When God Winks and Kindness is Your Focus MKMMA Week 15

I recently finished a book named “When God Winks.”

The book is about things that happen at one point in our life, and later on leads to something unexpected. For example, you have a friend who tells you a story about someone they know who became successful in network marketing. You never meet the person, you just hear a story. Year later you join a network marketing company a start thinking about finding a mentor. Out of the blue, you “accidently” meet the person your friend told you about some years ago. The “accidental”  meeting happens 1000 miles away while you are traveling.

Some call them coincidences, the author of the  book calls them “God Winks.” In other words, there are no accidents.

For approximately 8 weeks, I have been receiving emails, seeing stories, reading stories, and hearing stories about kindness.

Emails from the Napoleon Hill Foundation has an article about kindness. An article in Success magazine has an article about kindness. One of Earl Nightingale ‘s CD sets has a CD about kindness. I pick up a book about Mindfulness and there is kindness again.

Week after week kindness calls out to me.

Then kindness become the MKMMA focus for the week.

I don’t know why the consistent kindness reminders flashed in my life. Then the flash turned into a potent neon sign.

I really don’t want to know why I’m being bathed in the warmth of kindness.

I know with a certainty that there is a reason that will reveal itself sometime when I don’t expect it. I will have my Aha moment.

Until then, I will embrace the beauty radiating from the acts of kindness I witness, virtually experience, or personally do.

For those who read this blog article, let me say, that’s very kind of you.

 

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MKMMA Week 12 James Allen, Napoleon Hill, Earl Nightingale and the 6 Words

I love simplicity. The fewer the words, the better I seem to understand.

I first embraced simplicity when I was watching a medical drama called “House.” I can’t tell you what the episode was about, but I do remember someone mentioning Occam’s Razor.

This was a new phrase to me and I went on a mission to discover what Occam’s Razor was about. I read Wikipedia, an article at How Stuff Works, A Britannica write up, and several other wordy pieces that had me questioning what these people were talking about.

Then I discovered the hidden nugget. I read the words “the simplest answer is usually correct.”

This may or may not be the best summary for Occam’s Razor, but I could embrace the concept after reading those words.

Unbeknownst to me, I’ve been following the concept for years.

As I review the previous 12 weeks with the Master Key System, I asked myself one question — “What’s it all about?”

I will borrow six words from James Allen, Napoleon Hill and Earl Nightingale to sum up my view of the previous 12 weeks: “We become what we think about!”

Simple and straight to the point answer that I can use to focus on.

How would you summarize the lessons from the last 12 weeks? Sit still. Focus. Give it some thought and share.

MKMMA Week 11 Sponge or is that “Ubiquitous Assimilation?”

I was thinking about detachment and researched some quotes.  I found a mighty quote that seemed to be in the wrong classification.

But the words were eloquent, insightful and awkward.

I would edit the language, but doing so would strip the  message explosiveness.

The quote is from the movie “Detachment.” This explains why it was residing in the detachment category.

I’ve also included a brief video from the movie at the end of the quote.

Adrien Brody plays Henry Barthes, the teacher.  He ask his class what Assimilate means. Then he inquiries about the meaning of Ubiquitous. A student defines both words. Then the words are compounded. Another query goes to the class and that question is answered.

The response to Ubiquitous Assimilation was, “always absorbing, everywhere, every time.”

Henry Barthes then ask a rhetorical question. “How are you to imagine anything, if the images are always provided for you?”

He asked the class about reading the book “1984”. A couple of students participated and cautiously lifted an arm. He got an answer, wrote “Doublethink” on the board and asked what it means.

Another successful response.

Strap on your seat belt. This is the soliloquy that followed the answer to “Doublethink. (Warning — if you are easily offended, please stop and go to another blog).

