What is More Important than Time?

This a recent email to my LinkedIn connections. It fits well here too. The more I discover the more I find I do not know. I wonder if that is a reason so many stop their discovery process. Living inside a myth is easier.

besuccessfulI have accomplished many successes over the course of my life and the most profound and rewarding happened quickly without any struggle or effort on my part. The common refrain that success comes by hard work and persistence is a large lie in my view. Good for keeping employees nose to the grindstone. Discovering what I do best and learning how to delegate the rest has been my focus. What is the source of effortlessness in this moment? My greatest successes happened while operating as an employee however.   That period is no longer available to me and for millions of others worldwide. I have reached the place where it is clear to me that what it takes to succeed now is entirely different from what it took to succeed as an employee. While many of the ‘rules’ for success may be similar and apply in all cases, principles if you will, there is much I have yet to discover.

I have determined three simple conditions are essential for my success. One is the beliefs I view the day provide what is possible for me to achieve. Limiting beliefs or worse, incongruent opposing beliefs produce failure. When I cannot set aside a belief and replace it with another, even for just a moment, I am stuck.impossibleNOT

Two is clarity comes from simplicity and enables focus. My daily ‘doing now’ list is short and replaced the long to ‘to do’ list I used to beat myself up with every evening.

The most important condition for effective action and accomplishment, for success daily is not time nor is it a set of skills I must continue to master. It is not intention, passion, bliss, or effective goal setting. All are useful but without one condition present make no difference. It is not in any of the courses I have taken over the last thirty years on leadership and dozens of other useful experiences. Concepts are always different from reality. When I have ‘this’ everything I do works. Without enough of ‘it’ I fail. This was useful as an employee but not essential to my day-to-day successes. What is it? Let me know and a future post will divulge my answer.



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 – #15 Persistence Always Wins

One equals the size of the other.

One equals the size of the other.

You cannot not be persistent.  It is virtue without a top, there is always more to go and more of it to do. It is a virtue not possible to ignore either. I looked this week for persistence. It is everywhere and always wins!

Fleas are persistent in their attack on a dog.  If you want to rid the dog of fleas, you will have to be more persistent than the fleas.  You can however train fleas to limit their persistence.  Capture enough to see them in a wide mouth jar with a cover bouncing off the top of the jar, you can hear them banging to get out.  It must hurt however.  Eventually the sound subsides and while they keep jumping, they will eventually not hurt themselves against the lid any longer.  When you take the lid off, they continue to jump just inside the jar. Like fleas, I noticed this week I have been ‘hurt’ and decided to limit my jumping to just inside the current jar.

Persistence and consistency appear to have a lot in common.  Persistence though seems to indicate operating continually in the face of some resistance.  Consistency appears rewarded for no resistance but stops when its inertia meets a similar opposing force.  Persistence rises to a level past the opposition.  I noticed while driving the mountains here there is a ‘persistence’ required to maintain the same speed. Sometimes you have to add gas and other times you need to downshift or use the brake to have a consistent, persistent speed.
I am either persistent in my resistance to my negative views [not much workability] or I persist in something more constructive.  I uncovered in my list of successes in the past something persistent too.  I had arranged them [subconsciously] into time periods.  The beginning ones are all about approval, winning approval, accomplishing a task and then getting the approval to produce the ‘successes.  The ‘failures’ associated with that time were I didn’t get the approval I desired or enough of it. Get straight ‘A’ report cards long enough and the approval rating becomes a so what; so what are you going to do to get approval now.  I was a flea only willing to jump so high.   I wanted to have the same outcome for the same performance. That never happened and that was always an upset. 

1000attaboysI also noticed a persistent background conversation, in me and in others, that sounds like ‘I don’t wanna’.  I don’t wanna do this anymore, I don’t wanna be in charge, I don’t wanna do it that way and the list is finite but too long for here. When I get the two year old into the game, ‘wanting to’, stuff happens, miracles occur and I am astounded at what I accomplish. However, when allowing him free reign, stuck is a kind word.

Having an opinion, while not voicing it, is still a persistent mind influenceTHEworldmeme.  When I looked at an opinion it involves judgment, based on a rule I believe is true and how close I or they are to fulfilling the rules obligations.  My conditions for satisfaction are persistent. Yes, I can change the conditions for satisfaction. How much work is involved in having the subconscious take on the changes?  Opinions are like the early warning signs of a cold coming on.  Without some intervention, opinions lead to upsets and worse.  Could I change the rule I was using? Acceptance is changing the rule, ignoring it or some other observational way of not engaging the rule, that just ‘set off’ the opinion.  I wonder how many rules are in here that now contradict each other because I ‘accepted’ something temporarily by adding a subset rule change to avoid an upset.  I have to spend time house cleaning the conditions for satisfaction so they all support the definite major purpose.  The coming weeks of looking for one virtue all week will help in the cleansing.

A willingness to go along to get along may not serve you or me in the long run. The other area I looked at this week and need to spend additional time on, re persistence, is how I have the structure for fulfillment designed.  One structure I persistently revert to is the ‘Wizard of Oz’ before he came out from behind the curtain.  Asking him out usually is met with a persistent ‘I don’t wanna’ also.  Healing my past to attain my highest potential is one of the new tasks this course has pressed on my subconscious.    The other persistent old chant is ‘I’m not good enough’.  Sometimes the caveat of ‘yet’ is added and other times ‘ever’ with a certain victims tone is added.

YougWishesIn digging out the past success list, it pulled with it the background motivations and all of them have about being good enough or not.  As a child, I embarrassed easily.  I risked being wrong often. I guessed at answers in a hurry to discover the ‘correct’ one.  The number of times chastised for my behavior is legend. Teasing is never kind either and the two follow hand in hand. Eventually no matter how ‘nice’ the chastisement it still pushed the ‘shame’ button into the stuck on position.  The subconscious job is to protect and defend, especially from pain.  The mechanisms and resources devised to insure nothing presses the button always fail. Someone eventually notices, ‘what does this button do?’ and boom I am an instant reaction, an upset way beyond reason or appropriate for the current situation.  More shame follows compounded by all the past episodes I have long forgotten leaving everyone baffled and unsure of what just happened.

The subconscious adds another layer of protection. A layer of smart, removecluttercute, helpful, kind and whatever is currently working but eventually the button is pressed. Eventually, you just shut the door on entire rooms of your life, lock the door, board it up and plaster it off so no one knows the room even exists.  Persistence has no top to it. The mansions we live in have secret rooms we are afraid to enter. I am looking forward to adding all the rooms back. Stay tuned to the weeks ahead.