Week 4 – Just What ARE We

When I first read week 4, I was tired. I was reading because I’m supposed to do the reading. But I was intrigued with the “I” that Haanel talks about.


I got to sentence 15: “This is not so strange or impossible as it may appear when you remember that the ‘World Within’ is controlled by the ‘I’ and that this ‘I’ is a part or one with the Infinite ‘I’ which is the Universal Energy or Spirit, usually called God (my emphasis).

That stopped me in my tracks.

I was raised Jewish, and like many Jews, my religious education stopped after my Bar Mitzvah (age 13). Even after my children were born, although they were raised to be Jewish, I never “got” religion, and they’re not religious at all. It was just something you did. It was a way to worship that was different from most, but similar in many ways. But being Jewish was, for me, more about what I call myself, not what I do. My traditions were different, and so I assumed I was different.

But you change as you get older. You start to wonder what’s it all about. What IS out there. You begin to read things, hear things, talk to people, change your views, or at least think about changing your views.

It’s always been difficult for me to believe that there’s an actual God who not only created everything, all the billions or trillions of stars, planets, galaxies, absolutely everything, but also watches over me, cares about me. I mean, really, just take a view in your mind from space of the planet, the solar system, the Milky Way. Expand your view further. Think about life somewhere else in the universe. Assuming there’s life elsewhere in the vastness of the universe, would their God be the same as our God? We can’t even come to terms about that on our own planet. Please understand, this isn’t a discussion about creation (it all had to start at some point, right?). This is about who we are, or as I titled this blog, what we are.

We’re the only beings who can think, who can create, who can change what and how we think, who can bring into being that which we think about. Perhaps deeply religious people will not like (or maybe won’t even understand) my next statement, but for me, God isn’t just in us, God IS us. We created God. That’s neither blasphemous nor a bad thing.

Once man became self-aware, he began thinking beyond himself. Eventually, he “discovered” God. But really, it is WE who are omniscient; WE who are omnipotent; WE who are omnipresent. In other words, WE are God. I don’t say this in an egotistical way. Actually, I say this in an extremely humbling way. We ARE God. Again, as Haanel says in sentence 19, quoting the Bible: “‘Know ye not that ye are the temple of the living God?'” Yes, we are, so we’d better act and think correctly.

That which is infinite comes from within us. The world within creates the world without. As Haanel quotes Lyman Abbott in sentence 18, “‘We are coming to think of God as dwelling in man rather than as operating on men from without.'”


This is easy to understand (for me, at least); difficult to manifest. We not only have to unlearn years of what we’ve been taught, we have to deal with a world that mostly doesn’t understand this. This is the work, the real work, that we—I—need to do.



Week 3

I beat myself up for not being consistent, especially about the sit. It’s not that I can’t do it or don’t want to, I just don’t get to it. I read as instructed—out loud or silently. Things haven’t begun to stick. Nothing has yet become a habit. Rather I do things by rote.

I’ve read comments from other MKMMAers, and their thoughts go far and wide, deep into their psyche, out to the universe. I guess I have similar thoughts from time to time, but they don’t stay with me. I often just dismiss them, which is probably just my old blue print rearing its dominating self.

I live a pretty isolated life without much outside contact. A tough situation to be in for a NMer. I do editing for one client, who can call at any moment and need me. My living situation is not of my choosing, but rather one that I had to accept for financial reasons. So each day is a day of discomfort and disappointment in myself. I know I’m better than the place I’m at right now, and I thought I’d have been out of here within 6 months, a year at the most. It’s been over five-and-a-half years.

For so long I’ve begun things full of vigor and eagerness, only to be discouraged when the results weren’t forthcoming as I’d anticipated. And then that discouragement begins to feed on itself, so that at some point, it’s as if I never began.

This is actually the very first time in my 65 years that I’ve ever had guidance—from knowledgeable people. I completely trust Mark, Davene, my guides, and others I’ve met through G90G. So I continue to do the work because I know that sooner or later something will kick in. I do have faith that this works. I just can’t get inspired. Today.


EdwardR Master Keys Week 2

Well, I finally made it back. I guess I’m not as tech savvy as I thought—actually getting to my blog (after having quit out of it—big mistake) and linking to Twitter (forget about others for the time being), took much longer than it should. But I’ll get better week by week. All it takes is doing it over and over.

Much like the readings. The more I do them, the easier they are to do. It’s still time consuming, but I’m not only beginning to understand that it’s time well spent, I’m beginning to understand why.

Something really struck me this week about the technique used in understanding Haanel’s and Mandino’s writings. Reading out loud makes a tremendous difference. You actually hear the words. They’re not simply rummaging around in your head, as they are when you read silently. Also, the repetition is not just a way to become more familiar with the words. Reading the same passages over and over creates a deeper understanding of what you’re reading.

How this “revelation” came about is that for the first time in well over 20 years, I went to synagogue for the Jewish High Holy Days. Due to circumstances, I attended a service that was mostly in Hebrew, which I don’t understand and read minimally. So I read the English. And guess what? The same passages are repeated over and over, and many times they’re said out loud. It’s the same technique!

How about that. In order to connect to your subconscious, which I believe is where the Divineness in each of us lies, we do exactly the same thing that Judaism—one of the great religions of the world—has been doing for thousands of years to connect to God. Other religions may do the same thing, but I’m not familiar with them.


The actual sound reverberating in my head makes such a difference that I’m seriously considering doing all of my readings out loud.

This course is absolutely the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.

Week 1 – Master Keys – Getting Started

I had planned out the day of the first webinar – and then life happened. I had to spend about an hour to an hour-and-a-half doing something that I hadn’t planned on. It wasn’t that it kept me from doing everything else that I’d planned to do, it was just one more thing that had to get done—before the webinar.

So by the time the webinar began, I was pretty rung out. And then it went on for longer than I’d anticipated, since I needed to break away by 6:30 (a half-hour past when I was supposed to leave).

As a result, the rest of my night was all shot, and I struggled to do any reading at all. I decided that it would be better to begin on Monday. And even though I wasn’t feeling great, I began nonetheless. Monday was a tough day, but I did the reading as instructed.

Well, guess what? Today, Tuesday, I woke up pretty refreshed (I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that I turned in somewhat earlier than I normally do—a habit I think I continue). After reading this morning, I realized that the words were beginning to sink into my brain—slowly, but they were getting in there (or maybe because I’ve read the book before and I was familiar with it). Regardless, they’re starting to have an impact on me.

To be continued.

Now it’s Friday, and I’ve only got a little time before I have to prepare for Yom Kippur. I’ll be out of action for about 27 hours. But I’ve been keeping up with my reading and other exercises. I’m in a kind of difficult place mentally, which I hope further sessions/readings/blogs/conversations will help me overcome where I am.

Being new at all of this, I’m going to end things here.


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