MKE 2019 Lesson 17 What are Some Roadblocks Interfering with Achieving Your Dreams and Some Solutions to Overcome them?

Achieving your dreams takes courage, persistence, determination and commitment. But, even when you possess these virtues there still seems to be roadblocks in your aspirations. In this blog let’s look at the roadblocks that can interfere with your dreams along with some solutions to overcome the blockage.

Tanuja Ramchal (a transformer coach, helping individuals achieve personal freedom) identified five indicators that cause us to talk ourselves out of pursuing our dreams. The first indicator is when you compare yourself to others. Looking around to see if someone already is doing what you want to do. By comparing yourself to where they are and wondering how you can compete with them, you begin to doubt your dreams and fear seems to creep in. Then your self-talk kicks in and reminds you that you’re not good enough or worthy of this new adventure. The second indicator is perfectionism. Do you feel you have to have it all figured out and your blueprint perfect before you take a risk? This allows time to fly by. You become bored, stagnant, and experience no growth which in turn reinforces overthinking and anxiety. If perfectionism is your only standard, then you have no standard and you’re living in a Utopia. The third indicator is caring about what others think. Since childhood, do you find the need of approval and avoiding rejection a necessity in order for you to move forward? By tying your self-worth to what other people think just sets you up for disappointment and forgoing what matters most to you, which is doing things you believe that make you happy. When you let go of this need to please others, you’re free to be yourself and not pretend to be someone else. The fourth indicator is the fear of failure. It is your comfort zone of protection. It keeps you out of danger and safe from taking a risk or associating with none supportive people. The problem with fear is that it puts negative thoughts in your head, brings up your insecurities and sabotages your dreams in hopes to stop this foolishness. The fifth indicator is that our society craves immediate gratification, but visions takes time to develop and formulate into a successful blueprint. Focusing on the entire movie picture of your dreams can feel immobilizing and can cause you to give up even before you begin. How will you gain the confidence and the financial support to succeed? The answer to this question is by accomplishing small goals one step at a time and never giving up.

Now let’s look at some solutions to tear down the roadblocks. Instead of comparing yourself to others, recognize that no one has your exact style, experience and knowledge which has led you to the path you’re on. Since the beginning of time never has there been another with your mind, heart, eyes, ears, hands, hair or mouth or can duplicate your brush strokes or handwriting. You are nature’s greatest miracle. There’s no one in the world who can be you better than you. Next, have a clear vision and understand what your desires and dreams truly are and what’s meaningful to you. Trying to be like someone else only makes you feel like a copy of a copy and not your true authentic self. Focus on developing yourself. You’re a work in progress. Compare yourself to a previous version of you and celebrate all the progress. When you think your dreams and desires need to be perfect, reflect on the thought that most decisions oscillate-vary between differing beliefs or opinions. You need to take some steps and adjust as needed to get to the results you want. When you find yourself caring about what others think, substitute that thought with the question, “What’s more important to you than the approval of other people?” You have to decide what matters most to you. Do your dreams mean more to you or other people’s opinions? Once your decision has been made then act on it. When you sense fear creeping in don’t take fear at face value. Examine the facts objectively. Is the worse case scenario really a possibility? If you succeed how does that affect your life? See failures as lessons that will only allow you to get better or as great opportunities in disguise. When you feel you’re getting impatient, focus on the next small step that will move you closer to your dream. Remember it’s the process that gets you to achieve your goal and the reward is in the journey. Recognize that confidence is built only by doing the work, learning from your mistakes and being persistent.

Achieving your dreams takes courage, determination, commitment and hard work. It’s a process and a journey that allows you to grow, accept challenges and discover the future you. As Henry David Thoreu once said, “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” So, use the solutions, tear down the roadblocks and achieve your dreams. Remember, you’ve got this.

Advertisements

MKE 2019 LESSON 16–Spiritual Powers

You probably never realized that you inherently have since birth ten Spiritual powers. In this blog let’s look at the definition of Spiritual power, and then the ten Spiritual powers.

