Week 7: You thought diets were hard?

Have you ever tried dieting before?  If you have then you know how challenging it can be.  The willpower that you must have in order to withstand the temptation of those “bad” foods.  The gritting of teeth as you sit with your family for special occasion dinners and you watch them get down into all the delicious dishes that you can’t partake in.  Working hard to ignore the rumbling in your stomach as you try to convince yourself that you aren’t hungry while you drink another glass of water.

As an alternative health practitioner, I’ve experimented with all manner of diets.  I’ve done raw foods, vegan, paleo, Atkins, low fat, low carbs, juice fasts, coconut water fasts, and the lemonade diet.  I used to think that the most difficult one was the 20 days that I drank cayenne pepper lemonade!  Then this week, I was introduced to the 7 Day Mental Diet.

The 7 Day Mental Diet requires you to go seven days straight WITHOUT a negative thought!  And when you do catch yourself thinking something negative, you must immediately replace it with a positive one, or else you must START AGAIN from scratch.

Sounds easy, until you realize how many negative thoughts pass through our minds every day!  This week was probably not the best week to start the diet with the USA general election and all the negative discourse surrounding the event.  I found myself starting over time and again in just the first hour!  As the results of the election came in Tuesday night, I decided to give myself a few days break before starting over.

Now that I’m starting over, I’m still finding it extremely challenging.  I’m realizing how many negative thoughts go through my head.  A car cuts me off while driving — OOPS, there’s a negative thought!  I spill my drink accidentally — there’s another negative thought!

I re-read the diet, and I realize that the purpose is to make me conscious of my thoughts, help me to not sit and dwell on negative thoughts that go through my mind, but replace them immediately with positive ones, until eventually this becomes second nature.

I realize that I may be starting and re-starting my diet many times in the coming weeks, but I know that each time I re-start, I will be able to go many more days in a row of only positive thoughts until I finally get to the time when I can go the entire seven days!

Week 6: I Will Greet This Day With Love In My Heart

This week we started on Scroll II in The Greatest Salesman In The World.  This lesson is about treating everyone that we come into contact with in a loving manner.  What a powerful message, especially in today’s climate of divisiveness and intolerance.  What would the world look like if everyone understood this message?  We spend so much time focusing on our differences, we forget that we are more alike than we think.  And the MKMMA teaches us that we are all the same – we are all parts of the same whole.

“And most of all I will love myself.”

I think this is the root of the problem.  We don’t love ourselves.  We assume that we do, but if we really loved ourselves, we wouldn’t treat our bodies the way we do by ingesting junk, taking toxic medications, thinking toxic thoughts.  And if we don’t love ourselves, how can we truly love someone else?  This I believe is a huge lesson for us all.  When we really show ourselves the love that we deserve, then it will be reflected back to us in the relationships we foster with others.  When we truly love ourselves, then no one else has the power to hurt us.  When we truly love ourselves, then we can truly accept others for who they are, without judgement.

And what a wonderful world this would be!

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Week 5: How Are You Building Your Mental Home?

This week’s lesson was about being very conscious about what we are feeding our subconscious mind.  When you realize that ninety percent (90%) of our mental life is subconscious,  you begin to understand just how important it is for our conscious mind to stand guard over what gets to our subconscious mind.  If we aren’t vigilant about the thoughts that go through our mind, it is very easy for negative thoughts to creep in and direct our lives.

We are a result of the environments of our past generations, our home, business and social environments.  We form opinions, prejudices, impressions and ideas based upon all of these, and our minds accept these without really examining them thoroughly.  We are what we think, and most of us create lives that are less than what we desire due to our unconscious thoughts.

“If either of us were building a home for ourselves, how careful would we be in regard to the plans; how we should study every detail; how we should watch the material and select only the best of everything; and yet how careless we are when it comes to building our Mental Home, which is infinitely more important than any physical home, as everything which can possibly enter into our lives depends upon the character of the material which enters into the construction of our Mental Home.”

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This paragraph really hit home for me.  I’ve been contemplating moving and so I’ve been more interested than normal at potential houses.  As I look back on my actions, I realize that I am critical of the design of the house.  I have a list of must-haves and no-can-dos when it comes to my physical home.  But I’ve never stopped to make those lists for my Mental Home.  Whoa!!  What would my life look like now if I had made those lists years ago for my Mental Home?  I have a good notion that I would be much further ahead than I am now!

The awesome thing is though, it’s never too late to start.  “We are a today the result of our past thinking, and we shall be what we are thinking today, the Law of Attraction is bringing to us…the things which we have created by our thought processes, whether consciously or unconsciously.”  Knowing this, I resolve to be conscious of my thoughts every single day.  I will focus on my list of must-haves and reject the no-can-do thoughts until my subconscious mind accepts these as truth.  As I continue to do this, I will begin to attract the things that I desire into my life, and each tomorrow will be better than the today!

Week 4: I’m Addicted!

I have a confession.  I am an addict.

What? Not the goody two-shoes, always follow the rules, no drinking, no smoking, no drugs Cindy?  How is that possible?  What on this earth could she be addicted to?

Well, if you must know….I’m addicted to procrastination.

Huh?

I know that sounds bizarre, but I discovered this week in the Master Key Master Mind Alliance that our bodies create neuropeptides that correspond to specific feelings and emotions. Whenever we experience these emotions, our cells are bathed in these neuropeptides.  Over time, our body becomes used to this and this is where the addiction occurs.  When our cells don’t get bathed in these neuropeptides, they go through a type of “withdrawal” causing us to manifest situations which will elicit the emotions that create these neuropeptides.

Hence the reason I find it so difficult to stop procrastinating.  My body has become addicted to my procrastination neuropeptides, and when I have an extended period of time of productive behavoir, my cells start craving them and I manifest situations that cause me to backslide.

