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Week 9 – Recovery is a Choice

“I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy!”   I am, I am, I am!!!

When I came to MKE Week 9, I had a niggling feeling of something that just did not set well with me.  I ignored it, prioritized something else, or became really busy and forgot about it, but it remained.

As I embraced each new exercise, refined my DMP, steadfastly and stubbornly claimed my new blueprint, that niggling continued.   What is it?  Why is it?

So here it is.  The beginning of recovery is to ADMIT I have a problem.  This ‘thing’ is from my old blueprint.  The closer I got to parts of my DMP, the more it attempted to take over.

My name is Louise.  I am in recovery and gaining victory from R.I.S.(Red Ink Syndrome)!   Its a start.

Law of Substitution:  We cannot think about 2 things at the same time.  If a negative thought enters your mind ~ try to think about God instead.  If that is too big a reach at the time, use any fond memory or other pleasant thought.  Jesus, the Master Teacher, said, “Resist not evil” ~ meaning turn from it and think about something else instead.

Admitting is a beginning, but I needed to choose to do something about it.  And that is where my gratitude kicks in, big time.  This R.I.S., is completely curable.  Oh sure, it can be masked using whiteout or keeping a lid on your imagination.

I HAVE TOOLS to deal with this, constantly.  My tools are masterfully crafted and assembled.  These tools are at my finger tips.  All I need to do is CHOOSE to utilize them.  The cost?  Wholeness, Perfection, Strength, Power, Love, Harmony, and Happiness.  I am so grateful!!!

My R.I.S. didn’t just happen.  I have had it for decades – and I didn’t even know it!!!  I am grateful for the diagnosis, but I am more grateful for the tools to combat it.

I GET to choose to utilize my tools.  I GET to concentrate on my new friend, my authentic self.  I GET to fill my mind with beautiful bright shapes, with thought provoking words that cause my heart to soar, with familiar truths put in the correct perspective, and with the truth

that the only way to get love is by giving it, that the more you give the more you will get, and the only way in which you can give it, is to fill yourself with it, until you become a magnet.  (Haanel 9:16)

Niggling feeling, I know what you are.  Niggling feeling, you are being crowded out by,

I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.

Niggling feeling, we are done!

I am a grateful, recovering, R.I.S.er.

Happy Season of Gratitude!!!

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Week 8 – Deconstruction

Where does it begin?

Haanel 8:29  It is the few who know that the things which they see are only effects, and understand the causes by which these effects were brought into existence.

Deconstructing the battleship was, initially, a challenging exercise.  After a couple of sits, the greater challenge was breaking down the process beyond the blueprint stage, taking it all the way back to the beginning….the thought.  And then the question, was it a single thought or a collective thought?  Bottom line….it began with THOUGHT.

I applied the battleship exercise to my DMP.  This turned out to be a very revealing exercise.  My mind was jammed with thoughts.  Some of absolutely no use, but it was hard to decipher because it was all so tightly packed in my head.

Refining with enthusiasm

It took several sits to just separate each thought, set it out along with all the others, to be viewed completely.  Eliminating became imperative. The pruning was painful but very productive.

I am as close as I have ever been to my completely refined DMP.   I welcome the questions from Mastermind partners.  If I want my desired effect, I need to pin point the causes with ENTHUUUUSSSIAAASM!

The path

Being faithful, meaning consistent, with ENTHUUUUSSSIAAASM, practicing every exercise, focusing on my ideal self and how amazing that feels, IS the path to the change which I desire.

I have had it backwards.  It is not about achieving to feel…..FEEL with ENTHUUUUSSSIAAASM, that is the achievement, and all else falls into place.

Law of Environment

If you create the right environment, the things that belong in the environment will show up.

Make it so!

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Week 7 – the Love Scroll

Every morning, after I have read Scripture, I read The Greatest Saleman in the World by Og Mandino. It is a bit of brillient writing.

I greet this day with love in my heart. Og Mandino

I love putting this in my heart. What a terrific way to set my attitude aright! Those nine words cover so much. I have had a lot of fun observing the positive affect the phrase has on my attitude and those around me and who I encounter.

The ripple effect

With love in my heart I silently say to each person I meet, I love you. This puts a smile on my face and a twinkle in my eye. The ripple has begun and the person who I am addressing, returns my silent greeting with a smile.

No end

That smile fills me with joy and I stand a little taller, walk more confidently, and I am happy. All who see me, greet me. ALL are affected by the love that I continue to express in silence. They experience they are unable to hold it to themselves, thus, they share it.

Mining the soul

This is the beginning of a good heart cleanse. How can you receive such a fulfilling sense of joy and still not address the ‘uncomfortable’? That being the unforgiveness that has been harbored for so long, I was thinking it is just the natural landscape that is my life. But I don’t want it! So dig deep!

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That unforgiveness had existed for so long, I really believed it was just a natural thing. But practicing this Scroll (2) has allowed reflection and another bit of self discovery.

