Monthly Archives: December 2014

8 Unexpected Sources of Gluten

As gluten free diets become more popular, more people are aware of what gluten is and where  it comes from, but do you know all of the hidden sources of gluten?  Some of them may surprise you.  For those who have Celiac Disease, not knowing these sources can have serious consequences.  I will go over 8 unexpected sources.

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1.Binding Agents and Fillers

Usually these are not a problem unless they are ingested.  Some common places you would find these fillers are in older stamps and envelopes, newer one use corn based adhesives, toothpastes, and other adhesives.  I personally react to the adhesives in bandages, even the latex kind.

2. Body Care Products:gluten in sunscreen

Body care products do not need to label whether they are gluten free or not so outside of reading labels for gluten in the ingredients, here are some other things to watch out for:

Vitamin E – often obtained from wheat germ oil

emulsifiers and stabilizers – can be manufactured from hydrolyzed gluten

gluten in toothpasteOur skin is our largest organ and although the pores are too small to absorb the complete gluten protein, it can cause a reaction on the skin and some people have been know to have a gluten reaction even though it was just on their skin.

“At the annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology, Prakash and her colleagues presented a case report on a 28-year-old woman with celiac disease who had successfully controlled her symptoms for several years by restricting the amount of gluten in her diet. After starting to use a new body lotion, however, the woman developed an itchy, blistering rash on her arms, as well as abdominal bloating and diarrhea—all of which disappeared once she stopped using the lotion.”
http://news.health.com/2011/10/31/gluten-cosmetics/ 

 

3.Cosmetics:

Most cosmetics do not have ingredient labels and so it is anyone's guess as to what they contain.  Some may contain fillers and binding agents.  One needs to be extra careful of lipsticks as these are ingested by licking our lips.  Many contain wheat germ oil and barley extract.  To be certain of what is in the product, you will need to contact the manufacturer.  In most cases if you ar not highly sensitive to gluten, the amount in the make up is minimal enough to not cause any significant problems.  However, in those who are sensitive to gluten below 20 ppm, this may be something you will need to be diligent in nonworking the ingredients of your favorite make up.  Here is a resource of where to find gluten free make up and here

Gluten Sources

4. Medicines:

Gluten can show up in your medicines as well, usually it is the binders and fillers.  Ask your doctor and pharmacist to make sure your medications do not contain gluten.

“Generic brands are more likely to contain traces of gluten”- Alice Bast, executive director of National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

You will also need to look out for maltadextrin and dextrose in cough syrups and cough drops.  These may be sourced from products containing gluten.

In natural supplements, especially green food supplements, be wary of wheat grass and barley grass.  They technically should be gluten free if they were harvested before the seed heads formed, but if you do not know the harvesting practices of the company, you cannot be sure that they harvested at the correct time.  To be safe, I avoid these products, there are plenty of gluten free options out there on the market.

5. Pet Food:pets

Yes, I know, most people don't eat pet food, but there is always the potential of accidental ingestion and awareness of the fact there may be gluten in your pets food can prevent this.  It is simple to prevent, just wash your hands after feeding your pet.

6. Lubricants:

Frequently a gluten containing lubricant is used to lubricate conveyor belts in factories.  That is why products that are seemingly gluten free may say they may contain gluten.

8. Latex Gloves:

Latex gloves have a powder inside them to help you slip them on more easily and to help prevent sweat, although I never found that to be of much help when I worked in a lab.  That powder can be made from a gluten source.  Check with the glove manufacturer, because there are not ingredient lists on gloves.

9. Playdough:

The all time kid favorite is not gluten free. All name brand playdough is mad with wheat.  YOu can make your own at home though.  Here are some links to recipes for it:

About Health's recipe

Mommypotamus's recipe

 

Recommendations:

  1. Read labels and learn the terms for things that contain gluten such as vitamin E and Maltadextrin

  2. Call manufactures to find out ingredients, especially if there are none on the packaging.

  3. Wash your hands after you have come into contact with anything containing gluten.

  4.  Watch small children who have gluten intolerances.  They like to put EVERYTHING in their mouths.

 

Links:

Hidden Sources of Gluten

Gluten Free Drugs

Gluten Free Make Up Gal

About Health's recipe

Mommypotamus's recipe

 Hidden Sources

 

12 MKMMA – Week 13 – Loudly Proclaim – Wow! What a Ride!

Passionite_leadership_SkillsI suppose you could call it a near death experience — as I have certainly experienced an amazing recovery this week. And all thanks go to the wonderful team at Training Solutions LLC – talk about a booster shot!

