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2 Week #17 HJ: Refelections

ReflectionsI am thankful that this week was a review week. Since starting this experience, the weeks seem like such a blur with all the exercises we do and life outside of the program.  It seems I am always in motion.  It is nice to let all the lessons percolate and assimilate, sinking deeper within.  It is also interesting to me to go back over previous lessons and to see what I thought was important the first time through and noticing the different things I focus on now that we are 4 1/2 months into the journey.  For me conditions have changed.  It is interesting that our first review lesson was Master Key 9 and the second sentence said:

If you wish to change conditions you must change yourself.

We went on in that lesson to learn the power of a Positive Mental Attitude, affirmations, and visualizations to help make the change.  It is wonderful to read about so many positive changes in members lives.

I am whole

Affirm the good and the bad will vanish — Federick Elias

Master Key 10 was about abundance and how thought is the connecting link between the Infinite and the finite.

You may decree a thing and it shall be established.What are you pretending

This week we added to our index cards ” What are you pretending not to know?”  I believe for many there is a link to Master Key 10:15  I know there is for me.

10:15 The greater error of the present day is the idea that Man has to originate the intelligence whereby the Infinite can proceed to bring about a specific purpose or result.

Stop waiting for the intelligence, your subby has it.  That is what I am learning.  Up to the point of writing this post, we have had the opportunity to choose 2 lessons to review. The first on 1 chose, I found by just opening up the Master Key and it ended up being lesson 5.  In that lesson we learned the power of the subconscious and how to get in tune with it and put it to work on bringing the mechanisms necessary to accomplish our DMP's.   It stressed proper thinking and mental attitude as a key to finding success.

5:12 The thing to do is have a mental house cleaning and to have this house cleaning every day and keep the house clean.

For the second review lesson, I decided to look at lesson 1 and see where the journey has taken me from that first step 4 1/2 months ago. In this lesson we learned that all power comes from within and that our experience would be about finding the power inside of us and learning to use it.

1:8 The world within is a reflection of the world without.

I really enjoyed this time to reflect on all that I have learnedly far on this journey, how I have changed,and the foundation that has been built to build my bridge to my dreams.

Bridge to my dreams

6 MKMMA – Week 17a – It’s the Wild, Wild West all over again!

HandsMakeLightBackgroundIn the beginning – to lift not only a phrase, but the very essence of it's meaning – there was chaos. It was messy, and it was noisy – there were so many thoughts all tangled together with the underlying rhythm of life…but it was, well… MY life.  And it was pretty good.

Then, well – I guess I would have to say LIFE HAPPENED right?  Marriage, Kids, JobNo JobJobNo Job roller-coaster — and “build own house by hand” got thrown in there along with build business(es)…

tumblr_m6xfq2P8Ab1r6y1k7o1_500Then, all-of-a-sudden as if emerging from a cloud of furious activity – I noticed things gone awry.

It wasn't “the house” that I had wanted all along – it was the STATUSSYMBOL ‘having' a house portrayed to the world.

It wasn't the career I had dreamed of – it was again…the status – the thin, silky-smooth and only temporarily deceiving veneer of being able to buy whatever I wanted…

And damn it if I didn't start to notice I wasn't happy any longer.  Then…   ah, then… the MKMMA came >back< into my life.

And for a while things got better, and better.

Then they TANKED – and I wanted to physically rip ‘something' from myself and destroy it…
that (comfy, warm, cozy…bastard of an) old blueprint.

imagesAnd finally, with a loooong drawn out, new-born-learning-to-walk, stumbling, effort – things are getting better again – a lot better…


 

Part of this week's challenge for me is going back over the readings from weeks past – and realizing I have SUCH a different view of myself – not just the text of the MAster KEys, but of how I see myself through the lens they create in my mind.