Spiritual Power is faith in a higher power, a consciousness, offering a sense of peace, contentment, confidence, and hope. When you are connected with this limitless loving energy you feel good, positive, and relaxed. This higher power is known by many names: God, Goddess, Buddha, Loving Energy of the Universe, the Great Mystery, Spirit Guide, Inner Self, True Self, and Creative Self. Spiritual power is an invisible force, abundant in nature, allowing for the betterment of all. The fastest & easiest way to nourish your spiritual connection is to recognize it in your daily life-with each breath you take. Notice this life force present in the flowers that grow from seeds to blossoms and then as they die, they transform into nourishment for other seeds to flourish. Be aware of your living planet and all it provides. See the stars that shine and become aware of your connection with all life.

Once you’ve experience this you become more aware of the Spiritual Power that lies in you. The first power that you have is your internal voice that serves as your inner guide and warns you when something isn’t right by making you feel uneasy or guilty. It is often called your gut instinct or intuition or even your conscience. The second power is your inner peace, which is the inner stillness inside each one of us. Once you find your inner place of peace you can go there to recharge whenever you like. The best way to discover this place within yourself is through mediation. Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed or interrupted. Perhaps put on tranquil music to get your mind relaxed and remove thoughts of stress from the day. Relax all muscles and use your hands to massage the tension through the tips of your fingers. Remember that there is power in solitude. Being out in nature and alone you’re able to think clearly and recharge yourself in the process. The third power is your ability to control your breathing. One of the best ways to relieve your nerves of stress is by taking deep long breaths. Doing this for 3 to 5 minutes relaxes your mind and calms your soul. When you’re calm you are able to face anything that stands in your way. The fourth power is your gaze, which is where you maintain eye contact with a person without blinking and without appearing aggressive. You can literally communicate a message to the other person through your eyes not using any words or sound. It is amazing. The fifth power is your ability to connect with others. Being able to reach out to your friends & loved ones by sensing their needs. For example, you can’t have one close friend unless you’re able to be one. Everybody needs a close friend to share the ups and downs of life. Masterminding with a friend can become your extra source of power. The sixth power is your capability to give. Some examples of giving are: kindness, your support, your love, your smile, and your labor. Doing things that benefit others is a great way of increasing your energy and building your Spiritual power. The seventh power is your ability to choose. This Spiritual power gives you the ability to start living the life you want. You don’t have to settle for things you don’t want. Nor do you have to base your dreams around what other people want for you. Don’t allow others to run your life. You are a self -directive thinker. You know what is best for you and what you want. As William Ernest Henley says, “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.” Owning your power is liberating. The eighth power is your laugh. There’s power in your laugh and the more you share it with others, the stronger the power will become. A good laugh is actually good for your physical well-being. The ninth power is your ability to align with your higher self. Once you align yourself to this power by following the path intended for you; massive support will come your way. The Universe will open up more opportunities and provide you the help that you need. The tenth power is your creative juices which includes three steps: idealization, visualization and materialization. It is being able to see a thing that you want to create in its completeness. It is striving for higher & higher standards. Through our thoughts we build images of our growing conceptions of life. As in all things your ability to recognize what you want, and using your knowledge properly is the necessary conditions for attainment.

Frank F. Crow gives us a visual picture of Spiritual power in this quote, “Sometimes it feels like energy or electricity when it is moving in and through us, but Spiritual power is really a distinctive kind of knowledge that is like the key that opens the door or the switch that starts the energy moving.”

I hope that by defining what Spiritual power is, by realizing the types of Spiritual power you have had within you since birth and being able to visualize it has brought you to a closer realization of the superior Spiritual power that is in you. Please use it wisely.

MKE 2019- LESSON 15–The Importance of Words-Thoughts- and Insights

In this blog let’s look at the importance of words, thoughts and insights according to what the Master Keys teaches.

