#59: Adversity and the Seeds of Equal or Greater Benefit

Sometimes adversity persists until you finally make peace with it. Finding a seed of equal or greater benefit it contains can help that happen. As you find the seed and nurture it, your energy shifts, and sometimes that’s when you’ll see the adversity itself finally begin to shift as well. Discover how life is like a series of cogs and gears, and what you can do to experience traction instead of friction.

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The Calf Path

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Our way of thinking is like a path in the woods, which started with one thought in response to one stimulus, and which through repetition, became a superhighway of mental habits. If you’ve ever noticed that the same kinds of challenges keep showing up in your life, it’s time to consider new thought-responses to those challenges.

Rare Faith is a new way of thinking that can sometimes feel difficult. It’s blazing new thought-trails in your mind – traversing spaces that have never been traversed before. It’s overcoming years of thought-habits. It’s consciously choosing a new response to old familiar stimulus. In short, it’s work! It’s not easy! But if you forge ahead, pioneering new trails in your mind, trust the process, and think consciously along the lines of higher thinking (looking at setbacks as a blessings, anticipating good things coming, elevating your thoughts in gratitude no matter what, etc.), then soon enough you create new neural-pathways that lead you to a more abundant life. And not just in your perception of life, but in real life itself.

My dad sent me this poem, which illustrates the nature of MY thoughts pre-Rare Faith:

The Calf Path
Sam Walter Foss

One day, through the primeval wood,
A calf walked home, as good calves should;
But made his trail all bent askew,
A crooked trail as all calves do.

Since then, two  hundred years have fled,
And, I infer, the calf if dead;
But still, he left behind his trail,
And hereby hangs my moral tale.

The trail was taken up next day
By a lone dog that past that way,
Then a wise bell-weather sheep,
Pursued the trail o’er vale and steep;
And drew his flock behind him too,
As good bell-weathers always do.

From that day, o’er hill and glade,
Through those old woods a path was made.
And many men wound in and out,
And dodged and turned and bent about,
And uttered words of righteous wrath,
Because ’twas such a crooked path.

But still they followed; do not laugh,
The first migrations of that calf;
And through this winding wood way stalked,
Because he wobbled when he walked.

This forest path became a lane,
Which bent and turned and turned again.
This crooked lane became a road,
Where many a poor horse with his load
Toiled beneath the burning sun,
And travelled some three miles in one.
Thus, a century and a half
They trod the footsteps of that calf.

The years past on in swiftness fleet,
The road became a village street.
And this, before men were aware,
A crowded city’s thorough-fare.
Then the central street was this,
Of a renowned metropolis.
And men, two centuries and a half,
Have trod the footsteps of that calf.

Each day a hundred thousand route
Following that zig-zag calf about.
And O’er his crooked journey went
The traffic of a continent.

A hundred thousand men were led
By one calf near three centuries dead.
They followed still his crooked way,
And lost a hundred years a day.

For thus, such reverence is lent
To well established precedent.
A moral lesson this might teach,
Were I ordained and called to preach.

For men are prone to go it blind,
O’re the calf paths of the mind.
And work away from sun to sun
To do what other men have done.

They follow in the beaten path,
Out and in and forth and back.
But still their devious pursue,
To keep the path that others do.
But how the wise old wood-gods laugh,
Who saw that first primeval calf.

Ah!  Many things this tale might teach,
But I am not ordained to preach.

So, as we recognize that many of our existing, natural thought-patterns may be crooked, yielding undesirable results, we can intentionally imagine better destinations, blaze straighter trails, and establish new habits that help us realize a life of greater joy and serenity.

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Genius Bootcamp Ticket Winner Throwback

Wendy Bunnell, Genius Bootcamp Ticket Giveaway Winner

Back in 2015, I held a Genius Bootcamp ticket giveaway. And some interesting things were revealed through the process.

People were invited to enter the giveaway by explaining why they wanted to come. I stumbled onto the original post that announced the winner, and discovered that it contained some important principles, so it was worth dusting off for a re-post:

Before I talk about the winner and why she won, let me explain that the responses from 2015 fell into a few different categories:

  • Those who just sort of hoped for it
  • Those who desperately needed it, and
  • Those who claimed to deserve it

Our winner stood out because she didn’t fall into ANY of these categories.

If you’d like to get a powerful new perspective on how to ask so that you may receive, visit my earlier post on HOW TO RECEIVE. This post has become one of my most thought-provoking and popular posts, with over 160 reader comments.

