Week 16- Master Key Experience – Did You Win the Lottery?

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I didn’t. By Wednesday afternoon, the fever pitch was high; every 7-11 had lines out the door, and people waited for hours in other locations to get their prize-winning tickets. Quick pick? Or choose your own numbers. There was a long conversation on one of the daily talk shows about the prevailing wisdom on that subject.  Take all the money at once? Or spread it out in monthly payments. Another big topic of the day. A bigger question: If I win, how do I keep my newly-found wealth?

Part 16 of The Master Keys:

Line 1: Wealth is a product of labor. Capital is an effect, not a cause; a servant, not a master; a means, not an end. I would add that the word ‘labor’ could mean more than the actual work; it also speaks to understanding and doing what is required to create an environment for wealth; and that is done in the inner world.                                        Line 5: Wealth then should never be desired as an end, but simply as a means of accomplishing an end. Success is contingent upon a higher ideal than the mere accumulation of riches, and he who aspires to such success must formulate an ideal for which he is willing to strive.

Could this explain why so many who win the lottery end up losing all of it in a short time, while others are good stewards of their winnings, and use it for good? I believe so. There must be a higher ideal in place.

Line 13: Premature wealth is but the forerunner of humiliation and disaster, because we cannot prematurely retain anything which we do not merit or which we have not earned. BINGO!

I truly believe if I, or any of the rest of this tribe of MKMMA’ers were to win a lottery, because of the work we are doing here, we would be of merit, and mighty grateful good stewards of our winnings!

Here is my note from the Universe that dropped into my mailbox this morning:

“Diane! Now! Go! Stake your claim! Hold out your hands. Move, get ready, give thanks. Imagine, and let go. Act, and have faith. Persist. Do what you can, when you can, all you can. Because never again, not in a million years, not over ten thousand lifetimes, will you ever again be as close as you are today. Ungawwa,  The Universe”

YES!!!!!

 

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Week 15 – Master Key Experience – I See!

“There is nothing so terrible as activity without insight” ~ Goethe

Haanel writes:  “Insight enables us to be prepared for the obstacles which we shall meet; we can therefore overcome them before they have any opportunity of causing difficulty. Insight is a product of the world within and is developed in the Silence, by concentration.”

Some call this ‘seeing with the inner eye”. And truly, it takes courage to look within and then trust and act upon the knowledge gained. Haanel writes: “Knowledge does not apply itself. That our actions are not governed by knowledge, but by custom, precedent and habit. That the only way we can get ourselves to apply knowledge is by a determined conscious effort.”

I am quietly sitting with these thoughts from this week’s reading. Not only in my literal sit, but in my comings and goings; keeping fresh before me the truth that “principle is not bound by precedent”.

“A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.” ~ Oliver Wendall Holmes   Boy, this feels true to me today!Insight

Week 14- Master Key Experience- Hold Fast to Dreams

The poet, Langston Hughes, wrote:

Hold fast to dreams. For if dreams die, Life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams. For when dreams go, Life is a barren field, frozen with snow.

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Dare to Dream

I watched not one, not two, but three of the films recommended for this week. One (Door to Door) because it had been on my Netflix queue for a couple of years, and I kept bumping it down the list! The other two from a friend in MKMMA who had rented them from the library. Loved them all. But Rudy….my goodness. That boy’s dream was full-fledged from the time he was a little boy, and it mattered not that his family and culture circumstances said it was impossible. He had a strong Definite Major Purpose, and if I were to choose his PPN’s, Legacy would be one for sure, and I suspect Liberty the second. To say he had a burning desire to break free from his very blue-collar, let’s- not- make –waves- with- desires- of –change message is an understatement . With great humility, he sought out and accepted mentors and “cheerleaders” (MMA). No matter what obstacles were placed before him, he persisted. Single-mindedness of purpose kept him positive and when faltering, he shored himself up with his alliances and his sheer grit. Undergirding all was a Plan of Action that was clear and focused. Truly an inspiration, and it made me think of how that burning desire fueled him to victory, and what can I learn from this? I take the words of Langston Hughes to heart: Hold fast to dreams: protect them, treasure them, allow them to create passion and purpose in my life.

Today is New Year’s Day. As we enter this year, and the final half of our MKMMA journey, I send you my love…to Mark and Davene, our wonderful guides, and all of you brave souls I am journeying with.

 

 

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

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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

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

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

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Week 9 – Master Key Experience- The Sound of Silence

Well, Thanksgiving Day certainly gave me a challenge re the ‘no opinions’ charge. I spent Thanksgiving with my beautiful, talented….and very opinionated…daughters. Just the three of us. How easy it is to slip into a heated vehement discourse on the ills of the world! (We don’t argue as we are all of like mind). What would I have done if there was someone in on the conversation who was not like-minded? Could I have held back throwing my opinion around, or been ok letting my daughters handle that? Food for thought.

