fully comprehend that “success is service.”
See, the sessions did not get any easier….nor the material…..what happens is that the winners, the folks like you who simply did the work, well, got better. It was dedication and no one loses here….yes, 300+ are gone but they are all invited back, simply not ready to absorb the truth and responsibility the Law of Growth carries….well, that’s not really true.
The ones who lose are the ones we do not find….the wonderful, kindred spirits mired in lives of quiet desperation…looking for hope. And this is my pain…I know what this has done for us and 1000s of others….so how do we find them? How do we help 30,000 and more rescue their dazzling spirit? Break through the cement? How do we lead others to their own rich experience, to the great adventure?
Welcome to my world, welcome to the movement. Simply by being you and leveraging the resources. Be you, just be you. We’ve always believed this should be an experience of attraction, not promotion.
… oh, yeah, there is a 2 part plan.
1. Dig deeper and get all you can out of your unlimited potential 2. Embrace the movement
Let your light shine a live your truth with gusto.
Just when we don’t feel like we are making progress… members send us emails and start to notice their progress. Whoops. We ask the members to “trust” but as we manifest changes in our own lives we unconsciously expect more speed and faster results.
Ever been in those shoes? Wondering why your 3-minute egg isn’t done already and forgetting that you only dropped it in 30 seconds ago?
Keep your sense of humor folks when it comes to change. Had a couple of moments like that over the past week so I followed my own suggestion and decided to “look back” at something … cut this video and heading in 2011
30 SECOND A SNEAK PREVIEW OF 2012?
Well don’t you know that between that video and April of 2015 there we more twists, turns, wins, losses and restarting than you could imagine. And, in 2015 we had a retreat, our first one, right on that property. And we took members to a luau [the winning team] right on that lawn, right on that spot, matter of fact.
And it, that retreat looked nothing like I thought it would… it was far better. The members who joined our staff, the members themselves via emails and surveys…the Mastermind Alliance made it better … just as Haanel points out in so many ways and so many times. The perfect plan I held in my head just keep getting better and better. But…
But… it sure did not feel that way from the time I shot that video until April of 2015. We did not do a session the following year.
I held the vision and went to the Sheraton often. That, “where is the progress” feeling tried to keep getting in… that “who are you kidding” idea kept trying to root in my mind.
2011 … 2012… no online MasterKeyExperience. tick-tock, tick-tock.
Kept going to Sheraton.
Doubt…law of substitution…doubt…law of substitution, on and on.
Trust, harmony… doubt, pain, fear.
Decision. Made a decision. That decision is that I was understanding harmony within but letting desire be the measure instead of the act. And there it was, all that time…right in lesson 14 of the Master Key System.
14 and Harmony
We’re really good at organzied planning for the course…..really good at it.
I’d love to tell you we planned this break, Week 14 and New Year’s ~ but it just is one of those things, it just worked out that way.
I love it when that happens, when things fall into place effortlessly, don’t you?
In 14 we read [section 29], If you wish harmonious conditions in your life, you must develop an harmonious mental attitude.
Is there, really, anyone who does not want, at the core of all resolutions people make, harmonious conditions?
I mean, really, isn’t that why people make promises, resolutions if you will, on New Year’s Day?
Think about it.
We all pick things, until know the Master Key & Law of Growth stuff, that we think will make us better, easier to deal with, life better…..so what? Why? Harmony.
In the end, it is at the core, harmony and happiness [which can’t come without harmony], every resolution is designed, knowingly or not, to bring harmony.
Ever hear of someone making a resolution so it will make relationships or life worse?
Resolutions to create disharmony, fights, pain and suffering? 🙂
My attitude about creating an environment so unique, so powerful that we’d be stating a FACT when we said, #NothingLikeIt…and other’s would say it too and it would be true. An emperical fact, not an opinion.
Let me have made this mistake for you. While having the vision, the intention is imperative we must detach from the result and pay attention to the moment, the tasks of today that will move us to the intention.
What we pay attention to becomes our intention. Detaching from the outcome keeps us open, rich in the flow of ideas…and that, not evaluating, impatiently, results.
And…it happened. Yes, the retreat happened but that is not what I mean by “it happened.” What happened?
