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Master Key – Week 22 – Plasticity – Part 2

In my last post, I wrote about the concept of plasticity. I stated that part of the definition, as I was using the term, included the willingness to both look at and see things in a completely different way than that to which we have become accustomed, both in the world within and the world without. It also includes the willingness to think in a different way from that to which we have been accustomed.

The willingness to do this is what allows us to grow and evolve. As soon as a person becomes closed to looking at the world in new and different ways,  to being open to seeing things from different perspectives, and to being open to thinking differently about things both in the world within as well as the world without,  they start the process of fossilization. In yoga, it is believed that you are as young as your spine. The same thing applies to mind. As soon as it becomes closed to new and different ways of seeing and thinking, and to seeing and thinking from different perspectives, the mind becomes old in the same way as a body that never moves or stretches. Thus, in some ways, a person can cease growing and begin to fossilize at the age of twenty.

I am not saying that doing this is easy, because it can be very difficult. However, the willingness to being open in these ways is what allows us to make new discoveries and explore different worlds. Along the way there is always the opportunity for new adventures and unexpected delights that we would have missed had we continued to see, think, and hear in the same way as we always have done.



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Master Key – Week 21 – Plasticity

The idea that people have dropped out of this course because they chose not to follow their bliss has been mentioned several times.

I wonder if the issue is not one of choosing not to follow their bliss; but rather, at least for some of them, a lack of plasticity.

In this post, I define plasticity as a personality trait that includes being able to open our minds to another way of looking at things, or another way of thinking about things. Sometimes, this is not easy at all. Haanel, Og, etc. often say things in a way that is not the way we are used to. At first, it can seem completely wrong, ridiculous, sometimes blasphemous, or complete garbage.

Plasticity allows us to take a thought or concept and turn it around in our minds like a piece of a puzzle, looking at different ways the piece might be positioned so it will fit. Since we are not robots, programmed to do things only in one way, it sometimes might require filing a few edges or reshaping the piece a little bit.

What plasticity does not mean is that you throw the piece away, saying that it cannot fit or be made to fit, and therefore the course is of no value. For example, in my case, the statement:”I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy” needed to be modified to: “For the purpose for which God has called me, I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.” That not only resonated with me, but it is supported in Scripture.

Another challenge for me was the statement: “I am nature’s greatest miracle.” That just wasn’t going to work for me. Maybe: “I am one of nature’s miracles.” Even that was pushing it. So, how do you work around that? If you don’t agree with that statement, then try a different approach. What was Og trying to say? What was the point he was trying to make? Clearly, he was making the point that our existence is not an accident. Each one of us was put here for a purpose, has a role to fill, and a unique contribution to make that cannot be made by anyone else. That ties in with the emphasis on finding our dharma or DMP. Living with our purpose in mind changes the way we live. Finding our gifts and using them to help others is to work in harmony with the concept that each of us was put here for a reason. It also ties into St. Paul’s teaching that we are all members of one body, with each part of the body having a contribution to make to the successful function of that body.

In addition, there is no way to tell how each one of us will affect the people with whom we come in contact during the course of our lives, and how that influence will ripple out in waves. In that sense, we can fulfill a purpose without even being aware of it.(Of course, the downside of that concept is that it can go both ways. Think of the little creature shown in the beginning of the movie  Ice Age!)








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Master Key – Week 20 – Application – Part 2

In my last post, I discussed how amazing it was to see how much I had absorbed from the class. It’s one thing to take a class. It’s another to process and internalize that knowledge, and then pass it on to others.

I have already had many discussions with friends about Emerson’s Law. It’s quite enjoyable to listen to  people and hear those who feel that this principle has applied to their lives in many wonderful ways.

It has also been an incredible experience to introduce this concept to our grandchildren as a way to approach challenges in their lives. I have already had chances to show them how they can apply it, and relate it to the things that have happened in their grandparents’ lives. Children are exposed to so much cynicism in the world around them, and it’s great to have the opportunity to introduce another way to approach life.

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Master Key – Week 19 – Application

I am so amazed at how much I have learned that I don’t realize I have learned. So much has seeped in without my realizing that I have internalized it; and, even more amazing, it just rolls off my tongue when the opportunity to share it with others presents itself.

As an example, I have shared two of the videos with my grandsons. They immediately got the concept that we are the ones who define our abilities, and what is or is not a handicap. It was an amazing discussion and rich with teaching moments.

