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17 MKMMA – Week 9 – Revelling in the revealing of old patterns

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I heard one time that dreams are like wishes – they are so much fun to hold in your mind – to examine in depth and simply enjoy; the feelings and emotions that they elicit as you fawn over the AWESOME-ness that their realization would bring – they are so much fun…that you forget they are no more real than the faeries that flit through the flower beds on a lazy afternoon spreading wishes like dandelion seeds…

This week the universe sent me a message… like a worn piece of parchment, ribbon wrap'd and tucked in a bottle that – barring intervention of an Infinite Intelligence – should have shattered on the rocks, it's vital contents lost to the tide and turbulence of life.

The strangest thing was I recognized the handwriting.  I should – I've sent myself the same message so many times I swear to God that it's tattooed to the inside of my skull…

To know the truth, to be sure, to be confident, affords a satisfaction beside which no other is at all comparable; it is the only solid ground in a world of doubt, conflict and danger. — MK 9 (6)

And the message was this:

Live a life of abundance.  Live every moment filled with the vitality that there is no limit on the resources we control.  You are a wonderful, intelligent, amazing individual with the talent to change the world – if you choose to.  Spend your life wisely, taking care not to waste it, for you have no choice over the amount expended, merely the methods and value of it's exchange.

I so want to be that person, dancing on the wind enjoying life's bountiful abundance….


I know that no position or wealth can long endure unless it is built on Truth and Justice. Therefore I engage in no transaction athat does not benefit all whom it affects.  Blue Print Builder – part 5

 So – I have been trying to understand why I hesitate – why for me that moment of time between the knowing of a thing and it's doing is stretched to the point of fracture.  I know what I need to do to live a life of true abundance – yet my old blue print sneaks in and turns “I'm possible” back into a mediocre “impossible”.  And as I come to realize the purpose of our sits within the Master Keys – that we are truly designing – architecting – our DMPs with meticulousness in the details of it's realization, it materialization, so that it is built upon Truth and Justice for ALL whom it's realization affects.

importance-more-important-pay-attention-quote-realization-text-Favim.com-39835Somehow I have made it this far in life, made a relatively successful foray of it even – but missed one VITAL point.  That word -all-.  It's only three letters, but it makes a universal difference in how and why -and WHICH – things are done.

My old blue print is one of intentional, methodical, and subconscious self-sabotage in the guise of “love and charity” towards others – and like the skin of the battleship peeled back and discarded last week… it is time for it to be exposed to the world – and myself – for what it is.  One cannot live with fidelity to a principle and subconsciously sabotage that principle at every turn… so, let's see if we  can expose this thing to the light of consciousness and forgive.

The principle: To give, without expectation of reciprocity, from the channels I enrich for I am in the dynamic flow of giving and receiving.

The blue-print: Take the skills you have (and you might even be REALLY good at) but do not advance your Dharma and book life solid with those activities because you can give (and give and give to the point of sacrifice) with those.  You can make lots of people happy using those skills and THAT is what you're “supposed” to do.

— believe me, writing it out I can see how much bullshit there is in that… but inside, where you've accepted decades of training from the people you trusted to have your best interest at heart and to teach you well… well in there it somehow makes sense and seems “right”…

My life is so full of things that need me to “Do It Now” that I can barely see room for “me” in among all the stuff that ‘needs' to be done.  And every single time I think there's a moment where I can catch a break for me to work on my DMP plan of action… there's ONE MORE thing that “needs” to be done “for someone else” that doesn't advance MY Dharma…

I have to admit, I know exactly where this came from – this blueprint that puts other's before myself – and I also have to admit that I have known that this is evil wrapped up in a gilt blanket to look like selfless-ness and Christian love…hell aren't we TAUGHT to “Love our neighbor”… only sometimes the meaning is lost in translation…

The Truth: You cannot give without expectation of reciprocity – if you are NOT doing what advances your Dharma.  It's those Seven Laws coming back around to balance life out – to make things right.  Or – as Emerson might say “In the seed of every act lies the reward or punishment according to it's intent”.

There it is – I grew up subconsciously leaving myself out of that statement.  ALL means, well…all.  I'm in there too.

