I am very excited to be a part of the Master Key Experience class of 2017 this year. This is my fourth year of being a part of this amazing Master Mind of individuals from around the world. The life lessons gained from this course are unique for every one who makes it to the end, yet connected in a way that can only be experienced. You’ve heard it said before “you should have been there WOW”
My wish for anyone who starts this journey is that they do whatever it takes to complete it. Yes it will be challenging and difficult at times. My first year I wanted to quit at least 3 times. Let me clarify, I meant to say I wanted to quit 3 times a day every day for the first 2 months.
I am very thankful and grateful to my guide Paul, who helped me stay the course and complete the class. The impact it has made on my life is like nothing I had experienced previously. If you have watched the videos and paid your buck but not yet completed your application yet, DO IT NOW. The scholarships will be gone soon and closed until next year.
All of life’s gifts are waiting for you to discover them. Peace, Mac
– 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?
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/
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
I have learned a little about predicting odds and have come to realize thankfully, that while there is generally no reward without some risk you can always improve your chances of success by doing the work and being prepared.
This week I am happy to highlight one such member Mr. Robert Douglas who continues to persist and is starting to see evidence of the “Golden Bhudda” which he has always been but has been buried for far too long under the cement. Keep growing your light and let it shine brightly.
WEEK 13 – LASVEGAS – THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS IN THE LONG RUN. MKMMA ”SUBBY”– PROPER UTILIZATION, UNDERSTANDING, PERSISTENCE DAILY ALSO WINS IN THE LONG RUN.
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.