Master Key Week 13 – The Day of the Dreamer Has Come

Wow.  I thought that reading week 12 was a challenge.  Week 13 presented a serious challenge.  Heavy stuff and big words.  Topics covered include the process of using inductive reasoning to determine universal facts; coming to the realization that no one has a monopoly on supernatural assistance or power but that we all have access to the universal laws that dictate cause and effect; and Lord Bacon.

The exercise we adopted consists of creating 30-50 flash cards (3×5 index), each containing a statement of something we accomplished at some point in our life, for 30-50 unique accomplishments total.  We read them 1-2x a day, quickly, and the effect is quite stunning: self-confidence and self-love go up as a result of remembering and stating good things we have done.  How many times do we stop during a typical day to remember the good things we have done as opposed to mentally harping on our mistakes?  What is the percentage of “good vs bad?”  Likely the odds favor the latter.

The exercise after our 15+ minute “sit” was to “recognize the fact that we are a part of the whole, and that a part must be the same in kind and quality as the whole; the only difference there can possible be, in degree.   When this tremendous fact begins to permeate your consciousness, when you really come into a realization of the fact that you (not your body, but the Ego), the “I”, the spirit which thinks is an integral part of the great whole, that it is the same in substance, in quality, in kind, that the Creator could create nothing different from Himself, you will also be able to say, “The Father and I are one” and you will come into an understanding of the beauty, the grandeur, the transcendental opportunities which have been placed at your disposal.”  Let that sink in for a minute.  We are a lot better than we are conditioned to believe…a lot better.

Thinking is a spiritual process, and vision and imagination precede action and event.  The day of the dreamer has come.  Herbert Kaufman (look him up, an interesting fellow), makes the connection between dreaming and doing:

“They are the architects of greatness, their vision lies within their souls, they peer beyond the veils and mists of doubt and pierce the walls of unborn Time.  The belted wheel, the trail of steel, the churning screw, are shuttles in the loom on which they weave their magic tapestries.  Makers of Empire, they have fought for bigger things than crowns and higher seats than thrones.  Your homes are set upon the land a dreamer found.  The pictures on its walls are visions from a dreamer’s soul.  They are the chosen few–the blazers of the way.  Walls crumble and Empires fall, the tidal wave sweeps from the sea and tears a fortress from its rocks.  The rotting nations drop off from Time’s bough, and only things the dreamer’s make live on.”

The prayer: “Increase in me that wisdom which discovers my truest interest, strengthen my resolution to perform that which wisdom dictates.” ~ Franklin

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Master Key Week 12: Hearts and Minds

Have you ever heard of that phenomenon of things happening in three’s?  Or, you come across the same message or concept in multiple sources in a relatively short period of time, like if you read an article on vegetarianism on Monday, a friend calls to tell you they went vegan on Tuesday, and a buddy invites you to lunch on Friday at the swanky new salad-bar restaurant in town?  You start feeling that you might be receiving a message from the Universe to change your diet…like…now.

What about when you learn about a concept and you think you understand it, but somewhere in the back of your mind you really feel that you do not fully grasp it?  I had that experience years ago when I began my journey of self-development.  I started early in life, about 12, reading on ways to improve my athletic performance through “mental training”, and way back then it was really the domain of the Russians.

Somewhere along the way, college I believe, I read Think & Grow Rich and learned of the concept of “putting feeling behind ones thoughts” in order to improve performance.  In the sports world it was called “anchoring.”  Have the thought (i.e.- hit an ace serve), put feeling behind it (“you can do it!”), and make a physical gesture to “anchor” the feeling into one’s body (tap your leg when thinking/feeling the objective).  T&GR was a little heavy for me in college but I went back to it several times over the years, when the feeling moved me to pick it back up.  I still had the feeling I was not fully grasping the main concept of “becoming what I thought about”, but I kept at it.

So as I began the Master Key class, there it was for the third time in my life, the concept of “we are what we think about.”  It became clearer this pass through that this concept was the Law of Attraction.  No, not the close your eyes and wish real hard version that Oprah helped to make famous.  This is “the power of intention governs attention”, tapping into infinite resources, positive and negative energy flows, and transforming “thought into substance” through the Law of Attraction.