I had fallen off the wagon, and back into the old addictions of self-deprecation and pity… turns out there ISN'T a road to recovery that doesn't involve addiction… and thanks to the Law of Substitution I am back in the swing of things with an addiction to the MKMMA.

Now I am ADDICTED to getting out there and doing the reads – and to making SURE I get the services and P.O.A. promises done!


I suspect it was a portion of my subconscious that loves the number 13 which made week thirteen really connect all my internal systems – mind, body, subconscious AND conscious minds – with the philosophy behind the Master Key Mastermind Alliance.

That and taking over the entire detached three stall garage for my “readings”… 'cause, ya know – BE EPIC! (oh and #BePhenomenalOrBeForgotten )

yes-man-movie-poster-2008-1020412886And – that seems to be exactly what I needed.

When I look back on my decreased participation – and thus my MUCH reduced belief (Thought + Feeling!!) in what I was doing in the MKMMA – it coincided with the change in weather.

Weird… I know, but I had moved my reading ‘inside' as Minnesota tends to get…cold, at least for those First and Last readings of the day,

and as I moved inside I had to be aware of my children sleeping first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening.

2940012693280_p0_v1_s260x420So I read to the (guy in the) bathroom mirror with “H.E.M.” – that's supposed to work right? Hesitation, Emphasis, and Modulation – it's supposed to help you connect with what your are readingsaying.  Though, I guess when you have spent decades clamping down on your emotions, that's a bit like using a tissue to swat a fly – the motions are all there, they just lack a bit of IMPACT.

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Best way to manipulate a group is to control the three sides…then synthesis appears to be THEIR decision.

Add to that the fact that I have “known about” H.E.M. for many years – and used it intentionally to connect OTHERS to what I was saying… my subconscious was having none of it.  I mean c'mon my Mother taught me about Hegelian Dialectics when I was in high-school and I read every book I could get my hands on about “body-language”, voice modulation, “Thesis – AnitThesis – Synthesis”… all ways and means to a manipulative end(s) — right?

I mean – I would have to accept manipulation – even of self – for this to “work”…

Combined with ‘misses' on my P.O.A. and service card commitments as my intensity waned – my belief began to falter.  Having experienced it for almost three weeks now – I can tell you it is VITALLY important that you DO NOT put anything on those cards that you cannot – or will not (yet) -commit to doing 100%.

I know that no wealth or position can long endure, unless it is built on Truth and Justice. Therefore I engage in NO transaction that does not benefit ALL whom it involves.  MKMMA Blueprint Builder #5

If you do – you have entered into the realm of propaganda rather than self-improvement. We all inherently know when we are being manipulated – even when it is WE doing it to ourselves.  And in the case of our efforts with the MKMMA we must base everything on truth and justice.

Having moved out to the garage – my morning and evening reads are completely un-tethered again.  Intensity is no longer an issue.  In the first few weeks of the MKMMA – my neighbors 1/2 mile away could hear me, now out in the garage – I wouldn't be surprised if they could again… and I don't have to allow ANY mental effort to be expended on concern for my kids sleep.  The Emotion is back in the reading – and the TRUTH buried in the words on my re-written cards can be extolled from the “mountaintops” again.

I am able to converse full out with the man in the full length mirrors set up ALL AROUND the garage – as I walk, shout, kneel, jump and dance – everywhere I can see the man in the mirror (my future self!) celebrating and commiserating (!!) with me as the layers (and years) of clay are F(reakin') SHATTERED off of my self-image.

Take over the WORLD with your attitude and dreams.  Build big or go home – cause you only get one run through in this life.

From all of this I can absolutely state that you MUST do WHATEVER it takes to get emotion connected with your reading – and bring that ‘high' into your sits to give your subconscious something to WORK with as it manifests the plan and connects the Universe to your demands.

