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.
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.
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.
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!