Week 18 MKMMA – Interest, Attention, and the Happiness Advantage
We live our life in and by our thoughts:
We have the power to tell ourselves a story. The story can be positive or it can be negative. Whatever you tell yourself that you believe will eventually come to pass. Your thoughts influence your beliefs, which influence your words and actions. Change your thoughts and change your life. Yes, it is that simple.
However, simple is not always easy. In this course we have been given the keys to change our way of thinking. We do that by concentrating our thoughts on the person we wish to become. Two questions take on extreme importance in light of what we know:
- What am I pretending not to know?
- What would the person I intend to become do next?
According to Haanel:
18 – 17: The only belief which is of any value to anyone is a belief that has been put to a test and demonstrated to be a fact; it is then no longer a belief, but has become a living Faith or Truth.
18 – 24: In order to grow we must obtain what is essential for our growth, but as we are at all times a complete thought entity, this completeness makes it possible for us to receive only as we give; growth is therefore conditioned on reciprocal action, and we find that on the mental plane like attracts like, that mental vibrations respond only to the extent of their vibratory harmony.
18 – 25: It is clear, therefore, that thoughts of abundance will respond only to similar thoughts; the wealth of the individual is seen to be what he inherently is. Affluence within is found to be the secret of attraction for affluence without. The ability to produce is found to be the real source of wealth of the individual. It is for this reason that he who has his heart and his work is certain to meet with unbounded success. He will give an continually give; and the more he gives, the more he will receive.
Haanel tells us that attention is the distinguishing mark of genius. Is it not strange therefore that a common malady of the times is called attention deficit disorder. We have become a microwave society with a microwave mentality. Today Patience is simply a girls name.
We find in 18 – 32, that the incentive of attention is interest; the greater the interest, the greater the attention. Haanel tells us this is a repeating cycle: the greater the attention the greater the interest, action and reaction in an expanding vortex.
Your life is yet unwritten:
You can complete this with the happiness advantage:
- Find three things daily for which you are grateful. This can be as simple as the smell of a flower or the warmth of a smile
- Look for or perform at least two random acts of kindness daily.
- Relive a single pleasant experience and write it down.
- Exercise: walk, jump, push-ups, just move. Show your body you are alive.
- Sit and meditate for at least 15 minutes daily. Connect to the Universal Mind.
Scientifically proven to give you more happiness and more productivity. Peace be the journey.