This has been a great week as a Guide to watch my members process the MKE information. As I told someone, this is not a difficult course but it is also not an easy course, especially in the beginning. Much of our success depends on our willingness to plunge in and meet each challenge as it appears. We get to see how our old blueprint wants us to respond under stress, recognize it and change the pattern. After all, in the beginning, that is the job of the Conscious Mind. Plant the seed as my member Aissa puts it so well:read more
Re-reading Lesson One of Charles Haanel’s Master Keys this week is like a visit from an old friend. I wrestled mush less with his ideas of Universal Mind as the ultimate source of creation because I realize this time I can use an old axiom from my teacher: “If it works, use it. If it stops working, have the wit to let it go.”read more
Pretty interesting concept. Let’s define our terms: Definition of knowledge. 1 a (1) : the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association -Merriam Webster Dictionary.
Haanel claims it won’t apply itself but it seems, by definition, it already has since we cannot gain it except through experience or association.read more
I’ve been experiencing an interesting phenomena: as I assist others in the Master Key Master Mind Alliance, I am challenged to focus on my business and on staying involved in the MKMMA course itself.
As usual, by reading the blogs of those in the course, of their inner and outer process as they align themselves with these teachings, it assists me in re-centering myself. Cool beans.
Another ‘aha moment’ for me recently is an awareness of the importance and the difference between my meditation and ‘the sit’. For me my daily meditation is a very specific activity. I’ve been doing it since I was twenty-five with an even greater devotion in the last twenty years. I mention this because it definitely is my priority when I sit down and close my eyes every morning. Truthfully, after an hour of what I call my Spiritual Exercises, I’m done, I’m cooked, I’m primed for the day.
As a consequence, I have not fully given ‘the sit’ the attention it deserves. Today I gave it my full attention. I employed the advanced techniques that Mark teaches and I found it very valuable. Information came forward that I had veen unable to access consciously. (Ironically, I learned those self-same techniques years ago in a personal growth seminar but have never been consistent with them.) “When all else fails, follow directions.” Ever hear that one?
My life certainly is as joyful as I make it. Haanel is all over the thought process, our control of it and taking responsibility for its effects.
Make mine a jigger of Joy over Loving in a daily shot of Enthusiasm!read more
“Habit: a settled tendency or usual pattern of behavior.”
– Merriam-Webster Dictionary
It’s always a challenge for me to do the things that I know will set and keep me on the right track. There’s a part of me that resists the change, that feels that I’ll be sacrificing behaviors that I deserve to enjoy. That’s the nub of it; ‘behaviors that I deserve to enjoy’.
When I put it that way, I have to admit to myself that those behaviors are mostly habits that don’t support me. They don’t support the goals I have set for myself and, if I’m honest with myself, they are behaviors that have likely been responsible for the lack of traction in my goals for much of my life.
“Good habits are the key to all success. Bad habits ate the unlocked door to failure.” – Mandino
The reminder here is that habits, either good or bad, become ingrained through use, constant use. My experience has been that I develop and maintain good habits which begin to produce positive effects for me and then my schedule gets disrupted (travel, vacation, deadlines, etc.) and I forego my habitual positive behaviors and before I know it, I’m on the outside of my regimented, positive life looking in and back at what was working for me, trying to develop the momentum to get it all going again, when I know, from a lifetime of process, that the only way to do it, is to do it.
“It is another of nature’s laws, that only a habit can subdue another habit.” – ibid.
If it is true that the world without is a reflection of the world within, it is also true that sometimes the route to change is to simply to begin the act desired, ignoring the inner voices. I may definitely not be up for arising before dawn to workout, but if I lay out my exercise clothes at bedtime, and force myself out of bed and start to dress and proceed on the basis of a decision made beforehand, the next thing I know I am putting one foot in front of the other and pretty soon I’m in the middle of my workout feeling pretty good about myself.
Of course, it was my inner decision the night before that conducted the whole process.
“The world within is the cause, the works without the effect; to change the effect you must change the cause.” – Haanel, 1-36.read more
“Some men see things as they are, and ask why.
I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.”
Why on earth would anyone ever consider signing up for a course online that goes for 26 weeks? and what does anyone really mean by the term ‘self-development?’
This course is labeled The Master Keys Master Mind Alliance. That’s a pretty grand title that seems to issue quite a challenge to fulfill its premise. I am here to say that it fulfills the premise in spades.
I am a graduate of the 2016-17 program and I highly recommend it.
Here is how I benefited from my participation: I gained increased appreciation of my innate strengths and wisdom. The key to my success was to do the work required. Period.
Participation is mandatory. Not everyone who begins this course finishes it the first time through but the benefits for those who see it through to the finish include a personal sense of accomplishment that radiates into every area of your life.
The Master Keys Master Mind Alliance, because of its length alone, provide for the development and the maturation of personal strengths not found in other self-development courses. If you apply yourself in this course, you will reveal to yourself aspects of yourself that you may have forsaken in the rush of life: hopes and dreams assigned to a forgotten memory of what could have been.
This is a great opportunity for you to challenge your status quo; to refresh the vitality of the humdrum; to confront the grip of un-examined habits that shape your days and, therefore, create anew, for yourself, a self-determined life.
For more information about the Master Key Experience 2017-2018, click here.read more
This course, Master Key Master Mind Alliance is the brainchild of Mark Januszewki.
