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Week 15 – The Power of Our Words

My dear friend and former Bible study leader, Edith McReynolds, may have been the first to teach me about the power of our words.  If I said something like, “I died laughing”, she’d correct me immediately and ask me if that was what I was trying to manifest!  To this day, I hear Edith’s voice in my head (even though she’s now living in another state LOL) when I say something that doesn’t align with what I really want, or with the Scriptures.

Week 15’s Master Key lesson was difficult for me to absorb.  I read it over and over and over.  Fortunately, the Fabulous Davene also recorded the lesson, so I played it over and over and over while doing dishes, cooking, folding laundry, etc.  But once I GOT IT, it was so awesome!

There is SO much “meat” in this lesson, but let me focus on this:  Our words are POWERFUL!

Haanel writes, in 15-20:  “…we know that the word is a thought form and a sentence is a combination of thought forms, therefore, if we wish our ideal to be beautiful or strong, we must see that the words out of which this temple will eventually be created are EXACT, that they are put together CAREFULLY, and because accuracy in building words and sentences is the highest form of architecture in civilization and is a passport to success.”  [emphasis mine]

and in 15-22: “Words may become mental places that will live forever, or they may become shacks which the first breeze will carry away.”

Wow.

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What kind of world are we building with our words?  How are we programming our children to think of themselves?  How do we speak about ourselves?  Our spouse?  Our finances?

Again, thanks to Edith, this is not a new concept for me, but it reverberated LOUDLY with this lesson!  So what do the scriptures have to say on this topic?  Amazing stuff.   Powerful stuff!

Mark 11:23  Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.

Matthew 15:11 It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”

Luke 6:45  A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart[a] brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks  [which brings us back to controlling our thoughts, ala the 7 day mental diet, aka 7 Days to a New You, available for free in the sidebar, over there ====> ]

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Matthew 12:36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak [YIKES!!!]

Matthew 12:37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.  [Helpful hint:  choose life 🙂 ]

Proverbs 15:4  A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

I could continue, but you either get the point or you don’t. What-Your-Words-Quote-300x199 We must control our thoughts, because our thoughts will become words – and words have POWER!!   This is SO key to a successful life and a happy family, I pray you all get it and set a guard on your lips.  🙂

 

Be blessed and be a blessing,

Karen

Week 14 – We’re on a break! :)

We had a week off from the live webinars and such this week and instead, we were assigned to watch a movie (or two or three) from a prescribed list.

We had a hard time finding some of them, but we found and watched two while we stayed indoors avoiding the floods and mud and muck to the extent possible.

The first was Cool Runnings, about the Jamaican bobsled team getting into the Olympics.  The movie was touching and funny – but showed so clearly the various things we’ve been focused on in the MasterKey Experience!  They had a clear purpose backed by a burning desire.  They developed a plan of action.  They persisted.  They had a mastermind!  They didn’t win – but they were wildly successful anyway.  What an inspiration!

We also watched October Sky, which followed the story of some teens from a coal mining town on their quest to build a rocket (many, actually).  Again, the true story was inspiring, but it once again highlighted the basics of our MasterKey studies.  The young men had a clear purpose and they were all in harmony.  They had a burning desire.  They developed a plan of action and a mastermind group.  Even when things went badly, they were persistent.  One of the best parts of the movie was the “where are they now” clips at the end – showing that each of them had become successful beyond their wildest dreams.  They didn’t say this, but I know that they were successes because they learned to apply the lessons taught them as teens.

Great homework assignment, Mark and Davene!  It was one my husband shared with me and enjoyed as much as I did!

Blessings –

Karen

Week 13 – An MKMMA Chistmas

I hope that everyone has had a blessed holiday season, whatever holiday(s) you celebrate, but for us, it’s all about the birth of a King long ago and far away.

It’s been a tough time in Eastern Oklahoma (and elsewhere) due to crazy weather – record warmth followed by record blasting rain and floods, while others dealt with tornadoes, hail, sleet and copious amounts of ice.

