My Master Key Experience

January 15, 2017
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Week 15 – Love Equals Success!

equal_heart3-150x150Uggggghhhhh. How many times do we get into a project and it gets to the point where people involved are all pointing fingers, flaring with emotion, and in general, choosing to be angry, not true to their commitments or to themselves?

Well, this was one of those weeks for me. No progress was being made; deadlines were missed, expenses were rising and the project was basically out of money. The client was furious, angry and threatening! Huge challenges and opportunities faced me. How can I practice the Law of Love instead of falling back to old blueprints and common behaviors.

Well, this week, for me, that meant to get out of my head, and go to my heart for advice … to get out of the negative emotion and be the observer … to be true to my future self … to search inwardly for what it means to live by that greatest of all laws, the Law of Love. “It is love which imparts vitality to thought and thus enables it to germinate. The law of attraction, or the law of love, for they are one and the same, will bring to it the necessary material for its growth and maturity.” Haanel, (15-11).

I found myself exhausted this week, as well as sad, that a project I had any remote connection with, by choice, wasn’t going well. Knowledge does not apply itself, so what is it I know that I’m not applying to this situation? How about love? I think the fear of lawsuits, of failure, of lost relationships and lost dreams was pulling me down into a horrible abyss and I wanted out. Well, Haanel gives us a hint, “a thought containing principle is vital and therefore contains life and consequently takes root, and eventually but surely and certainly displaces the negative thoughts, which by their very nature can contain no vitality.” (15-26)

pondering womanSo I added the vitality of love to my thoughts on the situation and on my thoughts of the people. Yes, I want this to work. I know this can be a pathway to abundance for many people and I want this for them. I know they want it too. Yes, I have learned from the mistakes we made. I am sorry for not applying my knowledge to the situation earlier. Now is the moment for me to just love all concerned, love the situation, and try to contribute my talents and knowledge as best I can. If nothing else, I will learn to love in a new way, in a deeper way. I only wish love for all concerned. Hmmm, now there’s a new approach. Let’s see how this works, but I know there will be a better outcome, cause I truly LOVE these people.

December 25, 2016
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Week 14 – Determination + Persistence = Gifts from “Rudy”

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WatchMojo.com calls Rudy the best sports inspirational movie ever, because of one special message, and a true life example of living the life you want through Determination, and in their words, “Sheer, unadulterated human spirit.”

Some of my favorite quotes from the movie express the key lessons in the Master Key System, by Charles Haanel, that we are studying in the Master Key Experience course. “Chasing a stupid dream causes nothing but you and everyone around heartache.” I know I’ve heard this too often in my life as people criticize my efforts to be me, instead of becoming someone they want me to be, just like Rudy.  I love Rudy’s response, “They always told me I couldn’t. I believed what they said. I don’t want to do that anymore.” Great words to live by.

Other great wisdom from the movie:

“Having dreams is what makes life tolerable.”

“The problem with dreamers is they usually are not doers.”

“You must be fully aware of the sacrifices you’re gonna have to make.”

“In this lifetime, you don’t have to prove nothing to nobody except yourself.”

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This was the terrific advice Rudy got from those who really encouraged him to succeed, and advice, I believe, that’s worth paying attention to.  The secret components of Rudy’s success?  Those are the four habits of persistence, as Mark and Davene J are teaching in the course … have a Definite Major Purpose, clearly detailed in your mind; have a Plan of Action on how you’re going to make it happen; keep a Positive Mental Attitude as you progress; and enlist a MasterMind Alliance to support and help you on your journey.

The movie trailer itself summed up this movie nicely for me, “Sometimes a winner is a dreamer who just won’t quit.” These quotes are going down as a daily affirmation on my list of cards.

Find your bliss too and make your dreams come true, like Rudy did. Adopt the four habits and watch it unfold. I fully believe it will be worth it!

December 24, 2016
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Week 13 – Dreams Come True

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Christmas as a child is when I learned that dreams really do come true.  I remember wanting some things so badly, I thought my life would crumble if Santa didn’t bring them to me and I was willing to be as good as, if not better than, gold, in order to get it.

And rarely did Santa disappoint!

So as part of our Master Key Experience class assignment, I found Section 13 of the Master Key System, by Haanel, particularly exciting, even in the introduction, “Part Thirteen which follows tells why the dreams of the dreamer come true. It explains the law of causation by which dreamers, inventors, authors, financiers, bring about the realization of their desires. It explains the law by which the thing pictured upon our mind eventually becomes our own.”

Dreams coming true.  How awesome.  For me, this is the deep stuff that life is truly about, and what makes it worth living and living grandly!

