Week 17 – Pursue Personal Power – Not Power Symbols

This week in Section 17 of The Master Key System we’re focusing on the distinction between accepting and developing your personal power  versus pursuing symbols of power.

We’re all born with unlimited personal power due to our spiritual connection to the Universal Source of all power. Many people don’t give themselves permission to acknowledge this power or to learn how to tap into it in order to fulfill their life purpose.

A simple practice, which we are using in the Master Key Mastermind Alliance (MKMMA) is to sit in silence for 15 minutes per day to allow our minds to clear and to strengthen our intuition and faith. This has proven to be an invaluable method for me to “plug in” to the Universal Source of power each day, in order to grow my personal power. If you aren’t doing this for yourself each day, I highly recommend you start today.



Another practice that takes more effort throughout each day is to focus on only what you want, and not on what you don’t want. Every time a negative thought creeps in, we’re learning to quickly substitute a positive thought. When you’re positive, you can’t help but focus on your success. With each obstacle I’ve overcome, my faith in my personal power strengthens and I want to develop it even more!


In contrast, if you focus solely on acquiring symbols of personal power, such as expensive houses and cars, and equate your power with such things, you’re really selling yourself short. They can certainly be validation of your personal power to manifest what you desire and to live an abundant life, but you don’t get power from material things, Your power is internal and needs daily nurturing to grow it as much as you can throughout your life.

I have had houses and cars come and go in my life, but I know I can rely on my spiritual power with its connection to the Universal Source of all power to create what I want for a happy and fulfilling life at any time, whether its a fulfilling relationship, profitable business, beautiful home, good health, giving foundation, new car or all of the above.  It’s up to me to define what a happy and fulfilling life means for me and then to keep my thoughts focused on fulfilling my needs, as they change throughout my life.


Week 16 – Stampede of Kindness

horses stampeding

Can you hear it?  This week in The Master Key Mastermind Alliance (MKMMA), we have several hundred participants around the world giving, observing, and receiving acts of kindness at record speed. It’s a very exciting exercise as the momentum and energy builds. I believe our collective effort will be felt around the world and will have a strong positive ripple effect. There’s nothing like the power of a mastermind to make an impression!

The acts of kindness are as varied as the participants in the mastermind. We’re encouraged to do as many as possible in stealth mode. We aren’t looking for recognition; we are looking to increase the overall feeling of harmony in our universe.  Here are a few examples from our daily online posts:

* Called a buddy and sang “Happy Birthday”;

* Returned other people’s carts in the parking lot;

* Reported a policeman changing a flat tire for a stranded motorist;

* Took care of a sick family member;

* Shared coffee shop gift cards anonymously;

* Received a compliment on original poetry;

* Helped organize a business networking meeting;

* Picked up garbage in the neighborhood;

* Helped a coworker complete tasks.

The lists go on and on, as every day our mastermind participants are getting more and more creative with their gestures of kindness, awareness of kindness around them, and willingness to accept kindness from others. I feel good just reading all the posts! Plus, many participants are involving friends, family members, and coworkers in this week-long project so the ripple effect just keeps expanding each day. I can’t imagine people will be able to stop this kindness stampede at the end of the week – it’s taking on a life of its own.

If you’re reading this and want to join in, it’s the best gift you can give to yourself today. Get in action as a solo project or create a kindness circle with others and invite them to join you.


Week 15 – Finding Enthusiasm!


In week 15 of The Master Key Mastermind Alliance (MKMMA), we were asked to do an exercise that’s a variation of one used by Benjamin Franklin. In Ben’s mind, it was important to improve his virtues so he kept a handwritten list of the virtues he wanted to cultivate, such as temperance and frugality, and entered a mark in his notebook every time he felt he was not following that virtue. He did this each day for the entire list of thirteen virtues he wished to develop in himself. You can read about his technique  by clicking here.

