Week 13 – Half way there

Well folks, for those who have been following, we’ve made it to week 13 which is half way through this amazing journey with the MKMMA.  One of the activities we are to do over the holidays is to watch 4 movies and of course they’re not just any movie.  They are based on true stories. My pick was a movie called October Sky.  If you don’t want to know what happens, stop here and go watch the movie, else read on to hear what happens.

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It’s a truly inspiring movie and I can see why it is a must watch.  The story is set in October 1957 in a coal mining town and we follow the life of Homer Hickam, a high school student who was fascinated with rockets after watching the Russian Sputnik fly through the night sky.

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so what do you want to know about rockets

Most boys ended up working in the coal mine unless they were good at football and could get a college scholarship.  Homer tried football but it wasn’t his thing like his older brother.  He hung around with 2 friends and they began experimenting with building rockets.  Their first attempt ended up blowing up a section of the fence surrounding the house and the force knocked them to the ground.  They knew they had to find a bigger space and a 4th member who knew a lot more about rockets from his science class.

watching the launch

We watch them launch rocket after rocket, the early ones not going far and in fact they were lucky didn’t cause damage as they zoomed through the air.  Homer had a burning desire and met many obstacles along the way including his father who was the manager of the coal mine and wanted him to work the coal mine like he did; having to travel 8 miles to where they could launch their rockets; getting arrested for allegedly causing a forest fire from one of the rockets; having to quit school to work the mine after his father got injured.

At that point it did look like he’d given up, however, the desire and his dream was bigger than working the coal mine and he knew he had to prove they didn’t start the fire so he studied his math and wrote a formula which helped him find the missing rocket and prove their innocence.  Their science teacher encouraged them from the beginning to enter the national science fair where the winners received college scholarships.

This was huge as it meant they had a way to go to college without having to play football.  They went to work and entered the state high school science fair where their project won which lead to them being entered in the national science fair in Indianapolis.  The school could only send one student so Homer went.  Just when you think the story is over, another obstacle rears when an important piece of their project is stolen the day before the judges come around. He makes some phone calls and they missing part are recreated and gotten to him in the nick of time.  Their project wins the overall prize and all 4 boys get college scholarships.  You can’t help smile as broadly as Jake Gyllenhal’s character, Homer, when their winner is announced.  Homer said to his father in one of his many heated discussions “Coal mines are your life, I want to go to space”

homer hickam the real Homer Hickam

Talk about dreaming BIG.  Homer fulfilled his dream as he went on to work at NASA training astronauts.

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The story has all the elements of what we are learing about with the MKMMA.   We have a DMP backed by a burning desire, a mastermind group, goals, belief from within, obstacles, faith, action, persistence. It has it all.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a Blessed holiday season.

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Week 12 – Love is all we need

Another week has gone by in the blink of an eye as it seems no time since I sat here and wrote about week 11.  Week 12 in the MKS is profound to say the least.  I think I could read this chapter every day and still not take in all the nuggets in it.  In the last paragraph of the preface to the chapter, Hannel is talking about people wasting time on aimless effort when if only they focused they could achieve so much.  He gives the example of looking through the viewfinder in a camera and if the shot is out of focus what you see is blurred, however, as soon as you bring your picture into focus it is crystal clear – reminding us to focus on what as clearly as possible.

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We achieve this by concentrating and being in harmony with what we want.  If we truly love what we want it’s easy to see it.

i greet this day with loveGoing back to scroll 2, “I greet this day with love in my heart” was the theme of the scroll and if you think about how much sense this makes you can see if you truly have love in your heart for all in your life, if you persist you will succeed (theme of scroll 3).  It’s difficult to be negative when you only think and see with love in your heart.  It takes practice that’s for sure, however, it’s worthwhile practice.