So on the one hand I am living the principle that “I always keep my promises” – integrity has ALWAYS been huge with me…

While on the other, having broken fidelity to myself, I have never been able to give completely without expectation of reciprocity – because I wasn't even doing the things that I wanted to be doing.  How can you possibly give without expectation of reciprocity – honestly and with NO reservation – when you aren't giving yourself ANYthing to begin with?


Fairies8My apologies in retrospect… this has been one of my less well worded and thought out posts, but at the same time- if you made it this far… THANK YOU for letting me purge the thoughts from my head as they came.  There is so much that I need to work through the Law of Forgiveness on  this next week, I think I am VERY glad that we have some time off.

Thank you Mark and Davene- and all the staff and guides I have interacted with – it has been (and will be) nothing but spectacular as ever more clarity is focused into my DMP.

Finding and doing what you love – I get it, I think.  It doesn't matter what it really is – as long as ALL whom it affects benefit from the doing.

A History of Thanksgiving

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Most of us are familiar with the tradition of a large baked bird claiming the honor at the Thanksgiving table.  And, whether it is Grandpa, Dad, Mom, or Uncle Fred that receives the honor of carving up “Turkey Tom', the tradition of this annual meal is rumored to date back to the Pilgrims an their first Thanksgiving meal.

In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers—an assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith and other individuals lured by the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the New World. After a treacherous and uncomfortable crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River. One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims, as they are now commonly known, began the work of establishing a village at Plymouth.

Throughout that first brutal winter, most of the colonists remained on board the ship, where they suffered from exposure, scurvy and outbreaks of contagious disease. Only half of the Mayflower’s original passengers and crew lived to see their first New England spring. In March, the remaining settlers moved ashore, where they received an astonishing visit from an Abenaki Indian who greeted them in English. Several days later, he returned with another Native American, Squanto, a member of the Pawtuxet tribe who had been kidnapped by an English sea captain and sold into slavery before escaping to London and returning to his homeland on an exploratory expedition. Squanto taught the Pilgrims, weakened by malnutrition and illness, how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. 

In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time—the festival lasted for three days.

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Though there is no real evidence that turkey was served at the Pilgrim's first Thanksgiving, it has become and indispensable part of the Thanksgiving tradition through the ages. While most of us probably do not celebrate Thanksgiving in the traditional three day festival that the Pilgrims originally hosted, we still do enjoy spending time with family and friends gathered around great food and plentiful laughter.  And, often, “Turkey Tom” provides the perfect opportunity for introducing guests to the delicious options provided by gluten free holidays  Fortunately, “Tom” is the easiest part of a gluten free Thanksgiving. Let the festivities begin!

Happy Thank

 

5 Week#9- Visualization is a Product of the Imagination

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This weeks sit exercise is to visualize a plant, a sunflower for instance, and bring it from the unseen into the seen.

Visualization is the mechanism of the attachment which you require.  Visualization is a very different process from seeing; seeing is physical, and it is therefore related to the objective world, the “world without,” but Visualization is a product of the imagination, and is therefore a product of the subjective mind, the “world within.”  It therefore possess vitality; it will grow.  The thing visualized will manifest itself in form.  The mechanism is perfect; it was created by the Master Architect who “doeth all things well.'  Master Key 9:15

I really like this exercise as it lets me think of warm spring days with the sun beaming down and gentle breezes blowing.  I could feel the warm soft dirt on my hands as I planted the seed and smell the earth.  It was very vivid to me.  I plant a garden every year and I could relate to the exercise very easily.

I decided to visualize my spirit as the seed I was planting. I dug a hole in the dirt and placed my seed in the fertile soil and covered the seed of me with dirt.  I saw the water that was soaking into the dirt around me as nourishment, the master keys.  As the outer layers of the seed coat softened and let in the water, I realized it was the cement from my cement Buddha falling away and letting in the concepts to nourish my subconscious.  The water was these concepts and as the seed filled with the good thoughts it swelled and sprouted my roots and stem.  The roots were my subconscious lengthening and reaching for more, going to work to help grow this seed into the wonderful flower it was destined to be.

