2015 – Week 3 – Do it now

2015 – Week 3 – Do it now

Every week I am blown away with the relevance of the information provided to us in the Master Keys experience. At first glance it can appear a bit overwhelming, but I need to keep in mind that I am building a new me “today I begin a new life” (Og Mandino).

This week we were shown that our subconscious is making decisions based on the Risk-to-Reward-Ratio the scientific term is the Limbic system, the part of the brain that evaluates the reward potential of judgement calls, which is “pre-set” by our existing values. To shift this “Intention-Method” dynamic and learning how to create new methods “shifts” the “evaluation of judgement calls”. This is when I realised that to achieve the desires I have recorded in my DefiniteEnthusiasim Major Purpose I need to engage all the exercises as they have been designed to pepper my subconscious and Limbic system 24/7. I can’t help to hear Mark’s voice resonating through my head “faithfulness with unbridled enthusiasm”.
The risk component still wants to hold me back, but when I realise that with honesty I have selected Liberty and Legacy as my personal pivotal needs a peace arrives and encourages me to push in and give my 100%.

I really felt comforted and encouraged when Mark shared his experience of needing to do Burpees and the struggle he went through when he started and now he can do 15 at a time just like the pros. The encouragement is that we all need to start somewhere and that the starting point does not define our final outcome. So I must not Judge but observe and take ACTION. Do it now, do it now, do it now, ………

2015 – Week 2 – Invite a thief into your house!

2015 – Week 2 – Invite a thief into your house!

This week I have continually being brought back to the idea that I need to consider what thoughts I am entertaining in my mind. The good, positive or constructive thoughts generally contribute to a feeling of happiness. However, thoughts of comparison, negative and selfishness tend to either spiral into further non-constructive thoughts and tend to result in feeChoicelings which are not uplifting. If left to continue the downward spiral the eventual outcome is a state of depression. Now the problem is getting out of the mess. Easier said than done.

In reflecting on why I cannot just change my thoughts I have come to the realisation that I have certain thought patterns which I have gathered, mostly unconsciously, over the course of my life. Well at this stage it is 56 years and they are thoughts which were meant to be for my good and not to do me harm. OK some are thoughts I have chosen to entertain and make part of me but most I have head very little control over, especially in my youth and in the society / environment I grew up in. These were thoughts that were accepted as just the way things were especially when we were young.

There is one particular response I have come across in society on occasion when a parent tells their child “you are stupid” or “you will never amount to much”. The view I have on this matter that is that it can have a negative impact on the child. What I never consider was what other beliefs are communicated to our children that may be having limiting consequences.

Now reading Haanel and realising that my conscious mind is the “the watchman at the gate” of the great subconscious domain I have realised that I need to take far better care of what I allow to become part of my subconscious mind by guarding what thoughts I entertain in my conscious mind..facebook_1444715698785

 

 

Not long after reading this section from Haanel I came across this picture which captures the action I need to take going forward.

You’d never invite a thief into your house. So why would you allow thoughts that steal your joy to make themselves at home in your mind?

I MUST NEVER ALLOW THOUGHTS THAT STEAL MY JOY TO MAKE THEMSELVES AT HOME IN MY MIND.

2015 – Week 1 : I am back let the journey begin

It is so good to be among a group of like-minded friends and team members, all embarking on a new journey. It almost feels like we have received a special invitation to join another adventure. Some of us haNew Doc 24_1ve been on a similar journey together before and I can’t wait to get going!

Where are we going? We are stepping into our futures as our subconscious’ mind’s eye start to awaken to our true potential and the miracle of our birth starts to reveal our true purpose. This may sound a bit strange if you are new to my blog and/or the Master Key experience, but these concepts will be revealed in detail along the journey.

I got excited when I read a few of my friends’ blogs and I would like to share the highlights with you.

I so enjoyed Izanna’s comment that “I make a solemn oath to myself that nothing will retards my new life’s growth“. It resonated deep in my subconscious as this is one of the new habits we developed on our previous journey.

George Pauli blog on cause and effect speaks to how we need to look at the outcomes caused by our thinking.

Charles Haanel in the Master Key System writes “The world within is the cause, the world without the effect; to change the effect you must change the cause.”

Reading Leanne’s excitement at starting another journey with her own tribe in the 2015 journey is tangible and the comments by Claes about developing our definiteness of purpose shows that it is a journey we are embarking towards, our definite major purpose.

Let the journey begin.

C1 – Continuing the Journey * Two babies

My Master Keys Mastermind Alliance course has now ended. I am choosing to continue with the disciplines and habits developed so far. I plan to blog once a week and mastermind with new friends I have made on the course.

In thinking about what to write this week I have continually come back to the story below which was posted on Facebook by a friends. It is one which gives me hope and I trust will encourage you as well. I think it is most helpful for the reasons it was originally written as well as the story of Lucy Geel. However, it is also applicable to us completing the MKMMA course and stepping out and starting to become self-directed. Please read to the end.