When the winning answer arrived, I knew it immediately.

There were so many other submissions that really tugged at my heart, and I wished I could accommodate everyone’s request, but we’ve done enough of these events and had enough students come through them to have a sense about whether a free ticket will help a participant’s long-term progress or not.

This isn’t to say that everyone who didn’t win would be hindered by receiving a ticket… Not so.

But the more prepared a person is going into the event, the more effective and productive the event will be for him/her.

So that was actually good news for those who did not win. Because after announcing the winner I gave everyone else some (less expensive) things they could do right away to prepare to have the most incredible experience at bootcamp when they came.

I’ll share that list at the bottom of this post.

For now, let me reintroduce you to our winner of the 2015 giveaway, Wendy Bunnell. 

Again, I already announced her before, but I’m excited to give you an update on what’s happened for her since.

In response to my question, “Why do you want a free ticket?” Wendy wrote:

I was very excited to see the email in regards to entering and winning a ticket to your Murray boot camp recently. I am currently [in the] Mindset Mastery program. I remember vividly the example you wrote in regards to finding solutions and answers to any problem. You used the $10,000 life changing seminar as the example. I found myself immediately thinking that I would be one of the students that “couldn’t afford it”, but yet after this module – I realized that I needed to be more open to answers and if I want something – I need to find the solutions.

I have been watching the upcoming Genius Bootcamp schedules – and this time and location are perfect for me (only 3 hours away – I can stay with my mother, etc.). Even though finances aren’t in place to register – I decided to allow myself to imagine myself attending. I looked up Shantel McBride and found a picture of her so that I could “picture” myself attending the class and being taught by her.

This would be such an amazing experience to solidify my learning. I am truly hoping that this will be the way that I get to attend! If not – my mind is open to other solutions!

Thank you for your knowledge and teaching. I truly appreciate all of your programs!

Take care,

Wendy Bunnell

Again, well done, Wendy. Your submission demonstrated that you were not just learning what to do, you were doing it. Your confidence in the principles and peace in the outcome either way was felt in your words.

For those who did not win

I thanked them again for their interest, and offered some insight. Wendy was not the most needy. She did not have the most compelling story. She was not the most expectant, even.

What Wendy did was demonstrate her teachability and readiness for applying what she learned. She was doing what my materials taught her to do. When I first started learning about the principles, it took me 7 years to actually DO what they instructed me to do.

Click here to read that story.

Again, Wendy was already doing it. And I didn’t give her the free ticket to “make the principles work for her as a reward” for following instructions, she was simply the right one. She was ready for Genius Bootcamp. I had no hesitations about that. It’s not what she said, it’s what she did.

As for the others who entered our giveaway, I invited them to check their thoughts RIGHT THEN as to how they were responding to the news that they didn’t win.

Some were maybe thinking, “See, I knew I wouldn’t win.” And they probably clicked off the announcement before reading the rest of what I had to say.

Some were maybe thinking, “It’s not fair for someone who’s already in a better situation than me to get the free ticket. I really needed it more than her.”

If this was their response, my heart really ached about their discouragement. I still remember how painful and discouraging it feels to want something so desperately, but for it to be seemingly forever out of reach.

I believe those who were open to learning some things that would help them make progress, kept reading.

We don’t get what we want because we need it.

We receive according to our faith, and according to how well our thoughts align with the laws of right thinking.

However, having dealt with depression myself, I know that sometimes it is literally beyond my capacity to think right, even when I know how I’m supposed to think.

The good news is that there is mercy. To understand how mercy fits into the equation, read this.

And finally, some maybe took a deep breath and thought, “It’s okay, because there is a seed of equal or greater benefit contained in every disappointment, including this one. I choose to find that benefit. I choose to believe that this is best for me. I choose to believe that there is something good for me to learn through this experience. I can still go to the next Genius Bootcamp, and I still believe there’s a way (if it’s important for me to be at that one); so I’m going to keep reading to see what I can learn, and then I will determine my next steps.”

Those who think this way are on the path to success. It’s pretty predictable.

