Imagination – The Building Blocks Of Your Reality (MKE 8)

Has anyone ever said to you, that you have a wild imagination? I never really liked that saying. It always made me feel as though I was just a dreamer, never the architect of my thoughts. 

As a child, I used my imagination to conjure up ways to play and keep myself occupied when I was alone. As an adult, it became more apparent to me that the imagination is a tool that can be used to create. An idea can take shape in our minds and become substance from those thoughts.

Imagination is the constructive form of thought which must precede every constructive form of action.

Charles Haanel

All successful people throughout history have had constructive imaginations. Where would the world be without Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla or Alexander Graham Bell whose imaginations helped change the world?

We all have the same capabilities as those great inventors to bring to life what our minds can imagine.

The MKE course has shown me this can be true, that using the principles of the 7 Laws of Nature along with the teachings of Haanel I can bring a harmonious connection from creative thinking to constructive imagination to manifestation of physical action. 

I found it difficult this past week when trying to imagine what to teach my students. We emphasize social distancing while in class which means every student has to practice techniques in the air.

Since martial arts is combat oriented, normally students practice their skills on each other. Because of Covid 19 that’s no longer possible. I had to imagine new ways to present the techniques so that the students wouldn’t get bored. 

This week I took the time to meditate, and I imagined myself in class teaching a sequence of techniques to the students with the emphasis on disguising the techniques to add variety, and so students wouldn’t have “the same old same old” experiences. It worked. I was able to show them techniques they’ve done before, just in a new imaginative way. I was really inspired by the results.

When I was young I thought imagination was just like daydreaming, letting random thoughts and images go through my head, not necessarily leading anywhere. I’ve been so excited to discover that imagination in the form of focused thoughts and visualizations is the foundation for creating my own outcomes, my own reality.

Can I get a Whoop Whoop? 🙂

Think, Visualize, Act (MKE 7)

I’ve been reading and thinking a lot about Creative Visualization — a term I’ve heard spoken about from when I was a child to the man I am today.

I first started learning about creative visualization when I was three or four years old attending what I called “bowling school.” It was really a daycare center for kids whose mothers were in a morning bowling league together. I remember learning a lot about visualization from one of my teachers. I can’t remember her name, but I do remember that creative visualization was talked about — preached if you will. It was the 60’s after all.

As I got older I started attending a progressive church that taught both Christian and Jewish faith. Even though it was a faith-based organization, we were always taught to use creative visualization to see the shining light of God within us. 

By the time I got to junior high school, I had been using visualization for a number of years. I had started reading books about the power of the mind, like Johnathan Livingston Seagull, Illusions, and Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Powerful influences in my life at the time. I believed in that power to succeed and I still do! 

In high school I went back to the church scene.  It was still a Christian based church, but it was strong on using the power of our thoughts to visualize pictures and manifest through physical action. At the end of high school I thought I wanted to be a minister. I saw myself being in service to God and Humankind for so many years, and thought that I wanted to take that path.

Time Warp… now I’m in my 50’s and I’m not a minister. I lost the desire to become a minister, but I kept my faith. I now serve God in other ways. I train and teach martial arts and I’m a personal trainer. I use creative visualization when doing both. The Mind/Body/Spirit connection is what I strive for in all my training. Each one is strong on its own but they are more  powerful when working together, and able to accomplish anything. 

We incorporate many different martial arts in our blended martial arts system, but the one thing that all the arts have in common is creative visualization; we see the outcome of the conflict before it happens. We think of the outcome we want, visualize the results, and take action. I think of this as the “think-visualize-act” principle. 

I used my “think-visualize-act” principle in the Thai Boxing class I taught this week. Due to social distancing, we have squared off areas on the floor big enough for one person to move around in. I had my students use visualization when moving around in their squares, fighting imaginary opponents. 

In all things in life we need to use the awesome power of our mind. We write the script, or paint the picture that we want to live. We can’t let the negative words of the critics (the personal mind) deter us from making that script come to life. Instead, as Haanal explains, we need to embrace the spiritual (or impersonal mind) to create our desired result. 

