Below is the post I wrote last year for week 6. As promised I have added a new recording for you to listen to, which helps bring Heart Mind and Body into balance and coherence. What better gift could you give your 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:
Their Present Self
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:
I prepared a healthy take away breakfast in the evening to take to work with me next morning.
I bought the most fabulous spring bulbs and planted them for my future self to enjoy in Spring
I went to bed early enough to have a good sleep before the six o’clock alarm
When I looked “at the girl in the glass” at night and said I love you – I included my past present and future self!
I joined Professor Procrastination on twitter!
Went for a brisk walk with work colleagues at break time – exhilarating!
I got up early every morning did the Master Key reading and sit together with speed reading practice.
So Now I invite you to listen to the Audio – The Quick Coherence®Technique.
Remember from last week that when you are in coherence, your thoughts and emotions are balanced and you experience ease and inner harmony.
Lightbulbs have continued to turn on for me this week. During last years MKE I unveiled two words that were the core of my Definite Major Purpose – “Happy Coach.” This week I made great strides in bring this purpose to fruition – I became an Rapid Transformation Therapy Practitioner (RTTP) and I did a live 3 day online course with Gavin Andrews of HeartMath U.K. en-route to become a HeartMath Certified Coach. More about the phenomenal therapy that is RTT at a later date. Today I want to share some of my understandings of Heart Rate Variability and Coherence. I have been using HeartMath’s Inner balance technology which measures Heart Rate Variability and Coherence since July and became fascinated by how it works and what it is measuring.
What is Heart Rate Variability and Coherence?
You have probably heard of Heart Rate Variability (HRV) as it is a feature of many of our smart devices. HRV is the variance in time between the beats of your heart. So, if your heart rate is 60 beats per minute, it’s not actually beating once every second. Within that minute there may be 0.9 seconds between two beats, for example, and 1.15 seconds between two others.
Heart Rate Coherence occurs when the HRV is in an ordered and coherent state.
Coherence is an optimal state in which the heart mind and emotions are operating in-sync and in balance.
The benefits of coherence are numerous including reduced blood pressure in hypertension, improvements in asthma, increased calmness and wellbeing and improved cognitive performance.
The HeartMath Institute’s research has shown that generating sustained positive emotions facilitates Heart Coherence.
HeartMath is based on the premise that we have the power to choose the way we feel and that our Hearts hold the wisdom and intelligence to help guide each of us through whatever challenges, stresses and adversities we may face.
Can you imagine where you practice simple breathing techniques and develop sustained Heart Coherence, resulting in reduced stress levels and increased energy for you?
I invite you to listen to the Heart-Focused Breathing™ recording I made for you today.
I would love to get feedback on your experience of the Heart-Focused Breathing™ -Please leave a comment or any questions you would like answered.
The highlight of this weeks webinar for me was the Masterminding that took place after the class. This is where participants can ask questions to clarify what they are supposed to be doing and the thinking behind the exercises.
As Mark answered these questions – Neurons of understanding and realization fired in my own brain and I finally understood why we were adding colours and shapes to our index cards and remembering to notice these during the day and linking them to our DMP. It was a real AHA Lightbulb moment for me.
We are doing all this with added positive emotions to make our brain wire and fire these neurons together. You may have heard of Hebb’s law which states that “Neurons that fire together, wire together” This means that we have already established networks of neurons in our brain by the habitual way we think, feel and experience. Take for example you could have the habit of eating crisps, sweets and snack food linked to sitting down watching TV/Netflix. Years ago in Ireland the ESB had to be prepared for the surge of electricity that used that happened during the ads in the Late Late show. As soon as the ads came on everyone put on the Electric kettle – for my younger readers there was no fast forward facility or recording to watch later!
This makes us follow established thought and action patterns automatically, following the programs we have already hard wired in our brains. Unless we make an effort to interrupt these patterns, referred to as the old “Blue Print” there will be no improvement in our lives.
Imagine your joy and enthusiasm for life as you find yourself automatically performing tasks to effortlessly achieve your purpose because you have followed some simple child like exercises to rewire your brain. Sooner or later you know you will reap the rewards of your persistence.
My Blog Post from 2019
In part four of the Master Key Haanel begins by clarifying that the “I” of you is not the physical body, it is not your mind and it is not your personality. The “I” is something which controls and directs both body and mind whose nature is spiritual and is the true source of power.
Haanel explains that in order to strengthen will and realise your power to accomplish, one of the most effective things you can do is to repeat, as often as possible, the following affirmation:
“I can be what I will to be.”
This time around I have added the word easily to the affirmation:
“I can easily be that which I will to be”
And, he continues, do not start this unless you plan to keep at it, because if you start something and don’t finish it, you form the habit of failure.
