My Master Key Experience

November 28, 2016
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Week 8 – Imagination – Laying the Pathway to Your Future

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Know when I see people at their happiest? When they are so lost in their imaginations that almost nothing else grabs their attention. My heart absolutely is bursting with pride when I watch one of the television episodes my daughter’s imagination helped produce, or to see the imagination and fun my son contributes to a major computer gaming company. More for me, it’s the joy and satisfaction I see in my children when their imaginations are alive and well and in the creative process.

It’s magical to me to watch children creating a gift or a drawing or getting lost in a fantasy book that sparks their own imaginations of flying creatures, beautiful scenery, victory over villains.

And I notice, when I’m in my own imagination, lost in my inner worlds, I am truly happy and feel my purpose for living becoming more clear. The joy is then in working so hard to bring that imagination to life. Harold Klemp wrote, “Soul is creative, infinitely creative.  Our creative imagination is our gift from God.  The imagination is the God-Spark, the part of us that makes us like God.  And you can direct it toward whatever needs improvement in your life.” Touching the Face of God, p. 12.  That’s a powerful view of imagination for me.

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In the Master Key System, Haanel shares that “Constructive imagination means mental labor, by some considered to be the hardest kind of labor, but, if so, it yields the greatest returns, for all the great things in life have come to men and women who had the capacity to think, to imagine, and to make their dreams come true.” (8-15)

“In order to cultivate the imagination it must be exercised. Exercise is necessary to cultivate mental muscle as well as physical muscle. It must be supplied with nourishment or it cannot grow.” (8-13) Through the Master Key Experience course, I’m learning to work on this for at least 20 minutes per day. Small price to pay for such an incredible tool.

Imagination and creativity. What wonderful gifts we have. As the holiday season opens, I’m encouraged to let mine start to run rampant. Where is your imagination taking you? Have fun with it!

November 26, 2016
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Week 7 – Precious Gift of Creative Thought

creative-let-goDuring Thanksgiving, I think so many of us are grateful for our material gifts, for our relationships, but what about those intangible gifts we have from nature, or God, or the universe?  Our ability to think, our ability to love, our ability to create, are just a few of the examples that have come to mind for me this season.

In Haanel’s Master Key System, 7-29, I’m reminded how many gifts came to us from those who were so open to sharing their own creativity and energy to manifest their creative thoughts to make my life better or more comfortable in some way.  “Remember that thought is the fire that creates the steam that turns the wheel of fortune, upon which your experiences depend.”  Einstein, Edison, the great political, scientific and religious leaders over time.   And I’m reminded how many people (I think it’s most of the population), have never unwrapped that precious gift to let their creative thoughts come through their talents and express themselves to the world.  That makes me sad.  But also reminds me that I have a responsibility to God, to the world, to step up and learn how to use the power of thought, and the energy of manifesting my thoughts for the good of all, to make this world a better place.

“Do you assert this self or do you follow the majority?  Remember that majorities are always led, they never lead.  It was the majority that fought, tooth and nail, against the steam engine, the power loom and every other advance or improvement ever suggested,” Haanel 7-30.   Ready to lead?  Or join the majority?

Happy Thanks – giving.

November 19, 2016
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Week 6 – What was I thinking?

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How many times have we asked this question? Wait, wait, don’t answer that. How about let’s do it on purpose! That’s right, ask yourself, multiple times a day, “What am I thinking?”

Why? Because the answers may surprise you! Oops, I just had a negative thought. Oops, I just thought about skipping my exercise scheduled for today.  Oops, I just thought about one of my fears and gave it energy to grow. Oops, I haven’t focused on this assignment that’s due, and I’m over here browsing Facebook now. How did I let that happen?

And why is it important to observe my thoughts? In the Master Key System, Haanel tells us why. “The cultivation of attention is the distinguishing characteristic of every successful man or woman, and is the very highest personal accomplishment which can be acquired.” (6-19)

I LOVE the sound of that. – being successful; highest personal accomplishment. Yep, that’s what I want when I grow up. And all I have to do is pay ATTENTION? Hmm, that should be easy.

