Week 21 – “Don’t Look Back” – Boston

Don't Look Back - Boston

Boston, had a hit back on 1978 titled “Don’t Look Back”. As I’ve been reading Haanel 21.18 in relation to breaking old bad habits wrote, “the same rule applies in breaking any and all bad habits; we stop doing a thing, and then avoid doing it again, and again until we are entirely free from it; and if we do fail now and then, we should by no means lose hope, for the law is absolute and invincible and gives us credit for every effort and every success, event though our efforts and successes are perhaps intermittent.”

Wow, I have an account with the Universe that awards me credit and for that reason, I now can more freely “live this day as if it is my last” and ” waste not a moment mourning yesterday’s misfortunes, yesterday’s defeats, yesterday’s aches of the heart, for why should I through good after bad” as Og Mandino admonishes in the open of the Scroll V. I “Don’t Look Back”!

I underlined this in green as I read Haanel 21 this week and have gone back to it several times. Several business issues have arisen which, in past, may have derailed my mood and temperament (my Ego). But, with this and one new card in my various stacks to remind me of that to which I am eternally grateful for all truth and energy to accomplish by following my compass and not a clock.

By inverting the sentence in our weekly exercise in the Master Keys 21.28 I can find and confirm the truth in this account receivable relating to my efforts to modify my habits. Let me frame it for you; originally, the text reads “For your next exercise, concentrate on Truth. Try to realize that Truth shall make you free, that is, nothing can permanently stand in the way of your perfect success when you learn to apply the scientifically correct thought methods and principles.” My version to test Haanel 21.18 goes something like this, “To test a thought method, tool or principle to determine if it is Truth, apply it’s precepts and actions and sense the degree of freedom you feel; by following it’s path are you progressing nearer to your ultimate success? Is it motivating, does it make you happy, does it make you more kind to others or yourself?”

I kept 21.18 in my mind this week and the freedom and release from stress, fear and self condemnation is gone. I get strange impish grins coming over me just for no reason at all. Like right now, as I write this, I feel as though I am being hugged by a caring mentor or parent; it instills confidence to pursue achieving the tasks leading to fulfilling my DMP and the legacy to benefit others long after I move on. Now that I don’t look back, I explore further and confirm that needing to anticipate and be consumed with dread for tomorrow is a supreme waste of time and effort.

One more tool I added this week to my kit was a card that said “Thank You” and which I have in all my card stacks. I remembered a past when my connection to my maker was far stronger than present and recollected that whenever I observed a smile, a compliment, a courageous action by another, I thanked the one from whom all strength comes. What an enhanced feeling of connection this has brought this week! Thank You!!

“When the individual mind touches the Universal Mind it receives all the power it requires. This us the world within. All science recognizes the reality of this world, and all power is contingent upon our recognition of this world.”

“Don’t Look Back” by Boston

Don’t look back
A new day is breakin’
It’s been too long since I felt this way
I don’t mind where I get taken
The road is callin’
Today is the day

I can see
It took so long just to realize
I’m much too strong
Not to compromise
Now I see what I am is holding me down
I’ll turn it around

I finally see the dawn arrivin’
I see beyond the road I’m drivin’
Far away and left behind

It’s a new horizon and I’m awakin’ now
Oh I see myself in a brand new way
The sun is shinin’
The clouds are breakin’
‘Cause I can’t lose now, there’s no game to play

I can tell
There’s no more time left to criticize
I’ve seen what I could not recognize
Everything in my life was leading me on
But I can be strong

I finally see the dawn arrivin’
I see beyond the road I’m drivin’
Far away and left behind

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Week 20.5 – When The Body Becomes The Mind, We Are In a Habit

Rewire Your Brain

A habit is something that we do without thinking.

As Dr. Joe Dispenza states in this video, “When The Body Becomes The Mind, We Are In a Habit” . I take that to mean that when we have allowed or purposely programmed our chemical body sufficiently to the point where it no longer needs our brain to execute or choose a response, we no have a habit; for good or bad. The body does not care if it is a positive habit or a negative one at this point. It only knows that a set of circumstances trigger a response and that judgement is no longer necessary.

Can you imagine how our mind atrophies (shrinks) the more we reduce the need to make our own, conscious decisions? Can you say the size of a proverbial pea? This is not what we were designed to do and more importantly, this path of of least resistance and the least amount of growth and accomplishment. As Dr Joe says, “when we can’t think any greater than how we feel, we will never change.” I would qualify that to say we will never change for the betterment of ourselves or others.