As I took in more water, my stem finally burst through the soil into the bright, warm sunlight, the Master Creator.  He was looking down on me and radiating his love onto me.  I was being fed from below the ground by the water and above from the Master Creator.  I continued to stretch toward the sun, growing my first sets of leaves and climbing ever closer to my destination.  I could feel the sun soaking into every cell of me and nourishing me as well as the water rising through my stem to reinforce the nourishment.  I kept climbing and developing.  Now I have many branches with leaves and buds are beginning to form.  My roots dig deeper and my foundation is firmly set in the ground.  Soon the buds begin to increase in size and the blossom burst forth in all its glory.  The sunflower, my spirit, has made its appearance in the world and I look on the Master Creator for the first time.  For the rest of my days, my gaze stays steadfast on the Master Creator, following His perfect plan for me.  I can feel the energy flow through me from the Creator to my roots.  I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.

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This was a very powerful visualization or me.  It made Master Key 9:33 alive for me

When you are enabled to make your vision clear and complete you will be enabled to enter into the spirit of the thing.

I truly could feel my spirit in the seed and feel the energy flow through me as that seed grew into the sunflower.  Embrace these exercises and let your mind go to work for you.

 

 

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13 MKMMA – Week 8 – I see Plans within plans – The sleeper Awakens!

dune-quotes-understood-process-first-law-of-mentatI've been destroying battleships again… tearing them down piece by piece.  Ripping into the heart of them in an attempt to understand what made them… In the end I discover this grey, unyielding behemoth is nothing but cold lifeless assemblies…

built by the minds and dreams of others

Built for the purposes of yet others behind the scenes

to protect or destroy according to the will of others.

I've been destroying battleships for days now – I am getting better at it, finding the nooks and crannies as yet intact – peeling them open and gazing inside to find the plans and dreams of others have hidden there too.

Up until today it was just a ship.

Until today it was ‘just an excercise' – a plaything of the mind that might provide insight – though remaining simply one more chore to complete…

DD450-1-A Constructing the Battleship Today I realized something.  As I mentally lifted pieces apart and set them aside I began to realize – if I really wanted to take my DMP and make it real – I had to take a cue from this process.  I had to admit that amazingly stupendous things can and ARE built from the dreams and imaginations of great minds.  Though more often than we realize, until we've torn that hatchway open enough times, they are built by people who have no knowledge – no thought – given towards building their dreams.  Having never known of, much less journeyed through, a course like the Master Key Master Mind Alliance – these people spend hours, weeks, years, and sometimes their very lives, building what amounts to the results of other people's dreams.

So here I am tearing apart another battleship – and it hits me.  It's me. Each layer of the hull that comes off reveals a little more of myself – not just the un-populated galley-ways of an emotionless hunk of metal, but the empty and unfulfilled dreams that used to enjoy frolicking in an unlimited imagination – and are slowly uncovered (dead? perhaps not yet?) buried here in me.

article-2336822-1A2DD175000005DC-951_634x478Now I'm pissed – shredding into the wiring that makes this machine function without care – following the cable trays and race ways of miles, and miles, (and years…and years) of wires laid down in pursuit of building someone else's dream.  How can this be. Why was such a thing constructed – to what (whose?) benefit have its pieces been accumulated – thrust together by my unknowing effort and the expense of time – of life (my life!) in its doing.

The pile of mangled steel and tangled wire is building around me in my mind.pile_of_scrap_metal_with_crane_11fh1519rf

As I dismantle this thing, walking around it, grabbing the next piece with realization of it alien-ness to the vibration underneath.  I begin to notice that it's not all gray, lifeless, otherness.  There is an energy within – perhaps the coal-fired furnaces that power it.  I lift off yet more pieces – eager now to get at that which makes this construct of other people's dreams tick… perhaps I can find out WHY.  Why was all this built around and within me – enveloping my dreams, usurping their proper place and ultimately making of me … someone else.

imagesI think therefore I CAN be what I will to be I am.  At first, as I peel back these final layers, it is merely a rhythm within the sound of my beating heart.  The excitement mounts, grasping this last layer – and that rhythm becomes more distinct: “I can be what I will to be.  I can be what I will to be… I CAN be what I will to be… I can be what I will to be.”  It's a thought we have been repeating over and over, part of our morning ritual..and it's purpose and power became very evident as I mentally shifted  -DO it NOW- a final shield out of place to reveal that white hot, pulsing (yet blindinly beautiful) power within.

