Week 20 – Where is the Kingdom of Heaven?

Today I begin this post with descriptions of two separate observations.

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Last Sunday I was walking toward the altar in line to take Communion.  At my church there is always two lines, I was on the left line.  As I accepted the “bread” from the priest directly on my right was a very young boy under the age of 2 years with matching green sweater and pants.  This little boy approached the priest with hands folded.

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 In that brief moment I saw a yellow aura glowing round about the little child.  The priest ( who must seem like a giant to this little guy), bend down, placed his hand on top and his head and gave him a prayer of blessing.  All of us “giants” stood silently and reverently in silence and awe.  This moment has brought me joy over and over again this week, because GOD, the omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent Creator  was indeed present within this moment.

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What a beautiful gift we received.

The second observation occurred after mass.  There was a elderly couple sitting in the far, front pews.  The woman’s facial features indicated that she had no teeth in her mouth.  She may have had limiting eyesight, as well.  Next to her was her large elderly husband.  His posture was stooped.  No erectness  in carriage seen here.  His face lacked emotion. In fact, it was flat.  I didn’t see this gentleman give eye contact to any one during or after mass.   As I saw this couple later walking, they both shuffled and walked slowly.  The gentleman was holding the woman’s hand.  This couple looked like they had been beaten down by life.  Sadness swelled up within me.

imagesWas the Kingdom of Heaven in this moment?

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I shout from the mountain top– YES, because as I described the elder man was holding the hand of the woman.  A sign of Love and Compassion in a very brief moment.  Yes, indeed God was present!  The couple I fear, may have been a aware of it (remember these are observations not opinions!).

In part twenty Haanel writes:  We can fail to recognize this world within, and so exclude it from our consciousness, but it will still be the basic fact of all existence; and when we learn to recognize it, not only in ourselves, but in all persons, events, and things and circumstances we shall have found the “Kingdom of Heaven”  which we are told is “within” us. 

Two very simple momentary observations captures for me the lessons found here within part twenty.   Our thoughts are indeed the seat of our habits.  Disastrous thoughts lead to a conditions which breed unhappiness, lack, limitation, disease, poverty and discord.   Empowering thoughts, on the other hand, lead to a life rich in happiness, wealth and health!  Thinking, sitting and concentration upon that which we seek, is  indeed the Key to Heaven!

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When you begin to perceive that the essence of the Universal is within yourself-is you-you begin to do things; you begin to feel your power; it is the fuel which fires the imagination; which lights the torch of inspiration; which gives vitality to thought; which enables you to connect with all the invisible forces of the Universe.  It is this power which will enable you to plan fearlessly, to execute masterfully. (Charles Haanel)

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Week 19 – The Vital Force

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We, within the Master Key System course, were charged within these past two weeks to watch several movies.   The subject of this blog will  be a reflection upon the film, I AM.  

This non-fiction documentary is not only engaging but a transformative film that begins by posing two questions:  “what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better?”

The creative force behind the inquiry is a leading Hollywood director — Tom Shadyac.  Maybe you haven’t heard of him, but I am sure you have heard of these great comedies:  Liar, Liar; Patch Adams, Ace Ventura Pet Detective; Bruce Almighty, and The Nutty Professor.  Shadyac was the creative force behind these hilarious films!   These films afforded Tom with all the Hollywood symbols – glamorous and extravagant jets, cars, mansions, vacations, exotic antiques, but he realized that having more was definitely less.jim carey 

Shadyac remarked; “Much to my surprise, the accumulation of material wealth was a neutral phenomenon, neither good or bad, and certainly did not buy happiness.”  He begins the process of down sizing and works at building a simpler, more responsible life. Until…. a cycling accident. 

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In  I AM.  Tom steps in front of the camera to share what happened to him after the severe cycling accident, which left him incapacitated, isolated and in pain for many months.  During this ordeal Shadyac comes to a point welcoming death as a release.  It is at this junction point that he confronts the end of life  issues and the seed I AM is born.  

Miraculously Tom’s symptoms recede and he is able to begin traveling again.  With a small film crew Tom sets out to interview the great minds in the 21st century, scientists, philosophers, religious, historians, and academia.  Initially he looks for the answers to the questions about what is wrong with the world, but actually discovers what is right with the world.

