Week 21 – What is the fuel which fires the imagination?

Imagination in YOUR Workshop. Haanel 20.9

When you can see the invisible, you can do the impossible. Mark J.

Humans create from the workshops of our imagination.

I’ve been thinking about this all day.  And as I thought about it, my Dad’s workshop kept coming to mind.

The house I grew up in had a separate garage.  It sat away from the house closer to the alley.  And it was unfinished inside.  The floor was dirt.  There were no lights.  No power outlets.  I don’t even know if the power was hooked up to it.  I remember piles of junk laying all around.  It was always dark in there except for the space where the sunlight shone through the door, during morning hours.

I don’t remember anything usable in that garage.  Except for a time when my little brother secretly captured and raised pigeons in the attic.  (I discovered them and he was outed, LOL)

I remember thinking of how it was such an underutilized space.  And often imagined ways to turn it into a small apartment.

As a kid, I didn’t know how to do anything with what I imagined.  And, it was supposed to be my Dad’s space.  His garage.  He wanted to finish it out and make it a workshop.

My imagination regarding that garage, growing up, was idle imagination.  It lacked power.

Years later …

I grew up.  Joined the Air Force.  Moved away.  Traveled and lived in other states and countries.

Years later, I came back home and my Dad had completed the conversion of that dreadful, dark, space into an amazing shop.

My Dad was a diesel mechanic.  His Dad had been a carpenter, and an inventor.

My Dad proudly showed me his father’s tools and equipment and said, “There was nothing your Grandfather couldn’t do.  He had even invented a type of steam engine in his day. “

Some of what looked like piles of junk laying all around when I was a kid, were the tools and equipment that once belonged to my grandfather.

I sat in that shop while my Dad worked on my car and learned so much about my father that I never even imagined when I was a kid.  It was always there.  But, my father was a quiet man, I didn’t hear any of his stories growing up.

It seemed there wasn’t anything my Dad couldn’t do.  And I never knew that about him.

I have never seen a workshop before, or since, that was as well equipped and organized as my Dad’s workshop.

He had specialized tools for landscaping equipment, cars, diesels, motorcycles, bicycles, and surprisingly carpentry.  Everything someone would need to repair essentially anything around a home, and vehicles, my Dad had in that workshop.

He had poured concrete for the floor.  He installed power outlets for small equipment and even big heavy duty equipment.  Everything was neatly organized, on built-in shelves and could be found right away.  He had bright shop lights, and even a pull down ladder to the attic, which was also meticulously designed, lit, and well organized.

My Dad had built a vision for this workshop in his mind and heart for twenty years or so, before he was able to create it.

Looking around his workshop, I was stunned at the details of his vision.  I could not have imagined what he imagined.  It all came out of his mind, his vision, his dreams, his thoughts.

Thinking is the true business of life, power is the result. You are at all times dealing with the magical power of thought and consciousness. What results can you expect so long as you remain oblivious to the power which has been placed within your control? (Haanel 20.4)

Until I started writing this blog post, I had not thought of my Dad’s shop in terms of imagination and creating.  Today, as I remember this, I’m seeing my father in an entirely new light.  I have a whole new appreciation for him.

Since that first time in my Dad’s workshop, I’ve moved out to the property where I now live.  When it came time to start building our home, my Dad surprised me by giving us Granddad’s old lathe.

My grandfather had hand built this lathe so he could build the house my Dad grew up in.

While we were building this house, I would come in and run my hand along that lathe and feel the poignancy of the connection with my Grandfather, that something he built was helping to build our home. Even now, my eyes tear up as I think about this.

When I was growing up, the story, or narrative I was living was of the unfinished, dark, junk-filled garage.

However now, in writing this blog post, I’ve realized I need to integrate the rest of the story, the well-lit, organized, finished workshop.

And the legacy of my father and grandfather demonstrating the power of their imaginations by their actions.

I consider reality to be fluid, like a lake.

