My Master Key Experience

October 24, 2016
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Week 3 – How to let your light shine – Dance with Suzanne, Lisa and Grace!


Anyone who knows me at all knows I love dance.  I love to dance; I love to watch dancers.  I don’t claim to be good at it … I just love it.  For me, dance embodies Haanel’s 3-7 quote, “When the Solar Plexus is in active operation and is radiating life, energy and vitality to every part of the body, and to every one whom he meets, the sensations are pleasant, the body is filled with health and all with whom he comes in contact experience a pleasant sensation.”  That’s what I experience when I dance or when I see others dance.

Now, who’s Suzanne?  Well, I met Suzanne Ryan and another incredible woman, Lisa Sirridge, at the Bolender Center For Creative Movement when it opened with a Dance Day event several years ago.  I was so impressed, I took classes from them both for awhile.  Lisa teaches Pilates and Suzanne taught Modern dance at that time.  Both inspired me.  Both moved me — helped me correct my posture and positioning to get the best out of my body and help make it stronger.

Suzanne Ryan, choreographer

     Suzanne, an incredibly talented choreographer (you can view clips of her work in the video above) has since then begun to teach dance for patients with Parkinson’s Disease.  But she has taken that incredible gift and made it shine even brighter.  She has choreographed a beautiful work called “A Tulip Unfolding“.  This amazing work premiered at the Kansas City Fringe Festival two years ago.  I was invited by both Suzanne and Lisa (Lisa’s daughter, Grace, was one of the dancers.  (Since I’ve known Lisa, I’ve known Grace, a beautiful young woman who’s talent, beauty and brains fit her name perfectly.)  I wasn’t able to attend since I was working for the festival at another venue.

In the past week, however, I got to witness what I think is the most powerful performance of “A Tulip Unfolding” I will ever come to know.  This event, starring Suzanne’s choreography and Grace’s dancing talent, along with several other talented UMKC dancers, was presented at the UMKC Student Union Theater.  This unique dance tells the stories of 5 patients with Parkinson’s Disease.  Some of the moves included were specifically created by the patients themselves, and 4 of the 5 were in attendance.  To see the dancers connect with the sources of their stories and to experience this phenomenal heart-felt iteration of the real people behind the disease was an incredibly moving experience.


At some point down the road, dear reader, you too, will have an opportunity to witness this spectacular story.  A film crew has been following the creation and performance of this dance.  They filmed the initial interviews with the patients, the dancers and their experience in learning about the disease and the patients, and they filmed the performance.  The documentary is being edited now.

But what added to this special event at the college blew me away in another direction.  Even though this performance was open to anyone, it was particularly created for the students of the UMKC School for Medicine?  WHAT?  Doctors in training learning their craft from DANCE?

Yes!!  And this is another connection through my friend, Lisa.  Her awesome husband, Chris Sirridge, a doctor, was there representing his parents, Doctors William and Marjorie Sirridge, who created the Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics.  How amazing is that?  A unique organization designed to help new doctors get in touch with the humanity of their work.  “The mission of the Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics is to integrate arts, humanities and bioethics into THE STUDY AND PRACTICE OF medicine.”  How amazing is that?

“Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.” — Hippocrates

Haanel says, “It is evident, therefore, that all we have to do is let our light shine; the more energy we can radiate, the more rapidly shall we be enabled to transmute undesirable conditions into sources of pleasure and profit.” (3-13)

These women (and Dr. Chris) helped me to really picture and ponder, how can I shine as brightly as they do?  They bring pleasure and profit (in the form of information, awareness, and healing) by doing what they love and sharing it.  They are telling important stories to open the heart and to create change, to bring humanity to the art of medicine in this day and age.  They lend their energy and their own radiance to give to life.  How fortunate I am to know them all.  First you helped me move my body.  Now you have moved me more deeply – in my heart.  I love you guys.

October 20, 2016
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Week 2 – Showing me who’s boss


Our subconscious makes our decisions for us, so how do we get control to make sure it is working for our best interest?  I have to be the boss!  I have to let it know, clearly, what I want (and boy, sometimes that’s really hard to define, isn’t it?).

In the Master Key System, Haanel reminds us, “the conscious mind becomes the responsible ruler and guardian of the subconscious mind.  It is this high function which can completely reverse conditions in your life.” (2-13).

So, this is why it’s so important to be careful what I think, what I allow myself to be exposed to.  I must be the boss of me.  I certainly don’t want anyone else taking that job.  But how do I do it?  Haanel shares this with us and so do many, many authors, “By plainly stating to the subconscious mind certain specific things to be accomplished, forces are set in operation that lead to the result desired.” (3-20)

The subconscious is our “seat of habit”.  So repeating what I want, what I am willing to give for it, should set my dreams in motion.  But I also must realize (here, I think, is the real key) that I must place my mind in harmony with the Universal Mind, be in tune with the Infinite.  If my thoughts and desires, actions and habits aren’t good for all, then they most likely aren’t good for me either.

Whew, well, gotta get back to work – big job – being the boss of me.

If you’ve learned some ways to be successful in that job for you, let me know.

September 30, 2016
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Week 1 – Today I Begin a New Life


This week, I “lost” my Aunt Barbara.  Curious how that word entered our language as a substitute for announcing someone has died, passed on or translated.

