Week 24 ~ Freedom

A bit of a challenge this past week with a crazy cursor that wanted to do it’s own thing.  Tried a different computer to read blogs and it just wouldn’t do it. Went on vacation with no worries though as I’ve learned to be more of an observer and figured it would all come together when I got back.  Would just have more catching up to do.

One of the things my husband had wanted to do was rent a Harley for us to go riding.  He has a motorcycle now and loves to ride.  I used to love to ride in our younger years, but now that I’m older and a grandma, I really wasn’t much interested anymore, as I thought, what if we were in an accident?

Well, as were were driving along to our destination I asked more questions about this ride he wanted to take us on called m “The Valley of Fire” in Nevada.

I googled it and saw it would be really neat!  Petroglyths and beautiful rock formations and beautiful colors of rock and fine powder to walk on.  Now I love nature!!  I asked, well, let ‘s go by car!  Then we can hike in more.  But no, he said, that wasn’t fun or interesting.  The experience would be so much better on a nice Harley Davidson.  Plus he’d get to ride a Harley Davidson.

Well, shoot,  I really would love to see those petroglyths.  Mind you, I would love to see the Grand Canyon too, but he said I’ve seen it on tv, it just a big hole in the ground.  He really is tired when he gets home from work and his long commute.  But riding the bike rejuvenates him.  Then I thought, say….he’s been riding his bike to places I’d  love to go to, but I work on weekends when he goes.

I asked myself questions and realized, really, the only thing keeping me from really wanting to do this was fear.  And fear is only as real as we let it be.  The odds of getting hit are small compared to lots of things.  And honestly if I didn’t even think about that fear, I’d really probably love this!  Steve is an responsible and experienced bike rider and it would be great fun.

Plus, it’s wonderful he wanted me to go.  Even though I said it’d be fine if he went he said no, he really wanted me to go with him. 🙂  And he said, these areas are great for riding, not alot of cars.

So, I said ok!  Let’s do it!  At the rental place the gentleman mentioned a shorter ride not too far away that was pretty and I think both the guys were figuring, if I didn’t like it, we could come back, but still have experienced a ride.

Off we went, to a place called Red Rock Canyon.  It was pretty neat!  And there I was sitting on the back, taking photos!  Kinda neat, because you could see my reflection on the rear view mirror!  Couldn’t wait ’till the kids saw that! 🙂   Steve asked how I was doing, and I was fine!  So we went on to ” The Valley of Fire”  That was even better!  Way better!  Along these rides there were signs to watch out for crossing tortoises, wild burros, and one sign said to not feed the wild horses and wild burros!  lol!   The colors were even more dramatic and I even got to walk in a bit and saw some wonderful red rock formations and yes some petroglyths!  I was ready to go off to other places, but Steve was getting concerned about the gas tank and not sure how far away the next gas station would be.  So off we went.  But oh so fun!

We also wanted to get back to the rental place before they closed.  We got there around 4:30pm and they closed at 5pm but their shuttle service ended at 4pm.  If we called a taxi it would cost us at least $30.  So since the rental was for a full 24 hours, Steve said,  that’s fine, we’ll ride the bike to our hotel and bring it back in the morning.  I was fine with that, but in the back of my mind I’m thinking ..hmmm, that means more freeway riding.. ok!

So off we went, and it was just fine!  Besides big rigs and tankers , but Steve made sure not for long.  He’s a great motorcyclist!  And then driving down the main road in Las Vegas, my only regret was I had put my camera in my purse which was in the saddlebag, so I didn’t have the camera handy to take more photos.  lol!

Next morning we returned the bike. I followed in the car and took photos of Steve driving past some of the attractions.  Like the Paris balloon! lol!

Steve was proud as punch of me and said I did great!   We rode about 175 miles!  🙂

When we got home and my kids were real happy that we did it and thought it was great that I actually did it!

My goodness, these kids don’t know their mom used to get motorcycle rides with her brothers and their daddy and I used to go riding on his cool black motorcycle!

Well, since we’ve been back I tried to use the other computer to see the blogs, no luck!  But I did get my laptop working today!  Cursor is calm and letting me move it where I need to.  I tell ya, it was crazy though, opening things, making things bigger, smaller and even starting YouTube videos!

All is well now.  I’ll be able to see the rest of the blogs and catch up!

Oh!  Did I mention,  we went shopping for a helmet for this grandma.  Found a full faced one on sale!  Regularly $99 for only $49!  And a neat hoodie with plastic guards on shoulders, back and elbows.

Oh!  And forgot to mention, the Eagle Riders Rental they had these neat red white and blue helmets on display.  Then I remembered, oh hey!  This is the helmet from the old movie, “Easy Rider”

Found an interesting clip!   You represent freedom.  http://youtu.be/8Gu2ouJNmXc

Well, gotta run!

May we all be Easy Riders and plan our paths in this journey of life!


Week 23 ~ Lessons Learned

We have been learning many things over the past months.  We have had many resources, the main ones being the books , The Worlds Greatest Salesman by Og Mandino and The Master Key System by Haalel, our webinars with Mark J,  Davene and Trish and videos by Mark J.

I would like to share some of the lessons that stuck out to me, from these various sources.

This week we are continuing to study scroll VI, from The Greatest Salesman by Og Mandino.  On our webinar we learned of Og Mandino’s story, where he came from and how he changed his life from the path he had taken.  It’s a great story that one would be wise to review.   From The Greatest Salesman, Scroll VI we read ( with the word ‘ will’  crossed out) , “Henceforth I recognize and identify the mystery of moods in all mankind, and in me.  From this moment I am prepared to control whatever personality awakes in me each day.  I master my moods and I control my destiny.”….

From The Master Key’s Scroll 23 by Haalel, we learn…

23:4  “… keep an open mind, to constantly reach out for the new, to recognize opportunity, to be interested in the race rather than the goal, for the pleasure is in the pursuit rather than the possession.”