I so thoroughly enthralled with this film;  in fact, there were four points that resonated within me.  Do let me explain.

First and foremost Shadyac shares with us the viewer a discovery that it may be the heartthe heart

rather than the brain that is man’s primary organ of intelligence,  and that human consciousness and emotions can actually impact the physical world.   I enjoyed Shadyac’s humor by illustrating this point  using something as simple as a bowl of yogurt!

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Shadyac also highlights his revelation that science in the 21st century is discovering evidence about our hardwiring for connection and kindness from the Vagus nerve which release oxytocin at simply witnessing an act of compassion or kindness.  In addition, science identifies that mirror neuron causes us to literally feel another person’s pain.  This last statement takes my breath away.  Hmm… What I feel is really scientifically validated, after all!vagus nerve

I do think for me, at least, the most significant point I gathered from I AM  follows:  Shadyace reveals through the documentary what science tells us is one of the truths of the universe, as rather simple, but significant message.  We are all connected to each other and to everything around us.  There within us is a connection and unity to smallest ant and the gigantic elephant!  We are  even connected to every tree, every flower, every blade of grass!  

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You and I are connected.  From this I gain a sense of wonderment and awe.  There within each of us we are united.   Through out this week, I have intensely read the following from Charles Haanel:

“And so it is with vital force.  Although we do now know what it is, and possibly may never know, we do know that it is a primary force which magnifies itself through living bodies, and that by  complying with the laws and principles by which it is governed, we can open ourselves to a more abundant inflow of this vital energy, and thus express the highest possible degree of mental, moral and spiritual efficiency.”

In this day and age of massive disconnect with modern technology of i pads, i tablets, i phones and smart phones,  there exists within all of us an invisible thread connecting one to another.  I am grateful to this vital force, this energy, this Infinite Wisdom, this Universal Mind, Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omnipotent Creator, God.  I remain committed to sharing this message.  I pray you dear reader do too!

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Week 18 – Happiness and the Hero’s Journey

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Through out the journey of the Master Key System, Mark, Davene, Heather and Trish have emphasized again and again  the hero’s journey.    You may be asking yourself, “what is the hero’s journey?”    Joseph Campbell  studied over 4000 years of mythology from every corner of the world.   It was he who identified the hero’s journey.   Though the settings, the characters and outcomes were all different, there within each narrative was a  common thread connecting  each story.  Interestingly enough, the threads that connected one story to an another is actually the story of  our human experience, the stories of our past, the stories of our present and the stories that will evolve tomorrow.   The heroes are near and far.  The heroes are next door.  Want some classic examples?  Watch:  Harry Potter, Star Wars or The Wizard of Oz.

Campbell identified “…  the hero as one who ventures forth from the world of common days into a region of supernatural wonder:  fabulous forces are encountered and decisive victory is won:  the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with power to bestow boons on fellow man.”    The hero  sacrifices something of himself to a cause greater than himself.   Because this description of the hero’s journey is from Wikipedia, I got the dictionary out as I had never heard of the word, “boon” before.   “Boon” is defined as  a benefit bestowed especially in response to a request; a timely blessing, benefit.  Hmm.. interesting.

I am awakening to the hero that lies within me.   I have pondered the question proposed by Mark; “What am I pretending not to know?”  When I first heard this I stopped dead in my tracks.  Then I sat and thought about the answer to this question for a day or two. What has troubled me  all along was the my lack of happiness.  Why am I unhappy.  I knew intellectually that no possession, no place, no experience, no perfect job,  no one person could  ever make me feel happy.  Yet, here I was playing tricks with my mind and saying to myself; “… Kris you can be happy once you achieve your pin level, once you achieve your goal of six more buildings..”  Who was I kidding? …only myself!    No more do I give in to this faulty way of thinking.  I give myself permission to let go!  (Trish, if you are reading this thank YOU for sharing your story as it WAS my story!)

