(First off, I’d like to apologize to those of you who frequent my blog, as I was late getting this posted. I was actually on a cruise with the boss… Uh, I mean my wife, so I got to it as soon as I could. Thanks for stopping by, and here you go.) :)
Sometimes, and I’m assuming that it’s the same for most people, I don’t completely grasp a concept like I thought I did, but then I hear an analogy, example, or story that puts it all into perspective. This happened to me while studying the Master Key System this week. In the introduction to chapter 21, Haanel writes the following:
In paragraph 8 you will find that everything which we hold in our consciousness for any length of time becomes impressed upon our subconsciousness and so becomes a pattern which the creative energy will wave into our life and environment. This is the secret of the wonderful power of prayer.
And in paragraph 8, Haanel wrote:
8. When we realize these facts concerning mind we understand how we may bring ourselves any condition by creating the corresponding conditions in our consciousness, because everything which is held for any length of time in the consciousness, eventually becomes impressed upon the subconscious and thus becomes a pattern which the creative energy will wave into the life and environment of the individual.
This helped me to realize that my prayers have not been laser focused, like the rays of the sun shining through a magnifying glass and creating heat, hot enough to start a fire (energy). Yes, I pray to God (Our omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent creator), in Jesus’ name; however, something in those sentences made me come to the realization that just “praying” a few words, which usually takes me about 3 – 5 minutes is not how to pray. The key is focus, and concentration.
In the Bible, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, it says, “Pray without ceasing.”
I thus realized that I prayed briefly, and not commonly with fervor, as I should. This is where God’s power lies.
In addition, in Philippians 4:6, it states, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
That means that you need to ask, and pray, with focus and concentration, on the things you desire. Which leads me to another thought if I may. The Bible is filled with thought about love, and kindness, and the Master Key Master Mind Alliance is in agreement with His (God’s) teaching. In fact, my favorite affirmation that we say on a daily basis goes like this:
I promise to keep these four promises.
I promise that wherever I go I bring a gift. I may bring a compliment, trinket, prayer, flower, but I promise I will give something to every person I encounter.
I promise to be a grateful receiver of the gifts that surround me, noticing nature, kindness, smiles and compliments, which I gladly receive with at “thank you”.
I promise to give the hope for joy, affluence, kindness and love, consciously with every encounter, regardless of brevity.
I promise to give without expectation of reciprocity from the channels I enrich, because I know I am in the dynamic flow of giving and receiving.
I always keep my promises,
This affirmation speaks of love, kindness, and giving. It’s exercises like this, that Mark Januszewski has us do in the Master Key Master Mind Alliance that shows me how different this is than any other “self development” course I’ve taken. Mark and Davene have created something special, that is making me a better Christian, and improving other people lives in different ways. I thank God that He led me to this course, because it has made our relationship stronger.
Lastly, and this is like icing on the cake in this post. Here is a video of Mark J, showing people in Kauai, Hawaii some love, on behalf of the 200 + members of the Master Key Master Mind Alliance. Thank you Mark, Davene, and Trish the Dish too, for all you do. This is a life changer for those that have remained devout.