MKE 2018 Lesson 10—What is the Power that You Seek?

Often you may seek power everywhere, but finally realize that it lies within you. Let’s look at what the Master Keys has to say about power along with other resources that can illuminate us.  First, what are some general ideas about power? Second, what is power made of, if it isn’t physical: how about mental, moral, spiritual, and creative? Third, how is power developed?

First, let’s look at some general ideas about power. All wealth is the offspring of power; possessions are of value only as they confer power. Events are significant only as they affect power and all things represent certain forms or degrees of power. Power is everywhere and comes from everywhere. It is not necessarily an agency or a structure. Foucault is one of the few writers that recognized that power is not just negative, intimidating, or a repressive thing that forces us to do things against our wishes but can be a productive and positive force in society. Power produces reality, domains of objects and rituals of truth. Power is an everyday socialized phenomenon which affects how you analyze things, discipline yourself and evaluate others.

Second, what is power made of? It is made of mental power, which is the ability to think clearly and put all parts of a problem together. It provides the fortitude to integrate your energies in order to achieve more. The power is not related to your intellect, rather it is the rich combination of your life experiences and your enduring common sense. It is the idea of standing firm among the drama of adversity and finding the inner patience to stay clear and centered. Having mental strength means holding to the vision of your goals and making realistic decisions that advance your desires, dreams, and purpose in life.

The next thing that power is made of is moral power, which is the virtue of a person’s perceived moral stature that is able to persuade others to adopt a particular belief or take a particular course of action. It becomes standards by which people order their lives and make their choices. Also, when a person is committed to moral power it grows and they see it as being important.

Another trait of power is spiritual power which is superior because it exists on a higher plane. There are five factors in spiritual power: (1) Faith which means trust and confidence when pretending to your Dharma. It inspires an outpouring of energy and an innocence of conviction, an open heart that is not afraid to trust, and so can move beyond the known. It senses the possibility of that there is some profound possibility to be realized, even though it’s not immediately apparent. Faith can’t be given. It arises spontaneously out of observing and knowing for oneself. From faith flows devotion, gratitude, commitment and self -giving. Faith implies the ability to realize the truth, and it has a very great influence upon consciousness. It removes the shadow of doubt and gives clarity to the mind. (2) Effort channels energy and puts it to use. Nothing happens without effort in any kind of endeavor. Effort isn’t easy and carrying out the instructions isn’t always simple either. There are many levels of effort. Like the gears of a car, one level leads to the next. The key to them all is being willing to start fresh, or to start all over again—to bring back the wandering mind and start anew. Effort becomes smoother, steadier, and skilled the more mindfulness grows. (3) Mindfulness is the third of spiritual power. Mindfulness is the active aspect of awareness. Mindfulness means not forgetting to pay attention, and not forgetting to be aware of what is going on within you, moment to moment. When mindfulness is present, it’s like an empty mirror. It sees whatever comes before it with no distortion. Mindfulness has no likes or dislikes. There is no passion nor prejudice. It knows things in their totality, just as they are. (4) Concentration arises out of the effort to be mindful. It is often defined as “one pointed attention”. Concentration keeps attention pinned down on to whatever object is being noticed and keeps it focused and steady. The key to developing concentration is effort. As concentration deepens, the mind becomes calm and centered. It’s less reactive and it comes into greater emotional balance. (5) Wisdom is the last part of spiritual power. It is ongoing inspiration from the work of the other four parts and together there is fulfillment. Wisdom is not knowledge and can’t be learned from books, for it is intuitive understanding that arises from close observation of experience. It is insight into reality, the nature of things as they are.

The last part of power is creative power. Creative power is having the power to create. It is characterized by originality of thought or inventiveness. It is having or showing imagination. Creative power is about using the energy aspect of energy consciousness. It is about having the ability and power to manifest a creative idea. It is to make something happen or to cause an effect over a period of time. Specifically, it is about the power to cause something to come into existence which did not previously exist or is significantly different from the past and to sustain that creation. Creative power is about consciously directing a flow of creative energy by how you focus your attention and awareness. Since creative power is an energy flow, it is experienced in feeling. Creative power is about how and what you feel along with why you feel or don’t feel, what you do. Also, what you give permission to yourselves to feel. By learning to discern what you feel, you can access the flow of energy and direct it into your creative needs. Creative power is about a flow of energy and the passion to act. To access your creative power, you need to be open to what you feel at each level of your being. You need to develop your creative ability and understand the power you have and by doing this your power will be amplified.