Here’s an idea, sing “all you need is love” by the Beatles.  that will give you a good start

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Week 11 – Pay it Forward

In this week’s “sit” we get to reflect and focus on the words of the bible “whatsoever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them”.  Simple words yet so effective.  In other words “Ask and ye shall receive, Seek and ye shall find, Knock and the door shall be opened”.

ask and you shall receive

In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, keep in mind that the more you give the more you receive.  It doesn’t have to be material things, you can give more love, smile at everyone you meet – try it, it’s hard not to smile back when someone smiles at you.  A simple act of kindness goes a long way to making this world a better place…. this video clip is a great example of how one random act of kindness has a snowball or pay it forward effect

Make it a great week folks and see how you can pay it forward.  Leave a comment if you found a way to pay it forward this week.

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Week 10 – Persistence

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It’s December already and for everyone in the MKMMA this means we move on to scroll 3 in the Greatest Salesman by Og Madino. This scroll is about persistence and is quite timely in our journey.  If we are to win we must persist.

As a Parent I witness the persistence of my children when they want something.  They have steely determination and just keep asking, asking, until eventually they wear you down and it’s just easier to give in to their request than to listen to them ask over and over again.

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Is this how it is with the Universe?  In a way yes.  We must focus on what we want and keep thinking about it in a positive frame of mind and if we persist we will win.  Each step no matter how small is a step toward success. If a child doesn’t get their request they can turn to throwing a tantrum and we are not going to give in to them so from this perspective you can appreciate that the universe is not going to either.  We must be patient and trust that the universe is working on our requests as long as they are in harmony and we persist.  One step at a time and above all don’t quit because you don’t know how close you are.

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Take the story from Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill about when RU Darby stopped 3 feet from gold…. in a nutshell after striking gold they lost the vein and drilled on and on and could not find it… they gave up sold the equipment to a junk man… the junk man got an engineer to review the area a found that the vein was only 3 feet from where they were digging making the junk man a millionaire from the gold he mined.

Getting back to MKMMA, we are persisting with our daily activities which included our 15 min sit and this week has proved to be very challenging.  Basically we have to draw an imaginary black square, then a circle inside, the a dot in the middle which we pull out to form a 3 dimension cone, then have it change colors….  sounds easy until you try it.

cone

Can you see it?  Easy to see when it’s in front of you, not so easy to draw it on a blank space. For me it’s still a work in progress, however, in keeping with the theme of this week’s blog, I will persist.

I am leaving you with this short video “Never Give up!”  Enjoy and have a great week.

 

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Week 9 – Realization – Guest Blogger Kaori Hanazawa

Had to share this awesome post by Kaori Hanazawa. You can follow her journey with the Master Key Experience here

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“The positive thought will destroy the negative as certainly as light destroys darkness, and the results will be just as effectual. “ – The Master Key Part Nine.

Every week I learn something new from the Mastermind experience. It brings me new insight and amazes me with how quickly, but certainly make a difference in my life.

I never thought that an affirmation can be so powerful before.  I have tried many times but it never brought me any change.  But I realized now that I wasn’t doing it correctly. From last week, I learnt that we cannot expect to bring about beautiful, strong and harmonious conditions to be manifest by only 10 minutes of strong, positive thoughts. No wonder it never worked for me, as it is so true that my strong, positive affirmation was only about 10 minutes a day, probably.

I found that the mental diet is the most important foundation of mental work. It is so true that if I cannot relax my mind, I cannot feel the truth. If I cannot eliminate negative thoughts from my mind, beautiful positive thoughts cannot come into my mind. If I cannot control my thoughts, I cannot control my life, thus, my desires cannot be manifest into physical world.

The Master Key 9: 27 says that we cannot keep the evil thoughts from coming, but we can forget them and replace with the ready-made affirmation, rather than entertaining the evil thoughts

“Affirm the good and the bad will vanish. “

This week I was consciously using the affirmation, “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.”  Especially, with the mental diet. And I already felt tremendous difference in my inside world. It made my mind clear and more focused. And it is true that negative thoughts vanish by it. In addition, I think my physical energy level increased by it too. So, it finally proved me that affirmation really works.

