Don’t believe everything you read in the headlines. There IS something to see here. In fact there are THREE things to see, three very different documentaries that I am glad that I watched! So much so, I’m going to watch them all over again.
In the early 20th century, while studying world mythology, Joseph Campbell discovered a pattern hidden in every story ever told and he called it “the heroes journey”. A truly inspirational film, FINDING JOE takes us on the ultimate heroes journey: the journey of self discovery. As you slay dragons and uncover treasures, you just may find that the holy grail you seek is closer than you think…
This documentary helped me understand better what I’m going through on my own journey within.
A documentary written, directed, and narrated by Tom Shadyac. The film asks the question: “What is wrong with the world, and what can we do about it?”, and explores Shadyac’s personal journey after a bicycle accident in 2007.
This documentary left me in AWE! Hosted by Will Smith, One Strange Rock is a thrilling journey exploring the fragility and wonder of our planet, one of the most peculiar places in the universe.
It’s the extraordinary story of why life exists on Earth, brought into perspective by the only people to have left it behind: astronauts.
This series was filmed in 45 countries (including my own, Norway), on six continents, and from outer space. It reveals the twists of fate that have allowed life to thrive on Earth and how we are all connected in many surprising ways.
Watch it: One Strange Rock premiered on National Geographic in 2018. It was released on Netflix in 2019. In the USA, it left Netflix for Disney+ in January 2020. You can also find it on Prime Amazon.
“In the physical world there are innumerable contrasts, and these may for convenience sake, be designated by distinctive names. There are sizes, colors, shades or ends to all things. There is a North Pole, and a South Pole, an inside and an outside, a seen and an unseen, but these expressions merely serve to place extremes in contrast. They are names given to two different parts of one quantity. The two extremes are relative; they are not separate entities, but are two parts or aspects of the whole.” (Master Keys, Part 19)
I have been super-duper-busy with work and studies this past week. Heck, I’m almost always busy – I LOVE being busy with things that propel me forward!
However, in my eagerness to get a motherload done I “kinda forgot” one CRUCIAL thing.
Which is to do nothing. Wait? What??
Yeah. Doing nothing as in RELAXING.
And I don’t mean watching TV or reading. The mind is not turned off completely when you think you relax with a book, no matter how good it is. Hey, I’m an author – I want everybody and their uncle to read, but …
You need to turn everything off.
Meditation, that’s what I’m talking about.
Breathe in…. breath out …. Let the thoughts come and go without paying attention to them. Just sit and breathe … deeply…
My personal fave is: Inhale for 4 seconds Natural stop, 4 seconds Breathe out, 4 seconds Natural stop, 4 seconds
Repeat and… ………….repeat ….and repeat ….
30 minutes of meditation in the morning is my absolute minimum. 1 hour in the morning + 30 minutes midday + 30 minutes or more before I go to bed – now we’re talking!
But you know what? If you can’t manage to do NOTHING for any more than 15 minutes a day, that’s a good start!
A relaxed, calm state of mind is the only doorway to progress mentally. Relaxation of thought is the only access to Infinite Intelligence .
We all have to start somewhere. And keep it up … that’s the thing. I didn’t keep it up every day this week. When my mind works overtime with no room to relax and digest, the result is 100 % as expected: feeling overwhelmed.
And I do not like that feeling, that’s for sure!
So I’m taking charge of my life again by going back to my daily meditations, starting right NOW!
How ‘bout you? How often do you meditate?
If you haven’t done any meditation before, a good place to start is doing the exercises (aka meditations) by Charles Haanel which you’ll find in his The Master Key System – you may download this free PDF:
If you are into “The Secret” and Law of Attraction, you will LOVE the Master Key System! If you want to dig even deeper into that sort of things, I highly recommend joining The Master Key Experience where I’m working as a certified guide. Check it out here: https://masterkey.vision/bibi
The choice is yours. What do you choose to focus on?
Courage Beats the Crap out of Fear
We all know that if you fear an activity, whethyer it’s flying or speaking in public, it takes courage to do it anyway – in spite of fear.