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.  MK 9:9 s149836894805737222_p8_i1_w500 …If you entertain thoughts which are not in accordance with the Infinite and cannot therefore be polarized; there is no circuit, you are isolated, the thoughts cling to you, harass you, worry you…  MK 10:20

Looking back – and reading my own posts from those weeks has been both entertaining and re-warding… – I can feel my mind, and almost my physical brain, bending when I try successfully to see that pyramid in 3D!!

It's been a little odd, bouncing around with less ‘guidance' so to speak in the daily regimen – and it's almost felt somewhat too casual in my own mind as I find it VERY easy to slip without that twang of guilt I once had…but I still feel it on a more significant level – so I double up when I miss and WILL NOT cave to the old blue.

originalBut mostly it has been encouraging – to go back and touch points that I know have been either replaced or implanted in my subconscious to very positive effect.

I am glad to have had the struggle during weeks eleven and twelve – I learned a lot about myself by having made it through.

I am looking forward to this last two months' push into the “closing ceremonies” as much for the growth in myself as the opportunity to meet with many of the group face-to-face. Looking forward especially to becoming more self-reliant and independent in my own ability to maintain the Master Kay and Greatest Salesman exercises as a part of my daily life and habits.

Been a slow kinda foggy week peeps – thanks for taking the time and reading through my wandering thoughts!  Catch you on the flip side of life!

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Surviving Game Day Gluten Free

 

superbowl party

Sunday is the big game day, Superbowl XLIX.  Many will be gathering with friends and family to see who this year's Superbowl champion will be.  I am not a football fan, but I will most likely find  myself at a party on Sunday.  Since I am gluten free, I will need to be careful that I don't eat anything that will make me sick.  Here are some suggestions on surviving the big game day gluten free.

Some of the common causes of accidental gluten ingestion are cross contamination from crumbs or pieces of gluten food dropping into gluten free foods or on plates, serving utensils used with gluten foods used on gluten free foods, or not knowing ingredients in a dish.

If you are hosting a party:

  1. Separate tables.  If possible, have separate tables for gluten and gluten free offerings.  This is the most reliable way to keep cross contamination from occurring  at a party.

  2. Label serving utensils and dishes that are gluten free with the same color ribbon, so guests can tell which serving utensil goes with which dish.

  3.  If you are doing your party pot luck style, have your guests put ingredients on a recipe card and place by the dish.  Those who are gluten free will know what ingredients to stay away from and decide if the dish is safe for them.

  4. Talk with your gluten free guests before the day of the party and learn what would be helpful for them.  This will make them feel like some one cares about them.

  5. If you are going to make every dish yourself, you could make them all gluten free.  Your gluten eating guests will never know the difference. Check out the recipes below for ideas.  Many chips and salsas are gluten free naturally, so it is easier than you think it would be to do it all gluten free.  Read labels.  You are looking for wheat, barley, malt, rye, modified food starch.  If you have questions, your gluten free friends will be more than willing to help you figure out if something is gluten free.

 

If you are attending a party:

  1. Bring your own food.  This is always the safest choice.  Be prepared and bring your own serving utensil and even plates and silverware if you want to be certain.  If you are sharing your dish, make sure it has a labeled serving utensil and it is set away from dishes with gluten.

  2.  Ask those who made the dish what the ingredients are or to see the container they came in.  If you start the conversation that you have a food allergy and would like to know the ingredients, you can prevent them from feeling offended.  If they are not cooperative and won't tell you, do not eat it.  It is not worth getting sick.

  3. Avoid anything you do not  know the ingredients.  Some common safe options are fruits and vegetables that have no dip or dressing on them. Many chips and salsas are too, but once again checking labels is the safest option.

  4. If you see crumbs or food from other dishes or any other signs of cross contamination, avoid that food.

  5. Be open and talk to other guests.  Many don't know about gluten and are very open to learn about your eating needs.  Most will also be very accommodating.  There are always those who are not so agreeable, but your health is more important than their ego.

If you are diligent and proactive, you can enjoy the game and have an equal experience as the rest of your friends and family.

