Master Key 2019 – WEEK 22 Be The Change

WEEK 22 – Be The Change

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Week 22 – “When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change”

One of the most thought-provoking weeks for me has been this week. I never realized that some of the tools I used in my “Comfort Zone” was actually a defensive way of dealing with negative situations in my life and rationalizing the outcomes.

The tools of my “Comfort Zone”: Fear, Guilt, Unworthiness, Hurt Feelings, Anger which I have used to explain away any failures or adverse events in my life must be redirected and used for my advantage if I truly want to change the subconscious and have it work for my benefit.

I must use these negative tools so I can “be what I will to be”. If I can deal with these negative emotions I can truly be worthy of my dreams and reach my Dharma. To get out of this “Comfort Zone”, I must do as Mark says, “Put my big boys pants on”. Face the music and make the change

Of these attributes FEAR, is the most difficult and most powerful emotion that affects everything I do in life. If Fear is the ‘brick’ and the others are the ‘mortar’, then I must be able to turn this negative feeling into a positive affirmation.

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I need to burn down this wall of fear and utilize it to refocus my efforts wherever fear reigns. It is true for me when I fear a situation it causes me to extremely concentrate and focus on the situation, but not on the solution, but more on the problem itself. So many situations occur from childhood to adult life that builds the Fear concept, allowing the accompanying comfort zone tools come to join in the situation in a negative way and outcome. Years of these negative events build up and affect our psyche.

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I have encountered a new situation in life, opening a wellness and longevity clinic at the age of 67 years old. Although I don’t fear the work, I fear the attitude that society has against the elderly and how this may affect my efforts to be taken seriously. When I encounter negativity in business, I now become angry and my feelings are hurt easier, followed by the other culprit of guilt.

But now I realize that I must embrace these feelings, accept them and utilize these as tools to create the reality I want to create and become a self-directed thinker that can observe what is going on and react accordingly.

I realize if I don’t, I will not only be hurting me and my family but the hundreds of people that I can help live a better and healthier life. I can be the change.

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As Mark and Davene have so eloquently have stated;

Psalm 46 unlocks the treasure within

  1. Be still and know that I am God
  2. Be still and know
  3. Be still
  4. Be

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Master Key – 2019 WEEK 21 I Train My Brain

WEEK 21   I Train my Brain

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If we can train our mind, to concentrate on a singular idea and focus with a laser-like tendency then we can accomplish almost anything. (Law of Substitution)

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As the weeks have passed by, all the exercises and practices to reprogram our thought processes is beginning o take shape in productive ways. Also, the Seven Laws of the Mind have garnered more meaning as we have progressed in the course.

The importance of the “sit” or the many years I practiced ‘transcendental meditation’ is becoming clearer in regards to how it fits into my training of the subconscious. (Law of Relaxation)

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I have never agreed with or approved of the lives and actions of the Hollywood Community and there disregard for decency. However, I have learned one very important fact about their profession that is critical to my quest for success.

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The greatness of an actor depends upon him losing himself in the role of another character. The concentration, focus, and practice are paramount. Where the actor fails is that they do not translate that character into spiritual truth. Thus they are not the perfect role model to pattern one’s life after.

However, the practice of concentration is vital to all knowledge. As Haanel says concentration is the secret to the universe. (Law of Practice).

So now my goal is to add an intense desire to concentrated effort and continue to grow daily in quest of completing my goals by the matter of importance. For the more, I do this repeatedly on a daily basis the less effort is needed. (Law of Growth).

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I know now that if my subconscious is directed in the correct manner it can accept new signals that will transform my persona in a positive direction. (Law of Subconscious).

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The world is ever changing and for me to keep up with it, I must change. But the problem I have felt over the years is how to change and substitute good thoughts that will give me the best chance to positively impact my life and those around me. I must forgive all transgressions of the past to enable me to come in closer contact with God. (Law of Forgiveness)

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So all the years I struggled with the belief in God and the ideas I needed to strive for, are in essence accurately attaching these good feelings to the thought processes I can block out harmful and negative input that can hurt me in so many different ways. (Law of Dual Thought)

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God is really in control and for me to realize it gives me great peace and hope. Now, I must give even greater importance to my sit period, because that is where I can really come in contact with the Universal Mind who is all powerful.

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Now things can happen because I believe I have been thoroughly tested and now it’s time to cash in for the Holy Grail, which is happiness and success.

