My Master Key Experience – Week 19

No webinar but, my goodness, an amazing TED talk on body language or non verbal expressions by a wonderful, inspirational speaker called Amy Cuddy – Your body language may shape who you are.

I never really thought about my body affecting my state of mind.  We have focused on the mind being the controller of how we feel and learning to becoming the pilots of our thoughts.  But, how do we switch this around?  Or, indeed, combine the two?

Studies have taken place and the evidence is there.  What do I have to do?  I stand up tall with hands on hips, affectionally called the wonder women pose!  I feel my chest open.  By doing this my lungs have more room to expand but that is just what I am consciously aware of.  What I cannot see is the changes within.  These changes within show themselves to others as presence, authenticity.  One slide that Amy included in her talk sums it up beautifully

“Our bodies change our minds

And our minds change our behaviour

Our behaviour changes our outcome”.

This is incredibly simple, and incredibly powerful stuff.

I’m off to strike a pose and hold a pencil in my mouth – faking a smile this way is proven to make you feel happier!

In other news this week – continuing with the gratitude cards, awareness of kindness, exercise class, meditation class – feels like I am incredibly busy.  Some unexpected orders through for my business and a potential new customer which is wonderful.

It is all go.  I feel challenged certainly, and have to admit that it has got a bit too much on occasion.  Time to regroup, refocus and pull back into the path that leads the way onwards to my future me.  But this has become cloudy, I’m full of questions, even more so than before.  I persist with faith that the answers will come.  So I keep asking myself, what would the person I intend to become do next?  But what if I don’t yet feel that I know the person I wish to become well enough to answer this?  So, I grab onto what I can and realise I do know the future me better than I think.   I know that the future me will be confident, happy, kind, focused, well organized, have courage, persistence.  I think that is enough to go on!

Keeping up with the gratitude cards and I’ve been doing this for a while now and I wonder why I’m not running out of things to be grateful for.  An increased awareness of the things around me means that it doesn’t seem to be a problem.  And it’s the simple things we realise that we cherish, such as the time we have with those we love.  This week some of the things I have been grateful for are being able to help my Mum with the crossword, grateful that I was able to get my boots mended and grateful for my clean drinking water.

Gratitude, Like Faith, Is A Muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it grows, and the more power you have to use it on your behalf.

If you do not practice gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed, and your capacity to draw on its gifts will be diminished.  To be grateful is to find blessings in everything.  This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything”.  Alan Cohen


My Master Key Experience Week 18

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This week has been one of highs and lows.  We have experienced everything from a sudden death in the family, an emergency dash to the vets with a poorly dog and immense pride at the courage shown by others to seek help in times of struggle.

It seemed a bit unnerving that we heard the news of a family member’s passing on the day we changed to the next scroll within the Greatest Salesmen.  The words “I shall live this day as if it were my last” resonate when you experience sudden loss and the impression it leaves on others.  But new life is a constant that is guaranteed to bring us joy and we greeted the arrival of a new baby to the family just a few days later.

Sudden events can shock us into action and move our state of mind into an unexpected direction.  These changes can be temporary, or long endured.   We can take our thoughts to a dark place or use the emotional reaction as a means to push us into the light, to experience and appreciate each day with new eyes as though we are the ones that are newly born.

I have been feeling this new awakening within over the past weeks.  Finding peace within and increasingly being able to detach myself from negativity that is all around.  After a bit of searching I have found somewhere to explore this further through meditation.  I have discovered a local centre that runs meditation classes.  The classes are free.

 “The aim of meditation is to uncover the peace, joy and divinity that we all have within us….…we do not charge for these classes – we are only helping you to discover what you already have”. 

This is an ethos I feel sits well alongside the teachings of the Master Key.  Our mediation practice is focussing on the spiritual heart.  Seeing things with our heart, bringing them closer to you to become one with the experience itself.

I am also a few weeks in to a new exercise class which includes some work with hand weights, elements of yoga, Pilates, and tai chi.  I am starting to feel physically stronger and fitter.  I knew that I had been neglecting my fitness, but it feels very satisfying that I have been able to take control, take action, and start doing the work to make the changes needed.

I continue to focus on a virtue each week, and each week the great discovery is that I have these within me already.  Yes, I am well organised and my work colleagues often comment on this.  I need to mirror in my personal life the virtues my work persona seems to be so good at.

On realising my true power my wings will spread and I will take flight.

My Master Key Experience Week 17

We’ve just come off the back of a week focused on kindness.  Everyone taking part in this experience all looking for kindness in others, showing kindness to others.   Knowing that I have been part of this movement all over the world has felt great and a truly positive experience.  It restores your faith in humanity when we are so exposed to bad news on a constant basis.  There is good stuff going on everywhere, isn’t it a shame that the news channels can’t focus on this instead!

