Week 24- Master Key Experience – Of Elephants & Butterflies

There’s a magical feeling to this week as we come to the close of our journey with MKMMA. So so much has ‘happened’ but it feels more like an unfolding, a transformation than a happening to me.

I have stayed the course, sometimes reluctantly, and I am very glad I did so. Huge virtual hugs go out to Mark, Davene and all the wonderful staff and guides (big hug to my guide, Sheila especially).

My confidence, my self-worth, my peacefulness, and my happiness quotient have all been upleveled as I learned to really trust ‘the world within’.

Butterfly Elephant

This beautiful image showed up on Facebook the other day and I was struck by the symbolism. It feels to me a metaphor for who we are growing to be as we conclude this six months. I grabbed a favorite book, Animal Speak, The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small. It’s a wonderful guide for finding one’s totem animal (or insect, or bird). The keynote of elephant is Ancient Power, Strength and Royalty. The keynote of butterfly is Transmutation and the Dance of Joy. How perfect to see these so gorgeously depicted as One!

“If elephant has come to you be prepared to draw upon the most ancient of wisdom and power. You will have an opportunity to either help yourself or others reclaim your/their most primordial royalty.”

“When butterfly shows up, make note of the most important issues confronting you at the moment. What stage of change are you in? Butterflies appear to dance as they light upon flowers. They awaken a sense of lightness and joy. They remind us that life is a dance…so dance!…dance brings the sweetness of life back.”

May you continue to be grow in the Strength and Power of the elephant and claim your Royalty! May you continue your Transmutation into the best you ever and claim your Dance of Joy!

Blessings,

Diane

 

 

 

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Week 23- Master Key Experience – A Breath of Surrender

Surrender. Perhaps that word brings up images of someone blindfolded on his knees, perhaps it looks like saying “I give up” in an argument or a game. Another possibility: Surrender means to just let go of any and all preconceived ideas of what something (or you!) “should” look like. Surrendering efforting. Breathe in effort and contraction, breathe out surrender and opening, aka The Law of Least Effort.

Defenselessness: Chopra writes: Today my awareness remains established in Defenselessness. I relinquish the need to defend my point of view. I will feel no need to convince or persuade others to accept my point of view. I remain open to all points of view and am not rigidly attached to any of them .

I am focusing on this aspect of the Law of Least Effort because, for me, it counteracts the most deeply engrained felt response that has tripped me up in my life. As a student of A Course in Miracles, I have committed to memory several phrases. One I use as a mantra is “In my defenselessness my safety lies.”  

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Let go. Surrender. The Law of Least Effort is a great friend that allows me to breathe.

A friend of mine wrote an essay a decade or so ago which has become an internet most-shared. I think it sums up this Law. She writes:

“She let go of the fear.  She let go of the judgments.  She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.  She let go of the committee of indecision within her.  She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go….She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.  She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right. …In the space of letting go, she let it all be. A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore  (listen to the video below for the full essay)

Week 22A- Master Key Experience- Rainy Days

Well, this week has found me challenged to be present to the work. It doesn’t feel like resistance; rather, just a low-level lack of enthusiasm. The blahs.

Maybe it’s the rain. Oh Lordy, has it been raining. Enough already. Maybe it’s the aftermath of a horrible blast in my neighborhood that decimated several retail establishments, and has left the neighborhood looking just like those photos we see of streets in other parts of the world that have been bombed. Maybe it’s….

Oh and here’s the rub, the irony…. reading the above, I reflect on Scroll 6. “Today I will be master of my emotions.” OK. Got it. Time for a reality check. I have let my emotions rule over my resolve and my productivity. I am reminded of some lines from Howard Thurman.

The-Moments-of-High-Resolve “Keep fresh before me the moments of my High Resolve, that in fair weather or in foul, in good times or in tempests, …I may not forget that to which my life is committed.”

And from Scroll 6:

“There will be days when I must constantly struggle against forces which would tear me down….Today I will be master of my emotions.”

Love to all,

Diane

 

 

Week 22 – Master Key Experience – Be Still and Know

LawChopra states : “The source of all creation is pure consciousness . . . pure potentiality seeking expression from the unmanifest to the manifest. And when we realize that our true Self is one of pure potentiality, we align with the power that manifests everything in nature.”

Pure Potentiality…that’s what we are! And how I manage to hide my light under a bushel and stay in my comfort zone, playing so so tiny in my life has been a mystery to me. But that mystery is unravelling, little by little, as I am learning to allow the fear, doubt, unworthiness, guilt, hurt feelings and anger that keep me stuck slowly be transmuted by changing the way I look at things. No need to overcome, but rather attach a different feeling! Oh my, this is so cool, and for me, probably the most challenging imperative of this entire journey. I see progress in myself, yes, but it takes mental vigilance minute to minute, especially in the area of fear.  My word in the Franklin makeover this week is diligence, and I promise to be diligent in this endeavor. Especially diligent in reminding myself of the question: Do I pursue what I want, or do I continue to do what’s comfortable? I found this writing by C. Joybell C. that inspires me.

“I have realized; it is during the times I am far outside my element that I experience myself the most. That I see and feel who I really am, the most! I think that’s what a comet is like, you see, a comet is born in the outer realms of the universe! But it’s only when it ventures too close to our sun or to other stars that it releases the blazing “tail” behind it and shoots brazen through the heavens! And meteors become sucked into our atmosphere before they burst like firecrackers and realize that they’re shooting stars! That’s why I enjoy taking myself out of my own element, my own comfort zone, and hurling myself out into the unknown. Because it’s during those scary moments, those unsure steps taken, that I am able to see that I’m like a comet hitting a new atmosphere: suddenly I illuminate magnificently and fire dusts begin to fall off of me! I discover a smile I didn’t know I had, I uncover a feeling that I didn’t know existed in me… I see myself. I’m a shooting star. A meteor shower. But I’m not going to die out. I guess I’m more like a comet then. I’m just going to keep on coming back.”

This week’s webinar notes ended with:

BeStill

Be still, and know that I am God

Be still, and know

Be still

Be

I have facilitated meditations many times, still do, and these exact words, breaking the phrase down to the one word,  is the way I lead the people into the silence!! And, my personal short prayer has been for years: Peace, be still. (see my Who is Diane? page) No coincidences in Spirit!

 Love to all.