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Week 22, 23, 24 – What happened to the time?

Not 24 hours ago, I emerged from a 62 hour Silence.   What an amazing feeling to know I was inaccessible.   All was peaceful and I found myself spending great lengths of time pondering my new reality, engaging with my authentic self, and stretching myself through the reading of Mandino, Haanel, and Emerson.

In those hours, I found much time.  Questioning how I could have so much time to be productive and yet spend so much time in quiet thought, an ‘Ah ha!’ moment appeared.   Being connected electronically is a total distraction and time robber.   I am embarrassed to admit, all of this is within my control – within the choices I make.  There I was believing my lying self, justifying all the distraction one way or another.  The worst is, I had come to believe the lie.

The gratitude I have for my time of Silence is beyond words.  No beating myself up!  Forward – press on.

My Silence began Thursday after I finished an encouragement meeting with an individual who was fighting her old self with her old habits to maintain the clean and sober life of her new self.  I was so grateful to share a couple of skills I learned through MKE to help me persevere – not with white knuckles, but with love, joy, peace……..     Thursday evening was a bit awkward, because my husband was home.  The awkwardness was on my part.  He is very supportive – no doubt enjoying the quiet.

What I did this time around, to avoid the experience I had last year when I came out of my silence (See my blog Beyond the Silence 2016), was to write out a plan – readings, exercises, physical activities, and writings.  I was excited and so very calm.  I didn’t have to connect with anyone, but best of all, NO ONE was connecting with me!  As a yellow, you would think I was antsy about not being involved in something.  But I wasn’t!  I was having a quiet party with myself!!!

Friday I slept in.  Took my time doing my reading, making notes, and sitting for however long it took because my battery was out of my phone, so no alarm.  Wow!  I do not know how long the SIT was.   All I know is, I was energized.  There were probably more questions, but there was an assurance that all would be accomplished in the proper time.  No sense of urgency but an authentic desire to press on and encourage and teach others to do the same.  So, I put together a HIIT workout from memory and broke a sweat.   I did catch myself counting out loud a couple times.  It felt good to keep my promise.

Saturday I awoke sore!!!  So, I did do a good job of putting together a workout.  What do I do when I am that sore?  More physical labor!!!  The day started with an amazing morning with my buddies Og, Charlie, and Louise.   More energy after the SIT.  So, did some household services which lead to an amazing day of making my environment a harmonious place – order.  And in doing all this, I had a huge revelation!  It is both an observation and a validation of my growth.

There is lots of brass in my house as a result of me living in the Middle East until I was an adult.  Brass tarnishes.  When one has as much brass as I have, one is not enthused about polishing it.  As I stated above, I was filled with energy.   Next thing I know, I have taken on the largest pieces of brass – a 27 in diameter brass tray table.  And I did it without reservation.  DO IT NOW!    Along the way I made another observation: the tarnished tray shined brilliantly after I polished it, removing the tarnish.  The shine was there all the time, like my authentic self!  In polishing the brass, I was removing the tarnish to allow the shimmer of the brass to be revealed.  This is what continues to manifest in myself – more of my authentic self is revealed as I polish away the old habits and old beliefs.  It was such an amazing discovery!!!

I became completely consumed by this revelation that I ended up polishing many more brass pieces.  As my hands worked tirelessly polishing to reveal the sheen, I played over in my head the story of the Cement Buddha, the Hero’s Journey, using the power of negative feelings to promote positive outcomes, and welcoming my authentic self.

Before and after, like the tarnished becoming polished and shiny – That is all of us.  We have been covered in the grim of untruth and indoctrination.  The course, MKE, has been the polish.  Sticking to the exercises, forming new and positive habits, fills my soul, leaving no more room for negative.

Congratulations to everyone for completing the course.  I encourage you to become a lifetime member and DO IT again.  It just gets better!!!

You are all beautiful and bright!!!  Let yourselves shine!!!

