Cultivating a Messy, Joyous, Adventurous, Fulfilling Life!
Author: Rebecca Ann
I'm a recovering perfectionist cultivating joy, adventure and passion by observing and learning from and through my varying environments. I live unapologetically, yet humble; adventurously yet calculating of risks; creatively while forever working to enlarge my patience to continuously learn new things, within and without.
The flight or fight response: a pivotal choice of the sentient psyche since life has existed on earth. Such an essential response when being chased by a predator, or experiencing natural disaster or thwarting potential and foreseen injury. This fantastic primal aspect has benefitted humankind for millennia and continues to do so. We all know stories of super-human strength empowering a person to respond in emergency- adrenaline pumps and someone single-handedly lifts a car off another, for example. That’s a fascinating article linked above, by the way! ;o)
This response has historically served and benefitted humankind in countless ways. But how has contemporary life distorted this primal function, often to our detriment? I can certainly shed some light inward to find some ways! But better yet, I am privileged to share how the Master Key Experience is helping me to peel away layers to access my most excellent life!
Fight the Urge to Take Flight! Do It Now!
Introspection is a natural byproduct of personal development. We often find ourselves looking for all the things we want to fix; what’s wrong that we want to make right. This beautiful Master Key Experience begins differently. It’s preamble is acknowledging the fact that we were born perfect. We were, “made first class, by first class,” as co-founder Mark Januszewski says.
This notion can be tough to digest early on. I’m perfect? Then why am I broke? Why am I sad? Why are things not working out for me? It’s simple. We allow this bird called life to poop on us repeatedly. As we mature we set aside our dreams and passions, telling ourselves we have no time for them. We decide our dreams are impractical and downright silly. We struggle on in survival mode, just trying to make it through daily challenges.
I’ve come to identify this phenomenon as my own personal flight mode. Looking back I acknowledge my tendency toward survivalist ways. I have vacated a place, an interaction, a relationship, a job, and more once I felt an insecurity within one of these things. Was I born with this? Thanks to my inner work I can emphatically say NO! My experiences have built layer upon layer upon layer of expectations, reactions & defenses over my driving core motive and purpose. I AM that innate and perfect being underneath the rubble and layers of experience. And I’ve got my chisel out, gently removing the layers of all that is not the I AM. Nobody states it better than the Master Michelangelo:
“The sculpture is already complete within the marble block, before I start my work. It is already there, I just have to chisel away the superfluous material.”
Yes, I AM already in there! Inside the superfluous material of experience! And I am excited to share more about this in my next post where I’ll tell all about a major change I’ve just experienced in my way of operating in and interacting with my life!
My heart is full singing with love… and so am I. Those of you that know me well, know that sounds completely foreign! I’ve previously conducted little challenges in my head like, “hmmm; would I stand up in a bar and do karaoke if someone offered me $10,000 to do it?”
That depends, Love. How long do I have to think about it?
Up until recently, I’ve lived life cautiously, comfortable and closed. Afraid of what others think. Heck, afraid of what I think! Recently I’ve been changing the way I operate. I’ve gone through a process that is enabling me to be ever-conscious of what drives my decisions and how I choose to stretch my life to fill every crevice of this always expanding container it fills. Today, I did something different; VERY different!
I Sang. Out Loud.
Yes! I sang, even out loud. Outdoors. I was on my walk through this beautiful valley. Nobody was around. And I sang.
There’s a song that has touched my heart ever since I first heard it. It once held special significance for me, but time and experience changes things and thoughts of special things fade, you know? I started to listen to it again about a year ago. For some reason, it drew me in again. I suspect it was the inner nudge that I would be seeing a lot of change in my life very soon. More than I realized then, this song has been an anchor for me, holding fast in a most stalwart manner until I returned. Curious? See the beautiful video of the artist performing this song that nourishes my soul, right here!
Love Always Responds!
While I haven’t been able to get through hearing this song without shedding joyful tears, I found I also couldn’t sing it without tears. I can’t speak for the animals within hearing; their tears may have been of laughter? Or pain? Just kidding! But here’s what’s most striking about this experience. As soon as I finished singing, I heard the sound of galloping to my right along the hillside I was walking near. Two beautiful does were running alongside me, later crossing my path and then walking alongside on the adjacent hill for a while. It was not unlike seeing the Blue Angels fly by to commemorate something special. And it touched my heart.
