The Key to Happiness – Week 24

Our MKMMA course is nearly complete. Reflecting on the material covered over the last six months I realize how astounding this journey has been. It’s really just the beginning of applying new healthy habits that will allow us to be the observer of our world and ourselves in it. Being at attention everyday and at every moment, if possible, is one of the most powerful keys to understanding yourself, your relationships and why you are where you are in your life’s journey. If you can understand and accept this, then you have the power to create your life’s future. We have the power to be and do whatever we desire. But we have to apply the law of least effort to accomplish that which we desire otherwise we waste a lot of energy and get confused about what we want and where we want to go.

There are three parts to the Law of Least Effort.
Acceptance – Accept people, situations, circumstances and events as they occur. Know that this moment is as it should be because the whole Universe is as it should be.
Responsibility – Take responsibility for your situation and for all events you see as problems. Taking responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for your situation. Not even yourself. Realize that every problem is an opportunity to transform it into a benefit. When you accept things as they are and pay attention you will be able to see the good in anything.
Defenselessness – This doesn’t mean to submit to abuse or think of an excuse for not taking responsibility. It means that by accepting everything as it is you will not need to defend your opinion or point of view with anyone. By being open to the opinions of others you are in a position to allow your subconscious to choose that which is beneficial to you.
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My little dog, Roy, is a good example of applying the Law of Least Effort. Like all dogs, he lives his life according to whatever is happening in his world at the moment. If he is hungry he comes and sits by my chair, staring at me and maybe whining a little. If I don’t respond right away he goes away and comes back a little later and does it all over again until he gets some food. He doesn’t bite my leg or tear up something because I haven’t done what he wanted right away.
Recently, he had to be hospitalized to remove an ornament hook from his stomach. He couldn’t resist the little teddy bear with the plastic candy cane on the Christmas tree. He ate it, hook and all. Visiting him after surgery at the doggie hospital I expected him to whine to go home or at least cling to me. Not the case. With an IV in one leg and shaved belly with stitches he wanted to greet every person and animal that entered the lobby as well as all the staff. Nothing seems to ever bother him. He accepts things as they are and doesn’t insist on his opinion. I’m not sure about his accepting responsibility for his situation, I wish he was the one paying the vet bill, but he is not complaining about where he is or how he got there.
I think the Law of Least Effort is so power inducing. It frees us of stress and emotional roller-coasters. When you apply this law you can’t help but have a positive outlook on life. When you radiate a positive outlook you are happy and everyone around you becomes happy too.

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Week 22a –

There is nothing like a very long car ride by yourself. I spent most of it in silence observing the landscape rushing by alone with my thoughts. Every few hours I phoned my family to assure them that I was ok and still on my way. Otherwise I had just myself to talk to. Talking to yourself is interesting because you always win and never win an argument. Sort of like being with this toddler.

 

My work with Haanel has brought me a long way in the last few months. I believe the work is never ending but that is the way it is supposed to be. We live our best life when we continue to grow and learn. We have to strive to connect with our inner self so the outer one doesn’t  win the argument all the time. If we want cupcakes it is best when we prepare ourselves, make those decisions that guide us on the right path to our ultimate self. Then we will enjoy the cupcakes so much more.

 

Week 23 – Back to Business

Being away for almost three weeks was a luxury I have not had for a long while. There are consequences though. As a sole proprietor of an architectural firm this first week back has been tough. When I left for North Carolina three weeks earlier I dropped all responsibilities, put my projects on hold and contacted all my clients to let them know the situation. While away, I read the blogs of my blog roll and commented a little in the alliances area, read Haanel and The Greatest Salesman.
Returning just last Sunday, I stepped into my home office to access the work situation. The list was long. I had neglected not only my clients but my MKMMA friends. But, I received clarity because of my new perception about within and without. It is easier to make the decisions I need to make and ignore the ones that don’t serve me. Althuogh I am still getting up to speed with my life and all the people and things that depend on me I have a peace and new power to focus and be effective.

