Week 20 – Do You Have “Blind Spots”?

I recently talked to a former student of the MKMMA program, who was sharing a current challenge she was facing in her life. During the conversation, I realized that she had been happy to accomplish the whole MKMMA program without failing to do all the exercises, but that she had not considered the possibility to do the program again… I could not understand in the moment why she didn’t see how repeating the program might have continued to raise her consciousness until she found a way to overcome her challenge… That was until last Monday, and a discovery I made about myself while reading for the last time in my 4th MKMMA session, Og Mandino’s Scroll IV, « I am nature’s greatest miracle » Since I discovered the MKMMA program four years ago, I had probably read Scrool IV approximately 345 times…and during all these years, I took the following sentences as granted: « I will (…) proclaim my uniqueness in the world » and « I will place my uniqueness on display in the market place…I will begin now to accent my differences… » That Monday, I was hit by an obvious question that I had never asked myself during any of my 345+ readings: what REALLY is this uniqueness in me and what REALLY are these differences in me that I am supposed to display and to accent on the market place?! Four years with such a simple and so important question about myself in front of my eyes, literally word for word (just the question mark missing!), and not seeing it… That could only be a kind of « blind spot », an evidence about...

Weeks 18-19: Mind the Quality of Your Thoughts

Colombia is a large country (twice the area of France), that’s why travelling by plane between the big cities (eg. Bogota and Medellin) is very common. The two other most popular transportation systems are the bus and the collective taxi (« collectivos ») for the least fortunates. Traveling by plane is not different from Europe or the US, but travelling by bus in the outskirts of the cities reveals that poverty (and sometimes extreme poverty) is still present in Colombia. It was heart breaking to see loose end kids and adults sitting in the shadow of their little cabins surrounded by thousands of plastic bottles and other kinds of garbages. In front of these scenes, I could not avoid the question « What could I do for these people ? » And my first feelings were ones of sadness and helplessness. I realize that the only way I could have a chance to bring any value to them would be to start developing some communication skills and other skills like the ones Mother Theresa developed during her fantastic journey in Calcutta. But is this part of my Dharma? Do I have the time, the motivation and the energy to do this? No. Therefore, the question comes back « What can I do for these people ? » Here is the positive answer I found : as my “World Without” is an exact reflexion of my “World Within”, it is clear that I have a thing in my “World Within” that is causing the scenes of poverty I witnessed in Colombia. Therefore, it is my duty to find and heal that thing in me. For this, I have all...

Weeks 16-17: A Kind Experience

January is the “family month” this year, for me! Indeed, after a beautiful week spent with my children and grand-children in the French Riviera (see previous post), I have been in Colombia for two weeks with the family of Françoise, my wife, for the marriage of her nephew… I made a nice discovery when arriving in Colombia: the Colombian nation is kind! Being drilled by the kindness week, it is no surprise that I noticed it right away with the first Colombian I met after stepping out of the plane, the Customs employee. The same kindness emanated from the Airport employee who guided us to the Hotel Shuttle, the hotel receptionist, and the waiter in the restaurant… The following days showed that it was no coincidence or just the effect of the law of attraction (as I was focused on kindness by virtue of the MKMMA), but a characteristic of most Colombians, as all my various contacts with them proved (in hotels, restaurants, shops, the streets, and the family in law of Françoise’s nephew). This discovery about the kindness of Colombian people has lead me to another experiment about kindness. Indeed, Colombians have also a few common weaknesses. For example, in some areas like hotels and restaurants, they are most often slow and rather untrained. That makes the average waiting time for a meal in a restaurant two or three times longer than in Europe…and once we get our meal, several other details must often still be fixed before we can really start to eat. Similar situations in any European restaurant would lead most clients to loose their temper...

Week 15 – Manifest Your Ideal!

I started 2017 on the best way I could ever dreamed of: a full week with my whole family in a beautiful environment. The place was Juan-les-Pins, on the French Riviera (Mediterranean coast), and although it’s winter time, the weather has been sunny and bright during the whole week. We are a family of 16 (our three children and their spouses, and our eight grand-children plus Françoise and myself), and we had many wonderful moments together, wandering in beautiful nature, sharing great food in an excellent restaurant, playing on the beach, visiting unique places like the Monaco Oceanographic Museum, or celebrating birthdays… Life takes an incredible value for every single member of the family during such events. That’s why I am in total gratitude for it. And I am also in infinite gratitude for the MKMMA training, because it has allowed me to measure the incredible value of such moments and to learn the skills to be able to manifest them in my life. Family gathering like these should not necessarily be an ideal for every MKMMA student, but every MKMMA student should at least have one ideal that he or she absolutely wants to manifest in life. Then, thanks to an earnest practice of the MKMMA principles and exercises, this ideal will eventually manifest itself. By law. An earnest practice of MKMMA in 2017 and beyond, that’s all I wish to each MKMMA...