Master Key WEEK 14: Harmony

My first thought when I hear the word

HARMONY

is a musical connotation.

music-notes-Some of my earliest, happiest childhood experiences centered around music… My mother had a pleasant voice and loved to sing.  She taught me basic truths and behaviors through songs. Do you remember these words?… same notes… different songs…

A      B     C     D     E      F     G…

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Bah, Bah Black Sheep, have you any wool?

What I heard had meaning to me… The sounds attached to music  ‘pitch, rhythm, meter, dynamics, intervals, chords and harmony’…  could make me happy… sad… were funny…  or comforting… made me laugh and dance or think and ask questions… a wondrous cacophony of emotion and significance that has definitely shaped me over the years.

I also learned, as I grew  and studied, that music had rules. The more I knew about the rules, the easier it was to communicate with others about the process and the product of making music with others. Knowing the rules didn’t make the music. You had to learn the rule, practice the skill, repeat it over and over so that it was second nature (subconscious) to you. That’s when you can count on connecting to the creative forces of UNIVERSAL mind.

Tune in a bucket

Dad could barely carry a tune in a bucket!

I come from a family with six kids. We are all ‘mature’ now…maybe I should stick with ‘ much older ‘…  Mom sang to all of us as kids. Good thing, because Dad could barely carry a tune in a bucket!  We all liked to sing. We could all hear harmony… notes that were pleasing together.  A few years ago, for my Mom’s 95th birthday, we got all six of us together in one spot and at the same time for the first time in 22 years,  and we started to sing some of the old songs we used to perform together. About half way through the first verse we realized  something was wrong. We had beautiful three part harmony… with no melody line.  We all loved singing harmony. We fixed the problem, applied the rule of having a root note in the chord so that the harmony made sense. We laughed about how that could happen so easily and were pleasantly surprised that we ‘still had it’…

One of the rules I learned as I sang in various choirs and groups was to sing out, with enthuuuuusiasm. That way, when you made a mistake, you heard it right away,(frankly so did everyone else) could correct it quickly… and when you were in harmony the sound was beautiful. Harmony actually has a feeling to it. Harmony of live voices is a spiritual experience for me.  Listen to the great choirs of the world or the amazing A Capella groups that are everywhere today…Love it.

About a year ago, my brother Les, his son Chris and I recorded a song,Prayer of the Children,  originally written about the children of Kosovo by Kurt Bestor. Our version was actually recorded in a bedroom and mixed by my mastermind partner and writing partner, Larry Thompson. The song makes me think too of the countless innocents who are displaced by the Syrian conflict. Thought I would share some ‘harmony’ with you here.

Prayer of the Children

I have experienced time stand still while working in the recording studio. Time-stopping,  creative experiences are deeply anchored in the flow from UNIVERSAL Mind through the subconscious to the conscious. Those are moments of profound harmony.

When Truth meets Truth,

there you will find HARMONY

I have spent large portions of my life seeking, creating and  enjoying harmony. I have also spent portions of my life in disharmony… feeling bad…not playing well with others…I sometimes learned the hard way that Truth doesn’t conform to your way of thinking. You must come into harmony with the truth you know. Haanel teaches  in 12:9: ‘You cannot change the Infinite, but you can come into  an understanding of natural laws… a conscious realization of your ability to adjust your thought faculties with the Universal Thought…’

Someone once said, “You don’t break the Ten Commandments, you break yourself against them.”

When two truths meet they form Harmony. They resonate and strengthen each other. Our opportunity is to come into harmony with the truth.  Integrity is largely internal unity between what you know and what you do. Sounds like HARMONY to me…

May our service to others lead us to greater Harmony in 2016 and well beyond.

Live well while doing good.

 

Master Key WEEK 13: Dual Thought

The Law of Dual Thought says: ‘Thought is the combination of ideation and feeling. We can attach any feeling to a thought we want.’

I put it to the test.

A thought without a feeling is just the kernal of an idea or a naked fact. But when an idea has feeling attached to it, either positive or negative, it’s the feeling that gives the idea vitality… don’t we use adjectives to describe nouns in language to convey deeper meaning to the thing (noun) itself.

This week, I have begun to reshape the frame of feeling that surrounds the idea of the Digital Connections portion of the program. I can be what I will to be…but, only when I decide to add a positive mental attitude to information.

I am admittedly a novice when it comes to Blogs and using the internet to create a channel where you could develop a following of customers or even potential customers. Something wasn’t clicking for me. I listened faithfully and intently every Monday night, made lots of notes. But the words spoken or written were bouncing off me…not making any links to what I already knew and I was becoming progressively frustrated. I was embarrassed and then angry that I couldn’t seem to get this done…Then I wanted to point the finger of blame at somebody only to realize there are three fingers pointing back at me.