Dare To Change!
What is one thing you know that holds you back? That thing you wish you had the nerve to dare to do? Change a career? Run a marathon? Sell everything and GO? Sing out loud? Nike says, “Just do it,” yet many of us know we’re not going to change it that easily.
If you are looking for the tools to help forward you to making new strides in your life, stick with me! Make sure you are notified of my posts as I release them. This coming September, The Master Key Experience 2020 will commence and I’ll be sharing the details here about how you can apply to be a part of it! In the meantime, I’ll continue writing of the real-time changes I’m experiencing because I dared to embark on this experience last September! It’s only the beginning for me! Are you ready for yours?
One More Thought…
I must just share one more message in the form of another live performance by Rich Mullins. Rich left us such beautiful gifts before he passed away. Though this video seems to begin slowly, I encourage you to listen to the full 5 minutes. Rich describes the place he was in his life at the time of writing this song. That message and the lyrics of the song demonstrate the hope there is in taking one more chance; later finding the great gratitude that you did, because EVERYTHING works out in your story!
Nothing bears greater importance in life than subconscious action; taking the time to think and thus direct your goals and dreams into manifestation.
Some people find that magical space in sitting still. Others find it climbing mountains, making music or writing phrases. I appreciate at least a bit of all of it. One of my favorite introspective activities is walking in nature and discovering what magic my natural surroundings have to share in lending me examples about life in general.
I LOVE taking walks in nature, enjoying the meditative sounds of the wind and the songs delivered on wings. The tree that’s given its life as a sacrifice for others beginning life from it. The thorny thistle that has germinated from its seed in heavily compacted road bed. The boulder being held in place for all it’s worth by a few exposed roots of an eroded tree. So many lessons if we but listen and observe.
And Then, I Heard It…
It’s in this mindset I whisked away on an evening walk a few nights ago. Walking the familiar path, I tend to tune out. The area is simply beautiful, peaceful and miles from any traffic. Surely my mind tunes into a deeper, calmer, creative state as my senses continue to increase observances of all that surrounds me.
The next thing I know, I stop still in my tracks, wondering how I have never noticed the sound of a sprinkler head this far down the road from the house I am staying at.
It seems my subconscious, having no mind of its own to create, decided on the most immediately familiar interpretation of that sound. That is until my intellect jumped in and said, RATTLESNAKE, perhaps followed by a few other choice terms.
Honestly? I don’t remember for sure. All I know is for a split second my intellect and my legs may have been witnessed dragging my subconscious away from the scene before it fully “came to” and decided the necessary immediate action.
For a fascinating article about the Northern Pacific Rattlesnake, click here!
The “Subby” Sits in Neutral
All kidding aside, this experience rendered a MAJOR example for me of what I have recently learned. Sometimes the things we assimilate in training and education only really hit home when we’ve experienced some tangible exercise with it. I’ve learned that the subconscious is a “collector of information” but lacking direction, action or initiative on its own.
Do I Plant in Dirt? Or Soil?
Think of the subconscious as a gardener’s soil: the gardener can plant nourishing food or a poisonous nightshade. The soil doesn’t care. It just provides the environment for whatever plant -or plan- is selected. Some would say the subconscious in and of itself is “dumb as a brick”, and I must laugh when I think of my scenario in which my subconscious suggested the sound of a rattlesnakes warning was likely a sprinkler head.
Carrying forward with the soil corollary, just imagine what we can do with the richest, most fertile soil for the crops we wish to grow in our life. Does a skilled gardener merely pile some dirt up , throw some seeds on and wait to see what happens? NO! In fact a true gardener likely spends more tender loving care with preparing the SOIL than they do the rest of the process. With good, fertile, rich soil, the rest moves along smoothly.
The Action Takeaway
I’m learning as I move along to equally care for the soil of my subconscious so that my big dreams actualize and my time on this planet makes the impact it’s intended to. Does this sound like something that aligns with your thoughts and wishes? Imagine preparing the richest, most fertile garden of your life by preparing the soil of your subconscious with purpose and direct intentions! It’s my pleasure to share with you how! Comment and subscribe below and I’ll continue sharing more about my experiences!
It’s not often in my life that the flow of abundance in my life gets challenged by an errant order, or too much change for my purchase. And I have never been the discoverer of an abundant bank bag errantly flung from an armored truck along the side of a road. Surely you have heard at least one story in your lifetime related to someone that found a treasure of some sort; a treasure that seemingly would change the discoverer’s life, only for them to return it even while the victim of the loss is unknown. Crazy, right?