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Master Key 2019 – WEEK 20 Six Degrees of Separation

WEEK 20 – Six Degrees of Separation

 

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For those of you who wonder exactly what the term ‘Six degrees of separation‘ refers to, is the idea that all living things and everything else in the world is just six or fewer steps away from each other in the world. That is where the statement, “a friend of a friend of a friend‘, refers to that will connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.

It was popularized in a Broadway Play in 1990, and I always thought it was a little far fetched. However, since studying the Master Keys and learning more about the subconscious and our connection to the Universal Mind, it is becoming more than just a curiosity.

In my busy world, as a diversion, I like to work at the University of Pittsburgh basketball games and big entertainment events in Pittsburgh. Meeting people and networking is a passion of mine.

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I have been dabbling in an area of a medical business that deals with pulsed-electro- magnetic frequency therapy. I was having a conversation with a young North Carolina fan, before the Pitt-North Carolina game, when after a time I realized he was my old roommate’s son from college. I Have not seen him for years so I did not recognize him. The funny thing was that both of us had undergone Gastric Bypass surgery and lost over 100 pounds of weight, which completely changed both of our appearances, (I felt to the better).

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I also haven’t spoken to his father in a while, even though we had been very close in past and were roommates in college. The father had become an avid runner for the last 25 years and looked good, but under that well-conditioned body, he was experiencing heart problems. When I shared with him that I was opening a wellness clinic in our hometown and was using PEMF therapy that increases circulation, he became interested in investing and helping us not only open the clinic but treat a number of people that would desperately need our services.

By sending out positive signals to help my fellow mankind, nature was responding in like manner to help me in this shared endeavor.

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The Master Keys at work again. I have had the subject on my mind constantly and meditated on it as well, and now I had an opportunity to evaluate this further from a trusted source. It verifies the concept that when I concentrate on a problem or issue the subconscious will act on it and work towards finding a solution. The coincidence that happened made me think that the answer to any question lies in my belief that if I concentrate and use my subconscious correctly I can solve any mystery of my daily life.

Cool stuff.

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Master Key 2019 – WEEK 19 – Mood Swings

WEEK – 19 Mood Swings

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Og Mandino says, ” Weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions; strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts”. Everybody has mood swings and they are a natural part of most people’s lives.

This is my new battle plan to face these rolling tides of emotions that I experience right when I get out of bed in the morning. It is again controlled by my thoughts and who determines the path of those thoughts? Yes, it is the subconscious. So everything goes back to changing the old blueprint, facing these changes in spirit and emotion and learning to deal with them in a deeper level, and dealing with my subconscious mind. I have to be the “Watchman” for everything entering my mind so I can become more aware of the negative emotions and deal with them better.

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While mood swings haven’t been scientifically linked to any specific foods, drugs, or such, a common example is that of someone consuming a large amount of sugar (e.g., from cola or other beverages) and then coming down off of the “sugar high.” Being a diabetic during the last few years, I have noticed some extreme changes on a regular basis.

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I am not ‘Bipolar’ or suffer from episodes of ‘manic depression’ but I do have mood swings between any two moods or emotions, sad to angry, happy to contemplative, at multiple times in a day. The more I do the exercises the less stress and anxiety I feel and its cumulative.

I believe that it is not something to seek medical attention too quickly because the first method of dealing with this situation is controlling your mind and thoughts. Reading the Master Keys and related information, especially Og Mandino’s scrolls is the first

Denying my mood swings, especially if others bring it to my attention, isn’t going to make things any better for me. Getting help for them can.

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I do not believe my mood swings are linked to a specific disorder and occur sporadically as a natural part of a person’s life, and more importantly, could be part of my personality.

Mood swings are not my fault, nor can time always heal this kind of issue on its own. As a pharmacist, I know the dangers of taking psychotropic drugs. It is better to let Haanal and Mandino be the first line of defense against this condition.

It is all in my head……

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Master Key 2019 – Week 18 Changing the Way I look at Things

 WEEK 18 – Changing the Way I Look At Things

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Week 18 – “When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change”

One of the most thought-provoking weeks for me has been this week. I never realized that some of the tools I used in my “Comfort Zone” was actually a defensive way of dealing with negative situations in my life and rationalizing the outcomes.

I just turned 67 years old, and it’s hard to believe. I feel like I’m 40, think like I’m 25, but my looks have grayed and I am a little worn in the face. I don’t notice this until I read the “Guy in the Glass’ every night and it hits me like a hammer. But I need to persevere.

