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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 Red Ink Syndrome, is completely curable!  Oh sure, it can be masked using whiteout or keeping a lid on your imagination.  But it resides in the nooks and crannies of my being, easily triggered, counting on me to react when caught unawares.

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!!!  The more I practice, the more prepared I am.  I got this!

My R.I.S. didn’t just happen.  I have had it for decades. practiced it for the same length of time, yet –  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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Determination is in GRIT

Have you ever had a day full of realization, belief, camaraderie, unity, excitement, and tears?

Oh, I had a week of it!  And, yet, at the close, I was motivated beyond my self-inflicted restrictions to pursue that which is MINE!  Yes, that is called GRIT.

For days I have been recognizing it all around me.  In nature, in my community of fellow journeymen, each on their own Hero’s Journey, in art, in tools, in everything… in myself!  What?

Something I listed to do this week, was to sort, via trash, file, and give away, some things that I have neatly tucked away in the guestroom/office.  Being very intentional about what I REALLY should hold on to, I found this gem of a photo of me at my last half-marathon.

I  looked long and hard at the photo and ‘battleshipped’ it.  The revelation was so uplifting!  Allow me to give you some background.

My Thoughts, the Race, and the Results

It is New Year’s Eve day, the Pacific Northwest, Puget Sound, and its cloudy.  This was the last running race of the year.  My attitude about this run (13.1 miles) was that it was half the distance I normally ran, so, it would be a piece of cake!   (HA!)

I expected it would be a different sort of run because I was wearing so many more layers than I had at past races which were in the spring or summer.  Thoughts like, where should I attach my race bib, what if I get hot and need to shed some clothing, what if it rains, what if… AHHHH … ATTACHMENT! 

Wow! Here’s a thought!   “How about just start running when the horn blows and enjoy yourself?”  What a concept!!!

There are no words to describe the beauty that I saw.  The beautiful water of the Puget Sound, the ferry headed for Seattle, and the incredible greenery that seemed to roll right into the water.

I wish I could have lost myself in it, but the road had not been closed off to cars, so we runners had to be cognitive of 40 mph traffic.  Still it was so incredible!  And I was part of it!

Well, I wasn’t the first runner to finish, nor was I the last!  My philosophy about any race, is, once started, I must finish.  My goal:  to finish without needing an ambulance.  Goal accomplished!

And then the serendipity… I received an award for finishing first in my age group.  A surprise, because I did not realize I had moved into another age bracket.  I was thrilled, then asked how many runners were in my category.  The answer made me laugh (as caught in the photo), ‘You are the only one!’

This is the very culmination of a statement I had been saying for years – I don’t really love running, but I love, as I get older, I have fewer competitors.  BAM!  Manifestation!

So you can see, how, breaking down that scene and taking it back, bit by bit, to the beginning of my running journey, the challenges, the determination, and the victory showed GRIT.  No doubt there is much in you, too.

I have learned in this wonderful self-directed thinking course called Master Key Experience, to recognize qualities in others can only be done if you possess the quality yourself.  I accept!

Smiling, I am so grateful!  I am worthy!  I have GRIT!

So do you!  You will learn to find it through Master Key Experience.

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Choosing the Object of My Attention

Another day of choices. 

Lord, help me to be present, in the now, making this time better than the moment before.

I have no idea what is to come.  All I have is NOW!  The choices I make in the present may or may not be correct, but, either way, it is an opportunity to learn – so I have been taught through this course.

… and today was no exception.

Because I don’t go to the gym on the weekend, I knew I would need to schedule in a workout.  I had an online class to attend, so I knew I would have to run errands before the class began and do the fitness challenges after. 

If my husband was home, I would have to adjust the location in the house where I would do my workout.  Plus, there was a daily challenge of doing 100 each of push ups, sit ups, and squats,  in which I agreed to participate.

Today, in addition to the above, it was time to mow the  lawn.

The day began well with my normal routine – a bit of a workout, half of the 100s, reading a bit, and then sitting in thought for 15 minutes or more, known as my SIT. 

I had scheduled things around the online class. When the scheduled time for the class arrived, I discovered I was 24 hours early.   Well, that freed up my time to run a few more errands!

A Serendipitous Gift!

It was such a beautiful day.  Overcast and not too warm to enable a comfortable setting for outside work.  I decided to complete my 100s before going out to mow. 

It was at about this time the chatter (in my head) began.  There was great debate as to whether the lawn really needed mowing.  Maybe just do half of it.  The volume of the chatter increased but my thoughts were elsewhere.

I was thinking of my teammates.  I was thinking of my 100s community.  I was thinking of the fitness community. 

This prevented me from engaging with the chatter – a very good thing.   The chatter reached a crescendo when I had finished the front part of the lawn, you know, the part everyone can see. 

I was exhausted.  My shoulders were aching from pushing the mower up inclines and pulling it out from under thick blackberry bushes.  I could stop and do the rest tomorrow! 

“Really, Louise, just do the rest tomorrow.  You still have the rest of the 100s to do!  How are you going to be able to do them, as exhausted as you are?”

