Week 15 The Point of No Return

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I read a blog today by one of our fellow students and it hit me so hard that I had to write about it.  Masterkeybrooke.wordpress.com wrote a blog summarizing the movie, Wild, which was part of our movie list to check out.  I had watched October Sky, Cool Runnings, and Rudy; as those three were child-friendly, but had not gotten around to watching this one yet.  Reading her recount this woman’s struggles and determination; “As she progressed her will to complete this challenge she set for herself got more intense. It was a minute to minute thing of her wanting to quit.”  I couldn’t help but feel compassion and recognition.  I, too, feel I have reached the point of no return.  And with every moment that I have a vision of the old me coming back into the driver’s seat, taking the not-easy-but-familiar road, the escape artist, this roar…

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WEEK TWELVE: Silence is Golden

I am reading Master Key System by Charles Haanel. It is all a part of my Master Key Experience. This week Haanel addressed something that has been on my mind…fear, negativity, anxiety and discouragement.  How do I control it?  We have all experienced it, and yet we don’t know how to control it. I know “The Seven Laws of the Mind,” but is there more?

Haanel answered my question. He confirmed what I believe. In chapter 12:3 he states, ” We know that thought is building for us the thing we think of and actually bringing it nearer, yet we find it difficult to banish fear, anxiety or discouragement, all of which are powerful thought forces, and which continually send the things we desire further away, so that it is often one step forward and two steps backward.”

In 12:4 he says, “The only way to keep from going backward is to keep going forward. Eternal vigilance is the price of success. There are three steps, and each one is absolutely essential. You must first have the knowledge of your power; second, the courage to dare; third, the faith to do.”

The only place to access this power is in silence. Haanel is clear, 12:26 states, “It is in the Silence that you get into touch with the Omnipotent power of the subconscious mind from which all power is evolved.” It is only in silence that I come in contact with my Creator, the source of power…the source of my power, and I have the courage to step forward in faith.  There they are, the three elements that control fear, anxiety and discouragement. I must be vigilant in accessing the power that I receive only in silence. The silence of sitting and meditating…my power plant. The power to live effectively.

Silence is golden in a world filled with distractions.

 

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WEEK ELEVEN: The Tortoise and The Hare

The Tortoise and The Hare

There once was a speedy hare who bragged about how fast he could run. Tired of hearing him boast, Slow and Steady, the tortoise, challenged him to a race. All the animals in the forest gathered to watch.
Hare ran down the road for a while and paused to rest. He looked back at Slow and Steady and cried out, “How do you expect to win this race when you are walking along at your slow, slow pace?”
Hare stretched himself out alongside the road and fell asleep, thinking, “There is plenty of time to relax.”
Slow and Steady walked and walked. He never, ever stopped until he came to the finish line.
The animals who were watching cheered so loudly for Tortoise, they woke up Hare.
Hare stretched and yawned and began to run again, but it was too late. Tortoise was over the line.
After that, Hare always reminded himself, “Don’t brag about your lightning pace, for Slow and Steady won the race!”

Persistence…I have never understood it. I remember hearing, ” Just be persistent, Just try harder, Don’t give up, We have to endure.” It all sounded a lot like I just wasn’t trying…when I was. I linked persistence with success, and if I wasn’t successful, I wasn’t persistent.

What a relief! What a surprise! Persistence is linked to FOUR tiny habits, and I am practicing those four habits. I am persistent! Thank you MKMMA!

What are they? Don’t you want to know? Don’t you want to be known for being persistent?

Copy these down.

  • A definite purpose backed by a burning desire for it’s fulfillment
  • A definite plan, expressed in continuous action
  • A mind closed tightly against all negative and discouraging influences, including negative suggestions of relatives, friends and acquaintances
  • Friendly alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose

That’s what the Master Key is all about! I am, we are developing these FOUR tiny habits. Let’s revisit  our story and discover these four tiny habits.

