Oh, Man, this is great stuff! How absolutely terrific to have stumbled (been led, created for myself) this wonderful teaching which allows me to express my highest aspirations in the context of my dearest values. It makes me want to get on a plane to Hawaii and go give Mark J & The Fabulous Davene a big, big bear hug for the having the courage, determination, and willingness to lay themselves out there for us. They are demonstrating to us these values of giving to get and loving it all while we are learning this system of re-wiring our thinking and navigating our way to our dreams by focusing, focusing, focusing.
I am days behind in getting my PPN’s right and my colored shapes pinned to the walls but I am confident and relaxed in knowing it’s all perfect and as long as I don’t go anywhere, my guide and Kauai will be there and there’s a master mind alliance of us all whose members I have only just begun to greet. For me, loving is the highest form of spiritual expression that we can experience so to turn the page this week, to start a new chapter in The Greatest Salesman in the World, and learn that our lesson for the month is to love… And the clouds parted, and great booming voice thundered across the firmament “I love you and don’t you forget it, that makes seven times that I’ve said it, I love you and don’t you forget it, baby.!”
It is great to be part of this group of us as we forge our dreams from the stuff of our thoughts.
Onward! I will greet this day with love in my heart.read more
My goal this week has been to withhold my opinion or, even more precisely, to even withhold forming an opinion in my mind.
As I think about sharing with you the inevitable challenges associated with a requirement like this one, I am reminded of the kinds of responses offering opinions often get us, especially when they are unsolicited.
“Keep your opinion to yourself!”
“When I want your opinion, I’ll ask for it!”
“Opinions are like noses (substitute the body part of your choice), everyone’s got one!”
No wonder that we have been commissioned to teach ourselves to refrain from delivering these gems. My wife, Josette, is joining me in this class and we have had some serious fun this week during our regular conversations as we have ‘assisted’ (I’m being nice here) one another in sticking to the facts
Let’s just say it’s been a challenging week. I got a little relief because I was in the office a couple of days this week and I was able to give my opinion to patients when they asked for it.(The rules allow you that if you are an expert in the specific field.) I heard Josette doing the same with web design clients. So we did not have to stay totally on purpose all the time.
It seems to me that this exercise is primarily about learning to be watchful of our thought process and having the awareness to monitor it as needed.
The other part of this week has been about Emerson’s essay on Giving and Receiving, writing our press release from the future and for me figuring out the spiritual nature of my path forward. From one perspective I understand that we are all beings of spirit and that everything we do is therefore of a spiritual nature. Emerson assists us in seeing that the essence of life is giving and receiving, a natural flow. It is when I hold myself back from that flow that I feel the resistance within that then plays out in the outer world.
I hereby commit myself to goin’ with the flow!read more
This has been a tougher week for me.
These last few weeks all we students have been refining our purpose for the course and for our lives. As I mentioned earlier, this is pretty heady stuff, not to be taken lightly. After all, this is a six-month commitment that requires about an hour of work every day so, you bet I want to maximize my effort and make sure I know what I want.
We’re fortunate in this process by having a Certified Guide to light the way. He’s been nudging me in no uncertain terms to demand more of myself. This last week I was encouraged to take another look at my purpose; to explore further its ramifications. This after I thought I had really refined it very well and I was feeling pretty good about it. I have to tell you, I was not happy about his point of view. I was in an uproar; I was protesting; I was … wanting to be right. Ouch! That’s not who I want to be. So once I had vented for a while I started the process of re-examining what the needs and desires for myself truly are.
I felt a little like the guy in Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. There I was, pushed out of my comfort zone, forcing myself to look again at what is important to me and asking myself what is it I am avoiding and seeking answers from a source higher than my habit-prone, what’s for dinner, everyday self.
I was off balance. I was unpleasant. I was grouchy and I didn’t much like being me for a few days. Then, I began to see more clearly. The indistinct shapes of my purpose began to come into sharper focus and I have come to realize that my life’s purpose has never changed. I want to develop my awareness to the highest degree I can. What I’ve been coming to recognize in the last few years is that which Haanel also underscores in The Master Keys: service to others is the highest form of spiritual expression.
So, in a nutshell, my purpose is to take care of myself so I can take care of others.read more
Well, certainly not the whole enchilada or there would be no need for another twenty-five weeks of class! But at least I think I got what I didn’t get before.
I kept wondering how this electronic internet connection was to morph into an alliance of minds. There’s a great song in the film version of Saint Francis of Assisi’s life that is sung by Donovan (who is, by the way, appearing soon in my hometown on his 50th Year Tour-
“ Lord, kiss me once more
Fill me with song
Allah, kiss me once more
That I may, that I may
Wear my love like heaven…”
but I digress. The film is entitled “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” (1972) and and the song is:
“The Little Church”
If you want your dream to be
Take your time, go slowly
Do few things but do them well Heartfelt work grows purely
If you want to live life free Take your time, go slowly
Do few things but do them well Heartfelt work grows purely
Day by day, stone by stone Build your secret slowly
Day by day, you’ll grow too You’ll know heaven’s glory …
I was reminded of this song when I consider how Mark has constructed this class. Brick by brick it is revealing itself to us. So we are required to write every week sharing our reflections of our progress in process and to then post it. This week the additional instruction is to consult the master list of blogs and to read and comment on at least five of them.
