The Power of Thought-Week 20

……those who recognize their power; those who know that unless we are willing to think we shall have to work and the less we think the more we shall have to work, and the less we shall get for our work.

The above quote is one of many that  stood out for me in this week’s lesson of the Masterkey. For someone who has grown up leaning toward negative thinking over positive, this course has really been life changing. I love the fact that once you change your constant thoughts, you change your circumstances. I now also understand why some of the things in my life have taken place. I’ve been attracting them with my thoughts!   The Power of Thought

When I first got started in this course and reading the material it was really an eye-opening experience. I have had many “omg’ moments. Some of the things I already knew but just did not practice on a daily basis. This masterkey experience challenges us to train our brain by applying daily mental habits that will seep into our subconscious mind. The result of these daily habits, with progressions each week is to make one the person that they were designed to be. The person who has stepped into their purpose and is living it out daily. That’s who I intend to become in the end and I do feel that I’m on the right path.

 

Thanks for reading,

Van

 

 

Opposite Ends of The Spectrum-Week 19

This week’s lesson of the Masterkey challenged us to look at things that appear to be separate but are actually opposite ends of a whole part. Just think, north and south, they are not 2 separate spaces they are just opposite ends of a whole part. This same fact applies to knowledge and ignorance.  Being ignorant does not have to be a permanent reality.

When you start learning about a particular thing, you become knowledgeable about that subject. Of course there are between stages of each opposite.

I found this a very interesting way to look at situations. Just because you appear to be in a bad situation now, doesn’t mean that you have to accept it and remain there. You can start walking toward the other end of the spectrum. Light drives out darkness. Love drives out hate. You catch my drift. Look beyond your current circumstances and look to how you can change them instead of accepting them as your permanent reality.

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Van

What Now-Week 18

Well it is now week 18 and according to the current scroll that we are on in the Greatest Salesman, I should be living this day as if it were my last. When I read this scroll for the first time, it was an eye-opener. An eerie eye-opener but it makes you think. It forced me to realize that I take a lot of days for granted and no I don’t live each day as if it were my last. I don’t think a lot of people do. I started to daydream about the true things that I would or should be doing if it truly were my last day.

Each week since the beginning of this course we have added progressions that would help chip away the old cement that is surrounding our true selves, or the person that we are intended to be. This past week we added to our gratitude cards the phrase “what would the person I intend to become do now?”. Reading this phrase each day really helps me get into gear, especially when i’m trying to figure out what I should be doing. Or maybe when I want to watch a tv show or lay in bed when I know that I should be working on something that needs to be completed. The cards are a huge help in remembering what i’m grateful for as well.

If everyone would live today as if it were they’re last, I wonder what type of impact that would have on the world. I think a lot more quality time would be spent with people. I also think that more kindness would be shown. You know what’s so funny about living that day? The fact is that we truly don’t know if today is really our last. We should live each day as if there were no tomorrow.

 

Thanks for reading,

Van

 

 

Thanks For The Law of Subsitution-Week 17

The journey thus far in the Masterkey Alliance has been a bit…well I’ll just say it hasn’t been all peachy! I am learning that when you are on a path to major change in your life, you old habits, thoughts and overall blueprint just doesn’t want to fade away. I have to admit that I’ve been struggling a bit during this week. There have been some challenges that have slapped me in the face and that have tried to keep me from growing. I’m glad that I know about the Law of Substitution for I had to use it a lot this week.

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Most of the challenges that I faced were at work and using the law of substitution by telling myself that I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy instead of focusing on the negativity really got me through. I am very thankful that i have found this alliance because my old blueprint would have remained stuck and focused on the negativity that happened. I am learning and seeing first hand that what you focus on will be manifested in your life. The key to getting what you want is to focus on it. Focus on what you want your life to be, not what you don’t want. If you continue to focus on the bad things in your life, that circumstance will become heightened due to the law of attraction. You want to be healthy, focus on health. You want to be wealthy, focus on wealth and abundance. You want to be happy, act happy!

 

Thanks for reading,

Van

How much Discipline?-Week 15

This week we started focusing on a characteristic for a whole week. What I mean is, discipline, kindness, decisiveness, etc. We had to choose one that we would focus on and whenever we saw that characteristic being displayed, we would keep track and log how many times we witnessed the activity. The payoff is that if you focus on these characteristics, they will be heightened in your life. We were instructed to order the different activities in order of the one’s we needed to work on the most, with the one’s we felt we already were strong on near the bottom. I chose to look for discipline this week. It is very interesting that when you focus on finding something, how you are actually surrounded by it all the time. This is really a good exercise for me. Next week I will be focusing on kindness. I look forward to having a stronger set of characteristics within myself after these 10 weeks are over.

