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Week C2: The Great MKMMA Adventure – Giant Seekers and Slayers

 

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Dave Ramsey said that when he was bankrupt, he sought out millionaires.  Now that he is a millionaire, he seeks out billionaires. He understands the importance of seeking out and living in a world of Giants.

Og Mandino, in Scroll VII, says “I will always remain as a child, for only as a child am I given the ability to look up to others;”

Looking up to another – admiration, respect, humility, recognizing the triumph of the Human Spirit, the unleashing of another’s potential into creation – Seeing a Giant before your very eyes.

We must be Giant Seekers to live into our greatness.

Jack lived in a world of giants as well, and just as Dave Ramsey understood that the “Giant” held the key to his success, Jack knew that he had to enter into the world of the Giant and slayJack-the-Giant-Killer-300x300 him in order to obtain the prize.

David slew Goliath, and in doing so, he gave courage and permission for the rest of the tribe to enter into the battle. A great victory was won that day. In order to thrive, we like David and Jack, must become Giant Slayers.

We must be both Giant Seekers and Giant Slayers.  As a Giant Seeker, we recognize greatness in others, and also see the seeds of greatness within ourselves, greatness which may need encouragement or expression.  As a Giant Slayer, we accept and embrace those conditions which appear to block the path. By embracing them, they become teachers and allies, and we now have companions on the Hero’s Journey.

Our greatest fear is recognizing that we are powerful beyond measure, and living into that greatness and power.  Of all the Giants which must be slain, this is the most powerful. This is the Giant that is slain when we become The Greatest Salesman in the World. Successfully selling ourselves on ourselves uncovers priceless treasures, treasures that make Warren Buffet’s wealth pale by comparison.

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My storehouse contains the power to create anything my heart truly desires. I have done the work, and paid the price. I have sought out the Giants and they have yielded their secret treasures.  I have embraced the Kraken, and he no longer devours my future.  Your Wish is My Command.  The Genie of the Lamp is the Subby, and he works for me.  I live in the Law of Least Effort, effortlessly living a life I love.  Do I work?  ABSOLUTELY!  But I do not toil.  Adam and Eve worked the garden.  They toiled the earth after they were expelled from Eden. Work enlivens. Toil destroys the spirit.

One heart, one mind, at a time, we change the world. First, we change our own world. Then, we mentor others in changing theirs.  What is it that your heart desires? You, and you alone, have the power to make it so when you master the keys of Giant Seeking and Giant Slaying.

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WEEK SIX – THE GREAT MKMMA ADVENTURE Meets THE OPINIONATOR!

 

court jesterWell, here I am, at the end of the second week of expressing NO OPINIONS!  There is this Inner FOOL who persistently wants to LEAP OUT OF SILENCE, and voice something which I now must categorize as OPINION!  What a job keeping  my Inner Court Jester SILENT!!!!

What I’ve noticed is that there exists deep within me a powerful expression of Collective Consciousness who prowls my thoughts, disguising himself as The Observer, The Mentor, The Counselor, The Friend, but whose true identity is that of the Nemesis of Truth, The OPINIONATOR!!!

One of the characteristics of The Opinionator is that he believes himself to be wise, whereas in truth, he falls more under the category of an overly eager child wanting to be thought intelligent. When he stands to speak, I have silenced him with a silent “I love you.” directed towards the one to whom The Opinionator’s Wisdom was about to be imparted.  Og’s Scrolls Strike Again!

The Opinionator believes in exercise.  Staying fit is very important to him. So he has the Jumping Conclusionsequivalent of the Navy Seal’s Fitness Regimen fully in place.  The two principle exercises are quite challenging as they demand both strength and dexterity.

The first is the skill of Wildly JUMPING CONCLUSIONS!!!!  Without questioning that another cause or reason or contributing factor may exist, The Opinionator pierces the reality with his insightful conclusion.  Bathing once a day is insufficient to remove all of the egg he finds on his face as a result of this exercise.  No. There are not people throwing eggs at him………. the gooey yolks and whites peppered with shell shards are all self inflicted.  That the Opinionator is  closely related to my Inner Fool easy to see.

young1The second, equally easy to fall into, is seeing your EXPECTATION.  The picture to the left is the classic example of this.  What do you see?  A crone, or a young woman?  Can you see both?  When the Opinionator is being exceptionally pushy, driving himself to new limits of his ability, he projects his vision onto the world and declares it truth.

