The Law of Least Effort, Acceptance, Responsibility, Defenselessness! I am not going to write all of these out here, like I did on my cards because we all have them but I must let you know that these 3 words and directing them towards the law of least effort are HUGE for me. The peace and calmness within me, by supplementing these things into the rest of my exercises in this course has been extraordinary! I know that in a short time, we will be leaving the nest that we have all been in for the last 6 months, we have been stretching our wings and soon it will be time to leave the nest and fly on our own. A bit nervous, yes, but the self confidence that I have gotten from this course overrides that! Something else that hit me right between the eyes, ( just happened this morning during my reading of Og’s scroll VI), trees and plants depend on the weather to flourish but I make my own weather, yea I transport it with me. What a great way to start the day by saying to yourself that today I will radiate the warmth of the sun to everyone I meet! Another HABIT? You bet! These last couple of weeks I have also made a habit of throwing my arms up and praising, thanking and giving time to be with my Creator. I do this in the morning of course and my attitude for the entire day ahead is joy, peace and love. Just wanted to share that! I took another 2 day silence trip to a different wilderness area last week.I did not see another human being for 2 1/2 days. The experience was very enlightening! The first evening the stillness was incredible and I took it all in! The next day I got up early and started on about a 10 mile hike which brought me way up on a ridge looking north toward the desert. The strange thing that happened in my mind during this hike was that when I would walk, these old 70’s rock tunes that I hadn’t heard in many years would start playing in my head, or some newer praise and worship songs! When I would stop walking, the music would stop and I would absorb the beauty of my surroundings but the minute I started walking again the music would come back. I was getting frustrated by this because I thought that there was something else that I was supposed to be experiencing and did not want to miss out on whatever THAT was. I finally accepted what was happening and decided, (CHOICE), to enjoy the NOW. Old blueprint messing with me again? Probably. I was looking for the SILENCE and wasn’t EXPECTING the UNEXPECTED! Love, peace and blessings to all!
I’m heading out to the wilderness again this morning to a place where I have never been before. I am speaking of both mental and physical. Last week I spent one night in the mountains before being called back in my heart for some work that needed to be done. Going into a different area this time, hopefully with less snow and more time. I’ve planned 3 days, maybe more. My search is for the chatter of the world to diminish and discover the real silence of my mind and to be open for whatever I am to receive. Blessings and until next time!
I started for the mountains last tuesday morning expecting 4 days of nature and silence. I got as far as I could and much snow up high. The silence was Awesome but I ended up coming back the next day because I felt a nudge to come back and help some folks that needed help. While I was up there though, the mind chattering was strong at first and was just subsiding when I got the urge to get back. And I was glad that I did but I now have a game plan for next week going into another wilderness that is lower in elevation and hopefully less snow. I did notice that being out there, I had many thoughts about family members that have passed like my daughter, brother and others which made me a bit melancholy for a while. Then I started to listen to the sounds of nature, the birds, the wind through the pines, the sound of the water as it came down the creek! The calmness and peace came then and the other thoughts vanished. I sat down against a large yellow pine and in a few minutes my mind was clear and I wasn’t thinking of anything at all. Just absorbing nature and all of it’s splendor. I dozed off for a while and when I awoke and opened my eyes, I was at such peace and I hadn’t had this feeling in many years. For most of the 80’s I was a big game guide in the back country of Idaho and after hunting season I stayed back there taking care of the horses. I would usually get snowed in from the 1st of december through the 1st of may. Just me, no running water or electricity, just a small log cabin with a wood stove. I remember that I had many, many moments of silence back then and was very much at peace. Now, 30 or so years later, I still crave that silence and solitude and look forward to next week when I can truly experience it . I believe that I am much more open to it now having gained some wisdom, knowledge and insight over the years. I know that without MKMMA and all of the great mind exercises and positive reinforcement that it has given to me, that it would be much more difficult. This is the most Awesome journey on this earth that I will ever experience! Keep on keepin on bothers and sisters!
Most of the time while thinking of what I want to write for my blog, I usually come up with the title afterward. I am trying it the other way around this time to keep the challenges rolling! First I just wanted to take my hat off to Trish in last sunday’s webby! What she shared about her son really hit me in an emotional way. We can learn so much from children because of their innocence, truth, honesty, openness, and unspoiled way of thinking! As I think of the chunks of cement that have fallen away in the last 21 weeks, I think not of the years wasted on not knowing that I had all of this goodness in side of me all of this time, but with the time I have left, I utilize the gifts and the great discoveries I have made about myself. I share them with others and give, give, give! Og says in scroll V, I waste not a moment mourning yesterday’s misfortunes, yesterday’s defeats, yesterday’s aches of the heart, for why should I throw good after bad? Procrastination I destroy with action; doubt I bury under faith; fear I dismember with confidence. What am I pretending not to know? That I was made to be whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy? That I can be what I will to be? That I always keep my promises? That I have a true purpose in serving others and have unlimited potential? I don’t pretend to know these things any longer! I was fearfully and wonderfully made by the Great I AM, therefore I am and have all of the tools I need to accomplish all of my TRUE DESIRES! I am content! Spiritual power is the divine energy God is willing to express in and through us and the divine authority needed to carry out the work God has called us to do! Be blessed everyone!
