Week 18 ~ Thought is the magic!

Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. ~ Roald Dahl

I always like the idea of creating “magic” ~ creating the moment!  And now we know that we are! “Thought is the magic by which the human is transformed… Thought is the dynamic phase of the mind.”  We are “in bondage to the law of their (our) own being.” We are powerful, but must use this power or lose it.

What we are interested in and put our attention to determines our capacity for knowledge and power and creates our environment and “reality.”

For quite a few years now I’ve had a quote on the wall in front of my computer that says: “Where I am today is where my mind put me.  Where I am tomorrow is where my mind puts me.”  I knew somehow that was a powerful statement and am now understanding why.

And yet another quote next to that one is about Attention, that I’ve also had posted there for years!  Some of the statements:

  • Attention is not something that just happens.
  • Your attention connects you to the world around you.
  • Your attention is one of the most valuable things you have.
  • Give it power, strength and focus, and with it you can bring forth great things.

There is no thought in my mind but it quickly tends to convert itself into a power and organizes a huge instrumentality of means. ~ Emerson



Week 17HJ ~ Catching Up

Playing “Catch Up” at the moment.  I had a wonderful friend in town, staying with me, so I chose to devote time and attention to my friend and though I was able to do most daily requirements, I’ve just now finished watching the replay of Sunday’s webinar.  Wow!  Subby was definitely pulling out the old blueprint!  The thought had crossed my mind that perhaps I didn’t need to watch it, blah, blah, blah!  And of course, I really DID need to watch it!  So many things seemed pointed at me!  Thanks!!!

  • Growth attained through the exchange of old for new, good for better!
  • Relaxation being the optimum state for this to happen.
  • Let go of the banana!
  • The journey is within and we have the choice to make it or not ~ to heed the Call.
  • No courage is required if we align ourselves with service driven purpose.

Loved Mark asking, “Are you letting the circumstances dis-able you?!”  Almost…

I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people. – Maya Angelou

No excuse for not taking the Hero’s Journey!  Aimee’s video was powerful testimony to that and proof that, “if it is good for you and takes no one else’s good, the methods, supplies and resources show up to meet the demand.”  I look forward to living my life of peace, adventure and wonder with no fear and do feel I’ve had glimpses of that being-ness.  So,

  • What am I pretending not to know?!
  • What am I hanging on to so hard that I don’t want that prevents me from having what I do want?
  • Why can’t I let the old self die? Am I in Denial?  To be here and NOT be here 100%?

I do have more “Catching Up” to do and a renewed commitment to the tiny tasks (flash cards each day!)  But I also know that I am right on time, following my compass!

Week 17 ~ Relax Completely

Ha! This weeks lesson gets to my heart of things, for sure!  My acupuncturist questioned my stress this morning and though I thought it was at my normally high level, it proved to be more.  So the exercise for this lesson is much needed, “…no conscious effort or activity associated with your purpose.  Relax completely, avoid any thought of anxiety as to results.  Remember that power come through repose.”

As an actor I especially appreciate the insight, “The greatness of an actor lies in the fact that he forgets himself in the portrayal of his character, becoming so identified with it, that the audience is swayed by the realism of the performance…Such concentration leads to intuitive perception and immediate insight into the nature of the object concentrated upon.”  This is so well stated.  People ask, “How did you do that?”  And mostly I have to say that I don’t really know.  I believe it was Jody Foster who gave this acting advice, “Just pretend really well.”  It must be that concentration becoming a magnet and intuition arriving at “conclusions without the aid of experience or memory.”

I also love the thought, “…unbounded self-confidence that the goal is reached.”  And that we “may attempt to soar on untrained wings and instead of flying, fall to earth; but that is no reason for not making another attempt.”  I’ve always loved the song from the movie Jumbo with these lyrics: “Swing high, swing low upon the trapeze, at first you’ll fall but then, a year from now you’ll do it with ease, over and over again!”  As stated in the lesson, “…ease and perfection are gained by repetition.”

“Your degree of success is determined by the nature of your desire…it will gradually emancipate the mind and give you invincible courage.”  Ah, courage, my first virtue on Franklin’s Makeover!  Was definitely looking for that!

So I “…concentrate on the ideal as an already existing fact.” Relax ~ I’ve got this!

Week 16 ~ Life Happens

Wow!  It seems like this year is already going by at warp speed ~ faster than light!  It’s just happening!  Guess that’s what it does!

And how awesome to know that “The subtle forces of thought as they crystallize in our daily moods is what constitutes life! … We can form our own mental images … and by the exercise of this power … we can control our own destiny, body, mind and soul!”

