I have been under the opinion for many years that thought is just something that happens and we haven’t got much control over it. In this chapter it has been brought to our attention the vital role that our thoughts play in helping us to have some chance of success in life! Hannel says in 8:3 Any line of thought persisted in cannot fail to produce its result on the character, health and circumstances of the individual. I have in the last couple of weeks realised that I have a tendency to allow outward circumstances to dictate the quality of my thoughts and when things are not going so well I can respond in negative ways to a given stimulus. But thanks to the MKMMA I am beginning see positive change. I also realise that many of my responses have been very entrenched from a lifetime of conditioning. But little by little I am taking back what “somebody stole”. It’s like, “I have finally found what I’ve been looking for.” Our thoughts over a lifetime have created the “Valley of Fear” and we have been powerless to ascend because we have been trapped by our own thoughts. I know now we have the power available to us through the subconscious mind to achieve our greatest dreams but we need to guard our mind by analysing every thought. Hannel say something interesting in 8:4 ” Learn to keep the door shut, keep out of your mind, out of your office, and out of your world, every element that seeks admittance with no definite helpful end in view.” I think he is saying, we don’t need to inhale a lot of the toxic waste that floats about on the wind and in the rivers of opinion. I have just started the Mental Diet and I am rising to the challenge. How are you going with your diet? How’s your Mental Health?
I love what James Allen says about thoughts:
“Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless and impure thoughts, and cultivating towards perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful and pure thoughts. By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.”
In the Master Keys this week it talks about “Visualization” & “making mental images”; “the image is the mold; a pattern,” of what you will one day become. It says,”Make the pattern clear and make it beautiful; do not be afraid; make it grand; remember that no limitation can be placed upon you by any one but yourself. So often we don’t set goals for fear we wont reach them, or we may not have the courage to aim high for fear of what other people may think, we fear that we may fail to reach the heights set so we don’t raise the bar too high. We place limits on ourselves, the truth is we have unlimited potential. “You are not limited; draw on the Infinite for your supply, construct it in your imagination; it will have to be there before it will ever appear anywhere else.” Our DMP is our Image of our true self, that person we aspire to be. As we read our DMP daily, with feeling, Visuallizing, believing, we eventually manifest our vision. That is why it is important to keep perfecting and visualizing our DMP. Do we have enough beauty and joy in our lives? can we have more of these? Maybe we need to ask for these & include them in our vision also! “By holding the image or picture in mind, we can gradually but surely bring the thing nearer to us. We can be what we will to be.”
The Vision that you glorify in your mind, the Ideal that you enthrone in your heart – this you will build your life by, this you will become James Allen
Week 6 feels like we have just stepped it up a gear & at the beginning of the week I was reeling wondering how I was going to catch up, I missed parts of both Webinars & had lots of commitments, but I have stayed committed & slowly have made progress. I am feeling better about this week now even though it has been the toughest week so far. I am feeling more confident in myself. I completed a magnet board last week so that I can display my work and keep a visual record. This makes it easier to track and harder to miss some things therefore I wont forget to complete tasks. I also can use 1/2 of the area for my dream board. I didn’t know the dream board was coming but the timing was spot on. I spent some time listening to Mark and Davene explain the shapes and set about getting started, it sounded complex but wasn’t that difficult once I got into it. I got them sorted and printed. In previous weeks I have been worried about missing something but now I am just doing what I can & anything that I don’t understand I will get help with. I have caught up on Master Keys this week as I have been neglecting this due to time constraints. I still have some catching up to do but I am seeing results, I am feeling happier because I am completing jobs and not stalling as was the case in the past. I find I am committing to the tasks no matter what the time so the job gets done. I think my attitude has stepped up and I am not affected by the negative comments of others, I think the opinions exercise has helped me to communicate more positively also. Mark shared a quote this week by Edison that I love: “A Vision without Execution is an Hallucination”. I have allowed my dreams to drift away like smoke on the wind because I was constantly allowing them to be affected by the winds of change. It’s time to hold the vision & execute the change that we want! As we move forward the Vision will materialize.
Watch this space more coming soon.
Week 5 has been a crazy week & I didn’t manage to get my Blog done on time, but there were still some positive lessons learned. I have never seen myself as being opinionated but I can see now that we all have strong opinions and when unchecked can create conflict and problems. It was interesting while in a class this week the teacher was discussing documenting case notes and talked about the importance of just writing the facts because when we add our opinion it can change the context and there can be adverse consequences for the client. It was an interesting observation and I have become more aware of what I say. During a staff meeting I found myself taking every though captive & instead of giving an opinion I asked questions to try to direct conversation in the desired direction. In another situation I was on the receiving end of someone else’s opinion. Looking back at this I felt I disagreed with the person’s opinion but at the time I went along with it. I perhaps could have challenged it, which would have been my opinion against his. Perhaps no response would have had more impact? Because of a busy work schedule this week I got behind with the “Press Release” also. I managed to get something done once I got started. Something new and we tend to procrastinate, but beginning is half done!