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4 Week 13-Connections

The Brain ConnectionsThe Week 13 webinar seemed like it was talking directly to me.  I had a rough week last week and when Mark was saying that many had difficulties between Scroll 2 and 3.  That was me.  But I know that my future self deserves me to give more.  So I did and things are back on track.  Connections began to fire when I got back on track.  It all began with the Gratitude cards we are now writing everyday and adding to the index card piles we read.  Reading all of those cards helps propel the Law of Substitution by giving us positive thoughts to fill our mind.

We cannot think about 2 things at the same time. -Law of Substitution

It also tied into Master Key 13:24:

We have found everything we get comes to us by the Law of Attraction. A happy thought cannot exist in an unhappy consciousness; there for the consciousness must change, and as the consciousness changes, all conditions necessary to meet the changed consciousness must gradually change, in order to meet the requirements of the new situation.

By reading the index cards with our accomplishments, things we are grateful for, 1 sentence DMP, and affirmations, we care filling our conscious with happy thoughts and thus helping the conditions to help meet our desires to change.  We are pushing out any unproductive thought with thoughts that will help us to gain the self confidence to become the person we are meant to be.

I have notice things happening already, but feel like it is slow in coming.  I realized today that you get what you give is also related to the amount of work you give towards your dreams.  I have been working, but if I want it to go faster, I need to give even more.  In Master Key 13:22, which is about the Law of Practice, we are told that we must put our knowledge to work.

In the first place, we must put our knowledge into practice. Nothing can be accomplished in any other way… we will get exactly what we give, but we shall have to give it first.

And in Master Key 13:23:

Thought is a spiritual activity and is therefore creative, but make no mistake, thought will create nothing unless it is consciously, systematically, and constructively directed.

Here is where our sit becomes essential.  It is where we take time out to devote to consciously, systematically, and instructively tell our subconscious what we desire and it takes it from there.  It will help guide you in the activities you need to do to accomplish your desires.  You cannot expect anything to happen if you just wish for it to be. We must use the Law of Practice.

Practice makes perfect.  The 5 P's- Perfect Practice Prevents Poor Performance.  Our bewilderment of magnificence in others, upon further inspection, finds… as Wooden shares ‘ you'll find most of it is practice, the rest is hard work.'

All the exercises, reading, music are all adding more of the correct thinking into our minds to help propel us toward our goals.  NOW is the time to put the knowledge of the power we have within to work an achieve our dreams.

Now is the Time to Leap

11 MKMMA – Week 12 – We Shall Slow Time

This week has flown past faster than any week yet in the MKMMA course – and I poignantly feel every…single…slip… as a skid mark on my character. As stated several time in the Master Keys:

The mind, which pervades the body, is largely the result of heredity, which, in turn, is simply the result of all the environments of all past generations on the responsive and ever-moving life forces. An understanding of this fact will enable us to use our authority when we find some undesirable trait of character manifesting.

We can consciously use all the desirable characteristics with which we have been provided and we can repress and refuse to allow the undesirable ones to manifest.

— Master Key 9 : 4-5

 

Character…

My thoughts drift to the Alpha and the Omega – greek characters, referencing beginnings and endings.  Typically we hear that phrase when referring to God – I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.

And I think that is perfectly fitting for this week's experience and growth within the MKMMA.  Though perhaps in reverse…

It is the end of an era – my old blue print has had enough free leash in the last three weeks to have me questioning my commitment to change.  And so I am planning on taking time over the holidays (for me they are NOT ‘holy days', but that's a whole different road to travel) and revisit my DMP now that I have had run-ins with my Ol Blue and have gained insight from Week 12 of the Master Keys :

The result of this indecision and negative thought is often found in the loss of material wealth. Supposed independence which required many years of toil and effort suddenly disappears. It is often found then that money and property are not independence at all. On the contrary, the only independence is found to be a practical working knowledge of the creative power of thought.
— Master Key 12 : 8

 For it seems that my life has come – again – full circle, as it is wont to do every time we fail to learn from our past mistakes.  With the end of the year comes the end of my “reliable” income! (And perhaps that is not a bad thing)  As a contract software developer – one should expect the end of a contract, and I did… With somewhat of a mixed elation.

