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Connecting the Dots

fortunecookieEach week we are to schedule time with our spouse and family.  We’ve enjoyed this time with each other and with our grown kids.  For me it is the highlight of my busy week between the “Main Thing” and my MKMMA homework. This last week, my husband Luther and I enjoyed sushi at Legends of Asia.  At the end of our meal as usual we split our fortune cookies and we both found great fortunes that support our journey in MKMMA.  Can you read what they say?  Isn’t that amazing? With our grown kids the past couple of weeks we’ve enjoyed making memories learning to play a new game-which actually kept us up to the wee hours of the morning-way too much fun, and also enjoying the movies with a meal or coffee afterwards to chat, and even a long nature walk with our dogs, between us all, 7 dogs. I believe our kids are enjoying their parents holding back opinions, or seeing us bite our tongues(When we are tempted to criticize).

 

attitudeNo opinions-Be a silent non-judgmental observer, No negative thoughts or words, No criticism.  Putting into play the Seven Laws of the Mind; my constant companions  this week have been the Law of Substitution, Law of Forgiveness, and the Law of Growth.  The mental house cleaning is of utmost importance-kind of remembering to keep short accounts-like 7 seconds or start over! This takes me back so many years.  When the kids were young and sibling rivalry was a daily fair to be addressed, this was a verse we committed to memory. “Let no corrupt communication nothingnicetosayproceed out of your mouth, but what is good for the necessary edification, and impart grace to the hearers.  Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be KIND to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another”…(Eph 4:29,31,32.)  There was also a little poem we learned together. We were home educating and using “A Guide to American Christian Education” The Principle Approach.

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Love Between Brothers and Sisters
(by Isaac Watts)

Whatever brawls disturb the street,
There should be peace at home;
Where sisters dwell, and brothers meet,
Quarrels should never come.

Birds in their little nests agree;
And ’tis a shameful sight,
When children of one family
Fall out, and chide, and fight.

Hard names at first, and threat’ning words,
That are but noisy breath,
May grow to clubs and naked swords,
To murder and to death.

The devil tempts one mother’s son
To rage against another:
So wicked Cain was hurry’d on
‘Till he had kill’d his brother.

The wise will make their anger cool,
At least before ’tis night;
But in the bosom of a fool
It burns till morning-light.

Pardon, O Lord, our childish rage
Our little brawls remove;
That, as we grow to riper age,
Our hearts may all be love.readinggranma

And then scroll #2 in Mandino’s book is so alive for me.  The greatest secret of success is greeting the day with love in my heart. Three times daily the ways and means of --How will I do this, How will I speak, How will I act, How will I react to others actions,  and How will I confront each whom I meet-seeps into that mysterious source that NEVER sleeps?

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To connect the dots the action is LOVE.  In love we are able to master our own tongue, to be the non-judgmental observer, no negative thoughts or words, nor criticism to slip past our lips. If all creation; the stars, the birds, the wind, and the sea-rather all nature-speaks with music for their Creator, I also can join the chorus and sing to His children. (Mandino, page 60) This truly changes my life. This creates a focus, a defining compass.  People matter, All people! I promise to give hope for joy, affluence, kindness, and love, consciously with every encounter, regardless of the brevity. (The Giving Card)

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PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

“I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or practice-makes-perfectto learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one's being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes, in some area, an athlete of God. Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.”
Martha Graham

We are coming to the end of our sixth week in the Master Key System course.  This week was especially challenging for me. I was continually taken back to a portion of Mandino’s book, Scroll #2 that has carried me through this week and last week, it is the end of the fourth paragraph on page 59, “…I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge.

vintage-writerMy obstacle was the News Release.  Why?  I don’t know.  I felt I had to research what a news release was, how a person is interviewed.  What kind of questions they ask. I learned it is a profile that a journalist does when interviewing a person. They prepare by having many more questions than they will need to ask.  They also do their research, so they know about the person before they will be interviewing. They’ve done their homework if they want to do well when asking questions, and even knowing what questions to ask to prompt a flow of conversation for the person of interest. Then my concern was who will interview me.  So I checked into the college I graduated from many years ago. They interview successful alumni. But I did not stay in my field of study. Then I checked out Entrepreneurial sites, they had some interesting information.  I learned the five characteristics to be an Entrepreneurial Leader.

  1. Vision: a dissatisfaction with the present
  2. Knowing and Taking advantage of your unfair advantages.
  3. Ability to get people on board and add to the vision.
  4. Flexibility to adapt, openness to feedback and the ability to learn.
  5. Persistence and Execution. The long-term vision, ethical compass, but relentlessly focus on the activities to get them to their vision here and now.

