Week 17 – Blind Faith

Week 17 – Blind Faith

This week has been a strange week in that I have felt a bit like a fish out of water, like drowning for us humans. So what does one do in this type of situation? Give up and get into the nearest boat and go to shore OR trust my guide like a blind open water swimmer? No ways was I going to get in a boat and allow the old blue print to win. “I was conceived in love and brought forth with a purpose”. (Og Mandino)Fish out of water

These thoughts lead me to find out more about blind swimmers, and I was amazed, encouraged, humbled and dumb struck that there are real people who are blind and swim in open water. Not just a dam but crossing the English Channel. This is a tall order for a sighted person let alone a blind person. So the following extract from The Daily News of Open Water Swimming – Blind Faith In The Open Water.

Matt Logan has been kayaking for Pittar for years. He describes the relationship. “Kayaking for James is different to kayaking for a sighted person.” “On the water, it is blind faith. James is blind and has complete faith that I’ll be there to guide him in the shortest possible line to achieve a successful swim. My faith is in his capacity to keep swimming irrespective of bluebottle stings, seaweed wrap around his neck, calm seas, big seas.”

The sincerity is pure.

“There is are no lies. We never try and sugar coat a situation for James. He knows how long he has been in the water. He knows how long it should take him. He knows how he is feeling. We encourage James all the time, when he needs a kick up the bum for slacking off, we stop him and tell him there and then. We don’t wait for the next break, we get straight onto it. This enables us to keep him going at a high leave for a longer period of time. Or it enables us to get on top of any issues he might be experiencing sooner.

The feelings that welled up within me were ones of gratitude to Mark, Davene, Trish and our guides who, to quote Matt Logan  “never try and sugar coat a situation” and know when we need a “kick up the bum for slacking off”.

I then pondered what must go through the swimmers mind for a 13 hour swin. There must be a clear goal, the disciplines of training, affirmations, self-belief and continually listening for the whistle of his guide. I am sure there may be moments of doubt possible fear and the swimmer must overcome these with self-talk and knowledge and subconscious thoughts that spur him / her on.

From Og Mandino Scroll 4 “I can accomplish far more than I have, and I do, for why should the miracle which produced me end with my birth? Why can I not extend that miracle to my deeds of today?”

I extend the miracle having started with blind faith.

To conclude I quote from the week 17 webinar “I give myself permission to

* learn easily

* complete things with a happy knack

* be happy

* have power”

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Week 16 – The challenges of life

Week 16 – The challenges of life

Our reading this week from the Master Keys – Part 16, (MK16) was so full of information and value that to try and encapsulate it in this blog would not do it justice. In the introduction to the chapter it says “…that through an understanding and conscious operation of spiritual laws, we can convert every seeming difficulty into a blessing.” What a sobering thought. This then linked with what Og Mandino says “.. that all my problems, discouragements, and heartaches are, in truth , great opportunities in disguise. I am no longer fooled by the garments they wear for my eyes are open.” This is such an encouragement and has allowed me to reflect over my life; various problems, mishaps, difficulties and challenges, and how these have allowed me to advance through life. I am grateful for the people who walked beside me and have encouraged me to continue. The lessons I have learnt help me to overcome other challenges and give me compassion and love for others going through lifes challenges. I am grateful that I learnt the lesson of Forgiveness early in life as it has allowed a level of freedom and was accentuated in the course when we learnt about the “Law of Forgiveness”.

The next section from MK16 “Therefore, to control thought is to control circumstances, conditions, environment, and destiny.” And “If you desire to visualize a different environment, the process is simply to hold the ideal in mind, until your vision has been made real; give no thought to persons, places or things; these have no place in the absolute; the environment you desire will contain everything necessary; the right persons, and the right things will come at the right time and in the right place.” This is more than just setting goals. I am starting to see how all the exercises we have done as part of the MKMMA course are combining to equip me with tools to be able to “visualize a different environment” and then to build it myself.

I have read “Think and Grow Rich” previously and not grasped that it is more than a book but a way of life. I am now seeing how the pieces come together.