Here are some tasty and healthy snacks from some of my favorite blogs.  Enjoy the game and stay healthy!

 

Sweet Potato Skins                                                                                                    

Creamy Kale and Artichoke Dip with Homemade Chips                              

Keegan's Chicken Wing Sauce                                                                           

Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip                                                                                         

Fiesta Cheese Dip

Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

Easy Guacamole 

Homemade Potato Chips

Layered Taco Dip

Raspberry Layer Bars

Apple Crisp

Pumpkin Bars

Chocolate Lasagna

 

 

8 MKMMA – Week 17 – Thoughts are things – and it is by Will alone…

mentat-prayer-quote-it-is-by-will-alone-that-i-set-my-mind-in-motionSome thoughts have a certain sound (a vibration or frequency of energy), that being equivalent to a form…

This week we were to concentrate our thoughts upon our purpose – our ideal – to the point of being oblivious to all else.  While we did this we were also asked to relax completely, avoid any thought of anxiety as to results, let there be no conscious effort or activity associated with your purpose… MK 17:33

This presented a bit of a dichotomy for me.

I had ALWAYS relied on my intuition to solve problems and work around – and through – any sticking spot in life.  But it took effort to push things aside and follow that intuition – and it was sometimes seriously un-nerving.

But, as I thought more upon HOW Haanel described this ‘non-effort' it became more and more clear to me that I believed – to my core – that utter mental relaxation was completely incompatible with the act of concentrating so completely upon an ideal that the world around me ceased to be – even for a moment. Even though I have experienced this flow state many times – craving a simple return to it sub-consciously – yet resisting it as selfish and self-serving (forgetting my wife, kids, family and “other” ambiguous “responsibilities”) in at the same time.

quote-thoughts-are-things-they-have-tremendous-power-thoughts-of-doubt-and-fear-are-pathways-to-bryan-adams-337069It is so hard – still – to completely let go of the things we no longer need or desire, and to embrace fully and totally those things we, for a certainty, need to accept into our lives.

How is enjoying something you do SO MUCH that -even though it has a long (long, long ?) term good, even ‘OK' much less right??

If this seems like a theme in my life – I am beginning to suspect that, more than just perhaps… there are things I have yet to accept – to learn if you will – from the patterns of my old blue print.

What is it that keeps one in the loop – the ouroboris of events – tied to being ever deeper in debt and yet earning ever larger sums to cover it…through the same old efforts?!  What is it that we need to learn – not to force upon ourselves, but to BECOME – in order to break the cycle?

Isn't interesting that our studies of Haanel start out with:

The kind of Deity which a man, consciously or unconsciously, worships,
indicates the intellectual status of the worshipper.

Haanel then proceeds to create imagery about the Indian gods, Pagan gods, the Israelite God, and even the Heathen god(s) – finally resolving on the concept that in our current Age we make vocal our desire to believe in a God of Love – and yet, liken to the Heathen, we continue to make for ourselves graven symbols to develop a sense of self.  Symbols like “Riches” when we truly desire Wealth, Power…when we truly desire Collaboration…

I get the feeling that Haanel's goal is not to create a religious or even theological confrontation – but perhaps more to point out to us that OUR position in regard to both a Creator and the “Rules” of life – have more to do with our intellectual maturity than we care to admit?

Perhaps the intention is to get us to realize that our need to deify these traits, rules, and behaviors (or lack thereof…) – says as much about our intellectual maturity as does our WILLINGNESS to embrace or accept that need in ourselves and others? Rather than being correct as an absolute – we mature as we allow for ever growing and changing states within all around us – and embrace THAT belief as of primal importance.

We are all at various paths in the process of self-discovery – and it is the beauty in life to stop and realize that we are at all times both student, yearning and striving, as well as teacher, coaching and encouraging. It is an indicator of our intellectual state, how rapidly we are able to adjust to discovery that we must release old ideals as we embrace the new – in order to grow.

early-morningHaanel proceeds to point out to us that

Spiritual Truth is therefore the controlling factor;
it is this which will enable you to grow out of limited attainment
and reach a point where you will be able to translate modes of thought
into character and consciousness.

