Week 5 – You Are The Heir!

The Master Key, Part Five

14. There is a fine estate awaiting a claimant. Its broad acres, with abundant crops, running water
and fine timber, stretch away as far as the eye can see. There is a mansion, spacious and cheerful,
with rare pictures, a well-stocked library, rich hangings, and every comfort and luxury. All the heir has
to do is to assert his heirship, take possession, and use the property. He must use it; he must not let it
decay; for use is the condition on which he holds it. To neglect it is to lose possession.
 

15. In the domain of mind and spirit, in the domain of practical power, such an estate is yours. You
are the heir! You can assert your heirship and possess, and use this rich inheritance. Power over
circumstances is one of its fruits, health, harmony and prosperity are assets upon its balance sheet. It
offers you poise and peace. It costs you only the labor of studying and harvesting its great resources.
It demands no sacrifice, except the loss of your limitations, your servitudes, your weakness. It clothes
you with self-honor, and puts a scepter in your hands.

16. To gain this estate, three processes are necessary: You must earnestly desire it. You must
assert your claim. You must take possession.

This section of the Haanel’s The Master Key System lesson, really resonated with me, this week. While working on my DMP, the section relating to my future home was so intensely on my mind that when this correlation appeared in the study session, I got chills.

And then, the instructions during the sit, continued to cause more focus regarding home and hearth. As I focused intently on the mental image of my future home, I thought, “Trust the process, Bill.  If I can be what I will to be, then certainly I can will what I want to have.”

During a sit, the focus brought into view, for just a fleeting moment – the lawn— just a small tuft of grass only a few feet away.  But in the distance, beyond the grass was a blue reflective surface…and then it was gone.  Of course, my conscious-self had to make a claim that it was the lawn in the back of “my future home” that I was seeing.

I had been crafting this image of my home for some time now in my DMP rewrites. So, I was expecting and hopeful for a glimpse of it in my mind’s eye.

All the while, I was framing a story line for my press release on my blog. Moving in and out of concepts, led me to focus on tying it all together— the DMP, the Press Release the Sit…all of it. That’s what this is all about: getting my subconscious ignited, enlivened with imagery, and formulating a definite purpose to pursue.

So it was settled. I would write the press release with my DMP as the core; and I did. So in previewing the new page prior to publishing it in my blog, I realized I had no “picture” of this envisioned property.

Google is a fine friend when it comes to pictures and images, so the search would be simple. I used some combination of ‘house’, ‘pier’, and ‘cove’ to conduct the search for images. Good enough. Now, let’s see what was returned.

There it was, the house that I had envisioned and described in my DMP and press release! Of course, it was there.  There are plenty of houses fitting that description. But this one was actually in the same area near where I had looked on Google Earth when I was daydreaming and researching. It had the huge wall of glass overlooking the cove onto the Chesapeake Bay; it had a pier to the left of the house; three bedrooms—albeit, not five.  But it was so close that I really got excited!

I told my wife to come take a look! She did…and then walked away. I was a little disappointed that she wasn’t excited. But I went back to work on finishing my Press Release.

A little while later my wife came back into the room and said, “It’s not that I wasn’t excited, it’s that I expected it.”

I was a little surprised.

“Those type of things have happened to me,” she explained. “What you should do is keep looking. The house with five bedrooms is still out there.”

1534 Gordon Cove Dr Annapolis MD 21403 c

Now, I’m even more excited!

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Week 4 – Service

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What is the secret of Power?

Service.

The Master Key, Part Four

20. Here is the secret of power, of mastery. To overcome does not mean to go without things. Self-denial is not success. We cannot give unless we get; we cannot be helpful unless we are strong. The Infinite is not a bankrupt and we who are the representatives of Infinite power should not be bankrupts either, and if we wish to be of service to others we must have power and more power, but to get it we must give it; we must be of service.

21. The more we give the more we shall get; we must become a channel whereby the Universal can express activity. The Universal is constantly seeking to express itself, to be of service, and it seeks the channel whereby it can find the greatest activity, where it can do the most good, where it can be of greatest service to mankind.

