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Week 16 – Manifesting my life… Part 2

Master Key BookIn our study of the Master Keys, we are only presented with one week’s lesson at a time. We are to study this lesson and allow it to breathe the essence of the lesson into our lives. Last week I was inspired to share how I manifested my beautiful family into my life with the full intention of continuing that story for you this week.

If you were catching the drift from last week, you know that God and I had very different ideas of my “ideal family” 🙂 Challenging is such a mild word for the transition we were all making to become the loving, caring family that we are today. 

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There were so many lessons for us to learn, individually and collectively. I often thought, “It must be so much easier to grow into a family when you start from infants.” Trust me I have been assured by everyone I know that it is not! LOL

Haanel’s introduction to Week 16’s lesson shed a great deal of light on this last period of 7 years of my life. Insight and understanding. Check this out…

law-of-sevensThe vibratory activities of the planetary Universe are governed by a law of
periodicity. Everything that lives has periods of birth, growth, fruitage, and decline.
These periods are governed by the Septimal Law.
The Law of Sevens governs the days of the week, the phases of the moon, the
harmonies of sound, light, heat, electricity, magnetism, atomic structure. It governs
the life of individuals and of nations, and it dominates the activities of the
commercial world.
Life is growth, and growth is change, each seven years period takes us into a new
cycle. The first seven years is the period of infancy. The next seven the period of
childhood, representing the beginning of individual responsibility. The next seven
represents the period of adolescence. The fourth period marks the attainment of full
growth. The fifth period is the constructive period, when men begin to acquire
property, possessions, a home and family. The next from 35 to 42, is a period of
reactions and changes, and this in turn is followed by a period of reconstruction,
adjustment and recuperation, so as to be ready for a new cycle of sevens,
beginning with the fiftieth year.

Well if that doesn’t explain just about everything!!!!Reconstruction
I am just recovering from the seventh period – you know the one Haanel describes as a period of reconstruction, adjustment and recuperation!!!! There is no better description of this period of my life! My Sweetheart, Clymer and I were talking just last week about the fact that we have been challenged on every front; physically, spiritually, family, financially, business. In addition to all the challenges that this 7 year period presented us as a family; my character and integrity were attacked. I was really quite shocked.

Truth_QuestioningAlthough I did not realize it until much later, these attacks emanated from people who were jilted by my decision to focus on my own family instead of my business, and the benefits they received from my business success. As time went on, these constant attacks lead me question my purpose. If I had made the right decisions. Would I ever be “successful” again?

The daily battles of “reconstruction” brought on by malicious acts of others became my focus for far too long!!   I realized this and began to turn my attention to LONG reflective moments, deep searches within, and growing my spiritual relationship.

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THEN finally it hit me one day!! I came to the realization that I AM SUCCESSFUL!! I am doing exactly what God intended for me to do. I am taking amazing care of my family!
Within our first 18 months as a family, Clymer and I built our new home together; no loan required!
My new daughters begged to be home schooled through their high school years. Let me just say that repeating high school was not in my life’s plan! 🙂 In fact one night I even had a dreamHome School life (2) (OK it was a nightmare!) that my own personal high school diploma was revoked thus voiding my bachelor’s degree from college! YIKES! I was knee deep in the 10th
grade!!!

I am so proud of both of them for completing this phase of their lives with fortitude and discipline. Amazing young ladies!

Clymer’s injury on the job requiring 2 back surgeries was life changing.Pics - 7-25-13 077 I watched him press on and provide for his family in excruciating pain every day for years. Pride can make us do things that are not necessarily good for us! Finally I convinced him to go for disability to avoid spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair. – That was a huge success! 🙂 Of course there are adjustments of every kind, every day; but we are grateful for each day’s progress.

Haanel writes in lesson 16:
2. The most commonly accepted definition of wealth is that it consists of all useful and agreeable things which possess exchange value. It is this exchange value which is the predominant characteristic of wealth.
3. When we consider the small addition made by wealth to the happiness of the
possessor, we find that the true value consists not in its utility but in its exchange.

WOW this was a serious adjustment in “exchange value” for me. I have always striven for riches and wealth for the good it could do.  And I love to do good for others!  But through it all… the challenges, growth, blessings and gratitude!  Now this was the kind of wealth I grew up with!  I had come full circle.  Truly, as a family, we are wealthy!

Being wealthy

When I think about my family and how we have melded together, I am reminded of Og Mandino’s Scroll marked IV. As different as we all are, I just want to give each of them a big squeeze and hang a sign around their neck like this one:

You are the miracle

My girls will be 21 and 19 in less than a month. We have joined our families and our hearts. I have manifested a beautiful family and a beautiful life. Speaking of manifesting my life, it is my sincerest believe that I have manifested myself right into this Master Keys Journey.