Third, how is power developed? According to the Master Keys power is developed by exercise. This exercise consists in making an application of your knowledge. Remember that knowledge does not apply itself, you must make the application. You must comprehend the law of attraction and the intention to bring it into operation for a certain, definite, and specific purpose. Your will to carry out this purpose brings about the materialization of your desire and the exercise needed to develop the power within you. For example, if you are in business you will discover unusual channels of distribution will open up to you and the things you seek, you’ll find are seeking you.

I hope you have enjoyed acquiring some tidbits on the power that is in you and that this blog has opened your awareness to this great potential. Max Patrick has a quote that reinforce my topic: “The power to shape your reality lies within you, therefore the most important voice you will ever hear is your own.” Deshwai Sachin puts it in another way, “Trust in your inner power & miracles will happen.” I hope you gain the power that you seek.

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MKE 2018 Lesson 9— How to Change Yourself?

Have you ever wondered how to change? People have all sorts of ideas, but let’s focus on three: (1) how to change conditions, (2) the power of positive thought, and (3) the importance of knowing the Truth. Once these three components fit into your puzzle the end result is a changed you.

If you want to change conditions, you have to change yourself. You must analyze your whims, your wishes, your fancies, your ambitions, your dreams and focus on your inner world. Think about the thoughts that bring you to a place of joy. Decide how you choose to live and what’s healthy for you. Hold in your mind the condition you desire; affirm it as an already existing fact. This indicates the value of a powerful affirmation. For example, “I am Whole, Perfect, Strong, Powerful, Loving, Harmonious, and Happy.” (Charles Haanel) By using the Law of Practice and the Law of Growth—constantly repeating the affirmation it becomes a part of you and it begins to change you into what you want to be. The Law of Growth kicks in because what you think about grows and what your forget about atrophies. Character is a part of you that is not a thing of chance, but it is the result of continued effort, determination, and fortitude. If you are vacillating, lacking self- confidence or harassed by thoughts of fear remember the universal principle which says, “two things cannot exist in the same place at the same time”. Your remedy is to use the Law of Substitution replacing the above thoughts with thoughts of courage, power, self-reliance, confidence, and belief that you can change your character, which is yourself.

Another way to help change yourself is through changing your negative attitude by substituting the negative with positive thoughts. The positive thoughts will destroy the negative just like light destroys darkness.

Other helpful ways to get rid of negative thoughts, besides using the Law of Substitution, is doing yoga with calming background music. By refocusing your thoughts on your breathing, relaxing your body, and concentrating on your yoga stance this process helps to ease your mind and clear the negative thoughts away. Yoga also helps you focus on the now-the present moment which is the most important moment.

Next the importance of a simple smile. A smile changes your mood and relieves stress. A smile makes you feel happier and more positive as it takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown.

Surround yourself with positive people when you’re stuck in a negative spiral. You might even need to call them to help you get things into a better perspective, to support you by positive comments or affirmations.

Don’t allow yourself to play the victim. You create your life so take responsibility. Taking responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for your situation and this includes yourself. Looking at the negative attitude or problem as an opportunity in disguise. By doing this it allows your negative attitude to be transformed into a greater benefit or something positive.

Next try singing—when you sing your negative thoughts seem to shift and singing provides stress relief.

Being grateful helps you appreciate what you already have and it vanishes your negative thoughts.

Read positive quotes and post them in key visual areas. Watch how reading them seems to dissolve your negative thoughts into positive thoughts.

Knowing the truth is a big ingredient to changing yourself. The truth is the underlying principle in every business or social relationship. It is a condition ahead of every right action. To know the truth, to be sure, to be confident gives such a satisfaction. It is the only solid ground in a world of unpredictability. To know the truth is to be in harmony, to be free, and to connect yourself with a power which will sweep away every kind of discord, fear, doubt, or error of any kind. Truth is mighty and will prevail.

Let’s look at what Roy T. Bennett said in his quote on change: “It’s never too late to change your life for the better. You don’t have to take huge steps to change your life. Making even the smallest changes to your daily routine makes a big difference to your life.”

Now that your eyes are open to a new perspective of how to change yourself, don’t let these concepts go dormant, but try them out. Be a part of the puzzle by fitting the pieces of change into it. The result will be a New You.

MKE 2018 Lesson 8-What is Your Interpretation of Kindness?