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Week 6 – ATTENTION, ATTENTION, ATTENTION!

Attention or concentration is probably the most important essential in the development of mind culture.  The possibilities of attention, when properly directed, are so startling, that they would hardly appear credible to the uninitiated.  The cultivation of attention is the distinguishing characteristic of every successful man or woman, and is the very highest personal accomplishment which can be acquired.  Haanel 6:19

Concentration

If I stare at the above image with complete focus, there is an illusion of movement.  The power of concentration has become more and more scarce with the development and availability of electronic devices that feed our appetites of instant gratification.

However, all is not lost.  As Haanel so succinctly writes, it

is the very highest personal accomplishment which can be acquired.

Small Achievements

Through the little exercises of this Master Key Experience, I develop small achievements.  These achievements, also called SUCCESS, build up ever so subtly.

Then,  one day, I find myself standing tall, head high, and excited about the future, even though, that thing I thought was ‘success’, that was always out of my reach, is still not attained.  BUT, the size of it seems so very small and manageable.

What changed?

My attention/concentration.  By focusing on the object of my desire and consistently taking baby steps to that end, I arrive at what I have always thought to be impossible.

Here it is, right in front of me.  All because I cultivated my attention on moving forward toward my goal, without wasting thought on the HOW.

So grateful!!!

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Week 5 – No Opinion?

Is that even possible?  It certainly is a challenge… for me!

For over a year, I have had a note card with red lettering on it spelling – NO OPINION, taped to the border of my computer screen.  I needed, and still need, this reminder in my line of vision.

Not an easy exercise

When I learned to respond with a question rather than an answer, my opinion, my interactions took a very interesting, productive, and positive course.

I discovered people really want to feel important.  People really do want to be heard.

I see you

I love the greeting of the Zulu, Sawubona, meaning, “I see you.”

Sawubona: All my attention is with you.  I see you and I allow myself to discover your needs, to see your fears, to identify your mistakes and accept them.  I accept you for what you are and you are part of me.  

This is what we  want – to be seen, to be acknowledged.

So when I thought of this exercise of having no opinion, I convinced myself I was going to have to practice silence, which is not an easy task for this YELLOW!

I had to face it

Giving my opinion, even when asked, is purely egotistical.  Unless I am an expert on the subject, I have much to learn.

Really, the only subject upon which I can speak with any expertise, and sometimes the jury is still out on that, is myself.  I am happy to share about my experiences, but to be asked what I think, I am happy to have the opportunity to respond with a question I heard so often from my wonderful mentors.

What do you think?

No, I do not need to take a vow of silence.  I engage by loving, giving and encouraging.  Doing otherwise would be contrary to the Law of Compensation, an eye opening essay by Emerson.

‘All things are double, one against another… love for love.   Give and it shall be given you.  He that watereth shall be watered himself… If you put a chain around the neck of a slave, the other end fastens itself around your own.’

To me, the chain is my opinion and it asphyxiates me.

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given you.  Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into you lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”  Luke 6:37-38

What goes around comes around.   No need for me to be silent.

I need to humbly love, listen, and learn.

To change my mind is to change my life.

SAWUBONA!

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Week 4 – Embracing the new…

As many times as I have read The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino, one would think I should have it memorized.

Yet, every time, a new thought rises from a page and sets itself apart.  It is fascinating how that happens!

How to form a habit

When I was first introduced to Haanel, Mandino, the Sit, Shapes, Colors, and Note cards, the repetitive actions were a mere check list.  Over time and practicing consistency, a habit has formed.

This habit has opened doors and windows in my psyche that seemed non existent – making the Sit (being in absolute silence and thoughtfulness) my absolutely favorite part, which is not missed, no matter what.

Embracing good habits

Practicing these good habits fills every part of me, pushing bad habits out and leaving no room for them to return.  This is in line with my favorite scripture from  Matthew 12: 43 – 45,

When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through dry places, seeking rest, but finds none.  The it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’  And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order.  Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the state of that person is worse than the first…

A most excellent journey

It is important to fill our subconscious with good thoughts, which  form good habits,  which result in  the good journey to a good and fulfilling life.

 This makes so much sense

I push out the negative, destructive, and  discouraging behaviors (bad habits), by bringing in the positive, uplifting, and encouraging behaviors (good habits).

Unless you do this, you had better not start at all, because modern psychology tells us that when we start something and do not complete it, or make a resolution and do not keep it, we are forming the habit of failure; absolute, ignominious failure. 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; the “I” in you has determined, the thing is settled; the die is cast, there is no longer any argument.  Haanel 4:12

Keep at it!

It is only for 6 months.  The months are going to pass by anyway – it is time to stop doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result (= insanity).

Filling myself with readings and sitting, has fueled my excitement for tomorrow.

The picture of my tomorrow is being refined!

I am blessed!

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