And progress began. Measurable progress.
If we are looking at the intention but not paying attention we start measuring results to determine progress. And, if we are not paying attention, in the moment, we miss the ideas, plans and people that will effortless propel us towards the intention.
Intention morning and night… and a few times during the day to refuel our desire and concentration. This, attention to the next right thing with reminders all day long, [shapes, movie trailer, recording], is the only place we need to measure ourselves. Improving our attention to the tasks subby will unconsciously direct us to coupled with a mastermind alliance that keeps one on track with plan and purpose is what manifests intention.
THE INSURMOUTABLE ADVANTAGE
Here is another, short, blast from the past….
So what happened?
We had the retreat and we’ve written over $150,000 in checks to members and partners who contributed to the #MasterKeyExperience movement…but that is not important. What is important is the understanding of an the insurmountable adavantages those paying the price daily have created…that we created for ourselves. They all point to harmony within.
You know, you get it …….95% do not know.
One simply cannot give power to things they do not want to get what they want.
200,000,000 [yup, two hundred MILLION] ….or more….resolutions were made on January 1st that have no chance.
You cannot quit smoking by thinking about…….???…..oh, my…..you know what is coming next! The resolution makers, even if they read it, would never get it. They have not paid the price you have paid ~ real effort to learn how the mechanism works::::> Law of Growth.
Can one quit smoking but thinking about quitting?
Not for long AND, my gosh, the pain while growing the desire.
Do you know this is a foreign language to most people?
This is your insurmountable advantage.
Not over others, of course, over yourself.
We no longer make this mistake ~ we know the Law of Growth and what it needs to be linked to.
Advantage 2? Not only do you know to end your day on a success,, Scroll 3.
Advantage 3? A Master Mind Alliance.
OK, ONE MORE
You started 2015 and a new life on September 27th.
Most people, who had a good idea on how to improve, WAITED till today [January 1st]……not you.
You took action, daily and made a different choice.
You’ve begun a “make-over” that will last 13 weeks and work…
You’ve learned and practiced the Law of Growth
You’ve read, looked for shapes, flashed cards…
You’ve already “got it” and now you’ve got the benefit of my experience…knowing while intention is critical you’ve also trained your brain to pay attention. And the moment of hesitation between an idea that will advance your DMP and taking action has vanished.
The word “final” is so…so, um…final. I can remember starting so many diets only to go sideways within a couple days and, after shoveling in some sugar, throwing the last few bites away and saying, “that’s the final time I have sugar, starting now.”
And we mean it. Only to restart over and over. So it never really was final and nothing ever is until the deep relief, not anger, swells up in the gut…and we know, we just know weare done with something…we are no longer stating a preference, we’ve made a decision.
You know what I mean? That relationship that we swear is over, one final statement only to find ourselves in a “push-pull-athon” for a couple weeks or months.
All this time, up to week 12, I still has a tiny reservation. I mean the diet thing is a perfect example…I knew focusing on food and weight was only going to draw it back into my life. I knew I needed to replace, as Og talks about in Scroll I, that unhealthy habit with a healthy one and focus on it, the new habit… knowing, if I kept holding that and applying the Law of Dual Thought to it…the Law of Growth would take over and, presto, new habit.
The first sentece of 12 led to complete and unconditional surrender. I mean, really, who likes to admit defeat. And BAM! There it is! Conditioning. Why do we feel surrender is a defeat? No matter, we do…at least most people do.
1. There is no purpose in life that cannot be best accomplished through a scientific understanding of the creative power of thought.
2. This power to think is common to all. Man is, because he thinks. Man’s power to think is infinite, consequently his creative power is unlimited.
I put the book down to really let what was going on internally run it’s route…it was more than mental, it was physical…that swelling in the gut where you know, you just know something is over. And it was over. Relief, some fear…but really, mostly, relief.
And that day…the true adventure began…and I knew, really knew, even things that did not work out actaully were good things, even though I might know how they were good…the setbacks and speed bumps and pseudo failures were all moving me to my purpose.
What was over?
