Master Key Experience -Week 16 – “Try a Little Kindness”

Kindness, Chalk, Handwritten, Word, Handwriting

 

“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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master Key Experience – Week 15 – Gratitude as a Cause.

Thank You, Polaroid, Letters

I am starting to understand the power of gratitude as a cause of creating more to be grateful for rather than an effect i.e. something we express or feel after an experience or receiving something. I love the exercise that we started last week of writing 3 things on index cards  that we are grateful for each day (repetition is not allowed – 3 new things each day). My cards have varied from being grateful for a powerful hot shower to a cup of tea to a lovely bright winters morning – all of which were in my reality at the time of expressing gratitude. It is not simply that we rattle off three things that we are grateful for but that we actually feel true gratitude for these things as we read our cards out loud with enthusiasm.

Part 15 of the Master Key states that the laws under which we live are designed for our advantage and that growth is attained through an exchange of the old for the new. I have found that doing the gratitude practice above regularly has exchanged finding fault with gratitude for what already exists.

“The wonderful power of clothing thoughts in the form of words” according to Haanel in part 15 is what differentiates mankind from the animal kingdom.

The other great thing that separates us from the animal kingdom is that we can visualise a future for ourselves and take action towards the realisation of that future.

This is where the real power of gratitude comes into force – What if we express genuine authentic gratitude for an event or thing that we haven’t yet experienced  but would like to experience e.g. something we have written in our Definite Major Purpose that we truly desire.

Expressing gratitude for something we haven’t yet experienced is in my mind demonstrating faith in our dreams and building that bridge which Mark spoke to us about at the start of the Master Key Experience between where we are now and our future Selves.

 

Today I am Grateful For

  •  All you beautiful people who read my Blog
  • The partial rainbow I saw on my walk today – I sooo Love rainbows!
  • The Master Key Experience Movement.

What are you Grateful for Today? Feel Free to share below!

See also Laura’s awesome post on week 15 of the MKE experience

Awesome exercises, insight and harmony (MKE week 15)

 

Master Key Week 14 – Gratitude for Harmony.

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Wishing all who read this Post a Happy Harmonious 2020! Happy New Year!

We got to read scroll IV of Og Mandino’s ‘The greatest Salesman” on Wednesday where we are told that we are “natures greatest miracle” – what a great start to the New Year!

I choose a photo of a rainbow this week as one of the many many things I am grateful for this Christmas and New year is the wonderful perfectly formed rainbows over the ox mountains  I got to enjoy on my walks.

In Part 14 of the Master Key Haanel says “If you wish Harmonious conditions in your life, you must develop an harmonious mental attitude” and in the sit this week we are directed to concentrate on Harmony and to concentrate so earnestly that we will be conscious of nothing but harmony.

So what is an “Harmonious Mental Attitude”? and how can I cultivate it in my daily life? – for surely I do wish for harmonious conditions in my life!

My own working definition of having a harmonious mental attitude is where I have a definite intention i.e. as defined in My Definite Major Purpose and that my thoughts, feelings, and actions are all in alignment with this Intention.  Coupled with this is the belief of “ask and you shall receive” ” knock and it shall be opened unto you” In other words when I get up from my sit I am not looking for my intention to have manifested in my life but rather I am present in each moment of the day knowing that the ways and means of reaching my desired outcome will be revealed as the day unfolds.

As Mark outlined in his Coffee chat on Sunday the Key to the Vault is Gratitude! One of the tasks from week 13 carried forward is that after the sit each morning we must create 3 new gratitude cards and mix  them into achievement/accomplishment  cards that we already have created.

At regular intervals during the day we read with enthusiasm a few of the cards thereby using the law of growth to increase that which we want more of in our lives.

So what about those New Years Resolutions?

I know we have all made them and often the same ones year after year but I’m not making New Years Resolutions this Year. You know and I know they don’t work. I know they not only don’t work but they are damaging. Every time you set a resolution and don’t keep it you are training your mind for failure.

Changing your circumstances, whether that be “getting in shape”, losing 2 stone, giving up the cigarettes requires changing your mind and your habits. That does not happen with a simple resolution to do so on New Years Day.

