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MKMMA Week 9 – Metamorphosis

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

As we’re nearing the completion of week nine of the Master Key Master Mind Alliance, the instructions in chapter nine have us visualizing the growth of a plant, from seed through development to  fully formed and flowering.

As we come to approximately the first third of the course, I’m realizing a metamorphosis in myself as well.

Not a showy, extravagant rags-to-riches overnight success extravaganza, but a quiet internal awareness that I am calmer, more peaceful, more at ease with my world.

When things need to be done, as they always do, I’m no longer as edgy with anticipation and concern. Certainly things need to happen, and they are happening, and I’m at ease knowing that they’re proceeding at just the right pace and in just the right direction.

I’m doing the work when there’s work to be done, and at full throttle, eagerly, tirelessly, and more and more, effortlessly. And when it’s time to rest I rest, peacefully, without the agitated feeling that I need to hurry to the “next thing”, to try to mentally create it.

I’m more focused on the results; not the outcome, but the results that the outcome will achieve. And rather than insisting on being “in control” and desperately concerned with designing the process, often a process I don’t currently know how to design, I accept each step and the path as it is revealed to me, comfortable and confident that each new step will be shown at the right time.

The more I experience receiving what I need when I need it, the more confident I am in focusing on the results and trusting that I will continue to receive what I need.

And because of this peace and confidence, rather than constantly worrying if this or this or that is the right thing to do, paralyzed by uncertainty into doing nothing, I take action instantly when the steps are revealed, eagerly and willingly because I’m confident that they are the right steps I need to take.

Realize this is only the beginning. I’m nowhere near the grand “there” yet, wherever “there” may be, if there really is an ultimate “there”. In fact I’m becoming more aware that “there” is actually here, now. And the more I appreciate each now and here as being the right place to be at this moment, the more I fully embrace that the process is the true “there”, that fully appreciating the experience is worth much more than arriving at the destination.

What’s really exciting is that this is week nine of twenty-six. We still have nearly two-thirds of the course to go. I have a feeling this is going to get really interesting …

 

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I Love You, I’m Sorry!

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

On November 25th this site was subjected to a treacherous and unprovoked concentrated spam attack. Wave after wave of gibberish comments overwhelmed the valiant defenses.

It looked grim for most of the day – would I have to close down this blog? Would the Creative Vision be darkened?

Then in the eleventh hour (well, actually the eighth), thanks to the help of the Amazing Heather and the Fabulous Davene who sent their energies streaming in to surround and overcome the oppressing evil-doers, the assault was thwarted and the cowards sent running.

Unfortunately, in the process it appears that several legitimate comments posted between November 9th and 25th were inadvertently deleted along with the offenders.

Please accept my sincere apologies if your heartfelt MKMMA comment was one of those. I didn’t mean to send you away – please come back!

I Love You!

 

 

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MKMMA Week 8 – Thank You

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

It is truly amazing how a mastermind helps you reveal things you just can’t seem to figure out on your own.

I wrote last week about my dissatisfaction with my DMP, of not having the “feeling” form it that made it play to my soul.

I wrote of trying to analyze it to “determine” the true meanings behind each part – more of attempting to use my analytical objective mind to solve the issue.

But it was when I read Tommy Gun’s blog post (I love you, Tommy – Thank You!) about their cruise and their actually living their DMP NOW on one level, that it smacked me in the face like a wet tuna.

Well, what I envision being smacked in the face with a wet tuna might feel like. I don’t actually have any first-hand experience with the sensation of being smacked in the face with a wet tuna. Mark, any insights, fell free to enlighten.

I’ve been approaching my DMP and PPNs as things I’m aspiring to achieve, that I don’t have now. Yet nearly everything I’ve written is something I already have in some degree – my desire is to have MORE of it!

I’ve always heard that murmur in the background that “money isn’t important – it’s not the real thing” that you want. An true, the physical experience of just having more money sitting in a pile in front of me (or a bigger number on the bank balance) isn’t the true desire.

Certainly the “dollars” count. But that’s because they allow me “more” of everything – more freedom, time, resources to have and do and be “more” of all the things I have now and do now and am now and want to expand and fill my life with.

It wasn’t my DMP that wasn’t resonating with my soul, it was the purpose behind it, the reason for wanting all those things.

I was thinking I needed to strive for something I didn’t currently have.

In reality, and what caused the shift in feeling and belief, is that I already enjoy many of those things, and my desire is to expand and grow the abundance that I already have.

Through my journey of Spiritual Growth, I am able to Help Others more – with their financial and True physical Health through USANA; through helping young people living in an environment that doesn’t instill much hope and belief in the future to learn to see their world creatively with photography and thereby realize and extend their innate creative abilities to all aspects of their lives.