Free HugsAn activity was set where the whole group of MKMMA participants were tasked to identify or perform “random acts of kindness” this week and then record a minimum of two of these for the group to see. Mark J offered to go and give 300 people a hug if the goal of a total of 3000 was reached. Well by Friday this number had reached over 6000 and yes he did go and do the 300 hugs one for each of us. Amazing how kindness can be spread around the world so easily and each of us was part of it.

Week 15 – Breaking the status quo

A week of insights, revelations, NARC (Neurological Associative Reactive Conditioning) and choices / decisions. A number of the readings and audios we have been covering this week came together as a collage. This has raised me to another level of awareness. I am excited and grateful for the decisions which I have made and am wiser now that I have been able to apply the knowledge gained during the past 15 weeks.

The following are extracts from these readings

7 Laws of the mind: (3 of the laws)

– Law of Relaxation:
Mental effort defeats itself ~ exactly the opposite of physical effort. A relaxed, calm state of mind, is the only doorway to progress mentally.

– Law of Subconscious
“As soon as the subconscious accepts the idea it becomes a demand and it works constantly, 24-7, to manifest demand ~ accessing a reservoir of infinite resources.”

– Law of Growth
“Whatever we think about grows. What we forget atrophies.”

Og Mandino Greatest Sales Man in the World

*           “I am nature’s greatest miracle.
I have been given eyes to see and a mind to think and now I know a great secret of life for I perceive, at last, that all my problems, discouragements, and heartaches are, in truth, great opportunities in disguise. I will no longer be fooled by the garments they wear for mine eyes are open. I will look beyond the cloth and I will not be deceived.”

*           “No beast, no plant, no wind, no rain, no rock, no lake had the same beginning as I, for I was conceived in love and brought forth with a purpose. In the past I have not considered this fact but it will henceforth shape and guide my life.”

Hannel – Master Keys Part 15
*           “7. All conditions and experiences that come to us do so for our benefit. Difficulties and obstacles will continue to come until we absorb their wisdom and gather from them the essentials of further growth.”

*           36 ……. “That our actions are not governed by knowledge, but by custom, precedent and habit. That the only way we can get ourselves to apply knowledge is by a determined conscious effort.

The Strangest Secret (Earl Nightingale)
“Everything that’s really worthwhile in life came to us free:
our minds, our souls, our bodies, our hopes, our dreams, our ambitions, our intelligence, our love of family and children and friends and country.
All these priceless possessions are free.”

The “aha” moment that stuck happened after a particular problem I had been working though during the week.

I had been working through the process of doing a specific task which I had been postponing and when I had carried it out earlier in the week I did not achieve the desired outcome. After reflecting on the matter and what I could improve, I made some decisions and applied NARC. The following day I set out all fired-up and ready to do the work, only to have the plan scuppered by a dental emergency. Still with my eye on the goal I shifted meetings and the planned work activity. Just as the meeting was ending I got a family call and was about to fob the family member off when Earl Nightingale’s words “Everything that’s really worthwhile in life came to us free” came up from my subconscious. I there and then told the family member to join me for a coffee meeting. The time with my family member was amazing and I proceeded to do the planned activity after the coffee meeting / date. Now NARC was resonating through each task I did in the activity because what I dearly wanted was to have a lifestyle with the flexibility to make such decisions.

So to draw this to a conclusion from Og, “problems, discouragements, and heartaches are, in truth, great opportunities … – … and I will not be deceived. I was conceived in love and brought forth with a purpose”. And from Hannel “All conditions and experiences that come to us do so for our benefit” and “our actions are not governed by knowledge, but by custom, precedent and habit”.

To me the gratifying insight was when the words “everything that’s really worthwhile in life came to us free” flooded into my mind enabling me to appropriate the laws of Relaxation, Subconscious and Growth. Probably the biggest payoff was that NARC is now very active and spurring me on – breaking the status quo.

Week 14 – CONSUMING PASSION

Week 14 – CONSUMING PASSION

This has been a week with a twist.

