MKE Week 15- A New Way to Look at Obstacles

Have you ever wondered about the obstacles that come to block your way? Let’s look at the why of obstacles, the purpose of obstacles, and the nine reasons to love obstacles in your life.

The why of obstacles as the “Master Keys” explains it indicates that we are either refusing to give up what we no longer need in our lives because we are content & use to our old nature; or refusing to accept what we require for our growth because this might mean a change or more effort on our part. According to Tony Fahkry the why of obstacles would be to illuminate the path to success by exposing us to challenges in which to overcome, thus ensuring victory is attainable. Obstacles are goal posts leading you toward goal achievement. Obstacles compel you to turn your weaknesses into strength instead of cowering from them. Obstacles exist, not to be surrendered to, but to be overcome, for in overcoming we gain the inner conviction and resilience to succeed. Obstacles develop mental fortitude and emotional growth.

The purpose of obstacles is to develop the ability to appropriate what we require for our growth. The greater our ability to know what we require, the more certain we are to attract what we need. Thus, no obstacles may reach us except what is necessary for our growth. The obstacles that come to us do so for our benefit. These obstacles will continue to come until we absorb their wisdom and gather from them the essentials of further growth. We gain permanent strength to the extent of the effort required to overcome the obstacle. Obstacles are great opportunities in disguise. With each victory the next obstacle becomes less difficult.

Lastly, the nine reasons to love obstacles in your life by Matthew Trinetti.  First, obstacles show us who we really are. For example, when you feel obstacles like loneliness, sadness, heart break, it forces you to feel these things and expose your core and by doing this you can begin dealing with them. Second, obstacles instruct us on what we need to do next. They are like neon signs that literally spell out what we must do. Obstacles reveal the parts within us that need fine-tuning. They show us the things inhibiting our own growth. Third, obstacles make us tougher. They give us a chance to practice courage—courage to improve our situation, our world, and ourselves.  Fourth, obstacles help us focus on what’s important. When we don’t know what’s important to us we can’t tell the difference between the obstacles worthy of our time.  Fifth, obstacles make us more creative. When we are facing an obstacle that is gigantic, and it feels like all is lost. We can give up or use the obstacles to help us stretch our creative muscles. Sixth, obstacles help us find meaning to our lives. For example, President Lincoln learned how to find meaning in his inner turmoil by focusing his efforts outward by uniting out nation and finding relief in a cause bigger than himself or his personal struggle. Seventh, obstacles remind us that the deepest meaning is found outside of ourselves. We need to stop peering so intensely at our own problems and look at ways to help the world around us. Eighth, obstacles give us the opportunity to change our lives for the better. They help you reason your existence and is so doing provides a window of opportunity to make a change in your life. Ninth, obstacles can give us inner peace by teaching us that the thing we have control over is our reaction and the power to place ourselves in harmony which demonstrates a life of peace and happiness. Along with inner peace obstacles can help us acquire wisdom and spiritual growth.

Obstacles, as you’ve discovered, are implements that help to make and weave the threads which carry out the pattern of our dreams, goals, and desires. It enables us to understand the possibilities in any undertaking. Michael Jordan once said, “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around & give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it”. Obstacles build resilience and fortitude which keeps you on the path of success & happiness. So don’t dread obstacles, but receive them as gems in building your life.

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MKE Week 14-What I Learned in 2017

When I looked back on 2017 four things seemed to stand out: (1) the importance of each day, (2) the importance of friends and family, (3) the importance of eating healthy, exercising, and doing things to keep your brain alert, and (4) the importance of “Me”.

Through the “Master Key Experience”, I refocused on being more aware of the importance of each day. I learned how to organize my day, and schedule my week by determining a set time to do personal growth, to exercise, to experience spiritual growth, to do fun things with my honey, map out doctor’s appointments, and concentrate on my business. Then as I accomplish the events I scheduled I would highlight each one with a different color. It is amazing how being consistent at doing this makes a difference in your whole life and it gave me a superb feeling of accomplishment. Please don’t think that each day went as I had scheduled, because that was not the case; you can’t always manage the unforeseen challenges of life. When my day went as scheduled, it was marvelous. I also did my “To Do” list, which included the various chores of the house, and the crucial events of the day. As I completed these items and crossed them off my list, it made me see how I had accomplished good things in my day. It reinforced what OG Mandino said in scroll 3: “that small attempts, repeated can complete any understanding. I ignore the obstacles at my feet and keep mine eyes on the goals above my head, for I know that where dry desert ends green grass grows.”

