What is intradependence?

Michael Eisbrener:

A conversation for intradepenence….

Originally posted on intradependence:

I am a firm believer in independent learning which for me, is allowing children to acquire processes that their natural enquiring minds feel most comfortable.  One of the important aspects of learning that applies to all children is to work at that own pace.  Some teachers see this as an excuse to be lazy, but by motivating the children through good leadership skills a teacher can guide a student towards high quality learning.  It is not a question of nature vs nurturing – I firmly believe that a teacher’s role is to nurture the child.  One of my preferred methods is through sharing and collaboration.  In the modern high tech 21st century world, it seems that our children will work on projects in collaboration with people around the world, so to be competitive in the job market they need to acquire the skills and processes that collectively I term as…

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Beliefs DETERMINE Our Results!

Beliefs reside in our conscious mind and in our subconscious. Holding beliefs that are incompatible is cognitive dissonance and everyone who looks has work to do on cognitivedisonancethemselves or it is done to you.

Self-limiting beliefs that we are unaware of run us producing results determined by the belief and we then justify with our story of reality. When aware of them you have a choice to ignore, to stop being aware or take a new approach. Removing them may take a lifetime or some, once you learn how to ‘weed’ your mind, may disappear permanently.

One of my favorite stories is in Matthew and Mark where Jesus walks up to a fig tree expecting it to have figs out of season.  The fig tree said no and it had a great excuse too. However, the Creator of the Universe asked for something He clearly had given the fig tree permission to do and all the power necessary to produce it.  The consequences of no figs today, I’m not ready yet, it isn’t a good time now, this isn’t the season, was the fig tree was cursed to ruble and dust in hours. Clearly, the fig tree had a self-limiting belief.  That dash or more of doubt we keep around is dangerous to our health!

What keeps us stuck is self-talk that we hardly ever notice.  The three versions all of us have on standby run like, “I am not worthy” and or “If I try I am sure to fail” and or “If I succeed/fail nobody will want me”.  The reality is anything worth doing is worth failing at the first couple hundred times if necessary. I believe success appears sometime after the 99th failure.  If you have ever practiced playing the piano or heard someone practicing at playing the piano, you have heard failure over and over.  Provided they continued practicing at some point, playing the piano occurred.

holediggerGetting to where you hear your own self-talk for the first time, you may have to peel back the onion of your mind many times to find it that first time. What hides and covers that chatter from us are layers of great reasons and justifications.  All of us have programmed ourselves and been programmed since childhood to keep the core hidden with layer after layer. There is no specific order either. Some of us may have a few and others the same ones over and over on top of over and over.  Tired of attempting upon attempt is not a reason to take a nap or go to sleep. It just may be the clue to stay awake! Here are some of my layers that each needs a blog post and a few an entire blog series to weed out of existence.

Do you practice being the Lone Ranger, Batman or Superman while operating from the stands instead of on the court? Nobody can learn the nature of relationship and networking, especially when confusing them with involvement and entanglement.

Do you love to argue against every other point of view than yours?  What would happen if you chose to hear all suggestions or ideas from others as an attempt to assist you in your dreams? Where and when did they offer the defenselessness class? I missed it.

Your persistence has a limit; a number that when reached means you stop. Fanatical success6persistence unshaken by circumstance, the crowd in the stands or the chatter in your head is a habit worth developing.

From birth to the present, the world says conform.  What does it look like to be yourself, the unique person you could be, if you got out of your own way?

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. – e. e. cummings

Finding the ‘Goldilocks’ just right confidence is also a class I missed. Are you stuck in too little or too much? Excessive confidence, too little humility and total ignorance of authenticity is a formula for disaster.  Much of going past your limits to find them is a perfect way to stretch the mind to where it can never go back to a workable reality.

The ability to engage in multiple distractions daily, often called multi-tasking, hides what you are to do from being done.  Failing to concentrate your focus on one thing at a time until completion is living out of focus.  Dreams’ coming true requires perpetual focus.

The worst ‘holic’ is an excusaholic.  When you form a habit for your mind to have one [or more] excuse ready for every circumstance, living in the Valley of Death surrounded by mountains with no top called, responsibility, accountability and integrity is a very dark place. Wallowing in credit, blame, fault and no fault guarantees you never leave.

whenIndoubtdontUntil you are able to carve out a space for possibility for you to show up in, to be a stand for your dreams and all that they make possible, you are standing in a space of no belief.   What is worse than no belief is to carve out a space of doubt with a little belief curtained to hide it.  Even a space of possibility with a dash of doubt is the ground of failure.  Mountains move when there is no doubt.

