For me, this week in the Master Key Experience has been all about internalizing all the ways I’m reminded to “Be Present.”
To take future tense out of Scroll II that we are reading this month from THE GREATEST SALESMAN IN THE WORLD, we marked out the word “will.” The subtle difference is powerful. “I will greet this day with love in my heart” is not now. “I greet this day with love in my heart” is now. Be present.
In Part 9 of the Master Key by Charles Francis Haanel we learn why an affirmation has had a life-changing result when stated as though it is true because it is visualized as true in the present. Starting at age 13, it was a “long drawn-out battle, with many ups and downs, the doctors all agreeing that there was no chance for a cure, though they encouraged and cheered us the best they could. But at last the victory came, and I have grown from a little, crooked, twisted, cripple, going about on my hands and knees, to a strong, straight, well formed man. Now, I know you want the formula, and I will give it to you as briefly and quickly as I can. I built up an affirmation for myself, taking the qualities I most needed, and affirming for myself over and over again, ‘I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.‘ I kept up this affirmation, always the same, never varying, till I could wake up in the night and find myself repeating, ‘I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.’ It was the last thing on my lips at night and the first thing in the morning. Not only did I affirm it for myself, but for others that I knew needed it.” Be present.
In one of our classes we were shown reputable research that the future self we desire is no better than a stranger to us if we do not step into her shoes in the present and know her as a friend, using our imagination in the most powerful and repetitive ways we can. We write and rewrite our heartfelt desire with the input of a skilled coach and her team. We then read this “definite major purpose” with enthusiasm at least 3 times a day. We write tasks/services we promise to perform each week on cards and use colors and shapes on them that link to the DMP. We also link colors, shapes, dates, and images on a poster of our DMP and place it where we will see it and ponder it with enthusiasm throughout the day. We put colored shapes in our cars and all around our homes to connect us to our DMP. We enthusiastically speak our DMP into a recorder with music that has emotional meaning for us and play the recording wherever we can throughout the day and especially last thing at night and first thing in the morning when our close-to-dream state is most susceptible to suggestion. The amazing Master Key experience has thus incorporated all the modalities of learning. Why? Be present.
We’re reminded to check out each others’ blogs and make encouraging comments and to comment on the MKE blogs on topics brought up during each week. We’re invited to support each other in Marco Polo videos as well as in a weekly zoom session with our DMP coaches. Be present to each other.
This week we were invited to turn off TV and screens for the next couple of months to see what a difference we might experience in being present to our own lives, and not present to news and opinions and games and movies and computer games and social media and Netflix/Amazon Prime series. Be present.
We’re in the season of gift-giving. The double play on the word “present” is powerful in a way it has never been for me till the MKE. To be fully present is a gift–for my now and for my future! I wish that for you, too!