Master Key Experience Week 24-We got this!

Can you believe it?!  Six months just like that! I am so full of gratitude as I celebrate this week being our week of commencement because I believe that this is truly the beginning.  I have always been one to dislike goodbyes and to be honest, I am a little sad for this to come to end, but really it isn’t ending.  This experience for me has been so amazing and full of wonder and awe, I have learned so much about myself, rediscovering who I really am and the purpose I have on my life as I follow and live in my true bliss (that is still being discovered)…I have learned how to see the world around me in a new light, giving love and grace more freely than I ever have before.  I am truly living each day as if it is my last, not allowing any moment to slip by unnoticed therefore living in the present moment, for the day I have been given.  It’s such a liberating state of mind and peace in my heart knowing that I have been given tools needed to be all that I will to be.  Since knowledge doesn’t apply itself, I feel like this next season going forward as a self-directed thinker will truly be a test of who I have become in these last 6 months.  The awareness of living everyday as the “observer” has helped me grow.  I see myself and others differently.  For instance, last week we added the Law of Least Effort of Defenselessness into our daily routine, and as I read it, “Today my awareness will remain established in Defenselessness.  I will relinquish the need to defend my point of view.  I will feel no need to convince or persuade others to accept my point of view.  I will remain open to all points of view and not be rigidly attached to anyone of them.” With the focus being on relinquishing the need to defend, I found myself this week being able to pause/keeping my mouth closed while in a heated conversation about something that I hold very dear to my heart.  Wanting to defend and prove my point, I instead sat silent.  Using a consistent breathe to inhale and exhale the frustration that was building.  Early on in the this experience, we were told to not give our opinions, and to also go on a 7 day mental diet where we only thought on things that were positive, good and happy thoughts. If something negative entered our mind, we were to use the Law of Substitution to switch off the pattern of going down a negative rabbit trail and instead focus on a happy thought, God or a memory that brought about positive feelings.  Anyhow, both of those exercises have helped me so much in living a life of positivity.  So grateful for the simple tool of applying the Law of Substitution!  You see it’s these things that I have learned that have made such a huge difference in the “me” that I am today!

The Law of Giving and Receiving has proved to yield a plentiful harvest because of the seeds planted daily living in a constant flow of giving and receiving.  I’m much more intentional in my interactions with others, and it’s because I know that the effect can be so great when we are kind to others and give love freely without expecting anything in return.  This simple action of giving to others not only blesses them but it puts us in a position to receive and to receive abundantly!  I recently encouraged a new friend of mine, who is an up and coming entrepreneur with huge aspirations and dreams, and I gave her a compliment that I felt was true to who I saw her to be.  Well guess what happened?  She graciously received and thanked me for the compliment, but then gave it right back to me and said that she saw that in me as well and we were just a reflection of one other.  How cool is that?! I may have cried a bit because it finally hit me…what we admire and see in others is only possible because we also have that on the inside of us and that is who we are.  We are all those wonderful things we admire in others!  When we openly recognize that in ourselves and  in others and look for it everywhere around us, it grows and becomes more abundant in us and in them! The Law of Growth and the Law of Abundance is so evident here.

Hannal’s Master Keys have broadened my knowledge sometimes very simply but also many times very complex.  His Master Keys have rocked me a bit in my spiritual beliefs at times, but when it all came down to it, paralleled nicely with the scriptures that I have learned and lived by growing up and into adulthood.  He said that science and religion are sisters…something that I’m going to continue to dive into and learn as I step into the next chapter of my journey.  My greatest takeaway, is that I know that if I have correct thinking that I can have what I want and think about.  I can be what I will to be.  The Law of Growth allows what we think about and what we visualize to grow and to come into fruition, and it also works exactly in the opposite way as well.  Keeping my eyes and my mind set on my definite major purpose will keep me focused on becoming my future self.  I love that I have a movie poster aka dream board that inspires me and brings a smile to my face each day as I look at it.  Being equipped with all the tools to achieve our dreams is so empowering.  I feel so confident moving on into my next season knowing that this next sequence in my hero’s journey is going to be full of miracles and awe and wonder just like this Master Key Experience has been!  There are no limits, and you and I can be what we will to be, so go in the direction of your bliss and remember each and every day to “Do It Now!” and always keep your promises!

Much love!

