Master Key WEEK 11: Wisdom

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Wisdom is often what you get just after you need it.

A few years ago, actually a few more years than I care to admit, I was a full-time musician, singer and songwriter. Along with two other gifted players, we rehearsed a repertoire and headed out on the road. From another musician friend, we rented a Chevy cube van, to get where we needed to go, and a substantial PA system and lighting system. Unexpectedly, the lighting system also came with several onstage flash pots  that would ignite smokeless gun powder for special effects. There were several partial canisters of flash powder in the truck.   Since we were not going to be playing shows where the flash pots would be used, we decided to be responsible and not carry with us a potentially dangerous substance like flash powder… the question was, what do we do with it? We also didn’t want to leave this powder laying around in the garage while we were gone, so we decided that we would dispose of it… and the best and really only way we could come up with was a “controlled burn”.

You can probably imagine where this is going. If not, Read On!…


I guess we had watched too many cartoons or old western movies but the disposal plan consisted of pouring most of the flash powder onto a stubby tree stump and then pour a trail of powder leading from the pile, down the remaining 4 inches of bark and onto the grass creating a line  of powder  for about 4 feet to what we judged to be a safe distance. One guy would crouch as low as he could and drop a lit match onto the the trail and jump back to where the other two were watching,  about 10 feet away…Perfect!

The lit match fell from twitching fingers onto the black powder trail and the powder ignited in a brilliant streak… all the way to the tree bark…  NO BIG Flash! Plan A had failed to set off the big pile on the stump because the powder didn’t climb the 4 inch bark trail up to the pile on top… We should have stopped then…


Since we had used all the remaining black powder to create the initial flash fuse trail, we now had to consider other more  daring ignition systems. I was nominated to creep low from the side and with outstretched arm and match in fingertips, drop the  match directly on to the pile. The first match went out as it fell, the second one too… I inched closer this time determined not to fail in front of my friends…

Houston, we have ignition!

I guess I might have thought about why they call it ‘flash powder’… or why it took so little powder to get the stage effect flash…or why no one else wanted to do it… but the conscious mind was only focused on the group decision that this would be a “good idea”.

Historical photo - atmospheric test
Historical photo – atmospheric test

Have you seen the old movies of nuclear testing in the Nevada desert in the 1950s… I was the dummy that got knocked flat by the blast. I’m not sure if there was a mushroom cloud or not, but my hair and eyebrows were singed and I couldn’t see anything but white in front of my eyes… As my friends doubled over in laughter, I was doing a quick inventory of body parts, “I yelled, I can’t see!”  and quickly realized that my face and glasses and been coated with a layer of white flash powder residue.

Yes, Wisdom is what you get just after you need it.

In week 11, Haanel teaches that wisdom is an understanding of the knowledge and principles whereby we may know the true meaning of things. Wisdom is illuminated reason, and leads to humility and encourages one to be teachable.

A decision to learn how the Laws of the Mind operate, and then apply that knowledge is leading me to greater confidence that I can have faith in the outcomes that the laws dictate. But faithful persistence and action and emotion is required to activate the law.

A 19th century American religious leader named Joseph Smith wrote: “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.” Doctrine & Covenants 130:20-21. Sounds like a good reason to study the laws.

I can be what I will to be… just learn and obey the laws.

Haanel 11-35 quotes the WISDOM of the Bible, in Mark 11:24 ‘Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. …notice there are no limitations…

I notice that Prayer is involved in the above description. To me, prayer is a personal attempt to connect with the Infinite power of the Universe and true connection happens through or in our subconscious mind.  Mark, (not Mark J. but from the gospels) uses the words: desire, believe, receive, have… combined with pray. This connection must involve some pretty specific descriptions of our desires, receiving them into our hearts before they are delivered, and then accepting them in faith…the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. They must be ‘true’ so as not to take away the good of anyone else.

Making that connection is a major decision we undertake in the Master Key Mastermind Alliance course and community.

One Decision

By the way…

I was once told that knowledge is knowing that a tomatoes are actually a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put tomatoes in a fruit salad.

I’m just curious…












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5 thoughts on “Master Key WEEK 11: Wisdom”

  1. Wow! That was entertaining… hope all went well… how would you solve the same situation, now – wise after that one…?

  2. very good to read, especially the last sentence! 😀 this will stick in my mind forever, and I will never again forget about the difference between knowledge and wisdom (not that I didn’t know it, but now it seems SO obvious and ‘present’ and aware… thanks 🙂 )

  3. Ah yes – the mini Manhattan project. I was one of the two rolling on the ground laughing my butt off. We’ve been learning about laws these last weeks that just simply can’t be ignored. I guess that includes the laws of pyro. Explosive+lit match=BOOM!
    We should’a just left it in the old army case.
    Maybe not. This was way too funny to miss.
    Thanks for the memory.


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