Now – Here’s what’s happened with Wendy since attending Genius Bootcamp

I recently (2019) asked her for a summary of what’s happened since she attended Genius Bootcamp, and here’s what I learned:

  • She became a driving force behind the book and movement – Success Through Failing (getting updated now – check back after Aug 15 to learn more about her projects not yet showing) – listen to our podcast together – or read my foreword in her book
  • She produced over 10 events and conferences, most of which had 500+ attendees.
  • She hosted two podcasts – Success Through Failing and You Got This Women, soon to be Intuitive Success
  • She quadrupled her income
  • And, in her words:

“I would say that the thing that Genius Bootcamp did for me more than anything was to learn how to tap into intuition, and to learn the creation process fully. That experience helped me to know that I was supposed to speak on stages and to “Heal the hearts and minds of women and youth.” My life has changed in the past almost five years and I owe a big part of it to Genius Bootcamp. My newest endeavor is teaching about Intuitive Success and getting out of hustle energy and one of flow and alignment” – Wendy Bunnell, www.wendybunnell.com (getting updated – check back after Aug 15 to learn more about her projects not yet showing)

So if you’re still reading this post…

I hope you’ll get registered for a Genius Bootcamp. It has a way of shifting your mindset, so that you can move forward to find and fulfill the purposes that will bring you more joy and abundance. Click here to check our calendar.

How to prepare for Genius Bootcamp

Even if you can’t get to Bootcamp quite yet, there are a number of things you can do right now to not only help you get there, but more importantly, to get the most out of it when you do.

1) Get clear in your own mind about what you want to accomplish, and even more importantly, imagine what it will look like once it has been accomplished. This is how to activate that gut instinct of yours. Once you’re clear, it will compel you to know what you can do to get yourself there, or it may even instruct you that Genius Bootcamp isn’t the next best step for you right now. Getting crystal clear on your “why” is the only way to get crystal clear on your next “what”.

2) Take advantage of the free or less expensive materials that are already available to you, and review them again as needed. Some of these resources include:

3) APPLY WHAT YOU LEARN to obtain the resources you need. If you need a few hundred dollars to get to bootcamp, use the principles taught in the free resources to find, save, or create the funds. Honestly, this is how most people get there.

NOTE: If you come to solve a major life challenge, but haven’t exercised the principles enough to obtain the entrance fee, then it may be better to gain some of those basics outside of bootcamp first. Let me begin with helping you discover in real-time the power of your thoughts, and how they literally affect your results.

Here is a more detailed step-by-step prescription:

1) Read the 3 books listed above (Free)
2) Get and go through the Mindset Mastery Lesson 10 – How to Receive (Free)
3) Sign up for the Mindset Mastery program and go at least to the end of Phase 1. The premium version will be $1297. The regular version is $197 for six months or $47.95/mo until you cancel. If you get started and if you are diligent, you can get through Phase 1 in less than 2 months if you dedicate an hour or two per week.

(Sometimes we have specials on Mindset Mastery, so check here first, just in case.)

If you take those steps, then you’ll not only know exactly how to get the money for Genius Bootcamp, but you’ll also have an amazing new level of confidence to make it happen. Come to Genius Bootcamp with that kind of confidence, and your mind will be blown by what happens for you next.

Wendy knows what I’m talking about, because she was a Mindset Mastery course participant who applied what she learned in Phase 1 to get her bootcamp ticket with confidence.

We all sort of know what we should do, but it’s the additional perspective and training that gives you that extra something to really make it happen.

In closing, I would like to caution my readers to avoid declaring that they deserve what they want. There are a lot of teachers out there training their students to think that way, and while it does some good, it can also do some damage. To understand the good that it does, but also why I feel the way I do about it, read this post: Human Empowerment in Perspective.

With love,


PS. If you are still determined to be at Genius Bootcamp (and I hope you are), and if you’re ready to take that leap because you know it’s right for you no matter how scary it may seem, click here to register while we still have seats available for certain dates.

If you need help overcoming the terror barrier, click here.

What are you thinking now? I invite you to leave a reply below:


Funny Story

Some time ago I was in Utah with my husband and two of my kids for a conference, and while we were there, I needed to pick up some books from Garrett Gunderson, my co-author for Portal to Genius. I love telling people about his other book, Killing Sacred Cows, and needed some on hand for a local event.

I texted Garrett while I was in town, and since it was on a weekend and nobody was in his office, my only other option on short notice was to pick the books up from his home.

He responded, “I’m out of town, so just go get some from the garage in the back of my house. We have some friends staying in an RV out front – just tell them why you’re there if they ask.”

I rounded the corner to his home and pulled up in front. “I’ll just be a minute, kids.”

The house was dark, and so was the RV, so I just went to the gate, followed his instructions on how to get in, and made my way to the back garage.  The door was ajar, so I let myself in.

