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Week CW11: The Great MKMMA Adventure – The Forgiveness Dilemma.

 
We are commanded to Forgive 70 times 70....

We are commanded to Forgive 70 times 70….

One of the tools of the Master Keys is the Seven Laws of Mind. Every day, before I say them out loud with ENTHUSIASM, I say, “I master the 7 Laws. I master the mechanism.”  In truth, these laws are a powerful mechanism for living a blissful, happy, productive, and successful life!  So why am I writing today about one of them, the Law of Forgiveness?  This morning, in the infinitely loving way that God alone can do, He has brought to me the one area wherein I am “Forgiveness Challenged”.

We own a small mental health practice. Our specialty is trauma. The effects of trauma tear at the very fabric of one’s humanity. It is especially painful seeing them in little children. When we work with foster children, we work with highly traumatized children. A team is created to work together in the best interest of the child.  This team consists of the foster parent(s), the foster care agency, the Department of Social Services, a Guardian Ad-Litem, and the therapist.

Unfortunately, there is one agency’s actions which consistently belie their responsibility, where children and families are deliberately harmed in order to meet their agenda. Two years ago, we chose to no longer work with this agency. .

This morning, my husband received a call from an absolutely fabulous, loving, kind, and caring, foster mother.  [Yes, occasionally someone becomes a foster parent to help children, not just to collect a check.] She asked if we would consider working with a child who is about to be placed in her home. Taking on this child would also mean working with

I certainly relate to THIS!

I certainly relate to THIS!

the one agency whose actions predominantly harm and hurt children and families.  As an aside, this agency also attempted, to no avail, to harm my husband and our business two years ago. I find myself roiled at the thought of working with them again, even though we are the only ones with the skills to help this child.

My husband said this is an opportunity for us to heal a breach. I said that vipers and scorpions are simply that, and that their nature is unchangeable. It’s how they are created to be, and those who take on those characteristics are just as toxic.

The Wisdom of Forgiveness

The Wisdom of Forgiveness

But those 7 laws…. The mantra ‘There can be no connection to God where anger or resentment, justified or not, exists’ has been running continuously through my mind.  I am not amused.

 

The Forgiveness Dilemma.

No easy answers here, but I’ll be taking this to ‘the sit’ in the morning, and I am confident that I shall find resolution and clarity.  Clarity is definitely a benefit achieved through mastering the tools in the MKMMA Experience!  And when you master them, you master your life.  There are Pay-It Forward scholarships waiting to be had in the 2015 Cohort which starts in September.  Leave your name and email below and you’ll not only go to the front of the line, you’ll receive a tool that can change your life in 7 days.

See you in September!

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WEEK SEVEN – The Great MKMMA Adventure is For the Birds!

 

071001_egg_shell_02captain hindsightWhen we allow externals to influence us, to drive our lives, we crack. Living at effect instead of living at cause equals death. The body might hang around for decades, but the soul will have been buried deeply by The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda, and Captain Hindsight!!!!

A life of quiet despair …..unless……until……a knawing hunger for that something more, that calling long ignored, that desire to be a part of something bigger than ourselves…..and lo and behold, we find ourselves embarking upon The Hero’s Journey. The Privilege of a LifetimeFirst Discovery:  Just who the heck are we?  Where am I going?  Where do I want to go?  Who do I want to take with me?  Why do I want to do this?  It’s too late for me….too late….but no.

The Soul fights for life, whispering that YOU are the gift….that your life is the only gift you give, and to live, you must give it.  To give it, you must live it.  But how? If there is enough love left in us to answer that call, we are compelled by an inner pressure that drives us toward life, towards living, and we embark upon the adventure of a lifetime.

If we are blessed and highly favored, we quickly find mentors and guides to assist us in our journey!  Those of us on the Great MKMMA Adventure have such guides in Mark and the Fabulous Davene, not to mention the rest of their team who dedicate themselves to drawing out of us the light we have so carefully hidden under a basket.