Then I reviewed my own story.  How did I get from my past to where I am in my present?  Then I studied my DMP, and this journey I am traveling currently.  Took note of where I want to go, dug deep into my vision, re-evaluated my personal pivotal needs. Then considered how to fast forward, where would I be in the future?  Just short of 14 days my routine was, I woke up thinking, I walked through my day thinking, and I went to bed thinking. A small breakthrough came during a sit.  Who to interview me?  Sit, relax, breathe, do mental house cleaning, build on a strong foundation, practice, focus.  The answered flowed in, and I examined it.  How did it feel? How would this work?  Hmmm, thinking.  You know these two, so you must ask permission.  I did.  They resoundingly said yes.  And I cried.  Oh, silly me.  I felt I could write now. Actually the thoughts came easily, and why not, I am telling my own story.  I wanted to share more detail, but stopped.  The rest I can continue to build.  I accept daily liberty to think, plan, and express my dreams; pleasurably manifesting them into tangible actions, events, and conditions. I have experienced a release now that my News Release is posted.  It is not done, but I am no longer fretting. I am guessing it will continual to evolve, just as my DMP, alongside my own growth.

In the Seven Laws of the Mind, the Law of Practice has been my constant companion through my Master Key Journey.  It says practice makes perfect.  The 5 P’s-Perfect Practice Prevents Poor Performance. And just like Wooden shares, I will find most of it is practice, the rest of it is work.Starry_Night

Not only this week, but from Week One, Practice and Work have been my constant companions and will continue to be through this journey called LIFE. I have welcomed the obstacles, the challenges have been met directly.  “I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars.” Mandino, Scroll #2.

Today I begin a NEW Life.  I meet each sunrise with Enthusiasm & Contentment, this is my Desire, and it pleases me. I exude JOY, and LOVING smiles appear genuinely for all in my sphere of influence. My heart is overflowing with gratitude, I am rejoicing with a song in my heart every day.  I keep my promises. Geni Lynn Witt

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BE PATIENT, Persistence will win, but persistence requires that you practice.

Good DirectionI do not want to drift as part five states (5:2).  If my subconscious can and will solve any problem, I must know how to direct it.

We are in full-blown examination and consideration about all that is the mind; thought, be it conscious or subconscious.  Yes, there have been countless thousands of impressions, ideas, prejudices, and similar thoughts received. (Haanel 5-1,6) What have I stored away? Is it good, is it bad? Is it positive or negative?  I wish I could say I have stored nothing away but courageous thought. But that is not the case.  So what to do?  Haanel says a mental housecleaning is in order, and it is to be done every day.  The outcome of the daily housecleaning is a suitable environment for all that is good and positive. Now I am able to build a firm foundation.  I want my thoughts, the meditations of my heart to be on things that are TRUE, NOBLE, JUST, PURE, LOVELY. And I desire for my eyes to observe where there is VIRTUE, to see what is PRAISEWORTHY.  “The Giving Card” what a treasure, it encompasses all essence mentioned above.  The poem, ‘IF YOU WERE’ shares from the perspective; giving to others from our heart, cheers no only others, but also illuminates our own heart with good.  May we be cheerful, enthusiastic givers, because we can’t out-give God.

motherreadingIf You Were Busy Being Kind

If you were busy being kind,
Before you knew it you would find
You’d soon forget to think ’twas true
That someone was unkind to you.

If you were busy being glad
And cheering people who seem sad,
Although your heart might ache a bit,
You’d soon forget to notice it.

If you were busy being good,
And doing just the best you could,
You’d not have time to blame some man
Who’s doing just the best he can.

if you were busy being true
To what you know you ought to do,
You’d be so busy you’d forget
The blunders of the folks you’ve met.

If you were busy being right,
You’d find yourself too busy quite
To criticize your brother long,
Because he’s busy being wrong.

-R. Foreman

Socrates believed beauty is a thing that “slips in and permeates our souls.”

Generations of young Americans memorized from McGuffey’s Second Reader.(McGuffey)

We used these readers for our own children. Socrates idea is evident in this simple poem.

childrenhelpingBEAUTIFUL

Beautiful faces are they that wear

The light of a pleasant spirit there;

Beautiful hands are they that do

Deeds that are noble, good, and true;

Beautiful feet are they that go

Swiftly to lighten another’s woe.

I will not drift, a mental house cleaning is the order of the day, every day.  I will make progress. “The more we give, the more we get” . Like the athlete who wishes to get strong must make use of the strength he has, and the more he gives the more he will get.(Haanel 5:25)

solitudethinkingI am patiently practicing perseverance!

PRACTICE:

  1. To perform certain acts frequently or customarily, either for instruction, profit or amusement.
  2.  To form a habit of acting in any manner.

PATIENCE: 

  1. The primary sense in continuance, holding out, from extending.
  2. The act or quality of waiting long for justice or expected good without discontent.