Well today was different for me as I received five of an item I ordered one of; a value of $80 for the price I paid of $16. Honestly my initial reaction was… SCORE!
But then I began to think about the processes I’ve been enjoying on my path to achieving my BEST life. I’ve got big dreams, far bigger outcomes than accepting a small savings based on someone else’s error. SO? I am sending the extra items back.
How Silly… Right?
PAY ATTENTION to your thoughts in response to this and simply appreciate it as feedback about your very own personal path. It’s truly an interesting self-study! I will be the first to admit, I have responded differently than this all my life. I have been the incredulous one questioning the sanity of the persons that call the sheriff when a bank bag containing a large sum of cash was discovered. Read on to find out why I am changing this!
Not the Same, and I Don’t Want the Same
As I continue on in The Master Key Experience, things that seemed small and insignificant, such as the thought of considering it lucky to receive more than I paid for, grow in importance.
“But surely that company paid pennies on the dollar for the item I bought.”,
“Nobody will care or be any different if you keep those items.”,
“Well the seller should be more careful about their inventory.”
I can honestly say that those sentences above reflect thoughts I have experienced before. Can you relate?
I wish to be riding in an imminent flow of abundance, both to and from myself! If I fail this small, insignificant-seeming test, where does that leave me? If I am seeking My Best for my life, how do these “small” acts of COMMISSION align with my dreams? Answer…
Perhaps the mega seller of these items would never notice or care. But that is not the point! Perhaps there will be no direct reward for my gesture. Again, not the point. The point is how the seemingly insignificant matters, and will align or directly contrast with the flow of abundance in my life, as directly controlled by my own decisions.
I’m Playing a Bigger Abundance Game!
The treasure I am seeking with every fiber of my being far surpasses any trinket of acknowledgement rewarded by another well-meaning person. I have no intention of sounding harsh, but wish to convey that the ultimate reward for me to consider is basking in the dynamic flow of abundance!
Through my journey forward to my best, one thing I have promised is to give without expectation of reciprocity from the channels I enrich, because I am in the dynamic flow of giving and receiving. I wish to do ALL things to remain in that flow because my dreams are big! If I TAKE even a pittance that doesn’t belong to me, how on earth can I remain in dynamic flow? How can I receive big gifts if I allow myself to get hung up on the smallest things?
Since I choose to BE my best when tested with this small exercise amongst others, I cannot wait to see the results in my life. Join me in this adventurous journey and stay tuned as I share more flow of abundance as exhibited in my life!
My goodness things can change quickly! Choosing to live well and practice self-care has just found its perfect timing within each of us. What a phenomenon when rapid changes affect everyone globally! Like I have seen so many others reference, it has been difficult to slow down enough to align my thoughts long enough to write.
Who knew we would ever witness, not to mention participate, in a series of events like this?
Personally, COVID-19 has brought the final hammer blow to my local art gallery’s physical location. What saddens me most is knowing the loss for the artists who depended on our little gem to keep them producing their creative works. But continue they shall if there is anything I can do about it!
Timely Lessons in Living Well
Just this past week during my mastermind, the term commencement was discussed. We think immediately of graduating a milestone level of education when hearing the term, as if it is the end of an activity or era. However the term actually relates to beginnings. Defined here:
com.mence.ment- a beginning or start
Just that simple. So I declare this new turn of events, my commencement. I do not allow for the conclusion of this gallery’s physical space to be its end. No way! I pledge to use all I have and will continue to learn to be the Greatest Salesman, giving my best; not doing the best I can.
The Gallery at Liberty Bay is celebrating its commencement! To see how this develops, follow The Gallery’s Facebook Page here! We no longer have the physical gallery. We also no longer have the physical gallery overhead! Silver linings are ALWAYS present if you seek them out.
Pulling it Together, Living Well When it’s Tough
Gratefully this Higher Self-Focused living brings great benefit for thriving through unprecedented times. Learning principles of being my best really allows me to observe how I am responding in comparison to how I previously have when adversity arrives. It seems that things can happen so quickly it leaves me spinning. But as I slowly come to rest and realize what just happened, I undoubtedly fair the storms better than in the past.