This week has been rather exhilarating.  To get happiness, you have to give happiness, right???!!!.  So every encounter has genuinely been one of happiness.  Amazing thing, I would end each conversation with the bank teller, the grocery store clerk, a tenant – BE HAPPY!  I have watched people’s facial expressions turn to zeal, joy and enthusiasm.  Pretty incredible….

This morning I was interviewing a prospective individual to be a tenant in one of my rental units.  I was so impressed with the sparkle in her eye, the smile on her face, the erectness in her posture, the stride in her walk.  Rosemary was a happy woman.  Here was happiness greeting me on a sunny, bitter, cold day!  How lovely…  We talked for a long while, and I learned that she was a costume designer and seamstress for the Contemporary Arts Center within our city.  Right here in front of me stood a woman who was following her bliss, living her dream, doing was she loved to do.  It was an instant connection.

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 John Burroughs once wrote; ..” blessed is the [wo]man who has some congenial work, some occupation in which he can put his heart, and which affords a complete outlet to all the forces there are in him.”

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Like so many others who lived the good life, Burroughs felt in later years the need to share his philosophy with others, to pass on his secret of happiness.  “Keep the currents moving,” he urged.  “Don’t let life stagnate.”  Today he is perhaps as well remembered for his reflections on happiness as his for his poems and essays.   Many, many years ago I came across this book, LIGHT FROM MANY LAMPS, copy right 1951.  This is a treasured book in my library.  Time and Time again I have referred to it. This paragraph is a reference once again to this lovely book that has worn thin on my shelf from much use.    The most fitting quote to conclude this week’s blog post is this:  “The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”  (Joseph Addison)   

Until next week, Be Happy!

Kris

P.S.  Thank you Rosemary for the inspiration for my blog post!

Week 18 – Courage

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Early in the New Year Mark J., the world’s laziest networker and his wife the fabulous Davene had each of us in the MKMMA course focus on observing 13 virtues.  This exercise is defined as the Franklin Makeover, as these virtues were first articulated by Benjamin Franklin.

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The virtue I have elected to observe this week is COURAGE.    In essence, the assignment is to observe acts of courage in your environment – media, friends, family, pets, on the street, in a book or in your self.  I’m sure you get the idea.    Courage can be defined as:  The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self possession and resolution; bravery.  Often when one thinks of courage they may think of slaying the dragons,

winning the gold in the Olympics,

leaping from tall buildings in a single bound,

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or

aiding a comrade during battle who is in harm’s way.

Another example of courage, is moral courage.  Click  to learn more below.

As I have progressed through 18 weeks of the MASTER KEY SYSTEM,  I  like my other comrades in the Master Key Course have come to see courage uniquely.  One has to have courage when they take the leap of faith and choose to be hero within, because everything and everyone in the world will go to all cost to distract you.   I may not be a Nick Vujicici –

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I am not even a Malala Yousafzai

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Definitely not Anne Frank-

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but

I am nature’s greatest miracle….. so long as there is breath in me, that long I shall persist….. I have been given eyes to see and a mind to think and now I know a great secret of life…. that all problems, discouragements, and heartaches are, in truth, great opportunities in disguise…. I am not deceived….. For I was conceived in love and brought forth with a purpose.  In the past I have not considered this fact, but it henceforth shapes and guides my life.  I am nature’s greatest miracle.

Being brave is just acting in faith.  How have you shown courage?

Kris

P.S.  Just adding a little humor, I took the leap of faith and learned how to embed a video in my blog this week! LOL

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Week 17 – An Everyday Hero, Bill Porter

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” We of the twentieth century worship a God of Love in theory, but in practice we make for ourselves ‘graven images’ of wealth, power, fashion, custom, and conventionality. We fall down before them and worship them.  We concentrate on them and they are externalized in our lives.  The student who masters the contents of Part Seventeen will not mistake the symbols for the reality; he will be interested in the causes, rather than effects.  He will concentrate on the realities of life, and will then not be disappointed in the result.”  Charles Haanel

As a part of our Master Key System experience weeks ago Mark J and the Fabulous Davene assigned us to watch four movies–  OCTOBER SKY; COOL RUNNINGS, RUDY; and, DOOR TO DOOR SALESMAN.    As we watched each movie we were encouraged to identify four tiny habits.    They are:  1.)  A definite purpose backed by a burning desire for it’s fulfillment.   2. ) A definite plan, expressed in continuous action.  3. ) A mind closed tightly against all negative and discouraging influences, including negative suggestions of relatives, friends and acquaintances.  4.) Friendly {Mastermind}, alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose.  Within a week we as a family watched the first three movies, but  DOOR TO DOOR was delayed and we only received yesterday (1/22).

