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Week 2 Missing the boat?

As I listened to our Master Key guides implore with our entire class to dig right into the material, following the assignments diligently and with ENTHUSIASM; I am reminded of the Parable of the Flood.  Let me refresh your memory…

A terrible storm came into a town and local officials sent out an emergency warning that the riverbanks would soon Flood warningoverflow and flood the nearby homes.  They ordered everyone in the town to evacuate immediately.

A faithful Christian man heard the warning and decided to stay, saying to himself, “I will trust God and if I am in danger, then God will send a divine miracle to save me.”  

The neighbors came by his house and said to him, “We’re leaving and there is room for you in our car, please come with us!”  But the man declined, “I have faith that God will save me.”

Escaping the flood in canoeAs the man stood on his porch watching the water rise up the steps, a man in a canoe paddled by and called to him, “Hurry and come into my canoe, the waters are rising quickly!”  But the man again said, “No thanks, God will save me.”  

The floodwaters rose higher pouring water into his living room and the man had to retreat to the second floor.  A police motorboat came by and saw him at the window.  “We will come up and rescue you!” they shouted,  

But the man refused, waving them off saying, “Use your time to save someone else!  

I have faith that God will save me!”

The flood waters rose higher and higher and the man had to climb up to his rooftop.

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A helicopter spotted him and dropped a rope ladder,  A rescue officer came down the ladder and pleaded with the man, “Grab my hand and I will pull you up!”  But the man STILL refused, folding his arms tightly to his body.  “No thank you! God will save me!”

faithShortly after, the house broke up and the floodwaters swept the man away and he drowned.

When in Heaven, the man stood before God and asked, “I put all of my faith in You.  Why didn’t you come and save me?”

And God said, “Son, I sent you a warning.  I sent you a car.  I sent you a canoe.  I sent you a motorboat.  I sent you a helicopter.  What more were you looking for?” 

Fellow Master Key classmates  and those considering the journey, take it from someone who wishes she headed the FIRST warning last season instead of waiting to ride out in the canoe!!  I urge you to dig in to our material and weekly assignments like they are a well crafted manuscript for the life of your dreams – BECAUSE THEY ARE!

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Week 1 Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back!

If you are a TV fan, you may have sang the title of this post and said, “Oh yeah, I remember that show!!”  YEP, I sang Welcome back Kotterthat theme song as I typed the title!  “Welcome back Kotter” was a TV series from 1975-1979 which still has re-runs on the oldies channels occasionally.  I have never been a big TV watcher, but the theme song played on the radio for a few years after the show ended.   Even though I only watched the show a few times as a special after school re-run, I liked the song back in the day!

Funny thing is, I haven’t heard or thought about that show in years; and I mean YEARS!  Yet the characters popped right into my head by the time I was thinking of the third “welcome back”!  That silly incident was social proof enough to remind me that the subconscious mind never forgets!!

Ok, you may ask, “Welcome back” to what??  Fair enough…

Welcome back to my Master Key Quest!!  I have been on a journey for about a year to find my true, sincere, heartfelt bliss.  You know, that path I want to take for the rest of my life that brings such joy to my heart that it makes me leap out of bed it the morning in anticipation!!  Maybe that sounds like a cliche to you right now, but I have discovered that it is a for real journey that anyone can take!!

mkmma3The Master Keys 2015 session has began!  So this week, I begin anew, again! As Og Mandino would say in the scroll marked I, “Today I begin a new life.”  OK, if I were still in school, you might immediately think I was “held back a grade”.  Oh on the contrary!!  I have progressed forward light years!  My fellow MKMMA sojourners and I, have been catapulted into the “genius in training” class as we learn more and more about an amazing tool that everyone has – our minds!!  I’d like to introduce a little icon that we recognize and welcome as a familiar sight… a reminder that we hold the key to creating a new blueprint in our own mind.

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I begin this session with such enthusiasm that I can hardly contain myself!!  I know it will be WORK.  Believe me I know, but I keep thinking about all the comments that I have heard during my journey thus far.  My friends, family and even my business partners have noticed that I am so much more calm and at peace with myself.  Many have said to me that they cannot believe how well I have handled all the challenges in my life over the past few years!  They tell me that they would never be able to handle it, let alone be so calm and happy.  Well, I assure you; it was not always so!!

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For a decisive person, I cannot believe how many times I have changed my mind during this journey about my actual “bliss”.  I have been amazed by my discoveries as I peel back the layers of what today’s world calls “success”.  I have been through woods, over rocky terrain, waded through creeks and even felt like I was drowning in the ocean at times.

