Week 5 MKE – Lessons from a nearly reformed expert


O·pin·ion noun

  1. a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.

      “I’m writing to voice my opinion on an issue of great importance”

      Synonyms:     belief, judgment, thought(s), (way of) thinking, mind (point of) view,  

      viewpoint, outlook, attitude, stance, position, perspective, persuasion, standpoint

     – the beliefs or views of a large number or majority of people about a particular thing.

       “the    changing climate of opinion”

      – an estimation of the quality or worth of someone or something. “I had a higher opinion of

         myself than I deserved”

Through participation in The Master Key Experience, we are challenged in week 5 to have no opinions and to practice skills of the Observer.  This our third year participating in MKE and the timing of the exercise this year is quite interesting (there really is no such thing as a coincidence). 

Becoming the Observer is a vital step to recognizing our internal dialogue that precedes our outbursts and judgements.  This exercise will help us build stronger neuropathways as we practice R2A2.

Recognize: to identify the principle, idea, or technique

Relate: to connect or join together; to establish a relationship to your own life

Assimilate: to make similar or alike: to incorporate; to absorb; to become a part of your thinking and action

Apply: follow through and act upon

Each step in this formula is important, but when combined become powerful.  By using the formula, you will be able to focus the spotlight on the Success Principles that directed and guided Napoleon Hill and many other successful people to achieve their objectives.  Source: PMA Science of Success. Educational Edition. The Napoleon Hill Foundation. 1984. Pgs. x-xi.

Becoming the Observer requires we develop a heightened awareness of the thoughts that arise from our ego when we mentally compare ourselves to others.   A good Observer must take pause, be neutral, mindful, in the moment, and cognizant that there is a choice in how one responds.  “When I am tempted to criticize I will bite on my tongue.”  Source: The Greatest Salesmen in the World. Og Mandino, Scroll II.

 Becoming the Observer is not easy and may cause some uncomfortable feelings.  We’ve heard people say, I can’t go without my phone for a week.”  So, how about this?  Can you go without having an opinion for a week?

 Peace on your journey,



Week 1- The Golden Buddha, What does it really mean?

This week’s post is from my beautiful wife “The Dynamic Dana” I think many of the men in the Master Key Key Experience are following Mark J’s lead here and coming up with a super powers name for their beloveds. For all of you ladies out there who may not have recieved a super powers nick name from loved one yet, don’t let that slow you down, get started and come up with one on your own. Who is more deserving than you, right?

If you are ready to test the waters, try this link here http://superhero.namegeneratorfun.com/

And Now

The Story of the Golden Buddha

Centuries ago there existed a Golden Buddha.  Scholars are unsure of its origin, but the story seems to be historically true.  At some point, the statue was covered in clay, camouflaging its beauty in a thick layer of plaster to prevent it from being stolen by invaders. The statue remained hidden and undiscovered among the ruins of the country. 

Centuries later, the plaster covered Buddha was moved to a new location.  There are a variety of accounts of what happened next, but what is clear is that in an attempt to place the “plaster statue” upon its new pedestal, it fell to the ground and pieces of the plaster began to chip off, allowing  the golden surface underneath to be seen.  Hours later, with all the plaster and clay removed, the Buddha made of solid gold was revealed, precious on all accounts.

Suddenly the statue was seen of high worth, considered to be a priceless treasure. But how? It was not the Buddha that had changed, it was simply the perception of the object.

The Golden Buddha now resides in Thailand and every year millions of visitors go to see this magnificent work of art and worship.

Imagine…it may have never been uncovered, yet…..

The parable ….

Like the Buddha, we are all perfection upon conception and at birth.  Life’s circumstances along with well-meaning family members, teachers, and even religious leaders unintentionally have applied layers of plaster upon us over the years in an effort to protect us from perceived dangers, and we have accepted this as our reality. Moreover, the plaster is thick and heavy and often we simply are drawn down by the weight of it and lay in ruins because at times it just seems to be too much.

