In scroll 1 of Og’s book we are reading he says a very interesting thing when he talks about habits. He says the only difference between those who succeed and those who fail lies in the difference of their habits. Good habits are the key to all success and bad habits are the unlocked door to failure. He goes on to say that “as a child I was slave to my impulses; now I am slave to my habits, as are all grown men. I have surrendered my free will to the years of accumulated habits and the past deeds of my life have already marked out a path which threatens to imprison my future. This beginning of the paragraph in the book has stuck out to me since reading the scroll but this week as well. I have always heard that if you want to be successful in life you have to work hard and perhaps learn a trade or skill and then get experience and eventually you will find success. This statement I can not agree with. I have seen people working hard and busting their tails for years and years and never achieve the success they wanted. Don’t get me twisted I truly believe hard work is necessary to achieve success just not in the ways that others tell us to. We have to form good habits and become their slave as Og says or as Haanel says we have to exercise our minds to change the world within to change the world without. When I study and read about some of the most successful people to ever live I see a common trait among them. It is not that they all had a higher education or were born into a wealthy family although it does happen, but they all had a burning desire and passion for what they loved most. They didn’t let anything stop them. They broke the mold of what the world says needs to be done in order to find success. I see their story and reflect on the story of the golden buddha and know that I am no less than they. I have heard it said that if you want to accomplish something and be successful then you should find someone who is successful and do what they do. You see the world imprisons all us with cement to cover up our greatness that lies within each of us. The first thing a person of success does is to escape the prison of cement that covers up their greatness by changing the way they think. Do I believe in hard work? ABSOLUTELY! By freeing my mind. WILL YOU BE FREE?
One of the greatest discourses or sermons ever recorded by man is found in the book of Matthew chapters 5-7. These 3 chapters are often referred to “the Sermon on the Mount”. Jesus says there that we are the light of the world and to let our light so shine. In our reading this week Haanel makes an interesting point about the Solar Plexus being likened to the sun of the body because it is a central point of distribution for the energy which the body is constantly generating. If this radiation is strong we would say that this person has a magnetic personality. There is a connection between the physical brain(the conscious mind) and the solar plexus(the subconscious mind). It is the point at which life appears and there is no limit to the amount of life an individual may generate from this solar centre. It can therefore accomplish whatever it is directed to accomplish, and herein lies the power of the conscious mind; the subconscious can and will carry out any plans or ideas that the conscious mind suggest to it. Conscious thought is the master of this centre from which life and energy of the entire body flows. It is evident, therefore, that all we have to do is let our light shine but the question is how to let this light shine and how to generate this energy?
This brings us back to the sermon on the mount in another verse when Jesus says “Ask and it shall be given; seek and you will find; knock and it shall be opened to you” but what does this mean?One thing that must be understood about God is that he is MIND! The connection we have with him is thru the subconscious mind. The context of this verse is seeking God’s help. You might be asking yourself how this relates to us? Since our minds are a part of the whole or universal we have the ability to tap into the power of our mind because it is part of the Omnipotent. The word “ask” in the original greek language means to crave, Desire, or call for. “Seek” likewise means to seek by thinking, meditating, reasoning, or demanding something. Knocking then implies that we are at the cusp of receiving what we are asking and seeking for. We are truly a product of our thoughts. Whatever we are asking or seeking for consciously we are feeding that to the subconscious which can only then act on behalf of the orders it is receiving from the master. It then turns these desires into habits which become very difficult to break but not at all impossible. As powerful as the subconscious is it does have a very powerful weakness; it has no defense against our conscious voice.
We are now in the middle of our 3rd week in this master key mastermind course. The reading and exercises that we do on a daily basis and add to every week are slowly and methodically transforming our minds by allowing us to consciously direct where we are going in our own life. I have personally been learning what my true DMP(definite major purpose) is by tapping into a part of me that like most people is totally forgotten about and never taught. That is that I truly have the power within to change whatever I want to change. What a beautiful mind we have been created with! It truly is awesome to really feel the change within me because of my focusing on the changing of my habits.
As I look back at these first 2 weeks of the MKMMA I have noticed something that seems to have gotten stronger over the course of time. When I try to trace it back to its origin it takes me back all the way to my earliest childhood years, my schooling years to be exact, and I know I am not alone. I do not know how many people have what some would call a character trait but I can’t stand it and it drives me nuts but for some reason it keeps fighting to survive and not let go of its grip on me. I am talking about Procrastination. I have always been proactive when it comes to activities that I want to do, but when it comes to things that I should do or things I know I need to do I procrastinate in doing them. Never the less these last 2 weeks have put me in a twixt. There is nothing more that I want than to finish these next 24 weeks of MKMMA but here in lies the conundrum. Since January of this year I have looked forward to the MKMMA starting up again and now that it has I am struggling with the assignments and being consistent with them, not because it is hard or time consuming but rather that I already know what to expect from them. Because of this knowledge my old blueprint of procrastination is kicking into overdrive. My mind is saying you know this because you have done it lets just skip and wait for whats new but at the same time I know I can’t do that. Luckily going through this has been beneficial because I have realized there are some things that have sunk in and also brought to light others that I need to address in order to make my DMP a reality. We live in a society or world that seems to FEAR change because change upsets our norm or comfort that we have. I am not immune to this disease of the mind but I am learning to embrace change and welcome it, its just that the me deep down inside hasn’t gotten the message yet and is fighting for its life to survive. In the next 24 weeks I will have succeeded in putting to death the old blueprint in my mind and created a new one that I live my life of bliss and dharma. At the end of week 26 and most importantly whenever my life on earth is done I can echo the words of the Apostle Paul in 2Tim. 4:6-8 where he says “for I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
This has been one tough and crazy week. While part was good because MKMMA started but then life happened. My wife, sister-in-law and I were rear ended in a car accident. It has hindered me trying to do the mkmma exercises and assignments done. It get tough trying to sit or stand for any period of time without feeling pain and uncomfortable. Nevertheless i was able to get my DMP done and found out that I am in harmony. So this was great news to be able to get to work on my subby from the get go and start to change my life for the way that I want it to be. I just want to apologize for the shortness of this blog post but it is hard to sit and focus at this time. One thing I have learned is that life has a way of throwing lemons at you and I am focused on turning those lemons into great tasting lemonade. Have a great one everyone!