In so doing I create a Legacy, of results that continue on well beyond my own current endeavors. I realize the Reward for my own Creative Expression, both from the things I create directly and those I help others create.

I ‘m developing the Liberty and Autonomy to continue to experience and expand all those things, and the True Health to continue doing so for many years to come.

Since realizing, with Tommy’s help, that I’m already living my DMP to some degree, I am continually consciously grateful for want I already have, every day.

So while I’ve made a few (very) minor adjustments and rearrangements in wording in my DPM it remains essentially the same. I’m now experiencing it with an entirely new and more intense level of emotion, through gratitude.

I’ve written the words before and believed them, but they ring especially true today:

Life truly is an amazing place to live.

Thank you. I Love You.

 

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MKMMA Week 7 – Picture This

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

This week’s Friday MKMMA blog deadline finds me immersed in a work – a rework – in progress.

It seemed like a simple enough task. Week/Chapter 7 of Haanel’s Master Key System charges us to apply Visualization to our thoughts.

Well, this should be a gimme for me. I’m a flat out “Visual” on the VAK scale (Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic).

Heck, I’m a photographer! I “see” the world in pictures all the time. I look at things and picture them in ways that make people say “dang, how’d you see THAT?”

I see things that aren’t even there!

Okay, that’s probably a topic for another story.

So Visualizing my DMP should be a no-brainer, right?

Well, yes. And no, not quite.

Maybe because I respond so strongly to visual images, this week it really became clear that as grand and lovely and emotional-sounding as my DMP was, the true, core feelings and emotions in me aren’t happening.

It’s written well. Lots of emotional sounding words. Lots of noble sounding thoughts. But it still isn’t igniting that burning fire that will cause me to push through any barrier to get to it.

As good as it reads, it’s still features and benefits, not the core emotions, not the true criteria.

So it’s more sitting. And walking. Not that I haven’t been sitting and walking before.

I’ve done plenty of sitting, looking for answers in its embryonic stages, working to come up with what seemed like just the right DMP.

Heck, it seems like there were days when the only time I wasn’t sitting was when I was laying down sleeping. I’m becoming the Forrest Gump of Sitting.

“Sit, Stu, Sit!”

And walking? Ha! I’m doing plenty of that. Why, if I stopped walking “in circles”, starting and coming back to my front door, and just set off walking in one direction, I’d probably realize one of my DMP goals of “Seeing the Entire World”, just walking to figure out this DMP thing.

“Walk, Stu, Walk!”

So I’ve decided to approach it quasi- Ben Franklin style, but with different column subjects. I’ve taken all the goals in my current DMP and listed them in the left column. Realizing that they’re mostly “features”. Then a center column, which lists the “benefit” of that feature.

And then, on the right is the true criteria column, the “what’s important about that” column. And in some cases maybe another column, “what’s really important about that?

I know how to do this in conversation. Time to look inside and have that conversation with myself, and get to the true core of what I really want, what it’s really all about.

So that’s where I am. It isn’t there yet. Won’t be tonight. Maybe not for a few nights. Like I said, a re-work, a work in progress.

But then again I guess that’s what we all really are, all the time.

I’ll get ‘er done. I’ll see it through, and create that true image. And when I do I’ll show you what it looks like.

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MKMMA Week 6-1/2 – Three Feet From a Promise

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Each week as part of our exercises in the Master Key Master Mind Alliance, to reprogram our subconscious minds to believing what we say, we are asked to add a new service, a simple task to be completed by the end of the week.

On last Sunday’s call Mark J emphasized “living by the compass” rather than the clock, and asked that we all get a simple compass to carry with us as a reminder.

I immediately thought “great, fantastic, I have that really neat sighting compass I used to use in my photography.

It’s a camping/hiking/survival compass, has a lid with a mirror and guide line to plot your course, really nice one. I’d used it in conjunction with a gadget named a “Sundicator”, a little plastic disc which would tell me where the sun would be at a particular time on a given day. That way I could plan my shooting so the sun would be where I wanted on my subject.

Of course now I have not one but several “apps” that do all that quickly and easily so the compass has been put up “somewhere” for several years. Where?

I instantly turned to the drawers where I stash my unused photo stuff, but it wasn’t anywhere in there. I did find the box with the other Sundicators – they came in a set for different latitudes, since where you are on the earth will determine where the sun will be on a given time and day …

Okay, never mind all that. If you understood what I just wrote you’re clearly as geeky as I am. If you didn’t, don’t worry. It’s not important for the story.

What I DID find in the box, wrapped in foam, was the little brass compass that was included in the kit. Unused, since I’d always used my neat sighting compass. Which was nowhere to be seen.

So although I now had a compass to fulfill the assignment, I decided I HAD to find my “good” one, and so last week added the service “I promise to find my good compass by November 10th”.