I am so grateful that many things are making sense to me now. And I feel that finally things are connecting to each other.

The Power within me is about to manifest.

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Week 8 – Imagine

In Chapter 8 of the Master Keys, Haanel talks about the use of your imagination and “in order to cultivate the imagination, it must be exercised.  Exercise is necessary to cultivate mental muscle as well as physical muscle.  It must be supplied with nourishment or it cannot grow”  When I hear the word imagination I think about the classic song by the late John Lennon – Imagine.

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How often do you use your imagination these days?  Sadly many of us don’t.  Just like we go for a run or go to the gym to exercise our bodies, we need to exercise our imagination.  We need to step back to our childhood.  Have you ever watched a child at play?  I have watched my daughter playing and she has a wonderful imagination.  She often plays school where she is the teacher and has many imaginary students who she talks to out loud without a care that anyone is watching, she is in her classroom or should I say I am in her classroom so sit down and be quiet.

As children we are encouraged to use our imaginations and somewhere along the way, use of the imagination is talked about less and less and the next thing we know we are adults living in the so called real world where dreaming is for kids.   I have to admit I had accepted that dreaming was only something we got to do at night, however, as I go on my journey of personal development I get that dreaming is so important.  The bigger the better as long as it is in harmony and for our higher good.  Haanel does point out that we are not to confuse imagination with day dreaming.  Exercising the imagination means mental labor, however, done correctly is so worth it.  It is important also to realize that spending most of our days in negativity will not lead us to our dreams by just thinking about them for a few minutes, hence, hard mental labor means consistently being aware that we must keep a positive mental attitude about us and this course is setting us up with many tools to do just that.

I will leave you to ponder on sentence 25 from Chapter 8 “If you have been faithful to your ideal, you will hear the call when circumstances are ready to materialize your plans and results will correspond in the exact ratio of your fidelity to your ideal.  The ideal steadily held is what predetermines and attracts the necessary conditions for its fulfillment”  How cool is that?

I couldn’t finish without including a link to John Lennon’s Imagine after mentioning it earlier.  Have a great week.

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Week 7 – How to do a mental detox

What on earth is a mental detox you might ask?  Read on to find out

Doing a mental detox is about having no negative-speak for an entire week, in your brain or mental plane? I’m talking about derailing trains of thought like these: resentment, frustration, worry, dread, regret, jealousy, disapproval, criticism, fear, anger, pessimism, limitation.

If you entertain negative thoughts then you start the diet again.  Uh Oh in that case “I’ll be on this diet forever it seems”.  There is a 7 second rule to give you time to replace the thought, however, once a negative thought is entertained for more the 7 seconds you begin again.

e.g. red lightyou’re out driving in your car and stop at  a red light, there is a line of traffic behind you.  The light turns green and before you can put your foot on the gas pedal the car behind honks their horn, “move it slow coach!!”.  You can take offence and get pissed off or you can send thoughts of love to the person who must be in a hurry to get somewhere.  Stay pissed off  – start your diet again, replace the negativity and you continue on your positive path.

I didn’t come up with this by myself.  There is actually a book called the  7 day mental diet written by Emmet Fox and is foundation of what you get when you subscribe to my list.

Living your life with purpose on purpose is what the MasterKey Experience course is about.  Each week builds on the next so going on a mental detox makes you aware of all the negativity around us and your actual negative thoughts which can get you down or you can chose to ignore and keep a positive mental attitude.

So what do you choose?

Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into

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Week 6 – I greet this day with love in my heart

The title of this weeks blog is the first sentence from Scroll 2 of the Greatest Salesman by Og Mandino.  We began reading this on November 1st after spending the previous 30 days on Scroll 1.  So for the 30 days of November we read Scroll 2 which speaks about the power of Love.  It’s awesome to read it 3 times a day

It reminds me of the Huey Lewis And The News hit song “The Power of Love” which was featured in the classic movie Back to the Future about time travel mentioning cool concepts of going back in time.

