Week 16 – The Dog Days of the MKE

I have completed my blogs later than I normally do over the course of the last two weeks. I have sourced this of me wanting to keep some kind of control over my circumstances. It’s been my way of controlling the last little bit of my old blueprint.

I have noticed that over the course of the last week and doing the kindness assignment that it was very contagious. The kindness was coming from all areas of my life with the exception of being kind to myself. I was not kind to myself by my sleep habits and eating habits. My work habits have slipped as well.

The point of all this is there are a lot of changes going on around me with my work and my control freak self is doing everything that I can to keep those positive things from happening to me.

I can see it, lots of changes happening I just need to let go of the side of the pool and Trust the universe. It will work out. It always does for me.

Week 15 – Insight and Precedent


15 – 31 Insight is a faculty of the mind whereby we are in able to examine facts and conditions at long range, a kind of human telescope, it enables us to understand the difficulties, as well as the possibilities, in an undertaking.

15 – 32 Insight enables us to be prepared for the obstacles which we shall meet; we can therefore overcome them before they have any opportunity of causing difficulty.

15 – 33 Insight enables us to plan to advantage and turn our thought and attention in the right direction, instead of into channels which can yield no possible return.

15 – 34 Insight is therefore absolutely essential for the development of any great achievement, but with it we may enter, Explorer and possess any mental field.

15-35 Insight is a product of the world within and is developed in silence, by concentration.

To me, these passages are some of the most important ones that I’ve read in the entire study thus far. That our actions as Haanel says are not governed by knowledge, but by custom, precedent and habit. That knowledge does not apply itself.

Custom, precedent and habit. I am practicing habit and custom daily by the various homework assignments that we are asked to perform. Precedent, however, is to me the most important of the three because in precedent I am actually on the court, playing full out in my life and taking what I’ve learned to create what I want for myself and my life. I then learn and then recreate what I want for myself.

Precedent defined is an earlier event or action that is regarded as an example or guide to be considered in subsequent similar circumstances. To me, insight is the foundation that is built upon precedent from which knowledge is then truly acquired.

This continual process allows me to be able to keep expanding myself and pushing myself to the limit or as Og says, “Henceforth will I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.”

Week 14 – Harmony

The week 14’s sit assignment is to “…concentrate on harmony, and when I say concentrate, I mean all that the word implies: concentrate so deeply, so earnestly, that you will be conscious of nothing but harmony…”

I really struggled with this at first because I don’t know if it was the holidays or just a stubborn unwillingness to do the “Hard mental labor” required for this program. So, I thought I would just break this down into a manner that would help organize my thoughts around this. I looked up the definition and word origin to assist me with understanding the word “Harmony”.

Harmony – 1. concord, unity, peace, amity, friendship. 2. consonance, conformity, correspondence, consistency. 3. Harmony, melody in music suggest a combination of sounds from voices or musical instruments.Harmony is the blending of simultaneous sounds of different pitch or quality,making chords. 4. An agreement of feeling.

Word Origin – late 14c., from Old French armonie “harmony,” also the name of a musical instrument (12c.), from Latin harmonia, from Greek harmonia “agreement, concord of sounds,” also as a proper name, the personification of music, literally “means of joining,” used of ship-planks, etc., also “settled government, order,” related to harmos “fastenings of a door; shoulder,”from PIE *ar-ti-, from *ar- “to fit together. Musical senseis oldest in English; that of “agreement of feeling, concord” is from late 14c.

There it was for me! “An agreement of feeling” in the context of the sit. This agreement for me was a feeling with the Universal in which I am able to make my connection. Beautiful!

Week 13 – Gratitude

Sitting here this Christmas just completely filled with gratitude and appreciation for being able to spend this holiday with all of my family and friends.

Walt Whitman captures the moment best for me “Who makes much of a miracle? As to me I know of nothing else but miracles… To me every hour of light and dark is a miracle, Every cubic inch of space is a miracle…”

Feeling fortunate and blessed.