Last Sunday we were told on the webinar this is the week when people quit!
They either give up altogether or give up giving less than 100%.
So I decide to commit 100%. Now I know from past experiences that when I commit to any kind of change it is like an incubation process and there comes a moment at some stage where my old patterns/programming put up one almighty fight to hold onto the existing programme and this is when I have a choice to succumb to the “molecules of emotion” or make a stance and say to myself – No I make a stand for my new dream and allow it unfold into my life.
This is what happened with me on Friday evening and Saturday morning. I had a good week reinforcing the habits of getting up early in the morning reading the scroll, my DMP and Master Key Part 4 and sitting in silence for 20 mins as directed. I was feeling happy with my accomplishments. I had also got to watch most of the “speed reading” webinar with Jana Martinez – great exciting webinar – more about it in next weeks blog.
So by Friday evening when I had intended to write my blog I felt exhausted and could not summon enough energy to write anything. I decided to have a an early night and let myself sleep as long as my body needed. I woke up later than normal which was fine and proceeded to read the Master Key part 4 as usual and sit for 20 mins contemplating “I can be what I will to be” and as the tears rolled down my cheeks I allowed myself to reconnect with the “I”nfinite supply of energy within. When I went downstairs my husband commented that “I was glowing” and inquired about what I had been doing.
I love the Master Key programme because it is making it easier for me create the habit of success over failure.
A large chunk of time in this weeks webinar was devoted to editing and getting clarity on our statements of Definite Major Purpose (DMP). This is a written declaration of what our life’s purpose is our Dharma i.e. what we want to achieve in life and what we are prepared to “give up” to achieve our DMP. Our DMPs must be something we have a passionate desire to achieve and are coupled with our Personal Pivotal Needs (PPN’s) My PPN’s are Spiritual Growth and Liberty. The Act of writing my DMP required contemplation of my true hearts desire. Is this something I really want or something I think other people think I should have or be doing? What would it feel like to experience these things from my DMP in my life right now?
The purpose of the DMP’s is to impress upon “subby” our sub-conscious mind what we want. If we look on our mind as a Giant Glacier our conscious mind is that tiny piece of the glacier sticking out of the water and subby is the massive expanse of ice hidden from view. It has 40 BILLION connections at its disposal to put our DMP into motion – our only job is to get really clear on what we want and add emotion and enthusiasm to that desire. The beauty of the MKE is we are not alone in creating our DMP’s – as each participant has an expert Guide who gives guidance on the vocabulary of the DMP but not on the ideas or content as that is the unique to each person.
Last year I struggled to put a DMP together, but this time around I have the luxury of refining the language and emotions in my DMP and getting even more specific about times dates and feelings. I love the way Mark and Lori encourage us to be very clear and specific with our words in the DMP by telling us that “Accuracy in building words and sentences is the highest form of architecture in civilization and is a passport to success”. My new favourite “magic” word is “easily” which I have liberally sprinkled though out my DMP this week.
Once we have our DMP’s refined we read them aloud 3 times per day “WITH ENTHUSIASM” in order to change our brains wiring and encourage our “subby” to get working on our dream.
For all of you that don’t like the idea of “magic” , I include below some scientific evidence of our Brains ability to change referred to as neuroplasticity. In the video Barbara Arrowsmith-Young talks about a vision of learning that for me has been brought to life through the MKE.
“Celebrate” – To Acknowledge with a social gathering or enjoyable activity.
Below is last years post after week 2 of the MKE. I celebrate that I took the time and effort to write a post for each lesson last year – it now gives me the opportunity to review where my internal programme was last year and update and install version 2.1.
In the second Master Key webinar Mark encouraged us to celebrate that we are all given control over just 1 thing – THOUGHT and that we all have the same amount of Faith further explaining that Faith simply equals what we believe in.
We all have “Equal Faith” so it is a question of where you place your faith i.e. what do you believe?
I find this definition of Faith very liberating as up until this point I had I believed that I was lacking in “Faith” Oh the irony of it all!
I put my Faith 100% into practicing the habits and exercises as laid out in the course last year i.e. I put faith in the power within me – the Golden Buddha as referred to in last weeks post, the results of which have surprised and amazed me in equal measure – more to be revealed as the weekly blog posts unfold.
The MKE defines Faith as “Substance of things hoped for – evidence of things not seen physically.”
I would add to this that while we have control over just one thing, our thoughts what is very much linked to this is that we can decide to attach any feeling we wish to a thought or series of thoughts.
This is HUGE – and the KEY to creating what we want as it is thoughts coupled with feelings is where the real power resides – I will develop this concept with the backup scientific studies in future posts.
