Superhero – How to be one? Kindness is Key!

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How to be a True Superhero? Kindness is Key!

What is a Superhero? I decided to look up the definition and this is what I found.

Superhero: a benevolent fictional character with superhuman powers, such as Superman.

I discovered a few things:

  1. That someone of superhero quality by definition should have some type super power or superhuman strength,
  2. That a superhero is always fighting some kind of evil, and;
  3. Even in the definition it states that this is a character of fiction.

I thought about this for a moment. As a kid growing up I used to read comics regularly and idolized the superheroes in them. I was conditioned at a very young age into thinking that that was the only way to be a superhero. The very definition of superhero puts the word and the true meaning behind it on the fictional shelf… something great to imagine or dream about… but something not really attainable.

If you asked me if I wanted to be a superhero by what I knew a superhero to be, I would probably be indifferent to the thought. All that fighting, the constant battle between good and evil, never-ending animosity, day in and day out…I mean good grief! Sure the skin-tight outfit with a cape may sound appealing to some, but who wants the rest of the mess that comes with it?

But if you take this definition and throw it out the window, do a little research and have a look around you, you’ll see that you are surrounded by superheroes. Don’t believe me? Let me share some examples: Henry Ford, Mother Theresa, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, moms, dads, big brothers, big sisters… me…you!

You don’t need a cape…although it probably would make someone laugh or at least smile. You don’t super powers, neat gadgets, or a fight to schedule with an enemy every day. What you could start with is kindness and maybe a smile. No, it’s not a typo, kindness is key.

I took a course in September of 2015 called the Master Key Experience that challenged me to find the hero within. I have completed the course, but my journey still continues. I was taught that perfection is the labour of life…and I’m loving every minute of it.

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I have two superhero examples that I would like to share with you.

The first one is my son (a hero in training) and wife. A family in our neighbourhood lost their dog a couple of days ago. We had received a flyer on our front door with a picture and contact information. Yesterday afternoon my son spotted the dog in the field behind our house. My wife and son went to follow the dog, and my wife had contacted the owner. The owner rushed over to their location and was immediately reunited with her dog. She was overcome with emotion and was very grateful that my son had spotted her dog!

The second story I have is about a young girl who is a contestant on ‘America’s Got Talent’. Her name is Grace Vanderwaal. Listen to the kindness in her voice as she speaks to the judges. Listen to her sing as she pours her heart into every word of her song, and pay close attention to the expression on her face as she pauses for a moment before walking off the stage after her performance. She became a hero the moment she decided to share her beautiful gift with the rest of the world.

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Commencement – Week 24 MKMMA

I’m sitting here thinking about all that I’ve been through in the MKMMA course. My commencement after the course is finished, my PPN’s, my DMP, coming to the understanding that I can have anything, just not everything all at once, enjoying the journey, understanding myself better, understanding being in harmony with the fundamental laws of nature.bigstockphoto_man_meditation_12036691

Here’s what I am certain of; I love my life. My wife and I spoke couple of weeks ago, and I’ve had the same conversation with her several times over the months of this course. I’ll be going through some changes, resistance from my old blueprint, resistance to the assignments asked of us through this course, not keeping on top of things, not seeing things unfold as I expected them to unfold, not keeping all my promises, focusing too much on my goals and forgetting to enjoy the journey of getting there. My wife has seen me go through much in the past six months, I kind of internalize most of it for a bit, get grumpy, and eventually express my concerns, work through them and carry on. I have noticed though that every time I would go through one of these phases I would spend less time in them, I would be more accepting of the way things are, I would take more responsibility and lay less blame, and this one still needs work but it is growing, I am getting less defensive.

My wife expressed her concerns about how I get into this mood when I’m working through things and for the first time I didn’t really defend myself or be overly apologetic, I simply said to her that I am going through something again, and even though I feel like I’m falling apart, I feel fine, I actually feel good.

This week as I read Haanel’s Master Key Part 24 what he mentions in paragraph eight reinforces my belief and puts a smile on my face:

spiritual-universe-2“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.”

I am not going to sugar coat this, it takes work, hard mental labour, but it is working, I have proof all around me, and I absolutely love it because I know with practice the things I wish to manifest in my life will come easier.

I find myself more and more using the challenges that present themselves to me as opportunities to look within and improve, I now know the benefits of this.

I have found a passage from a book I once read that I will share that best describes this incredible journey that I am on :

You can do it if you believe you can.

You control your own destiny.

There are many things you cannot control, but you can control the only things that really matter: your mind and your attitude. External forces have very little to do with success. Those that program themselves for success find a way to succeed even in the most difficult of circumstances. Solutions to most problems come from one source and one source alone: yourself.

