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Week Eleven – Master Key Blog – Inductive Reasoning vs. Preconceived Ideas??

ID-10079545We have all had an opinion about some passed idea we have held for a long time or maybe not so long, only to find out later, we were wrong!

WRONG!?!?……. That’s not possible!  I always make sure I am correct about something before I give my opinion!  (Maybe it’s a good thing we are currently doing a “not give opinions” exercise.)   Soooo……what really happened?

We did not use “Inductive Reasoning” correctly.  Inductive reasoning is the process where we research what is the correct answer looking at numerous sources before we form an opinion.  We are in-essence comparing the facts, as opposed to replying on what someone said, which happens an awful lot these days.  As created beings we all have an agenda.  Sometimes honorable, sometimes selfish.

ID-10020201What is inductive reasoning, but thought.  And as we said last week, thought is the connecting link between the infinite and finite, or between God and man.  If we apply the “Law of Attraction”, which simply says “like attracts like” and the “Law of Growth”, which says “what we think about grows” and we add thought to this and if thought is a form of energy, then applying these two laws to our thoughts we can have anything we want or think about.  That by using our connection with Infinite Intelligence by thought (or prayer), He will bring about the conditions to make it so!……..

This is why part of our exercises in the MKMMA (Master Key Master Mind Alliance, in case you forgot.) is to write down what you hope to achieve in life as if it already happened!  That talks to the “subby” and the “subby is how we communicate with God!………

As the Master Teacher said in Mark 11:24 – “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (NIV)

That’s the problem!  Most of the time we don’t really BELIEVE!  We really are walking around hoping that word will bring about our situation or solution, but we don’t really believe it.  Here are some steps to help you put the “Laws of Attraction & Growth” to work in your life:

  1. Spend quiet time meditating on what your desires are. (prayer time)
  2. After making your request, then BE QUIET!  If you listen God will tell you what you need to do and he will bring about the situations and conditions you need in order to bring your desire to reality.
  3. Walk everyday in the excitement that you know this will happen, you just don’t know when.  That’s where the Faith comes in!
  4. Action: you have to have a plan to put into action that God will give you during your quite time.

And the journey continues!  Wow….week eleven, with 15 more to go.  I am already starting to imagine the person I am becoming as we……CONTINUE THE JOURNEY!!

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Week Ten – Master Key Blog – THOUGHT: The Connecting Link!!

ID-10020201In this weeks Master Key lesson I feel like I reached the Climax!  Like everything has come together and I now have the knowledge and tools to guarantee myself happiness and success in life!!  And now…..we know, as Charles Haanel says in 10-9 – “Thought is the connecting link between the Infinite and finite, between the Universal and the individual”

BUT… we are not even half way through!  What else can there be?     ID-10036921(1)

I mean…we have the understanding of the conscious vs the subconscious.  We know we can replace bad thoughts with good thoughts.  We have the knowledge to change failures into successes.  And we have the tools in order to put this knowledge into action by practice!  Boom…we’re done with school, let’s just put all this into action!!

BUT WAIT……We are not done!  Haanel goes on to tell us: “The law is that Thought is an active vital form of dynamic energy which has the power to correlate with its object and bring it out of the invisible substance (God) into the visible or objective world.”  “This is the law by which, and through which, you are admitted into the” Secret Place of the Most High” and are “given dominion over all things.”   “Not just one thing, or many things, but ALL THINGS!  With an understanding of this law you may “decree a thing and it shall be established unto thee!”

This creative power depends upon our recognition of the potential power of spirit or mind and must not be confused with Evolution.  Creation is the calling into existence of that which does not exist in the objective world.   Evolution is simply the unfolding of potentialities involved in things which already exist.

(I was not able to finish my post yesterday, so this morning I thought I would come to the beach to continue.  This is one of the advantages of living in Jacksonville, Florida.   There is something about the sounds of the beach that clears the mind!  Certainly a closer connection to Infinite Intelligence!)

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Haanel continues by saying, “If we are to take advantage of this law and the wonderful possibilities that will open up to us, we must remember,  we ourselves contribute nothing to  this effect.  As Jesus tells us, “It is not I that doeth the works, but the Father that dwellers in me, He doeth the work.”   We must take exactly the same position; we can do nothing to assist in the manifestation, we simply comply with the law, and the All-originating Mind will bring about the result!”