As there is ever the cry within us to “have”, we grow beyond our current limits as we realize the impetus to first “be”.

Therefore as the astronomer centers his mind on the stars and they give forth their secrets;
the geologists centers his mind on the construction of the earth and we have geology;
so with all things men must center their minds – their thoughts – on their ideals to the exclusion of all else.

Thus as Haanel further states:

Vibration is the action of thought; it is vibration which reaches out and attracts
the material necessary to construct and build. There is nothing mysterious
concerning the power of thought; concentration simply implies that consciousness
can be focalized to the point where it becomes identified with the object of its
attention. As food absorbed is the essence of the body, so the mind absorbs the
object of its attention, gives it life and being.

Having come to realize that, to grow beyond my current state I must release those things which put me into a state of mental agitation – reducing the ability to concentrate AND relax…for the rest of this course I will no longer concentrate upon – no, I will not even entertain the thoughts – of “What If…”

81d883f354c5d4635511b9e96fd5fc19No more “What If… I go bankrupt and lose it all because of this action I choose to take”

No more “What …will people think if…”

No more “What will happen to my kids if…”

No more playing out potential results, entertaining thoughts of potential endings – and running back to ever more calcified, clay-covered buddas.

 

 

Heal Your Gut

Leaky gut

Celiac Disease (CD) is not curable, but it is manageable by eating a strict gluten free diet.  That may not be enough.  Many suffering from CD still feel ill even after being faithful to a gluten free diet.  Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease which causes your body to attack and destroy the microvilli and villi in your small intestines.  These are key to the absorption of nutrients from food and are also where many enzymes used in digestion are made.  When these are destroyed, the ability to absorb nutrients decreases and can lead to malnutrition.  This is not all that happens in a damaged intestine.  Gluten can cause the tight junctions, spaces between cells lining the intestines, to be damaged or destroyed allowing larger molecules such as proteins and even microorganisms to pass into the blood stream. Under normal circumstances, the intestinal wall only permits small particles to pass through the intestinal wall and into the blood stream. When these larger molecules make it through into the blood stream our bodies do not recognize these  larger molecules and an autoimmune response begins.  It is these autoimmune responses that may be the cause of you still feeling ill.  What needs to happen to feel well again, is to heal the gut.

“All patients with Celiac Disease will have some degree of leaky gut.”

Daniel Leffler, MD, MA. Director of Clinical Research at the Celiac Research Center at Beth Israel Deacons Medical Center in Boston

Dr. Natasha McBride has done a lot of research in healing the gut.  Most of her work is focused on Autism, ADD, ADHD,Depression, Dyslexia, and Schizophrenia, but her diet has also helped many with food intolerances as well, including Celiac Disease.  Her book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome describes her treatment plan.  One of the things her treatment focuses on to heal the gut is remedying the dysbiosis of gut bacteria, over growth of bad bacteria and not enough of the good bacteria.  She addresses this by eliminating processed foods and sugars, dairy at the beginning of treatment, alcohols, and grains.  She also suggests daily probiotics in the form of fermented foods and bone broths.  Bone broths are not the broth you find in the grocery stores.  Bone broths are made from roasted bones which are put into a crock pot or stock pot and slowly cooked for a long time to draw out the nutrients from with in the bones.  The main nutrient in the bones is gelatin, which has a soothing and healing property to the intestines.  This is not the same gelatin you find in jello which is highly processed.

Bone broths are becoming well know for their restorative properties and larger cities are now seeing bone broth cafes similar to coffee shops pop up.  Renowned chef and Hearth owner Marco Canora owns one such shop, Brodo, New York City’s first take-out window devoted to sippable broths. He’s betting on the fact that people will be intrigued by both the health benefits and the taste.Brodo-1

Although the GAPS diet may not be easy, to those who are suffering the effects of Celiac Disease, the effort is definitely worth it to have true health and vitality.  It is not the only avenue to take to get your gut healthy, but as far as research goes, it seems to be one of the more effect ways.

