Wow, the journey is getting interesting….or should I say, it’s going into the ‘closet’ of our minds and challenging the things that have taken up residence through the years! Let me share some of the highlights, for your own personal consideration. Haanel teaches that at least 90% (that’s a very large percent!) of our mental life happens at the subconscious level. Since this is a significant fact, it behooves us to know what is ‘kept or stored’ in our subconscious mind, because it is primarily the one who ‘answers the door’ of opportunity, circumstances, conversations, etc. for us. Sad to say, we all have thousands of impressions set like ‘cement’ into our subconscious mind, that are the result of ideas, prejudices, suggestions, opinions, statements that we’ve received from other people….most of it accepted as truth, with little or no examination of its veracity. It’s almost as if we all are on ‘auto-pilot’ living most of our lives without being alive on a conscious level……just heading forward to an uncertain destination.
If we were to build a home for our family, we would give careful consideration to the plans, materials selected, the contractors we hire, etc., so that the final product would be excellent, to our satisfaction. Shouldn’t we give the same consideration for what goes into our mind? Remember, that the conscious mind is our gatekeeper, and we get to decide if it is ‘worthy’ to be stored in our subconscious mind. We have learned that the accumulated impressions from our past, have included fear, worry, anxieties, doubt, negative attitudes and the like. No wealth or position can long endure, unless it is built upon truth and justice, therfore, it is time to do some mental housekeeping, and do it every day!
When our ‘old blueprint’ which is what we have at the beginning of our master key journey, shows up and ‘suggests’ we can’t do something, or makes a complaint against something………..it is time to ‘boot’ the lousy thought out, so it doesn’t take up residence and burrow deeper into the fiber of our being. In scripture, we read in 2 Corinthians 10:5, that we are to ‘cast down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ’ It’s interesting that the word picture given is analogous to a slave that we are to bring into captivity, making our thoughts subject to a greater authority. We aren’t left hanging on that limb, but we are further instructed in Philippians 4:8, ‘Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. I have taken to heart these imperatives, and it changed my outlook and attitude. What we dwell on determines our destiny, so housekeeping is a good thing!
So, what’s with the title, IMHO?~
It’s interesting, how in today’s world, we use so many acronyms for commonly used expressions such as IMHO………’in my honest opinion’. Even more interesting, is that the adjective ‘honest’ has been inserted into the expression. I guess it can be deduced that if your opinion is honest, it must be good! Well, we have been sent back to the drawing boards, in our master key group. We have been challenged to keep our opinions to ourselves. In other words, ‘NO opinion’ given, unless we are an expert and we are asked for it. Now, to become ‘aware’ of just how often and readily we give our opinions, is the first task; then to give it up and shut up! This sounds like a familiar tune that many learned in our homes, back in the day. Things change over time, if we aren’t careful to ‘evaluate and guard’ our minds from accepting new ideas which aren’t true. I’ve come to realize that opinions can be one of those ‘negative’ things which are part of our old blueprint, that yields things we really don’t want showing up in our lives. So, I’m doing my best to listen to that quiet voice that reminds me to ‘keep this one to yourself!’ It won’t take me where I want to go……….which is towards my DMP.
Is it Really Worth It?~
Each has to decide for himself or herself, if it is worthwhile to create new habits that will help you avoid the pitfalls that undeniably fall short of the DMP you were created to fulfill. What is life, if lived for self? There is a destiny which I believe our Creator had in mind, when each of us were created. Ephesians 2:10 explains, “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Now we are back to that philosophical question of our purpose in life, which of course, we each individually get to wrestle with and determine for ourselves. We learned this week in our lesson, that there is a fine estate awaiting claim, to which we are heirs if we do three things: 1) we must earnestly desire this estate 2) we must assert our claim, and 3) we must take possession of it. God, the Divine, works through each of us to accomplish His will. The more we give, the more we receive. We become the vessel or conduit of His power, to accomplish our DMP. I don’t believe we need to wait until we’re nearing our last breath, to know if the journey we’re on is worthwhile. Deep within each of us, if we truly pay attention and ask ourselves, we will know if our journey has left us ‘high and dry’ or if we are living lives that are fulfilling and satisfying. Haanel says that there is as much pleasure in the ‘execution’ as in the satisfaction of attainment and achievement. Christ, the Great Master said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Therein lies the secret to a successful journey.
Peace be the journey!