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!!
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.)
St. Patrick’s Day today, and there are all varieties of celebrations going on. Mom and I are just doing a quiet corned beef and cabbage dinner.
For this week’s blog, it all brought to my mind the term Luck o’ the Irish. Curious, I asked Google to help me with that. It took me to Irish Central where I found this perspective:
“According to Edward T. O’Donnell, an Associate Professor of History at Holy Cross College and author of ‘1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish American History,’ the term is not Irish in origin.
‘During the gold and silver rush years in the second half of the 19th century, a number of the most famous and successful miners were of Irish and Irish American birth. . . .Over time this association of the Irish with mining fortunes led to the expression ‘luck of the Irish.’ Of course, it carried with it a certain tone of derision, as if to say, only by sheer luck, as opposed to brains, could these fools succeed.'”
I’m an American “mutt”. I have a gene pool that came from many different cultures and countries, and much of that is Irish, so I took offense to the thought that my ancestors may have been considered ignorant. Yet, society seems to enjoy taking any number of identifiable groups of people and putting them down for not being very smart (and who’s defining that??).
After spending months now in the Master Key MasterMind Alliance class #MKE, I’ve come to learn that “luck” actually takes a LOT of brain power, hard mental work of the mind, to create success and fortune. And quite frankly, it takes some real luck too! Normally, luck means success or failure by chance. We’re taught to ignore the fact that we have any control or any insight into “chance”.
Not so, based on this course. As Trish Abeloff mentioned in our last webinar, if our actions are motivated by love, if we amplify our intentions with passionate desire, then the energy we need to create will come from love, from nature, from the power that holds the universe together.
For me, if you call it God, the Holy Spirit, the Universal Mind, whatever term you use to explain that special magic that is the source of life — well, connect with it in the quiet and the silence and you can begin to tap into that power, to make yourself better and happier, to create a better world, to improve your “chances” of success. My comment in Irish slang, “Savage!” (for Great or Brilliant)
All of us have that available. We all can move forward in life giving love, and connecting with the higher power to become our higher selves. Just have to make a choice and take a chance. So from the bottom of my heart, I wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day filled with luck!!
Like so many of my classmates in the Master Key Mastermind Alliance, I devoted some time during this week to go into silence. I had two days cleared on my calendar and I booked them for this assignment: no phones, no computer, no tablets, no books, no speaking, no television, no music, Silence! (The photos were taken on the following Tuesday when I could use my camera again.)
There were basically 3 questions in mind during this silence to help me really focus on my dharma or purpose in life:
1. What are the talents I have been given that I’m to share with the world?
2. How am I to share those talents to create the most good?
3. How does God or the divine want to express itself through me?
Since I didn’t have an island beach to visit nearby to connect with nature during this assignment, I chose the Overland Park Arboretum nearby, a beautiful place to connect with Nature. Off I went, willing to open myself to listening to the Holy Spirit, instead of telling it what I want.
It would take a book to cover all the amazing things I learned on my journey through the two days, but for now, I’ll just share the opening of the first morning of silence.
As I pulled up into the parking lot of the Arboretum, I was greeted by the following sign:
I was immediately overwhelmed, weeping with emotions of gratitude. It took me awhile to recover enough to even get out of the car. First of all, I was grateful that I had been given the gift of free admission on this day. Had I checked their website before hand, I would have known that Tuesdays are free admission days, but I had no conscious awareness that this was in effect. But more importantly, I got a much deeper message.
As my class friend Lorelei Sunshine so eloquently pointed out, the name you’re given can mean so very much. On this special Tuesday, this sign was a divine directive — time to let go of all the imprisonment I had placed on myself, time to let go of all the self-imposed fetters of self-doubt and fear I had built, time to completely FREE myself and become the me I really came to Earth to be.
Like Mary in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic The Secret Garden, I had been given a unique key to open the door to a very special, fertile place where I could imagine beauty, plant and nurture my dreams, and see them manifest. What a gift!
You have this gift waiting too — deep inside you in your inner worlds and in your marvelous imagination. Go silent, find it and explore!!! #Nothinglikeit
Our Master Key class material has been helping me with the notion of growing big — getting way outside my comfort zone, and concentrating my thoughts, plans, my life on allowing the Holy Spirit, or the Universal, to work through me and create something much bigger than myself; making giant dreams come true.
