Masterkey Week-21 The Real Secret of Power!

The secret of anything is consciousness of that thing. Intention is the offspring of consciousness. When you are conscious of something, you are also intending it. What you intend is what you manifest. Wealth, health and happiness are states of being and also states of mind. Your actions are naturally guided by your thoughts. Just like focusing on a telephone pole during a skid causes you to turn your steering wheel towards the pole, your doing comes from your being, which manifests all of your having.

The secret of power is consciousness of power. When you are weak, it is because you have lost consciousness of power. The moment you are conscious of your power, you feel powerful and manifest power. In every situation you are in, be conscious of your power. Never let another person rob you of your consciousness of power, because that is the first step to rendering you powerless in their presence. All power is mental, and power to whom power exerts. No power is truly external but all power is internal.

The secret of success is consciousness of success. Think and feel success, and your actions will be guided towards success by your subconscious mind. The reason of failure is not so much based on the actions that a person takes, but the consciousness behind the actions. Those who think success will cause their actions to result in success whereas those who think failure will cause their actions to result in failure. Success is in the start. You are a success the moment you see yourself as a success.


Masterkey Week-20 Conquer Your Dragons


Finding Joe

In the early 20th century, while studying world mythology, Joseph Campbell discovered a pattern hidden in every story ever told and he called it “the heroes journey”. A truly inspirational film, FINDING JOE takes us on the ultimate heroes journey: the journey of self discovery. As you slay dragons and uncover treasures, you just may find that the holy grail you seek is closer than you think.


Finding Joe: A Movie About Possibility, Bliss, and Discovery

I have had the pleasure of viewing and reviewing the movie, Finding Joe that focuses on the teachings of the late great mythologist, Joseph Campbell.

Notable authors, teachers, and athletes are interviewed.The film is beautifully edited and visually appealing, the mythical characters are portrayed by children in playful costumes, acting out the features of the mythical “hero’s journey.”

Robert Walter President of the Joseph Campbell Foundation says the most important function of myth is “to go beyond what we perceive as the limits of our possibility” and thus begins the the Hero’s Journey of confronting and overcoming adversity.

Unlike the Secret, The Cure Is …, and other productions that invoke the law of attraction, Finding Joe stays firmly grounded in reality. While idealized at times, it present an important, optimistic message that is relevant to all of us. We all undergo the Hero’s Journey in some fashion, especially when inviting mindfulness into our lives.”

The film focuses on three aspects of the Hero’s Journey–separation, the call to adventure, and returning home. We can find these same transitions with mindfulness practice. We find ourselves separated, asleep, cut off from being fully alive. We live inside of
our heads instead of our bodies, separated from the lived experience that is right here, right now. To practice is to acknowledge this separation and accept the “call to adventure.”

This adventure has a strong interior component. We explore our minds with all their imperfections: fears, doubts, and what Deepak Chopra (one of the invited interviewees) describes as ”bundles of conditioned reflexes” (love those spangly glasses, Deepak). The call to adventure is a call to our dark side, our human side; it embraces adversity rather than trying to eliminate it as the law of attraction attempts to do.

Often adversity is the catalyst. Instead of the law of attraction view of unforeseen or unwelcome happenings (we attracted it and that adversity is bad) the mythological approach is open to adversity. This is consistent with equanimity. The call may come from inside our minds or from the environment. First, we must pay attention. Next we must be open. Then take responsibility by embracing the possibility that each moment presents. We relinquish preferences to greet whatever arrives with stillness, interest, and resolve.

We return home each time we come back to our breathing when the mind has wandered. The journey is a one time destination but a metaphor (for the metaphor impaired as one of the contributor’s opined) for revolution. We keep coming back from exile through the very stuff of our lives–the beautiful stuff and the ugly stuff–finding value in all of it.

Adversity is not an encumberance it is the very path to transformation. When we become intimate with those bundles of conditioned reflexes, they start to lose their power to influence us, little by little. We cannot become liberated or awakened without going through the challenges, disappointments, and unexpected losses.

Mythology, like good fiction, shows us rather than tells us about the truth. We have very little to turn to other than mythology–the ancient ones and the modern ones provided by real life sport figures and fictional box office superheroes. I like the way the film features a clip from Iron Man 2 to make the point. I think we are myth-deficient as a culture and this is a problem because we are cut off from rich sources of meaning. While I love Iron Man and the Avengers and the Dark Knight, there are few real personages I can turn to to provide the hero’s guidance.

Week 19 Masterkey– How Will You Live Your Last Day


How Will You Live Your Last Day?

Steve Jobs: Live Each Day As If It Was Your Last

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, some day you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “no” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

“Today I shed my old skin which hath, too long, suffered the bruises of failures and the wounds of mediocrity.  My vigor will increase, my enthusiasm will rise, my desire to meet the world will overcome every fear I once knew at sunrise, and I will be happier than I ever believed is possible to be in the world of strife and sorrow.” 

