Week 3-Master Key Lesson 3

This week I have both embraced and resisted the exercises, yet I remain incredibly excited about the ramifications of truly directing the subconscious with my conscious mind.  Is it really possible to do this?  If so, shouldn’t we be shouting this from every corner?  If so, why DO we have to work so hard to uncover this?  I’m perplexed that it should be like this, but won’t spend much energy worrying about it now as I’m sure the best place to start is with me and my own transformation.   Put on my own oxygen mask first…

I feel so thankful to have found this course where there are people to HELP me figure out my DMP (Definite Major Purpose).  Like many others, I wonder if the things I’ve been telling myself I want, FOR YEARS NOW, in some cases, are truly my heart’s desire, or instead aspirations my conditioning has conjured.   When my helpful Guide Brenda gently questions some of my statements asking ‘why’ I want these things, I pause.  Why, indeed?  Why have I felt ‘in my element’ or ‘tapped into’ certain situations, so that I want more of it or want it on a greater scale?  How do I verbalize something that just ‘feels right’?  Is is right or a trick of the ‘mind/s’?

As I read Lesson 3 today, one passage of Haanel’s stood out: ’14. Non-resistant thought expands the Solar Plexus: resistant thought contracts it.  Pleasant thought expands it; unpleasant thought contracts it.  Thoughts of courage, power, confidence and hope all produce a corresponding state, but the one archenemy of the Solar Plexus which must be absolutely destroyed before there is any possibility of letting any light shine is FEAR.  This enemy must be completely destroyed; he must be eliminated; he must be expelled forever; he is the cloud which hides the sun, which causes a perpetual gloom.’

As I reflect on what is blocking me from getting what I want, I dig deeper into the issues and am starting to see the fear that is beneath each one.  Fear that the price of success will not be all I hoped for.  Fear that I will not enjoy the successful reality that I created.  Fear that circumstances and relationships will be different…lesser somehow?

Even as I wrote the last few sentences, I could feel the fears shrinking.  Identifying and shining a light on them is already helping my clarity.  The empowering thing is truly in looking at the same situations from a different angle.   Many insights as I ponder the stories and fears that I’ve carried with me to this point.  Time to reshape and re-purpose them…like clay.  Peace.





Week 2-The Master Key Lesson Two

It’s been a quick week yet I feel like I started the course ages ago.  Still working at disciplining myself and struggling with pinning down my schedule to designate specific time to my practice.  I consider myself an organized person so why is this?  Why do I feel it such a sacrifice to trade for the rigidity of a schedule?  Does it make sense that Liberty was one of my PPN’s?

I’ve found myself in numerous conversations about the subconscious the past few days.  I’m enjoying the process of defining my Definite Major Purpose and have had a few revelations about how unclear I was previously.  This is a worthwhile effort to redefine and hone my vision.  I know it will be worth it.





Week 1-The Master Key Lesson One

For the past year or so, I’ve been building a new business and increasingly focused on personal growth, and, well, finding my focus.  I was surprised how challenging it was to really figure out what I want and WRITE IT DOWN ON PAPER in a clear, concise way.  (Have YOU done this yet?) How can I be almost 50 and finally fully committing to this process only now?  A major theme, from many sources, is that it all starts within and I’ve been like a sponge absorbing all kinds of great teachings and concepts.  There are common themes throughout and I know the key lies is getting myself to actually apply what I know.  Minding the mind, for example.  Now, I not only KNOW the importance of this, but I’m starting to act on it and pick alternative thoughts that serve me better.  This week, I made myself listen to some upbeat business audios and turned on some great music to shift my state.  It worked. This is good.

For a few months, I’d been reading affirmations and a vision statement almost daily, but this past week, I started the Master Key Experience Course.  The timing is exquisite for my personal development and self-dubbed ‘Year of Focus’.  The first week, we read Scroll 1 of Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman in the World, which highlights the value in forming positive habits.  We read this three times daily along with Lesson One of the Master Key System by Charles Haanel and other things.  I’m already feeling this habit form and as I reread, the meaning becomes clearer and the words more comfortable and familiar…like friends.

Last year, I started my business as a result of a health transformation after doing a nutritional detox.  What I quickly realized, after weaning myself from unhealthy foods, was how much of my eating was purely HABIT.  Once the physical cravings were reduced, I could look at my habits in a detached way for the first time in my life.  It was SO empowering.  Eating for me, in my privileged California existence, is all about little daily choices.  I am still learning and forming new positive eating habits but am already so much healthier.

Another theme is the value of review.  Ex. what are you resisting as you try to improve?  For this course, I’ve been resisting the scheduling of my week, keeping my body still, sharing with my family. Ugh.  Big-time growth here, but I choose to embrace my shortcomings as opportunities for greater self-awareness.

We were also asked to write our Definite Major Purpose (DMP),  in 400 words or less.  It was tricky to be more concise and I found it tough to pinpoint a specific figure for my desired income.  Now meditating on what’s behind that.  Something that helped me: ‘Success is a byproduct of your contribution to others.  The more success you create, the more you have to contribute’.  Also, ‘if you’re responding to what others throw at you, you’re more committed to their priorities than to your own.’   Contemplating my commitment level.  Onward!