Here at our farm, we had 9.7 inches of rain the weekend following Christmas with flash floods all around.  That’s 1/4 of our “normal” rainfall for the year in just two days.  But normal doesn’t count for much as far as 2015 went as we had nearly double the normal annual rainfall, topping out the year at more than 80 inches!!

So, how does this pertain to MKMMA, you might wonder?  Scroll 3 was particular fitting – I persist.  I win.  Day to day chores were hard to do with that amount of rain (and corresponding mud!!) but one step at a time, we got the animals fed, got the eggs gathered, and we stayed warm and dry when so many did not.

We are focusing on gratitude everyday… and even in the midst of the storm, I can find SO many things for which to be grateful!  Including the fact that we didn’t have to water ANY of the animals.  Hahahaha!

Blessings to you all –

Karen

Belatedly, Week 5 – Some awesome things are happening

Some people believe in coincidences.  I no longer do – and haven’t for many years.  But even if you do…. the timing of these two instances are awesome and amazing and they defy explanation.

One part of my DMP talks about the classes I teach being a huge success.  I was working in the kitchen one day and was thinking I need to teach a specific class (out of several that I teach) and was pondering where to teach it.  The thought crossed my mind that I should ask a particular acquaintance if she’d be interested in hosting the class.  I’d mentioned the class to her once a long time ago (six months to a year) but we hadn’t talked about it since.  I made a mental note to contact her later that afternoon to see if she would be interested.  But before I could call her, I received a text message from her asking if it would be too much to ask to have me come teach that very class.  No… I don’t think that would be asking too much!  LOL

Another part of my DMP talks about a trip I want to take in January 2017 with my husband and two particular friends.  The two friends have been there before, so I decided to email them to get a photo of them there at Winter Harvest to aid in my visualization of the future trip.  I closed the email only to find that while I’d been typing, an email had come in saying I could reserve a space NOW!  The timing was totally uncanny!!

I can’t imagine what will happen next!!  (and I can’t wait to find out)

Week 4 – I QUIT!

They told us on the webinar yesterday that this is the week that everyone ends up quitting.  They were right, but not in the way you’re thinking.  Sure – it seems lots of people have quit doing the assignments and decided to languish in their old lives.  But others of us  quit giving this partial effort and are going 100%.  🙂

I’ve done pretty well up to now – far better than any other program I’ve tried for the last many years.  In fact, I’ve really surprised myself!  My old M.O. has been procrastination… putting everything off until the last possible minute.  The surprise to me is that I’ve had EVERY assignment done way before (days before, even) it was due.

What I haven’t done 100% is the reading assignments.  We have a few things that we read from one to three times daily.  Not a new chapter – reading the same thing over and over and over and over.  Did I mention and over?

There’s definitely a PURPOSE to reading the same thing several times a day, but life gets busy – I get tired – and so sometimes I’ve missed a time or two on a day.  The whole point of this class is to reprogram Subby (our subconscious mind) to break the cycles of the past and reprogram ourselves to achieve the life we have dreamed of.  I’ve already seen HUGE progress – like eliminating procrastination and getting stuff done outside of the class as well as the assignments.

BUT THEN –

Yesterday we got into the SCIENCE of how/why this is necessary and how/why this process works.  GOT IT!  And I realize that the more I read and speak and GET EXCITED, the faster this is going to work and the faster my dreams will come true.  I feel another blog post coming on this soon.

A word here about my Christian faith…  I’ve been a bit reserved about this process because there are some “new age-y” thoughts and words.  Because of some things I’ve seen with unnamed others (not associated with this), who fell into things that sounded good and became deceived, I’ve been very careful to guard my heart and mind against a spirit of deception.  However, I find that I’m fully able to separate the few parts that bother me and just go with the parts of this that are a) supported by the Word and/or b) not in conflict with the Word.  I’ve even started incorporating scripture references into the readings.  Would Baby Christians be as discerning?  I’m not sure and I’m being pretty observant with that question in mind.  I’ll say more about this later, I’m sure.