A quick scan of the area produced nothing—I couldn’t find any books. So, I texted Garrett again for better instructions. He didn’t answer, so I called my husband. “Can you try to get a hold of Garrett and ask him where in the garage are the books?”

A few minutes later, he came back with, “You were supposed to do this tricky latch thing with the gate…”

“Yeah, I did that; I’m already in the garage—where are the books?”

“He said they’re in the back garage…”

“Yeah, I know; I AM in the back garage. Where in the garage are these books supposed to be?”

“He just said it would be obvious. There’s 5,000 books in there.”

I was stumped. I looked around, and I saw nothing but three cars and some tools, and a few large RubberMaid-style plastic bins—not the best for book storage, and no way there would be room inside those bins for 5,000 anyway.  I checked the rafters above me. I prowled between all three of the cars, scanning every square inch, thinking I must be blind.

Why don’t his directions make any sense? Why aren’t they producing the results he promised?

I came out of the garage and walked out to the front again. I turned around and retraced the same steps, following the directions perfectly. I prowled around the darkly lit back yard a bit, double-checking to make sure there wasn’t another back garage somewhere, and ended up back in the same garage with no greater insight than I had before.

I called Trevan again. “Honey, there are NO books in here—and nowhere to hide 5,000 of them anyway.  I’m sure if this pile of books was a snake it would’ve already bit me, but I’m stumped.  Will you call Garrett again?”

Trevan ended up calling Garrett two or three times. He told Garrett, “She can’t find them.”

Garrett responded, “I don’t know how she could miss them! Is she in the back garage?”

“She says she’s in there, and she’s not seeing them.”

To be perfectly truthful, I was getting REALLY frustrated with Garrett for not being more specific, and for not taking my frustration seriously enough to give me some useful instructions.  I felt like he was ignoring my question, leaving me to figure it all out on my own, and I was already late for an appointment and increasingly annoyed about this predicament. Why won’t he just tell me something more specific like, “The books are in the north-west corner next to the white SUV” or something like that?

Finally, after going in and out three times and scouring the place, I came back to my car and took a deep breath. Glancing up, I noticed there was another RV parked out front of the neighbor’s house next door, too.

Then it dawned on me.

I was at the wrong house altogether.  I had been prowling inside a stranger’s home; trespassing, combing their property for something that didn’t exist. Once I put myself in the right location, the instructions finally worked. I met Garrett’s house guest, did the tricky latch thing, found the back garage, and retrieved the books.

Now for the lesson. (Of course, you knew I’d find a lesson in this, didn’t you?)

Here it goes:

How often do you take advice on how to get what you want, only to find those instructions don’t produce the promised results?

Garrett promised there were thousands of books waiting for me—an abundance of what I wanted—and his instructions were perfectly accurate. The fact that I could not receive them was not his fault. The blame rested squarely upon my own shoulders for not making sure I was first oriented to the location that was supposed to be the starting point.

Perhaps you’ve found hope through various books, audios, or events from me or other teachers of success principles, but are having trouble experiencing the promised results. If that’s the case, then let’s take a step back and find out if you’re in the right starting point for utilizing those instructions, shall we?

When you don’t achieve the results you expect, “check the address.”

The Mindset Mastery Program can help. It opens wide its arms to gather in all who struggle to see results, and brings them first to square ONE. If you’ll allow me to bring you to square ONE, then from there, the program walks you step-by-step through an experience where you will get a taste of intentional success with something small, and then gives you the courage and confidence to apply the process to bigger and better things. In fact, once you’ve experienced intentional success in spite of the obstacles once, and your brain has developed those new neural pathways for success, doing it again for bigger life-goals becomes a whole lot easier.

We have countless participants who get through the program and then repeat it again, the next time for something bigger and even more amazing.

No matter where you are now, after you let me guide you to square ONE, the Mindset Mastery Program takes you to the next level and beyond. Join us from home and take it at your own pace, or if you want to go through it with a group, our next Guided class begins soon.

Get signed up today.  I look forward to assisting you!



P.S. If you’re not ready for the full program, find out if there’s really anything “to” this by starting with the budget-friendly Mindset Fundamentals Ecourse.


#51: Principles of Personal Freedom

This audio recording comes from a special event by the same name, which took place in Rexburg, ID in October 2018.

Topics Covered:

  • How “choosing” a negative situation causes suffering to end
  • What it means to “lean in”
  • The story of my executive assistant/program director getting arrested
  • The story of my son and our fight
  • What it means to “Bring nothing” so that you can create new possibilities
  • …and More

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