23:6 ” A generous thought is filled with strength and vitality………it is just as essential to give as to get”

23:7 ” …we shall find that the more we give the more we get.  Giving in this sense implies service.  …..”

23:9 “…Creative thinking requires attention.”

23:10  ” The power of attention is called concentration; this power is directed by the will; for this reason we must refuse to concentrate or think of anything except the things we desire…….when we meet with success, gain, or any other desirable condition, we naturally concentrate upon the effects of these things and thereby create more, and so it follows that much leads to more.”

23:20 ” Those who may shrink from this idea of employing the Infinite Power to aid one in his work in the material world, should remember that if the Infinite objected in the least of such a procedure the thing could never happen.  The Infinite is quite able to take care of itself.”

23:21″ ” Spirituality” is quite “practical,” very “practical,” intesely “practical.”  It teaches that Spirit is the real Thing, the Whole Thing, and that Matter is but plastic stuff, which Spirit is able to create, mould, manipulate, and fashion to its will.  Spirtuality is the most “practical” thing in the world– the only really and absolutely “practical” thing that there is!”

23:22. ” This week concentrate on the fact that man is not a body with a spirit, but a spirit with a body……”

Lessons learned from the webinar were

Stone’s Postulate  It takes less effort to succeed than to fail.  etc…..

..A Hidden Progression….”When your internal reference point is your spirit, when you are immune to criticism and unfearful of any challenge, you can harness the power of love, and use energy creatively for the experience of affluence and evolution”

We wrote 4 new cards about the Laws of Least Effort, The First card was about Acceptance, the Second Card was Responsibility, The third card, Defenselessness.   And the 4th card, …The Law of Least Effort means living each day with:

1. Acceptance, 2)Responsibility 3)Defenselessness.

And in our webinar this week the subject of Effortless Ease, “Nature’s intelligence functions with effortless ease…with carefreeness, harmony and love.  And when we harness the forces of harmony, joy and love, we create success and good fortune with effortless ease.” ~ Knowledge of your true self

A book mentioned many times is Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill.  This book is definately a link and connection to things we have learned, as we can see from Napolean Hills quotes below.

” Somewhere in your make-up ( perhaps in the cells of your brain) there lies sleeping, the seed of achievement which, if aroused, and put into action, would carry you to heights, such as you may never have hoped to attain.”

” Just as a master musician may cause the most beautiful strains of music to pour from the strings of a violin, so may you arouse the genius which lies in your brain, and  cause it to drive you upward to whatever goal you may wish to achieve.”

Mark J, Davene and Trish, have been teaching us all along everything possible to help us to change our blue print,  ways of barraging the subby with new thoughts that will help it to release old negative thoughts, by changing them to positive thoughts or even using those negative thoughts as a wake up call, as a sign of a positive reason that  shall fill us with joy because that means change is coming.  And we can direct that change to a positive.

They have taught us to find our Definate Major Purpose and our Personal Pivotal needs.  The Blueprint Builder and many more things.   And the importance of a Master Mind Alliance.

I conclude this batch of quotes with a verse from Napoleon Hill , in his book, Think and Grow Rich.

“The greatest achievement was, at first, and for a time but a dream.                                        The oak sleeps in the acorn. The bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul, a waking angel stirs. DREAMS ARE THE SEEDLINGS OF REALITY”

and a few words of encouragement from Hill…”…kindle anew in your mind the fire of hope, faith, courage, and tolerance.  If you have these states of mind,  and a working knowledge of the principles described, all else that you need will come to you, when you are READY for it.”

So my dear MKMMA friends, let us continue our studies and our silent sits, and may we continue to build our self reliance and learn these most important lessons.

God Bless and Good Night.

Week 22a ~The Wisdom of Mandino, Emerson and MKMMA

We are to begin to be more self reliant .  This past week we did not have a webinar.  We have practiced silence and we are on our newest scroll VI and we had a new read of Emerson’s , his poem and essay on Self Reliance, written in 1841.

When we start a new scroll, from Og Mandino’s book, The Greatest Salesman,…we are to carry over something from the previous scroll.  I chose, Og’s statements, ….” I avoid with fury the killers of time.  Procrastination I destroy with action, doubt I bury under faith; fear I dismember with confidence.”   and I also added his sentence of…” The duties of today I shall fulfill today.”

One of the challenges presented to us in the previous webinar was how to use things like fear, anger, unworthiness, guilt and hurt feelings, as tools.  To change this things to good and useful, exciting realization of good change coming if we so choose to be observant and look at it from a better perspective and ask ourselves better questions for better results.

And lo, right there in scroll VI , Og Mandino also had some great advice…..he said, “…….I will learn this secret of the ages:   Weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions;  strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts.  ……. If I feel depressed I will sing.  If I feel sad I will laugh.  If I feel ill I will double my labor.  If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.  If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.  If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.  If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.  If I feel incompetent I will remember past success.  If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.  Today I will be master of my emotions. ”

Now, the only part I didn’t agree with was the one that said, if I feel ill I will double my labor. … Now if you have a virus,  you best rest and get better!  Because if you don’t, life has a way of making you rest, by your getting so sick it knocks you off your feet. I’m thinking perhaps he meant ill as in, ill with worry of doing something or taking action of something in which we may not have confidence in our ability.  Which upon looking at the 6th definition of ill,  in my dictionary it says….Not up to recognized standards of excellence or conduct.  So then , yes, in that case doubling your labor might be like practice so we can get better.  Otherwise in my mind, I question, why would you want to double your labor if you are ill, and might make things worse?  Certainly, why would someone want to listen to someone who is ill sounding?  Especially if it’s about health and nutrition.  But then again, he could mean like one of those days when you just don’t feel up to a job, but once you get started and get involved you feel better.  Ah well, perhaps it will be clearer in another scroll.

