Master Key Week 9: Truth is… I already knew it!

I met someone this week.

He was no stranger, just we hadn’t hung out much over the last 25 years…  A minute here, a few fleeting moments there. I really like the guy. But, we just grew apart over the years.

He surfaced in a 2 minute and 34 second glimpse of the past. I heard his voice in a song and I was defenseless against his message. The music carried his voice into my heart again and I was stunned by the lyrics I heard.

I have a dream down deep inside, waiting to be set free.

Open my heart, the moment I start,

What a change there’ll be,

Now it’s up to me,

I’m gonna try…

Easy to hide behind the past, ‘that’s just the way things are…’

But facing my fears, the comfort of years,

What a change there’d be,

Now, it’s got to be…

I’m gonna try…

It’s too painful to imagine, the cost of losing dreams too high.

I can choose to make it happen,

The sunshine or the rain, the laughter or the pain.

I’m living a dream as it unfolds,

I shape it and it shapes me.

Got a hold on my heart and the courage to start,

Now the change I see, Is a change in me,

I’m gonna fly!

I came face to face with what I knew and wrote and sang 25 years ago.  It was an amazing reunion.

Truth is, well… truth. Once you know it, you just gotta live it!

Do it!  Do it right!  Do it right Now!

Maybe you’d like to hear it too!

Thanks to my mastermind partner  and amazing musical friend, Larry Thompson. Check out his MasterKey blog too:


Master Key Week 8: Backwards Thinking


I Am Slowly Going Crazy…

“I am slowly going crazy… 1,2,3,4,5,6,… SWITCH…  crazy going slowly am I… 6,5,4,3,2,1, SWITCH…” now,  faster…

When I was a kid, these were lyrics to a brain teasing song we used to sing as a challenge ourselves to see if we could go forwards and backwards…. and then go faster and faster, forwards and backwards until everyone tripped on their tongues, broke up laughing.

I still sing it to my Grandkids… they love to be challenged and they teach me so much.

The shear thought of doing something backwards is something we resist. It takes real focus.  Purposely going backwards mentally, actually anchors me very much in the present moment… a good thing!

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You sank my Battleship!

Week 8 brought the challenge to go backwards in our minds eye, a step at a time, from the clear image of a finished battleship to it’s origins in the creative thoughts of a person with a definite problem that needed a solution…

‘Admiral, what shall we do?’

‘I need something that is massive, made of metal for strength, that floats on water, with huge guns to blow stuff up and defeat the enemy who is trying to defeat us…Did I mention I want to blow stuff up. So I need really, really big guns that shoot really really big shells… I WANT A WHOLE FLEET OF ‘EM’

Ok… I get the order to build a fleet of ships with REALLY BIG GUNS.

The fun begins… skilled designers and engineers passionately ask a barrage of questions leading to more discussion and detail, detail, detail.  Groups of engineers who have determined tensile strength and load bearing specifications, are called upon to calculated every detail. Hard mental work based on faith, precise knowledge and experience leads to agreement. Creation in thought, ‘Idealization’, takes place. The planners plan and  the drafters draft so others can see it… “visualization”. Plans are handed off to be followed precisely by those whose job it is to source and build or ‘materialize’ the tangible execution.

Materials purchase orders and contracts have to be drawn up and reviewed by lawyers and agreed to  by suppliers and authorized by executives. Workers must be hired and trained and equipped and paid and fed….I think you probably got the idea several steps back. It’s complicated and complex and it happens everyday in real life. Yours and mine. Without emotional commitment at each step, a sense of mission, vision, passion… the end result can stall, get stuck or bogged down and never get finished.

Hail to the finishers in life.

Overwhelming or an exciting challenge? “I can be what I will to be.”


Think it backwards, build it forwards…

I remember a business mentor of mine, Perry Spice, who taught me the same principles in solving business problems. As I lamented a set of annual key performance objectives set by corporate management, I was perplexed as to how I could ever hit the goals. Instead of giving into my learned “woe is me” whining and complaining, Perry taught me a valuable lesson. He suggested a method of breaking down a problem into component parts by thinking (planning ) backwards.

He said, “Phil, let’s be clear on what the goal is first. Describe the goal in detail. What are that goals parts? In other words, what has to happen immediately before the goal is achieved? What happens just before that?…and before that, etc. Let’s build the formula backwards from the objective…if we can describe it backwards, we can build it forwards.” Brilliant!

So very simply stated: if 2 = 1+1, then 1+1 = 2 . Go find two 1s, join them together and those two 1s, united by common purpose, create the effect or result which is 2. The cause is the intention expressed by  the “+” to link two ‘1s’.

The mental work of idealizing in minute detail (spiritual creation) is the hard work. Focused, repetitive visualizing creates the quality of the materials needed.  The assembly of the materials that manifest your thinking and your enthusiasm, is fun.

Think, feel, believe, do, be, have…


Mom always said, “You can go have fun after your chores are done.”