If you’ll what and listen carefully, the Doctor speaks of the sub-vocalizations, mental chatter and self-talk that the body and brain conjure to discourage us from follow-thru with our commitments to change. Note that he says we often will hear internal rationalizations like you can start tomorrow, you are unworthy, this doesn’t feel right and the like. If we have become the master observer, we can take this as confirmation that we are nearing the abyss spoken of by Joseph Campbell that occurs at the base of the circular cycle. Rejoice, you are getting near the part where things get better!! This most certainly will not be the end of the chatter but, you have the Law of Substitution and the Law of Dual thought to aid in your efforts to change back to proper way to use your mind and for the body to follow, not to be the master of the system. To allow the body to rule the mind is the path to taking what fate and others hand you only to be constantly disappointed.

This week we spoke of the using negative emotions like fear, anger, guilt, unworthiness and hurt feelings as tools to help us in regaining control of our our body by using our mind. So, out comes the skills bag… We use our skills of observation and introspection (i.e. the SIT) to determine when, why and what triggers our negative emotions. Now we use our skills of tracing effects back to their root cause. Here is the key, we now apply our two favorite laws of the Seven Laws of the Mind (Law of Substitution and the Law of Dual thought) and whalla!!, reverse the perverse! Sorry, I just had the rhyme strike me as an opportunity for lifting the mood a bit (too much hard mental effort). The meaning of perverse I am using is this… (adjective) “(of a person or their actions) showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable or unacceptable, often in spite of the consequences.”

We know what the consequences will be in this case because we are currently or recently have been living in the consequences or effects of our own making. It is these consequences we have all chosen to leave behind and replace with better and sunnier climes.

Let Dr Joe cap this discussion off. Listen, rewind and listen again to his description of True Self-Love. I think you will get the same charge from it as I did as we are human and things that inspire often evoke similar chemicals in all of us. The transmutation of anger, fear, anxiety and guilt harbored in the fiber of the body can be liberated only by the mind. Ladies and gentlemen, we are here to liberate ourselves from flesh and return to a mindful state of control and creation. Doesn’t that fill you with the same hope and faith as it does me? doesn’t it feel true and real? Do you hear the call to your Hero’s Journey? Listen… all real principle and truth comes in the Silence, the SIT.

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Week 20 – You Wake Up Suddenly and You’re In Life

Suddenly - Billy Ocean

I was listening to some really beautiful music and suddenly I saw a new perspective to the lyrics. Given what we have been learning with the Master Key System, suddenly I see that the love I would be singing of would be my renewed love of life. New warmth, kindnesses and observations that make all I see new. It’s just like the first crush; life can be a new experience if, like my master mind friend Robert Rea [Week 19 – So many things Touch ME] urges all he meets to maintain focus on only the moment we are in.

Robert has been able to not only adopt but, more so infuse his entire being with the teaching of Haanel and Og Mandino to the point that people sense his power whenever he is near. Is not this the light shining on a hill that the carpenter from Galilee spoke of. There are many in our midst to emulate, teachers to learn from and brothers and sisters who are on the same “dynamic flow of giving and receiving” we’ve all been yearning for.

Reflect again back to the lyrics and rhythm of Billy Ocean’s song and find the emotions he’s sharing, replace the word love with “Love of Life” where it fits and find your own meaning. The woman he’s courting is the newly revealed golden Buddha, it’s the real you. It’s our future friend from our Thursday night dates.

Now I’m really going to stretch you. Think of the 99.99% nothingness within the atoms that make up all matter, including your body and mine. Haanel tells us that matter is not the ideal MIND is the ideal and is the cause for every effect. As that is the case, then the positive side of all contrasts are the positive polarity we are seeking.

If we are to give more to get more then, to give it to whom? With Emerson’s Law of Compensation, who are we really giving to or taking from if we are in our negative aspect? This yet unnamed love is ourselves via the universal. Now, go through these lyrics again and see if your perspective as the observer has changed, it did for me. Forgiveness had logic not surrender and loss of ego, life had power multiplied like taffy folder over and over on itself to the perfect texture and like this song, waves on the shore I feel a perfect, rhythmic ebb and flow to every effect I create with my mind; the one and only Cause.