The Tortoise and The Hare

There once was a speedy hare who bragged about how fast he could run. Tired of hearing him boast, Slow and Steady, the tortoise, challenged him to a race. All the animals in the forest gathered to watch.
Hare ran down the road for a while and paused to rest. He looked back at Slow and Steady and cried out, “How do you expect to win this race when you are walking along at your slow, slow pace?”
Hare stretched himself out alongside the road and fell asleep, thinking, “There is plenty of time to relax.”
Slow and Steady walked and walked. He never, ever stopped until he came to the finish line.
The animals who were watching cheered so loudly for Tortoise, they woke up Hare.
Hare stretched and yawned and began to run again, but it was too late. Tortoise was over the line.
After that, Hare always reminded himself, “Don’t brag about your lightning pace, for Slow and Steady won the race!”

There you have it, the four habits to being persistent. The tortoise was persistent and successful. What a relief…persistence is not a characteristic….it is tiny habits. We can all be persistent.

I am living the moment. Looking for His gifts. Giving thanks….for persistence.

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WEEK TEN: Dreams on Fire

Dreams on fire, do you have them? I never used to…but I do now. Crazy isn’t it? It’s not my fault. It just happened. I changed my thinking and my dreams changed. Now I have to do something with my dreams. I don’t have a choice. They are on fire…almost too hot to handle… under normal circumstances.

What changed? My inner world…and I keep it alive everyday. I don’t want to lose the heat.

It’s 4:00 in the morning, every morning,  and I turn up the heat, to my dreams. Before my feet hit the floor I set my intention for the day. “It’s going to be a great day! It’s the best day of my life!” I am out of bed to let the dog out, feed her, change my clothes and head to the war room. It’s where I set the strategy for the day. The world is still asleep and it’s a great time for meditation, or devotions…the world calls this time many things. I call it staying alive. It’s the time I have to get my spirit and head in the right place. It’s the time for praise, gratitude, affirmations, and requests..getting in alignment with my assignment.

That’s where my story used to end. Not any more…now  I sit. What? That’s right I sit…perfectly still for 15 minutes, no movement except breathing…in and out. Exhaling  anxiety, fear and worry. Inhaling courage and inner peace. It’s a lost art. When I first started this practice it was difficult…keeping my mind focused. My mind wanted to run out of the room. My clock was chasing it. Sometimes I would skip this practice. I think you know why…not enough time in my 86,400 seconds to take 900 seconds for myself. But I found my life was chaotic, I lost my peace…and I blamed the world for infringing on my life. Then I learned… my inner world produces my outer world. My chaos was my fault. My rut was my fault. My lack of enthusiasm was my fault. My dull dreams were my fault. The fear that paralyzes making changes was my fault.

Now my sit has become fuel, the fuel that ignites my dreams. My dreams are on fire. Sitting in silence is where my imagination burns, dreams are born, and my spirit touches my Creator’s spirit. We are one, in another time. Time stands still when I am sitting. The time I am setting apart is sacred…and to be honest, I fight to preserve my 900 seconds…to keep my dreams on fire.

My sitting ends with my declaration for the day, “I am forgiven, redeemed and free! I am a daughter of the King,  filled with His beauty, love and grace! I am a light, a city on a hill, the salt of the earth! I am an attitude adjuster, a change agent, a lifestyle challenger. I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy! I am energized!” The dog wakes up and comes into the war room to check out the noise.   Bring on the day.

How are those dreams on fire going to become reality? One step at a time… with persistence, consistency and never giving up. I am greeting each new day with love in my heart. I am doing my part. He is doing His. Never doubt…it is hard work. Personal growth always is. The best part? I have inner peace. There is change, the adventure has started!!

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WEEK NINE: The Golden Child

Three years ago I discovered the blueprint for the house my parents built. The blueprint was yellow and frail. This was the house I grew up in. My mind was filled with memories and pictures from the past. I walked through the blueprint and remembered the color of the rooms, the green carpet, white fireplace and orange bar stools. Yes, this was the 60’s, complete with avocado kitchen appliances!

After my parent’s sold the house I was invited back by the new owners to see the remodeling they had completed. The house was beautiful and up-to-date. But it held none of my memories. There was nothing left from the pictures in my mind. I was disappointed. The blueprint of the house had been destroyed.

