In the Blueprint Builder, that Mark Januszewski has us read everyday, it states, “I will eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, and cynicism, by developing love for all humanity, because I know that a negative attitude toward others can never bring me success.” This is something that for the most part, comes easy to me. I love most people, but people who cross me well, that’s another story; however, I had a breakthrough this week.
Last Christmas my in-laws rented a cabin, and invited the family over for the holiday. I’m a bit of a prankster, and I noticed my brother-in-laws camera sitting on an end table while we were all at the cabin. Incidentally, my brother-in-law, who I will refer to as Carl from this point on, is pretty much a prankster like myself. So, I grabbed the camera, and when they weren’t looking, I took some goofy pictures of myself, and put the camera back where I found it.
When “Carl” noticed the new pictures on his camera, he decided to put them on facebook. Well, I didn’t want them on facebook, so I asked him to remove them from the site, but he would not. Everyone notices how upset I got, and his wife made him remove the pictures. He was not happy, and I was still ticked at him when it came time to go to bed. During the night I had time to think about what I did, and how I reacted to him, so decided to apologize in the morning.
When I found him alone in the kitchen, I approached him, and told him that I was sorry. In the middle of my apology, he put his hand up and told me that I had better walk away. I tried to talk to him further, but he just kept his hand up, and stated the same thing. Uh, this was Christmas morning by the way.
To make a long story short, he exited the kitchen, started taking his things out of the rented cabin, and packing his car to leave. His immediate family did not want to leave, and up until that point, were having a great time. Words were also exchanged between my mother-in-law, and Carl, and in an effort to keep this post rated PG, I won’t give you the details of their conversation. Let’s just say it wasn’t nice. Then he made his family get in the car, and they all left.
I have been so mad at him since that Christmas day, but recently, something in my heart/subconscious mind shifted. I decided to thank him for a “get well” card that he and his wife sent me. I did this via facebook, of all things, and I decided to let it go, and it wasn’t so bad. We actually had a conversation via facebook messenger. The reason that I held on to this anger, was because of the fact that “Carl” never apologized to me, or my mother-in-law for the cabin incident.
This is one of many things that the Bible says about forgiveness:
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. ~ Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV)
Sometimes this can be hard to do for some people, and it’s especially hard for me when I see that my enemy has not only wronged me, but also wronged someone else that I care about. I believe; however, that having been saturated in the reading of the Blueprint Builder, the Master Key System, and The Greatest Salesman in the World, has helped me to be more forgiving.
Lastly, in this third week of the Master Key System, Charles Haanel writes that the brain is the organ where we receive and process conscious thought. When the conscious mind has been satisfied that a thought is true, it is then sent to the Solar Plexus which is the organ where we process, and retain, subconscious thought. Here, it accepts what the conscious mind feeds it, as true without any argument whatsoever.
That being said, when we have thoughts that are unpleasant, like hatred, or animosity for someone, like I did, this is like a cloud hanging over the Solar Plexus, which also has been known likened to the “sun” of the body. What happens when the sun is covered by clouds? No sunshine, and no warmth, and in the case of the Solar Plexus, no radiation of good energy coming from us.
That is my breakthrough, and for this I’m grateful. I’m learning to love everyone, including people who don’t like me, or people who have wronged me. In this way, I’m going to let my light shine, and radiate my vision for my life.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. ~ Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)