I felt like a pig looking at the stars…

You’ve probably heard the old Pennsylavania Dutch saying,

“The hurrieder I go, the behinder I get!…”. 

When it came to my website I am getting behinder…

Not in blogs. I can write. But in figuring out how to apply various features like Opt-in pages and Autoresponders and free materials to offer…I would look at the pages and the how to tutorials and there was a sudden disconnect and shut down. That’s when the peptide-o-holic cocktail kicked in and I wrestled with the insecurity, lack of confidence old blueprint. Arghhh! … It was starting to compound in intensity.

During a sit, I thought the thought… I can choose what feeling I give to this part of the course. I choose pleasure over pain. I can relax instead of FIGHT.  I can choose to say,

“This stuff is getting easier and easier… I will act, instead of react to my old blueprint garbage that does nothing for me except make me feel bad and push me off course. I will not blame anyone but work steadily to understand and solve my problem”.

That in and of itself has been freeing.

I am in process of overcoming this challenge.

The last DigiCONN session felt completely different.My thoughts were different. I kicked Ol’ Blue’s butt.

I will embrace not only the concepts and principles  of  social media, but my self-talk is now that ‘I persist until I master a dynamic and profitable web channel and my online business. Success is mine as I remain positively committed to chipping away one item at a time until I am fully functional on or before March 31, 2016.

BTW: I have a detailed plan for a complete personal makeover in Starting Jan 1, 2016.

 

Master Key WEEK 12: Knowledge, Courage and Faith

Don't like where you are

Jim Rohn once said, ”  If you don’t like where you are, then change it. You are not a tree.”

We get to make the choice to MOVE in a different direction, to a new place or to a higher level of consciousness. What a discovery?

We each have inside of us the same substance as the Infinite. In our current state, we catch glimpses of that spiritual, creative substance every once in a while that leaves us pondering about if there is more to our life than what we currently know. The adventure of a lifetime begins as we take a deep breath and cross the threshold, exploring the power that comes from connection with the unseen, as we access the subconscious.

I am of the firm Belief ( Thought + Feeling ) that I am offspring of the Universal and made of the same stuff. Because that is true, I possess potential to recognize and tap into omnipotence, or power. You and I have been endowed with power to connect with that Universal power.  The laws by which the Universal operates are predictable and  not random. But, we must learn what that power is, how to channel it and for what definite purpose.

Learning about power has happened on several levels in my life.

I learned about the power of electricity though an educational, if not necessarily uplifting, experience early in my life. Last Blog http://philsykesmasterkey.dlaurance.com/wordpress/?p=129 was my ‘Flash Powder Makeover”. Today… a little more re-volting!

Crisis + Time = Humor

…Family Picnic on a sunny Saturday at a Conservation Area outside the city of Toronto… Three older brothers, 5 + years my senior,  who ignored me most of the time, call me to come play with them… I am 4 years old…I run to them, delighted to be included… They are in the tall grass next to a farm field bordering the Conservation area. A herd of cows, blissfully graze on  rich fodder on the other side of the fence.  I don’t see signs,  just cows… ‘Are we playing with the cows?’ They are holding hands… odd… but, I’m 4 and ready to play the game, whatever it is… ‘Hold my hand ‘, says Ray, making me fourth in line… Oldest, Bill grabs the fence with his open hand… Yowsa…. What the heck just happened?… Where did that jolt come from?…What do you mean, an electric fence? … Why are you laughing?…I don’t want to play this game any more…. ‘MOM!!!’….doppler effect…………….

Electric Fence

Do you have knowledge of your Power!

One of things I love about the Master Key Experience is rediscovering that I actually have the capability to focus my thoughts and actions in specific ways to achieve a result that I feel in my heart of hearts is where I want to be. “I Can Be What I Will To Be”…  Personal Pivotal Needs… Definite Major Purpose… Shapes Colors…Recordings… Readings… SIT… I am whole, perfect, strong, POWERFUL, loving, harmonious, healthy, happy…

Haanel in 12-9 teaches this truth: ” This practical working method cannot come to you until you learn that the only real power which you can have is the power to adjust yourself to Divine and unchangeable principles. You cannot change the Infinite, but you can come into an understanding of the Natural Laws. The reward of this understanding is a conscious realization of your ability to adjust your thought faculties with the Universal Thought…”

From where I sit, this means I can’t complain or blame the Universe or God or anyone else for that matter for the results in my life. If things aren’t happening I must persist in my learning of correct/true principles (power), and persist in my execution of the faith based actions until I am living in compliance with the laws. May I  observe that the “submission” to the process that Mark J and the MKMMA team talk about in regards to the material and exercises is the same attitude that wise writings describe as humility, being teachable, as a little child…

Just be careful whose hand you are holding when playing with electric fences…

the POWER may shock you if you are not ready for it. 