I’m fascinated and somehow comforted by the idea that “If you desire to visualize a different environment, the process is simply to hold the ideal in mind, until your vision has been made real; give no thought to persons, places or things; these have no place in the absolute; the environment you desire will contain everything necessary; the right persons, and the right things will come at the right time and in the right place.”  Good to remind myself of that as I am one who often wants to feel in control every little detail ~ Ha!  Visualize it and then let it go!

With feeling!  Interesting that psychologists have concluded “that there is but one sense, the sense of feeling …” Reminds me of the Maya Angelou quote about how people may forget what you say or do, but never forget how you make them feel!

And we do have control over how we make ourselves feel!  Though I think sometimes we don’t want to admit to that responsibility.  Concentrating on harmony and happiness does bring to me a peaceful feeling not dependent on possessions or even “accomplishments.”  Interesting that in that space (letting go of anxiousness is part of it for me) some “things” I desired did seem to “just happen!”

Week 15 ~ Oh, to Soar!

I identify with the tiny aphids in the intro to Master Key – Part Fifteen whose only way to save themselves was to grow wings and fly!  Yes!  Oh, to soar!  They took advantage of Omnipresent Omniscience and Omnipotence in their emergency, but I don’t think it has to be an emergency ~ or maybe fully living my life IS an emergency and well worth expending the effort necessary to soar!

The inspiration and support in Chapter Eleven to proclaim, display and accent our differences and uniqueness is like wind beneath my wings. And reiterating that I am here out of love and for a purpose reinforces my resolve and self-confidence in achieving my DMP.

Reminders that “we cannot obtain what we lack if we tenaciously cling to what we have” and “to extract from each experience … what we require for our future growth … determines the degree of harmony or happiness we attain” especially resonate and encourage my growth.

I also appreciate the fact in the Q & A section that tells us, “We do not have to laboriously shovel the darkness out; all that is necessary is to turn on the light!”  That lightness of spirit allows soaring to new heights!

Interestingly, as I type this I glance at my wall and see a framed placemat on which my daughter drew while at a restaurant around 16years ago, probably when she was around the age of 7.  It shows what looks like the top of the Empire State Building with a person flying near it.  She wrote, ” Mabiey some won went very high, mabiey someone tuched the sky, mabiey someone learned to fly! It’s posable any things posable!”

Out of the mouths of babes … Oh, to Soar!


Week 14 ~ Wild Lessons

“Ever think about quittin’?” was a question asked of Reese Witherspoon who played Cheryl Strayed in “Wild.”  Her answer was something like, “All the time!”  She told herself she could quit, that she didn’t have to do this.  She questioned why she even started it all.

Yikes!  Those same thoughts go through my head as well!

Some other thoughts that stood out for me:

  • She wanted to walk herself back to the person she wanted to be ~ who her Mother thought she was … chipping away the cement!
  • She got encouragement and help along the way even in unexpected places.
  • She needed to clarify her plan and modify it as she went along.
  • One step at a time.
  • Meditation and silence.
  • Her Mom told her to, “Find your Best Self and hold on to it.”
  • She was desperate for it to be over and terrified, too, not sure if she would be ready to live without this imposed journey.

She was thankful for everything the trail had taught her and seemed to come to grips with Life…”Let it be…”

I am learning all along this journey as well.  I’m learning to clarify my plans about where I want to go and being my Best Self.  Working on the “Let it be” part!

Week 13 – When you wish upon a star…

When asked to pick a song to record under our PPN’s, POA, etc., the one that kept playing in my head was, “When You Wish Upon a Star.” But I tried to shoo it away, belittling it as “too lightweight” or “unimportant” or “childish.”  It persisted! So I went with it. Of course it was showing up at the right time for me and supporting me!

This week’s lesson tells “why the dreams of the dreamer come true!” Below are the lyrics for the song:

When you wish upon a star / Makes no difference who you are / Anything your heart desires / Will come to you

If your heart is in your dream / No request is too extreme / When you wish upon a star / Like dreamers do

Fate is kind / She brings to those who love / The sweet fulfillment of / Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue / Fate steps in and pulls you through / When you wish upon a star / Your dream comes true

Other thoughts that stood out for me in this Master Key – Part Thirteen:

  • Makers of Empire …fought for bigger things than crowns and higher seats than thrones
  • … old orthodox way of thinking was to be a worm … we are entitled to the best of everything
  • … give it first.
  • Universal Substance is Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient.
  • … become a channel
  • … you are part of the whole … must be the same in kind and quality … only difference there can possibly … is in degree.
  • … transcendental opportunities … placed at your disposal.

What empowering thoughts, as well as a bit sobering, to think about the possibilities and the responsibility to live in this magnificence! I am the stuff of which the stars are made ~ also the earth, the rocks, the trees, the ocean …

When I wish upon a star I am “betting on myself” to “become a channel whereby the Infinite can bring about the realization …”

Perfect song!