There is so much valuable information left in this part I’m afraid it will make this post too long,  so I’m going to use bullet points to finish.

  • The problem is Man thinks he has to come up with the original idea, then the Infinite can bring to reality.  This is not true!  The Universal Mind can be counted on bring about all conditions to manifest what we want.  We just have to imagine the end result!  (If it’s hard to get your mind around this, hang on, it will make more sense soon!)
  • We see an example of this in nature.  Everything a plant needs to grow is all around it.  It pulls nutrients from the soil, water and sun from the sky.  It’s applying the law of growth.   Everything that has life is constantly attracting to itself the conditions and the supply which is necessary for its most complete expression.

BOTTOM LINE………If thought is the connection with the Infinite to bring all things into manifestation, then our thoughts must be in harmony with the Infinite!  If you spend all day in negative thoughts they will harass you, worry you, and can eventually bring about disease and possibly death!  Wisdom, strength, courage and all harmonious conditions are the result of power and power is from within. (Remember, within is our subby, which is our connection to Infinite Intelligence.)

When we learn to connect with the Infinite we learn to have faith.  I like the explanation of faith I heard from a close friend of mine, Scott Melanson.  He said Faith: is calling things that are not so, as though they are so, so that they will be so, because He said so!

Every lack, limitation or adverse circumstance is the result of weakness, and weakness is simply absence of power; it comes from nowhere, it is nothing.  The solution is to develop power, and this is accomplished in exactly the same manner that all power is developed, by EXERCISE.

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Week Nine – Master Key Blog – THE LAW OF GROWTH!!

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The Law of Growth – What we think about grows.  What we forget atrophies.  This weeks Master Keys talks about the 3 things all humans desire.  They are Health, Wealth and Love.  And when talking about Wealth it simply means having a sufficient supply; to be comfortable.  To have, at least, just a little bit more than we need.  Or it can mean to be filthy, stink’n rich.  Wealth means something different to different people, but Health and Love are pretty universal.  We all need ’em. BUT……How do we obtain these 3 desires?

ID-10036921(1)As Haanel says, “the mechanism of attachment whereby we can consciously connect with this Infinite supply is in our method of thinking.  To think correctly is to enter into the the “Secret Place of the Most High”.  To think correctly we must know the “Truth”!                        …

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Week Nine – Master Key Blog – THE LAW OF GROWTH!!

The Law of Growth – What we think about grows.  What we forget atrophies.  This weeks Master Keys talks about the 3 things all humans desire.  They are Health, Wealth and Love.  And when talking about Wealth it simply means having a sufficient supply; to be comfortable.  To have, at least, just a little bit more than we need.  Or it can mean to be filthy, stink’n rich.  Wealth means something different to different people, but Health and Love are pretty universal.  We all need ’em. BUT……How do we obtain these 3 desires?

ID-10036921(1)As Haanel says, “the mechanism of attachment whereby we can consciously connect with this Infinite supply is in our method of thinking.  To think correctly is to enter into the the “Secret Place of the Most High”.  To think correctly we must know the “Truth”!                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ID-10097413                                          Truth is the underlying principle in every business or social relation.  To know the Truth is:

  • to be in harmony with the Infinite and Omnipotent power
  • to connect yourself with a power which is irresistible

This power will sweep away every kind of discord, inharmony, doubt or error of any kind, because the “Truth is mighty and will prevail.”   Every action which is not in harmony with Truth, whether through ignorance or design, will result in discord, and eventual loss in proportion to its extent and character.

So…..how then are we to know the truth in order to attach this mechanism which will relate us to the Infinite?  If we realize that truth is the vital principle of the Universal Mind and is Omnipresent.  For example, if you require health, a realization of the fact that the “I” in you is spiritual and that all spirit is one; that wherever a part is the whole must be, will bring about a condition of health, because every cell in the body must manifest the truth as you see it.  If you see sickness; they will manifest sickness; if you see perfection they must manifest perfection.  The affirmation, “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy”, will bring about harmonious conditions.  The reason for this is because the affirmation is in strict accordance with the Truth, and when truth appears every form of error or discord must necessarily disappear.

