Master Key Experience-Week 20 More and more Growth

We are in week 20 and coming up on the tail end of this Master Key Experience, and I do not want it to end! I feel like I am so in the flow of understanding each week’s lesson, retaining it and applying it, and coming back for more as I dig deeper to better understand Haanal’s Master Key, to live out daily each scroll that I read in Og Mandino’s Greatest Salesman, and to stay true to all the honor requirements given to us to assure that we move forward as a whole group in harmony. I mean it’s just absolutely great! Remembering where I was when I began and to see how far I’ve come, it truly is amazing! With all this emotion on the inside, and having gratitude in my heart for all the hardwork that was put in to making this course so powerful, I once again express how thankful I am for the Januszewski’s along with the rest of the team, and the moment I express my gratitude I am immediately  reminded that this ‘awe and greatness’ I feel that this experience has been to me, is because I have tapped into the greatness that was already in me and brought out to a higher level of consciousness because of this course. I have become a scholar of the mind! Everyone still in this course is becoming a scholar of the mind as we learn how we were created and the power that we all have within us.

So in Hanaal’s lesson this week, as I read about spiritual power and how it becomes active through the recognition of it, and as I kept reading each line, there seemed to be a common thread throughout the lesson that kept bringing the focus back to the “sit” where we visualize and see it (our future), using our imagination so we can clearly visualize where we are going and who want to be so therefore it will be manifested. I believe the reason why I kept thinking about the “sit” is because it’s the one area in this whole experience that I feel like I’m lacking in but it is the most important area that is so vital in order to achieve the definite major purpose I have written down and been so focused on for the last 20 weeks! Thankfully, the Law of Practice, the Law of Growth and the Law of Relaxation are working to my advantage. I’ve been very purposeful this week in learning how to set my intention before going into a “sit” and to completely relax my mind and my body through the technique of centering, and bringing myself into that relaxed environment where I am able to sit and receive all that I’ve set my mind and my thoughts on. I have definitely improved in this very vital step in this whole experience, and the sit is becoming more and more easier for me. What felt so uncomfortable up until now is becoming a cherished moment for me!

Here are some of the highlights for me personally in Hannal’s lesson 20:4, “Thinking is the true business of life, power is the result. You are at all times dealing with the magical power of thought and consciousness. What results can you expect so long as you remain oblivious to the power which has been placed within your control?” Then he goes on to say in 20:8 that “When you begin to perceive that the essence of the Universal is within yourself–is you–you  begin to do things; you begin to feel your power: it is the fuel which fires the imagination which lights the torch of inspiration; which gives vitality to thought; which enables you to connect with all the invisible forces of the Universe. It is this power which will enable you to plan fearlessly, to execute masterfully.” I love that! But it goes on to say, 20:9 “But perception will come only in the Silence; this seems to be the condition required for all great purposes. You are visualizing entity. Imagination is your workshop. It is here that your ideal is to be visualized.” My take away is that you must sit in order to see it and really visualize where you’re going…I’m thinking about growing in the area of the 15 minute “sit  so much that I can’t seem to escape it because the Law of Growth is in effect, “Whatever we think about grows. What we forget about atrophies.” I will continue to improve in this area and more because even though we only have a little more than a month left in the course, I believe it’s then after we commence that we will truly begin and take it to the next level as we venture on our own with all these amazing tools to continue to keep us on the right track to achieving that future we desire, making it a reality!

I am so thankful to be living in this moment today and having the power to continue on as I vow to always keep my promises!

~Barbara

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Master Key Experience-Week 19

As I sit here with no title for this blog post and not completely sure what to write about, I feel compelled to share a little something about my overall experience so far up to this week.

If there is one thing that I’ve learned how to do and have exercised during these last 5 months of immersing myself in the Master Keys Experience, it’s this…Focus! My goodness y’all, that 5 letter word seems so simple and easy to do, but it has definitely been a challenge especially when it comes to writing my weekly blog post. So early on, we were told to keep a magnifying closeby and and to buy a compass. I love having something tangible because it does help me remember what I’m learning, and so the first item, the magnifying glass – what is it for? And the compass? Focus and then more focus on what we’re working on and where we are heading. You see, when you look through the magnifying glass everything becomes bigger and closer to you therefore making it easier to see with clarity more than you’d see without the glass…also did you know that if you allow sunlight to pass through the magnifying glass and hold it still over some dry kindling that a fire will eventually start due to the heat of the sun’s rays. So the magnifying glass has to be so direct and unmoving otherwise the fire won’t start and the light will just wander wherever you are choosing to move the magnifying glass over. Is that clear? Is that speaking to you? Let’s put that in relation to what it is that we’re doing in this Master Key Experience. I came into this experience as a person who was wandering, being led by all the years of conditioning of who I was supposed to be and do and strive for in life. Not knowing who I really was and where exactly it was that I was heading. That’s a very unsettling place to be, and although I knew who I was as a wife, a mom of 6, a business builder, etc…there was something still missing and that was that I had forgot about the dreams I had and the purpose of my life. I also knew that the environment of my home life, friendships and new relationships weren’t yielding what I had expected and I didn’t know how to change it. And honestly, I was losing hope that I could even experience any change, so I, like many others lived my daily life in that quiet desperation with that ounce of hope that was still there, all with a smile on my face like it was all fine and dandy. I knew I had to figure this out though and lean on my faith and trust that this was perfect timing to do so.