Much of how we experience our lives comes from the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves and our lives.  The fluid, neuron-plasticity of our brains allows us to learn new things, to reinvent ourselves, and to frame our experiences in new ways that support living our purposes.

Today’s blog post, uncannily answers a question, “What am I pretending not to know?”

I have tons of projects around this house and property.  And it’s very much tied to my definite major purpose.

Sometimes, I feel stuck, or like I’m spinning my wheels.

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with all that needs to be done, like I did when I was a kid, thinking about the garage.

I’ve noticed that thinking doubtful or discouraging thoughts drains my energy.  These thoughts literally dissipate my focus.  They deplete my power.

It changes my story

Remembering my Dad’s workshop and connecting to how our imagination is our workshop, along with integrating the rest of the story, that I’ve pretended not to know, supercharges my energy.  It changes my story.  I can see how the old unexamined story was shaping some of my present experiences.

I imagine this will change now.  (Breakthrough.  Better quality fuel for my imagination.)  🙂

I know how to do this.  Both my Dad, and Granddad are wonderful models for this!

Power is the fuel which fires the imagination. (20.8)

Trust the process.

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Week 20 – Turning Stumbling Blocks Into Stepping Stones

Turning stumbling blocks into stepping stones.

This week and next we’ve been asked to consider how we may use fear, hurt feelings, anger, guilt, and/or unworthiness to expand our comfort zone.

Emotions, whether we consider them positive are negative, are neutral.  We make them “good” or “bad” by the Law of Dual Thought.  We attach an idea to a feeling, and the attachment of that label shapes how we experience what we feel, or think.

Feelings, like thoughts, carry important information.

Often times our feelings bring information from a part of ourself outside our conscious awareness.  Going into observer mode helps us draw out, or educe, what we are trying to bring to our awareness.

What wants to be known next?

On Sunday, when I first considered how these emotions or feelings help expand our comfort zone, I thought in terms of turning stumbling blocks into stepping stones.  When we don’t look, or avoid, or deny a feeling that we think feels uncomfortable, it becomes a stumbling block.  We trip over it, it blocks our path, or energy.  We contract, rather than expand.

However, if we look at these blocks, observe them and learn from them, they become instead stepping stones.

I thought of how mistakes show me the next thing I need to learn.  Fear, hurt feelings, anger, guilt, and/or unworthiness can do the same.

Stone Gate Threshold
Stone Gate Threshold

On Monday, I started thinking about this in terms of the Hero’s Journey.  I thought of how the threshold guardians test the hero and when the test has been met, the guardians may then become allies to the hero in her journey.

Then Tuesday, I remembered a time when my daughter was about 3 years old.  She developed a fear of snakes.  I’m not sure why, or how, but it had become palatable to her.  It was quickly becoming an almost irrational phobia.  I didn’t want this to take hold of her so I did some thinking about what I could do to help her with this fear.

I thought of how often what we fear is what we don’t know, or understand.

I bought some books about snakes.  We visited places where she could observe snakes in aquariums.  We looked for snakes while out on walks in nature.  Very quickly her fear turned into understanding, fascination and appreciation for snakes.  For years, she would come home with shed snake skins, and skeletons that she found while out playing in a field close by.  She had become attuned to the beauty of a snake.  I figured this is why she seemed to find so many snakes in nature.

I’ve seen other people do this with Native American arrowheads.  Or rocks of a particular type.  We do this in MKMMA with colors and shapes, and virtues.

Law of Growth.  What we focus on grows.

There’s a statement that Davene made in Sunday’s webinar, and I really love this.  She talked about how instead of bracing our selves for these feelings and emotions we can embrace them.

I remember making a decision to do that when I was a teenager.  I was what is called, “ultra-sensitive”.  I feel way too deeply and intensely for my own good.  I have what one doctor called a highly-sensitive nervous system.  Lots of people like me, will often turn to self-medicating to deal with this.  I decided to do something different.  I can’t say why I made that decision.  I just did.

I decided to embrace the pain, to move into the uncomfortable feelings.