Today, I am in the process of destroying my old blueprint and replacing it with my DMP.  It is my new blueprint created around my personal pivotal needs. Pivotal needs…the things that drive me. The things I had never stopped to identify before I started this class. I am remodeling my mind. It is not easy.

Destroying my old blueprint has been difficult…why? It is called my comfort zone. My personality type loves comfort zones! There are several habits I must do everyday to prevent my comfort zone from taking control. I do them three times a day. I have discovered I must “Do it now,” and repeat, ” I can be what I will to be.” No one has ever said to me…”You can be what you will to be.” I have never been encouraged to follow my dream, or pursue my gifts. It was all due to the sign of the times.  The times when girls became teachers, nurses, secretaries and accountants…not entrepreneurs.

Now I know my pivotal needs and my DMP is built around true health and recognition of creative expression. I am chipping away at the cement to discover the golden child. She is beautiful, healthy, and greets each day with love.  I am stepping way outside my comfort zone, and I am challenging myself every day.

My methods? Practicing the Laws of the Mind, keeping my promises, reading, reading, reading…reciting my DMP, listening to my DMP, viewing my DMP, setting goals, accomplishing goals,  praying….remembering who I am! Three times a day is now becoming more of a continuous practice. I am learning not to compare myself to others, my work is unique, and I am becoming.

Every time my old blueprint creates doubt and tells me…”You can’t!” and the voice of negativity rises, the golden child…the voice of reason…responds, ” I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy!” There is no argument…after all, she is a centered and balanced peacemaker. The old blueprint goes back to sleep. The golden child is getting stronger…she is becoming.  She is jumping off of a cliff.

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WEEK EIGHT: The Long Good-Bye

Today I am living an abundant life. I didn’t think so seven years ago. In 2006 my father lost his battle to cancer, Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He was a mechanic at heart, jokester, and loved life. During that same time my sister was in a raging war with Ovarian Cancer. Her laughter filled a room, and she didn’t know a stranger…she turned everyone into a friend. She fought hard, but lost in 2008. In two years our family lost two members to cancer.

I didn’t grieve. Hard to believe isn’t it? I didn’t have time…you know…those 86,400 seconds that make up each day. I was busy caring for my mother. She was confined to a wheelchair and had the spirit of a 24 year old. She was grieving the loss of her husband of 57 years, and a 54 year old daughter. A parent should not have to say good-bye to their child.  I was her support system, the rock…as I am fondly called. She was an inspiration to her family and everyone she met. She loved music, lipstick, and finger nail polish.

We were planning on going to the local arboretum on Mother’s Day. I got the call that morning… she was sick. Would I come? I went and sat with her until she took her last breath. I planned the Celebration of Her Life, greeted friends, attended the service…and went to bed.

My emotions were shredded, I was bleeding and for the first time grieved the death of three family members in six years. I woke up in the morning, went to work, came home, and went to bed…everyday…the same routine. I was numb to life…and no one knew. My grief was deep.

One morning I woke up, and had enough.  That’s when I heard the voice. Oh it wasn’t audible, but it was clear. “Live the moment. Look for the gifts. Give thanks.” Instead of living 86,400 seconds, I started living the moments. Anyone can live a moment. I started being present, living just the moment…not yesterday or tomorrow…just the moment, the now. Everyday was a scavenger hunt looking for His gifts. They were everywhere, and I found out, they are always free. My life became a life of gratitude…for the moments, and His gifts.

Today I still live the moments, not taking for granted my 86,400 seconds. I still look for His gifts…every single day…especially on the tough days. The tougher the day, the harder I search for His gifts. Thanks to MKMMA I am learning that this is The Law of Substitution, substituting a negative thought for a positive thought. The last thing of the day? Giving thanks, it is the only way to peace.

People ask me, do you really still live this way? Do you really believe everyday is a great day?  Don’t you ever have a bad day? YES. There are great days, and there are days that I need to live the moment. I am not a Pollyanna, I just choose my thoughts…and I choose joy, anticipation and peace.

I believe life is a gift waiting to be opened. I love opening gifts…don’t you? All we have to do is, “Live the moment. Look for His gifts. Give thanks.” And at the end of the day…say “I lived!”

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