Ben Franklin

We know from the Law of Growth that what you become more aware of and think about expands. So, instead of using Franklin’s method, our MKMMA exercise has us focus on instances where we found the virtues we want to cultivate in ourselves to be in operation either in ourselves or others.  We are only focusing on one virtue per week, so we can really expand our awareness of its presence and have it then hopefully grow more easily and quickly in ourselves.

We were given a suggested list of thirteen virtues to include in our list, although if we thought we were okay on any one and needed work on another, then we should make a substitution. For instance, I substituted self-confidence for self-control. Then we were asked to prioritize our list and put the one we wanted to grow the most at the top of the list. I chose Enthusiasm as my number one virtue to develop.

In just a few days, I have totally raised my awareness as to when I observe enthusiasm or display this virtue. By looking for it more deliberately and consciously, I have already noticed an increase in my own expressions of enthusiasm. Here are a few examples of where I found enthusiasm on display or expressed it myself:

* The UPS man running to deliver our dog’s food to our front door;

* Our dog greeting the UPS man holding her dog food;

* My eagerness to help my husband with our new Web site;

* My husband’s delight at the results of our Web site development;

* My growing interest in helping our daughter launch her new business;

* The excitement of my team members celebrating their business success;

* The big thank you I received from my daughter-in-law for the thermal underwear we gave her for Christmas so she could walk her dog in single digit temperatures.

This is going to be a fun few weeks as I work my way through the list of virtues I want to cultivate in myself. I might not know myself at the end of the process, but I’m already feeling enthusiastic about the positive net effect!


Week 14 – In Perfect Harmony

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This week our assignment for the Master Key Mastermind Alliance (MKMMA) was to read Part 14 of The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel. This section taught us about the relationship between the subconscious and conscious mind – the subconscious mind is responsive to the will of the conscious mind. Everything is produced by thought and can be deleted by thought.

The subconscious mind is one with the Universal Mind. We have the power to control our conscious thoughts which the subconscious mind will then put into action. Therefore this connection puts us in touch with the Omnipotent Universal Mind. Wow, that’s a lot to think about!

All the electrons in our body combine into cells, which operate on autopilot to perform their necessary functions, although they’re also responsive to the thoughts of the individual. Our thoughts not only have the power to control our physical health, but also the conditions of our life. To quote Haanel, “Your world without will be a reflection of your world within.”

Therefore, is it not vitally important to learn how to think constructively and deliberately about all the positive conditions we want in our life? The discipline required to do this successfully is extreme; it requires clear, steady, fixed and unflinching attention to keep what you want in your mind’s eye and not let anyone or anything allow you to lose focus. This includes your own self-sabotaging behaviors.

A harmonious life requires harmonious thinking. As I meditate on this concept, I think of all the electrons in my body working in perfect harmony to continue to move me forward to meet my Definite Major Purpose (DMP).

When you’re part of the MKMMA, you feel supported by others on the same journey, much like being in a group fitness class. Instead of working on our abs and triceps, we’re all working on keeping our thinking positive and focused on our respective DMP’s. Anyone embarking on this Hero’s Journey wants their individual electrons to be in perfect harmony, but they also want and need the support of like-minded individuals who  are in harmony with their efforts to strengthen themselves spiritually.  I know from experience that I cannot successfully complete The Master Key System journey alone, and I’m very grateful for my fellow travelers.


Week 13 – The Spectrum of Love


In the Master Key Mastermind Alliance (MKMMA), we’re reminded of the importance of loving all humanity, including ourselves.

In his classic essay, The Greatest Thing in the World, Henry Drummond, lists the nine ingredients of Love, which he calls the “Spectrum of Love or the stature of the perfect man (or woman).”

Since the original post date of this blog post is Christmas week, 2014, I thought it to be an appropriate time to look at these ingredients to love and decide how I can up my game going forward. I decided to look at each of these traits in the context of my Definite Major Purpose (DMP) and my future self, who I am molding quickly as my purpose is starting to manifest.