Today I am reminded of the first thing we read when starting this course, this unbelievable journey of self-discovery:

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As the tears well up, realizing that these dreams I have uncovered as I destroyed the old facade that was me are NOT lifeless, another piece clicks into place – another step on the journey has been irrevocably taken.  I decide today to be an observer of the plans and actions requested of me for purposes not my own.  I decide to gently, firmly, and with intent – plant these dreams in the newly tilled, fertile soil of my imagination – and care for them as they, as I, deserve.  Now that the knowledge is had it cannot be taken away from us. Now that we are aware of the wonderful things that CAN be built with our lives – I think it's time to take them back and build some wonderful things WE choose.

I choose to follow my dreams, to chase them down and, catching – achieving- manifesting them… to lift them up high and let the world see the amazing, wonderful, limitless ME that CAN BE all that I will to be.

Peace be the Journey people –  #BePhenomenalOrBeForgotten

5 Week #8 – Imagination is the Mighty Instrument

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Imagination is the mighty instrument by which every discovery, every inventor, opened the way from precedent to experience.  Precedent said, “It cannot be done,” experience said, “It is done.”- Master Key 8:9

I was excited for this weeks sit exercise.  I enjoy the sit exercises and look forward to them everyday.  When I discovered it was to sit and imagine a battleship and take it back to it origins and the thought is someones mind, I wasn't sure what to think.  I knew very little about battleships and it was not something I really thought about.  I trust in the exercises and had faith in what they would do for my future self.  Thankfully I had just been on a vacation and toured the Battleship Iowa, so it was easy for me to envision a battleship.

Iowa

The first day I took the deconstruction back to the idea way too fast, so I ended up rebuilding the battleship.  So, day two, I tried to go slower and did really well with envisioning it at sea, then back in harbor with the sailors disembarking.  The deconstruction to just a skeleton went well too.  From there to the end of the time I had a hard time keeping my focus.  I am not sure exactly why, but it is definitely something I need to work on.  All the previous sit exercises went really well for me and were fun for me.  This one was hard work. Obviously those mental muscles are weaker the the muscles used to imagine the ship. Was this because it was not an exercise focused on my DMP, which I have been thinking, constructing, and practicing for 8 weeks now?  Was it because it was generalized?

As I was reading the master keys today, it came to me.  That is what this exercise is for, to look at things in ways we may never have before.  Of course, if we haven't done this kind of mental exercise, we can't expect the endurance of someone who does this kind of thinking more often.  So, I don't beat myself up for the lack of focus (that would be negative thoughts and I would have to start the mental diet over), I just need to put the law of practice into use and develop the mental muscles used in this exercise. If I go all in, it will come and the benefit I get for going all in is the ability to see things differently.   This exercise is to help develop our imaginations beyond daydreaming.

Imagination is the light by which we can penetrate new worlds of thought and experience. Master Keys 8:8

Imagination is the constructive form of thought which must precede every constructive form of action. Master Keys 8:11

On day 3 I still had difficulty with my mind wandering towards the end of the sit, but I made it farther than the day before.  Like muscles of the body, it takes time to build and tone them.  I will continue exercising the Law of Practice and work my mental imagination muscles and I will learn to see things differently.

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Are You Ready for Thanksgiving Part 2

Sweet potato casserole

In this second part on preparing for a gluten free Thanksgiving,  I am going to discuss some of the traditional dishes and how to find gluten free substitutes or replace with even better options.

