Master Key Week 4: Do The Words We Use Really Matter?

When you see a pink ribbon, what thought enters your mind?

Did you say breast cancer or breast cancer awareness? Most people do and that speaks volumes to how effective the various breast cancer awareness organizations and charities have been at promoting the symbol of their cause. However, when I see a pink ribbon, I think of health and vitality for those around me and for myself. What’s wrong with supporting breast cancer research and support groups? Nothing really, but the messages of these and many other causes often focus on a disease or a problem. No energy is focused on a better and brighter life.

  • Foods that fight disease,
  • The War on Drugs,pink_ribbons
  • Stamp Out Poverty.
  • Stop Hunger,
  • Breast Cancer Warrior.

These phrases and many, many more focus our minds on the problems we see around us and do not build energy toward solutions. Mother Teresa explained it this way: “I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.” She and many other successful people understand that the words we use are important for these words and thoughts produce the results we receive in our lives.

Let’s see if we can change the phrases to better focus on what we really want. Do these words cause your mind to focus energy on the desired effect?

  • Foods that heal.
  • High on Life.
  • Bridge to Dignity.
  • Food for All.
  • I Love Boobies.

OK. I admit that some of these could be better; however, they are all actively being used by various causes and charities who understand that to get improved results, a better message is needed. Share your improved slogans in my comment section. I am sure if we work as a Mastermind, we can come up with even more powerful statements.

Master Key Week 3: Fear and “Ghosting”

I am a movie buff.

I enjoy the immersing myself in a hero’s journey being played out on screen. The sights and sounds of the motion picture make it all seem so real that I am able to suspend my disbelief and experience the emotions the hero is feeling all along the journey. I relish finding the subtle inspirations that the writers, director and actors have woven into the tale. As you know from last week’s blog post, leaving the subconscious mind unguarded can effect your future thoughts and actions. Therefore, I am careful to choose films which I believe are closely matched to my goals and beliefs plus I still keep the guard on active duty.

The reason I bring this up is that I just watched the movie After Earth

It is a Sci-Fi movie in which a father and his teenage son, Kitai crash land on planet Earth 1000 years after it was abandoned. The Father has two broken legs and their rescue beacon is damaged. It is now Kitai’s responsibility to locate the backup rescue beacon 100 Kilometers away. Earth is now covered with wild animals and other dangers. To make matters worse, the destroyed spacecraft was carrying an Ursa: A large, blind, multi-limbed creature which hunts humans by actually “smelling” their fear (pheromones). Kitai starts his journey knowing it is his duty while also encumbered with fearful thoughts from the past, the present and the future.


As his journey progresses, Kitai is able to keep in contact with his father through a remote monitoring and communications device built into his uniform. The first night after starting his trek, he asks his father to share with him the process he used to defeat the Ursa. His father relates how “Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me danger is very real but fear is a choice. We are all telling ourselves a story”. This technique for overcoming fear is known as “Ghosting” in film: One can become invisible to the Ursa when fear is no longer active in one’s thoughts and feelings. This involves rooting oneself the present moment.

Fear is the enemy.

The movie’s subplot of conquering fear really hit home with me as this week’s Master Keys reading discusses overcoming fear as well:

”15.  [Fear] is this personal devil which makes [people] fear the past, the present and the future; fear themselves, their friends and their enemies; fear everything and everybody. When fear is effectually and completely destroyed, your light will shine, the clouds will disperse an you will have found the source of power, energy and life.”    ~Part 3 in the Master Key System~  by Charles F. Haanel

This week, I am learning from both Kitai and Haanel how fear is present in my life. Through introspection and observation, I have found that fear sometimes affects the choices I make and the actions I take. The exercises we are performing for the MKMMA (Master Keys Mastermind Alliance) are providing me the tools I need to focus on what I want instead of being distracted or sidetracked by my fears. I am finding fear starting to melt away and my light is shining brighter.These crazy exercises may actually be starting to produce results.

Master Key Week 2: Talking to Your Mysterious Mind

Most people understand that the human mind consists of two major parts

First, there is the conscious mind or active mind. This part of the mind has been explained in many different ways by many different people over the ages. I could make up some intriguing definition, but I will just say it is where you experience and interact with the world around you.

Second, there is the subconscious mind or mysterious mind. This is the part of the mind few of us really understand. We may know it keeps our heart beating and the rest of our bodily functions working without any conscious thought. We may even understand it as the storehouse of our lifetime of experiences. But do you really understand how you can talk to your subconscious mind and ask it to help you live the life you desire?

Many sources are vying to talk to your subconscious mind

Advertisers, parents, teachers, preachers, bosses, the media and much more are communicating to your subconscious mind with messages they want you receive. These messages may be beneficial to you: “Don’t touch the hot stove”. These messages may someday hinder you: “Don’t talk to strangers”. The simple fact is that who you are today is the sum of all the messages that you have allowed to reach your subconscious mind.

Controlling the messages reaching your subconscious

The good news is that your subconscious can easily have an armed guard on duty to protect it from messages that may not contribute to the life you want to be living. This trained guard is the conscious mind. And it is your responsibility to call this guard to duty. Make sure your conscious mind is on active patrol for negative or conflicting messages. This guard should be allowed no coffee and doughnut breaks. It should be ever vigilant to protect your subconscious from garbage, conflicting messages and other hype.

My DMPTalking to your mysterious, subconscious mind

Although it is important to keep the garbage out of your subconscious, the wonders start to unfold when you place your life’s goals into your subconscious mind. The most effective method to communicate with your mysterious mind is to read to your subconscious mind, out load and with enthusiasm. To take this even further, you should consider reading it your goals and plans written in your own handwriting.

You may be thinking “This sounds silly. I am to read my handwritten goals out loud AND with enthusiasm?” Yes! This is effective because your subconscious mind delights at hearing your voice and finds your handwriting powerful and persuasive. Your mysterious mind trusts you above all others and recognizes your instruction through your spoken and written words.

So start this habit today. Do not let another day pass. Write out your major purpose in life on a piece of paper and carry it with you. At least three times a day, read the statement dramatically aloud, filled with emotion and energy. I have found this practice to keep me focused and excited to complete the tasks needed to move forward toward my goals. More intriguing, some solutions appear with little or no effort from me and my conscious mind. It seems as if my subconscious is somehow helping me expeditiously accomplish my goals. No wonder some people refer to the subconscious mind as the mysterious mind.

Master Key Week 1: Where Am I Going From Here?

There is a very old saying Journey1000. This is often loosely translated “a journey of one thousand miles begins with a single step”. This week, I took my first step on the journey of learning and applying The Master Key System by Charles Haanel. This has stirred up a flood of feelings: Excitement, anticipation, fear, hesitation, worry, gratitude, joy and love, just to name a few.

The good news is that this is not a lonely, solitary journey. I will be joined by others learning and applying the same things. We are forming a Mastermind Alliance to support and encourage one another along this 26 week odyssey.

The other news is that it is my responsibility to perform all the tasks and habits being taught. The results that come from this experience will depend on me following directions and making decisions on how I want my life to proceed from where I am now to where I decide I want to go.


In the coming weeks, it has been suggested that I will once again see the world as I did when I was a child. This interesting as the phrase that has been going through my head as I start this journey is “Are we there yet? Are we there yet?”

This week I have learned that harmony in my inner being is reflected as harmony the world around me. For now, I am focusing on inner harmony. This will make it easier for me to figure out where I am going from here.

As Emerson so eloquently wrote “Life is a journey, not a destination.”  The best part of this experience is that my wife Susan has started on her Master Keys” journey as well.

I think we’re in for the ride of our lives!