Thank goodness I’ve woken up, Suddenly!

Billy Ocean – Suddenly (2009)

I used to think that love was just a fairy tale
Until that first hello, until that first smile
But if I had to do it all again
I wouldn’t change a thing ’cause this love is everlasting

Suddenly
Life has new meaning to me
There’s beauty up above and things we never take notice of
You wake up and suddenly you’re in love

Ooh…ooh…ooh…ooh…yeah…

Girl, you’re everything a man could want and more
One thousand words are not enough to say what I feel inside
Holding hands as we walk along the shore
Never felt like this before now, you’re all I’m living for

Suddenly
Life has new meaning to me
There’s beauty up above and things we never take notice of
You wake up and suddenly you’re in love

Each day
I pray
This love affair would last forever
Ooh, hoo

Suddenly
Life has new meaning to me
There’s beauty up above and things we never take notice of
You wake up, suddenly you’re in love

Ooh
There’s beauty up above and things you never take notice of
You wake and suddenly you’re in love

Ooh…hoo…hoo…hoo…

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Week 19 – Procrastination I Destroy With Action

I Am The Captain Of My Soul - Procrastination

In Og Manino’s Scroll V he says, “Procrastination I destroy with action. Doubt I bury under faith. Fear I dismember with confidence. Where there are idle mouths I listen not. Where there are idle hands I linger not. Where there are idle bodies I visit not. Henceforth I know that to court idleness is to steal food clothing and warmth from those I love; I am not a thief. I am a man of love and today is my last chance to prove my love and my greatness.” He emphasizes this and each phrase in this scroll with the statement, “I live this day as if it is my last.”

If each of us were to live every day this way, how much easier it would be a recognize and claim our hero’s journey. So, what stands in our way of recognizing and taking that leap of faith? I put to you that it is to become self-less or ego-less. Not that I did not understand it when we were taught about being kind and about the 7 Day Mental diet, rather I did not see it’s integration and dependency created into all that we are, do and have (or have not).

Procrastination is an effect and not a cause and as Haanel repeated refers back to our “Ideal” and the principles and their opposites, I see more clearly the need to create my own internal, law of substitution arsenal to defend my young and immature selfless self. If I don’t defend him, the old blueprint (the dragon) will surely cause him to cower in fear and self-doubt and shrink backing away for the precipice from which I must launch my leap into my hero’s journey.

So, my actions (the actions of a thinking man) are as follows:

  1. I added an additional card to my daily Blueprint Builder reading which contains the following:
    • Today I begin a new life
    • I greet this day with love in my heart
    • I am natures greatest miracle
    • I live this day as if it is my last…
    • I will add each new scroll’s key phrase as I progress through Mandino’s workbook
  2. I added the following cards to the top of my Gratitude deck
    • What would the wealthy, productive me do in this moment? (for when I stall and become indecisive thus giving me ammunition against the attack of procrastination)
    • What mental image or though generates makes me feel energetic and motivated to “Do It Now”?
    • What mental image or though generates makes me feel Brave, Confident and Committed to “Do It Now”?
  3. I also started a journal to capture the answers to the questions in #2 such that I can begin to create response cards to invoke the antidote to procrastination which is ACTION! I’ve merged this with my Reliving a moment each day activities and will build my armory such that no assault of the mundane or onslaught of the information overload so prevalent in our society today will be able to overcome me. Rather, “I fail not as the others, for in my hands I now hold the charts which guide me through perilous water to shore which only yesterday seemed but a dream…” “I persist and develop my skills as the mariner develops his, by learning to ride out the wrath of each storm. I persist until I succeed.”

These tools I now craft to add to my sextant and compass to ensure I follow these charts laid before me to the lands and life of my own minds eye; for I am the captain of my soul…

“Invictus”

by the English poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903)

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

 

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Week 18 – Pretending to understand

Eric Clapton - Pretending

Pretending to understand. This week we were asked to ponder the question, “What am I pretending Not to understand“. What a fabulous exercise! It was hard to sense the layers of deception that lay dormant and yet huge obstructions to reaching my ideals. As in the lyrics of Eric Clapton’s song “Pretending” he says, “I get lost in alibis, Sadness can’t prevail, Everybody knows, Strong love can’t fail”. In the end truth and love always prevail.