I mean, this is laid out as a matter of fact in the Master Key: how to create tangible things from intangible thoughts..this is the stuff of Alchemy.  This is also the place where I tripped myself up each time I opened T&GR and the concept which nagged at the back of my brain like an itch that was just out of reach.  How do we tap into this power and create, literally, the future we desire?

Desire = Love     Thought + Love = invincible force

Verse 18: The principle which gives the thought the dynamic power to correlate with its object, and therefore to master every adverse human experience, is the law of attraction, which is another name for love.  This is an eternal and fundamental principle, inherent in all things, in every system of philosophy, in every Religion, that imparts vitality to thought.  Feeling is desire, and desire is love.  Thought impregnated with love becomes invincible.

So for a minute, try and believe that there are two rooms; the first is the room in which we live, the hear & now, our life, let’s call it “reality.”  The second room is where anything and everything we can conceive of exists; a room full of infinite resources and potential.  The way we get whatever it is we want in life out of that room is by first creating it in that 2nd room and then bringing it to us by holding the exact thought of it in our minds for an extended period of time; could be a day, week, year, decade..who knows.  We are literally going to “magnetize” it to us by the process of The Law of Attraction which is “the law is that thought (our desire) will correlate with its object (whatever it is we desire) and bring forth in the material world the correspondence of the thing thought or produced in the mental world.”

The key to drawing it closer to us and eventually having it is to increase the strength of our “magnet”, namely, use emotion (feeling) coupled with the thought, to bring the object out of the 2nd room and into the first.

So the entire concept that had eluded me for decades is simplified to “impregnate thoughts with love” and hold those emotion-thoughts for an extended period of time, until we have in hand exactly what we desire.  Note: the important key is to know what we want (e.g.- more freedom, better health) and leave the rest to the Infinite.  By perfectly adhering to the Law, the Infinite will use whatever practical means are available and necessary to bring about our desire.  Do not try and control the process, rather leave the details up to the Infinite and hold that thought fueled by love in the forefront of your mind until your desire manifests in your reality.

Back when I was a kid I was thinking the answers to such big questions had to be complicated.  Now I see they are as simple as pie and as plain as day.  Once again, love wins the day.

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Master Key Week 11 – Lost at the Mall

I love this time of year because most people are in the habit of taking a few minutes to look back at the previous twelve months and “see how they did.”  This is a pretty healthy habit because it means that we are more than passively interested in how we are conducting our lives; we believe that we might actually have some say over how events turn out for us and the results we get.  It is a hopeful time of year.

Funny thing is, not too long after we take this assessment, the old “not my fault” thought starts creeping into our consciousness and by the time we are sharpening our pencils (or fingernails for iPad users) to write out our New Year’s Resolutions, we have mentally alleviated ourselves of responsibility for the “bad” things that “happened” to us…after all, it was the other person’s fault I rear-ended them on the way to work!

Does not seem right that for someone (pick anyone) who has a hard time getting to work, losing 5 pounds, picking the winner in Vegas..can manipulate the Universe and make good things happen but then during the times we give up that omnipotent power, some other force makes the bad things happen.  I mean, we would never do that to ourselves, right?  Or would we?

Week Eleven of the Master Key was far and away the most difficult chapter for me to take in.  It seemed as if every sentence weighed 10 pounds and I had to reread each and every one of them several times to “get” the point.  If you are like me, and have at times wondered why “good things happen to bad people” and “bad things happen to good people”, you may find the following passage, located in the chapter introduction, helpful and hopeful:

“We frequently hear it said, ‘A very distressing situation came into my life, which could not have been the result of my thought, as I certainly never entertained any thought which could have such a result.’  We fail to remember that like attracts like in the mental world, and that the thought which we entertain brings to us certain friendships, companionships of a particular kind, and these in turn bring about conditions and environment, which in turn are responsible for the conditions of which we complain.”

One day in July I went to have coffee with my buddy Phil, to do a little networking and show him my income program.  I knew he was already a non-believer in my business model, but he said he wanted to help me, perhaps by giving me a few referrals.  He stays busy so we had to meet across town closer to him.  I rushed to drop my son off at his grandparents, turn around and head in the opposite direction through Atlanta morning rush-hour traffic, in the sweltering summer heat..wearing my suit (you have to dress up around Phil).  During the drive I am thinking of how I can position my program to his liking, and as I fumble with my GPS entering the Starbucks address, I miss my turn…

I finally arrive, running 10 minutes late; he is late too, so we are set.  I lose my way around the mall parking lot, finally deciding to “park hear” and remember in front of what store I parked.  We finally meet up at the Starbucks located in the center of the mall, sort of a kiosky-thing smack dab in the middle.