Awakening of our bliss moves us like the Buddha to a new foundation where we can begin to chip away at the clay.  This is the Master Key Experience!

At times you will need great courage to continue your journey.  There may be tears, perceived losses, and even discomfort.

This awakening can sometimes be painful.  As one sheds the plaster, at times the gold that peaks from beneath is so bright it is frightening, even blinding, but with persistence the awe and splendor will push us forward and towards our bliss (our inward existing perfection) ~ a journey that will take us us from self-criticism to self-acceptance and love.

The beauty inside you has always been there, but we need tools to chisel away the layers of muck, and this is what the Master Key Experience gives us.  Sometimes the task will seem easy, at times impossible.  Like a marathon runner we must train and exercise.  Do the work, keep your tools sharp, and persist onward.  In the beginning, the finish line may seem far off in the distance, but with persistence you will arrive. So giddy up and go get the gold that is within you!

Imagine what you will disover…..

Peace and love,



Week-19 Fear is a powerful motivator

Until about 1 year ago I thought I understood what it meant to be an “Observer”my how things can change.

We are all surrounded by or exposed to more negativity than probably any other time in history due to all of the available outlets that pelt us daily. These impressions on our daily lives can create some bumps in the road to true understanding that we are all “Natures Greatest Miracle’s.

In a recent conversation with my son who also continues working on his future self, we talked for some time on just how deeply imbedded the old blueprint truly can be.

Both of us have experienced several inexplicable events since starting our journeys and we know that they are the direct result of the power within.

As we talked and continued to reflect on those events and the changes we were both feeling, we asked each other simultaneously the same question. If we know that the power is within and we can increase our power of understanding and improve our lives through consistent focused thought! why in the hell is it so difficult at times to break the cycle of on again off again in the process of these exercises?

Our conclusion was and is the tiny seed of habit. Once developed it becomes a powerful principle to live by. Persistence is the key to creating those habits. We knew that it was a victory just in asking ourselves the question. 

The take away for both of us is that we have experienced wonderful events and have seen tremendous changes in ourselves and many around us and I think for the two of us that is enough to stay committed and focused.

I believe we both decided that the benefits we have seen far out way the the actions of the past related to the old blueprint and the fear of reverting back to that old blueprint is enough to keep moving forward.

For that I am grateful. 

Peace, Mac

Week-18 The gifts we leave behind

I remember when my mother passed away in 2000 and being at her funeral service. I knew this woman who had raised me, fed me and worked tirelessly to give her children what they needed.

I knew she was a giving woman who would help a stranger without a second thought. What I did not realize was just how much of an impact she had on so many peoples lives.

As I gathered with my father and brothers and sister the chapel began to fill. First with many familiar faces of friends and family some I had not seen in many years. I had been to other funerals over the years and allmost all of them had a pretty good turn out to say goodbye to the departed or support the families.

What I was not expecting while I sat there that day with my Dad was the shear numbers of people who I did not know, faces continued to pile into to the little chapel until it was lietrally overflowing.  The minister began and ended with the usual sentiments about the departed and then asked if anyone would like to speak. 

We have all been there for those awkward moments when no one wants to start right? Well that lasted for about 10 seconds when a young lady stood up, someone I did not know and started to talk about my mother having saved her life and supported her with love, kindness and new clothes when she was just a child and how that had forever changed her and her outlook on life. 

Then suddenly people were standing by the dozens waiting to share their story about how my mother had been a major influence in their lives. When it was over, I was left  feeling stunned for not realizing the impact my mother had made on so many lives that I was completly unaware of. 

Later that day as we were leaving the service, my best friend remarked to me “Wow I have never seen so many people stand up for anyone like that”

I remember talking to my Dad about this that evening after things quieted down and how I felt about my ignorance of all the people mom had helped. With his head slightly bowed, he looked up at me and smiled and said ” Son, I was married to the woman for 43 years and I did not always know what she was up to. That was your mom, quietly going about her day and finding folks who needed a hand in one way or another, it was her gift”

I would like to share another story about an extraordinary person written from a members perspective. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Check it out here.



