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A little discussed aspect of self-determinism and using the Law of Attraction is the tendency for things, jobs, attitudes or relationships that are not in your best interests to fall apart or remove themselves from your life. If you are not prepared for it, or have difficulty saying graceful goodbyes, it can come as a shock but usually you can see them coming and watch in awe as anything that was taking up room needed for better things gets swept away. The past 2 to 3 weeks have been such a period for me, when my DMP (Definite Major Purpose) started deconstructing things that were standing in it’s way. It’s akin to having someone pull away the crutches that you stopped needing ages ago but have adapted your gait to using … it may seem cruel but how can you dance on crutches, eh? Seeing the signposts to success and higher purpose in personal loss or delays is a crucial skill in intentional living, as taking it personally or becoming discouraged can lead people into trying to rebuild something that wasn’t working in the first place. To critics of Natural Law thinking and society’s fascination with intentional creating, it seems unrealistic and fatalistic to take the hits with a smile. “Cut your losses and by realistic” comes the cry from either within or without and self-doubt lurks ready to spring out and take over the show again. It’s an essential part of the Joseph Campbell’s ‘Hero’s Journey’ to face self-doubt and see it as a tool for expansion. Weeks ago we swapped our wristwatches (working to the clock) with compasses (working to an orientation) and that compass can make you walk across mountains and deserts as well as plush, sweetly fragranced meadows. You know you have made a difference to yourself when the mountains look like pimples and the deserts are a child’s sandpit.
The MKMMA course is a course in miracles, it’s designed to equip it’s students with tools and skills, whilst it challenges and supports them to make longlasting and effective changes. Change can come with a smile, a high-five, a whimper or a roar but if you know you have ordained it with your own desires and wishes then you will welcome them all with an inner certainty and effortlessly see them all as miracles. Using Positive Thinking to change your life for the better may sound like a challenge, but the principles of it are simple and by week 21 of this course it has become effortless to see the positives in everything, instead of consciously thinking myself into it. That is the aim of the MKMMA, and in me they have succeeded. The work is done, now it’s time to enjoy the rewards.
This week’s Master Class in the MKMMA (Master Keys Master Mind Alliance) has expertly touched on how we handle the mortar that holds any bricks we may have built around us as a wall. That mortar is strong or weak depending on how we recognise and then use the human frailties of Fear, Unworthiness, Hurt Feelings, Anger and Guilt. They represent categories that are the distillation of all the other human frailties such as remorse, self-pity, sadness, frustration etc. All of these feelings can be huge motivators for change, if you take no notice of how the societal entity frowns on them. Often, they are stuffed away in corners of our psyche to gnaw away at our effectiveness and enjoyment of life. My particular wall was built on Unworthiness, but since Unworthiness is weak it only took one blow to knock it down. A moment of self-trust and the courage to look within was far stronger than a temporary wall.
One of the most feared emotions is anger, because we have a special fear of anger turned against another (special as in species). Animals do not fear anger and why should they, since in the main they have not perverted it into killing for pleasure, rape or other heinous acts. We feel more fear when watching anger than the person experiencing the anger. Anger mixed with fear produces terror. Getting hold of your anger and using it as a positive tool for change not only liberates you, it liberates societal ideas of anger. In Joseph Campbell’s ideology of the Hero’s Journey, we see that so much transformative good can be done if we harness it in it’s purest form and use it to propel us forwards without harming a fly. When self-pity, remorse or fear masquerades as anger we fall foul of harming ourselves or another, particularly if it turns inwards and degenerates into sadness. When the mind latches onto anger without engaging the heart, the mind becomes a cold, hard place that justifies any behaviour. Once you engage the heart, anger is coloured with love – which becomes one of the most worthy combinations in existence. The archetype of the Spiritual Warrior is borne from that combination, which perfectly describes religion’s Angels. That energy is not fluffy or ethereal, it is commanding and truthful. Work on opening the heart first, if you wish to use any other emotion for it’s highest good.
On Week 20 of the Master Keys, Charles Haanel brings us to the place that has been prepared for the past 19 weeks … a merging with and submission to the architect of your universe; the principles and forces that have created your life till now. The exercises of the Master Keys and the MKMMA have all been designed to unlock that door. Giving in to the Infinite brings you back to … you.
The logic of Haanel’s Master Keys can leave one feeling either at odds or in accordance with his scheme, depending on whether our outlook on life is one of victimisation or optimism. As I have been drawn along the process of mindfully applying the MKMMA exercises I have felt the uncomfortable struggles of an ego that wishes at one moment to reject anything that threatens it, and in another moment wishes to co-opt an idea that either strengthens it, makes it look good or that it thinks it can own as its original idea. There’s nothing the ego likes more than being right, right?