In a nutshell, that description captures its essence. This experience for some three hundred of us who stayed with it has been available to us because Mark J dared to think about it. He dared to challenge himself, to take his Hero’s Journey to create the MKMMA for us. He thought about it “Clear, decisive, calm, deliberate, sustained thought with a definite end in view.” He created his Definite Major Purpose and he stuck to his guns. If we are known by our conduct, then we may know Mark & Davene and their supporting cast by that which they have provided us.
Why is it important for us to notice this action? Because they demonstrate to us that which they teach. This course is about manifestation and creation. We have been trained in the fundamentals, we have been drilled in the basics until our thought processes have become habitual.
It seems to me that we need to issue ourselves a warning. These have been hard-won habits of creationism and, like any habit, they can be lost. We need to respect the work we have done to achieve this awareness and honor ourselves by setting our shoulders to the wheel with even greater intention as we enter a less tutored phase of our learning.
Mark and Davene have demonstrated selfless service through the ‘pay it forward’ concept of their course. We owe it to ourselves to mimic that selfless service first to ourselves and second to others by sharing with them the possibilities of self-realization through this course.
So, back to that term ‘brainchild.’ What a great way to describe the genesis of a project. If we recall how long it took some if us to determine our Definite Major Purpose, we can appreciate how this term applies itself. It has been said that all great and enduring truths are simple and self-evident. Focusing in multiple ways with consistent persistence on that which we have defined as our goal and sustaining that focus until we manifest it is certainly simple and self-evident.
Haanel’s Master Keys re-frame the enduring truths of all great thinkers and enable us to anchor them into our lives, along with a healthy dose of Mark J’s correlating awareness. Our final lesson or key lays bare the self-revealing truth of unity of consciousness, that by whatever name, separation is illusory and we are all one in Spirit. That we are in truth co-creators with Spirit of our lives.
Like The Three Musketeers always say: “One for All and All for One!”
This will be a short post to share the utter delight and dreadful boredom I experienced in 2 days of self-imposed silence.
Self-imposed because, really, how could anyone else impose silence on another? But suggested in my Master Key class as a way to take a deep-dive into my awareness of self.
This required me to eschew all activities other than selected readings chosen for their uplifting nature. That meant no email, in fact no computer at all. Certainly no television. Of course no conversation.
I did communicate with my wife maybe three times by writing; the rest of the time we were separate. I even prepared my meals solo (after all, I wasn’t much of a dinner companion).
I was silent from Wednesday at bedtime (can you really count sleep as silent time?) to Saturday upon awakening. Thursday the weather was good enough for a short hike in the woods. Our new house is not far from the Appalachian Trail so I checked it out for the first time.
So that’s how I did it. Now, what was it like?
The HU-Man Experience
I have meditated from half an hour to an hour every day for over forty years. Oftentimes I am frustrated by not having the time and freedom to spend more time inside so I saw this and experienced it as a vacation! Absolutely cool. Total freedom to experience my inner consciousness. In fact, my spiritual teacher, John-Roger, named our organization the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness. Who knew that The Master Keys class would be guiding us along a parallel path?
I was able to experience deep, uninterrupted stretches of time exploring the inner reaches of my awareness, experiencing timelessness,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,formlessness,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,carried aloft on soft cotton. Only after the monkey mind settled down and tired itself out. and certainly not all the time. When I would come out to handle this level and before I would remember the possibility of what awaited me on my return, I experienced several times bone-numbing boredom.
Try it some time. If you want to consciously focus your mind spiritually (really, it’s all spiritual) check out the HU chant with instructions at www.msia.org
Years ago I gave up recreational drugs when told they would eventually deprive me of my innate ability to have the equivalent and even greater experiences without outer stimulation.
Today I am glad I took the challenge.
We’ve all seen the picture of the Old Woman who also appears to be a Young Beauty depending upon how you happen to focus on the image.
It’s a great metaphor for understanding consciousness and awareness. She does not change. Her image is static. There is no Wizard behind the curtain manipulating our reality.
And yet depending upon how I focus, my experience of her shifts one hundred and eighty degrees. So what’s this universal experience telling us? Who’s in charge here?
The mantra of the human potential movement of the nineteen-eighties was something like this: “What if you were responsible for creating everything you have in your life? Your family, your friends, your job or career, your dreams and your disasters?”
Well, I have been wrestling with that one since then. I’ve always accepted the possibility. I’ve wanted to believe it true. I’ve even argued for its primacy. I have only had glimpses of its truth from time to time.
Kind of like that moment when The Hag turns into The Damsel. And then back onto The Hag.
This is week Twenty-Two. This has been a consistent daily ritual of awareness for me. I am seriously beginning to see The Damsel more consistently and I am holding (creating) the image for longer periods.
If it is so that we are each an aspect of the divine, of absolute reality, of it of itself, then our devotion to that awareness and the responsibility that comes with it, may be our primary purpose.
For me, in this mundane world of sunrises and sunsets, that looks like being of service to myself and others from moment to moment with as much joy and clarity as an open and loving heart can deliver.
Some weeks I feel it and some weeks I don’t.
Seems like the key is to continue regardless of how I feel. “Are your feelings always right?” someone once asked me and I had to admit that how I feel is not always the best barometer for how I am.
So if I can’t trust my feelings, where does that leave me? Guess I better get some altitude, some perspective on what’s going on.
Like maybe check in with my Personal Pivotal Needs and see how they’re doing. Remind myself of the value of the process and measure the amount of progress.
Trust the results.
Expand the vision.
I had a high school track coach who would make us run harder when we began to flag because it would always give us a second wind to keep going.
Patience , persistence, valor and courage.
After all, it’s my life.read more