And now as I continue to fast track new ways of how to conduct business, I continually ask myself:
What does the person I intend to become do next?
My life vision is to connect my fellow humans to community through the art and creation of locals; here in my town and wherever my future travels take me. Art and handcraft connects people with each other and with past and future generations. My vision is unshakeable. No circumstance, even of global proportions, will cause me to stop. I persist until I succeed!
What a wild ride! The Master Key has really taken me for a loop and I have gratitude in all aspects of it. The lessons come far more often than I recognize and then the important ones return in fresh form in order that I might recognize them… this time! I’m so grateful that I get to play with these things until I get it!
My old patterns of being -what we call the old blueprint in the Master Key Experience- is waging war with me in my experiences of late. And it won’t let go easily. I didn’t form that blueprint overnight, so skill and practice will clearly help eradicate less than ideal ways over time; but not overnight!
Who I AM is NOT What I Do
From the very start of the process nearly 6 months ago, I began writing a statement about what my ultimate purpose is, what we have called our Definite Major Purpose. I trimmed and refined this statement until the most laser-specific statement emerged. It’s a beautiful, nerve-wracking, harmonious process. And guess what? I completed it! But wait…
Is It Ever Truly permanently completed?
Time marches on and circumstances, otherwise known as LIFE, can come out of nowhere and rattle the foundations of all you think you know! This has certainly been the case for me of late.
That old blueprint is holding on to those bars and rattling the HELL out of them, reminding me of all I’ve known, lifelong. “Look! This is all falling apart”, “You didn’t seriously think THIS time would be different, did you?!”…and so on.
The very foundations of that statement I have written and rewritten over time have been completely cleared away. Why? Maybe I confused my purpose with my present external circumstances and my limited “HOW” to get there. And now the present “HOW” is standing on extremely shaky ground.
I have often limited my desires with trying to sort out how to achieve them. Continuing to hit and miss the answers about how to discover my dharma, I keep pressing onward. I have the tendency to let circumstances spool up my emotions and send me in loops of confusion and overwhelm. And then, a simple message from my teabag: Your potential self is infinite! #Grateful!
Still Boggled But Not Letting GO
Perhaps the biggest challenge that has been revealed for me through the Master Key process is this. It must begin with BELIEF. Your potential self in infinite!YES!
And so, back to the drawing board I go. I begin again, knowing that I have learned that I get to play with this! It is supposed to be FUN! Life is too short for anything else. I will continue to sort out what brings passion and joy to my reality and write these things into my ultimate plan and purpose. These things cannot be shaken by external circumstances. Yes, variables always come into play, but I ultimately control whether variables become another intriguing piece of the puzzle, or utter devastation. I choose to play this game for intrigue and fun!
Here is an exceedingly helpful audio! It’s helping me as I move along!
Imagination. A tool used in multiple tenses. For instance I am experiencing imagination in the past tense as in, “Never did I imagine the negativity and bullying my current vulnerability could evoke”. Never did I imagine that circumstances outside of my control, coupled with my need to directly mitigate them would result in others questioning my integrity, nor the outright impersonal attacks I have received from people I don’t even know.
Imagination + Learning + Creating = EVERYTHING!
Why do I share this now? Because timing is EVERYTHING and this week’s Master Key lesson #20 helps me imagine, creatively, what comes next! Through all of this I am learning and I am creating.
Imagine yourself as a sculptor in your own workshop. Your workshop is your special, peaceful, magical haven. It saturates all 5 senses of anyone who enters with the very essence of everything you are! It is your personal space of solace. I especially sense this in my own workshop!
“You are a visualizing entity. Imagination is your workshop.” -Haanel part 20, sentence 9.
Close That Door… Do It Now!
With this in mind, would you invite someone or something into your workshop that would change that? If a strong wind blew and sand and garbage were flying through the air, would you leave the door open so your environment and your art would be contaminated by debris? How about a stranger who is speaking poorly of you and your work? Is there an open door policy to your workshop for them? Of course not! So, why treat our inner workshop, our imagination, any different?
In the past I have absolutely internalized rude comments, sour sentiments and thoughtless criticism. Surely my number of cycles around the sun have helped me let those things roll off now. But I know what I am currently experiencing and the way in which I am not responding can not be credited only to that.
Sow In That Rich Soil- Only GOOD!