~Barbara

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Master Key Experience Week 23 – Mastery

Is it possible that we all have become masters?!  I would’ve never thought that I would have a chance or even become a master of anything really.  I mean I feel comfortable in the way I run my household and care for myself and my children in my day to day…but becoming a master over my thoughts, my future…never would’ve crossed my mind that that was even possible.  I kind of just let my life lead me and I lived day in and day out reactive and not proactive, in emotional and physical stress, wanting and wishing for things to be better, for me to be better and the world around me.  Quiet desperation! Longing for needs to be met, happiness to be attained, goals to be accomplished and dreams to be lived out, but I had no tools and knowledge to get me to where I wanted to go in life.  Stacks of self help books (ha! I laugh now about that) on my nightstand, chasing the next best inspirational meeting or conference thinking that I would find the “secret” and maybe find a mentor somewhere along the way that would lead and guide me where I needed to go…ahhh soooo exhausting!  I never knew that I would be wandering like this…lost, still full of hope but lost.  That was me for the last good, solid decade and a half. Time how precious it is and how quickly it passes!  So what is it that I’m talking about here??  Bits of my backstory that led me to today, and I could probably bet that there are many others out there who have similar stories like mine.  Actually, I know there are…seekers seeking but not finding until this perfect timing in due season when this wonderful platform of word of mouth shares the Master Key Experience and then everything turns around…not 360 but a solid 180!!  Yes!!!!  This course has been a score, a win-win for sure!

This being Week 23, after being in the course for almost a full 6 months, I had the thought, “how could this get any better than it already has been?” and honestly I had all kinds of mixed emotions flowing through me partly because I don’t want this beautiful chapter in my life to end, and if only I could bask in it for another 6 months, wouldn’t that be awesome?!  So back to the thought of how this course would end and would it just kind of fade as we end because it has been so great up until now, what could possibly blow my socks off the last 2 weeks and then this…Week 23 we learned the LAW OF LEAST EFFORT.  Just wow!  Ever since the webcast I can’t stop thinking about this law and the 3 components of it, and I feel so extremely confident that I’m going to finish this experience as a “master” fully equipped and confident to step into the next chapter of my Hero’s Journey.  So what is this law?

Law of Least Effort, “Nature’s intelligence functions with effortless ease…with carefreeness, harmony and love. And when we harness the forces of harmony, joy and love, we create success and good fortune with effortless ease.” 

The 3 components:

Law of Least Effort: Acceptance

1. I will practice Acceptance. Today I will accept people, situations, circumstances, and events as they occur.  I will know that this moment is as it should be because the whole universe is as it should be.  I will not struggle against the whole universe by struggling against this moment.  My acceptance is total and complete.  I accept things as they are in this moment, not as I wish they are.

Law of Least Effort: Responsibility

2. Having accepted things as they are, I will take responsibility for my situation and for all those events I see as problems.  I know that taking responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for my situation (and this includes myself).  I also know that every problem is an opportunity in disguise, and this alertness to opportunities allows me to take this moment and transform it into a greater benefit.

Law of Least Effort: Defenselessness

3. Today my awareness will remain established in Defenselessness.  I will relinquish the need to defend my point of view.  I will remain open to all points of view and not be rigidly attached to anyone of them.

Applying the Law of Least Effort means living each day with:

  1. Acceptance
  2. Responsibility
  3. Defenselessness

This week I added this law to my stack of cards that I read throughout my day.  Such a great addition that has brought me such freedom and peace.  I can choose to live this law out daily or not, and if I choose the latter then this whole course will have been for nothing for me personally.  I will not return to the hurried, stressed out, unrest, anxious days of the past.  I gladly trade them for living a life of effortless ease!

W. Clement Stone says that it takes less effort to succeed than to fail.  Less effort, who would’ve thought?!  I always viewed success differently and so I ran away from trying to have it.

So this mastery thing…becoming a master of something.  We have all been progressively mastering this effortlessness ease one day at a time, one week at a time, and for the last almost 6 months!  Looking back I can see it. All the work, linking it all together, creating the good habits, reading Og and taking hold of each day and living it to the fullest with love for ourselves and for others, mastering our emotions, accepting ourselves as nature’s greatest miracle, etc…there’s still more to be had in the Greatest Salesman in the World.  Anyone else love Og as much as I do?!