 Man!  Me, Myself, and I can be such irritating company, sometimes!

So, I chose to continue with my service.  I began to count the WINS. 

Every row I mowed, I congratulated myself that I was closer to the finish. 

Did I say I was exhausted?   You know I was!

Yet, I wasntoo exhausted to come back to finish the task at another time.

DO IT NOW!  Then, the important part – CELEBRATE!!!

Here in was my inspiration:

An attitude developed through practice of DO IT NOW! 

Of course I had a choice.  One always does.  The main thing is that I also had a team of incredibly exceptional people who I needed to report to.  Yes, they have my back, but, NO, they would not judge me, whatever I reported. 

I wanted to be able to look at myself at the end of the day and know, I stopped because I was DONE!

As determined as I am about starting something I won’t finish, I know beyond any doubt, having my team of support spurred me on!

We all have the desire to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.  We all have a desire for community.  We were not created to be alone.

I am so very grateful to be a part of a community of like mindedness, of support, of encouragement, transparency, and genuineness.

Choose wisely every day!!!

Master Key Experience – There is Nothing Like It!

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Week 16 – Imagination…

Another blog from the past to enjoy NOW!!!  One of my favorites.

The simple things

One of the great things about homeschooling my children was enjoying their endless imaginations.  One of the finest tools/materials we had were cardboard boxes.  What they created from the cardboard was amazing. 

It was so fun to observe how they would form, with their little hands, what had first been formed in their minds.  It was fascinating to watch.

My reasons

How could I put them in an institutional box to be molded into corporate thinking?  So, I ended up homeschooling all of them until they began university.

How I would love to tell you I had a higher purpose in homeschooling but it was, initially, the simple reason of not wishing to give those precious little minds over to be institutionalized.  I have absolutely no regrets.

Now, in retrospect, I know I was answering a call, even though I thought ‘I was doing my own thing’.  I was driven.

The power to create depends entirely upon spiritual power; there are three steps, idealization, visualization, and materialization.        Haanel 16:8

No reservations

Children have the unique ability to harness spiritual power without having to dig through labels, judgments, and self imposed limitations.

By the time we are in adulthood, we are carrying so many little packages of lies, others’ opinions, and judgements, we cannot even move well or breath with ease. 

Everything is possible

Now, at Week 16, some cement has come off, reminding me of limitless possibilities that exist in all of us – we need just to tap into it.

Again, I am grateful for all the small progressions and exercises we have learned in the past 18 weeks that created habits that loosened cement.  As the course continues, more cement drops off and my eyes are opened to those unlimited possibilities.

Visualization must, of course, be directed by the will, we are to visualize exactly what we want; we must be careful not to let the imagination run riot, imagination is a good servant but a poor master, and unless it is controlled it may easily lead us into all kinds of speculations and conclusions which have no basis or foundation of fact whatever.  Every kind of plausible opinion is liable to be accepted without any analytical examination and the inevitable result is mental chaos.   Haanel  16:35

Validation

This is a validation of why our Definite Major Purposes need to be so specific, descriptive, and full of emotion.  This keeps the power harnessed to manifest our vision.

The unabashed creativity flowing from the imagination of my children would sometimes result in a combination of admiration for resourcefulness and horror.

A delightful and horrifying story

In the earlier years of child rearing, this happened:

Working in their creative corner for a while, I was summoned by some very excited cherubs to see their creation.  It was a small village, made of cardboard, brightly painted buildings, with thatched roofs.  …THATCHED ROOFS!!!!????

“Mommy, don’t you love our village?  We made it like olden times in England.”  “Hummm, nice paint.  Very cute…”   “And look!  We made the roof of the houses like straw, like we were reading about!”

The statement was delivered with such pride and excitement.  “Yes, yes, but where did you get…”  (I pause.  I gasp!)  That is when I knew exactly where the thatching material came from.

Looking at the sweet, excited faces of my two redheads, then looking at the roofs, I needed only to look a bit closer to see which one donated a portion of her hair to the project.

I was completely taken by their creativity and horrified by their method.

From their perspective?  A thought, coupled with belief and feeling, and put into action resulted in EXACTLY what they had in mind.

It was a success!

I certainly was not going to dampen the moment, although I did immediately make an appointment with a hair salon specializing in children’s hair.

Visualize it

This memory is what came to mind when I read Haanel – we are to visualize exactly what we want…  There was no stopping those wee artists when they wanted to thatch the roofs of their village.

There was no strategy.  There was thought, vision, and implementation.

As the cement falls away and I believe I am nature’s greatest miracle, I am closer to gaining freedom from the bonds of mechanics and free to follow my bliss .

Kindness Week

The week of Kindness coupled with Haanel’s exercise

(16:37) to realize the important fact that hamony and happiness are states of consciousness…

makes for an absolutely joyous week!

Finding

the Truth which makes me Free from every lack or limitation of any kind. (Haanel 16:37)

Peace!

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Week 15 – Thoughts, Words, and Goosebumps?