Here’s just one of many points of view on the subject of making your dreams come true, some great tips from Bel Pesce, a passionate young woman who made her own dreams come true, first at MIT, then in Silicon Valley:

“Thought will bring about conditions in correspondence with the predominant mental attitude. Therefore, if we fear disaster, as fear is a powerful form of thought, disaster will be the certain result of our thinking. It is this form of thought which frequently sweeps away the result of many years of toil and effort,” Haanel says in (13-16).  Boy, does that light up some old habits.  If I allow fear to consume my energy, I can’t create.  Makes sense.

Haanel is beautifully simple about the solution,  “We have found that everything we get comes to us by the Law of Attraction. A happy thought cannot exist in an unhappy consciousness; therefore the consciousness must change, and, as the consciousness changes, all conditions necessary to meet the changed consciousness must gradually change, in order to meet the requirements of the new situation.” (13-24)

So, go ahead.  Dream of Sugar Plum fairies (they actually dance on stage around the world every Christmas), or whatever your heart desires.  Keep your thoughts positive and happy.  And live your dream!  Merry Christmas!

 

December 23, 2016
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Week 12 – Purposeful Life

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While reflecting on this upcoming Christmas holiday, I am full of wonder when I consider what this season means for so many people.  Many celebrate the birth of Jesus. Hannukah is also about celebrating miracles.  Presents, decorations, all bring attention to the magic of this holy season. I love all the decorations, the generosity, the feelings of love that fill everyone these days. Even Santa Claus has a life of purpose, as a symbol of love and giving.

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes I wonder about the thought processes Jesus went through to find and live his life of such purpose. Santa is another example of a life of purpose – all about giving. So many people we admire who gave us that precious example of living a life of purpose. One we lost recently, John Glenn. I remember what a hero he always was to me – the face of courage, the example of what it means to meet challenges that are so far beyond common thought, it pulls the greatness right out of someone and makes them bigger than life.

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

There are so many successful people who have encouraged us to go for that life of purpose. First, of course, we have to figure out what that is. What is your bliss? What are you doing when you are the most happy and fulfilled and lost in your work or in sharing which talent?

There are three things Haanel recommends you do in order to make that life of purpose manifest: “The only way to keep from going backward is to keep going forward. Eternal vigilance is the price of success. There are three steps, and each one is absolutely essential. You must first have the knowledge of your power; second, the courage to dare; third, the faith to do.” (12-4)

“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.”
Robert F. Kennedy

Giving, service, making things better, spreading love – to me, these are the ideals of this magical season and the bases of a fabulous life.   So my gift to you would be to encourage you to follow the wisdom of the religious texts and the Master Key System – find your purpose, live your purpose, do it with the intention to give and serve and watch your life become the magical ideal you really want! Happy Holidays!

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December 21, 2016
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Week 11 – Where Belief Begins

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I wore a green cotton dress with lace ruffles on the front bodice, black patent leather Mary Jane shoes and ankle socks with white lace ruffles. A couple of weeks before Christmas, I stood in line patiently (I thought so) for two hours. We slowly progressed through the line that surrounded the most giant and elegant Christmas tree my 6-year-old self had ever witnessed. It was glorious. It was Christmas anticipation. It was majesty. The room around the tree was an octagonal shape and on every wall there was a large mirror, which made the tree, lights and ornaments even bigger than they ever could be in real life. Finally, a teenager dressed like an elf opened one of the mirrored doors and invited my little brother and me to enter.

There on a golden throne sat Santa Claus, dressed in all his regal red velvet with white fur. He was surrounded by presents, greenery, baubles, glitter, and he had the most sincere, loving face I think I had ever seen on a man, except for my grandfather. I was in awe. Before me sat (I was sure), the man himself, who flies in a sleigh around the world and shares love and gifts with all children whose hearts are golden. What a guy!

Merry Christmas

I wasn’t afraid. My brother wasn’t afraid. We were placed on his lap. Pictures were taken, and we had the opportunity to talk with him about what our hearts desired. I, like most girls my age, wanted a pony for Christmas. I figured it wouldn’t happen, because I had no idea where we would put it. We had a tiny suburban house and there was barely enough room outside for a garden and the kids.

I was immersed in magic and promise at that moment. It was so strong, I remember it still as though it were seconds ago. And to this day, I appreciate that the concept, story and myth of Santa Clause, became very real for me. That Christmas morning, he did not fail me. I got my pony. Mind you, it wasn’t a live pony, but a beautiful statue doll that I cherished throughout my young years.

I still believe. I believe in a sense of love, sharing and giving that is so much greater than me and everyone else, that it can boggle the mind. That belief helped to open my awareness and ability to accept that there is a God, or the existence of a loving spirit that can bring me so much love, even when I don’t think I see it or feel it. I just have to remember that every day, there is love all around me. I just have to be open to receiving it, and willing to share it with others, including myself. And that’s what I love most about this season. Wishing you LOVE for the holidays, whichever one you celebrate!