Total indifference is quitting on life. The lack of caring is not zero emotional attachment to the outcome.  The ability to ignore the score while being firmly committed to the object or events at hand is when making a difference shows up. When did they steal our ability to play full out?  They didn’t but they covered it with nice, fairness, equal outcomes and working on your own by yourself as priorities instead. When you stopped willing to risk embarrassment, being wrong, looking stupid or silly you chose being the worst kind of indifferent. You chose to be right about what everyone else wanted for your life instead of what you wanted. Real communication is insuring what they heard is what you meant by what you said. Going along to get along, settling for good enough, especially in their ‘listening’ dooms you to more indifference.

The definition of ‘goal’ is an object or an event towards which play is directed in order to action2score.  You can change all your goals to align with your dreams. Only tell people your accomplishments after a goals completion.  Keep your dreams safe from naysayers and dream stealers.  Ignore the score as best you can.

The mind is not an onion. It seems more like the ebb and flow of the ocean tide.  No sooner have you made a dent in any of the above and one of the others or one I have failed to identify moves in to replace any gain or success.  At the core is our self-worth. It holds hands with our self-imposed limits. We all collect evidence at the subconscious level that “I am not worthy”, “I am sure to fail”, and “nobody will want me”.  Every path to success is paved with the proof. How do you succeed?  The short answer is one-step at a time.   Stay tuned for the long, detailed answers.  What say you, from either the court or the stands and do you know the difference?

An Already Always Listening

In a recent conversation with my dad, he told me a story where the retort to a given comment was ‘that is either SWAG or WAG, which one is it?’  SWAG is a scientific wild ass guess. That sums up far too much of everything today for me. Look at the science called economics or meteorology. Both appear from more than one perspective as WAG.  SWAG is their cover story.  Disagree with ‘them’ and YOU are the problem.  The same people are still outraged when another religion jailed Galileo for simply stating the truth that this earth revolves around the sun.

Today if you watch the weather channel, the descriptions of weather fronts appear as a ‘flat planet’ where the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. [The Sun does not move relative to us!]  The weather fronts move across a nonmoving planet at some kind of speed. Yet we all know the planet has two different speeds that just might affect weather patterns yet I know they ignore both.

spinspeedofearthThe planet is whizzing around the sun at about 67,000 miles an hour. They do consider that when leaving the planet’s atmosphere.  The rotation speed at both poles is inches per day and at the equator about 1000 miles an hour. I live at 6000 feet overlooking the valley about 1000 feet below. To the west, I can see two more mountain ranges.  Knowing that the sun is not moving I have a different sense of me falling away from the sun every day after noon.  On bright, cloudless mornings, it looks like I am falling into the sun! I walk up to 7000 feet three or four days a week and from a precipice where I can only see the sky and clouds, I can see the clouds are being pushed, sometimes they are pulled and sometimes we are in synch. The experience of the earth moving at the first appearance of the sun at 6am and the end of daylight at 6pm is the easiest to sense.  Living in the flat dry lake bed of Lake Agassiz in northern Minnesota, you can see for nearly 26 miles in any direction and lying on the ground mid-afternoon looking up at the sky there was nothing but sky and clouds. It is where I first caught the sense of the earth moving.

I have been spending time studying my ‘map of reality’ or you could call it my worldview. IREach of us has one and the one each of has is unique. If you have any siblings, the more the better, you will see how worldview affects what people remember, see and believe. Sometimes it is difficult to believe we all sat at the same dinner table!

Some of us are committed to our ‘self’ first. The other polarity is “I’ll go later, let’s take care of you first.”  There is no moral component, right or wrong to this. Each of us is one or the other and we need an equal number of givers and receivers.  When in the “Me First” [m1] mode and mapping on the belief that everyone else is a mirror to us, everyone else appears in that moment to be an m1 too.  Anything they say or do supports my belief, my worldview, internal map of reality and my already-always-listening/interpretation.  If I am committed to my job from and with a listening, ‘you are always the problem’, the world appears to be a minefield of problems and ‘you’ are the main one!

When I am experiencing my ‘self’ as the source of joy, happiness and love, the moments are all wonder filled.  When I know or believe it to be true, from the stands perspective, I make myself bad and wrong for not having the experience and since everyone is a mirror, them too!

When you come from love, you don’t have to go looking for it. – Werner Erhard

assumeloveriskyOne of my worst perspectives is “I assume…” And the one that causes the most dissatisfaction for me; I assume everyone sees what I see, cares about the world as I care, is committed to making a difference like I am and is willing to put their needs and wants last to achieve the objective.

When this perspective or script is running, I am at least disappointed and the experience, the taunt from the subconscious, “I AM WRONG” [again].  We only operate, unless we are aware, with our own interpretations and when aware it seems to give us only random glimpses of what is real.

