This is a week in transition. Today is the last day reading Og Mandino’s scroll I. “Today I begin a new life.” I have done the exercises four times previous. The last time I did the scrolls arranged in a different order and there was copious added homework.
I started smoking age 19. I did not enjoy kissing my new girlfriend and while at work my coworker suggested if I smoked, the taste would not be a problem. That sounded like good advice, he and his wife smoked and it was a way to deal with my issue myself. I knew I could quit anytime I wanted. My coworker was right and the relationship disappeared as many do at that age. I didn’t notice it at the time but all my future girl friends smoked too.
About ten years later, I did notice that all my friends smoked. Smokers and nonsmokers don’t chum together. I decided it was time to quit. Investigating the methods available I considered if I wanted to cut off my hand, the way not to do it was each finger, one knuckle at a time. You just chop it off. I quit smoking at that moment. I didn’t stop being an addict or a smoker who didn’t smoke however.
Within a month, three different people I worked with offered to pay for a year’s supply of cigarettes if I would just go back to smoking as I had been. I smoked two to three packs a day. My ability to tolerate nonsense was now nearly zero. The three who offered were a small sample of the refrain I heard daily, ‘please go back to smoking.’
I did. With three years worth at no cost I figured I could figure it out. The goal, the DMP in the matter, was to quit smoking without effort, any pain or discomfort, without any issues at all and it had to be so no one would even remember I smoked or know I had ever smoked. I studied the habit putting a sheet of paper around each pack, with a rubber band and pencil. Every time I had one, I wrote down the episode, time, and reason, anything that occurred to me.
I did the scrolls during this period and I considered the admonition to replace the ‘habit’ with another one. What, chew on a pencil or a stick of gum instead? That did not solve the real issue I began to see. I had a cigarette before and after everything! Every meal, every event or project had one before and after… I caught myself with two still lit in the ashtray, one in my mouth while reaching for another as I began another project not having completed the first three yet. I also had to have one every twenty minutes. It was better than any alarm clock or ringing stopwatch for its accuracy.
Tuesday evening, 21 February 1984, I heard the little voice say [the one that just said to you ‘what little voice’] ‘light up a cigarette now Michael.’ I was dumbstruck! I didn’t smoke cigarettes! Cigarettes smoked me! Something, not me, had a different commitment for my life than the one “I” had.
I dumped every particle of ‘its’ commitment in the trash, cartons of cigarettes, ash trays and even a solid gold Calibri lighter. I stopped listening to the voice. The most amazing aspect was suddenly no one knew I had been a smoker! Those who should have, stopped asking for one, and people who avoided me suddenly were friendly. I had a lot of extra time too. I was no longer a concern for where, how and when I would have one, buy them, get them, pay for them, etcetera.
I did not replace the ‘voice’ with another one either. I noticed there were other ones already willing to run the show! I paid them no mind as well. I discovered ways to put them to work, giving them something to do. The easiest was having them all say the Rosary together four times a day. They have gotten pretty good at it too. Unfortunately, I have allowed a few to nudge me to eat at times when “I” am a different commitment. Insufficient sleep, stress from ten different directions gives them a ‘get out of jail free’ card… for a time.
Mr Haanel in week five declares: every conceivable force or object or fact is the result of mind in action. … You can originate thought, and, since thoughts are creative, you can create for yourself the things you desire.
You either produce you own thinking, thought creation OR you allow something else to use you for its thoughts, its commitments, and its future. Noticing that initiated my ‘never again’ and ‘not on my watch’ mantras.
2. The subconscious can and will solve any problem for us if we know how to direct it. The subconscious processes are always at work; the only question is, are we to be simply passive recipients of this activity, or are we to consciously direct the work? Shall we have a vision of the destination to be reached, the dangers to be avoided, or shall we simply drift?
You may notice that the world teaches us to drift to someone’s dreams and desires and it is not ours!!!
7. The idea seemed plausible, the conscious received it, passed it on to the subconscious, where it was taken up by the Sympathetic System and passed on to be built into our physical body. “The word has become flesh.”
24. Those who have come into possession of this inheritance are never quite the same again. They have come into possession of a sense of power hitherto undreamed of. They can never again be timid, weak, vacillating, or fearful. They are indissolubly connected with Omnipotence. Something in them has been aroused; they have suddenly discovered that they possess a tremendous latent ability of which they were heretofore entirely unconscious.
28. All possession is the result of the accumulative attitude of mind, or the money consciousness; this is the magic wand which will enable you to receive the idea, and it will formulate plans for you to execute, and you will find as much pleasure in the execution as in the satisfaction of attainment and achievement.
The next question is Karma, cause and effect, is it real or a myth. I’ll let you know in my next post.