 PERSEVERANCE:

  1. To pursue steadily any design or course commenced; not to give over or abandon what is undertaken.
  2. Constant in the execution of a purpose or enterprise.

The three P’s defined from Noah Webster’s First Edition of an American Dictionary of the English Language 1828

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stock-vector-granny-knows-retro-clip-art-illustration-149104391If you make up your mind TO DO something, DO IT.  If you START, SEE IT THROUGH.

A warning is given in MK 4:12…"If you do not intend to do a thing, do not start; if you do start, see it through even if the heavens fall; if you make up your mind to do something, do it; let nothing, no one, interfere…"

When we lived in Arizona before 1996, we joined a new church, being new to the area.  We had a surprise visit from the Pastor, and a deacon.  As we visited, and got to know one another a bit better, the pastor turned his attention to my three children sitting beside me.  He shared that his mother had taught him a little poem when he was a young boy. He wondered if they might like to hear it.  The three agreed with full attention on this older man.  He began,

 

“When a task is once begun.chore

Never leave it till it's done.

Be the labor great or small.

Do it well or not at all.” Anonymous

He continued to work with each one of them, ‘till they could repeat it to him without flaw or hesitation.  Do you know what?  My three grown children still know that little poem the Pastor had been taught from his mother, and he so diligently passed onto them.

They have even shared with me that they feel guilty sometimes.  They may go to do something, some little task and come up short, remembering that poem. For one daughter (much later as a teenager) it was simply putting folded dishtowels in the kitchen drawer.  She didn’t really want to do the chore, and certainly would rather have placed them roughly into their place.  But that little poem popped into her conscious mind from her subconscious past reasoning and prompted her she must do it well or not at all.  She placed each dishtowel delicately into its place as nice and neat as you please. The die was cast, she was determined.  There was no longer any argument in her mind.

Here are three character traits at work, as “I” plays its role to settle a matter.

DEPENDABILITY vs. Inconsistency: Fulfilling what I consented to do, even if it means unexpected sacrifice.

DETERMINATION vs. Faintheartedness: Purposing to accomplish what I have started, regardless of the opposition.

DILIGENCE vs. Slothfulness: Investing my time and energy to complete each thing I have said “I” would do.(Character First Training paraphrased)

So, “I can be what I will to be.” I will to be DEPENDABLEI will to be DETERMINED.  I will to be DILIGENT.

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THANK YOU, for STARTING this post, and seeing it through.  Geni

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thomasTroward200wWeek Three Reading; our first paragraph begins with, "The necessary interaction of the conscious and subconscious mind require a similar interaction between the corresponding systems of nerves"...and then a mention of the name Judge Troward, and his explanation, “The cerebro-spinal system is the organ of the conscious mind and the sympathetic is the organ of the subconscious. The cerebro-spinal is the channel through which we receive conscious perception from the physical senses and exercise control over the movements of the body.  This system of nerves has its centre in the brain.”

I was curious…Why did Haanel quote him?

Who was Judge Troward?

Well, with a bit of research I discovered quite a bit.  I will share a very small portion of my discovery. He was born in Punjab, India in 1847. He wrote several books or lectures; The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science, The Dore Lectures on Mental Science, The Creative Process of the Individual, and The Hidden Power & Other Papers on Mental Science to name a few.

I discovered this excerpt from http://thomastroward.wwwhubs.com

“Thomas Troward was Her Majesty's Assistant Commissioner and later Divisional Judge of the North Indian Punjab from 1869 until his retirement in 1896. It is this later period for which he is best remembered and most celebrated; in it he was at last able to devote himself to his great interest in metaphysical and esoteric studies.

The most notable results were a few small volumes that have had a profound effect on the development of spiritual metaphysics, in particular that of the the New Thought Movement, of which the teaching known as Science of Mind is Troward's most direct legacy.

On May 16, 1916, at the age of 69, Thomas Troward passed from this plane. He will be recognized in history as a contributing influence to Religious Science, the New Thought Movement in the United States and Great Britain, and also, to some extent, to the more liberal ideas of the Church of England.”

Judge Troward's brilliance was captured by Charles E. Haneel in our Master Key System. In his earlier years he was her Majesty's Assistant Commissioner, followed by many years as a Divisional Judge.  It was after retirement in his later years he went on to be called an "Early Teacher of Mental Science".

"Today I pluck grapes of wisdom from the tallest and fullest vines in the vineyard, for these were planted by the wisest...." Scroll One, Og Mandino.

Perhaps you will consider Judge Troward as one of the wisest to have planted...

 

Herein lies my journey thus far...

