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Week 15: The Master Key Experience – A Matter of the Heart

 

SacrificeSacrifice was once defined to me as that which you give up today because you do not need it at the next level.  In other words, it is that which is stopping you.

In the Bible, we see this in the Parable of the Young, Rich Man.  Jesus tells him to go and sell everything he owns and to follow him.  The rich man cannot do this.  Was Jesus asking too much?  After all, who in their right mind would exchange wealth for poverty?

But it was not riches that stopped the young man. It was his attachment to and his love of  wealth and privilege that stopped him.  Jesus saw what was stopping the young man, and asked him to sacrifice it.

It was a matter of the heart.

Haanel says it eloquently:  “We cannot obtain what we lack if we tenaciously cling to what we have.” [15.5]

The conditions in my life today are the effects of my past choices, which were born out of my thinking.  Whatever we think about grows. What we forget atrophies.

It is always a matter of the heart.

In looking at the present conditions in my life with which I am displeased, I must ask myself, “What is it that I am tenaciously clinging to that keeps these conditions in my life?”

I have been struggling with my health and well-being. I’ve simply been tired all the time. Lack of vitality sucks the joy out of you. What am I tenaciously clinging to that is sucking the joy out of me?

In the last 6 months, moving the business, and then our home, and expanding the practice in the midst of flooding basements and audits resulted in both John and I collapsing over what was supposed to have been our Christmas Holiday.

What am I tenaciously clinging to?

A sense of urgency for the unimportant.  I’ve become The White Rabbit ever running down the White RabbitRabbit Hole managing THINGS instead of priorities.  In other words, I surrendered the Compass for the Clock.  This did not happen overnight, but started slowly, and gained momentum and intensity. I am here to tell you, Intensity is a poor imitation of ENTHUSIASM!!!  Hahahahaha!  And Enthusiasm is my hallmark energetic expression.  I was still able to BE it, but it had become an effort instead of effortless.

 

I am so thankful to see this!!!!  The Clock is a slave driver; the Compass, a life giver.  I am lighter and happier knowing that the habits developed and entrained over the Master Key Experience are my Compass Restoration tools, and I am implementing them.  It’s my own “The Force Awakens” experience.

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It’s a matter of the heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 13: The Master Key Experience – The HABITuator!

 

Habituator 2Meet The Habituator! 

When THREATS are Near, the HABITUATOR APPEARS!!!!

 

free-superhero-clipart-aTqe8j6pcFaster than a speeding Thought!

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More Powerful than Complacency!

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Able to Smack Down the Old Blue Print with a Single SWAT!!

 

This embodiment of Power & Authority did not start out this way!  In Fact, She Looked more like THIS!!!  Solidly in the BASICS – Facebook, Twitter, The Alliances, Blogging, Webbies, Paying it Forward…… PERFECTLY COMFORTABLE with the PROGRESSIONS and PROCESS, and Perfectly Positioned to Quit!

416807-b4 the weight was lostMore like one of The Incredibles!  Powerful beyond measure until seduced by complacency   arising out of success!  Choosing to lay aside his Greatness, his Super Powers, as all the Evil Villains, especially the Old Blue Print, were VANQUISHED!!

What forces cause you to lay aside your super powers?  Your Work?  Your Day Job?  Your Family and Friends?  The Business of Life, especially during the Holidays?

 What are those things, REALLY?

All those EXTERNALS pressing into our hearts from the outside are really the Weapons of the Old Blue Print, slyly whispering into your heart that you’ve done GREAT!! You can just relax…take a day off….. ‘Yes… sadly, it’s true….Success can lay the foundation for future failure, for refusing the Call to Your GREATNESS, for Refusing the Herald’s Call.

For me, Denying my Truth would mean Spiritual Suicide

The HabituatorSo I THANK GOD for The HABITuator!!!!  His Persistent Pursuit of His Passion and Purpose Perpetuates Perfection!!!  Instead of resting on Yesterday’s Laurels or Allowing “Life” to be a distraction, The HABITuator presses forward, honing the tools of Self-Mastery, ENTHUSIASTICALLY moving toward his Magnificence!!!!

 

So just what does all this have to do with how I have kept The Master Keys alive and vibrant in my life?

Everything.

I often tell people ‘It’s my job to keep myself amused.”