As I was reading and re-reading part seventeen of THE MASTER KEY SYSTEM this week, I often reflected back to Dr. Martin Luther King’s words as I posted in week 16.what are you doing for others !I was looking for an everyday hero,  even did some research on line.  But lo behold, my son and I watched DOOR TO DOOR this evening as the rest of the family was out.  The Law of Growth was working!  The Law of Growth is defined as:  Whatever we think about grows;  What we forget atrophies.    In addition, the Law of Subconscious was working as well!!  

YIPEE!

SMILING FACEThe Law of Subconscious can be defined “As soon as the subconscious accepts the idea it becomes a demand and it works constantly, 24-7, to manifest demand – accessing a reservoir of infinite resources.”

 Bill Porter was my topic for week 17!   His life reflected the everyday hero I was searching for.

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Bill Porter was a door-to-door salesman for the Watkins Company for over 45 years.   In fact, he was the top selling salesman and won many awards for sales ability.   He was a man born with cerebral palsy who experienced difficulty walking and talking.  The state considered him unemployable, but Porter was fiercely independent and refused to accept disability from the State.  Porter wasn’t rich nor was he  a celebrity, he didn’t have any special powers.  He lived in anonymity until 1995 when an Oregon Reporter published a story about Bill Porter’s life.   As a result of the outpouring from the story,  ABC caught wind of Porter and featured him on 20/20.    The movie paints a picture of Porter’s life- the everyday hero, the door to door salesman  who conquered obstacles in spite of his handicap.

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When the credits were finally finished, my son and I sat  silently  in the family room.    You see my son was diagnosed with Schizoaffective disorder in 2005, at the time he was 19.  My son knows all too well the obstacles, challenges and negatively that Bill Porter experienced, because, he too, has faced the same.    My son, however, does not give up, or give in.  Bill Porter is an  everyday hero, who had the blessing and good fortune to see his life portrayed in a movie.  My  son Allen is my unsung hero.  He is the reason why I do what I do every day.

I am going close with the final paragraph from my press release-

At last we return to the dream planted in my heart long ago. God asked me to beacon of light and love in our son’s lifelong dark tunnel.  In good times and bad I have always returned to this one moment in my mind’s eye.  On the journey I have come to learn that the trappings of the world really don’t measure success.  What I have learned is that we are all created on purpose with a purpose:  to become who you were designed to be and have a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ.  Touching the heart of one has always been my primary mission.  The rest is simply an outgrowth of God’s Love and Mercy, The Infinite Spirit, The Universal Mind that exists within.  Praise be to our Lord and King!

This past Monday evening my husband, Al, who is in back row with a black and white shirt, and I went to the apartment of some of our residents.  We’re building community with a pizza night.  Actually this event connects to my definite main purpose statement and press release.  What are we doing?  Touching the heart of one.  The rest? Is simply an outpouring of God’s Love.    Standing from left to right is Carrie, Chris, Al and my son, Allen.  Kneeling on left is Brian and Charles on the right.  The individuals in this picture are unsung heroes like my son.  They are the “Bill Porter’s” within our life, who are conquering challenges each and every day.

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 Until next week, as Joel Osteen would say; ” [Keep] discover[ing] the Champion within you.!”

Kris

P.S.  Almost forgot to share this,  Bill Porter recently died at the age of 81 years on December 3, 2013

Week 16 – The Master Key and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

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Wealth should then never be desired as an end, but simply as a means of accomplishing an end.
Success is contingent upon a higher ideal than the mere accumulation of riches, and he who aspires to such success must formulate an ideal for which his is willing to strive….. there must be a definite fixed purpose, an ideal.  (Charles Haanel)

success keysI am not sure what I am going to write about this week.  It seems I have been on a roller coaster of emotions, old messages have found their way to creep into my mind.  Today, however, I pulled out all ‘stops,’ and got back on track.

