I’ve been writing you daily about all the great things that are happening in people’s lives as a result of completing the Master Key Experience. Little did I know, two years ago, when I excitedly placed my application for what turned out to be one of the most powerful journeys of my life, that this work would serve me, and serve me well, in life’s darkest moments.
Resilience. Until you face a terrible crisis or loss, you cannot appreciate its value.
John and I recently relocated our office 25 miles farther from home. This meant that our two German Shepherds, Buddha and Star, were being left alone for 10-12 hours a day. We paid $600 to have a large pen built at the office so that we could bring our dog children to work. On August 29, 2015, the twins achieved a jailbreak, escaping the pen. Our office is on a busy highway. I looked out the window to see traffic slowing down and avoiding something. That something was Buddha. A truck crushed half of her head and she lay dying in the street. As I opened the front door to run to her, my husband was running back to the office, and Star ran inside. By the time I got to the street, John and a stranger had moved Buddha onto the grass. Blood was everywhere. There was a large splattering where the truck’s tire collided with Buddha’s head. I lay down on the grass and embraced my dog. In just a few short moments, the Buddha was no more. I was frozen. The man who killed her helped my husband put her into the back seat of my car after we covered her with a blanket. Mercifully, we were able to transport her to Critter Haven, the pet crematorium. My husband then cleaned the blood off of the leather seats in the car. Star had not moved from where we put her when we left. I was afraid to leave her, but I could not conceive of taking her with us as we transported the dead body of her sister. It was not a good day.
What does this personal tragedy have to do with the Master Key Experience?
Buddha is the second dog we lost in a traumatic manner. Some years ago, Cooper, our first German shepherd, had a heart attack while staying at the vet’s. The death was not only sudden and unexpected, but senseless. I could not function for a month and two months after that, I was far less capable in every area of life than I normally am.
One of the Scrolls tells us “I persist until I succeed.” Buddha was on a mission to break out of that pen. Her mistake was that she chose to embark upon a Doggie Adventure instead of heading to the back door of the office and finding her Mommy and Daddy. Buddha had persistence down cold. I love that about her.
Another of the Scrolls tells us “I live each day as if it is my last.” Treasure those you love NOW, for tomorrow, they may be gone. Buddha was treasured from the beginning, and every day, I had the blessing of her goofy and happy spirit filling my heart. Living in all of those present moments with her is a treasure that remains with me still.
Gratitude as cause is another tool we master in the Master Key Experience. The gratitude card on top of my stack says “I am grateful for Sweet Buddha Kisses” The ability to consciously focus on all about Buddha for which I am grateful has planted me in celebration of her life.
The Law of Dual Thought. For two years, I daily say “The Law of Dual Thought. Thought is a combination of ideation and feeling. You can attach any feeling to a thought you want.” When my heart began to break, I exercised my freedom to choose which feeling goes with a thought, and immediately turned my grief and pain into a prayer of thanksgiving for the gift of 6 ½ years of The Buddha in my life, and chose happiness for the miracle of her life.
Another Scroll tells us that “I am nature’s greatest miracle.” So is every living being. So is The Buddha. Her life was and is a miracle, and the gratitude in my heart for the privilege of being a part of that miracle both comforts me and brings a smile to my heart.
The Law of Least Effort includes acceptance. I accept things as they are, not as I wish they were.
All of these things have made me resilient. The gift of resilience at this level is a part of my life because of the Master Key Experience. It truly never occurred to me how this Hero’s Journey of Self-Discovery would serve me when darkness threatened to overthrow my world. Instead of three months, or years, I moved through grief to gratitude and celebration in three days. That’s a different sort of resurrection.
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