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Master Keys for Life

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What a great new experience to be within a community of likeminded people!  Here, I am being encouraged and given the tools to press in to discover my own zeal and what I am truly created to be and to give to others in my life!  I am getting down to the basics, getting rid of the clutter in my mind, and my life, and am seeing the vision of a clear path to discover a life beyond my wildest dreams!  Care to join me on this journey of  exciting discovery?

 

 

Week 24 – Entering Into His Rest

As we approach the “Commencement” of this Master Key Experience, I feel a great sense of gratitude for all of the positive changes that have taken place in my life and in the lives of those in my sphere of influence!  As I contemplated this great learning experience moving to a phase of being self-directed,  I thought it would be necessary to remind myself of all of the life principles learned without the benefit of the whole group.  However I am coming to the joyful conclusion that the habits which have been taught and learned through repetition have become engrained.  This became much more apparent through the events of this past week.

My husband and I received a phone call that one of our sons was in the hospital.  He was preparing to leave for work out of town the following night.  We have spent the past week with him, lending him emotional support in the midst of the pain he is enduring and fighting through recovery. While in the hospital, our home was broken into.  Thankfully not much was stolen, but the sense of peace and calm that I have learned to abide in could easily have been shattered.  Instead, I have been amazed by the ongoing sense of peace that has not faded at all in the midst of what could be very unsettling.

It is not that I have needed proof of the change that has taken place within me, but this week has brought huge affirmation of the fact that I have entered into a rest that cannot be affected by external circumstances. Instead, I am able to carry the peace that passes understanding into the situation, and see that peace positively affect the lives of my loved ones and others in the room or on the phone.

The overwhelming sense of gratitude I feel for obtaining the keys to abiding in this place of rest is beyond description.   I have learned to overcome negative feelings and turn them to good, to see that practicing the “Mental Diet” has enabled me to stand watch over the door of my mind, and not allow any thoughts that are not worthy of acceptance to linger.  I have learned  the value of observation, the value of listening, and have gained the treasures of secret places found in silence.  I have learned to live each day as if it is my last, being thankful for every moment and live in the now. The daily distractions of TV, radio social media and all the noise has lost it’s attraction, and my mind has been freed to dwell in a place of viewing life from a new fresh perspective.  I see every day holds endless possibilities, and the choice is mine to use it toward becoming the best version of myself toward a definite major purpose in my life.

The list of gratitudes are as endless as the possibilities, and to share this gift with all I meet is a privilege and a promise.

I always keep my promises!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 22 – I Am Master of My Emotions

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While listening to Mark J share about the emotion of anger this week, I had a sudden epiphany!

As he spoke of the emotion of anger, and how it can be used positively as a source of power, I was transported in my mind to my 13-year-old self, up to bat in a softball game.  I was the pitcher, but also had developed an ability to hit the ball out of the park.

I had “discovered” the secret of getting power behind my swing, not by mere physical strength. Through experimentation, trial and error, when I approached the mound as I came up to bat, I would focus ALL of my attention on one thing, letting the crowds around me, the noise, and everything else fade into the background.  Then, I would recall to mind the emotion of an event hat had angered me, not the event itself.  I was not prone to anger and had a pretty happy childhood, so this did require some focused attention.

Even today, I can recall the first time I felt extreme anger.  I was 10 years old at the time.  And did not know exactly what to do with that anger.  I recall going outside to be alone, and crying out to God, and “venting to Him”, and in my young heart, asking for help about what to do with this emotion, because I really felt at odds with the strength of the emotion and helpless to know where to put it all.

So, as I was taking my stance, warming up my swing, and making all of the small but necessary preparations that didn’t require any real thought, I was rehearsing in my mind the emotion of such an event, not the event itself, because that would be a distraction,  bring it to life, and I would use the “power” of that anger to knock it out of the ball park.

Quite suddenly and unexpectedly, I understood what Mark and Davene were  conveying to us!  BAM!  My 13-year old self knew how to do this!  I had learned how to be the master of my emotions, and make them work for me instead of against me.

And now, half a century later, I am learning to R2A2, (recognize, relate, assimilate and apply),  every “negative” emotion, and use it for a good result,.. one that will work toward the furtherance of my Definite Major Purpose in life, and for the good of others.

I am thrilled beyond measure to have these “Master Keys” to unlock treasures of wisdom for living a life with purpose and on purpose!

“I am the master of my emotions.” -Og Mandino

The Greatest Salesman in the World – The Scroll Marked VI

 

 

Week 21 – Miracles are Everywhere!

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This week we have been “challenged” to consider the assertion by Albert Einstein,

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

I have long been a “believer” in mriracles.   All of creation reveals to my heart the truth that everything is  a miracle.

Our home is surrounded by the beauty of creation in the form of forests, fields, fruit trees, wild and domestic berries, as well as many forms of wildlife.  Beginning each morning, the birds come to find the seeds my husband has sprinkled on the deck.  Just today. a herd of  eighteen elk appeared in the meadow adjacent to our house, and as quickly as they appeared, and as quickly as they arrived were suddenly all out of sight.  They are referred to as “the ghosts of the forest”  in our area due to their illusive nature. At any given time of the year we will spot coyotes, cougar, bobcat, flocks of geese overhead, and ducks in one of our ponds. They all seem to have an inate knowledge of when and where to be at any given time of year, and where to find all they need to survive and even thrive.