 

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5 Week #17: Courage

Courage 2My virtue to focus on this week for the Franklin make over is courage.  This is definitely a weakness I need to work on.  I don't like confrontation and my old blueprint avoided it at all costs.  I would rather internalize things that bother me than face them full on.  Obviously this is not good for many reasons and goes against one of my PPN's which is true health.  You cannot achieve true health unless all areas of your life a re healthy and that includes mental health.

Courage is the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. Physical courage is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, death, or threat of death, while moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition,shame, scandal, or discouragement.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courage 

To see courage in others seems, for me, to be more difficult than kindness or decisiveness.  Kindness is external and is usually directed, but not always, at someone else.  Courage is an internal struggle and we cannot know what others are struggling with unless they share it with us.  What I think might take courage because I fear it or have uncertainty with it, others may not even be concerned with it.  I pressed on though, determined to see courage in the world..  Some of the acts of courage I witnessed so far this week include.

  1. Speech team members getting up and reading their piece for the very first time, with no practice in front of their peers.  Speaking in front of people is the number one fear.
  2.  

    Myself getting out of my comfort zone and taking courage to make my dreams come true.  I took some steps Courage doesn't always roarforward for my cook book and blog that takes me into areas I am uncertain but are necessary to do to get my book out there.

  3.  My brother and sister-in-law are adopting and waiting for a child.  They are taking a risk on their hearts being broken yet again as a new opportunity has come up  to adopt twins.  They have had several opportunities fall through . It takes courage to put your heart out there over and over. (Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers).

It Takes courage

So I will continue to focus on courage for the rest of the week.  Perfect practice and devoting an entire sit to concentrating on courage, I know I will begin to find more courage within myself and those around me.

Courage is not the absence of fear

9 MKMMA – Week 16 – The Spice (of life) Must Flow

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Click to watch an amazing video that shows JUST how much time you actually have…

Let me set things up this week….

How much is a day of your Life – worth?

Have you ever stopped to consider that?

You get, on average, 28,835 of them.

If you were to say an average life was worth

$10,000,000.00

— then each day would be worth…

wait for it…

$346.80

 

How much would you be willing to pay for an additional day of life?  After you watch the video you'll understand why, given the above valuation, a GOOD day of life is closer to $3333.00… interesting isn't it?

When we really stop to analyse how many minutes we really have available to us (seriously – check out the video) – it might be more appropriate to ask:

How much would you pay for part of a GOOD day?


All that to just set up my thoughts on this week's Master Key…it got me to thinking about how I have lived my life up to this point.  That, while I did not “live for money” (or Capital as Haanel refers to it)  – I certainly have not lived for an ideal.

ouroboros_knot_240-1Upon review it feels more like I was trying to live in such a way as to be able to purchase more of those “good days”…by spending that time earning the capital to do so… which line of thinking quickly goes all ouroboros on me and I can feel myself tap dancing on the edge of losing integrity with the Seven Day Mental Diet.

Probably just my subconscious prodding me with a “see…SEE… you KNOW your world to this point has been a lie, so suck it up and get on with formulating the ideal you know you're supposed to have”.  While my conscious mind is going “but…but… you've got your Definite major Purpose!  you've been repeating that over and over…what else do you need!”

Wealth is a product of labor. Capital is an effect, not a cause; a servant, not a master; a means, not an end.

The most commonly accepted definition of wealth is that it consists of all useful and agreeable things which possess exchange value. It is this exchange value which is the predominant characteristic of wealth.

When we consider the small addition made by wealth to the happiness of the possessor, we find that the true value consists not in its utility but in its exchange.

