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CONCENTRATE ON THE REALITIES OF LIFE

"The student who masters the contents of Part Seventeen will not mistake the symbols for the reality; he will be interested in CAUSES, rather than effects.  He will concentrate on the realities of life, and will then not be disappointed in the results. " Haanel, chapter 17.

We read in this chapter if we pursue symbols, as we overtake them they turn to ashes. You may be pursuing the symbol of power, instead of power itself, fame instead of  honor, riches instead of wealth, position instead of servitude. Haanel, chapter 17, part 28

We are to take hold of the basic principles of things, the heart of things, the spirit of things…The spirit of a thing, is the thing itself. We need to get to the heart of things. Haanel, chapter 17, part 31 & 32

BEING in the moment, BEING in the present.  What does life look like? What is your reality?  Concentrate on the realities of Life. We have learned that what we think matters, and that harmony and happiness are a state of consciousness. In Earl Nightingale's, The Seven Day Mental Diet, we are told we choose our moods.  Thats right, I know it is. Otherwise we would be without choice, and we know we have choice. Our mood identifies or colors our response to our reality. Are we fearful, concentrate on courage. Put into action THE LAW OF SUBSTITUTION. FOCUS on the ideal. Relax. womanmagnifying

Being in the moment today, Being in the present today--Concentrating on my reality…my journal would say,  "A fulfilling day of Liberty, Initiative, Kindnesses, and hard work" I cleaned a house that took four hours, normally it takes just two. Came home on a roll, and took initiative (my focus word for the week) and vacuumed my carpeted stairs, and tile floors, then steam cleaned them, along with the guest bathroom. Husband called, heading home from his long day that had him walking out the door at 6:30 am heading to Kansas for a Safety Test, then back to Missouri to one of his sites to complete his work day.  I had dinner ready for this hard working man.  He sat down, and had an alarm at another site.  He finished eating, took a quick 5 minute energy nap, pulled himself together and started out the door.  He figured it would take about an hour.  I volunteered to go along for the drive to keep him company to and from the site. Two and half hours later he was finishing up, he was soaking wet, and Missouri is pretty cold right now. I chose to break my coffee fast for tonight, knowing we both still had to write our blogs for week 17. I happily manifested one of my PPN's (personal pivotal needs), taking the Liberty to keep my husband company while he dealt with an unplanned obstacle. His feet were sore, so I massaged his aching uncomfortable feet.  And then we switched; my lower back hurt, so he massaged my back. Then we headed to our individual offices to think and write…"The first form which thought will find is language, or words; this determines the importance of words; they are the first manifestation of thought."Haanell, chapter 15. I absolutely love that sentence about our thoughts and words.

I am inspired by Og Mandino's words, his words paint pictures in my mind and spur me on to excellence…"I increase my knowledge of mankind, myself, and the goods I sell…I seek constantly to improve my manners and graces."

My life is so full and wonderful! It is not always easy. I've struggled with my mood, my attitude this week, and it wasn't because of someone-it was because of me (Sometimes I give myself permission to be all that I will to be, and other times I struggle). This poem comes to mind. We taught it to our children when they were younger, but it fits perfectly because we are reading in scroll #4, "I am natures greatest miracle."

 

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"God made me special

Like no one else you see

He made me a witness

To His diversity." Miss Rosalie Slater

 

 

 

Today and for an infinite number of tomorrows; I CONCENTRATE ON THE REALITIES OF LIFE, AND I AM NOT DISAPPOINTED IN THE RESULTS. eyes

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It Exists, It is Real, It is Possible, It's Yours

What we think matters!

"The world within is governed by mind.  When we discover this world we shall find the solution for every problem, the cause for every effect; and since the world within is subject to our control, all laws of power and possession are also within our control." Haanell, part one,7. And, "All possession is the result of the accumulative attitude of mind..."Haanell, part five,28 Attitude?

Is your overall attitude positive or negative? Must you always give an opinion? Must you judge?Are you a listener, or is what you have to save more important? Are you grumpy, or impatient? Is life just not fair? It is evident as we look at a person, "We find that every man is the reflection of the thought he has entertained during his lifetime. This is stamped on his face, his form, his character, his environment."Haanel, part fourteen,17.  What you think Matters!  "Thought results in action, if your thought is constructive and  harmonious, the result will be good; if your thought is destructive or inharmonious, the result will not be good."Haanel, part eight.  We have the freedom to think, but the result of our thoughts manifest themselves for our good, or for our ill. We must cultivate an attitude which is conducive to constructive thought.

"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." Matthews Adams.