I find that I –feel – more intensely under horrendously short time lines ( an old blueprint, unsuccessful habit, as I have come to realize).  And it is the intensity of feeling that I crave, that I desire to suck from the marrow of Life itself to say that I have truly experienced MY life.

do-epic-shit-lMy wife and recently sat down to talk and that is what really -was- my part of the conversation… I've been lacking any sort of vibrancy to my life.  Pointedly it is a partnership with someone I can brace arms with and do some seriously EPIC shit – and fall down laughing at ourselves when our first attempts fall short of perfection.

Someone who, when considering the wisdom of trying new things, really embraces the fact that there aren't that many jelly beans left.

I would ask that – should you stumble across this blog (and Thank You if you've been here before!) that you take a moment for yourself and really embrace THIS very moment – great things are about to happen in our lives if we choose to be present at their inception, and faithful to their growth and maturation.

That inner journey is such a powerful piece of doing great things in the world – of doing epic shit. You can’t discount it and it’s harder in a lot of ways. Once you get your inner resources in alignment and get clear what needs to happen, it’s actually just a matter of taking steps day in and day out to do the epic shit. – See more at Productive Flourishing

 

This weekend I am going to do at least one seriously crazy thing – something that will make my children question my sanity and yet prove to myself that this world we seem to believe in is a lie.

And to prove it to myself over and over I am going to make some dramatic changes to what I think my life “should” be (I'm smirking at myself because, seriously too much shoulding on myself…).  Perhaps it was my subconscious working to align things in my life and connect some bits and pieces for me to realize all this, as Brendon Burchard's latest book arrived – as a gift from someone I interacted with back in MARCH – right on time:

The Motivation Manifesto

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Hurry has become the master. We have stopped sensing the stillness, the stunning fullness and beauty and divine perfection of the moment. Most barrel through life, unaware of their senses and surroundings, deaf and blind to the magical qualities of . . . this . . . very . . . moment. We are not supposed to miss it all, this life, but we do, all frazzled, stressed, and stripped away from Now. The cost is immense—so many moments blurred by speed and worry and panic, all stacking onto hectic days, all creating the catastrophe of an un-experienced, joyless life. Many can only vaguely remember the last time they laughed so hard it hurt, loved so much it led to a beautiful flood, cheered so loudly it strained the vocal chords, felt so deeply it caused a showering of tears, had such a raucously good time that it became legend—moments fully lived. We must s – l – o – w it all down, not just to become more present in the singular moment, but also to elongate that moment so that we truly sense it. Life is meant to be a vibrant, deeply felt, growing mosaic of long, meaningful moments. This day is to be enjoyed like a pause at a cool stream during summer’s heat. For this, we now declare: WE SHALL SLOW TIME.

3 Week 12: Take Another Step

 

there is no testimonyMy experience with MKMMA has been a great journey with very few bumps in the road and some major breakthroughs and enlightenment.  That is until this week.  I am not entirely sure what triggered the fierce return of my old blueprint after so many weeks of building the new one, but it has been working to trip me up all week.  I have felt like I am spinning my wheels and going no where.  However I will NOT give up.  No matter how many failures I encounter, I will NOT give up.  I will fight with every fiber of my being because my future self deserves the life I desire.

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I have been hanging on to Scroll III.  I will persist!  I can relate to the young bulls being pricked by a picador.  Each day this week, my old blue print has been knocking me down.  I recognize that each day , my old blue print has been testing me.  It does not want to give up its hold now that I know the key to success and it is fighting for control.  I have had a very busy week, struggling to fit everything in.  It would be easy to look down on my struggles and failures, but that wouldn't help me at all, so I read my index cards and make sure I end the day with a success even if I did fail at somethings.  I may be experiencing some failures, but I know if I persist, success hides behind all these struggles.  Always I take another step.  One step at a time is not too difficult.  I never consider defeat and I keep my eyes on the goal.

Each day I get to start new.  I will keep stepping one step at a time until I permanently stamp out my old blue print.  When I struggle, I will find solace in the Master keys, The Greatest Salesman, my accomplishment index cards and DMP to build my watchman at the gate back up.watchman

Tomorrow brings a new day and I persist.  I win!

