Master Key WEEK 23: Least Effort doesn’t mean NO Effort

I have a sense of how important this week is… Feelings are heightening.

As often happens, words that on the surface mean one thing have a deeper, more significant meaning and application… “Least Effort”.

Least effort doesn’t mean NO effort...it means the right efforts….doing that which concentrates and focuses effort vs diffusing efforts and failing….thus it’s easier ( least effort) to succeed than it is to succeed.

It’s interesting that the World’s Laziest Network Marketer has introduced us to the Law of Least Effort. Mark lives what he teaches. He has integrity because his values and actions are unified.

“…I know that this moment is as it should be because the whole universe is as it should be…I do not struggle against the whole universe by struggling against this moment…” ( new cards: “Acceptance”)

My biggest challenge has been to struggle with my ‘self’… which means the sum of my habitual thoughts from the past. We have been learning to control our thoughts through the exercises and progressions we have been doing now for 20+ weeks. I have made some noticeable progress and have been introduced to very useful tools, but feel like I could take the course again and again. Perhaps that’s the very point. This isn’t a once and done experience. It becomes a new and challenging, even exciting way of life and life in it’s essence means change.

I have not yet understood clearly the call to “Harmony” to the group to qualify for continued participation, with a PIF Scholarship Awarded, through application, that someone has already been generous enough to donate, on my behalf, the financial cost of funding the course… The message seems mixed when we hear and see, “we’ll be checking” and then the next week we are encouraged to relax if you didn’t get it done and just “dig in”. People can chose to leave at anytime and stop participating,  but will not be able to continue in the current ‘already-paid-for-course’ unless they fund next year’s course by making  Pay it Forward payments. I am happy to  both participate in the PIF for someone else and comply with the requirements of the core program.

The directive by Emerson, Haanel,  Mark, Davene, Trish and others we have read, is to be self-directed. I am willing to defer to instructors who are achieving their bliss and desire to bless the lives of others by serving as guides to these principles. And I am not opposed to following directives to learn skills I desire. But, even eagles must fledge, spread shaky wings, test the breezes and jump from the security and comfort of the nest and fly.

To become a truly independent thinker has been Emerson’s message to us all along, and it seems to drive us to independent service to the greater good in order to find the personal inner harmony and dharma.

The journey continues… Happily, it continues in London England for the next two weeks as I attend my son’s wedding on March 24th.

Master Key Experience: WEEK 22- Take your Temperature

As I was reading Part 22 Haanel this week, I kept thinking about his statements in the first and fourth paragraphs of the introduction…

“In Part Twenty-two you will find that thoughts are spiritual seeds, which, when planted in the subconscious mind, have a tendency to sprout and grow, but unfortunately the fruit is frequently not to our liking.”

Introduction Part 22, paragraph 4: “All life is based upon these constructive and destructive activities, and as food, water and air are the only requisites necessary for the construction of cells,…”

Here’s where I want to add one little addition to the formula he has laid out for your consideration.

There are four factors required to cause the construction of cells: food, water, air and… an adequate range of temperature or Heat.

Since the metaphor is planting seeds and by extension spiritual seeds (thoughts), I was reminded of the Biblical parable of the sower found in Matthew, Mark and Luke. There is much to learn from that parable, but not my intention to go into depth here.

The reason I paused on this concept  is because I have seen for myself the difference it makes to personal growth of spiritual seeds I plant when I get the temperature right.

We have been taught and reminded frequently over the past 22 weeks that knowledge does not apply itself. Knowledge  requires belief and action. It is in the belief area where the Law of Dual Thought ( assigning any feeling we want to a thought ) gives better results than the mere academic  learning of the concepts.

Feeling ( emotion ) is the thermostat to adjust the temperature needed to activate the food, water and air  in the seed at just the right range for growth to occur. Temperature allows enzymes already in the seeds to become active and attract the food and water and utilize the air which cause growth to occur. Haanel refers to “constructive” activity.

Too much temperature is destructive. It’s called cooking.

Try planting popcorn after it is popped…

Too little temperature is destructive. It’s called freezing.

