MKMMA Week 17, Courage to stand for what we believe means we will not fall.

It has taken me a week to decide if I can get past the quote below from the Master Key Part 17 Introduction and concentrate on the many positives in the numbered section.

I am not sure if the Intro’s to the numbered parts were written by Haanel himself or are commentary from another writer but I cannot let it pass and want to discuss it whoever the writer may be. First let’s read the passage in question.

“The kind of Deity which a man, consciously or unconsciously, worships, indicates the intellectual status of the worshipper.
Ask the Indian of God, and he will describe to you a powerful chieftain of a glorious tribe. Ask the Pagan of God, and he will tell you of a God of fire, a God of water, a god of this, that, and the other.
Ask the Israelite of God, and he will tell you of the God of Moses, who conceived it expedient to rule by coercive measures; hence, the Ten Commandments. Or of Joshua, who led the Israelites into battle, confiscated property, murdered the prisoners, and laid waste to cities.
The so-called heathen made “graven images” of their Gods, whom they were accustomed to worship, but among the most intelligent, at least, these images were but the visible fulcrums with which they were enabled to mentally concentrate on the qualities which they desired to externalise in their lives.”

I have not met many pagans though I have met plenty of Muslims and Jews and many more Christians and I have never found intellectual status to be a deciding factor in what they believe. I am a member of Mensa and I only mention it to say I suppose it means I have quite a high intellect but I have met men with far less mental ability than myself who have been able to teach me much about the simple faith in the God we both follow.

The writer above, suggests that men have created their deity in their own image and I agree with him that many have but the God I know and serve was not created at all but He created man in His own image.

In Haanel Part 17:1 we read “We are told that Man has “dominion over all things”; this dominion is established through Mind.”

In the very first chapter of the book of Genesis we read from verse 26,  Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it;…

and moving to Genesis 2:15 we read  Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.

Whether you take it literally or allegorically is up to you but the point is, God made man and gave him a superior mind for a purpose: that he might fill the earth, rule over it, tend it and keep it.
It seems that man’s tendency, at least since the fall of Adam has been more about subduing and dominating than it has about tending and keeping.
If you are struggling with the concept of ‘the fall’ let me put it another way…Haanel talks about being in harmony with the laws of nature…The apostle John wrote “if we ask anything according to God’s will we know He hears us.” and Jesus said “Ask believing, nothing doubting.”

Before the fall man was in perfect harmony, walking with God in the garden, nothing doubting…clearly all men are not in perfect harmony today and doubt is everywhere evident…so we are fallen from what God intended for us, which we now know to be “Whole, Perfect, Strong, Powerful, Loving, Harmonious and Happy.’
Now the God I read about in Moses writings is not the one described above by Haanel or his introducer. “the God of Moses, who conceived it expedient to rule by coercive measures; hence, the Ten Commandments.”

To a man who knows God and understands the Old Testament scriptures this God is not at all coercive but full of Grace and Truth. The Ten Commandments are the Law of God and as we have already agreed concerning the laws of nature they were given for the good of mankind.
The 7th as an example is written Thou shalt not commit adultery.
How about this as a paraphrase, Remain faithful to the partner you married because the intimacy you know with that person can never be bettered, The sex will be the best if you give yourselves fully to one another, the trust will be complete and perfect but if shattered will never again be totally whole. Every person connected with the adulterer and the one betrayed will be in some way diminished and nobody at all will be increased. Thats why I say remain faithful… because I love you both so much.

The writer clearly does not know this God of love and has a scant understanding of the scriptures.
God had been very patient with the inhabitants of Canaan and waited hundreds of years until their sins became intolerable before allowing the Israelites to invade.

This is the same God who changed His mind about bringing judgement on Ninevah in the days of Jonah after the king humbled himself and the people followed his example.

This is the same God who waits patiently today for the world to get better although the signs of that happening are not very encouraging.

Haanel talks about a new age of thinking men where peace reigns and there is prosperity and progress on every side. I believe he would be so disappointed if he were alive today because having placed his trust in men and the ‘universal mind’ to make everything right perhaps he would feel the world is actually worse now than it was in his day. Sure we have invented new and shiny things and much better ways to kill each other, but is the character of man with his wonderful mind and many opportunities any better?
I know we are not to judge…I am just observing.

The writers comments about the Israelite hero Joshua being a thief and a murderer are probably antisemitic, and considering the time it was written this is no surprise, but to suggest the pagan deities were just like our DMPs and the cards we are using to develop our desired characteristics is at best naive. They were sacrificing their own babies to these ‘gods’ they had carved from wood or stone. Has man changed since then? Not a bit considering the millions of babies that are sacrificed each year in abortion clinics.

