Week 8 – The Battleship of Hope

This year, at my third year of studying and practicing the MKMMA program, the Battleship exercise has taken a new dimension. I always do this exercise during my evening sit, and in the two first years, after having seen the Battleship docked in the harbor, with its massive weaponry and its perfectly trained crew, the exercise became more and more difficult as I tried to visualize the construction of the boat, the smelting of the steel, the work of the naval architect, the council of politicians ordering the construction, and finally the population electing the politicians. This time, though, I could easily go through the whole sequence of scenes…of course, with practice comes the ability to perform better and better… But this time, the DEEP sense that I was part of the electors and co-responsible for the construction and the operations of the battleship was present too…not just the intellectual understanding of this fact but a clear sensation of that truth in my being… As a consequence, the awareness that I could make the same exercise for any circumstance arising in my consciousness (a thing, an event, an experience lived by any human being, etc.) appeared like an evidence. I am responsible and co-creator of every single bit of circumstance that I become aware of day by day. A feeling of power and hope has invaded me since a few days, even if not only positive news come to my ears everyday, because I have now the proof that I have the power to positively influence even the wing beat of a butterfly anywhere on the planet by the appropriate work in my “World Within.” Of course, everybody knows the rule: PPPPP (Perfect...

Week 7: To Grow or To Die

Week 7 is the week of the Mental Diet, and I had to reset my mental diet one hour ago, just after a two minute phone call… This was unexpected because I am living since two weeks in South of Spain a perfect balance between all activities I am the most passionate with, ie. 100% quality time for myself, with my spouse and my family, and for working in my passions…all that together…absolutely no space left in my mind to entertain any kind of negative thought… Well, that’s what I believed until one hour ago! Actually, that phone call (it was my father on the line) let me for more than half an hour in a negative mood, full of mixed negative feelings such as anger, sadness, powerlessness, or discouragement…Let me explain… My father knows that I am not looking nor listening to « the news » since many years, as I treat these as the most devastating source of mental garbage ever invented by mankind… That’s why he decided to warn me about the apparent turmoil in France due to a series of suicide attacks in Paris… In my previous post (Week 6 : to choose or not to choose), I shared about the 9/11 tragedy which triggered my decision to put some order in my own life, because I viewed this as my only possible contribution to a better world. So here we are, this time in Paris, 14 years after 9/11, and the same horror show again. Does it mean that the world has not improved? And that my decision of the 11th of September 2001 was doomed to...

Week 6 – To Choose Or Not (To Have) To Choose…

During week 6, I was at 1500 km from home, living some great time in the Costa Del Sol, the South coast of Spain… In the past, during my “conventional life”, I would have said that I was in holidays… Having lunch on the terrasse of a rented appartement with a great view and my incredible wife Françoise, that’s a typical holiday picture, isn’t it?!         Yes, but I was also working some time every day on various projects (mainly an MLM business and the MKMMA) inside that same appartement…   …except when I spent a day off with one of our sons and his family…instants of pure joy…           Now, although I am proud, happy and in total gratitude for every minute of every day lived in the Costa Del Sol, this post is not about ME, but about the underlying LIFE STYLE that this little story reveals. Vacation time, working time – or more accurately “passion” time – and family time are harmoniously mixed…no need to choose one or the other anymore, whereas most people (I was one of them for many years) have no other option than to choose to be at work OR in holidays – when they are fortunate enough to even have that choice… Think about this for a moment – maybe mountains are a better setting than sea for your dream place, or you don’t have a family and you have a few great friends to spend time with, but ISN’T THIS A BETTER WAY TO LIVE OUR LIFE…for those who choose to?! I have observed that most people make such a choice during a very challenging period of their life… For me, it was precisely...

Week 5 – No Opinion Time

When I started the behavior of not expressing my opinion two years ago as a first time student of the MKMMA, I found this practice extremely hard and rich at the same time. Hard because I realized that a significant part of my conversations with everyone was packed with opinions, and rich because it gave me an instant solution on how to become a better listener (since I didn’t have much to say anymore, I realized that I could listen instead!) After a few weeks, I had temporary lost the focus on preventing myself to express my opinion on all sorts of topics, but the initial effort had brought me a first invaluable effect: it is from that time on that I stopped expressing my judgements on  others verbally. I didn’t  write that I stopped judging others, because that would not be the truth,  my old blueprint still being busy to entertain such thoughts…automatically 🙂 However today, after a second year of practice of the “no opinion” rule, I realize that I am automatically interrupting most thoughts of judgement about any person or situation as soon as it comes through my mind, and this is SOOOOOOOO COOL!! That being said, the total eradication of judgements and opinions from my thoughts is still a work in progress…but I feel confident that this is something I will eventually achieve, because I found tangible benefits for that behavior and its related state of mind… Becoming a better observer of myself, being more open to other’s viewpoints, being a better listener, eliminating all types of opinions and judgements I had towards myself (I just discovered this one, very exciting!) are all positive side effects I received from this “no...