Helping people help themselves… That’s what Mark J and the Master Key Experience are all about. How about finding out what really makes YOU truly happy? And how you – with all your unique gifts and talents – can help others to find this out for themselves also ? What’s the value of being dependent for the rest of your life, on what other people think of you, what other people want you to be, what other people tell you to do…? Continue reading
Yes, it has been a while. I felt the need for silence, the need to move away from any outer influence… Echoes in my mind, other people’s opinions… Long walks in the woods nearby, to recharge, reconnect, and to review my definite major purpose, in my mind, or was it maybe in my heart ?
Visualising, feeling, sensing, listening again and again, closer and closer, deeper and deeper, tuning into the wavelength of Truth… At this stage in the continuation of the #masterkeyexperience, I’m picking up the pieces again, and in doing so, I’m finding my own rhythm, my own melody, my own harmony… Continue reading
Question. “How are fear, guilt, anger, unworthiness and hurt feelings great tools for expanding the comfort zone?”
Hm. This had me thinking all week… Just having to reflect on these words got me out of my comfort zone right there. The “Fear” of not getting it, not understanding the question, of not being smart enough, of not being able to make a thorough analysis, of saying the wrong thing in the end…
Hand me a saxophone and I’ll play you a few great lines. Comfort.
OK. How about, “Hurt Feelings” give me the perfect opportunity to practice forgiveness towards others ? And the emotion of “Guilt” provides me with yet another wonderful occasion to practice forgiveness towards myself… As our dear friend Og questions in his Scroll V, “… Can I relive the errors of yesterday and right them ? Can I call back yesterday’s wounds and make them whole ? Can I take back the evil that was spoken, the blows that were struck, the pain that was caused… ?” Continue reading
Yes, I’m way behind with last week’s post…
It has been a challenging week. No need to make an inventory here. Of course it has been challenging ! How, otherwise, would we encounter the so much needed opportunities to advance, the stepping stones to move to higher spheres ?
I was doing good. Five months into the Master Key Experience. Going strong. Climbing that mental mountain at a steady pace. Feeling whole, loving, enthusiastic, focused… And then, all of a sudden, something happened. A moment of unawareness… I couldn’t get a good grip, and lost my balance.
And off I went, down that slippery cliff… waaay down… Spiralling down into the darkness of the night. It took me by surprise. I lost all control for a moment. And I was out for a while… Continue reading
I’ve watched many movies in my life so far, and one thing is for sure, a Hero has courage… The courage to stand out, to stand up, or down if needed. The courage to follow her heart, vision, follow the call of her inner voice, beckoning to take the path less travelled… Surely a hero has also all of the other 12 virtues of Franklin’s Makeover…
We’re working on it.
This week I’ve been focussing on courage. I had the feeling that I couldn’t see much of it in my outer world – and we know what that means – but I guess looking for it has had it’s effect… At first I thought that most people were pretty Continue reading
I just read Shelby Nolan’s blog post for this week. I’m definitely been part of the drifting crowd for the past few days or so. Oh, come on, honestly, definitely more than a few days… You know, it’s like getting a pair of new shoes or something, and you’re all happy and excited, you cherish them, take care of them, buy the right polish, find a special spot for them … And then after a while they’re just another pair of shoes…
But no sir, this is not like a simple pair of shoes. This course, these daily rituals, this practice, is way more valuable… Yet, the shapes, the dream board, the written DMP, the many index cards, the recording, Mandino, Haanel, … are becoming all too familiar…
So how do we keep the magic going ? Continue reading
I marked down “Decisiveness” for this first week’s virtue of Benjamin Franklin’s 13 Week Makeover. I “decided” that this was the one quality that needed the most attention in my ever-changing mind…I would love to do things with trust and confidence, not thinking things over a million times before moving into action… To be connected at all times to that inner voice which “knows” The Truth. And to trust it, to act on it, without the slightest hint of hesitation. I’m remembering The Way Of The Samurai.
With firmness, determination… conclusiveness, purposefulness, will power,… those are some of the synonyms I found online. And some other words related to decisiveness are persistence, perseverance, aim, intention… Now, don’t these words sound very familiar after 15 weeks into Continue reading
One of this week’s assignments was to view one of the suggested movies, and recognise the four tiny habits that can change one’s life for the better – having a Definite Major Purpose (DMP), a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), a Plan Of Action (POA), and a Master Mind Alliance (MMA). Combine these four, and you have a formula for success.
Whenever somebody invites me to watch a movie, I’m there ! I saw “October Sky”, “Cool Runnings”, and “Rudy”, twice…
Let’s focus on “Rudy” for the time being, which somehow most resonated with me. The whole story is truly highlighting everything we are learning during this amazing MKMMA Experience Course.
Everything around Rudy, his entire family environment, is trying to keep him from realising his childhood dream, playing for the Notre-Dame football team. He doesn’t care what others tell him, that he’s too short, too slow, not smart enough, that the whole idea is stupid and Continue reading
Hm… Seems I have nothing major to bring to the foreground this week… Probably that’s quite an achievement already. 🙂 No struggles to complain about, no inner turmoil, just simply enjoying getting settled into these daily master key and other rituals. Love how Earl Nightingale’s Strangest Secret summarises all that we’re doing. Love the jazz music on the recording. Makes everything even more cosy during these cold winter days …
I took a few days off from the outside world. Stayed at home, alone, working on bringing everything into harmony, especially myself. I admit, I was a bit behind with a few things. Tons of emails to answer, some index cards to make, a few video replays to watch… I decided to fast for three days. Been wanting to for a while. Been feeling the need to cleanse my body within, and bring my thoughts into sharper focus. It’s a wonderful experience to notice how the mind becomes clearer, once the body doesn’t have to process all this food. As if adding a luminous Continue reading
I missed last week’s webinar. I was playing a concert with the Dutch jazz pianist and composer Jeroen Van Vliet who received the prestigious Boy Edgar Prize that night. The whole evening was a huge success. The Bimhuis, the well-know jazz venue in Amsterdam, was completely sold out. The audience was warm and enthusiastic. Radio and TV were recording the event, press all over the place. And yet something didn’t feel right. I didn’t feel right…
I haven’t been performing much since five or six years now. I’m actually hardly playing at all anymore these days. A conscious decision, wanting to live a more balanced, healthy and regular life. I just play a handful of concerts a year, mostly because I have a hard time saying no to my musician friends… Continue reading