Our imagination is likened to the soil in a garden. The soil doesn’t care what seeds are sown, be it a deadly nightshade or a delicious heirloom tomato. It performs its duty for the seed. Our imagination, our inner workshop likewise does not care which we choose to imagine. We are always manifesting. If I am abundant in grief and trouble, I first look inward for the source.
One may say then that I must have manifested what I am experiencing. Actually I am manifesting my best inner peace and positivity in this storm. My workshop door is closed to these forces to protect the beautiful environment I maintain therein.
“This power of thought, if understood and correctly used, is the greatest labor-saving device ever dreamed of, but if not understood or improperly used, the result will in all probability be disastrous, as we have already seen…” Haanel part 20, sentence 13
Create Only Beautiful Art Of Your Life!
The greatest understanding one can obtain is this: the inner self creates the external circumstances, always! The external does not create the internal. There are moments when protecting your inner imagination workspace from the outer environment is necessary. How do you confirm that you have established this inner peace? It is tangibly evident when peace defies what’s happening all around! I am there, and I hope for the very same for you!
This Master Key Experience is amazing! Don’t just take my word for it! Check out Derek’s blog right here!
There are always external factors. Sometimes we celebrate the way things seem to align with all our planning for where we are heading. Other times it seems otherworldly in the sense that so many “bad” things are taking place that we are timid about our next step.
In the end, it’s all working out GOOD, for my GOOD! As Haanel remarks in part 19, appearances are deceptive. When it feels like the world is caving in, it’s just our finite ability to see all the details. I’m hanging onto this knowledge as I move through some trials as gracefully as possible! Back to regular blogging next week!
Arrival at Lima Peru Jorge Chávez airport. You will be picked up from airport and transferred to
our comfortable hotel located in spectacular Miraflores Lima District for you to relax after your
flight. Free to explore as you wish and meet other travelers.
Tour of Lima! After a wonderful breakfast we will present information about the whole Peru tour
then go out to explore the main square of Lima City. Step back in time visiting Iglesia y
Convento de San Francisco and its incredible catacombs. Lunch break, then drive you to
explore the wonders of the Larco Museum.
the evening where you can explore on your own!
The museum contains one of Peru’s
finest historical collections devoted to the country’s pre-Columbian peoples.
Back to the hotel for
Tour of Lima continues with a visit to the Maximo Laura Museum. We pick you up in the
morning from the hotel and drive you to the museum. There you will learn how his spectacular
tapestries are designed and created. Explore his private collection of tapestries and immerse
yourself into the colorful world of Maximo Laura. Maximo himself is designated as Peru’s “Living
Human Treasure”. Afterward we return to the hotel for you to enjoy a free afternoon/evening
with fellow travelers as tomorrow we fly to Arequipa!
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel we pick you up and transfer you back to the Lima airport for
our flight to Arequipa. Upon landing we travel to another great hotel to check in and have lunch
together. After lunch we head to the Monastery of Santa Catalina and Juanita’s Mummy, also
known as the Lady of Ampato. Time magazine chose her as one of the world’s top 10
discoveries. After a break, we’ll visit the mystical atmosphere of Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa,
the most important Catholic church of the city and also of the larger Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Arequipa. Then we return you to the hotel.
Tour of Arequipa continues visiting many great and unique workshops in the city where you will
learn about embroidering and then visit other Alpaca fiber workshops. After your day of
exploring we return to the hotel to reminisce with other travelers on the day we’ve had. Dinner
and evening exploration encouraged, grab someone and explore more into the night. Hopefully
you’ve been taking your Diamox as tomorrow we hit 16,000 feet of elevation going to Colca
In the morning we pick you up from the hotel to drive to the Colca Canyon, about a 5-hour drive.
Passing over an incredible 16,000 feet above sea level mountain road pass (that’s much higher
than any mountain in the lower 48 contiguous states in America). Arrive for lunch in the town of
Chivay, the capital of the Caylloma province at 12,000 feet above sea level. After lunch we head
to our hotel to rest and get acclimated to the elevation as we overnight here. Smoking or heavy
exertion is not advised due to altitude and thin air. Slow and easy wins the day here.