Why do I go on?  The discovery, the awe, the hope, the closeness to God, the revelations, the crying – and yes there will be more crying, but the excitement from becoming a hero in my own life is more captivating than any movie I have ever watched!  I invite you to continue on this journey of discovery with me.  Perhaps you’ll be inspired to become a hero in your own life?

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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.”

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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!

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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!

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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!

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

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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!!

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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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Week 19….. Bobbie makes a come back in the silence…

Hello again!  I am still here and making strides along my journey to get back on track.

Back to the basics and the foundation that formed the road to begin my journey.

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I have made an observation though…once you have travel this far on the journey within; the basics feel very different.   The tone of my journey has changed.  The way I see each day has changed.  Each of us are living the life we have chosen.  Let that one sit with you for a while….

I am living the life I have chosen.  My future self has chosen a vastly different life.  One filled with more kindness, more gratitude, more of the intangibles that make a difference in the lives of every person with whom I come in contact.  Perspective….WOW such a powerful tool.

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We can choose to wallow around in that which we find distasteful.  OR…we can choose to tap into the power within and think, speak and sit ourselves into peace, love and harmony in the world within.  Then watch in awe as it overflows into the world without.   Even if it is a little at a time…be prepared… it is contagious…

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Kindness. Love.  Within. Without.

THANK GOD for getting back to the silence of the sit!

Now to truly seek out and form a Master Mind Alliance!!

The quest for Harmony is on!


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Week 18 The question that gave me Instant Power

As you may recall in “Week 17A The turmoil created by ONE question”; I was rescued by ANOTHER question. 6a00d8341bf7d953ef0120a6c148b0970b-800wi (2)The Master Keys Team has made it perfectly clear from the beginning that it is their intention to create independent thinkers vs building a following that hangs on their every word.

I must say that they remain consistently true to this intention. Rather than trying to influence any decision or conclusion that I come to during my turmoil; the Week 18 Master Keys webinar presented us with a universally applicable tool in the form of another question… GET THIS….

WHAT WOULD THE PERSON I INTEND TO BECOME DO NEXT?

BAM! Total Power! In fact, Instant Power when you consider all of the work each of us have been doing to get to know the person we intend to become!

Haanel writes in Lesson 18 section 32:
32. The incentive of attention is interest; the greater the interest, the greater theSDfocused
attention; the greater the attention, the greater the interest, action and reaction; begin by paying attention; before long you will have aroused interest; this interest
will attract more attention, and this attention will produce more interest, and so on.  This practice will enable you to cultivate the power of attention.

This question did a whole lot more than pique my interest. While assessed my situation; I concentrated, observed others, observed myself and gave concentrated attention to multiple areas of my life. Then I made the decision that I would begin with communication since the person I intend to become is a caring, kind communicator that is a blessing to everyone I encounter.

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Communicating in this manner, I discovered that it wasn’t all about MY growth, MY changes and the need to eliminate all negativity from MY life. My Master Keys journey is having a much bigger impact on my family than I realized. I’ll admit at first there was anxiety in our communication. Although I knew that Clymer has been growing right along with me throughout the years, recently he has been doing his own DEEP mind work. We talked about the fact that “We teach people how to treat us” and how we can best move from here.

calm_waterThe best part about communicating as the person I indent to become with care and kindness was that it presented the opportunity for my DMP to be shared with my family vs being heard in the distance. You see all along I thought that it was just going to be a transformation of me, my mind and my life. These past few weeks of turmoil brought forth gifts that I was completely unaware were happening. In creating a positive world within, I was able to create a positive world without!

Instead of starting all over, all by myself, which is what I was afraid was going to happen: we have a partnership in accomplishing our DMP!!

Soooo… I ask myself… WHAT WOULD THE PERSON I INTEND TO BECOME DO NEXT?

I went to work being the person I intend to become! I listened more intently. Confidence and love radiateachievement out of me. Kind acts are natural to me. Guess what? All of these attributes are contagious just as Hannel writes in Week 18 section 24:
24. In order to grow we must obtain what is essential for our growth, but as we are at all times a complete thought entity, this completeness makes it possible for us to receive only as we give; growth is therefore conditioned on reciprocal action, and we find that on the mental plane like attracts like, that mental vibrations respond only to the extent of their vibratory harmony.

We are moving towards harmony in our household. Now I ask you… what could be better than that?