The second important thing is friends and family. I’ve been blessed with two people who have been my dear friends for sixty years. They have been my prayer warriors, a support to me when needed, and have shared their love, which I’m forever grateful for. My new friends are amazing, inspiring, encouraging, and a great support system for me. My family is very caring, supportive, incredible, and out of the ordinary. They all have big hearts and a loyalty to each other that is deeply appreciated.

Third is the importance of eating healthy, exercising, and keeping your brain alert. This past year I’ve been going to a nutritionist. She has monitored the foods I’ve been eating, the calorie intake, and provided helpful information to keep me accountable for the foods that I chose to eat. She also encourages me to do various types of exercises to trick my body, and thus helps in losing weight. Keeping my brain alert has been essential and I do that by reading books, doing the mental gym by filling in the shapes that have no writing in it, memorizing key concepts, doing Sudoku, and playing various other mental games like Lumosity.

Lastly learning the importance of “Me”. The Master Key Experience has really opened my eyes to see the importance of the Law of Substitution, which includes replacing my negative attitude with positive affirmations. Also, I began building my confidence through replenishing my negative fears with positive strategies as exemplified in the scrolls, reading the Master Keys, meditating on my desires, designing my Definite Major Purpose essay, discovery new ways to make my desires become a reality, constructing a new blueprint, and getting acquainted with my “future me”.
2017 has been a year of many heartaches & tragedies through out the world. In spite, of not understanding the “whys”, I can appreciate even more all the important things this year has taught me. As Jay Asher said, “You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret is to press play.” Or Albert Einstein put it this way, “the world as we have created it is a process by our thinking. It cannot be changed, without changing our thinking.” You need to believe you can, you need to be open to change, and you need to be thankful for all the blessings you’ve been given. Remember, 2018 is a new journey, a new opportunity, and a new adventure. It’s up to you, so make it the best, and don’t forget that you totally rock!

MKE Week 13–The Three Valuable Skills in “October Sky”

Often people watch movies to forget what’s going on in their life, to laugh, to be scared, to cry, or just for the enjoyment of it. In the movie “October Sky” there were three valuable skills illustrated throughout the movie. These skills include: the importance of persistence, the importance of masterminding, and the importance of good communication skills.

The story took place in a small coal town in West Virginia in October 1957, when the Soviet Union launched the first satellite and started the space race between USA and the USSR.

When Homer, our main character, saw the satellite cross the sky, he was inspired to get into rockery. He announces at the dinner table that he was going to build a rocket. His mother seemed excited about the idea, his father doubted his dream, and his older brother just chucked. Once he had done his research, Homer and his three friends began building a rocket in his basement. The first lesson of persistence came when his Father came down to the basement, told his friends to go home, and told his son that this was a foolish idea and it would never go anywhere. He told Homer that he couldn’t fire off rockets anywhere on company property. Without Homer’s knowledge his Father packed all his rocket stuff and put it in the trash. When Homer found out about his rocket equipment, He went out to the trash to retrieve his valuable parts to his rocket. Homer’s persistence allowed him to find some property that wasn’t owned by the mine & that was 8 miles from where they all lived. Here they could build their rockets & test them. The down side was the only transportation that they all had was their feet or hitchhiking. The next example of persistence was when Homer & his buddies were accused of setting a building on fire with one of their rockets. They were in jail until parents could pick them up. Homer knew that their rockets didn’t cause the incident, but he had to have proof. He worked on this problem at his lunch breaks at the mine. His father was recuperating from a serious injury. Even though Homer was helping his family by working in the mine, he was still persistent at finding the solution to the problem to clear their names and he was determined to build rockets again. His dream had been put on the shelf for a while, but his desire was still alive.