The background to the story. I am part of a church community and a young mother recently passed away after some medical complications. The following was written by one of our young community leaders.

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My wife and I are so devastated by the loss of Lucy Geel.

8 weeks ago her body became toxic, and she lost her 38-week pre-born daughter. Yesterday, after bravely enduring back-to-back infections and surgery, she breathed her last. Along with her heartbroken parents, sister and husband, we grieve, but don’t despair. Her final facebook post – days before the ordeal – reveals why…

 

“In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”

“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”

The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”

The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”

The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”

The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover if there is life, then why has no one has ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”

“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”

The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”

The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”

Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”

To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.”

Week 24 – Imitation is Suicide

Writing this blog is the drawing to a close of a 26 week exercise that I willingly entered into with an expectation of getting to know myself better and embarking on a more determined future. In my first blog I described it as a worm going into a cocoon and emerging as a butterfly. Little did I know that the course would discuss the analogy as the Heroes Journey(Joseph Campbell)  which is a more powerful analogy with which we as people can identify.

The ending of the course is actually not an ending but a graduation. Yes we have not just been exposed to information, principles and data but have through the programme already assimilated a number of life changing exercises, principles, processes, a number of which have become habits. The material has exposed me to Og Mandino, Hanimages1nel, Napolean Hill, Emmerson and various other teachers including a number from the TEDx conferences.images3

In some ways this has been a journey requiring faith, trust and home work. The homework was really working on “Me” and the exercises but a tool to facilitate change within me. A mental / mind boot camp could be an apt analogy for me. Honestly there were times I considered quitting.

The person I am today is very different to me 26 weeks ago. I know I have started changing, my family can see a change and I know there is more to come. The analogy I draw now is that the seed has sprouted and has broken the surface and has started to grow. I have been given the tools and support systems to nurture the seed to full growth and fruit bearing. This has been achieved by beginning and developing new habits. The mastermind alliances that are already in place, support systems of new friends and access to the future programs will continue to strengthen the plant as it grows. Most importantly I am developing self-reliance with the knowledge that I can chart the unknown future with confidence. I am in touch with the real me and I am extending the miracle of my birth into the miracle of my life.

“Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-RelianceImage result for cheering

As I have written this it is with much gratitude Mark, Davene, Trish, Derik, Sandra and Claes for your support and continual encouragement, and patience.

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson Self Reliance.

And I have to end with this one;

“Envy is ignorance,
Imitation is Suicide.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

Week 23 – Fear – an encouragement to embrace life

What an exciting week. If you read my last week’s blog on silence you will know that I had been away for 30 hours of silence along the coast in Cape Town. This set the tone for the week and also being open to the message on the Sunday webinar with Mark, Trish and Davene. As part of the notes for the week Mark had a short video which we were instructed only to watch after the webinar. In this video Mark stressed that the thing we feared the most, when going into our time of silence would be our compass and guide to that one thing that we desired to achieve / pursue. He then played a short extract from the movie which quoted the following extract “Coach Carter“.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. “A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles” (1992) by author Marianne Williamson

For me this was such an encouragement to embrace life and what it has to offer.

We have been on this journey for 23 weeks and have developed a number of new habits, but more importantly an understanding of how to develop new habits. Each of us on this course daily go through a number of disciplines once, twice and even three times, all with a focus on developing new habits and focusing on the positive. For me two of the positive things I have been looking for each day this week have been Enthusiasm and Acts of Kindness with the aim of recording how many of each I identify. Awesome.

Then at the end of the week I came across a blog by Gretchen Rubin – “One Of The Most Important Strategies For Changing Your Habits

It was just so encouraging to read the following extracts –

Andy Warhol said “Either once only, or every day. If you do something once it’s exciting, and if you do it every day it’s exciting. But if you do it, say, twice or just almost every day, it’s not good any more.” Gertrude Stein made a related point: “Anything one does every day is important and imposing.”

 “What I do every day matters more than what I do once in a while.”

Just another encouragement to continue on this journey of great discovery.

One of the other takeaways from the webinar was A Hidden Progression

My friends - Last week
My friends – Last week

To help us develop these attributes we were provided with four flash cards to master

  1. Law of least effort: Acceptance
  2. Law of least effort: Responsibility
  3. Law of least effort: Defencelessness
  4. Law of least effort means living each day with
    • Acceptance
    • Responsibility
    • Defencelessness

 

Week 22A – SILENCE

Week 22A – SILENCE

In the week 22 training we were encouraged to go away for 3 days – 72 hours and in this time to disengage from ALL social media and communication and be silent. This was two weeks ago today. Due to other prior commitments and a desire to at least enter into this time of silence I planned a Friday 12:00 to Saturday 16:00. The next matter was where to go? On Thursday morning I thought of a campsite less than an hour away, but they were fully booked. My dear wife took pity on me and made a reservation for me at a secluded guest house near the beach the Thursday night. Feelings of unworthiness kicked in (previous blog – stretching comfort zone – I accepted the kindness).