 

Bella Vista Offers Great Gluten Free Options

Many times as one who eats gluten free, eating out is not very exciting.  Most restaurants idea of gluten free is to strip the entrees of everything and serve an unseason meat and plain vegetables.  I can get more exciting than that at home, why would I pay for less than that somewhere else?  That is not the case at Bella Vista, located across the bridge in the historic Hastings, MN. Their Italian-style restaurant is abounding with fresh, quality ingredients to produce flavorful authentic Italian cuisine!

Bella Vista

My husband and I recently had a date night here and were pleasantly surprised when the co-owner, Jenn, said that almost everything on the menu could be made gluten free and all of there sauces were gluten free to begin with.  I knew we were in for a great treat after she said this.  We started our evening off with a few cocktails at the bar while we waited for our table to be available.  We had a very pleasant conversation with the bartenders, Maria and Adam.  That is the wonderful thing about Bella Vista, everyone we interacted with was happy to converse with us and they all seemed to believe in the owners vision and loved working there.

Our first course was our appetizer, Papedeaux Peppers. Papedeaux Peppers They were divine.  They were peppers stuffed with either feta, blue cheese, or goats cheese with chives, and topped with a piece of crisp bacon.  It melted in your mouth and the peppers we a nice sweet balance to the strong flavors of the cheeses. 

Second course was our salads.  They have a wide range of salads.  My husband chose a beet salad and I had a creamy balsamic.Creamy Balsamic Salad  Once again the blending of flavors was perfect.            

So far my dining experience was heaven.  I could hardly wait for the next course.  

Bella Vista has only been open since October, and talking to the staff, they say that every night they have a full house.  I can see why.  The atmosphere is welcoming and energetic, the staff is friendly, and the food is amazing.

My main course was Lobster Fettuccine.   The gluten free version of this ended up with penne pasta instead of fettuccine, but all pasta really is the same it is just different shapes, so for me this really did not change the experience I had, after all it was LOBSTER!!! Lobster Fettuccine

Then the very best for last, dessert, after all that is the whole point of the meal, right, to lead up to the dessert.  My husband had creme brulee and I had chocolate mousse.  Once again we were not let down with the dessert as well.  A perfect way to top off the meal and our evening.

Creme brulee

Chocolate Mousse

 So, for those of my followers who live in South Easter or East Central Minnesota and want to experience a great gluten free Italian meal.  I would recommend Bella Vista.

 

 

Bella Vista Interior

Bella Vista Owners

Lisa and Jenn, Bella Vista's Owner

6 MKMMA – Week 11 (a) – Alignment of Thought and Reality

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The MKMMA guides – what can you say other than  – Thank You! – to those wonderful people seem to appear when they are most needed.

Almost like there's a connection through the Infinite Intelligence – go figure huh?

After my post yesterday I was certainly in a funk – and receiving exactly the effects produced by the causitive thoughts I was NOT substituting. These 7 Laws of the Mind… none of them can be “bent” as can Man's Laws. With these you get in exact measure what you choose to create by the thoughts you allow to be maintained in your mind.

I was very blessed to have a call with my guide this morning and shake the detritus out of my attitude!  Thanks Justin!!!

We were able to talk about everything going on in my experience with the MKMMA process; what I was having success with, where my struggles were, what exact items were showing up as obstacles – and getting my guide's feedback on his experiences with the same program – was PHENOMENAL!

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Feels great to know that things are flexible where I need them to be – as long as we maintain fidelity with our exercises and readings.

Justin recommended adding in extra “sits” – and using them to Give to Myself in order to have more resources within to share with others in the world without… makes sense in hindsight right?

So I plan to take the struggles I am having and run them through the “Battleship”, or grow them as in the “Seed”, and have Faith that the processes we have been practicing, learning, and perfecting WILL provide me with the plans I need to put into action – in order to overcome and eliminate obstacles!

I plan to pull off some seriously epic …stuff(silly blueprint) in what remains of the year! Customizing the process to accelerate my growth – look out world!!

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12 MKMMA – Week 11 – The silent screams, in the Cemetery of our Minds

Have you ever dug a hole, metaphorically, and lost yourself in the process?  This week has brought me (again) face to face with my Ol Blueprint – seriously, I am getting SO good at identifying it's DNA in everything I do – or, rather, don't do… and I guess that's just it isn't it.