I came across this scripture during my reading, and it fits appropriately here; "Gird up the loins of your mind.."1 Peter 1:13.

Analyze every thought.

Emmet Fox, and Earl Nightingale inspire this process through our mental diet.  Emmet Fox challenges you to a Seven Day Mental Diet, No negative thoughts allowed! This is hard mental labor, but well worth the effort, and life changing. Earl Nightingale suggests thirty days in his The Strangest Secret in the World.  Here is an excerpt...

What we think about matters! What we think about grows, what we forget atrophies.

We reap what we sow.

Deep food for thought is Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay on Compensation, "Commit a crime, and it seems as if a coat of snow fell on the ground, such as reveals in the woods the track of every partridge and fox and squirrel and mole. You cannot recall the spoken word, you cannot wipe out the foot-track, you cannot draw up the ladder, so as to leave no inlet or clew. Some damning circumstance always transpires. The laws and substances of nature — water, snow, wind, gravitation — become penalties to the thief." Or on a more positive note.

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"If you wish harmonious conditions in your life, you must develop a harmonious mental attitude." Haanel chapter fourteen, 28. "Harmony and happiness are states of consciousness."Haanel part sixteen,37. "It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself." Ralph Waldo Emerson. We must give, to receive. To receive, we must give. 

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish...The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours.” Ayn RandAtlas Shrugged  

Apply the knowledge.  Nightingale's recipe for Success...

  • THINK. You will become what you think about
  • IMAGINE. Remember the word imagination and let your mind begin to soar.
  • COURAGE. Concentrate on your goal every day.
  • SAVE. Ten percent of what you earn
  • ACTION. Ideas are worthless unless we act on them.

The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours. 

It takes hard mental effort, it takes focus, it takes Persistence.

Be grateful, Be generous, Be Kind!

 

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Strengthening My Resolution

“Increase in me that wisdom which discovers my truest interest, Strengthen my resolution to perform that which wisdom dictates.” Benjamin Franklinbenfranklin

This week we were introduced to the Franklin Makeover spreadsheet as part of our homework assignment.  It is a version of what he tried to accomplish for himself to instill virtues in his own life.  You can find the details to his little project below http://www.ushistory.org/franklin/autobiography/page38.htm

Our assignment is the same, but different.  Let me explain, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “My intention being to acquire the habitude of all these virtues, I judged it would be well not to distract my attention by attempting the whole at once, but to fix it on one of them at a time, and, when I should be master of that, then to proceed to another, and so on, till I should have gone thro' the thirteen…I made a little book, in which I allotted a page for each of the virtues. I ruled each page with red ink, so as to have seven columns, one for each day of the week, marking each column with a letter for the day. I crossed these columns with thirteen red lines, marking the beginning of each line with the first letter of one of the virtues, on which line, and in its proper column, I might mark, by a little black spot, every fault I found upon examination to have been committed respecting that virtue upon that day.”

The thirteen virtues Franklin listed are as follows: Temperance, Silence, Order, Resolution, Frugality, Industry, Sincerity, Justice, Moderation, Cleanliness, Tranquility, Chastity, and Humility.

In our assignment we will track 11 virtues. Our list is as follows: Self-Control, Discipline, Enthusiasm, Courage, Persistence, Specialized Knowledge, Imagination, Decisiveness, Well-Organized, Taking Initiative, and Pleasing Personality.

We may pick the order in which we would like to focus our attention on one of the virtues for one week, then we begin a new virtue focus the following week, and so on. My virtue to focus on this week is Decisiveness I mark, by a little black spot, every positive act of decisiveness I observe respecting that virtue upon that day. Thus putting into play the Law of Growth, what I think about grows.  What we forget atrophies. I am observing decisiveness everywhere, even while chatting with my mom on the phone—She shares a story of decisive actions by her neighbor, and I have to jump up and add black spots to my chart on the refrigerator. I am enjoying this exercise.

Now add to this exercise of focusing on one virtue weekly, and include our growing stack of 3x5 gratitude cards we are penning daily. We add 15-20 or more cards each week of something we are grateful for, without repeating.  In the short video that follows, you will find amazing truth and beauty in gratitude.  Embrace Gratitude and you will find Gratitude in YOU.


Within that deck of 3x5 cards we are adding accomplishments from our life, “I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education.” Or, “ I learned to ask for help.” And “I am a proficient typist.” Next write a card with a 1-2 sentence ‘mini-journal’ statement of a positive experience from the day. Add a new positive experience each day. Read these cards aloud daily, think about them, and feel them. Do you see a focus here? Is your magnifying glass held perfectly still?