“To deliberately believe in lies, while knowing they’re false.”
“Examples of this in everyday life: ‘Oh, I need to be pretty to be happy. I need surgery to be pretty. I need to be thin, famous, fashionable.” Our young men today are being told that women are whores, bitches, things to be screwed, beaten, shit on, and shamed. This is a marketing holocaust. Twenty-fours hours a day for the rest of our lives, the powers that be are hard at work dumbing us to death.
So to defend ourselves, and fight against assimilating this dullness into our thought processes, we must learn to read. To stimulate our own imagination, to cultivate our own consciousness, our own belief systems. We all need skills to defend, to preserve, our own minds.”

(This is the link to the video: https://youtu.be/z_zRSMVi50w )

I clearly get what Barthes is saying. If you missed the point read it again.

Read the last sentence in the quote if you want the answer.

I think the last sentence is also what the Master Key is about, too.

 

 

 

MKMMA Week 9 Yeah BUT

“Yeah But” is a phrase that kills positivity and clear thinking. Combined, these words have the toxic mental effect equivalent to bleach and ammonia

This may sound like hyperbole to some, but I recently witnessed how these two words are the death of possibility.

Sometimes life lessons jump out of the dark like a ghoul in a Halloween haunted house. I had the experience a couple of times during the last two weeks.

The “Yeah But” attack started when a relative was driving me to an airport to pick up a reserved car rental. He suddenly started complaining about the strategically located traffic enforcement cameras near a neighborhood public park.

As we crept down the street to avoid a traffic citation for the law enforcement eye in a box, the complaint expanded to traffic cameras on streets in surrounding neighborhoods, and then communities miles away.

I attempted to interrupt his monologue  by asking a question. “If you are unhappy about the cameras, why not contact your council representative and express your concerns.”

“Yeah, I could do that….BUT!”

I decided to persist with a different approach. “Why not get a petition started to let the local rep the community wants the cameras turned off.”

Next came another string of “Yeah Buts”

“Yeah, I could do that…BUT” these folks don’t care.

“Yeah BUT these people don’t vote”

“Yeah BUT they will not answer if I knock on their door.”

This guy is stuck, I thought. Am I this way? Is this a clarion call directed at me? What am I doing to created this? These are a few of the questions that zipped through my consciousness.

Again, I decided to silence Mr. Yeah But with a different approach.

“What do you want?”  All I’ve heard is what you don’t want and what other people will not do. So, what do you want.

Guess what I got next?

If you say “Yeah But,” you may not collect $200. He went silent.

It was as if I overloaded his program. This make me think about a passage in the introduction to The Master Key System,. Part 10.

“The ordinary man, who has no definite knowledge of cause and effect, is governed by his feelings or emotions.” In a following paragraph are these words of wisdom: “He never thinks his problem through to the end. In short, he does not know that every effect is the result of a certain definite cause, but he seeks to console himself with explanations and excuses. He thinks only in self-defence.”

I didn’t ask why he was opposed to the cameras. That would have be nice to know.

Like it or not, those cameras were hung for some reason. Maybe for some honest or questionable reason, but I assume there is a reason.

Regardless of the reason, “Yeah But” had him locked down from considering any possible action.

I’m proud I was able to quickly recognize what was going on. In addition, I witnessed the Herculean power this behavior-limiting phrase.

Be the observer is repeated nearly every week during the MKMMA class.

I saw an effect of  disempowering words in someone else. I must now continue to observe and monitor my words, and consistently replace the words and thoughts that I allow to steal my power, with words and thoughts that promote growth.

 

 

MKMMA Week 8 …and the voice said

There I was, sitting.

I can say I didn’t have a thought in my head. Completely empty for a few unforgettable seconds.

Then came a party crasher with a boom box camped on the right shoulder. The crasher boldly strutted into my empty thinking chamber. It released the worn boom box off the shoulder. The box hovered in the air. It reached on the top of the music-blaster, then rudely cranked up the volume. The following words snapped me back to consciousness: “If you don’t have faith in your self, now can you have faith in anything else?”