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I am continuing keeping the television off during the day, and most evenings; however, I have allowed myself to watch a couple of programs that I enjoy on the evenings when I am at home and my work is done.  What I have learned is that being alone during the day, the television’s purpose was primarily to serve as company. I have listened to more music the past two weeks; however to satisfy the craving for a human voice, I have had our MKMMA videos playing in the background as I do my chores. I am really grateful for the awareness of my habits…and needs…through this time of no television. Going forward, I am confident I will become more in tune with the quietness of the house and release the need for any ‘noisy’ distractions, and relish the sound of silence.          

I love the affirmation in Haanel this week.  Here is a favorite of mine.                                                                                                   

I live the life of Spirit. The Cosmic Mind supports me in every way. I express intelligence with clarity and balanced emotions. The theme of my life is always progress- the forward movement of spiritual ideas through me. I do not focus on the world of negative opinion and belief. Restriction does not rule my life.

In this moment of spiritual recognition, the Creative Law of Mind responds to me fully. My world is transformed, my vision expanded, and my experience harmonized. I live in an atmosphere of creativity and peace. My progress and fulfillment are assured.

 

 

Week 8- Master Key Experience- Dare to Dream

Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. ~Lewis Carroll.

This week Haanel’s focus is imagination. Dreaming of …..? I found myself this week coming to terms with why my DMP seems ….out of reach?….not real?….and I bumped up against the possibility that perhaps I am not giving myself the freedom to really dream. And a deeper dive provided me with insight as to why that is. I am buying into the time thing. As in “Well, I’m 73, I won’t be on the planet long enough to allow myself to really really really let loose and DARE to dream…dream BIG.” Combine that with the old blueprint that still tries to run a commentary of what happened, or didn’t happen, when, in my long life history and wow! Can you say sabotage, or a self-fulfilling prophesy?

I watched the supplemental video of Bob Newhart’s….”STOP IT!!! Just STOP IT!”.   .Imagination

And here’s the thing. Intellectually I know this. Haanel says” Imagination is the mighty instrument by which every discoverer, every inventor, opened the way from precedent to experience. Precedent said, “It cannot be done;” experience said, “It is done.” When I heard this, a little bell rang in my memory, and I rushed to find a book that was the basis of a four year program of study I undertook a couple of decades ago. Found what I was looking for:

“We say things must happen today and tomorrow because they happened yesterday and the day before….But the laws of nature or Principles that govern life know nothing about precedents. At one time we used tallow candles; now we have electric lights. There was nothing in nature that prohibited the world from having had electric lights ten thousand years ago, but no one knew anything about them. When the day arrived on which somebody discovered the new possibility, the laws of nature complied and delivered the secret which made the new possible.

If we can get it firmly fixed in our mind that Principle is never bound by precedent,…..we shall no longer be hypnotized by the past.”

Ok, got it!

And here is a little gem that popped into my inbox this morning, a note from the Universe:

“By embracing uncertainty with regard to the “hows” of dream manifestation, Diane, and allowing it, not fearing it, you actually increase my options for blowing your dear, sweet mind. Yeah, this is good, really good.

Ca-pow,

The Universe”

And then, at the end of the email, a P.S. of sorts: “Of course, Diane, when it comes to end results, like love and joy, health and harmony, and “embarrassing” wealth, there need be no uncertainty.”

Week 7- Master Key Experience- Cross Currents and Moments of High Resolve

This has been a shake-me-up week. It felt like the moorings I have cultivated during these weeks slipped. A lot. To say the mental diet has been challenging…ahhh, yes. And the have- no- opinions challenge from last week? …oh my. The seductive winds of the old blueprint have caused my boat to not only slip its moorings, but to be buffeted around in cross currents like a toy. However, I know I am in charge of this ship, and that I am sailing away from where that old blueprint would like to keep me. So I welcome the slippage, the buffeting, knowing there is a peace-filled, joyous port where I can anchor safely. I greet this day with love in my heart…for everyone, for me.

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I share this writing from Howard Thurman:

Keep fresh before me the moments of my high resolve.

Despite the dullness and barrenness of the days that pass, if I search with due diligence, I can always find a deposit left by some former radiance. But I had forgotten. At the time it was full-orbed, glorious, and resplendent. I was sure that I would never forget. In the moment of its fullness, I was sure that it would illumine my path for all the rest of my journey. I had forgotten how easy it is to forget.

There was no intent to betray what seemed so sure at the time. My response was whole, clean, authentic. But little by little, there crept into my life the dust and grit of the journey. Details, lower-level demands, all kinds of cross currents — nothing momentous, nothing overwhelming, nothing flagrant — just wear and tear. If there had been some direct challenge –a clear-cut issue — I would have fought it to the end, and beyond.

In the quietness of this place, surrounded by the all-pervading Presence of God, my heart whispers: Keep fresh before me the moments of my High Resolve, that in fair weather or in foul, in good times or in tempests, in the days when the darkness and the foe are nameless or familiar, I may not forget that to which my life is committed.

Keep fresh before me the moments of my high resolve.