So glad I did! I committed to the 6 months, dove in, dug deep and began to focus like never before and bought a silly, little compass party favor bracelet and strapped that on my wrist and I put up my watch so I wouldn’t be focused on “time” but instead be focused on where I was going and heading to in life. I gave up silly things that were wasting my hours in the day, and cut myself off from involving myself in situations that honestly weren’t worth the time and effort. You see I was so focused on the effects and my environment and trying to fix that, that I couldn’t even see that it was me who needed the fixing and the time to retreat a bit and be open-minded and learn that I can with my thoughts change the world, “my world” around me. So my magnifying glass set this change in me on fire so to speak!! I said goodbye to my old self and I do believe that I know now where I’m heading. “I can be what I will to be.” I’ve discovered my definite purpose, and the resources I need for it to come to pass in the physical world are coming to me, literally, tangibly. It has been the neatest experience! It all started with a thought, a focused one.

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In the Master Key, Part Nineteen more clarity on how powerful thoughts are simply intrigues me! Just to point out a couple takeaways from this lesson that popped out to me are in line 17, Hanaal states,” You may know that thought constantly, eternally is taking form, is forever seeking expression, or you may not, but the fact remains that if your thought is powerful, constructive and positive, this will be plainly evident in the state of your health, your business and your environment; if your thought is weak, critical. destructive and negative generally, it will manifest in your body as fear, worry, and nervousness, in your finances lack and limitation, and in discordant conditions in your environment.” Okay, so wow, that was for me! I reflected on this a bit and knew it was time to assess myself and where I am in the areas of my life at this point in the experience. I came into all this wanting conditions in my life to be different, better and with peace. So reading this lesson everyday this week so far, I kept pausing at this line and pointing my magnifying glass there. If I’m going to keep progressing and moving forward, I had better keep working on my thoughts being powerful, constructive and positive…so I continue on with the mental diet keeping my thoughts positive unwavering or going into that negative space. And if so, I just refocus and place my mind on God, a warm memory, anything good really and then move on.  There is happiness and peace when we choose to be positive. Another part of the lesson was to exercise concentrating so intently that you’re absorbed in the object and you’re conscious of nothing else, doing this a few minutes every day. Line 27, “…You take the necessary time to eat in order that the body may be nourished, why not take the time assimilate your mental food?” So good! Great challenge and so healthy for your mental state, and I enjoyed this exercise!

Og Mandino’s Greatest Salesman in the World, Scroll V reaffirmed focus for me as well as I read this scroll three times a day for seven days. It starts out, “I will live this day as if it is my last….This day I will make the best day of my life. This day I will drink every minute to its full. I will savor its taste and give thanks…” Throughout the scroll, all I can focus on is the fact that my DMP embodies the “living in the present moment” and living each day to its fullest. How I thoroughly enjoyed reaffirming this scroll 21 times this week!

I’m seeing that there’s a common thread through each and every week, in the scroll that is read and the lesson being learned…every week for me personally has been linked back to my DMP in one way or another.

So very thankful for the perfect timing of this experience…it truly is destiny!

~Barbara

Master Key Experience-Week 18 Aha!