“To get it we must give it; we must be of service.”

That which we desire to receive must have a counterpart in giving. We must be the conduit through which positive activity is channeled. We must be willing to give. We must be willing to receive. We must give blessings and receive blessings to complete the cycle. As the bible states:

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 English Standard Version (ESV)

“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully[a] will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

There must be no expectation of reciprocity for that enters into selfishness and greed as stated:

The Master Key, Part Four

6. The trained mind knows that every transaction must benefit every person who is in any way connected with the transaction, and any attempt to profit by the weakness, ignorance or necessity of another will inevitably operate to his disadvantage.

This week service, giving and receiving came into my focus daily.

  •  As part of my Master Key Experience assignments:

Lots of hugs, kind words of encouragement, smiles and greetings all week!

1. Wherever I go I bring a gift. I may bring a compliment, a prayer, a trinket, a flower… but I promise I will give something to every person I encounter.

2. I promise to be a grateful receiver of the gifts that surround me, pausing often and noticing nature, kindnesses, smiles and compliments; which I gladly receive with a “thank you.”

3. I promise to give hope for joy, affluence, kindness and love, consciously with every encounter, regardless of the brevity.

4. I promise to give, without expectation of reciprocity, from the channels I enrich, because I know I am in the dynamic flow of giving and receiving.

  • As offered to a man on my church’s parking lot who rendered a sad story about needing three dollars to get a cab to see his son in the hospital.

I gave him the money because it was not for me to judge his intention and I had it, to give it.

  •  As referenced in the development of my Definite Major Purpose (DMP):

I stated, “Being in service renders me awestruck and humble.”

  • As committed to serving lunch to the guests at Pastor’s Conference at my church on Thursday.

Which afforded me the opportunity to speak with the Episcopal Pastor of my church regarding a sermon that he had just given on Tuesday night to mark the beginning of the pastor’s convention. It is extremely rare, in fact I have never in the 27 years of membership at this church, have I had an a chance encounter, isolated moment to speak with him alone, just the two of us. In a church with 27,000 members on the roles, you can see why. His sermon drew parallels for me with regard to this entire experience of MKE. The pastor was illuminating how in the Bible after periods of dispensation came change and then came growth. https://www.gotquestions.org/seven-dispensations.html 

The very essence of this MKE program or dispensation (a system of order, government, or organization of a nation, community, etc., especially as existing at a particular time.) is to provide a platform by which we in this community change to realize our true potential and grow under a new clarity of thought and action.

I know that coincidences, chance encounters are of my own making as presented by the world within.  And this week, being in service led me to greater understanding.

 

 

 

 

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Week 3 – The Sirens’ Call

When my first draft of my DMP was being developed, I was very reluctant regarding setting dates to financial goals and setting dates to attaining material items. It seemed presumptuous that I could get it done on what at face value was an accelerated schedule. Face value being utilizing the known to me methods to obtain the results. But living a life of intention demands seeking that which I desire and having faith that the method will be revealed. So, I confidently wrote down my first choice dates in regard to my desired attainment. Good enough, it was done, now on to crafting the language of my DMP.

Then within days of posting my DMP, I received a call from a gentleman who offered access to a modified version of a business program that I had turned down in its initial form due to the prohibitive start-up cost. The number that he proposed in his example was exactly the number I had envisioned in my DMP as a target monetary goal.

The point here is, it happened. The thing that I desire was brought to me. Whether I accept it or not remains to be worked out. After all, I am the “Watchman at Gate” of my subconscious. I almost missed the connection. Too often in the past, I would have dismissed a result like this as coincidence. But how could that be, when the exact dollar amount was brought to me, I didn’t call him?

But now, I take this new path, as offered, in sync with the process no longer considering these type of actions as coincidences. It is difficult to schedule, manage, connect, internalize and do all of the various components of the Master Key Experience. Yes, it is difficult or is it I’m being difficult? I’ve done things in the past that were difficult but “mandatory” and I did them as a matter of course because of the societal, external, fear-based or ego-driven expectations.