And, we can create our desired result by using this “think-visualize-act” principle. We think of what we want (our desired outcome), we visualize the details of it, and take action. This results in manifestation. 

Remember that thought is the fire that creates the steam that turns the wheel of fortune, upon which your experiences depend.

Charles Haanel

Remember, it all begins with the mind.

The Power Of Concentration (MKE 6)

I can’t count how many times I’ve been told about the importance of paying attention throughout my life by my parents, teachers and my martial arts instructors. I would venture to say — many hundreds of thousands of times to be sure.

When I was young I just thought it was something adults would say to establish a sense of authority over me.

So like any rebellious kid, I didn’t always do it because I thought I knew everything. But of course, I was wrong.

As I got older I came to the realization that by paying attention I could accomplish more than when my attention was scattered. If I hadn’t accepted this to be true, I probably wouldn’t have gotten through school or been able to keep a job, and definitely would not have earned my 6th degree black belt in martial arts.

 The power of concentration defines how successful you can become. We should never take for granted how the mind uses this power to help propel us to greatness or to seek out success in our endeavors. When I can focus my thoughts, I have more control of them, and my thoughts can cause my desired effect.

The brain is never the same size once it learns something new. We seek knowledge and become inspired to use it, and the brain grows. Meditation is another way of implementing constructive thinking. When I meditate, I train my brain to focus and direct thoughts to establish a desired effect.

Attention or concentration is probably; the most important essential in the development of mind culture.The possibilities of attention when properly directed are so startling that they would hardly appear credible to the uninitiated. The cultivation of attention is the distinguishing characteristic of every successful man or woman, and is the very highest personal accomplishment which can be acquired.

Charles Haanel

So I’m still a little rebellious, but now I know that focused concentration is a way to establish a sense of authority over myself.

All things can be accomplished with the power of concentration.

The Power of Within (MKE 5)

The human mind is the most comprehensive computer in existence, complex in its design and function. It is said that we only use 10% of the power that it is capable of generating. So what about the other untapped 90%? Why is it that some people seem to utilize more of its power than others?

Maybe it’s because the people who tap into the other 90% think differently. Thoughts to words — words to action. The mind in action is thought, and thought achieves creative results. Matter is powerless without the mind to give it power.

To get control over matter we need to have a pre-existing thought. To achieve your desired result, you must first see it in your mind’s eye for it to become your reality. (Thought is creative). But often we let outside elements (such as home, business, and social environments) interfere with or influence our way of thinking, which can have great impacts on our ideas and prejudices. Unfortunately we often accept these influences on our thinking without any real consideration of how they affect us. Our thoughts can give way to physical responses by way of the Sympathetic System, or the conscious to the subconscious mind.

Negative thoughts lead us on a path to destructive results which can be corrosive to our bodies like a bad battery, whereas positive thoughts lead us to a path of empowerment. True power comes from within and all things are possible when you believe they are. Our subconscious mind is the powerhouse of our thoughts and the engine to bring about our desired results. Power perceived is power achieved.

The great fact is, that the source of all life and all power is from within. Persons, circumstances and events may suggest need and opportunities, but the insight, strength and power to answer these needs will be found within.

Charles Haanel

I discovered this to be true in my own life when I started training in the martial arts. The circumstances and people in my life were trying to interfere or sabotage my thinking, telling me I wouldn’t last or be any good. I turned inward and started meditating on all the positive things that I was getting from martial arts, and the things I wanted to achieve. My thoughts began to manifest my desired result and soon I was teaching and leading classes. I believe that going within, meditating, visualizing, and tapping into the power within, is what gave me these results.  

Before starting my MKE journey, I didn’t believe that I could complete a course like this. But look at me now… I’m writing my fifth blog post and kicking butt! And it’s all because I’m doing my best to apply these very principles.

