This week our Master Key chapter was about insights. This reading really resonated with me and gave me extremely enjoyable sits as well. I found my mind going back to these thoughts constantly whether I was in a formal sit or whether I was just moving from one activity to another throughout my day. I also found it blended really well with our Greatest Salesman reading on the chapter of being “Natures Greatest Miracle” and brought out a couple passages for me in the chapter that hadn’t hit me yet. The passages in the Greatest Salesman were the ones where Mandino spoke about “our skills, mind, heart and body will stagnate, rot and die lest I put them to good use” and “… all of my problems, discouragements and heartaches are, in truth, great opportunities in disguise.” From these passages and blending them with some of the Master Key ideas of this week these scream out to me about knowledge not applying itself and our actions not being governed by knowledge but by custom, precedent and habit. “We apply knowledge by determined, conscious effort. Unused knowledge passes from the mind”… and I’m guessing to rot and die as Og suggests. I’m a person who loves to learn new things but this really makes me pause to think about what I have done with the knowledge I have gained and if I have put it to good use. I have concluded I’m not doing this as well as I could be. The Keys also suggest that “all conditions and experiences that come to us do so for our benefit. Difficulties and obstacles will continue to come until we absorb their wisdom and gather from them the essentials of further growth”. This again I linked with Og’s suggestion that our issues are only opportunities in disguise. This made me reflect on my mindset toward set backs and disappointments in my life. Am I taking a moment to really learn from these experiences and to wring out all of the wisdom that I can to move forward? Sometimes, but not as much as I can or should. This is another area for me to take to heart and to gain insight from.
Right from the introduction of this weeks Master Keys, Haanel talks about the aphids growing wings and flying away when their food and drinking source were gone. This in itself is definitely a miracle and as Og suggests we also are miracles. The Keys this week also tell us that we “cannot obtain what we lack if we cling to what we have”. This is what the aphids do when they fly away from the dead plant. This statement also gave me plenty of material to gain insight into this week. What am I clinging to that is holding me back from greater things? Is it worth it for me to continue to cling to my old thoughts, habits and feelings and forgo what is waiting for me if only I would ask to receive the new and let go of the old. I think I will sit on these ideas for many more months and constantly revisit this insight. I have a feeling it will be well worth the effort.
Finally, we are once again reminded of the power of our mind and the mechanisms that make it either work for us in a great way or a harmful way. “We cannot escape from the pictures we incessantly photograph on the mind, and this photography of erroneous conceptions is exactly what is being done by the use of words, when we use any form of language which is not identified with our welfare….. Words are the first manifestations of thought…. they are the vessels in which thought is carried….Words may become mental places that will live forever or they may become shacks which the first breeze will carry away…..Good thoughts must replace negative thoughts in order for you to destroy discord, lack and limitation. This will make you a master of destiny……We must exercise insight so the thought we entertain contains no mental, moral or physical germ which we do not wish to objectify in our life…..Insight enables us to be prepared for the obstacles which we shall meet; we can therefore overcome them before they have any opportunity of causing difficulty. Plan to advantage to turn our thoughts and attention in the right direction….” Our thoughts and the pictures we draw up in our mind are things that almost all of the human race never become aware of let alone put any effort into mastering. The great force of our mind acts in “solemn silence” which means to me that it quietly prompts us in the background but if we aren’t quiet and don’t sit in silence with the concentration to actually hear this eternal force, we miss it and the opportunity that comes with it to harness this great power which manifests our major purpose and the difference we can all make in our lives and the lives of others. So much material in this short chapter of the Master Keys to deeply ponder. Awesome!
I’m so grateful this MKMMA course has graced my life. I’m determined to wring all of the knowledge out if it that I can so I can go and purposefully apply the knowledge I have gained for a greater good. Have a great week and sorry my blog was a couple days late this week. I’m back on track and moving forward!