If you have read a few of my blogs by now you know that I enjoy cycling as a sport / exercise. So to up the ante over the festive season (allowing me to enjoy a few more mince pies) I set my self a goal to cycle a certain number of kilometres for the period 24 to 31 December. I achieved the goal admittedly there were one or two occasions I wanted to quit especially after hot windy rides (sunburn and gusting winds of 45Km/hr). On many of these rides I listened to my recording (DMP, WPOA, Service card and affirmations) and The Strangest Secret (Earl Nightingale – the link takes you to the audio and a transcript of the recording. If you have not read or listened to it I recommend you do) and on occasion the World’s Laziest Networker going on about the Hero’s Journey from the Go90Grow course.

So even though I was going through the motions I was still battling within – my old Blueprint. I then read Davene’s blog – Emails From The MKMMA – Week 12 and the following paragraph hit me like a ton of bricks. “It’s something I guarantee, we are all addicts and we will all create the circumstances to reinforce and feed those addicted peptides because your subconscious mind believes what it has been told for the last 10, 20, 30, 40 or more year.” So I have subconsciously been hijacking / sabotaging myself to feed my peptide addiction – procrastination, self-pity, etc.

For those who are on the MKMMA course some of the following immediately come to mind

– Og Mandino Greatest Sales Man in the World
* I great each day with love in my heart
* I persist until I succeed
* for I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking

– Hannel – Master Keys Part 14
* 18. Back of every effect there is a cause, and if we follow the trail to its starting point, we shall find the creative principle out of which it grew. Proofs of this are now so complete that this truth is generally accepted.
* 24. Yet there are many who are not ready to enter into the discipline necessary to think correctly, even though it is evident that wrong thinking has brought failure.

– The Strangest Secret – Earl Nightingale
“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”
If someone is working toward a predetermined goal and knows where they are going, that person is a success. If they are not doing that, they are a failure.

So having written all of this and realising as part of our MKMMA course I have already started creating a new blueprint and can say that “I persist until I succeed” I have entered into the discipline necessary to think correctly and that I have a worthy ideal as part of my written DMP.

When Earl Nightingale died on March 28, 1989, Paul Harvey broke the news to the country on his radio program with the words, “The sonorous voice of the nightingale was stilled.” In the words of his good friend and commercial announcer, Steve King, “Earl Nightingale never let a day go by that he didn’t learn something new and, in turn, pass it on to others. It was his consuming passion.”

As part of our homework over the past week (New Year) we were tasked to watch movies, October Sky, Cool Runnings, Door ‐ to ‐ Door, Rudy all based on true stories. Not having watched Door ‐ to ‐ Door and Rudy I watched them.

Door to Door is the inspirational true story of a man who refused to let severe physical debilitation get in the way of his life’s goal. William H. Macy (who also co-wrote the script) stars as Bill Porter, a Portland, OR, native born with cerebral palsy. Despite his spastic walk and oddly shaped countenance, Bill intends to succeed in life on ability ratherdoor to door_det than the pity of the unafflicted. Thus, in 1955, he manages to land a job as a door-to-door salesman for the Watkins Company. At first, Bill meets with nothing but slammed doors, hostile dogs, and unashamed hostility from “normal” people; but after making his first sale to a reclusive alcoholic named Gladys (Kathy Baker), there is literally no stopping him. For next 40 years, Bill walks some eight to ten miles per day plying his trade, winning one “salesman of the year” award after another. Also in the cast is Helen Mirren as Bill’s supportive but aphasic mother, and Kyra Sedgwick as Bill’s young assistant, Shelley, whose Herculean efforts to get the hero to “modernize” his tried-and-true methods invariably come a cropper. (www.rottentomatoes.com)