Week 22 – Life after Death

My mother died on March 1. She suffered a stroke two weeks earlier which left her unable to care for herself not even to eat. As soon as I heard about her stroke I drove the 8 hours to my hometown in North Carolina to be with my four sisters as we gathered round to care for her and show her our love. I expected to be a wreak emotionally but the opposite was actually true. The time I was able to spend all day, every day, with my sisters and mother was the most nurturing, loving experience I have ever had. It was luxurious. The principals I have learned and applied over the last few months in MKMMA allowed me to experience such love, power, and energy such as I have never experienced before. In talking to my mother in her last days I told her how I wished that I could go with her. I was envious to be free from my body and conscious mind and to become one with the Universal.

What to do Next, Week 21

I am writing this post a week late because I have had a family emergency that has completely occupied my time for the last week and a half. When the MKMMA staff set up the requirements for the class, one being unless there was a death in the family, we need to participate fully to remain in the class, I never thought I would have this happen to me. My mother, 93 years old, suffered a stroke and has been failing since February 18th. She will not recover from this and so my sisters and I are attending to her and patiently waiting for her to pass.
My participation in this class is so timely because my growth spiritually over the last 5 months has prepared me to deal with this life experience in a positive way. It also helps me see others in a different way and to know what I can do to help them with their pain or at least to understand what they are feeling.
One of my four sisters is a red personality, so red that when she enters the room or you hear her voice from a distance you experience instant tension. She believes herself to be a great communicator when in actuality she communicates her feelings and desires to you but fails to receive feedback from others that doesn’t match up with her opinion. At breakfast this morning, I was discussing this with another sister. We agreed that we needed to accept Nancy’s personality trait, be the observer of our own response and allow ourselves not to be drawn into the negativity. If we fail then we will dismiss our response and start over.
We are faced with choices every day in how we will conduct ourselves. “What would the person I intend to become do next” is my primary thought this week. I will strive to make the right decisions and if I fall short I will take note of it and move on.

What Week is This? 19 I think?

What week is this? I’m not even sure what day it is either. Sometimes this happens when my routine is interrupted by events or circumstances that seem to be out of my control. Or are they? Let’s see.
In MKMMA we are working towards progressing in our development more on our own. Our usual Sunday afternoon webcast was not scheduled last Sunday so we were directed to proceed with this week’s reading of Hannel on our own, watch a movie of our choice and blog about anything we felt relevant to what we were discovering. This switch in gears was not as easy as I thought it would be. It was a lot like the list your Mom leaves for you in the morning of the chores she expects to see done when she returns at the end of the day. We read the list, mess around, get distracted and time goes by. Suddenly you realize that her car is in the driveway and you haven’t completed the chores she requested.
Honestly, MKMMA is not really like that at all. What we learn and the benefit we get from this course is all within our power. Totally. 100%. Doing the suggested exercises, reading the lessons are totally within our control. Maybe. I say this because our habits, the ones we have developed throughout our lives until now, the ones we hang on to because it is convenient or, in our conscious minds, more comfortable, are in control of our decisions to continue to do the work or not. Every morning I read Hannel and sit in meditation. My husband gets up and I think “I’ll fix breakfast and read the Greatest Salesman after breakfast”. Oops, it’s lunchtime now and I forgot to do it. After dinner I’m so tired, I just want to go to bed. I’ll recommit to MKMMA tomorrow. The “Girl in the Glass” is not smiling. When we come to realize that we are where we are on our path through life because of the decisions we make based on these habits we are awakened to the fact that we can change our life’s path whenever we want.
On the surface this sounds easy. Just change your habits. But it’s not like flipping a light switch. It’s more like pushing a refrigerator. Pushing a refrigerator takes a tremendous amount of energy to get it started. Once started it becomes somewhat easier to keep it going but it still requires consistent power and energy to keep it going. Changing habits that are not benefiting us is very much like that. You may recognize what you need to change and begin to work on that but if you let up it’s that much harder to start again.
I’m not giving up, though. Just knowing that we can do something about it encourages me to keep on trying. I have made tremendous progress through this course. It is a life time progression. Thank goodness I know this.