This exchange value makes it a medium for securing the things of real value whereby our ideals may be realized.

MK 16 :1-4

 

I was discussing this idea with one of my MasterMind partners outside of the Alliance (nothing beats talking directly!!) and they made the following comment (I'm paraphrasing here):

Wealth in the form of Capital, is potential energy – a medium of exchange for the transfer of energy between people. To become ever more successful, to be in control of ever more capital, that potential energy must FLOW.

It clicked with me in the context of Master Key 16:5:  Wealth should then never be desired as an end, but simply as a means of accomplishing an end. Success is contingent upon a higher ideal than the mere accumulation of riches, and he who aspires to such success must formulate an ideal for which he is willing to strive.

So – with last week's blog in mind… I get to suck it up (thanks subby…) and realize that all my years of striving have been without the benefit of any sort of ideal. That – in connection with previous realizations, I have been getting nowhere with debt, my business, life for that matter — in exact proportion to the quality of my ideal.  Not having one basically means I have spent more than a decade spinning my wheels.  Passing time, and even creating some awesome memories, enjoying an acceptable life – heck even a “better than average” life… but at the expense of a PHENOMENAL life.

Now – don't get me wrong – at this point in the MKMMA Mark, Davene and my guide have helped me formulate a Definite Major Purpose (DMP) and pushedcoaxed me into refining it.  The program and all its members have helped – through their examples, questions, and experiences related through team-member's blog posts week after week – to attach meaning and emotion to it. And it's ROCKIN' – I love the vision and the ‘tug' of emotion and desire that I get when fulfilling the exercises…

The only thing is there's a subtle undertone to it that I had not really understood until this week. I can have the most amazingly accurate, detailed and visualized DMP – and still be missing a foundational ideal backing it. As I experienced the sits this week it became clearer to me that I had not been willing to commit to action in pursuit of my DMP because it was still missing that punch that NARC provided – but I am not willing to live with having to emotionally ‘choke hold' myself just to take action that should be effortless.

So heading into this next week I am going to take some time to pull apart what it is about the images and thoughts I attach to in using NARC to get moving – and see if there isn't a shadow of my ideal(s) in there – it's most certainly got family involved, but I really want to be able to state CLEARLY what it is that I really will put all this knowledge to WORK for.

Thanks for sticking with me through all this – we will overcome, and we will #BePhenomenalOrBeForgotten !

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4 Week #16: Acts of Kindness

Kindness InspiresThis week we are focusing on kindness.  The first thing I did was look up the term so I have a complete understanding of what kindness included.  Here is the definition:

The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.

Synonyms: warmheartedness, affection, warmth, gentleness, concern, care consideration, helpfulness, thoughtfulness, selflessness, compassion, sympathy, bigheartedness, friendliness, hospitality, generosity, and charitableness.

perfect kindness

I have always wanted one of the things people say about me is “she is a kind, sweet  person,”  So I have tried to be kind my whole life and I hope I am coming across that way.  As I was focusing on seeing and doing acts of kindness this week, I realized several things.  From  the above definition and synonyms, I feel like I am working on being kind everyday.  I feel like I can get along with anyone and kindness is at the core of that ability.  That lead me to the Law of giving.  Before this week, we have been reading and practicing the Law of giving.   If we have been true to the task and giving 100 % we were already focusing on kindness.    The very first sentence in the Law of Giving speaks to this the most directly, but the whole thing is really about kindness.

1. Wherever I go I bring a gift.  I may bring a compliment, a prayer, a trinket, a flower…but I promise to give something to every person I encounter.

It is a very simple way to show kindness.  When we smile at someone when we walk by, when we compliment someone, give a tip or thank you for quality service, we are being kind. When we do these things we are fulfilling the third part of the Law of Giving.

3. I promise to give hope for joy, affluence, kindness, and love consciously with every encounter, regardless of the brevity.