So are you thinking this is so negative…I never knew Rob could be like this…let me just say I am very positive that we can turn it round, but not if we think we can do it without God. Mark spoke a few weeks ago about the Tower of Babel, that was the birth of the New Age movement…man can get to heaven without God, by the power of his own mind. Communism is a modern day tower…from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs…how does that work out in practice? Needs are deeper than food clothing and shelter, men need incentive and crutches only teach men they cannot walk.  Man needs God and to carry out His great plans for man on the earth God needs man…He has chosen in His goodness to use men and it is our privilege to be so used. Because He has chosen us we must choose to believe it was He who created us Whole, Perfect, Strong, Powerful, Loving, Harmonious and Happy.

It was man who chose to fall from that place but each man individually has now been given the chance to be restored by simply believing in the Saviour Jesus Christ and experiencing a New Birth in his human spirit (Ephesians 2) meaning the Spirit of God, the Universal Spirit if you like, comes to live there: (Thanks to Haanel I now understand the seat of this dwelling to be the Solar Plexus.) and so he regains access to the Mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).

We become new creations and the old person we once were dies away. There is a process as we are renewed in the spirit of our minds and there is a new blueprint to replace the old. The architect, the builder and maker of this new man is God as we cooperate with Him in it.

It may be that you will choose to carry on believing that man without God can solve his own problems and you have the right to do that…God is not at all coercive and will not take that right from you.
But remember the people in Canaan, as patient as God is, judgement will have to come one day because it is a law of nature. Perhaps Emmerson would describe it as the law of compensation but for better or worse we will all reap what we sow.

I want to leave the last word with the great Israelite Hero who said in the book of Joshua chapter 24:14,15
“So fear the LORD and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD alone.
But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve.
Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live?
But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.”

The Kindest Act of All MKMMA Wk 16

“I am not on this earth by chance. I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain…not to shrink to a grain of sand. I am natures greatest miracle. I was conceived in love and brought forth with purpose.” The scroll marked IV Og Mandino.

OK  so after 16 weeks of reading Haanel’s Master Key and repeating aloud multiple times each day the appropriate scroll from the Greatest Salesman I have learned many things and yet I have learned that I still know so very little about what makes everything tick.

Take Og’s statement above, “I was conceived in love”…well maybe I was, I like to think so, but what about those who were conceived ‘by accident’ on a one night stand, or far worse as the result of a rape or even a systematic sexual enslavement of one people group by another. Is it possible to watch the news on television and think that every child is conceived in love? Maybe it is better not to watch the news at all and actually I do avoid it as much as I can, but because I choose to guard my heart and mind by not dwelling on them that doesn’t make the atrocities go away does it .

What about the millions of people who live from cradle to grave under the power of darkness, and dare I say, Satanic ideologies or other forms of physical or mental slavery. People who never have any possibility of free thought and even less chance of freedom of action without fear of the worst kind of reprisals. Children are abducted and forced to be soldiers, young girls are forced to become brides when they are hardly in their teens. Are these things too far away to be of concern in such a small world?

In the ‘civilised’ West: and I am talking about less than an hours drive from my house young men of one certain persuasion are given cash incentives if they manage to get a young girl from the indigenous population pregnant. In a town only 60 miles away at least 1400 children were systematically, sexually abused over a number of years right under the noses of local authorities who were too scared to act.  I know it is hard to believe but I have lived long enough to know it is still happening.

So am I expected to believe that the world is making progress but it is just not perfect yet?

Or am I supposed to accept that all their misfortune is the result of people’s own thoughts and they have ‘attracted’ to themselves the terrible life they are living?

Well, I don’t believe it and I cannot accept it.

Am I now going back on all I have previously written in my blog posts? I have tried to be so positive. Well every lamp must have a positive AND a negative wire before it will give its light.

So I am not going back on anything previously written…I have come a long way and learned so much of value but one thing I believe remains the same and no amount of reason has been able to move me from it.  Good and evil do exist side by side and if anyone were to deny it I think they would only be choosing ignorance for the sake of convenience.

Imagine the architect of the universe as mere electrons firing together to form atoms which in turn form cells who act individually or group together with all their different tasks to perform. Imagine that a few trillion of them contrived to form you. You are a spirit being, your have a soul, (your mind, your will, your emotions) and you live in a body.  Can you believe all that just evolved from some lesser life form?

No intelligent design, no benevolent creator who said “Let us make man in our own image” and whose heart is filled with love for mankind.  Some would have it as a series of chance happenings that took place in a previously vacant universe.

I don’t want to be rude but I have to laugh.

You see my imagination doesn’t stretch that far and I am not convinced that science will ever prove that things can come from nothing. Words and thoughts are not nothing, they are something so I can more easily believe that by mixing words with faith an intelligent, supreme being called those things that were not as though they were.

I believe in a God of Love. If we are to accept the Bible record we must accept it in its entirety, yes,  some of it may be allegorical but there is sufficient hard doctrine for us to accept that God is a good God who desires only good things for men but that He has a malevolent adversary who hates mankind as much as he hates his creator.

In the 51st Psalm King David expresses to God his deep sorrow and very real remorse for his own terrible actions…he writes

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.

This is the man about whom God had already said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’ Acts 13:22

He does not write, I was conceived in love and brought forth with a purpose…but rather I was conceived in sin and brought forth with iniquity. 