The tools of my “Comfort Zone”: Fear, Guilt, Unworthiness, Hurt Feelings, Anger which I have used to explain away any failures or adverse events in my life must be redirected and used for my advantage if I truly want to change the subconscious and have it work for my benefit.

Of these attributes FEAR, is the most difficult and most powerful emotion that affects everything I do in life. If Fear is the ‘brick’ and the others are the ‘mortar’, than i must be able to turn this negative feeling into a positive affirmation.

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As I have aged, I need to burn down this wall of fear and utilize it to refocus my efforts wherever fear reigns. It is true for me when I fear a situation it causes me to extremely concentrate and focus on the situation, but not on the solution, and more on the problem itself. So many situations occur from childhood to adult life that builds the Fear concept, allowing the accompanying comfort zone tools come to join in the situation in a negative way and outcome. Years of these negative events build up and affect my psyche.

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I have encountered a new situation in life that exemplifies these concepts. I have been involved in an organization that is combating the heroin problem in my community. We are opening a coffee shop in our downtown to raise our own money and become self-sufficient without relying on donations and grants to stay in business. Plus, I have started a new clinic that uses electroceuticals to combat chronic conditions. It is wonderful and after years of dispensing drugs as a pharmacist, I can now make a greater difference in the healing process, which gives me great satisfaction.

However, the fear of not having enough capital to open the shop, or my clinic, is rearing up old thoughts of how my old blueprint dealt with these situations.

Immediately, the fear of losing the shop,, (and quit possibly the organization), my clinic, and all the other tools began rearing their ugly heads and ruining my week. The tools of my “Comfort Zone”: Fear, Guilt, Unworthiness, Hurt Feelings, Anger were starting to come to the forefront, with fear leading the way.

But now, through the Law of Substitution, I am now focusing on the positive outcome of what I want, and how I am going to be successful doing it, and the old outcomes will befin to change. So I’m releasing myself of how the my old blueprint is treating me and concentrating on the goal and the final outcome. So I will put blinders on and move steadfastly towards the accomplishment of these projects, and any I partake of in the future.

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As the great Psalmist says;

Psalm 46 unlocks the treasure within

  1. Be still and know that I am God
  2. Be still and know
  3. Be still
  4. Be
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Master Key 2019 – WEEK 17 Gratitude & Happiness

WEEK – 17  Gratitude & Happiness

Is the glass half full or half empty and how does that relate to Gratitude? 

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The concepts of good vs evil have always been the primary battle at center stage in everyone’s life, but so has Optimism and Pessimism.

Optimism is directly related to Gratitude, while Pessimism is more liked to envy and jealousy.

Through the years I have learned that being grateful is always better than longing for more and never being satisfied fully.

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In church, in school, and in the home the act of gratitude was always taught and experienced, in a good and positive way.

Then why as the years go by did I lose this ideal and be caught up in the quest for more material rewards and pleasures. I believe I lost the sense of gratitude and instead of being grateful for what I accomplished, things always looked better in someone else’s lawn.

There are many ways to be grateful, and after years of searching, I have found some answers that will lead to a more happy life.

What I have found is that our relationships with others, especially family and friends, are the greatest determinant of happiness in my life.  The big car, the big house, the big bank account, although may make life easier and enjoyable in many aspects does not necessarily lead to the ultimate goal in life which is happiness.

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If you’re not happy I don’t care what your standing or bank account reveals, you are lacking in the one area that matters the most. Happiness.

Through writing out grateful attitudes each day, it has caused a slow change in how I perceive situations and how to better focus on them in a fresh new way. I’m looking for the good and trying to stretch myself to increase my appreciation of even the little things in life that I am grateful for and is responsible for my happiness.

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I have become keenly aware of every situation I experience with my family and this has helped me appreciate what I have a more pleasurable way. This excitement is giving me a jolt to start making more and more positive changes in how I perceive life as it happens around me. Its like I am anticipating what wonderful things are in store for me as each new day arrives and how it will change not only my life but those around me.

I guess I can’t wait till tomorrow because it gets better every day.

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Master Key 2019 – WEEK 16 Kindness is the Best of all Virtues

WEEK 16 – Kindness is the Best of all Virtues

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I have to be truly honest when I have said that a lot of the exercises we have done in this course I felt were rather childish. I did not think them through enough to realize that all of this is a culmination to something much greater.

Well the Franklin Makeover has changed all of this in my eyes, and especially when it became time to perform Random Acts of Kindness.

