Week 22 – Mastering the Emotions

This week we switched over to Scroll VI. The underlying premise of this scroll is that we must learn to master our emotions, not letting negative emotions hold us back, and on the flip side, not letting overly positive feelings make us over-confident.

I must admit that this has not been a vastly successful week for me in doing so. I have been looking forward to this scroll, and yet, the occurrences of this week have left me highly emotional and not in control very much.

On Wednesday, we lost the family pets. The dog, who had been eating less, got very sick and my husband rushed her to the vet, only to be told that she needed surgery. He told me this news as I was awakening after a long night spent sitting up with my older daughter who was not well. The next bit of news was that the surgery could not be done, because the dog’s platelet counts were too low, so we basically had to get to the vet’s office as quickly as we could to say goodbye to her. Needless to say, this was all a huge shock to us, and it hit us really hard. There was not a dry eye in the room as Patch breathed her last breath.

Upon our return home, my older daughter had to call the small animal vet, because her 7 1/2 year old guinea pig was not walking. We rushed to that vet’s office, only to have him tell us that Helen might pass away on the exam room table. He gave her a shot of nutrients and steroids and told us that she would either rally or not by the end of the day. Within 12 hours after the dog died, the guinea pig was also gone. By this time, we were just emotionally spent.

In the two days that have passed, I have been using the Law of Substitution and the Law of Practice. The Law of Practice over the past five months has helped me with the other six Laws of the Mind, and the Law of Substitution has become my best friend. I’ve been able to replace sad thoughts with happy ones, and in some cases, because of this, I have been able to master my emotions. In other cases, I have not been the keen observer, and have done the opposite of what Scroll VI talks about – I have let my mood and emotions be my master. 

One of the most fascinating things to me about the differences in western medicine vs. eastern (Traditional Chinese) medicine is the difference in the approach to wellness vs disease. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the person is seen as a whole person, whose symptoms of illness are very much an expression of the dis-ease in the systems of that person. The world within plays a huge part in the world without, and so efforts are made to balance and fix the world within so that the world without goes back into balance. Of course, this is a huge oversimplification of Traditional Chinese Medicine  (TCM), and I do not claim to be an expert. What is interesting to me, however, is that the approach of TCM is very similar to what we have been learning in the MKMMA and in Haanel’s Master Key System. By carefully watching the input we allow into our world within, we can obtain balance, and choose the output, ie. our manifestation. Whether this is health, wealth, happiness, and/or liberty, or the opposites, we can truly choose what we get in life.

I think my favorite part of Haanel’s Chapter 22 was towards the end, where it says:

“Then remember there are those who seem to think that sickness and suffering are sent by God; if so, every physician, every surgeon and every Red Cross nurse is defying the will of God and hospitals and sanitariums are places of rebellion instead of houses of mercy.”


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  • Ambush says:

    The Law of Substitution ROCKS!

  • Loucas says:

    Love how you are using the laws of the mind aren’t they great. Sorry to hear about all your incidences with your family pets and I hope you can find the gift in those unfortunate times. Be strong and believe in your thoughts. Love and gratitude to all X

    • Suzanne says:

      Thank you, Loucas! We are all doing better and we have realized the gifts that the pets’ lives were. Thanks again!

  • Liane says:

    I love how you weave the MKMMA teachings in your daily life, especially when it is difficult; that’s when we tend to forget what we’ve learned. Touching post, as usual so much honesty. Thanks Suzanne

    • Suzanne says:

      Thanks, Liane! I truly am so very glad for the MKMMA teachings – my life has become so much fuller and better, even with imperfect practice! As always, I am so happy to have you as my guide in this.

  • Roz says:

    All are parts of one stupendous whole, Whose body nature is, and God the soul.

  • Alan Goldberg says:

    Its heart-breaking to lose one’s pets, and takes time to get back to feeling normal again. I had to put my Pug down a month after my wife passed away. I know the feeling. Didn’t have the MKE to help work through the emotions at that time.

    Wishing you all the best