Category Archives: Autonomy

R2A2 Machine – Week 06

“Please, Sir, may I have some more?” Dickens’s immortal words in the mouth of Tiny Tim were the warp and woof of my life. I was the beggar, constantly presenting my bowl to friend, family and stranger alike. I didn’t even have the courage to shave my head and put on a saffron robe. All I had was my need and my bowl.

And then, one day, I changed. Tiny Tim grew. He grew into John McLean. Death no longer was my shadow. Like a millenial’s Chuck Norris joke, death feared me.

What happened? What changed? One day, finally, I was no longer content to be a voyeur, peeping with lust at the life I really wanted. On that day, I knew.

I knew the life I wanted was mine for the taking.

And that made all the difference. My life of asking was over.

God endows each of us with unique gifts. We are all potentially His servants, and the talents are in hand. He wants to live in us as we magnify Him by serving His children, our brothers and sisters. And we serve best as we multiply our talents.

Or put another way, we serve best as we love ourselves enough to let our true talents shine. And talents shine best when we use them for the benefit of others without thought of reciprocal reward.

Charles Haanel mirrored the Sermon on the Mount when he said, “There is a fine estate awaiting a claimant. ….” All we need do to claim the estate is to desire it, to own it, and to use it. Grow the person, grow the estate.

The seed of the tree of life is a personal vision of the power within, the power to manifest any life we want.

We plant that seed in the soil of our soul as we become willing to give, perhaps to give all we have, rather than see a brother or sister go begging or otherwise in want. We water and fertilize the seed of our tree of life with the fire of our desire, of that type of desire that will not be denied. We will; therefore there can be no denial.

Just as seeds take time to mature into trees, patience is required as we grow within us our own tree of life. Add to patience diligence, and to diligence faith. And to faith, add persistence. To persistence, add creativity. And, by and by, the tree sprouts, grows, and bears fruit.

And just as a fruit tree begins to bear within 5 years, so our tree of life will take no more than that time to bear fruit. And when it does, that fruit will be sweet above all that is sweet, pure above all that is pure, and we will have joy in the fruits of our labors forever.

And how does this start? With desire. Burning desire. Recognize the concept, relate it to yourself, assimilate the virtue, and apply the resulting lessons. And in time, you’ll become an R2A2 machine.

And the product of that machine? The life you truly desire.

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Live in Bliss Now! – Week 05

I learned the other day what Og Mandino meant when he asked, “… what is success other than a state of mind?” The Greatest Salesman in the World, page 54. Success is a state of mind, and I will never experience success as a state of being until I am willing to experience success first in my internal world.

That’s the good news. The bad news is I have to reprogram my internal world in order to transform failure into success.

Wait! That’s not such bad news after all. It only takes a little consistent effort to reprogram the internal world.

Mr. Mandino had it right, there, too. Change isn’t instant, it isn’t automatic, but it is sure. An olive tree (his metphor for a desirable state) takes a while to mature, but it grows steadily from an olive planting or an olive seed.

The interesting thing about trees is that they grow with very little intervention or assistance once well planted. Vigilance is required during the seedling phase, to be sure. Water is needed, some fertilizing, and the ground needs clearing of weeds, creepers and other predatory plants.

Water is like ongoing assertion of positive intention, positive mental attitude (or faith) is the fertilizer, and the weeding is like continuallly casting away negative beliefs.

In essence, then, I am free to adopt the success mindset anytime I’m willing to claim it. All I need do is plant the seed, nurture the seedling, care for the sapling, weed the garden, and then, in good time, harvest the olives.

The rest of the good news here is that I don’t have to figure out how the tree grows. I don’t have to sign up for that class or stay up all night with that puzzle. All I have to do is summon a little faith, renew my intentions day to day, and continue to toss out the weeds of my useless, if previously cherished, unproductive beliefs.

Naturally, being human, it’s not likely I’m going to progress from grace to grace on this journey. Therefore, temporary or occasional weakness isn’t failure, at least not failure of any permanent sort. Progress isn’t measured by unremitting or uninterupted success. Progress is measured by the intent to progress, together with the easy, basic, simplistic practices of preserving the dream of success.

Again, Mr. Mandino lights the way. The difference between success and failure is determined by one’s habits. The old habits of failure can be overcome and replaced, in time, by the new habits of success.

And those habits I can, and I do, nurture every day. By these small and simple things can great things be accomplished.

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Fundamental Errors in Metaphysics – Week 04

It’s funny sometimes how one thought triggers another, isn’t it?

On a recent plane flight, I saw a replay of a scene from Back to the Future where the DeLorean time machine flashed out of one timeline and flashed into another. That got me thinking about time travel.

Could I really travel back in time, tell myself to buy Microsoft (MSFT) in 1984 and travel back to the present and reap the harvest? I don’t know, but I doubt it, even if our understanding of temporal science advanced significantly.

Here’s my reasoning: every person and every point on the timeline is connected, one to the other. Ergo, if I change one thing for one person, everything changes for every person in response.

Now, you may not believe we’re all connected. Fair enough. Try this. Think of a person with whom you’d like to speak. DO NOT reach out to that person directly, either in-person or electronically.

Find a picture of that person, and every day, at least 3 times a day, look at the picture and imagine, with pleasant feelings, that person reaching out to you by whatever method you choose.

DO NOT tell anyone else of your desire. Then, presuming the person is still living, observe how long it takes for him or her to reach you. My guess is it won’t take longer than a week. A day or two is typical.

How cool is that? We are all connected. And connectedness goes much deeper than that.

I’m not going to quibble with you about religion or philosophy; you’re free to believe as you like. I profess a belief and faith in God, and in His Son, Jesus Christ. My beliefs, however, are immaterial to the point I will soon make.

While I believed in Christ, I must confess to not believing Christ, at least not all the time and not in all things. That isn’t a sign of rebellion; it just reflects my humanity and my need to learn line upon line, precept on precept, here a little and there a little.

Once I understood that we’re all connected, I asked myself, “How?” The answer soon came: energetically, for lack of a better way to express the thought. Every living thing (including some things ordinarily considered inanimate) is connected by some form of energy.

This is of present moment to me because of the issue of manifestation. The basic idea is you intend a thing or state of being, and, if your intention is clear, it manifests. I intend several things, and, like most folks, I want them to manifest.

Here’s where connection becomes important. I can only attract what I claim. And I can only claim what I own. I think I read something about this: “… who shall give you that which is your own?” (Luke 16:12) That’s a fragment from a parable about an unjust steward. The Lord’s summary of the parable includes the quoted question.

I used to think that meant that if I was a good steward, the Lord would give me stuff. That seems now to be a mistake. Because if I own or claim something, then it is mine by right if I’ve given fair value, and no one can “give” it to me because it will flow to me without compulsion of any sort.

I can see now, too, that the things I wanted were never going to manifest until I actually claimed them. And that was never going to happen because I believed the Lord would just give them to me if I was somehow good enough.

And so today, I learned another line. God has given me power to create just about anything for which I’m willing to give fair value, presuming I’m willing to own it. If I don’t own it, no one can give it to me, not even God.

Lucky for me, the Master Key System is all about learning to own or claim whatever I want that is right and good. Let’s get this party started! I am so ready to go back to my future!

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