Can’t you just hear them talking two months ago?

decorah eagles1Mark J: ” Whaddaya think, Davene?  Will this chick ever fly?  I’d hate to see her become a Condor Cookie, but if we can’t eagles and chickspush her out of the nest, that’s what she’s destined to be!”

Davene:  “She’ll fly!  She’ll Fly!  With support, love, and training, those new peptides and pathways will overcome all that resistance we’re seeing.  Let’s give her the scholarship.  You know, that last itty bitty baby eaglegroup looked a little shaky as well, but they totally astounded us! Maybe this one will as well!”

Mark J:  “Yeah, you’re absolutely right!  That’s why I call you The FABULOUS Davene!  You’ve got enough love in you to hatch 3000 of these eaglets!”

And so I began the hard mental work of learning to THINK: Discipline. Habit. Love. Forgiveness. Concentration. Visualization.   Becoming an architect of words. Emulating Tesla’s great ability to conceive, construct, modify, improve, and perfect in the MIND before bringing it into the physical realm….Defining who I am.  Defining what I want. Giving myself permission to even WANT something!  Defining where I want to go.  The Old Blue Print has been Kicking and Screaming the entire way…….I simply say “Thank you for sharing.” and continue the Journey.

tweet flockFirst, I mistook a flock of blue birds as an invading army, then quickly realized that they were tweeting on over to the Eagle’s Nest to celebrate my arrival and the arrival of this entire cohort of Heroic Adventurers! They wanted to announce us to the world!   Inside, I whined., bitched, moaned, and complained. I had so successfully idealized isolation that the entire concept of oldcatTWEETING was simply beneath my dignity!  Cats eat birds, after all.  Who wants to actually BE dinner!  What!!! It’s a REQUIREMENT?  OK. I’ll do it!

Face Book?  WHAT!!!  The Gateway to All Things EVIL in Cyberspace?  You’ve GOT to be KIDDING!   WHAT!!!  It’s a REQUIREMENT?  OK. I’ll do it!!  I am still unsuccessful at uploading contacts…….need a baby bird to come along and give me a hand with that! Big Bird

Then there was BLOG BIRD!  What the heck is a blog, anyway!  Why do I want to even READ one, let alone WRITE one. WHAT!! It’s a REQUIREMENT?  OK.  I’ll do it!!

LORDIE!!!  I thought I was learning to be an EAGLE!!!  THAT Thing looks like it’s mama bird kicked it out of the nest for being just tooo STRANGE!!!

[Oh……that was the OPINIONATOR again……    not much love in HIS World!!!!  YIKES!!!]

No One Succeeds Without a MASTERMIND!!!  MAJOR CONFRONTATION TIME!!!!  In my wonderfully English baby eagle master mindbaby eagle master mind-German-Irish Family, you either figured it out on your own, or your died trying.  Just might have something to do with arriving at this juncture at 61 instead of 21.  ALAS.  ENGAGE THE WORLD???

WHAT!!!! It’s a REQUIREMENT!!  OK!!!  I’ll do it!  And the Mastermind Alliance has been a source of wonderful encouragement, fun, joy, laughter, engagement, interaction, and adventure, and has made the journey lighter.

HMMMMMMMM. There must be a method to their madness!

Then came The Return of the READING BIRD!!! Movie Posters!  Shapes! Functional Book Marks! Recordings! Writing. READ Reading Cards. Reading The Master Keys. Reading The Greatest Salesman. Reading The Seven Laws of Mind. Reading Emerson. Reading The Law of Giving. Reading The Gal in the Glass.  Good thing I LOVE reading!!! phoenix_lgWHAT!!  I get to DO WHAT I LOVE!!!  Hmmmmmmm. Could part of the method of their madness be connecting actions to passion and purpose….the NEW BLUE PRINT RISES like a Phoenix from the Ashes!  THINKING mixed with FEELING leads to BELIEFS which result in ACTIONS which bring about RESULTS…and DIFFERENT RESULTS than would otherwise have been possible!   OH YEAH!!!!! They TOLD us about that at the very beginning!  I just didn’t have a frame for the reality of it until now.

Wonder what Mark J and The Fabulous Davene are saying now……….