Yes, it sounds like an excuse, but this is real science!  The good thing is that we can change this and get our bodies to create new neuropeptides in response to new emotions.  We start by interrupting our selfconscious mind and training it to feel good about doing routine, normal tasks.  Then we up the ante by linking those tasks and positive emotions to other tasks that are more and more involved.  We cement this into the subconscious by doing them repetitively until it becomes effortless.

This Master Key experience is teaching me to get rid of my addiction to procrastination and create a new addiction – an addiction to positive growth and productivity.  It’s only been 4 weeks, and I’m seeing the difference already!  I’m making lists and actually checking things off!  I feel motivated to get things done.  We are in the last quarter of the year, and I’m going to blow it out of the water.

Just watch me!

 

Week 3: Identity Theft

This week I learned that someone had stolen my identity and attempted to open several credit cards using my social security and one of my previous addresses.  Thankfully with the aid of my ID Theft Shield from Legal Shield, this was caught within days and taken care of without any fraudulent charges or money being removed from my accounts.  money

Now I’ve had this ID Theft Shield membership for what seems like eons, and I’ve never really thought about it.   Every month for years, I had been getting an email that said there was no activity on my credit file, so I began taking it for granted.  I became complacent, and as my colleagues complained online about their information being stolen from one of our regulatory agencies, I thought “That won’t happen to me”.  In fact, I probably wouldn’t have paid any attention this time around if I’d only received one email.  What triggered my curiosity was five emails from them over the course of two days, which was totally out of the norm.  And even then, it took me a week before I opened up the emails and discovered the extent of the threat.

Once discovered though, it took one call to the membership number and everything was taken care of.  They called the credit card companies to verify the information, close the accounts and place a Security Fraud Alert on my credit files with all three reporting agencies.  It was a relief having a service available to me that did all of that.  I doubt I would have known what to do without them, and it’s highly likely that the fraud may not have been discovered until my credit had been ruined.  I am very thankful that I chose to keep my membership active, even though there were many times that I debated canceling it.

So what does all this have to do with my Master Key Journey?

Well as I was spending time being grateful for the positive outcome, it dawned on me that this situation mirrored what we’ve been learning over the past few weeks.  My ID Theft Shield is like my Conscious Mind.  It is the “watchman at the gate”, guarding my credit from “mistaken impressions”, just as the Conscious Mind guards the Subconscious Mind from mistaken impressions.  Lesson 2-18 states, “the conscious mind ought to be on duty during every waking hour. When the watchman is off-guard, or when it’s calm judgement is suspended, under a variety of circumstances, then the subconscious mind is unguarded and left open to suggestion from all sources.”   I must train my Conscious Mind to always be vigilant so as to protect my Subconscious Mind from its greatest enemy: FEAR.  I allow only positive suggestions and feelings into my Subconscious Mind, and like my credit rating, it gets better and better every day as the negative influences are eliminated.

Week 2: The Challenge Continues…

As we are finishing up Week 2, what has become very clear to me is that my old blueprint is very resistant to change.  It keeps creating challenges in a vain effort to prevent me from making changes.  Little does it know that I’m committed to changing my life for the better.  So when life throws a Hurricane Matthew my way and threatens my home, my family and my friends, I give it my middle finger and say “TRY YOUR BEST, BUDDY! YOU CAN’T PUSH ME OFF TRACK!”

I thought that sitting still for 15  minutes and not moving was challenging.  This week we had to sit still for 15 minutes without moving PLUS empty our minds for at least 5 minutes.  Whoa!  My mind is a huge chatterbox.  It just would not stay quiet.  Every few seconds some random thought would pop up and off we would go!  It’s amazing how you can have a thought and in less than thirty seconds, that thought has wandered around several curves and bends, and next thing you know, you’re thinking of something totally unrelated to the original thought!   Evidently my old blueprint is scared of change and will do anything to hold me back.   Thankfully I have the support of a great partner at home, who reminds me throughout the day that I am supposed to read my scroll and my DMP.  And then he listens to me read aloud at night.  Great bedtime story for him!  😀

I’m curious how week three will unfold.   Stay tuned!

Week 1 of the Journey

Woohoo!! I was blessed to receive one of the highly coveted scholarships to the Master Key Mastermind Alliance, and we are in week one of the journey.  It has been a rocky start for me.  My first challenge was having to travel for a conference beginning right in the middle of our orientation webinar.  Thankfully the webinar was recorded so I was able to watch the part that I missed.  Second challenge was my books not arriving before leaving for my seminar.  I overcame that by purchasing a Kindle version so that I would be able to complete the assignments while away from home.  Once I return home, my books should be in and I can get on track the proper way.  The third, and most challenging, has been being in a conference daily for 8 straight hours.  I’ve not been able to do my after-lunch reading consistently because of extremely short lunch breaks.  I have been committed however to reading first thing in the morning, and last thing at night (reading with gusto).  I have been lugging my Kindle to classes with me, and as best as I can, getting that midday reading in.  But I do have to admit that I’ve missed a couple days.

Part of our assignment is to sit completely still and silent for 15 minutes every day.  I’ve found that after 10 minutes, I tend to start dozing off.  I’ll nod off for about 1-2 minutes before catching myself.  How do I prevent this from occurring?  We aren’t supposed to move – not to scratch an itch, wiggle our toes, nada!  I think that I need to try doing this with my eyes OPEN.  Think that might work?  I’ll have to update you on that one.  I’ve been known to sleep standing up in a nightclub, so the likelihood that I will fall asleep with my eyes open is highly probable!  🙂

I am proud of myself so far!  I’ve not let these challenges put me off track  as I would have in the past- I’ve adapted as best I can to the situation and I know that Week 2 will be even better, because I’ll be back home and back to my regular schedule!