Spending precious time with family this week is such a treasure.  I certainly realize that for me, my aunt will never be “lost” to me.  She will always be a treasured memory and a special mentor figure.  Right now, I am reading the 1st scroll from The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.  I have the great honor to be a certified guide for the Master Key experience course, and the 2016 class has just begun.  Practice of this scroll is just one of many great tools the course teaches to help each of us create a better life for ourselves and others.

As I read the scroll today, my aunt’s memory echoes through me.  “Today I begin a new life.  Today I shed my old skin which hath too long suffered … ”  She fought cancer for many years and usually won, astounding many of us for decades with her strength.  Now, as my cousin said, “She is cancer-free!”

Mandino writes, “Today I am born anew and my birthplace is a vineyard where there is fruit for all.”  Today, I have no doubt in my mind that this is a great description of where she is now.  She was always an example of care and concern for others and actively demonstrated her beliefs – as a Christian, as a caring member of the community.   Aunt Barbara insisted that we never give her gifts, but told us toput the money into her favorite charities instead.  She took in international students and gave her home to them as a place to live until they could integrate into the community.  She served as a missionary in India, as a nurse, and even taught nursing during her career.  And she travelled – around the world, some times by herself, just to share love.  She insists that for her memorial service, no one is to wear black, only colors to celebrate her life.

The habits she built in her life were noble, loving, giving and bold.  What a great role model she was, no is, for me.  I was so fortunate that one of her habits was to make sure she and I had our aunt/niece time together.  At least once a month over the last few years, she made a habit of making room for me on her calendar for a meal together, for time together at her place, for time just to share love, and encourage me in whatever project I was diving into next.  I love that woman.  I love her love for life.  And every day, as Mandino suggests, as my Aunt Barbara exhibited in life, we can all begin every day with a new life, with new opportunity to give and be our best!

September 14, 2016
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Waking the Wisdom Within


Which book do you own that looks like this? I am continually amazed, as I read and re-read Og Mandino’s book, The Greatest Salesman in the World, the way it’s recommended (3 times per day and with enTHUsiasm).   What really helped me to get the most out of it was going through the Master Key Experience course #Nothinglikeit, for which I am eternally grateful.

Haanel’s book, The Master Key System, is so foundational to success, I find the concepts echoed even in religious texts. I think our Creator really is trying to help us have the lives we truly want, and is using a variety of vehicles to let us know how. Even Napoleon Hill used Haanel as a primary source for Think and Grow Rich. Bottom line – we are all a living miracle and we have the power to create the life we want if we just open ourselves to that possibility and learn a few techniques to turn our inner tiger loose.


Mark J’s exercises help you dig deeper to implement the material.  They’re nothing short of a gift. I still use them and will for my lifetime, and I’m finding that by waking my spiritual creative self, I discover even more techniques and miracles along life’s way.

Why do I recommend Mark specifically? Well Napoleon Hill would not have been able to get his book launched without the help of W. Clement Stone. Og Mandino’s connection? Well, look inside the front cover and read who he dedicated this book to … the greatest salesman who influenced his life, W. Clement Stone. Now, we get to Mark Januszewski. Guess who got Mark started in life, and trained him in all the same success techniques he shares with us! You got it – W. Clement Stone! What a golden opportunity to be connected with that level of success. A big thank you to Mark for being so generous in offering repeatable wisdom.

It may seem tough to imagine what this world will be like when more and more people become aware of their freedom and power to create miracles, to create a better life for themselves and others. But I know that world is possible and so filled with promise.

Take advantage of this golden opportunity to experience the Master Key System. Our class paid for you. You just have to pitch in the $1 application fee and do the work. Do it for your family, do it for your business, do it for YOU! Click here to check out Mark’s informational videos and to get your scholarship today!!

I wish you all the best on your own hero’s journey, wherever it takes you.

April 1, 2016
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Week 24 – Celebrating Change with Laughter!

Conclusion of the Master Key Experience course, beginning of a new course in self-direction, and I’m setting course toward my future self, the woman I want to be!  This has been an amazing experience, and like my classmates, I am so grateful for the support staff, for the gifts the course founders chose to give us … themselves, and for the many classmates, some whom I actually got to meet and hug.  What a loving, giving bunch of people I have come to know.  I’m one lucky girl!!

mkmma reunion MN

That’s Virginia, me, Wes and David meeting for the first time in Minnesota.  What fun it was to meet my new friends!!

There’s one more thing I would love to share with everyone, even those who haven’t been through the course yet … the gift of laughter, and the importance of using it!  Once our instructors shared that children laugh 400 times a day and adults only 15 or so, I was surprised.  I know how incredible I feel on those days when I laugh a lot, but I never realized how important, healthy, and well, just plain awesome it is to laugh.  I shared that amazing fact with some friends who had not attended the class, and we made it our mission over the weekend to “catch up”.  Here’s a view on the background research:  Psychology Today article.

And here’s just one of probably a million videos out there that can get you started:

So jump into your giggle closet and get your side-split prevention suit on.  Be happy.  Enjoy life and LAUGH!!  (And make sure you get on my email list so I can send you information for the next Master Key experience class.)