Thought is a spiritual activity and spirit is creative, therefore the result of holding this thought in mind, must necessarily bring about conditions in harmony with the thought.

If you require Wealth a realization of the fact that the “I” in you is one with the Universal mind which is all substance, and is Omnipotent, will assist you in bringing into operation the law of attraction which will bring you into vibration with those forces which make for success and bring about the conditions of power and affluence in direct proportion with the character and purpose of your affirmation.

Visualization is the mechanism of the attachment which you require.  Visualization is a very different process from seeing; seeing is physical, and is therefore related to the objective world, the “world without”, but Visualization is a product of the imagination, and is therefore a product of the subjective mind, the “world within.”  It therefore possesses vitality; it will grow.  The thing visualized will manifest itself in form.  The mechanism is perfect; it was created by the Master Architect who “doeth all things well,” but unfortunately sometimes the operator is inexperienced or inefficient, but practice and determination will overcome this defect.

He who has learned to bring the greatest spiritual truths into touch with the so-called lesser things of life has discovered the secret of the solution of his problem.

Here is the formula:

  • I build up an affirmation for myself
  • Taking the qualities needed and affirming for myself over and over again, “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.”
  • Keep up this affirmation, always the same, never varying, till I could wake up in the night and find myself repeating this affirmation.
  • Not only affirm it for yourself, but for others you know need it.

This last one is very power!  Whatever you desire for yourself, affirm it for others, and it will help you both!!  We reap what we sow!

All of the above is worthless, unless you: PRACTICE……PRACTICE……PRACTICE…….PRACTICE!!!!!!!

So….when a thought of anger, jealousy, fear or worry creeps in, just start your affirmation going.  The way to fight darkness is with light….the way to fight cold is with heat…..the way to overcome evil is with good.

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Week Eight – Master Key Blog – IMAGINATION!!

Image      In Og Mandino’s book, “The Greatest Salesman in the World,” a statement in the first scroll is, “Good habits are the key to all success.”  I think we go through life controlled by habits, but most of us don’t realize we are being controlled or we don’t think we can do anything about it.  Then…

BOOM!!!    BOOM!!!    BOOM!!!

Something happens deep inside and we say, “ENOUGH!!” ……    And we do something about it.  One example I can think of is an alcoholic makes the decision to become sober.

Og says in his first scroll, “As a child I was slave to my impulses; now I am slave to my habits, as are ALL grown men.”  Well….

This week another light bulb went off inside my “subby!!”

ID-100196984  I have always thought of  habits as being physical things I do, without even realizing where the habit came from.  Somewhere along the road of life my subby said…”you should incorporate this habit into your everyday life.”  But it was the conscious mind that approved it before it was allowed to enter the “subby”.  Remember….the conscious is the “Gate Keeper” of the “subby”.  Whatever the conscious lets into the subby, the subby accepts it as truth and it never forgets, it’s working 24/7. (this is KEY!)  So unless something triggers the conscious to stop to think, “why am I doing this habit?”, you just continue letting it control you!!

Here’s where the light bulb went off!…….I have never thought of habits, as “MENTAL HABITS”, but that’s exactly what they are, because the physical act of doing the habit comes from a thought!!!  And….mental habits are difficult to control, but it can be done and the way to do it is to begin at once to substitute constructive thought for destructive thought.  Form the habit of analyzing every thought!

This week in the Master Keys, we learned….one of the most important tools in helping you to make this change in thinking is …….Imagination!! 

You must learn to use your imagination to help you change those bad habits!!  And here’s why.           IMAGINATION IS…..

  • the light by which we can penetrate new worlds of thought and experience!
  • the mighty instrument by which every discoverer, every inventor, opened the way from precedent to experience.  Precedent said, “It cannot be done;” experience said, “It is done!”
  • a plastic power, molding the things of sense into new forms and new ideals.
  • the constructive form of thought which must precede every constructive form of action.

I hope this has helped someone else’s light bulb go off, which can put you on a new path in life that can bring you more happiness!

If this was nothing new to you, then congratulations!  You are awesome!

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Week Seven – Master Key Blog – VISUALIZATION!!??!!??