I grew up with, ‘Remember, when you point the finger, three are pointing back at you.’ ‘The thing we like least in others is the thing we least in ourselves.’  How I developed and threefingersembedded these ‘truths’ over time is every upset I have about anything tells me the problem is me. I give everyone a 100% accuracy about me. Any disagreement, even out loud with you is essentially with just me. I am beginning to see ‘now’ they are being 100% accurate about themselves. Sometimes there are correct about me and sometimes the problem is that is not ‘me’ and I never took the time to see that, making them right and ‘me’ wrong.

Granting everyone all my strength, courage, ability, intelligence, integrity, etc [or lack] is a real source of upset for people. Most don’t even know the cause, they are just upset, and usually at me. Yes, it is possible I am again taking all the credit/blame here. This is a perfect way to support my “I am wrong” [again] mantra.

As an exercise, that I saw I had not done in a long time, I spent a couple hours initially and then kept the pad close to me over the next day, to write down, “I am committed to…” whatever came up. Whatever appeared, I wrote it down without any judgment, true, false, etc, I just wrote them down. When I found another one, I wrote it down. After a day, I had a large list. I imagined a huge crystal bowl of my favorite spaghetti and each noodle was one of the commitments.

crystalbowlThe bowl represents me and I thought the ‘goal’ was to empty the bowl and have it just be ‘crystal clear’ and maybe that will happen sometime. I never labeled or named the bowl before.  My focus was only on the spaghetti. I have known or experienced my ‘purpose’ for as long as I can remember. I can remember my first causal incident at age two and the purpose was there already. Languaging the purpose tended to separate people into for and against and that defeated the purpose. A conundrum of the worst kind especially since it was my fault.  Around thirty years ago, I listened to a lecture and it struck the chord of harmony with my purpose. I have spent much time since then wondering what this means.  “I am committed to a world that works for everyone, with no one left out and no one left behind.” What would that look like? Not having any idea, I am left with ‘this world SURELY isn’t it’, which again defeats the purpose.  Another great way to hear from the subconscious, I am wrong [again].

The purpose is life and that it be, completely.
The commitment is: aliveness

- Werner Erhard

With my pile of commitment spaghetti, I filled the bowl, a world that works for everyone, pastawith no one left out and no one left behind, with those commitments that resonated in the bowl. My list includes commitments given or imprinted upon me by the world, the cultures I have lived in, family, upbringing, ‘who knows from where’ and my own creations, on purpose and not.  I am no longer going to make any of them wrong. Many do not belong in the crystal-clear bowl ‘now’ however. I have another bowl called ‘not doing now’ and I put them in there. There is another bowl labeled ‘never doing now’ and it has tons of great ideas for someday.

The often incoherent pile of my ‘internal map of reality’ is what I view and filter out the world and those in it.  When we accidentally or on purpose are on the ‘same page’, have a similar worldview, workability appears. Treating it, as a random act of kindness offers no solution. Hope is not a strategy!  Taking all unworkability as my fault instead of being cause in the matter or being responsible is a recipe for upset, yours and mine. I now have a list of commitments that resonate in the bowl. One of the first things I noticed, that to the level I am willing and able to honor my commitments as myself, lowers the level of angst and worry around me.  Theirs accordingly lowers mine.

I have begun a personal review of a ‘leadership course’ that the first lesson is discovering for myself the ‘already-always-listening’ I am.

What you don’t distinguish (that about which you are unaware) runs you. – from the course

The ‘seasonings’ of life are those pesky already-always-listening/interpretations. The AlreadyAlwaysListening2sauce in my spaghetti is herbs and spices that say, ‘I know!’… ‘I am wrong [again]’ …  “Is this true or false?” …“It’s all my fault” … “Blame me” … “I already know” … “I know better” … “I am right”… “You are right” … “You should …”… “I am busy” … “what do you want from me?” … “Hurry up! Get to the point” … “is this good or bad?” …“What’s in it for me?” … “this is going to be a waste of my time” … “I don’t believe you” …”what do you really mean?” … “what are you up to?” … “Tell me what to do”… “what’s the answer?” … “I want the answer”.  The more I looked the more listening and interpretations I found.

I mentioned one earlier that my noticing it has shifted what I am hearing and experiencing. I now see two polarities in life, both are perfect and correct. One is “Me First, I get what I want and you will get what you want.” [m1] The other is “I’ll take care of you first and worry about me later”. [m2]  It seems we tend to pick and live from one and are only able to see that one in others [the mirror] until we realize we can be either one anytime OR that we have chosen to freeze one in place for ourselves as a permanent life test.  Both provide the power, the flow of energy to work with others. Eliminate one and nothing happens, the motor stops.