Living life to the fullest is a lot like shooting the rapids in a rubber raft. Once you’ve made the commitment, it’s difficult to change your mind, turn around, and paddle upstream to placid waters. But it’s the excitement and adventure that make it all worthwhile. If you never make the attempt you may never now the depths of despair, but neither will you experience the exhilaration of success.

Decide to live life to the fullest.

You may be three feet from gold.

-Napoleon Hill

Trust Myself – Week 23 MKMMA

On Sunday March 13th I learned a valuable lesson from my son; trust myself. As part of our routine at night my wife and I usually read to the kids before bed time. Our daughter had already fallen asleep but our son was still up and I still had to do my reading and sit before I called it a night, so I decided to read Scroll VI of the Greatest Salesman in the World to my son. Well, it put him to sleep real quick which was awesome. But it also made me realize some great things; I am changing. Changing the way I think, changing the way I respond to people and situations. My son doesn’t really know it, but he’s been putting me to the test, daily. As I read the first sentence right after the sentence I carried over from the last chapter out loud to him, I was overwhelmed with emotion.

“Today I will be master of my emotions.”

It’s funny, I know I have been making progress but when I read that first sentence to my son that night, I realized just how much progress I’ve made.

The next morning I was given more proof that I am on the right path. I was up in my office at home and was about to begin my morning reading when my son came upstairs. He wanted to play with me and I told him I would after I finished my reading. For the first time since I’ve started this course he actually waited patiently for me to finish! In fact as I was reading my promises aloud he actually started to recite his promises that my wife and I would recite to him just before we walked with him to the school bus. Needless to say I had the biggest smile on my face!

That night I read section 23 of Haanel’s Master Keys and I am reminded of Emerson’s Law of Compensation. Haanel states:

“If we recognize the Omnipotent power that is the source of all supply we will adjust our consciousness to this supply in such a way that it will constantly attract all that is necessary to itself and we shall find that the more we give the more we get. Giving in this sense implies service. The banker gives his money, the merchant gives his goods, the author gives his thought, the workman gives his skill; all have something to give, but the more they can give the more they get, and the more they get the more they are enabled to give.”

I continually give to my son my love, support, understanding, patience, knowledge, laughter, an ear to listen with and he has given me so much more in return; the ability to trust myself, the ability to greet each day with love in my heart!

I love you Nathan!

Keep Digging In – Week 22a MKMMA

These past couple of weeks have been kind of challenging for me. I’ve been thinking a lot about where I’m at and I seem to be stuck.

I had just finished getting the kids ready for bed, my son had fallen asleep shortly after I finished reading to him, and my daughter would not fall asleep so I sat her down in the family room to watch one of her favourite shows while I prepared my meals last night for work today.

Then it hit me and boy did it hurt. I keep looking ahead too far. I have been thinking about things that I want to happen in the distant future so much so that I’m missing everything in the present. I feel like there’s so much that I want to do that I’m spreading myself out and not able to commit to anything 100%. It was a good thing that I kind of had that moment to make that discovery, because it helped me realize that I do need to look at how I’m doing things and really ‘live each day as if it is my last.’ Coincidentally my wife came home at about the same time which was another good thing. She had just come back from a parent council meeting for our son’s school. She had just volunteered this past year and she’s been able to put into action some great fundraising events with the council and everything went incredibly well for her that evening. I mentioned to her how amazed I am at how she was able to do the research she needed to do and get things accomplished. We talked for a bit, it felt good. She reminded me of some things that I’ve not been doing as often as I should. Celebrate my accomplishments. Live in the present and enjoy. She also reminded me of some of the things that I need to work on. One of the biggest things is to see something through to the end.

Mark had mentioned in the week 22a video that we need to take an honest look and ask have we been doing the work, take a look over what we’ve been doing and really dig in to solidify new habits over the remaining weeks of the course.

I really have to dig in, I feel like I’m falling apart. I honestly thought it would be easier near the end of the course, it’s actually been quite the opposite for me.

Good thing is I’ve figured out a few things that have been keeping me from moving forward.

I know in my last post I had said that I have been enjoying life a lot more, and that I tend to focus on the more serious stuff when it comes to posting something on my blog. Well here are some of things that I have had fun with this week, despite the challenges I’ve been having.

I had a pillow fight with my son and daughter Sunday night before bath time.

I made it home on time Tuesday morning to walk my son to the school bus stop, he couldn’t contain his excitement.

I held my daughter in my arms and sang and danced with her as she laughed uncontrollably.

My son was having a meltdown moment Tuesday night, I was able to calmly change his mood around to laughter and happiness.

