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!

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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!   🙂