The other part of this scroll I found interesting and encouraging, is where Og, as the character Hafid, says..” No longer will I judge a man on one meeting; no longer will I fail to call again tomorrow on he who meets me with hate today.  This day he will not buy gold chariots for a penny, yet tomorrow he would exchange his home for a tree.  My knowledge of this secret will be my key to great wealth. ”

Well that there is helpful to not give up,  each day is a new day.  We must remember one never knows what one is going through in their life.  That how they act that particular day, may have nothing to do with you or what you are sharing.  So if perhaps you think something didn’t go well that day, or they might not be interested.  Still, you must follow up,.. for again, it is a new day and it may be a better response.

Now in regards to the recommended reading of Emerson’s essay on self reliance.  My goodness that is heavy thinking!  People were thinking like this in the 1800’s?  Holy Toledo!  I must say, I could only read parts at a time and then read a little more later.  And I must admit some went over my head. And then I recall how in history, some of our nations leaders  learned latin and other languages and communicated with people in other countries in that countries native tongue!  And their mathematics and vast knowledge was amazing!   And one just doesn’t see this kind of writing,   at least in everyday writing.  Maybe these folks would have been members of the elite MENSA organization for folks with a real high  I Q.    But  then again, high I Q is a good thing but it is also important to have emotional intelligence.  And that takes us back to the scroll about being in control of our emotions.

You know what’s kind of funny, the word mensa in spanish slang means silly or stupid.   Guess that would be an oxymoron!!  lol!    ( but I digress!  Sorry! Just one of those funny word things 🙂  Please take this silly observation lightly and in good fun.

How awesome to be so brilliant as those in Mensa though!   I bet they would have breezed through Emerson’s essay. 🙂

So here are some neat sentences from Emersons essay on Self Reliance that I did understand and appreciate.   ” Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.   Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connections of events.   Great men have always done so,….. ”      “What I must do is all that concerns me, not what people think. …….the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”  ” The objection to conforming to usages that have become dead to you is, that it scatters your force.  It loses your time and blurs the impression of your character….so much force is withdrawn from your proper life.  But do your work, and I shall know you.  Do your work and you shall reinforce yourself….”

” There will be an agreement in whatever variety of actions, so they be each honest, and natural in their hour.  For of one will, the actions will be harmonious, however unlike they seem. ……Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions.  Your conformity explains nothing.  Act singly, and what you have already done singly will justify you now.  Greatness appeals to the future.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

So that above would be finding our true blue print.  To be all that we can be and accomplish what we have the ability and destiny to do if we so choose and take the action.

I am so grateful to, Mark J,  The Fabulous Davene, and Trish and all of my fellow MKMMA classmates.

Feeling more confident, now I must take more action.

Thank you all for sharing your journeys and for the kind encouragement.

Week 22~ Eagles, Silence and Grasshoppers :)

And so it begins….  Our last webinar,  Mark and Davene and Trish, let us know that we are to become more independent.  We are to make more of our own decisions and prepare to take this Hero’s journey on our own.  Mark said we can’t experience our true journey if we continue to play a role.  We have to let go.

They have taught us and are continuing to teach us,  but like good parents they are letting us move forward,  hoping we have learned well and that we become self-directed thinkers.

Like the mighty eagle, they are nudging we eaglets to the edge of the nest.  But not to worry, we have a few more weeks until MKMMA is completed!!  And so, as the stories we may have heard,… the eagle nudges the eaglet out of the nest high up on a juting crevice of a cliff.  The eaglet falls and flaps it’s wings and tries to fly and the parent eagle is always flying nearby, prepared to fly underneath the eaglet and catch it on its back.  So we’ve still got some guidance for a few more weeks.  Whew! 🙂

Here is a neat video of a sermon in regards to that.   A Lesson From the Eagle   http://youtu.be/C1KDSq97mbk

It is a neat sermon, with a good lesson. But except for in sermons or motivational videos,  I couldn’t find anything in nature documentary areas suggesting that, about the parent eagles catching the baby eaglets on their back.   But I did find  a wonderful video, that has a great truth!  Please jump to 39:06 to find this lesson.  http://youtu.be/sSZw6MwTyd4     Oh, heck, I’ll just tell ya!  At 40:11, ” and no one declares independence without taking risks.”  Keep watching and see that we too are to take this leap.  Lean into it!! 🙂

  And last but not least , if we wonder, are we really like eagles?  Please especially view and listen to this wonderful story called,  The Chicken and the Eagle Story ” by Dr Eldon Taylor  http://youtu.be/dHAfVl-t1Hg

Okay!  Enough about eagles! 🙂

This week we also started on the next scroll, Scroll 6.    We were of course to take over something from the previous scroll and write it on the beginning of the next scroll.

I chose Og’s quotes, “I avoid with fury the killers of time. Procrastination I destroy with action, doubt I bury under faith, fear I dismember with confidence.”  I also included ” The duties of today I shall fulfill today.”

During our webinar we learned that we are also to find time in the next 2 weeks to practice silence.  No talking, no texting, no Facebook, no emailing. No electronic connections of communications.  Personally, I really like a quiet house.  And even when I was little it was in my nature to be quiet.   At first I thought, oh man, I’m going to get soo behind.  But,  because it was an assignment, well, I just did it.  So, for me, when I was home,  no facebook or email or texting ( except for a few brief calls and texts that were necessary, car repair, appt reminder), no listening to cds or dvds,  since sunday after the webinar, and I didn’t  get on the computer and facebook until thursday! But I did weaken and watch American Idol one night.  My husband watched tv when home, but otherwise, I stayed busy, quietly getting things done, that I had meant to get done.  I also realized I feel better getting clutter out of the way, that all that electrical communication could be like clutter too.   I did not practice silence at work, as that wouldn’t work out too well. lol!  But when silent at home, well, I must say,  it was liberating!

