Monthly Archives: October 2013

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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Week 03 – Faith or Fear?

All my life I’ve espoused and proclaimed an active faith in a loving God and in my Savior, Jesus Christ. That faith informs me that God, my Heavenly Father, cares for me and holds me lovingly in His hands. I also have faith that Heavenly Father extends to me His grace through the sacrifice and Atonement of His Son, Jesus Christ. I have experienced that grace many times.

And, yet, something has been missing. Or, more correctly, I’ve missed something. The concept is permission to prosper.

I thought I understood this concept, as it struck me several months ago that I needed to give myself permission to prosper. I thought I’d done that. And, perhaps I did, though not completely.

Enlightenment began to dawn yesterday as I was reading and pondering my current definite major purpose document. I sensed a lack of clarity of purpose in my writing, and I felt driven to discover the crystal within my intent.

And today, as I read again my purpose statement, the fog lifted. I saw in my writing the face of fear in a hypothetical assertion of faith. What a shock! Fear is the exact opposite of faith! I feel grateful to have seen the light and humble that Heavenly Father would extend to me the tender mercy of inspiration and clarity.

Here’s the essence of it. My writing exposed two fear-based beliefs:
1. That I somehow needed (or didn’t have) God’s permission to prosper; and
2. That I could not prosper under my own power.

Faith allows me to see the error of those beliefs.

The Savior, in the Sermon on the Mount, already told me, “Ask, and ye shall receive. Seek, and ye shall find. Knock and it shall be opened to you.” I already had God’s permission to prosper!

As if to reinforce the point, Jesus matter-of-factly discussed the power of merchant stewards to double their investments in the Parable of the Talents. And here I was, hiding my talent as did the slothful servant! Thank goodness for the gift of repentance!

And He had given me a third witness of the same truth in Doctrine and Covenants Section 58: “… men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; for the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves.” (Emphasis mine)

Praise God for the power to change and the power to act! I am re-writing my purpose statement with a proper assertion of faith. God is the source of power, and He has imbued me with it. I get to go forward and use that power to prosper. I have His permission and His loving instruction in the form of gentle, loving commandments. It is my will to obey, and I rejoice in the power to prosper with which He has endowed me. Thank you!

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Week 02 – Distractions Come from Within

Last week, I opined on one of the MKMMA fora that my electronic devices were distracting me.  Then, as I continued reading the Master Key System and I realized something profound:  all external conditions are simply manifestations of one’s internal world (Master Kay, Lesson 1, Paragraph 8).  Therefore, if my devices were distracting me, it’s because I was internally distractible.

Oh no!  I had to take ownership of all the distracting elements of my current life.  They’re there because I created them.  My iPad can only distract me insofar as I desire to be distractible.  My computer or TV likewise.

This is great knowledge, but it’s a little distressing.  I mean, really!?!  I have to take ownership of every aspect and condition of my life?  I can’t just sit here and be a victim?   Well, clearly, if I really want what I say I want (achievement, success, etc.), then I have to own my life, starting from my internal world.

The good news here for me, and for everyone, is that taking ownership is the beginning of real (and relatively easy) change.  For example, I was almost instantly able to tell myself that morning is not the right time to play iPad solitaire.  And, of course, it is never time for that until the day’s work is well and truly done.

More importantly, I can now begin to improve myself in ways that will immediately improve my primary interpersonal relationship: my marriage.

Case in point: conflict.  Reasoning from the foregoing, conflict flows from the inside out, not from the outside in.

Application: as I remove (and/or stop sowing) the seeds of marital conflict, I should see a dramatic drop in the frequency and intensity of conflict in my marriage.

Conclusion: I will be immediately better off the sooner I find and eradicate in my internal world the seeds of marital conflict.

Result: I began almost immediately to perceive feelings in myself that were previously inscrutable.  For example, in a certain case, I felt put-upon by the possibility my wife would leave to me alone the execution of a planned event.  That came across in my communication.  Though the words of the communication were innocent enough, the unexpressed accusatory emotion underlying them was incendiary.

Here, then, is the key to the Arbinger Institute’s “box.”  Harmony within can never manifest in disharmony without.  And I can create harmony within by taking full ownership of my inner world.  Thank you, God, for giving me the insight to understand at least this much of the Master Key System!

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Week 01 – Fear of Flying

It was interesting to observe my body’s reactions to my commitment to participate fully in the Master Key Mastermind Alliance sponsored by Mark and Davene Januszewski.  It was as if my subconscious mind was anticipating dramatic disturbance in the status quo.

My internal gyroscope was on tilt!  All sorts of fears and questions arose.  What if you fail, again?  What will your wife think?  How will you make sure to succeed?  What if you’re not good enough, skilled enough or sufficiently diligent?

My body even attempted to get me to make bad choices in response to the internal chemical cascade caused by the fear.

This was a great example of the truth that we are all driven by the thought, feeling and belief patterns of our subconscious mind.  And, changing those patterns usually brooks resistance.

Fortunately, I was ready for the resistance, and I recognized the pattern for what it was.  And, towards the end of the week, I remembered a reassuring scripture:

“Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see thesalvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.”  Doctrine and Covenants 123:17

I took this as a love note from a loving Heavenly Father.  We only need do that which is within our power.  As we cheerfully do so, His grace covers any gaps and assures ultimate success.  And my fears abated, and my faith returned.

I further learned by this lesson a great truth about network marketing.  Network marketing is the same.  We cheerfully do all that lies in our power, working a proven, simple system, and then we can watch the system deliver, over time, the results to which we have committed.  In other words, it’s not about doing everything, at least not all at once and not necessarily all at first.  We do our part, the system does its part and the Lord does His part.

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It’s a New Day!

Every day is a new gift.  We get to pick how to value that gift by what we do with the new day.

A friend, Dan, told me a couple weeks ago, “I admire you.”  I asked him why.  He said, “Because of your ability to speak in several different languages.”

I said, “That’s a gift.”

Dan said, “It’s a gift from God.”

I agreed, and Dan asked, “Are you using your gift?”

I assured Dan I often used my gift for language.  In fact, just two days before Dan’s question, I’d used my gift to hold a conversation with a young woman in her native tongue.

Then, the day after Dan’s question, another friend, Mark, sent me a text announcing  a new class.  And that was another gift.  After watching Mark’s videos about the class, I had a wonderful, confirming feeling, once again, that God is in charge.

Here’s why.  Several months ago I found a way to gain clarity of thought I’d lacked for over 30 years.  That was another gift from God.  And Mark’s new class is inviting me to increase the value I place on each new day.

My commitment to myself is to act today on the best of what I know, always valuing the gift of today and the friends God places in my path.

Thank you, Dan!  And, thank you, Mark!  And, most of all, Thank you God!

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