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.


It’s a matter of the heart.







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10 thoughts on “Week 15: The Master Key Experience – A Matter of the Heart

  1. Debbie

    Cassandra…such truth! “Intensity is a poor imitation of ENTHUSIASM” and then again, “The Clock is a slave driver; the Compass, a life giver.”
    Thank you! I’m so grateful to others for their learning and then sharing which enables me to go, OH, Yea…that’s what I’ve been experiencing! “Life is so Beautiful, you just got to keep Working at It” Mahalo!

    1. valeska Post author

      Hahahahahaha! Thanks so much for your comment [and share?]! As a Master Guide, I almost didn’t publish this, but, people ebb and flow, so I made it a ‘GO’! So happy it was pertinent! God bless you!

  2. marj Bernstrom

    thank you for sharing your vulnerability. As we go through this together all these phases hit at one time or another. The writing in itself is cathartic to me. Thank you again.

  3. Mark E Cotter

    This was a delight! I love the vision of the white rabbit, I can see myself there too! What a great realization “Intensity is a poor imitation of Enthusiasm” That is a profound truth.


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