Kindness is a characteristic that has different meanings and so in this blog let’s look at what it could be and let you,the reader, decide what is right for you. First, let’s examine the definition, second, let’s look at where kindness begins, third, what kindness isn’t, and fourth, the foundation of kindness.

Wikipedia defines kindness as “a behavior marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and a concern for others.” From this definition kindness is made up of principles of morality. Add to it a natural and emotional outlook or mood, stir in interest for others, and the output is one way of looking at kindness. Another way to look at the word is to “do onto others as you would like them to do to you”. For example, if you enjoy someone opening a door for you when you go to the mail box, then why not reciprocate? This simple kindness can be done by anyone, not just males. If you enjoy complements, then why not show some kindness to others by giving them a sincere complement? For example, you might complement the person on what they are wearing, or their interesting cap, or their beautiful smile, or their ocean blue eyes. This act of kindness doesn’t take much but means the world to others.

Second, where does kindness begin? It basically begins with you. It involves the ethical principles of integrity, trustworthiness, knowing what is right and wrong, even when your parent or responsible adult is not present. It also means treating yourself with respect and appreciating yourself as you would anyone else that you care about. I think how you treat and talk to yourself is the foundation of other relationships. If you say negative things about yourself, that is how you look at others too, and how you see the world around you. Instead of showing kindness to yourself you end up beating yourself up verbally for a mistake you made now or five years ago.

Third, often you might confuse the word kindness with other words, so let’s determine what kindness is not. Being kind does not always mean being nice. Being kind doesn’t mean always making other people happy. Sometimes kindness mean disappointing other people even making them angry. Kindness is based on your moral code, your values, and your personal beliefs. Whereas, niceness is based on how other people perceive you. Sometimes kindness is saying ‘no’. If a friend is continually wanting to borrow money from you and then using it unwisely, it’s kinder to refuse them money and look for another way to support them on their journey instead of enabling them. Sometimes kindness is telling yourself to do something you rather not do, for instance, going to the gym to exercise when it is raining and cold outside. Kindness can be tough and it can leave you feeling less than kind. Saying ‘no’ to yourself or others can ease your mind down the road because you know that answer would be better for them or you and would actually show more kindness.

Fourth, what is the foundation of kindness? Kindness is being concerned for others which includes empathy and acceptance. Empathy is the ability to understand someone’s hurt, situation, experience, feelings, and behavior. If kindness is to be genuine you need to understand where the person is coming from and what they are dealing with-the good and the bad. Your kindness is still empathy even if you don’t agree with their choice and decide not to enable them going forward. Kindness is finding compassion and understanding where the other person is in their life and their journey while maintaining your own boundaries and respecting your own needs. Kindness is not judging people but accepting them for who they are at the time, and giving them freedom to change as needed. Kindness is acting without expectation of reciprocity or recognition. Kindness is a beautiful complex quality that is deeply personal to everybody and that’s why there is so much variety.

As Lao Tzu puts it- “ Kindness in words, creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
Scott Adams put it in another way-“There’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”
I hope by reading this blog you’ve discovered your definition of kindness and can begin your own ripple effect on others.

MKE 2018 Lesson 7 What Do You Learn From Failure?

Often we only look at failure as a negative part of our lives, but let’s flip the coin and see what positive things one can gain from failure.

First, failure builds character. If you look at the positive side of it, the best advantage you earn from failure is the strength you gain from it. If everything in life were perfect and every opportunity a success what type of person would you be? Failure teaches us more about ourselves and builds character better than any success ever could. It makes us see our inner being for what it is and areas where change is needed.

Second, failure creates opportunity. How many times in your work life have you failed at something and shortly after this experience you discovered another opportunity that is usually more suited to your talents, and perhaps even the salary was better. Thus, failure had some bitterness, but also had sweetness so that eventually everything ended up better.

Third, failure is a great teacher in disguise. It shows you your strengths and weaknesses which inspires you to adjust your attitude along with realizing the change that needs to occur in your life. It teaches you humbleness and the importance of getting off your ego trip.

Fourth, failure initiates courage. Most people are scared of failure and would rather stay in their comfort zone than to take a risk and go down an uncertain path. After all, you have responsibilities and people relying upon you. No matter what the failure is you need to adapt yourself to the catastrophe to get through it.

Fifth, failure teaches perseverance. When experiencing failure it is extremely easy to just give up. Why should I continue? It takes determination, boldness, fortitude, and braveness to keep driving forward. After all, a quitter never wins but a winner never quits.