Serve others and your chores become fun. Deeply, richly rewarding, soul-expanding joy. We are created that we might know Joy.

Be to will I what be can I = I can be what I will to be.


HMMM… Like Yoda, it sounds.

Think it backwards, build it forwards.

Do it Now! Do it Now! Do it Now!

Master Key Week 7: Fear and Forgiveness

I was mid-nightmare when my morning alarm buzzed me into consciousness and suspended the assault on my emotions.

Millisecond…Frontal lobes kick in…Is there a 911 Nightmare Search and Rescue Team to come and assure me it was going to be alright?

Quick check…

I was still comfortably in my bed where I had tucked my brain in just a few hours before… but that dream couldn’t have been more ‘real”… the fear and anxiety had my heart pumping and my amygdala ‘amygdalating’… OK, I know… ‘amygdalating’ is not a word, but you get what I mean and it caught your attention right. I like playing with words… Where did the odd support characters come from who were in cahoots with the oddly out-of-place actual people from my past that I recognized in my dream. I was afraid that I was about to live my ‘corporate downsizing’ all over again. YIKES!

Settle… Calm… Think… Remember…

“Fear is not real.

 Fear can only exist in our thoughts of the future.

Fear is the product of our imagination causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist.

Danger is very real. But fear is a choice.”

Hmmmm! More to think about here… I gave it to my subconscious and for now, I let it go!

As I went through my evening reads and sits this week, I had been pondering about the idea of how to get better results from the MasterKey and in my life. I am really enjoying the course material and the challenges, but it was like I was not quite tuned in to the full strength of the universal signal…there was still static confusing the broadcast. I accepted that I controlled the receiver, so I had to make the adjustments in both thinking and doing to get clarity.

We talked and read about forgiveness.

Yep, had to admit that I had some baggage.

The stuff that I was holding onto had long ago been forgotten by the offenders, if in fact they ever knew. I had become to slave to my circular memory. I had allowed hurts to accumulate as a bad habit and a source of excuses I could count on to justify poor performance and even outright failure. It was mostly their fault… or was it?

I definitely wanted to excavate the channel clogged by the sediment of accumulated hurts I was hanging on to. It just felt right that it was up to me to free up the flow of inspiration and clarity I was searching for. After all, I am the receiver and need to tune in to the message and power of the Universe. The broadcasters signal is clean, clear and strong. But how? Somebody once said, “If God seems far away, you had better check to see who moved.”

I opened a file on my computer and jotted down some thoughts about forgiving… Dictionary search ( go look)… scripture search… (70 X 7)… An internet full of cool quotes:


Before I went to bed, I actually made a list of the people I needed to forgive. Slept well… until the mother of all nightmares rocked me conscious.

Before I started my morning reading, I felt inspired to kneel and in prayer release the hurts I had harbored from each person on the list made the night before. It was wonderful, emotional and cleansing. The channel was immediately more free and clear. I was present in that amazing moment. Thank You.

The story of Two Monks and a Woman is a popular Zen story.

A senior monk and a junior monk were traveling together.

At one point, they came to a fast flowing river. As the monks were about to cross the river, they saw a beautiful young woman also attempting to cross. The young woman asked for their help in crossing.

The older monk carried this woman on his shoulder, forded the river and let her down on the other side. The young monk was very upset, but said nothing.

As they walked the senior monk noticed that his junior was suddenly silent. He asked “Is something the matter, you seem upset?”

The young monk replied, “As monks, we are not permitted to touch a woman, how could you carry that woman on your shoulders?”

The old monk spoke kindly, “I left the woman a long time ago at the bank of a dangerous river crossing. You, however,  are still carrying her.”

The older monk, his conscience free, saw the opportunity to serve, responded to it, and after assisting the woman, continued to be present for the rest of his journey.

The younger monk,  bound by conflicted ideas, held on to them for hours. No longer in the present, he missed the experiences of the next part of the journey and lost his peace of mind.

Christ said, ‘…My grace is sufficient… 70 times 7 …  be a light, not a judge…’

About the only thing I remember from my College Sociology class  from Professor Arturo De Hoyas was,” It is as much a sin to take offense as it is to give offense.”  Good one.

Haanel instructs, ‘Give more… Get more!’   Could it be that if I forgive more, I can forget more of what does not serve my journey?

Lay down the burden, wish it well, walk away, towards the light. Beautiful!


MasterKey Week 6: I’d rather be a compass than a clock

Follow Your Compass

This week, amid the myriad of details and assignments, through the broken cars and mundane chores, the glimpses of profound truth kept appearing. Little things that meant something only to me. Amazing! Maybe they will mean something to you too…

I saw new things as I walked my faithful chocolate Lab Max in a forested area a couple of blocks from home… A well-trampled pathway brought me to my favorite side path, less travelled and more private… All around me was a carpet of once vibrant leaves blanketing the woodlot floor… eastern sunlight streaming through late fall naked maples and clumps of century old cedars… A crisp, cloudless, azure sky … The tableau before me caught my breath and stopped me dead in my tracks. A few steps away, emerging from the trees, there was an otter silently navigating the duck pond where there had never been an otter before. As I lingered motionless observing this graceful visitor, he alerted to me and disappeared beneath the surface leaving only expanding rings in all directions disturbing the mirrored surface of the water. My soul whispered “thank you”. My brain looked for insight and meaning. I felt gratitude.