Evaluating myself this past week, I’ve discovered since removing myself from the corporate world in late 2012, I’ve predominantly been out of my comfort zone. In a way that seems a bit of an oxymoron, for going to work everyday-being at my job, and working for someone else-being a cog in the wheel to make someone else a success, became uncomfortable for me. It started as a whisper, but the whisper became louder, more difficult to silence or ignore.  I accepted the call to action with a bit of trepidation, as it was stepping into the unknown.

Here I am experiencing week two of the Master Key journey.  I see myself in every page of Mandino’s book.  Maybe a bit more each day due to reading so often.  How often has my conscious mind, “the watchman at the gate” of my subconscious mind not remained on guard?  What nonsense has been allowed to wreak havoc and allow me to believe things that are not true? Part Two in Haneel, The Master Key System states the importance of guarding the subconscious mind from false impressions.  This week it seems all my shortcomings have come to the forefront and assailed me from every side.  “I’ve suffered the bruises of failure, and the wounds of mediocrity.” (Chapter 8,page 51). I have stumbled this week and have found myself wallowing in the pools of self-pity. (Chapter 8, page 53).

I will not name these things for you or myself.  I will not say them allowed or type them.  It is enough that they have made themselves known to my mind. “Time teaches all things to him who lives forever…yet within my allotted time I must practice the art of patience for nature acts never in haste…And for experience…her lessons diminish with the time necessary to acquire her special wisdom.” (Chapter 8, page 53)

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So PATIENCE it is that I must practice.  I reject these false premises.  “…The sure method of overcoming them is by the use of a strong counter suggestions, frequently repeated, which the mind must accept…(Haneel, week2:23).  “Only principles endure and these I now possess…good habits are the key to all success.”(Chapter 8, page 54).   I will continue until I have gained complete mastery of these principles and I am slave to good habits.

These principles, these good habits as I repeat them daily will become part of my active mind, but even more exciting to me; they will seep into my subconscious(my solar plexus)the other part of my mind that never sleeps, where my dreams will be created with right thinking. (Chapter 8, page 56)

“Today I begin a new life…I will drink as instructed and spill not a drop.  And the seed of success I will swallow…"(Chapter 8, page 57)

 

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Bridge

Life is a journey.  There are many journeys we travel in this life.  The journey of childhood, single-hood, marriage, middle age, old age, poverty, riches, etc.  You may pick a theme, and travel your own personal journey through the months, maybe years, and still, maybe a lifetime.

So you may ask, "Just what kind of journey are we talking about here?" I am glad you asked. I will say, "It is my journey." It is a journey on purpose, and a journey of principles.  It is a journey of change and discovery.

It has almost been a year that I've walked with my husband into new territory.  A foreign territory to me, sales.  But who better to walk through instruction with, and learn superior skills from than Mark J., originator of Grow90Grow. Then a longer journey was purposed.  This is a journey of Decisiveness.  A scholarship was available, but it had to be earned.  I was in earnest. A scholarship I received, and with much gratitude to Mark J, Davene, and the rest of the Go90Grow Team.

I have approached this first week with two emotions; excitement and trepidation. Oh my, I am 55 years old, and I am going back to school. I purchased the required school supplies with the giddiness of a school girl. I even took pictures to send to family and friends. But in all seriousness, much is required of me.

Although the lessons, the webcasts, the reading, and writing are arduous, I find them enjoyable.  After HOURS of setting Objectives, Actions, Times, and setting the Schedule--things began falling into place.

From the Master Key System written by Charles E. Haanel we learn, "The world without is a reflection of the world within...We are related to the world within by the subconscious mind. The Solar Plexus is the organ of this mind.." I am beginning to see IDEAS in a new light. "What Power do my thoughts have over my life?"  So, I will be training my brain.

I never took a class in Philosophy or Metaphysics in college, but I think I am traveling down that avenue currently.

Taking the Liberty to sit and THINK, this is an exhilarating exercise for me.  This is a requirement of me now...to do this every day without fail.  "To think on what?" you might ask.  My answer, " ...whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever thing 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--meditate on these things."Philippians 4:8--That is excitingly broad in its spectrum!

Og Mandino's book, The World's Greatest Salesman in the World is daily reading as well.  The story is fascinating, and the scrolls enclosed within the ancient writings hold great interest for me.

I will learn a new principle every thirty days, and thoroughly acquaint myself with it, so as it becomes a habit.  A good habit.  Have you heard of Bill Gothard?  When our kids were young, while we were home educating them--we attended several Basic Life Principle Workshops, and later the Advanced Training Institute.  The focus seems similar to the Master Key System, Living by Principle, and Living on Purpose. What is my Major Definite Purpose? What is my Burning Desire in life?.."...bringing every THOUGHT into captivity to the obedience of Christ..." 2 Corinthians 5.

My journey continues...You are put on notice...My Solar Plexus never sleeps.  Now how exciting is that?