Those “mandatory” methods produced results, but I always felt like a salmon swimming upstream against the current getting them done. However, to get results effortlessly, to have unseen processes that work on my behalf, humbling stuff man…I have to do my best.

The truth is the doing of the thing feels great, it’s the echo of the old Blue Print begging for attention. That relentless call of the familiar has to be silenced or I will crash on the rocks of life like the ancient mariners from the sirens’ call.

My judgement is changing, my results are changing, and the shift is coming by staying true to the Master Key Experience.

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Week 2 – The Mortar

 

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The process of constructing my DMP is really quite fascinating to me. The fact that I wrestle with concepts of making decisions about how large and intricate my dreams can be and should be, shows me how mired in a well-established old blue print I truly am.  I was conflicted in determining how reasonable that I should be in considering how much is too much. But conversely conflicted in the consideration of what limitations are allowable. And then this would creep into the ever tormented process, “What will people think of my loftiness?” Oh, and of course, how my age plays a factor in the ‘realty’ of it all.

So here’s what fascinates me, this process is one of discovery. The dreaming out loud state of mind needed to do this has always been there in me but putting it to paper, well that’s another thing all together.

But without that written step, there is no accountability, no point of reference to return to mark achievement or failure. Surely without the written step, failure is a certainty. Knowing that I have been operating without the written step, is lying to myself about what goals and expectations are in store for me.

The key now is understanding that I am training my subconscious to accept new instructions. Which is first brought about by creating the new imagery as fuel for my subconscious to act upon. And the documentation of that narrative is a critical tool for my conscious mind to use in order to reinforce upon my subconscious daily.

I mentioned earlier that the development of the DMP is construction. It is truly that, for it is a representation of building a tangible future result that has yet to be brought into manifestation. The explicit wording needed to create this architecture is challenging and concise to stay in bounds of the 400 hundred word count.

It is uncharted waters for me, this process of writing instructions to my future self. Often I think I have it. Then realize I need to feel it also, lest the silent partner, my subconscious will pass it by. The key construct is feeling. If this mortar is left out, the construction will not stand, no manifestation shall occur.

Thanks to my guide through this process. Always stressing the need to reflect on my later self and evoke emotion into my future visions.

Thank you Sadaya.

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The Path to Purpose

The knowing what you want out of life, what you really, really want is no simple thing. If you truly do know you are blessed beyond measure, I believe. The reason I say that is because so many of us have lived a life of constantly waiting for and wanting an aspect of a dream to come true. Not obtaining nor seeking the entire picture, the complete dream. Sure, you may want a new car, so you get a new car. You may want a new home, more effort, but you get a new home. But what about a new life? Will these purchased components create a new life?

Would we rather have a life where those objects to be acquired come to us as a result of the life we live and those objects are not the focus of our lives? The effort to attain things keeps us in a constant state of quest to attain. The drain on the creative mind, the physical body and the peaceful soul is debilitating.

We must clearly state the life we want to live. To envision it, savior and sense it, to walk the path of it in our mind’s eye is crucial to understanding what we want. It takes a level of honesty regarding one’s self, admission of desires, fearless permission to be happy. These things have to be exposed and examined or the new thing we create is no better than the old life we say that we wish to abandon.

It is not easy for me. So much of what I want is tied to others’ happiness, therefore it is difficult to fashion a result that does not selfishly include them. Should it include them or should it not? I can only develop that which I can control, within myself, yet I desire an inclusive result. Does that inclusion slow my progress on the path to change due to others who move in disharmony?

Nonetheless, it will become clearer to me.

“Life is an unfoldment, not accretion. What comes to us in the world without is what we already possess in the world within.”

The Master Key, Part One, #16

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Pass It On, Pay It Forward

I took some time away from writing about what I was experiencing, to just be in the experience. In recognition of a personal milestone, I needed to let it unfold over the last month. I retired today. I left my employer of 24 years to begin a new phase of life.

My desire was to leave sooner. My desire was not connected to reality. The problem as it turned out was that I needed to define or redefine reality. I was held hostage by my belief system that set conditions in place that only remained as obstacles because I was not making the effort and taking the steps to move past them.