Week 16 Don’t Quit

We have all heard the phrase “Don’t Quit” or “Never Give Up” from a well intentioned family member, spouse, mentor or friend at one time or another in our lives.  While their encouragement is most often related to a positive outcome on our behalves, there are times in a person’s life when they probably should Quit.

When an action or behaviour becomes fruitless and an obsession to persevere  over powers our ability to think clearly or the object of our goals is detremental to the ultimate outcome, such as a compulsive gambler who is always looking for the next big score. 

However, that is not the tale I want to talk about today. Today I would like to showcase what true desire and persistence truly look like. The kind of desire, persistence and collaboration that not only changes peoples minds, it changes their lives and ultimately reveals the greatness that has always been in them.

Have a look and read all about it here  this story has changed many lives including that of the observer.


Week-15 Faith and determination or just blind luck?

This time of the year as we head into the second half of the Master Key Experience, inexplicable events really start to unfold for many of the new members. It is evident for many that by being faithful to this course and to themselves by investing the small amount of time required into the exercises, sits and readings that huge doors hanging on small hinges begin to open.

Clearly for one member, opportunites are beginning to unfold and the roadblocks she may have encountered previously in her life are starting to yield to her right of way.

Could it be that forming good habits, believing that you are natures greatest miracle and then acting on your intentions could lead to the life you always wanted, or is just blind luck?

 Find out for yourself and check it out here.







Week 14- The Blessings are many if you are paying attention!

Just a short story today about an encounter I had the other day.

So, Dana and I stop in to do a little shopping the other day and as I am getting out of my car at Costco I am somewhat distracted by all of the activity of the crowds gathered for the after the holidays rush to get some great deals or return the things they did not want or need.

As I am walking toward the entrance, Dana says to me hey aren’t you going to give that guy a hand? I continue walking a few more steps clearly lost in my own sauce when her question finally sinks in, Huh?  I say as I glance around and see an older man trying to lift a fully loaded banana box filled with his groceries out of his cart.

I ask him if I can give him a hand and he gladly accepted my offer. You know! he says with great conviction, I just turned 90 yesterday and these things are starting to get to be heavy, we laughed and chatted for a few moments. As I was starting to walk away he thanked me for my assistance and I hollered back to him, God bless you! He replied, “He already has that’s how I got to be 90″

That brief encounter with a total stranger has left me with a feeling of grace and complete gratitude all week and has once again reminded me to keep my eyes open for the possibilities and opportunities to be grateful in everything I do.  It seems I needed him much more than he needed me, how awesome is that. Mac


Week 13- Who Wins?

I never thought of my subject lines for compareson until Mark dug deep and elucidated the value of daily persistence, habit, and the kalidescope benefit of frequent flipping our cards to install our wanted images into our conscience just like the casinos do to amass their obscene fortunes on a daily basis.  As you know Las Vegas and other casinos throughout the world all utilize the same concepts and formulas  daily to build massive fortunes by flipping cards, flipping their dice games, and doing he same flipping of their machines continually on a daily basis of procedures and practices. That to me is the casinos hidden subby. That is a proven record of success and our MKMMA SUBBY is waiting to do the same for us if we keep our promises. Every day I shall come up with 3 greatful situations to write on my cards, build a progression of cards, frequent flash and flip them in their different piles, and search for gratitude triggered by my thoughts and the thoughts of others.   I am greatful for Mark, the fabulous fabulous Davene, and my guide, as I am finally giving birth and beginning to repair and anchor my new beginning and search for my MKMMA SUBBY which is impatiently waiting for me with open arms when I do the right uncovering of the open door before me.

Week-12 Focus On Your Intention

On this 12th week through the keys, we are beginning to see some magnificent changes  all around us. Some are subtle some are bold but they are changes non the less. Many members are starting to awaken to the realization that they can have more in their lives.

