Week 5 – Ever really listen to lyrics to songs?

Remember Elemenopee – my blog from Week 3?  Well this post falls into that category.
Songs have such power in their lyrics, and when put to a great melody with a recognizable guitar rift or just a few musical notes  then it becomes a classic. (It reminds me of the old game show “Name that Tune”)  In my times of silence or just after turning in after my reading before bedtime my mind often “awakens” and presents phrases from songs.  The downfall – then I am awake for awhile and have to look it up and listen to it or write it down so I can research the importance and significance to me.  I can get pretty deep in my thinking, can you tell?

This week I present to you songs that came to mind.   “The Sound of Silence” by Paul Simon and “I am I said” by Neil Diamond, and a couple others

The Sound of Silence (1964 – Simon & Garfunkel)

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never shared
No one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

“Fools,” said I, “you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sound of silence”

This is the original version from 1964 from the album “Wednesday Morning, 3 AM.” Just Simon’s guitar and the vocals. The famous version was released in 1966. After “Wednesday Morning, 3 AM” flopped, they split up. Without either their knowledge, electric guitars and drums were added and that version of The Sound of Silence became very popular, reaching #1 on the charts in America on New Years Day, 1966. Because of this, Simon and Garfunkel teamed up again and created three more studio albums, one of which one a Grammy award for album of the year and song of the year (Bridge Over Troubled Water).

I am I said – Neil Diamond

I am I said
to no one there
and no on heard at all
not even the chair

I am I cried
I am said I
and I am lost and I can’t
even say why

Leaving me lonely still

Okay, the lyrics to the songs below are a little strange, but their ONE line sure makes you think.

Things that make you go hmmm?

Free your mind and the rest will follow

Any others you can THINK of to add to these?  I had fun – did you?

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Week 5 – This IS about ME!

Unfortunately I have had a strange flu/stomach bug all week which has knocked me down.
The 15 minute sit happened quite frequently unbeknownst to me – until I did fully realize that I was just sitting and unconsciously doing the exercise.

I can say for most of this week I did not physically or mentally feel like doing or saying anything much at all.   Given the challenge to resist voicing my opinions I think I did pretty good in that department – of course, who did I talk to – just a couple of family members and our two pets.   I did catch myself a couple of times and remained silent.

It is interesting in observing others and especially when flipping on the TV how many opinions fly out of us all and we are not even aware.  We have become so complacent to it that it is second nature.   So in the depths of my moments of “really deep thinking” I did have an epiphany – This really IS about ME, this moment in time anyway.

I DO have control over my thoughts and choices and actions.  I choose.  We ALL do.

But right here and now, in my little corner of the world, partaking of this self-awakening course called the Master Keys Mastermind Alliance, This experience IS all about ME!
So if you will please excuse me, I have an appointment with someone – ME!

Week 4 – River of Dreams (Billy Joel’s song)

Because Mark makes reference to this in our training/education, I could not resist in adding this to my blog page as a reference when I need a little motivation. (Hope you enjoy it as well – it uplifts me)

I love Billy Joel’s music.  I am a 70’s, 80’s kid and grew up with his music, it’s fabulous.

So, This is a book mark to “The River of Dreams“.

I attach the lyrics below for a good read and in depth meditation.

In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
From the mountains of faith
To the river so deep
I must be lookin’ for something
Something sacred I lost
But the river is wide
And it’s too hard to cross
even though I know the river is wide
I walk down every evening and stand on the shore
I try to cross to the opposite side
So I can finally find what I’ve been looking for
In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
Through the valley of fear
To a river so deep
I’ve been searching for something
Taken out of my soul
Something I’d never lose
Something somebody stole
I don’t know why I go walking at night
But now I’m tired and I don’t want to walk anymore
I hope it doesn’t take the rest of my life
Until I find what it is I’ve been looking for
(Two beat Pause)
In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
Through the jungle of doubt
To the river so deep
I know I’m searching for something
Something so undefined
That it can only be seen
By the eyes of the blind
In the middle of the night (break)

Im not sure about a life after this
God knows I’ve never been a spiritual man
Baptized by the fire, I wade into the river
That is runnin’ to the promised land (Long Five beat Pause)

In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
Through the desert of truth
To the river so deep
We all end in the ocean
We all start in the streams
We’re all carried along
By the river of dreams
In the middle of the night

Week 4 – That First Step

So, how does the saying go…”A journey of a million miles begins with a single step”?  There are days I feel like I just walked off of a cliff.  Boy oh boy has this been a challenging experience for me and my mind.