I stopped denying that we are creative…that all the conditions in my life I had created by consciously or unconsciously holding those thoughts…that the Law of Growth was not some cute idea…the surrender, from sentence one, came in the phrase, “creative power of thought.” When I coupled that with “Man is because he thinks,” my eyes well-up with tears…I did not know, at first, what I was really feeling.
So I put the book down and let is simmer…not trying to control it…just letting it do it’s thing. A matrix of feelings, mostly old blueprint stuff tried to take over. I gave it no resistance, just let is slosh around.
See, I realized that I was feeling something, maybe for the first time in my life, maybe not but I was feeling something I could not, instantly, define. I was uncertain. It is in uncertainty that we find wisdom…if…if we don’t reach for something comfortable, something familiar. I knew, really knew, that all that fear based suff I was feeling was simply an imposter…trying to impose on my discovery…
So I sat…still
And I sat.
WHAT IS THIS FEELING?
My eyes welled up again. I had identified the feeling.
I was free of the bondage of self…free falling in uncertainty yet, for the first time, knowing it was only going to be OK, it was going to be amazing. I knew, really knew that new vistas would be open.
If we surrender to the idea that we are creative….without judgment of our past..and that we always have been creative….and that we always will be creating our day, our life by the thoughts we hold…all I had to do was one simple thing. Create something I wanted and not give another thought to what I did not want.
Surrender to the “truth of being” is beautiful, not a weakness.
And so amazed as I sat there in the mid 90s that I knew, some how, that sharing the Master Key with others was what I wanted to do. And I let my imagination run…and run it did.
I could see new technologies…somehow…people around the world would be able to mastermind with other kindred spirits who just weren’t buying “average” and were done with the world’s ideas for them… people who truly understood that they had been conditioned to be copies of copies and desired adventure, scary if it had to be, over imitation.
OK…I’ll start one person at a time….[and I did] I’ll go back to school to teach better..[and I did] and then I’ll share it with groups in my home..[and I did]
And I started thinking about getting it world wide….and I looked at my computer and thought, “Someone will invent something…the methods will show up…I’ve just got to hold the intention” And I have held that intention and people have invented stuff.
And I remember thinking once people can attend from all over the world….we could have a retreat to mastermind together…to meet each other ….and it could be in an exotic place.
All that washed over me in a matter of seconds…and now, here in 2015, in an exotic place, Kauai, we are having our our second annual retreat …I remember thinking people will come from all 4 corners of the world…and make connections with others that help them with their lives… and that is exactly what happened in 2015. And it’s taken on a life of it’s own with the priceless guides like Luc Griffet hosting the Master Key Experience LIVE in France in 2017. We’re stoked to be bringing the team there [insider info, taking a 21 day cruise from Houston to get there 🙂 ]
Yeah, go figure, a guy like me seeing surrender as a victory…week 12…always a soft spot for that one, that wonderful moment in the mid-90s sitting at my kitchen table on Plum Island and letting the feeling…..LETTING….the feeling….just be there until I understood it. Sweet surrender finally meant something to me.
Freedom from the bondage of self…check out the retreat … if you love adventure, you’ll simply love what we have planned to celebrate that great day I surrendered.
It’s not easy promising people a “pay-off” that will insure success in any venture they attempt. For a lot of reasons.
1] It sounds like magic…which triggers doubt.
2] If it doesn’t work, for everybody, you lose trust and are dead in the water.
3] It is a prediction about the future outcome, always shakey ground
The list could go on and on but there are reasons we decided to do it, to promise everybody that if they would do just 4 simple things, make them habits, they would have something that guarantees success in any and all ventures, business or personal, as long as it was inline with point 5 of the blueprint builder …that it was inline with the Universal and benefitted all the lives it touched.
And, really, of the 4 things we are doing during this “progression” the most challenging is the Mental Diet. Until Lesson 9. Once I read, studied and lived Lesson 9, I realized there was no risk at all, not really.
The “pay-off” to the progression is a slam dunk…anybody who has “it” does succeed at the things they undertake, 100% of the time. The risk part, really, was successfully running together 7 days without a negative thought.
And Charlie, [Charles Haanel], spelled it out for us in sections 27 & 28, BAM!