Are you a TREE?

 

Master Key WEEK 11: Wisdom

Buddha-quotes-on-wisdom

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!…

PLAN A:

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…

PLAN B:

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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master Key Week 10: Don’t you Quit!

I am particularly grateful for the blog post by Mark J. for week 10. I kept looking to see where he had hidden the surveillance cameras in my home because it was obvious from what he said that he had been watching me.

Wrestling Match

Try as I might to relax and just do it, I was in a serious wrestling match with my  past habits. My Instinct was to try harder, use more force, become more disciplined and rigid with myself…  It just got worse. I wanted to fill my face with chocolate, coke and french fries and binge watch every Jason Bourne movie, several times…

Law of Relaxation:

Mental effort defeats itself…

Relaxation is the only access to the Infinite Intelligence.

Ok…calm yourself…breathe…sit… Brain racing… you can’t do this, not good enough…scattered rapid fire reproaches….What’s wrong with me… FOCUS… BREATHE… stop YELLING….Slow…it…down…let it go…..relax….breathe through your nose…slower…better… release…….

I see this meme online:

IF I QUIT NOW, I WILL SOON BE BACK TO WHERE I STARTED… AND WHEN I STARTED, I DESPERATELY WANTED TO BE WHERE I AM.

 

Don't you Quit

I will not Quit. I will persist...thank you OG…

Talk to my Mastermind…I ask questions…this time I listen.

I persist.

I read again…

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, and the road you’re trudging seems all uphill; and the funds are low and the debts are high, and you want to smile, but you have to sigh; and care is pressing you down a bit, Rest if you must, but don’t you quit…..
Success is failure turned inside out, The silver tint of the clouds of doubt; And, you never can tell how close you are. It may be near when it seems so far;  So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit. It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

Not sure who wrote this but, Thank You.

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:

MasterKeyLarryT

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!

Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 10.34.41 AM

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-backwards1

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.

Yoda_SWSB

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:

Forgive-Others-Not-Because-They-Deserve-Forgiveness-Quotes-About-Forgiveness

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.

 Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 9.37.06 PM

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!

Master Key Week 5: “Peptide-o-holics Unanimous”

Week 5 and I have had a significant experience. Feeling the shifts that are taking place and becoming more automatic….Do it now, DO it now, DO IT NOW!!!

I am more AWARE-period! And, I learned that I am not alone and why I am not alone…we are all doing this every minute of every day… My wife tells me I was thrashing all night  last night, so I know while my conscious brain was in repose, the mysterious force within was battling it out, fueled by an active neural-net that is in flux.

“My name is Phil and I am a Peptide-o-holic …”

“Hi Phil…”

“Welcome to ‘Peptide-o-holics Unanimous’. … Come on in and find a seat… Is this your first time with us?  It’s safe… don’t worry… we’re all friends here! No judgement and especially this week,  NO OPINIONS…”

“Who’d like to begin?… Mark, How about you?…”

It’s Unamimous! We are all addicted to and crave our own special blend of small chain amino acids called peptides. And while that  fact may never change… we can change the combination of peptides flowing along the countless neural-nets inside each of us, by altering what our mind process dwells on consciously and accepts subconsciously.

If you can think of a reason to be depressed, angry, confused… and dwell on it, the brain has it’s job to do. In an instant your brain starts signalling the hypothalamus to produce and then release,  through the pituitary gland, your custom cocktail of peptide keys or hormones that flood cell receptor sites, plug in and change the functions within cells all over your body. You literally become what you think about.

Change the demand for peptide production through your positive, enthusiastic,  focused thoughts and images that you cause to fire in your brain   and you will change the way the body perceives, feels, believes, acts and experiences changed results or behavior.

If I am to be addicted to peptides… why not make them peptides that make me feel exceptionally, joyously happy.

“I can be what I will to be”…takes on new meaning for me.  Choose the thoughts and the feelings, That’s Awesome news.

It’s like I have just discovered a new cookbook for the most exquisite peptide recipes in the universe, …on sale now at your nearest consciousness center. The ingredients  for the recipes are already within you. But the highest quality ingredients are not free. Neither is shipping and handling…  So, What have you chosen for dinner? YUM…or YUCK!

It’s Unanimous…I can be what I will to be…DO it now, do IT now, DO IT NOW!

Welcome to Peptide-o-holics, Unanimous.