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1.“There is a world within-a world of thought and feeling, and power; of light and life and beauty and, although invisible, its forces are mighty.”1-6, Haanell.

2. “Mental strength is secured in exactly the same way that physical strength is secured, by exercise.”4-28, Haanell.

3. “Learn to keep the door shut, keep out of your mind and out of your world, every element that seeks admittance with no definite helpful end in view.” George Mathew Adams

4. “We are securing our mental strength by exercise. And we are building with the best kind of material, the texture is firm, the material is solid, and will not fade.” 5-11,Haanell.

5. “The first form which thought will find is language, or words; this determines the importance of words; they are the first manifestation of thought—the vessels in which thought is carried.” 15-12, Haanell.

6. “The beauty of the word consists in the beauty of the thought; the power of the word consists in the power of the thought…” 15-23, Haanell.

We are working every angle to insure that what we think about is true, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy.  It is hard mental labor.  Wooden shared, "Most of it is practice, the rest of it is  work." Being decisive is strengthening my resolution.

Add in another layer for good measure; including Emmet Fox’s The Seven Day Mental Diet, and Earl Nightingale’s The Strangest Secret, and there is unfoldment from within that is so beautiful to behold, and it was there all along. The icing on the cake, if we were following the ingredients for right thinking, is a thrice sprinkling with Mandino’s scroll #4; we are nature’s greatest miracle. We are to relish and rejoice in our uniqueness. “God formed my inward parts, He covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.” Psalm 139:13-14

“Think truly, and thy thoughts shall the world’s famine feed;

Speak truly, and each word of thine shall be a fruitful seed;

Live truly, and thy life shall be a great and noble creed.” Horatio Bonar

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PERSISTENCE:  FOUR TINY HABITS

Our MKMMA course assignment this week was quite exciting.  We were asked to choose one movie out of four suggested, and write about the four tiny habits that were exhibited by the hero.

The four movies suggested were; Cool Runnings, October Sky, Door to Door, and Rudy. Each movie in itself is an excellent choice for family time.  Each affords educational real-life situations, allowing boundless topics for discussion. I’ve enjoyed three of the four movies, and each succinctly define the four tiny habits in a different backdrop scenario. I am anxiously awaiting the movie Door to Door. It has not yet arrived.

The Four Tiny Habits that define PERSISTENCE

  1. DMP:  Definite Major Purpose
  2. PMA:  Positive Mental Attitude
  3. POA:  Plan of Action
  4. MMA:  Master Mind Alliancerudy

I will expound on ‘the Four Tiny Habits’ in the last movie we watched, Rudy. This is a 1993 film, Rudy is played by Sean Astin (Samwise Gangie-the Hobbit from Lord of the Rings). Utilizing further details off the intranet allow me to elaborate a bit more on Rudy’s background. Rudy was born in Jolliet, IL. In high school he was 5’6”, and all of 165 pounds.  He was third of 14 children.  His father worked three jobs to put food on the table.

Rudy’s family loved football.  In particular the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football team. It was something he, his brothers, and the neighbor boys would even play before heading off to school in the morning. Rudy’s dream (DMP) took root here at a young age.  He shared with his family and friends that he was going to play football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team.  This brought on ridicule and laughs from all those around him.  This includes sadly a priest he has as a Civics teacher in high school, who calls him out and belittles him in front of his classmates. His antagonists argued he was too small, and he didn’t have the smarts to attend such a prestigious college.  His first Master Mind Alliance is with a childhood buddy who believes in him.

After high school he works in a power plant with his dad and brother.  It’s expected, it’s the norm for someone ‘like’ him. Through a tragic accident his friend dies, the one person that believed in him.  This is the catalyst for Rudy to take action on his dream. Here a plan of action begins to form.  He does not have all the details, but he steps out in sheer determination and faith.  He has been saving his money.  He quits his job, and hops on a bus to Notre Dame.  Traveling from Illinois to Indiana. He arrives when the campus is closed, but insists the guard at the gate get him access immediately, no waiting for this burning desire to be quelled. He is directed to the parish where he meets his second Master Mind Alliance, a good-natured priest.  A plan materializes.  Rudy must attend Holy Cross College, prove himself through exceptional grades, and then apply to Notre Dame. His dream is such a burning desire, he is determined to do all he can to succeed. It is here at Holy Cross that Rudy discovers he has a learning disability.  He is dyslexic.  This is addressed for the first time, and here again he rises above a challenge, keeping his eyes on the goal above his head with the help and encouragement of a new friend made, another Master Mind Alliance is forged.