27. Man is the sum total of his own thoughts; so the question is, how are we going to entertain only the good thoughts and reject the evil ones? At first we can’t keep the evil thoughts from coming, but we can keep from entertaining them. The only way to do this is to forget them — which means, get something for them. This is where the ready-made affirmation comes into play.
28. When a thought of anger, jealousy, fear or worry creeps in, just start your affirmation going. The way to fight darkness is with light — the way to fight cold is with heat — the way to overcome evils is with good. For myself, I never could find any help in denials. Affirm the good, and the bad will vanish. – Frederick Elias Andrews
THE POSSIBILITIES? ENDLESS
The tears streamed from my eyes, good one. I knew all members could be successful at the mental diet, a pre-requisite for getting the pay-off to the progression…but it was never about me and my belief. Would they believe it? 27 & 28 were the answer…sort of.
It was the “action” expressed in those two thoughts that let me know they could all believe in naviagting the mental diet…but the tears came from me understanding what I had just read in 25…connecting to my core understanding of Emerson’s Law of Compensation, give more, get more.
25. Not only did I affirm it for myself, but for others that I knew needed it. I want to emphasize this point. Whatever you desire for yourself, affirm it for others, and it will help you both. We reap what we sow. If we send out thoughts of love and health, they return to us like bread cast upon the waters; but if we send out thoughts of fear, worry, jealousy, anger, hate, etc., we will reap the results in our own lives.
And I bawled like a baby, really. Right there on the kitchen table, sobbing uncontrollabley like a child …and feeling better by the second. Had it finally happened? Had all these lofty thoughts come together at once? Had I discovered the real path to abundance earlier but simply not recognized it?
This is a form of paying-it-forward, blessing others…wanting, really wanting the best for each and every person. The possibilities are really endless, are they not?
There is no logical end to the ripple effect of giving without expectation of reciprocity, none what-so-ever.
A tiny, tiny gesture, if it comes from the heart has no logical end to the good that it can do. One of our Certified Guides, John Kennedy, shared this with me a very short time ago…notice the “no logical end” idea….including someone sharing it with John, me sharing it with you and, who knows? We’ve got something special here with the Master Key Experience because while this will “move” you…unlike the majority of the public, it won’t shock or surprise you…you’re already doing it!
With your heart and give, this week off, this affirmation ““I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy” from Lesson 9 with your heart as many times as humanly possible….so you can create endless possibilities in the lives of others….and let me know how it feels and, hey, observe how the universe responds…..I’d love to know.
So easy reading the material by week 7……so easy sitting and doing with my mind the exercises…..so difficult vitalizing the lessons into my life…..so hard.
The reading is easy now because I’ve bought in, 100%. The pain of realizing I’ve created my life, the good, the bad and they ugly has long passed.
Yeah, it was painful to move from taking credit for the good stuff and blaming people, companies, places and things for the bad and ugly stuff …..but the truth, my truth, is that it wasn’t as painful to do that as I thought. Oh, don’t get me wrong, it hurt like hell…..but….there was also an instant rushing in of freedom, hope and faith that was, well….divine.
If I had created all of it….the good, bad and ugly…..then I could create …..and I just got so damn excited about that the pain was more like a stubbing of a toe pain…..man, it hurts like hell but we also know, don’t we, that it will pass and be forgotten…..even if we break a toe, we KNOW it’s going to heal……and I knew I could heal the conditions in my life ……
The exericises, for me, by week 7 had broken down into 3 groups….
Ones that came easy – YIPPEE
Ones that were challenging but I quickly got a handle on….YEAH
Ones that I really, really struggled with……YEAH and YIPPEE….because, by the end of the week…..there was marked improvement…..sometimes even a moment of sublime perfection. Hitting the “sweet-spot” where there was great struggle, even for a couple seconds…..is elegant, yes?
But…..always a but…..where was the application?
It was like I had two lives……this philosophical “study” and my life.
Sure….there were mental breakthrus…..and tears of relief, joy, regret, sadness……but, still….I was nagged by the feeling of seperation.
What I mean is…..knowing a philosophy and speaking about it is all BS if there is not application…..daily, hourly……if I’m not living it then the ideas are just words that show off intellect at a party…..see what I mean?
