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!

 

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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.

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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)

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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.)

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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!

Sincerely,

Peggy

 

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! “