Category Archives: The Mind

Week Twenty-Two: The Great MKMMA Adventure – The Sounds of Silence

 

Long ago in a galaxy far away, Simon & Garfunkel released a beautiful ballad, The Sounds of Silence. The lyrics resonated with the generation out to change the world. I am a part of that generation, and was actively working to change the world then, as I am now.

The Sound Of Silence

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a streetlamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
No one dare
Disturb the sound of silence

“Fools” said I, “You do not know
Silence like a cancer grow
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said “The words of the prophets
Are written on subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sounds of silence”

© 1964 Words and Music by Paul Simon

As I reflect upon them now, five decades later, I recognize in them the Hero’s Journey. I see the traps, habits, patterns, and distractions that keep us from our life purpose and passion, and the sound of the Herald’s Call, beckoning those with ears to hear of the great adventure of their life. Without a Helper, a Wizard or Witch in the Woods who appears in the life of the Hero while on his journey, quicksand, bandits, and the snake pits of old habits of thinking, being, and doing successfully sidetrack the Hero. I was sidetracked for years, but I continually returned to the Quest.

As a Certified Guide in The Master Keys, I have had the honor of being a helper to 15 brave and courageous men and women. Our tribe started with 25, but the hazards of the journey took some of us. The transformation bursting forth in the lives of these heroes astounds me, and humbles me. One woman called me with ecstatic joy realizing that she finally met her heart, her true self, and because of this work, she is free. Another man has shed all that slowed him down from fulfilling his life dream and is moving, full steam ahead, into his purpose. All of those who stay the course return to their origins with treasures beyond price. Self-Discovery…it’s found in the Sounds of Silence, every day, for 15 minutes, doing the work of the mind, the heart, and the spirit. I bow to all who dare to hope, to dream, that they can change the world through changing themselves and their lives. You can, too, if you choose.

This is sometimes what a Hero’s Journey can look like:

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Week Twenty-One: The Great MKMMA Adventure – The Power to Name

 

Michaelangelo The Creation of Adam“Let us make man in our Image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the foul of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” Gen 1:26

“And out of the ground, the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every foul of the air, and brought them unto Adam, to see what he would call them; and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the foul of the air, and to every beast of the field.” Gen 1:19-20a.

What’s in a name? Biblically, the name represents the nature, the spirit, the character, the Adam-naming-animals-by-Theophanes-at-Meteoracharacteristics, and the essence, in every way, of the thing. In giving man the power and authority to name ‘every beast of the field’, God gave the authority to define the very essence and meaning of that thing. This is one of two specific ways which man is made in the image of God.

Haanel echoes this. “The spirit of the thing is that thing….It becomes active through your recognition of it and its possibilities.”  The Master Keys, 20.1

The other is free will… the freedom to choose a course of action, a thought.

In The Master Keys, we master the Power to Name.

For example, biochemically, fear and excitement generate the same response in the body. We have the opportunity to express our two divine rights: the freedom to choose and the freedom to name. My life experience arises from my living into being made in the Image of God. I choose to name that response excitement, and my life is a grand adventure. I choose to name that response fear, and my life is a reactionary nightmare. That’s the Power to Name.

“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;’  John 17:22

heart-in-hand-of-godAgain, Haanel follows Biblical truths. “The real secret of power is consciousness of power.” 21.1 “…the more conscious we become of our unity with the sources of all power, the greater will be our power to control and master every condition.” 21.5

We cannot claim our inheritance if we are unconscious of its existence. Even if we are conscious of our oneness with God, we cannot sow the seeds of that life unless we name it and claim it. If we do, we reap a bountiful harvest.

Question: What kinds of things exist in your life that you can transform by exercising your Power to Name? How would your life be different?

Please leave your replies in the comment section below!

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Week Eighteen: The Great MKMMA Adventure – Creating Your EPA

 

Church-5If you live in America, you either LOVE or HATE the EPA…the Environmental Protection Agency. If you are a land developer, chances are you are annoyed by them. If you are a contractor doing home improvements, chances are you truly hate them. If you are an organic farmer, you wish they’d be stricter so that your crops are not compromised by toxic pesticides. If you are a bee-keeper, the EPA is just a joke.

The Environment: It’s everyone’s responsibility…unless it is the environment of your mind. Then it’s YOUR responsibility. You see, wherever you have 100% freedom of choice, you have 100% responsibility.

What kind of fruit does your thinking produce?

This week, I embarked upon another 6 month Hero’s Journey: Higher Brain Living. At the end of Stay Hungry Stay Foolish6 months, my brain will have the same brain wave patterns as that of a monk who has meditated 8 hours a day for 30 years….in other words; I’ll be the master of my thinking, focus, and concentration on a whole new level. Higher Brain Living accomplishes much, but misses the piece of how to create the       vision of your future self into which you grow and manifest the life of your dreams. You get that in the Great MKMMA Adventure. Without it, the applied knowledge may somehow disappear into the ethers.

The people I meet at HBL have an edge on most of humanity in that they already THINK. They know they control their environment, and create their realities through their CHOICES. I had a wonderful conversation with one such woman, Margaret Ferguson. She is 70+ years young and vibrantly healthy and alive. Her husband of 50+ years had recently passed away and she and her daughter, my facilitator in Higher Brain Living, Anne Ferguson, laughingly shared about the experience of this man’s death.

Then she said it.

“I live each day as if it is my last. I’ve always done that.”

