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!
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!
About a week ago, I had a flash of a dream. In a very brief instant I was walking on a trail and came upon what I observed in my dream to be a tree growing brazil nuts. Not knowing their nature (they’re not even technically nuts) I saw a tree with the little orange slice-looking nuts hanging from their ends in the tree. And then I was awake. Why, you might ask, does this evoke goosebumps? Read on…
Why This “Brazil Nut Tree” Matters
Like so many things in our busy lives, I kept thinking about looking up information about the tree that produces brazil nuts. Every time, though, I was not in a place or space to dwell on it for even moments. Finally, while sitting at a coffee house, the thought occurred to me at The Right Moment. Oh. My. GOODNESS! Yes, goosebumps.
The Bertholletia excelsa Tree is found in the Amazonian forests of Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador. It’s seeds grow in baseball-sized pods within the high-hanging canopy of these trees. The trees reach as high as 160 feet tall and can live for 500 years or more. They are actually more closely related to blueberries and persimmons than walnuts or pecans. Here’s a fascinating video about the industry built around this tree:
Did Someone Say Peru?
Since I am hosting a tour of Peru as part of my Definite Major Purpose, it would be reasonable to think that this is where the uncanniness of this dream resides. But wait, there’s more; so much more!
The Brazil Nut Tree & The Heroes Journey!
Bring on the goosebumps! Delving further into the nature of the Bertholletia excelsa tree, there are only two animals that can open it’s sturdy seed pods: a small rodent called an agouti (pictured left) and we humans; that is with the help of axes or machetes. As viewed in the video above, there’s no easy method to access those seeds!
Perhaps the most unusual characteristic of this tree rests within its pollination. Consequently, there is only one, yes one, insect that can successfully pollinate the trees flowers! The orchid bee is the solitary insect that is big enough and possesses a long enough tongue to pry open the flower’s hood to lap its nectar! Isn’t it amazing that nature provided ONE pollinator for a tree that grows throughout South America’s Amazon Rainforest, that lives for 500 years or more, whose known history begins at least with the Paleolithic era, some 11,000 years ago?
How Does This Correlate With My Journey?
Each and every one of us is here for a specific Purpose. As Og asserts, “Since the beginning of time, never has there been another with my mind, my heart, my eyes, my hands, my hair, my mouth. None that came before, none that live today, and none that come tomorrow can walk and talk and move and think exactly like me. All men are my brothers and yet I am different from each. I am a unique creature.”
“None can duplicate my brush strokes, none can make my chisel marks, none can duplicate my handwriting, none can produce my child and, in truth, none has the ability to sell exactly as I.” None can share my passion for the connection I sense within the realms of creativity across the world and its cultures quite the way I share it! I am a unique creature, just as you are! I began this self discovery with knitting, my first foray into something that lit a creative fire within me.
Goosebumps again! THERE Is ONLY One YOU!
Like the orchid bee, I am the only ME that can be what I am meant to be. It is the same with you; YOU are the only YOU that can share YOU and your passionate purpose with this world! Above all, we are each NATURE’S GREATEST MIRACLE! See? A momentary dream about an Amazonian seed-bearing tree. Not random in the least, and truly GOOSEBUMP evoking for sure!
The flow of creation inspiration courses through each and every being, yet as humans we tend to trample this flame that is our creative force. We are busy with chores, deadlines, errands. We answer our deepest yearnings with sentiments such as, “When I have time…”, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body,” or “I can’t even draw a stick figure”. Trust me; I hear sentiments like this on a daily basis from visitors to my art gallery.
What’s Really Happening Here?
I believe there is a hidden truth in sentiments such as these, not unlike the challenges we tend to face when asked who we are. How many times have we each answered this question with our occupation rather that who we ARE? It’s tough to answer when so overcome with tasks that become our identity- or so we think.
Years ago I was yearning for a creative outlet and -you guessed it- I was circling the issue since, “I didn’t have a creative bone in my body”. Once I became incapacitated by a surgery on my neck all my associated tasks came to a screeching halt. For a month I sat upright to “sleep”; my job as an in-home caregiver was put on indefinite hold; my occupation became trying to find something to do that I could do. Since I suddenly had ample time on my hands, I finally decided to take up a creative endeavor: knitting. Mind you, this was just before the breakout availability of YouTube! But creative force is not limited to technology, availability, absence or abundance of any kind!
Fear? Just Say No!
Let me circle back a moment to that hidden truth I mentioned. I believe there’s hidden truth behind most or all statements we use to shortchange ourselves and our opportunities: FEAR! I believe we EACH identify with an inner flame to be, do and have specific goals, dreams and outcomes. As a result of fear we are AFRAID to answer that call. Why? It’s all in the “what ifs”. I might have no talent? What if I don’t reach my goal? I may not accomplish…. SEE? It’s ALL based upon FEAR!