Why is it that we often take the option of pretending not to know… I noticed quickly a twinge of guilt when Mark shared on last weeks call that we might be pretending that we don’t know that there are dishes in the sink, which someone will need to wash. An opportunity for a random act of kindness not taken because I pretended not to know. It is that we have things our heart tells us are there so we can fulfill our ideal life and we abdicate or ignore the call.

The question is, if we become master observers, how can we progress to the point where we answer every call to service without loosing ourselves. I have no answer (or am I simple pretending not to know?). This exercise for me will continue and become one of the well-worn cards in my deck of daily contemplative material.

It requires being present, not presuming that old blueprints will somehow resolve themselves. Since starting this program, often I have presume much of the master observer activities to be external, yet this question is purely internal and introspective. It is like the gyroscope to my guided missile; always coarse-correcting. Now if only, like the missile I can remove ego and simple follow the intuition signal as received, as Mark says, the effort required to reach my target will be dramatically reduced and energy, harmony and alignment will permeate my entire being. What a beautiful thought to hold in my mind with interest and attention gathering more of the same as Haanel taught us this week in 18:32.

Eric Clapton - Pretending Lyrics

 

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Week 17 – Concentration Is Misunderstood

17:6 – “Concentration is much misunderstood; there seems to be an idea of effort or activity associated with it, when just the contrary is necessary. The greatness of an actor lies in the fact that he forgets himself in the portrayal of his character, becoming so identified with it, that the audience is swayed by the realism of the performance. This will give you a good idea of true concentration; you should be so interested in your thought, so engrossed in your subject, as to be conscious of nothing else. Such concentration leads to intuitive perception and immediate insight into the nature of the object concentrated upon.”

Haanel continues in part 17:7 “All knowledge is the result of concentration of this kind; it is thus that the secrets of Heaven and Earth have been wrested; it is thus that the mind becomes a magnet and the desire to know draws the knowledge, irresistibly attracts it, makes it your own.”

I’ve been concentrating on this a good bit this week in my silent time and believe I am starting to glimpse the significance and the fact that this type of concentration has been not quite at the level required to precipitate the needed intuitive perception and related knowledge to move
my desires forward.

In 17:8 the final clue is exposed… It is not the conscious thinking and concentration that is the catalyst, it is the point at which these mechanisms take on a life of function of their own within the realm of the subconscious! Here, read this… “Desire is largely subconscious; conscious desire rarely realizes its object when the latter is out of immediate reach. Subconscious desire arouses the latent faculties of the mind, and difficult problems seem to solve themselves.” (part 17:8).

So, it has been our practice to date to sit and perform the exercises (i.e. concentrate on our objectives) as instructed in order to bring ourselves into contact with and learn the mechanics of bringing it into the material world. I now see and feel a calming sense that this was to load our conscious mind with these objectives such that it informed my subconscious mind sufficiently to take over the task were the real effortless work begins.

Like Water Which Can Clearly Mirror The SelfMizu (water) no Kokoro in this interpretation is wrong and misses the point. Kokoro is the word for “heart” not mind. Let’s say we now think on the Zen practice of Mushin. “The concept of Mushin is identical to the Japanese metaphorical expression “mizu no kokoro” or the “mind like water.” This mental attitude refers to a mind that is in total harmony with the Cosmos that it resembles a still pond of water without any ripples where the surface reflects a clear and perfectly undistorted image of the surroundings, like a mirror. When applied the Master Key Systems way it is best described as, “No mind, a mind without ego. A mind like a mirror which reflects and does not judge.”

So, let me wrap-up my hypothesis. If we speak of the desires of being in heart, and the heart has cognitive functions such as we espouse within the English language when we say to someone “what does your heart say” or “think with your heart, not with your head”, now we have the full equation. My intention then is, or rather should be, to think or concentrate with my heart (as it knows my real desire and can impregnate it with love and gratitude) on those things that reflect those desires that are in my heart like calm water without fear or agitation. This enables the reflection of what is within to be materialized without. Concentration is being so consumed by these thoughts of our desired outcome, based on our heart that confidence, faith and hope conspire to infuse my face with a gentle smile and to show to the world a truly authentic me. When I have achieved this state, holding my desires with sufficient faith, this synchronizes these ideal vibrations and conditions to be drawn to me like the horizontal joint between water and sky at the horizon. A perfect reflection of within; without.