Have you ever been in a place where you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is exactly where you need to be? As if time and the universe had a conversation and said, it’s in this very season that it will be perfectly the right time to where she will be completely open, mentally and spiritually to receive the tools to move forward into the her calling. This is my story and this is me in this season and in this experience that feel so sure that God lined it up so perfectly to walk in it and receive so easy all that is being taught. I mean it hasn’t been easy necessarily but it has been well-received and applied. You see, I have confirmation that I’m where I need to be because week after week, webcast after webcast, it’s like they are talking directly to me and encouraging the very struggles experienced in that prior week and then saying exactly what is needed for me to hear to keep going and to not even consider the alternative of quitting.  Even though I know that this experience isn’t tailored and made just for me, Barbara Montoya, but it’s so neat how we all are experiencing this same thing together. It seems like all that we share in the blogs and in the comments and masterminding with one another is all the same.  I think that is the coolest thing and it has made this experience that more exciting because of it! We do have different insights and perspectives but collectively we are all on the same “wavelength.” If that isn’t HARMONY then I don’t know what it is?!!! AHA!! It’s in that harmony and being in one accord that we all are going to be and are already a winner!! Doesn’t that bring you overwhelmingly happiness! I can’t even type “overwhelm” anymore without wanting to hit the delete button because of the negative connotation associated with it LOL! That’s funny! To say this course has been transformative is an understatement…it has been life changing and I feel like it has given me a fresh start on living this life and living it to the fullest.

We started a new scroll (my favorite part of a new month is this) – Scroll IV and it’s all about living your life as if it’s your last. And only Og can write and describe what that truly is in only his words of passion, so here is a portion of the scroll, “I will live this day as if it is my last. This is all I have and these are now my eternity. I greet this sunrise with cries of joy as a prisoner who is reprieved from death. I lift mine arms with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day. So too, I will beat upon my heart with gratitude as I consider all who greeted yesterday’s sunrise who are no longer with the living today. I am indeed a fortunate man and today’s hours are but a bonus, undeserved. Why have I been allowed to live this extra day when others, far better than I, have departed? Is it that they have accomplished their purpose while mine is yet to be achieved? is this another opportunity for me to become the man I know I can be? Is there purpose in nature? Is this my day to excel? I will live this day as if it is my last. ” I will now on live this way because this life is too short not to. I love how Mark Januszewski says, “if you don’t make the time to do it now, when do you think you will have the time to do it later?!” So if anything, at this point in the experience, procrastination is definitely exiting my life as I’m daily pursuing the services, the plan of action promises, visualizing my future self and connecting the emotion with it all….it’s all coming alive and it’s living. Our thoughts produce life or death, and I’m definitely focused on life!

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I close with this, as I’m so grateful for this experience thus far…Charles Haanal writes in The Master Key, Part 18, “In order to grow we must obtain what is necessary for our growth. This is brought about through the law of attraction.” In bringing back to what I wrote at the very beginning of this post, and it’s knowing that I’m in this course and learning all of this for this perfect timing in my life…I believe that the law of attraction was in motion long before I even knew about this law, and it brought me this Master Key Experience at just the right time because it was what was necessary for my growth in moving forward in this life. This experience has been an answer to fervent prayer, and has brought me out of longing for answers to life’s greatest struggles to now knowing how to grow into what I have been called to be and do. I’m forever grateful for God blessing me with this experience…there’s such hope and belief now that I hold the keys to living this life to it’s fullest!! Aha, the keys, the master keys at that!! And it’s not over yet! I feel like it’s only beginning!!

 

Continuing on to always keeping my promises!

~Barbara

Master Key Experience-Week 17HJ

I am loving this progression! Here we are in week 17HJ (been at it for 18 weeks) and I’m in awe! As each week goes by, the lessons, the exercises, the sit, etc. everything seems like it is more easily absorbed and applied, and the consistency and persistence is that of daily good habits.  There is one thing however, that seemed lacking, and it was making sure to really visualize and see myself as the future me. It seemed as if I was hanging out in the middle of all this goodness. Like I am doing all the things and learning more and then exercising it through each week, but there was a missing link for me. I kind of forgot, maybe just for a little bit what I was working towards.  Shaking my head, I just couldn’t seem to really figure out how that happened but then I realized that this experience, as wonderful as it is, could possibly end up with me being on auto pilot. Not good, been there and done that, not happening again I told myself. Doing all the things and then doing them all over again day in and day out, could I possibly be becoming complacent?..beginning to slow down instead of moving beyond? This is where I find myself now, kinda in the middle…

Sooo, don’t you know I was so excited to learn more about Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey this week and to see where I am at on this progression.