I did chores quietly and just let whatever thoughts come.  I thought of the old Kung Fu movies with David Carridine.  How quiet he was and how he would go about his life.  I figured I could be quiet and at peace like that.   I became more clear on my DMP and what I really needed to do.  I had to face some truths and know I could better manage my time.  I pondered lessons learned and considered things that I let hold me back, I just asked myself, can I do this definate major purpose?  Do I really want what I stated?  I realized, yes, I really do.  And really, it’s not that difficult.  Just have to take the steps, stay focused not get distracted, stay away from time killers and know that if I stay  on the path and use the lessons learned I would reach my destination.  It doesn’t matter how long.  But if I am in line with the Universe and lessons learned, it would happen faster.

And you know how we are to use tools?  Well remember the story we learned about the Bear and the Kettle?  Remember the bear, smelled the food cooking on the kettle.  He came went to the kettle and hugged it and it burned him! He grew angry and reacted as a bear would and hugged it harder! Again and again, until it was just too much and he died and the hunters came back and found the bear there by the kettle.  We were to learn from this story not to hold hurts or anger towards us, but to let it go.  Because if we hold on tight it would have bad consequences.

Well speaking of holding onto this kettle being a bad thing.  I realized a way to use that tool as a good thing!  Remember in TV series, Kung Fu. The main character was Kwai Chang Caine.  Also know as Grasshopper.  When he was able to remove the pebble from the Master’s hand, it meant he was prepared and it was time to leave.  The time came when he did remove  the pebble.  And before he left the monastary he had to go to a  red hot kettle and raise his sleeves revealing his bare arms and hold them to the side of the kettle with dragons raised on the metal and he held his arms there and thus tattooed his arms.  Here holding the kettle is a great thing!  An Achievement and the beginning of his Hero’s Journey!

Here is the Kung Fu Intro!  http://youtu.be/gEtKj6keoYU   Enjoy and if you’re like me, when you are enjoying your silent time you may just hear the theme song in your quiet moments. 🙂

Well, folks, shucks, it’s after midnight.  Missed the mark.  Sorry this rambled on, lol!  guess reading this blog was a journey!   Well, right now, I guess we are like eaglets!  And at the end of our MKMMA, we will be ready to become Eagles!

But hey!  We will have our kettles, we can let them be burdens like the bear, or we can let our kettle be one to hold briefly with our bare arms, though there would be pain for that moment, we are to release that kettle.  And we are to begin…. OUR Hero’s Journey.

This is Grasshopper signing off!   🙂

Week 21 ~ Different tools!

Well, gee whiz!  What can I say, been fighting a bug, and it got me. Now it is friday and I’ve got to get this blog out.  Thought for sure that bug wasn’t going to get the upper hand,  thought I had a handle on it, but it decided to get worse today.

What to write, what to write.  Finally thinking more clear, but, still what to write.  Ugh..

This week we were to try to figure out how things we normally try to avoid , such as guilt, anger, hurt feelings, fear and feelings of unworthiness., could actually be tools!  Great tools to move us forward!  These tools do cause us to have to step outside our comfort zone.

But the neat thing is when we observe and we notice that daunting feeling approaching , we can use it as a call to attention that a great opportunity is coming!  And it is up to us to use whatever tool it is.  Mark J. said to use these tools as fulcrums , as a tool to get to motion.

A couple of the definitions of fulcrum are , 1) the point or support on which a lever turns. 2) A position, element or agency through, around, or by means of which vital powers are exercised:

Isn’t that something?  That part that says, …by means of which vital powers are exercised! Wow!

It changes one’s whole outlook!    So when something like fear comes along, we think, ” Oh!  here’s my tool!”   Yes, this may seem somewhat pollyanna. ……. Pollyanna- A foolishly or blindly optimistic person.   ….  But that doesn’t seem so bad!

Quite certain when these ‘tools’ come about, it would be best to practice, most definitely, the  step away from the situation that is causing these tools to appear and, observe, give no opinions, and ask ourselves, how can this be used as a tool to move me in a better direction, a good outcome?

We were told about 7 Levels of Thinking; 1) Copy 2) Effective 3) Efficient 4) Improving 5) Cutting 6) Different 7) Impossible.

Unbeknownst to us, we’ve been learning these through MKMMA.  And Mark explained how that has been developing.

I must say, this week I didn’t do as well as I should have.  But glad each day is a new day and looking forward to using this fulcrum of guilt and feeling of unworthiness, to cause me to do better!!

It’s kind of funny, during the webinars, Mark, or Davene or Trish will say something like. How some of us may be struggling with this or that.  And they get a huge smile and say that’s great!!  Because we realize it!  It’s ok!  They tell us why and help us realize why it’s ok.  Next thing you know, we feel like, ok!  Don’t give up, I can do this!

Well, time is running short.  So I would like to share a video of a young man that used these types of tools, to make beautiful and thought provoking poems.  His poems reach into your heart and his words are reaching many people.

His name is Shane Koyczan   The Poem is Remember How We Forgot?  http://youtu.be/h2-KeK8XDDY

I hope you have a chance to watch the video.

Let us remember We Are Nature’s Greatest Miracles!


Week 20 ~ Coincidence or Connection?

It is interesting how life unfolds and how things come our way.  Such as having something on your mind and wandering in a used book store and lo and behold there standing on display is an old book you had thought about reading someday. Or it’s a book that someone recommended and there it is. And so cool that it’s at the used book store, as the price will be great!

Or for instance, awhile back when I went into a store with my daughter and niece, as they were to pick up a few dresses for the bridesmaids of my daughter’s wedding.  While my niece was trying on the dress, I looked around a bit.  The man in charge impressed me as someone who had a calm quiet demeanor about him.  For some reason he made me think of a book called Aspire by Kevin Hall where one of the characters is the proprietor of a store that Kevin Hall stopped by to find the perfect fabric as a gift for his daughter and her upcoming wedding.