Off and on this week I have found myself thinking and meditating deeper.  How many times in our lifelong journey of learning have we had to learn something brand new?  Can you remember these?  Does the memory bring back emotions, feelings, smells, pictures?  Think about it…

typing cursive

  • Learning to type (on a real manual keyboard – before electric typewriters)  fff jjj ddd kkk sss lll aaa ;;;
  • Riding a Bicycle for the first time
  • Tying your shoelace
  • Cursive writing (penmanship)
  • Flip phone cell phones, evolving into today’s smart phones (I still do not have one yet by the way – donations anyone?)
  • Driving a car (automatic transmission)
  • Driving a car (manual – shift – and going up hills)

Do you get the picture?  How long did it take for all of this practicing to turn into a habit that we now take for granted – it is written into our subconscious.

Being known as the “brainiac – smart girl” in school was honestly a true compliment.  Could it be perhaps that my synapses were firing and connecting quicker than others – maybe so.   I have always been a quick learner but I have a confession, this course and writing and re-writing my DMP has not been the easiest transition for me.  It’s kicking my butt – or more specifically – my subby.

I will persist in this new level of education and excavation of my true self.  I believe this is what I have been preparing and waiting for the past 51 years.  It is unfortunate that it has taken this long to truly take a deeper look at me and my wants and dreams.    But thankfully, I am here now and I will not give up!  In the words of my sister – “Onward McDuff!”

Blessings & Hugs!
Til next post…

Week 3 – “Elemenopee” (L,M,N,O,P)

My younger sister and I have always had a slightly warped sense of humor and a connection that only sisters can have.  We can almost finish each other sentences, we know the fashion likes and dislikes of the other, etc. and we should – we shared the first 18 years of our lives together as roommates.

So the word “Elemenopee” (pronounced L,M,N,O,P) is our made up word that encapsulates a whole bunch of stuff that wanders around in our minds aimlessly and at some point in time we need it.  Our internal hard drives (subconscious) store the information, and when we need it our RAM (conscious) will retrieve it for us.  That’s what makes us great at Trivia contests – our combined minds are a buffet of needless useful information.

So this post was inspired by one of our recent conversations where she asked me – “I’m sorry – DMP???”

Who else when beginning this course had a little difficulty translating all of the acronym lingo and abbreviations that goes along with this course?  I will admit that I did know most of it, but only from plugging into Go90Grow and the Think and Grow Rich challenge last year.

My reason for this post – to help me (and others) keep track and translate the list, so here goes:

3Rs – Risk to Reward Ration
BPB – Blue Print Builder
DMP – Definite Major Purpose
GS – Greatest Salesman (Book)
IFF – If and only If
MKMMA – Master Keys Mastermind Alliance
MKS – Master Keys System
MMA – Mastermind Alliance
NFS – No Fail System
OATS – Objectives, Actions, Time, Schedule
PMA – Positive Mental Attitude
POA – Plan of Action
PPN – Personal Pivotal Needs
R2A2 – Recognize, Relate, Assimilate, Apply
SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timed
T&GR – Think and Grow Rich
WPOA – Written Plan of Action

If this blogging thing will let me edit after posting, I will continue to edit as the course progresses, otherwise, just stay tuned and I may just post another list.

Okay, I am feeling better now, I have accomplished one more thing off of the list in my brain.

Thanks for reading!  Blessings & Hugs!  Michelle

Week 3 – Can you hear me screaming?

Okay, so who out there has not had their moments of screaming (or wanting to) because circumstances, things and people are not cooperating?  Can I see a show of hands? hands
Top that off with the fact that it is a full moon (and people in Missouri get really weird two or three days before or after one) and that describes my past week.  You get the picture?fULL MOON LIGHTNING

Add into the mix a couple of funerals, a great friend moving across town, a difficult co-worker and we are off and running to … Hide in our happy place sitting for 15 minutes after reading our BPB, WPOA, DMP, GS, Chore Card, blogs, PPN’s, etc.   Murphy sure decided to stick his nose into my business this week and he can just go back to where he came from.

(By the way – who is Murphy anyway?  Hmm, will have to google that one (another idea for a blog post – Lol))

All this being said, I experienced a week overflowing with too much activity.  I honestly believe that my subby is working more overtime than usual and I feel like I am scattered to the wind.  I need to de-frag the hard drive of my mind.   I realized about mid day Wednesday, that the de-frag time is the sitting still in a comfortable place and TAKING TIME FOR ME!