I have been more at peace this week than any of the previous in this course. Deciding to let go of the struggles of the change within me and just let the change happen naturally has been a HUGE 180′ for me! The cement continues to fall off and I am pleased with myself because I no longer think I should be further ahead than I am. I am right where I should be and I am content! There will always be room to grow, stretch and learn and I do everyday! I am brutally honest with myself when I ask, (What am I pretending not to know?) I have everything I need to succeed which is given freely by my Creator! Haanel says in part 20, 13 that “This power of thought, if understood and correctly used, is the greatest labor saving device ever dreamed of, but if not understood or improperly used, the result will be in all probability, be disastrous, as we have already seen; by the help of this power you can confidently undertake things that are seemingly impossible, because this power is the secret of all inspiration, all genius.”I discovered that I didn’t really understand and was improperly using this power of thought. When it says the greatest labor saving device ever dreamed of, I thought of the unnecessary mental labor I was putting myself through by dwelling on why am I struggling with this or how come I’m not further ahead in that? No more beef stroganoff! I do the necessary mental labor and I can confidently undertake things that are seemingly impossible! There will always be a war against the flesh, (mind) and spirit but Paul’s answer to this discouragement is found in Galatians 5: 16-18. The secret is in learning to “walk by the Spirit”( v. 16). If the Christian life looks to hard, we must remember that we are not called to live it by ourselves. We must live it by the Spirit of God. The command of love is not a new legalistic burden laid on our back; it is what happens freely when we walk by the Spirit. Be blessed everyone!
My eyes continue to open wider to see the changes going on around me and within and they are good! The battle goes on but I consider it a blessing, ( for as long as there is breath in me, that long I persist)! It is a decision, a choice I have made to be the very best that I can be with all that I do, think and say. The confidence that I have in myself has certainly grown by leaps and bounds and I am grateful! All things are in constant change, all except our Creator who is the same yesterday, today and forever! In our sit this week , Haanel tells us to become so absorbed in the object of our thought that we are conscious of nothing else. This has been another challenge for me but I persist in knowing that I am part of nature and nature knows not defeat. Og says (never do I allow my soul to become complacent or satisfied, rather I feed it with meditation and prayer). This has become powerful in my sits and has helped me realize that I should always be striving everyday to become better than I was yesterday. There is always going to be room to grow myself (but my skills, my mind, my heart and my body stagnate, rot, and die lest I PUT THEM TO GOOD USE). AND I DO! I have done much praying these last couple of weeks for friends in need and am honored to do so. The things that I have learned and continue to learn about myself in this course has helped me discover not only where my own heart is , in loving myself, but by TRULY .loving others and letting the Father use you through the gifts He has given you to help others. I believe that those who continue to stay the course (like myself), keep discovering things about ourselves that we never knew existed but that were there all along! Loving this journey! Be blessed everyone!
Watching the documentary ( I AM ), last night brought more goodness and strength to my subby! Tom Shadyac did a brilliant job! So often in this world you see people who think they have it all and yet it takes a close call to death before they wake up and realize the TRUTH! I commend Tom for what he went through and sharing his change from within by being called to answer the question, “Whats wrong with this world and what can we do about it? We are all supposed to be connected, to be our brothers keeper, to feel what the other is feeling, to give and give and then give some more! As I stay the course with MKMMA, this show, again, has come at the right time for me. I am not going to say anything else about it but I do say that if you haven’t seen it yet, please do! Netflix or Amazon movies has it. Alright, back to the meat and taters of the week. It’s all been very good except a bout with the stomach flu. Even though I (didn’t feel like it), I still kept up with most of the exercises while drinking liters of 7up and eating soda crackers! At one point, I thought I was living this day as if it was my last as Og says in scroll V. But it was not, and I fell to my knees and gave thanks! ( This day is all I have and these hours are now my eternity. I greet this sunrise with cries of joy a prisoner who is reprieved from death. I lift mine arms with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day. So too, I will beat upon my heart with gratitude as I consider all who greeted yesterdays sunrise who are know longer with the living today. I am indeed a fortunate man and today’s hours are but a bonus, undeserved. Why have I been allowed this extra day when others, far better than I, have departed? Is it that they have accomplished their purpose while mine has yet to be achieved? Is this another opportunity for me to become the man I know I can be? Is there a purpose in nature? Is this my day to excel?) This too is from Og, scroll V. Yes, everyday is MY day to excel! As long as there is breath in me, I persist! LIVE TO GIVE! ” Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.” Prov.3:27. Be blessed everyone!