Week 7 – A Guide’s Journey on a Diet!
Time to go on a DIET!
Everyone goes on a diet from time to time – and the members of the Master Key Experience are no different. Well, maybe a LITTLE different, because, as we enter week 7, we embark upon an MKE DIET called THE SEVEN DAY MENTAL DIET. (HOW TO CHANGE MY LIFE IN A WEEK) from a pamphlet written first in 1935 by Emmet Fox. If you’ll ponder these words, from Fox, for a minute, you’ll get the idea:
“The most important of all factors in my life is the mental diet on which I live. It is the food which I furnish to my mind that determines the whole character of my life. It is the thoughts I allow myself to think, the subjects that I allow myself to dwell upon, which make me and my surroundings what they are.”
“Everything in my life today – … – is entirely conditioned by the thoughts and feelings which I have entertained in the past, by the habitual tone of my past thinking. And the condition of my life tomorrow, and the next week, and next year, will be entirely conditioned by the thoughts and feelings which I choose to entertain from now onwards.”
“For seven days I must not allow myself to dwell for a single moment on any kind of negative thought.” “… a negative thought is any thought of failure, disappointment, or trouble; any thought of criticism, or spite, or jealousy, or condemnation of others, or self-condemnation; any thought of sickness or accident; or, in short, any kind of limitation or pessimistic thinking. Any thought that is not positive and constructive in character, whether it concerns me, myself, or anyone else, is a negative thought.”
Seems like a tall order, yes? Well … it IS. Yet, in the context of an entire life, it is WELL worth the effort. I’m reminded of the words I repeat every day to “build a new blueprint” in my mind: “I know that a negative attitude toward others can never bring me success”! Thus, I need to take steps to eliminate the negative! And how exactly does one accomplish this? … The answer, of course, is just … do it with a sense of humor and a really quick trigger finger on the “reset” button. Reset button? Yes. Every time I dwell on a negative thought – let it affect me, let it get to me, make me respond or rehash it … back to day one! After so many restarts (all on the first day) the pervasiveness of negative thoughts becomes QUITE apparent – and more than obviously UNACCEPTABLE.
Let me ask you a question. How many times do you think you’d have to hit the reset button? Give it a try – and let me know. If you’re like me … you’ll almost wear out the silly button on the first day! (It DOES get better with practice. And that feels SO good!)
Peace be your journey this week – and good luck on YOUR diet!