At first it seemed a little strange but as I did more and more of these RAC’s I began to feel myself wanting to do even more.

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What this has also done is stimulate me to embrace the program even more and jump all in and make the change.

Kindness is like the glue that keeps all the other virtues we are working on in order.

I also found that complimenting people often was taking a life of its own. The reaction of everyday communication was even better in a higher plain.

No one is immune to the positive effects of gratitude and kindness and even the most cynical will have to yield to this tremendous power and will.

I will continue to do RAC’s along with my new virtue each week. I will continue to focus on what I want out of life and concentrate on abundance.

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I will give myself permission to succeed and keep growing in my experience.

I will give myself permission to be happy

I will give myself permission to be successful in my business and personal life

I will give myself permission to be a better husband to my wife, and

I will give myself permission to be the role model and father that my children have come to expect.

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Master Key 2018 WEEK 15 “Point of No-Return or the End of Self-Sabotage”

“Point of No-Return or the End of Self-Sabotage”

Self-sabotage comes in many forms

Noted speaker and author, Alyce P. Cornyn-Selby, once said, “Self-sabotage is when we say we want something and then go about making sure it doesn’t happen.” ~

 After 15 weeks of the Master Keys Course, although I have made great strides in changing ‘my world within’, there still is a nagging feeling emanating from the old blue print which is still not subjugated, that every now and then it rears up its ugly head and tries to sabotage my efforts.

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Og states that “The prizes of life are at the end of the journey” and that we do not know how many steps it will take to reach success. “Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step”.

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This to me is a proverbial warning that ‘failure can still be snatched out of the jaws of victory’. I must guard against relapsing back into the old blueprint, especially because that would be a crushing blow and commit me to a life of normalcy.  As John Wooden says, “Failure is not final, failure to change may be”. If I don’t change now then when?

 

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I must remain vigilant and double-down my efforts in the exercises and readings. If I am going to dedicate a specific time to this process, what is the difference if I can go the extra mile and become a skilled specialist in this process. If that is the case, the increased effort will be realized in the final outcome and guess who the winner will be?

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That ugly dominant trait that I have possessed for much of my life and must be dealt with if I want to succeed is that of Procrastination. For what is procrastination but the act of prioritizing less urgent and more pleasurable tasks over the more important stuff. I have failed to tame this deadly curse, but I know possess the key to disarming this foe. The MKE course can now give me the impetus to conquer this evil trait finally and permanently. I need to go 100%.

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Now I am beginning to realize that every step we are being taught in this course serves a greater purpose. The only way to eventually reach our goal is to change the habits of the past and it can only be done by doing the exercises faithfully, but with the understanding that they serve a purpose.

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Until we realize the cause and effect of everything that we are doing are being addressed by proven methods in this course. It is a shame that it has taken me this long to realize what we have here and the cavalier attitude I have shown is totally unacceptable to my triumph.

Even the auxiliary exercises like ‘Giving and receiving” are essential to the changes that are necessary to reach our fiunal goals. It all fits together like a glove.

Best Clarity Quotes by Winston Churchill~ We make a living by what we get ,but we make a life by what we give.

The call is there. I will accept it. I will persist, I will succeed.

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Master Keys 2018 – WEEK 14 Dealing with Stigma’s of Life

Dealing with Stigmas of Life

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For most of my adolescence and adulthood, my life has been governed strictly by feelings and emotions. I justified this pattern using the excuse that I am a descendant of “Latin Ethnicity”, and thus those characteristics were expected and passed down by my Italian ancestors.

Thus explanations and excuses were always used to justify any adverse situation. Most of my family reacted in like manner so that was always considered normal behavior. Even my friends functioned in a similar fashion.

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We all believed in God, but it was an acceptance of growing up Roman Catholic that formulated our explanation of the spiritual world and our lack of intuitive thought. We just accepted our teachings as “Gospel” and responded accordingly, at the direction of the priests and Church hierarchy.

We had a lack of understanding of the knowledge of cause and effect’, or the subject of “organic and inorganic”. My only experience with those topics was taking Organic Chemistry in pharmacy school and that was enough to turn me off to those terms. Consequently, no one I have known seemed to be totally satisfied with their respective lives, no matter if their circumstances were good or bad. As the Rolling Stones sang, “I cant get no satisfaction”.