I wondered with the loss of loving friends who have gone to see their maker (Glory to God!), did they leave this world finished?  Did they complete all they wanted to?  Did they have other plans, dream, aspirations?

This weeks readings in the Master Keys talks about the Solar Plexus, our sun of the body, and “shining our light” (paragraph 5)   In number 8 “If there is any interruption of this radiation the sensations are unpleasant, the flow of life and energy to some part of the body is stopped, and this is the cause of every ill to the human race, physical, mental or environmental.”

I have always been a believer that even the weather plays a crucial role in he moods of those around us – and that wonderful moon does as well.  Mother nature has finally blessed us with some much needed rain but it sure has made for gloomy, cranky people.  Add in the full-moon tonight and what do you get? – even crankier people.  But, the minute the Sun decided to peek through the clouds and the blue skies appeared people miraculously acted like they were all given happy pills.

Funny thing is, we all have the CHOICE to DECIDE to be happy every moment of every day.  We have the power and the authority!  Week 3 reading of the Master Keys has truly been a blessing for me.  I will admit I am playing catch up, and loving it – well almost.   I have been screaming inside my head – and actually out loud in the car as well and yet somewhere at sometime I realized this is exactly what I should be doing.  My “Subby” is in a battle and my old blue print is wanting to win, but That Aint’ gonna happen!  I am in control of me and my thoughts.  I deserve this course, I am committed to this mastermind and I will persevere because I am worth it!   (Okay, so now I sound like a hair color commercial – LOL)

Did I ramble aimlessly?  That’s been my week.  I realize that I let go of control of my consciousness.  Wk1-17 “All loss is the result of a scattering consciousness.”  This “Stuff” is really working, I don’t know how and really do not need to, but it is working.

I read this over before posting it and I sat here and asked myself – who wrote this?
It really was me, and I am amazed at what I have written – where did THAT come from?

Till next week 🙂   Hugs!  Michelle

Week 2 – Is your Subby screaming too?

Is your subby screaming too? (Okay, maybe not screaming but you get the picture)

This new adventure into the study of the Master Keys System has my head spinning off in so many directions.  I feel like “Dug” in “UP” (Ball…Squirrel…)  I find the creative circuits in my mind are firing on overload, especially after I have been doing all of the required reading assignments.

Just before bed has been a “Kick start” for my conscious brain, it seems I want to Do it now, Do it now, Do it NOW!  instead of just relaxing and wafting off to la la land like I should be.  I find myself sitting and writing out thoughts as they come and next thing I know it is 2 in the morning and I need to get up in 5 hours – Uuugh!

I am not saying this is not fun – NO, that is not it at all.  I actually find myself so many times wanting to put off the exercises and then I am reminded to DO IT NOW! (even before the index card assignment)  The funny thing is, so many years ago I prided myself on being so incredibly detailed and did not procrastinate near as much as I have found myself doing in recent years.  What happened to me in the last 10 years that has created this chaos in my life and my thinking?  I can almost pinpoint the event, and it is of my own doing (Another story for another day)

So MKMMA has become something I do look forward to every day.  It has taken the practice of creating the habit and although not perfect in execution yet (still a couple areas to work on a little better) just two weeks into the assignments I think I am doing well and I will be okay.   I can do this!

Thanks everyone.  Have a GREAT week!

Week 1 – Unexplored Territory

So I have entered unexplored territory for me, I have entered the world of blogging, and this is my very first post.

Why you ask?  It is part of the homework assignments for a wonderful self-authenticating class I am taking for ME!

Ever heard of The Master Keys System?  Me either until about a year ago.   How about the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill?   I have had that book for years and until last year had never picked it up.  It was also required reading for part of our homework assignments for a 13 week online class.

Self Help, Self Enrichment, Self Authenticating all are catchy words to describe a journey we all seem to want to take in finding our true self, or our oneness with ourselves.

As I am creating this, the opening monologue for Star Trek comes to mind and I find it a little ironic that the words from that opening are so appropriate for this journey of exploration.  Myself and about 300 others will be taking this journey into the unknown for the next 26 weeks.  “Out there, that-a-way” James T. Kirk

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“Space the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. It’s continuing mission, To explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before.”  Gene Roddenberry  (Click on the picture for the video)

Could it be “SPACE” is the subconscious mind the author Charles F. Haanel speaks of in “The Master Keys System”?  Hmmm something to think about.

So here we go!  ( “Heading Sir?”,  “Out there, that-a-way” James T. Kirk)

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