Week 13 – Master Key Experience – Winter Solstice & Christmas Blessings

WSolstice

Winter Solstice…such a deep rich powerful time for me.  I have found myself going inward this week, slowing down and listening deeply during my meditation time; but also, even during ordinary daily activities I find myself in contemplation more than active thinking. My DMP is feeling somewhat “off” (not sure if that word captures what I mean…); however, rather than work at fixing it, I am just sitting with the possibility of perhaps changing my PPN’s (1 of them). More will be revealed in time.  

Wildlights

Christmas…the beauty and joy of the season reflected in a wonderful light show called “Wildlights” across the street at the Woodland Park Zoo (yes, I live across from an amazing Zoo!). It has been fun watching from my window, parents with their children arriving to take in all the wonder!

I offer you two beautiful readings:

The Shortest Day

And so the Shortest Day came and the year died And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world Came people singing, dancing, To drive the dark away. They lighted candles in the winter trees; They hung their homes with evergreen; They burned beseeching fires all night long To keep the year alive. And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake They shouted, revelling. Through all the frosty ages you can hear them Echoing behind us – listen! All the long echoes, sing the same delight, This Shortest Day, As promise wakens in the sleeping land: They carol, feast, give thanks, And dearly love their friends, And hope for peace. And now so do we, here, now, This year and every year. Welcome Yule!  ~ Susan Cooper

howard-thurman-poem ~Howard Thurman

Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday time. I am so grateful to Mark and Davene, and this fabulous adventure we are all on!

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Week 12 – Master Key Experience – It’s In the Cards

I missed most of last Sunday’s webinar as I facilitate a Pet Bereavement Circle the 2nd Sunday of every month. When I returned to view the webinar, I got all caught up on what I had missed….the 50 minute exercise, and the cards. As my week unfolded, I was unsettled because I wasn’t clear on what we were being asked to do with the cards, and I just couldn’t settle in to doing the 50 minute exercise. It was just yesterday (Thursday) that I sat down to write the cards. Wow! I have lived a long time, and yet it was a challenge to come up with 30 “successes” or good happenings. Happy to report, it is done. It is a very strange experience reading them. Some I truly am proud of. Somehow many seem like it happened to a whole different person. The 50 minute exercise? Not done yet. I will do it tomorrow (Saturday) and I always keep my promises!

Here is a video of one of my most wonderful successes…8 years singing with the Agape International  Choir. This features the amazing choir director, Rickie Byars Beckwith.


 

 

Week 11 – Master Key Experience – Whatsoever Things…

Whatever

My week was concerned with some irritations in my general livingness: a ticket on my car window for not noticing my license tags expired 5 days prior; my furnace packed it in; and…oh joy, my cats have fleas. Well, did have fleas, they are gone now, the new furnace will be installed Monday, and the new tags are on the car. Causes and effects. If I look hard, I can see the causes behind the effects. Nothing appears from nothing.

The good news…I sailed through the pissed off feelings, and the exasperation pretty quickly.

I loved Sunday’s webinar. There was reassurance that stuff is happening, even on the days I feel behind, or not really giving my best. What I have noticed is subtle but substantial: I  can walk by any of my shapes posters now and fill in the empty one from my memory, I am always aware of where my index cards are in the house, and there is a graceful progression of attentiveness to what matters most. So I don’t feel too upset if one read is missed on a day, or I forget to do the special Thursday practice.

The quote, “Whatsoever things ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them” was wonderful to sit with this week.

My reading from Science of Mind magazine today was from Ernest Holmes and underscores beautifully this week’s The Master Key. An excerpt: 

“We perceive that the Universe is a thing of beauty, of love…that the impulsion of the universe is love and its propulsion is law, and one balances the other. It is inconceivable that it could be otherwise. One is personal, the other is impersonal.

It seems to me that we are dealing with something that starts with pure intelligence. When the movement of this intelligence, which we call thought or contemplation, blends its specialization of law through a particular phase or mode of thought, it creates in a certain sense the law of its own being out of the law of all Being. …Therefore, the law set in motion produces the result.”

Peace to All, Life to All, Love to All

Week 10 – Master Key Experience – Press On!

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.  Calvin Coolidge

Persistence

Habit is persistence in practice. Octavia E. Butler

I struggled this week with a vestige of an old blueprint that says “I don’t need this…I know it all”. It shows up when I get to a place where breakthrough can be felt, and the retraction begins. It arrived this week in a most seemingly subtle way. I didn’t like the word “persist” in Scroll 3. Persist, as in “My gosh, that telemarketer is so persistent!” Or “I have a persistent toothache”. A negative connotation. So I began to fuss over the word; decided to look up the meaning of persist and persevere (a much gentler word in my opinion.) Got the definitions, decided, yes, going to substitute persevere for persist in my reading…then the realization came that I was resisting!Putting the brakes on! Old blueprint. A saying came to mind “What I resist, persists!” Well, isn’t that ironic!

And then, this morning when I turned my Asus computer on, I noticed the tag line under Asus: “Inspiring Innovation. Persistent Perfection.”

So I decided to just go with ‘persist’. Give up the fight, Diane.