What many people do, myself included, is to focus on the very thing they fear. But if you think about this for a second – how on earth could concentrating on fear create any courage? What’s even worse is when you end up focusing on the fear itself. What we focus on grows, remember?
What would Benjamin do?
Back in January 2019, I tried the so-called ‘Franklin Makeover’ for the first time. In short, you choose a virtue you want more of and focus on it for a whole week. You observe the virtue in others as well as in yourself, and make a note of it every time you see a sign of it. What happens next is almost like magic…
I had chosen ‘courage’ as my virtue…. A couple of days into my ‘courage week’, I started to wonder if it was my former anxious self who had chosen ‘courage’…. I used to need a lot of courage just to get through a normal day.
I realized that I couldn’t even remember the last time I had any signs of anxiety. It had been several months since I needed courage just to leave the house!
And that’s great! Overcoming anxiety is HUGE!!
Now that my new norm was to be living freely without anxiety, I was able to see that life had so much more to offer than just leaving the house without getting a panic attack…
So, if I no longer was afraid of doing “normal”, everyday things – what did I need courage for?
Take Your Pick!
I needed courage to believe in myself and the choices I made. Heck, I needed courage to make any important decisions of my own…
Once I had, I needed courage to let people know. I needed courage to stand up for myself.
Maybe you need courage to go after a new job, move to a new place, or to finally write that bestseller book you’ve been talking about!
What do YOU need courage to do? I dare you to be courageous and share in the comments below! 🙂
An Unusual Technique that Works
In order to find many examples of ‘courage’ to focus on for a week, I used a technique that was first described in ‘The Master Key System’, published by Charles Haanel in 1912. The point of his technique (often referred to as the Battleship Exercise) is to visualize something material and trace it back to its origin to find the cause – and we find that it always started with an idea, as a thought.
Since my goal was to observe as much courage as possible during that week, I would look at any item around me – it being a coffee cup, a throw pillow, or a car on the street. I used an “inverse version” of Hansel’s technique, and traced that item through all the steps necessary from idea to finished product, thinking about the courage it took the inventor or designer to see their idea through. That takes courage!
Hot Tip: This inverted ‘Battleship Exercise’ works for almost any virtue. Just imagine what it takes of virtues such as creativity, persistence, decisiveness, cooperation, being well organized, just to name a few, to go from idea to finished product!
The more I focused on courage, the more courage I found myself having. One week of focusing on courage also had ripple effects into the weeks ahead. What we focus on does grow.
I give myself permission to be courageous! ‘Cos, you see, deep down…
This week, I want to link to two courageous bloggers:
Happy New Year! Yup, this is my first blog post in 2021. I came down with a nasty cold between Xmas and new years and barely had the energy to keep up with work and other obligations. But I’m back and I’m on the mend!
One year ago, one of my dear friends and I decided to take the Kindness Week Challenge one step further. Before I show you what we did, let me explain what the challenge is all about:
The Guinness Book of Records
OK, so this particular record might not be recorded there…. However, I think our record is more important than any normal world record.
Our record isn’t what I’d consider “nomal”. If it was, everyone would be doing it already – right? And if everyone was, we wouldn’t have to….
You see, with our record we are making the world a better place. One person at a time, plus the ripple effects.
What we’re doing this week in the Master Key members’ area is leaving comments every single time we observe or do an act of kindness. We have challenged one another to leave more comments than the previous year’s members did, thereby setting a new record.
Because what we focus on grows.
Breaking the record, “beating” last year’s members in the amount of kindnesses reported is of course not the goal….
…. Making our world a better place is, and when we do that – we are ALL winners! 🙂
In previous years (when hugging strangers was fine) the staff and guides of the Master Key have celebrated at the end of the week by giving out free hugs to strangers on the street. (Here’s a video from the free hugs in 2018).
Last Year …
In January 2019, my friend Nina and I were confident that the members would break the record, so we decided to “act as if it has already happened” by giving out free hugs on the street and celebrate in advance.