Entering the final year of this seven year period, I have full faith that I have learned more than one definition of wealth and what “exchange value” means. The best is yet to come! I can hardly wait for each new day on my journey!

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Week 15… Manifesting my life…Part 1

Haanel’s lesson 15 brings a time of reflection. This week I’d like to share a life altering moment with you. About 10 years ago, I came to a realization about my life. You see, I was tremendously successful at everything I had set out to do up to that point. I loved my businesses. I loved being of service to others.  Bobk - Think and Grow RichI was happy. I was a living product of Napoleon Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich.  

I had the privilege of growing up in an environment that lived by many of these principles. I discovered the actual book upon graduating college.

Now, knowing the connection between Hill and Haanel; these words in lesson 15 speak directly to my early success:
13. Thought may lead to action of any kind, but whatever the action, it is simply the thought attempting to express itself in visible form. It is evident, therefore, that if we wish desirable conditions, we can afford to entertain only desirable thoughts.
14. This leads to the inevitable conclusion that if we wish to express abundance in our lives, we can afford to think abundance only, and as words are only thoughts taking form, we must be especially careful to use nothing but constructive and harmonious language, which when finally crystallized into objective forms, will prove to our advantage.

Indeed, I was tremendously successful at everything I set out to do. Everything except the one thing I valued most. A family. As a single woman whom most would consider rather accomplished, it came as a startling realization.
kids_on_a_rockIn typical Bobbie fashion, I set out to rectify the situation. I immediately planned to adopt two children from Guatemala, after meeting the adoptive children of friends. Then the requirements changed, requiring that I be married. So I thought well obviously, if I were married; I would just have my own children! That was a sign if I ever saw one!

This lead to the decision to create a plan to streamline my businesses over the next 5 years while I waited for God to chose the perfect Sweetheart just for me, for all eternity. I figured that by the time God found him, I would have found the time in my schedule for a family. I absolutely loved my nieces and nephews. I grew up in a loving family and family is the most important thing in the world to me. But I knew that I could not approach this matter of having a family in the same manner that I had built my businesses….Or could I???? hmmmm…I needed to think on this matter some more.  Be careful what you wish for

This is where Haanel’s points 15-17 would have come in handy!!
15. We cannot escape from the pictures we incessantly photograph on the mind, and this photography of erroneous conceptions is exactly what is being done by the use of words, when we use any form of language which is not identified with our welfare.
16. We manifest more and more life as our thought becomes clarified and takes higher planes. This is obtained with greater facility as we use word pictures that are clearly defined, and relieved of the conceptions attached to them on lower planes of thought.
17. It is with words that we must express our thoughts, and if we are to make use of higher forms of truth, we may use only such material as has been carefully and intelligently selected with this purpose in view.

So I set out to manifest my new life. Every time someone would ask me out on a date I was very clear aboutFirst date my intention. If they felt God had chosen them for me for eternity, then we could go on a date. Otherwise,  no thank you.  🙂  As you can imagine, this tactic greatly reduced the number of invitations to actual dates conversion rate!

Luckily, God is much more efficient than I. It only took about two years for Him to present His choice to me! During this two years, I had all but exited the residential construction lending industry, my mortgage bank license was inactive, my branch was pretty much shut down, when a builder called and begged me to consider helping this one guy. I respectfully declined and thought that was the end of it. But John, a long time client, kept calling me and telling me his customer’s story and insisting that I was the only one who could help him and his two little girls. Upon John’s continued insistence, I agreed to do one more new home construction loan before I left the industry forever.  After all…

THe last one!

I met with Mr. Clymer to go over the possibilities of building his new home. A funny thing happened that soulmates-850x340day. God hit me right in the head with a 2 x4- and said this is the ONE! I did not know it that day but Clymer did!! As I explained that I NEVER date my clients; I kindly declined his dinner invitation.

We quickly discovered that certain circumstances coupled with the rapidly changing lending climate, that I could not help him build a new home at that time. Now I must be honest here… At first, I thought, “God, perhaps I should have been more clear in the details. I had not actually planned for the challenge of a single Dad raising tween girls! Wow 13 and 11- I was thinking I would just have my own children – thank you.” But God’s response was very clear to me. This is the family he had chosen just for me! So we went on our first date.