BAM!! So THAT is what living in the present in love and gratitude produces…this amazing fruit fruits-of-the-spiritof the Spirit expressed as light, love, peace, acceptance, and the gift of being fully present when with another. She’s 100% responsible for her Mental Environment, for her Thinking, for her life. I’m sending her a copy of The Greatest Salesman in the World. I think she’ll laugh out loud when she gets to Scroll V.

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Week Seventeen: The Great MKMMA Adventure – Chickens and Eggs: Man’s Search for Meaning

 

rosie-chicken-and-eggsmallWhich came first? The Chicken or the Egg?

Probably the first existential question asked of us.

Chickens come from eggs, so the egg had to come first. BUT, Eggs come from chickens, so the chicken had to come first.  But………

When I move into my new house, I’ll be happy!

When I get a big raise, I’ll be happy!

When I buy my dream car, I’ll be happy!

Does that mean that the house, the money, and/or the car CAUSE me to be happy? For some, the answer is yes, and for those people, happiness is easily stolen from them.  How do we internalize happiness, peace, and harmony such that they become who we are?

Happiness, peace, and harmony are the fruit of right thinking, for As a Man Thinketh, so he is.

Happiness, peace, and harmony are always options for us to choose, regardless of external Find-Beauty-Card_PinWheelDesigns_Etsycircumstances. Once you own this and make it part and parcel of who you are, you are invincible. Setbacks, obstacles, life’s challenges and hardships, even the loss of someone you love, have no power to harm you, for you possess and use the freedom to choose, everything.

Dr. Viktor Frankl, a Jewish psychiatrist in Hitler’s Germany in the 1930s was imprisoned in Auschwitz. He developed a definite purpose, that he would live through this nightmare of death and destruction, no matter what, so that the story could be told.From early 1942 until late 1944, transport trains delivered Jews to the camp’s gas chambers from all over German-occupied Europe. At least 1.1 million Jews, Poles, Romani an Sinti, Soviet POWs, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, and young Germans who disagreed with Hitler died at Auschwitz in the gas chambers. Countless others not killed in the gas chambers died of starvation, forced labor, infectious diseases, individual executions, and medical experiments.

What would be your chosen response in the face of all of that?  This was Dr. Frankl’s”

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

Viktor Frankl mastered his thinking, and lived. He understood the power of thought as cause, and of all else as effect. He saw in himself and in the guards the human potential, maintaining the vision of what is possible, and thereby freeing what is best to come forth.

Thought as cause. Authentic Strength. Authentic Power. Authentic Living.

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It’s your Hero’s Journey to Mastery of your Thinking, to Mastery of Being at Cause in your life. Put yourself at the top of the list for those eligible for Pay-It-Forward Scholarships by leaving your name and email below. You’ll receive the 7 Day Mental Diet as a free gift for doing so, and be able to begin your journey today.

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Week Fifteen: The Great MKMMA Adventure: Fall Prey to Cupid’s Arrows

 

maleficent_by_dandelion_s-d7ggt40Week 15 in The Master Keys stuns you. “Thought may lead to action of any kind, but whatever the action, it is simply the thought attempting to express itself in visible form.”

When I was an angry, obnoxious teenager, I memorized William Blake’s “A Poison Tree”. It epitomized my “Me vs. Them” outlook on life. My general demeanor was spiteful, vengeful, and sullen. Not surprisingly, I was miserably unhappy.

I was also ignorant. I did not know that my thinking increased my suffering. I did not know that

The World seemed a Dangerous Place

The World seemed a Dangerous Place

my anger fed the thoughts and turned them into a belief that the world is hard, cruel, unforgiving, and dangerous. I was a brilliant conversationalist, but the conversations cut to the core, often leaving blood on the floor. It was a strange form of amusement arising out of a false sense of superiority.

When I was in my mid–twenties, pop psychology came up with a cute little saying …… Thoughts are Things. I had to stop and think about that one.

If thoughts are things, then the ‘things’ in my life had to have arisen from my thoughts. I reasoned that if I could change my thoughts, my life would change.

I became kinder. My life evened out. My face relaxed. Life was much easier. I was happier, but I was bored out of my gourd. It no longer amused me to leave people lying amidst the wreckage of their own weak thinking. I followed path after path, going nowhere. I could not turn back, but I did not know what to turn to.

3-november-2012-holy-spirit-decending2But God did. Seems He was hanging out in Heaven, patiently waiting for me to discover Love

It was as if He sent Cupid with a quiver full of arrows, piercing my heart with all of them.

God is Love.

The Master Keys 15.11     “It is love which        imparts vitality to thought and thus enables it to germinate.”

Impregnate your thoughts with Love.            Succumb to a rising spiral of the miraculous. The more you love, the more your life transforms. Mine certainly did. My treasures came from within an eternal fountain of love arising deep within my soul. I began seeing beauty everywhere, seeing the miracle that is life.

Love vitalizes my thoughts. I am Happy for No Reason, annoying some folks as a result of chronic bliss.

Now, in my 6th decade, I discovered the Master Keys, and discovered that the power of love within me can be consciously directed to create an even more amazing life. I learned to choose what and how to build my thoughts, impregnate them with love so that they emanate forms hitherto only imagined.

I invite you to fall prey to Cupid’s Arrows, combining that love with the mastery of choosing what you build with your thoughts. The next Master Keys Experience begins in September, 2015. Leaving your name and email puts you in the cue for one of the Endowment Scholarships. It also gives you a powerful tool to start you on your Journey.

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