We have some nice conversation and I begin to share my program.  First words out of his mouth had something to do with “fake, not genuine, and cheap.”  He continued on but all I could do was hear his words repeating over and over in my head.  I was pissed.  I was mad.  I was shaking inside.

So as I am getting back on track, he packs up his iPhone and says “walk with me, I have to get to my next appointment”, at a mall restaurant.  As we briskly walk he throws out a few other insults, which in all honesty, I do not think he is even aware they are insults..and we shake hands as he walks into his other appointment.  Here is where the point of all of this comes in:

As I walked back to my car, I got lost (as I often do…ask my wife, I am no “sea turtle).  I got spun around, walked out of two different stores realizing as I stared into empty parking lots I was in the wrong place.  I asked a retail manager for directions and she pointed “that way”, so off I went…into oblivion.  I stopped at the rest room to splash water on my face.  I took a wrong turn out of the rest room, walked for ten minutes and ended up…back at the restaurant where Phil was eating lunch…and I was sweating profusely.  “I hope he does not see me out here” is all I could think..other than I wanted to kill him for causing me this much grief.

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I got lucky and wound up at my car a few minutes later, thirty minutes after starting to leave.  I called my wife and bitched to her.  I called my dad and bitched to him (he introduced me to Phil).  I bitched to myself that night.  Had I been aware of the Master Key that day, Chapter Eleven in particular, I would have instantly recognized the following:

  1. I knew Phil’s feelings about my program and likely knew what the result of our meeting would be..pointless..but went anyway
  2. I got up late, left late, dropped my son off late…arrived late
  3. Agreed to meet in the most impossible part of town during rush-hour traffic
  4. Let his words and thoughts affect me in a negative way
  5. Did not focus on what entrance I parked in front of…thinking of what to say because I was late
  6. Wore a suit instead of loose-fitting summer clothes
  7. Chose the retail clerk to whom I asked directions

On and on, everything that “happened” to me really did not “happen” to me.  I created each and every interaction, conversation, and result, based upon a previous action I took..and created more results.  Was I happy with the results?  Not really.  After reading Chapter Eleven and learning that “our lives are governed by law-by actual, immutable principles that never vary”, I feel a whole lot better.  Why?

By vigilantly screening every single thought, I create effects and results that attract similar ones, which in turn attract and create similar ones…I get to choose what happens to me and deep down know that directly AND indirectly, I am responsible for every single thing that happens in my life.  Or that I can be in control of results that happen around me.

For a control freak like me, this is comforting.  Back to the resolutions…

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Master Key Week 10 – Practice

I have always been a studier.  I’d read books, watch videos, talk with others; anything I could do to learn more about a particular subject that caught my interest, I pursued it.  Did it with my racquetball, too.  Still do to some extent.

I was sitting with my friend Sven one Monday afternoon after a tournament weekend, reviewing my results and performance.  I had played well but did not win.  The player who beat me was a seasoned veteran with dozens of tournament wins.

We reviewed my practice routine, training program, and every piece of my game.  Then he said something that hits home now more than it did back then, and applies directly to our work with Master Key.  He added a little personal touch to a Bruce Lee quote, so I would fully understand it: “The wall does not hit back.”

Meaning the results of all of my studying and practicing, as important and valuable as they had been, made me an excellent “studier and practicer.”  The goal, Sven reminded me, was to WIN.  He said that I would be ready to win before I actually did, because winning was a skill, too, that needed to be learned, experienced, and practiced.  So from that moment I began practicing winning.

My practices were set up in such a way that I either “won or lost” them.  Same with my training sessions.  Most importantly, I began scheduling matches with better players.  When I played lesser ranked opponents we handicapped the matches.  The results?

Practices and training sessions were more intense and my focus became sharper.  The results followed like day after night.  I was playing better and winning matches.  Even when I was not playing my best, I was winning matches.

