MKMMA Week 5 – We Are Our Own Creation

“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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2 Responses to “MKMMA Week 5 – We Are Our Own Creation”

  1. Shawn Bornholdt Says:

    Keep charging forward. It is hard, but at least now you are consciously realizing it and growing.

  2. Roger Gauthier Says:

    So you’re a hot temper driver!!! Keep giving love to your fellow drivers out there who are all stressed out and in a hurry to get where they are going (work, appointment, etc.) by smiling at them and telling them silently that you love them and you will be surprised how things are going to quickly start changing for the better and you will see and appreciate all these courteous drivers. Scroll ll is bringing amazing results.

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