MKE Week 24: Beyond the Opened Door

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It’s amazing to think this is the last week of the Master Key Experience.  I feel like I am spinning from the rapid rate of growth I have experienced.  The readings, the activities, the persistence, and the demands I put on myself seemed beyond my capabilities so many times.  That I have pushed through and made the finish line makes me feel ecstatic with joy.  I am so much more happy and I have so much more belief in myself and my mission in life than I did at the beginning of this course.

Although I have come so far, I feel like I am actually at a new beginning.  That the shifts and transformations I have experienced have lifted me up to where I can see the door to a whole new way of thinking, living, and being. I am proud of my perseverance and persistence, and yet I was not able to embrace the totality of what was offered.  I struggled with finding time and did not accomplish a 3X a day routine. I can imagine how much more automatic everything will become as I continue to embed my new habits.

I am grateful beyond measure for Mark and Davene, for their wisdom and passion that they share, and for this course that they have created with the Master Keys. A big thank you to the fellow instructors, Danya, Lori, Gigi, and Derek – your contributions and wisdom added so much value. I am incredibly thankful for my Guide Stephana, whose heartfelt love, belief, and encouragement pulled me from several ledges; and for Christelle, my fellow tribe member who made it to the finish line and actively encouraged me every step of the way.

I had a difficult time finding a Mastermind Group, and then the last two weeks I found Scott and Norina in the alliances.  I am so grateful for fellow travelers in the Master Keys and the encouragement and masterminding we will do.

Last but not least, I would like to thank my fellow MKE bloggers.  Your stories and insights helped me through several moments when I wondered if I would make it to the end.

The old blueprint is crumbling, the cement is flying off, and I am ready and excited to go through the door that has been opened for me by this course, by the instructors, and by this tribe.  My connection to Spirit and my higher self is stronger.  Mahalo.

MKE Week 23: Be of Service

Chapter 23.3  We make money by making friends, and we enlarge our circle of friends by making money for them, by helping them, by being of service to them. The first law of success is service, and this in turn is built on integrity and justice…

I really loved this concept, and especially when thinking about my business.  By focusing on helping people, by being of service, and by living with the highest ideal of  integrity and justice, that is success.  Live that.  The money will follow.

MKE Week 22: Going into the Silence

This week we are encouraged to go into the Silence for more than our normal 15-30 minutes.  A whole day.  Or more than a day.  Daunting and exciting at the same time.

The Master Key Experience is unfolding my manifesting capabilities, and as it turns out, this week is booked.  There’s the regular day job, and this weekend I had 6 events booked – one group event and 5 one on one appointments.  So an entire day was out of the question.

I chose to go for as much silence as I could with my week already booked with good work.

  • Extended my morning sit
  • Turned off audible on the commute and drove in silence.  Every time my mind would plan, have conversations, worry or fret, I would take a long slow breath and let the thought go.  I realize driving in traffic isn’t the ideal “silence,” but it was a mindful experiment that had positive results
  • Took walks without my phone.  Noticed everything, especially nature

I’m looking forward to a day or more of silence…

MKE Week 21: Intermittent yet forward cement crumbling

I’m not gonna lie, this week was so busy in every aspect of my life that I got behind on my readings, I got behind on my blog (this entry is two days tardy), and I had to work hard to not beat myself up about being behind.

I was busy with good stuff.  My day job as a high school teacher never lacks for good work to be done.  I was leaving my house at 5:30 for the commute and getting to work by 6:30.  The extra 1.5 hours of grading and prepping flew by.  My business that I am building on the side was coming out of a very successful event last weekend.  I had follow ups to do and raffle prizes to deliver.  My BFF Ollie (11-year-old Bordercollie) looks forward to my arrival from home everyday and we did not miss a beat on our exercise walk.

Still.  I am fully committed to my transformation through the Master Key Experience, and the fact that I had run out of index cards and was three days behind on my kicker and gratitudes and GS was eating at me, with the unwanted effect of guilt, anxiety, and fear bubbling at the edges.

What I did that helped me.  I spent those two hours of commuting listening to Master Key System on audible, listening to the recording of my DMP, listening to The Science of Getting Rich, and vocalizing with ENTHUSIASM in the car my DMP, my Do It Now’s, my I Can be What I Will to Be’s…  I paid no mind to traffic or other drivers and I made the most of my commute.

In the Master Key Chapter 21, this hit home:

21:18  An illustration of how these mind forces operate is suggested by the method in which all our habits are formed. We do a thing, then do it again, and again, and again, until it becomes easy and perhaps almost automatic: and the same rule applies in breaking any and all bad habits; we stop doing a thing, and then avoid it again, and again, until we are entirely free from it; and if we do fail now and then, we should by no means lose hope, for the law is absolute and invincible and gives us credit for every effort and every success, even though our efforts and successes are perhaps intermittent.