Haanel 15:20 We know that the Universal Thought has for its goal the creation of form, and we know that the individual thought is likewise forever attempting to express itself in form, and we know that the word is a thought form, and a sentence is a combination of thought forms, therefore, if we wish our ideal to be beautiful or strong, we must see that the words out of which this temple will eventually be created are exact, that they are put together carefully, because accuracy in building words and sentences is the highest form of architecture in civilization and is a passport to success.

Thoughts

The thoughts are strong in me (as I summon my inner Star Wars speak).  I can see the authentic world within but when I begin to describe it on paper, refining my DMP, I am at a lose.

The words that come through my hand, when read, are dry and tasteless.  When I read them silently or out loud, there is the desire to shrug my shoulders.

Words are building blocks

I love Jane Austen.  Her writing is so clear and concise.  Her use of words in written conversations and in all her descriptions paint beautiful pictures, leaving no lack.

“Elizabeth’s mind was too full for conversation, but she saw and admired every remarkable spot  and point of view. They gradually ascended for half a mile, and then found themselves at the top of a considerable eminence, where the wood ceased, and the eye was instantly caught by Pemberley House, situated on the opposite side of a valley, into which the road, with some abruptness, wound. It was a large, handsome, stone building, standing well on rising ground, and backed by a ridge of high woody hills; — and in front, a stream of some natural importance was swelled into greater, but without any artificial appearance. Its banks were neither formal, nor falsely adorned. Elizabeth was delighted. She had never seen a place for which nature had done more, or where natural beauty had been so little counteracted by an awkward taste. They were all of them warm in their admiration; and at that moment she felt that to be mistress of Pemberley might be something!”  (Pride & Prejudice, Chapter 1, Volume III)

Painting a picture

Isn’t that beautiful?  With the careful choice of words,  I see exactly what Elizabeth sees.  I feel how she feels about what she sees.  Words describing thoughts, in this case, forming scenes and emotions in the mind.

I want to do this with my DMP.  I want to be moved by the emotion and vision to feel goosebumps.

I have the vision.  I know how I feel about it.  There is something that happens between the heart and my hand that does not happen between the brain and the mouth.  It is time for me to put to paper that which is flowing out of my heart…with BELIEF!

I am nature’s greatest miracle!

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Week 13 & 14 – Thoughts of old and NEW

As I was composing this blog to incorporate my thoughts of leaving the old and entering the new, I read the following post by Zoro, an accomplished musician and performer. Known as Zoro, the Drummer, he shared some profound words that resonated with me. I would like to share them with you.

“Happy New Year!

And How To Get The Most Out of 2021!

2020 was a difficult and unprecedented year for all of us, but it is in the past now.

We have no choice but to move into the start of 2021.

What we CAN do

To get the most out of it we need to recalibrate our mind-set and cultivate a winning and positive attitude, not easily achieved in the face of adversity and uncertainty.

Focus on developing your true natural gifts rather than pursuing passions for which you are not gifted.

Spend more time actually thinking rather than just reacting out of sheer emotion.

Don’t waste your energy on heated arguments with people whose minds you’ll never change.

Be not merely interested in the acquisition of knowledge, but rather commit yourself to the application of practical wisdom that can actually change your life.

To know is not necessarily to do. The latter requires action.

Walk in grace by choosing to overlook the minor faults and offenses of others and rid yourself of the victim mentality that cripples so many and keeps them in a place of stagnation.

Instead, spend more time loving, forgiving, and maturing, for therein lies the keys to forward momentum, personal satisfaction and a sense of well-being.

Muster up the necessary courage to face your fears head on and you’ll be rewarded with an unbelievable confidence that cannot be purchased.

Visualize yourself breaking new ground and you will, for as a man thinks, so he is.

Time is the only commodity we have that cannot replenish itself. It comes in a limited supply. What we waist will never come back to us.

So stop squandering yours on meaningless activity and replace it with efforts that will make a positive difference on this planet.

Spend more of it taking small strategic steps toward a new goal of some kind and being a better person because those are the only things we have control over.

Lastly, walk by faith and never ever abandon hope. To be without either is like trying to live without oxygen or water.

In the same manner these elements are necessary for physical life, faith and hope are vital to health of the human spirit. Without them and some sense of optimism, you will be sentenced to walking the earth aimlessly in a morbid state of despair.

Remember, today is the beginning of the rest of your life and you will never live your greatest life or reach your full potential as a human being by accident.

Remember the old adage, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” The tough choices you make from here on out will determine the course of this coming year and the rest of your life, so choose wisely and remember you have more inner strength than you think you do.

And tough times give you the opportunity to mine it out.

I wish you all a truly blessed 2021 and a year of tremendous growth, breakthrough, and victory.

May it be filled with love, peace, hope, vision, restoration, purpose, acceleration and fulfillment!

Happy New Year to Each of You! Zoro”

In other words, each of us has our own journey. Each of us has our own purpose. Each of us is responsible for our own choices.

The universe awaits our miraculous input!

I am nature’s greatest miracle! Og Mandino

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