Rather than try to avoid them, or push them away.  I decided to feel what I felt.  Maybe this is how I discovered how much information lies in these feelings.  And by embracing them and moving into them, especially with a neutral observer eye, I discovered how much I can learn about myself, and what is happening within me, my inner life.

I used what I learned about myself to learn new skills in managing my emotions, my thoughts, my feelings.  In this way feelings, comfortable and uncomfortable, were transmuted from stumbling blocks into stepping stones on my journey of self-discovery and learning.

This has certainly expanded my comfort zone with the world within.

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Week 19 – Self-Control & Curiosity

Curiosity is the spark behind the spark of every great idea. The future belongs to the curious.

This week my Franklin Makover virtue is self-control.  I feel this particular virtue has been a big bugaboo for me, ever since my Mom introduced “virtues” to me when I was a kid.

Over the years, as I would examine myself regarding the virtues, self-control is the one I felt I lacked the most.  I have always admired people who are self-controlled.  I watch them, almost in awe, hoping to learn just how they do that, be self-controlled.

I have almost unbridled enthusiasm.  Untamed exuberance.  And insatiable curiosity.  High energy out the yin-yang.  I wonder to myself, How do people pull off this self-control virtue, so well.  I’ve explored this topic lots over the years.

The area that seems to get in me the most trouble with self-control is my curiosity.

curiosity

I love exploring, discovering, learning.  I was blessed as a child in that I was allowed free reign to explore.  And it’s one of my favorite things to do.

Now, the curious thing is that curiosity is a strength.  It’s a wonderful quality to have, and has served me well over the years.  However, sometimes it’s like my curiosity leads me, rather than me leading it.

And when I start down a trail of discovery, I can lose all sense of time and space, getting into that awesome experience of FLOW.  And completely forget everything else I had planned to do that day.

It seems I have curiosity in abundance.  If you could bottle it and sell it, you’d never have a bored person on the planet.

But it can and often does derail my focus.

Embedded in our strengths are hidden weaknesses which indicate our hidden strengths.  Usually they are aspects of one quality.  And in this case, my strength and weakness appear to be aspects of my natural curiosity (strength) run amok (weakness).

Self-control is often equated with will power.  An interesting discovery in terms of will power is that it works like a muscle.  And like muscles, your will power energy becomes depleted as you use it.  You sort of have to refuel your will power tank up as you go along.  And also like muscle training, the more you use it, the stronger it gets.

So, I’m rocking along, noticing the weakness in the strength of my curiosity and how it derails my self-control.  I’m also reviewing and reading Haanel.  Hannel mentions the difference between purposeful imagination and idle imagination.  One builds a constructive use of our imagination and the other dissipates it.

This is also mentioned in the Bible in terms of activities that build the Spirit and those that dissipate it.  Follow the energy, so to speak.  What increases your energy, Spirit, will power, imagination, and so on.

Hmmm… me thinks. (lol)

Is there such a thing as “idle” curiosity? … I think so.

Then in Scroll V, Og talks about idleness, too. Yep… Dinny wheels turning.

In my journey for learning self-control I discovered the value of serenity.  Serenity became a balancing energy to my often very hot, intense, exuberant enthusiasm.  Yes, enthusiasm is a positive thing, but early in my life it caused me some problems, until I learned to temper it with serenity.  (Well… it sometimes still causes me some problems with some people, but, nothing like it once did. 🙂 )

In terms of learning some self-control with my wonderful sense of curiosity, I’ve decided to play with adding a card in the Herald Deck.

I don’t know about anyone else but I really love the Herald Cards.  They are such a great tool for self-development.  I’m thinking with myself, experimenting with the insight I learned about balancing enthusiasm with serenity.  Is there a way I can apply this to bring the virtue of self-control to my strength of curiosity?

So here goes: taking the idea of calm curiosity into a SIT.

Today, I am grateful for and celebrate my abundant capacity for curiosity, while also focusing and aligning my curiosity toward the expression of my Definite Major Purpose (DMP). 

It’s a work in progress. And so am I. Enjoying the journey.

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