And yet his purpose became clear…and he achieved it too, uniting a people and continuing the blood line and the prophesies that brought forth the Christ. Emmanual, God with us, you shall call His name Jesus for He will save His people from their sins.  Not just a carpenter, not just a great teacher, not just a prophet but The Prince of Peace, all the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form and the propitiation for our sins, the only way to God.

No man comes to the Father but by Me, He said it Himself and if He lied about that then we have to believe He lied about other things too.  But He cannot lie and He is the same, yesterday and today and forever.

So however it came about that you were born into this world, be it in true love or in lust or in violence… the new birth, the birth by the Spirit is from God and he gave you a purpose that was known to Him from before the foundation of the world.

This fits perfectly with Haanel. The spirit world is very real and permanent. The things of earth are temporary. The laws of the universe and the laws of the mind work for all people, God makes His sun to shine on the righteous and on the unrighteous. Evil people may prosper for a time and they will manifest what they think about because the laws of the mind work for them too but David in another place (Psalm 37:7-9) says this

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;                                                                      Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,                                                 Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.                                      Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;

Do not fret—it only causes harm.                                                                                     For evildoers shall be cut off;                                                                                   But those who wait on the Lord,                                                                                They shall inherit the earth.

Don’t fret…Be at peace.

At the end of two weeks thinking about Kindness, noticing kindnesses and trying to do kindnesses without getting caught or looking for credit the greatest kindness of all comes in this. To help a fellow human being to see that, whatever the circumstances of his birth, whatever his life history to date, no matter where he has been and what he has done, God loves him with an everlasting love and wants him to come home.  To simply ask is all that is required…there is no work to do…there is no cost…Jesus has already covered that…just come with Gratitude. Enter His gates with thanksgiving in your heart.

You will see that Gratitude is indeed a cause not an effect, and that we can actually change our own life and much more than that… if we can reach even one of those enslaved in darkness we might be opening a door  allowing light to flood in and change a nation. How can we do that? Well first we must pray…they are not the enemy, they are people who God loves in need of our help. We must give without expectation of reciprocity from those we seek to bless…we are in the flow.

Let’s leave the last word to Og from scroll 2. With love I tear down the wall of suspicion and hate which they have built round their hearts and in its place I build bridges so that my love may enter their souls. I greet this day with love in my heart.

MKMMA Week 15 Back to the Garden

I heard a line in a song on the radio today, ‘And we’ve got to get ourselves Back to the Garden’. The Song was called Woodstock. It reminded me of my hippy days in the late 60s. Are you going to San Francisco? Will you wear flowers in your hair? Well actually we only got as far as St Ives in Cornwall, close to the South Westerly tip of Great Britain: and I am sure we believed it was possible to get back to the garden…the protest singers were heavily concentrating on Viet Nam but we were more interested in Making Love with no thoughts of War in that peaceful corner of England .

Then we all grew up… the pimples cleared up and before we knew it the hair started to fall out and now here I am to tell the tale in my seventh decade.

But looking back there was a certain flow then, a freedom I suppose, a kind of relaxation, an ability to dream about bigger things than paying bills and getting by from day to day. We truly thought we could change the world one way or another but I don’t think we changed it at all, certainly not for the better.

There has been a long gap in the middle but I am actually beginning to dream again. I actually do believe we can still change the world…we were just looking in the wrong place…we were looking to change the effects and now at this late stage we come to realise we were supposed to be looking at the cause. Well we have to teach it to the current generation of young people and hope they can grasp it better than we did.

The very best life it was ever possible to live was in the Garden of Eden…Whether you think the story allegorical or you take it literally is your business and I am not looking to persuade you to agree with my view, but all the blessings of God were there, and all they had to do was live in harmony with Him and cooperate with the natural laws that He had set up for their advantage.

All the natural laws, including the 7 laws of the mind that we have been thinking so much about were set up for mans good. God had no plan for man’s defeat then and neither does He now. He is a benevolent creator with no malevolence in Him at all. He is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. He is love and love is the Law of Attraction. Have you ever noticed what happens to the darkness when light breaks in. The light wins every time and if we will live in the light of God our victory is assured.

But back to the Garden…it was the best it could possibly be there… there was no way to improve the situation at all.  They were in perfect harmony with God, with nature, with each other. The Affirmation we heard about a few weeks ago,  “I am Whole, Perfect, Strong, Powerful, Loving, Harmonious and Happy” can never have been more true.

But Adam had a choice…we have the same choice today…Their choice to disobey a simple instruction based on a false promise from the tempter caused them to forfeit everything they had that was precious.

Warnings are given to keep us from harm. The warning had been, if you eat of it you will surely die, and although physical death took a long time to manifest their spirit died right then, their inner peace, and their peace with God, was broken in an instant and since the outer world is a reflection of the inner world there could be no peace on the earth from that moment forward. (Not until Emanuel stepped in)

It was not too long before one son was to murder another and eventually violence so filled the earth that even a great flood couldn’t stem the tide.

