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Week 22 …It’s a Masquerade Ball!

Before we get into all the dancing at the Masquerade Ball…masquerade ball
Lets set the scene…Disheveled Stressed Business Woman

First, you should know that I began my journey with the Master Keys for a very specific reason. Although I did not know EXACTLY what that reason was at the time, I just had a strong feeling that The Master Keys journey was my next step. I believe I have mentioned that I had experienced a prelude to this journey last year in my studies of Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill in Go90Grow. Actually studying Think and Grow Rich was a pivotal step in a long series of steps leading up to a total transformation of my thinking. Some of these steps were rather rough on me financially, physically, spiritually and mentally to say the least!

Originally I thought that I was looking for a way back to business success in this corrected economy that I appreciate for it’s “back to basics” nature. Honestly that seems rather superficial in retrospect.

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What I have discovered is that I am on a journey to find my authentic self and to discover the God given authentic gifts within me that is my purpose to share with the world. Sounds pretty heavy, eh?

who-am-iRight! In sharing this insight recently with others close to me, they were somewhat confused. The common consensus was that I have always been in the business of helping others and being of service in every business venture, so what makes it different now? My reply? “Good question. Legitimate question. Hmmm, requires some deeper thought. I’ll get back to you on that.”

I received some insight in our lesson from Week 22 whereby Mark J shares his personal story of what he refers to as, “The Dance of Life”. He explains how we all have roles in our lives whereby we copy the behavior of others in similar roles. For example as a spouse, parent, sibling, child, student, employee, business owner, friend, helper, church member, board member, ect. The list is endless. You get the picture. This “Dance of Life” is a Masquerade Ball! If you are like most people, your thoughts jump immediately to Mardi Gras with masks like this…

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No worries, you probably will not see them on Main St. in your home town. (No guarantees though 🙂 )woman-roles  Mark J describes that, metaphorically, we each wear the mask of the role we are playing for that moment; and of course, we all have different masks for each of our roles. I could so relate to this analogy!!!

So at this point in my journey, I have learned that most people, myself included, are so busy being all things to all people that we rarely learn to just “BE”. For me, I am rather stubborn and had to be completely crippled to surrender. I have been through many phases of the cycle…denial, anger, blame, acceptance and now gratitude. YES! Gratitude. Without all the phases of this crippling surrender, I could not begin the work of just BEING.

heroes journeyOver the past year we have been studying “The Hero’s Journey” by Joseph Campbell in Go90Grow and then in the Master Keys. Here and now, I find myself to have traversed to the half way point. To the point of no return. My Helpers and Mentors have taken me as far as they can on my journey. I must let go of the distractions, the multi-tasking, the “all things to all people”and the noise of the world without. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that my definite major purpose in life is to create a Legacy by Helping Others (my true PPNs). To discover HOW, I must journey further within… I must enter the abyss to discover my authentic self and to discover the God given authentic gifts within me that is my purpose to share with the world.  I am reminded of some very helpful advice….

Just Breathe


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Week 21…Meet the science of God

I absolutely love our lesson for week 21! As a lover of science and a person who majored in math and science to guarantee that I would graduate from college regardless of the liberal arts course requirements; discovering the link between God and science through this master key journey has given me a solid confirmation of a feeling that I have has all of my life.

The simple fact that there are scientific natural laws that govern ALL things.

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Although, we learn this fact in high school years, I doubt that any student really catches the magnitude of these lessons.

In fact, I go as far as to posit that there are very few, if any, teachers or instructors of science that have gone further than the surface of these widely accepted, but rarely understood, teachings.

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So what is this feeling that I have had all my life? What is it that make a scientific person such as myself cry in church as the Pastor delivers a sermon with enthusiasm???

I received my answer with certainly and belief this week. During the introduction of Haanel’s Lesson 21 he writes:
“We know that the universe is governed by law; that for every effect there must be
a cause, and that the same cause, under the same conditions, will invariably
produce the same effect.
Consequently, if prayer has ever been answered, it will always be answered, if the
proper conditions are complied with. This must necessarily be true; otherwise thescience and faith
universe would be a chaos instead of a cosmos. The answer to prayer is therefore subject to law, and this law is definite, exact and scientific, just as are the laws governing gravitation and electricity. An understanding of this law takes the foundation of Christianity out of the realm of superstition and credulity and places it upon the firm rock of scientific understanding.  But, unfortunately, there are comparatively few persons who know how to pray.
They understand that there are laws governing electricity, mathematics, and chemistry, but, for some inexplicable reason, it never seems to occur to them that there are also spiritual laws, and that these laws are also definite, scientific, exact, and operate with immutable precision.”

Hello???
I am certain that something as simple as a copy and paste of the entire weekly lesson will not be convincing to the mind that has not done the hard mental labor required to internalize the facts.  It is with the required hard mental labor and the material between Haanel’s opening and closing statements that warms my heart and ignites my mind all at the same time!!