Mark J:  “Well, Davene, look at how these baby birds have grown!  They are AMAZING!!!  Think it’s time to teach them to visualizing eagledomfly?”

Davene: “OH YES!!!  Spreading their wings and taking flight is the first step towards SOARING!!!  They’ve GOT TO FLY!  Let’s give them the Pre-Flight Pep Talk!”

Mark J:  “GREAT!  That’ll be the Week Seven Webinar….of course, if they don’t jump, we’ll have to push them outta the nest.”

life_is_a_promise_-_fulfill_itDavene: “Funny how that seems to work, Mark. The ones we have to push end up being the strongest. They soar the highest, fly the farthest.  Sorta makes me hope we have to push them all!”

Mark J: ” I just love these guys!”

Davene: “Yea.  So do I.  Let’s go see who’s ready to SOAR!”

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WEEK FIVE: THE GREAT MKMMA ADVENTURE – THE CRUCIBLE

 

healing-lotusOne of my life’s great joys is the time spent in the stillness, the daily practice of which has been planted, tended, nurtured, and deepened in the process of living by faith in the awakening promised by faithfulness to the doing of the MKMMA exercises.  This week, we are to “Select a place which has pleasant associations. Make a complete mental picture of it.”, but we are also to choose a place wherein the feelings are the same ones we express in our Definite Major Purpose.  I cannot tell you how very excited I was at the prospect of doing so!  What are the emotions expressed in my DMP?  Joy. Delight. Thrill. Happiness. Excitement. Freedom. Peace. Courage…..the list goes on and on.

I had difficulty picking a specific moment in my life, so I set the intention that my subconscious mind finds the perfect moment.dark night of the soul  I settle in for my 30 minutes of bliss, and my mind begins the reconnaissance mission of finding THE MOMENT.  I think I am a time traveler, going back to the exercise wherein we were to have no thought.  I feel like St. John of the Cross, experiencing my own Dark Night of the Soul. Tears are streaming down my cheeks. Are all the feelings of my DMP counterfeits?  I reflect on my feeling crucible firelife. “Life is expressive, and it is our business to express ourselves harmoniously.”  [Haanel 4, Introduction]  Well, that may be all well and good in the REAL WORLD of the unseen, but in MY Family, STOICISM reigned supreme!!  I am angry, blaming, rendering my heart into fuel for the fire. Have I ever had permission to express feelings?  NO!!!  The few moments of deep feelings are fleeting, and quickly brought under wraps lest the even keel of unfeeling  falsely labeled as ‘peaceful calm’ is perturbed. I am in the crucible of decision, of choosing today whom I will serve. Will I serve death and despair, the emotional life of the LURKER,the-lurker_LoRes or will I choose a life of expansive, exuberant, vibrant aliveness and joy?  Whom this day will I serve?

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DEATH TO SMOOCHY!  I refuse to live under the tyranny of emotional zombie-ism.

The Sleeper Has Awakened!!!!  But HOW do I choose a life of feelings?  I have failed so many times, retreating in terror to the fraudulent safety and security of my self-imposed prison of isolationism and resignation.  What must be done to gain a pardon from this final judgment placed upon my soul?

AAAAHHHHH.  The words of my DMP come to me. What is my sacrifice?  Forgiveness.  I release my need to punish myself for failing to live out loud, for failing to shine the light placed within me by God, for failing to express that life which can only be revealed through me, for I am a unique creation. Forgiveness, the sacred work which frees the soul and releases the mind to create in tune with the infinite.  Forgiveness.  I forgive all of them for their collective consciousness of concrete encasing my Golden Buddha and imprisoning my Dharma.

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The tears do not stop, but are transformed into tears of gratitude, of love, of joy.  Moment after moment after moment appears in my consciousness. Scenes of Peace, of laughter, of joy, of accomplishment, of happiness, of pleasure, of delight.space-supernova  The REAL ME bursts forth, shattering the darkness, a supernova exploding across space and time,

filling the universe with its creative light and energy.

Gratitude overwhelms me. I am humbled by this Path.

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