Come Friday the 13th. I was wide awake by 3:30 with a deep desire to wrap up my blog – week 22, which I did. I completed the last work commitments packed my bags, picked up a few supplies and I was off.

I should probably preface this paragraph and say I am a Christian and believe in a God who desires to have a relationship with each of us. Leading up to my silence breakaway a number of daily readings have been talking about
Can You Hear Me Now? Series
– God wants to speak to you
– Hurry is a Barrier to Hearing God
– One Barrier to Hearing God Speak is Resistance
– Sometimes God Speaks By Saying Nothing
– Do You Want to Hear from God?

Adding to this the Hannel;
22. 28. For your exercise this week concentrate on Tennyson’s beautiful lines “Speak to Him, thou, for He hears, and spirit with spirit can meet, Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet.” Then try to realize that when you do “Speak to Him” you are in touch with Omnipotence. – Note: the exercise is referring to a daily silence time of at least 15 minutes which we have been doing since the beginning of the course.

I then remembered Psalm 46:10 – He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

 

So off I was on my journey to silence, mobile switched off and family informed that I would be in touch late Saturday afternoon. I had decided to listen to some songs by the group Casting Crowns on the way and once there review the section of the webcast to clearly understand the exercise.

On my journey (45 minutes) one of the songs I listened to was “Thrive” and the lyrics “It’s time for us to do more than survive – We were made to Thrive” resonated within me. And then the next song “Just be held” and the lyrics “Stop holding on” also resonated and reminded me of one of our earlier webinars of letting go what we no longer need. I realised that I need to start letting go of old patterns and habits and start thriving. Was this the beginning of my crossing the abyss in the hero’s journey?

On arrival at the accommodation I listened to the webcast, shut down the PC, packed away the reading I was planning to do, read Og – Scroll 6 “Today I will be master of my emotions” and decided to have a power nap.

I then locked up and went for a walk to  find a qu20150313_173107ite spot on the rocks overlooking the ocean. On the way I passed many penguins and found a secluded spot and just sat in silence. The wind was howling, white horses on the ocean, penguins and birds hiding on the leeward side of rocks to get out of the wind and here I sat on top of a rock experiencing the full force of the wind in silence. Exhilarated by the force and a sense that thoughts were being blown out of my mind and relaxing and allowing times of complete void of thoughts. I brought one or two of my MDPs to mind and started deconstructing it like we did the battleship some weeks earlier. I was completely overwhelmed with emotion as the deconstruction just confirmed my personal pivotal need for Legacy (particularly empowering and liberating people). The force of the wind buffeting me made me so aware of nature, creation and its power. This brought to mind Og’s chapter “I am nature’s greatest miracle” and the sentence “extending the miracle of my birth”. It was as if the wind, the emotions and watching nature had shut out the rest of the world and I was in another place.

After a supper I went back out and sat against a rock watching the night start pushing in and the penguins finding their roosting. It was amazing – silence and little thought and more silence. I wrote up three gratitude and one kicker cards. I turned in early in a state of silence, peace, exhilaration, relaxation and so grateful that I did not have to pitch a tent in the howling wind and hold on to it all night. I stirred a few times in the night and the thoughts that came to mind varied from Thrive, legacy, ….. but there was such a sense of silence and peace.

I awoke with a start realising it was getting light and wanting to see the sunrise, the silence and p20150314_071856eace persisted. I dressed and shot out the accommodation, just to confront two penguins who were also heading out, having spent the night in their nest next to my accommodation. I was thrilled. I headed out and found some rocks on which to just sit and be silent. The wind was gone, the beginning of a hot day. As I sat in silence listening to the waves, watching the penguins coming back from their swim / feeding and the birds perching on rocks, I was reminded of Earth – the blue planet in the cosmos. And again extending the miracle of my birth came to mind.

Unfortunately at breakfast I had to break the silence and place my order and be courteous (kindness) aft20150314_152106er a delicious coffee, orange juice and egg Benedict. I packed up handed in my key and headed out knowing I needed to find shade and seclusion. Amazingly a portion of land up against the mountain not far from where I had been was being cleared of alien bush. I ventured up the hill and some 100 meters up found a shady spot I could spend the rest of the day, awesome provision.

I collected lunch (my provisions), Greatest Salesman, flash cards and writing material and headed back up the hill – I ended up having lunch and using two flash cards to make some notes.

I kept the words “you will know what to do” in mind as the day unfolded. I spent the day enjoying nature, relaxing and sitting silently. The peace and tranquility and nature were just wonderful. In the last hour I made a few notes and ended the time with a deep sense of gratitude and a silence that was going back with me.