ImageWOW!!  Ran into a problem last week!  In the 15 minute sitting our exercise was to take a photo of someone.  For 10 minutes just study every detail of the picture.  10 minutes is a long time just to study all details of one picture!  Then we are to close our eyes and try to visualize the picture in our minds.  After 10 minutes studying every detail of a picture of my beautiful granddaughter and then closing my eyes I see nothing  but black!  I believe I have stumbled onto something that’s been lacking in the way I think.  I think I spend too much time analyzing the task I need to go through to reach the goal, but I have trouble visualizing the end result.  Mark J. has always said, “Begin with the end in mind.”  I don’t think I have ever really done that!!  But has Wooden said, Haanel said…practice is how we get better, so this visualizing exercise is one I will be practicing a lot until I master it!!  Thoughts that fire together, wire together!  If I can learn how to visualize the end result of the goal while I am going through the task to achieve the goal, I can become more successful at anything I want.  “I can be what I will to be!”  “I can be what I will to be!”

Another exciting thing happened this week.  I have been sharing what I have been learning in the Master Keys with a young Christian in the gym.  He was amazed at how what I was sharing lined up with a group of young Christians he is mentoring.  His group uses an app called “Group Me”.  There’s about 10 guys and they share power thoughts from scripture.  It’s kind of like having a small Twitter group.  He asked me to join his group to share some of the power thoughts I was sharing with him!  The bottom line it’s a great way for friends to stay accountable daily rather than meeting weekly. (Which they do anyway.)  But the most interesting part is I have children older than these guys!

Another interesting thing we learned this week is we all have certain psychological triggers that help us learn.  Mark J shared 7 of them, like shapes, colors, sound (music), plus others.  Most of us have one or more triggers we relate to, but just because we don’t relate to all of them doesn’t mean we can’t benefit for all triggers.  As it seems he adds a new task weekly(making to more challenging to meet the weekly task) they are all important.  It is a compounding effect.  We are filling the subconscious with new “exercises” to help expand our thinking and to remove old bad habits we may have deep down in “subby” that we don’t even know we have! (If that make sense.)  The compounding effect means, even if you don’t think you are benefiting from the exercise, you are….  And if you continue being faithful to what Mark J. is asking us to do, you will be more successful at the end of the 6 months than you have even been before!  If you goal is financial freedom THEN YOU WILL ACHIEVE IT!!

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Week Six – Master Key Blog – Concentration or Attention! Do You Use It?

As I ended my last blog talking about how I am not allowing negative events to effect my day, I had a bad day this week!  What’s with that!!  As I was going through it I was able keep my attitude positive because I recognized it and told myself this will be over and tomorrow things will be back to normal.  I also believe there was a physical component that went away after a good nights sleep.  And I did go to bed a little earlier that night.  I believe people underestimate the power of getting a little extra rest.

This week Haanel makes more mind changing comments!  As he states, “Attention or concentration are probably; the most important essential in the development of mind culture.”  “The possibilities of attention when properly directed are so startling that they hardly would appear creditable  to the uninitiated.”  “The cultivation of attention is the distinguishing characteristic of every successful man or woman, and is the very highest personal accomplishment which can be acquired.”  “The power of attention can be more readily understood by comparing it with a magnifying glass in which the rays of sunlight are focused; they posses not particular strength as long as the glass is moved about and the rays directed from one place to another; but let the glass be held perfectly still and let the rays be focused on one spot for any length of time, the effect will become immediately apparent.”  Remember burning ants when you were little?

WOW!!  Think about that for a second.  Attention?  Concentration?  Focus?  Let me ask you a question?  Do you have so many things in life you are trying to do, but don’t seem to be doing any of them as well as you would like?  Could it be because you’re NOT able to focus or concentrate on each one individually long enough to create a solid plan to meet your goal?

I use to claim I had self-diagnosed ADHD or ADD, but I can control it!  Who was I kidding!  I was out of control!  A few years ago I went on the web to see if I could qualify for ADHD so I could have my doctor prescribe adderall!  Smart thinking, John.  All you need to do is add amphetamines to your regimen!  That will fix everything!  NOT!  I even tried to stretch the truth on the questions, but still could not make myself qualify for adderall!