The importance of words are that they are the first manifestation of thought. It is with words that we express our thoughts, describe our feelings and paint the visualizations that appears in our minds. Words have invincible power that can persuade others, as well as ourselves to do the impossible. Words may become mental memories that are stored in vast cells of our brain. Words may delight our eyes as well as the ears. Words may contain all knowledge and are the records of the past along, with the hope of the future. Words are living messengers from which every human activity is born. The beauty of words consists in the beauty of thought. The words need to be put together carefully and exact in order, for accuracy to evolve and success to be manifest. Words can express love, kindness, and genuineness as well as hatred, lies and jealousy. Words are the key to so many new experiences and the essentials of further growth.

Thoughts are the attempts to express itself in visible form. Thoughts may lead to action of any kind. For example, if we wish desirable conditions, we need to entertain only desirable thoughts. If we wish to express abundance in our lives, we must concentrate on abundance only. Our thoughts must focus on nothings but constructive and harmonious language. This includes no profanity, nor negative thoughts or language which is not identified with our welfare. The power of thought consist in its vitality, for what then is a vital thought? A vital thought must have principle. For instance, there is a principle of mathematics. If you apply the principle correctly you can be certain of the results. There is a principle of health. Where there is health there will be no disease. There is a principle of truth. If truth is applied, then you can’t be deceived by error. Thus, thought containing principle is vital and contains life. It displaces the negative thought, which by nature can’t embrace vivaciousness.

Insight must be exercised so that our thoughts don’t contain what’s going around us and materialize into our lives. Insight is a faculty of the mind which enables us to examine facts and conditions at long ranges. It is like a human telescope; it enables us to understand the difficulties, as well as the possibilities in any circumstance. Insight also enables us to be prepared for the obstacles that life brings our way. By using insight, you can overcome challenges before they have any opportunity of causing difficulty. Insight enables us to plan for our advantage and turn our thoughts and focus in the right direction instead of into channels which can yield no benefits to us. Insight is essential for the development of any great achievement and with it you may enter, explore and possess any mental sphere of interest. Lastly insight is a product of the world within and is developed in the silence, by concentration.

Hopefully you’ve gained some added knowledge in the importance of words, thoughts and insights. Now when you need it, you can apply these gems to any situation. Good luck!

MKE 2018 Lesson 14 What You Can Learn From The Movie Called “WILD”

Have you ever done something that was wild, crazy, dangerous, bold and out of character, just to discover who you really are? This video was about a twenty-two year old girl named Cheryl Strayed who decided to walk the Pacific Crest Trial by herself with only a heavy back pack. She started from Mojave to Washington state. In this blog we are going to look at her challenges, her persistence, what her Definite Major Purpose was, her positive mental attitude, her plan of action, the masterminding with people, and what she learned by accomplishing the journey.

Cheryl’s challenges started with her perspective about the trip. Realizing that she had to walk 5 miles before she could set up her tent for the evening. After much effort she made it to her first stop and now had to put up her tent and make something to eat. Since she never had put up a tent before other than knowing how to put the poles in the right place to get the tent to pull up into a dome. This became a very frustrating but a rewarding experience. Her sleep was restful and her breakfast satisfied her hunger for the time being. She packed up and continued on with her journey. Her next challenge was removing her boot to massage her foot and the boot tumbled down the cliff and was not possible to retrieve. She lost her temper and threw her other boot down the slope. This deteriorate could have cause a normal person to go home but her persistence kicked in and she wrapped her feet with duck-tape and continued on. One of her big challenges was learning how to trust people along the way. Her first experience was with a farmer. She interrupted his plowing to asked him if he might have some food that he would be kind enough to share. He told her to wait and once he had finished this area, he would take her to his house. He did so but she was on her guard until she met his wife and experienced her hospitality by letting her shower & eat dinner with them. Her next experience was hitchhiking and being picked up by people who were doing drugs except for the driver. They took her to the village which helped her avoid the severe snow area. There she met a ranger who treated her with kindness, giving her food & some tea whereas the other gentlemen there got no special privileges. She had doubts whether his kindness was given with anticipation to get something from her in return. Another example of her challenges was running into two hunters that had run out of pure water to drink. She had just purified two bottles of water which she gave them in hopes that they would be on there way. They finally left and she exited that area quickly once she gathered more water. Each challenge taught her more persistence and determination that she was going to finish.

