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The Sun Goes Up, The Sun Goes Down

Friday, March 21st, 2014

I’m not sure whether Scroll IV of The Greatest Salesman in the World has arrived in harmony with my current events, or whether my reality is trying to copy the near manic-depressive cycles Og alludes to in the scroll, but the timing as always is perfect.

The past two months have humbled me and splashed a cold dose of reality on what I had been feeling was a confidently effortless progression of the first three and a half months of the MKMMA.

Recent events are constantly challenging my new inner poise and composure, and I find myself continuously restarting the mental diet. Perhaps the awareness that I do need to restart the diet illustrates progress from who and where I was back in September.

This week’s addition of the Law of Least Effort to our daily experiences has taken this all to a new level. I find that there are situations where I seem to be applying the qualities of acceptance. Responsibility and Defenselessness completely unconsciously, where perhaps in the past I would have been more critical and opinionated.

But it’s the times where I find myself catching my reactions and consciously applying these three steps that give the most pause. The more challenging the situation the greater the effort I need to apply to cause myself live within these principles.

Isn’t that a bit of a contradiction – the greatest effort to experience the Law of Least Effort?

As always this just illustrates that we’re on a continuing, evolving journey, not arriving at some final destination. Whenever we find ourselves complacent in having achieved some level of consciousness that’s the Universe’s cue to remind us that there is no such condition in life as static equilibrium. we are always in motion, and if we’re not intentionally moving forward we’ll soon find we’re falling backward.

The one thing I find I can latch onto in these challenging events is the realization that I’m being presented with new opportunities, and by focusing on finding what and where those are I tend to accept and not defend almost naturally. Not so much by “not doing” the thing but that by concentrating on looking for the opportunities I ignore the demands of emotional reaction and opinion, and by doing so, those thing dissipate.

All the way back to the beginning – what we give attention to grows, what we ignore atrophies.

Maybe somewhere deep inside all of this chaos the progress of the past five months really is there at work …

 

 

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MKMMA Week 21 – The Magic of Thinking Big

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

This was one of the earliest self-development book I read, shortly after my initial introduction to Think and Grow Rich, thirty-some years ago. David J. Schwartz’ book was a bit fresher and more contemporary at that time (and on reflection, so was I) but the core concepts are still valid and are what has raised the book to the self help “classic” level.

I wasn’t familiar with Haanel at the time, but Schwartz clearly sought to re-interpret the concepts in The Master Key and Think and Grow Rich, as have most self development speakers and authors since then.

Perhaps this isn’t so much a case of trailing along on the skirts of the classic as it is a testament to the concepts presented by Haanel and others as being fundamental to who we are and how we work as humans. Many if not all of the thoughts expressed by Haanel are found in philosophies and teachings dating back to early Christianity, Judaism, the ancient Greeks and before. (And yet here we are, three, four thousand years later still trying to figure it and ourselves out.)

One of the concepts not so much introduced for the first time but emphasized in chapter 21 of The Master Key is that of thinking big thoughts. That large ideas tend to over shadow smaller ideas, both eliminating obstacles to our realizing our objectives. This goes back to and reinforces my observations of recent weeks, that focusing on trying to consciously figure out the “how to” in achieving our ideals stands in the way of realizing the larger ultimate goal.

There are times when I begin reading a new weekly chapter that I feel like the content is repeating ideas already introduced. Then I realize that yes, most or all of these ideas have been present in the teachings since the early chapters, but it’s our growth, our unfoldment that causes us to be ready to fully appreciate and internalize them as we grow.

“When the student is ready, the teacher appears” has a great deal of validity. We’re ready to apply concepts we’ve been exposed to all along once we’ve developed to the point that we can understand them.

I know that book is somewhere back in the far reaches of my bookshelves. Maybe it’s time to dig it out, blow off the dust and give it another look (if the ages don’t crumble!)

 

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MKMMA Week 18 – Attention Works – Be Careful!

Friday, February 7th, 2014

The Master Key, 18-32: “The incentive of attention is interest; the greater the interest, the greater the attention; the greater the attention, the greater the interest, action and reaction; begin by paying attention; before long you will have aroused interest; this interest will attract more attention, and this attention will produce more interest, and so on.”