But in the meantime – I’m putting all my chips in the middle of the felt!

Welcome!!

It took me some frustration and time, but as you can see, I figured out how to move the blog today!  Welcome to my new “home”.

Please ignore the blankets in place of draperies – I’ll spruce the place up a bit soon.  I promise – and I ALWAYS KEEP MY PROMISES!  Kbc

Week 3 – What is the capitol of the state of Overwhelm???

So parts of week 3 are going GREAT!  I’ve been getting command of the 15 minute sit.  My latest revision of my DMP really resonates in my soul.  I am Getting.  Stuff.  Done!  Seriously, I haven’t procrastinated on my assignments, got my chores done in advance of the set date.  Great, right?

But then, I decided to try to figure out how to move my blog to my existing website as a subdomain and KABLAM!  I’ve short circuited some wiring in my head.  All of a sudden I feel defeated.  I know that’s the old blueprint just itching to find a way to shut me up with all this change stuff…. but when I hit that wall of overwhelm, I hit it at about 83 MPH.

There are so many minute details, and I can’t find what comes next.  TOTALLY LOST.  TOTALLY FRUSTRATED.

My friend, Maggy, would get this:  %blog %WordPress %assignments

And so now, I am going to play some poker and relax.

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Week 2 – You Reap What Subby Sows

A couple of interesting thoughts from this week:

1:  I’ve been living backwards!  I’ve had an expectation that I’d become successful and change the way I think about success.  I realize that sounds stupid, but that’s what I had in my mind.

We don’t plant a cabbage and expect to harvest seeds.  We don’t go to college and expect to learn multiplication tables.  We don’t hold a wedding and expect to meet someone with whom we will build a lifetime.  Nature has a natural progression – seed time and harvest!

So why to we learn to live backwards?  We look at the methods we can see to determine our intention.  Our brains are wired to FIND the methods required to achieve our intention – but most of us live a life of quiet desperation because we don’t harness the power of our minds!

For me, that changes TODAY.

2) Soil is neutral.  I’m not talking pH – I’m talking about the fact that it doesn’t have an opinion about what is planted in it.  Plant weeds, it will grow weeds.  (And for my buddies from the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture, yes, I know you prefer to call them “forbes”  LOL)  Plant deadly nightshade, it will grow poison.  Plant roses, it will grow roses.  Plant pumpkins and it will grow pumpkins.

It is also true of our subconscious, known as “Subby” in the MKMMA lingo.  But most of us never examine what is planted in Subby.  Plant fear and you’ll reap fear.  Plant doubt and reap doubt.  Plant determination to succeed and people better get out of the way!

I’m on a 26 week journey of self-discovery.  I’m looking objectively at myself, my habits and my innermost thoughts.  And I’m plowing up the weeds and the nightshade and I’m planting good things, that will nourish my soul – and cause me to succeed.

Today, I begin a new life.

Week 1 Continued – So What IS this thing I’m doing?

Long post warning:  823 words.

For years, most of my life, in fact, I’ve been a student of “self help” information in all its many forms.  (It makes me laugh that it was recently pointed out that “self help” books and classes are an oxymoron.  I know, right???).  I’d read a book, listen to a tape, attend a class…. all in a quest to overcome the hurdles in my life (most of which I custom designed to trip myself up!).  I’ve spent thousands of dollars to try to become my best self and do something different.  I’d get a spark of motivation or “take massive action”, but it never lasted.   My subconscious mind and its old tapes and blue prints have won the battle every time.