Through out the movie, all though tough times are experienced, and struggles seem to prevail, Rudy does exceptionally well to keep a positive mental attitude. He will do whatever it takes!  After four applications submitted to Notre Dame, he is finally accepted; this is the fall of 1974.

Coach Ara Parseghian encouraged ‘walk on players’ from the student body.  This was Rudy’s opportunity.  Rudy worked hard, and he made it on the scout team.  This is a practice squad that helps the varsity team practice for the games.  This is where the rubber meets the road for Rudy.  He gives 100 percent, and through the intensity of these practices he gains the respect of the football team. I would say they become his largest Master Mind Alliance, in the closing scene his team carries him off the field. As I understand, this has only happened one other time in this sport. Rudy as a senior of Notre Dame was put in the game for the first time to play the last seconds of this last game of the season.  He makes a significant tackle!  Prior to the game beginning Rudy is heard saying as he lead the entire team through the tunnel onto the field, “I’ve been ready for this my whole life!”

Each of these films has been inspirational, enough to fan the flames of DESIRE.  Filling spirit and soul with hope.  Dreams do come true.  What does it take?  It takes 4 Tiny Habits, and that produces PERSISTENCE!

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I Am Grateful!

Living life is such a joy!  God has blessed me beyond measure with a wonderful loving family.  We have challenges from time to time, but for the most part we relish the moments spent with each other.  I am grateful for my family.

If I haven’t introduced you to my family, I will do that now.  I’ve been married to my magnificent husband, Luther for 33 years.  Our inspiring & intuitive son; Dakota, our charming & creative twin daughters, Ashley, and Amber, and delightful & dependable Laurie has become a part of our family, she went to college with the girls in Florida and has become their roommate here in Missouri.  The girls rent from their brother Dakota.  They have the main house, and Dakota has made the basement into an apartment that is quite attractive and comfortable.  Most of our extended family is west coast; California, and Oregon.  I am grateful for the love of my extended family.

If you have read my previous post-week 12, you know we were kept captive with our Christmas craft project for extended family.  Since then late nights have become the norm. The activity level has continued in high gear.  Watching more movies on Netflix, spending quality and quantity time with kids, eating more than our fill of delectable sweets.

I was reminded continuously, “I zealously inspect all things that enter my mind, my soul, and my heart…Never overindulging the requests of my flesh, rather cherishing my body with cleanliness and moderation”(Mandino) I can say I was successful inspecting, but some overindulging occurred.  “But I persist.  I am daily tested. I continue to charge forward.  I try, and try again.  Each obstacle I consider as a mere detour to my goal.” (Mandino)

I’ve had more time to bake this Christmas, I am grateful for ‘Liberty’.  I enjoyed making fudge for the neighbors.  Several new traditions started this year.  One new tradition was; I did the fudge, and homemade granola, my girls baked cookies, and brownies.  Then we collaborated and combined our goodies onto decorative plates for our neighbors (I am grateful for teamwork). We delivered to my neighbors first, then their neighbors. Second new tradition; we enjoyed steak (topped with salsa and guacamole) and crab legs (with butter garlic sauce) for Christmas dinner.  My sister had prepared this meal for us on one of our visits to California, and the kids thought it was so delicious.  With joint effort in the kitchen we replicated this meal to our satisfaction, and will add it to our holiday meals from now on (I am grateful for shared recipes).

Self-observation; we’ve been watching more movies, I find it not only interrupts that sacred hour, but changes my thoughts.  I have learned I’m very affected by what I view; because once the movie is over I am still focused on its content analyzing its parts, sometimes for hours, sometimes for days.  I prefer the thinking we’ve been doing in our Master Key course (I am grateful for our Master Key course). Healthier and more constructive, effortlessly creating peace of mind and body. I am grateful for my health.

And a third new tradition was; The NutCracker Ballet, performed at the Kaufman Center in Kansas City. balletI am grateful for the Performing Arts. What a delight to enjoy this with my family.   Although it was late, none of us had eaten dinner, and we were all starving after the performance, so we headed to one of our favorite Mexican restaurants (I am grateful when another prepares a meal for me.) to fill our bellies and chat about the best parts of the ballet experience. These new traditions and the old learned from our own parents are part of a Legacy we are incorporating for our future generations.  To borrow from a part of my Definite Major purpose, “I am abundantly blessed and humbled to have provided a rich heritage for my family; built upon Godly character, a strong foundation, serving others, a heart of generosity, and kindness…these principles produce marvelous avenues of abundance in my life, creating lasting legacy for my family. I am grateful for our family legacy.