I thoroughly enjoyed the interactive aspect of this webinar and completed the exercises “live” with Mark and Davene with a sense of fun and adventure.
The Master Key course has many concrete assignments that are required to be completed within a specific time frame during the week and these brought into sharp focus for me my old belief that I won’t have enough time to get them all completed.
I scheduled the tasks as advised but when I encountered technical difficulties with completing one of these tasks i.e. revising my Definite Major Purpose I ended up crying in frustration and failing to submit it “on time”. The next morning I realised it is better to complete it late that to give up and not do it at all and set about re-writing it.
I now celebrate all the tasks I have diligently and joyfully completed during the week knowing that they are laying the solid foundation for the habit of completion regardless of obstacles real or imagined.
My lovely daughter surprised me with a Get up and Go Gratitude Journal on Saturday and we got a Polo message from John in our MasterMind group wishing us a Happy New MKE Year – and it really does feel like a New year with all the joy and anticipation that comes with a new beginning and New Year.
” I am now building new habits for myself and “As the words of these scrolls are consumed by my mysterious mind I will begin to awake each morning with a vitality I have never known before” – I very much look forward to that reality.”
Those are the words I wrote at the end of my first ever blog post after watching webinar 1 of the MKE last September.
Having completed the Master Key course last year I now know the truth of this statement from Scroll 1 Og Mandino’s “The Greatest Salesman in the World” It is no longer a hope or a promise from some guru. It is no longer a philosphy written in some holy book it is my lived experience my truth. I know that when I am faithful to the habits and exercises I do wake each morning with an enthusiasm and vitality for the new unfolding day like I have never experienced or known before.
This is not to say that there aren’t challenges and setbacks along the way but my overall mood has massively improved.
So what is this MKE? I hear you ask.
It is a 26 week course based on the Master Key System a programme in book form written by Charles Haanel many many years ago.
You probably have heard of the film or the book The Secret, which has as its cornerstone the idea of the Law of Attraction. Rhonda Byrne, the author/producer of The Secret cites The Master Key System as one of her main inspirations.
The Master Key Experience MKKA is a meticulously designed program which includes the “sits” or meditations as described in the Master Key System with reading the Og Mandino scrolls and developing your Definite Major Purpose under the tutelage of an expert guide.
As Mark from MKE says by taking this course “You get to find and follow your bliss – and learn how to influence your subconscious so it makes decisions based on your hearts desire effortlessly”
The Master Key Experience Master Mind Alliance “Does what it says on the Key”
Many thanks to my lighthearted friend Bibi for the Serenity prayer with image above. This was my Mums favourite prayer!
In this weeks webinar we were introduced to Deepak Chopras 4th Spiritual law of success “The Law of Least effort” . The law is based on the realisation that nature produces her bounty with effortless ease. The foundations of the law is love and Harmony.
In part 23 of the Master Key experience Hanaal explains that the first law of success is Service that it is as important to give as to receive. This week we are to give our attention/concentration to the fact that “man is not a body with a spirit, but a spirit with a body”
So as I give my attention to the Spirit that I am who is experiencing life in a human body I get more guidance on how to ease myself into the Spirit of Service.
I love the idea of living life guided by the Laws of least Effort – which I have written on index cards and read 3 times daily.
The law of Least Effort means living each day with:
Acceptance: I will practice Acceptance.
Today I will accept people, situations, circumstances, and events as they occur. I will know that this moment is as it should be, because the whole universe is as it should be. I will not struggle against the whole universe by struggling against this moment. My acceptance is total and complete. I accept things as they are in this moment, not as I wish they were.
Responsibility: Having accepted things as they are, I will take Responsibility for my situation and for all those events I see as problems. I know that taking responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for my situation (and this includes myself). I also know that every problem is an opportunity in disguise, and this alertness to opportunities allows me to take this moment and transform it into a greater benefit.
Defenselessness: Today my awareness will remain established in Defenselessness. I will relinquish the need to defend my point of view. I will feel no need to convince or persuade others to accept my point of view. I will remain open to all points of view and not be rigidly attached to any one of them.
May you be blessed with the serenity of acceptance courage and wisdom of the beautiful prayer above.
Picture represents Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey
I have experienced huge resistance in writing this weeks Blog – which is now 2 days overdue. The only reason I am writing it now is that I won’t allow myself watch today’s webinar unless I have completed the blog first – I am grateful that the Super Bowl is on tonight and the webinar is earlier than usual!
We added another card to our index cards this week “What am I pretending not to know?” coupled with reading obituaries all week one resulted in my answers to that question is I am living life as if I don’t know I am going to die! I am also pretending I don’t know what a gift it is to be alive and to have the opportunity to make a contribution to life each and every moment. I am pretending I don’t know how to be Happy!
