December 3

Master Key Experience – Week 10

Refusing To Answer The Call – Still/Again

I still say to myself (everyday it seems) that I don’t like the life that I have and that I’m going to do something about it. The life that I am living has not been forced upon me. The circumstances in some people’s lives are forced upon them, but that is not the type I’m addressing here. For the most part, I’ve either chosen this life or have settled for it. Now I’m complaining about the choices that I made, and I’m refusing to let go of the life I created for myself. It’s actually a chemical addiction (medically proven). 

Awareness

Something or someone somewhere issued a “call” to me, the call to be a hero. The hero in my own story would be me, by changing my life. I first heard this call long ago but I wasn’t really listening. I began to hear it more often just in the last 8 years or so, and now I’ve actually been listening intentionally. Yes, I heard that call, but to be a hero, I’d have to answer it. Everyone knows that change is hard for most people. I am certainly no different. However, I’ve been given the tools I need to break this addiction, this bad habit. Continue reading

November 17

Master Key Experience – Week 8

Have I Become a Member of a Cult?

Here are a few definitions I found of what a cult is: a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister; a misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person or thing. Synonyms: sect, denomination, group, movement, church, persuasion, body, faction. The term cult usually refers to a social group defined by its religious, spiritual, or philosophical beliefs, or its common interest in a particular personality, object or goal. Wikipedia

This post has been in a draft stage for almost a month now. Honestly, I had been asking myself this question since I started the Master Key Experience eight(?) weeks ago now: have I become a member of a cult? I don’t know! I wish you could hear the inflection in my voice when I actually say this to myself. According to the definition(s) above, I guess I may have! And it’s not necessarily a bad thing, but… I still don’t have peace about it. Continue reading

October 25

Master Key Experience – Week 4

Do You Always Keep Your Promises?

I wanted to quit. I was already a week behind (5 days anyway) in trying to finish the scheduled work for that week in the MKE class. I didn’t see how this was going to get any easier anytime soon. This seemed too hard, and too much for me right now. What had been excitement in the beginning had now become drudgery. (I see now that the drudgery is my “old blueprint”; demons/minions coming after me, wanting me to justify the action.)

I wrote an email to the facilitator of the class announcing my intentions, respectfully. Her reply was to remind me what I had been warned about. She was going to hold me accountable.

The Value of Accountability

She wrote:
“You are teaching your subconscious something here, what do you want to teach it about you?
Will the progression of your life and the lives of those you love happen if you quit now? Will anything change?
I’m just covering myself here, I have to let you know that this is textbook ‘refusal of the call’ to the hero’s journey. Many, many people do it and continue their lives of quiet desperation, as Thoreau teaches us.
Refusal to become the hero of your own life, in the lives of the people who love you.” Continue reading

October 18

Master Key Experience – Week 3

There Has to Be More

I love God, and I believe the Bible. I know that scripture needs to be interpreted by scripture and not to be taken out of context. All this having been said, I believe that the Lord wants much more for me and my life than what I have “settled for” or produced on my own. Is it alright for me to say before Him “there has to be more?”

Psalm 37:4 (ESV) – Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

John 10:10 (ESV) – The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they (me) may have life and have it abundantly.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Continue reading

October 6

Master Key Experience – Week 2

On a Journey With the Subconscious

The Subconscious Mind- what it is, and what it does

Here are a few dictionary definitions of the term “subconscious mind”-

  • that part of the mind which is on the fringe of consciousness and contains material of which it is possible to become aware by redirecting attention;
  • relating to thoughts and feelings that exist in the mind and influence your behavior although you are not aware of them;
  • type of mind which is responsible for one’s thoughts and feelings; the seat of our principles and aspirations

The “conscious” or “objective” mind, the one we’re most familiar with, deals with impressions and objects of the outward life. The subconscious, on the other hand, controls the regular functions of the body which make physical life possible: breathing, blood flow, the building of bones, etc., and is a storehouse of everything we ever learned. This ability, by the way, is why people are able to recall such vivid details while under hypnosis. Continue reading

September 29

Master Key Experience – Week 1

A Guide While On The Journey

This journey is a new type of journey for me: keeping an open mind about what I’ve considered in the past to be a completely foreign or alien philosophy. This 6 month course is based on a personal development book written by Charles Haanel called the Master Key System in 1916. The course details, at great length, steps that require thinking that seem quite “out of the box” (maybe even heretical) for me on the journey to achieving what one truly wants in life. This is what I thought – at first glance. This post will serve as a guide while on the journey.

Remember Wanting to be Open-minded?

Now after attending the first of weekly 2 hour live lectures, with 1 hour q&a sessions immediately following, and daily readings for the week, some of the 45 key points are beginning to make some practical sense to me. The first chapter of the book was somewhat difficult for me, as I don’t claim to have much of an intellect- but I do like to read. I’m finding that in this first chapter, slowing down and chewing on what I am reading seems to help. I am confident that it will become easier as the reading continues. Continue reading

September 17

First Journey From Here

Where I Have Been

I am one of those who has been living a life of quiet desperation (Thoreau?). From my mid-twenties on till now, I’ve felt that there should be more for me in life than just what I have had.  To find a cure for that nagging itch, when the mood hit me, I would bounce from one self-help book or program to another, usually giving up without giving 100% or not putting in the work long enough to see (my) expected results. My first journey from here will be to cure that itch once and for all.

Looking back now at the time when I was exploring these methods, and trying to put into practice the methods they prescribed, I’ve been asking hard questions. Questions like: Is our success or failure predetermined? I want to find out why the people who say “yes” to this do so, and how they justify it. Some of the philosophies are darn right spooky. Where do they come from? Are the things I was taught to believe really all that different from what these “far-fetched” ideas profess? Continue reading

August 18

What Journeys Are About

Let’s Go On a Journey Together

I’m glad that you’re taking the time to find out what journeys are about, what makes them special, and why each journey is unique. This blog will be a collection of posts about journeys, each one chronicling an event in which something or someone changed in some way (everyone knows change is inevitable, yes?) These posts will be what journeys are about, really. This post is the first post, the first step on the journey that lies ahead.

Here are parts of some definitions of the word “journey” that I found online: Continue reading