Blue Pond of Water

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Week 16 – Persistent Continuous Action

Persistent Continuous Action - Napoleon Hill

Persistent Continuous Action

This past week, I have been rather introspective and thinking back on my journey with the Master Key System (MKMMA). A few things struct me as things I need to keep embedding into my mind such that they become the core around which I continue these exercises and mindsets in support of my current and future success.

First was in Haanel‘s sixteenth chapter, the start of the seventh verse, “The man of success is the man possessed of the greatest spiritual understanding and every great fortune comes of superior and truly spiritual power.” ~ Prentice Mulford Next was verse 8 where he says, “The power to create depends entirely upon spiritual power; there are three steps, idealization, visualization and materialization. Every captain of industry depends upon this power exclusively.” Captains like these are persistent and do not waver in the face of adversity or opposition, they make progress forward each day toward the goal no matter how small an increment that may be.

 

These two coupled with the first of the Blueprint Builder daily affirmations; “… I demand of myself Persistent, Continuous, Action towards it’s Attainment, and I here and now Promise to render such action.” hit me as the simplicity of it all. (Napoleon Hill)

Note that it does not say, there must be pain to gain “materialization” of your definite major purpose, rather it says it takes “Persistent, Continuous, Action”. I put to you that it is the quiet heroes who win mighty challenges every day. Much like our challenge this past week to find Kindness and to secretly be kind to others, these moments are how we build our lives and rebuild our old blueprints into our “Ideal” blueprints which subby will deliver without question or insistence once reprogrammed.

Basics, core ideals, values and consistent daily actions in support of those ideas build a life we all feel as the “flame which has been passed from generations uncounted and its heat is constant irritation to my spirit to become better than I am”, and I Am.

So, I promise, whenever I sense a slippage or a weakening of my commitment my response from here forward to turn to this key mandate of “Persistent, Continuous, Action” combined with repose and solitude to ideate on my ideal. Anticlimactic I know but, life need not have such wild gyrations rather my ideal life is calm, filled with kindness and a consistent drawing of uplifting and helpful people and needed resources toward me and the achievements I have crafted as my new blueprint.

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Week 15 – I Am Nature’s Greatest Miracle, Our Greatest Fear

Our Deepest Fear

“I Am Nature’s Greatest Miracle”

Og Mandino starts in Scroll number four with this declaration. Yeah, right! you hear your subconscious mind say with a degree of cynicism reserved for political promises. But, you ask why? Why is it that we completely blow off the possibility that we are as Og has us read aloud, “I have unlimited potential. Only a small portion of my brain do I employ; only a paltry amount of my muscles do I flex.” It seems so strange to apply it to ourselves, thus there is an immediate push back from deep within.

Marianne Williamson’s poem titled, “Our Greatest Fear” tells us why subby is so afraid. It’s because his/her programming has made a comfort zone outside of which is the unknown. The Unknown is a threat to subby, the little reptilian guy in your head.

 

Marianne goes on a pushes the button harder…

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates others.

                                  Our Greatest Fear —Marianne Williamson

Now Og, presses further…

“But my skills, my mind, my heart, and my body will stagnate, rot, and die lest I put them to good use. I have unlimited potential. Only a small portion of my brain do I employ; only a paltry amount of muscles do I flex. A hundredfold or more can I increase my accomplishments of yesterday and this I will do, beginning today.

Guess what, She and Og are both absolutely right! It turns out we rarely use the full measure of what we are capable of…

Here are several excerpts from and article titled “A Navy SEAL’s Secret for Pushing Yourself Way Beyond Your (Supposed) Limits” which was posted in Inc.com:

“Fact: 99 percent of people who start marathons finish them.

What are we to make of this incredibly high success rate? As anyone who has ever run a marathon can tell you, the correct takeaway isn’t that running 26 miles is a breeze. Everyone hits a wall of pain at some point, yet almost everyone keeps going.

Instead, the real lesson, according to entrepreneur and endurance athlete Jesse Itzler, “is that we have so much more in our reserve tank than we think we do.”

It seems Jesse got this great idea to invite a Navy Seal to his home to live with he and his family and team them some of the mental toughness that all Navy Seals have been trained for. Somehow they are able to summon strength and persistence that seem superhuman to the rest of us.