I put that thought aside and noticed a table to the side, if I remember, there was a sewing machine and an old looking book caught my eye.  I glanced up and saw the man was chatting with, it seemed a friend.  So I walked by a little closer but still kept my distance and saw it was  a hard cover book about the study of Quantum Physics.   Now, I didn’t know anything about Quantum Physics but I had heard of it and had wondered about it and was somewhat delighted to see this man was reading about it, right here in his shop!  I mean, I didn’t show it, but for some reason it struck something that made me think, ‘wow’, this man is probably really smart and wise.  As I looked up from my thought,  our eyes met, and I got the impression he had observed that I noticed the book. I didn’t know what to say, so I just gave a little smile and nod of respect.   And that was that,  I sure wish I had been able to ask questions, but I really wouldn’t have known what to ask.

Interesting thing, is now in MKMMA we are learning about Universal Laws and all kinds of things that, well, I’m not certain…but,  I’m guessing they might be kinda related to Quantum Physics.

The other funny thing is meeting my friend Renee at Toastmasters.  We got to be good friends and found we had similar interests in self improvement and she knew a whole lot!  She thought it would be a great idea to start a Master Mind. ( I had vaguely heard of that term, when years ago I had started to read a book called Think and Grow Rich. ) She would share some of the things she had learned and we would meet once a month.   But with our different schedules and busy lives and her having to travel more for her business, there was going to be quite a few months before we could start the Mastermind again.

Then the greatest thing happened!  I heard about MKMMA!  Master Key Mastermind Alliance and had a wonderful opportunity for a scholarship .  Thank goodness and so grateful to Mark J and Davene for being so kind and giving to others!  Coincidence or Connection?

So now, the latest interesting connection, is a couple of my friends in Toastmasters were talking about self improvement cd’s and authors during a break and I thought!  Oh wow!  There are more people interested in this!  I mean I know there are but I hadn’t met many that I knew personally.  So my friend shared a few CD’s for us to listen to.

I popped the CD’s in my car and saw that they were about emotional intelligence.  And, as I’m listening, what do they mention?  The Limbic System!   I smile because I remember Mark J speaking about that.


So here we are on week 20 of MKMMA.   And we are to read The Master Key Part Twenty.  Now on the front page of part twenty , the last two paragraphs say this;

”   This indicates the origin of both good and evil; they are simply words which have been coined in order to indicate the nature of the result of    the thinking or creative process.  Thought necessarily precedes and predetermines action; action precedes and predetermines condition.

Part Twenty will throw more light upon this important subject. ”  ( from The Master Key System/ Haanel)


Ok!  Now back to listening to friends  CD in the car… ( see how this story ties in! )

“A belligerent Samurai, an old Japanese tale goes, once challenged a Zen master to explain the concept of heaven and hell.

The monk replied with scorn, ‘ You’re nothing but a lout!  I can’t waste my time with the likes of you!’

His very honor attacked, the Samurai flew into a rage and pulling his sword from it’s scabbard  said, ‘ I could kill you for your impertinence! ‘

‘ That’, the monk contritely replied, ‘ is hell.’

Startled at seeing the truth in what the master pointed out about the fury that had him in it’s grip, the Samurai calmed down, sheethed his sword and bowed, thanking the monk for his insight.

‘And that,’ said the monk, ‘ is heaven.’

The sudden awakening of the Samurai to his own adjusted states, illustrates the crucial difference between being caught up in a feeling and becoming aware you are being swept away by it. ” ( from Emotional Intelligence/Daniel Coleman, Ph.D.)


Now here are the last connections I shall share.

At my church there is a great lesson series going on called The Greatest. And I must say, it also ties in well with things we have been learning.

Here are a couple scriptures from this weeks lessons,   ” These three remain; faith, hope and love… the greatest of these is LOVE.” 1 Cor 13

“Love is not rude.  Love does not demand it’s own way.  Love is not irritable , and love keeps no record of when it has been wronged.” 1 Corinthians 13:5 (NLT)

In Master Key 20:23  We are told that “In Him we live and move and have our being,” and we are told that “He” is a Spirit, and again that “He” is Love, so that every time we breathe,we breathe this life, love, and spirit……….(Haanel)

And ending with good ‘ol Og….

“If I have no other qualities I can succeed with love alone.  Without it I will fail though I possess all the knowledge and skills of the world.  I will greet this day with love in my heart.    ~ Og Mandino

Sorry this was long, sure didn’t mean it to be.  Thank you for your patience.  Sorry it sort of rambles along.  It’s hard to express what I’m trying to convey.  Just that there seems to be a nice flow of information.  Although my post here didn’t seem to flow too well.

Guess one could say, that’s quite an imagination there!  Oh well, I think it’s interesting!  I’ll leave it up to you.  Coincidence or Connection?

God Bless You all !

Week 19 Follow Our Bliss

Finding Joe, I wasn’t really sure what I was going to think of this movie.  But happily it was pretty good!  It was very interesting listening to the other speakers talk about Joseph Campbell.  And I definately would like to learn more.

I had never heard of Joseph Campbell until his work was introduced to us when Mark J first spoke to us about him when speaking of The Hero’s Journey.

I especially liked the story of the Golden Buddha and the story of the Hero’s Journey.

I took notes, while watching, but must admit, my writing can sometimes be hard to decipher.  I must say, I sooo admire people that can write fast and nice and neat! 🙂

I would like to share some of the quotes that stuck with me.

” I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.”  Joseph Campbell

” Your life is the fruit of your own doing.  You’ve no one to blame but yourself.”  Joseph Campbell

“The call to adventure signifies that destiny has summoned the hero..”  Joseph Campbell

It was interesting about Crisis also meaning Danger and Opportunity at the same time.