If someone told you that the color honey, and  of “faces pale with fear” was green, or that sheep are acid tripviolet, or that the sea is “wine-dark,” just like oxen, would you think that they had dropped acid?  I have to think [DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!  OPINION BURSTING AT 10 O’CLOCK!] that 999 out of 1000 would have that impression!  The truth of the matter, however, is that this is exactly how HOMER describes these things in The Odyssey and The Iliad.  In fact, across all cultures of that era, there is no color BLUE!  To the men and women alive in the ancient world, the sky was white.  [This is really a fascinating study. Go here to read about it: http://www.radiolab.org/story/211213-sky-isnt-blue/]

All of this can be quite entertaining, until you extrapolate it out to its furthest ends.  Opinions grow out of unquestioned acceptance of statements or observations.  The undisciplined mind opens itself to being controlled by those who have taken the time, and done the work, to master concentration. All power can be used for good or ill.  The laser that causes an aircraft to explode mid-flight and crash can also be used to restore sight.  Blessing or Curse.  The choice is ours.

angel devil peptideNow that we are conscious of the power of concentration, and awake to our Opinionators, we have the responsibility to exercise critical thinking and to align our thinking and concentration with the Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Omniscient  Master Designer, Creator, and Sustainer of all that is, that was, and is to come. Do we choose to use this power in the fulfillment of our life purpose to advance goodness, love, and grace into creation? Or do we choose imbalance?  This is the blessing and the burden of The Hero’s Journey. Our trials and challenges do not define us.  Our trials and challenges reveal us.  If we do not like what we see, we now have the knowledge, understanding, and methods and tools to change direction.

Everyday, I enter into the privilege of conscious choice.

Offer an opinion, or give the gift of acceptance and love.

Offer an opinion, or give the gift of silence.

Offer an opinion, or give the gift of allowing the other self-determination.

Offer an opinion, or ask a question in order that I may gain understanding.

The choice is mine. I embrace THIS exercise that I may better love and serve all whose paths I cross.

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WEEK THREE: The Great MKMMA Adventure – THE UNSTOPPABLES!!!

 

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Here we go again…..listening to monsters, or at least, to monstrous lies about who we are, who we are created to be.  The LURKER just does not want to give it up!!!!

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It wants us to live an onion plants……old in 9 weeks.

Og Mandino says “To create the olive, king of all trees, a hundred years is required.” In the ancient OliveTree-King of All Treesworld, a region that produced olives and olive oil must have had long periods of peaceful existence as the best olives and olive oil comes from trees well over 100 years in age.  War destroys the groves.  If we are to be as the King of all Trees, then we must have the resource of inner peace.  What is our vision for this journey, this GREAT MKMMA Adventure? Once again, Og Mandino says it so well: “Now I wouldst become the greatest of olive trees and, in truth, the greatest of salesmen.”

What are our tools?  Our DAILY MKMMA exercises:

READ write  Beautiful Rainbow  life_is_a_promise_-_fulfill_itCelebrate

[Yes, this is a test…..can you read Hieroglyphics?]

little-engine-that-couldWhat’s our reward for fidelity to these simple investments of our time and energy?  A NEW ELEPHANT!!! Incredible-me The LOOKER becomes UNSTOPPABLE!!!!  Life simply unfolds for you according to your vision.  Your Primary Pivotal Needs express themselves in every breath you take.  JOY happens. Peace!  Love!  Goodness!  HEALTH!!!!  When The Looker is UNSTOPPABLE, guess what stopped in my life?  All that coughing, sneezing, razor-throat, and pounding headaches…..The LOOKER TRUMPED THE LURKER, and in less than an hour’s time, all signs of illness left my body.  I was pretty darned AMAZED, and it is a powerful indication to me of what UNSTOPPABLE really means.

I am determined to put 110% of my heart into every task because the pleasure of UNSTOPPABLE can only be experienced, not described.  I invite you to give it a try.  You’ll be glad you did.

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