Month: January 2016

Master Key – Week 17a

Blogs are awesome. Seriously. Writing is great, because your thoughts are recorded and you can go back and look at them (and other people’s thoughts too).

I read a blog some weeks ago by another MKMMA member (I can’t remember who right now). She recommended that we go back and reread our previous blog posts. I thought it was a great idea and never got around to it…until now.

I just reread all of my blog posts. Wow. I had some great insights…I feel like I’ve been losing some of my previous enthusiasm…slacking off…I don’t like it. But rereading my blog posts and looking at all the hope and joy and success – that’s going to keep me going.

I like rereading Emerson a lot. It’s also been cool to reread the Master Key lessons. They impact me in two different ways: 1) “Yup I understand that now.” 2) “HOW did I forget that?! *facepalm* bad me.” So – good both ways hahaha.

I’m still developing – falling and getting up – but still persisting. I like being nature’s greatest miracle 🙂

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Master Key Week 17 – Yeaaaah buddy! LOL

So nothing particularly spectacular happened today…

…at all…

…just that I had my audition for my top university…

…and found out just a few minutes after the audition…

…that they were ACCEPTING ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHOA. I can’t even express how happy I am right now…SO happy…I’m whole perfect strong loving harmonious and HAPPY!!!!

More manifestation happening…my gosh I’m…exuberant…thrilled…wow.

I’ve been reading my DMP and…it’s happening!!! *squeal of joy*

But a quick comment on the Master Keys lesson this week (17) – I completely relate to the section on intuition.

“Intuition arrives at conclusions without the aid of experience or memory. Intuition often solves problems that are beyond the grasp of the reasoning power. Intuition often comes with a suddenness that is startling; it reveals the truth for which we are searching, so directly that it seems to come from a higher power.”

There have been a few times when I’ve just KNOWN something was going to happen or had happened…and there’s no explanation for how I knew. It’s pretty crazy – but cool!

As for the concentration part of the lesson…well – I concentrate on my pieces, and I’ve been concentrating on this audition…and preparing…and look at me now!!!

Master Key Week 16 –

And the manifestation begins. Yippee!!!

I’m soooo happy. I got accepted – early! – into my top choice university. I’ll have an audition to their School of Music next week 😮 😀

This news is extra special not just because it’s my top choice university (with competitive early applications and everything) but because I put it in my DMP in late November, when I did my last draft. I was SO sure that I wanted to go there (and am still sure) – and it’s SO COOL! My DMP is beginning to come true…how wonderful! Now I have more confidence in the rest of it too!

Also, this week with the kindness focus has been great. It’s been nice to see my awareness of kindnesses go up every day – each little thing that one of my family members does for the other, or outside my house when I see people interacting with one another. It’s been rather difficult for me to achieve secret acts of kindness, but I’ve been making the effort to be kinder just in my everyday interactions…and I’ve been noticing and getting more grateful every day.

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. – Scott Adams

 

Master Key Week 15

Back to the daily grind…hahaha. No more holidays, but it’s kind of nice to be back in my regular schedule – less temptation to slack off in anything!

It’s been pretty cool this week to observe the manifestations of the quality I’m working on. A nice change of focus from negative to positive.

I’ve also been having some experience with the very true statements of “Give more, get more” and “you receive exactly in proportion to what you give” – in love, work, and everything in general. I’ve been noticing my actions and the various reactions I get from my surroundings and the people around me. (Of course, it also helps that I’m studying physics and learning about Newton’s third law of “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”)

These affirmations that we’re doing are so helpful – if I happen to feel down, I just say to myself “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy!!!” And I emphasize whichever characteristic that I feel I’m lacking in that moment. And “I always keep my promises!” – gives me a good dose of integrity. How splendid to keep feeding myself positive thoughts! 🙂

Master Key Week 14 – Cool Runnings

I watched the movie Cool Runnings with my mom for the assignment this week. I loved it!

I’ll share the things we were supposed to look for: DMP, POA, PMA, and MMA.

DMP: The team had a goal and purpose of competing in the Winter Olympics bobsled race.

POA (Plan of Action): They trained in Jamaica in a pushcart and in Canada on the ice.

PMA: They didn’t give up – ever. Even though people laughed in their faces “a Jamaican bobsled team – really?” and tried to discourage them, the team kept their goal firmly in mind and persisted in positivity.

MMA: Mastermind alliance between the four men and the coach!

What a lovely movie. It was really inspiring. When I was watching it, I felt like these guys had been through the MKMMA course – there was even a bit of “The Guy in the Glass” in it!

Also, one thing that really stood out to me near the end of the movie was the importance of focus. The coach of the Jamaican bobsled team cheated in his own race 20 years earlier, and as a result had his two gold medals revoked. When Derice, the leader of the Jamaican bobsled team, inquired as to the coach’s reasoning, the coach replied that winning had been everything to him. He pointed out that if something is everything to you, then you have to keep on having/doing it. AND – if you’re not enough without gold medals, you won’t be enough with them. Wow – that is a really brilliant and insightful statement!

Master Key Week 14 – An Interesting Dream

Happy New Year everyone! 2016 has come, January has come…how exciting 🙂

I stayed up quite late last night (or early this morning), but my sleep rhythm woke me up at about 9 am. So, I got up, read Scroll IV for the first time…and then decided to go back to bed. The new scroll is pretty cool!

