Monthly Archives: December 2017

Week 14 MKE – Power cut

Mastering my life, deciding on its direction, goes through concentrating all my power on what I want, and using power cuts whenever I am able to see that my thoughts drift where I do not want them to go.

I am so grateful to know about the law of growth!  I consciously use it as much as I can. I regularly manage to let some bad thoughts atrophy, especially using the metaphor of the bear holding the kettle… a very good trick to apply the mental diet! I love the idea of the process of denial in Haanel‘s lesson 14: the idea that I am depriving bad circumstances from any power.

if you deny unsatisfactory conditions, you are withdrawing the creative power of your thought from these conditions. You are cutting them away at the root. You are sapping their vitality.

I thus sometimes manage to do the opposite of my previous habit, i.e. of what Haanel describes most people do:

Most persons concentrate intently upon unsatisfactory conditions, thereby giving the condition that measure of energy and vitality which is necessary in order to supply a vigorous growth.

But then I have this question about the following quote from George Mathew Adams:

Learn to keep the door shut, keep out of your mind and out of your world, every element that seeks admittance with no definite helpful end in view.

To what extent should I be disciplined in the activities of my life? Example: should I avoid watching films that I love, but that might instill negative feelings in my mind, such as frustration or anger? Unless I misunderstood, Mark J said that he does not do anything else than what he put in his OATS. What a discipline of life! Or there is something I misunderstand here. Any reply, comment or explanation is welcome…

Week 13 – the journey

 

Ooooooh! I have the feeling that this poem from Mary Oliver fits so well with the journey that we have embarked on with the MKE, the new life that we have started with our new self.

« THE JOURNEY

One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice – though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. “Mend my life!” each voice cried. But you didn’t stop. You knew what you had to do, though the wind pried with its stiff fingers at the very foundations, though their melancholy was terrible.
It was already late enough, and a wild night, and the road full of fallen branches and stones. But little by little, as you left their voices behind, the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own, that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world, determined to do the only thing you could do – determined to save the only life you could save. »

Mary Oliver

To be honest, I am still unsure about my ultimate dream in life – the one I stated in my DMP, my earnest desire, my truest interest. Yet, I have the feeling that I know what I have to do. I have to continue the process, to continue this journey. The process, as guided by the MKE, is excellent in itself.  Together with meditation, it enables wisdom to grow in me. I progressively find out what I do not want (cement is progressively falling off). And I keep exploring solutions, opening up possibilities, to check if my stated dream is really my earnest desire or truest interest, or otherwise to find out what this would be.

Increase in me that wisdom Which discovers my truest interest, Strengthen my resolution To perform that which wisdom dictates.
Franklin

Week 12 MKE – a new day

Today I begin a new life.

I notice that one of the recurrent ideas that attract me the most in The Greatest Salesman (Og Mandino), is the way he approaches each and every day, i.e. separately from the other days. I love this attitude. It liberates me from the possible difficulties of the day before, or from the expectations that I had unconsciously built for myself. It also makes me enthusiastic about the day to come. Because of course, Og Mandino encourages us to anticipate the new day as the best one of our life.

I will forget the happenings of the day that is gone, whether they were good or bad, and greet the new sun with confidence that it will be the best day of my life.

Singling out each day is also about putting into perspective the efforts that you make, cutting your monthly efforts into steps, thus easier to make.

In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult.

This is also linked to breaking bad habits, or stopping negative thoughts, and about living here and now, making the best of the present moment. It enables to consciously  bring about a positive thought about the day to come, nourished with emotion, therefore a belief that will become reality.

With the effect of the MKE or Og Mandino’s scrolls, such positive thoughts at sunrise become easier every day. They do! I used to fear many of my days.

As the words of these scrolls are consumed by my mysterious mind, I begin to awake, each morning, with a vitality I have never known before. My vigor increases, my enthusiasm rises, my desire to meet the world overcomes every fear I once knew at sunrise, and I am happier than I ever believed it possible to be.

Now, as much as I can,

I greet this day with love in my heart and I am born again.

 

 

Week 11 MKE – Slowdown… or fight?