In the Master Keys 15:9b we read, “Our highest happiness will be best attained through our understanding of and conscious cooperation with natural laws

The apostle John wrote a letter and in it he says  “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” 1 John 5:14,15

I understand that ‘according to His will, and ‘in harmony with the laws of nature’ are the same thing and that means ‘Whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.

How do you listen? MasterKey MMA Wk 14

All of us in the Mastermind Alliance have been working through the MasterKeys one week at a time and we have all read each of the scrolls from Og Mandino’s Greatest Salesman between 80 and 90 times each. I read mine out loud every time because I believe that faith comes by hearing. Faith in whatever it is, the Bible means faith in God comes by hearing the Word of God but whatever you allow yourself to hear repeatedly will increase your faith in that thing, and we know that the subconscious doesn’t differentiate, it just accepts what the conscious guard of our hearts repeatedly allows through.

So as I was reading Luke Chapter 8 a few days ago, a verse that I have probably read a hundred times but never really noticed before leapt off the page at me. Its verse 18 where Jesus says…

Therefore consider carefully how you listen.

Then he goes on to say

Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.”

And I may have thought that was more about material things and I am sure since all truth is parallel it can be but here I now see it as spiritual… or should I say understanding…If I understand this it will be given to me to understand more…If I do not understand even that which I thought I understood will be taken away from me.

So lets look at the question then…”How do we listen, or how do we hear?  Well you can hear without listening can’t you. If we don’t pay attention we miss what we were intended to hear.

If someone is taking the trouble to try to tell us something we should at least start from the premise that they are doing that for the good of all concerned.

Jesus before He said consider carefully HOW you listen Jesus had just told the story about the farmer who went out to sow seeds. The birds steal some off the path, the sun burns up those that fall upon the rocky ground because its roots are not deep enough, some live a half life, they can hang around for years but they never bare any fruit because they never seem to get past the cares of this world.

And some just seem to be overcome what ever happens and they bare fruit, some 30 some 60 and some 100 fold. They bare fruit and so to what they have more will be added.

Maybe we have taken this in a passive way…if you are rocky ground then you are rocky ground…if you have the thorns then thats just the way it is…but since we have been thinking a lot about thinking I have realised that we actually get to choose what kind of ground we will be…

So if I am a hard ground person (due to my past thinking) and I want to be good a ground person that is going to take some effort, and I will really have to have the desire if I am to see it through.…we have read in the Master Keys that thinking is work, hard mental work and that is something many people will not want to do but we must understand that it is our own choice.

If we will do the work, regardless of the pain and the time it will take, we can transform our hearts from being hard where we cannot stop the birds from stealing the seed to the kind of fertile soil where we could not stop the production of a profitable harvest even if we wanted to.

If my heart is like the hard path it is a result of my past thinking and doings but if I want things to be different I have to change how I hear things…my understanding of the laws of the mind must be allowed to bare fruit. The Law of Growth tells me, If I forget about the things that I have allowed to harden my heart they will atrophy. If I fill my mind with whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, if I think about these things, Phil 4:8  my very character and then my circumstances will change.  My sermons have been greatly influenced by this prolonged study and I spoke from the pulpit on New Years Day inspired by these thoughts. http://www.hgfchurch.org

To carefully consider how we listen there are 4 steps.

Hear, Interpret, Evaluate and Respond.

We first hear, by paying attention and shutting out all distractions…

We may then have to interpret…I found the language quite antiquated with Emmerson and to a lesser degree with Haanel so a dictionary is proving useful quite often…

Having understood or translated the words we must Evaluate…

I have tried to keep an open mind…to allow others a different perspective when the temptation has been to compare notes with what I already believe. I have not agreed absolutely with everything and I have disagreed at times but I have seen value in everything even if it has simply opened a point of discussion in my mind.

And our response perhaps with more words as in this writing but more importantly with the physical application off what we have discovered. Are we doing anything differently because this is the only proof that we listened and understood. By the fruit you shall know them.

So “Therefore consider carefully how you listen.”

Where the rubber hits the road. MKMMA Week 13

It’s Christmas so we are taking a break this week from meeting together on the MMA Webinar. Nevertheless the tough mental work goes on unabated because we have learned that persistence is vital. I will persist until I succeed. Even when it looks like failure will be the reward for all my effort I will work on because I know that success is just around the corner. My choice is whether to press on or not, will I take that corner or will I go home in defeat, and if I do take the corner and success is not there will I take another, and then another?  I have said it out loud many times over the last three weeks.  “I will persist, I will win.”

I live and work and worship alongside the person with the winning attitude and also with the person who sees something wrong with every idea, with the company they work for, with the church, with society, with the government, with people, particular people or groups of people. And when he sees that things are not perfect he simply wants to surrender, to abandon the plan, abort the mission, give up on the goal, forget all about the ideal. His default setting is, ‘What’s the point anyway?’