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Haanel opens with the real secret to power…
1. The real secret of power is consciousness of power. The Universal Mind isHand of God
unconditional; therefore, the more conscious we become of our unity with this mind, the less conscious we shall become of conditions and limitations, and as we become emancipated or freed from conditions we come into a realization of the unconditional. We have become free!

Haanel goes on to reveal more of God’s message to us in closing this week’s lesson:
27. The Divine Mind is the Universal Mind; it makes no exceptions, it plays no favorites; it does not act through sheer caprice or from anger, jealousy or wrath; neither can it be flattered, cajoled or moved by sympathy or petition to supply man with some need which he thinks necessary for his happiness or even his existence.
The Divine Mind makes no exceptions to favor any individual; but when the
individual understands and realizes his Unity with the Universal principle he will
appear to be favored because he will have found the source of all health, all wealth,
and all power.

What comfort is is to bring it all together! Og aptly labels each of us “Nature’s Greatest Miracle”. Miracles, inspiration, fascination, understanding, love and faith are so tightly weaved together in the universal that they are indistinguishable. The true miracle is that we are all in all with God. Thank God that this fact in inescapable!


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Week 20 But wait…I thought I was a hedgehog!

This week the Master Key Guides focused in on a topic that I really needed to hear even though I did NOT love to hear it. Effective multitasking is a myth!  They even presented a study from Stanford University!

Multitasking-businesswoman

Long before the phrase was coined; I was doing, doing, doing and of course I was doing everything at the same time. I have always prided myself on being an excellent multitasker. In fact, I had earned a reputation for being an excellent multitasker and I was very successful!

Book - the Fox and Hedgehog concept

As if the most recent several weeks of my journey haven’t rattled my cage enough! The Master Key Guides present us with Isaiah Berlin’s Essay, The Hedgehog and the Fox, which is summed up by this cartoon:

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Throughout the lesson I am thinking, I am a hedgehog for sure. I know I am a hedgehog. I know about focus. I know about concentration. I know about getting things done. No wait, but I am an excellent multitasker! Oh crap! So what you’re saying is …I am a Fox. Right?

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Now I’m faced with the curiosity of how successful would I have been if were more focused on the task at hand? Banish the thought! As Og reminds us in Scroll V, “Yesterday is buried forever and I will think of it no more.”

But I want to be a hedgehog!! Haanel constantly urges us week after week to concentrate, to quiet our mind, to be silent so that we may listen; so that we may tap into the power of the Universal mind. These are qualities of a hedgehog!! I am learning these qualities all over again on a much deeper level than ever before in my life. I would say that I am the equivalent of a baby in the world within. Using my affirmation to transform myself this week looks like this:

I AM A HEDGEHOG!

Ok, so right now I am a baby hedgehog; but I am a hedgehog!

Baby hedgehog

And this is how I grow, focusing on the little, tiny red area.

hedgehog-concept

I am retraining my brain to do just ONE THING at a time.

WOW, let me tell you it is work!!

Hannel writes:

17. An understanding of these facts, first intellectually and then emotionally, will
enable us to drink deeply from this ocean of infinite power. An intellectual
understanding will be of no assistance; the emotions must be brought into action;
thought without feeling is cold. The required combination is thought and feeling.
18. Inspiration is from within. The Silence is necessary, the senses must be stilled,
the muscles relaxed, repose cultivated. When you have thus come into possession
of a sense of poise and power you will be ready to receive the information or
inspiration or wisdom which may be necessary for the development of your
purpose.

I get it intellectually. Now to internalize it all and embrace it on an emotional level. Going from doing, doing, doing to being, being, being is the real journey. Haanel talks of the rewards of being diligent on our journey…

8. When you begin to perceive that the essence of the Universal is within yourself —
is you — you begin to do things; you begin to feel your power; it is the fuel which
fires the imagination; which lights the torch of inspiration; which gives vitality to
thought; which enables you to connect with all the invisible forces of the Universe.
It is this power which will enable you to plan fearlessly, to execute masterfully.
9. But perception will come only in the Silence; this seems to be the condition
required for all great purposes. You are a visualizing entity. Imagination is your
workshop. It is here that your ideal is to be visualized.

As you may have realized I have been in what I have called “catch-up” mode for about 2 weeks. Getting my blog caught up, doing the reading from multiple weeks, listing to replays in addition to the class. It’s almost like cramming for an exam. Here’s the hoot… there is no such thing as “catching up” on the journey within!! It is a progression. You simply cannot make progress by multitasking!!

No-Multitasking

No worries, the Master Key Guides have our back even after the 26 weeks are over. This is a lifetime journey. A spiritual journey. I invite you to join me in Week 21 as I make the connection emotionally by letting go of what I do not need, while claiming what I do need.

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