After scouring all the drawers for a second and third time, I began rummaging through the dozen boxes that are in the corner of my office since my move-in three years ago, full of stuff I figured I’d need badly enough not to resign to the storage space I’d rented. Naturally I rarely need any of that stuff.

Nothing in there.

“When did I start using the apps, was it before I moved? Could it be in the storage room?” let’s see, I always had it in the camera bag, and I’ve switched bags several times over the past few years. I’d put the unused ones in the storage room, out of the way.

So Tuesday it was off to the storage facility, and searching through the camera bags – to no avail.

“What about all these other boxes, piled ten-deep – they’re all clothes and kitchen stuff, I’m 99% sure. I’m not ready to tear everything in the room apart. After all I DO have A compass to use.”

At this point it was becoming as much of an obsession as a promise. I had even changed it on one of the cards from “I promise to find my good compass by November 10th” to “I promise to look for my good compass by November 10th”. But the subbie was having none of that.

“What about my flight bag up in the attic? I haven’t flown for a couple of years – did I somehow stick it in there?” Nope. But hey, there’s that flashlight I’d been looking for!

Now it was Sunday morning, November 10th. I’ve looked in every nook and cranny of the house, and wasn’t about to completely unpack the storage room.

“What about that box of maps and charts? Isn’t that somewhere in the storage room? Maybe it’s in there.”

ONE more trip to the storage room, and that is it. This is becoming such an obsession, I’m concerned I’m anchoring looking for something with not getting what I’m looking for – I DON’T want to do that! Of course, nothing there.

Okay. I’ve given this an Olympic effort. I’ll be moving again in three to six months, unpacking all those boxes. It’s in one of them; I’ll just wait until then. I do have a compass to use now. I WILL NOT completely unload the storage room over this.

I’d done just about everything I could think of. Had very good, logical reasons for abandoning the search. I really was concerned with creating bad anchors in the process of trying to create a good habit.

Drove back home. Sat momentarily in the truck, looked around. The utility bag I keep in there as my “mobile office”? I’ve rearranged that thing several times recently. Nope.

The console between the seats? Same thing. Same result. There’s no reason it would be in the truck – I always had it in the camera bag.

What’s in the glove compartment? Owner’s manual. Huh, I’d forgotten about those sunglasses. Geeze these earbuds are for an earpiece I had three phones back, guess they’re trash. And this brittle piece of plastic bag? More trash?

 

Huh. Oh. It’s the little bag with the Sundicator. And the compass. How about that.

 

There it was. After searching all over MY world for the week, and deciding it was time to quit. I reached over three feet to the glove box. And there it was.

I’ve read the stories about “Acres of Diamonds” and Darby’s gold mine, and all the motivational quips about how many have found success just past the point where they were about to give up. Got it intellectually, thought I’d really taken it to heart.

But never has it hit home so completely as being three feet from success all week. And making that one extra try.

From this moment on, there is no doubt. I absolutely, ALWAYS keep my promises.

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MKMMA Week 6 – The Shapes of Things to Come

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

We’ve been using colored shapes in our DMPs, movie trailer and promise cards for most of the past five weeks. This week we’ve bumped it up a big notch, creating posters and adding our PPN’s into the shapes.

If we’ve been casually observing them in the world around us previously, this week they’re impossible to avoid!

it’s interesting that on last Sunday’s MKMMA call Mark mentioned someone who had begun to notice green triangles in pine trees. I had been seeing the same thing during that week before.

Seems we’re all seeing similar things lately. Mass illusions or Mass-terminding? Is there really a difference other than the focus and purpose of the thoughts – the mechanism of our concentration?

 

It’s early November here in the Mid-Atlantic. Come to think of it, it’s probably early November wherever you are too …

Well, anyway, what that means here is for the past two weeks  my fellow photographers, photography students and I had all been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the “fall colors”. They seemed to be very late in appearing, and many had concluded that this would be a less-than spectacular fall, with leaves just turning brown and dropping.

Then late last week, they seemed to have changed overnight. One evening we all went to bed with green and brown trees, and the next morning woke up in a sea of color!

I went out for a walk in the neighborhood that day. (Walking is my second, and sometimes even more beneficial form of “sit”.)

At first I began to notice the green triangles in the evergreens, from the towering white pines to the small sculpted bushes in the landscaping surrounding all the homes. Then I realized that the big glowing yellow maples had a sort of square-ish, if free-form shape to them.

Then there were the red dogwoods, the red-orange cherries, and those shrubs I don’t know the name of that are green all summer and turn a bright red in late fall. All brilliant red orbs.

I was surprised too, upon really concentrating, how many of the homes have blue siding, blue shutters, and how even the blue sky, viewed through the frame of our field of vision, takes on a blue rectangle form.