Having the power of words ingrained into my mind and spirit, we set out to become a family over Success-is-liking-yourself-liking-what-you-do-and-liking-how-you-do-it.the years. I can attest to the power of Haanel’s lesson statements in 20 – 21:
20. We know that the Universal Thought has for its goal the creation of form, and we know that the individual thought is likewise forever attempting to express itself in form, and we know that the word is a thought form, and a sentence is a combination of thought forms, therefore, if we wish our ideal to be beautiful or strong, we must see that the words out of which this temple will eventually be created are exact, that they are put together carefully, because accuracy in building words and sentences is the highest form of architecture in civilization and is a passport to success.
21. Words are thoughts and are therefore an invisible and invincible power which will finally objectify themselves in the form they are given.

Droid 3 4-16-13 154At that first moment, agreeing to that first date; I knew full well that this would certainly be my greatest challenge ever. These young girls had their Dad wrapped around their fingers.  🙂  With their Mom out of the picture, I knew they were going to be tough to get close to.  I also knew that we spoke very different versions of the English language.  This would take every fiber of my being and every drop of kindness I could muster. What I did not expect was the depth of my love for these girls in spite of all the growing pains of becoming a real family.

Here they are!  My beautiful family… I would not trade them for anything! Now that you know how I came to manifest my family, I invite you join me as I share some valuable life lessons learned along the way next week in Manifesting my life – Part 2!  

As Paul Harvey would say…stay tuned for…

Paul Harvey - the rest of the story


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Week 14 Interest vs Commitment

This week I have been giving much thought to the difference between Interest vs Commitment. Then today Commitment - Kenneth Blanchard I heard a quote about this very subject. At first I agreed immediately, then I got to thinking that maybe “results” is not the exact word I was looking for to end that quote. Results sounds so final, like the actual journey to “results” doesn’t matter. After consulting Webster, I discovered that result can be a verb as well….what luck! 😉
Verb (used without object)
1. to spring, arise, or proceed as a consequence of actions, circumstances, premises, etc.; be the outcome.
2. to terminate or end in a specified manner or thing.
Noun
3. something that happens as a consequence; outcome.
4. Mathematics. A quantity, an expression, etc., obtained by calculation.

We are half way through our 26 week Master Keys journey. When I began my journey I agreed I was committed. It has been a long time since I have made a commitment of this magnitude to myself.   Commitment-You

I have made them to others; my family, my friends, my pets all of which I am happy to honor. After reflection on this quote with results defined as “to spring, arise, or proceed as a consequence of actions, circumstance, premises to be the outcome”. I have decided I rather like it!   And I believe it suits my commitment to my Master Keys journey.

Commitment - loyalThis week we celebrate the arrival of the New Year. I have observed many people publicly make their New Year’s Resolutions. This is something I have never really understood. I’ve always thought it was a hokey idea since so few people actually “resolve” their resolutions. Which brings me back to the Interested vs Commitment thing. I believe many are interested in their resolutions, but not necessarily committed. I have always been more of a “plan, do, check, adjust” kind of gal. So goals – yes, but resolutions no.

Goals with integrity, that is my plan.

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Which leads me to quote one of my favorite thinkers…   einstein-quote-thinking

Einstein’s quote can be taken one step further with this week’s lesson points 24-30 from Haanel:
24. Yet there are many who are not ready to enter into the discipline necessary to think correctly, even though it is evident that wrong thinking has brought failure.
25. Thought is the only reality; conditions are but the outward manifestations; as the thought changes, all outward or material conditions must change in order to be in harmony with their creator, which is thought.
26. But the thought must be clear cut, steady, fixed, definite, unchangeable; you cannot take one step forward and two steps backward, neither can you spend twenty or thirty years of your life building up negative conditions as the result of negative thoughts, and then expect to see them all melt away as the result of fifteen or twenty minutes of right thinking.
27. If you enter into the discipline necessary to bring about a radical change in your life, you must do so deliberately, after giving the matter careful thought and full consideration, and then you must allow nothing to interfere with your decision.
28. This discipline, this change of thought, this mental attitude will not only bring you the material things which are necessary for your highest and best welfare, but will bring health and harmonious conditions generally.
29. If you wish harmonious conditions in your life, you must develop an harmonious mental attitude.
30. Your world without will be a reflection of your world within.

Commitment- single decision

Haanel’s assignment for our sitting and thinking time is to “concentrate on Harmony, and when I say concentrate, I mean all that the word implies; concentrate so deeply, so earnestly, that you will be conscious of nothing but harmony.”
Concentrating on harmony has brought me full circle with my thoughts on Interest vs Commitment. To have harmony within as well as harmony in my life; I am not merely Interested, I remain Committed.  The journey continues…

The road continues