Try planting frozen corn kernals from your freezer.

And both too much or too little temperature destroy the seeds by inactivating enzymes.

Plant cold thoughts in a fertile subconscious and see weak or no results. Add the right amount of warmth to your ideals through confident, enthusiastic, conscious, repetition and the thought seeds take root and with continued warmth, food, water and air (concentration and focus) … it will grow and produce desirable fruit.

We have also been counseled that we cannot force results with pressure (or Heat). We must achieve peace in the quiet flow of silence where we link to the universal.

In the realm of our thoughts, there is no standing still. We are either growing or dying. The universe gives us an unlimited supply of the enzymes for abundant growth. We provide the warmth by our choice.

 

Master Key WEEK 21: I Fought the Law and the Law Won

Some who will read this, will remember the song by Bobby Fuller from the mid 1960s titled, “I Fought the Law”. The  song includes the repeated line…”I fought the law and the the law won.” As much as the writer struggled and ‘fought’ to get what he wanted, he was trying to take short cuts  that “broke the law” and in the end, the law always won.

The LAW always WINS

 

If Law always wins…then we actually don’t break the law. We can’t break the law…we break ourselves against the law. Wanna stop the pain…learn the law, obey the law, enjoy the pleasure of freedom from the consequences of breaking yourself against that law. ” Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” Free from the consequences…

Haanel has written similarly, “…the universe is governed by law; that for every effect there must be a cause, …that the same cause, under the same conditions, will invariably produce the same effect… This must necessarily be true; otherwise the universe would be chaos instead of cosmos.”

Haanel also declares: “…if prayer has ever been answered, it will always be answered, if the proper conditions are complied with…the answer to prayer is therefore subject to law, and this law is definite, exact and scientific,… “

From the time I was a child, I was taught to pray. I was was taught that there was a power that would respond or answer my prayers.  As I got older I was also counselled that prayer is a two-way communication, that if I would quiet my thoughts I could actually feel impressions about what I had prayed about. As I learned to do this, I have experienced some of my most treasured personal experiences. There have been times of astounding clarity and other times of stupor.  But  I value prayer and spiritual “listening” as things that prompt positive actions and fulfillment.

In 1843, an American religious leader named Joseph Smith taught:

“There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—

And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.”

Learn the Laws

Learn the Law. Obey or apply the Law. Compliance with Law(s) becomes the cause of the effect you desire.  Seems pretty cut and dried. But it’s a tad more complicated. Once you know where you want to go, the journey begins. Desire must be charged with passion and enthusiasm. Discipline to maintain focus on the desired outcome is required and the development of  an undeviating vision, clarity, and anticipation of that desire has to be lived, applied and infused with  belief and faith throughout each day.

The Master Key experience this week  and over the past 20 weeks has helped me develop a deeper understanding of the spiritual roots of a successful and joyous life. No one can give this life to me. I am grateful for generous guides and mentors who through their compassion and wisdom have shared glimpses into truth and encouraged me to be true to that truth.  But, I have to earn it and live it and stumble and get up in my own journey.

Discover or learn the law, obey or comply with the terms of the law. No dream is too large. Live or practice the law and enjoy the journey.

“Open my heart, the moment I start…what a change there’ll be. Now it’s up to me, I’m gonna fly.”

MasterKey Experience WEEK 20: Caught in the thick of thin things

 

Face to face with discomfort

I have a long-standing habit that I came face to face with this week. It has been very uncomfortable.

The habit is to focus my attention on learning ‘stuff’…  I love to learn about how stuff works… why this or that happens… What the origin of words are and how to make the perfect poached egg… Stuff! You can spend a lot of time caught in the thick of thin things. There have been times when, much like a hoarder, stuff has become overwhelming clutter and sometimes… it comes in handy.

Let me illustrate:

My wife and I lived in Utah for 8 years on a job transfer. My adult kids and their partners came to visit  my wife and I and despite it being summer, we decided to go up to the Sundance Ski Resort on the backside of Mount Timpanogos in the Wasatch Mountains. It’s beautiful there year round and they have a couple of great restaurants that we have enjoyed.