Sixth, failure produces creativity. If something doesn’t work out you need to tap into your supply of innovative talent to create something exclusive. Failure inspire the passion to continue to look for new ideas.

Seventh, failure depends upon motivation. The most successful people are the ones that continue to try and never give up. As Winston Churchill once said, “Success is your ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” You need to find your motivation and incentive to keep you going toward your goal.

Eighth, failure is acceptable. You have to acknowledge and give yourself permission to accept failure. Everyone fails at something, but lack of effort is not good enough. You need to continue to try using all possible options.

Ninth, failure encourages exploration. When you fail at something you begin to explore other alternatives, look at your interests, your dreams, desires, and purpose in life. As you discover new pathways to travel, new opportunities seem to open up, and a new journey has begun.

Tenth, failure teaches resilience. Failure has a way of making you a better person. Failure teaches and strengthens resilience. Through displeasure, distress, hardship, and uncertainty, you become better at handling any of life’s challenges. Resilience is an essential tool to help anyone become a successful individual. There is no better teacher of resilience than failure.

As Henry Ford once put it nicely, “ Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again this time more intelligently” Napoleon Hill put it in another way, “Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.”

Hopefully, you now see how important failure is to becoming successful and how it is a useful implement in building character, courage, perseverance, motivation, creativity, exploration, and resilience. So accept your failure and use it to benefit your life.

MKE 2018-2019 LESSON 6 THE BENEFITS OF EXPRESSING “NO OPINIONS”

Often when I’m given a task to do I focus on the task, or the opportunity that it will give me in disguise. In this blog let’s look at the benefits you can have by expressing “No Opinions”.

First let’s look at what happens when your opinion is refrained from being expressed on a topic that is thrown out by a small group. Since you don’t give an opinion, but others can, the topic is debated, tested, and discussed in depth by the group. The topic becomes stronger because everyone buys into it and it becomes a group decision not your opinion.

Second, it gives the opinion a chance to develop into a meaningful discussion where input can be presented on a level playing field at the right time.

Third, by not stating your opinion, it gives others a chance to state the purpose, the outcome of the discussion, and what they can expect from the session.

Fourth, by not giving your opinion you can begin to understand other people’s point of view.

Fifth, by having no opinion it helps develop listening skills and makes others feel important because you are taking the time to listen. By focusing on what a person is saying you can learn when someone is going off on a tangent and you are more apt to keep an open mind.

Sixth, by not giving an opinion you’ve acknowledged that all opinions are attachments to things that interest you. Instead of stating your opinion on a topic for example, you can say something like this—I enjoyed watching the World Series what do you think about the games?

Lastly, by not stating your opinion you develop your skills in observing not only others, but your world around you. Learning to shut off opinions both verbally and mentally, you move away from your associative memory to the frontal lobe of your brain. You become less stressed and not so egotistic. So, get rid of expressing your opinions and celebrate no longer being the noise.

MKE 2018 Lesson 5 What Do You Get To Do?

Have you ever thought about what do you get to do? Often, we complain about the various responsibilities that we are stuck with. This blog hopefully gives you a chance to contemplate over the things you do in a different perspective.

First, what do I get to do? Since I am now retired my days vary according to what I chose to do. It may begin by taking a walk through eight & half acres of trees observing all the wonders of the property such as; deer, turkeys, blue jays, ducks, the squirrels burying peanuts for the winter, the beauty of a butterfly, and the diligence of a hummingbird. Each has something special to teach me on my walk.

The second thing I get to do is to be a guide for the MKE class. This task is definitely enriching. It allows me to meet people throughout the world and to manifest my gift of helping others on their journey. Being available to help them in their DMP, Press Release, Blogs, or Mastermind with them on various discoveries on the webinars is truly a joy and brings oxygen to my soul. It is a honor to work with my members and other guides. I’ve learned so much about people through their experience. I’m blown away with their genuineness, openness to share their challenges, their successes, their joys, and even their sorrows. They have given me gems that have energized, exhilarated, and put me on cloud nine. I’ve appreciated so much what they have patiently given me.

The third thing I get to do is to be a wife and a mother. Being a wife has been an experience that no words can describe. I was blessed with a wonderful, caring, creative, and supportive husband who loves me unconditionally through the years, which this coming December is 43 years. He’s a great cook too, which has been really helpful in making dinners. Being a mother was something I became as soon as I said, “I do” in the wedding vows. My husband had two boys (4 & 6 yrs old) and together we raise them along with their half sister and two children of our own. Giving us a grand total of 3 boys and 2 girls. Being a mother is a privilege and an honor, but with many challenges and catastrophes that eventually turned tears into moments of joy, successes, and happiness. I have learned so much from being a mother and a wife.