The same thing happened with the concept of gratitude and focusing on one happy memory each day. Right now, it doesn’t matter if they do the exercise. What matters, to me, is that they get the concept that they can shift their mental gears into positivity mode, how that can change the way they look at things, and thus change the way they experience life. If those concepts take root, it will lay a foundation they can build on that will make a big difference in their lives. Awesome!





Master Key – Week 18 – My Dog and the Law of Substitution

It is quite enjoyable to observe the Laws of the Mind at work in the world around us. Humans are not the only creatures to whom these laws apply.

Our little dog is terrified of thunder. He is not used to it because we did not have thunderstorms where we used to live. He would run through the house barking, then come up to us and paw at our legs, then repeat the same sequence over and over, until the thunder stopped.  When a thunderstorm occurred during the middle of the night, it was even worse. Everyone was awake. Then, it escalated to his barking every time it started to rain, because he was expecting  that thunder would follow. This got old very quickly.

A friend came up with the idea of playing with him every time it rained. He came to see a thunderstorm as a chance to have fun with one of us, retrieving a ball or playing tug-of-war with a squeaky toy. Before long, when it rained, or a thunderstorm occurred, he started going to his toy box on his own, picking up a ball or toy, and playing by himself.

That worked very well during the day, but not at night. Just the sound of rain would prompt him to start barking. Unfortunately, I am not a very patient person at 3 am. After getting yelled at, he decided to go to his toy box a get a squeaky toy. Now, at 3 am, we hear the sound of soft growling and a few little squeaks. Then, comforted, he goes back to sleep.

With assistance, he began to use the Law of Substitution to change his response to rain and thunder. Then, he learned to use that law all by himself. Then, at night, he saw that his behavior was generating a very negative response. Once again, he went back to what he had learned and applied that knowledge. So, we have a little dog using the Law of Substitution and Haanel’s statement that “knowledge doesn’t apply itself”.

If a little dog can use the Laws of the Mind and Haanel’s principles to make his life better, we humans need to “giddy-up”.





Master Key – Week 17A – Rollercoasters

Why does this happen? I get an incredible breakthrough, only to be followed by a slump. I just feel drained and exhausted.

I don’t look for the big dramatic moments. I don’t expect them, and I don’t seek them out. I just do the assigned work, quite content to make progress in small increments. Past experience has taught me that important goals are often achieved taking one small step at a time; and if you hang in there, you’ll get there. That is not to say that each one of those steps didn’t represent a LOT of work.  Rather, it is to say that even though progress was only achieved one small increment at a time, each one of those small steps eventually led to the desired goal. That makes sense to me, and I’m just fine with that approach because it has produced great results for me. In fact, I’m a bit leery of the dramatic breakthrough type of progress.

Unbidden and unsought after, these dramatic experiences have come, leaving me wiped out and exhausted. In my case, exhaustion leads to feeling discouraged, even though I have nothing to be discouraged about. This doesn’t make any sense at all, and it’s so frustrating!

I’ve come to the conclusion that this course, at least in my case, takes a lot of mental energy. It’s a different type of mental energy than that which is used to study  a difficult subject.

Who knows? Maybe the caterpillar needs to take a lot of naps while he is in the process of becoming a butterfly.


















Master Key – Week 17 – Music

I decided to make a new MKMMA recording. Somehow, the one I made just didn’t feel right. Something was missing. I thought that it might be the music.

I have taken two courses in the past that made extensive use of audio recordings.  Music played in the background as you listened to the lesson’s subject matter. Each lesson used different music. Since it had worked well in the past,  I used an app to identify the music from one of the lessons.  I didn’t stop to analyze which lesson I was using,  I  just picked one that I remembered liking. After listening to the new recording, I was surprised by how different the new one sounded. It was hard to believe they were made by the same person. As I listened for the second time, my attention was drawn to the music, and I decided to just sit and listen to the music by itself.

As I did, all these incredibly happy memories came flooding back. I had inadvertently chosen music from the lesson where I finally knew I was making progress; and that with continued work I would master the material I had been working on. I knew I could do it.

That led to reliving, in just a few minutes, all of the happy memories I had of the rest of my journey. As I sat savoring all those memories, I suddenly realized that this is how I will feel when I reach the first stage of my DMP!!

What an incredible gift!