All day long, I got ‘nudges’ toward actions that just a few weeks ago might have been ignored. It felt so exciting to act on those prompts… do the thing without figuring out why, should I, can I… Just Do it Now, Do IT now, Do It Now! …in the flow?…is that what it feels like? Gimme more!

MK Week 6 Assignment: Get a Compass

I shared the following message with Mark J. and Keith & Dana, my guides, then at Keith’s prompting,  in the Alliances area:

Hey Mark,

Just thought I would drop you a quick note about a fun little thing that happened.

We were asked to get a compass…even a kids compass as a metaphor and reminder to follow our internal compass vs the outside clock. I didn’t have one. After school yesterday, my 6 year-old grand daughter came to visit my wife while I was working in my home office. I was going to take a break to go to the store when I had a little flash to ask Maya if she had a compass. She thought for a moment and then said, ‘Ya, it’s up in my play room….But it doesn’t work.” I told her that was no problem and she ran upstairs, returning a few minutes later with a plastic Compass that had a place to attach it to a string … Gave her a big hug and told her this was perfect. I smiled to myself, saying …’this is cool…ask the universe or your granddaughter’…. and I walked back to my office. When I sat down and looked at the compass, the four compass points, North, South, East and West are centered in 4 wedges whose background color is exactly the same colors I have used on my POA, Service and Giving/Receiving cards and Movie Trailer Card.

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A child’s toy, becomes a reinforcing link to the “think / feel/ believe/ do/ be/ have” process.

A compass is an interesting thing… Amazing really!

When a little shard of metal organizes it’s charged positive and negative molecules in a uniform alignment, that piece of magnetized metal takes on a character that wants to align itself with the larger magnetic forces of the earth. Put that shard of magnetized metal on a free-floating pivot point and no matter where you are on the planet, it will rotate until it follows or obeys the laws of magnetism. North aligns with North. The compass taps into the unseen forces of the earth’s magnetic field, it always points north. Once you know where north is you can determine what direction you need to go to reach another fixed point…your destination. But you must learn to read a compass. A compass has 360 degrees of possible directions and being off by just 1 degree over a long journey means you could miss your destination by miles.

Metal that has a random molecular polarity diffuses the power of the earth’s magnetic field and is not compelled to align with magnetic north. It is of no help in giving us a definite direction to follow. Beware of bright, shiny objects that do not align with your desired destination.

The Clock is a mechanism that has a face or dial containing 360 degrees of measurement. The clock doesn’t give direction or align with universal powers. It’s power comes from a wound spring or a battery regulating a carefully, manufactured mechanism or device for dividing our experience into units that we call seconds, minutes, hours and days. The clock simply shows how many units of “time” it takes to accomplish a defined task or until a scheduled event is to occur.

“Living by the clock” suggests that we accept standards from our outside world, often defined by someone other than ourselves… schedules, deadlines, timelines etc.

The clock is a conscious construct of discretionary standards without regard for values. I cannot control time. It is relentless and never waits. If we are driven and controlled by time, we are controlled by the outside world.

The compass mechanism doesn’t click by in measured meter. It is fluid, responding to movement of it’s possessor. The metaphor of following your compass suggests that there is a true north that we can consciously use to navigate this life. The compass resides in the mysterious subconscious mind and is experienced through feelings and impressions of the spirit. Speed is not a concern for the compass. Simply alignment. Navigation happens by mastering and integrating universal power and laws of success. The compass points to true north and aligns me from within, with universal power greater than my conscious self.

Paul Simon – El Condor Pasa Lyrics

I’d rather be a sparrow than a snail
Yes I would
If I could, I surely would
I’d rather be a hammer than a nail.
Yes I would
If I only could, I surely would.

Away, I’d rather sail away
Like a swan that’s here and gone
A man gets tied up to the ground
He gives the world
Its saddest sound, its saddest sound

I’d rather be a forest than a street.
Yes I would
If I could, I surely would.
I’d rather feel the earth beneath my feet
Yes I would
If I only could, I surely would

Songwriters: MILCHBERG, JORGE / ROBLES, DANIEL ALOMIA / SIMON, PAUL        El Condor Pasa lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, CARLIN AMERICA INC

I Love Paul Simon, but here’s my version:

I’d rather be a compass than a clock,

Yes I would, If I could, I surely would…

My iPhone means that I don’t wear a watch,

No watch,  not a Rolex or a Swatch…

Ya…it’s a work in progress!