Rudy – Since he was a little boy, Rudy Ruttinger (Sean Astin) has idolized the University of Notre Dame and its football team. However, he is a small boy who will inevitably grow up to be a small man. Not onlyRudy_det that, but he is not an outstanding student or even a particularly good athlete. His blue-collar family is convinced that he is only asking for heartache by aspiring so far beyond his abilities. For a while Rudy grudgingly accepts this assessment and goes to work in the local steel mill. His dream just won’t die, and he eventually wins admission to the college of his dreams, In his junior year he tries out for the football team, but is able only to serve as a live tackle-dummy. Bruised and battered though he is, he is proud to have any connection with his team. By his senior year, the team has grown so fond of the boy that on the day of the final game, every member shows up at the coach’s office and offers to give up his place on the squad in order to give Rudy one chance to suit up as a team member. The coach, moved and impressed, allows Rudy to suit up and lead the team to the benches. Then, once victory is assured, he lets Rudy participate in the final scrimmage of the game. Rudy acquits himself well, and his loving friends hoist him onto their shoulders and carry him off the field. This “men’s weepie” is based on the true story of Rudy Ruttinger. (www.rottentomatoes.com)

Door to Door and Bill Porter I am humbled to see his “Patience” and “Persistence” (clearly depicted in the film when his mother prints them on his sandwiches). But I could clearly see the quotes from Og Mandino, Hannel , Earl Nightingale coming through and sections from “Think And Grow Rich” coming through . Think and Grow rich

I was particularly amazed at how many of the components of Napoleon Hill’s “Think And Grow Rich” success formula kept coming through in Rudy. As well as Rudy refusing to give up on his dream. One of the sobering statements made by a teacher in Rudy is “dreamers are not doers” and compare this to Hannel “only things the dreamer’s make live on”. Our schooling systems are killing our dreams!!!  I then read the following extract by Davene which is most sobering – “Think And Grow Rich” states unequivocally, “The reason most people fail is because they listen to well meaning friends and family.”

Be inspired by these examples of consuming passion

Note: I have linked the references to the sources for information. Should you require the source please contact me.

Week 13 – Your purpose is too big to be silenced

In preparing this blog I have reflected on some of the salient points which have specifically impacted me as I have read them. From Hannel – The Master Key- 13

“We have come to know that thinking is a spiritual process, that vision and imagination preceded action and event that the day of the dreamer has come.”
“only things the dreamer’s make live on”“It explains the law by which the thing pictured upon our mind eventually becomes our own.”

As a person with a scientific / technical background I found these readings fascinating especially when one considers the pressure many of the earlier scientists faced as Hannel refers to the shift from the earth being round and not flat, the earth revolving around the sun, electricity, electricity and its uses. Did their peers see them as mad / dreamers? The section “only things the dreamer’s make live on” really got me thinking. I considered my home and all the appliances, the actual building, the supply of electricity / water, roads, bridges, water storage dams, the discovery of continents, space travel. All of these live on and can be traced back to a “dreamer”, a person who dreamt of or imagined or visualised something different and then embarked upon a journey as a pioneer to discover, design or invent (establishing the cause of an effect / solution). It is clear that none of these changes came about without their fair amount of challenges, but they persisted.

The following points from Og Mandino which got me thinking were

“I never allow any day to end with a failure”
“I do not allow yesterday’s success to lull me into today’s complacency”
“I persist until I succeed”

The questions which this evoked within me were “How do I apply this to my everyday life, the MKMMA course, the career challenges I have embraced and my family? I do not intend to answer these questions here but they are echoing in my thoughts and head, and dare I say dreams / goals / definite major purpose.

The webinar discussions and training also raised some points.

“Pay attention to the basics – be faithful”
“What will your April 2015 Future self want you to be TODAY? What advice would he / she give you today?”
“Pleasure or priority?”
“Don’t be frivolous with your dream make your sit count.”
“Man can bear almost any HOW, if he has a big enough WHY. Victor Frankel”

The point “Your purpose is too big to be silenced” has really challenged me. I have for a long time believed that each of us is unique and have been designed for a specific purpose, a God purpose. So I choose not to allow my purpose to be silenced knowing that I will have to be a pioneer following the dream I have within and allow my God created /designed purpose to start manifesting. I persist until I succeed.

I persist until I succeed