And in some things he is right, the faults do exist, things are really not perfect, and they never will be: there is always something wrong with every idea, no church is perfect, no company gets everything right and there was only ever one perfect human being and look what they did to Him.

So let’s try to be the person that picks out the positives and wants to help our brothers become people that see the imperfections and yet look beyond them for all that is good about everything. Persistence, focus and concentrated thought needs to be applied until every problem is isolated and eliminated and everything of value is extracted from the idea.  When every possibility has been exhausted then we will either have a workable project on our hands or we will know for sure that no-one could have done it better. So even if we do eventually need to move on and work with the next idea nothing will be wasted because we will have learned so much from the exercise.

The only time anything should be rejected out of hand is if it violates our moral, ethical or religious value system.

Every idea isn’t going to work out, maybe it’s not the right time and maybe it never will be but you only need one or two good ones in a lifetime and they will make your fortune. Just keep getting the ideas, and milking them for all they have and never accept defeat. If you fall, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again. Now doesn’t that sound like a good idea for a song?

Somebody did it already, shucks.

Part 1 of my new Blue Print Builder, taken from Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” Says I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my Definite Major Purpose (DMP) in life, therefore, I demand of myself PERSISTENT continuous action towards its attainment, and I here and now promise to render such action.

So that brings us to the second key ingredient…Action.

All the thinking in the world will change nothing without a Plan of Action and even then we may still be stuck.

Question …5 frogs are sat on a lily pad when one decides to jump off. How many frogs are on the Lily pad?

Answer 5  Because deciding to jump off and actually jumping are not the same thing.

We must create the plan of action using focussed, concentrated thought but only by taking the action, by working the plan, will anything change.

So we can conclude that with right thinking, ie A Definite Major Purpose clearly written down, a Plan of Action also written down in great detail together with a Positive Mental Attitude. and then right doing, ie Having made a start, taken the first steps, however faulting and then committed to continuous, persistent action until we have the desired result, there is nothing that we cannot do.

I suppose I have taken many words to say what Jesus said in a few words in Matthew 17:20 “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible for you.”

The 7 Laws of the Mind MKMMA Week 12

The Seven Laws of the Mind have been in important part of this week. I have been thinking about them a lot, I keep trying to memorise them and obviously am trying to use them whenever needed.

The Law of Substitution is number one with good reason. I have used it for many years without ever putting a name to it. Forcing myself to sing a happy song when under pressure, quoting a meaningful promise from scripture or a powerful proverb from elsewhere when faced with a difficult situation; even trying to transport myself mentally to a better time and place. I have probably done all of those things all my life but usually only in very difficult situations. Now I think quickly about using it even when a fleeting negative thought comes in. The birds can hover but I am not letting them nest.

I have been using the other laws more too. The Law of Practice can work both ways. Thats why we make the proviso, Perfect Practice Prevents Poor Performance. Look what happens if you reverse the order of ‘poor’ and ‘perfect’, the opposite affect.

If someone is doing something the wrong way and keeps on practicing without correction then things can only get worse. We all hate criticism and whilst I don’t want to go off at a tangent here perhaps we should use the Law of Dual Thought and take criticism as a gift, even if it was not meant that was. Then that would be a great opportunity to use The Law of Forgiveness wouldn’t it.

But let me return to the  Law of Practice and give you an example of how using it in combination with The Law of Relaxation and the Law of The Subconscious has been working for me recently.  I have been playing table tennis regularly on Friday nights and obviously we are all getting better with practice.

But more than that, I am learning to play without engaging my conscious mind. I jokingly call it using the force to the guys I play with but I can honestly say I am getting better than I have ever been in my life. I am 60 and not as fit as some of the other guys but they can’t get near me when I am able to zone in, which is happening more and more of the time but not yet all of the time. I could always play better when just knocking up but then seemed to go all tense once the game started and would make silly errors and throw away vital points. Using the law of relaxation…bypassing the conscious mind and letting the subconscious mind and muscle memory come together I am not only hitting great shots but am also moving much faster than when I think too hard.

I know it is only a game but I believe this principle is transferable into anything we might want to do. I am planning to teach the church congregation from the 4th chapter of Philippians on New Years Day. It is very rare I have a sermon outlined so far in advance but I saw so much more in it while preparing for last Sunday’s message that I had to say I will leave this portion and come back later. I think that’s the first time I have ever given a movie trailer for a future sermon, I am looking forward to hearing it myself. If you fancy listening to the first part it is under sermons 11th December at www.HGFChurch.org

Back to Philippians Chapter 4 from verses 4-9 Paul writes

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

How powerful is this to Rejoice is a choice.  You could worry if you wanted to, but there is always an ‘instead’ with God. Pray Instead.

Giving thanks is a choice…having an attitude of gratitude…we can be upset at what we don’t have right now but ‘instead’ count your blessings one by one. You will be amazed at how much you do have.

Use the Law of Substitution…FIX YOUR THOUGHTS…its another choice and maybe the most important one. You choose what you think about and that is the cause before the effect. What will be the effect of focussing on things that are “true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.”