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. – Harry Truman [m2]

If Mother is not happy, nobody is happy. [m1]

I suspect all of my favorite quotes; any quote comes from either m1 or m2.

m1The most recent already-always-listening I caught shocked me present!  “I should ONLY have to do this once!” This context and script holds everything and is added to everything I do. Naturally, you may notice the likelihood of some upsets around the way the world works for me.

I then saw a way to [adding it out]  “Ask, [UNTIL] it is given to you; seek, [UNTIL] you find; knock, [UNTIL] it opens to you. [REPEAT] (Take one day off a week).

A shorter version, Ask, Seek, Knock (all ways and always) [UNTIL] results appear. [REPEAT]

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.  
The only other sounds the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,  
And miles to go before I sleep.

- Robert Frost

What does a world of 7.5+ billion, self-actualized, self-aware genius leaders look like? m2They are all followers too and not one is ‘in-charge’ of anyone but themselves. When an opportunity to serve, to lead occurs they respond appropriately to the opportunity. The current ‘design’ empowers the .01% to be happy, amused and in charge of the rest of us. I say there is a switch that flips this paradigm inside out.  Evidence suggests a small core group will create the breakthrough, soon if you are willing, able and ready to play.

Master Key Completion

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe definition of a goal is an object or an event towards which play is directed in order to score. The last six months fit into my play. I accomplished numerous goals and the score remained unchanged.

Rationalizing one’s choices based on one’s past will always look like and be the past. The infinite loop, whether it be success or failure, produces a prison without joy or accomplishment. I completed this course happily. We spent a lot of time investigating how to change our thinking. It did not make a distinction between having thoughts and ‘thinking’ as two different phenomena however. Regardless, both only and always put one eventually into cognitive dissonance. The ‘Truth’ believed is always a lie. cognitivedisonanceThe truth can only be an experience. It is best to ride the horse in the direction the horse is headed. I am rereading a Gerald Vann book and realized that the Presence of God, living in now, operating in a space of possibility, ‘being’ present, the space of Infinite Possibility, mindfulness, aliveness or whatever one chooses to describe the experience requires NO THINKING or having thoughts or using the cognitive functions as the source of ones being. Winston Churchill said, ‘If you’re going through hell, keep going.’ All too often, when I notice [a state of thinking] I am in ‘hell’ I stop to argue! Clearly not the path through but if I ‘notice’ the thought as an alarm clock that just began ringing I can see it is an opportunity to ‘get off it’ or go back into the ‘zone’ or presence myself to the experience. Hell then looks awe full funny or is that awfully funny.

What’s next in this space? I will make some housekeeping changes soon and I will begin success12building on the material I found here. I learned a lot. I gained some super insights and a couple breakthroughs that restored decades of blindness. In many ways, I am a dharma bum, someone who dabbles and investigates many different approaches while never mastering one. I have learned much in the process. All paths lead to a mountain with no top. I am after mastery.

Week – #24 Masterkey Accessing Infinite Possibilities

We are at the end of this series of lessons from Haanel. I have done the ‘course’ before endbeginng3but did not engage then as I have this time. I saw it as a good read with some useful tips. School and information handling has been something I have excelled at. The first school the US Navy sent me after ‘boot camp’ was set up as a twenty-nine week course taught classroom style. I fell asleep the first hour. They don’t tell you to wake up the US Navy. They send you somewhere you do not want to go. Looking over my ‘records’ I was immediately put into the self-pace portion of the course and given five days to complete it or else. Each week had a test you were required to pass or else. Each day was twelve hours long. I did eight lessons a day and finished in four days with five wrong answers total. Haanel’s material is now accessible in the world in three days as an experience. This has been a wonderful refresher and I have had some powerful insights occur for me during the last six months. I have shared many in the past weeks and the most important was seeing how I disabled the power of my past labeling it and judging it.

This week I am focusing on commitment, especially mine and what to do next and what material to share here going forward.

Haanel writes, The fruit of this knowledge is, as it were, a gift of the Gods; it is the “truth” that makes men free, not only free from every lack and limitation, but free from sorrow, worry and care, and, is it not wonderful to realize that this law is no respecter of persons, that it makes no difference what your habit of thought may be, the way has been prepared.

alphaomega2Your perception, point of view, from where you stand and with what you believe, hold to be true, seen from that vantage point and then with that stuff sow your mind with those ‘seeds’. The manifested, generated and created results are then evaluated, judged and assessed, sometimes from an entirely different perception, point of view or stand and even using a different belief system. Humans cannot see themselves and the person in the mirror is a mirage unless you can ‘be with’ him or her in ‘now’. Generosity with and forgiving one’s self allows or limits your ability with anyone else.