What was Cheryl’s definite major purpose in her journey? Her DMP was to walk 1000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. She was going to walk herself back to the woman that her mother thought she was. Her mother had died and her whole world crumbled at that time. She allowed men to have sex with her, she got pregnant, and was into drugs. She felt she had to dig herself out of the mess she was in. She felt she had to find herself again.

Cheryl’s positive mental attitude evolved through the journey. At first she reflected on everything that went wrong in her life, the doubts she had, the wrong choices that she made, the guilt she experienced, and the mistakes she was sorry for. At the end of the journey she acquired a positive mental attitude by realizing what the journey had shown her and the importance of forgiving herself, letting go of her past so that her new life could begin to grow.

Cheryl’s plan of action began by making a rash decision to embark on a challenging trek across the Pacific Crest Trail with absolutely no experience. She had a map, interactive guide book, backpack with supplies and a desire to do this adventure in three months.

Cheryl’s masterminding experience include three men and one woman who were vital for her journey. Paul (her ex-husband) helped her by encouraging letters along the journey with some money periodically. Amy was Cheryl’s best friend who would send her packages with supplies and boots. Greg was the first person she met along the trail. He was very positive, encouraging, and told her she could do this feat. He told her that the trail up the mountain had been snowed in and that there was no way she could get through the way she was heading. By taking a detour she could cut back to the trail once she past the snow blockage. She didn’t want to take the detour but realized that was the only option. Ed-was the guy at her first stop that befriended her and helped her to organize the backpack so that it wasn’t so heavy.

Lastly what were some of the things she learned by walking the trail. She realized that her mom gave up her power by doing what other people wanted her to do instead of doing what she wanted to do. She realized the importance of being a self-directive thinker. She had to live her life like she wanted not according to what others thought was best for her. She realized that problems don’t stay problems and that this too would pass. She had an opportunity to grieve her mother’s death and to acknowledge her pearls of wisdom by remembering what she had told her. “We’re always rich in love” and the importance of finding the best self”. She had a crying period. Being sorry for everything in her life that had gone wrong such as her drug habit and her sex relationships. She gave herself permission to let go of the past and move forward to new things in the future. Her journey helped her to see where she was going and experience self-discovery. The journey also developed tools for her to see people for who they are, develop better decision-making skills and cultivate persistence no matter what obstacle might come her way.

This video really was an eye opener and it just reinforced all the wonderful skills learned from the Master Key Experience. As Bob Moawad puts it so nicely, “The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on or blame. The gift is yours, it is an amazing journey and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” Cheryl’s life began on the Pacific Crest Trail. Where does your life begin?

MKE Lesson 13–The Future You

Have you ever wondered what your “Future You” will be like? In this blog let’s look at: (a) who is the “future you”, (b) how you’re building your future self now. (c) What you want for your future you?

Who is the “future you”? Is it a person who has changed the way they behave, think and do so that others see them as a totally different person? The “future you” is a mirror image of you, except older, more gray hair and for some people a lot less weight.

According to Milena Rangelov (a researcher, engineer, and scientist) who has done study on the topic discovered our “future you” is being built at this very moment. When we think about it in that way it helps us to put our choices, actions, behaviors  and habits in the right perspective or in harmony with the world within. For example, feeling apathetic, not wanting to vacuum the house or even do anything but be a coach potato is a choice you might make if you are sad or depressed. Then you flash on your “future you” and realize that she would probably enjoy walking into a clean house. Using your water pick & going to the dentist is usually not something anyone gets charged up to do but then you think about your “future you” and you are sure she would appreciate healthy teeth instead of false teeth. Doing Zumba, getting all your muscles moving and your heart beating faster is necessary for weight loss and being more healthy,which I am sure your “future you” would benefit from by giving her more energy and no risk of sugar diabetes or extra weight to deal with. Being particular about what you eat, no GMO’s and eating organic foods as much as possible is important to become physically fit. I’m sure this would put a smile on your “future you”, knowing that she has been programmed to eat healthy. Remembering too that the seeds you are planting today will sprout for your “future you”. Another way to put it is the choices you make now definitely has an effect on your “future you”. The mess you make today, your “future you” will have to clean up or make radical changes. Everything you do now contributes to the new life and contentment of your “future you”.