There is an explanation for it all.  It is the miracle of creation and their Creator sustains them. To consider all of this is delightful to the mind and brings joy to my heart!   And it causes me to trust in my daily needs being met, and even the deeper desires of my heart, in even miraculous ways !

“Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them.  And aren’t you far more valuable to Him than they are?”

When I consider further the “miracles” in my own life, it verifies the fact that I am being cared for beyond natural means.  It gives me great hope and even unnatural courage at times.

Hearing Davene’s story of the miracle of the flat tire on an icy  road that was miraculously repaired reminded me of an event that occurred in our lives a number of years ago.  Our children were still young, varying in age from 2 to 12, and we too were traveling on an icy two lane highway, .  There was a car immediately next to us which lost control and began sliding sideways and was a fraction of an inch from hitting us broadside.  Somehow, in the blink of an eye, we were a car length ahead of the other vehicle.  All of us realized without any doubt that this was a natural impossibility.  We had just experienced a true miracle of protection over our entire family!

There have been many other instances which have revealed to me that ‘everything is a miracle,” and as each day passes I find myself looking more for the “little miracles” which reveal the lovingkindness and goodness of the Creator of all things for us to enjoy.

I am speechless at times, and struck with wonder at how we can expect our dreams to come true when we choose to believe that all things are possible!

Week 20 – Taking Initiative

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Interestingly enough, the virtue I am focusing on this week is “Taking  Initiative.” I have been surprised to realize that taking initiative in changing my perception and thoughts about events would be required to get through the events of the week.

This week has been full of challenges that have taking me on an unexpected journey.  Thankfully, panic did not set in largely due to being in week 20 of the MKMMA Experience and the practice of the Law of Substitution kicked in.

The Law of Substitution

We can not think about two things at the same time.  If a negative thought enters your mind – try to think about God instead.  If that is too big a reach at the time, use any fond memory or other pleasant thought.  Jesus, the Master Teacher, said, “Resist not evil”-meaning turn from it and think about something else instead.

Late on Sunday the 13th, some “bad news” arrived that kept me wrestling  though the night. Light began to filter through the darkness as I took each thought captive and replaced fear and despair with hope, and discouragement with  encouragement in knowing that all things work together for good to those who love God.  I found that I then had peace flooding into my heart, and somewhat miraculously became strong in faith and trust that things indeed are going to work out for the best in the long run.  In turn, I was able to encourage others who were affected negatively, and become a source of strength to them as well.

The next challenge came as a portion of our large deck collapsed.  This runs around the perimeter of our house and covers over 3,000 square feet. I kept expressing thankfulness that no one was injured as we began to clean up the debris and access the situation.

The time involved in dealing with these issues has put me into a “late mode” with all of my Week 20 requirements.  However, I am finding even joy in the midst of all of the trials that are occurring in seeing how there is so much peace in the midst of the storm.

So as I get my feet back into the starting blocks at the end of what should be the beginning of the week, I do so with renewed and refocused energy that comes from seeing and experiencing the reward of remembering that I am not a human being having a spiritual experience, but a spiritual being having a human experience.  I am reaping the rewards of this process of not allowing negative circumstances to control my thoughts, but thinking in a way that allows me to have hope and even laugh and be joyful when adversity comes.  I am ALL IN, and though I am being tried, I know I will come forth as gold!

“I lift mine arms with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day.”

Og Mandino- The Greatest Salesman in the World, The Scroll Marked V

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Week 19 – Love VS Fear

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“…perfect love casts out fear…” – I John 4:18

Fear is an emotion that can be paralyzing at times, and cause hesitation and lack of confidence at other times. Fear, if we allow it to control us, can prevent us from moving forward into our calling and purpose in life and stifle us in the pursuit of our dreams. There is a quote that has taken various forms and been attributed to a number of well known people, including Mark Twain and Winston Churchill, and I like the humor with which it reveals the lack of foundation for many of our fears.

“Everyone remembers the remark of the old man at the point of death: that his life had been full of troubles most of which had never happened.”

But the good news is that unfounded fear can be dispelled just as the light dispels the darkness. And in order to be a blessing to others, those fears which seem to have some foundation in fact, can become a motivation to act in a courageous way to rescue others from peril, or move one toward heroism in the face of what seem to be insurmountable difficulties.

We have been learning in the MKMMA Experience about the power of love and kindness. These attributes and qualities of character have immense power to enable one to overcome tear and move forward with courage, especially when combined with a desire to better the life of a fellow traveler down life’s road.

The lessons we have been learning through practical and not-so-usual methods have dispelled many unfounded fears in my life by showing me that the best place to start with love is to “love thy neighbor as thyself. “ For many of us, including myself, the thought of loving myself seemed selfish. But each week I am discovering that loving who I am created to be, and seeing myself in that light, causes self consciousness to disappear, and enables me to see and respond in love to those around me more effectively. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, and a myriad of other fears all evaporate in the light of love that is eternal and omnipotent in it’s origin.

By allowing myself to be more conscious of the source of all love and goodness, mercy and grace, I can receive more in order to give more. This is the Law of Growth in operation, which I am desiring to grow in more each day in order to be a greater blessing to others.