Another great saying is “Follow your Bliss” by  Joseph Campbell.  Now hearing this saying, brought to mind a magazine article I had read years ago and that saying was in there.  I can’t remember the name, some wilderness man, but it was a great article and another reason it stood out was because weeks before reading this magazine,  I had seen a tattoo with that saying on someones arm, and I remembered reading it and thinking, this saying seems familiar, but I don’t know from where.    A few days later I saw it written on the window of a car, and then later reading that magazine and lo and behold there the quote was mentioned as an inspiration for this man’s way of living his life. And Joseph Campbell was mentioned briefly.  I had always meant to look into it more, but it went on the back burner and what do you know..,  this MKMMA class brought the person to whom the quote belonged, Joseph Campbell front and center!

One of the statements made, can’t remember by whom, was ” Be the hero of your own life, be responsible for your adventure.”

The part of the movie that really made me pause and rewind was when the monster stabbed the main character, but it was stated that it was necessary  for one to die.  Something like one had to die to oneself to become new.

Someone said, ” no death no life,  no death no transformation, no death no change.”

It really was thought provoking, it allowed to realize that it was ok to just let go of our past self,.. even necessary,.. even though it seemed to be so much a part of us.  We must let go of our ways of old, that old blueprint could be let loose to fly in the wind. Let it go gently, may it shutter and flutter and catch the breeze of days gone by.  That it is a good thing to let that part of us die, and wither away it would seem, like a plant in the winter, it goes dry and brittle to be later replaced with new growth, new cellular regeneration.

Someone said, ” Death of one old form that has no meaning anymore. … New birth, new revelation, new insight….learn to keep dying”.

Joseph Campbell said, “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

Brian Johnson said, ” It’s not what happens to us.  It’s what we do with it.  You have to find your own entry, find your own path in the forest.  Explore for yourself what your truth is and how you can go out and rock it.”

Robin Sharma spoke about bliss, and said we should ask ourselves, ” what am I passionate about?  What is something I like to do so much that hours feel like minutes?”

He said we should find what we most love to do  and do more of that thing.

Recall what was it that made me different?  What set me apart?

Tony Hawke and Laird Hamilton put across the point that we grow the most through the things that stretch us the most.

Joseph Campbell said, “When you follow your bliss the universe will open doors where there were only walls. ”   and ” What they think of me must be put aside for bliss.”

Rumi said, ” I want to sing like birds sing.  Not worrying who listens or what they think.”

Joseph Campbell said, ” Find a place where there is joy and the joy will burn out the pain.”

He also said, ” Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.”

Some of the statements on the movie were….  Love is what we’re born with, fear is what we learn.  …… Courage moves forward in spite of fear.

Well my friends, I must wrap up this blog post and get it submitted before the day ends.

I was going to try to watch the movie again after I got off work tonight, but when I came home my husband was watching the Olympics and right there before me were all these Hero’s Journeys!!

When I came home, I tried to find that article I referred to earlier at the beginning of this blog.  I didn’t find it, but I did find a neat article about Hugh Jackman.  Did you know that when he was 14 years old he had a huge growth spurt, 12 inches in one year!  His bones grew faster than his muscles and when playing cricket he reached up and twisted and his muscles completely tore from the base of his spine! He had  two years of rehab and had to work very hard to get better.  Here are some quotes that so relate to following our bliss, the Hero’s journey, and our Olympians that are competing right now.

“Testing yourself is the only way you find out what you can really do.”  Hugh Jackman

“In this country, people are all about setting goals.  And I concede, to a point, how it can help you get going,”…..”But we limit ourselves with goals.  We have far more ability than we give ourselves credit for.  How can you maximize the use of your mind? You see that in people under pressure.  How does someone run a 100-meter race at the Olympics?  When it’s once every four years, with everything they’ve done leading to that?  It can’t just be adrenaline.  Maybe it’s just the mind getting out of the way.”  Hugh Jackman  from article, Push Past Your Limits, Success Magazine, March 2011

Of course we have learned more how our thoughts are so very important on our journey from the Master Keys.  But I’ve got to hurry and post this.  So glad for our class!

May we all continue our Hero’s Journey and follow our bliss!




Week 18 A Serendipitous Discovery!

Well my movie that I decided to watch arrived in the mail today.  But I worked late and if I watch it, there will be no time to write the blog in time.

At the last webinar we were asked to watch one of two movies .  The movies recommended are ” I Am”  and ” Finding Joe”.    I got the impression to watch one this week and write a blog about it next week.  So hope that is correct.

The webinar did raise my anticipation of these movies though.  So I checked out YouTube to get an idea of what these movies were about.  Ended up ordering “Finding Joe”  Through Amazon and that is the movie that arrived today.

My son has HULU though and there was “I Am” there!  I thought it would be great to watch it with my son and husband, but that ended up being a bit distracting.  Um…let us say…they are not of the Mastermind Alliance minded. 🙂  They chatted during it and sometimes they listened to parts of it.  Oh, they had a great time being regular weisenheimers!( Those familiar with Jackie Gleason may remember that word. 🙂 )   So!  I figured, I’d just have to watch it another time.  Hadn’t had the chance yet though.

One neat discovery though, was that during the search for “I Am” on You Tube, I found a wonderful movie that really represents alot of things we are learning.  The movie is delightful and really a must see, it is “I Am Kalam”  http://youtu.be/ieOfXPzRfTk    Definitely a Hero’s Journey.

The main character is Chhotu, a very bright, kind and giving young man.  The other characters are wonderful too!   I don’t want to give away the whole story so I hope you will take the time to watch the full movie on You Tube!  Free!

In India there are many castes and a person’s standing in life would seem to be their destiny, that they are to accept.

At the opening of the movie is a wonderful quote, “Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcendent.”  Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

The vibrant colors and beautiful heartfelt story is a joy to be seen by the whole family.   So many different people, each a very integral part of the story.

