Master Key Week 13- Analysis Paralysis? Not Hardly!

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)

A practical illustration of self-directed thinking based upon Sir Bacons Scientific Method.

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.

You gotta work it to keep 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!


MKE Week 12- Reach With Your Heart, Monkey!

Enjoy The Process!

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!


MKE Week 10- The Great Error of The Present Day

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!

Yes I’m guilty of trying to do the work of the universe!

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!


MKE Week 9- What? A Woman Changing Her Mind?!

When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving? This query was before me on a street-side sign in a nearby town. Well, that’s easy. Christmas comes before Thanksgiving alphabetically. Until recently, however, I might have mulled that over, deciding I didn’t really care and had more important things to conjure.

The value of this shift in my way of thinking is not wrapped up in my ability to anonymously respond to silly signs. In fact, simply observing that I am thinking differently even with such mundane purpose invigorates me as I focus on a recent epiphany.

Until recently I found great challenge in deciding on my most pivotal goals. I felt I was falling behind as if I was sitting on a surfboard, watching another wave I missed curl and break with me on the wrong side. This time though, I thought, I’m NOT letting go! As the saying goes, I was determined to do different things, because I want different results.

In my vast indecision I realized that I was infusing my desires with MY limited knowledge of methods. When evaluating my “goals” as I listed them, some were continuing to make me feel unsettled. I pressed on in shaky confidence with one of my goals in particular. Projected conditions as I viewed them would bring this goal to fruition for sure! Then those conditions did not manifest as expected. Immediately I began to doubt everything. That old way of thinking began faithfully proclaiming defeat.

Enter my newly transforming brain. I now realize that, highly disguised as a goal… I was STILL adding methods! That goal which had me falling into a familiar pit of defeat was really not a goal at all, but an inexperienced perception of what was needed to meet my true goals. Those sneaky little old ways become increasingly crafty at hiding themselves, but I prevail!

I have now wiped that imposter goal from my Definite Major Purpose. The methods are NOT up to my limited perceptions or experience. With that trip hazard now eliminated, my future and my goals simply make my heart SING! Onward and upward!


MKE Week 8- The Committee Gets Notice

Oh my! This has been a week. My old blueprint has presented pretty strongly, joined by other naturally unnatural factors in my physiology, a 5-day vacation (AKA 5 days away from business and stress, care of my beloved partner), a sense of falling behind… and so many other details.

My emotions have been riding shotgun, yelling at me from the adjacent seat- “STOP!!! This is not working! You’re silly to think things will change! What kind of idiot thinks such great things can come out of nowhere? How would so many accomplishments manifest from nothing?”

I like to refer to this internal and predictable monologue as, “the committee”, because it has been with me all my memorable life. You see? A committee is, by definition, a subordinate organization generally used to explore matters in greater detail. My committee has been closely collaborating with my lifelong responses, what we refer to in the Master Key Experience as our “old blueprint”, and it is VERY concerned with its job security these days.

But I admit it: I’ve been listening. I was drinking the Kool-Aid. I continue to ward off my little committee pest in the passenger seat, moment by moment. They’re just a little egotistical, parasitical snitch anyway.

Yes, I’m behind, working on catching up. Indeed some external conditions don’t seem to be supporting my passions, dreams and purposeful intent. I’m force-feeding belief in my Definite Major Purpose at those moments when I am not FEELING it. I’m trusting that my Belief Appetite continues to grow with my persistent care-giving, supported by so many others who are somewhere along their similar paths.

To the committee: The Pink Slips are on their way! It’s the holiday season, and I thought it only fair to give you a heads-up.


MKE Week 7- Trusting My Own Abilities: A Tough Habit To Break!

Here I am in week 7, thinking AGAIN about whether my Definite Major Purpose resonates with me. It was said to me a few weeks ago, that being indecisive… IS a decision! I’m also recognizing the level at which I am still choreographing my outcomes by my own limited knowledge of resources.

My challenge is found in evaluating what I have written. Once doing so, I am recognizing that I am STILL writing what I want while also including how I think… I… will be able to make it happen. Once again, I am relying ONLY on what I can conceive, which makes any new and different outcome unlikely.

Here’s an example: I was confident in writing that, beginning before Dec. 1st, I am regularly receiving $6000 per month from MY endeavors. Here’s some transparent honesty-with you and myself. In my thinking, it was easy to have confidence in attaining this goal, even beginning so soon. Incidentally I own an art gallery and it’s officially the holiday shopping season!

Well, the Universe is shaking up my habitual mediocre logic-making; taking my conception of possibilities and reminding me that it’s only a possibility, definitely generated by my limited conception of what I see. And so far, this month has been absolutely in the toilet for sales! While this will change as the month progresses, the main point I wish to make here is that, if I try to conceive of all the ways in which my goals and outcomes will be reached, I am limiting myself to only what I can see!

So then what? Should I decide it was silly of me to think I could perfect this conception, in the words of Tesla, based on my same faulty reasoning that hasn’t worked before? HECK YES! I’m still just building by my age-old blueprint that created the wobbly bridge I’m standing on.

There are two things I am standing on now instead: going back to spending more attention on my design plans (I.e. my quiet contemplation or sit) and clearing all the things that are present in my DMP that reflect my limited thinking! Back to the drawing board, I go.


MKE Week 6- Steadying My FOCUS For EFFECT!

Let the glass be held perfectly still!

AS I consider years of ambitious dreams and frequent missing of marks of accomplishment, I am overcome with the considerations found in Part 6 of The Master Key System. As Haanel has so faithfully done up to this point, he illustrates with great words in the texts of part 6. Consider, for example, the illustration given of use of a magnifying glass to focus rays of sunlight: The rays of light, “…possess no particular strength as long as the glass is moved about and the rays directed from one place to another; but let the glass be held perfectly still and let the rays be focused on one spot for any length of time, the effect will become immediately apparent.” I cannot think of a more beautiful example of this fact but the following video I just recently came across. I promise this video will make you feel good!

Here Comes The Sun King

Art always finds a way. And so too, with a little help, does the human spirit. In Olympia we found a man who harnesses the sun to create beautiful art… and he does it in the bleakest of settings. It makes him happy, it makes him friends. And maybe it can give him a new shot at life. Eric's Heroes airs every Wednesday night at 6pm on KOMO News. (Shot by Doug Pigsley, edited by Darrin Tegman, and as always, thanks to producer Joan Kinsey) Send your Heroes ideas to: To see all of our Eric's Heroes stories, go to Eric's Heroes airs Wednesdays, 6pm, KOMO News

Posted by Eric Johnson KOMO on Wednesday, October 2, 2019
“With laser-like focus, he could…”

Through this elegant process of self-direction, I am focusing the rays of my innermost sunshine, my solar plexus, on my best life! I continue to refine my still and steady focus toward the life I want to live and steady my metaphorical magnifying glass. As I do I keep receiving simple little “gifts” of confirmation that my steadiness is improving. It is a delight to share a few examples.

In my significant relationship for which the long-range status has remained questionable for some time, I have recently determined that I must BE what I wish to have from the other. As soon as I steadied my focus on this affirmative determination, my yoga practice greatly improved with the very next session. Before this session I struggled hysterically with balance, yet immediately observed significant improvements!

I am continuing to steady my determination toward completing the services I promised within this process. As I do, I continue to find more peace and far less freneticism within my days. Gradually my sleep is even improving, a result I have sought in several ways over the last few years! Who knew? Simply making the mental determination to shift into more purposeful thinking and daily operating creates a fertile soil for authentic life change! I’m ALL in!


MKE Week 5- Weaving a Rich Fabric

As I continue to develop the clearest mental picture of all I’m striving for, the fine construction of the Master Key texts enrich my experience. The word pictures developed therein so commonly apply to things I closely relate with. The most outstanding word picture developed to date which I most identify with, is that of weaving good cloth.

“Our mental material is now of the best kind; we can weave any kind of material we want; we can use any color we wish; we know that the texture is firm, that the material is solid, that it will not fade…” Haanel 5-11

I began weaving a few years ago. It is a trying experience in patience. It feels to be perhaps the most unforgiving art form when first encountered. It requires much time, steadfastness and materials. Needless to say, one does not consider the first project to be of finest quality, nor does one wish to use most premium of materials. There will be errors; mishaps; perhaps even frustrations leading to colorful verbiage.

Weaving the early cloth is not unlike constructing the first drafts of my Definite Purpose in Life. It can get sloppy; poorly formed and rife with vague ideas, not unlike missed warp threads in a woven pattern. This is certainly not the time when the threads of the finest quality are applied.

But if I maintain my focus; if I keep my goals in view and if I allow myself the “risk” of being vulnerable and patient enough to receive help as I continue to fine tune my mental image of my target, I WILL obtain the object of my desires- my dream life.

I have a friend that lives nearby. Very few people know that she weaves fabrics for virtually all of the Seattle designers, along with many French designers for which she is the exclusive provider of fabrics.

Her dharma finds her living her dream with the love of her life. She employs many disadvantaged individuals, giving them the ability to return to the workforce in a most unique way. She provides custom fabrics for numerous famous household names. Just recently she showed me a fabric she is completing for the exclusive use of a luxe fashion house many of us may never grace the doors of. The fabric she is creating for this company will be used as panels/drapery. The thread contents? Fine Gold, Silver and Copper. I shall press on until my definite purpose is ready to be constructed of such fine threads as these!


MKE Week 3- How Bright is MY Solar Plexus Shining?

I'm so focused on my Solar Plexus and all that Haanel expresses about its characteristics. So says Haanel, "Non-resistant thought expands the Solar Plexus; resistant thought contracts it. I presently find myself in quite a contracted state with a mixture of thoughts on so many things. I am grateful for that awareness.
Recently I received a lot of feedback about myself; my ways of being, my work toward my personal goals; what felt like questionable validity of many parts of my life. It's important to remember at times like this- feedback is just that; feedback. It's not positive, it's not negative. And it may not necessarily be accurate.

"But the one arch enemy of the Solar Plexus which must be absolutely destroyed before there is any possibility of letting any light shine is fear." I've been finding myself fearing the accuracy of the feedback I've received. But then I read on: "The world is harsh only as we fail to assert ourselves. The criticism of the world is bitter only to those who cannot compel room for their ideas. It is fear of this criticism that causes many ideas to fail to see the light of day."

Indeed I have some inner work to do! I want my SUN to make me magnetic! Let the clouds disperse. Let me be too busy radiating courage, confidence and power, such that I DO pound my barriers to pieces! And so it is.

Be the Sunshine!


MKE Week 2- Holy GOODNESS, I’m in the Thick of IT!

Well here I am, well into week 2 of the Master Key Experience, and I am really finding that the Universe is clearing the way for my new, elevated and excellent path. It's a constant battle for my mind, (thank you, Seven Laws of the Mind, for your help) and all the tangents it can wildly trail off to, especially in the evenings at home alone. Here's what's happening and, believe me, this vulnerability within itself is a fresh garden for me to sow.

I have been in a long term relationship (9 years) with the man I viewed as my soul mate, the man who literally made me feel dizzy when he confessed falling in love with me; the man who helped me recognize my desire to learn to ride my own motorcycle; the man who enabled me to travel to distant reaches and acquire my strong desire for travel and cultural immersion.

Last Tuesday that same man expressed his desire to end our relationship. Yes, I was shocked though not completely. In the last couple years my own personal journey has brought me to higher and higher potentials of living my true Dharma. I have sensed for some time a divide this has created between us. There were so many deep, sensitive things I missed talking about with him. It was painfully clear we could not and would not go that deep with each other.

I believed strongly that something… SOMETHING within my process would trigger an inner desire that niggled him into trying on this type of purposeful, amazingly powerful living. Perhaps a day will come, but alas it will not be something I get to witness.

Striving toward my very best life definitely promises some "risk". Am I just dipping a toe in to see what could happen? Or am I going all out like the prize is my very LIFE over my mediocre existence? I know this now, because I have done both. I have straddled this precipice of decision for some time, allowing fear to guide my thoughts and decisions.

Two years ago I first encountered the Master Key/Mastermind Alliance and worked all the way through the 5th month… and then halted my momentum. Through the process I felt I was writing a fairy tale, over and over, because I was! Not only was I trying to write my "how" into all the things I would accomplish, hence limiting all the resources I DIDN'T already know existed; I also was writing the path of MY Dharma only with the two of us in mind! I was negotiating my best to avoid the fear of loss and confusing my subconscious as to what I was seeking. Heck I am pretty sure I knew what I was wanting, but I was also refusing to trust.

No matter what path of personal development you find yourself interfacing with, some things have become very plainly clear, at least in my process. You can't fool the greater mind, the universal wisdom, your truest self. The need to negotiate with your highest purpose simply keeps you where you already are, with extra needless work added. Until you have prepared yourself to NEVER look back, NEVER compromise, and NEVER attempt to negotiate a deal with yourself to create your best life using some irregular or worn out parts, there will be little to no change. I sincerely believe that your inner being is going to tell you where you truly stand with these things. At least I can attest that my heart and my solar plexus were telling me all I needed to know, both then and now!

I am grateful for my life with my man of those years. Without them there's so much I may have missed along the way. There are no mistakes.