We were walking from the Timp Lodge back to the parking lot  and tucked into the base of the ski slope not far from the chairlift,  there was a circular building with 8 foot vertical walls, a sloped roof and an outside base of large rocks to stabilize the walls.

One of the kids asked, “What is that?” pointing to the building. None of them could come up with a descriptor, so my oldest  daughter said out loud, “Ask Dad, he’ll know”. So, the question was asked and without missing a beat, I casually replied, “… Oh, that round building… that’s called a yurt and it’s a shelter style  commonly used by Mongolian nomads.”  There was a disbelieving chorus of “Ya, sure Dad… a yurt… hahahahahahaha…” My son-in-law, who takes the accuracy of such father-in-law answers a little more seriously than my kids said, “Really, … are you sure?” We all laughed.

As soon as we got home, my son-in-law was on Google, disproving or verifying my answer. He came into the family room with his laptop and eyes wide open… exclaiming, “It’s true, It is a yurt and yurts were used as the primary shelter for nomadic people in Mongolia.”

Thank you, National Geographic documentaries! Score one for Dad.

For the most part, I have had a brain cluttered with stuff and not enough to show for any of it. Master Key resources couldn’t have come at a better time for me.

What I have had to face this week is that “Stuff” is just a way to distract myself from what I am not doing with my life. I have been an amazing diffuser of energy, intellect and worst of all, action.  Now, the call to action, the Hero’s Journey, the call to be Nature’s Greatest Miracle is playing havoc with my world. Ol’ Blue is hanging on for dear life versus the question of “What am I pretending not to know?“.  The excuses are crumbling fast…what does my intended self do now? Draw the sword. Slay the dragon.

I also learned something this week of crucial importance to experiencing the abundant joy and peace that I crave. It’s not enough to know about this Master Key information.  Yes, I know… I consciously understand that knowledge doesn’t apply itself… But, I didn’t appreciate the link between the enthusiastic vocalization of what I intend with the physical activities that create a body-mind link. Say it LOUD and PROUD! Make your heart hear what your mind believes.

I have to allow myself to get emotionally involved and feel passionate about my life aspirations to activate and truly engage my unconscious mind in my desire to truly grow, change and serve others.

Hedgehogs show the way

In many ways, I think the overlapping circles of the Hedgehog exercise would be helpful earlier in the course as we determined our definite major purpose. I defer to the greater wisdom and experience of the course creators and I am glad that I have been exposed to this additional insight in week 20 to finally connect some dots and feed my courage to accept the clarity and move forward.

What am I deeply passionate about?

What can I be the best in the world at?

What drives my economic engine?

Those three questions lead to the intersections of Action Avenue, Intend Drive  and Pretend Cul-de-sac.

Pretending not to know is the dead end of learned helplessness and blame. I won’t live there any longer! I am moving to a new neighborhood next to the Wooden Pyramid.

 

 

 

MasterKey WEEK 19: That’s a Great Question!

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What am I pretending not to know?

What would the person I intend to become do next?

 

These queries influence my thoughts and actions whenever I am confronted now with making choices about what I will do with my time.

Since knowledge doesn’t apply itself, and since the answers to MY questions are within me and since I have a set of tools to direct my thoughts to create productive outcomes, I no longer have the excuse of pretending not to know or not to find out what to do next.

This doesn’t mean I know everything…  What I have drawn from this heightened personal accountability is that I have a responsibility to go as far as I can see, in the direction of my definite life purpose.Just as the headlights of my car allow me  drive across the country in the dark of night, seeing only a few yards ahead of myself, so mind and thought will illuminate the way in the blinding light of noon when the way may be uncertain.

Pretending doesn’t work when you stand  before your dragon in the cave of fears…

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As I move across the threshold daily, hourly, and  into the unknown, I come face to face with my pretending.  Pretending doesn’t work when you stand  before your dragon in the cave of fears. Only courage…the ability to act in spite of fear… allows me to surrender to truth and trust in the transformation process.