1. When the scientists first put the Sun in the center of the Solar System and sent the earth spinning around it, there was immense surprise and consternation. The whole idea was self-evidently false; nothing was more certain than the movement of the Sun across the sky, and anyone could see it descend behind the western hills and sink into the sea; scholars raged and scientists rejected the idea as absurd, yet the evidence has finally carried conviction in the minds of all.

One small problem, we still say the sun moves! The next time say what a powerful, gorgeous sky as the earth and my position fall away from the sun. Try it and you just may see and experience something different. Another example, instead of calling that annual event a ‘retreat’ what would you experience from a ‘forwarding’.

3. We speak and even think of the Sun as “giving light.” Yet we know it is simply alphaomega4giving forth energy which produces vibrations in the ether at the rate of four hundred trillion a second, causing what are termed light waves, so that we know that we call light is simply a form of energy and that the only light there is, is the sensation caused in the mind by the motion of the waves. When the number increases, the light changes in color, each change in color being caused by shorter and more rapid vibrations; so that although we speak of the rose as being red, the grass as being green, or the sky as being blue, we know that the colors exist only in our minds, and are the sensations experienced by us as the result of the vibrations of light waves. When the vibrations are reduced below four hundred
trillion a second, they no longer affect us as light, but we experience the sensation of heat. It is evident, therefore, that we cannot depend upon the evidence of the senses for our information concerning the realities of things; if we did we should believe that the sun moved, that the world was flat instead of round, that the stars were bits of light instead of vast suns.

Please notice, not only your mind, but your hands, ears and eyes are not you but what you use to make ‘sense’ of it all.

4. The whole range then of the theory and practice of any system of metaphysics consists in knowing the Truth concerning yourself and the world in which you live; in knowing that in order to express harmony, you must think harmony; in order to express health you must think health; and in order to express abundance you must think abundance; to do this you must reverse the evidence of the senses.

beginnersmindMaybe and maybe the sense perceptions, viewed as good or bad, right or wrong, or the data stream we focus and concentrate our attention upon are myths. Recent proof that cause and effect are not the engine we have made them out to be suggests to me that our addiction to what we feel and believe is TRUE adjusts us to whatever we view and experience. When I changed the ‘truth’ prism, that I viewed through, everything changed. Any ‘truth’ that sets you free is worth keeping and using. Any ‘truth’ that binds you, condemns you, has you or others suffer may need to be set aside for later revaluation. The willingness and ability to endure suffering has power too. The evidence of the senses may have more to do with the language we use to describe the experience than the experience itself. Notice your experience as you sit in a chair. Feel how the chair holds you, touches you and notice the areas where it does not. Be with the experience for just a minute without ‘thinking’ about it. The ‘thinking’ is a description of the experience to your ‘self’, not the actual experience. As soon as you begin describing, even to yourself, you are no longer present in ‘now’.

8. As all conditions are thought creations and therefore entirely mental, disease and lack are simply mental conditions in which the person fails to perceive the truth; as soon as the error is removed, the condition is removed.

Find enough people to agree with your point of view and the conditions may become permanent! The nonsensical belief that my beliefs cannot hurt anyone else may be false. Perhaps we each vote and somebody else has to pay the consequences of our negativity or our indifference. The Heroes Journey has us slay a monster, a dragon of our own invention. The monster is not anyone else or anything else but our misperception of our ‘self’.

9. The method for removing this error is to go into the Silence and know the Truth; as all mind is one mind, you can do this for yourself or anyone else. If you have learned to form mental images of the conditions desired, this will be the easiest and quickest way to secure results; if not, results can be accomplished by argument, by the process of convincing yourself absolutely of the truth of your statement.

As long as you say, the sun sets in the west, the truth for you will always be an illusion.

13. If you desire to help someone, to destroy some form of lack, limitation or error, the correct method is not to think of the person whom you wish to help; the intention to help them is entirely sufficient, as this puts you in mental touch with the person. Then drive out of your own mind any belief of lack, limitation, disease, danger, difficulty or whatever the trouble might be. As soon as you have succeeded in doing this the result will have been accomplished, and the person will be free.

The power of prayer is real. The power of doubt is greater however. My favorite bible parable, found at Matt:21 and Mark:11, has the God of the Universe walk up to a fig tree, out of season, expecting figs for His breakfast. With no figs found, the tree cursed in hours becomes mere ash on the ground. His disciples want to know what he did so the tree became ash. I wanted to know how He could expect a fig tree to produce fruit out of season and pay the ultimate price for saying “NO” to Him. Clearly, the fig tree was able but unwilling. No, this isn’t a good time, the right time, my time, that isn’t the way we do it here and on and on. Fig trees hang out together too! Be careful to who, what and when you say no.