Holiday traditional abound this time of the year and many begin with the Thanksgiving meal.  One of those traditions is the sweet potato casserole.  I personally have never been a huge fan of this casserole and since marshmallows are being debated as whether they are even safe for those on a gluten free diet, I am sharing an alternative to the traditional sweet potato casserole.  It is one of my families favorite recipes and they would eat it anytime of the year.  The crazy thing is it also can replace the cranberry jelly that frequently graces the Thanksgiving spread.  The combination of the two flavors is amazing.  Add in the onions and orange juice, and your mouth is awake with all the wonderfully different tastes and textures.  A lot more enjoyable  for the mouth to experience. ( recipe to follow)

Another traditional dish that many serve at Thanksgiving, is the green bean casserole.  In order to have this gluten free you have to make the french fried onions yourself.  My internet search at the time of this writing did not find any commercially produced gluten free french fried onions. They are fairly simple to make. It is like making onion rings, except the onions are sliced into thinner rings.  You could also just caramelize shallots or onions. I am also sensitive to MSG, so I not only make the french fried onions, but I also make homemade  Cream of Mushroom soup, but there are many gluten free brands of Cream of Mushroom soup out there if you don't want to make the soup from scratch. I make mine to have peace of mind that my food won't make me sick. Once you have these ingredients you can assemble the casserole and enjoy a Thanksgiving favorite.

One my favorite things about holidays is making new traditions.  Maybe this Thanksgiving, you will make this recipe apart of your Thanksgiving tradition.

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8 MKMMA – Week #7 (fino) – The Devil was looking for a soul to steal…

4286561c23cffdcebec58b4f5e89ef5e.240x240x1Holy wars going on inside me this week…probably the hardest week yet.  Fidelity to the readings and other Honor requirements was not (much) of an issue…it was fidelity to the spirit of MKMMA that faltered BIG TIME this week.  And it all stemmed from a resurgence of those inner deamons from my old (olllld old old) blueprint – that one that presents itself like a compassionate old buddy who will ‘hook you up' with all your past addictions.

Like a meth-head back from hiatus – I was on the edge several times.

This week we were to apply the Law of Substitution to help us detach from negative thoughts and re-frame our experiences as positive events.  I thought “Hey – no problem I can't possibly be that negative!”.  OH, ye of little knowledge…

Mornings were easiest as I have always been a “no sleep” kind of person (and I have been waking up  with more energy, enthusiasm and optimism.), but the afternoon readings (always a difficult one for me) seemed to slide… 12:30pm at first, then 1:30pm (c'mon I didn't eat my mid-day meal yet…), and then even as late as 4:30pm (that is still “late afternoon right? I “still have time”..)   There seemed like twice as much going on – and the MKMMA Services and Plan of Action (PoA) activities seemed to double and triple in the amount of time they took to complete.

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It might not be THE key… but it's certainly part of the padlock that chains you down…

And evening reads?  Where should I start… that promise to “give without expectation of reciprocity”…whoa, put that guy up against the ingrained “put others first” (bullshit) that got branded into my psyche as a kid… no contest I thought.  Little did those inner dragons know, there was a new team in town, and Hallelujah for the experience of a Master Key Master Mind Alliance Course!

il_fullxfull-351596060At the beginning of the week I KNEW (I knew!) that it wasn't the simplistic “put others first” we are taught,  it was “I greet this day with love in my heart” and “I give the hope of joy, affluence, kindness & love consciously”.

… somewhere those messages got crossed…

This week has been one of struggle with my old blueprint on scales I have very rarely encountered before – and with the Law of Substitution playing such a central role in our progress, I was shocked to stumble so hard over the Law of Forgiveness (and certainly not in the way I did).

I went out of my way to do things “for” others – and I was happy and joyful doing those activities…but.  I  let my “put others first” old blueprint sneak in completely unawares.  The watchmen got a little too caught up in the “good times” that were being had.  I was so caught up in how awesome it was to be able to XYZ for people, that I missed the alarms on my phone to do my afternoon readings. Oh, I caught them when I went “back to work”  but now I was rushed and under pressure to do BOTH my readings and work… and like Mark says, I was fooling myself.  My focus and enthusiasm during the reads was sub-par – I was thinking about the work that needed to get done!  AND my work suffered – I was busy with “more important things”!

And excuses flowed like milk and honey;

I had ‘too many things on my plate' and I was tired.

