MKMMA Week #8 – Back to Front

There is a lot great reading to do in Master Key Chapter 8.  Two concepts really stood out to me, the first being a universal law and the second being the most practical exercise I have ever heard about to quickly and fully understand that law.

The law, from the chapter’s introduction: “In this par you will find that you may freely choose what you think but the result of your thought is governed by an immutable law.  Is not this a wonderful thought?  Is it not wonderful to know that our lives are not subject to caprice of variability of any kind?  That they are governed by law.  This stability is our opportunity, because by complying with the law we can secure the desired effect with invariable precision.”

For those claiming complete responsibility for their lot in life, this is a welcome reassurance.  For those less inclined to believe in self-accountability (i.e.- live in victim hood), this law is an uneasy concept to grasp.  In either case, their is a simple way to experience how everything in life (effects) has a root cause in a thought.

The exercise: envision a ship in the sea (warship in the MK, could be a cruise ship, etc).  Envision all of the people on it, the technology it uses to monitor itself and its surrounding in the ocean.  Now go backwards in time and step by step envision the ship in each of its stages before it sailed at sea.

Envision the ship at port being put together; the hundreds of men with steel and tools, creating the ship before your mind’s eye.  Go back further, before the ship was at port.  Picture workers melting the materials and forging them into steel.  Envision workers mining the materials from the mountains and transporting them to a factory.  Before that, a ship company receiving orders from perhaps the federal government to build a new ship.  There was likely debate in Congress over whether or not to pay for an build a new ship.  Before that, the senator or representative from a given state created the bill to build a new ship and brought it to the House floor for debate.  And still further back, in her/his local district, someone brought the idea to the congressperson, likely with the idea that there were hundreds of people in that community needing work, and building ships is what they had always done.

So we begin with envisioning a battle ship in the ocean and end the exercise seeing that before the ship was ever even considered, it all started with a thought.  Once the thought was spoken and shared, it began attracting and accruing the necessary people and resources to bring it to fruition.

This exercise can be done with anything in existence; a person, thing, event, or condition.  It is really very cool that we can consider any situation (effect) and look deeper below the surface to try and understand its root cause.

This is a powerful technique that illustrates the law that although we can think anything we desire, the thought will then be governed by the same immutable law governing all thoughts.  Practicing this exercise gives one an incredible advantage in any arena, and makes one able to be useful to others.  Knowing there exists a way to learn how to better serve others will make those seeking advancement and fulfillment very happy, indeed.

Faith it up and live upward,



MKMMA Week 7 – Just a Moment Ago

Did not have to grind much at all this week; things came much easier with this week’s studies and activities.  One idea from MK #7 stood out among all others, the principle of forgiveness.

Long story short: keep the supply lines open as we create demand.  As we rewire the brain and subconscious with a new reality, we must keep open our ability to receive whatever plans and resources the Infinite makes available to us, and this is an impossible act if we harbor feelings of resentment, hate, envy, fear, or criticism.  This idea is stated almost identically in Mandino’s Greatest Salesman and in Hanaal’s Master Key.

Setting ourselves free from past indiscretions, both real and imagined, is as important as forgiving others.  For me this is a tall task; others might feel the same.  Right about the time we began studying this chapter, I experienced something that created a significant amount of guilt on my part, and I found myself beating myself up day and night for doing something unintentionally, but which nonetheless caused another sadness.  As someone who strives for complete self-responsibility, it became readily apparent I had a paradox to solve: how do I rectify self-responsibility without feeling guilty when my actions cause another harm?  Perhaps others feel this way, too, not sure.

I am committed to serving others, so I feel it is inevitable that I will rectify this mind-bender sooner rather than later.  A scene from one of my favorite movies immediately came to mind:

On top of all this, I started a new diet, the Seven Day Mental Diet.  More on that in another post, but for now let’s just say that counting to “7” has never had more significance for me.

Live Upward,


Master Key Week 6 – Grinding

I am grinding this week.

In competitive sports there is a term called “grinding”, which refers to a player’s struggling harder than normal to play to her/his normal standards.  Things that normally come easy  come much harder when grinding, and this could be for a number of reasons:

  1. Mental and/or physical fatigue
  2. Inability to concentrate and focus
  3. Abnormal playing conditions

Grinding can also happen when a player is in the process of making changes to her/his game that will at some point become permanent, “the new normal.”  Like a golfer’s swing change – it can take 12-24 months for a golfer to break down and build up their golf swing, with the hopes of creating a more efficient/powerful swing that will produce better and permanent results.  A golfer undergoing swing changes still plays in competitive events, and must focus and concentrate all the more to maintain her/his usual level of competency.  This extra focus and exertion taxes the mind, and because perception is reality, the “more difficult” circumstances the golfer experiences wears out the body, too.  The feeling is akin to working in 4th gear instead of 1st, grinding the engine..hence, “grinding.”

