Michael Whitehead: In…Not Of Personal journal of life in my 40s and beyond

November 10, 2017

Week 7 – Moving Onward

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael @ 11:36 pm

Love, love, love all that I’m learning.  Sometimes I actually like to read or listen to Haanel’s Master Key, the designated chapter for the week, twice a day!  And I’m starting to really grasp Emerson’s “Compensation” more profoundly than what occurs in just a once over.  Mandino is great, but here I have to admit that I often think twice a day is more than sufficient.

Not sure I agree with the teachings on Law of Substitution, whereby any onset of a negative thought can be substituted or replaced with a different thought.  I like the idea, and I want to apply it.  However, I can clearly have thoughts existing and developing while I read something entirely different from what I’m thinking.  And it doesn’t seem to matter whether I’m reading out loud or silently.  If something else is on my mind, and I don’t suppress it, then I go through the reading, fully comprehending it, while at the same time thinking away about some other idea, mood, or feeling.   This is sometimes a challenge when I’m reading Mandino.

Unfortunately, this week had been difficult for me to stick with three times/day habits of reading.  I can get the bulk of the readings done in the morning, and sometimes the sit in the morning or at lunch time.  But I tend to lose all discipline for keeping the last hour sacred, and on a good night, will close out with the Greatest Salesman scroll, and possibly review my Dharma.  I understand having a sacred hour, but it makes much more sense to me for the first hour to be sacred than the last hour.  The last 15 minutes of sacredness is more amicable for me.  I wonder if this is a big deal.  I mean does it make much difference?

I’ve learned so much, and I’m just anxious to apply it to my work.  But more and more, I’m feeling like I need to work (the work that leads to income) when I’m suppose to do an MMMKE reading or the Sit.   I’m looking forward to making my musical track with readings of my DMP, and will get that done next week.  Onward…



  1. I came to visit your blog.
    Thank you for writing in the Alliance area.
    “I’ve learned so much, and I’m just anxious to apply it to my work.” THESE ARE YOUR OWN WORDS…. These are actually growth words. And subby is listening.
    Please stick to the tasks, because it truly makes a difference. In the beginning, I learned that my mind is so full of stuff/clutter that I need to let go and clean out my mind to let the new stuff in.
    Thanks for the post, but when I went to Michael Tomaszewski… I actually went there. So I came to visit you.
    Julia Standish

    Comment by Julia Standish — November 11, 2017 @ 2:46 am

  2. Great work expressing your feelings. As you continue to do the sit you may realize that you have the time to complete all the tasks you must complete. Stick with it.

    Comment by Patricia Alleyne — November 12, 2017 @ 12:50 pm

  3. Feeeling you Gary, there are reasons for every single minute thing we do in the MKE, let’s remember to be childlike and have absolute faith without question on all the activites and exercises. I’m like you, i am getting better at fitting everything in. My experience is that the 1st and last hour is sacred, i find it’s quiet and peaceful especially in the last hour before bed it’s just me and og then me then sleep…

    Comment by Melissa Sakyi — November 14, 2017 @ 10:59 am

  4. Sorry micheal wrote the wrong name, love your blog!

    Comment by Melissa Sakyi — November 14, 2017 @ 11:01 am

  5. I’ve been thinking about the Law of Substitution, too, Michael! I’m not sure I agree with it either. I find it a little annoying that secondary thoughts seem to pop up even when I am reading new material or concentrating on something very interesting. I am happy to report, however, the course is helping me to filter those thoughts more effectively. I enjoyed your blog, thank you!

    Comment by MaryEllen A Midgley — November 16, 2017 @ 11:21 pm

  6. Practice makes perfect, my friend. Learning to control your thoughts and focus takes practice, patience and faith….so keep the faith in the framework that Mark and Davene have created for you to grow, improve and manifest your dharma. Your mind will continue to quiet down and your connection will continue to deepen. Personally, I put a lot of faith and trust in the process of keeping the last 45-60 mins of the day sacred for the world within, gratitude and my DMP. I know my subby continues to work on whatever I feed it while I sleep.

    Comment by Lori Enrico — November 21, 2017 @ 4:03 am

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