 

Thanks for reading,

Van

What is Harmony-Week 14

So we are in week 14 of the master key journey and this week was a tad bit challenging as it was still part of the holiday week. I left my kids with their Grandma so I was able to complete my exercises with a little peace and quiet. The Master-key lesson instructed us for our weekly sit to concentrate on harmony. We were to concentrate  so deeply that we were conscious of nothing but harmony. So for this exercise I sat for 15 minutes thinking about people helping one another, buying each other lunches, and holding open doors. I thought about children laughing and playing in flowers, smiles on faces, giving unexpected gifts. I also thought of giving out random hugs to people when the spirit hit me.   harmony

This week’s sit has made me realize that a lot of people, well I speak for myself, would like to really do more to help people, however we live in a society filled with fear. We live in a very cautious world. Just think about a person wanting to help a child tie their shoe, but they hesitate for fear of the parent lashing out at them for touching their child. Would it not be nice if we could somehow remove the barriers that we are surrounded by? If for just one day we could all just live in harmony, let our guards down and everyone would be happy and caring toward each other. Yeah I know, wishful thinking. I do believe though that we can live out a smidget of this type of harmony if we just spoke a kind word or shared a smile with each person that we encounter. You just never know how that could change someone’s world!

 

Thanks for reading,

Van

Life Is Hard-Week 13

I must say that I am truly thankful for this Masterkey Alliance. I am learning a lot and feel that my life is transforming in a positive way. The Christmas holiday was very bittersweet, I had a chance to spend it among family and had a joyous time. However we laid my Father-in-law to rest on yesterday, and that was the bitter part about it. Some things that happened during the past week found me in situations where my old blueprint wanted to whisper to me that life is hard. I know that the habits that I have been applying with this alliance are paying off, for I was able to refer to a passage from Og Mandino that I have been reading daily “The bravery of each bull is rated with care according to the number of times he demonstrates his willingness to charge in spite of the sting of the blade. Henceforth  will I recognize that each day I am tested by life in like manner.”  Yes life is sometimes hard, however we must persist on and not give up. We must also persist forward so as to encourage others not to give up. I am excited that I listened to my inner spirit to do a nice gesture for someone this week. Normally, I probably would have hesitated and dismissed the gesture and not have followed through. I do know that because of the new habits that I been creating these last 3 months helped me to follow through on the task that came to my mind. The person was truly gracious that she was thought of so unexpectedly. I think that if we all applied the lessons that are being taught in the Masterkey Alliance, that this world would be such a better place. I can see it happening, it just starts with a few willing people. I’m glad that i’m part of this alliance and it is my desire to pass it along and share it with others.

 

Thanks for reading,

Van

The Creative Power of Thought-Week 12

Knowledge does not apply itself; we as individuals must make the application, and the application consists in fertilizing the thought with a living purpose…..

So this post is late and unfortunately it was due to me allowing life’s circumstances to get in the way. This is the very thing that The Masterkey Alliance is teaching us not to do. The old blueprint is trying to burst back through and caused me not to share with you  in a timely fashion about my week 12 experience.

This week I was reminded of the beginning quote, knowledge does not apply itself. How many times have we learned something that we know is valuable or would make a great difference in our life but we fail to apply what we learned. A lot of times I have felt really good about learning something and walk away with a desire to actually apply the knowledge, do so for a little while and stop cold turkey. This habit will not do anyone any good, how are we ever to know how things will turn out if we don’t make a consistent application of the knowledge that we have. Merely thinking about the knowledge will not do any good either.

Another truth that stood out to me and that I really am starting to focus on is the fact that holding a definite object in mind for a certain time frame will bring about it’s manifestation. The thought or the object that you want to achieve must be clear and you must consistently hold that clear picture in your mind in order to achieve it. This means that we need to be clear about what we want out of life, we must have a definite blueprint like a construction worker uses to build houses. We can’t be fickle about what we want, because that will lead to confusion and our lives will be a muddled mess. Just think about it, if an architect is building a mansion and every few minutes, the blueprint was changed, what would that look like in the end? We must apply these same principles to our lives. Get a clear mental picture of what we want our lives to be and focus on it daily. Do not focus on what we don’t want to happen, because that will result in us having the negative to happen. Have you ever been ill and you kept thinking how I don’t want to be sick? You should do the opposite instead, focus on how healthy you are. Create a picture in your mind of you being up, vibrant and healthy. When you put your effort and focus on the positives in life, that’s what will show up for you.

 

Thanks for reading,

Van

 

I Refuse To Sleep With The Sheep-Week 11

The Prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal…….

 

That excerpt from The Greatest Salesman is very true and encouraging all the same. How many times have we been in a situation where we have felt like giving up on a goal or task because there seemed to be no victory in sight? Prior to this course I was always giving up. I would start a thing and not finish because I suppose I was looking for instant gratification. Sometimes in life we must sacrifice quite a bit before we succeed and having a strong will is necessary to persist through until we reach our goal. I know that life is hard, however upon thought, if tasks were always easy would they be worth achieving?

This week I revisited an old love, my keyboard. Playing the keys and music is something that I gave up on. I can name a number of different reasons why I decided to give up on it and I guess in my 20141211_230612mind they all made sense at the time. I’m not saying that I’ve made a true commitment to delve back into it to pursue as a profession, however I did play the keyboard to familiarize myself once again with it and the joy I felt when I played. Who knows, maybe I will
teach my daughter how to play. I’m not going to rock the boat about the keyboard but I am going to play it more often because it makes my heart sing!

I want to encourage you to persist with your goals until you succeed. Do not talk, walk, or sleep with the sheep and cowardly weep and complain about the challenges that you may face. Be like a courageous lion and don’t allow defeat to bring you down. Remember that you will not know  how close success is unless you turn the corner.

Thanks for reading,

Van