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I embarked on this journey in September 2018 with a bunch of other heroes who decided to embark on this as well. What’s interesting is that if I walk through this progression, I can totally identify and relate to what I’m experiencing now in this #MKE. Through Haanal’s lessons, Og Mandino’s scrolls, Emerson’s Compensation Essay and following everyone else’s journey through reading their blogs, I’ve grown so much and it has been amazing to see how all of us are having very similar experiences. Every movie we watch contains the hero’s journey, which is super cool. Seeing the illustration above helps us know what lies ahead and also tells us where we are at as we progress and move forward. I found myself in the Abyss – death and rebirth last week and I wrote about it unknowingly last week. It’s the dying to the old self and coming to life in the rebirth, and it is not easy because there is grieving that must take place as we mourn for the loss of our old self. But oh is the the birth of our new self worth a celebration! On the webcast it was said like this, “letting go of the good (familiar) for the better (authentic self)” and I love that because it’s not that our old self was bad or non-productive, I mean it brought us to where we are today and it’s here at this crossroads where we bid farewell and thank him/her and be born again and move on! I feel like I’m in church!! Can I get an “Amen?!”  I mean why would we want to tote around the old self with it’s old blueprint any longer??  We know the truth and it can set us free!! Another “Amen” please?!  Okay okay, I digress…back on topic. 🙂

This week after the webcast was like that of light, revelation, confirmation and me sincerely and for the first time, really being able to feel and visualize where it is I’m heading (DMP). Not that I’m focused on the destination of it all because the journey is what is so very important. Being able to really feel and see the future me in all it’s freedom, beauty and color was just so amazing! This is happening in my daily “sits” and there is so much life when I “go” there. The word transformation keeps coming to mind as I explain this experience to those not in this #MKE and when I looked at the Hero’s Journey, guess what I saw after the Abyss? Transformation!! So cool huh?!

So moving towards week 18, I’m still focusing daily on the virtue of the week and for me it is “Well- organized”, and I’m seeing it everywhere just like “Kindness” and “Decisiveness” and “Discipline.”  This makeover is helping with my  transformation and is so full of abundance! Abundance is everywhere if we just “open” our eyes we will see it.

I leave you with one last experience that has been impactful to me this week and it was this…18 weeks in you would think that self-doubt has no place any longer but this is what was creeping in as I read my DMP and focused on my PPN’s and shapes. Remember how I mentioned earlier in this blogpost that I was in the middle, kinda feeling a bit complacent. Well this was my battle… It was like that of a voice telling me, “you’re so selfish”, “your DMP is all about you, and you know in order to have all you want in life, you must be in service to others”, “what are you giving to others? nothing!”  Well, I knew that this wasn’t the voice I needed to listen to because it momentarily (a day) was beginning to bring me down. Until….I stopped listening to it, cleared my mind and focused in and began to concentrate on my shapes knowing that if this wasn’t what I truly wanted in life then I wouldn’t have written all these goals out in the first place. As I was in that place of concentration and seeing my future self and using the Law of Dual Thought (thought is a combination of ideation and feeling and we can attach any feeling to a thought we want), it was like a download/downpour flooded me in that very moment. It was in that moment that the realization and revelation was clear that in each of my shapes that had a smart goal attached, service to others was a result of those goals taking place. In each shape, a confident, still and peaceful but very powerful voice laid out each service that was/would take place by me pursuing and staying committed to achieving each goal. I began to cry as it was so powerful and it was Truth! It shut down self- doubt and any lies that were coming against me and out of that experience came even more self-confidence than I have felt this far in this #MKE. It was memorable and transformative! I can now continue on knowing that I’m right on track and pretty much unstoppable at this point!!! I can and will be what I will to be! It’s happening in me and it’s happening in you! Stay the course. 🙂

I always keep my promises!

~Barbara

Master Key Experience Week 17- Growth

The last few weeks have been a little more intense for me as I feel like I’m breaking through and truly becoming the “me” that I was created to be.  Growth is taking place and it’s wonderful but I feel like I’m in a war with “myself” at times.  You see, The Law of Growth says that whatever we think about grows and what we forget atrophies. This is soooo good because I have been fully equipped with thus far in the course with tools to help me keep my thoughts set on positivity vs. negativity, and I do this for example with flashing index cards throughout my day reading things that I have accomplished or done right, things I’m grateful for, and then add in reading the daily affirmation of Og Mandino’s scrolls for a month each. So, like how can one struggle after all that and even after reading and believing this powerful affirmation, “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy”? Well, because the former “me” is dying and the new “me”, my new reality is becoming full of vitality, and where I am is in the middle of both. It’s like on one hand I’m already “my future self” and living out my purpose and dreams, and then on the other hand I’m trying to cling to “my old self” grieving the loss of all that “seems” to be comfortable.  The Law of Growth, the Law of Substitution and the Law of Dual Thought are all in full effect, and the permission I give myself to be happy and to live this life of abundance and happiness, full of life and unlimited potential…I definitely can’t walk away from that to go back to the comfort zone that will cause me to just exist in a life of complacency to then just die.

