Master Key – Week 9

I am becoming my own best friend!

This Week for the Master Key “sit” the directions are to visualise sowing a seed of our favourite flower see it germinating and growing its roots followed by the stems and finally the glorious flowers with their intoxicating scent. I love this visualisation and find it easier to do than some of the previous exercises.

It has reminded me of the importance of good foundations – the flower puts down its roots its anchor and then reaches for the sun. I am noticing the benefits of the strong foundations laid down by the first few weeks of the Master Key Experience. The most noticeable one is that when I think of doing something I just do it – no procrastination e.g. I read a recipe for a Banana and Ginger Cake in the Sunday paper on Monday evening and noticing we had 2 over ripe bananas , I set to and made the cake straight away – This is a definite positive change for me.

We had a Zoom meeting with our lovely Master Key guide Sylvie on Saturday afternoon where I met Marianna and her husband Toni who live in Switzerland. Through Sylvie’s expert guidance I have remembered to check in with myself more often during my work day anchoring the lessons to my every day life.

Marianna invited me to be here Mastermind partner and I was delighted to accept her invitation. Linking up with another person on the Master Key course to Mastermind with is a requirement – As Mark has re-iterated on numerous occasions we all do better with a mentor.

It reminds of the saying “what gets measured gets done” so when I tell Marianna I intend to do a particular thing I know I will follow through. We are using the Marco Polo app for our Masterminding – I am still getting to grips with it.

7 Day Mental Diet update – I feel like I am making great progress with this I am now on day 3 and in the process becoming my own best friend! I find my internal chatter is much more encouraging than in the past. The Key for me is the law of substitution – I have a few “mantras” that I invoke when I notice any non-productive thoughts and it is working. The other great support for my mental diet is the repeated reading of Og Mandino’s 2nd scroll “I greet this day with love in my Heart” – I wake up in the morning with this though and fall asleep the same way.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Master key Experience – Week 8- Introducing the Magnificent

Seven, 7, Number, Ranking, Rating, Business, Symbol

This week we are continuing the mental diet still striving to get to 7 days in a row but with the help of the 7 laws of the mind and linking in the other tools loaded in our arsenal since during the past 7 weeks – this is a doable challenge even if it is not easy.

So what are these magnificent 7 laws of the mind:

1. Law of Substitution

We cannot think about 2 things at the same time. If a negative thought enters your mind ~ try to think about God instead. If that is too big a reach at the time, use any fond memory or other pleasant thought. Jesus, the Master Teacher, said, “Resist not evil” ~ meaning turn from it and think about something else instead.

2. Law of Relaxation

Mental effort defeats itself ~ exactly the opposite of physical effort. A relaxed, calm state of mind, is the only doorway to progress mentally. Relaxation of thought is the only access to Infinite Intelligence.

3. Law of Practice

Practice makes perfect. The 5Ps – Perfect Practice Prevents Poor Performance. Our bewilderment of magnificence in others, upon further inspection, finds…as Wooden shares ‘you’ll find most of it is practice, the rest of it is work.’ With practice of the correct things, we improve ~ on the other 6 Laws of the Mind.

4. Law of Forgiveness

To access the Divine and connect the subconscious to the Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent Creator we must forgive everyone and anyone to clear the channel. There can be no connection to the Divine mind where anger or resentment against a brother or sister, justified or not, exists.

5. Law of Dual Thought

Thought is a combination of ideation and feeling. We can attach any feeling to a thought we want.

6. Law of Subconscious

As soon as the subconscious accepts the idea it becomes a demand and it works constantly, 24-7, to manifest demand ~ accessing a reservoir of infinite resources.

7. Law of Growth
Whatever we think about grows. What we forget atrophies.

So is the 7 days mental diet an easy challenge? NO IT IS CERTAINLY NOT

Is it worth the effort? ABSOLUTELY – once we glimpse some of its rewards all the effort and work is forgotten and seems like a no – thing – The REWARDS are SO GREAT!

To your eternal success!

Master Key Week 7 – By The Grace of God.

I had left creating my Movie Poster which was the homework from the previous webinar until Sunday afternoon and so enjoyed the process of putting it together. I just had fun with it! and was so looking forward to this weeks webcast on Sunday.

So this week we are on a diet – a 7 day mental diet!

This means we are to use the Law of substitution from the 7 Laws of the mind to replace negative thoughts immediately with a positive thought. We are to begin at Day 1 and each time it takes more than 7 seconds to notice and replace the thought we are to start back at day 1.

Now I had tried this in September when I first discovered the Master Key Process but never managed to get past the first few mins eventually a few hours of the first day and eventually just gave up!

The diet started with Mark leading us in a forgiveness mediation which left me in a beautiful state of peace and joy with the song “I’m so excited” going around in my head.