Well, I had a dream. It’s not really about Scroll IV; but it had some cool insights and so I figured I’d share it.

I was reading a new blog that had popped up in my email. This person detailed in his blog (and then I experienced what he was writing about) his first experience reading Scroll IV. He was sitting at the beach, he took out Og, flipped to Scroll IV, and began to read out loud. (I don’t know why this person was reading out loud in the morning!) He stumbled over the part about being “nature’s greatest miracle”. (It was at this point that I started experiencing the setting this person was writing about, so the narration will now be from my perspective.) Suddenly, a breeze whipped The Greatest Salesman into the ocean. I grabbed my second copy of The Greatest Salesman from my backpack and looked at Scroll IV again. “Well,” I thought, “if I’m nature’s greatest miracle and all that, I should really go get back my book.” So I plunged into the ocean after the book. Somehow, even though I couldn’t see it, I knew where the book was. I swam out a little farther, feeling the waves fighting against me. After a little while though, I realised that the waves had reversed their direction – instead of flowing back to shore, they were flowing out to sea. I could feel the potential of having the waves push me under, but then I decided to swim with them and let them help me and carry me to where I wanted to go.

I don’t remember the end of the dream, or if I ever finished reading this person’s blog post. But I do remember realising in the dream that in life, we’re all surrounded by various waves, pressures, etc. These pressures can pull us down, roll us over, tumble us and scrape us into the sand if we let them…or, we can embrace them and see them as things that will help us get to our goal. I think it was in Emerson’s essay on Compensation that I saw this phrase: “We gain the strength of the temptations we resist.” And of course we all know the saying of “Everything happens for a reason”. I can’t quite yet translate whatever my subconscious was thinking in that dream into words…but I think it’s cool! 🙂

To go along with this dream of mine…

I’ve been applying for scholarships for a little over half a year now. Some scholarships are lotteries, some are poetry contests, but most require an essay submission. I love the first two, but for years I “struggled to write decent essays”. I’m using quotation marks because that’s what I’ve been telling myself…and I realised that it’s actually not entirely true. I know how to write an outline, and an essay – it’s simply that I had a bad experience writing essays one year and grew to hate writing. And of course, if you don’t like something, it’s harder for you to improve at it. It also did not help that I struggled for over a year to write a 2-page essay in 25 minutes for the SAT. (I did overcome this three days before the SAT this year, and ended up with a perfect score on the writing section 🙂 ) So I haven’t had a great attitude toward essays. Well. Now I have to write essays for scholarships. Yuck/ew/noooo, right? Right. I HATED scholarship applications. Hated them wholeheartedly. Never mind that I could get lots of money for pursuing my music degree…my attitude was “I don’t like essays, I’m horrible at essays, so why bother – I won’t win, it’s no fun, it’s a waste of time…UGHHHH I hate scholarships!” (You’re probably wondering WHY on earth, with this attitude, I continued applying. The answer: my mother. She didn’t know these thoughts of mine; all she knows is that for some reason I’ve been strangely resistant to trying to get “free” money…) Of course, all of us MKMMA students know that this is an attitude for failure.

Ok, that’s the back story. Last week I sent my mom (who is an EXCELLENT writer!)  an essay that I had written for a scholarship. She just had a small, easily fixed problem with one paragraph. I fixed it and she was happy.

Two days ago I sent her a couple of essays for a music scholarship application. She only pointed out a typo, but she was in the middle of something then, so I expected that she would have more critiques later on. Yesterday she asked if I had sent in the application. I said, “No, I’m waiting on your feedback.”

“I gave you my feedback,” she replied.

I was incredulous. “You mean the typo? That was it?”

“Yes,” she said. My brain: WOW…cool!…Well…they were short little essays, just 200 words or less, so that’s probably why.

Yesterday, I sent her a 2 1/2 page essay for another scholarship. She read it, gave me some advice about the formatting, and began to move on to something else.

“So that’s it?” I asked.

“Mhm,” she replied. “Have you read it aloud?”

“No, not yet,” I said. “The formatting was the only thing?” I asked again.

“Yeah,” she said, looking at me with a why do you keep asking about this expression.

My brain: NO freaking way! I wrote a TWO AND A HALF PAGE ESSAY in 3 drafts and my mom the amazing writer has NO critiques other than FORMATTING? No way!

What I actually said: “So I’m getting better!?”

Understandably, I got a look from my mom as if I had just grown a second head. “You didn’t think that would happen?” she teased me.

“Well…you know I’ve had a hard time with essays.”

She then pulled up this graphic for me.

Don't give up

Scholarship applications are still not my favourite…service (I was going to say chore but I’ll be good haha). Nor can I promise that I’ll be any more enthusiastic about them. BUT. I’ve realised that even if I don’t win any scholarships, they’re not a waste of time. I get to strengthen a former weakness. I get consistent writing practice…so, when I go off to college, I’ll be able to write multiple-paged essays fairly confidently.

How does this tie in with my dream? There are things in our lives that we may not want…pressures that we feel we can’t resist…that can make life a little harder, a little less pleasant…but we can either let them drag us down into hate and dislike and fear – OR – we can look to the lessons we can learn and let them give us strength to swim to our dreams (or soar to new heights, or whatever image impacts you the most).