And in lesson seven…..Haanel hits my square in the face with the solution…..visualization. It’s time to move that ideal, idealization …..to a clear mental picture.
I’m an idea man……or so I thought….
Always had an idea…..to make it big, to improve something in my life, in my subculture…..in the USA……in the world!
In section 13 of lesson seven I read…..Clearness and accuracy are obtained only by repeatedly having the image in mind. Each repeated action renders the image more clear and accurate than the preceding, and in proportion to the clearness and accuracy of the image will the outward manifestation be. You must build it firmly and securely in your mental world, the world within, before it can take form in the world without
I know it’s a BAM! because it has the ring of truth for me………but…..there’s that “but” again……my mind keeps jumping from image to image…..hundreds of scenarios, thousands of outcomes…..YIKES! I read the sentence again…..and again……and again…..quiet my mind……peace for a moment…..100s of images…..back to peace…..and the idea that this is a condition I am creating …pops into my head. I’m responsible for this…..or am I?
I ask….for the solution…..
Tower of Babel pops into my head. I am reminded of the deeper message……
More weeping….yeah, yeah, I did a lot of that …..but freedom from the bondage of self is so gratifying…..to know the struggle is over….to be free in my mind from me overwhelming…..
So the Tower of Babel?
Babel means confusion…..like all those ideas without visualization and manifestation…..
Basically this parable is about denying one source……the source.
The ‘tribe’ came to a plain and decided to build a struture to reach heaven.
This means we, as individuals, believe something EXTERNAL will make us complete, whole….fufilled…..it’s the River of Dreams stuff……the ‘everyone speaking a different language’……meaning…..confusion of ideas as to what will make us happy …..[and everyone’s got an idea for that, right? Mom, Dad, teachers, insitutions, employers, MLM companies…..everyone has a blueprint for our happiness]…….
The idea that God had everyone speak a different lauguage is really a metaphor…..for confusion of thoughts…..that something we do or get or accomplish will lead us to “heaven” …..and while I read this parable and thought how “absurd” those people were……believing they could ‘reach heaven’ it turns out that was exactly how I was living my life….
And….then…..tremendous laughter…….I realized all my “brilliant ideas” were simply reformatting everyone else’s blueprint and work….and ideas……so I could reach ‘heaven’…..be happy.
In other words, hibitual wrong thinking…..that somehow, something I could think of would make happy…..which is self reliance…..and, really, doomed to fail…creating more fear, more refomatting….and as more things don’t work out…..I get more fearful, without realizing it….and ‘jumpp’ from idea to idea……BABEL.
Gales of laugher……and I thought they were dumb for trying to build a tower? LMAO now…..
Understanding that it all really happens in part 2 …..”Our difficulties are largely due to confused ideas and ignorance of our true interests” and it all runs on Emerson’s Law of Give More, Get More…..service…..all I have to do is walk away from the River of Dreams [Tower of Babel] …..look not to the external by listen to my heart while asking for pure honesty…..to make certain of my own true interests are from withing……and………that will, really, put me on the threshold……
The Babel stops……visualization begins…..feintly at first……then, daily, it gets clearer…..clearer…..and cleaer
The confusion of tongues in the parable is really a graphic description of the state of mind of those who have yet begun to center their lives on the source and service…….and I am grateful…..
We are all control freaks. Until we aren’t anymore.
I love the movie, “When Harry Met Sally”. I can’t help myself but at least it’s a conscious decision. I simply love romatic comedies, “ro-cos'”, becasue we know how they are going to end. Love always wins.
Been through, on both ends, some challenging relatonships. Once I started to understand the Master Key System, I made a conscious decision to watch “ro-co’s”, [or rom-coms as The Fabulous Davene never fails to correct me], because, at heart, I am a hopeful romatic, [why be a hopeless romatic?], who understood, somehow, that long term humor needs to be a factor.