So when an income stream suddenly breaks down or exits ‘stage left’, or a companion that we depended on suddenly acts out of character, or a belief that we nurtured for years starts showing cracks, we always have a choice. Either concentrate all our energy on the problem, or ignore the steaming pile of disaster and look in the other direction to see what is coming from the other direction. While we are scratching our heads at how to repair the irreparable, we can miss the scratches at the door of an alternative opportunity.
In Part 19 of the Master Keys, Haanel examines the conflicting ideas of good and evil and applies Natural Law to find a workable answer. The great unvarnished truth is that ‘evil’ has no volition, no will and no existence. What we call ‘evil’ is at it’s most simplistic a lack of good, or a lack of energy. “The devil makes work for idle hands” is not one of my favourite sayings as I know there is no such entity (other than created by the minds of men), but when I apply it as an archetype I can see the wisdom of the offering. Another maligned archetype is the Lilith, who as Adam’s first wife and equal refused to be demoted into subservience and left the Garden of Eden, requiring Eve to be plucked from Adam’s side and fashioned into a suitably subservient companion.
In applying our Lilith qualities to a problem, we are exercising the great premise of Part 19 – that energy is non-dual and it is up to us how we apply our mind and energy to create change or rest in our life. Haanel was a student of Eastern philosophies and became fascinated with their recognition of duality. I struggled with that when an income stream became dammed this week, but in applying the principles of the MKMMA and the Master Keys I realised that I was ‘focussing on the problem’ and instantly felt the relief of gratitude. On refocusing myself, I oriented myself towards the door of opportunity … and within an hour was offered a new business opportunity. One that will require some work and energy, of course, which ultimately will stretch me in a way the old one couldn’t. I had, in effect, outgrown that one. I can apply some of Lilith’s positive attributes and be unafraid to leave a once comfortable garden … I might as well, as it looks like the garden cafe has closed. Opportunity does knock, but it never forces entry … it is up to us to open the door.
This week was the hardest in the MKMMA experience, for me. I am writing this in retrospect as it was a week of unremitting chaos and loss in both my personal and professional lives.
Haanel says in sentence 12:
Thought is creative and the principle on which the law is based is sound and legitimate and is inherent in the nature of things; but this creative power does not originate in the individual, but in the universal, which is the source and foundation of all energy and substance; the individual is simply the channel for the distribution of this energy
And later in sentence 26:
What do the great financiers of Wall Street and the captains of industry, the statesmen, the inventors, the physicians, the authors – what do each of these contribute to the sum of human happiness but the power of their thought?
It was initially hard to read and own this amongst the amount of loss and destruction in my life that week but my well-trained MKMMA mind raised itself above self-pity and saw that the only things that had been lost were untenable in the long term. They were going in order to make room for better things. The well-known maxim “I am giving up my good, for my better” is easy to read when it describes a point in the future rather than a catastrophe you are living through, but when it is upon you and you really are losing your good with no replacements apparent on the horizon … well, that’s when you need to keep your thoughts and self-belief as high as you possibly can and trust your own direction. There are two ways to propel yourself forward in these times, through dissatisfaction with the situation (sometimes a good old bit of anger can be a wonderfully motivating force) or through the gentler but no less motivating force of Gratitude. If you cannot feel gratitude in a moment of loss, then reach for it by starting from a point of understanding. Understanding yourself, or understanding why this has happened without attaching self-pity to it will give you the understanding that you have not succumbed to self-pity. Seeing that and being glad about it will give you a moment of satisfaction. Grab that moment, as satisfaction will lead you to self-trust. Self-trust will relax both the mind and the body, giving you the stability to appraise your situation calmly and see that it is an opportunity in disguise. Now comes the moment of Gratitude.
Anger and indignation are good generators for getting yourself going out of a fug, but ultimately you get further with less effort if you let your engine run on gratitude.
The more you think like this, the faster the mechanism gets and you can learn how to be grateful very quickly, under even the most trying of circumstances.
I’ve been riding the waves of deliberate manifestation this week and somehow I remained upright on the board. Week 17 of Haanel’s Master Keys System is thrilling but the excitement comes as much from what he does not say as much as from what he does say. The suggestions and exercise are artfully crafted to orient the reader firmly in the right direction, yet leave much of the discovery of the truths to us.
The combination of this with the MKMMA’s ‘Franklin’s Virtues’ exercise (which I covered in last week’s blog) was a dynamite mix. This week, I selected Persistence as the virtue which I would deliberately observe in others and deliberately seek to exercise in myself. Persistence is so very easy to see in nature, animals and mankind. This quickly took on a universal feel and I saw that life itself was persistently delivering opportunities in every moment.