Scroll number V adds to this realisation by declaring “I will live this day as if it is my last” What a wake up call!
So yesterday February 1st was St. Brigid’s day – a true Hero in Irish Mythology. Her feast day was originally a Pagan festival called Imbolc marking the transition between Winter and Spring. St. Brigid displays all the attributes of the Hero – , Brigid performed miracles, including healing and feeding the poor. She understood the Give More Get more Philosophy – According to Legend, as a child, she once gave away her mother’s entire store of butter. The butter was then replaced in answer to Brigid’s prayers.
To Celebrate St. Brigid’s day I sowed some Sunviva yellow cherry tomato seeds – seeds are also a great mirror for us of the Hero’s Journey – they allow themselves to be placed in darkness and die to be resurrected as a new entity. These tomatoes are the sweetest most delicious tomato I have ever tasted!
Remember to Look for the Hero inside yourself to find the Key to your Life.
The Privilege of a Lifetime is being who you are -Joseph Campbell
I can hardly believe we are on week 17 of this wonderful course and that I have been faithful to the exercises every single day – I will admit there were some days I was more enthusiastic than others but generally I get out of the bed with a light heart looking forward to reading my DMP, The Blue Print Builder etc. doing the sit followed by writing and reciting 3 new gratitude cards.
I use a reminder on my phone to remember to tune in again after lunch, the social networks remind me to link in with fellow participants on social media. I am happy to switch off the TV in favour of finishing my day with more reading and contemplation.
It is like nothing else I have ever experienced – It is gracefully changing me from the inside out!
In Lesson 17 we are encouraged to Concentrate – This is to be a relaxed Concentration which almost seems like a contradiction in terms. Before I started the MKE concentration for me involved unconsciously tensing my muscles particularly my shoulders. Now I relax into the object of my concentration
To become so identified with the object of your thought that you are conscious of nothing else
unaware of your body, your surroundings and how much time has passed since you started the sit, or anything else for that matter.
Haanel goes on to explain that when we execute this method of concentration correctly
Invisible forces are set in motion which irresistibly bring about conditions in correspondence with your thought
When we use this Laser like focus we develop our intuition which
arrives at conclusions without the aid of experience or memory
We can often solve problems by simply sitting alone in silence and concentrating on the desired outcome. Our intuitive insights often come like a bolt out of the blue and with a solution that our logical minds would never have envisioned. The more we acknowledge and welcome these intuitive insights the more often they will come to visit us.
Of course Rome wasn’t built in a day and this discipline of laser focused concentration takes practice and patience but as Haanel describes in 17.17
The intensity of one moment’s earnest concentration and the intense longing to become and to attain may take you further than years of slow normal and forced effort; it will unfasten the prison bars of unbelief, weakness, impotence, and self-belittlement, and you will come into a realization of the joy of overcoming.
So this week I concentrated on giving myself permission to be happy, and to simply be free to be my true authentic self. The scroll we are reading now from Og Mandino tells us we are “Natures greatest Miracle” and that there never has and never will be another quite like us – which is an amazing contemplation.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read my Post.
“When you treat People Kindly you get treated in Kind” is something I got to experience this week in spades.
Last week in the MKE we started using “The Franklin Makeover Technique” whereby we pick a virtue that we would like to experience more of for a week and keep a record of every time we notice it either in others or ourselves.
This week the whole group got to focus on KINDNESS with the added benefit of sharing with each other at least 2 kindnesses we had experienced each day. It is in the sharing with the group that we get to experience a real Master Mind Alliance in action.
This week has been a real eye opener from both the kindness and Master Mind points of view.
I have started to notice kindness everywhere I look and the best part has been the reactions of people when they experience an unexpected act of kindness. I also realised that the acts of kindnesses I witnessed all week were probably there every other week too but I hadn’t noticed them or labelled them as such, the cheery “good mornings” the doors held open, the kind drivers who let me out in a long line of traffic, the freshly cooked delicious dinner that is waiting for me when I get home.
The real AHA moment happened for me on Monday – The first act of kindness of the day was to myself in deciding to take a days leave from work because there was a severe storm coming our way. As I was at home I got to really participate in sharing in the kindness group and enjoyed the interaction.
Following this when I was looking through my achievement cards I found myself acknowledging the other people who had supported me in these accomplishments and I started adding their names to the cards e.g. to the card that read “I have made lots of pots of Jam” I added with the help of my mother and sisters and only possible through the bounty of nature. My lesson – there is very little I have accomplished without the help and support of a Master Mind Alliance.
So join me in “Trying a little kindness” and you will find it becomes easier with practice as you become aware of more opportunities to be kind and how much kindness already exists in our world.