God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand… will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Solomon tells us to guard our hearts with all diligence for out of it come the issues of life. So it’s our choice to do it and God has our back when we do. I understand tat it is a stretch for some people to recognise that God is a person and became flesh in the person of Jesus Christ but that’s just you old blueprint at work. It’s the conditioning we were all given in this post Christian land. It took me till I was 30 to have my eyes opened a little. I just accepted the words of Christ by faith, faith is the substance. But what I have learned on this MKMMA has so enhanced my faith…I can almost see how everything works now. The 7 Laws, the Master Ket, particularly finding out about the Solar Plexus have been nothing short of revelation. I knew my spirit had been reborn and now linked me to the Holy Spirit but just how that happened was a mystery on which much light has been shed here.

The law of forgiveness is the drawbridge…Jesus is the Door…I forgive, I seek forgiveness…I am forgiven…forgiven everything and it was quite a lot of forgiveness I needed.

Taking authority and rewriting the script MKMMA Week 11

I can hardly believe my own cheek…A world famous author writes a best selling book and I don’t like a paragraph so I have rewritten it and glued mine into his book over his paragraph. Well I paid for the book so really its mine and I don’t suppose he will mind too much since he went to meet his maker 20 years ago…but why would I do such a thing? I love books, I have thousands of them in my home library… I get heated if someone even turns a corner over as a bookmark and now this…I have been blacking words out with children pencils…altering the odd word here and there and now I have taken to sticking in whole paragraphs.

But the fact is it’s my subconscious mind we are dealing with here and I have a duty to feed it with the right stuff.  The Wise King said, “Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it come the issues of life” So that means the conscious mind calling the shots on what is allowed to get through to the subconscious.

The deceased writer is Og Mandino and the book is called “The Greatest Salesman in the World” I have, in obedience to the instructions, established the habit of reading a particular chapter three times each day for 30 days… and it is a very good habit too, because I have gleaned more than I could have imagined was in there as each month has gone on.  We so often read a book, enjoy it, learn new things from it but then never take action. It’s not long before we forget what we learned and really that means we may as well have never bothered in the first place.

Certain chapters of The Greatest Salesman , the ones called scrolls, are designed to be repeated daily in order to turn the apprentice or the seasoned professional into the best salesman he can possibly be. It is only a little book but it has huge potential to unlock greatness in those who will follow its instructions. I highly recommend it not just to salesmen but to everybody who seeks self development. So having said all that why have I dared to alter it?

I have been used to a certain metaphor for half of my life, when I was 30 years old I first met the Good Shepherd. He has said “My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow Me.” I am not ashamed to follow Him or to be called His sheep and that does not condemn me to the slaughterhouse as Og suggests but rather it keeps me safe from it. So I can’t allow my subconsciouses mind to hear my own voice repeating daily words that belittle and condemn the sheep as the originals do.

So here is my replacement paragraph.

I was not delivered into this world in defeat, nor do I tolerate failure. I care for the sheep entrusted into my care. Some weep and complain but I am immune to their negativity because the Good Shepherd protects me, I follow Him and listen to His voice. I give without expectation of reciprocity from the channel I enrich because I know I am in the dynamic flow and will receive compensation from another source.

That is the fourth law of Giving and it allows me the freedom to trust completely as do the doctors and nurses who minister in the midst of plague and pestilence. I hear the Master’s voice saying,  “A thousand may fall at your side but it will not come near you.

Some things are difficult to understand and some things we may not want to even try  to understand because of fear that we might be straying from the path.

But as Haanel says in Master Key 11:23  All truth is the same.  (Morris Cerullo has often said it another way, “all truth is parallel” which I think is a clearer definition.) but the same, whether stated in modern scientific terms or in the language of apostolic times.

I believe the Bible is the truth but even the most serious contender for the faith must admit that it has not revealed all of the truth to us, many mysteries remain though the curtain has been pulled back time and again through the centuries. True science has revealed much truth but even the most staunch scientist will admit the limitations even as they continually push at the envelope seeing ever new and more exciting discoveries. One thing I do know, where there is serious effort to know the truth there will be no contradictions, science will only support the scripture and the Spirit of Truth will open doors for the listening scientists; there can only be continual unfolding revelation.

Religious traditions that have bound us, deceptions that have been used to control us, scientific slight of hand that has been used to ‘prove’ false theories will all fail. But the truth is being revealed as the Master Teacher promised it would and it will set free those men who desire to know it.

To quote Haanel one more time. 11:27  A new faith has been born, a faith which demands a new form of expression, and this faith is talking form in a deep consciousness of power which is being manifested, in the present spiritual activity found on every hand.

And that is why I feel empowered to re-write the paragraphs that do not edify my subconscious. Why I will re-write whole chapters if I need to. Those authors are respected far more than those whose books I will discard completely and the contributions they have made are greatly appreciated. I am in a state of gratitude for all they have done and for the continued unfolding after they were finished.