 

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Week 20 – Attitude is a Choice

Learning that the world without is a result of our world within was a revelation weeks and weeks ago.  Now I know it to be true.  However, further study of Og and Haanel has pointed me to the fact that my world within is composed of a combination of choices – choosing to believe lies, choosing to act unworthy, and choosing to pretend not to know!

I was inspired by the following video with regards to this topic.  The quote at the end of the film is particularly piercing.  I love all these connections!!!!  Enjoy!!!

“The only true disability in life is a bad attitude.”                            Scott Hamilton

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Week 19 – The answer is GOOD HABITS.

The question is – What would the person I intend to become do next?

This course has been a lesson in developing new habits week after week.  The changes are subtle but noticeable, especially, by those outside the MKE circle.  I have actually been described as a woman of great wisdom!  Wow! I say.  My old self, who sought to be described in such a manner, was full of answers and opinions.  More like mouthy and obnoxious.  Now, I listen, maybe ask a few questions, and listen some more, silently expressing my love for the person to whom I am speaking.

All the exercises we have been practicing daily throughout this course, have gradually become habits that are building blocks to our authentic selves.  Our foundations become stronger, we become stronger, and nothing is impossible!

 

 

I would like to share with you an excerpt from 10 Life Lessons gleaned from basic U.S. Navy SEAL training given at the May 17, 2014 commencement address at the University of Texas at Austin by Admiral William H. McRaven, ninth commander of the U.S. special Operations Command.

Admiral McRaven began his speech.

It was a simple task – mundane at best.  But every morning we were required to make our bed to perfection.  It seemed a little ridiculous at the time, particularly in light of the fact that we were aspiring to be real warriors, tough battle-hardened SEALs, but the wisdom of this simple act has been proven to me many times over.   

If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day.  It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.  By the end of the day, that one task completed, will have turned into many tasks completed.  Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.  If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.  

And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made – that YOU made – and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.  

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.   

Did you notice?  Admiral McRaven said your bed not someone else’s bed.  So simple and practical.    A good reminder when reading Scroll V of The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino – I will live this day as if it is my last.  Applying that to my daily routine, I find my fears are dissipated because I do not have tomorrow to worry about.  It is just NOW.  This is why I like Mae West’s philosophy:  You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough!

The person I intend to become lives life positively, in the present, filled with gratitude, hope, and excitement.

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Week 18 – Happiness

There are so many observations and connections experienced this week, I am at a lose as to how to express them.  The featured image of this blog illustrates it best.  The head to the left is my BEFORE/current and to the right my AFTER/current.  I label them that way to recognize that this is a continuous process.

I love the video clip of Shawn Anchor talking about happiness.  In thinking about how that applies to myself and my world around me, I observed that something had shifted from doing/getting/being something to be happy to being happy and watching those somethings come to me.  Again, I go back to this amazing progression we have been involved with in our exercises and requirements for this course.

It is a wonderful, amazing, freeing, and joyful progression.  One that has developed habits I don’t even think about any more because they have become part of my being.  These habits have filled the space of discontentment and confusion with happiness and purpose.  Love it!!!

Thinking on happiness, I was reminded of how we are instinctly happy until we are filled with the expectations of others, pointed to the negative of every situation, and begin to believe the lies about ourselves.  I am not pointing the finger here, no, I am recognizing, I jumbled my own mind with all my choices which I made looking outside myself.

Not long ago I looked at this picture, thinking of the horrible living conditions for these children.  I was quick to point a finger at a government, organization, or culture.

But I don’t see that now.  This is pure happiness!  This little boy is having a great time playing, regardless of his surroundings, his clothing, or anything.  And look closely, the other children are enjoying themselves, too.

Lesson?  My first impression of this was an opinion, my own, for which no one asked.  I have learned NO OPINION is a very good quality.  Who am I to decide this beautiful child should not be happy because of his circumstances?  I do not want to be the monkey in an open cage preventing a free thinking monkey from climbing out.  This picture now makes me smile!