How can I keep the Sit, the Cards, my DMP, the 7-Day Mental Diet, Masterminding with others in the course, mixing it up to create a new, more effective combination SO THAT I keep this fresh, creating an environment for digging deeper, soaring higher, and discovering deeper truths to guide and direct my path?

Fidelity to the exercises.  Fidelity to the details.  Everything in this work is here for a reason. shapesEven if I don’t understand it, I understand the results I see from doing it.

 

Think about that.

 

What if your life, or the life of someone you love, depended upon your precision and persistence, upon your understanding, upon you doing everything you know to do to make ‘IT’ work, to cause all the pieces to come together?

 

Sometimes in life, that is exactly what happens!  If you were a part of an expedition to climb Mt. Everest, your life would , literally, be in the hands of the Sherpas who (1) know the conditions; (2) insure that every Provision needed is supplied; and (3) are masters of their trade, able to adapt to changing conditions in the blink of an eye.  In other words, their HABITS become the actions that create the environment for you, the man or woman preparing the ascent, to be able to succeed.

Another way of looking at it is that The Habituator is like unto everything that you are doing in the Master Keys to reap the rewards of the progressions created for you…. It’s SUBBY FOOD!!!!  And since both the mind and the body need to be nourished daily, you daily get to choose what enters therein.

landscapes-volcanoes-the-lord-of-the-rings-mordor-mount-doom-HD-WallpapersIt’s your Hero’s Journey to your Greatness. 

It’s the mountain that you must ascend

in order to become all that you are created to be.

That’s how it’s been for me.

And I have to tell you, living as “the Habituator” is not always easy, but it is fascinatingly effortless!!!! This November, my husband and I moved our home….this was 3 months after moving our business!  Two moves in 4 months.  No internet at our home for 5 weeks. Long hours. Audits. Mental Health Crises lasting weeks in three of the families we serve. Our daylight basement flooding through the foundation from torrential rains early in December.

It would have been EASY to ‘relax’, to cut myself some slack….to skip some of the work.  I could not do so, and look at that Gal in the Glass, and know that in that day, I gave my life my best.

The few moments spent each day on this new habit is a small price to pay for the happiness and success that is mine.

It’s a small price to pay for the Happiness and Success that is your reward for your faithfulness to continuing to answer the Herald’s Call, the call to your Greatness.

So, it’s up to you.

Habituator 3In the time ahead, you can choose to be like one of The Incredibles, or like “The Habituator!!  The fork in the road lies before you.

Choose Wisely. Choose Well!

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Week 12: The Master Key Experience – The Anarchist

 

 

Advent

Advent

All these wonderful seasons of going within and glowing without, and I’m talking Politics?

Well, not really. All of the Primaries for whatever party is vying for dominance really bore me. What I’m talking about is this week’s meditation, where we are directed to ‘realize your unity with omnipotence’.  As the spray of a wave crashing upon the rocks contains within it the entire ocean, so do we, contain within ourselves, the exact nature of God.

 

Christmas

Christmas

“Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness” [Genesis 1:26]

“Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.’ [Genesis 2:7]

“The Father and I are One.” [John10:30]

 

Hanukkah

Hanukkah

Why did God create us in this manner, breathing His Spirit into us to enliven us?  Could it be so that we would be able to act upon creation, to be a steward of it, and to create in the physical realm…to have dominion over our world?

Dominion requires personal responsibility, and consciousness.

It also requires reverence and respect for all that has been and is being created.

AND, probably most important, the prerequisite for Dominion over the world is Dominion over the self…..something you can attain through The Master Keys.

The Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice

This takes me back to Anarchy.

If I and the Father are one, and if you and the Father are one, it stands to reason that you and I are one.  Could this be the reason for the universality of The Golden Rule?

If we are one, then anything and everything that I do unto you, I first do unto me.  In pondering these things over the years, I have come to believe that when the hearts of men are restored to their true nature, they will see that they, themselves, are sacred, and worthy of honor and respect, of kindness, and love.  They will also see that all others are as well, and, dare I say it, that all of creation is Holy.  With this degree of clarity of thought and understanding, is there a need for one man or institution to lord it over another?  I think not.  Thus, I am an Anarchist.

Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.

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Week 7: The Master Key Experience Is for the BIRDS!

 

When we allow externals to influence us, to drive our lives, we crack. Living at effect instead of living at cause equals death. The body might hang around for decades, but the soul will have been buried deeply by The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda, and Captain Hindsight!!!!