Oops, not according to a study Leon Watson wrote about in the UK Telegraph, “Humans have shorter attention span than goldfish, thanks to smartphones.” Watson shares that, “The results showed the average human attention span has fallen from 12 seconds in 2000, or around the time the mobile revolution began, to eight seconds. Goldfish, meanwhile, are believed to have an attention span of nine seconds.”

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Okay, so I’ll have to practice thinking and concentrating to get my brain focused and working on my own success. Haanel also gives us some advice on how. “This power of attention can be more readily understood by comparing it with a magnifying glass in which the rays of sunlight are focused; they possess no particular strength as long as the glass is moved about and the rays directed from one place to another; but let the glass be held perfectly still and let the rays be focused on one spot for any length of time, the effect will become immediately apparent.

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“So with the power of thought; let power be dissipated by scattering the thought from one object to another, and no result is apparent; but focus this power through attention or concentration on any single purpose for any length of time and nothing becomes impossible.” (6-20)

Nothing becomes impossible. Now THAT’s what I want to be thinking!

November 10, 2016
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Week 5 – How to give more, get more!

volunteer-handsWith the oncoming holiday season, Section 5 of the Master Key System reminds me of some valuable blessings and lessons. When I give from my heart with love in whatever I am doing, I get so much back! And one way to give back to the universe, to your community, is to volunteer.  Especially now.

Curious, how many people actually DO volunteer anymore? According to our coach, Mark J, if you aren’t volunteering now, you probably won’t later. So if you have it in your DMP or plans for your future to get involved as a volunteer, Do It Now! I took that to heart and found out it really doesn’t take that much.

“In recent years, the percentage of Americans volunteering has dwindled and is now at its lowest level in a decade,” according to Daniel Zender, in an article published in Newsweek. “The overall impact of volunteering is significant. By one estimate, all those volunteer hours add up to around $175 billion worth of services, an important benefit to society as a whole for which no one has to pay. With volunteering on the decline, perhaps it’s time to pay attention to an area of the economy we usually take for granted.”

Back in my Coast Guard days, I had the great fortune to work with the most talented female historian and archivist I’ve ever met. Valarie Kinkade taught me so much about volunteerism as well as historical preservation. One of the guidelines she advertised was the 5/5 rule. Give $5 a week and/or 5 hours a month. That turned out to be extremely doable, and I try to stick with that even now.

The opportunities are abundant! You can volunteer, as I do, helping to feed the hungry around our country. There are soup kitchens, church community meals and organizations like Harvesters that always need help packing food, preparing food, collecting food, fund raising, or any number of other activities.

If that doesn’t appeal to you, you can find on-line thousands of opportunities. You can assist in cleaning spills and environmental trash; animal shelters, hospitals, churches, schools, libraries, big organizations like Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, or thousands of others. Who needs you? There are children, seniors, homeless, teens, the unemployed, the homeless, people with medical issues, who have suffered loss of one sort or another, and those who are just trying to make things better.

You can volunteer in sports, environmental areas, education, conservation, community service, health, arts, construction, tourism, global, farming, disaster recovery, just about any interest you have, there’s a volunteer need to match.

Don’t have money? Give time. You’ll find amazing connections with people of common interests to just enjoy time with, or make connections that can lead on to other things.

I had the phenomenal privilege to volunteer as an usher at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts over the last 5 years, and the friendships and other gifts that came back to me still blow my mind. I have been able to see performances that I never would have enjoyed previously. I have been invited to step up into a paid position to help tide me over during my career transition. I have made connections through this organization that have added so much richness into my life, I will always be grateful. I have stood in Brandmeyer Hall and watched the most spectacular natural light shows amble by, thunderstorm after thunderstorm. I’ve witnessed the lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas tree at Crown Center from the balcony lobby of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and had a view of the fireworks that you can’t get anywhere else in the city. That place is such a treasure for me and I am so grateful to be a part of the organization.

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The Kauffman Center is looking for additional volunteers and I invite anyone who wants to help make events special for others, and wants a deep connection to a fabulous organization to check it out.  Just click on these words for more information.