Enter MKMMA – the Master Keys Master Mind Alliance.  Why is it different?  Well, for one thing, it started differently.  No one tried to SELL me anything.  MKMMA is available only by a pay-it-forward scholarship, funded by the people who took the course before me.  In this case, the class of 2014 (which by total coincidence happened to include a long-time internet acquaintance of mine from about 90 miles west of me, how fun is that?) paid for the scholarships for the class of 2015.  First, I had to qualify to apply.  Every couple of days, I had to watch a video and take a simple step to qualify for the next round.  After three such exercises, I was invited to apply for one of the scholarships.  The application fee was $1.  Then I had to wait to see if my application was approved.  I was really really nervous as I waited for my name to appear on the scholarship list, which took a couple of days.

Once approved, I had to have certain supplies on hand: a couple of binders, 2 copies of Og Mandino’s book “The Greatest Salesman in the World”, colored pencils, and index cards…. and plenty of printing supplies.  I think before the 1st webinar, I printed close to 100 pages of info to read!!  The first webinar was LONG, but I stayed on the entire time so that I thoroughly understood what was to be expected of me.  And I got to work.

Every day, I have reading assignments.  I am reading the same things over each day – some once a day, some three times.  One of the things I read daily they said had to be hand-written.  HAND WRITTEN?  Writing a check is a pain in the ass these days!  But, I didn’t let my handicap hold me back.  It took me three hours to write what most people probably did in 20 minutes, but I DID IT.  And it’s even legible enough that strangers could read it.  Take THAT, Parkinson’s!  Some of my daily reading assignments are read silently and some are read aloud.  All of that is on the honor system – I said I’d do the work and I’m doing the work.

But then there are tangible requirements, as well.  The first was easy – complete a feedback survey about the webinar.  But, as it turns out – a large portion of the class has not done it, even though it took like 2 minutes.  The second tangible requirement was LOTS tougher!  I had to write my DMP (Definte Major Purpose) and email it in – to STRANGERS who are going to read it, make suggestions and send it back.

My old friend, Fear Of Failure, was forefront in my mind.  I procrastinated Sunday and Monday because a) I didn’t know what to write b) if I didn’t know what to write, what I’d write would be wrong c) if what I wrote was wrong, I’d fail.  By Tuesday, I decided to feel the fear and do it anyway.  I wrote out my DMP and sent it off.  My personal certified guide, Jana, replied that it had been received, that she thought it was a very good 1st draft, and said she’d spend 72 hours or so before replying with suggestions.

By far the hardest of all assignments is the daily “sit”.  I am to sit 100% perfectly still for 15 minutes a day.  Nose itches?  Tough.  Deal with it.  DO NOT MOVE.  Let your mind wander where it will, but DO NOT MOVE.  The point, or so I am told, is that before I can control my mind, I must control my body.

And so I sit.  Keeping in mind that Parkinson’s manifests in resting tremors, so there is really no such thing as sitting perfectly still, but I do not move outside of the tremors.  Last night was a beyotch!  I had muscle cramps in my right thigh and right arm.  Tough.  I dealt with it.  I did not move despite the pain.  I figured  that a few minutes of pain were not going to kill me but that continuing to do things in submission to my subconscious mind (who I KNOW caused those cramps!!) just might.

Today, I begin a new life.

Week 1 – Getting started with MKMMA!

Whew!  This is shaping up to be quite a ride!

The concept of having a scholarship paid for by the people before me is unique, and really causes one to take this stuff seriously!  My lifelong fear of failure is RIGHT THERE, just taunting me… but I WILL do this thing.  I MUST do this thing!

My old internal tapes have allowed me to experience success on a small scale, but I’ve tended to self-sabotage.  There has always been an invisible cap on my ability to succeed.  I’m SO ready to rewrite that internal script – or blueprint, as they call it in MKMMA.

After applying for a scholarship and before hearing I’d been accepted I was nervous.  Sunday, before the first webinar, I was nervous.  Tonight, I submitted my 1st draft of my DMP (Definite Major Purpose) and now I’m nervous.  LOL  Okay!  Need to relax!  I *can* do this.

Just watch me go!