Week 19 The Master Keys Experience

…. Clink

When you hear something hit the ground, there is a sound that sparks your attention and curiosity takes over.  What was that?

Finding Joe, a movie about a golden Buddha covered with cement by a group of monks to keep invaders from recognizing its value reveals this phenomenon perfectly. Many years after the invasion, a monk sitting by the cemented Buddha noticed a small piece of rock on the ground. Curiosity caused him to take notice and see a small glimmer of gold, revealing the truth about the statue.  It was golden.

Many of us were drawn to the MKE because we knew that there was something missing and we wanted more out of our lives.  Seeing the very first small chink in our armor, revealing hidden value, had us wanting more.

Digging deep and turning down the “noise” allowed us to figure out what needed to be pruned from the core.  This is not like tearing into a present but a painful and/or emotional removal of what was not serving the purpose of our emerging soul.

Time-consuming with fits and starts, breaking out of the mold for some comes quicker.  What determines the length of this process? Is it about awareness or age, technique or tools?  Who has the answer, and does it matter?  Whether you are the tortoise or the hare, crossing this thresh hold, is critical.

If you have arrived at this place, it feels great.  The value meter for self-worth has risen.  The appearance of true authenticity shines through.

NOW WHAT?

Laid bare of our baggage with a well written Definite major purpose in hand, are you ready, or am I???

Your dreams await!! Hesitating?  Is it fear or excitement? All I know is it is electric!

The task at hand…Courage to accept my power and move deeper into that hero’s journey, slap the girl in the glass a high five, and strike a victory pose.

Lesson Learn: The sound of breaking cement is beautiful.

WEEK 17 The Master Keys Experience

Observation and Opportunity

Marrying the weekly Master Keys Experience with my life has been an eye-opening experience.  The exercises of being observant and aware of others around me, their behavior and mine have been put under “my” microscope.  I am amazed at how much beauty I was missing in the course of a day living a busy autopilot existence with things only receiving my attention if they disrupted my day’s journey.

When did stopping to smell the roses become not appealing? Smiling at a small child and their mother? Making eye contact in passing an elderly person?  Beginning to live differently in direction and intention produces changes in behavior that bring such joy.

The guidance through this journey has helped me to incorporate small changes that are producing compounding effects.  These activities to develop change are not newly developed tasks but are seasoned exercises that have demonstrated effectiveness through devotees over many decades.

For three weeks, the class has been working on the Ben Franklin makeover…focusing on a different characteristic each week.  This exercise was used by… you guessed it…Ben Franklin (documented in his autobiography). Put on your bifocals and take a look at the contributions his life gave us!

bifocals

The characteristics like courage, kindness, and self-control can be developed and grown.  By taking one characteristic a week and searching for it everywhere in nature, people and yes even in ourselves helps solidify in our minds what it looks like displayed in one’s life.  The kicker is you wouldn’t be able to identify this in others if you didn’t have it yourself.  The seed is already there.  It is up to you to develop it further.

In The Greatest Salesman in the World, scroll 4, Og states that we are natures greatest miracle…That no one has our mind, our heart, our eyes, our ears, our hands, our hair, our mouth…That indeed makes us a miracle because of our uniqueness.  In addition, Og points out “but my skills, my mind, my heart, and my body will stagnate, rot, and die lest I put them to good use.

We each have unlimited potential for growth and change. We are unique and powerful. Directed with the sound advice of Emmerson’s give more get more, our lives can be joyful and full of satisfaction while having an overflowing of blessing to others.   Let not the miracle die with just our birth but produce a life worthy of our calling.

Lesson Learned:  Awareness is critical for dynamic change.