I’ve been thinking about keys this week. I grew up in a small town out West at a time when we didn’t think very much about keys. Sure you had a key to the car–it wouldn’t run without one. But we seldom locked that car when we went into a store to shop. We may have kept the front door to our house locked, but not the back door or the garage door. The church wasn’t locked even though it was on the main street because people ducked in to pray any time night or day. So any keys we did have were special: a key to the safe deposit box at home or at the bank; keys to mom’s jewelry box or to the cedar chest full of family memorabilia (though those keys sat there right in their locks); and a key to the bathroom door in case pouting or angry siblings locked themselves in!
Now keys are everywhere because more barriers are everywhere in the time of high physical theft and cyber insecurity. Keys have morphed into eye scans, digital prints, bluetooth devices, user names and passwords–you name it. We need them for our own and other people’s cars, homes/garages, safe rooms, churches, schools, offices, briefcases, smart phones, laptops/computers and even so-called cloud storage.
As I’d gotten farther along in life, I’d had to admit to myself that mind barriers exist, too. Life is now full of conveniences and new tools, but I still didn’t seem to have the right key to the financial adeptness I thought I should have. I was personally productive but couldn’t seem to be productive enough to achieve everything I’d hoped for by this time in life. Having tried for decades, I despaired at ever unlocking the secret to having enough time for everything. Even though I felt spiritually blessed and at peace I just knew there was “more” somehow. So six months ago when a scholarship was offered for an intriguing master level course called The Master Key Experience, I jumped at a chance to unlock something more than I had.
It’s our last week of the course. Our commencement and celebration are this coming Sunday. This week one of our Guides asked if we for sure knew what the Master Key was…and did we have it? How would we put words around it?
I know that my life has subtly but dramatically improved for the better. My self-confidence is through the roof. Productivity habits are locked in. I’ve had a Franklin Virtue Makeover. I NOW KNOW HOW TO THINK and I’m doing a lot of it in silent sits on useful topics–and having wonderful a-ha moments and noticing so-called coincidences that seem more like magic. My colleagues say the same is happening for them–even the ones who have been through the course repeatedly over the past decade as it has been honed and field tested. The bottom line is that now that I’ve precisely defined my Definite Major Purpose and am working toward it daily, I’m happier! Close friends and family notice a difference, even though it’s hard for me to put it into words for them how I’m different.
So as words fail, I decided none of us could express it any better than Charles Haanel himself in this week’s Lesson:
28. Men have, heretofore, generally used the word “God” to indicate this Universal, creative principle; but the word “God” does not convey the right meaning. Most people understand this word to mean something outside of themselves; while exactly the contrary is the fact. It is our very life. Without it we would be dead. We would cease to exist. The minute the spirit leaves the body, we are as nothing. Therefore, spirit is really all there is of us.
29. Now the only activity which the spirit possesses is the power to think. Therefore, thought must be creative, because spirit is creative. This creative power is impersonal and your ability to think is your ability to control it and make use of it for the benefit of yourself and others.
30. When the truth of this statement is realized, understood, and appreciated, you will have come into possession of the Master-Key, but remember that only those who are wise enough to understand, broad enough to weigh the evidence, firm enough to follow their own judgment, and strong enough to make the sacrifice exacted, may enter and partake.
31. This week, try to realize that this is truly a wonderful world in which we live, that you are a wonderful being, that many are awakening to a knowledge of the Truth, and as fast as they awake and come into a knowledge of the “things which have been prepared for them” they, too, realize that “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man,” the splendors which exist for those who find themselves in the Promised Land. They have crossed the river of judgment and have arrived at the point of discrimination between the true and the false, and have found that all they ever willed or dreamed, was but a faint concept of the dazzling reality. Though an inheritance of acres may be bequeathed, an inheritance of knowledge and wisdom cannot. The wealthy man may pay others for doing his work for him, but it is impossible to get his thinking done for him by another or to purchase any kind of self-culture.Charles Haanel, THE MASTER KEY, Lesson 24
I come to the end of the course with incredible gratitude for the scholarship I received to study the secrets passed down through the centuries by wise ones. I’m so glad I came to the opportunity with an open mind and gave it a chance when doubts rose. I had come across many of these resources over the years but didn’t use them as a workbook to root them into my life. I also didn’t have a Master Mind doing the same daily readings and activities to share with and be inspired by. As a result, I know without doubt that I now know the secret to how the mind really works and doesn’t work. I’m applying it daily and will from now on. Carefully studying thousands of written words, doing hundreds of daily exercises, watching videos, having deep discussions in Master Mind sessions with some of the best and brightest alive today has enriched my life and being incredibly. And best of all? I am being encouraged to give away the same scholarship I received to give the same gift I received!
[The free scholarships are limited, so if you’re the least little bit interested, get on the list today, okay? A great way to start finding your own Master Key is the free 7-Day Mental Diet I’ll send you to download once you click to get on THE MASTER KEY list. Click here to get started: https://masterkey.vision/shirley And feel free to help me spread the word. This system really works!]
Shirley, good for you for learning how to think and wanting to pass it on to others. I have enjoyed reading your blogs very much. Thank you. Best to you. From your blog rover friend John.
So thrilled for you, Shirley. And so honored that I am getting to connect with such a self-directed thinker. You are amazing. And thanks for sharing such a meaningful post. You inspire me!!
Thanks, Day, and the inspiration goes both ways! I love Master Minding with you.
Dear blog rover friend–it’s been so helpful to count on your presence ever week of this journey. I AM GRATEFUL!
Shirley, this is such an awesome post! Love it! I love how you reflected and summed up your learning and experience with the Master Key… along with the quotes you chose! “God,” Universal creative spirit is inside. … Can’t wait to see what you do from here!
Aw, thanks, Laura! #MasterKeyExperience has REALLY been a learning experience. #Theresnothinglikeit Love MasterMinding with you.