I apologise for a much longer than usual post this week.
The Build up
This week I had an interesting Sunday evening/Monday morning. The webinar takes place at 11 pm on a Sunday evening South African time. So as not to disturb our households, we (Tobie, Reenen and myself) get together at my office around 10. We have a chat, get ready, have a cup of coffee and attend the webbie. This week Reenen was away, so it was just Tobie and myself who were at my office.
Everything was going smoothly till 45 minutes into the webinar when the power went out. This is not an irregular occurrence, and is something we have to live with. We watched the rest of the webbie on Tobies’s phone, as the internet connection is dependant on the power being on. After doing the 50 min exercise we packed up and attempted to leave the office. Our security situation in SA is such that we need to keep our cars behind locked gates, have armed response, and that we are generally very security conscious.
When we attempted to leave the parking area, the electric gate only opened a bit and then stopped. The backup battery was dead, and I didn’t have the key to open the lock to get to the manual override. With our security situation, and the parking area now no longer being secure, I didn’t want to leave the office (my wife could have fetched us), and we decided to wait for the power to come on.
Needless to say the power only came on, on Monday at 7.30 pm. Tobie and I spent the whole night/morning in the office. Thanks Tobie for staying with me, I really appreciate your commitment and friendship.
Loss of Faith
This gave us lots of opportunity to Mastermind. One of the discussions was regarding faith. I told Tobie, that I didn’t want to leave the office, (keep in mind that there were several other vehicles in the parking area), as I was afraid that they could be broken into. Tobie said with full faith, that he would happily leave his car, as he had no doubt, that his car would not be broken into. I have to admit that I was unable to do so, and if I went home would have had a very restless couple of hours of sleep due to worry of my car, and the others being broken into, which I felt responsible for.
I have to admit to being disappointed in myself. We had just finished week 11 in which we “sat” on “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” (Mark 11:24), and I was not able to practically apply it. I refer to last week post, where I also had doubts relating to 3rd parties. Claes’s (my guide) comment was the following “…I can definitely relate to the situation You describe when depending on third parties and what helped me is to remember the serenity prayer and that the universe is indefinitely good”.
The serenity prayer is as follows: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.
The question is what can we change through belief, and what can’t we change? I always thought I knew, but this course has created some confusion for me in this regard.
We also discussed why peoples businesses fail when it appears that there was full faith, and that all conditions of Mark 11:24, appear to have been met.
Lots still to work on and to get to grips with, however I take not of 12.23. Man is so constituted that he must first create the tools, or implements by which he gains the power to think. The mind cannot comprehend an entirely new idea until a corresponding vibratory brain cell has been prepared to receive it. This explains why it is so difficult for us to receive or appreciate an entirely new idea; we have no brain cell capable of receiving it; we are therefore incredulous; we do not believe it.
Loss of Power
The loss of power and the consequences thereof were considerable. Not only did we not sleep, but my office was paralysed on Monday. We were unable to access our server, and important deadlines and commitments were missed.
I was forced to draw a parallel between the loss of electrical power, and the loss we suffer when we don’t recognise the power we have.
First I would like to identify this Power. The following passages come from various weeks introductions to each new lesson from Haanel’s Master Keys :
From week 1 – You need not acquire this power. You already have it. But you want to understand it; you want to use it; you want to control it; you want to impregnate yourself with it, so that you can go forward and carry the world before you.
Thought is energy. Active thought is active energy; concentrated thought is a concentrated energy. Thought concentrated on a definite purpose becomes power. This is the power which is being used by those who do not believe in the virtue of poverty, or the beauty of self-denial. They perceive that this is the talk of weaklings.
From week 2 – Direct your effort to a realization of the mental resources, always at your command, from which all real and lasting power comes.
Persist in this practice until you come to a realization of the fact that there can be no failure in the accomplishment of any proper object in life if you but understand your power and persist in your object, because the mind-forces are ever ready to lend themselves to a purposeful will, in the effort to crystallize thought and desire into actions, events and conditions.
Whereas in the beginning of each function of life and each action is the result of conscious thought, the habitual actions become automatic and the thought that controls them passes into the realm of the subconscious; yet it is just as intelligent as before. It is necessary that it become automatic, or subconscious, in order that the self-conscious mind may attend to other things. The new actions will, however, in their turn, be come habitual, then automatic, then subconscious in order that the mind again may be freed from this detail and advanced to still other activities.
When you realize this, you will have found a source of power which will enable you to take care of any situation in life which may develop.
From week 5 – Therefore, this is a creative age, and the world is awarding its richest prizes to the thinkers. Matter is powerless, passive, inert. Mind is force, energy, power. Mind shapes and controls matter. Every form which matter takes is but the expression of some preexisting thought
Effect of not having power From week 11’s intro
“We frequently hear it said, “A very distressing situation came into my life, which could not have been the result of my thought, as I certainly never entertained any thought which could have such a result.” We fail to remember that like attracts like in the mental world, and that the thought which we entertain brings to us certain friendships, companionships of a particular kind, and these in turn bring about conditions and environment, which in turn are responsible for the conditions of which we complain”.
The solution lies in this weeks lesson.
25. The intention governs the attention. Power comes through repose. It is by concentration that deep thoughts, wise speech, and all forces of high potentiality are accomplished.
- It is in the Silence that you get into touch with the Omnipotent power of the subconscious mind from which all power is evolved.
- He who desires wisdom, power, or permanent success of any kind will find it only within; it is an unfoldment. The unthinking may conclude that the silence is very simple and easily attained, but it should be remembered that only in absolute silence may one come into contact with Divinity itself; may learn of the unchangeable law and open for himself the channels by which persistent practice and concentration lead to perfection.
- This week go to the same room, take the same chair, the same position as previously; be sure to relax, let go, both mentally and physically; always do this; never try to do any mental work under pressure; see that there are no tense muscles or nerves, that you are entirely comfortable. Now realize your unity with omnipotence; get into touch with this power, come into a deep and vital understanding, appreciation, and realization of the fact that your ability to think is your ability to act upon the Universal Mind, and bring it into manifestation, realize that it will meet any and every requirement; that you have exactly the same potential ability which any individual ever did have or ever will have, because each is but an expression or manifestation of the One, all are parts of the whole, there is no difference in kind or quality, the only difference being one of degree.
Love and persistence be the path. Have fun on your journey.
We are Whole, Perfect, Strong, Powerful, Loving, Harmonious and Happy.