Very early breakfast so we can drive to the Mirador Cruz del Condor view point to see the
Condors flying in the National Park Reserve. Incredible views and spectacular scenery like no
place on Earth. Walk a few hundred yards from the “Cruz” to feel like you have the place to
yourself! After viewing we head back to Chivay to start the long 5-6 hour trip to Puno. Along the
way there are ample opportunities to enjoy the great views, wonderful Alpaca and Llama farms
and the rare Vicunas in their natural habitat. Lunch break of sandwiches as we arrive in Puno
where Lake Titicaca is located. Hotel overnight in Puno to rest for the next days trip to Lake
Early morning, we drive to the port of Lake Titicaca where we board our boat to Taquile Island
(28 miles from shore) and visit families (population 2,200) living on the floating island that’s
almost 14,000 feet about sea level. In 2005, “Taquile and Its Textile Art” were honored by being
proclaimed “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO.
Walking around Taquile Island to explore and have lunch there, then return to shore for the trip
back to Puno for the evening at our hotel.
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After an amazing breakfast we take off for the long 7-8 hour drive North to Cusco. Along the
way we stop to visit Raqchi, Temple of Wiracocha, another incredible
After lunch we continue on to Andahuaylillas just 25 miles South of Cusco. Andahuaylillas
is called the “Sistine Chapel” of the Americas and for good reason. After exploring we arrive
in Cusco for checking in at the hotel. Exploring Cusco in the afternoon and evening, then
rest at the hotel.
After breakfast we will drive to Chinchero, a small Andean Indian village located high up on the
windswept plains of Anta. There we participate in the weaving and dyeing natural colors course
using Alpaca fiber wool. Explore the market area for incredible fiber art. After that we return to
the hotel in Cusco for the evening and to prepare for tomorrow’s trip to Machu Picchu.
Inca archaeological site.
After enjoying another great breakfast, we will walk around Cusco visiting the workshops in San
Blas artisanal neighborhood. You will be surrounded by stone walls and see the famous huge
12-sided stone fit perfectly into the walls. After lunch we will visit the Cathedral and Sun Temple
of Cusco and finish our walking tour in the local market, a feast for the eyes!
Ready for a busy yet incredible day? This morning we’re off to Pisaq! We will visit the huge
artisanal market there, one of the most famous markets in the Cusco region. After lots of ogling
the incredible market items it’s off to the archeological site of Pisaq. In keeping with providing
only the highest quality experiences of our tours, the Pisaq ruins are considered to be one of the
finest remaining Inca archeologic sites in the entire country. Next on the agenda is to grab lunch
at the incredible Huayoccari restaurant where you will experience and enjoy the hospitality of a
traditional Peruvian family who greets you personally. After that incredible lunch experience, it’s
off to Ollantaytambo for the Ollantaytambo ruins. Climb and explore a massive Inca fortress with
large stone terraces on a hillside. Major sites within the complex include the huge Sun Temple
and the Princess Baths fountain, absolutely breathtaking to be able to walk the stairs and
streets where the Inca’s walked! And the day isn’t over yet! Next, we board the train to Machu
Picchu Town, now called Aguas Calientes. The train follows the valley and river where you can
see people walking the actual Inca Trail just across the river from you. Besides the incredible
sights along the train route, there is funny and entertaining characters on the train to entice you
to purchase local hand made textiles and goods, this alone is worth the journey for the
entertainment value. Be careful though as you are likely to be pulled into the aisle as one of
their participants in the show! Lots of photo opportunities for sure. Arriving at Aguas Calientes
(Machu Picchu Town) we disembark the train for the hotel. Exploring the small town is
amazing… every tiny side-street offers something new. Enjoy dinner with the friends you have
made and get rest for tomorrow it’s Machu Picchu!
After another great breakfast we check out from the hotel and grab a bus to Machu Picchu
ruins. After about a 30-minute drive on numerous switch-backs where the scenery gets better
and better, we arrive to Machu Picchu majestic Inka ruins. Machu Picchu was voted one of
the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll. Here we enter a place that
literally defies words to describe it. It truly is a place to be experienced vice trying to describe it.
Walk with the ancients, be amazed at their city. After you’ve photographed enough, put the
camera down, sit on the hillside and just take in what you are seeing. Take 30 minutes just
sitting there, no camera, let your senses document it all. It will be far more memorable that a
picture, trust me on this. Sadly, we must eventually depart back to Aguas Calientes for lunch
then take the train back to Ollantaytambo to catch the bus to Cusco. What an experience the
train ride back will be too!