Knowledge will not apply itself. – Master Key 10:23

I am going to choose – right now, as I write this to change my mental state.  When I sat down to write this post my teeny tiny little world was stuck in a pity potty ahem .. party. (Thanks for that turn of phrase Mark!)

This week has been one relatively long self-inflicted disappointment – and I am going to use it as an abject lesson in why I am here in this course.

So – there is a very large portion of my DMP, my service card, and my P.O.A. that has derailed my progress over the last month.  We are supposed to put down something that we CAN do to advance our Dharma – and I have GOT that covered… it's the one part that I KNOW I MUST do to advance my dreams.
Except – I haven't been…

Even more devastating to me, I LOVE doing that one thing “in the moment”…not “on purpose”.  But I have begun to suspect that this is an excuse.  And you can have excuses or results…not both.

We are told in this weeks's Master Key that we are to follow one, simple concept:

What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” (Mark 11:24)

 

And, if I boil it down to an extremely simple statement a mentor of mine made:   Just DO the thing, and come with us.

So, here's the hole I seem to have dug for myself:  I have re-enforced my ‘Ol Blueprint by putting down on the card exactly what I “should” – and proceeded with laser like accuracy to follow my old pattern of proving that no-one will die if I don't actually DO them.

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Further compounded with the second page of my blue print (and this matches the “Guy in the Glass” perfectly) : No one is going to penalize me for “saying the words” without actually “doing the actions” (seriously, I've got so much on my plate…)

…and finally justify it by the fact that even then I can still succeed better than the majority of people out there (seriously this is the EGO-tistical stuff that goes through my head…)

Even KNOWING that the Master Key teaches:

Every action which is not in harmony with Truth, whether through ignorance or design, will result in discord, and eventual loss in proportion to its extent and character. (Master Key 9:9)

Character is not a thing of Chance, but it is the result of continuous effort.(Master Key 9:Intro)

 

I want to change my character SO badly.  When it comes to promises to OTHER people… NAILED it.  I can do those without a second's thought.  When it comes to promises to MYSELF…well, that's a different game and thus a different story.

I want to be able to truly believe in myself again – I'm pretty sure I have, at least once in life,
…and that I can do these things that I know must be done.  When the Greatest Salesman Scroll 3 says “…I will avoid despair but if this diease of the mind should infect me then I will work on in despair.”  HOLY crap “been there, done that” – as my mind jumps back to the many, long, wet-and-soaking-cold evenings alone – spotlighted in the middle of 50+ acres of pitch black.  Stacking, nailing, gluing, tying things together – to build the house I live in now.  Yeah, two years of that despair was enough to teach never to build my own house again…

And heck I'd like to be ME for the first time in life… problem is what “should be” seems to win out over “must be” all the time.

I work my J.O.B. because I should  pay my debts (I created them), and I should feed my kids (ummm, yeah made those too!)

And the crazy, horrible, awesome, sick-as-all-get-out thing is – I enjoy my softwareinternet J.O.B. to the point that I do lose track of time and I do do it for free (more often than I should).  Heck – I WANT to teach people everything I have learned, show them how dead simple it is when you peel back the curtains.

Help them to leverage technology in their pursuits of their dreams. And, well…

Isn't that supposed to be the definition of a “Passion”.  Isn't a passion supposed to make you feel all magical and fuzzy-warm inside, creating that mythical Happy-ness stuff??!

So why is it that when I look up from my keyboard at Life all around me – I hate the reality of what I do.  Sitting in the same 20 square feet of space, 13 to 15-or-more hours a day, typing on a keyboard – and ache for the time when it is “right” for me to again chase my dreams with wild abandon.

And here's a thought that crosses my mind, that I edited “language” out of this post in keeping with that same “shouldmust” blueprint.  I should be the proper, in-offensive, good-little-boy character and “give people what they want”… to hear, see, feel.

Aren't we – at some subconscious level of peer pressure supposed to post how wonderful-crazy-awesome this whole thing is? Don't get me wrong – it IS wonderful-crazy-awesome and would be doubly so if I were to let go of “should”-ing all over my life and DO what the Master Keys say.  I got the “exercises” in the Master Keys rock solid DONE – but application of that knowledge is lacking.