How cool is it to be able to thrust your arms in the air…to breathe that first heroic breath that inspires and invigorates the confidence of victory. I have defeated no one but my own past record. I have learned and earned a new story to tell. I am a great and living miracle present in the now, asking questions…

I have embraced a fragment of the person I intend to become that I defined in some great detail weeks ago.  I ask the question… What would the person I intend to become do next? The focused silence clears the mind. Thoughts rise and fall. Clarity, confidence and competence emerge and accelerate with each success.

The journey is unending.

The journey has great purpose when taken in service of others. Changes within become the cause of the external evidence of the  growth. Bringing together thought, feeling, belief and action in rapid succession to be what I will to be is richly rewarding and of infinite consequence. Little by little, with persistence and kindness and gratitude, I experience I AM.

Thank you. I am in awe.

 

 

MasterKey WEEK 18: The Song Within Us Must Be Sung

This week, along with the normal day-to-day activities of life, I had the privilege to write a  song for my son’s upcoming wedding.  I have created these unique wedding gifts for each of my three kids. Since my son is the last to get married, I looked forward to this creative experience. But it has been nearly ten years…

I find the writing process to be an amazing and richly fulfilling experience. Each time I have written anything  has been a unique experience and an act of faith.

This time, equipped with  new insights from the Master Key and Haanel’s writings, I had a new awareness of what I was actually doing.

Haanel 18 -12 says,” The creative power does not originate in the individual, but in the universal… The individual is the simply the channel for the distribution of … this energy”.

So opening the link to the universal was critical. MasterKey skills from the SIT come into play…make and trust the connection to the source of creativity and my ability to tap into it. Relaxed focus…persistence…

This song has also been a mini Hero’s Journey.

The herald’s call was there to write. It was an imperative.  I took a deep breath of courage and stepped into the unknown. As I stepped across the threshold (literally got in my car to drive the 250 miles to where my musical mentor, and mastermind partner Larry Thompson lives) the dragons started to  appear…self-doubt… fear of failing…

What if I can’t do this?…

What if I have already written my last song ?

What if…what if… I was dying a little with each negative thought.

The law of substitution arrives…What if?… I ask the positive question and drive fear and doubt out of my mind… What if this is another beautiful song that shows my son and his soon-to-be wife just how much I love, respect and value them in my life? What if…I have many more songs to write,  gifts of the heart to give…Dreams to shape into reality and journeys of the spirit to explore… I can be what I will to be. What I think about, comes about. I am whole perfect, strong, loving, HARMONIOUS and happy…

Haanel 18-17 The only belief which is of any value to anyone is a belief that has been put to a test and demonstrated to be fact; it is then no longer a belief, but has become a living Faith or Truth.

Here’s the truth, put to the test and demonstrated to be fact: I am a singer, songwriter, lyricist…

Fear has no place in the truth. I have gifts to give, service to render and  I was made to be happy.

Happily, I will be returning to the tribe overcoming the dragon of fear and self doubt, being reborn to the joy and wisdom of success and looking forward with anticipation to the next step along life’s path. I have a new song to sing.

Each day…I take a deep breath and cross the threshold… What an adventure Frodo! What an adventure!

 

 

 

MasterKey WEEK 17HJ: Mini HJs

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This week we started talking and thinking about the Hero’s Journey. I really enjoyed adding the aspect to what we have already learned. The Joseph Campbell interview on Youtube is instructive and when I hear Bill Moyer and George Lucas discuss the Hero’s Journey as it appears in Star Wars, I could not only see the model illustrated, but also see examples of what the struggle looks and sounds like.

The Hero’s Journey provides a wonderful model for understanding:

how we move from the known through the unknown,

let the excuses we have been comfortable with previously die, and

become heroically changed by the process of rising to the occasion, returning to our expanded known or familiar life better equipped to serve and inspire our tribe.

This week, I observed in myself the “mini HJ”.

UntitledUntitledUntitledUntitledThe mini HJ can take place in a very short time period… maybe seconds, minutes or hours.  This doesn’t have to be some huge epiphany shift in life values. It can be a victory of overcoming procrastination. In fact, I think there are dozens of mini HJs everyday as we move towards the larger, more significant changes we would recognize as growth. The mini HJs are the cause of the effects that we desire. We do the exercises (each exercise is a herald’s call) to make these mini HJ victories accumulate into HABITS.