Food For Your Higher Self and Your Creative Force!
“The principal necessity is the strengthening of the mind so that it rises superior to the distractions and wayward impulses of the instinctive life and thus successfully overcomes in the conflict between the higher and lower self.” Here Haanel (Part 17, Sentence 19) addresses much the same I am trying to convey. It is instinctive for us to follow a path of “shoulds”, often of other peoples creation; lower self instincts. Similarly when we are following paths to please others or assimilate societal expectations with our lives, we are ignoring the Call from our higher self; we are ignoring our own creative force!
When you feel that inner flame burning within you, what lights that fire of passion within you? Above all do you devote time, concentration and endeavor toward that desire? If not, you are not working in harmony with natural law! “Your degree of success is determined by the nature of your desire. If the nature of your desire is in harmony with Natural Law, or the Universal Mind, it will gradually emancipate the mind and give you invincible courage!” (Haanel Part 17, Sentence 25). In contrast, the larger things we do for no other purpose than we “should” prove time and again to lead us to misgivings and regrets.
Such BOLD WORDS! The term “Emancipate” is such a powerful word, it compels me to share its definition!
Emancipate: To free from Bondage; to free from any controlling influence (such as traditional mores or beliefs).
My Own Emancipation Proclamation!
To put this in perspective I’ll share with you a thing I have been hesitating with. I wish to lead people to deeper connections with their creative lives. One way in which I wish to convey this is by hosting a phenomenal tour to Peru this August! I’ve previously visited Peru and I’m eager to share its riches with others! I’ve had this in my thoughts for months, however I haven’t added traction to getting the word out to the public or assembling marketing materials. Why? FEAR! Fear that I may not get participants. You know? I will gain NO participants if I don’t do these things! To be delaying for fear is just silliness. I am finished with fear, and trust you are encouraged to be as well!
Please Take These With You!
“Vibration is the action of thought; it is vibration which reaches out and attracts the material necessary to construct and build,” (Haanel Part 17, Sentence 21).
“A definite purpose sets causes in motion which go out in the invisible world and find the material necessary to serve your purpose.” (Part 17, Sentence 27)
In addition, one more to zap your fears away:
“The mind may place the ideal a little to high and fall short of the mark; it may attempt to soar on untrained wings and instead of flying, fall to earth; but that is no reason for not making another attempt.” (Part 17, Sentence 12).-All is not lost with the first, or 100th or 1000th attempt!
For the first time in a year, I have spent 3 continuous days at home! I purchased an art gallery last January and I run it 7-days a week with an occasional day off every couple weeks. I can’t help but recognize the ultimate kindness of a break while my partner operates the gallery for me! Focusing on kindness is what I’m all about this week!
For week 16 of the Master Key Experience we are observing and participating in kindness all around us. Can you imagine? This is a global effort; individuals recognizing, implementing and appreciating the kindnesses around them on at least 5 continents! And it is AMAZING!
While we have been snowed in (doesn’t take much where I live) I have been home enjoying solitude. Recognizing kindness may be slightly more challenging, right? On the contrary I am in the flow of kindness! Fellow merchants focusing efforts and collaborating to post publicly that our businesses are open; people taking extra time to hold doors while others carefully navigate their way across risky parking lots; even others shoveling public right-of-ways to promote safe movement.
Lest We Forget Where We Experience Kindness Most!
On the subject of kindnesses, though, I can’t refrain from mentioning my partner, George. Upon his return from his last stretch of government employment, he has shown me such amazing love, commitment, devotion and desire. He is so giving, thoughtful and dedicated in everything he does. I can’t express gratitude enough. And to think we were previously heading a much different direction. It is such bliss to have him home after his final seven months employment were a plane rides distance.
During this snow event George has been going in and opening the gallery for me, giving me the time to relax, rest and do some catching up on other aspects of my life. Beyond this he has given me amazing massages, made me coffee, taken me to dinner, spoken sweet and meaningful words, held me closely and so much more.
Should Focusing on Kindness Conclude at the End of This Week?
Where does all this leave me? I will continue observing, implementing, appreciating, BEING kindness within my world. I choose to continue to grow this quality in my life, substituting it for the snarky and bitter viewpoint so readily prominent within me and my old blueprint.
This week has changed me. I observed something within myself while observing this focus on kindness around me, especially relating to the kind acts that were meant for me specifically. I have a lifelong, subconscious habit of waiting for the shoe to drop. “That person has shown me kindness because…. _____________.” I was always waiting for the motive to become clear and usually while feeling a sense of fear.