So the next time I find myself whining about what I don’t have, I can just focus on Haanel’s lesson in 5-25, “Unless we give, the channel is obstructed and we can receive no more.  This is true on every plane of existence and in every field of endeavor and all walks of life.  The more we give, the more we get.”  So go ahead, give more, get more!

October 31, 2016
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Week 4 – Well Trained for Failure

woman-head-thumpNow, there’s an uncomfortable concept — I am well trained to fail?  Let’s see.  I procrastinate — I let myself get distracted — I give up on something, whether it’s a resolution or a plan — check, check, check.  And how many times have I engaged in those habits?  Oops, I WAS training myself for failure.  These activities don’t get me to my goals.  They don’t really increase my level of happiness.  And they sure don’t make anyone else who’s involved happy either.

Once I set a goal, I need to focus on it and get ‘er done.  So how?  Well, we have to retrain ourselves (our subconscious which makes all the decisions) to complete, to finish, to live the dreams we truly want.

fire-trainingThere’s a lot of training that just can’t have poor outcomes.  The training has to be effective and relevant.  Like training for military operations, or emergency services.  So who’s training our brain?  Isn’t that up to us as individuals?  Or are we allowing others to feed our brains with information and activities that don’t really improve our lives?  We have great coaches available who can tell us what we should do.  Still WE have to go do it!  Haanel writes, “modern psychology tells us that when we start something and do not complete it, or make a resolution and do not keep it, we are forming the habit of failure; absolute, ignominious failure.  If you do not intend to do a thing, do not start; if you do start, see it through even if the heavens fall; if you make up your mind to do something, do it; let nothing, no one, interfere.” (1-12)

Yikes!  That sounds serious.  And I don’t recall a lesson coming at me quite that hard during my formal education. So how do I turn that around?  After all, 95% of us are engaged in procrastination about 20% of our time, according to Brandon Gaille of Gaille media.

Well, I thank my lucky stars that I was fortunate to receive a paid scholarship to the Master Key Experience course where I found extremely helpful and practical coaching to create the life I really want.  Here’s a short version of an exercise Mark J gives in the class to help us train our brains for success and adopt habits to tackle Haanel’s principle above:

Think, Write, Promise and Do.  First we must approach our daily activity, our lives, with intentional thought.  Think about what we want and what we need to do to get it.  Then we write.  Writing our goals down, writing our plans down, writing a commitment in our calendar, all help integrate our desires more deeply, intensifying the commitment.  Then we really commit to the action.  We promise ourselves, we promise our clients, our partners, our co-workers, our families, that we will get this activity completed.  We increase our accountability factor or build a mastermind to help.  Then, finally, we actually do it.  Hooray.  Now, we can celebrate. Read back through our commitment, calendar, plan, and see how we are training ourselves to go after and get what we want.  You’ll find cause to celebrate!  We just did one key step.  And now, just as in any skill, we must practice successful actions so that they sink into our subconscious and we don’t have to consciously worry about it anymore.  Success comes automatically.  He encourages us to think about a chore to complete each week, write it on a card, put a completion target date on it, read it every day 3 x a day, then make sure we do it!  All because of the simple daily task that I think about and choose to do, now I’m retraining my subconscious.  Yes, I AM successful.  I DO complete what I set out to do.  Simple process, based on my goals – think, write, promise and do.

“If you carry out this idea, beginning with small things which you know you can control and gradually increase the effort, but never under any circumstances allowing your ‘I’ to be overruled, you will find that you can eventually control yourself, and many men and women have found to their sorrow that it is easier to control a kingdom than to control themselves,” Haanel, the Master Key System (1-13).

military-traininLike I said, some training just can’t afford not to be effective.  Nor can I afford for the trainer to be ineffective.  We only have this one life to be who we are.  So why aren’t we getting the best out of it?  I’m going back to my trainer (me, and my subconscious) and demand better results.  I want a life of dreams lived, not quiet desperation.  I’m training myself for success – Think, Write, Promise, Do! And celebrate as I succeed.  “Subby, listen up!!”