Internal or External Motivation?
What drives you?
Our journey through the Master Key System by Haanel has us looking within. We have read that the majority of mankind lives in the world without, externally motivated. "Most people try to change effects by working on effects. They fail to see that this is only changing one form of distress for another." Haanel 1-35 "If you wish to change conditions you mush change yourself." Haanel part 9.
"The world within is governed by mind." Haanel 1-7
"The world without is a reflection of the world within." Haanel 1-8
Here is a thoughtful quote by James Allen, "Cause and effect is as absolute and undeviating in the hidden realm of thought as in the world of visible and material things. Mind is the master weaver, both the interior garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance."
Did you know that our attitude is of intrinsic value? Our attitude of mind determines the experiences which we meet in life. Haanel 3-17 We reap what we sow! "Thought will bring about conditions in correspondence with the predominant mental attitude."Haanel 13-16
Every man is a reflection of his mental attitude, his thoughts. It shows in his countenance; his face, his form, his character, and his environment.
"If you wish harmonious conditions in your life, you must develop a harmonious mental attitude."Haanel 14-29
Again our world without is a reflection of our world within-our over all attitude. We reap what we sow, what a man thinketh-he is, what we think matters.
"Every form which matter takes is but the expression of some pre-existing thought." Haanel chapter 5.
So what should we be thinking about if we want our expression to be of the highest quality? Should we not select the best of everything? Our thoughts should be abundant with Character, Courage, and Kindness.
"If our impressions have been of fear, of worry, of care, of anxiety; if they have been despondent, negative, doubtful, then more toil , care, lack, and anxiety will be reflected in our countenance." Haanel chapter 5 paraphrased
We may choose what we think, and any line of thought persisted on will produce its result in the character. "All things have their origin in mind, and appearances are the result of thought."Haanel Part 14. This is the law of growth; what we think about grows and what we forget atrophies.
Have you formed the habit of analyzing every thought? We are learning to be the non judgmental observer of ourselves and others. What a task. What a life changing exercise. Incorporating The Seven Laws of the Mind are a wonderful aide in securing a mental diet of the right stuff.
THE SEVEN LAWS OF THE MIND--commit to memory and use moment by moment as needed! Here I have given brief explanations of each.
The Law of Substitution: We cannot think about 2 things at the same time. If a negative thought enters your mind, think about God, or remember something pleasant, or hilarious.
The Law of Relaxation: Mental effort defeats itself. A relaxed, calm state of mind, is the only doorway to progress mentally.
The Law of Practice: Practice makes perfect. Perfect Practice Prevents Poor Performance. With the practice of correct things, we improve on the other 6 Laws of the Mind.
The Law of Forgiveness: To access our Creator we must forgive everyone and anyone to clear the channel.
The Law of Dual Thought: Thought is a combination of ideation and feeling. We can attach any feeling to a thought we want.
The Law of the Subconscious: As soon as the subconscious accepts the idea it becomes a demand and it works constantly, 24/7, to manifest the demand, accessing a reservoir of infinite resources.
The Law of Growth: What ever we thing about grows. What we forget atrophies.
But I must warn you it is hard work. Matthew Adams warns, "Learn to keep the door shut, keep out of your mind, out of your office, and out of your world, every element that seeks admittance with no definite helpful end in view."
We have read that the majority of mankind lives in the world without, externally motivated. Focusing on changing the effects, or circumstances in their objective world. Does that work? Does that make sense?
Live by intention. BE internally motivated! Your ally is your imagination, let it soar. You will become what you think about. Do you have a goal, a desire, some great good you would do?
Ponder it, let it grow.
Give yourself PERMISSION to BE all that you can BE.
But remember ideas are worthless unless we act on them, Knowledge is worthless unless applied. "...We must fertilize the thought with a living purpose." Haanel part 12
This is my Hero's Journey. There are many UNKNOWNS I face, but I accepted the Herald, I have stepped out in FAITH. I take uncertain steps at times, I am afraid at times. But I am learning to navigate the unknown currents through a powerful alliance of Master Minds. My courage grows, I am beginning to apply the knowledge I have gleaned. Little steps now, but I know 'I will walk tall among women, with a new life. I build my castle one brick at a time, for I know that small attempts, repeated, complete any undertaking. I persist, I win. I greet this day with love in my heart. I visualize my new reality as a service to others.' Mandino
I pray for wisdom, and with that prayer I pray for understanding.
I ASK, I SEEK, I KNOCK.
I RECEIVE, I FIND, It is OPENED.
I am fearfully and wonderfully made. And that my soul knows very well. He who counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. He who made the greater light to rule the day, the lessor light to rule the night. He who created the LAWS of order, the LAWS of creation…He made me, and He made me unique for His purpose. He has placed His law in my heart, He has given me a mind to think.
And what am I to think about?
"Whatever things are TRUE, whatever things are NOBLE, whatever things are JUST, Whatever things are PURE, Whatever things are LOVELY, whatever things are of GOOD REPORT, if there is any VIRTUE, and if there is anything PRAISEWORTHY…"Philip 4:8
I am internally motivated!