Being consistently grateful has put me in a state of happiness. I think A.A. Milne put it best in Winnie the Pooh.

So very true.  One’s heart swells in size when filled with Gratitude.

It is all quite wondrous but quite logical simultaneously.  I just KNOW change is imperative and the only way to that is to dwell in happiness, which evolves from a state of gratitude, which begins with “I begin this day with love in my heart.” Mandino, Greatest Salesman, Scroll I.

One love!

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Week 17HJ – Directions?

So, here I am, right here, right now.  I know I want to only move forward, to not focus on tomorrow (that never comes) or on yesterday (nothing can be done about the past) but which way do I go?  Vowing to only move forward has left me with so many options, yet, I know there is only one that is my purpose.  There are no labels, no one telling me what to think, this is all ME!

Shedding the old blueprint of co-dependency, I am not at liberty to consider the opinions of others, because their opinions do not count.  Wow!  Did I just say that?  In print?  I have come a long way!  Bigger, yet, is another transformation that has become very clear to me after writing these few sentences.  The co-dependency locked me in a world lacking imagination.  It was a world seemingly well organized, well, at least there were check lists that drove me.  But no passion, thus, no drive!  Another choice….might this be part of the direction I should follow?

This Master Key course has caused me to make some amazing adjustments to my programming.  What I always thought was  a choice between intellect and emotion, is, in fact, a beautiful medley of the two.   It is a lesson long in coming but its about using a compass not a clock, right?

Time to bid farewell to that old self and get really excited about what is going to be.  Time to BE.  In reviewing Haanel, I was very moved by 13:23.

Thought is a spiritual activity and is therefore creative, but make no mistake, thought will create nothing unless it is consciously, systematically, and constructively directed; and herein is the difference between idle thinking, which is simply a dissipation of effort, and constructive thinking, which means practically unlimited achievement.

Holy Cow!!!  If I want to live my dharma, MY blueprint, I have to let go, completely, of the old.  There is nothing remotely worth salvaging.  I am not going to worry about lost time or any ‘if onlys’.  I have to move forward and rather than stop to figure out which direction forward, I trust that will be made clear as I continue to infuse my future with love and enthusiasm.

I am grateful for the lessons learned.  I am grateful for the experience. Time to move forward without strings attached….

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Week 17 – Permission & Abundance

I have observed an interesting choice that I have practiced in situations that I have approached with some uncertainty – old self.  That observation is – I would rather ask for forgiveness than ask permission.  In a way, I have had a certain arrogance about taking that approach.  But when I think about it, it is a very self serving approach, serving the ‘self’ instead of being in service to or benefiting others.

And the question I ask myself, after practicing the above and, seemingly, working so hard is – where is my reward? Where is the abundance?

It has been an interesting turn of thought, this journey with the Master Key Experience.  Having busted myself for my selfishness,  correcting my course, and observing my growth, I am delighted to give myself permission to believe my Definite Major Purpose.  In doing so, my eyes are open to abundance beyond the tangible, self-serving kind.  I am filled with excitement to see and absorb all that surrounds me and is within me.  I have given myself permission to KNOW that it is my purpose and I am nature’s greatest miracle.  My desire is not self-centered but others centered and I wish to share my observations with all whom I cross paths.

I am granting myself permission to “be so interested in (my) thought, so engrossed in (my) subject, as to be conscious of nothing else.  Such concentration leads to intuitive perception and immediate insight into the nature of the object concentrated upon.” Haanel 17:6

“All knowledge is the result of concentration of this kind; it is thus that the secrets of Heaven and Earth have been wrested; it is thus that the mind becomes a magnet and the desire to know draws the knowledge, irresistibly attracts it, make it your own.” Haanel 17:7

With permission, I sink deep into thoughts of my blissful world within and emerge grateful for the abundance that surrounds me.

All with a happy knack!

I always have a choice and I choose Thumbs UP!
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