So I started focusing on them…..watching them over and over and over as I drifted off to sleep after doing my reading and studying of the ‘world within’. Made a conscious decision to focus on romance and love instead of “relationship” ……hey, if Haanel was right and we manifest what we think about….why not think about romance and love. Besides, it was clear to me that whatever my “stuff” with relationships was….poor picker, poor mate, poor at intamcy….no matter……relationships just did not bring to me what I desired. Which was? Romance and fun….and KNOWING, in every fiber of my being, that is was going to “work out” in the end. And you always know, when watching a “rom-com” that if it is NOT working out, it simply is not the end! How cool would that be.
But that was easy….singular, if you will.
How come I could figure that out….but when it came down to what I wanted to do with my life I was so damn indecisive?
Turns out I was not being indecisive at all….I was just a control freak.
We all are….until we aren’t.
There is a great line, one of many actually, in that movie.
Harry: There are two types of women. High maintience and low maintience.
Sally: Which one am I?
Harry: Your the worst kind. You are very high maintence but you think you’re low maintience
Sally: I just want things the way that I want them.
Harry: High maintence
We are not only control freaks but we all believe we are not.
So? What is your dharma….what is your purpose?
Why is this so hard?
The accertation here is the ‘cement buddha’ or, if you perfer, the River of Dreams……we’ve be pounded for so long by schools, institutions, parents who are by-products of the same consumerism machine and the government to ‘fit it’ …..that we simply have not thought about it….in my case….simply had not ‘thought’ for years….for myself. Actually decades. The matrix of others’ blueprints is confusing and overwhelming.
All, as in 100%, of control issues are fear based. And indecision is the worst…..with others around us in our lives….indecision controls them, to varying degrees….
So…..what do you want?
Even more befuddling is …’what are your two biggest personal pivotal needs?’
What is your heart’s desire?
Sadly, many of us don’t even know how to process this simple question.
Funny, when we were 5 or 6 years old….our response was instantaneous!
What matters is….Mark.. Fred…Joanne…”Are you happy?”
File that one under “C” for curveball for most people…..
If we hesitate on that one…..it’s a dead give away….”no”
AM I IGNORANT?
Then….BAM! Haanel hits me square in the chops…..in the intro to lesson 2 …..
“Our difficulties are largely due to confused ideas and ignorance of our true interests.”
OMGoodness……I don’t know what I want or what my heart’s desire is…..or if I am even happy……and it’s all linked to my confusion about what I want …..and what I am truly intested in – think dharma!
Then he blows me away …..
2-3: The subconscious soul, like a benevolent stranger, works and makes provision for our benefit, pouring only the mature fruit into our lap; thus ultimate analysis of thought processes shows that the subconscious is the theatre of the most important mental phenomena.”
My life is a movie, a reflection of the ‘subconscious theatre’ and …..it’s my autobiography……or I default to someone elses ideas.
Why would I do that?
Simple….I’ve got someone to blame….if I don’t like it.
Ut-oh…..we only get one shot.
Who can I really trust to design this movie? Really?
I remember the fear and excitement this revelation triggered simutaneously…..way back in the mid-90’s.
Then, like a bolt out of the blue…..I confessed…to myself….falling to me knees…..I was a control freak of the worst kind.
No idea what my needs were…..what I was interested in…..and as far as dharma, well, that was just too big.
And two word popped into my head as I re-read lesson two.
Just becoming aware that I was reacting to life ….by making a living…..and had not thought….as I did as a kid….about what I really want and how it would effect others around me was a treasure!
I get to be romantic…..to fall in love with the idea, the single thought that I have not been thinking ….and slow down….to learn to think….and with some consistent effort….I might discover what my heart’s desire is and how that may help me and by extension……those around me.
And, if I struggle…..so be it…..because…..in the end, like a “rom-com” it will turn out fine in the end…..and if it’s not turning out fine….it simply is not the end.
Confessing I was a control freak was about the best thing I ever did…..it did not stop right away……but as I was learning in the lessons…..I could either continue to try and control the world….or learn to control myself by controlling my thoughts…
So, all you fellow control freaks……you wanted control…..now you’ve got it…
It’s a funny thing. We all want guarantees and all guarantess really, at their very core have one question that needs to be answered.
Is it true?