My decision to stay was based on external factors, things I could not control, things that kept me fearful, things that kept me in the “comfort zone” and yet I was miserable. It is the natural human condition I suppose to have doubt and fear of the unknown. Certainly it felt normal to me after years of pushing negativity away from my door on a daily basis.

But in that moment when the choice was made, when the acute need to leave raised up within me, all fear was gone. The fear of loss was overcome by the joy of gain. That moment had come to me from the need to expand, to have a new life on my terms. It came suddenly and clearly, as if it had been there all along and I had somehow misplaced it. It was not lost; I had been.

A major factor that had been an inhibitor to change melted away within a day after making the decision to leave. I sought counsel and financial advice on my decision. I had been holding to the belief that I could not act on my desire to retire because I was helping my daughter financially. But moments after I had left an advisor, my daughter informed that she was to interview for a position that was her ideal, yet she had not applied for it.

I stepped, He stepped. The order is clear, we must seek the thing we desire. I was waiting for my daughter to take action, in fact it was I who needed to act. Do the thing, get the power.

So, today I retired. My daughter sent me a text message with a picture of a man in a funny paper hat. The man is retiring today as well. He is the man in the Human Resources department… who pulled my daughter’s resume from a file… passed it on to the appropriate parties… for the dream job that my daughter desired… for which she had not applied… and yet she was hired. She made him the funny paper hat to celebrate his retirement.

He retired today. But because he passed it on, I retired today.

My daughter asked me if I wanted a funny paper hat. I said no, “But tell him congratulations for me. I owe him a pay it forward.”

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Master Key – Week 27 – The Stoic, Quiet Companion

The value of a thing is often best determined by the one who possesses it. A person’s written plan for their future may have priceless value, for all the benefits that it can provide for that individual. A written plan is the basis of all decisions to follow. The written plan is the schematic for the compass to take its direction. The plan must be written for it to stand the test of time, a change of mind or a failing memory.

I have made plans before during the course of my life. Some of those plans were written, but usually of a short term or task based nature. My long term plans have been a collection of tasks, written or otherwise. Hence, I have to admit, my limited success has been the fruit born of that practice.

It is a dilemma to me, having always known that afore mentioned truth about planning, yet somehow I was thinking it was still practical and logical to proceed without a written plan. Above all, I believed that I would be successful. I see things much differently now.

Under what rule was I measuring success? If the standard had no ability to be measured, then how could I claim success? If the standard was not laid out in such a way as to be compared against progress, then indeed was there any progress? How could I ever claim victory if the goal was not clear, or worse unknown.

I have come to realize more recently, that I have long alienated my most powerful ally by inefficient practices in the quest for success. My closet friend whose devout and unwavering loyalty has been given only minimal opportunity to labor on my behalf. For when given instruction this stoic, quiet companion is always at the ready to do my biding.

You ask who would stand with me to do so much of the heavy lifting from which I would gain and nothing is said of his benefit. It is simpler than you think, the one who benefits is all one in the same. My subconscious mind is that loyal servant whose abilities I have neglected.

The subconscious mind when given instruction, especially repetitive clear instruction, has but one will and one desire and that is to fulfill those instructions. The conscious mind is the guardian of the thoughts and instructions that are bestowed upon the subconscious mind.

My subconscious has only been allowed to work for me in a fractured and partial role given its wonderful capabilities. I clearly know that going forward, all plans shall be written and partnered in the alliance of my conscious and subconscious mind. When plans are completed from their conscious beginnings, the subconscious will be given clear control, to work its connective abilities to engage a plan of action that only the Lord of all can execute.

I welcome home my long lost loyal friend.
May I always honor and protect his service.

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Master Key – Week 26 – Copper Wire

copper-wire-19094525Service, is the highest form of giving. To give of one’s time, an irreplaceable commodity, is a precious gesture. I have wondered for many days, what would be my most constant effort from this point going forward? The thought kept coming back to – service. The factors so completely aligned themselves as to almost shout the word to me.