The Navy Seal taught them the “The 40 percent rule” that he had been trained to understand and leverage to accomplish amazing physical and mental endurance tests and tasks. Below is a portion of the article.

“It’s all well and good to tell people they are capable of accomplishing way more than they believe they are, but when the going gets tough, vague reassurances probably aren’t going to count for much. That’s why Itzler’s unusual houseguest offered something more specific than empty encouragement. He taught Itzler the Navy SEALs’ “40 percent rule.” (Spoiler alert: He also made him do a lot of pull-ups to illustrate it.)

“He would say that when your mind is telling you you’re done, you’re really only 40 percent done,” Itzler explains. “And he had a motto: If it doesn’t suck, we don’t do it. And that was his way of every day forcing us to get uncomfortable to figure out what our baseline was and what our comfort level was and just turning it upside down.”

It turns out that the 40 percent rule is why so many people are able to finish marathons. When you hit that wall, you’re really only 40 percent through your stores of energy and determination. When your body complains, your will still has a lot to give. And as the success rate of runners makes clear, that’s true of just about everyone.

That’s handy to know if you suddenly feel like your legs are going to fall off at mile 18 of a marathon, but it’s a truth that can have a huge impact even if long-distance running really isn’t your thing. Whenever life puts a challenge in your path and you feel like you’re on the edge of giving up, you can lean on the SEALs’ 40 percent rule to remind you that your apparent limits really aren’t.”

So, when subby starts to send off alarms, you don’t need to even acknowledge it, use the Law of Substitution and replace it with an image of a Navy Seal and his team mates swimming 5 miles in the dark or hiking 40 miles in a day to reach rendezvous point alpha where they’ll meet up with a chopper to airlift injury team member. Then imagine the smile of satisfaction on his face knowing he has taught his subby that “I have unlimited potential” and I use it to reach my objective! As any military man knows, be it physical or mental Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance …

Subby!, You’re In MKMMA Boot Camp Son!!

Massive Action

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Week 14 – I Am The Fire – I Promise To Myself, Me And No One Else

“I Promise To Myself, Me And No One Else”

When I heard this song and this particular lyric line I felt a chill run through me. I am the Fire, I am my own motivation, internal inspiration and drive to achieve. Remember Mark said the corpus callosum (the bridge between the left and right brain) is more fully developed in musicians. If that is the case (and I personally believe it is) then we who are not musicians can learn and benefit from the rhythm, vibrations and the eloquence of the word architecture the embed in their lyrics… how they use it to express their journey and share it with us.

With the help of Lzzy Hale, rock musician and lead singer of the band Halestorm, I’ll walk you through what must have been a parallel universe (more likely, the Universal Mind) and the internal talk I experienced when I first heard the tune and the instructive lyrics. It’s almost like she has been through the Master Key Experience a chronicled the hero’s journey she has experienced.

Yes, this is for my hard rock friends who often don’t even know they are on their own hero’s journey aligned with the Master Key System and the things we are learning in the MKMMA. If you are not into fairly hard rock, feel free to read it as a poem and draw your own inspiration and points to draw power from. So, with that in mind, I’m going to share my internal conversations as I walked through the full lyrics.