And with great sadness we pick you up from your hotel to transfer you to the international airport
of Cusco for your flight back to Lima to wait for your individual flights home. Over the last couple
weeks, we have made great friends and experienced incredible things, it’s always a very tearful
moment when we have to part ways and head back to our homes. Hope you thoroughly
enjoyed our trip, tell your friends about your experiences and maybe see you on another of our
incredible excursions soon!
If saying goodbye is too hard there is the unique opportunity to dive deep into the culture with a
special 4 days at our local guide’s parents farm! Yes, this is a VERY special opportunity for
sure. Interested? Continue to next page.
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Spectacular days await as you delve into the local culture. Our guide will drive you about 4
hours through the mountains along the South part of Cusco, pass by Acomayo, capital of the
province Acomayo. Crossing two mountain ranges and the two rivers Apurimac (popular for
white water rafting) and Velille (an upper tributary of the Apurimac), many small towns where
tourist activities do not exist. In the afternoon you will arrive in the district of Accha close to their
family farm. Accommodations are at 9,500 feet above sea level but you should be acclimated
from previous excursions. You’ll have the afternoon free to explore.
In the morning we visit the small village Huyayno by horse or walking then return to the home
for the afternoon to help out a little around home, then have a great dinner.
After a great breakfast at home, we leave very early to the town of Accha in order to visit a
wonderful real food market and have lunch in a local restaurant. Accha is a VERY
traditional Peruvian town tourists are likely unfamiliar with. After exploring we finally return to
After another wonderful breakfast at home, we drive back to Cusco through the province of
Paruro. From Cusco you will fly to Lima for your flights back to your homes. Another goodbye
after such a wonderful experience. We hope our hospitality at home and the Peruvian people
has brightened your lives and made new friends. Thank you for allowing me to share my home
with you. Safe journeys!
I’m enjoying the adventure of learning of the value of repose in manifesting my desires. Actually this lesson has been striving to convey itself to me for at least two years, as I recognize it now! Allow me to explain.
Over the last couple years I have experienced the “repose”, or tranquility in this case, of not being emotionally charged when seeking an outcome. I have learned that when my mind isn’t wringing itself with hopes and fears about outcomes they simply materialize. Here’s a fun example.
Unexpected Money Shoes
About two years ago, I was arbitrarily telling a friend about some shoes I was thinking about the past three months. I told her about how they were unique and marked for a clearance sale and so forth. I’m not even sure why I brought it up in the first place!
She finally asked, “why don’t you just go get them?” I thought about this, and answered as I was thinking it through: “Well, I don’t need them, but I like them. I think when I receive unexpected money, I will go get them if they are still there.”
Repose = Tranquility of Thought
Well? You likely guessed where this is heading. On my way home that very day, I checked my post office box, not thinking at all about the shoes or my pronouncement of what would land them on my feet. I had not one, but TWO checks I was not expecting! One check came from my credit card company, and I never figured out why it came to me. The second was a birthday card from my Dad- THREE months early! Yep! Completely unexpected, twice over. Got my attention!
Repose= Rest From Agitation & Anxiety
Here’s what I learned from this and other experiences since. Often I am hoping for a thing to come to pass, but fearing and focusing on the what-ifs. What if it doesn’t? What if I’m in over my head? What if I’m not taken seriously? With that energy surrounding the thing, I risk manifesting the outcome that it doesn’t happen. Or perhaps it happens to a lesser degree.
I am building the practice of substituting belief and confidence when those anxieties begin to take shape. Those shoes and my lack of attachment to the outcome of having them, gave me a baseline to understand. When I just “put out there” what would send me to buy them, those conditions immediately arranged themselves! So how do I get that same energy working on my behalf when outcomes of greater importance arise?
Practicing It Where It Really Matters!
Consider the best example of my immediate present: the tour I want to host to Peru in August! FEAR kept me from even laying the groundwork to market it until a few weeks ago. As a result I have a good bit of groundwork before me.
This. Is. BIG!
I am far more charged about the outcome of my efforts for this than perhaps any other thing immediately. However I am only attached to the outcomes as a measure of how well I practice the process. Maintaining confidence and substituting assertions of success in place of fears is my focus. Stay tuned! And if you know someone that loves to connect with new cultures on amazing travels, please reach out! Full Itinerary and details here!
What is The Master Key Experience?
It’s a Self-Excellence process to bring about my best! Making good friends across the globe as we share this experience. Check out Polly’s blog and see how this process is shaping up for her!