We all have our own analogy of life, I often liken it to being a surfer looking for the wave that will carry me to the beach in style but this week I saw life as a black run down a mountain, with clear blue skies and the village below.
The more I got into the flow of it, the better my downhill run became. Imagine it as starting at the top of the Giant Downhill Slalom in the Winter Olympics, having never walked the course. The momentum that you gather at the beginning of the run carries you down round the first bend … and you see the first surprise of the course; flagged gate No 1 – a clue, insight or outright self-manifested event in this analogy – so you need to shift your weight, direction and focus to avoid crashing into it or skidding off the course altogether. Missing Gate 1 means having to climb back up to the top of the run and start over. When you see the flag and recognise it denotes a direction to travel you instantly understand that it is leading somewhere. To begin with, the first couple of flags come from nowhere and you are concentrating on staying upright, but by the 3rd you have come to expect them and are adjusting your course in plenty of time to look for the 4th. By the 4th you are under full control, feeling great and adjusting your posture for best style and by the 5th you are looking good, feeling great and looking for the best racing line to cut drag. You can already feel in your body where the 6th flagged gate will be and are looking beyond it for the 7th. By the last gate in this particular sequence you are enjoying the speed and beauty of your progress so much that you wish it wouldn’t finish.
The trick is to not write off a flag as a coincidence or just luck and certainly not to stop to think about it. To stay in the flow you have to keep moving. Sometimes the flags come through communications such as a phone call or internet page , sometimes they are physical events or being in the right place at the right time, most often they are insights and correct thinking around a problem that you have been wrestling with and often they are a sequence of answers that can only unfold if you keep moving and look for the next flag.
Just as top sportsmen practise their swing, line or race in their head over and over again, the whole process can be practised by using an analogy such as the one above. If you think you are stuck, try consistently imagining yourself finding the right answers, people, places and opportunities for your particular life situation … you will find that life will deliver exactly what you have been imagining. The trick is to recognise the first flag and know there will be a second. The skill is not being so blown away by the process that you lose your focus. I have proved over and over to myself this week that my attitude and thoughts create my circumstances, there simply is no opt-out. You could call that Persistence.
I had already posted this blog earlier in the week, but it has disappeared (or never made it in the first place). So here it is, re-written from memory somewhat hastily, so I trust you will kindly forgive me, and many thanks to my friend Mark Laytin for pointing out that it was missing:
Benjamin Franklin was a young man in the days of Classicism. He would have encountered Aristotle’s Virtues of Man in the natural course of a young gentleman’s education and cultivation. In them, he saw how a man could build a sustainably successful life, both materially and spiritually.
From Week 15 onwards, MKMMA members will emulate his feat and look at each one of Benjamin Franklin’s 13 virtues in detail, choosing one each week on which to focus; contemplating not only how we can implement them for a fulfilling life, but also to recognise them in others. As everything in the MKMMA is geared towards leveraging Natural Laws and creating strong subconscious drives to realise our dreams, the act of consciously observing these Virtues (and promoting them in others) will invoke the Law of Growth – namely that what we focus our attention on will prosper and what we ignore will wither. Looking back through your own life, you will see examples of this in great ideas that never took flight because of your lack of attention to them, through to worries that assumed a bigger and bigger proportion of your life as you allowed them to take over your thoughts. It’s human nature to dwell on thoughts, so selecting productive ones is paramount to manifesting your ideas and inspirations. In Week 16, the Master Keys Charles Haanel reiterates this point in sentence 28:
“If you desire to visualise a different environment, the process is simply to hold the ideal in mind until your vision has been made real; give no thought to persons, places or things; these have no place in the absolute; the environment you desire will contain everything necessary; the right person, and the right things will come at the right time and in the right place”
Ask anyone who has created a new venture out of nothing and they will always say that after an initial period of stress and hard work then ‘things just came together’ or ‘the right people got involved’. Most of the famous entrepreneurs will admit that their success was due to being single-minded about their goal and refusing to entertain negative thoughts about it.
So to be asked to persistently concentrate on ‘Kindness’ was a gentle and ultimately hugely fulfilling exercise this week. Starting from observing Kindnesses in others, we were also asked to initiate our own through Random Acts of Kindness, unobserved wherever possible. Sounds such a simple thing, too simple to make a difference, one might think. But the energy of the week grew and compounded, each act of kindness set of chain reactions that benefitted others and myself in equal measure I ended the week energised, enthusiastic and more in love with life. All from simply watching and enjoying kindnesses unfolding around me and through me.