Now I’m completely surrounded by reds and greens and yellow and blues, all anchored to my personal pivotal needs and purpose!

And then there’s that one house, Williamsburg blue siding, yellow window trim and shutters, with 20 – maybe 30 little green evergreen cones along the front, the red Japanese maple, the red dogwood, the red-orange cherry, the blue sky behind … BAM! Fuggeddaboudit!!

“No, really, I’m not staking out that house. No I’m not lurking. No really, call Mark, he’ll tell you all about it, no, wait, I … oh cool, your light bar has little flashing red circles in it …”

 

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MKMMA Week 5.2.0 – I “Got ‘er Done!”

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Well , it’s up, I finally posted my “Press Release”.

I not only used the additional two days we received from Mark, but even the extra hour granted by the time change from Daylight Savings Time! Thank you.

When the assignment was first announced it seemed like a fairly simple thing. I already have a 1000-word plus DMP from the early stages of the Think and Grow Rich class this past spring. Plenty of material to draw from.

But as I tried to write the thing I kept blocking up. It just didn’t feel right. And I kept stalling, looking for a direction.

In the end I went through a complete re-evaluation of my DMP and even my PPN’s. I’d used shorter-term benchmarks in my “finalized” MKMMA DMP, but they somehow weren’t causing the true meaning of it all to resonate.

Was that perhaps the reason it was so easy to drift this past week?

It’s interesting that as I read other blog posts from this week, there seems to be a shared “disconnect”, a feeling that we weren’t truly feeling the energy we’re intending to create.

Was this assignment a diabolical plot from Mark and the team? Have they, having been through this before, anticipated these reactions at this stage and planted this to challenge us to re-examine our true beliefs?

I need to be careful, lest my questions stray into the realm of “opinion”!

Hmm … does posing a thought as a “question” exonerate it from being expressed as an “opinion”? Have I found a loophole in this “opinion” thing?

Or is the “loophole” in reality that the more effective way of expressing our ideas is not to tell others what we think they should think or do, but to pose a question for us both to consider?

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MKMMA Week 5 – We Are Our Own Creation

Friday, November 1st, 2013

“The mind … is largely the result of heredity …we are today the result of our past thinking, and we shall be what we are thinking of today”.

Charles Haanel, The Master Key System, part 5.

Last week I wrote that we receive what we ask for. This week I’m reminded that we always receive what we ask for. So be careful what you ask!

It was a reasonably good week, a bit unpredictable in spots again, but flowing well. Until something yesterday turned it all inside out.

I was out running errands, when the (seemingly inevitable) driver pulled out way too close in front of me. It’s become a constant in this overcrowded always in a hurry society here. I’ve begun to notice with appreciation and gratitude when it doesn’t happen.

I’m training myself to respond at least neutrally, but this offense seemed especially egregious, and my “instinctive” temper responded with foul thoughts and epithets.

Haanel writes of “our Own”, what we inherently are, the results or our past thinking.

Interesting how at a family get-together last month, seeing cousins for the first time in ten years, the conversation at some point went with humorous acknowledgement to our legendary “Estler Temper” shared by all.

So ingrained that we’ve named it, taken possession of it, and made it a viable entity all its own.

Clearly this tendency for swift response to a perceived wrong goes well back into past generations, as we all share it and recognize it independently of each other.

Such a deeply instilled characteristic is taking some effort to replace with a good habit.

Well, I suppose you can imagine how the rest of my day yesterday went.

Thinking with energy and emotion of the offense only brought on several more incidents of the same. Each time causing more of a funk, which reproduced itself as I thought about it and how to “get rid of it”.

You can’t eliminate anything by thinking about the thing. That which we think about grows; that which we ignore atrophies.

Spending the rest of the day thinking about how best to “not think about it” was, predictably, unproductive. I needed a positive though, a soul-encompassing feeling to fill my consciousness with.

 

Meanwhile …

Today is November 1st, and the first day of reading Scroll Two of The Greatest Salesman in the World.

Some may have anxiously peered ahead, curious for a glimpse of our future readings, but I was absolutely true to reading Scroll One and only Scroll One for the past thirty days. Did not look at one word of Scroll Two.

So you can perhaps imagine the elation and joy that overcame me when I read the first sentence this morning.

“I will greet this day with love in my heart.”

What a glorious surprise! The following lines of the Scroll compounded and grew those feelings, possibly with an intensity I would not have experienced if not for my encounter with “Funky Thursday”.

Our instructions are to read each Scroll three times daily, morning, mid-day and night. I’ve already read this one four or five times, once out loud, and it’s not even 4:00pm.

Love indeed “is the answer”.

We create as our reality whatever we think about. We must be a constant watchman of our thoughts.

I love you.

 

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