For this reason alone, if I had no other motivation, I will carry this exercise beyond this week so that I practice this giving and receiving of kindness for the authentic purpose of kindness until my heart and my head wrap around the fact that its only purpose is for greater good. We tend to live up to our expectations after all!
Thank you for letting me share with you about my experiences here! You must go check out Esme West’s blog about how she is encountering kindness week! From Esme: “If what we are asking for, if what we are focusing on, if what we are showing to the world and looking to observe in the world is Kindness, what do you suppose will happen?” Thought provoking!
These past few weeks have pummeled me with tough challenges and related decisions to make. When you love a commitment you’ve made as I did, and possess powerful vision for the impact you can make, it is hard to see the potential for those opportunities dissolve. Fortunately as I have been exploring my inner world through the Master Key the process has naturally brought me to a place of insight and introspection. Just because I had these goals and dreams does not mean they weren’t errant or that they were in my best interests.
After some time of quietly examining the choices set before me, my clarity expanded to reveal that my vision in this endeavor was my own; not shared by others associated with the same endeavor. In retrospect it dawns on me how much I was working to try to force things to go the way I saw best- for me; for others; for the greater good as I viewed it. Perhaps my perspective delivered pinpoint accuracy. Perhaps it was absolutely distorted and 180 degrees out. In the end it is actually irrelevant. I am finally here, beyond the journey through the difficulty. And in the end it just feels liberating, as I imagine it does for others!
Haanel 15-30 states, “…Insight must be exercised so that the thought we entertain contains no mental, moral of physical GERM which we do not wish objectified in our lives.”
I have been a walking metaphorical petri dish of such germs! It took me until this morning to arrive at this conclusion. I’ve been bitter, frustrated and downright angry. ACK!
After a completely sleepless night, largely related to my restless mind with this situation, I found magic! After lying in bed awake for 4 hours I decided to surrender to my wakefulness. Might as well settle down with part 15 of The Master Key System early before I have to squeeze it in somewhere later! Normally I only encounter Haanel once my mind has begun overflowing with thoughts, plans, tasks, ideas, etc. Hmmm… perhaps that has some bearing on why I still struggle to quiet my body and mind?
I am grateful for the lessons through this experience. “Insight enables us to plan to advantage and turn our thought and attention in the right direction, instead of into channels which can yield no possible return” (Haanel 15-33).
It is quite interesting to look up the origin of the word, “insight”. Originally it is derived from the Middle English referring to “inner sight”. I love this concise definition of the term from its origins! Next time I will catch myself up in my world within, before entering into an experience that causes difficulty. I’m grateful for the journey and the feedback from taking the time to thoroughly embrace my “inner sight”!
“A gold metal is a wonderful thing, but if you’re not enough without it, you’ll never be enough with it!” -Coach Irv Blitzer, portrayed by John Candy
This story shares so much inspiration for the hopefuls of the world, especially those that wrestle with naysayers and/or perceived impossibilities that also happen to be the very goals they are striving for.
For me, this one quote from the movie, “Cool Runnings” drills down to the core of any goal I wish to achieve. What is it going to take to reach my goal? What if I achieve it? What if I don’t?
I must be ready to accept what is required to reach my goals. Attaining the target of my desire takes WORK, a dirty 4-letter word these days, it seems. Our contemporary society has developed a mindset that attainment should be fast, just as much as it should be easy.
As I continue on this Master Key journey, I am acquiring an excellent working/specifying/visualization ratio for achieving all I desire with and for my future self. I am learning to embrace the journey itself. This is life-changing for me, as I have skated through my journey in a disconnected, get to the end sort of way. To what end? I never really knew. Now I know where I am headed. I have the tools needed for the journey. Best of all, I AM enough without the desired outcomes, just as I AM enough with them!
Curious about this Master Key journey? Check out my friend Philip’s blog about his experiencehere!
In this day and age, we hear so many popular phrases such as “analysis paralysis”, “overthinking”, etc. I know I become guilty of overthinking and yet it seems that we are more guilty of lacking critical thinking. For example:
As obtuse an example as this “quote” is, it was certainly generated by someone poking fun about how so many “facts” are disseminating straight out of mindless fabrication.
In part 13 of the Master Key, Haanel discusses Lord Bacon’s development of the Scientific Method some 300 years ago. This, (…method of Bacon has seized the spirit and aim of the great philosophers of Greece and carried them into effect by the new means of observation… thus gradually revealing a wondrous field of knowledge…, ” in all areas of human thought and research. (Haanel 13-6)
In our present day, reaction seems to dominate logic. We are elicited to react from every angle and every source: the news, social media, coworkers who relate what they hear from the news and social media and more. Is there any better time to develop our self-directed thinking muscles than now? I think not! ANY individual that decides to take their critical thinking into their own hands makes that moment of decision the very BEST time; the best NOW!