Week 10 and I thought the old blueprint was gone

Switching to the next scroll in Og’s Greatest Salesman was a bit of a challenge. Scroll 2 was flowing off the tongue and I almost didn’t want to leave it.

Then I read “each day I am tested by life in like manner”, like the bull being pricked by the picadors lance and just when I thought everything was going swimmingly it is almost as if I asked for this phrase to manifest. Someone told me just the day before that Mike Tyson is famous for saying “everyone has a plan till they get punched in the face” I laughed but not for long because the punch came the very next day.

Well the only thing I can say is I must be up to the test. I have grown in these last 10 weeks and perhaps the test that would have floored me for weeks previously knocked me back for about an hour. I was able to use the Law of Substitution quickly and to great effect.

I find I really am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy. I have been speaking that over my life but there have been a few other people this last week who need it more than me so I have been speaking it over them too. I even made a card all colourful for one person who is very dear to me. I wrote the law of substitution on one side and an explanation that he should turn the card over and read the other side as his thoughts began to wander down that road into depression. I had written the words, whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy in big bold letter in several crayons colours filling the whole card.  He looked at me as if I were from another planet or a child just out of a craft class. I am neither, I am his dad and I love him every much and it was hurting me to see him lying for over 30 days in a hospital bed and beginning to lose his mind. Crazy Dad or not he was out of hospital and home with his wife three days later. It matters not a jot to me if he thinks these things are off the wall, I have more than enough faith for both of us.

It didn’t stop me getting punched in the face though and reading and also listening to Haanel week 10 I have to take the blame. I broke the polarity! I cut myself off from the source with wrong thinking. My relationship with my creator was damaged for a little while and the flow just stopped. Maybe you think God is not like that, but you would be wrong to think that. We had a discussion about it.

He said “Think about you and your son…He does something right in front of you that he knows you don’t like, how do you feel?

Well I don’t feel particularly good about it, in fact I am saddened by it.

You feel sadness and let down right, and do you want to bless him with good things at that moment.

Well not at that moment no, actually I want to shout but I resist.

But is he still your son? or is your relationship ended?…

NO OF COURSE HE IS STILL MY SON…

and do you still love him?

YES MY LOVE IS NOT AFFECTED AT ALL.

But do you want the rift between you healed?

YES.

And what does he need to do to make that happen?

STOP, TURN away from what he is dong, Ask for FORGIVENESS.

And how long will you wait before you grant him forgiveness?

“I WILL NOT WAIT not even for a second, my forgiveness will be immediate as soon as he fulfils the conditions. STOP- TURN-ASK”

And that is exactly how I feel about you…So I repented which is one word for stop and turn and I asked forgiveness, I accepted that the pain of the punch in the face was worth it. The flow was restored, the lesson learned.

After all these years how could I not have understood that God is bound by his own words. How can I have thought I could do something that offends Him right in front of His face and expect him to let it pass.

He loves me far too much to do that. I will greet each day with love in my heart even if the day brings tests and trials because I know they only make me stronger.

Week 9 We are all in it together, even those who are not.

I wish I could have been on the Week 9 webinar but the lateness of the hour meant I could not find WiFi anywhere in the hidden corner of Tenerife where we were staying. It was the first webinar I had missed and it showed me how difficult it is to try and catch up. Anyway I am getting there, running to keep up was hard enough and running even faster to catch up seemed too big an ask but I just did the week 10 assessment and new encouragement has come in like a flood.

I have just slipped into the top bracket that says I am on my way, and I genuinely feel that I am. This whole exercise has been such an uplifting experience for me. For a  number of years I have felt that my life was coming to an end…I know that 60 is quite young in today’s world but with a few health issues…some of which I now believe are the figment of the combined imaginations of myself and the doctor, and a few difficult times at work and in the church too, (sorry to disappoint anyone who thinks church people are all sweetness and light but pastors are fair game in hunting season) I was just getting more and more convinced that it was almost time to go home.

I was hauling myself to my feet slowly, things were gradually picking up, work got better, the hunters left the church and God sent some sheep to replace them: and actually it’s a pretty happy family now, so things were picking up, slowly, one step at a time. But in the last 9 weeks they have taken off, the Master Key, the MMA has made so much that was already there in my mind, but hazy and a little dull leap out into the brilliant sunlight. Just like in Og Mandino’s Scroll 1.. I awake each morning with a vitality I have never known before. My vigour increases, my enthusiasm rises, my desire to meet the world overcomes every fear…Fear has been replaced with renewed faith…I have clarity of vision… I have massive goals, I am totally convinced that they are not just possible but that they must be attained,  and not as a chore or a task that I need to do to fill my time or to build myself a monument but as a service to the community, and to all the people who are waiting for the benefits our business will bring them. We are going to help hundreds of families to build viable, enjoyable businesses and to achieve goals they can only dream of right now… but on the way we are going to help those people develop so they are not phased by the money when it comes rolling in like the tide, they will know who the source is so they don’t worship the money but will use it to enjoy the abundant life they were designed for and to bring blessings to all around them.