What I am doing this year is a Complete Makeover. The Master Key Master Mind Alliance Experience is giving me the tools to  change my habits and find my real, inner self and be “natures greatest miracle” personified

Remember We are all “NATURE’S GREATEST MIRACLE’

One of the other things I am truly grateful for is I listened to the New Years Day concert of the Austrian Philharmonic orchestras playing the Blue Danube – Heavenly!

 

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Check out this great blog post also about Harmony https://dvancemasterkey.wordpress.com/2020/01/03/master-key-experience-week-14/

 

Master Key Experience – Week 13 – Hanging on by the skin of my teeth!

 

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Definition of Persistence: The fact of continuing firmly or obstinately in an opinion or course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.

I have found this week of the MKE the most challenging to date! I have been fighting a viral type cold for over a week now which has not helped matters. It certainly feels like the one step forward two steps backward that Haanel talked about in week 12 of the Master Key.

It all started on Sunday night while watching the live webinar – usually at the end of the webinars – I feel energised and pumped for the week ahead but this one was different for me. We had a wonderful presentation from Luc Griffet who used the metaphor of his mountain climb to inspire us to keep on going and be persistent.

BUT THEN came the shocker Mark went on to describe a  technique called NARC – Neurological Associative Reactive Conditioning.

Mark explained that  since the time of the Greeks and beyond there have been two basic feelings  that rules peoples lives. These feelings are pain and pleasure. Pleasure feels good, and we move towards it – pain feels bad and we instinctively move away from it!

We are the only species on the planet who have the choice to determine what is painful and what is pleasurable e.g. we can attach feelings of pleasure to eating or to not eating.

Neurological Associative Reactive Conditioning (NARC) is a technique that enables us to leverage our subconscious minds by making choices as to what we associate pain and pleasure with.

Humans are not designed to seek out or tolerate pain and we prefer to repeat things that  bring us pleasure. We often avoid the “traction point” or “main thing” that would drive our lives, relationships and businesses forward because we associate pain with them. We may avoid things such as reaching out to others seeking help  or sharing our ideas.

So when Mark had finished describing the NARC technique and how we were to make ourselves feel bad and that we had let everyone down in particular ourselves – I was crying and could genuinely feel this sense of failure.

When Mark went on to describe how to make ourselves feel great again after having completed the process – I just couldn’t think of anything to bring myself back up to the feeling good about myself state. I went to bed in the feeling bad state and had nightmares where I cried a lot!

My husband and I had been doing an early morning meditation for the previous 2 weeks and I forced myself to sit up and turn on the recording as usual – At the end of the meditation I felt a huge sense of gratitude to my parents and my family of origin for the wonderful “Presents” and “Presences” of Christmas’s past. At the end of the meditation I realised that the meditation was my “traction point” and that I could only generate the good feelings when I had completed what I needed to do.

I am continuing to use the NARC process starting today and am looking forward to great results because by having demonstrated persistence in doing the MKE required tasks I have set myself up for success using NARC.

The Mental diet continued to be challenging for the rest of the week – but I am grateful for the  great support which I garnered from the new resources introduced this week.

I am grateful for my Mastermind Marianna’s prompting to find the recording of “The Strangest Secret” by Earl Nightingale – I love his voice – I am sure subby finds it soothing and entrancing – I have made the card as he directed and listened to the recording everyday this week!

I also discovered a great MKE song in the MKMMA members area performed by Danny Linkert which I listened to a few times each day also using it with the Mind Gym technique – Thank you Danny – Its great!

I watched one of the recommended films “Rudy” which also helped me with that persistence and to look for and use the help available to me!

“Rudy” is a film based on the true life story of “Rudy Ruettiger”

Rudy has a dream to play football at the University of Notre Dame even though he has been told he is too small to be a footballer and he is not a particularly gifted player and he has neither the money for tuition nor the grades to qualify for a scholarship. Despite being ridiculed by the family and co-workers at the local steel mill – Rudy decides to really go after his dream when is best friend and greatest supporter gets killed.