Once Homer and one of his friends discovered the solution to the rocket’s trajectory, they found the rocket miles from the fire, proving they did not start the fire. Homer had to use his skill of masterminding when he finally got to go to the Regional Science fair. After setting it up and doing presentations, three days before his project would be judge someone came into the building and stole everything, his project, even his picture of his favorite scientist, Dr. Von Braun. Instead of giving up he used his masterminding skills with his mother to figure out how to get another rocket engine made & delivered to him in time for the judging of his project.

The last lesson learned from this movie was the importance of communication skills. Homer had to use his communication skills to explain his discovery of the missing rocket and how it wasn’t close to the fire. The principal saw the science & his math and helped him clear his name along with his friends with the police. Homer also had to explain boldly to his father the importance of his dream. His father’s passion was managing the mine, but Homer’s passion was building rockets. They each had value to their community. He used these skills again when he presented at the fair and lastly when he was going to shoot off his last big rocket and he wanted his father there. He met his father at the mine to invite him to the last launching of their rocket. He had to explain why he wanted his father there. His father was his hero not Dr. Von Braun. He also used his communication skill when talking to the people of the town, thanking them for their support. He was so pleased that his father came that he asked his father if he wanted to push the button to send his rocket into space. His father smiled and said, “yes”. Homer had learned some valuable lessons, just like I was reminded of them by watching this movie.

MKE WEEK 12- What is Needed to Give Thought its Dynamic Power?

  Have you ever wondered what is needed to give thought its dynamic power? According to the Master Keys this question can be deciphered in five basic principles:

(1) the importance of clarity of thought, (2) the brain cells needed for thought, (3) understanding the Natural Laws, (4) the Law of Attraction, and (5) personal application of the principles.

        The first principle is the importance of clarity of thought.  Your thoughts must be sharp, clear-cut, definite, and concrete in what you want or your desire.  You can’t have one thought one second, another thought the next second, and a third thought the second after that.  Having scattered thoughts will cause a lack of focus and your results will be meaningless and chaotic.  They also will drain your passion which helps make your thoughts and desires become a reality.  Thought is omnipotent and has the power to draw from the infinite bank of resources and thus your resources are at your command.  If your thoughts are based on deep concentration and the exclusion of all other thoughts, you’ll discover the attraction of other thoughts which are in harmony with yours.  You will grasp the full significance upon what you’re concentrating.  By expressing your concrete thought, you turn on the energy and it pushes more quickly throughout the universe; it embeds in your mind, which is creative.

     The second principle which is needed to give thought its dynamic power is man’s urgency to first create the tools or implement from which he gains the power of thought. The mind can’t comprehend an entirely new thought until a vibratory brain cell has been prepared to receive the thought. This is why it is so difficult for individuals to receive or appreciate a new thought because we have no brain cells capable of receiving it and thus, we don’t believe it.   Creating the necessary brain cells enables you to comprehend the unlimited power which are yours, as long as you cooperate with the Natural Law.  Thought sets the brain cells in action.

     The third principle is understanding the Natural Laws, which is achieved by concentration or attention.  The intention governs the attention.  Power comes through inactivity, quietness, developing a peaceful spirit which connects you with the omnipotent power of the subconscious mind from which all power evolves. Through recognition of Natural Laws, thought annihilates time and space, to soar in the air and even can make iron float.  The greater the intellectual thought permeates all things the more the individual will be able to recognize Natural Laws and the greater will be the power of thought.  All Natural Laws are irresistible, and operate with mathematical exactness.  When you come to an understanding of Natural Laws the reward of this understanding is a conscious realization of your ability to align your thought with the omnipresent or the Universal thought.

     The fourth principle is the Law of Attraction, which is another name for the Law of Love. This is the attractive magnetic power of the Universe that draws similar energies together.  This law attracts thoughts, ideas, people, situations and circumstances. This law gives thought the dynamic power to connect with any object in the universe and to master every adverse human experience. There is no way to get away from the Law of Attraction. It is a feeling that imparts vitality to thought, feelings in desire and desire in love.  Thought impregnated with love becomes powerful.