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The stigmas in life and broad and deep. I am working with the mayor of my city and the pastors to open a coffee shop for the community that will lead to a 20,000 square foot Social Center for those in Drug Recovery.  We hope to fill the one area that is not addressed that leads to those going through programs and relapsing since they have no follow-up and no support. I have seen addicts relapse dozens of times and hear “good people” of our community say things like “let them die next time they are incorrigible”.

Recently, I watched the movie “Cool Running’s”, and watched 4 men who were track stars experienced heartache of failure to qualify for the Olympics. But against all odds they came together and succeeded in a completely different sport against all odds and made a mark in the bobsled world and Winter Olympics.

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The lessons they taught us coincide with the realization of how the concepts of mind in both the mental and physical realms, can change their outcomes of happiness and satisfaction with our lives is essential and led to unprecedented success. They overcame tremendous adversity and succeeded in their quest to do something that was unheard of in life.

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By observing their success I can harness the hope and a sense of accomplishment to my life. The MKE course is the means to this change of mind and spirit.

I now realize that if I can control my thought and manifest its dynamic energy that I can completely transform my life to the better. But, so far I have learned that nothing can change unless this power is harnessed and guided in the right direction by understanding the Laws of the Mind and concepts we are learning to place this motion in action.

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Thought being the connective link between myself and the Universal Mind is exciting, but it is tempered by the realization that I still have a ways to go before I can accomplish my new definite purpose in life.

But once I can thoroughly obtain and truly understand this knowledge of cause and effect’, I will be well on my way to planning my life in a way I never dreamed possible and accomplishing its attainment with courage and lack of fear, free of my old mindset. Joy and happiness!!

I will persist.

I will win.

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Master Key – 2018 – Week 13 – For Auld Lang Syne

For Auld Lang Syne

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As another year goes by the wayside, it’s time to make serious changes without professing ridiculous New Year’s resolutions, and fortifying the old blueprint. Now more than ever, I must “always keep my promises” and a New Year Resolution would be a recipe for disaster.

As I have gotten older, and supposedly wiser, I think I have finally determined that I have the key that can finally unlock the mystery of why I act in ways I really don’t comprehend.

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So instead of doing the same things every year to make significant changes and fail, it’s time to get more serious and make significant changes by doing the basics and exercises in the Master Keys. As Zig Ziglar says, “Its time for a checkup from the neck up”.

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The Seven Laws of the Mind continue to intertwine through our journey. In particular this week,  the Law of Growth is in play. I have learned that “spiritual activity is endowed with creative power, that not just some thought, but ALL thought is creative”.

But more importantly, Haanel states, “that if you deny unsatisfactory thoughts you deny them of their creative power. Thus we are sapping them of their vitality”. This is in perfect harmony with the Biblical Scriptures.

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I must eliminate all bad thoughts and replace them with good thoughts so we can continue to grow with health and vitality. If I don’t conquer this I will never have a clear vision of the person I intend to become.

So now at Christmas time, I must be very careful about what thoughts I entertain. In comes the Law of Dual Thought. If I can control what I think and substitute any bad thoughts with good thoughts I can begin to develop positive habits, and break the chains of indecision and fear, and that I will continue to grow only if I stay committed.

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Everything seems to be slowly falling into place. However, the 7 Day Mental Diet is still a challenge, along with the Laws of the Mind, especially the Law of Substitution. This can be incorporated and make me change my thought processes into good habits and make me stronger each day. I must always keep in mind, that I cannot think of two thoughts at the same time, so when something bad enters, I must immediately address it and change my thought patterns.

In this holy season, as Og Mandino says in Scroll II, “Never will I allow my mind to be attracted to evil and despair, rather I will uplift it with knowledge and wisdom of the ages”. And what better wisdom of the Ages can you study than the wisest man in the World, King Solomon’s book of Proverbs. I am currently reading the book,“The Richest Man Who Ever Lived”,by Steven Scott. This is the steps King Solomon uses in the Book of Proverbs to reveal his strategies to achieve a life of financial success and personal fulfillment that corresponds perfectly to everything we are doing in the Master Key Experience. Nark and Devine are right on

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It is becoming clearer that I can utilize these changes with the readings, exercises, colors, and shapes, etc.,  so that I can continually affect the subconscious and develop my mind from numerous areas that will help get the absolute best results and keep me growing as I continue to discover all the tools I will be learning.

My biggest problem has been developing a clear mental picture of the person I will be and with the Vision Mapping process from Solomon, it is helping to bring it into crystal clarity.

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This whole course is now reaching into the core cause of my being. It’s starting to come together… This is where the Mastermind steps up?

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