We’re also working with the important task of silence, being quiet, going within to hear this great wisdom, to open ourselves for its prompting, its guidance on our individual purpose and to discover the “map” to our greatest happiness.
What phenomenal gifts, all available through our mind and our hearts. Yep, just that simple. It is taking a lot to push me to that spot of greatness, but every day, with faith, I move forward, one step at a time, which is not too much to ask.
I believe that God (the Universal, insert whatever term you use here) reaches us not only in a deliberate awake silence, but in the dream state as well. I find so much wealth in keeping a dream journal and reviewing it ever so often to find meaning in my experiences in those worlds that help me find my way here.
Instead of a deliberate interpretation though, I found this helpful. “Dreams aren’t final … I can’t tell the times a dream appeared to point out failure to me, but I refused to accept the verdict. A dream about failure usually means that using the same methods as in the past will continue to lead to failure,” Harold Klemp says in The Art of Spiritual Dreaming. “But if a dreamer can break old habits and try something new to solve problems, it’s a new ball game.”
“There’s a lot of power in the human spirit,” he said. “There is a power in people who dream big and who try hard.”
I haven’t been dreaming big, I must admit. My comfort zone has limited me to days of, … well, limitations. I am embarking with my mastermind partner, the Courageous KARE, on an inner retreat of silence and contemplation to renew that sense of BIG, and YES! It will be some of the hardest work I have ever done, but I will have so many gifts to give when I return. Wishing you sweet, BIG dreams!!
Oh, that delicious comfort zone. Like an easy chair or resting in a loved one’s arms, I nestled in and expected the world to leave me there, and expect nothing more from me. On some level, we think we’re happy there. Then, for whatever reason, we get angry, we suffer hurt feelings, we feel guilty, we feel unworthy.
So we strike out to find some source of happiness, trying to hold onto that safe space inside the comfort zone, but over time, it doesn’t work anymore. Why not?
Maybe it’s because I didn’t build that comfort zone. It was built over years of people telling me how I was supposed to live, what was supposed to make me happy, what my worth was, not as a bright, soaring human being, but as just another source of income for others, as another consumer who was in reality being consumed. I was repeating old decisions, old habits, old thought patterns. I was holding on and not letting go of those things that don’t serve me, my purpose, or humanity anymore.
I had actually built myself my own constricted trap. I believed that as long as I stayed in that comfort zone, I would be happy and fulfilled. In fact, I was locking myself into a cage where fear kept me inside, where I thought I could avoid anger, hurt feelings and guilt, but by keeping myself in this series of repeated choices, I was missing out on the true miracle of life I had been granted.
Then, Soul began to softly whisper, and the whisper got louder, wanting more from life, wanting more happiness, knowing my dreams should be coming true, wanting to be more deeply connected, knowing I should have a life really worth living while I still have one to live.
How do we expand that comfort zone to allow more of life into our existence? To include happiness and fulfillment of our purpose for being here?
Let go! Sing the song from Frozen. Listen to Obi-Wan whispering in Luke Skywalker’s ear, “Let go, Luke. Use the Force.” Use the religious texts, “Let go and let God.” The point here is we hold onto our own pain and continued patterns instead of letting in the miracles of life, the gifts of God, the choices that make our life worth living.
As Mark and Davene have shared in our Master Key Experience class (#master key experience), there are 2 reasons why we aren’t where we want to be in life, either because we refuse to let go of what we don’t need, or we refuse to accept what we do need.
So how do we expand that comfort zone? Let go of the walls we place around ourselves … anger, hurt feelings, unworthiness, guilt. Those are all choices on how we feel about something. And fear … it can be our friend, alerting us to dangers that can keep us alive. I had placed it as my imaginary ceiling in this tight “comfort” zone. So let it be our friend and let go of allowing it to have a crippling grip on us. When we feel its presence, let it go as a master, don’t let it enslave us, let it show us how we can take a bigger step.
Afraid to call this potential client – hmmmm, here’s an area where I can increase my comfort zone, expand my world, I’ll just do it. Afraid to go to this meeting, I may have to open myself up to other people … more room to expand my comfort zone. Push past the fear of traveling outside the country, of starting up a charity, of resolving a relationship, of finishing your book, of giving a speech, of being loved.
Next time those crazy feelings come around, pay attention, and see what life is trying to tell you. Then let the negative go so you and your comfort zone too can grow!