Make a habit of embracing each day as the start of a new year and begin living a life without limits and filled with endless possibilities for opportunity and happiness.

Over the past ten years that Russell and I have been together we’ve shared many conversations about life and how we want to live.  We are often influenced by the lives and words of inspirational  people and make an effort to live according to their wisdom.  One such example is Russell’s desire to keep his professional and personal lives separate.  He has always made an effort to avoid bringing his work home and because so much of his time is spent making recruiting phone calls, he avoids walking into the house while talking on his phone.  Instead, he tries to end his conversation before entering so he can greet us as Dad, and not Coach.   Now, sometimes this works and other times it doesn’t, but the idea he received from a colleague is a great one.  The colleague instructed him that in order to give his family 100% of his attention, he imagines hanging his professional attire and briefcase on a tree branch outside of his house and enters his home as Dad and husband.

A similar analogy that has most recently spoken to me is the first scroll in Og Mandino’s book, The Greatest Salesman in the World.   All ten scrolls are wonderfully valuable and throughout the Journey we will explore each one and use them as a source of inspiration and wisdom.  However for now, I’m going to stick with the first scroll which is “Today I begin a new life.”

Each day we are awarded is like beginning a new day and so we have to live each of these as if it were our last.






Everyday, we are assaulted with messages, images, slogans, and sound bites, that tell us of our inadequacies, the sad state of affairs that is you and me:  “With this product, you can lose weight, with this one, you can gain muscle; if your breasts sag, our bra lifts them up; if you have wrinkles, this cream irons them out; if you’re sad, we have a pill that will make you happy; if you’re too happy, we have a pill that will bring you down; if you’re not as much of a man as you used to be, this pill will straighten you out (literally!).  And everyone who’s anyone has itunes, the iphone, and the ipad, am iclear?

And we participate in this maddening chatter unaware, telling our kids that in order to succeed they have to get the best grades, get into the right school, and get the right job.  We tell them that one day they must stop all this horsing around and get serious with their lives; we ask them who they are going to be when they grow up, warning them that life is all down hill after 22, declaring college the best four years of their lives; and finally, if they are lucky, they just might make something of themselves in this dog eat dog world.  It’s enough to stress you out completely – but of course there’s a pill that can fix that, too.

Is this how life really is?  Is our identity simply conditional and fragile?  Is who we are really defined by the things we own, our job status, and the social circles we run in?

The mystics, those saints and sages who saw through to the inner workings of reality, proclaimed something very different.   A little background here:  The word “mystic” comes from the Latin word, “mysterium”, from which we also get the word, mystery.  Thus, a mystic is one who sees into the mystery.  So what exactly did the mystics see?  And what does their vision of reality reveal about who and what we are?

Here’s what Thomas Merton said, after decades of meditation and contemplation:  “As if the sorrows and stupidities of the world could overwhelm me now that I realize what we all are.  I wish everyone could realize this, but there is no way of telling people they are all walking around shining like the sun.”

Shining like the sun.  That’s you.  He didn’t say, shining like the sun after you can afford the new electric Chevy Volt.  He didn’t say, shining like the sun after your bust gets lifted.  What he said was, right now, in this moment, with all of your imperfections, with all of your challenges in the temporal, with all of your worldly failures and successes, you are walking around shining like the sun!

Merton goes one step further with this concluding insight: “I am finally coming to the realization that my greatest ambition is to be what I already am.” Wait a minute.  What about worldly status and success and power?  Merton saw through all of that, and invites us to do the same.  Can you imagine?  What a lesson to embrace, to embody and even, to teach; to declare to our kids they don’t have to be someone, they already are someone.   Now the cynic will undoubtedly rise up and warn that this will poison our youth; they will be so inflated with their own identity, they will surely sit back and do nothing.  Quite the opposite is true.  This knowledge compels those it touches, Jesus, Gandhi, St. Francis, Mother Theresa, Rumi, and Hafiz, to walk with power, to use their talents for the good of all, without the drag of invented pressure to measure up to some arbitrary social standard.

You see, (and it is a matter of sight!), what we are telling ourselves, the command to succeed and be someone, is just a story; it’s a story based on expectations.   It’s temporal and finite.  It is not who you really are.  The Sufi mystic, Meera, wisely said: “You cannot play your role in time, until you know who you are in eternity.” And who you are is a drop in the ocean of divinity.  Inside you is starlight.  Inside you is the same infinite energy that created the universe.  As the modern mystic, Irwin Kula, knew, “Everything is god in drag.”

So the next time you’re told you need to be somebody, rest in the knowledge that you already are.  Hafiz implores us to wake up to this truth when he says: “I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.” Now what iphone or ipad, what present day pill or product can deliver that?