It all sounds simple enough on an intellectual level, but what does it really mean to focus your thoughts on a definite desire? For one such member these changes are beginning to happen and will start having a profound impact on his journey because he has begun to develop the faith necessary to believe he is capable of all things and responsible for all outcomes in his own life.

The Universe delivers to each of us in exacting measure that which we focus our thoughts on. If your intention is clear and just it will provide abundance in all positive manner. The takeaway  here for me is be sure to focus your attention on your intention.


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Master Key WEEK 12: Knowledge, Courage and Faith

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Don't like where you are

Jim Rohn once said, ”  If you don’t like where you are, then change it. You are not a tree.”

We get to make the choice to MOVE in a different direction, to a new place or to a higher level of consciousness. What a discovery?

We each have inside of us the same substance as the Infinite. In our current state, we catch glimpses of that spiritual, creative substance every once in a while that leaves us pondering about if there is more to our life than what we currently know. The adventure of a lifetime begins as we take a deep breath and cross the threshold, exploring the power that comes from connection with the unseen, as we access the subconscious.

I am of the firm Belief ( Thought + Feeling ) that I am offspring of the Universal and made of the same stuff. Because that is true, I possess potential to recognize and tap into omnipotence, or power. You and I have been endowed with power to connect with that Universal power.  The laws by which the Universal operates are predictable and  not random. But, we must learn what that power is, how to channel it and for what definite purpose.

Learning about power has happened on several levels in my life.

I learned about the power of electricity though an educational, if not necessarily uplifting, experience early in my life. Last Blog http://philsykesmasterkey.dlaurance.com/wordpress/?p=129 was my ‘Flash Powder Makeover”. Today… a little more re-volting!

Crisis + Time = Humor

…Family Picnic on a sunny Saturday at a Conservation Area outside the city of Toronto… Three older brothers, 5 + years my senior,  who ignored me most of the time, call me to come play with them… I am 4 years old…I run to them, delighted to be included… They are in the tall grass next to a farm field bordering the Conservation area. A herd of cows, blissfully graze on  rich fodder on the other side of the fence.  I don’t see signs,  just cows… ‘Are we playing with the cows?’ They are holding hands… odd… but, I’m 4 and ready to play the game, whatever it is… ‘Hold my hand ‘, says Ray, making me fourth in line… Oldest, Bill grabs the fence with his open hand… Yowsa…. What the heck just happened?… Where did that jolt come from?…What do you mean, an electric fence? … Why are you laughing?…I don’t want to play this game any more…. ‘MOM!!!’….doppler effect…………….

Electric Fence

Do you have knowledge of your Power!

One of things I love about the Master Key Experience is rediscovering that I actually have the capability to focus my thoughts and actions in specific ways to achieve a result that I feel in my heart of hearts is where I want to be. “I Can Be What I Will To Be”…  Personal Pivotal Needs… Definite Major Purpose… Shapes Colors…Recordings… Readings… SIT… I am whole, perfect, strong, POWERFUL, loving, harmonious, healthy, happy…

Haanel in 12-9 teaches this truth: ” This practical working method cannot come to you until you learn that the only real power which you can have is the power to adjust yourself to Divine and unchangeable principles. You cannot change the Infinite, but you can come into an understanding of the Natural Laws. The reward of this understanding is a conscious realization of your ability to adjust your thought faculties with the Universal Thought…”

From where I sit, this means I can’t complain or blame the Universe or God or anyone else for that matter for the results in my life. If things aren’t happening I must persist in my learning of correct/true principles (power), and persist in my execution of the faith based actions until I am living in compliance with the laws. May I  observe that the “submission” to the process that Mark J and the MKMMA team talk about in regards to the material and exercises is the same attitude that wise writings describe as humility, being teachable, as a little child…

Just be careful whose hand you are holding when playing with electric fences…

the POWER may shock you if you are not ready for it. 

Are you a TREE?