My focus for this week has been discipline.  I chose this quite early as it was something I felt that I needed to work on more.  But what I have realised is that I can be disciplined but it seems to be conditional.  Discipline seems to be something I can achieve as long as it is connected with things that are in my comfort zone.  Now that I am aware of this I have to ask myself why.

At the start of this experience I had a lot of questions that I wanted to find answers to.

Why do I not seem able to create the life I want?  Why do I find it so hard to create the good habits needed for change?   Why do I feel the need for change?

Was it greed wanting more which also made me feel guilty for wanting things to change?  Part of it but not the complete picture.

The webinar for this week tied in so well with this, it’s almost like what I am going through is normal.  That’s a relief.

I have been traveling along this journey of self discovery and realise that I have grown and started to believe the I can change my life, once I have control of my thoughts, and I can create change.  However, there are still some obstacles to overcome.

I know now that I need to give myself permission to grow, to change, to accept the new me and my future self.

Isn’t that simple?  Not really.  As with everything this will take consistent effort and discipline.  A new mantra for me – I give myself permission to be happy.



My Master Key Experience Week 16


We are half way through the Master Key’s now, a lot who started this journey have drifted off along the way but those that remain are pulling together tighter than ever.  This week particularly as we were all sharing our kindness experiences.  We have a challenge to perform as many random acts of kindness as possible and if we could do it without getting caught then even better.

The principle is simple.

Giving and receiving – you have to give before you can receive.  If we wish to experience kindness we must give it.  The more we give it the more it will grow.  It we want to increase our awareness of kindness we must make it our focus to see it and feel it all around us and give it whenever and where ever we can, without expectation of reciprocity.  This will then bring it into the forefront of our attention, our recognition of kindness will increase, we will attract it towards us and receive more kindness from others.  If it is the case then that what we give we receive, so it is true that the presence of kindness in our lives will grow.

We can take this principle and apply it to other virtues and this we will be doing over the coming weeks, just as I did last week with courage.

Just imagine how far this can go!  Take a moment and think about the conditions you would like in your life, see them around you, find them within yourself and give it in some way to others.  Soon it will return to you in more ways than you can imagine.  How amazing and powerful is that!

If we have to give before we receive, then it is true that everything has a price and it comes down to what are we prepared to give for the life we want.

I think this week’s lesson is one of my favourites so far, but then I seem to think that every week!  It could be that my understanding keeps growing as for me this week every word made sense.  Some of the previous weeks were challenging in their language and took a little while for the message of each paragraph to be fully understood.  But this week I found the words were clear, and it brought everything together.

I have also been listening again to The Strangest Secret by Early Nightingale.  What is amazing and truly exciting is that through the use of some very simple ideas and habits, repeated often, such a huge change can occur in our lives.  How can this not be something that everyone knows!  That amazes me also and it can only increase my sense of purpose to have this knowledge which should be shared.

What’s clear from listening to Nightingale again is how his thoughts tie so very closely with the Master Keys.  I need to be faithful to my vision, not let anything or anyone distract me from that and keep my focus.  It can be tuff at times, life and stuff happens, but how could it be that you can reach week 16 and not be committed to the end.

Someone told me this week that I am always positive and I also received a number of compliments about my work.  This is new and an indication that changes are happening in my life.  I feel happier, more in control of my reactions and how I deal with situations that confront me.  It’s a challenge to keep moving forward, 48 years of thinking one way cannot be changed overnight.  I am holding onto my vision and continuing to do my best towards achieving it.  I imagine the lady in this picture is me and I have it as the screen saver on my laptop.  I can imagine myself stood there, breathing in the fresh air, feel the cool air on my face, see the clear waters and the sharp edges of the snow topped mountains.


“What we see already exists in the objective world, but what we visualise, already exists in the spiritual world, and this visualisation is a substantial token of what will one day appear in the objective world if we are faithful to our ideal”.



My Master Key Experience Week 15

This week we have started our makeover, obviously a makeover of the mind!  We have been introduced to the Franklin Makeover.

This is about awareness, noticing a quality that you want to have or develop more of for yourself.  When you focus on things you see them everywhere when before you may not have taken any noticed.

We are what we think, our thoughts are seeds in our minds that grow so it is right then that we should be looking for things that we want to be.  Using the Franking makeover will help us achieve that.

From a list of virtues, we are to focus on one a week.  One of the virtues is courage and this is the one that I have chosen first.

