WEEK 23- LAW OF LEAST EFFORT

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Last Sunday our webinar focused on the three factors that influence the Law of Least Effort.. The fact that it takes less effort to succeed than to fail. So we focused on:

1) Acceptance- so let’s practice accepting things as they are- people, situations, circumstances, and events… whatever it is, it JUST IS… let’s not ponder why or making it different, as Jim Rohn would say….. “don’t sign up for that class!” Just accept what is. I remember one of the first classes I took in college, English Comp, I had a professor that was so black and white when it came to ACCEPTANCE. Just believe it….. He handed back essays that we had written, and a young kid behind me, was like, “I can’t believe I got an F”!!! And the professor stated in a matter of fact tone of voice, “Why can’t you believe it? There it is in front of you in black and white!, What’s not to believe?” YEARS and YEARS later, and I still recall his statement and chuckle, because yep, it is what is… ACCEPT IT AS IS!

2) Responsibility- take responsibility for my situations and events that are my problems. Taking the whole “cause and effect” into consideration, we are the effects of causation, so it falls to us to accept responsibility. MAN UP! We cannot point fingers or blame others or anything for our situations. Sure, if we get hit by a tornado, that’s not our responsibility per se, but let’s get real about our circumstances. We are talking about our everyday actions and decisions….. we made them, we can’t blame others. It’s really amazing when we take the time to really analyze our situations in life, that we thought, just “happened to us”, that are really our responsibility. Pointing fingers and blaming others doesn’t solve anything because it doesn’t get to the root of the problem. You know the old saying, “when you point at someone else, you have 4 fingers pointing back at you”.

3) Defenselessness- Just as we cannot blame others for our actions, situations, and decisions, we don’t have to “Defend” those positions either. Whatever decisions, situations or actions we take, they BELONG to us…. we have no responsibility to defend those to anyone else but to ourselves. If we are following our true north, then it matters not what others think, because we have to be true to ourselves. How ABSOLUTELY freeing and liberating this can be!!!! Why do we have to feel compelled to explain, or convince others of our actions? Does it truly matter what they think, or if we convince them that this is what is best for US? Who is driving this bus called OUR LIFE anyway? It is US in the drivers seat, everyone else is just a passenger, so it really matters not if they think we are taking the right road. I think that sometimes we get tired of being the driver…. so we want to hand over the steering wheel. Then, yeah, if you want to let others drive, you might have to defend your position. So, keep driving, and don’t hand over the wheel.

This week’s webinar really brought home to me some concepts that I “knew”, but didn’t KNOW!!!!! Now I KNOW the difference!

 

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Week 22A- To thine ownself be true!

As we approach the “end” of the MKMMA experience I am reflecting on the place where I began. The person who I was, and the person that I am now. Not so differently, really. Just that all of this growth and self-discovery has allowed me to really look inside and outside myself to determine who I am. I started this journey because I felt adrift in my life…. my youngest off to college, a turning point in my life, I felt. Where do I go from here, when all that I have known how to be is a mother for the last 25 years.

We are learning these last few weeks about self-directedness. Being accountable to ourselves, keeping the work going, continuing to plug along. I think that it is this self-directedness that both scares and excites me…. I am learning who I am, what I will become, but I am not quite ready to take off the training wheels yet….

WEEK 22- Visualizing Healing

This week in the MKMMA, Hannel brings our attention to the destructive and healing nature of our minds. It is interesting to me that throughout this entire MKMMA experience we have been learning “we are what we think”, “thoughts are things”, and “what we think about grows”. Yet, not really, have I ever really DEEPLY thought about these things in a physically healing or destructive way.

Yes, I have thought about, and even somewhat smugly (I am now ashamed to admit),  advised a friend, that if she continued to fret over every possible disease in the world, that she is bringing the very thing she fears, to herself. (Kind of a “be careful what you wish for” sort of way. Even though she wasn’t wishing for it). Yes, I considered that if I kept good health and wellness in the conscious and subconscious, it would produce good fruit.

But, what I didn’t consider was what Hannel writes: “the life processes are carried on by two distinct methods: first, the taking up and makin use of nutritive material necessary for constructing cells; second, breaking down and excreting the waste material.” Strangely, he states, it is the second, “destructive activity that is,… the cause of all disease.” Then, “healing of disease is to increase the inflow and distribution of vital energy …. by eliminating thoughts of fear, worry, care, anxiety…. and every other destructive thought”. 

Those destructive thoughts, though not physical waste matter, become cellular waste material within ourselves which lead to the physical breakdown of our physical being. WOW! BAM!!!

But, all is not lost! Because he tells us in #4: “if there is any physical condition which it is necessary to change, the law governing visualization will be found effective. Make a mental image of physical perfection, hold it in the mind until it is absorbed by the consciousness…. Through the law of vibration the mind exercises control over the body…. we can change the vibration and thus produce any condition which we desire to manifest in our bodies”.

BAM, BAM, BAM!!!!! This hit me over the head like a ton of bricks…

Here, for 21 weeks, all this visualization, concentration, meditation, and all I have been considering was the mind, spirit connection, not really considering the BODY!

So, now I am adding the concentration of the physical condition into my thinking. I am picturing little medic cells going to work on the physical conditions that need repair. I visualize these little worker bees chipping away at rusty, damaged cells. Massaging, and bandaging, and using restorative ointments to repair the physical needs of my body. I am adding the conscious thoughts of repair to the  actions of the subconscious.