In one part Chhotu, sees a news clip about President Kalam.  And in it, the broadcaster says, Kalam believes that destiny can be changed through action.  He says success depends on four things.  First, a clear aim in life.  Second a good education.  Third, hard work and Fourth, perseverance.   Now you decide whether you will have faith in destiny or your actions.

This leaves a big impression on Chhotu, so much so, that later, when he is asked his name he says it is Kalam! 🙂   And he truly believes in his heart, that , ” There is nothing called destiny.  Everything can be changed by our actions.”

I absolutely loved this movie!

There are some parts of part eighteen of Master Keys that came to mind.

18:4  A new civilization is being born, customs, creeds, and precedent are passing; vision, faith and service are taking their place.  The fetters of tradition are being melted off from humanity, and as the impurities of materialism are being consumed, thought is being liberated and truth is rising full robed before an astonished multitude.

18:24  In order to grow we must obtain what is essential for our growth, but as we are at all times a complete thought entity, this completeness makes it possible for us to receive only as we give; growth is therefore conditioned on reciprocal action, and we find that on the mental plane like attracts like, that mental vibrations respond only to the extent of their vibratory harmony.

18:25……………………….he who has his heart in his work is certain to meet with unbounded success.  He will give and continually give; and the more he gives, the more he will recieve.

In Blueprint Builder

First. I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my Definate Purpose in life, therefore, I DEMAND of myself persistent, continous action toward its attainment, and I here and now promise to render such action.

I will not tell you the end of this story.  Let us just say, Kalam ( young Chhotu) definately lives his life with the question we have been asking of ourselves, which is, “What would the person I intend to become do next? ”

You will be inspired watching this movie!  You may even feel like jumping up and smiling and saying, ” I Am Kalam! “

Week 17 HJ Persistence with a Purpose

I really am not sure what to write and the clock is ticking.  Hmmmmm

So I will just wing it!  This week has been quite interesting.  Really liked the webinar this past sunday and the things shared.  Very encouraging!

And the blogs that folks wrote were just wonderful!  One learns so much from things shared!

I especially liked the clip about the movie “Peaceful Warrior” .  Really looking forward to watching that.

One finds interesting blogs shared on twitter.  And the Alliance area is really neat!  What a great group of people, so giving of themselves and sharing their wisdom and funny moments.

I especially got a kick out of one comment, where a father answered his phone and it was his daughter and she asked how he was and he replied, ” I am nature’s greatest miracle!”  Which was greeted by a pause of silence then joyful laughing.  In a good way!  🙂

So many things brought a smile to my face and a sense of camaraderie.  Plus alot of great tips and alot of kindness’ witnessed by how people reply to posts made.

Continuing the daily excercises, especially the writing of the 3 gratitudes and kindness’ and the mini journal helps one see and realize so many blessings in their lives.

My pile of index cards get’s higher and the top new  index card with the question ” what am I pretending not to know?”  really makes me  ponder and  think of something,… I kind of pause and then think,…well….I really do know if I were to do this, this would follow if I were persistent and focused.  Then next thing I knew, the old blue print, didn’t react like it used to. It tried, but quieter, not so much of beating myself up, I just accepted what I realized and knew I could do better and take some action, no matter how small to head in the right direction.

The Franklin Makeover of noticing different virtues has been interesting.  Keeps us in the observe mode and makes us more aware.  And it seems, that when curves are thrown, that kinda throw one out of what they had planned that day to accomplish, for some odd reason, although I did get a little down on myself for not accomplishing all I had planned,  I realized, my word for this week was persistence.  And I observed that things can come up from someone elses persistence but by showing kindness and giving your time and attention, well, that is a good thing too.

There was a  sort of calm and things we have been reading from Og and Haalel came to mind.  Also things Mark J, Davene and Trish had said, came to mind also.

But I also know that I must keep the main thing the main thing.  So I must be persistent on staying true to my DMP and PPN’s.  I must say no sometimes to stay true to my Oats and remember people will treat you the way you let them treat you.  So, truly, I only have myself to blame if I let things interfere with what I need to get done.  And I don’t even think blame is a good word to use. I allowed these things to happen.  So it is water under the bridge now.  Just let it go on by and do better.

This week we are also reading peoples obituaries.  It’s something I used to do anyway, when I used to get the newspaper. So this week I have to buy a paper since I now no longer get it delivered and we are not supposed to view it on the internet. Just part of the exercise to read an actual paper.  But that’s fine by me, and to me , that obit page is one of the most important pages.  It’s amazing to see what people have accomplished in their lives.  Some are beautifully written and some folks have truly left a legacy of love.  And their memories will forever warm peoples hearts and lessons learned from these loved ones will stay with their friends and family and be like guideposts for certain times they encounter.

I’ve been trying to do more combinations so I can save some time and so I made recordings with music in the background for not only my DMP, but also my Blue Print Builder and Press Release.  I had noticed in the Alliance how folks were doing all kinds of neat things and doing so much, alot of great ideas. My phone had been acting up and I recently was given a hand me down one from my brother, upgrade for me though and free is always great!  So I had great fun making those recordings on my phone and listening while driving.  Even changed my original DMP one.  From What a Beautiful World to Chariots of Fire!  And Eye of the Tiger for the Blue Print is awesome and makes me smile.   And Traditional Hawaiian music for the background of my Press Release makes me beam!  😀

The sits have been great! Always love reading the Master Key, but this week, each day was different!  And with what we have learned from our sits and exercises for them, it seems to overflow into daily life.  As I had been listening to my Press Release on the way to work, with the Hawaiian music background.  On getting out of the car to walk from the parking lot, there was a slight chill in the breeze, so I decided to imagine it warmer and look at the blue sky and imagine hearing Hawaiian music, feeling a warm breeze, visualizing swaying Palm trees and beautiful flowers and the sound of waves lapping on the beach.  I had to chuckle and grin as I entered the store.  I could feel my compass necklace. And I couldn’t help but hum the music as I was working.  It really tickled me how all we are learning is starting to touch so many parts of my life.