We are all the Same in Different Disquises – Week 18

Deepak Chopra says, “We are all the same in different disguises”. I love this quote because it has released me to finally understand my relationship to all the people of the world. It is a fact and a truth. We are all a part of the whole, the Universal Mind, the energy and power that sustains the world and everything in it.
Because we are all a part of the whole it makes sense that you and I are connected both physically and, more importantly, mentally or spiritually through the Whole which sustains all life. We are all pieces of the whole. It is impossible to exist without being a piece of the whole.
Another way of thinking about this is not only are your family members a part of you and you them, all people, animals, the birds in the air, fish insects, plants (I could go on and on) are all a part of the whole and life exists in harmony through this connection.
It excites me to think about this! It is my most favorite concept to dwell on when I am sitting in meditation. Just imagine, you are not limited to yourself as an individual. All the beauty you see in the world is part of you! Think of a person you admire, someone you compare yourself with. Maybe you wish you could be like that person. Guess what! They are a part of you, too! In essence, you are admiring yourself! Now it makes perfect sense when Mark goes out in public and gives away free hugs. He is really hugging himself! Have you noticed that when you give something away, you have a deep sense of pleasure and gratitude? You have given something to yourself and you are enjoying receiving it. Wow!
I feel released from all the negative thoughts I’ve had about myself and others because of this very simple truth. It’s coming together and I can feel the power in growth. Thanks for reading this post. I hope you are enlightened by it. You are a part of me and I you and together we are sustained by the power of the Universe.

Super Bowl XLVIII – Week 17a

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This Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday. It is the 48th Super Bowl where the top two teams come together and compete for the Championship title. This exciting competition is revered in America as the highlight of American sports. Wikipedia describes the Super Bowl this way:

The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL), the highest level of professional American football in the United States, culminating a season that begins in the late summer of the previous calendar year. The Super Bowl uses Roman numerals to identify each game, rather than the year in which it is held. For example, Super Bowl I was played on January 15, 1967, following the 1966 regular season, while Super Bowl XLVIII will be played on February 2, 2014, following the 2013 season.

The game was created as part of a merger agreement between the NFL and its then-rival league, the American Football League (AFL). It was agreed that the two leagues’ champion teams would play in the AFL–NFL World Championship Game until the merger was to officially begin in 1970. After the merger, each league was redesignated as a “conference“, and the game was then played between the conference champions. Currently, the National Football Conference (NFC) leads the league with 25 wins to 22 wins for the American Football Conference (AFC). The Pittsburgh Steelers hold the record for Super Bowl victories with six.

The day on which the Super Bowl is played, now considered by some a de facto American national holiday,[1][2] is called “Super Bowl Sunday“. It is the second-largest day for U.S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving Day.[3] In addition, the Super Bowl has frequently been the most watched American television broadcast of the year; the four most-watched broadcasts in U.S. television history are Super Bowls.[4] In 2011, Super Bowl XLV became the most-watched American television program in history with an average audience of 111 million viewers, surpassing the previous year’s Super Bowl, which itself had taken over the number-one spot held for 28 years by the final episode of M*A*S*H.[5] The Super Bowl is also among the most-watched sporting events in the world, almost all audiences being North American, and is second to soccer‘s UEFA Champions League Final as the most watched annual sporting event worldwide.[6]

My anticipation of watching the Super Bowl this Sunday is heightened by the fact that my makeover word this week is Courage. Everyday this week I have focused on finding examples of courage in the world around me. I expected it to jump out at me like the personal story of one of our dear Master Key members of her courage to fight for her son’s life using unproven, out-of-the-box therapy against the advice of the doctors. Her courage to do what she did to help her son live the best life he could in spite of his debilitating condition at birth enriched so many people’s lives as well as her own life. Many people became involved in the life of this little boy. It took great courage for her to do what she did but as she says her strength was in her love for him that she was able to endure.