Like a general in war, I send off an “army of workmen” off to war. For as Hannel states in line 15: “every cell in your body is intelligent and will respond to your direction. The cells are all creators and will create the exact pattern which you give them”.

I am here and now, and from this day forward giving them a pattern of PERFECTION!!!

I am whole, PERFECT, strong, powerful, loving harmonious and happy!

WEEK 21- WRITER’S BLOCK

Yikes, I missed my deadline…..

I just really have had a terrible case of writer’s block this week. There has been so much activity going on in the last couple of weeks with the family, and now all has returned back to the new “normal” empty nest. Which still even after almost 6 months, still feels abnormal. So, I was kind of in a funk…. the house was a little too quiet!

So the quiet….. the quiet has really had me thinking about my prayer life. Just in time for the upcoming Lenten season……

So whether you practice the formalities of Lent, such as Ash Wednesday ashes, no-meat Fridays, Fasting, prayer, and almsgiving, or just prepare in some other way for the Easter season, it seems fitting with the MKMMA experience to reflect on prayer and preparation.

It almost seems like the the whole experience is prayer-like….

Consider the practice of Lectio Divina, a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, mediation, and prayer which is intended to promote communication with God. It is 4 steps of prayer in which one scripture passage is read slowly, read again and meditated upon, read again, and prayed upon, read again and contemplated. This form of meditative prayer leads to increased knowledge of Christ and scripture….

seems like we kind of do this with our mkmma material doesn’t it!

 

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WEEK 20- WHEN THE SCROLL HITS YOU BETWEEN THE EYES

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This week the Scroll hit me right between the eyes……..  It’s all about living each day as if it were your last….

See this beautiful young lady? Her name is Emaleigh and she is only 18 years old. She was a good friend of my daughter, and a nursing student at USF. Last Saturday, her life was tragically ended in the blink of an eye. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon in Florida. Yet, what she didn’t know when she got behind the wheel of her car that afternoon, was that her life, and the lives of many that she loved, would be forever changed that day.

What exactly happened in that tragic crash that ended her life, we don’t know…. and may never know. But what we do know is that her parents, family, friends, and so many others lives that she touched will forever mourn her memory. She was a sweet girl, so my daughter told me, one that everyone loved. She was studying to become a nurse, and she would have affected so many more lives had she fulfilled that dream.

But, in an instance, it was all cut short. Too short; tragically. Rest in Peace Emaleigh… you will be missed.

Everyday we take our lives for granted, expecting that there will always be tomorrow. We will have the chance to say those important things we need to say to those we love. We will have tomorrow to begin to live the life we have dreamed about. To become the person that we could be. To thank God for the gifts he has given us, for our blessings, and our challenges. Tomorrow we can wake up and begin again, change things, fix things, repair relationships, right wrongs, apologize, love, laugh, learn.

What if our tomorrow is ripped from existence RIGHT NOW? Like Emaleigh’s? What would we regret, long to do, or say?

Don’t wait… Do it NOW, do it NOW, do it NOW, do it NOW, do it NOW, do it NOW, do it NOW, do it NOW, do it NOW, do it NOW, do it NOW, do it NOW, do it NOW, do it NOW, do it NOW, do it NOW, do it NOW, do it NOW, do it NOW, do it NOW, do it NOW, do it NOW, do it NOW,  do it NOW, do it NOW!!!!!!!

Never have those words that we have been repeating for weeks made such an impact on me!

 

WEEK 19- FREE WEEK???

So this week there was no webcast…. did it feel like freedom or being pushed out of the nest? 

I know for me there is a little bit of trepidation about the fact that we are quickly coming to the last bend in the road for this MKMMA journey. When we started 19 weeks ago, it seemed like a commitment of 26 weeks was a lot to ask. And, IT HAS BEEN! But, then, it has been a lot to be given as well. In fact, so much more has been received than given really!

If we think about the small simple things that have been required of us as we have taken this journey: the sit, the 3 gratitudes, the cards, the shapes, the exercise, the journaling, the blog, etc. It really isn’t much in comparison to the changes we have seen in ourselves….

I started this journey in a low, low place…. just sent the baby off to college, depressed, business not growing, not sure where to take my life next. In just short period of time I have become so much more positive, giving, and happy. Am I everything I ever wanted to be? No, but that’s ok, because I am living each day with a new outlook and the possibilities are everywhere!

 

WEEK 18- PRETENDING NOT TO KNOW

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It has been a couple of weeks since Mark J first asked us to write out the card that said “What am I pretending not to know?” and add it to our stack. Yet, even though we have now been shuffling through, and reading it for weeks, it still HAUNTS me. Yes, it really does haunt me.

I am taking this fact to mean that there are things about myself that I still need to face up to. Things about my place in life, relationships, desires, dreams, and perhaps things I need to forgive myself for. Because, I think when we pretend not to know something, it is something we feel ashamed about. Otherwise, why would we pretend not to know it? Perhaps we have hurt someone, or been hurt by someone. Perhaps the shame is in not living up to the potential we have inside us.

The thing about shame is that it reduces us to less than we are. Guilt is what we feel when you’ve done something wrong, but shame makes you feel that you ARE something wrong. And, as we all know by now, “I am nature’s greatest miracle”. So, I CANNOT be something wrong!

So, where do I go from here? I need to stop pretending not to know those things that shame me. I need to lay them at the foot of the cross, because only the Master can heal that part of me.

Christ became shame on the cross so that we who are weighed down by it could have a place to take it. And keep it!!! When shame rears its ugly head, and tries to rule me, I have to say to myself, “Christ overcame that for me”. I let Him be my “Law of Substitution”.