Now what do you want for your “future you”? One way to look at this question is check out how your subconscious works on things for you every day. For example, your subconscious works on your dreams & desires by manifesting the resources for them when you need them. The subconscious weaves what you do daily to set your self up for success into your thought processes, through your definite major purpose and your personal pivotal needs. Maybe it is taking an on-line class called the Master Key Experience or joining a book club that stimulates your brain cells which is already creating the future you. Perhaps it is learning the habit of persistence and not giving up once you chose to begin something, which is a useful tool for the “future you”. Maybe learning you can do anything you put your mind to or you can be what you will to be, which are all great affirmations for your “future you” to grab hold of.
In closing is a poem by Dale Wimbrow, which gives us a visual of who our “future you” truly is. It is called The Gal in the Glass.
When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf and the world makes you Queen for a day. Then go to the mirror and look at yourself and see what that gal has to say.
For it isn’t your Father, Mother or Partner for life, whose judgement upon you must pass. The person whose verdict counts most in your life is the gal staring back from the glass.
She’s the gal to please, never mind all the rest. For she’s with you clear up to the end. You’ve passed your most dangerous and difficult test if the gal in the glass is your friend.
You may be like Jack Homer and “chisel” a plum and think you’re a wonderful gal. But the gal in the glass says you’re only a bum, if you can’t look her straight in the eye.
You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years and get pats on the back as you pass. But your final reward will be heartaches and tears if you’ve cheated the gal in the glass.

I hope through this blog you have realized the importance of your “future you” and that you will take care of you and love you as you grow to love her.

MKE 2018- Lesson 12 The Importance of One Step at a Time

We have often heard that we need to take one step at a time, perhaps to help us tear down the initial task into doable parts. In this blog let’s look at the importance of this phrase when starting something new, beginning a new day, acquiring hope, and measuring success.

We have all started either a project or a new job where our minds tell us that we need to be able to do all of what is required of us, like right now. Sad to say that isn’t a very realistic expectation of ourselves. By doing one step at a time you observe your environment, you pick up on skills needed to do the job, and you scrutinize the journey that you need to travel in order to accomplish your dreams, goals, and desires. For example, let’s say you decided to start going to the gym. You can’t expect to do all of your workout in one session. So, it is with any opportunity. You need to add to each day a little more than what you accomplished the day before. You need to push yourself one step further each day, accomplish one more goal per week. Doing one step at a time makes you feel more confident about your task or job, makes you motivated to do more because of your previous success, and seeing the progress encourages you that you are on the right path for success.

How can thinking about your phrase of, “One step at a time” help with you starting a new day? Each morning, take some time out and think, “What do I want to achieve today? What small steps could I make today? How can I make an impact on people’s lives and the world around me?” By taking the job one step at a time you feel less stressed and you gain more confidence to help you on the next step. If you keep pushing yourself to do more little steps you’ll look back in amazement at where you are now compared to the starting point. It definitely gives you such a good feeling.

When I started seeing changes with the use of “One Step at a Time”, it created hope, which is the best catalyst for turning your life round. When you have hope you can see your destination much clearer and with acuity. One step at a time makes the task not too difficult.

Often, we have a tendency to measure success by what we have achieved, for instance, owning a fancy car, a boat or a small airplane, several homes in different locations and a huge bank account. However, perhaps it is better to measure success on what steps you’ve taken toward your goal. If you take several steps in one day you can be proud of yourself because you are several steps closer to your goal. Be proud of those little achievements because those small actions add up into an amazing outcome.

In closing, there are two quotes that summarize quite well what I’ve been trying to say. The first quote is by Will Smith and he said, “The first step is you have to say that you can”. The second quote is a Chinese proverb that says, “To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.” So, what little steps are you making towards your goals which in turn helps you manifest your dreams, desires, and purposes?