Og Mandino in Scroll IV which is all about being nature’s greatest miracle, a couple paragraphs I quote…”But my skills, my mind, my heart, and my body will stagnate, rot, and die unless I put them to good use. I have unlimited potential.” Then he goes on to say, “I am not on this earth by chance. I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth, will I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.” When you read this stuff 3 times a day for a month, you can’t then return to the old way of living…it’s impossible. I mean you could if you just decided to quit, but if you quit then you’d be giving into fear that you can’t have the dreams and desires of your heart and be that “mountain” and live in that “unlimited potential.” And I’m not quitter…in fact, I’m a winner.

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So, I’m realizing as each week goes by that this experience is becoming less about me and more of me being in service to others. I don’t want to bottle up all this for myself and live in a blissful bubble, no! I’m giving up the old me and the old blueprint, you know why? Because it’s not serving me anymore…the new reality (that future me) is going to be and is already a service to others aka my husband, children, parents, siblings, friends, the future friends who I’ve yet to meet!  So I say, “Barbara, you have permission…the permission to be happy, to live abundantly, but to also let things go…no more entertaining the old blueprint, no more!”

Haanal’s lesson 17 talked about Concentration…the lesson was great!! Every lesson is but this was perfectly what I needed this week. Focusing on the virtue, decisiveness, this week as I continue the 13-week Franklin makeover, concentration on that virtue was of the very essence. If I wasn’t fully concentrating on it throughout the day and seeing it in me and in everyone and everything around me then I just didn’t see that virtue unfortunately. Concentration requires conscious effort. My future self, the successes I want in life, the dreams I want to live out, all have to be concentrated on, visualized clearly, written down clearly and before me daily. Wow! We have what we want if we just concentrate on it.  Yes, there is application of this that must take place, but to know that it all begins in our thoughts before we ever see it in reality tangibly. Very cool!

So to sum up my experience from this week, I’ve got to say that there’s a confidence rising from within me, and as I observe myself and others, I’m becoming more aware and that awareness is changing me. My thoughts are changing, and my world is becoming better and I’m seeing a blessed return daily.  Emerson’s Compensation Essay is making sense, the Law of Attraction is bringing me what I need because my subconscious has agreed with the desires I have, and this experience is just one of such beauty! I love experiencing this with everyone else who is on this journey…your story is encouraging me and I’m learning with you and from you. 🙂 So, I (let’s) continue to press forward, and continue to do all the things so I (we) can be that future me (us) and change the world around us!

I always keep my promises!

~Barbara

(For fun and because I want to know what you see, can you look at the above picture and tell me what you see or think about in regards to our Master Key Experience?)

Master Key Experience-Week 16 Kindness

Last week being the first week of the new year, our class set out on a transformative makeover instead of setting resolutions for 2019, and we are doing the Franklin Makeover for the next 13 weeks. I wasn’t familiar with this makeover and you may not be either, so you can follow this link for more info…www.ushistory.org/franklin/autobiograhy/page38.htm  In short, the goal is to improve on a list of 13 virtues as we focus on each one for a week at a time.

Living with purpose this week and focusing on the virtue, KINDNESS, I feel like I made this world a better place!  Observing it, giving it, creating special moments full of intention blessing others expecting nothing in return…such a wonderful exercise to add into the progression of everything else we are doing and learning in this course. Random acts of kindness (RAK’s) was super fun and not getting caught in the act was a little tricky, like a game so it was fun! Looking for kindness all around me was my favorite because in doing so intently, I realized how much I have probably been missing as I go about in my day to day life. What I realized that there are lots of kind people all around me, I just need to look for it and I’ll see it.  Up until now, I have always been so aware of all the negative around me that it seemed it’s all I could see and the world seemed so dark and bleak and not so hopeful as I witnessed so many acts of selfishness, hate, discord, etc…need I go on?  So in focusing on kindness and giving it to everyone I come in contact with, I have come to the conclusion that I can in a sense contribute love and kindness to others and hopefully in return less negativity will occur due to the chain reaction and ripple effect of kindness being spread. I do believe in that way we can make this world a better place. A simple exercise that can be life-changing as well! It’s in this exercise that I saw the Law of Giving and Receiving displayed perfectly. You give kindness, you receive kindness…you give a hug/love, you receive a hug/love…what you sow you will reap. Another reason to live on purpose being mindful with intention. All that kept going on over and over again in my mind was the Law of Giving and Receiving that I have written down and read aloud daily for a few months now and here it is: 1) Wherever I go I bring a gift. I may bring a compliment, a prayer, a trinket, a flower but I promise I will give something to every person I encounter. 2) I promise to be a grateful receiver of the gifts that surround me pausing often and noticing nature, KINDNESSES, smiles and compliments; which I gladly receive with a “thank you.” 3) I promise to give hope for joy, affluence, KINDNESS and love, consciously with every encounter regardless of the brevity. 4) I promise to give without expectation of reciprocity from the channels I enrich because I know that I am in the dynamic flow of giving and receiving.  

