MKMMA- Week 9 Whims, Wishes and Fancies

In the still early stages of this ‘grand adventure’, I have been profoundly impacted by phrases, particularly from the Master Key readings. The line from the first paragraph of this weeks reading is particularly impressive, “Your whims, your wishes, your fancies, your ambitions may be thwarted at every step, but your inmost thoughts will find expression just as certainly as the plant springs from the seed.” Again Haanel writes, “Character is not a thing of chance, but it is the result of continued effort…the positive thought will destroy the negative as certainly as light destroys darkness, and the results will be just as effectual.”

When my son was in junior high, I assisted his football team in conditioning drills and assisted in practice. One day while gathering for practice some of the boys were talking big about how much talent they had and how they were going to stomp their opponents all year. The coach spoke up and said, “Nice thoughts guys. Every team thinks on this first day they are world beaters. After this first practice, more than half of this group will not show up for the next one. While nothing being done is impossible for you, your body will scream that you did not sign up for this. Whoever wins that argument with their body wins at football and learns the key to winning all life long.”

I am so grateful for the clarity which MKMMA has brought to the power we have to change our lives. Zone in on what is right and true. Think actively, purposefully and with passion on such and enjoy the benefits of a life lived on your terms.

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MKMMA Week 8- Chalk one up for the Ant!

Last week my wife and I explained to a young woman that we were heading up the road to a resort to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary.  She is 25 and a mother 3 times over. Her response was, “Whoa! 41 years?!? Really? I get tired of a guy in about 10 days.” We chuckled and told her that she needs to work on that because longevity in a great relationship is the best life has to offer. It is a matter of managing expectations and genuine interest in some one other than yourself.

This is truly where my subconscious has been challenged by my conscious self that all that glitters is not gold.  My subby is a skirt chaser. My conscious mind tells the skirt chaser that you do not want to hurt or lose the love of your life. You could not handle the pain inflicted by such a betrayal. Chalk one up for the ant!  Imagine if we can control such strong instincts, what we can do with a conscious mind that is daily instructing our subby to pay attention to only life enhancing, positive, well crafted messages to build wealth and happiness. Can you see it? Pretty soon the subby develops a ‘garbage’ filter much like a ‘sales’ filter. The Ant has done his job and can proceed to other life enhancing messages to feed the elephant.

MKMMA Week 7 “It Is What It Is”

A favorite author/philosopher/speaker of mine said in a speech a few years ago, “The world is a universe of laws and does not care if you figure it out or not–it just is. Wisdom is figuring that out and living accordingly”.   It sounded great at the time and makes even more sense to me after this time in the MKMMA course.  I remember as a child fussing about rain that was interrupting my outdoor plans.  My Mom would say “Talk to God about it and find something else to do.”  Imagine how productive fussing about the weather is. Or about your shoe size or the family you were born into.

Think about how narrow our world is when we live with a subby shaped by other’s impressions or outdated/unworkable ideas. Total futility (like fussing about the weather) is when an idea’s time is gone (or never was) and we keep trying to make it work. It truly takes wisdom and knowledge of eternal principles to identify and uproot destructive thought patterns and behavior. A young woman confided to me that she was stressed because her ‘boyfriend’ wanted her to do things she did not want to do. I asked her why she was stressed and she replied he would break up with her if she did not. I suggested she would be trading a toxic relationship for her dignity, self respect and the knowledge she is perfectly able to live without him. Our subconscious has the potential to unlock a brilliant, satisfying and exciting life when we learn what is smart and life giving. It is what it is no matter how much we chant, “Rain, rain go away…”

MKMMA Week 6- Strange Dreams

I am wondering if others have had some strange dreams while poking around the ‘subby’? I recently had a dream about two separate times/moments in my life. I am beginning to understand the powerful and somewhat random collision of events our subconscious can create. Not really sure if the combo is random or if there is a link I have not  discovered. I do know this much, it is not coincidental I had this dream. Nothing else, I realize the unlimited storage capacity and the ability to retrieve information from incidents 50+ years ago.

Earlier in this course Mark J illustrated a remarkable point about our subby. If you see a movie and then watch the trailer, you will spot anything out of order. A scene not in the movie.  Dialog intermingled. Its true. I do that all the time.  Since our subby does not distinguish between true or false; Rational or irrational; logical or illogical,it is crucial for our conscious mind to feed and monitor what goes in.  It starts with positive affirmations and is followed by our own instructions on what to do with the input. It has taken me awhile to wrap my mind around this. I have informed my subby there is a new gatekeeper on duty.

My weird dreams are light weights compared to my wife’s.  She has marching bands and does not play an instrument.  Go figure!