In reading the kindness posts in the alliances, I see a lot of comments on how surprised people were by the acts of kindness.  It is sort of sad that people are so shocked to be treated so nicely, and also feels great to know I am apart of a movement to help make the world brighter.  When we do act of kindness we do give people hope.

Ransom Acts of Kindness

 

Part of what we are to do this week while focusing on kindness, it to do 2 acts of kindness without getting caught.  This can be hard to do.  Although challenging, if you are successful, it can be the most fulfilling and fun part.  In some cases, you may get to see the reaction, and in others you just leave feeling good you did a nice thing.

Another thing that couples can do along these lines,  is to leave your significant other a SHMILY.  What is a SHMILY?  It is an acronym for See How Much I Love You.  I first heard about this while reading Night Light: A Devotional for Couples.   The story is about a couple who, throughout their marriage, left little messages and gifts for each other.  Things like writing SHMILY  on the mirror so the steam from the shower would make it show up, leaving a SHMILY note in a lunch box or on the pillow.  It can even be services or gifts (trinkets) given.  This couple did this activity until they were separated bkindness countsy death. Even the wreath of flowers on the casket had SHMILY on the ribbon.  My husband and I have been know to leave SHMILY for each other on occasion, and this weeks focus on kindness has me wanting to come up with some new ones to show him some kindness as well.  It feels good whether you are on the receiving or giving end.

What I really love abocompounding of kindnessut this weeks focusing on kindness and masterminding about it, is the compounding effect.  Many are commenting that others are joining in the movement, even those not in the MKMMA, and spreading kindness all over.  It is wonderful to see this happening.  There is too many negative things we are bombarded with everyday, and to see this spread and create more positive experiences, brings joy to my heart.

 

I do not plan to stop spreading kindness at the end of this week when we are to switch our focus.  I plan on making doing kind acts a lifestyle and will continue to do it.  Who doesn't need more kindness in their life?

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8 MKMMA – Week 15 – Suck it up buttercup – It’s all your fault…

bigstock-Group-Of-Executives-PointingTAOL-Feature-SizeJust in case you weren't sure, let me assure you it IS most certainly all your fault.

Have you ever felt like you can never get a break at work? That you always get the short end of the stick on every project?

Perhaps you are struggling – like I did – with the whole MKMMA “process” – you can't seem to get all the reads done, or perhaps it's the Services (do you still ‘slip' and call them chores?) that you never actually keep up with?

Or perhaps your material world is made up of only those things that break at THE worst possible time? Your car needs a new radiator, your house needs a new furnace (sorry I live in THE coldest location in the country…so it's all about the furnaces…), or your kids have 8 or more cavities THIS time…

Or – maybe you're one of the millions and millions of people (at least in the US) who is without gainful employment of any stripe?


I'll let you in on a little secret – it… is.. ALL… your… fault. And, in keeping with that, EVERY single bit of what currently IS, in my life, is actually MY fault. The good, the bad, the ugly, and the phenomenally beautiful… it's all – 100% of it – my fault.

Difficulties, inharmonies, and obstacles, indicate that we are either refusing to give out what we no longer need, or refusing to accept what we require. MK 15:2

We cannot obtain what we lack if we tenaciously cling to what we have. We are able to consciously control our conditions as we come to sense the purpose of what we attract, and are able to extract from each experience only what we require for our further growth. Our ability to do this determines the degree of harmony or happiness we attain. MK 15:5

Difficulties and obstacles will continue to come until we absorb their wisdom and gather from them the essentials of further growth. MK 15:7

 

Think about those lines from the Master Key this week.

originalBECAUSE we are comfortable, or fearful, or any of a gazillion other excuses – we get exactly what we create.

If we cannot give up the addiction to negative self-talk… we continue to self-sabotage – and Success will ever elude us.

If we cannot give up the relationship that has us spiraling around in a vortex of emotional chaos – we will never experience what real love is like.