Along with the focus being on seeing kindness everywhere this week, I am continuing to grow and learn more as I read and study Haanal’s Master Keys. I love learning more about how we are governed by natural laws and how we can create and control our “world” by spiritual power found in thought. Our minds are so powerful and what we think about grows, and when we have a vision so specific and full of clarity, our potential is limitless. With this said, I’ve been revisiting my Definite Major Purpose, not changing it by any means, just making sure that it is precise and it is truly what I want, but that it also contains service to others. My daily 15 minute sit/meditation time has been helping in this. Earl Nightingale along with Ralph Waldo Emerson are having a great influence on me as well as I listen and read The Strangest Secret and the essay on Compensation. So much depth in this experience as a whole, and I’m so grateful for this opportunity to learn and grow!

Master Key Experience Week 15-Insight

Happy New Year, 2019 is here!! Wow this past year was great and so I believe that this year will be even greater!!

INSIGHT…can you say that this week was written for me?  I feel like the timing of it was completely perfect and orchestrated perfectly down to every tiny detail.  This week on January 1st we began a new read from Scroll IV, and Og Mandino’s words were like “life” to me and such an encouragement. “I am nature’s greatest miracle…I am a unique creature of nature…” He goes on with this later in the scroll, ” I have been given eyes to see and a mind to think and now I know a great secret of life for I perceive, at last that all my problems, discouragements, and heartaches are, in truth great opportunities in disguise. I will no longer be fooled by the garments they wear for mine eyes are open.  I will look beyond the cloth and I will not be deceived.”  This was so powerful to me when I read this because I love how he chose to use the word “opportunities”, what a positive connotation of working your way through something so negatives  like difficulties, problems, discouragements and heartaches.  On New Year’s Eve, I had an “opportunity” and I took a hit so to speak and it cause hurt and pain deeply and I felt the sting.  As I allowed my emotions to feel the pain, I actually chose to pick up my #MKE materials and finish out the evening strong to counteract the negativity which had just took place.  I had not read Scroll IV just yet (because it wasn’t Jan.1st) but what I did read was Lesson 15 in the Master Key.  What great timing!  Lesson 15 spoke to me right off the bat…like it was written just for me in that moment.  Then over the next few days up until this evening as I write this post, each day built upon the understanding of the prior day’s reading, and I can say that I fully retained and learned what the lesson was meant to teach me.

So, what is that exactly? Let me start with how Haanal starts out as he briefly summarizes what the lesson will entail.  “Part Fifteen will tell you more about the law under which we live.  It will explain that these laws operate to our advantage; that all conditions and experiences that come to us are for our benefit; that we gain strength in proportion to the effort expended, and that our happiness is best attained through a conscious cooperation with natural laws.”  You see, I seemed to always feel like a victim, wallowing in self-pity saying, “why me? why does this always happen to me?” Well, for one reason, I kept affirming that “this always happen to me.”  So therefore, it became a pattern right? Right.  Instead what should have been my reaction (and which will now always be my reaction) is accepting that “All conditions and experiences that come to us are for our benefit.  Difficulties and obstacles will continue to come until we absorb their wisdom and gather from them the essential of further growth” (15:7) so now is the “opportunity in disguise” to learn, to bring into that space of a 15 minute “sit” and to think on how to rectify this particular problem.