How typical!

of me, at least… After euphoria (last lasted nearly 10 weeks), this is turbulences time, or rather a slowdown.

Why?

I don’t know. It could be for many reasons: a weekend in Paris where I changed my perspective on a few things and discussed with my sister, the clearer realisation that so much in the MKE is linked to faith in a creator, probably also some lassitude effect with all the work put in it…

But I think the main reason is the usual one for me: when I start with a new passion (and the MKE is one!), I am totally euphoric! I literally dive in it,  I become obsessed, I work in an unreasonable manner and I learn at light speed, with immediate rewarding in terms of pleasure. Of course, this is not sustainable. Then comes the second phase: the slowdown which, when compared to the first phase, might give the impression of a fall (even if it is still a curb in the increase)! Again, how typical of me!

This all is disturbing, and I have the impression that I work a bit less, which in turn doesn’t help.

However!

(… you knew this “however” would come??), when I think about it for a minute, I do not view these reasons as negative ones. Rather the opposite. Clearly, I am challenged: is my DMP really my DMP? is my faith vacillating, in the way that I had defined it since I was a teenager? or more down-to-earth, should I move houses now? But these reasons might be healthy ones. I am actually looking deeper into what my real DMP is. And perhaps I expand the range of possibilities with new ideas. In fact, I have the impression that I am fighting with my limits! At least I hope so…

…the third phase…?

In any case, I know that the third phase will be a good one, because I love this MKE, and because I love and trust the process. I am also very curious about what my life is becoming, of what my future will be… especially now that it is no longer set in stone, and that the extent of possibilities is unlimited!

Woh! Gosh, again, this rollercoaster takes me by surprise!…

Alright, to be continued then (obviously)…

MKE Week 10 – Freedom in sight

A very dear friend once lent me a book… She must be regretting this now! Since then, I have but only been talking about it! Nonetheless… I persist: now I’m going to write about it!

Many of you know the book: “The Four Agreements (Toltec Wisdom Book)”, by Don Miguel.

Why do I treasure it? Because to me, if you live by these four simple rules, you hold a key to freedom! Simple principles? YES. Easy to live by them? Euh… NO. Actually, it is a bit like the mental diet. The mere fact that you give it a try every day makes you feel better, and makes you progress, each day a step further.

Surely, there are links between the Toltec agreements/ principles and everything we learn in our precious MKE. So in this post, I will only mention these four principles, together with some of the links with our MKE’s learnings (“linking”, remember?).

1st principle: “I am impeccable with my Word”.

What does it mean to me (the “no expert me”)? I would say:

« I do not talk about anyone in a negative manner, and above all I never (NEVER) talk in a negative manner about myself »! Now, we know why: because subby would take your word as the truth and would work to make it a reality! Rather, I talk positively, therefore think positively… law of substitution, mental diet… loving others and loving myself (Og Mandino). As a consequence, I am free: from negative thoughts.

2nd principle: “I don’t take anything personally”.

3rd principle: “I don’t make assumptions”.

What an amazing freedom, these two principles do provide! Indeed: when I start wondering what the others will think of me, I think of these two principles and… I voluntarily STOP this useless and tiring flow of thoughts, this waste of positive energy. I truly become free to act the way I decide!

Plus, others necessarily love me because I love them and I love myself! (see 1st principle above, see Emerson‘s law, see Og Mandino). This means that I « get down to bedrock facts regardless of consequences. [I am ] free to follow the trail of truth wherever it may lead. [...] and the result is that the world gives [me] all that it has to give, in friendship, honour, love and approval. » (Charles Haanel). I am free from the circumstances, because I choose the cause. It is easier for me to choose the cause, as I choose my habits (Og  Mandino).

4th principle: “I always do my best”.

Not less, but also not more! I set myself free from the expectations I set for myself! On top of that, thanks to the MKE, I eliminate procrastination. I therefore achieve efficiency, wellbeing, peace of mind, and in turn success! as, « what is success other than a state of mind? » (Og Mandino).

In fact, I use my subby the way I decide (MKE). Mindfulness and free will, isn’it?

And I am happy.

Maïlys

By the way, my first PPN is autonomy/freedom. ;-)