The passage in Master Key Chapter Ten which stands out the most to me is #23, “This exercise consists in making an application of your knowledge.  Knowledge will not apply itself…abundance will not come to you out of the sky, neither will it drop in your lap…when the law becomes fully operative, you will find that the things you seek are seeking you.”

The point of all this?  The moment I became clear on exactly what I wanted (winning), I began practicing in such a way that created winning.  I did the work, and I did it properly.  When things began to take hold and I started understanding what it took to win, winning became a habit.  But I had to apply what I was learning..it wasn’t just going to drop out of the sky.

You know how people say, “In order to make an omelet you need to crack some eggs?”  Whatever it is you want, I suggest getting a crystal clear picture in your mind of it and begin getting to work on it today.  The work is not going to do itself.

Master Key Week 9 – The Formula

A close friend who is REALLY smart taught me that humans always strive for efficiency.  We are by nature always seeking to do things quicker with less effort.  You might say we are looking for short-cuts.

He is an electrical engineer with several patents.  A dancer who trains other dancers in developing strength and flexibility.  An athlete who trained with the Soviet Track & Field team and learned and then applied techniques the finest athletes in the world were using.  He trained me in m competitive days and an underlying theme of the training was to always seek for efficiencies.

On the racquetball court this translated into “how can I expend the least amount of energy and effort to win this match?”  In business it translates into “how can we get the most revenue for the least amount of marketing dollars?”  Think about it; we are always seeking efficiencies; the short-cuts.  Sometimes taking what we perceive as a short-cut is really the “long road.”

A leader in our company stresses personally showing people how to use our product instead of simply having them visit the website, watch a video, and do it themselves.  Many get caught up in thinking that “the product will sell itself” and so they send as many as they can to “watch a video.”  In other words, why take 20 minutes to show one person how to use it when we could send a video link to 30 people in the same time?  The reality is that, in our particular case, showing people takes a little more work, but it results in a far greater number of customers and distributors.  In other words, the “long road” was really the short-cut all along.

It is nice to discover every now and then a short-cut that produces “long road” results, though, isn’t it?  Here are two that produce incredible results, when practiced properly; one from another source and the second from Master Key Chapter 9.

The company I work with is steeped in a culture of personal development, specifically as it relates to creating a solid mental blue-print.  This is one reason I love Master Key so much.  Although I have found no system to be as comprehensive as Master Key, one of the techniques we teach in my company is the use of I AM statements.  We use them to buffer our definite major purpose and as the “tip of the spear” to our personal development program.  I AM statements are the quickest way I have ever found to begin shaking someone out of their old blueprint and into a new one.  They are necessary but not sufficient to creating a new blueprint, but if practiced religiously with enthusiasm and conviction, they are enough to serve as a stimulus to create further activity on a person’s part, the results of which begin to accumulate and move one further down the road to creating an entirely new blueprint.

The basic idea behind I AM statements is to rewire our brain.  We think a certain way and since our thoughts lead to actions and actions create results, we know that our thoughts create our reality.  Our subconscious mind has been and continues being programmed by numerous sources, the least of which is our own thinking.  Most people are passive in their thinking; they do not creatively think to solve a problem, they simply think “about things” that are put in front of them, i.e. consuming media.  So in essence, our brains are passively consuming “food” 24 x7; using I AM statements is akin to eating a perfect diet of our choosing.

Science has told us that the brain’s silent chatter (self-talk) is no match for sound, especially when constantly repeated with enthusiasm and conviction.  So I AM statements provide you and me with the perfect “brain food” to help our minds develop into exactly what we want them to and produce the results in our lives that we strongly desire.  Sound good?

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Here are the two short-cuts I mentioned.  When practiced daily with enthusiasm and conviction they will do more to begin changing the brain’s wiring leading to permanent changes in one’s blueprint.  These should be affirmed out loud as often during the day as possible; repeatedly in groups of 20-50; with unbridled enthusiasm and conviction.  In the car, in the shower, at the gym.  Yes, if people hear you they will think you have lost it.  They were not thinking about you before they saw you, and they are most certainly not going to ask if you need assistance and pay for your therapy (lol), so you should not really care what they think.  Do the work, but here are the short-cuts.

From a previous source: Today in every way I AM getting better and better.

From Master Key week 9: “I AM whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.”  (I added courageous to this one)

Seems too simple, right?  It is, and they work…if you do.  Good luck!