Through the week I have found it challenging to change how I construct my sentences when faced with an obstacle or challenge to my own ability, remembering, “I will never consider defeat and I will remove from my vocabulary such words and phases as quit, cannot, unable, impossible, out of the question, improbable, failure, unworkable, hopeless, and retreat.” (Mandino). What I've observed is a pause, a process to reconstruct the sentence in my mind, and then a successful sentence presentation of a positive over the negative. I am grateful for the Law of Substitution.

To cap off the Christmas Holiday season, my birthday celebration.  I add another year to my age, just two days after Christmas (I am grateful for another year of joy). IMG_3286 IMG_3288 Indulged by our kids, Luther and I enjoyed sushi at The Drunken Fish.  It was right across the street from our favorite movie theatre. And they made sure after dinner, that we all sat and enjoyed a movie and popcorn. What a fun filled evening.  We arrived home after 9pm.  Lu and I were exhausted.  We had plans to come home and finish our blog entries.  We told ourselves we would lie down for a minute or two, catch a wink or two or three or four (I am grateful for a wonderful comfy bed). But alas we found ourselves still in bed as the dawn crept through our bedroom curtains. I am grateful for rest, and I greet this day with love in my heart.

I awoke to, “Do It Now.”  And, that is what I am doing, right now. I am grateful for delicious French Roast coffee in the morning to get me going.  I am grateful for wise quotes, especially this one from John Wooden.

"Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books - especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day." John Wooden

I am grateful for beautiful music. May this song, “Thankful” by Josh Groban make your heart smile.

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There's so much to be thankful for! Count your blessings, name them one by one.

Song by John Oatman, Jr.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

1 Thessalonians 5:18, "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

 

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Manifesting In The Objective World

Between the readings of Haanel and Mandino, the exercises of the mental diet, the seven laws of the mind, all the kit and caboodle, my mind is daily saturated in so many wonderful ways of change.  Lets evaluate, how last week developed putting ‘these wonderful ways of change’ to the test. How did I do living life in my new blueprint?

Whose Idea was it? 

“Thought cannot conceive of anything that may not be brought to expression.  He who first uttered it may be only the SUGGESTER, but the DOER will appear.” Wilson

Family memories forged in the crucible of late nights and wee morning hours. Each day we were tested, we continued, we charge forward. (Mandino, scroll #3).

Several weeks ago an idea was shared. She who first UTTERED it was one of my twin daughters, Amber.  She was soon to become not only the ‘SUGGESTER’, but joined in as the ‘Doer’ as well. It was plural; we became the Doers. The Master Mind of three begins, twin daughters (Ashley & Amber) and their mother (me). Amber said, “Lets make something for our family this year. Here is my idea.  What do you think?” As we shared our thoughts, and asked questions, our plans began to materialize.

Manifestation. You see us starting at the break of day; we were making a list, and checking it twice. We make our purchases. After setting ourselves up at the enlarged dining table we set to work on our simple little project. We put together our first test run, the prototype by nightfall. craft3Where O where did the time go? We jointly confer, “This will work, with an assembly line going, we will have this finished and on its way to bring Christmas cheer to our family.”  We are enjoying a state of wonderful creative harmony.

New idea. We proudly show it off.  Dad arrived home, and took a look.  He said, “What if?” And a whole new plan began to materialize. OH MY! But it is much more elaborate.  Another Master Mind takes place, this time we are four. He said he would help.  So we go for it.

Master Mind. We are changing our Christmas tree. Dad queries, “What do you think of a Family Tree? And what if we move it from the frig, to a frame?” We discovered saving could be had if we bulk ordered. Ideas were growing. Computers flew open with pages of supplies needed. Several orders were made.  The suppliers said we would have our items in time. We tested our ideas with the few items already purchased.  This should work, as we bounced many ideas into the air for discussion.

Roadblock and Obstacles.  Nothing, and I mean nothing is working out timely or easy. “I will ignore the obstacles at my feet and keep mine eyes on the goals above my head…” Mandino.  We must persist.