I Am The Fire by Lzzy Hale of Halestorm

Am I brave enough? I felt and asked this question of ourselves as we
began our Master Key journey.
Am I strong enough? Mark Januszewski and The Fabulous Daven echoed Haanel’s admonition to Never start anything I
couldn’t finish or see through to the end.
To follow the desire I have had this desire throughout my life to reach
beyond my current circumstances and a
life of “quiet desperation”.
That burns from within My heart has often ached to simply believe, to
have Faith that I can be more than I have been…
To push away my fear Enter the Law of Substitution, the only tool to
help with vanquishing my fears of inadequacy and societally hypnotised weaknesses!
To stand where I’m afraid On the scene comes Og Mandino with Scroll III,
I Persist Until I Succeed.”
I am through with this No more River of Dreams for me! I now know
there is more, I can be more…
Cuz I am more than this I now feel in my heart that I am more, I am
unique and have special gifts to share
with others “I give without expectation of
reciprocity from the channels I enrich, because
I know I am…” stepping into the dynamic
flow of giving and receiving!
I promise to myself And here is the granddaddy of them all,
“I Always Keep My Promise”. With every
commitment we make to ourselves we etch it
into our souls with this phrase as covenant
to complete the tasks to move forward and
accomplish our Plan of Action.
Alone and no one else I am accountable to myself and no one
else as long as we do no harm to their good.
My flame is rising higher The more I study the system, understand and
add the Enthusiasm it generates as fuel
to create more Enthusiasm
, my commitment
and my faith expands exponentially to carry
me forward faster and faster!
I am the fire I, and I alone am the fire. No outside influence
or force will have a lasting effect on me reaching
my goals. I am personally responsible and accountable
to me (SMART goals are what I will use to
measure my progress).
I am burning brighter With each passing day and every repeat of my
DMP and Service cards, I can feel the urgency building.
Roaring like a storm I Always Infuse Enthusiasm into every reading as
the dividends are enormous. Remember the
50 minutes of reading your one-sentence
DMP
? I was amazed at the energy it required
and  then subsequently returned over the
next day or two, amazing!
And I am the one I’ve been waiting for I spent much of my life looking for others I admired
to shepherd me toward my goals, no more.
I am a Lion. and I refuse to talk, to walk,
to sleep, with sheep! 
I am my own strength, my
own support and I am more than enough
to keep the internal flames alight. I do need a
mastermind to generate perspectives I have never
thought of but, I remain the responsible one.
Screaming like a siren The more elation and gratitude I put into my
Enthusiastic readings, the higher my return
on investment (ROI) to myself and to those in my life.
Alive and burning brighter With all I am learning, life is so much more than
it was before
… brighter, more opportunities and
I am more willing to stretch and reach for my dreams.
I am the fire Again, I am the fire, no one else… my confidence grows.
I’ve been sacrificed Society has trained me well to go along to get along;
the mandate is conformity to mediocrity.
Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In the Wall” comes
to mind along with Mark’s frequent references to
the Billy Joel classic “River of Dreams”.
My Hearts been cauterized Sadly, over time and through many soul-sucking
experiences, my heart lost much of its will to risk
being hurt and extending my hand to build
relationships. I now recognize this and I use the
Achievement and Gratitude exercises
to
soften and warm what once was cold and dark.
Hanging on to hope Hope and faith are now restored through
truth and knowledge
of the way, the path to
gaining the cooperation of other people, I now
induce others to serve me. because of my
willingness to serve others.
shackled by the ghost The “reality holograph” of what is real once
kept me from really exploring, from
reaching my unlimited potential.
Of what I once believed My beliefs in these falsehoods are now falling
away as the cocoon of the caterpillar reveals the
butterfly with wings outstretched and yearning to fly.
That I could never be An image of me prior to the Master Key system,
head hung low, plodding along.
Whats right in front of me It’s been there all along, greatness in so many ways
I am the fire Enthusiasm rises in my heart to heights unknown before
I am burning brighter With knowledge and learning comes
enlightenment
and the ability to see what
was invisible before.
Roaring like a storm Like a storm, disruptive, powerful and ever moving
from west to east, the nurturing rains follow
to power the growth that is to come
. “I love
the rain for it cleanses my spirit.’
And I am the one I’ve been waiting for I talk to the Guy in the Glass and recognize
him as the man I have been waiting 
for to
be my companion, my accountability
partner throughout my journey.
Screaming like a siren Now my mid-day exercise and reading my
cards again, strength renewed and
energized
Alive and burning brighter I feel so alive, bright enough to light
the way for others
.
I am the fire Warm, comforting and motivating, the flame of
Thought within is mine to control at will
.
I don’t believe I’ll fall from grace I turn to the Master System in addition to other ,
I believe it augments my personal faith.
Won’t Let the past decide my fate “Failure, like pain is alien to my life. In the past
I accepted it as I accepted pain.
Now I reject it
and am prepared for wisdom and principles
which guide me out of the shadows…” My past
performance and mistakes are lessons I use to
win, I persist, I win… “I build my castle one
brick at a time for I know that small attempt, repeated, 
complete any undertaking“.
(Og Mandino Scroll I & III)
Leave forgiveness in my wake I forgive all the wrongs I have burdened myself
with and leave them all behind trailing me like
the silent wake a boat leaves fading into the distance.
Take the love that I’ve Embraced Again, my man in the mirror repeats daily,
“I love you man!”, like one else can!
I promise to myself, me and no one else I Always Keep My Promise!
I am more than this I am part of a larger whole, “the Father and I
are one
” (The Master Key System by Charles F Haanel)
I am the fire… I am the source of my progress and my
burning desire
.
Final Chorus…

If you have a favorite song with lyrics that stir you to greatness, Please, Please share your songs and poems in the comments below!!