A mini HJ can be as simple  as when we stop pretending that we don’t know something we have used as an excuse for not moving forward. UntitledWe get the herald’s call to action, to get off our butts and move on purpose, let our old blueprint die in that thing, and act with new purpose, confidence and knowledge. The next time the Herald’s Call comes, we are equipped with knowledge and experience to be applied to either banishing the excuses or accepting the call to greater adventure.

I am nature’s greatest miracle because I can do this on purpose.

Do it now!

Accept the Call to Greatness.

Be Heroic!

 

Master Key: WEEK 17 Lord, Give me patience, RIGHT NOW!

Lord give me patience, RIGHT NOW!

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Some have titled that “The Woman’s Prayer”. I’m not convinced it is gender specific.

This has been a chaotic week of stark contrasts. Sometimes, stuff just happens… When it happened this week, I reacted badly.             “Ol’ Blue ” raised his stubborn head and I felt fully justified to be angry/frustrated for about 3 emotional seconds before I realized what was happening. I didn’t want to feel ‘hurt’ or afraid or  like I needed to  ‘blame ‘somebody.  My anger didn’t help to change the events. There was no love, or joy or peace or harmony or kindness. I had to quickly turn on the back-up peptide generator to reconnect to the source of all those things I want to occupy my life. I can choose my reaction. I went within…

When things around me started to unravel, thanks to MKMMA study and practice, I was able to quickly step outside of the experience and be the impartial observer. I remembered  our studies and practice and did my best to apply the law of dual thought (choose the feeling I attach to the thought) and the law of substitution ( exchange or substitute one thought with another)…  I chose my reaction. That was very Cool!

SYMBOLS: Reminders or Counterfeits

The other thing I have been pondering this week is what role symbols play in my life. It’s interesting how symbols are often a representation of  desirable things. In our immature state, we want to show others that we have attained wealth or power or position by being in possession of the symbols of those things… Money, fancy clothes, bigger house, newer car…

Haanel describes the tendency of many who want to HAVE rather than to BE.

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POWERBALL

There have certainly been times when I thought I could take a shortcut by buying a lottery ticket when I wanted money, RIGHT NOW… Somebody’s gonna win it! Might as well be me, I would “rational-lies”. GIMME,GIMME, GIMME…without doing the internal personal development needed to become a person of wealth or abundance…Wealth and abundance are principles, not objects. I just wanted the symbol of wealth and abundance.

In paragraph 28 Haanel teaches. “You may be pursuing the symbols of power, instead of power itself… You may be pursuing fame instead of honor, riches instead of wealth, position instead of servitude; in either event you will find they will turn to ashes just as you overtake them.” Maybe that’s part of the reason why so many lottery winners are broke in such a short time after their big wins. or why we often ask, ‘Is that all there is” when we acquire the symbol only without the change within.

There are symbols, of course, that remind us of the principles we are adopting internally.

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While wearing a cross doesn’t make you a Christian, it may help to remind you of the principles Christ taught. Aspiring to  internalize those teachings, helps us become disciples of Christ in attitude and deed.

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While wearing a compass doesn’t make you a navigator of life, it may remind you of  your DMP,  your higher-self,  of living a principled life  and following your internal compass vs the clock.

There’s no place like ROME…

 

Many years ago now I lived in Rome for four months. I learned a lot there and developed an deeper appreciation for the Latin roots of our language. I was told this simple story:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

In the Trajan Markets of ancient Rome, vendors of pottery would be heard to claim that their goods were “SIN –  CERA”. That literally meant that their pottery was… “sin” meaning  without… “cera”  meaning wax.  Since it was a common occurrence that chips or cracks  in the vessel’s finish  would be repaired using wax so they weren’t visible to the buyer. The claim then was that their goods were “without wax” or “free from flaw”… In English,  the  modern word is SINCERE.