  1. One long evening had us scurrying our entire metro area, driving from one town to the next, to locate enough frames. And then a sideliner-our daughter had need of a cardboard Christmas chimney for a work party the next day, we arrived at the store a minute before closing.
  2. Our order of bottle caps, and magnets had not arrived when expected. Persist.photo
  3. One late evening while leaving the kids house, after discussing the metal sheeting ‘challenge’, I trip twisting my ankle when landing in an expected hole at the bottom of the stairs. I’m carrying my fourteen pound dog, and a small tub. The pup is tussled in my arms. But both pup and tub remain in my grasp. I am in quite a bit of pain for several days. This has slowed me down. (I would post the pic, but kids advised me not to.) Persist.
  4. Searched our area for thinner metal sheeting. After several stores and hours later we are successful.
  5. Kids work requiring overtime each evening. Delay.photo copy
  6. I was sick the week previously, in bed for three days. Persist. My daughters have the same thing this week. They are exhausted, but they persist.
  7. My son averagering 60 hour work weeks, joins one of our evenings to help cut metal sheeting.  He is grumpy and negative on every level.  I blow a gasket, share a handful of opinions and tell him he is reaking havoc on my mental diet. I must start over. Everyone laughs, and he mellows out.
  8. The color print does not turn out as expected. Need to adjust color spectrum. Next morning scheduled lunch date to show changes to daughters. We have half hour at the print shop to make this work before we are late.  I feel impatience surface. I have a choice, because I know what to do. The law of substitution to the rescue.photo copy 3
  9. We can find no boxes for easy mailing.  Check a handful of places, in and out of stores, nothing works to our satisfaction or pocketbook.

The list goes on and on.  But we persisted. “I will try, and try, and try again.  Each obstacle I will consider as a mere detour to my goal and a challenge…”(Mandino)

“Ideal must be sharp, clear-cut, definite.” (Haanel 11-6) Our gift finished. We gave detail to every aspect of this project. With intent we creatively fashioned something we imagined to be beautiful, and it was. “The intention governs the attention.”(Haanel 11-25)photo copy 2

We stayed focused through injury, sickness, through all obstacles we met. We persisted. The intention of our final product was better than expected, even last minute tweaking was necessary…and we did it. We gave our idea the attention. The outcome and detail was important to us.

“That a man can change himself, improve himself, re-create himself, control his environment, and master his own destiny is the conclusion of every mind who is wide-awake to the power of right thought in constructive action.” Larsen.

photo copy 4Manifesting. “The world without is a reflection of the world within.”(Haanel 1-8)

What is your world manifesting?

“Harmony in the world within will be reflected in the world without by harmonious conditions, agreeable surroundings, the best of everything.”(Haanel 1-9)

 

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Caterpillar or Butterfly? Live-wire or Circuit?

Where am I in this journey, this adventure we call life?  I have made wonderful progress. Although I haven’t decided whether I am still in the chrysalis I’ve encased myself in, or if I have broken free and I am letting my wings dry before I take flight.

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My thoughts have been somewhat arrested this week, but then again not really.  I have continued even with a foggy congested head to meditate, to delve deeper, just at a slower pace.
Between the readings of Haanel and Mandino, the exercises of the mental diet, the seven laws of the mind, all the kit and caboodle my mind is daily saturated in so many wonderful ways of change. As a caterpillar becomes the chrysalis, the hard work is evident. She works persistently wriggling about as she sheds her old skin, moving it up to where she is connected to the twig or leaf.  The chrysalis comes from within-just under her skin.  Her back splits open to allow the skin to move upward, for the inner is not  to be visible until the outer skin is removed. The old skin drops off and reveals the chrysalis. The reward for the work and PERSISTANCE is beauty. She is transformed from the ground bidden crawler, to the winged beauty.  Free to span new horizons, never before possible.


"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes

it has gone through to achieve that beauty. "

~Maya Angelou

Everywhere I turn in our studies everything is interwoven. As I review back through the Masterkey chapters, everything is building upon itself and then also repeated throughout the chapters.  The scrolls, Emerson’s essay on Compensation, our daily exercises all correlate with our study, bringing everything into harmony. My mind is satiated with truth, and laws.

I desire to be an open channel or circuit of the Universal.  Therefore living in harmony with the natural laws that the Great Architect put into our reality. My life is governed by laws that never vary, “Fixed laws underlie all human actions,” Haanel(11).

At one time I did not exist in the objective world-I was His creation, He gave me life through my parents. “Creation is the calling into existence of that which does not exist in the objective world..”(10:13).  My innerworld is in the process of unfoldment, development, and expression (1-8). “….we can do nothing to assist in the manifestation, we simply comply with the law, and the All-originating Mind (My God) will bring about the result.”(10:14) Here we see we contribute nothing.  God provides the ways and means, we are at liberty to create the Ideal.  Here we are to live by intention. We are a dangerous LIVE WIRE if we lack the understanding of the laws governing the invisible world. Polarization cannot be attained if we entertain thoughts out of harmony with the laws set into reality by the Great Architect of the Universe.  We become isolated, we are troubled on every side-NO CIRCUIT CONNECTION IS POSSIBLE.  No polarization occurs. I prefer HARMONY, the polarization for the circuit to be formed.  Herein lies the interplay of the Seven Laws of the Mind.  So we study, and we observe, and we see that all of life is constantly attracting to itself all the conditions and supply which are needed for the most complete expression(10-8).