I’m so grateful!  I see so much abundance around me!!  I recognize a peace and ease about myself and the season I am in!!!  I am living out this Master Key Experience, and I’m sharing with everyone I come in contact with directly and indirectly bits and pieces, and some don’t even know because I plant small seeds here and there…hopefully peaking their interest.  Hoping that it’ll be light in their darkness like it was for me. Again so full of gratitude, awe and wonder!  Blessed beyond measure!

I will continue on strong once we commence, and in these last 2 weeks I am giving it all I have! It is not over yet!!

I always keep my promises.

~Barbara

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This quote from the poem by J.R.R. Tolkein means so much more to me now in that we are not lost. I accept the years of wandering because it was in those years, the experiences and hardships along the way that led me to where I am now, and I can appreciate greatly where I am today.  I was (and still am) on my Hero’s Journey!

Master Key Experience-Week 22a

I’m so grateful for this week along with the few weeks that we have had off during this experience, because it’s in those weeks that I usually find myself a little challenged to do what I know I need to do and I’m put to the test of, “am I going to apply this knowledge”…and the answer is “yes” and I do because it has become a habit thankfully. The whole purpose of this #MKE is for us to become self-directed thinkers, be empowered with all the resources and material from the great ones who went before us…Haanal, Mandino, Wattles, Hill, Campbell and I’m sure I’m leaving some off this list. I find myself just so grateful for this experience being packaged up in a big pretty bow all arranged for us by the Januszewski’s and the wonderful staff of guides and leaders!! I mean wow!! They brought all of this together for us as a labor of love with a passion to see others succeed in this life! A beautiful display of selfless love! Forever grateful!

So this week I have spent reflecting and evaluating my progress and imagining the things to come, the season I’ll step into once we commence and how “this” doesn’t stop when we commence but it will continue.

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Being introduced to Wattles this week, gave me something to look forward to as I will be meshing this experience here with Wattles, and I look forward to continuing to immerse myself in broadening my knowledge of the power of thought and creating/manifesting what we will to be and then being able to teach it to my children.

Heres a couple of snapshots of Wallace Wattles…looking forward to studying his books. EC4C8619-24C1-4C21-9655-185BDF201D67

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Making the most out of the last few weeks in this experience and excited to continue living in this abundance and sharing it with others!

I always keep my promises!

~Barb

Master Key Experience-Week 22 Nuggets

This week was full of “nuggets” here and there that I picked out from being on the weekly webcast, reading a new scroll in Og Mandino’s Greatest Salesman and then last but not least Haanal’s Part 22 in the Master Key.  All so rich in information, so full of wisdom opening new ideas of thinking with a twist on perspective that I didn’t expect. Meshing it all together this week was a bit tough for me, so as I sit and type, I will share  what I pulled from each avenue during this week.

On the webcast, my biggest takeaway was how to use the 5 tools: Fear, Guilt, Anger, Hurt Feelings and Unworthiness to expand my comfort zone. Most people want to stay comfortable but when we do we are settling for the life we currently have. I have chosen to live in “comfort” for way too long and that has gotten me nowhere really. Just a life of repeated patterns with no real solution to change my current situation because of me staying in my comfort zone. Not good! So this quote really got my week off to a great start as it was my focus this week…

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Full of wisdom there, huh?! I started looking at everything differently, especially the 5 tools. This quote helped keep me in check because it allowed me take what I see and flip thus turning everything into a positive instead of a negative. Who would’ve thought that

Fear could help with concentration and focus in a good way? So when you use fear to your advantage, you have laser focus and all distractions vanish! This can be used to advance the DMP.

Hurt feelings…we all know what that feels like. Instead of wallowing in a pity party, turn it around and take that energy you feel and pour it into passion, knowing that you deeply care.

Anger…hmm let’s just say that this one is just so vicious and can be so damaging. I have dealt with anger for years and for me at the root of it was guilt/regret, unworthiness and it definitely was fear-based. So much emotion surfaces when angry. Emotionally it would wreck me. I think out of all these tools, anger is the most powerful tool because of how much energy it generates. This definitely can be used to fuel the DMP! I love this quote, “The best revenge is living well.”

Guilt, self-directed anger…no wonder why I felt guilt and anger at the same time, they go hand in hand. when you feel bad about something that is a sign that you’re a good person. It is evidence that you know you need to change because it confirms that you are good and have the ability to what you know you should be doing. So I asked myself this week, “what am I afraid of?” and also “what would the person I intend to become do next?” Putting behind the things that in yesterday I may not have accomplished which I had promised to do (procrastination or simply choosing comfort) knowing that my honesty and integrity will plunge me forward to do I know I should.