Week 12 – My House

Haanel says there are three steps, and each one is absolutely essential. You must first have the knowledge of your power; second, the courage to dare; third, the faith to do…… it is the operation of this marvelous Law of Attraction which has caused man in all ages and all times to believe that there must be some personal being responded to their petitions and desires, and manipulated events in order to comply with their requirements.

I started thinking how I inadvertently have use this power in my past. The best recent example that I could come up with was the home that I am currently living in now for the last 4 years.

I had walked past this house in my neighborhood a great number of times over the course of the last 3 years while I was out doing my daily exercises. This was a house that was in need of repair but the style of house that I truly loved. It is sort of a Frank Lloyd Wright style long ranch home. The style of house I have loved for a long time. In thinking back, I realize that I wanted to own this house I imagined myself possessing this house, living in it, and there was just a part of me that I really can’t explain that yearned for this house. The energy…it was if we wanted each other. I truly had the burning desire for that home. I told myself “I will own this house.”

I watched this house go up for sale and the asking price was way too high for the amount of work needed. I watched, a year later, as the listing expired and the house still sat vacant. I then asked my neighbor for the phone number of the owner and called the owner. He proceeded to tell me how he came up with his asking price but he told me to make an offer if I was interested after I looked at it. The house needed a lot of work (virtually a complete remodel) so I put my numbers together, showed him how I came to my offer price and made a ridiculously low offer. Strangely enough, he accepted it…At the price I offered. He went on to tell me how he just understood why I offered what I did and that he just wanted my wife and I to have the house. YES!

The reason this example resonates for me with the Law of Attraction is that I fixated on my vision of living and being in this house. I had the burning desire, the patience and the faith that it would be mine. I just need to continue to practice to have these kind of results continually in all areas of my life that I so choose.

Week 11 – A Letter to myself

You really need to relax and remain calm. This is a process.

Cases in point:

Kevin, do you realize that it took John Wooden 15 years before he won his first championship? There were 15 years of toil in virtual obscurity on coaching those teams before his teams went on to win a record 61 games in a row. All of the coaching, learning from the successes and failures, building the structures for recruiting the correct personnel for the team. This was a process of principles and actions coming together to form a system. John Wooden applied the same practices to his coaching methods as he did with his players.

Kevin, you are doing this with the Master Key principles.

Mark J’s cartoon of the butterfly showing the police officer his “Old photo” of himself while the butterfly was still in its cocoon state. The process of metamorphosis is a great example of the process that is occurring the in the Master Key. The process of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly takes time and is a process that really doesn’t need to be explained. You understand the analogy. Your old self will not be the same in the end.

The reading in Scroll III from Og. “I will be liken to a rain drop which washes away the mountain; the ant who devours a tiger; the star which brightens the earth; the slave who builds a pyramid. I will build my castle one brick at a time because I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete my undertaking. I will persist until I succeed.” Kevin, you will live in this manner because you now love your future self.
You are in construction and manufacturing so this you will understand. Whenever you start to build anything the foundation must be built with integrity and patience. If it is not then the entire structure is subject to fail. You will build a sound and stable structure of yourself with integrity.

Kevin, there will be times that you will have doubts and want to quit but you will remain disciplined to the exercises. As long as there is breath inside those lungs you will persist until you succeed. You know that your life and everything that you want for it depends on it.

You always keep your promises.

Kevin Schaedler

Week 10 – Giving 99%

If we gave 99% do you realize that –

We would be drinking one hour of unsafe drinking water per month.

There would be 2 unsafe landings at O’Hare International Airport per day.

There would be 16,000 pieces of lost mail every hour by the post office.

20,000 incorrect prescriptions filled every year.

500 botched surgical operations every week.

500 newborn babies dropped every week.

22,000 checks deposited into the wrong bank account every hour.

The quest for 100% at everything you do starts to make much more sense!