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Week 12 – Combinations

I love my recording.  I listen to it almost constantly.  The music makes my heart flip, just like it flips when I catch a view of the Olympic Mountains.

And around here, in the Pacific Northwest,  any view includes water – my favorite is the southern end of the Hood Canal in the Union area.  Yes, this is definitely part of my DMP.


Below is from a blog I wrote over a year ago.  At the time I was doing a lot of training to run marathons.  I want to share this because it is reminds me of the wonders that come when you are in the flow.  The outcome of the race I was training for was also serendipitous – I received an award for being the first finisher in my age category (I had, unknowingly, moved into the next age bracket).  To be completely transparent, when I asked how many were in that bracket, I found out there was a total of ONE – ME!!!  Hey, I will take it!!!  I am first out of ONE!!!  How appropriate for this Hero’s Journey – becoming my very best self!!!

Back to the recording.   I love the music so much, I wanted to make sure it would play continuously through all my readings.  After I completed my recording, it turned out to be 62 minutes long!  I read everything three times, pausing in between, and using expressive tones.  Have I said I love my recording?

I was excited to have something both productive and positive to listen to as I trained for a running event at the end of this year.  My training schedule required I break up the distance into 5 minute increments.  Well, how was I to do that?  I don’t have a fitness apparatus, apart from my phone.  

The solution came in a SIT.  The piece of music I recorded is 5 minutes and 6 seconds long.  Perfect!  I use the music as a timing tool.

Without even orchestrating it, I am engaging multiple types of learning, making numerous combinations, and accomplishing things on my POA card.  I am taking action – DOing IT NOW!!!

And, while I am getting in my run, I see shapes everywhere – green triangles in the tops of the evergreens; red circles in tail lights; yellow squares in traffic signs; and blue rectangles in house numbers.

The great encouragement of this week is: “The principle which gives the thought the dynamic power to correlate with its object, and therefore to master every adverse human experience, is the law of attraction, which is another name for love.  This is an eternal and fundamental principle, inherent in all things, in every system of Philosophy, in every Religion, and in every Science.  There is no getting away from the law of love. It is feeling that imparts vitality to thought.  Feeling is desire, and desire is love.  Thought impregnated with love becomes invincible.” Haanel, 12:18

Tattooing the 7 Laws of the Mind on my heart, has resulted in ONE LOVE.  I am understanding more and more how important LOVE is, beginning with the exercise of looking in the mirror, saying the Gal in the Glass, and telling my reflection (ME), ‘I love you’.  Then 50 minutes in front of myself, speaking my one sentence DMP with feeling – It is feeling that imparts vitality of thought – my subby has no defense!

Combining 12+ weeks of lessons, exercises, and sits without and within gives me power, courage, and faith.


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







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Week 7 – Not my fault?

This is the first time, and, no doubt, the only time, I can say without guilt, ‘It’s not my fault!’

This Mental Diet is quite the exercise.  What has really affected me is the diet includes our thoughts.  That is a huge challenge and takes practice.  So, while doing this diet, I am incorporating the 7 Laws of the Mind, especially, the Law of Substitution, and the Law of Practice.

What is great about this exercise is that I am needing to draw on other exercises that have been introduced in previous weeks.  My initial thought is that this is subtly manipulative.  However, it really is far from that.  Without the foundation of the exercises up to this point, this Mental Diet would be a source of negative, thus, more cement, reinforcing all the lies I believed about myself, until joining this course.

Do you know how wonderful it is to proclaim, ‘It’s not my fault’?  I was raised to take responsibility for my decisions/actions.  My situation is the result of my decisions, thus, choose wisely.  But NEVER was it acceptable to say, It’s not my fault.  Ahhhhhh, it is, at this moment, at this point in the MKE journey that I am so grateful to  express that phrase!

This reprieve is only for the negativity bias but I will take it!

In the recovery ministry I am involved in, there is always a question regarding why any one of us can write pages about our faults but hardly 3 lines about our merits.   So many individuals are so steeped in their garbage and guilt, they can not see past the end of their arms.

I love how Og, Haanel, Emerson, the cards, the shapes, and the exercises are all part of a sweet symphony playing mental music in perfect harmony. Staying true to the exercises is all part of the Law of Substitution, replacing the old with the new.  It is all so very exciting.

So here is to 7 straight days of positive thought.  Until that happens, there is no guilt, no self criticism, or disappointment, because….It’s not my fault!!!!

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One of the exercises to practice this week is quite the challenge.  Since it was first introduced to me, the first year I was involved in the Master Key Experience, I came to realize how very judgmental I am, rather, was.  I had an answer for EVERYTHING, whether I was familiar with the topic or not.  And, boy, was I good at delivering my opinion with authority!

I have thought long and hard about why I chose to be that way, but I have come to understand, dwelling on finding out why was preventing me from changing, being free of the bondage of my ego.

At first, I had to just keep quiet.  I was so versed in spewing garbage, I didn’t know how to do otherwise.  So, I was silent.  And what an amazing discovery – conversations became more interesting and deep.  There was excitement, engagement, and masterminding.   My biggest discovery was the fact that reserving my opinion allowed conversations to evolve and relationships to organically develop.  It was amazing!  Why would I want to do otherwise?  A new habit?  INDEED!

Along with the new habit, I include Og’s Scroll II,  Instead of Opinion, “how do I react to the actions of others?  With love.  For just as love is my weapon to open the hearts of men, love is also my shield to repulse the arrows of hate and the spears of anger……and how do I confront each whom I meet?  In only one way.  In silence and to myself I address him and say I LOVE YOU.  Through spoken in silence these words shine in my eyes, unwrinkle my brow, bring a smile to my lips, and echo in my voice, and his heart is opened.”

I love it!  I love you!  I love me!

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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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