We have to learn how to FOCUS!  That’s what Charles Haanel teaches as he describes how to spend the 15 minutes of “quite time” each day and what to do during each sitting.  This is a technique he teaches, but it doesn’t happen over night.  You have to practice!!  WHAT?  Who ever heard of practicing thinking!  Hell, we’ve being practicing that all our lives!  Right?  Well maybe, but at least now I know I have been doing it wrong for 57 years!!

So….what did I learn this week?  I learned this 26 week course I’m going through is going to teach me how to focus my thinking razor sharp!  That, my friend, will lead me to success!  WOW!  And I still have 20 more weeks to go!

Stay tuned, folks!

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Week Five – Master Key Blog

As we move into week 5 I can look back and see the whole process is having a dramatic impact on my thoughts.   When I say the whole process I mean the readings, sittings, index cards, all the exercises Mark J and His Team, puts us through!  I’m not complaining because there is an important component required to change the old Blue Print.  As it states in the last paragraph of the one page “Blue Print Builder” we read daily, “I will sign my name to this formula, commit it to memory, and repeat it aloud once a day, with full faith that it will “gradually” influence my Thoughts and Actions so that I will become a self-reliant, and successful person.  The key is gradually.  Years of certain thought patterns, or habits, can not be changed in a short period of time.  It takes constant input into the subby to change thought pattern.  As my conscious mind reads the exercises it fills the subby with new information.  You can’t tell it’s happening while you’re reading but I have faith it is happening!  Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  As the main part of our reading comes from Charles Haanel’s Master Key System, he explains the difference between the conscious and the “subby”.

Even science proves you can change the thoughts that com form the subby (our habits) by consistently putting in good, positive information into the subby by using the conscious.  I am already seeing a change in my attitude of how I let negative daily events effect my thoughts.  You know … those days when everything seems to be going against you and as the day moves forward your motivation gets lower and lower.  Well …. as those kinds of days have come along over the last 5 weeks I find my thoughts not allowing these negative events to effect my motivation.  I am also finding my confidence level increasing as I am more bold to challenge my physicians to find the specific patients my drug will help.

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Week Four – Master Key Blog

I have always heard we live in a body, we have a mind, but the sole is the center.  From a Christian perspective I knew the Holy Spirit lives within us, but I never really understood the difference between my mind and my spirit.  But as Charles Haanel explains in part four who we really are.  We are the “I”, as in that’s who we really are.  The  “I” controls everything.  The real nature of “I” is the spiritual part.

In this week’s blog I have decided to take some quotes from this weeks reading with a few comments added.  The quotes will be bold.

“One of the strongest affirmations we can use for the purpose of strengthening the “I”and realizing our power to accomplish anything we desire is, “I can be what I will to be.”      It’s the same thing that professional golfers do traveling to a tournament.  They know the course, so they visually go through each shot on each hole before they even play it.  They have trained their mind to the point they can “will” each shot where they want it to go.  Have they always be able to do that?  No, but the more they physically practiced their game and the more they focused mentally, the better they became!  We can learn to increase our success in anything if we understand it is important to practice our success mentally before it happens!

“The secret of the wonderful creative power of the “World Within” is when you understand what is being said in the Bible scripture, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of the living God?”  We can not give unless we get; we cannot be helpful unless we are strong.  If we wish to be of service to others we must have the power to do so, but to get it we must give it; we must be of service.”     We have connection with our creator (God) through our subconscious.  All of our thoughts come from “Infinite Intelligence”.  The more we practice connecting with “Infinite Intelligence” the more clear our thoughts become.

“The universal (God) can not express through you as long as you are busy with your plans, your own purposes; quiet the senses, seek inspiration, focus the mental activity on the “within”; dwell in the consciousness of your unity with God”    That is the purpose of the 15 minutes daily of quite time we have been required to do each day.  This week were suppose to block out all negative thoughts and to relax our mind.  If you’re are spending quite time, but you always have thoughts running through your mind how are you suppose to create new thoughts?

“How may we develop the faith, the courage, the feeling, which will result in accomplishment?  By exercise; mental strength is secured in exactly the same way that physical strength is secured, by exercise.  We think something, perhaps with difficulty the first time; we think the same thing again, and it becomes easier this time, the more we practice the easier it becomes until it becomes a mental habit.  It then becomes automatic.”     It is exciting thinking how successful I will become as I learn how to use our 15 minutes of quite time to allow new thoughts to enter my mind!

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