And if we cannot give up our comfortable existences, practice the skills we need to develop – and really put in the WORK and DISCIPLINE – the MKMMA will forever be but “one more thing” you tried. (And, let's be honest – at that point you will probably just refuse to give up your life of quiet desperation…and blame something or someone else for “it not working” for you….

At that point – the pain of your life hasn't – like mine – gotten bad enough for the work and discipline to be less appealing than the status quo…

We've taken a slight spin on a useful bit of information from Tony Robbins at this point in the course – Neurological Associative Conditioning (NAC), and implemented it in a slightly different way – in an effort to find (or at least increase) the pain points.  With NAC – and the underlying Dickens Pattern (or provocation methods) – it is possible to intentionally create a leveraged pain point that MAY over come the threshold you need to begin making changes…


 

BUT…

If you haven't put in the WORK and PRACTICED the skills you need to develop in order to ACTUALLY MAKE the change(s) – no amount of NArC will get you over the threshold.

Which brings us to another point of the Master Key for week 15: Insight.  : “the ability to perceive clearly or deeply; the immediate understanding of the significance of an event or action”

…and so we find that we can get only what we give; if we pledge ourselves to a certain action we must be prepared to assume the responsibility for the development of that action. The subconscious cannot reason. It takes us at our word; we have asked for something; we are now to receive it; we have made our bed, we are now to lie in it; the die has been cast; the threads will carry out the pattern we have made. MK 15:29

For this reason Insight must be exercised so that the thought which we entertain contains no mental, moral or physical germ which we do not wish objectified in our lives. MK 15:30

Insight enables us to be prepared for the obstacles which we shall meet; we can therefore overcome them before they have any opportunity of causing difficulty. MK 15:32

Insight enables us to plan to advantage and turn our thought and attention in the right direction, instead of into channels which can yield no possible return. MK 15:33

Insight is therefore absolutely essential for the development of any great achievement, but with it we may enter, explore and possess any mental field. MK 15:34

Insight is a product of the world within and is developed in the Silence, by concentration. MK 15:35

What we choose to think about grows. What we choose to forget, atrophies.  Law of Growth

Once your mind has been stretched by a concept – it can NEVER return to it's original state.

Given that, you and I have both learned over these last fifteen weeks that:

“What we choose to think about grows. What we choose to forget, atrophies.
— Law of Growth”

And we compound this effect in our lives with:

Our bewilderment of the Magnificence in others, upon further inspections finds –
…most of it is practice, the rest of it is work.”
— Law of Practice

4084259-i.chzbgrSo take that, and an extra moment or two, and you will begin to see the ghost of an idea – and begin to understand why the effects and environment you have in your life is … your fault.

And for me – accepting that… sucks.

And so I told that “Guy in the Glass” – Suck it up Buttercup, you KNOW it really IS all your fault.

SO WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO ABOUT IT!!?? 

And – as if on cue I receive an email from Mark with this video inline… talk about a serious kick in the ass.

 

So… what do I plan do “about it”?  Give  up my my pathetic freakin' excuses and DO THE DAMN WORK already…  I have the knowledge – but knowledge does not apply itself.

There's really only one choice:

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Raspberry Layer Bars

Raspberry Layer BarsJanuary in Minnesota can be bitterly cold.  In fact today, over 300 schools closed because of severe windchill, -30 to -40 degrees F.  BRRR! This left me yearning for the heat of summer.  What better way to bring summer to you , than to make food that has fruits of summertime in them.

 One of my favorite fruits are raspberries.  We are lucky enough to have neighbors who had a huge raspberry patch and we have a small patch as well.  So we had some of these delicious fruits in the freezer.  When my husband and I were selling our bakery products at the Farmer's Market, we had developed this wonderful dessert.  I took several recipes that I liked parts of but not the whole recipe and combined them to make this wonderful twist on a raspberry cobbler.  This recipe does use certified gluten free oats, but those who are intolerant to oats could replace it with almond meal or coconut flour, or for more of a crunch use chopped nuts.

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