We made signs that said, “Free Hugs!” and “Do you want a HUG?” (the latter in our native language, Norwegian), hung them around our necks and started walking around down-town here in Fredrikstad… Yes, I was WALKING!! Just a couple of weeks before this event, I was finally able to walk without using crutches for the first time in over three years. But I digress, back to the story:
We Norwegians are not exactly famous for being chatty with strangers… but to Nina’s and my pleasant surprise, our fellow Norwegians actually thought this “free hugs” thing was a good idea, and we lost count of how many people we hugged that day!
We hugged people of all ages
– even those “too cool for school” teens who might think that everything we “dinosaurs” do is silly and embarrasing…. (Hey, I get it, I used to be that kind of teen myself!). Some of these teens pointed at us and snickered when they saw our signs, but every teen that we met did hug us and many of them said they thought it was a great idea! We encouraged them to try it out at their school. I hope they did.
Out of all the people we offered a free hug that day, only 3 or 4 said no. Saying ‘no’ to hug strangers is perfectly fine, of course, and we just smiled and wished them a nice day. Nearly 100 % liked our kindness campaign, most people loved it!
I wonder how many lives we touched that day. For some, this might be have been the only hug they got all year … Others were perhaps inspired to spread some kindness on their own. What I know for sure is that we did make many people very happy that day. Ourselves included.
This was such a fun and lovely experience, we have saved the signs so we can do it again!
If you don’t feel like hugging strangers on the street, remember that a kind word is like a verbal hug.
• In Book II of “Rhetoric”, Aristotle defines kindness as “helpfulness towards someone in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of the helper himself, but for that of the person helped”. • The movie ‘Pay it Forward’ illustrates the power one person can have to make an impact on a chain reaction of kind deeds. The philosophy of ‘Pay It Forward’ is that through acts of kindness among strangers, we all foster a more caring society. • “Kindness Boomerang” is a video by ‘Life Vest Inside’ . It shows how one act of kindness passes seamlessly from one person to the next and boomerangs back to the person who set it into motion. Within months after its release, Kindness Boomerang went viral. The video has been viewed over 34 million times! Here it is:
Here are more kind folks who pay extra attention to kindness this week:
One of our exercises at the Master Key Experience this week (14) was to watch one of the following movies (which are all based on true stories): ‘Mully’, ‘October Sky’, ‘Cool Runnings’, ‘The Good Lie’, ‘Wild’, ‘Door to Door’, ‘Rudy’, while identifying the four habits of success which I wrote about in this blog post.
DMP: Definite Major Purpose (backed by a burning desire) PMA: Positive Mental Attitude POA: Plan of Action MMA: Master Mind Alliance
I watched all the movies and I have chosen to write about the first one I saw, ‘Rudy’ – a movie about the life of Daniel Ruettiger, who dreamt of playing American football at the University of Notre Dame.
First of all I want to recommend this movie to anyone who hasn’t seen it! I was very moved by the story and how Rudy never gave up on his dream, in spite of several obstacles along the way. Very inspirational! It’s available on Netflix, Prime, and even for rent on YouTube.
Spoiler alert! Watch the movie before you read the rest.
Rudy’s definite major purpose (DMP) was clearly to play football, and not just anywhere but at the Notre Dame University. His DMP was backed by a burning desire, even if he didn’t really have the physique (he was quite small for a football player), nor did he have the grades required to get into Notre Dame, nor the money for tuition, nor the support from his family and friends, except his buddy Pete (his first master mind alliance) – who was killed in an accident at their workplace.
It is obvious throughout the movie that Rudy indeed had a Positive Mental Attitude. He did not give up no matter what life threw at him, and he did not listen to those who told him that his dream was not only impossible but even ridiculous! He is not discouraged when he gets rejected by Notre Dame at first, but continues to study to improve his grades.