So, what is the most complete expression, and what is it that guides and determines our actions? Is it not NEED, WANT, and DESIRE. These INDUCE, GUIDE, and DETERMINE our actions. (Haanel, chapter 11)

Our exercise this week was to meditate on the Bible verse found in Mark 11:24, Jesus says, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them and you will have them.”

It is important for me to ASK or DESIRE what is right, noble, and, courageous.  I remain the circuit for the Great Architect of the Universe, and I build with materials of the best kind, (Haanel 5).

What could be better than sitting still and at rest in the presence of the Great Architect of the Universe as the unfoldment of Truth is tapped from within. “This truth will find expression in noble purpose and courageous action,” (Haanel 7-21). As the circuit I am refreshed and revitalized, actually UNSTOPPABLE.  My mysterious mind that never sleeps is at work to create harmony, and abundance in all aspects of my life, all the while, the WATCHMAN at the Gate must be continuously vigilant.

So long as there is breath in me, that long will I persist, and I will transform with beautiful wings to fly.  I emerge to limitless opulent horizons.  fairybutterfly

 

 

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To Know And Be Confident

Festivities and activities are ramping upwomanchristmas for the busiest time of the year.  This time for me is just before Thanksgiving, and then through to the New Year. My challenge is to stay focused on the ‘real’ things, to continue the importance of my sit (a rich opulent time of building abundance and harmony in my life) and my daily reading (which fills my mind with my purpose), to put into my daily breathing; moment-by-moment The Mental Diet, and the wonderful laws of the mind. To rise above my insecurities about myself, about me, and to know and be confident that God is not finished with me. I have an enormous capacity for GROWTH because He will complete His work in me. (Philip 1:6) It is to His glory.  I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy as I dwell in Him(polarity-thought is the connecting link between the finite and the infinte), as I allow Him to be the conduit through not just my mind, but my heart. This is my inner world-my being, my spirit.

“Eye has not seen,

Ear has not heard,

Nor have entered into the heart of man

The things which God has prepared

For those who love Him.” (1Cor 2:9.)

nightstarsThis is one of my favorite Bible verses…just look and the magnitude of what it says. This is limitless. I am at liberty to be all I can be; what I will to be-with Him as the conduit. This universe is full of the law He put into my reality. These are established principles or laws at the fingertips of all humanity.

We are tested daily in the lives we live. So long as there is breath in me, I will persist. Each obstacle I will consider as a mere detour to my goal…I welcome them for they are my challenge. (Mandino)

“Yet in all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)

Excerpt from Mandino; I persist and I will succeed. Not just in sales, but more important to me in all of this life I am living!

What beauty to visualize my new reality as a service to others.  I am at liberty to let my kindness, and love be known to all men, especially during the hustle and bustle of this busy season.

womanchristmassnowMay God quiet my anxious heart during this very busy time of year, may I focus my mind and heart on what is TRUE, JUST, PURE, LOVELY, grabbing hold of GOOD REPORTS, finding VIRTUE & things to PRAISE in others around me & appreciating the beauty of nature all around me, then shouting it from the rooftops with enthusiasm…thus creating in me a desire to serve and create abundance in all those He brings into my sphere of influence. Therefore, thinking about these wonderful things, and watching them grow and multiply—because what I think about grows!

Sowing abundantly, reaping abundantly in life. You know there is action in sowing before reaping can occur. So here, like stated in Haanel 10-23, “This exercise consist in making an application of your knowledge. Knowledge will not apply itself. You must make the application.  Abundance will not come to you out of the sky…but a conscious realization of the law of attraction and the intention to bring it into operation for a certain, definite, and specific purpose, and the WILL to carry out this purpose will bring about the materialization of your desire by a natural law of transference.”

If I am in business this will increase and develop along regular channels.  I am looking forward to new and unusual channels of distribution that will be opening, when this law becomes fully operative in me. (Haanel) Here lies the necessity of the Law of Practice. “Perfect Practice Prevents Poor Performance.” With the constant flow, or you might say bombardment in the retraining of our blueprint, I get glimpses of new avenues or channels to grow our business, to visualize my new reality as a service to others. For me this exemplifies the importance of continually masterminding with my partner in business, with the added bonus that he is also my husband and lover.  I find invaluable the mastermind with the Courageous Diva’s; a group of likeminded gals from around this wonderful globe of ours, speaking one language of courage, transforming ourselves, as our old skin becomes dust and we walk tall among women. I find this creative and refreshingly mind bending at times. These meetings not only afford great opportunity to open channels to grow our individual businesses, but immeasurably broadening channels of opulence in our own personal lives, and families.