Hoo boy, isn’t that ever the truth!

One of the effects of this annual Auto Show project is that I get to see and be reacquainted with people I haven’t seen for a year. From the cadre of photographers – I’m one of several working on the project – the public relations people who are key to creating the social awareness of the show and all its events, to the show producers and convention center staff, we all come together from all over the country to make the event happen.

It’s difficult to effectively describe the intensity of the project to someone who hasn’t personally experienced it – everything is RIGHT NOW, half a dozen people always looking for the same things at the same time, always reacting to the ever-changing events of the moment rather than following an orderly plan (like the sudden appearance of the Vice President! This is the Washington, DC Auto Show, after all).

It is a high stress two weeks. The constant teamwork and aggravations, the intensity of emotions, rivals a group of people thrown together in some catastrophe or natural disaster.

It is a highly emotion-charged environment.

Many of the people working on the production have been together for the show as long as my 10-years there. Some are people I enjoy and look forward to seeing after a year’s absence. Some are – teachers – who remind me exactly where I am in my personal journey, and just how far I still have to go.

Those of us here in the MKMMA community have become accustomed to interacting with a group of like-minded people. Some are experiencing these concepts for the first time, others may have been exposed to and even believed we’ve studied them for a while. But we’re all discovering a new and deeper understanding and realization of who we are and what our potential is. We’re comfortable in this environment.

WE ARE NOT NORMAL!!!

This is good news and bad news. Good because we’re “super-normal”, beginning to discover and appreciate our potential and our journey through the world. Bad because when we leave this community and roam about in the “real world” we are constantly encountering those who haven’t quite come to this place yet. To put it mildly.

This applies to the auto show crew as well. Though a few are working on a higher level of awareness, if not consciously thinking in MKMMA terms and concepts, the majority are not.

Which means two weeks of constant bombardment of the “old blueprints”, those “other ideas”, in an environment filled with intense emotion. To avoid giving it attention is, put it mildly, challenging.

Ever been picked up by a tornado, spun around for two weeks and dropped unceremoniously into a tree top? If you have, consider yourself fortunate – you could be feeling like I felt at the end of the show!

Attention with intense emotion. I think we’re all familiar with that formula.

I did my best to keep up and focus on my exercises. While I rarely had time to check in to the community, and was only able to access the webinar replays and videos piecemeal in short windows of opportunity, I did manage for the most part to at least keep up with my daily readings (except for a few mid-day Ogs) despite total physical and emotional exhaustion at the end of the day.

That had an effect similar to trying to bail out the Titanic with a spoon. A soup spoon, perhaps, not a teaspoon – but still, a spoon. Things kinda got ahead of me.

It has literally taken most of this week in the aftermath to regain my pre-show equilibrium, to just get back to even. Just now am I ready to continue to move forward. I have some catching up to do, but at least the storm has passed.

Yes, the greater the attention, the greater the interest, action and reaction. And the more you try to avoid giving something attention, the more attention you give it. The formula works flawlessly – regardless of the quality of the thing or thought given attention.

Be careful out there.

 

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MKMMA Week 16 – Insight and the Ideal

Friday, January 17th, 2014

As I’m re-acclimating to the daily tasks of life back here after my ten days in Guatemala, I’m finding that the conversation on clarity, the precision of words and Insight in part 15 of the Master Key is flowing seamlessly into part 16’s observations that wealth has value only in its exchange value, and the necessity for clear visualization of your ideal.

No doubt another of those many “coincidences”, I found that being in a different environment, and especially one that is in reality part of the fulfillment of my DMP, seemed to open my thinking to a more focused and accurate vision.

We’re used to thinking of what we want in dollar amounts – what is necessary to acquire those things. Being immersed in the sensory stimulations of the ideals themselves caused me to be able to focus on the end desire, and not worry about the means and trying to “help it along” with thoughts of “having ‘this’ will give me ‘that’”.