15. All thought is a form of energy, a rate of vibration, but a thought of the Truth is endbeginning6the highest rate of vibration known and consequently destroys every form of error in exactly the same way that light destroys darkness; no form of error can exist when the “Truth” appears, so that your entire mental work consists in coming into an understanding of the Truth. This will enable you to overcome every form of lack, limitation or disease of any kind.

The semantics trouble me. Light does not ‘destroy’ darkness. Technically the light came after and out of the darkness! Gen 1:2-3 and review your science notes on the Big Bang Theory. The ‘truth’ exists only in experience never as an understanding.

18. The absolute truth is that the “I” is perfect and complete; the real “I” is spiritual and can therefore never be less than perfect; it can never have any lack, limitation, or disease. The flash of genius does not have origin in the molecular motion of the brain; it is inspired by the ego, the spiritual “I” which is one with the Universal Mind, and it is our ability to recognize this Unity which is the cause of all inspiration, all genius. These results are far reaching and have effect upon generations yet to come; they are the pillars of fire which mark the path that millions follow.

This can only be ‘true’ if you are not your mind. Your minds ‘ego’, the one suggesting it is “I” is the monster dragon you need to slay!

endbeginning719. Truth is not the result of logical training or of experimentation, or even of observation; it is the product of a developed consciousness. Truth within a Caesar, manifests in a Caesar’s deportment, in his life and his action; his influence upon social forms and progress. Your life and your actions and your influence in the world will depend upon the degree of truth which you are enabled to perceive, for truth will not manifest in creeds, but in conduct.

The ‘truth’ believed, a creed, is always a lie! The truth may only be experienced and any description of truth is not the truth but merely a description. Another way to say it, ‘magic’, the joy and ecstasy experience and everything manifested only happens in “now”. As long as you place your “I” in mind, or some project in the world, or on some time line you leave ‘now’ and its experience of ‘infinite possibilities’. Right/wrong, good/bad and all the other dualistic viewpoints are outside of ‘now’. They are descriptions of past incompletion. We then use an incompletion to describe some incomplete future that becomes just more of our past unfortunately! The ability to quit judging yourself, others and anything else is one door to ‘now’. The practice of defenselessness and acceptance helps anyone find the ‘door’.

21. Our environment and the innumerable circumstances and accidents of our lives already exist in the subconscious personality which attracts to itself the mental and physical material which is congenial to its nature. Thus our future being determined from our present, and if there should be apparent injustice in any feature or phase of our personal life, we must look within for the cause, try to discover the mental fact which is responsible for the outward manifestation.

The ‘current’ present if relied upon is no more than an imperfect past, recreating itself over endbeginning4and over. The doom and gloom of a past repeated repeatedly only produces doom and gloom. Our TRUE future determined by an ‘imagined’ future and once realized calls the present to adjust and manifest that future ‘now’, not the other way round. The ‘future’ has already happened ‘now’. Now, a ‘field’ of infinite possibilities, exists always and all ways and its access require you ‘being’ available, present in ‘now’.

23. The conditions with which you meet in the world without are invariably the result of the conditions obtaining in the world within, therefore it follows with scientific accuracy that by holding the perfect ideal in mind you can bring about ideal conditions in your environment.

Maybe those ‘ideal’ conditions already are your environment and you are confused, deluded or controlled by something or someone else, not you. Where does your ‘ideal’ originate?

28. Men have, heretofore, generally used the word “God” to indicate this Universal, creative principle; but the word “God” does not convey the right meaning. Most people understand this word to mean something outside of themselves; while exactly the contrary is the fact. It is our very life. Without it we would be dead. We would cease to exist. The minute the spirit leaves the body, we are as nothing. Therefore, spirit is really, all there is of us.

Sorry, but my body, my mind, my thoughts are not me nor am I my results, my beliefs nor this world or any other world. Contrary to popular belief, I am eternal, I am my commitments and I am my word.

endbeginning229. Now, the only activity which the spirit possesses is the power to think. Therefore, thought must be creative, because spirit is creative. This creative power is impersonal and your ability to think is your ability to control it and make use of it for the benefit of yourself and others.

I realize beating a dead horse gets old but having thoughts in your mind and ‘thinking’ are nearly exclusive and different from each other. If what you call thinking is you, stop thinking that or ‘think’ something different OR notice a different thought and call ‘it’ thinking. I notice no thinking in ‘now’. When I do notice a thought, like ‘that’s a mistake’ or even a ‘positive’ judgment I am instantly out of ‘now’. Perhaps we need to spend less time thinking or having thoughts.

30. When the truth of this statement is realized, understood, and appreciated, you will have come into possession of the Master-Key, but remember that only those who are wise enough to understand, broad enough to weigh the evidence, firm enough to follow their own judgment, and strong enough to make the sacrifice exacted, may enter and partake.