Once the swing changes are completely implemented, the golfer does not need to think about their swing any more…the new swing now feels normal leaving the golfer to think about strategy and other parts of the game.  The game is easier and hopefully the golfer has stretched their capacities and is playing at a higher level.

Before “the new normal” sets in, the golfer’s results are sure to drop; I went through this process when making changes to my racquetball swing at 16.  I realized the swing I had developed early on was limiting my ability to make the jump up the rankings, so I attended a camp taught by professionals and changed my swing.  The lead instructor told me that if I stayed true to his program and practiced what he taught me, my game would get much better.  But it would get worse before getting better, and it would take about 6 months to begin seeing big gains and improvements.  The results?

My game plummeted for 6 months.  I stunk up the court.  Players I normally crushed were beating me. I lost in the 1st round of nearly every event I played.  But I remembered what the lead instructor told me before leaving camp, and it got me through: “Sean, your game is going to go through some serious changes, but things have got to get worse before they get better.  You need to practice my drills every day to replace your bad habits; it will be worth it.  You need to learn the strategies I am teaching you because they will make you better; it will be worth it.  Everyone is going to tell you to revert back to your old style because you are a very good player; don’t do it, it will be worth it.”  “How am I going to deal with all of that?”  “You need to have faith that your new game is going to bring you much more satisfaction than your old game.  You need to practice and train on the new stuff, but mainly, you need to have faith.”

This is exactly what week 6 has brought.  I had to grind every day this week; it got cold in Atlanta; we had the time change; one of our cats is missing; two people backed out of enrolling in my business.  I have faith that the MKMMA program is going to enable me to create the life I truly want; in fact I’d say it is inevitable and not just possible.  But boy I sure needed a hot tub tonight.  On with the grind…


MKMMA – Week 5: Don’t Identify with yourself…employ yourself

Week #4 deals with the cool concept that “The “I” of us is not the physical body; that is simply an instrument which the “I” uses to carry out its purposes; the “I” cannot be the Mind, for the mind is simply another instrument which the “I” uses with which to think, reason, and plan.  The “I” must be something which determines what they shall do and how they shall act.  When you come into a realization of the true nature of this “I”, you will enjoy a sense of power which you have never known before.”

So our mind and body are conduits for the “I” which is Spirit/God/Energy (whatever your predilection is for “the Source of all”), and by tapping into it we are able to utilize it for any purpose we choose.  How to tap into it?  Give it away.

Whatever it is we already possess, when we give it away we in essence create more of it.  Like when we go to the gym to workout.  When we lift weights, we are using our strength to break our muscles down.  When we help them to recover with good diet and rest, they become stronger.  So we “gave” strength away and “received” more strength (we got stronger) as a result.  This works with anything and everything.

This is a really cool concept I am practicing with everything in my life, especially with hugs, kind words, compliments, helping others and…money ; )

I read this short blurb by Stephanie St. Claire from her article, “11 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started My Business”, which instantly gave me a new perspective on how to approach this concept of “I” not being my body/mind:

“Our enemy is not lack of preparation; it’s not the difficulty of the project, or the state of the marketplace, or the emptiness of our bank account. The enemy is resistance. The enemy is our chattering brain, which, if we give it so much as a nanosecond, will start producing excuses, alibis, transparent self-justifications, and a million reasons why he can’t/shouldn’t/won’t do what we know we need to do.

A professional distances herself from her instrument. The pro stands at one remove from her instrument — meaning her person, her body, her voice, her talent; the physical, mental, emotional, and psychological being she uses in her work. She does not identify with this instrument. It is simply what God gave her, what she has to work with. She assesses it coolly, impersonally, objectively.

Does Madonna walk around the house in cone bras and come-f*k-me bustiers? She’s too busy planning D-Day. Madonna does not identify with “Madonna.” Madonna employs “Madonna.”

This idea of viewing oneself as an employee of the Spirit and carrying out what “it” wants done takes the drama out of the picture for me, and has really helped me cut out distractions, fear, and procrastination.  I got all of that out of Ms. St. Claire’s one blurb, so there is something to be said about reading here, I think! lol

I hope this helps you also sort out the relationship you have with yourself and enables you to be more autonomous and free in your thinking and actions.