I also learned that there are many examples of courage that are not so dramatic or huge. I saw examples such as a fireman answering a fire call, my cat standing her ground when approached by a dog, my mother continuing to try to go about her daily routine even though at 95 years of age she has suffered heart surgery, a stroke and many falls. I even showed some courage myself when I reluctantly went to the dentist with a toothache expecting the worst scenario.

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How does this all relate to the Super Bowl? I think you know. For 48 years professional football players have displayed great courage to be there on that field for one of the greatest athletic competitions. I imagine they start with a small amount of courage to learn to play the game at a young age. Peewee football. All you guys can relate I’m sure. As the years go by they continue to play on leagues, on high school and college teams and if they are talented enough and, have the courage to continue risking their physical and mental health to play such a rough sport, they get drafted on farm teams and onto professional teams. The players that will play on Sunday before millions of people around the world have consistently displayed a tremendous amount of courage to be there.

I don’t know about you, but, I am looking forward to seeing the action at  Super Bowl XLVIII! Go team!

Abundance is Everything and Everywhere – Week 17

This journey with the Master Mind has opened my mind, my heart and my spirit to experiences and truths that I never realized before. They say you have to be told something 21 times before your really hear it. Yep, that is definitely true for me. In my 62 years on earth I have been told the many truths of life through conversations with people, books, media, church, school and many other ways. Each time I grasped the concept as a logical idea but many times couldn’t understand how it applied to me. For example, in my mind abundance in all things meant having lots of things that I want or thought proved that I would be rich such as a new car, unlimited money, the right clothes etc. I thought if I was able to achieve some of those things I would be set for life. I would be eternally happy and never have a worry again. I have a nice house, a decent car, I can pay my bills but I still have not achieved my vision of abundance. Why not? Why does it seem to always be out of reach for me? The answer to this is back in the early lessons of this Master Mind journey.
      Things and experiences are the outward effects or expressions of causes that are established within the mind. True Abundance comes from within and is expressed without.
I re-read a book this week called “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson, MD. It’s a story about two mice and two little people who live in a maze. Everyday they travel from home to a cheese station to eat. They can eat all they want at the station. One day they go to the cheese station to eat and the cheese is all gone. Oh, no! Where is the cheese? The two mice don’t waste anytime wondering. They go immediately in search of new cheese. The little people on the other hand fret and worry. Will it come back? Should we go looking for it? Should we stay here and wait for it to come back? One of the little people decides to go looking for new cheese even though he is not sure he will find any. He searches through the maze until he finds another cheese station with a huge amount of cheese some of which he has never tried before.
Reading this story again helped me to realize that abundance is in many different outward forms some of which I am not even aware of. We have to stop hanging onto our old programming, realize it’s just programming and embrace creating new programming. That’s very exciting to think about! We have the power to discover new, better cheese if we choose to use that power.

The Secret to Happiness – Week 16

What an interesting week! Focusing on random acts of kindness opened my mind to a few things.
– I do many of these unconsciously every day. Opening a door for someone, picking up trash in the ladies room, admiring the cashiers earrings (they really are cute. where did she get them.) this was a little surprising to me. It also made me realize how hard it is to perform an act of kindness without someone knowing!
– I witnessed many more acts of kindness than I expected to see. All of a sudden kindness was all over the place. Why hadn’t I noticed it more? Is it because you can’t have positive and negative in your mind at the same time? Hmmmmmm…….
– By being intentionally looking for ways to show a kindness and then doing it I found that the above two insights are true. You can never give more than you receive in return. Wow! The Law of Abundance, Law of Attraction, Law of Substitution all the Laws are wrapped up in this one exercise. Harmony!
This one habit however tiny it is will be a regular habit for me for the rest of my life!

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