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Master Key week 15 – Arielles amazing week 14 post

Normally I always write the first post of the week myself but I liked this one by Arielle last week so much I just don´t want to keep it from You any longer!


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).

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Week 25 – Oooops, was I wrong….

I remember when I had my first vacation that was longer then two weeks, it was in December 2011 and I traveled to Thailand (and through Thailand) for three weeks and found it immensely enjoyable. Even asked myself why I hadn´t done something like it earlier!
The interesting part is that this was almost 15 years into working my practice as a Dr of Naprapathy, having enjoyed quite some success during that career, though never feeling I could leave the clinic for “that long”.

All these years I did long weekends of during summer, worked between Christmas and New Year, only taking a week or two of every August to go hiking and unwind my spirit in the wild.

It was a choice I made, and I´m sure that choice helped me build my practice in some ways by being available – and of course I had all the right excuses ready for myself and others:

  • I don´t need to take time of, I like my work
  • Working in summer and during holidays is perfect as so many clinics are closed
  • As I don´t put on that many hours/week I don´t need vacation
  • ….

All of these points (and more…) are totally valid and true, that´s why these excuses worked for me all these years.
The big truth is, though, none of them comes even close to my real reason for never spending longer periods of time out of town… FEAR!

Fear to loose clients!
Fear to make to little money!
Fear to not being liked!
Fear to be out skilled!
Fear to not be good enough!
Fear to not be enough!

“2. Fear is just the opposite from money consciousness; it is poverty consciousness, and as the law is unchangeable we get exactly what we give; if we fear we get what we feared. Money weaves itself into the entire fabric of our very existence; it engages the best thought of the best minds.”
Charles Haanel, “The Master Key System”, Part XXIII

So, I never felt enough, never felt like I did enough, never felt I was good enough…
And I was never satisfied or grateful, just always chasing more!

Looking for something outside of myself to solve my lack of self esteem, entering business ventures and relationships mostly for the reason that someone wanted to work/live with me resulting in more or less dysfunctional situations.
Living without exemptions in the world without, searching for answers anywhere but within!

Filling the empty space with work (or busy work), training, booze and other distractions – ironically enough feeling my best when I was alone in the mountains, hiking with “me myself and I”.

Could have found a clue there, right 😉 ???

In 2010 something started to change in me, slowly and almost unconscious at first – I started to take a tiny, careful look at what I wanted, got out of a business partnership that had become very imbalanced and hit a record year after master minding with a colleague who had no ulterior motives. I even acquired the means to by a fun car, a Audi TT Quattro ´99, the one I still drive when in Sweden.
2011 my business as a health professional sky rocketed, I met my wife to be and hit bottom physically while preparing for the Swedish Nationals in Cross Fit. My body basically shut down its performance and I had to face the fact how much of my self worth was anchored in being physically fit and high performing.
Reaching an emotional low feeling I wasn´t even worth taking time from my therapist, whom I was actually paying to help me (besides that he is a good friend).

Despite all that my practice was thriving leading to another record year while I stopped digging and started climbing out of the hole I had put myself in. Rounding up my year with that trip to Thailand I mentioned above, giving myself three weeks traveling alone doing a lot of soul searching and thinking!

Few month later I got in touch with Mark J and Go90Grow, did a first run through pretty half heartedly, applied for the live event, took the course again and, over time, got more and more involved leading into the Master Keys Experience.

So, what´s the point here???

Well, thanks for asking 😉 – shows that You´re still here with me!

Early tomorrow morning we embark on a flight to the US after having spent 10 days working in Stockholm (2014 we spent 11 weeks total working the clinic) facing a 9 week long stay beginning with a road trip through the south western states followed by two weeks on Kauai experiencing both the MKMMA and Go90Grow live events.

The amazing thing to me is that we can do this because I was wrong before, I don´t depend on a steady income for living the life I want. I don´t have to be available, live on other peoples terms or belittle my own dreams to have a secure financial situation.
Most important it makes absolutely no sense to be of service for the fearful reasons I leaned back upon before.

“10. The power of attention is called concentration; this power is directed by the will; for this reason we must refuse to concentrate or think of anything except the things we desire. Many are constantly concentrating upon sorrow, loss and discord of every kind; as thought is creative it necessarily follows that this concentration inevitable leads to more loss, more sorrow and more discord. How could it be otherwise? On the other hand, when we meet with success, gain, or any other desirable condition, we naturally concentrate upon the effects of these things and thereby create more, and so it follows that much leads to more.
11. How an understanding of this principle can be utilized in the business world is well told by an associate of mine:
12. “Spirit, whatever else it may or may not be, must be considered as the Essence of Consciousness, the Substance of Mind, the reality underlying Thought. And as all ideas are phases of the activity of Consciousness, Mind or Thought, it follows that in Spirit, and in it alone, is to be found the Ultimate Fact, the Real Thing, or Idea.”
Charles Haanel, “The Master Key System”, Part XXIII

By concentrating on what I didn´t want to happen and trying hard to prevent it from happening, I did not only attract and manifest more of the same, I also spent so much energy that could  have been put to use working towards definite positive ends.

“It takes less energy to succeed than to fail!” Mark J

Especially not even knowing what success looks like for oneself, running around in circles trying to avoid whatever is perceived as possible failure.

The best part still is: All that time fighting to keep up, to stay in the game and be on top of things, I knew that there was something deeply wrong about it – I just couldn´t see what it was or how to get it right…
What was I pretending not to know?

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