Check out this blog from Randy Kalisek! A great excursion into his own Master Key experience!
This Master Key Experience promotes the development and/or strengthening of self-directed thinking, no matter from what point of experience one is encountering it.
Not only am I building my level of focus for the things I wish to develop in my future; I am also fine-tuning my own personal thinking “muscles”. Just as one must continue to work on the musculature of the body to maintain its fitness, so to must the brain be continually exercised for optimum wellness. Continuing to master self-directed thinking and focus guarantees successful outcomes.
A little work daily in these arenas “sag-proofs” our minds, bodies and outcomes. I am so grateful for this journey! Maintaining the focus on my desired outcomes keeps me sharp and guarantees that what I wish to manifest comes to pass. As Mandino expresses, “Good habits are the key to all success”. It basically comes down to a daily, even hourly decision: do I discipline myself and act for new results? Or do I allow mediocrity to be the winner of the day, living a life of quiet desperation? I choose to make the time to create exceptional circumstances from this day forward, each and every day!
One of my definite chief aims through the process of the Master Key Experience is to find my best and truest health. One of the ways in which I endeavor to measure this is through my flexibility. I have made the plan to master the monkey pose, otherwise known as Hanumanasana, before April 2020 as a landmark indicator of my progress. Curious what the monkey pose looks like? Here you go!
Clearly this pose is a progression; not an impulsive decision and certainly not an immediate position to get into for most. Perhaps my pose may look different. What matters though, is that I master myself, that through discipline and patience, I give my best.
You can be sure I want to do this correctly, without injury and with best possible outcomes in mind. Of course I went to YouTube to find a sensible video guide. And I hit pay dirt. I found a wonderful page with a 15 minute progression to thoroughly stretch all the pertinent muscles and, finally, move into this position bilaterally.
With this video I got far more than I expected. The instructor made two statements that resonated so strongly with me, far beyond the purposes of mastering this pose. I am carrying these two statements further into all my endeavors, especially as I embark on my Master Key journey. As a cue for maintaining proper form she said, “Reach with your heart”. Beautiful! Later as she acknowledged that individuals will experience varying results as they work to improve their flexibility, she said, simply, “enjoy the process”. Yes!
I can tend to get so wrapped up in the end goal, I miss the experience. Instead of enjoying the process, I fret and worry through, completely fearful of missing that end mark. How many important moments have I missed along the way, simply disregarding the process and/or living in fear? I WILL enjoy this process!
As I refine my focus and develop my best, I know that every time I practice this pose, I am one try closer to mastering it. How many tries will it take? I will only know when I have made that try that grants the ultimate result. Whether it is the 100th, 1000th, or 10,000th try, I’ll be there celebrating! I persist until I succeed.
Haanel 12/4- “The only way to keep from going backward is to keep going forward. Eternal vigilance is the price of success”. I now have the knowledge of my power. I have the courage to dare. And I have the faith to do! I’m reaching forward with my heart and enjoying the process!
Don’t “they” say there’s nothing new under the sun? How true! “The great error of the present day is that Man has to originate the intelligence whereby the Infinite can proceed to bring about a specific purpose or result” (Haanel 10:15). Someone might as well have just omitted my name from that statement!
Time and again I was discovering new ways in which I was sabotaging my dreams by trying to incorporate my limited methods of bringing about what I want. Silly, silly me! Boy those old ways claw and scratch to hang in there, ever wanting to stay in the game without risk of obsolescence. If we are conscious in the slightest of how we wish to hold onto the known, it seems our subconscious is exponentially more entrenched in the refusal to let go of what causes us to hang on to mediocrity.
Finally, and with hard mental labor, we prevail. I prevail! My Definite Major Purpose, otherwise known as the life I wish to manifest, is becoming as laser as the rays of sun focused on ONE spot through a magnifying glass. No longer am I accidentally attempting to direct the characters, set or plot.
The result? Read on:
“If your thought is in harmony with the creative Principle of Nature, it is in tune with the Infinite Mind, and it will form the circuit, it will not return to you void,”… POLARITY is formed! (Haanel 10: 19)
I KNOW I have polarity in my circuit! Just as a completed circuit enables a lightbulb to be lit, my circuit is in energetic motion. Plans are coming together for my inaugural hosted arts tour. This tour happens in August 2020. I have the tour guide and his provided itinerary. My marketing is coming together smoothly. I am building my Spanish language fluency day-by-day in order to freely communicate leading up to and participating in this tour. And my true health is building up to the necessary optimization to endure foreign and high elevation travel.
Being in the flow with the Universe in planning my future: there’s NOTHING LIKE IT!