A life of quiet despair …..unless……until……a knawing hunger for that something more, that calling long ignored, that desire to be a part of something bigger than ourselves…..and lo and behold, we find ourselves embarking upon The Hero’s Journey. The Privilege of a LifetimeFirst Discovery:  Just who the heck are we?  Where am I going?  Where do I want to go?  Who do I want to take with me?  Why do I want to do this?  It’s too late for me….too late….but no.

The Soul fights for life, whispering that YOU are the gift….that your life is the only gift you give, and to live, you must give it.  To give it, you must live it.  But how? If there is enough love left in us to answer that call, we are compelled by an inner pressure that drives us toward life, towards living, and we embark upon the adventure of a lifetime.

If we are blessed and highly favored, we quickly find mentors and guides to assist us in our journey!  Those of us on the Great MKMMA Adventure have such guides in Mark and the Fabulous Davene, not to mention the rest of their team who dedicate themselves to drawing out of us the light we have so carefully hidden under a basket.

Can’t you just hear them talking two months ago?

decorah eagles1Mark J: ” Whaddaya think, Davene?  Will this chick ever fly?  I’d hate to see her become a Condor Cookie, but if we can’t eagles and chickspush her out of the nest, that’s what she’s destined to be!”

Davene:  “She’ll fly!  She’ll Fly!  With support, love, and training, those new peptides and pathways will overcome all that resistance we’re seeing.  Let’s give her the scholarship.  You know, that last itty bitty baby eaglegroup looked a little shaky as well, but they totally astounded us! Maybe this one will as well!”

Mark J:  “Yeah, you’re absolutely right!  That’s why I call you The FABULOUS Davene!  You’ve got enough love in you to hatch 3000 of these eaglets!”

And so I began the hard mental work of learning to THINK: Discipline. Habit. Love. Forgiveness. Concentration. Visualization.   Becoming an architect of words. Emulating Tesla’s great ability to conceive, construct, modify, improve, and perfect in the MIND before bringing it into the physical realm….Defining who I am.  Defining what I want. Giving myself permission to even WANT something!  Defining where I want to go.  The Old Blue Print has been Kicking and Screaming the entire way…….I simply say “Thank you for sharing.” and continue the Journey.

tweet flockFirst, I mistook a flock of blue birds as an invading army, then quickly realized that they were tweeting on over to the Eagle’s Nest to celebrate my arrival and the arrival of this entire cohort of Heroic Adventurers! They wanted to announce us to the world!   Inside, I whined., bitched, moaned, and complained. I had so successfully idealized isolation that the entire concept ofoldcatTWEETING was simply beneath my dignity!  Cats eat birds, after all.  Who wants to actually BE dinner!  What!!! It’s a REQUIREMENT?  OK. I’ll do it!

Face Book?  WHAT!!!  The Gateway to All Things EVIL in Cyberspace?  You’ve GOT to be KIDDING!   WHAT!!!  It’s a REQUIREMENT?  OK. I’ll do it!!  I am still unsuccessful at uploading contacts…….need a baby bird to come along and give me a hand with that!Big Bird

Then there was BLOG BIRD!  What the heck is a blog, anyway!  Why do I want to even READ one, let alone WRITE one. WHAT!! It’s a REQUIREMENT?  OK.  I’ll do it!!

LORDIE!!!  I thought I was learning to be an EAGLE!!!  THAT Thing looks like it’s mama bird kicked it out of the nest for being just tooo STRANGE!!!

[Oh……that was the OPINIONATOR again……    not much love in HIS World!!!!  YIKES!!!]

No One Succeeds Without a MASTERMIND!!!  MAJOR CONFRONTATION TIME!!!!  In my wonderfully English baby eagle master mindbaby eagle master mind-German-Irish Family, you either figured it out on your own, or your died trying.  Just might have something to do with arriving at this juncture at 61 instead of 21.  ALAS.  ENGAGE THE WORLD???

WHAT!!!! It’s a REQUIREMENT!!  OK!!!  I’ll do it!  And the Mastermind Alliance has been a source of wonderful encouragement, fun, joy, laughter, engagement, interaction, and adventure, and has made the journey lighter.

HMMMMMMMM. There must be a method to their madness!