MKMMA has helped rekindle a desire to be ‘sin cera’, …building the characteristics within, spiritually created, anchored in truth… and not live my life as a mere counterfeit. MKMMA has given me a new set of tools to understand and interpret what really matters most. For that I am deeply, sincerely grateful.

 

 

 

 

MasterKey WEEK16: F Q V

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Part 16…paragraph 17 of Haanel: “… to control thought is to control circumstances, conditions, environment and destiny.”

This is worth some extra study and thinking because if I can learn to control thought…my thoughtI can control ” …circumstances, conditions, environment and destiny.”

Haanel lays out the process for control of my thought in 18…it will depend upon:

FORM

QUALITY

VITALITY

Form is the CHARACTERISTICS of Mental Images. Your mental images …depend on the depth of the impression (ENTHUUUUUSIASM),…predominance of the idea (FOCUS), …clarity of vision (DETAILS, like 5 senses) and…the boldness of the image.(INTENSITY of BELIEF)

Quality is seen in the SUBSTANCE of which the thought is woven such as vigor, strength, courage, determination…I bring that substance to the process.

Vitality  depends on the FEELINGS we attach to the thought (Law of DUAL THOUGHT). I get to give LIFE to the thought. If thought is CONSTRUCTIVE, it will grow, develop, expand, create and attract to itself everything necessary for its complete development.                      A DESTRUCTIVE  thought brings every form of discord, dissolution and dis-ease.

These concepts link to every exercise we do…every habit we form that supersedes “Ol’ BLUE”. I really can be what I will to be… and now I know how to do it…

But Knowledge does not apply itself! DO it Now! DO it Now! DO it NOW!

I am enough because I am nature’s greatest miracle…and I,  like you, I was created for no other reason than to succeed in the same relaxed way nature always succeeds.

Master Key WEEK 15: Making the links & An Open Hand

I have been focusing on the thought of gaining Insight.

Let’s see… a compass to follow and a magnifying glass for clarity and focus

What prevents me from acquiring Insight that will show the way to  actions that push past…”custom, precedent and habit”… 15-35 reads: “Insight is a product of the world within and is developed in silence, by concentration.”

Ah yes, The SIT. I continue to hone the skills of silence, quieting the mind and listening to the thoughts that come, allowing distractive thoughts to roll off with an exhale and sifting through to deeper impressions.

I have also been aware of being the observer of my habitual self talk and especially noting examples in myself and others of SELF CONTROL… pretty amazing  exercise… lots to occupy my thoughts while walking the dog in the morning, listening to recordings and observing the beauty of winter.

I have noticed that I have begun to see improvement in reducing the time between the thought to act and when I actually do it. And frankly so has my sweet wife. I am getting more random hugs and smooches because my better habit of ‘do it now,’ gets things done without having to be reminded or feeling bad or making excuses. That places less stress between us and I feel less reluctant about giving more of me to her.  And, what you send out, comes back… Thanks MKMMA!

I have been blessed not to be an emotional hoarder of hurt feelings and garbage. But despite that self description, I actually made a list and released my feelings about certain individuals. The Law of Forgiveness said that we need to clear the channel to the Universal through forgiveness. I highly recommend it.

I still wrestle with some of the concepts that I have been thinking more deeply about over these past few months.

Haanel 15-3 says, “Difficulties, inharmonies, and obstacles, indicate that we are either refusing to give out what we no longer need, or refusing to accept what we require.”

Hmmmm… so, by clinging tightly to the past, or refusing to be open to the abundance we are creating, we are denying or delaying the gifts of the present. The channel is still clogged by what we refuse to relinquish… ‘Give more’, clears space to receive abundance.

Closed Open HandThe closed hand, that will not give ( or serve ), cannot receive.

How often do you refuse to accept a delivery from the UNIVERSE because you are not expecting it… so it couldn’t be for you.

And so we repeat the words each day that encourage the habit described by the words… I give something to everyone I encounter…I promise to be a grateful receiver of gifts…I promise to give hope…I promise to give without the expectation of reciprocity.

I had to update my last blog “Harmony”. I had to learn some technical skills to be able to add the song  that exemplifies Harmony to me. Click on the link to check it out

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