Well, I better sign off!  Day is almost done!

Wow!  Guess I had more to say than I realized! Lol!

Aloha!!  😀

Week 17 With The Courage of a Lion

This week I am to look for examples of courage.

For those of us of the older crowd, we may remember the first Wizard of Oz movie, a most wonderful movie especially for that era!   I remember as a child watching it and although it starts out in black and white, it changes to these very vibrant colors and these very interesting and fun characters.  We were all swept away while watching this show on our old rabbit ear television sets, and might even have to run up and tap the side of the set or move the rabbit ears just so, to get the picture in just right, it was mesmerizing.

I was astonished to check on google to see when this movie was made, and it was made in 1939!!!  That even makes it more amazing!

Intertwined with this great story we learned many valuable lessons from all of the characters.  Especially the main ones.  Even now, sometimes a little ditty or memory of the movie will come to mind.  I do believe it may  have had quite an influence on many of us kids growing up!  And many parts could relate to life in general without our realizing it at that young age.

Of course one of the characters was the Cowardly Lion, who although he looked like a lion, he was lacking in courage, but in the end he found his true self, who he was meant to be, who and what he was born to be , a lion of courage.

Here is a short clip ~~~ of what courage is … 🙂    http://youtu.be/LEEyijiTW-I

We are also meant to have courage and to go forward and live life to it’s fullest potential, with all of the God given gifts we’ve been endowed with.

As life goes on, we have little stumbles and falls. And in time we forget about all these gifts and though we have a restless feeling inside we kind of lose some of our youthful belief.  I think many of us can relate to this photo of the orange kitty looking at her reflection that shows her real essence.

When we are young, we pick ourselves right up and try again.  Look at a toddler, they don’t keep crawling after they’ve fallen, they get right back up on their feet and try again, joyfully!  No fear of failure!  Courage!

Look at when we learned to ride a 2 wheeler bicycle and we were getting taller and our pants were starting to be called floods,.. we were stretching up so fast!  We decided, we didn’t want those training wheels anymore!  We were ready to try no training wheels and ride fast like the wind on 2 wheels!  Oh, it was shaky, and it was alot of wobbling of the handle bars and almost leaning into parked cars, but …. by golly!  We were determined with our parent or sibling running along side of us holding on to the back of the seat.. but all of a sudden you realized they weren’t running alongside!  They let go!  And whatcha know!  We were riding that bike!! Big smile and laugh and uh oh! a curb!  Then Ahh! and Kerplunk we went!  A little scratched up and bruised but we had the sweet taste of victory!  We got right back on and rode again!

Yes!  The sweet taste of victory!  The belief that we could do it, we just needed to get up and go at it again! Practice in earnest with our goal in mind and firmly committed to accomplish that goal, the challenge was fun and exciting, and as we improved, we tried more challenging things like jumps off the arch of the curb. Then as we gained more confidence we started riding faster!  Sometimes, if we didn’t have a big rubberband on our bell bottom pant leg, there might have even been a pant leg caught in the sprocket and we took a hard fall!  But we pressed on! lol!

As we grew up, some of us kind of lost a little of that courage.  To walk and to ride a bike, those were things people cheered you on to accomplish. But as we grew older, some things we wanted to achieve or dream, were not as encouraged.  Sometimes, maybe to protect us, someone might say, we couldn’t do it.   We started being concerned of what others thought and along the way we may have lost a little more confidence.  And we may have questioned our abilities.

That’s why we all love inspiring stories, movies, books and songs.  We all want to be a part of the Hero’s Journey.  Something in us recognizes the Hero and feels a kinship to them.

In the Greatest Salesman, by Og Mandino,Scroll IV, it says “…I am nature’s greatest miracle.  I am not on this earth by chance.  I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand.”

With our lessons being learned in MKMMA we learn many things.  Some are found in the book, The Greatest Salesman and The Master Key.

“I have been given eyes to see and a mind to think and now I know a great secret of life for I perceive, at last, that all my problems, discouragements, and heartaches are, in truth, great opportunities in disguise. ”  ( we were to cross out the word will to make it more present…. thus it continues so..)   I am no longer fooled by the garments they wear for mine eyes are open.  I look beyond the cloth and I am not deceived.” ~ Og Mandino

MKMMA has taught us many things, such as Master Mind Alliance,  and The Master Keys give lessons about Universal Laws and  it is wonderful to be learning all of these things with like minded people.  We all so appreciate Mark J and the Fabulous Davene, Trish and all of their team for taking the time to teach us.

All of these things have awakened the spirit of our youth, that so much is possible.  That we do have the ability within us. We must remember The 4 Tiny Habits

1) A definate purpose backed by a burning desire for it’s fullfillment.

2) A definate plan, expressed in continous action.

3) A mind closed tightly against all negative and discouraging influences, including negative suggestions of relatives, friends and acquaintances.

4) Friendly alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose.

So now as adults we ride a new kind of bicycle! 🙂  With those of positive encouragement, our supportive friends. Let us be courageous and run this race!

Here is some good advice from The Master Key -Part 17  by Haanel

12) The mind may place the ideal a little too high and fall short of the mark; it may attempt to soar on untrained wings and instead of flying, fall to earth; but that is no reason for not making another attempt.

13) Weakness in the only barrier to mental attainment; attribute your weakness to physical limitations or mental uncertainties and try again; ease and perfection are gained by repetition.

26)  Every obstacle conquered, every victory gained, will give you more faith in your power, and you will have greater ability to win.  Your strength is determined by your mental attitude; if this attitude is one of success, and is permanently held with unswerving purpose, you will attract to you from the invisible domain the things you silently demand.

We have the hearts of lions, let us concentrate on courage and focus on our goals.

Peace Be The Journey……..Sincerely, Peggy