So this week of focusing on insight, Haanal tells us to exercise and concentrate on it.  Let me back up and tell you what insight is.  In 15:31 “Insight is a faculty of the mind whereby we are enabled to examine facts and conditions at long range, a kind of human telescope; it enables us to understand the difficulties, as well as the possibilities, in any undertaking.” 15:32 “Insight enables us to plan to advantage and turn our thought and attention in the right direction instead of into channels which can yield no possible return.” This exercise is definitely in our favor to prepare and to equip ourselves to be ready so we aren’t thrown off when life hits us or our old blueprint tries to offer us a solution to surrender to it.  No! It’s in these opportunities disguised as opportunities that we grow and overcome with ease.  So let me loop back around to the exercise we were assigned and how it affected me.  While I did my “sits” this week, I began to apply the knowledge of what I had been learning about the Law of Substitution and some tips on keeping a positive mental attitude…looking inward from afar and seeing how there are so many areas in my life that weren’t fully functioning because the channels were clogged and not flowing at full potential.  Focusing on insight showed me that there was unforgiveness that needed to be dealt with and though it usually would have been outwardly, this time is was inwardly and forgiving myself.  Insight shed so much light in these areas that I believe are key for me to break through in order to keep moving forward to live in my fullest potential.  So the Law of Forgiveness was definitely in full effect as I let go and forgave myself for holding onto anger and resentment. You see we receive what we give, and because I kept holding anger and resentment towards my self (I kept giving/feeding myself those emotions) and it was the very thing that came at me on New Year’s Eve, being that my thoughts manifested my conditions which included anger and resentment being thrown at me.  Well I’m happy to say that it has been rectified in the world within, and I choose that my world without will be harmonious and full of peace.  Difficulties and challenges may still come (yes I know this), but that will be because more growth will need to take place in me.  I will be rest assured though that it’ll be in the moments of insight that I will be able to then apply the knowledge that I’m gaining as each week passes by, because knowledge will not apply itself and this is the value of spending moments sitting in the silence of Insight and in that, leads to growth!

Master Key Experience Week 14-Persistence leads to Success

This week ends this month’s read of Scroll III in Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman in the World.  Reading about the topic of persistence all month long, it seemed to be the best timing to watch a movie based on a true story that is all about persistence.  We were given a choice of four movies to watch, one or all four, and I chose ‘October Sky’.

Much of what I have learned in this #MKE (Master Key Experience) was displayed in this movie, and I loved to see it all play out and unfold as I observed the 4 tiny habits of persistence.  You must operate with and have these 4 tiny habits of persistence to succeed, and here they are: 1) Definite Major Purpose 2) Positive Mental Attitude 3) Plan of Action 4) Master Mind Alliance.

Here’s the movie in short…Homer was inspired by other’s success and failures, and decided that he was going to build a rocket and launch it into space.  Living in a town where everyone was conditioned to go to school for an education and then go on to mine coal in this coal mining town, left really no other option for Homer except to break the mold and be more than that for himself and not settle.  So he sets his mind on his definite major purpose and begins to work towards it and against all the odds he holds a positive mental attitude throughout the movie not giving up on the fact that he could achieve this great endeavor. With very little support from family and peers, little money available and being limited with resources, he along with his loyal friends/partners (his mastermind alliance) set out on making this dream a reality.  They all brought their unique skills, abilities and knowledge to the table and while putting in the hard work and effort, I watched the resources begin to come to them to bring it all into fruition. They had a plan of action that they consistently worked on with persistence knowing that they would succeed if they just did not give up.

Their journey of building this rocket was met with many opportunities, both good and bad.  There were so many failures at their many attempts until finally they created that successful rocket.

Homer and his buddies went on to winning their school’s science fair and then went on further to a higher competition where success was met there as well.  In the end, Homer and his buddies went on to being a success in each one’s endeavor and Homer went on to working with NASA training astronauts to travel into space.  You see, his definite major purpose opened the door for not only him but for others to realize that they too have limitless possibilities, and with them consistently keeping the 4 tiny habits of persistence before them, this set out their future success and achieving greatness in their lives.

I absolutely loved watching this movie and seeing visually what persistence “looks” like.  I think most people start out just like Homer and then somewhere along the way they give up on their calling/puropse in life and choose to settle for mediocrity and conform to becoming like everyone else.

I choose, and you can choose to be like Homer and press on despite what may come your way and live out what Og Mandino wrote about in Scroll III of The Greatest Salesman in the World and here’s a couple excerpts from his book that mirrors this movie I watched and it says, “The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal.  Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road.  Never will I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner.  Always will I take another step.  If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another.  In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult.  I will persist until I succeed…So long as there is breath in me, that long will I persist.  For now I know one of the greatest principles of success; if I persist long enough I will win.  I will persist.  I will win.”

I can be what I will to be and I always keep my promises!