Working 100% remotely is really cool, but I was lonely…in many ways at work and at home because of my “double minded-ness”

I was hungry for an emotional connection that recently ‘tasted' in the MKMMA… but I had trained out of myself for the previous 40 years…

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Old and Busted…

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I am pretty sure that's about the time my inner dragons showed up to do battle with the new All Star team being trained up in the MKMMA – what better time than when there's a new “potential failure” to record and laud over…

Those old dragons “expected reciprocity” for the ‘sacrifices we made' – but I think more to the issue – there were no rewards or celebration of my own accomplishments – and so I was looking for outside validation.  The voices were as dangerous as a Hydra, bringing up every subtle ploy to massage my E.G.O. and re-join the quite desperation so  many live… As I've never been a big one to “celebrate my own accomplishments” (that too was trained out of me at a young age with the ‘put others first' and ‘pride cometh…' stuff) I remember that I NEED to celebrate everything I do – and to embrace the lessons in the shortcomings and backsliding.

While there were agonizingly long nights where this internal battle raged I was grateful for all the tools we have learned in the 7 Day Mental Diet and the 7 Laws of the Mind, otherwise I may have slipped easily back into the murk. But, though my sleep deprived mind droned on and on, there was never a lack or moment where doubt in the MKMMA existed – I knew that I knew that committing to this program 100% would be tough – but worth every sacrifice.

I'm still slightly behind (in my own mind) with the essentials of the program – though I got them done “on time”…

  • I JUST finished my polished DMP Poster (I seriously recommend AGAINST taking a vacation early in this program…though, well…don't NOT take a vacation ;),
  • I need to re-write my Press Release because, well… I am now ALL IN 100% after this week of soul searching.
  • and I am very grateful we get two weeks to complete our DMP DJ mix (watch for a link soon!)..

I think I shall make one of my Promises this week:

“I celebrate every accomplishment, however small, with a raucous joy”

Living by design, as we are taught in the MKMMA is most certainly the most rewarding ways to live.

When you are not pursuing your goal, you are literally committing spiritual suicide. When you leave this earth – leave no dream ‘left behind .  #BePhenomenalOrBeForgotten

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Are You Ready For a Gluten Free Thanksgiving? Part One

Thanksgiving turkey It is that time of year.  Thanksgiving is just around the corner and then the holidays will be in full swing.  This can be a a daunting time of year for those who are gluten free.  No one wants to go to a party and not have anything to eat because there was no safe food, or worse to eat something that unknowingly contained gluten and end up spending the holidays sick.  Over the next several posts, I want to help you find ways to enjoy the holidays just as much as everyone else. Since Thanksgiving is in two weeks, I will start by giving some tips to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner that is completely gluten free. Several years ago, my husband and I offered to make the whole meal without telling everyone attending that it was all gluten free.  Only those who were in the know, knew it was all gluten free.  No one else ever knew.  This proved that there is no reason you cannot enjoy the same foods in a traditional meal just by making them all gluten free. Many of the foods are naturally gluten free.  The turkey, cranberry sauce,potatoes, green beans(yes we were able to make the casserole gluten free too!).  The ones that aren't, with planning can be done gluten free.  Some take more forethought than others.  To make stuffing, you will need to either purchase gluten free bread, or make it and then cut into cubes, and cook in the oven at 350  until the consistency of croutons.  If you like the herb dressing you could mix butter and herbs together and then brush bread cubes before baking.

Preparing Turkey

There are several ways to prepare turkey, all of them naturally gluten free, but be sure to check seasoning before using.  The first is the traditional roasted turkey.  This is a simple method that can have as many variations to it as the herbs that you choose to use.  On  of our favorite tricks is to place herbs under the skin of the bird.  However, if you plan to stuff a turkey, be sure to use gluten free croutons. A second preparation method, and a family favorite preparation in my household, is smoked turkey.  There are numerous options for planks that will each provide a slightly different flavor after smoking. The most important thing to remember is to smoke the bird on low heat with a long cook time ( 2-3 hours on the grill). A third option is to brine the turkey overnight before roasting or smoking.  As with the traditional roasting, flavors can vary widely depending on the herbs used in the brine.  But beware:  Finding a container the right size may prove to be your greatest challenge with this method.  We usually end up using a garbage can that is designated to brine in or our large cooler. Another popular alternative to roasting the turkey is deep frying.  This method will make the skin crispy and lock the moisture in the met of the bird.  But, a word of caution, this method should always be done in a turkey deep fryer and done OUTDOORS ONLY!!!

