What? Weeks 3 and 4 together in one blog post? What the heck is that all about?
Well, I slipped! I headed out of town for a week to visit with a friend’s elderly mother and the internet access was a little, how shall I put this, sporadic and limited! But it was a great learning experience all the same.
I don’t think I’m alone when I say it is easy to slide back into former habits. Being out of the loop for a week really allowed me to do just that. Hey, I’m not proud of it. I’m just keeping it real. Now I’m back!
Fortunately, this MKE course I’m taking records the Sunday web classes, so it’s possible to catch up if you miss one. I do think live is better, but recordings are better than nothing. And they allow for review of concepts that may require a bit more thought.
That’s a good thing as some of the concepts are beyond what I often considered. The MKE is all about working on the inner self. If I want change in the outer world, it will take work on the inner world to make it authentic.
It’s considerably different than what most of the self-help programs and gurus teach about the power of positive thinking. It’s about digging deep and realizing that my subconscious mind really controls how I think and the choices I make. You think you’ve got ‘free will’? As Mark Januszewski would say, “phugeddaboutit.” There’s no such thing as free will.
I used to think I was consciously making the decisions in my life … that my conscious mind was doing things on a rational, well-thought-out basis. Wrong. The subconscious or ‘subby’ is where it’s at.
All our lives we have had experiences, witnessed events, seen things, been taught, lectured to and guided by others. Through this process, I have come to believe certain things are true about myself. As a result, every decision made is shaped by the subconscious. We’ve all been programmed without even realizing it.
The key to real change lies in de-programming and re-programming the subconscious. It’s kind of like the concept of GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) in computer science. GIGO refers to inputting nonsense or flawed data into a computer. The resulting output can’t help but be flawed or ‘garbage.’
Sadly, the programming the subconscious often receives is of the GIGO variety. Changing that means getting down to the subby level and reprogramming with other information. And that means we do a fair amount of reading and rereading in MKE.
I wasn’t sure about this at first, but I got to thinking … the way I’ve always done things hasn’t always worked well for me. Developing new thought patterns couldn’t hurt!
What I’ve found is reading and rereading a message helps me to better understand. Right now we’re reading Script One from Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman in the World. After four or five reads, I started to think, “yeah, yeah. I get it. Can’t we move on?” Then, after seven or eight reads, I started to think, “Hey, I didn’t notice that before.” Once I hit 12 or 14 readings, it’s more like, “Oh, now I’m really starting to get it!” I think that’s when the reprogramming really starts to happen.
In Week 4, part of that reprogramming starts to look at a concept called the Law of Giving and Receiving. Now, some of this seems a bit ‘woo-woo’ to me, but as noted earlier, what I was doing wasn’t always working, so I’m going to open my mind to consider ideas I wouldn’t have in the past.
Basically, giving and receiving is like a flowing stream. When we don’t ‘give’, we dam up the stream and stop the flow. The key, then, is to be open to giving and receiving. But give without expectation of reciprocity. To this end, I am making some promises to myself. These include:
- I promise to give hope for joy, affluence, kindness and love, consciously with every encounter, regardless of the brevity.
- I promise to give without expectation of reciprocity, to the channels I enrich because I know I am in the dynamic flow of giving and receiving.
This is kind of easy for me. I’ve always liked giving if it can bring happiness to others. So, I’ve started a project through my Facebook page. I’ve shared the fact that social media is fine, but we’ve lost a more personal touch because of it. Few people receive anything in their physical mailbox anymore beyond bills, flyers and maybe the occasional card for a birthday or at Christmas.
I’ve promised that anyone who sends me their mailing address will receive a card from me to brighten up their day, likely when they least expect it! It’s a small step towards giving, but one I know I will enjoy doing.
It’s been an interesting journey so far. I’m looking forward to Week 5!
Thanks for reading.
Keeping it real!