~Barb

 

Master Key Experience Week 13-Persistence and Gratitude

Ahhh, the week before the Christmas holiday…all the hustle and bustle of the preparation, the parties, the school programs, getting in all the holiday “feels” to make sure you live in the moment with your family, especially your children.  I found myself putting all this above the needs and wants of my own, and midway through the week I realized I had slipped back into that old program that was all too familiar around this time of year. I kept up with all my #MKE reads, affirmations, exercises, etc.. but I found that I was super duper exhausted at the end of each day just drained and slowly as the week went on, I slipped up and forgot to do a “sit”, then an afternoon Greatest Salesman read,  and need I go on?! You get where I went. Being the “observer” and chatting with the Gal in the Glass each night, I was quickly able to recognize it, address it and then move on. Despite the old blueprint (yet once again – I’m not surprised though) rearing it’s ugly head and on a few occasions getting the best of me momentarily, I decided that I will still persist and I will win! Og Mandino says this best and as each day passed this week I was yet encouraged the more as I read this last paragraph in Scroll III, “Nor will I allow yesterday’s success to lull me into today’s complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure. I will forget the happenings of the day that is gone, whether they were good of bad, and greet the new sun with confidence that this will be the best day of my life. So long as there is breath in me, that long will I persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles of success; if I persist long enough I will win. I will persist. I will win.” Sooo good and encouraging and when you mark out the word “will” it becomes not only something you will do but something you are with a strong affirmation that gives you confidence.

So, I rest assured knowing that quitting is not an option, and that to persist is to live because if I quit, I “die”, I walk away from the call that I have that keeps me coming back week after week, doing the work even when the old blueprint says, “hey, I’m still here!”…I know that my mind is where it needs to be and I’ve awakened to this idea and truth that I can create for myself and my future by the way I think.  So in closing, I’m so very very GRATEFUL for the peace and happiness and the harmony that I have experienced because of this beautiful #MKE course and I feel the power and the strength from each one of you as you (along with myself) press on, persist, and ultimately progress to where we achieve the purpose that we are all so very focused on.  I keep telling myself, that I’m already a success because I’m here with all of you and we all are going to be what we will to be!

Cheers to ending this year out stronger than I could’ve ever imagined! We are all winning, we are all already a success and we are changing the course of our lives and the lives that are in our close knit circle and beyond really…WOW, I don’t think I truly realized how big this experience really is and the impact it is going to have! It’s an honor to be on this journey with all of you, and I’m so full of gratitude!!

2019 ~ we’re coming for ya’! It will be our best year yet!

I always keep my promises.

~Barb

Master Key Experience-Week 12 Struggles overcome by laws and Og

This week I began excitedly and eager to learn, and although I had the enthusiasm and the desire to do so, I felt so challenged as each day passed.  A good mix of the old programs and the old blueprint, a bit of exhaustion from lack of sleep and then it was as if the “old me” took over! Still I remained optimistic because I know I have been given the tools needed to get through this little “hiccup” of a week.  Self-doubt, lack of belief in the purpose I had written out and tweaked several times and over again…regret of mistakes that were made, etc…really, need I go on?! NO! So midway through the week, I realized what was happening, and honestly I knew what was taking place as my old blueprint was rearing it’s ugly self.  I made my mind up that I would rise above this and get out my tool box and affirm with more emotion and action and motion while doing so.  I pulled out my stack of 50 cards of what I had accomplished along with everyday things I do and do well along my affirmations and got to work.  The ease of reading those 50 cards and then also reading aloud that “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy!” – both of those exercises slowly but surely began to turn around my attitude.

We have been learning the Seven Laws of the Mind, and I chose to focus on the Law of Growth – Whatever we think about grows. What we forget atrophies…along with the Law of Substitution – We cannot think about two things at the same time. If a negative thought enters your mind, try to think about God instead. If that is too big a reach at the time, use any fond memory or other pleasant thought. Jesus, the Master Teacher, said, “Resist not evil” meaning turn from it and think about something else instead.  Applying these two laws along with forgiving myself for allowing my old blueprint to take over earlier in the week (Law of Forgiveness – another law of the mind) and then taking measures to relax and rest using aromas like Frankincense and Lavender, I was able to grab hold of ‘calm’ and breathe through all that was taking place around me and not be affected by it allowing me to have a relaxed mind (Law of Relaxation – another law of the mind) so I can continue to make progress as I set my intention and attention on the success of my future self.

Og Madino’s Scroll III was also what encouraged me this week…”I will persist until I succeed. Nor will I allow yesterday’s success to lull me into today’s complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure.” (I had been experiencing breakthrough and success up until this week when the old blueprint took precedence. I believe that I regressed and let life and the busyness get the best of me.) “I will forget the happenings of the day that is gone, whether they were good or bad, and greet the new sun with confidence that this will be the best day of my life.  So long as there is breath in me, that long will I persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles of success; if I persist long enough I will win. I will persist. I will win.”

In closing, I affirm once again that I can be what I will to be, and I always keep my promises! 

~Barb