I took my son out on Wednesday to purchase a toy that he had wanted with the gift cards he had received as a birthday gift.

I was able to spend time with both kids Wednesday night while my wife was out.

I had a heartfelt discussion with my wife Wednesday night. Something that I haven’t done with her in a while. Words cannot describe the love I feel for her.

I may have a few more late nights coming up and some rough days ahead, but it’s a small price to pay.

I’ll end this post with a passage from The Greatest Salesman in the World, something that I am doing and want to continue doing:

If I feel depressed I will sing.

If I feel sad I will laugh.

If I feel ill I will double my labour.

If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.

If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.

If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.

If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.

If I feel incompetent I will remember past success.

If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.

Today I will be master of my emotions.

Remember to Have Fun! – Week 22 MKMMA

Being able to create your own destiny and leave nothing to chance? Some people may say that’s a pretty boring life. I beg to differ. Can you imagine a life where the things you had always hoped to achieve could be done by design and with excitement? I am.

Now, there is work involved in getting to this point but like the great basketball coach John Wooden shares, “you’ll find most of it is practice, the rest of it is work.”

Since day one of the MKMMA course we’ve been shown how the brain and body works, and I’m still learning but I find more and more every day I focus less on the things I cannot control and more on the things I can.

What do I mean, you may ask? Well I focus on what I want more in life, not what I want less in life.

Haanel states in Part 22 of the Master Key:

“…thoughts are spiritual seeds, which, when planted in the subconscious mind, have a tendency to sprout and grow, but unfortunately the fruit is not to our liking.”

Funny thing is the MKMMA course has kept me in constant thought, but the one major thing I have forgotten to do is have fun with it. I’ve been looking at some of my recent posts and holy crap, as much as this course has been challenging, if I’m not smiling, what’s the point?

The truth is I’ve been enjoying life a lot more, but when it comes to writing something down I seem to focus on the serious stuff.

Let’s try something a little more light-hearted and start with Sunday. In Sundays MKMMA webinar we were given a new challenge… to sit in silence. No electronics, little or no interaction with people, nothing, except our reading material from the course.

Funny thing is when that was mentioned in the webinar I was on the way to my parents house with my wife and kids, I thought to myself uh oh… I did this slight shrug with my shoulders and my head turned slightly to the left as my right eye squinted slightly hoping Cathy didn’t hear that part but also bracing for possible impact. Incredibly nothing was said at that point and I was able to listen to the rest of the webinar safely and finished listening to the rest of it while at my parents house. On our way home from my parents place that night I don’t remember how the conversation came up about the silence thing, but it did and I do remember two things Cathy mentioned. The first was, “when did you want to do this, and for how long?” and the second I think was, “we’ll work around it.”  I was in a little bit of shock, I thought to myself, “that went a lot better than what I thought it would, wow, WOW.”

I am happy that that had gone over the way that it did and although we have not picked a date or dates yet, I am very thankful that Cathy is being very accommodating. I am very grateful that she has been very understanding through the whole process.

Now did I also mention that I joined an MLM business the following evening? Uh huh, my wife knows about that one too, but she’s actually excited for me about that one. Was my enroller listening with me to the webinar on Sunday? No… did I tell her about the silence thing that evening? Not really, and what I mean by not really is no. I wonder how that conversation is going to go over… “Yes! I really am excited to get started, however I’m going to be gone for a few days… not sure exactly when… haven’t really planned that out yet… what’s that? Stay connected while I’m gone? Um… no, not really… it’s a silence thing, I’m kind of supposed to disconnect from everything…”

Nice thing is I’m still remaining positive about it, I’ll figure something out. I just have to remember to have fun with it, otherwise, what’s the point, right?

Breakdown Part II – Master Key Week 21

I n last week’s post I talked about breaking down. I looked at a passage from Part 20 of Haanel’s Master Key.

“To become inspired means to get out of the beaten path, out of the rut, because extraordinary results require extraordinary means. When we come into the recognition of the Unity of all things and that the source of all power is within, we tap the source of inspiration.”

Upon reading this quote again this week I can say that I believe that one of my tires have blown, veering me off the beaten path I have been on. Let me explain.

I have been struggling with my weight for years because of a health issue I had for quite some time and although I am healthy now I have not been able to gain weight… yes you read correctly, I said gain weight. One of my True Health goals is to be fit at 150lbs, healthy and full of energy. The first date I had set to achieve this goal was December 30th 2015, I missed the mark. I was a little disappointed but when I re-read this part of my DMP I knew I wasn’t 100% committed to achieving it. So I decided to keep my promise to myself this time. I revised my SMART goals. I decided to commit a workout program, P90X3, for six days a week for 90 days. I decided to increase my food intake from three to five times a day. And I set a new date to achieve this which was February 22nd, 2016.