That’s one heck of a question.

I don’t have an answer. Yet!

 

 

MKMMA Week 7 Keep Your Head Up

The Seven Day Mental Diet!

Seven whole days of positive thoughts?  That breaks down to 168 positive hours; 10080 minutes; 604800 seconds.

Regardless how you chunk it down, it’s going to be a challenging opportunity for growth and transformation.

I previously blogged I’m participating in a 21-day “Complaint Free World” personal transformation.

I wear a band that I keep on one arm until I complain, gossip, gripe, or express sarcasm. Then I switch arms and start the count over until I reach 21 consecutive days.

The loophole is not to say what you are thinking.

Having the thought is acceptable…just don’t express it.

Took me more than 90-days to make the first full 21-days. I’ve switch from left to right wrist, and right to left wrist a few of times. Twenty-five days has been the most number of days without switching.

Now comes the Seven Day Mental Diet. Here is the gargantuan difference between being complaint free and the mental diet: “For seven days I must not allow myself to dwell for a single moment on any kind of negative thought.

Not having a negative thought for a Single Moment is a major growth spurt.

Good thing I got some positive music to help substitute some thoughts.

I plan to use the seven triggers to help me successfully navigate through the Seven Day Mental Diet. My first trigger is musically.

There is an abundance of positive music to help substitute the thought I want to replace. I would like to share three with you. The links are:

I hope they help you keep your head up during this mental transformation opportunity.

 

 

MKMMA Week 6 Beauty

“Remember, every beauty to which you respond must have its corresponding outline in your brain before you can appreciate it,” Charles F. Haanel, The Master Key – Part Six, 6-10.
I must be completely honest, I really have not grasp the full meaning of that phrase, or the other sentences in paragraph 6-10. Yet, I feel it represents something I must express.
I visit as many of the Master Key, or MKMMA, blogs from current “classmates” that I have been fortunate to discover, or comments from visits to my blog.  I want you to know I’ve been deeply moved by the beauty, the emotional feel, and your reflections.
I want you all to know how much I appreciate your openness. I appreciate the emotions and the artistry you put into your blogs. From week to week, your growth fertilizes my growth.
God knows how much you inspire me. I’m grateful for the opportunity to witness your individual transformations from a distance — week-by-week.
If you ever think your light is not shining, believe me, it is — and it’s sun-bright.
Continue to share the beauty, and I’ll continue to focus on the meaning Haanel’s statement I lead with.

One Earnest Word– MKMMA Week 5

I love the phrase “Earnest desire” vice “burning desire.”

I read the “burning desire” phrase in Think and Grow Rich in the early 80’s. I’ve struggled with the idea of a burning desire for more than 35 years.

I didn’t know or understand how I would know if I had the required “burning desire” while I traveled the path towards a goal.

Admittedly, I bounced from one incomplete goal to another, like a mishit golfball aimlessly bouncing on a cart path and finally stopping in the rough or a hazard. My trademark was one goal after another abandoned, wandering aimlessly until it returned back to me as an unfulfilled wish.

I abandoned my goals because I really felt I should feel a certain way. I should burn. No burn, no real goal. No real desire to do what’s necessary to “get ‘er done.”

Then like a rescue team, the phrase “earnest desire” pulled me out a deep pit. “Earnest desire” makes absolute sense to me. A logical, unemotional phrase I can use to test a wish and promote it to goal status.  I can easily determined if the desire for a particular experience is earnest or not.

One simple word has me believing in achieving what some consider the impossible.

One simple word has me gitty like a child hearing the ice cream truck approaching. Earnest desire is the simple phrase that has honestly changed my perspective on what I can achieve.

One word. One thought. One experience. One person. One phrase can open up a world of I’m possible.

Week 4 MKMMA 55 – 135

I’m a curious person.

Whenever I read an article that contains a quote, I’m compelled to research the quote and the person.