The acutal definition of a guarantee is to “provideaformalassuranceorpromise, especiallythatcertain conditions shall be fulfilledrelating to a product, service, or transaction”
I get so frustrated FOR [as opposed to frustrated at] new members who are looking for the
catch or who identify a sentence they don’t agree with as they embark on the greatest adventure on the planet, bar none. I know what lies, really, on the other side of six months of dedication. Specifically for each person? No, of course not.
My frustration gets stopped in it’s tracks because I’ve always been blessed with the ability to “remember when” …and I remember when I first picked up the Master Key System back in the mid-90s and the real battle going on between my ears.
I had already decided to read the document as it was laid out…study the lesson for a week daily before moving on…and repeating that for 24 weeks. The first lesson brought up the “need” for a guarantee.
I wanted to know that if I dedicated myself for 24 weeks for an hour to an hour and a half a day that there would be a pay-off…that it would work for me…that things would change and I’d have control over what changed. At least that is what I “thought” I wanted, a guarantee.
I’d be remiss if I did not share with you how unhappy, scared and discontent I was when I embarked on this solo adventure. Like most people I had filled my life with little dramas like money and relationship challenges so I didn’t have to think or even feel the discontent. And, with a couple close friends, I’d vent or whine or wish things to be different.
So I’m reading this document, week 1, and suddenly I’m siezed with wanting assurances. How ironic! In essence …this life I am discontent with …is something I am not willing to give up …not even give up 90 minutes a day …of the very thing I’m venting, whining or wishing was different! I’ve come to love irony…it’s been the gateway to humor for me…thank goodness.
Turns out I made a promise to myself to finish…so I keep reading daily and wanting to know what everyone mired in the momentum of mediocrity wants to know….
Will it work for me? Is what I am reading true? Will there be a pay-off?
Around day four I realize I am full of crap. Totally. I’m questioning Haanel and a few statements in Lesson One…but somehow they seem, my questions, bogus. One passage keeps popping into my mind….
Master Key System: 1-35 A majority of mankind lives in the world without; few have found the world within, and yet it is the world within that makes the world without; it is therefore creative and everything which you find in your world without has been created by you in the world within
And there it was, in my face. A simple decision needed to be made. It would take two years for me to fully understand the wisdom in that one passage but it gave me enough at the time to grow up. At least begin to grow up.
Was I responsible for all the condtions in my life? Had they all be created in my mind?
BANG! It hit me.
I’m not looking for guarantees….I’m not asking “is this true” about the simple 4000 year old concepts here….what was I doing? Hiding from personal responsibility.
That hurt and yet, really, there was an immense freedom felt simultaneously.
From Socrates to Emerson to Plato to Allen to Hill to Buddha to Master Teacher was this same thought … It was not guarantees I wanted….it was not assurances….it was not wanting to know if this document was true….nope..
It was me not wanting to take responsibility for the conditions in my life.
And when I did…yeah, it hurt but it carried with it the potential for immense power and that liberated me…amped up my commitment.
See, even on the embryonic state I was in I could see that if I had created the conditions, captured the hostages in my life…then it meant I was creative.
I remember, clearly, weeping like a 5 year old that day.
Free of the bondage of self…free at last from defending a life that I wanted to change.
Free of all the BS out there that wanted me to believe that something extrenal would make it all better.
Free to begin to think for myself.
Scared? Sometimes I was.
Lonely? Sure…once we see the truth of being and the “cement” and mini-dramas we set up not longer hold our interest there were moments of lonliness …breaking from the sheep, the “copies of copies” is not a choice once we accept the simple truth that we are our decisions and our decisions are based on what we think.
My advice about what to think? Never.
My advice about thinking? Do it
The passport to the life we want is a creative adventure.
Taking personal responsibilty for all the condtions in our lives, where we like them or not should be celebrated, not denied or berated. By fully embracing the idea that we created all of them that confirms we are creative…and means by changing our thinking, we can create a different outcome, different life….we can penertrate new worlds, meet interesting people and open ourselves up to discovery.
It was never a question of whether or not the world within creates the world without…and wanting to know “if it was true” … it was simply a question of laying down my ego and defensiveness, laughing at myself for hanging on to what I did not want, taking a deep breathe and stepping into the unknown…