Yes, everyone has the capacity, the ability and the permission to take possession of the Master-Key.

Haanel ends saying, those who find themselves in the Promised Land… have crossed the river of judgment and have arrived at the point of discrimination between the true and the false, and have found that all they ever willed or dreamed, was but a faint concept of the dazzling reality.

Yes, everyone has access to being 120% present in ‘now’ of infinite possibilities. You don’t believe that? Welcome to being a ‘fig’ tree.

Signs of Awareness

Signs of Awareness

Week – #23 Masterkey You Get What You GIVE

Haanel says…that the law of success is service; that we get what we give, and for this reason we should consider it a great privilege to be able to give.

givetoget3This may be his most profound argument so far, we get what we give, not what we want, wish, demand, hope or believe.  Deuteronomy 16:17

This is the science which embraces all sciences. It is the art which, above all arts, is relevant to human life. In the mastery of this science and this art there is opportunity for unending progression. Perfection in this is not acquired in six days, nor in six weeks, nor in six months. It is the labor of life. Not to go forward is to go backward.

Science and art operate as practice, an ongoing development, climbing a mountain with no top. What was useful earlier may no longer be of use, workable or relevant. What thinking brought you to this moment may likely be insufficient in moving you into the next.  For most of us, the box we are inside, has instructions on the outside written in a language we are unaware or ignorant. The ‘listening’ we are able to provide must let go of our past to hear it. Understanding comes when we have done enough ‘work’.

1. The money consciousness is an attitude of mind; it is the open door to the arteries of commerce. It is the receptive attitude. Desire is the attractive force which sets the current in motion and fear is the great obstacle by which the current is stopped or completely reversed, turned away from us.

Fear does not exist. Show me some!! Neither does resignation but whatever we use to doNOTfeedFearstay stuck, while mythological as any dragon, has more power over us than we allow ourselves to recognize until we do recognize it. If we can see, the explanation of and for our internal state only justifies our inaction. It could be just as easily called excitement, exhilaration and many other emotional states but the excuses we humans use are always and all ways a lie. A lie to ourselves first and then a story of lies we enthrall and placate our environment that operates in the “we won’t call you on your bull as long as you don’t call us on ours”.

3. We make money by making friends, and we enlarge our circle of friends by making money for them, by helping them, by being of service to them. The first law of success then is service, and this in turn is built on integrity and justice. The man who at least is not fair in his intention is simply ignorant; he has missed the fundamental law of all exchange; he is impossible; he will lose surely and certainly; he may not know it; he may think he is winning, but he is doomed to certain defeat. He cannot cheat the Infinite. The law of compensation will demand of him an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

Even the jargon from a hundred years ago knew only governments make money. The rest of us have to earn it and making friends, enlarging our circle of influence being of service makes sense. [And cents]  This law of compensation, an eye for an eye, complete reciprocity does not let you be judge and jury however. The judge and jury, the Infinite has the agenda.

dragonaffairs6. A generous thought is filled with strength and vitality, a selfish thought contains the germs of dissolution; it will disintegrate and pass away. Great financiers are simply channels for the distribution of wealth; enormous amounts come and go, but it would be as dangerous to stop the outgo as the income; both ends must remain open; and so our greatest success will come as we recognize that it is just as essential to give as to get.

The sixteenth amendment, then not yet attached to the constitution, clearly, a selfish thought that contains the germ of dissolution, may prove this aspect of Haanel a prophet of doom.  Once the channels of distribution forded and dammed for the few, with crumbs spread for rest, dissolution results eventually.

8. The financier gets much because he gives much; he thinks; he is seldom a man that lets anyone else do his thinking for him; he wants to know how results are to be secured; you must show him; when you can do this he will furnish the means by which hundreds or thousands may profit, and in proportion as they are successful will he be successful. Morgan, Rockefeller, Carnegie and others did not get rich because they lost money for other people; on the contrary, it is because they made money for other people that they became the wealthiest men in the wealthiest country on the globe.

The deal they cut, at the party they held, the Jekyll Island confab in 1910 did not invite you or me or anyone we know to the party.  I am suspect of the authorized history and of Haanel’s fawning. He then recovers himself in his very next paragraph.

9. The average person is entirely innocent of any deep thinking; he accepts the OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAideas of others, and repeats them, in very much the same way as a parrot; this is readily seen when we understand the method which is used to form public opinion, and this docile attitude on the part of a large majority who seem perfectly willing to let a few persons do all their thinking for them is what enables a few men in a great many countries to usurp all the avenues of power and hold the millions in subjection. Creative thinking requires attention.