In this film Rudy clearly demonstrates  the 4 habits of success that Mark has emphasised during every MKE session:

  1.  Definite Major Purpose – To Play Football for Notre Dame and by extension of that to be educated at Notre Dame
  2. Positive Mental Attitude – Rudy demonstrates this in Spades – even loosing his Fiancee to one of his older brothers doesn’t deter him and getting three letters of rejection when trying to gain entry to Notre Dame only strengthens his resolve.
  3. Plan of Action – He plays football whenever he can – eventually gaining access to the training squad.
  4. A Master Mind Alliance – Rudy develops many alliances and friendships along the way starting with his best buddy and then a Priest and a Teaching Assistant and the Groundsman in Notre Dame.

It is the groundsman in Notre Dame who delivers my favourite line from the movie – when Rudy has eventually quit as it becomes obvious he is not going to get onto the pitch when he reminds Rudy that he has nothing to prove to anyone but himself and that he will always regret quitting. Rudy returns to the training and the rest as they say is History.

“The Coach  finally lets Rudy play on the Notre Dame kickoff to Georgia Tech. Rudy stays in for the final play and sacks the Georgia Tech quarterback, and is carried on his teammates’ shoulders to cheers from the stadium.”

An epilogue states that after 1975, no other player for Notre Dame had been carried off the field to the time of the film’s release in 1993. Rudy graduated in 1976 and all his younger brothers went on to earn college degrees.

I really enjoyed watching this film with my family and grateful for Persistence!

Thank you for reading and wishing you all a wonderful 2020.

 

 

 

 

Master Key Experience- Week 12- A Time to Go Within.

Year Celebrations, The Year, Winter Solstice

Today is the winter solstice where I live – A time to reflect and go within as nature does.

In The Master Key Part 12 Haanel advises “It is in the Silence that you get into touch with the Omnipotent power of the subconscious mind from which all power is evolved”

In this weeks lesson Haanel addresses the application of Knowledge using courage and Faith. Haanel repeatedly reminds us that “knowledge does not apply itself”

He goes on to explain that we must firstly have the knowledge of our Power secondly the courage to dare thirdly the Faith to do. These are the essential three steps that propel us forward and prevent us from going backward in the pursuit of what ever it is we want.

Coupled with this is that in order to create anything wonderful we must have a clear picture of what it is we want and then persist until we find the methods to accomplish it. Emotions and feelings, add vitality to our thoughts.  Love is the most powerful of all the emotions and “Thought impregnated with love becomes invincible”

I found this week challenging – the drive to work became more challenging with slippy roads and branches down after a storm the night before that kept me awake for most of the night – but the third scroll from Og Mandino “I Persist – I win” has helped to keep me going”

Now I have two weeks holidays from work – I love Christmas a time to reflect, do lots of cooking and eating, spend time with family and generally relax!

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful 2020!

 

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Master Key Week 10 – What makes me Happy?

There was no webinar on Sunday evening this week but there was the option to watch three webinars entitled “Finding Your Authentic Purpose” facilitated by two fabulous ladies Lori and Lucinda. It lived up to its promise of being fun fast and interactive. Most importantly I discovered my One thing that being be a “Happy Coach” – the most important element being that I am Happy with Myself. So now I am asking the question “What Makes me Happy”?

Part 10 of The Master Key starts off with an idea that seems very foreign to many people: The Universe is abundant, lavish and wasteful. Haanel tells us that if you look around nature you see the evidence of this everywhere.  That nowhere is economy observed in nature.  Profusion is manifested in everything.

That there is abundance available to all makes me Happy. 😊

I found the sit for this week challenging:

“This week select a blank space on the wall…mentally draw a black horizontal line about six inches long, try to see the line as plainly as though it were painted on the wall; now mentally draw two vertical lines connecting with this horizontal line at either end; now draw another horizontal line connecting the two vertical lines; now you have a square. Try to see the square perfectly; when you can do so draw a circle within the square; now place a point in the centre of the circle; now draw the point toward you about 10 inches; now you have a cone on a square base; you will remember that your work was all in black; change it to white, to red, to yellow.”

That I did the sit every morning even though I found it challenging and found Masterminding with Marianna gave me ideas on how to improve my efforts made me Happy. 😊

That I am aware that Happiness is an inside Job also makes me feel empowered and Happy 😊.

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!