For Rudy to achieve his DMP, his POA (Plan of Action) is to play football from an early age throughout high school. In order to get into Notre Dame, he needs to save up money (POA) and to improve his grades (POA) he gets enrolled at Holy Cross College with the help from a priest (Rudy’s 2nd master mind alliance). At Holy Cross he befriends teacher assistant D-Bob – Rudy’s 3rd master mind alliance. Rudy is broke and homeless, he approaches the head ground keeper at the Notre Dame stadium who eventually offers him a job (POA) there and also a place to live. The ground keeper turns out to be a former football player and is Rudy’s 4th master mind alliance.
Rudy continues to work on his grades (POA) despite of three letters of rejection from Notre Dame. When he finally gets in, he gets on the team as a practise roster (POA) and never misses a single practise in two years (POA). He keeps giving what is best for the team (POA + Law of Giving), and it finally pays off when he gets to dress for the last game that season. The team is his major master mind alliance – they all want Rudy to dress, and they all want him to play. Had it not been for the master mind alliance of his team, the coach would not have allowed Rudy to play at all, but eventually he does and after the game Rudy is carried out in victory by his team members.
I found it very interesting to watch all these movies with the DMP, PMA, POA, and MMA in mind, and I will continue to do so when I watch other movies.
These four habits of success are methods we are learning and applying at the Master Key Experience, so that we, too, can fulfil our dreams – our Definite Major Purpose – no matter how impossible or ridiculous they might seem to other people.
I certainly have a DMP (definite major purpose) backed by a burning desire, I have a Plan Of Action, a predominant PMA (positive mental attitude), and I have a supportive MMA (master mind alliance) who helps me to stay on track.
Here are some other fine folks who have applied these 4 habits of success:
What if you woke up tomorrow with only what you were grateful for today?
How’s that for a kick-in-the-butt reminder!?
A couple of years ago I bought a journal where I was supposed to write down three things I was grateful for every single day. The problem was that I really could not think of anything to be grateful for other than my dog and my boyfriend…. Well, things have certainly changed since then. Actually, “things” haven’t changed that much – but I have changed!
Nowadays, the daily habit of writing down three things I’m grateful for is a breeze. I can easily name thousands of things, circumstances, or people that I’m grateful for. And I mean truly grateful, not just saying it but being truly grateful.
If you read my blog post last week, you know I was about to keep a promise – which was to have the text for my children’s book done by the 22nd of December. I am GRATEFUL that I persisted and kept that promise! I finished it on Sunday the 20th, two days before my self-imposed deadline. I am making some 20+ illustrations for that book, which will take a few months. I am grateful to be an author. I absolutely LOVE my job! I used to get paid for writing articles, which was nice. But writing books that can inspire and bring joy to the readers is my passtion. I am deeply grateful that I get to do that.
More than anything, I am grateful for gratefulness. I am grateful that I AM grateful for so many things. I am grateful for my attitude of gratitude.
Here are some other fine folks who practise their gratitude:
We don’t have to invent the wheel. For centuries, great minds have done the research for us and they have proved what works. Several books have been written on the topic, the most popluar being ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill. The FOUR HABITS he discovered are essential for success in all walks of life, not just financial riches. ALL walks of life.
These 4 habits convert dreams into physical realities.
The Four Habits of Success
A definite major purpose, backed by a earnest and burning desire.
A definite plan, expressed in continuous action.
A predominant positive attitude.
A friendly alliance (aka Mastermind), people who encourage you to follow through with plan and purpose.
1. DMP (Definite Major Purpose) 2. PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) 3. POA (Plan of Action) 4. MMA (Master Mind Alliance)
Most people don’t have a clue what their purpose is. The Master Key Experience helps people figure it out. Not only that, but we’re given easy to do mental exercises to make sure we learn how to apply all the 4 habits and live the life of our dreams. Knowledge does not apply itself. You gotta do the work, the mental labour. But it’s worth it.
Oh, boy, is it worth it!!
Here are some other fine folks who build their castles – one brick at a time:
On the 4th of December 1966, my mother gave birth to a beautiful baby.
This child was such a precious golden nugget! Life was good. For a while.