Brining your turkey

Supplies needed:

To properly brine a turkey you need to start the night before you plan to cook ( 10-12 hours), and a container large enough to hold your turkey and enough brine to cover it.  You'll also need salt, water, sugar, seasoning, and enough room to refrigerate your bird.

Ingredients:

1 C. Salt 1 Gallon water (you may need more water, but this is a good ratio to start with) Make sure the salt is completely dissolved before you add the seasoning.  Make sure none of the seasoning contain salt.  Brines can be spicy hot with peppers and cayenne, savory with herbs and garlic, sweet with molasses, honey and brown sugar.  Sweetening the brine Sugar is optional to any brine, but works to counteract the flavor of the salt. Add up to 1 C. sugar per gallon of brine.  Like the salt, you need to make sure the sugar is completely dissolved.

Set-up:

Place the turkey in the container and pour in enough brine to completely cover the turkey, You do not want any part of the turkey above the surface of the brine. Place the container int he fridge.*  The turkey should sit in the brine for 1 hour for every pound of turkey. *Don't have room in the refrigerator.  Try a cooler.  If the weather is cool, but not freezing, you can out the whole thing outside until the turkey is needed.

Rinsing:

Once soaked, remove the turkey from the brine and rinse it off thoroughly with cold water until all traces of salt are off the surface inside and out. Baking: Bake according to the roasting instructions and enjoy!   Have a happy Thansgiving

5 Week #7- An Epiphany

Power has always been within

When we were born we only had 2 fears, loud noises and falling.  As we grow we have trust of those around us to give us our needs and we strike out exploring and trying new things and we believe the world revolves around us and we believe anything is possible.  Then the world without starts to influence us and the fears creep in as well as the limitations.  This continues and strengthens as we age.

Last week as I was listening to the webinar and doing the readings from the Master Key, I had an epiphany.  I realized the power within that I am trying to focus on and to get to work on my dreams, is something that I have tapped into before.  I can think of 2 occasions very vividly.  If I have done it before, I can do it again, I just have to break down that old blue print that I built in the time since those 2 events.  I would like to share what they were so maybe others can see similar things that may have happened in their youth and realize, like I did, that they too have taped into that power.

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The first time I can think of that the thoughts I kept telling myself worked on my subconscious to bring about my desires was between the ages of 16 and 17.  I had had my first dating relationship which was full of what not to do's, but at 16 you really don't know anything about relationships.  It only lasted 4 months and the details are not the significant part of it.  It was the lessons I took from the relationship and the ideals I set for any subsequent relationships.  I made a solemn oath that nothing would alter the expectations I set for myself and those I had relationships with in the future.  I stuck to my guns.  Part of this was not dating for a full year and solidifying what it is I really wanted from relationships (I know a bit mature for a 16 year old, but I am not average).  After that year was over, I had become very good friends with my the person I would spend the rest of my life with.  I had put the demand out there for what I wanted and my subby made it happen, and FAST.  We started dating our senior year and were married 5 1/2 years later.  We have been happily married for 21 1/2 years and he is my soul mate!

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The second time I remember,  I was in college commuting back and forth.  I was not getting along with my mom.  The transition from  parent/child relationship to parent/adult child relationship was not as smooth as either of us wanted.

One day , I just asked my physics partner if she needed a roommate the following year, and she said yes.  So the plans were made and that September I moved out without my mother's blessing.  Was I prepared?  Had I thought it all through?  Absolutely not!!!  But there's the beauty of it.  I put the demand out there again and my subby took care of everything.  With in a week of moving in, I had the best student employment job EVER!  I was a lab tech in an entomology lab.  Not only did I work in the lab, the following summer they let me do directed research which resulted in my graduating a quarter early.  I had struggles, definitely, but I was able to become the adult I wanted to be and when I graduated and moved back home for the 9 months before I was married, I was able to have a good relationship with my mom.

So I have been there, the trick now is losing the baggage and finding those old trails I foraged so long ago. I CAN be what I WILL to be.