My Dharma cries out that I must be myself – regardless of who that pleases.

That those too silent screams I hear in my head really are those Dreams that might not make it out of the graveyard if I die before reaching the “E”nd – if I don't get going with the chasing of dreams.

Voices screaming:

But thought works no magic transformations; it obeys natural laws; it sets in motion natural forces; it releases natural energies; it manifests in your conduct and actions, and these in turn react upon your friends and acquaintances, and eventually upon the whole of your environment. You can originate thought, and, since thoughts are creative, you can create for yourself the things you desire. Master Key 5:Intro

 

So I think I'll take a cue from the very beginning of our course…

Today I begin a new life.

1 Gluten Free Baklava

BakalavaWith Christmas just around the corner, many are attending holiday parties.  For those with Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance, these parties can be disappointing when you find there is no food that is safe to eat.  My best recommendation, is to bring your own food, so you are certain you have something to eat.  Here is a lovely delicacy that is a treat for everyone gluten free or not. Baklava was one of my husband's favorite treats before we all went gluten free, so when we discovered our all purpose flour recipe it was one of the first things we experimented with.  We had no idea what we were getting into.  This recipe is not for the beginner in the kitchen, but I wanted to have some recipes for those who like a little challenge as well.  Apparently my husband and I fall into the adventuresome type.  The first time we made this it took us a very long time.  A very, very long time.  It was 8 hours non-stop, on our feet.  Oh but it was so worth it! When you make traditional baklava you have the advantage of going to the grocery store and buying phyllo dough and using it right from the package.  Assembly on the baklava may take you half an hour.  Unfortunately there is no commercially sold phyllo dough, and so we had to make our own.  What becomes so difficult is not the mixing of the dough, it is rolling out the 16 layers of paper thin sheets.  Gluten free dough dries out fast and rips incredibly easy because it lacks the same kind of elasticity that gluten gives those made with wheat flours.  It certainly was an adventure that first time.  Subsequent times, the time to make it got shorter and shorter.  It still takes us about 4 hours.  I wish I could say this was a quick and easy recipe.  I still believe the pay off is so worth it.  it just melts in your mouth.  So if you are up to it this is definitely a recipe that will wow your guests and leave them disbelieving it is gluten free.

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3 Week 11- Persistence is the Key

Patience, persistence
This weeks webinar was very emotional for me.  I was having an emotional day to begin with and I have not really pinpointed the cause and since it is in the past that no longer matters.  When Mark revealed that we have been building up to the pay off and we would find out on the webinar, I was really excited to find out what the payoff was.  When he said that all the work, if we had been diligent  has already instilled in us the 4 tiny habits needed for success, I was happy I had been giving it my all.  In fact this maybe the most work I have ever put into anything other than being a great parent.  He still had not said what they pay off was.  I was eagerly waiting to hear what it was.  When he said it was persistence, I had an emotional response.  It was one of mixed emotions.  On one hand I was surprised it was such a simple thing and on the other hand I was excited, because I knew I had been persistent and I could continue to be persistent. I got chills to know I had the power in me all along and now that I know it there is NOTHING I cannot accomplish if I set my mind to it.

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As has been the case throughout the course, the Master Keys fit hand in hand with the webinar.  In Master Key 11:17, 11:25, and 11:35 we see this quote from the Bible

“Whatsoever things ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them. Mark 11:24”

All the exercises leading up to this week has been strengthening my belief in receiving all of the things I desire.  I now have a buzz inside me when I think of my future.  I know I have a lot of hard work ahead of me, but that buzz is so thrilling, almost intoxicating, and I can hardly wait to get to work, now that I KNOW I have what it takes, PERSISTENCE, to get all my desires.  As Og says in Scroll III,

Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road.  Never will I know how close it lies until I turn the corner. Always will I take another step.  If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another.  in truth, one step at a time is not too difficult.  I will persist until I succeed.

Now that I know I have what it takes to succeed I WILL NEVER STOP.  I have already seen the Law of attraction working in my life and I am fired up for what the future has in store for me.I Will Persist Poem