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.
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?
Right! 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…
No worries, you probably will not see them on Main St. in your home town. (No guarantees though 🙂 ) 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.
Over 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….