The real trouble begins next…

10. The power of attention is called concentration; this power is directed by the will; for this reason we must refuse to concentrate or think of anything except the things we desire. Many are constantly concentrating upon sorrow, loss and discord of every kind; as thought is creative it necessarily follows that this concentration inevitable leads to more loss, more sorrow and more discord. How could it be otherwise? On the other hand, when we meet with success, gain, or any other desirable condition, we naturally concentrate upon the effects of these things and thereby create more, and so it follows that much
leads to more.

whenIndoubtdontMy thinking provides all I concentrate upon and desire as long as I am not doing harm to another.  This theory sounds nice. With millions of children in our day murdered for convenience and thousands of other reasons says different. Are children their cause in this?  They attracted the cancer, the illnesses too numerous and too new to understand?  Another explanation may provide insights but Haanel’s does not.  When I grew up ‘positive thinking’, spurned incomplete as negative thinking, meant if things are bad and you think positive how does that solve, fix or make any difference!   You must ‘know’ or experience the total reality first.  So called positive thinking may work on the inside but may be a misspent waste of energy ‘out-here’.

12. “Spirit, whatever else it may or may not be, must be considered as the Essence of Consciousness, the Substance of Mind, the reality underlying Thought. And as all ideas are phases of the activity of Consciousness, Mind or Thought, it follows that in Spirit, and in it alone, is to be found the Ultimate Fact, the Real Thing, or Idea.”

Perhaps this version of ‘intelligent design’ does not pass the smell test of the current ‘true science’ hierarchy.

The lesson then rambles along a story with no connection to verifiable facts. Fiction or not, all stories have some basis in reality. With only one lesson left however, there had better be something more in the final installment or my round files name becomes Haanel.

20. Those who may shrink from this idea of employing the Infinite Power to aid one in his work in the material world, should remember that if the Infinite objected in the least to such a procedure the thing could never happen. The Infinite is quite able to take care of itself.

I hope you caught that. The only thing the Infinite manifests must be in agreement with the holediggerInfinite’s plan and agenda. If your aspiration fails this test, you will not succeed.  The question, when pursuing anything then, how long do you spend on it? How would you know if the Infinite Universe wants a giant hole for someone else to fill and build upon?

22. This week concentrate on the fact that man is not a body with a spirit, but a spirit with a body, and that it is for this reason that his desires are incapable of any permanent satisfaction in anything not spiritual. Money is therefore of no value except to bring about the conditions which we desire, and these conditions are necessarily harmonious. Harmonious conditions necessitate sufficient supply, so that if there appears to be any lack, we should realize that the idea or soul of money is service, and as this thought takes form, channels of supply will be opened, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that spiritual methods are entirely practical.

The ‘soul of money’ or service are located where? Also, again harmonious occurs with the Infinite or nothing happens, to satisfy or appear in reality. The supply of service falls upon you and me!  One small postscript, CS Lewis did not say this in any form!

Note to self: The search for the magic potion, to have something appear instantly, to manifest literally at the snap of fingers goes on!  Any time spent in the internal map of reality other than to ‘see’ what you want does not do it!  Faith or belief, two very different but related concepts, does not access the power either. Either one with zero doubt has serious possibilities however. Having zero doubt appears around the ‘law of integrity’ out-here.  Harmony with the Infinite being a given.  Matthew 21:21

Week – #23 Integrity… Concept or Presence – Value or Law?

If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters. – Harvey Mackay

integritydefinitionThis week I am focusing on integrity and I am using a ‘new and improved’ version. Notice the difference between a concept and a presence. The concept riding a bicycle exists in your ‘mind’ verses the presence riding a bicycle riding or even falling off.  As long as integrity lives in your minds ‘reality world’ without consideration or interaction with the world out-here the concept will never measure the reality.

Integrity as a value or virtue comes with assessments, judgments, right or wrong, good or ONEsWordDefinedbad.  As a law, like the law of gravity, as long as you operate in accordance with the law you are safe. Step off a four-story building ignoring the law of gravity without any kind of safety equipment the outcome will not be pretty.

If you missed the article from the last post, I have copied some of the highlights in this one.  Integrity the is being whole and complete, and honoring one’s word. The word is used to depict a matter of workability, rather than with the moral overtones it has in everyday usage, I realize that will set off all kinds of judgments. The difference between keeping ones word and honoring it allows workability and to always and all ways honor you word.  Keeping your word may become either impossible or violate another condition you cannot accept. “I promise to do whatever it takes to get the job done” has limits.

integrityOrganizationBeing a person of integrity begins with my word to myself that I am a person of integrity. If I attempt to start with my word to others to be a person of integrity without having given my word to myself to be a person of integrity, I am almost certain to fail to be a person of integrity.

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