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4 MKMMA – Week 7 (prequel) – Mechanics of the Mind…or Mental Telepathy?

digital mindI got SOOOO jazzzed up by this thought – and the experiences that the Master Key from week 7 (and the sitmeditation related to it) created within me that I have been bouncing around all day (and laughing a lot more), that I had to note the following discussion I had with my family this morning as we all gathered around the kitchen island to make omelettes:

In trying to explain the “7 Day Mental Diet” to my kids (without actually saying I was on this “diet” as directed by Emmet Fox) I wandered off into the weeds a bit…here's the replay as best I can remember:

ME (to my wife, as I notice how EVERYONE is in the kitchen for once, and all are getting along!!!) :  I -love- this whole “no negative thoughts” thing we have going this week it seems to have changed everyone's outlook.

Oldest Daughter: Say Whaaat?  What did you do?

ME:  “We put something in the cocoa, drink up…”  smiling  OK, well no… but we're practicing mind control and it seems to be working nicely.  bwahahahahaa

Daughter: evil eye

ME: Here's the deal.  I want us all to try exerting mind control on the people around us by controlling our own thoughts.

Son: How does that work, Telepathy isn't real…

ME: …well, let me tell you a story….

Mama and I have both studied the nervous systems of animals in college (and like the Master Key we've been studying says – it's a LOT like mechanical electric systems…), so it's an interesting parallel to think of things this way:

MagnetSchoolFSU-ElectromagnetElectricity is “electrons in motion”, the more electrons that are moving (amperage) and the faster they are moving (frequency) the greater the effect that electricity can have.

In the case of an electro-magnet the more electricity you “push” the stronger the magnetic field you create.  SO – by creating a large electrical force you can create a really strong magnet (think junkyard cars being picked up).

electromagnets-1And with a strong enough magnetic field you can effectively move objects at a distance (metal objects “jump” over a greater distance the stronger the magnet is).

mag25HERE's the AWESOME part… by creating a strong enough magnetic field you can induce current flow in a remote object when it moves through the magnetic field!!

SO – by pushing enough electrons in one place fast enough – in a controlled and focused way – you can cause a change in how electrons are moving in a completely separate object!

Now, why should we think that electrical flow anywhere, works ANY different than that which we see in copper wires?  Electrons in motion are electrons in motion right?  And if we consider that an electro-magnet (wires wound in a tight bundlel) are VERY similar to the nerves in our brains (nerves in a tight bundle) we can have some real fun with Bioelectromagnetics.

Thoughts are simply electrons flowing in a certain pattern within the circuitsnerves that make up our brains and bodies – and we can CHOOSE to take CONTROL of this mechanism.  If we create a strong enough THOUGHT (and thereby current in our circuits) – we should EXPECT that thought to create a magnetic field (aura) around us.  If that fieldaura is strong enough (burning desire) and focused (compass, magnifying lens) – we should also EXPECT that aura to create changes in those around us as the electro-magnet does (and they wont even know it's happening!?).

If we can create a strong enough fieldaura around us we should further EXPECT that we would be changing the electron flow (and thereby THOUGHTS) in the people around us.

attractionI tend to think that we can probably effect a change in other people's emotions and thereby their thinkING rather than directly effecting changes in their thoughts.  Without having an exact replica of experiences and genetics we can't expect that when our mind pictures a “red rubber ball” that we could create a similar image to “appear” in another mind (that is wired differently) by induction.

080d30bd96318a5e8c3bc3b01faad794But it is certainly reasonable to me that when we generate “happiness” and “gratitude” (all positive thoughts), that other people could very easily be influenced to become more positive.  Consider focusing on your “happy place” (a beach?) so strongly that you emanate joy and gratitude – if another person picked up on that feeling they may then think about their “happy place” (the mountains).  Two completely different images – one identical “feeling”.  The result being that other person would likely enjoy being around you – and thus “attracted” to your presence.

We are attracted to pleasurable feelings and experiences, and typically want to help those we associate with pleasurable experiences. To me this would be closer to the Law of Attraction and how it works than any direct thought control could…

Welcome to the world of control… now let's get busy manifesting change in our lives!!!

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