1. Patience – Through my dedication to the MKMMA, I have improved in this area. I’m so excited about manifesting my DMP, that it takes focus to allow the Universe to control the timing. I know I need to continue to seek improvements in this area, and I’m confident that they will come with my continued discipline to the daily exercises.

2. Kindness – “Loving all humanity” is a great daily mantra to use to keep one in a spirit of kindness and to not judge anyone.  This has helped me enormously to approach everyone I meet with more kindness. Again, I can only see continued improvement in this area.
3. Generosity – I love being generous, and will continue to look for more areas in which to express my generosity.
4. Humility -I feel humble every day, especially when I think of my ambitions Definite Major Purpose. I know I can only manifest it by staying connected to the Universal Source through positive thinking, giving, love,  support, and action.
5. Courtesy – Courtesy goes hand in hand with kindness in my book. “Please” and “Thank you” should be peppered throughout the day, both in and outside the home .
6. Unselfishness – I have no problem with this one. In fact, one of my challenges is to put myself first and get my needs met. “I start each day with love in my heart, and most of all I love myself.”  This feels like a statement in a foreign language to me, which is why I say it every day now!
7. Good temper – I know being Irish is no excuse. I think I have come a long way on this one – in fact I can’t remember the last time I lost my temper (maybe yesterday when my hard boiled eggs fell on the floor, but that was minor).
8. Guilelessness -This means straightforward, frank and honest. Probably I’m too much of all these things, but I’d rather be on that end of the spectrum than inauthentic.
9. Sincerity – Being a parent of three now-adult children and a wife to a really smart and loving guy have blessed me with the best environment I could need to keep things honest.

Drummond reminds us that these traits can be developed by every person and that the focus of the Spectrum of Love is in the context of our relationships with other persons here on earth vs. the here and after. I think this is certainly a timeless and timely reminder for me and I hope for you, reader, as to how we can all become more loving towards each other.

Week 12 – Success is in the Cards

This week in the Master Key Mastermind Alliance (MKMMA) we were asked to make up two index card decks with a past success from our life written on each card. This was a fun exercise because we have been spending so much time looking forward by creating our Definite Major Purpose (DMP) that it was fun to check in the rear view mirror. What I found is that I have a string of impressive successes to use to launch me into the future. My two cards decks filled up fast, and I enjoy shuffling through them for a few minutes twice per day.


My past success include such things as learning to swim, giving birth to three healthy babies and raising them to adulthood, traveling to Cabo San Lucas, and buying and selling multiple homes.

Mark and Davene told us we only had to enter a few words on each index card because our subby would fill in all the blanks of that experience, we would feel all the positive emotions related to it, and we would get flashes of ourselves experiencing each success. As usual, they were so right!

lakewood park pool

For example, when the card labeled, “Learned to Swim” flashes by, I see myself hopping on my bicycle at age eight and pedaling to the outside pool in Lakewood Park in Lakewood, OH, for early morning swimming lessons. The air is cold and water is freezing, but I’m determined to advance from Dolphin to Fish to Flying Fish and show my whole family how I can dive off the high diving board. I was persistent, enthusiastic, driven, focused, coachable, athletic, and independent during those brisk summer mornings. Do you think those qualities helped me later in life? You bet!


Much later in my life, when I took a trip to Cabo San Lucas from North Carolina, I went alone to meet my brother and his family. Due to an unexpected traffic jam, I missed my flight and had to spend the night near the Raleigh, North Carolina airport, rebook my flights, and go the following day. Once again, I persevered and went on an adventure by myself. The trip turned out to be amazing!  I had so much fun with my relatives and enjoyed the rest and relaxation at the beach. Taking time for myself to recharge is another success quality I espouse.

My subby is doing a good job of helping me relive my past successes. This exercise is bolstering my confidence that I can continue to develop these collective success qualities, add any more that I need for the future, and bring my DMP to life!

To say I’m excited is an understatement!