Then came The Return of the READING BIRD!!! Movie Posters!  Shapes! Functional Book Marks! Recordings! Writing. READReading Cards. Reading The Master Keys. Reading The Greatest Salesman. Reading The Seven Laws of Mind. Reading Emerson. Reading The Law of Giving. Reading The Gal in the Glass.  Good thing I LOVE reading!!! phoenix_lgWHAT!!  I get to DO WHAT I LOVE!!!  Hmmmmmmm. Could part of the method of their madness be connecting actions to passion and purpose….the NEW BLUE PRINT RISES like a Phoenix from the Ashes!  THINKING mixed with FEELING leads to BELIEFS which result in ACTIONS which bring about RESULTS…and DIFFERENT RESULTS than would otherwise have been possible!   OH YEAH!!!!! They TOLD us about that at the very beginning!  I just didn’t have a frame for the reality of it until now.

Wonder what Mark J and The Fabulous Davene are saying now……….

Mark J:  “Well, Davene, look at how these baby birds have grown!  They are AMAZING!!!  Think it’s time to teach them to visualizing eagledomfly?”

Davene: “OH YES!!!  Spreading their wings and taking flight is the first step towards SOARING!!!  They’ve GOT TO FLY!  Let’s give them the Pre-Flight Pep Talk!”

Mark J:  “GREAT!  That’ll be the Week Seven Webinar….of course, if they don’t jump, we’ll have to push them outta the nest.”

life_is_a_promise_-_fulfill_itDavene: “Funny how that seems to work, Mark. The ones we have to push end up being the strongest. They soar the highest, fly the farthest.  Sorta makes me hope we have to push them all!”

Mark J: ” I just love these guys!”

Davene: “Yea.  So do I.  Let’s go see who’s ready to SOAR!”

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Week 5: The Master Key Experience – One Flew Over the Coo Coo’s Nest Revisited     

 

Gods jokeYou will never convince me that God lacks a sense of humor.

Week 5 – the week of no opinions – the week of ‘Being the Observer” – the week of NO OPINIONS [did I already say that?]

Of course, if someone ASKS our opinion, and if we are EXPERTS, then you may offer your opinion.  Even then, the questions I have learned to ask to step back from being Opinionated serve me well. AND, simply being an expert does not remove me from being ‘The Opinionator’ when I surrender my perspective as “The Observer”!

This week our clinic has been a Hurricane Patricia in the world of the psyche!  We had Sophie’s Choice going on in one family where an unfortunate foster parent [that is a professional opinion] had two Reactive Attachment Disordered children placed with her by a foster care agency whose reputation is more about warehousing children than helping them.  Let’s just say the situation there became untenable and one of the children [our client] is being removed from the home. This is a major setback for this kid.  I was given the opportunity to step back and ask (1) What ELSE could this mean [other than my irrational and emotionally charged opinion regarding the situation]?, and (2) How can we take what is happening [acceptance] and transform it into a win-win? [Part 5 of the Blue Print Builder]

Another opportunity arose when a psych hospital made a surprise call to a parent informing one flew over the coo coo nestthem of the imminent discharge of their son. This decision on their part mobilized no less than 10 people at 6 agencies to immediately go on RED ZONE ALERT as the carefully constructed treatment plan for him had not been finalized. Today, on day 3, we claim a victory as the strategy for the client is in the implementation phase. I did much better on this one. Actually, no SMACK DOWN of The Opinionator was needed!  YEAH!!!!! [Probably as a result of the intensity of the work more so than my enlightened condition……..]

Then, yesterday, a client walked in an asked if we could complete a brand new Comprehensive Clinical Assessment on her and fax it to her disability insurance company today.  Well, let’s see…… 90 minutes with the client gathering information followed by 20 hours of writing the report.  Sure….. No problem…. Who needs sleep?

My first instinct was to tell her ‘Not my circus. Not my monkeys’.  We are delivering the product before 2pm today.

LockedThe Master Key Experience is a game changer in my world. The last three days would have been a very different experience 3 years ago when I first worked through the course. For the most part, I lived this week in the eye of Patricia’s Category 5 winds and waves.  Three years ago, it would have been more like an air craft carrier sinking straight to deepest depths of the Mariana Trench!

Would love to hear about your experiences regarding opinions, and/or refraining from giving them!  Stepping back from the edge is quite an adventure and knowing when to step back and when to jump in makes all the difference in the world!

No Opinion Zone

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