I’m not finding a need to rewrite any of my cards or DMP, other than perhaps to reorder things a bit. The words are correct, and I’m now experiencing a new-found clarity in visualizing the ultimate ideals, and allowing the details of the “how” to the purview of Universal Intelligence.

That’s not to say sitting and dreaming, but rather sitting and visualizing, with the understanding that the action steps necessary are being shown to me. I recognize and take action on those rather than trying to engineer the process, realizing that each is just the right thing to do at the right time.

 

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MKMMA Week 12 – R2A2: It doesn’t Matter Whether or Not You Believe …

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

… In the Law of Attraction; it believes in you.

For the past couple of months I’ve been closely involved in a good friend’s quest for a new home. She learned that the house she is currently renting was going to be sold at some point in a few months, and would eventually need to find someplace new to live.

While the sale of the current house is not imminent (due to a variety of factors regarding this particular property), she immediately went into frantic “gotta find a house” mode.

At this point I should mention that we’ve had – or at least have begun – conversations about the underlying concepts we’re all learning and hoping to master here in our Master Key Master Mind Alliance program.

Her response: “Oh, you believe in all that foo-foo attraction stuff…”

Yeah. Okay. So …

She put into her head that she had to find a house. Took action – found a mortgage broker, got pre-approved, found a realtor, began looking at what was available.

Trouble was, everything she saw that fit her ideas was about 30-40 percent higher than what she could afford. And everything in her price range was either too small, already under contract, or both.

Her reaction – her “affirmation” – “I don’t think I’m going to find the house I want, everything I can afford is too small.” Hmm, the wording could use a little work there.

BUT, she kept looking. Not with conscious “intention” because, remember, she doesn’t believe in all that stuff, but nonetheless, with a driving, focused desire that she wanted to find a house that met her needs and wants, in her price range.

At this point somewhat dejected she kept looking, and went to see one more house she’d heard of.

Came back and said “I think I just looked at the house I’m going to buy. It’s a little small, but I’m not going to find anything better in my price.” It was still $20K higher than her top-end approval.

She went to look at it a second time, and brought me along.

“Hmm, this is actually larger than the way you described it, and you can do this, and this, and it’s in a great location. It’s actually a pretty nice house.” But of course there’s that price thing. I’d gone with her before to look at others that were well over her limit, and of course they came to naught.

Now she was dead-on focused. She WANTED this house. It was an all-consuming desire. (It almost sounds like it had become a DMP, but of course, she doesn’t believe in all that stuff.)

This one was a FSBO, so the owners were there when we looked at it. We all talked as much as we did looked at the house, and the four of us seemed to hit it off, to create a good energy, a good connection.

So at her realtor’s suggestion she put in an offer about $7K under her limit, about $27K under the asking price. He reasoned it’s a FSBO not in the MRIS so nobody knows about it. It’s actually well under what other houses in the area are valued at, so it’s a good price.

There was one other person looking later that day, otherwise, no offers on it yet.

She put her offer in Monday; Tuesday she heard back: the other person had put an offer in also, just $10K under the asking price.

Hmm. She countered with an offer at her max – still $10K under the other offer. “I’m a little sad, I don’t think I’m going to get the house.”

The realtor was describing to me the conversation at the counter offer presentation. He had begun trying to work on the price issue, but every time the husband pointed out that the other offer was so much higher, the wife replied “but she really LIKES the house!” So the realtor changed strategies and worked on the relationship aspect, and how we’d all really seemed to liked each other. At the previous meeting with all of us they had mentioned that their own home was just up the street (this one had been an investment property), and they really liked the idea of her being their neighbor. And how that was important.

So he left them with her offer, letting them know that it was her absolute best.

The next day the news came back. The house was under contract.

 

Hers.

She settles in February.

So it would seem that even though she did not “believe” in consciously applying the steps in attraction what she wanted, she “inadvertently” fell into the middle of it, with a white-hot focused burning desire, excluding everything else.

And yes, she expressed doubt a few times. But she also spent endless hours thinking about “her” house and how much she wanted it.

And what she thought about with focus and passion manifested.