However, I had to be certain that the thought was rooted and born of my subconscious self or I would risk the success of my purpose and find frustration as a reward. So I decided to disassociate myself from constantly considering it as a purpose. Then from time to time I would note how I felt, how I was acting, to what my spirit was responding and I would take account of my humility. Virtually every time when I questioned those responses, I was not exactly the person I desired to be.

It was clear that something was amiss when not living a service centered life. Ego would tend to lead. Selfishness wanted its due. Laziness made its call to lack of effort. Sharing was an afterthought. This experiment was enlightening and effective. But yet I still needed validation from my subconscious that would connect my desire to my actions and lead me.

Service requires gratitude. Gratitude requires humility. Humility requires stillness. So I sat, quietly. Again. And again. After finding that place, that state where stillness revealed my true self, now I am certain. Service will render unto me peace. And peace is the ultimate reward.

I am like fine copper wire where the spark of service flows through me to benefit many. And may my spark ignite others to join me in advancing a benefit to multitudes. I am the spark of a new beginning.

“Each and every master, regardless of the era or the place, heard the call and attained harmony with heaven and earth. There are many paths leading to the top of Mount Fuji, but there is only one summit – love.”
Morihei Ueshiba

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Master Key – Week 25 – Controlled Excitement

The first week since commencement from the Master Keys Master Mind Alliance has been jubilant and positioned me for the next phase of my life. Doctor visits, financial planner meeting and filing my retirement papers with the Human Resources department at work have all occurred in one week of activity.

There is a peace that is deep in my core that makes all my recent decisions feel exactly right. There is also the “realistic” intellectual process that makes me feel like I’m alone on a vast frozen ice flow and the footing is unsteady.

However, no more timely a lesson could have been prepared for me this month than “The Scroll Marked VII” from Og Mandino’s “The Greatest Salesman in the World” – I will laugh at the world. Keeping all things in perspective reduces any sense of temporary anxiety for as Og states, “this too shall pass”.

Just as last month when Og offered, “Today I will be master of my emotions.” More timely advice could not have been suggested given the choices that I was preparing to make very soon.

The “world within” is a concept that I understood conceptually but in practice the power of its usage was undervalued in my life. Since engaging in the practice of seeking to impress upon my subconscious the deepest of my desires, I have seen the beginnings of wonderful manifestations.

Exercising patience and planning to prepare for the date when my new rest-of-my-life adventure begins is the difficult task at hand. Controlled excitement if you will, that what it is now. The idea of finally having the options in life that full control of my time can bring is humbling and inspiring.

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Master Key – Week 24 – Finding Freedom

My week has been like a taffy pull. I was being tugged and drawn all week, but the outcome was so sweet.

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The Master Key – Part Twenty-Four

13. If you desire to help someone, to destroy some form of lack, limitation or error, the correct method is not to think of the person whom you wish to help; the intention to help them is entirely sufficient, as this puts you in mental touch with the person. Then drive out of your own mind any belief of lack, limitation, disease, danger, difficulty or whatever the trouble might be. As soon as you have succeeded is doing this the result will have been accomplished, and the person will be free.

22. It is this truth which makes you “free” and it is the conscious knowledge of this truth which will enable you to overcome every difficulty.

23. The conditions with which you meet in the world without are invariably the result of the conditions obtaining in the world within, therefore it follows with scientific accuracy that by holding the perfect ideal in mind you can bring about ideal conditions in your environment.

As I focused on these passages from Charles Haanel, while practicing my new found Law of Least Effort, the pressure of my own situation seemed to melt away. The intensity of all that is before me seems ordered now and procedural in nature.

My dear children have endured and navigated their way since college graduation to find their path and to be true to that course. My son and my daughter, challenged with the obstacles that life can bring to bear had great blessings this week.

To see them moving closer to stability and purpose has reaffirmed my earlier decision to join the MKMMA. In keeping with my desire to grow, be better, serve and give more, all the pieces of the puzzle are becoming visible as they begin to fit together.

As I stand at the foot of the climb ahead, the ascent is certain, the terrain unknown. My desire is firm thus the outcome is assured. To have freedom and success is wonderful, to have the knowledge of how to attain it is humbling.

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