     The last principle is the personal application of the dynamic power given in thought.  Man has believed for ages that there must be some personal entity who responds to their petitions, desires, and manipulates events in order to comply with their requests.  You must make the application by fertilizing the thought with a living purpose.  People also realized that unless they used these principles, their thoughts would not experience this dynamic power, nor would they keep going forward, making progress, or maintaining success.

     Now that you are aware of these principles, let’s commit to using them so that these great resources can be used to benefit our lives.

 

MKE Week 11–What is Abundance?

Abundance is often used to describe positive qualities, such as an abundance of love. Abundance is the opposite of scarcity. An abundance of wealth is a ton of cash. An abundance of friends sounds like a good thing, but it can get overwhelming when it comes to scheduling time to hang out or buying gifts. According to Derek O’Neill, “the essential meaning of abundance is that you are solidly happy with who you are and no external event or situation whether good or bad can add or subtract from that happiness”. The Master Keys describes abundance as a natural law of the Universe.

I guess the next question is, “How would you determine abundance in your life?” After reading the article that Nicolete Stenson wrote and listening to Pastor Marshall’s sermon on the topic of abundance I was able to glean ten distinguishing qualities, which gives us a good picture.

First, embrace your emotions as a healthy barometer letting you know when you aren’t aligned with abundance. So stop thinking thoughts that are negative or not productive, critical or full of jealousy, and other thoughts that brought you to this point. Accept yourself and everyone around you exactly as they are at this moment. Abundance is seeing the good in everyone, including yourself and letting kindness & love overflow on to others.

Second, abundance is not complaining, instead it tells another story of nice things-your successes, no matter how small. Praise is the vibration that manifests abundance.

Third, abundance takes baby steps; it takes small actions each day towards changing your energy, and changing your conditioning. If you are facing the right direction, you’ll get there.

Fourth, abundance focuses on the good things in life. For example, expressing gratitude for all the blessings in your life and seeing positive aspects in people, family, and friends.

Fifth, abundance is a life of fullness-to be content, to be satisfied. Abundance concentrates on growth and the love of learning along with resilience which is essential for great accomplishments.

Sixth, abundance is having control over what you say. It is realizing the effects of your words and how it shapes your reality and others. Abundance has the mental diet mastered.

Seventh, abundance is not a self-absorbed life. It is seeing the good in all. Having abundance gives you an understanding & creates confidence in the things the individual does well and helps others develop these skills too. Abundance provides value by serving others.

Eighth, abundance is recognizing the unlimited possibilities in life. By creating an expanded awareness, it fosters the abundance mentality. It is a life of purpose.

Ninth, abundance is creating memorable and meaningful life experiences.

Tenth, abundance is hope that cannot be taken away.  Abundance is investing in heavenly things. Anthony Robbins stated in a quote, “When you are grateful, fear disappears, and abundance appears”. Dr. Wayne Dyer stated in a quote, “Abundance is not something we acquire, it is something we tune into”. Be open & ready to attract abundance into your life. Live a life of abundance, for it’s for everyone.

MKE WEEK 10- The Importance of Affirmations

Charles Haanel wrote a very well- known affirmation, which has encouraged many people as they have had to face various crisis in their lives.  The affirmation is: “I am Whole, Perfect, Strong, Powerful, Loving, Harmonious, and Happy”.  Let’s take a look at affirmations to see what exactly they are, why & how to use affirmations, the formula for writing effective affirmations, and see if affirmations really work.  Some of these answers will be from a report on affirmations which was written by Kathryn J. Lively, PH.D.   After reading her report it inspired me to write a blog on this topic, interweaving her key points with my personal opinions about the topic.

Affirmations are statements that are designed to create self- change in the individual using them.  They affirm that a proposition is declared to be true.  They can serve as inspiration, a reminder, or serve to focus attention on goals throughout the day.  They can inspire positive thought to replace negative feelings, sadness, or depression.

People use affirmations for a variety of intentions.  In most cases affirmations are used to reprogram the subconscious mind, to get rid of old habits, to encourage you to believe certain things about yourself, and your place within your own world.   Affirmations are also used to help create the reality you want to build, a new blue print, get rid of old habits,  and reinforce new skills to manifest your desires.  What you believe about your self in a subconscious level has an impact on your positive attitude.  It promotes things running smoother, it can open doors for financial abundance, it increases productivity, and inspires a new desire for renewed health.