How great is this? I am reading about everyone else’s process and discovering the unity of experience among us (“Each individual is but the individualization of the Universal, the Cosmic Mind.”) This gives me renewed confidence in the structure of the class going forward. The form slowly revealing itself within us. The constant, repetitious readings (groans slowly, maybe, becoming grins?) Like chisel on marble, bit by bit, day by day, we transform ourselves without realizing it, becoming more of our true selves. And all this time Mark J, Davene & Staff and our Guides hold the completed image of our transformation for us as we move into it.
“Day by day, stone by stone …”read more
This second week of study has been a little less hectic as I am beginning to ‘groove in’ the daily responsibilities. There’s no question this is a demanding course in multiple ways. For starters there are specific readings at different times of the day and then there is this essay of self-reflection on our process that’s known as the ‘blog.’
As I reflect on my process so far, I am impressed by how accurate my teachers’ predictions have been about what I will notice. When I finish my required reading I am re-engaged each time with the possibilities of producing the results I have declared that I want for myself in my life. In fact, one of the great liberating moments so far has been writing out in detail the direction I want my life to take. (I realize that is a passive voice; my life will ‘take’ the direction I choose for myself. There! That’s more like it! This whole process seems to be about personal accountability and we have been warned to guard against the insidious appearance of the little things like my passive voice.)
In the ’80’s there was a spate of personal growth seminars that enjoyed popularity among those seeking to improve themselves or their circumstances. EST, known later as The Forum and Landmark, was perhaps the best known. Some others included Actualizations, Lifespring and Insight. These were usually multi-day intensive experiences. In fact, it became known as experiential education and offered immense value. This class seems to be an extension of that personal growth process and I expect it to have a deeper and longer-lasting influence on me because of two things. (There I go again with the passive voice. Time to take charge. Watch this!) I expect to create a deeper and longer-lasting change in me because of two things. First, it lasts for six months which is a significant length of time to ‘groove in’ the changes I seek to effect. Second, I am participating with like-minded individuals in a master-mind group, supporting each other unreservedly as we each step forward into our lives.
I fully expect that you will notice through the procession of my weekly blogs that my enthusiasm and certainty for the process of this class and for the process of my life grows exponentially. I can imagine that my greatest challenge will be to describe what is essentially an inner process as I experience it.
Stay tuned …
“The longest journey begins with a single step”. –A rough translation of an ancient Chinese proverb.
This is the initial post of a weekly six-month commitment that I have made to reflect and share my journey as I progress through a process known as The Master Key Master Mind Alliance.
The Master Key Alliance Master Mind Alliance (MKMMA) is as it sounds: a progression of keys that I will study and integrate within my thinking. This process is accompanied by perhaps the most critical function of demonstrable learning: that of a group of like-minded individuals acting in harmony to support one another (the alliance part).
Part of the work is based on Napoleon Hill’s classic “Think and Grow Rich.” I studied this last winter with Mark Januzewski who is also responsible for this current class. There were moments, then, when I seemed to really grasp the ‘think’ concept of Napoleon Hill’s but I missed the mark when it came to creating and participating in a mastermind group. That is one of the central features that has attracted me to this course and one that is wonderfully enabled through the development of electronic communication.
Our commitment in this class requires about an hour a day and several live webinars weekly for several hours plus this web log (blog). I think the blog is a great opportunity to rise 10,000 feet above my process and review weekly where I am going and what I am doing. This first week has been hectic for me as I have begun to learn the different parts to this process and make sure I have kept my commitments of completion.
There’s an Asian proverb “the old horse in the stable still yearns to run.” At sixty-nine years old, I think I qualify as an old horse and yet there sure are horizons of achievement that continue to beckon. Before I entered chiropractic college at 41, I said that I had proved to myself that I would get up every morning and go to work to support myself, so how bad can 5 academic years of more schooling be? Now I feel similarly. One way or the other I have managed to live my life this long so why not challenge myself, another time, to discover how well I can mold my reality to my liking. I have always accepted what my spiritual teacher, John-Roger, has said: that we create, promote or allow everything we experience. Now, through Mark J’s tutelage, I’ve got a real hands-on way to prove that to myself as we explore Charles F. Haanel’s “the Master Key System,” Og Mandino’s “The Greatest Salesman in the World” and Napoleon Hill”s “Think and Grow Rich” within the context of daily applying these principles and holding myself accountable.
I say: “Yehaw! Let’s bring it on! This horse is ready to run!read more