Lastly, what do I get to do? I get to materialize my personal pivotal needs of helping others & leaving a legacy. I thoroughly enjoy helping others by encouraging them through sending them birthday cards, get well cards, or inspirational cards. I can visualize their smile along with their feelings that someone cared and is showing them love. I love playing games at the Prairie house-which is a facility for people who need assistance in their everyday life. The old timers are quite game players. They of course have to win!
The saying, “the more you give, the more you get” is truly evident when helping people. Helping people has a way of activating the fire of service and stirring-up your inner world of joy.
Legacy is leaving something tangible behind. I plan to do just that by writing a book called, “Intuitive Solutions” which is a math book. The book deals with everything you need to know on basic arithmetic through Algebra. The book breaks down concepts step by step in simple terms so that anyone can grasp the idea. Each concept not only has steps explaining the process but examples & cartoons to illustrate the objective.

Looking at things in the light of what do I get to do puts a new spin of energy and excitement to the opportunity that life gives you each day. As Debasish Mridha (MD) puts it visually: “Open all your windows, Open your heart and mind, Open all your senses, now listen to the songs of the ocean, the whispering of the leaves, the chirping of the seagulls and feel the touch of the ocean breeze. Feel the joy of life.”  So take advantage of life by looking at things in the light of “What Do I Get to Do”.

MKE 2018 Lesson 4–Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Whether we realize it or not our actions say more about us than words do. In this blog we’re going to look at ways we communicate through our actions: (a) What we show people without saying anything, (b) How to develop our actions, and (c) How to ignite the power within us.

I read an article by Nicolas Cole, which illustrated how people can show their character without having to say anything. Here are a few points that he emphasized. First, the importance of showing up on time. If you’re late, you are disrespectful, and it doesn’t matter the circumstance. It’s always better to be the one on time. Second, dressing appropriately. It is important to do due diligence to figure out what would be appropriate to wear. Take the time to understand where you’re going and what the expectation is. Third, remembering the little things. As William Morris stated, “The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” If you can recall the small stuff, people will think fondly of you. Fourth, holding the door open for people. Such a small act shows your willingness to put others before yourself. Fifth, the art on your walls. Your art shows others what motivates you, what interests you, and what you believe is worth looking at on a daily basis. Sixth, your shoes. Your style of shoes says a lot about you as a person. Your shoes represent your personality. It isn’t about buying what’s most expensive or trendy. Seventh, when you take notes. Notes help you remember the key points or information. Why risk forgetting your boss’s coffee request? Or why risk losing your business partner’s ideas from the meeting? Eighth, spending money wisely. How you spend your money is a clear reflection of your value as a person: who you spend it on, where, and when. Ninth, how you invest your time. Do you spend your time working on yourself or do you squander it on things that don’t truly matter? Tenth, your circle of friends. “You are the reflection of the five people you spend the most time with.” Who we associate with speaks volumes about our outlook on life, our beliefs, our goals, and what we find most important in life.

Next, how do we develop our actions? This process is done by cultivating our thoughts. Filtering them from negative garbage into uplifting, positive, and encouraging reflections. Thought is energy and energy is the power which produces productive actions. You need to be interested only in cause and by doing so, it helps secure health, harmony, abundance, and whatever else may be necessary for your welfare & happiness.

Lastly, how can you ignite the power within you by recognizing the power to think constructively and not dwelling on selfish purposes? You need to acknowledge that the germ of defeat is in every selfish thought. Every action must benefit every person who is in any way connected with the action. The welfare of each individual depends upon recognizing the interest of the whole. In order to get the power you desire, you must give it; you must be in service to others. The advantage of accepting this principle is that you don’t wear yourself out, you can eliminate vagrant thoughts and you can readily concentrate on any subject. You also don’t waste time or money on any action which can be of no possible benefit to you or others. In order to strengthen your will or action, apply this affirmation: “I can be what I will to be.” Repeat this throughout the day and watch how you ignite the power within you in the exact proportion to the effort you expend. Your purpose for the action must be constructive & in harmony with the creative principle of the Universe.

Nicholas Spark’s quote concludes this blog very concisely, “You’re going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times. But in the end, it’s always their actions you should judge them by. It’s actions, not words, that matter.” So let your words be in harmony with your actions because your actions are the key to you.