I was reading an article in Success magazine titled “7 Ways to Become a Better Person This Week.” There were quotes by Seneca, Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus. The quote by  Epictetus, who lived from 55 A.D. to 135 A.D. Was below a heading titled Good habits drive out bad habits.” This heading strongly related to some of the words in Og Mandino’s “The Greatest Salesman in the World.” Scroll number one states “For it is another of natures laws that only a habit can subdue another habit.”

Here is Epictetus’ quote: “Since habit is such a powerful influence, and we’re used to pursuing our impulses to gain and avoid outside our own choice, we should set a contrary habit against that, and where appearances are really slippery, use the counterforce of our training.” In other words, have a habit replace another habit.

I started my search on Epictetus after reading the quote. Who is this person, I asked my curious self. Look him up and “Do it now.,” it replied. So I did.

The first thing that yanked me by the collar was his birth and death dates — 55 – 135. Okay. So what’s so significant about the date?

Come on. Are you seriously asking me that question? It’s obvious. Some really smart and influential individuals have been talking about how to change behavior for centuries. They were spot on.  No testing a thousand subjects. No 2000 page research paper to verify their hypothesis.

Some how Epictetus and others, probably long before him, knew.

I don’t remember when I first heard about this simple method to change a habit. I’m sure I thought it was genius when I heard it. But in reality, the concept didn’t hit home until the third of fourth reading scroll one in “The Greatest Salesman in the World. ”

Bing..Bing..Bing. The concept reconned a path to the target and hit it. Then along came the Success magazine online article to make sure I got the message.

I actually got it, this time.

 

 

MKMMA Week 3 Why Is Led Zeppelin in My Head

Something strange and exciting is going on in my head. I started thinking about Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven when reading and listening to Part 3.
The highly recognized song is greatly abstract and meaningful for me. Now if you are waiting for details I suggest you move along, because I ain’t sharing.
The one thing I clearly get from the song is that the woman has accumulated lots of financial wealth, yet she is living an unfulfilled life. She is aware that her “gold” can’t get her to climb the Stairway to Heaven. I take that to mean to personal fulfillment.
Now if you are expecting the money is evil fire and brimstone, wrath of God, locus and flood editorial, you got the wrong guy….so let’s move on. Back to Led Zeppelin, more specifically Stairway to Heaven.

This song to me is about living an unfulfilled life. Master Key Part 3 seems to be about letting go of the things that block living a rich, rewarding, fulfilled life. Sure, money is great, and having lots of it is “awesome, baby” (a salute to Dick Vitale).  Money and I can have some exceptional experiences; but if my light is not shining, my thoughts are funky, and my fear(s) is my personal devil, then fulfillment is not possible.

Two items in this lesson I deeply connected with. One is in the introduction to Part 3 and item 16.

A couple of years ago I was reading the Science of Getting Rich, by Wallace D. Wattles, and I came across a section devoted to gratitude. Wallace wrote, “It is necessary, then, to cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

Two words got my attention — “all things.” In other words, be grateful for the good, the bad and the ugly. Charles Haanel gives additional advice, he wrote, “Eliminate, therefore, any possible tendency to complain of conditions as they have been, or as they are, because it rest with you to change them and make then what you would like them to be.

Man, that is powerful.

Now for number 16. “When you find that you are really one with the Infinite power, and when you can consciously realize this power by a practical demonstration of your ability to overcome any adverse condition by the power of your thought, you will have nothing to fear; fear will have been destroyed and you will have come into possession of your birthright.”

Now to tie Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and why this song seems to relate to Part 3. As I advance through the lessons, and find personal meaning in them, bigger chunks of cement fall off me. The Stairway to Heaven could be anything I want, any where I want to go, the person I want to become, or the contributions I want to make.

Learning, understanding and applying lessons on changing my thoughts, and applying unwavering focusing on my intentions, will lead me to my Stairway to Heaven. But the fulfillment is already within. I just need to access it and let it shine.