Life threw me a few curve balls and the golden child slowly faded away, until you could barely see her inner twinkle…. The gold was still there, though! Just hidden under layers of mud, much of it hard as cement. (The metaphor of the cement and Golden Buddha is explained in one of my previous posts)
Let’s not dwell on the past. Bygones! I have forgiven the “mud-slingers”. They, too, were once a “Golden Buddha” and whatever wrongs they said and did to me were simply due to the mud they were covered by. But underneath all that is the golden nugget of perfection that they used to be … Forgiving is easy when I remind myself of that.
As the weeks go by on this amazing journey with the Master Key Experience, I’m chipping off more and more of that cemented mud covering my own golden nugget.
Today is my birthday and I am celebrating a new life! A new and GOOD life!
My Definite Major Purpose in life was previously nothing but a dream. Today it is a plan and I have full faith that it will happen the way I think and feel about it, visualise it, and focus on it.
My dream was big, but my plan is HUGE!
Abundance is a natural law of the Universe. The evidence of this law is conclusive; we see it on every hand. Everywhere Nature is lavish, wasteful, extravagant. Nowhere is economy observed in any created thing. Profusion is manifested in everything. The millions and millions of trees and flowers and plants and animals and the vast scheme of reproduction where the process of creating and recreating is forever going on, all indicates the lavishness with which Nature has made provision for man. That there is an abundance for everyone is evident, but that many fail to participate in this abundance is also evident; they have not yet come into a realisation of the Universality of all substance, and that mind is the active principle whereby we are related to the things we desire.
Charles Haanel, Master Key System, 10.1
Today is my birthday and I am deeply grateful to be alive! Today I am celebrating my present life and my future! And I know my future will be WONDERFUL!!
My new affirmation, which I repeat several times a day:
Feel free to use the image above. I added the text to a photo found at Pixabay, 100% royalty free. I’m not affiliated.
Fast forward to 2020:
One year later and it’s still my birthay today, imagine that 😉 I have many reasons to celebrate for things that have happened in the year that has passed, but more than anything I celebrate the fact that I am alive! Every day is a gift and I am a very grateful receiver.
Here are some other fine folks who have reasons to celebrate:
That’s not a typo. As much as I love Jodi Foster’s character in the movie ‘the silence of the lambs’, I want to talk about lamps.
Not just any lamp, but the lamp within.
We all have one. Like a magical Aladdin’s Lamp, only better!
We have found that the Universal substance is “All Health,” “All Substance” and “All Love” and that the mechanism of attachment whereby we can consciously connect with this Infinite supply is in our method of thinking. To think correctly is therefore to enter into the “Secret Place of the Most High.” What shall we think? If we know this we shall have found the proper mechanism of attachment which will relate us to “Whatsoever things we desire.” This mechanism may seem very simple when I give it to you, but read on; you will find that it is in reality the “Master-Key,” the “Alladin’s lamp,” if you please; you will find that it is the foundation, the imperative condition, the absolute law of well-doing, which means, well-being. (Haanel, Master Key 9.4 & 9.5)
Unlike the genies who grant you only three wishes, the “genie” in the inner lamp that we have access to sets NO boundaries on your wishes. None!
It’s not about quantum. – Unlimited!
It’s about quality.
If our predominant mental attitude is one of power, courage, kindliness and sympathy, we shall find that our environment will reflect conditions in correspondence with these thoughts.
Haanel (Master Key System, 9.30)
If you polish your lamp with a dirty cloth, the lamp won’t shine. Find your very best piece of cloth, woven from the highest quality of threads you can imagine.
Imagine. – Key word! Visualise your desires. Focus, see it with your mind’s eye.
Every success has been accomplished by persistent concentration upon the object in view.
Haanel (Master Key System, 9.34)
It’s Thanksgiving week in the USA so there won’t be a Master Key webinar on Sunday. Will we miss it? Certainly! Meanwhile, we get to keep doing our exercises that improve our positive mental attitude; to polish our lamps …. in silence.
Here are some other fine folks who are polishing their lamps within: