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. 


MKE Week 1 This Time I’m Ready

This post commemorates my third start with the Master Key Experience, and will be my first completion. This time I am ready… READY! In the very midst of this first post, my life is dynamically changing by the moment.

  • The relationship with the man I have lived and loved with for 9 years has concluded. 
  • I get to explore how my new life will look and how I will manage the big adjustments
  • I will now explore MY vision for MY future while not trying to mold it to envelope others interests. 

It feels like stepping off a ledge and hoping to find a landing. I have stood on the edge of that ledge for some time, deciding to remain in the more comfortable feeling spot I've been in instead of making the jump. Life has a way of forcing things when one is too stubborn to let go of the ledge. Here is precisely where my journey begins; where it is meant to begin. I like control. I like predicatability. I realize I have come to liking them at the expense of LIVING, and that is not ok. Here I go!



The Master Key Experience begins anew at a very poignant time. I'm happily embarking on a lot of NEW; a lot of UNKNOWN and I choose BOLDNESS as my chief tool along the way. I will CONTRIBUTE. I will CONNECT. I will CONQUER!

I've spent the majority of my life doing the best with what I knew. From late adolescence forward, I knew that the outcome of my life relied to a great extent on fate! However the wind might blow, favoring me or repeling me- I could only hope for the best. Others had more control over outcomes, or at least someone had more control over their outcomes! But me? No,  I was different. I emanate from different beginnings. And therefore, I could only hope for the best. 

In the past year I have changed much. I have become more self-directed and less caught up in polling others to try to decide what was right for me. As a result here are the things I am experiencing right now. I have just earned a compensated leadership role in the international networking organization I belong to. I am on the verge of hiring a business/publishing/public speaking coach. And I am in discussions about buying a local art gallery that I love that is highly acclaimed in my area.  If anyone would have told me  a year ago that these three things would be happening right now, I would have laughed about how wonderful such a thing would be. But here I am! And it's real! 

Do I know the source of funding all of this? No. Have I checked in with everyone and anyone that crosses my path to see what they think about my ideas? Not a chance!  Do I fear the risks involved in giving these things a shot, especially all at once? Not really. I balance it all with a slight emphasis on risk assessment and realize that, in the big scheme of things, the risk of going for it is quite minimal. It is the risk of never trying that is SO much greater! 

One thing I do know with great certainty. I am going after it all with the greatest of gusto, because I have BURNED THE SHIPS! Failure is no option. Where else would I rather be? 

Conventional wisdom says you should have a backup in case you can't achieve your goal. But sometimes, the best motivation can be to get rid of any safety net and leave yourself no choice apart from achieving your goals.


Travel Blog- Thailand, Foodie Day Part 2 at the Akha Cooking School

Making the curry paste

After being SO impressed by my guide, Niti, during the fresh market tour, I elected to register for her cooking class for the evening. There were 5 other enrollees and we had another fabulous time! We made -and ate- so many dishes, it was amazing! Niti began with having us choose from a full menu.

In each category we chose one dish to prepare. My choices were Papaya salad, one of my favorite Thai dishes, Tom Kha Gai soup, and Red Curry with Chicken. Additionally we each made from scratch the curry pastes needed for our entrees, spring rolls,  an Akha salad, an Akha soup  and mango with sticky rice for dessert. Needless to say, this days combination of fresh market tour and cooking school make for a very robust day of eating! Not one of use could finish all we had. 

Fabulous papaya salad and spring roll!

For this post, I’ll allow the photos to give the greatest story! If you’re traveling to Chiang Mai, you MUST take Niti’s market tour and her cooking class!


Feels great to have learned how to prepare a great Thai meal!


Travel Blog- Thailand, The Foodie Day

Coffee teaIt was Friday, the day I dedicated to Thai Foodie Day. This wasn’t my plan, but it’s how it evolved. And what a fabulous day it was! In reality, every day in Thailand can be foodie day, but today I gained a lot of knowledge of the culture, especially pertaining to the food the Thai people eat.  

I began the morning with my new friend Niti, the host of the Chiang Mai Fresh Market Tour. This event was a tour of the morning market and so much more! Niti gave me insight for what I was seeing in the market and so much to appreciate about local Thai life and the important aspect of life the fresh market fulfills. She gifted me with a

Not just any bread!
fabulous breakfast including Thai coffee, tea and the butter bread of Portuguese influence. Then after perusing, studying and shopping the market, we had a lovely lunch together in a beautiful park! I was far over fed and there were plenty of leftovers for her to take to the chefs at her cooking school. 

Past breakfast time, Niti had me try what she called a century egg, emphasizing that I must try it before she tells me what it

Century Egg
is. The egg begins rather suspect nestled in its carton donning its flamboyant pink splendored shell! It’s like the Cyndi Lauper of eggs. Then once the vendor peels it, halves it and serves it in a bowl, the curiosity grows.  As you can see, you have never eaten an egg quite like this before. It really was tasty I have to admit. Now time for the big reveal. <Spoiler Alert: century egg preparation coming!>

So the wondrous century egg, highly regarded as a medicinal food, is made by storing eggs in a clay pot underground for one hundred days. Hence the century reference. In horse pee. Yes, horse pee. Students of natural medicine have certainly heard often the medicinal and cleansing affects of ammonia. The idea of the century egg as medicine follows that line of thought. Honestly? I am far more prone to Thai medicinal foods than some of what we Americans have come to consider food. I’ll leave you to ponder this.

Next we walked through the market, Niti showing me things as we went. The market is at least as much social gathering

Flash cooking fresh chili sauce
The fresh market, just as one infers, offers foods prepared or harvested fresh for purchase. A flash market refers to a vendors on-the-spot cook to order menu. This may help explain why eating Thai street food is generally safe: the Thai people seem to have one cooking temperature: HIGH! When you order Khao Soi or Pad Thai from a street vendor, it is generally cooked right before your eyes at maximum heat. My understanding is that the term street food can differ in the the vendors offering street food are offering items that did not sell earlier in the day, so they have them on display, sausages for instance, and they grill them to high temperature as you wait.

In the end it was so hard to choose what to select to eat. Niti helped me and we ended up with a very nice lunch with a lot to share.

What a fantastic experience this was! I gained so much more than just a great breakfast! Cultural insight, history, a full belly and a new friend!


Travel Blog- Thailand, Amazing Elephant Adventure!

Met my songthaew for the journey to the elephant sanctuary. This promised to be an excellent time. first it would be very personal with only 2 other tour participants, Emily and Beth from Ringwood, England. As I later learned, these tours are typically occupied by 12 to 20 people. 

New friends from England

   After a beautiful, winding drive out of the city and into the mountains, we stopped for a marvelous lunch, then 20 minutes further up the mountain for this experience. More amazing scenery and unbelievable motorcycle roads! After disembarking the ride up, we had a lovely 10 minute hike down a trail to where the elephants are hosted. They are able to roam free where they live, with beautiful natural surroundings. It is clearly evident they are loved and well cared for. AS we reached the clearing where the elephants became aware of our presence, oh the cacophony they made! It’s dinner and play time!

Elephant love!!!

   This trip was so fun! Feeding the elephants, bathing them in the river to cool them off and even a water fight with the tour hosts.  After departing the elephants, we had another 15 minute hike through the woods, across narrow bamboo bridges for great balancing acts (no pressure about falling in with everything I carried!), and down to a beautiful waterfall. As great as I expected this experience, my expectations were exceeded by far!

Elephants have my heart!


Travel Blog- Thailand, Changes in Chang Mai


George once said it’s most defining how a relationship will work when people travel together. I so gratefully acknowledge that travel with George and with my daughter Ariel have proven that our relationships are authentic and fantastic! This outcome is not Always guaranteed. 


Less than a week in, my Thailand travel mate and I found that traveling together was absolutely not working well. Societal expectation helps one imagine there must have been a massive communal blowout, but there really was no such event. It was increasingly evident that my friend really no longer wanted to be away from home and, at only a week in, I personally had to decide the risk factor of staying with her because of a case of the “shoulds” or parting ways for our mutual benefit. Ultimately the second option won. Now mind you, we are in a very safe country and she has remained with our driver/companion while I have struck out on my own. We just happened to have traveled to a country where this determination could conscientiously be made!


The lesson I’ve learned in this experience is to trust my instinct and to not ignore my deepest intuitions. Not only does this apply in travel; it applies in every aspect of life. Who’s impact have I missed due to fear of unknowns? What life-changing experiences have I snuffed out due to following the need for a sense of temporary comfort? Who have I MISSED impacting due to my fear of rejection?


The thought continuously returns to me that I have one life and that it is quick and absent of practice runs! Relax, but take no moment for granted!


Travel Blog- Thailand, Day 3-4

It is Sunday morning, and we are antipating the arrival of our car and driver to assist us in heading north. We have a general plan with wiggle room, to visit some of the old cities, participate in a home stay, visit some vast culturally differing areas, celebrate the natural surrounds, and more. I am excited to visit and participate in some of the local silk raising and weaving traditions along the way!

We spent much of yesterday shopping; everything ranging from a local handicrafts market to a six-level shopping mall with an aquarium, zoo and entire floor dedicated to exotic cars!

The McLaren, an exotic car close to my heart as I am of Clan McLaren! ❤️

Our visit to the small business market was truly interesting! A frenzy of vendors selling everything ranging from fried worms and grubs, fish for pets and eating, pets ranging from dogs, foxes, and rodents, some of which I didn’t recognize to  handcrafted items. Of course the handcrafts grab my heart.  This is the piece I couldn’t leave without. A beautiful woven scarf with locally spun, hand-dyed yarn. It consists of a shimmering cotton and silk. It was a pleasure speaking with the vendor about her family traditions from the northeast region of Thailand.

And now, we get to go to the very region where all this handmade beauty emanates from! Stay tuned!