You and your interpretation of a particular lyric could bring someone else to recognize their greatness or search for it as a member of the Master Key Experience and a fully satisfying life of personal achievement as well as service to others. This is what lifts societies and communities, it people like you and me taking full personal responsibility for our own successes and learning from our missteps to rebuild our castles, our families and our homes one brick at a time, filled with enthusiasm and Thoughtful Living.

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Week 13 – Realize Your Unity With Omnipotence

Mercury Persistently Seeks Unity

Week twelve’s exercise asked that we “Realize your unity with omnipotence”. In week thirteen, we are told that “when you come into the realization of the fact that you, not your body but the Ego, the “I”, the spirit which thinks, is an integral part of the great whole, that it is the same substance, in quality, in kind, that the Creator could create nothing different from Himself” (The Master Key System – Charles F Haanel). So why have two consecutive chapter exercises been guiding us to a vision that we are in fact, part of a great universal oneness? It seems Haanel thought important enough to say and train on the matter repeatedly, i.e. help us practice this specific thought. To what end.

Now watch these two Tedx talks and define the the truth related to lessons we are learning from Haanel’s and our Master Key Alliance each video exposes in their own unique way and from their own perspectives…

Now, let’s consider the final phrase from our Magician friend Brian Miller; “our world is a shared experience, fractured by individual experience”. Is he not saying that unity and the universal is from where we came and our destiny or rather our perfect state is one devoid of Ego. Like Ed, the blind man who howled with laughter and pride in knowing the simple signals and how to respond to Brian’s questions about color or each card, we now have “signals” to respond or substitute more appropriate and correct thoughts in order to bring ourselves nearer to unity with the universal. Imagine his joy and confidence in becoming one with Brian, the source of the signals…

What a slap to the forehead! So, like mercury being drawn back to itself, only Ego blocks our unity. The desire to be separate even superior needs to be eliminated. The mental diet is the exercise to strip us of Ego thus affording us the pure attraction back to our perfection. Going back to 12.18 (Chapter 12, paragraph 18) in the Master Key System where it says, “the principle which gives the thought dynamic power to correlate with its object, and therefore to master every adverse human experience, is the law of attraction, which is another name for love”.

I’ve always been more open and generous around this time of year, the warm fuzzy feelings and of course the sappy movies depicting renewal of relationships, kindness and the setting aside of Ego as in one my favorite of movies Scrooge. During the holiday season, I can set aside some of my own scrooge-like behaviors of being solitary and focused on business and getting things done and rally to the Christmas spirit.

Now I know it is much more than that and that the camouflage is totally unnecessary; those with whom I mastermind here in the Master Key Experience and those with whom I network in my business are very much like me. Like Brian said in the video, this world is a shared experience, rich with colors, smells, sights, sounds and flavors. The Master Key System is teaching us how to allow the mercury to find our own and experience the oneness with our purpose and our universal power.

Secondly, the Go90Grow experience being predicated on the above helps us avoid the Ego and Limbic alert systems such that we can find and rally the hero in our fellow human beings, who are also fractured parts of the universal to which we all belong. As Mark E. Sackett stated in his talk, 70% of us (these disparate parts of the universal mind) are not living in our passion. Many don’t even dare to ask themselves what they want. The pull toward the rest of the mercury seems a self-indulgent sin, It is Not! We are serving our fellow members of the universal and giving them a tremendous gift by inviting them to take the hero’s journey and live their lives, from their own perspective and not the blueprints of others running like robots, preprogrammed and dead many years prior to our eventual burial.

Either way, and via either of these course, we become the forward troops to a cause, that only deities have dared to dream! Can you feel it? The excitement of being some of the first to really understand what reward awaits the hours of hard mental work and effort… it’s your DMP!

To further cement the picture of the enthusiasm and emotion of a Hero’s Journey, watch this clip and think of Rudy achieving his one, solitary definite major purpose. Think about him when your meet tonight with your guy or gal in the mirror. See if it does not motivate you like it does me to press on and persist… find your quest (your PPNs and DMP) and DO IT NOW!!!

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