I have found it fascinating to read:  “The man of success is the man possessed of the greatest spiritual understanding and every great fortune comes of superior and truly spiritual power…. The power to create depends entirely upon [this] spiritual power; idealization, visualization and materialization.”

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Weeks ago I spoke in this blog about my definition of success.  Check out my post from week 6.  I find it comforting and assuring to read and re-read part sixteen of the MASTER KEY SYSTEM.  Yes, the material comforts that come with success are great and are ours for the taking, but that is not what we should going after.  It’s not the car, the vacation, the house, or the money,  it’s what we do with what we have learned that really matters.  Are you really making a difference in the lives of others?

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 Are you willing to be an instrument in the Lord’s hand?  Hmm,  what a wonderful vocation to be the instrument through which God plays his song!?!

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Today I received a reflection from a Jesuit Priest, he spoke of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   What a man!!  We should all stop and remember King’s simple greatness, because if you are reading this, you are following in Dr. King’s foot steps.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was one, who allowed God’s breath, God’s spirit to play through him.    He was one who responded to the call of action – the hero’s journey within.  He was a hero– as each of us is to be, if we get out of the way and let the song be God’s song.  King gave  every last breath to this calling.  The result is that King has had a lasting mark on humankind.

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The lesson for me is pretty simple.  Stay the course, don’t give up or give in, don’t stop believing!

Until next week, say a prayer of gratitude to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Be your own Hero and listen to the greatness that lies within you!

Kris

 image from I have a dream speech

Week 15 – The Power of a Word Picture

quote N. Hill

Months ago when I started the Master Key System course with the Mark J., the World’s Laziest Networker, and his wife, the fabulous Davene, we were instructed to write our definite main purpose (DMP) in a 400 word essay format.   This DMP was to be an exact, enthusiastic, clearly defined picture of what we desire to achieve within our life.   The fabulous Davene ended up being my editor and like a true student, I followed her instructions to the letter.   It took a few re-writes, but to this day I love my DMP.

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Moving forward fifteen weeks later, I read this statement in, THE MASTER KEY SYSTEM, by Charles Haanel:

“… word is a thought form, and a sentence is a combination of thought forms, therefore, if we wish our ideal to be beautiful or strong, we must see that the words out of which this temple  will eventually be created are exact, that they are put together carefully, because accuracy in building words and sentences is the highest form of architecture in civilization and is a passport to success.”

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WOW, The lights went off, the fireworks went blaring off within my mind, when I came to this paragraph.  OMGoodness!  So this what they meant, I got it!!!!!  

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Just imagine this, the little kid within me was so excited  it was as if the little kid ran to the ice cream truck on a summer day to buy a Popsicle!  Ah, the simple pleasures in life bring such joy!

When Haanel wrote these words (above) sometime between 1912 to 1917, he had only the power of the word to articulate his thoughts; no email, texting, fax machines, printers, computers, smart phones, ipads, television, DVD players, I’m sure you can think of a few more gadgets I forgot to name.  Odd isn’t it, we have had so many advantages and advances since Haanel wrote these words long ago, but are we any different?   Are we any better off?  I  tend to think many are not.    In fact, maybe civilization may be more  slothful.  Just be an observer and look around, Perhaps,  many people are leading  lives of quiet desperation.  For an example,  How many people do you know use a Webster dictionary anymore?   Most would probably say “NO”, they use the internet.  

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 I take heart though, because dear friend if you are reading these  humble words, you are not like the majority, you are marching to the tune of your own drum.    You follow the compass rather than the clock.  Congratulations!  You dear friend are like I,  you have a written DMP and am enthusiastically reading it out loud three times daily and then sitting  silently for 15 minutes or more simply visualizing what this reality looks like.  This experience is simply joy. 

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There can be no question but that he who “is wise enough to understand”  will readily recognize that the creative power of thought place an invincible weapon in his hands and makes him a 

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master of destiny.”  (Part 15 #28)

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