MKE 2018 Lesson 11—What Do You Truly Desire??

One of the first questions asked in the MKE class was, “what do you truly desire, and what are your dreams?” So, let’s look at what you truly desire by: (a) defining it, (b) observing some common desires and (c) what is the stipulation needed to be fulfilled before the desire can be manifested.

First let’s define what desire is? It often implies strong intention or aim, or starting a new life. It means to have a longing for, a wish, a want, a craving.

Now let’s move on to the common desires. Lisa Pearlman (BA in Psychology & a writer) along with Kathy Caprino (Women’s Success Coach, writer, and speaker) simply feel that people desire to perceive happiness through connecting to another human being. We want to belong, to be loved, to matter to someone. We want to be free of pain or suffering and to be healthy. We also need to be acquainted with our self, our inner needs, wants, dreams, and desires. If everything you’re searching for to make you happy remains outside of you, you’ll always be scrambling and chasing for it.

The next desire is for money. Perhaps not to be a millionaire, but more than enough to meet your needs, and to help others as needed. You need enough money to bring about the life experiences that will truly fulfill you. Also, it’s important if you want more money to understand the key principles and behaviors required to generate it.

The third common desire is dealing with freedom, which is having the freedom to find your true purpose, being lit up by the day to day experiences that invigorate you, doing what you want when you want to, and traveling anywhere you desire to go. To experience freedom you need to follow your own authentic values, beliefs, and build strong boundaries to protect yourself from what others will tell you is right for you or try to force on you. It up to you to forge your own path in life and work. It requires boldness and courage to make yourself your own highest authority. You need to stand up powerfully for what you want and believe in. You need to have the guts to go after it with undying passion and commitment.

The fourth desire is inner peace. Peace comes when you discover who you are and your unique purpose. We long for peace from noise, chatter, pressure, responsibilities, pain within our heads-the conflict, strain we inflict on ourselves every day to be better, stronger, smarter, prettier, thinner, be better parents, etc. Peace doesn’t come from being better at anything or even trying to figure things out. Peace is a practice that we need to cultivate and commit to. Peace will never fall into our laps, since we live in a chaotic world. We have to carve a space within ourselves and in our lives to bring forward the experience of peace.

The fifth desire is joy. Being able to step up to our highest potential and honoring the best visions for contributing to the world in a meaningful way does indeed pave the way for more joy. Serving others or helping financially is another way that can provide an inner joy.

The sixth desire is balance- balancing your needs, desires, and dreams while making enough money to have the benefits that you want is doable, when you clearly know what your top priorities are, and you defend and honor these priorities. Also, you need to make the right decisions that align with your top life priorities.

The Seventh desire is fulfillment, which can be defined as satisfaction or happiness as a result of fully developing one’s abilities or character. We have to live up to what we know is our highest and best potential if we are to experience fulfillment. Sometimes we have to leave our comfort zone in order for us to become the person we dream to be. You may also have to leave some people, and relationships behind, basically the ones that don’t support you, to soar higher, and grow.

The eighth desire is confidence- we need to build our confidence by being around people who support us and believe in us without fail. We also need to give ourselves permission to believe in ourselves. Believe we can do it despite the evidence around us that say we aren’t ready to soar.

The last desire is passion. We need to overcome feeling of failure and negativity because of career setbacks. When you feel passionate about anything, you want to feel alive and feel there’s a reason for you being on this planet. Passion can be tapped when you allow yourself to believe that your life and your work mean something more than merely existing for a paycheck.

Now, what is the stipulation needed to be fulfilled before the desire can be manifested? First, you have to believe that your desire has already been fulfilled; its accomplishment will then follow. This is a fundamental principle that makes use of the creative power of thought by impressing the universe that the particular thing we desire is already an existing fact.

As you’ve discovered in this blog your desires depend on what you think and believe. You may select any desire you chose but you have to do what Mark 11:24 says, “Whatsoever things ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and he shall have them”.