We could liken what we are doing on this journey with the MKMMA to the concepts in movie as it showed that if Michael J Fox’s character changed anything when he traveled back in time it had an effect on his present and future life.  On our journey (while we cannot change our past) we are being shown that we can change our circumstances to create the life that we thought we could only dream of, if we dared to dream at all by changing our habits and focusing our thoughts and rewiring our brains and using simple exercises consistently to tell the universe clearly what we want to manifest.

In this week’s Chapter 6 of the Master Key, we are reading about the brain being the mechanism of our thoughts.  I’m sure that the vehicle you travel in takes you to where you want to go without your actually knowing how it actually goes, and you (unless you are a mechanic) or I don’t question how it works, we just know it does.  Same concept with our brain, we don’t know the how we just know that it works and our job is to focus on positive thoughts and dispel any negativity.  We are building on the 15 minute sit exercise to continue to get our minds to focus and this week we are studying a photograph and then close our eyes and picture the contents of the photograph in detail as if we were still looking at this.  This helps us to keep our minds focused.  Try it, it’s pretty cool.  Leave me a comment about how you get along if you do try.

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Week 5 – No Opinion – Guest Blogger Steve Melanson

This is the week of No Opinion with MKMMA – see Steve’s observations below

My first thoughts about not expressing or even forming opinions was, this might be a little tough. One week into it and I can say I did try. I didn’t realize just how many times a day I offered my opinions. I did observe when I gave an opinion that wasn’t asked for. First thing I did was to explain to my wife Connie what this exercise is and what it’s about. It was actually refreshing not having to form and express my opinions. Of course we both laughed when I realized my faux pas, then said that was an opinion. It’s getting easier to become the observer, and I really like just saying, I have no opinion on that…

I feel that the giving and receiving exercise went better for me. I believe this is something I already try to do with the people I come in contact with, but now I do it more consciously and with more feeling.

I’m still being challenged with the DMP trying to get it right.

Aloha, Steve

You can follow Steve’s journey with the Master Key Experience here

 

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Week 4 – Inside world expression Guest Blogger Kaori

Absolutely thrilled for Kaori…. Check out her amazing news below

It has been already a month since I committed to do this wonderful Master Key Mastermind Alliance course. Today, I can say that it has already made me a big change in my inside world.

A month ago, I was completely slave of my bad habits, the habits that I built over my frustration adjusting to this new country and new lifestyle. It started gradually but very quickly, my mind was full of dislikes and complaints. It was surprisingly easy to catch a bad habit, and I became its slave even though I knew that complaining do not make me happier, but I could not stop the waves of hates that keep coming in my mind. And I just keep losing my confident as a person.

Just a week before this Pay-it-forward scholarship course starts, my dear friend, who I have not seen for years, messaged me and asked how I am coping with the new life. It got me very emotional as I realized that I am becoming someone that I did not want to become, and loosing who I am. Then she told me about this course (She is also taking this course), I did not have second thoughts to sign up for it because I was devastatingly wanting to make a change in me.

This became a breaking of point of my bad habits.

From the week 4 Lesson, it says “These mental activities pertain to the world within, to the world of cause; and conditions and circumstances which result are the effect. It is thus that you become a creator. This is important work, and the higher, loftier, grander and more noble ideals which you can conceive, the more important the work will become.”

Making DMP and reading it every day along with other affirmations, certainly made some change in my mind thus my inside world. And I can feel that it started to express in the outside world too. One of my DMP is to have higher education by doing Master’s degree, and I wanted to start from February 2017. Doing master degree seemed impossible for me due to my current financial and other life situations.

However, I would love to share this amazing news, that just this week, I was offered from the University that I wish to go, with a massive financial support that covers most of the fees, so that I can afford. And believe me or not, I will be starting February 2017,  just like I said in my DMP!!!! I am so surprised but very happy and grateful for this opportunity. And I am very glad to make a first step to achieve my definite major purpose.

The power of mind is incredible. INCREDIBLE.

You can follow Kaori’s Amazing Master Key Journey here

 

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