Week 12 – MKE

Mind Power

This has been a magical MKE week for me! Let’s start with the movie “Coco”. I am Mexican-American, and a musician, so this movie spoke to my soul. I had heard several of my friends say that it was authentic and true to our culture, and I also found it to be so. What spoke to me about the movie was the firm determination of Miguel to become a musician, against all odds. His family was against music, yet he created a space where he could practice and study in secret. His passion and “I will persist until I succeed”  attitude helped him achieve his goal against all obstacles. If you haven’t seen this movie, I highly recommend it. The music, colors and flavors of Mexico were almost tangible.

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“You must first have the
Knowledge of your power
Second
The courage to dare
Third
The faith to do”.

Have the knowledge of your power – know the ledge of your power.
“I am powerful!”

The courage to dare – “coragem” in Portuguese. The image of the courageous lion.
Where in your body does courage rise from? Your heart? How do you develop courage?

Faith:  complete trust or confidence in something or someone; strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.
I have the faith to “do”.

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While at the gym one day, I was listening to the recordings of my Definite Major Purpose, Plan of Action, and Laws of the Mind. While listening, I noted the shapes in the room as they correlated to my DMP. As I listened to the Laws of the Mind, I began to realize a few things a little deeper…

Law of Substitution – “We cannot think of two things at one time. If a negative thought enters your mind, think about God instead…” So, what do I think of instead? I have the perfect image of my spiritual master in my crown chakra, moon face, bald head, thick black glasses, pursed smile, infinite and all knowing tender gaze… this is the sweetest image to replace any negative thought!

Law of Relaxation – “Mental effort defeats itself.” The light finally came on for me around this. If you are thinking of something negative; if you are angry or irritated, you cannot relax your mind. If you are non-forgiving, you cannot relax your mind. “Relaxation of thought is the only access to Infinite Intelligence”. Do you want to access it? Try a little exercise. When someone is talking to you, and you want to react; to speak, to give an opinion, try relaxing your mind instead. I imagine my brain as an oval sphere inside of my head, and it is sinking in, relaxing. I can repeat to myself, “Relax, relax, relax my mind”. Thus, you are doing several things:  using the Law of Substitution by replacing a thought; using the Law of Dual Thought by attaching a new feeling; using the Law of Growth by growing your garden of relaxation in your beautiful brain; and using the Mental Diet  by substituting positive thoughts for negative ones.

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I was able to use the power of my mind to not react to negativity this week, while having a conversation with someone who has a habit of projecting negativity onto me – images and words that do not serve me. The old me would have internalized those words, and painted my mind with the negative colors – holding them for hours, if not days. My mother was a psychotherapist, and gave me many tools to carry with me throughout life. One of them was to use a mental shield when others are trying to harm you with words. She called it the “Teflon Shield” (I still laugh at this!)

While living in the mountains of North Carolina, a pre-teen girl, Amora came to my yoga camp one summer. On a walk by the river, she shared with me that her father belittled her often. In that moment, I remembered Mama’s Teflon Shield, and encouraged her to create a mental shield around her when her papa began to criticize her. I took a moment to help her visualize it, “What color is it? What does it look like?” “It’s a wall of flowers!” She said. “Good! Every time your papa starts to say something negative to you, you put up that shield of flowers, and repeat the mantra  ‘**Baba Nam Kevalam’, and feel the love surround you.” The next day, Amora came to me, very excited and told me that she had used the shield when her papa was shouting at her, and that it worked!

In the same moment that this person was trying to project his negative blueprint onto me, I created a beautiful, translucent shield of flowers as a barrier between myself, and his words. I saw the most beautiful colors, and was fascinated by the bubble. How funny now, looking back at this. The poor guy didn’t stand a chance with me in my flower la la land!

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Hanukkah is upon us this week, a time to reflect on miracles, on God’s love and omniscience, a time to kindle our inner light. I am happy for, nay I live for these rituals, these connections to others, these prayers and reverent moments in time. I leave you with one of my favorite Hanukkah prayers:

Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-heche-ya-nu ve-ki-yi-ma-nu ve-higi-a-nu liz-man ha-zeh.

Blessed are You, Lord our G‑d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.

Shalom!

**Baba Nam Kevalam:  a universal mantra that transforms energy from negative to positive; love is all there is.

14 thoughts on “Week 12 – MKE

  1. I loved this post especially when you helped that young lady protect herself from her father’s words with mama’s teflon shield that is as powerful as anything I have heard on this great experience called the Master Key.

    1. Thank you Gareth. I have been working with visualization and energy for most of my life. My Mexican grandmother taught me how to listen to my intuition from the time I was 6 years old. My mother taught me visualizations as a teen, and I practiced Native spirituality as a young woman, then moved into East Indian meditation. These tools have helped me throughout my life, but have also enabled me to help others. My work, for many years, was with young children and preteens.

    1. One of the best movies I have seen – mainly because of the authenticity of my culture, but also a powerful story. Thank you for reading and for your comments.

  2. Excellent blog, Anjali. I deal with a lot of negative customers and coworkers at work. I believe that the stresses from this job has been a major cause of my Cancer. Luckily it is prostate cancer and found early. This cancer has really changed my attitude at work. The day after discovery, I drew a picture of my prostate with dots indicating where to cancer was. Above it I wrote. NOT WORTH IT! I posted it on my monitor to remind myself to remain calm. It’s been 3 years and I have the cancer in check without medical treatment. Your story about the teflon hit home and is brilliant advice from your mother. I never thought about it that way, but that piece of paper was a teflon shield. I let the negativity slide off me. Teflon shield – I love it! And now with love in my heart I am double shielded from the arrows of hate and the spears of anger!

    1. Thank you for sharing your story Greg. I am happy to hear that your cancer is in check. I have been chanting and meditating for over 20 years, and have found it to be life changing. Blessings to you on your journey my brother!

  3. Oh my godness, what a great blog! How you tie together the 7 Laws Of Mind and make it so vivid! And the story with the girl and the “teflon shield”, I just loved it! I also liked the words from Mary Anne Radmacher. They are so true. And the song. So Beautiful! I will load it down to listen many times. I really touched my heart. Thank you for sharing all this!

    1. Thank you Monica – yes, I was in the flow this last week!
      You can find this mantra to music on YouTube. Look up “Kiirtan, Baba Nam Kevalam”. Lots of great choices.

  4. Girl I have missed your sweet words!! So glad to be back!! You have such a fresh free thinking way of life! I am SOOO making me a teflon shield!
    And blessed Festival of Lights to you as you are a light to the world!
    you are so beautiful!

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