The value of a knowledge of cause and effect, is that it enables Women to plan courageously and execute fearlessly.

Wishing you a season filled with shouts from the rooftops. I’ll be there!

 

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DO IT NOWCOUNT YOUR BLESSINGS, NAME THEM ONE BY ONE

thanksgivingfamilyTHANKSGIVING  has been 24/7 activities of non-ending fun, lots of laughter and  treasured conversation with family & friends. It is now time to clean!!! My whole being feels it, and I am ready to DO IT NOW!  This post will be quite short, until I sit back at my computer with time to compose something more thought provoking.

Our days of Thanksgiving were wonderful.  The kids made it over two mornings in a row, and SERVED their parents breakfast.  And we are talking big breakfasts.  We felt spoiled with biscuits & gravy, bacon, sausage, and eggs, topped off with homemade espressos for those needing extra energy from the late night games, and then a movie or two.  espresso

Feeling wonderful in observation mode-watching facial expression and body language, there were few challenges with the mental diet-smoothly transitioning into the Law of Substitution when needed.  Remembering with ease what my momma use to say to me when I seemed moody or sad, "Geni, remember your blessings, name them one by one."   My momma started me early in the Law of Substitution. And I was unaware of it then.  But I would begin thinking of things immediately upon her suggestions, counting them on my fingers.

God is GOOD, and I am so blessed!!  My heart rejoices in the family and friends He has put into my life.  thanksgivingpoem

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A week of ADJUSTMENT-I was horrid

Haanel, Part Eight-three: ‘You may freely choose what you think, but the result of your thought is governed by an immutable law. Any line of thought persisted in CANNOT fail to produce its result in the character, health, and circumstances of the individual…” Well, The biggest adjustment of the week…

I failed miserably Monday night. Oh my, it was quite a site, and not pretty at all. Remember the poem of the girl with a curl attributed to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.angry2

“There was a little girl,

And she had a little curl

Right in the middle of her forehead.

When she was good

She was very very good,

And she was bad she was horrid.”

Well I was HORRID!  You would have thought I was a child, but no, to my chagrin I must admit I am not.  Although I behaved like one with the temper tantrum I was beset. I went to bed grumpy, there was no fixing me.

By morning light was I aright?  No!  I suffered through the day.  I refused to sit.  I was cognizant enough to observe myself, and my behavior. I was in outright rebellion to do what I knew was right. My feelings were hurt and that was it.  I have committed to memory the Seven Laws of the Mind, but I would not use them to my benefit. Eyes all watery, nose all sniffely, my heart a mess. I was miserable.  I needed to be fixed; I needed to be over this already!

An idea wriggled into my mind. My service for the week was to rake the back yard.  Perfect!  I rakingleavescoupleraked, then I mowed-to mulch the leaves I had raked, and then I carried too many loads of firewood from the back fence to the deck.  This had presented a problem. It had uncovered the picket fence that had not been set with chicken wire to keep our little dogs inside the yard.  This was another, ‘Do It Now’ incentive. After four hours of concentrated physical labor, I was on the mend. My husband could catch my eye, and I was a bit more chatty, but now exhausted. But oh no, working outside did not get dinner fixed, and it was past dinnertime.  Forget the shower, we dusted excess wood chips and leaves from our faces and clothes, and off we headed to Costco-Mesquite chicken wings would be our dinner fare tonight. Our bellies now satiated. Almost too tired to shower, ‘Do It Now’ auto piloted me through the process.  Finally snug in bed, we took turns reading The Greatest Salesman out loud. Noting quietly to myself, “Never allowing my heart to become small and bitter, rather I share it and it will grow and warm the earth.” Mandino, scroll #2. My husband was a gem, he was the non-judgmental observer, and kept on his mental diet without relapse when he was sorely tempted I am sure. For I had laid an obstacle before him—my thoughts were critical and destructive, and resulted in conditions of discord and inharmony. Haanel, Part Eight, five. And how was I to cultivate something different?  rainwashesmysoul"I love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I love the rain for it cleanses my spirit. I love the light for it shows me the way; yet I love the darkness for it shows me the stars. I welcome happiness for it enlarges my heart; yet I endure sadness for it opens my soul.  I acknowledge rewards for they are my due; yet I welcome obstacles for they are my challenge." Mandino, scroll #2.

My world without is a reflection of my world within. I want my world within to reflect all that is good, noble, and harmonious. What's in your world?Wintersolitude