I Am In Service (MKE 4)

Have you ever used affirmations as a way of channeling your energy to bring about a positive outcome, goal or mindset?

Ever since I can remember, I always felt a connection to a higher power (God, Spirit, Creator, Gaia). When I would look at the sky or see an animal or the leaves on a tree I could see the energy all around it. Not fully understanding what I was experiencing, my thoughts were running wild trying to figure it out. But I knew I felt a Spiritual connection or vibration. All things have a rhythm or vibration. In Haanel, thought is explained as spiritual energy carried by the law of vibration.

The phrase “I AM” is the affirmation I use to bring my thoughts or spiritual energy into focus. My thoughts take form so that they grow and manifest into creative power. I realize that the “I” isn’t about me but about what I can do in the service of others. True power comes from the flow of giving. For when you give of yourself the law of attraction multiplies your return.

The more we give the more we shall get, we must become a channel whereby the Universal can express activity. The Universal is constantly seeking to express itself, to be of service, and it seeks the channel whereby it can find the greatest activity, where it can do the most good, where it can be of greatest service to mankind.

Charles Haanel

The Universe looks to express itself through each individual, and each individual’s service is different.

I’m on a quest to be my best, in the service of others this week.

The Power of the Solar Plexus (MKE 3)

As a martial artist I learned how to inflict pain by striking various vital points on the human body. One of those points is called the solar plexus, which is located in the pit of the stomach in front of the Aorta. It is part of the sympathetic nervous system which is associated with the subconscious mind. I never really thought about how the solar plexus is connected to our feelings, and how our mind associates those feelings to physical responses. Reading Haanel this week has given me a new perspective on just how much our mind and body rely upon each other in times of conflict, whether the conflict is internal or external. I know that if I strike that area of the body (the solar plexus), it will cause a momentary paralysis of the diaphragm — knocking the wind out of a person.

The solar plexus also acts as a warning system for the body. “I’ve got this bad feeling in the pit of my stomach.” How many times have you said that without really realizing this is your subconscious mind telling you that something is wrong? In the martial arts we use the term Chi as a way of channeling the energy that the human body has coursing through it. In Haanel, the solar plexus is explained as the Sun of the body. In martial arts, the same concept is described as Chi — a perpetual resource of life energy that the body generates. When this flow of energy (Chi) is disrupted it can affect the whole mind/body connection which can lead to unhealthy thoughts and manifest into physical ailments. I’ve experienced this firsthand. For a year after I was divorced, I agonized over it so much that I ended up having a physical response. I was diagnosed with a blood disorder which I believe was directly related to this experience. I agonized over it so much that this triggered my disorder to surface.

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.

Charles Haanel

I believe the interruption of chi, or life force, or the radiation of energy from the solar plexus, is what caused my disorder to manifest.

Now that I’m beginning to understand the role of the solar plexus and how integral it is to my health and ability to manifest good things in my life, I will utilize it in the development of my PPN (Personal Pivotal Need) of True Health.

Creating Good Habits to Strengthen My Self-Confidence (MKE 2)

I’m finding it a lot easier now to read Og and find myself finishing sentences on the page before I get to them. My enthusiasm for reading Scroll 1 is really amazing to me since I wasn’t an avid reader of books prior to MKE. I mostly read monthly subscriptions to Health and fitness magazines. Although I practiced meditation before, it has only gotten better and my thoughts are revealing more about my DMP. I’m working on changing my mindset so that my subconscious starts listening to my conscious mind in order to increase my self-confidence.

Opening My Mind to Change (MKE 1)

This is my first blog post, so bear with me as I’m new to writing one. I’ve been in MKE for just about a week now and I’m really excited to begin my journey of renewed self-discovery and thereby unlock my untapped potential. As I read The World’s Greatest Salesman I can see how the scrolls are a means to opening up my mind to change and to change the way I think. Thoughts to words, words to deeds, lead to accomplishment and success by not letting my subconscious mind deceive me into believing that I can’t grow.