I have learned from Scroll 2 that most of all I must love myself and when I do I will zealously guard my body, my mind, my soul and my heart but although I am to love myself it is because unless I do I cannot really love anyone else.

Solomon the wise king tells us to “Guard your Heart above all else for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23.  I always knew in part what he was trying to tell me but now I know for sure…now I understand what Paul meant when he said “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself,” 1 Corinthians 6:19  Well who do I belong to then?  I belong to God but through Him I belong to all humanity…we are all linked and we are all supposed to love and to serve one another, thats why Paul also wrote  Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16.

There is no escaping the scripture, the words of Solomon, and Jesus and Paul can either be trusted completely or not at all. Jesus said the kingdom of God is within you…he also said you cannot see the Kingdom of God unless you are born again,  Og says in scroll 2 “I look on all things with love and I am born again”. God is love and as he expands the capacity of our heart to know and love him and our neighbour as ourselves the kingdom of God is manifest in the earth. Jesus told us to pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. He also said forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors…if you do not forgive , your heavenly Father cannot forgive you. The law of Forgiveness named explicitly as an unavoidable condition for the abundant life.

There are no workarounds, no short cuts, no ignoring the words of the Master or His eternal work at the cross, the crossroads of time. Love and forgiveness are the only way to truth. If you are looking for prosperity it is hidden in plain sight… Jesus himself told us how to find it…Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.

 

 

 

MKMMA Week 8 Understanding the Matrix

“Successful men make it their business to hold ideals of the conditions which they wish to realize. They constantly hold in mind the next step necessary to the ideal for which they are striving. Thoughts are the materials with which they build and the imagination is their mental workshop. Mind is the ever moving force with which they secure the persons and circumstances necessary to build their success structure and imagination is the matrix in which all great things are fashioned.” Charles Haanel  The Master Key 8:24

An interesting word ‘matrix’…I still haven’t really got my head round the films.

Nearly 30 years ago my wife, who had been barren 5 years after surgery, chemo and radiotherapy had just about won the battle with Hodgkin’s Disease. Miraculously she gave birth to our first daughter.  We had been told by all the experts that a child would never be possible and after 5 years we had come to believe it. Then one evening in a Wigan Hotel an after dinner speaker turned our beliefs and  our lives upside down, or maybe I should say the right way up. He was a carpet salesman from the other end of the country who knew nothing whatsoever about me or about Steppy’s medical history when he told us quite plainly that she would have a baby within a year.  I did not see anything funny about teasing a young woman on an issue that had caused her so much emotional distress and I was not very happy with the man. He stood his ground, was bold as a lion and insisted that ‘his Jesus’ could do anything and impossible was not a word in his vocabulary.

Well, John Bryant, as was his name, turned out to be correct, Deborah was born just nine months and a few days later by a caesarian section in Hope Hospital, Salford. A further 7 children came forth from that barren womb over the years but the reason for me telling the story here concerns the word matrix. Before Deborah was born we were convinced, mainly because of various prophecies that had been given to us, that she would be a boy. One such prophesy went along the lines of, “the man child that opens the matrix shall be called holy unto the Lord”

So Steppy really struggled and was convinced that they had mixed the babies up in the hospital. It was not that she was ungrateful but that she was so convinced it was to be a boy who we would dedicate to serve God. Then God actually spoke to me, which I found hard to believe back then but find easy to understand these days.

He said the promise was the man child that opens the matrix shall be called holy  to me. I said, Yes Lord but Deborah, for I had named her without even consulting Steppy, isn’t a man child. And the Lord said quite clearly, like another man speaking to his friend, no and she hasn’t opened the matrix either, the next one will and you will name him Joshua. I had never heard of the matrix, it was the word used for the womb in the King James Version of the Bible, written back in 1611. Pardon my ignorance. 18 months later Joshua was born, and despite all the protests of the doctors one of them was willing to go against the hospital policy and let her try for a normal birth.

The matrix is the secret place where life takes shape from a tiny seed. A place where what seems impossible comes into manifestation. Even where there have been no problems, behold the miracle of a human being coming into the world. A vehicle fashioned to carry an eternal spiritual being around for his sojourn on the earth. To think that the successful man, according to Haanel, builds his success structure with mere thoughts in the mental workshop which is the imagination, thoughts combined with faith and almost anything is possible for him. Think then of all the vast universe, the little blue plant less than a pinprick in its midst, the vast oceans and the mighty mountains on that little pinprick a home for the most wonderful of all creations, the man made in God’s image.

How can I be so sure…could it not have all been spontaneous…green slime and 460 million years and who can tell what might happen? What do you take me for? Only a fool would say in his heart there is no God.  All of this had to be conceived in a mental workshop with thoughts as building blocks and faith as mortar. Only God could do this and then give His man the ability to use the very same tools in his attempt to rule in the earth, have dominion over it, to tend and keep it according to the maker’s instructions.