Approximately five weeks ago I set this new goal. Every time I looked at a red circle, I would repeat, “fit at 150lbs, healthy and full of energy before February 22nd, 2016, I read it in my DMP, I visualised it in my mind as well, and most of all I applied my plan of action. Well, when February 22nd came around I almost forgot about the date I had set for my goal, and when I remembered I was a little reluctant to stand on the scale, but I did, and I was surprised! One hundred and fifty pounds! Not only that, I also feel fit and full of energy, I did it and I’m only five weeks into the program.

This accomplishment has set in motion within me a belief, in myself that with clearly defined goals repeated, visualised, thought upon, listened to, read constantly, charged with feelings and linking, I can achieve anything I put my mind to, keeping in mind that it has to be in harmony with the fundamental laws of nature. My conscious mind takes these thoughts and allows them to penetrate my subconscious mind which goes to work on anything presented to it, manifesting it into something tangible.

All the assignments and exercises that we’ve been asked to do for the MKMMA course, the countless times being asked to “trust the process”, are helping me understand how my mind operates and how to use it effectively.

In Part 21 of the Master Key Haanel explains the importance of thinking big thoughts:

7. This is one of the secrets of success,one of the methods of organizing victory, one of the accomplishments of the Master-Mind. He thinks big thoughts. The creative energies of the mind find no more difficulty in handling large situations, than small ones. Mind is just as much present in the Infinitely large as in the Infinitely small.

8. When we realize these facts concerning mind we understand how we may bring ourselves any condition by creating the corresponding conditions in our consciousness, because anyhting which is held for any length of time in the consciousness, eventuaully becomes impressed upon the subconscious and thus becomes a pattern which the creative energy will wave into the life and environment of the individual.

I am putting this same effort into the rest of my goals like I put towards one of my True Health goals. I know I will see the results I have been asking for. Like I had mentioned earlier I am understanding more how my mind operates and how to use it effectively. And although things are now starting to come together at a much faster pace, this old train of mine is breaking down, so I can take a walk around, and see what there is to see…

Breakdown – Master Key Week 20

There are several definitions for the word breakdown. The definition which best helps me describe the process I am going through is this one:

A failure of a relationship or system.

Some of the synonyms used to describe a breakdown are:

Failure, collapse, disintegration, nervous breakdown.

Now most people, when they hear the word breakdown usually associate the word with a negative event.

And some people may think when they first start reading this that I may be on the verge of a “nervous breakdown”, I’d like to let you know that I am far from it.

But I am going through a breakdown and I do welcome the process. You may be a little confused, let me explain.

I have up to this point in my life been behaving a certain way. These behaviours have created habits which govern my life. It’s not just me, everyone has habits, it’s kind of how our brain works. How we’re able to function on a daily basis.

I’ll ask you to think of a habit you have and ask yourself why you have this habit? Where did it originate from? What behaviours did you perform repeatedly to acquire this habit? Is this habit one that is advantageous to have, meaning does this habit help you progress at whatever it is that you want or do on a daily basis, or does it hinder your efforts? If it does hinder your efforts are you aware of this? And if you are aware of this what are you doing to stop that habit? Do you want to stop that habit?

I am going through a process right now. The behaviours of my past have created habits in my life. Habits that up until this point have served me well. But they are not working for me anymore. Since September 27th of last year I have been creating new behaviors, repeatedly to create new habits. But as much as I want to move forward I still cling (just barely though) to the habits of my past, and I am growing tired of this. I welcome a breakdown because what it means to me is the failure, collapse, or disintegration of my old habits. The failure of the relationship I had with my mind, the failure of the old system or blueprint I have been operating from. I am beginning to see the world for what it really is, and all the incredible opportunities it has to offer.

This total “breakdown” of my old habits means that the new behaviours that I have been doing consistently since day one of the MKMMA course are creating new habits, replacing the old ones, permanently. This is the only way an old habit or habits can be replaced.

Haanel states something in Part 20 of the Master Keys which I thought relates to what I am going through:

“To become inspired means to get out of the beaten path, out of the rut, because extraordinary results require extraordinary means. When we come into the recognition of the Unity of all things and that the source of all power is within, we tap the source of inspiration.”

So I bid my old habits farewell and give gratitude for where they have brought me, and I welcome the new habits I have and continue to create for I know what they bring to me.

There’s a song that’s been playing in my head for the past few weeks, which kind of relates to what I’m going through.

“I hope this old train brakes down, then I could take a walk around, and see what there is to see…”

Enjoy. It’s one of my favorites.