 

Makes you wonder what somebody who DOES believe in all this foo-foo stuff, and does INTENTIONALLY create that desire, that focused image, and concentrates on it with burning hot emotion, could accomplish …

 

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MKMMA Week 11 – You Really Are Amazing

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

You are a very special person. Since you’re reading this you’ve almost certainly heard Mark J say this over and over again. I wonder if you’re realizing just how true that is.

All of us on this MKMMA journey are realizing just how much we’re growing – evolving, really – from where we were. It’s clear in the blogs and postings in the community how everyone is seeing little and big changes in their lives as a result.

Being immersed in this group with a common mindset, a common energy, it at times comes as a surprise, and a bit of a reality check, to realize just how unique we are here, and how so many people have no concept and awareness of the principles we’re learning.

I imagine you like me have become so “comfortable” in our new reality that we sort of anticipate our many interactions and relationships to occur on that same level of awareness.

This week was exceptionally … educational. (And hence the late posting)

I recently enrolled a new team member who has so many of the attributes that would seem to make them perfect for a relationship-driven business like ours. A tremendous affinity for other people. An almost intuitive understanding of the nuances of connecting emotionally.

With everyone except themselves.

And so I watch, feeling helpless, as they charge ahead energetically to engage others, then foundering and effectively dashing themselves on the rocks in the maelstrom of their own low self-esteem and beliefs.

On one level we’re all still infants on this journey, yet the realization of just how much we’ve learned and grown causes us to believe we should be able to easily and effortlessly share and instill it all in the people we’re working with.

Teaching the “skills”, with the help of the materials available in the Go90Grow modules is fairly easy and straight forward. Teaching someone that they are so much more than they may currently realize is a much higher mountain to scale. Here it’s not about what we can teach them but what they’re willing and ready to accept and believe about themselves.

And just as with all of us, that has to come not from without, but from within.

On one hand I feel I’ve come a vast distance in just short of three months. Yet I also fell I’m standing here ob my own, and trying to discover the way to show the path to all those I want to join me here and on the road to come.

“It is well, however, to remember that while every effect is the result of a cause, the effect in turn becomes a cause, which creates other effects, which in turn create still other causes; so that when you put the law of attraction into operation you must remember that you are starting a train of causation for good or otherwise which may have endless possibilities.”

– Haanel, The Master Key

There’s still a lot to learn.

 

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MKMMA Week 10 – I Persist

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

I have to admit, when I read Scroll Three of Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman in The World for the first time this Sunday, I reacted with acceptance and the realization that this is a core value in success in anything – persistence, just doing it and keeping on doing it until you achieve the result you’re looking for.

I’d seen it written in a hundred different little inspirational quotes, and even repeated a few from time to time. So it was no surprise.

But it also awakened all those past apprehensions I’ve had that had been instrumental in keeping me from being where and who I wanted to be.

It read like a laundry list of all the little devils that had stopped me in the past.

Right from the very beginning – keep on going even if it hurts a little, go right back at it. Much easier to let that one go and try another.

All the way through to doing that one more thing – trying for one more at the end of the day, instead of going home at “quitting time”. Tomorrow’s another day, right?

I know they were all true and good points, but it meant really DOING the things I’d been saying I ought to do. Facing and overcoming all those demons.

But as I read the Scroll three times a day, and as I went through my daily activities, I found myself applying those little tasks – services, perhaps – a lot more easily that I had in the past. And as I DO them, I find a satisfaction that encourages me to continue to continue, and to do more.

When they become easier to do, they become a pleasure to perform, and when they’re a pleasure to perform, it’s our nature to perform them often.

So, as I do more and thus find myself willing to do more, I discovered that these past demons weren’t big scary monsters. Not even little ankle-biting gremlins. I’m finding that I don’t even view them as things to be apprehensive about at all. Just services to perform and perform again until I achieve the result I desire.

I’m not all the way there yet, but hey, it hasn’t even been a full week on Scroll Three.

Bit by bit, without consciously realizing it, the changes in me that I described in last week’s post continue to occur.

Huh, maybe there really is something to all this stuff …

I think I’ll just keep at it until I find out.

 

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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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