Last but not least, Unworthiness…using this as a tool to make sure we keep on the right path of our DMP, our Dharma. This is still a hard one for me to grasp and use for my benefit. All I know is that I have chased one thing to the next, making myself busy, and taking on roles and adding duties and unnecessary stuff in my life to fulfill my self-worth. In the end, it just made me very tired and worn out, and guilty for not having my focus on what really was a priority. We have good intentions of filling our plates to feel worthy, but if it doesn’t move you forward towards your purpose in life then I figure, it just doesn’t need to be in your life. I love how I can use unworthiness to stay on track.

Beginning a new scroll today, was perfect timing to go along with the 5 tools above. Scroll VI is all about mastering emotions. “Today I will be master of my emotions. And how will I master my emotions so that every day is a happy day, and a productive one? I will learn this secret of the ages: Weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his thoughts; strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts. Each day, when I awaken, I will follow this plan of battle before I am captured by the forces of sadness, self-pity and failure – If I feel depressed I will sing, If I feel sad I will laugh. If I feel ill I will double my labor. If I feel fear I will plunge ahead. If I feel inferior I will wear new garments. If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come. If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come. If I feel incompetent I will remember past success. If I feel insignificant I will reminder my goals. Today I will be master of my emotions.”

In Haanal’s lesson this week, just more and more about thought and how important our thoughts are in creating. Even as important as to change one’s physical state of health. Just wow!

“Everything in the Universe is what it is by virtue of its rate of vibration. Change the rate of vibration and you change the nature, quality and form. The vast panorama of nature, both visible and invisible, is being constantly changed by simply changing the rate of vibration, and as thought is a vibration we can also exercise this power. We can change the vibration and thus produce the unpleasant and disagreeable sensations.” Thoughts are so powerful!

Goodness, there’s so much more that has been impactful to me this week, and I feel like I have struggled to bring it all together, but this definitely has been a week to really sit and ponder so I can fully understand all that I am still learning. I know all this “work” is not in vain, but it sure feels exhausting at times. Hoping I’m not alone in that. The accomplishment of knowing that I am doing my best, giving all I have daily, and then waking up and doing it all over again is enough for me to be rest assured that I am making progress. I feel challenged in a good way to keep charging forward, moving in the direction of my DMP, and doing my best to absorb all that is being taught and studied. I feel like after this week is a great time to go into Silence for a few days (as suggested) and just “be”. I know that I’ll find answers in the silence and that I’ll probably see what lies ahead a little more clearly as I spend time alone with just “me.” :). Looking for a cabin and I’ll be off and away very soon!

I always keep my promises!

Barbara

 

Master Key Experience-Week 21 Courage

Courage, the virtue of focus this week has created quite the momentum and excitement that I didn’t quite expect! So thankful that I chose to go on a journey of transformation in this new year rather than a list of resolutions and here’s why. The Franklin makeover encourages the Law of Growth to take its place in your life and while you grow in the areas needed for personal growth and development, the exercise of focusing daily on the virtue opens you up to the abundance of the virtues that you set your mind on. This is a 13 week progression and this week I saw and recognized courage in me and in those around me, and that caused me to step out and to do the things in my business and in personal relationships that I would’ve normally avoided and put off. It was awesome! Every time courage was displayed I could feel myself becoming stronger in a sense resulting in confidence which is rising in me. The procrastination that held me in place for way too long is now taking a back seat or better yet being kicked to the curb as I am fearlessly and courageously moving forward.  I’m expanding my comfort zone! As Og Mandino says in Scroll V, “Procrastination I will destroy with action; doubt I will bury under faith; fear I will dismember with confidence…The duties of today I shall fulfill today.”  That is exactly what this week was for me and that is a “win” 🙌🏼 and worth celebrating! Are you celebrating yourself? You should and if not “Do It Now!” because you’re awesome and you’re a miracle!

One more highlight of this week was that I chose to take the challenge of Og and truly live this day as if it was my last, making it the best day of my life, drinking every minute to its full and savoring it and giving thanks! “I will live this day as if it is my last. And if it is not, I shall fall to my knees and give thanks.” Gratitude every morning and giving thanks knowing that I have the blessing of yet another day to live this life, such a priceless gift!

I feel so inspired, full of life and growing…choosing to give it all I have in the last few weeks we have in this experience!

I always keep my promises!

Barbara

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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

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?)