How do you use affirmations? In order to be effective, you must read the affirmations daily-once in the morning and the last thing at night before you go to bed.  You can use them in the middle of the day to help focus you on your daily goals when needed.  Putting your affirmations on note cards and bringing them wherever you go is a useful tool to keep you on the right track.   Also putting your affirmation cards on your bathroom mirror, computer monitor, dashboard of your car, or any other spot that you visually glance at.  You can record your affirmations on your phone & listen to them on the way to work, while being stuck in traffic or you can also program your phone to remind you to read them.

The formula for writing effective affirmations includes four steps:   Step one- effective affirmations are written in the first person, just like your DMP.   Use “I” or “I am” in your affirmation so that your affirmation turns into statements of identity.  Identity statements are powerful motivators for self- change.  Step two- Affirmations are written in the positive, no negative statements are allowed.  Step three-  Affirmations have an emotional charge.  Embellish your affirmation with feeling and emotional words.  Step four—Affirmations are written in the present state.  An Example is- “I am happy and confident” instead of putting a date that this would occur.

Lastly, do affirmations really work?  According to Napoleon Hill who wrote the classic, “Think and Grow Rich”, his evidence suggests that yes, affirmations do work.  Another recent study from Carnegie Mellon reveals that affirmations can protect against the damaging effects of stress, counteract ego-depletion, enhance our task-related performances, and make us more receptive to our mistakes.  Personally, affirmations have helped me replace negative talk, inspired my inner self and has helped me stay on track with my goals.

Affirmations are a tool to use when thoughts of anger, jealousy, fear, worry, creeps in.  It is a way to fight darkness and turn it into light.  According to Frederick Elias- “Affirm the good, and the bad will vanish”.  So try using daily affirmations and watch your new reality come to life.

MKE WEEK 9–How to know the Truth

How to know the truth is a question that people have pondered for centuries.  Let’s look at a few ideas which hopefully will clarify the question: (1) What is the definition of Truth?  (2) How does our body react to truth? (3) Why does truth require harmony with the Infinite & Omnipotent Power?

In order for us to discover how to know the truth, let’s begin with the definition of truth.  Truth is a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, such as mathematical truths.  In the Master Keys it describes truth as the underlying principle in every business or social relation.  It is a condition precedent to every right action.  To know the truth, to be sure, to be confident, affords a satisfaction that isn’t comparable; it is the only solid ground in a world of doubt, conflict, and danger.

It is very interesting to realize that our body reacts to truth.  In a study by Margaret Paul, PH.D, she gives several examples of how this is possible.  For example, our heart is a good indicator of whether you are operating from truth or from lies. When truth has been expressed our heart feels soft, full, open, and expansive. Whereas when lies are told our heart is empty, heavy, tight, and constricted. Have you ever felt goose bumps or shivers, or felt the hair standing on your neck when hearing truth? This is a frequent way our body lets us know we are hearing truth.  Feelings are another barometer that comes from being in truth (happiness, peace, love, joy, bliss, delight, rapture, lightness of being).  Our feelings are here to guide us, to let us know when we are operating from truth. When you tune out your feelings you have no way of knowing the difference between lies & truth; beliefs that come from your own limited mind and the truth that comes from the spiritual aspect of life.  Also, if you go to various addictive processes like busyness, TV, alcohol, eating, etc. you’ll effectively close off your heart, cut off your feelings, which cuts off our astuteness to reason whether the comments are lies or truth.

Lastly to know the truth is to be in harmony with the Infinite and Omnipotent Power.  To know the truth is to connect yourself with a power that is irresistible, and which will sweep away every kind of discord, in harmony, doubt, or error of any kind. As you very well know that the “Truth is mighty and will prevail”.  Every action which isn’t in harmony with Truth will result in discord and will eventually lose in their over-all character and in life in general.

Truth is found by listening to your heart, feelings, and the harmony that it brings to your life.  As Walt Whitman puts it, “What ever satisfies the soul is Truth”.