I got up the next morning with a smile on my face and found it so easy replace negative thoughts opinions etc with my chosen replacement thought which is “I am filled with the Love and the Joy of God” and this continued for the full day at work and even when I had to sit in 5 mile traffic jam – I noticed that the scene in front of me was filled with the Master Key shapes – The evening sky was vivid blue the lorry in front of me had bright red circle lights and to my right was a forest of green conifers. By 9 pm I was feeling tired and decided to have an early night but before I did I read the seven day mental diet by Emmet Fox where he describes the seven day mental diet and warns of how difficult it is to achieve and “then start in and the grace of God go with you” and had the realisation that the Grace of God had been with me that day.

I haven’t managed to do 7 days in a row yet – but I now know it is possible for me to do this and I have started to build faith in myself.

Thank you for reading!


Master Key Experience Week 6 – Making Friends with My future Self

The stand out information for me in week six was regarding procrastination and how we see our future selves. In “Solving the Procrastination Puzzle” Timothy Pychyl Phd explains that when we procrastinate all we are doing is giving problems to our future self and asked the question “why do we do this?”

So in studies where subjects were hooked up to fMRI’s and they were asked to think about:

  1. Their present self

2. A stranger

3. Their future self

It was discovered that they thought of their future self in the same way as they thought of a stranger.

So this week I have decided to make friends with my future self and some of the ways I did that was:

  1. I prepared a healthy take away breakfast in the evening to take to work with me next morning.
  2. I bought the most fabulous spring bulbs and planted them for my future self to enjoy in Spring
  3. I went to bed early enough to have a good sleep before the six o’clock alarm
  4. When I looked “at the girl in the glass” at night and said I love you – I included my past present and future self!
  5. I joined Professor Procrastination on twitter!
  6. Went for a brisk walk with work colleagues at break time – exhilarating!
  7. I got up early every morning did the Master Key reading and sit together with speed reading practice.

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

I Love this Photo!

How can you befriend your future Self today?


Press Release – Gardening Harmony

Vegetables, Garden, Harvest, Organic, Green, Gardening

This is Peter Spade from the new Irish Gardening magazine “Gardening Harmony”. Gardening Harmony loves to showcase gardens and gardeners who work in harmony with their local habitat. Today I am visiting the garden of Breege and Martin Walsh in Castlerock Co. Sligo nestled at the foothills of the Ox Mountains. It is a beautiful sunny day in July not a cloud in the sky as I take the turn opposite the old national school as advised. When I enter the driveway I see a couple sitting at a table under the native ash trees chatting over a cup of tea.

As I get out of the car the couple approach me the lady dressed in a pink floral summer dress the gentleman in khaki shorts and T-shirt. We shake hands and do our introductions. As I am offered a cup of tea in a delicate china cup I am struck by the tranquility of the setting and the huge variety of densely planted ornamental and edible plants. The sound of the babbling brook and the native bumble bees adds to the rustic charm of the setting.

As I was not quite sure of the origin of the accents I started the interview by asking if they were from the local area?

Martin informed me with pride that he hails from the rebel county and Breege said that she grew up not too far from here and that this property is the birthplace of her maternal grandmother Brigid Clarke.

PS. How did you get involved in Gardening?

BW: For as long as I can remember I have always loved growing vegetables in particular – I only came to appreciate flower gardening later on. My father was a great gardener and when we were children we helped him in the garden. I remember him saying that no matter where I planted a seed it would grow and of course this inspired me even further – even when we lived in Dublin I dug a few ridges in the back garden to grow a few potatoes.

PS: What would you say to people to encourage them to grow some of their own produce particularly as vegetables are available so cheaply in local supermarkets?

BW: Firstly I would say there is nothing like the taste of home grown in particular the first crops of the season the sweetness of the first strawberries still warm from the sunshine or the carrots freshly pulled from the soil – Remember to start with growing something you love to eat and that is relatively easy to grow e.g a strawberry plant in a hanging basket or a few salad leaves in a window box.

Secondly there is increasing numbers of scientific studies that suggests that a diet which includes a wide variety of colourful plant phytonutrients or “eating the rainbow” helps protect against a wide variety of diseases such as cancer, heart disease and neuro-degeneritve diseases and this is so much easier to achieve by growing and eating your own seasonal healthy fruit and vegetables.

Thirdly gardening feeds the body soul and mind.We don’t need any Gym memberships as we get plenty of exercise and muscle building working in the garden. I believe doctors are now recommending gardening to people who are suffering from mental illness and depression which comes as no surprise to me – I always feel better after an hour spent in the garden.

PS: Why Gardening in Harmony?

BW: Gardening in Harmony allows me to enjoy the diversity of life e.g. being able to enjoy plants like the dandelion and nettles as part of my garden rather than seeing them always as “weeds” that must be destroyed. These plants are so beneficial to the insects butterflies bees and birds which in turn are essential to our growing efforts. It’s also about growing plants and varieties that naturally thrive in the west of Ireland.

The second part of the interview will be available in next months edition of “Garden Harmony” where Breege shares some of her tips for cooking and storing some of her garden produce.