I look for it in the people I meet, things I witness, it can be in something I read about or see on tv.  Young, old, man or animal, if I see it I acknowledge it and remember it and then record it within a log.  Noticing courage around me will bring this virtue to focus in my mind, it will grow.  This will continue with a new virtue each week for 13 weeks.  Knowing how this is going to impact on my mind and thoughts is exciting.

What is exciting is that we have these virtues within us all along, but by increasing awareness of them they will come into focus and grow.

I have had a few interesting sits recently, allowing my mind to settle and think over what we have learnt from the Master Keys.  In the webcast Davene talked about the feelings that you have when you are excited and nervous.  I can definitely relate to that.  I realise that in the past I have started things but not finished.  I realise that I have been scared of success.  I can think of times that I have spent hours working on something, planning and researching and then the moment comes where I have to go public with it and it could become successful, I withdraw and leave it.  I now know that this is fear of success.  I believe that I am now turning a corner.  I know that I am meant to shine and I am powerful.  I shouldn’t be scared of it but embrace it.

The extra resources available within this course are so fantastic at emphasising the lessons and ideas and really helping to bring them to life.  A great example is the recording of Earl Nightingale’s The Strangest Secret.  It contains some great metaphors for how we should be using our minds and achieving success.  Shouldn’t be listened to once, but many times.

It is exciting that I am merging the current me into the future me.  I like the future me.  Actually, I love the future me!



My Master Key Experience Week 14


No webinar this week as it is the Christmas holidays but there is plenty to do before the next one. Continue with the exercises and watch at least one of the films from a selection.

I chose to watch Cool Runnings – which means Peace Be The Journey!

So many references to the things we have been learning on the Master Keys, it was crazy and I don’t think I can even list them all here!

The themes were all there and it was amazing to be able to watch it and be so aware. There were heroes, there was persistence, there was a burning desire, an alliance and a positive attitude.

Being able to notice all these things brought into focus how far we have come, how far I have come.

We saw persistence particularly in the character of Derice, despite falling over in the Olympic trials for the 100 metres, he found another way of achieving his dream of going to the Olympics. That was his dream and he didn’t give up on it. He found another way. He took his skills and applied them another way. “Do the words give up mean anything to you?” he was asked. “No, not a thing” was his reply.

Heroes in this film, of which there were many, stood up against the odds for their desire, stood up against the wishes of others, stood bravely in the face of criticism and didn’t let anything get in their way.

They disproved preconceptions of who they are, find inner strength against the odds, stepped out of the familiar to travel a path unknown. What we now know as the heroes journey.

Formed a master mind alliance with Irv, the coach who had known success and had it taken away for cheating. He had the knowledge and experience, they had the strength, energy and enthusiasm.

As part of our experience we have done some mirror work and repeating of affirmations. This was there too and you could seem the impact it had on Junior who was finally able to stand up to his Father and be his own man.

Yul had his picture of his dream home that he carried with him everywhere. We can relate this to our movie trailers and images we have on it. Even though it turned out to be Buckingham Palace, it still represented the life he wanted.

However, despite their efforts they were still not performing as well as they wanted. Until they realised that they could only truly be in the flow and harmonious with their desires if they stopped trying to be someone else and impersonating the Swiss team. They needed to be Jamaican.

A very motivational film and a very enjoyable watch.

We are back to our webcasts next week, and I’m really looking forward to it. We are starting our makeover! Who doesn’t love a makeover?

Don’t impersonate others, always be yourself for that is the only way to true harmony and happiness.


My Master Key Experience Week 13

It is always a treat to hear from those that have trodden the path before you, have felt it, seen it, heard it.  It was a joy to hear from some of the master key guides on the webcast this week.  Realising their definite purpose, really experiencing true bliss.

Everything begins with a thought a vision and we can see the evidence in how their lives have changed but also in the things around us that have been created from thought, a dream, a vision.

“It will be found that the creative power of thought will explain every possible condition or experience, whether physical, mental or spiritual” Haanel

The chair that I sit on to write my blog would once only of existed in someone’s thoughts.  The design would have been drawn, the fabric would have been designed by the upholsterer, the construction decided by the furniture designer.  Do we think of this when we sit?  The thoughts become reality.  The chair is manufactured, the different pieces, all thoughts in their own right in the beginning, come together.  The physical is constructed.  The chair now exists.

So it can be true then that the thoughts I hold of the person I intend to become and the life I wish to have will come into reality, just as it has for Lori King, Lori Enrico and Luc.  But it will take work and effort.

“In the first place, we must put our knowledge into practice. Nothing can be accomplished in any other way” Haanel

Whilst I type the radio plays a version of Reach.  The lyrics say

Reach for the stars, climb every mountain higher;

Reach for the stars, follow your hearts desire;

Reach for the stars, and when that rainbow’s shining over you

That’s when your dreams will all come true