MKE Week 20: Magic

“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.” Haanel Master  Key, 20.4

I bought the audible version of the Master Key and have been listening to it on the commute to and from work.  I am finding it a powerful addition to the readings of Haanel.  Different pieces catch my ear than caught my eye.  The work magical popped out, along with power, thought, and consciousness.  

My brain has a mind of its own (pun intended ;-))

My thoughts veer off into scenes, conversations, plans…  I find I am much more gentler with myself when listening than when I am reading. When I realize my thoughts have taken a path, I rewind the audible, and I become more and more aware about how and why and when I stop listening to the text and veer off.

I forgot my Franklin word this week, but I realized I have been noticing and seeing magic.  In people and places and events. In myself.

So I added the word magic to my Franklin Makeover….

MKE Week 19: Cracking through the Cement

Don’t you just love serendipity? When the connections with all the dots in your life become apparent.  That moment of epiphany?

19.12 We are in the presence of continual change, and we know that this change is but the evolution of the Universal Mind, the grand process whereby all things are continually being created anew, and we come to know that matter is but a form which Mind takes and is therefore simply a condition.  Matter has no principle, Mind is the only principle.

19.8  …Evil is found to be simply a negative condition, the absence of Good..

Good is the principle, evil is just the absence of Good.

Health is the principle, disease is the absence of Health

Truth is the principle, falsehood is the absence of Truth

Abundance is the principle, poverty is the absence of Abundance

Light is the principle, darkness is the absence of Light

All these concepts feel and ring true as I read them in my studies, but understanding them conceptually is so much easier that living them through the the times when disease, financial stressors, lies and falsehoods, through what feels like complete and utter darkness.

In my life there have been several times when I am moving forward on my personal goals and dreams and all hell broke loose. People I loved needed my help.  Unexpected catastrophies caused financial setbacks.  Cancer struck. Fucked up shit happened.

So I would put my personal goals and personal transformation on the back burner and deal with the shit.  I persevered and made it through some really challenging times. In many ways I am proud of myself for that perseverance.  For still being here and for helping others when they asked for my help.

So at a time in my life where I had a moment, I put me first again. I signed on for the MKE class.  I set goals for me and for my business.

And shit happened.  What could go wrong was going wrong.  Fires popped up that needed to be put out.  Last week was the climax of the madness; there was one day where some live conflicts, a couple texts, and a couple emails (all pointing to things that had blown up) poked my anxiety triggers like nobody’s business.

Meanwhile, I am getting up at 3 am instead of 4 am so I can do my things before job things and family things and people need my help things. I am determined to keep my promises I made to myself.

On my 45 minute commute to and from my day job, one of the things I do is listen to books on Audible.  Friday, I was listening to Jen Sincero’s “You are a Badass.”  Jen is describing what happens when we make that decision to keep going. She implores us to not stop what we are doing for our goals, for our transformation.  She describes how a whole lot of shit might happen, and how we might misinterpret this crapola carnival and let it veer us off our course.  She describes a client she had who quit his corporate job to start his own business.  He experienced two flat tires and a whole mess of stuff I can’t name right now.  But what impressed me was she said when the all this happens to us when we make a decision to change ourselves and our lives and live our heart’s purpose, it is a SIGN THAT OUR OLD BLUEPRINT IS TRYING ITS ABSOLUTE BEST TO STOP US.

Yes.  She said old blueprint (exactly what we are learning in our MKE course – old blueprint), our old blueprint was fighting for what it knew to stay in place.

All that shit raining down on my parade last week was not the Universe testing me.  It was my old blueprint trying to keep the cement over my Golden Buddha.

Which means the cement is cracking.  My old blueprint put up quite a fight last week, which tells me the cracks are widening and crumbling and falling….

I was SO HAPPY.  I was able to see all the stuff objectively and I did not feel worn down by it.  I felt elated that I am on my way back, I am getting really close, to who I came here to be. Folks, the old blueprint is taking its death rattle breaths.

MKE Week 18: The Power of Attention

I have heard often the phrase “where your attention goes energy flows.”  The overlapping, intersecting, complex and compounding effects of the activities in the Master Key Experience has really brought this concept home.  Knowing something and experiencing it are two very different things. My old blueprint, the cement covering my personal Golden Buddha, was many layers and deeply embedded.  Cracking through it has been hard work.  It is a work in progress.

Every day there are challenges.  Difficulties in life don’t go away.  The fact that I am really good at overcoming and pushing through hard, challenging times only reinforced the ways of my old blueprint.  I am learning that I do not need to think about my problems, my family’s problems, possible problems.. 24/7 in order to overcome those problems.  I am excited to completely change how I think.

I am learning to trust myself and release my worries. I am learning, I am giving myself permission, I am DEMANDING of myself to focus my attention on what I choose.  I choose my DMP.  I choose me.  The me I came here to be.

“…being by paying attention; before long you will have aroused interest; this interest will attract more attention; and this attention will produce more interest, and so on.  This practice will enable you to cultivate the power of attention.” 18.32