Johanna's Master Key Journey

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Week 20 Wake Up

This week is time to wake up  I have been doing the work of the Master Key, reading my DMP, writing and reading my gratitude cards, writing and doing my service cards.  Reminding myself to Do it now, Do it now, Do it now. Reading from Og Mandino’s book. And of course doing the “sit” for at least 20 minutes.

 

There is a progression as I go from one lesson to the next.  It is also a time of wonder at realizing my at onement with all beings. We are all so connected, to all of life.  We are so small in the Universe, yet each of us is important and unique. We would be nothing without the Spirit within us. Recognizing that and becoming the Observer of what is going on within me and what is going on around me, puts me in a place of being more at peace with myself.

Everything Starts with Thought

Everything we have around has come from someone’s idea.  Their thought. The computer I use to to write this Blog.  The mouse I use to move the cursor. The computer screen that transforms what I write to be able to see it on a scree, that is powered by the tower that has the brains of this computer.The chair I sit in.  The glass I drink from. The plate and silverware I use to eat. The lamp that gives me light after the sun has gone down. The glasses I use to give me better vision.

 

Everything we can name and see and use has come from Thought.  What I have been learning in the Master Key, that the concentrated effort, the intention and thought and being in the stillness can be the projection of what is to come in my future.  We are beings that have Power to manifest, if we do the work. All the daily things we’ve learned to do through repetition to reach the “Subby” gives us the opportunity for real life changes to manifest.

I am grateful for the process I have been going through.  It has been overwhelming because there is so much I do daily.  I am grateful to know what the tasks are to make the internal changes.I believe the “sit” is the opportunity to connect with Universal Mind and listen.  So hard to get the monkey mind to stay quiet.Perception only comes in the Silence. It is also the time to visualize and see what will be the Now. in the future.  I treasure this time to wake up.

 

I am going to reiterate Haanels words her. Because I think they are of the utmost importance. This comes from Haanel 20:23.  “ We are told that “In Him we live and move and have our being,” and we are told that “He” is a Spirit, and again that “He” is Love, so that every time we breathe, we breathe this life, love and spirit.  This Pranic Energy, or Pranic Ether, we could not exist a moment without it. It is the Cosmic Energy; it is the Life of the Solar Plexus.”

 

“ Every time we breathe we fill our lungs with air and at the same time vitalize our body with this Pranic Ether which is Life itself, so that we have the opportunity of making a conscious connection with All Life, All Intelligence and All Substance.”

 

Namaste,

Johanna Baker

week 19 – Your Last Day

 Your last day

Thinking about “your last day” came from  reading  Og Mandino’s scroll “Live each day as if it is your last day”.  As a result, I now try to make the most out of every day.  This becomes especially relevant because I’ve read this scroll so many times, three times a day for a month.  The importance of  it is to  be mindful and to be present always. If I can remember to be mindful, this puts me in a state of feeling alive in every moment of the now. What I found in my experience is that I remember,  then I forget and then I remember again. I find it hard to stay in the remember to be mindful all the time. 

Live in the Moment

Live in the moment, for I no longer have yesterday and tomorrow is not a given. All I have is Now. I was asked in the Master Key class, to buy a newspaper every day and read the obituaries that were posted that day. Why?

It was an exercise  that emphasized the fact that our lives are finite. I bought the paper daily and  looked at the picture in the obituary and read the person’s story. It strikes me that many people are blessed to live a long life.  The wrinkles on their face are well earned and also tell a bit about how hard their life was. Children and people whose lives were taken early, gave me pause and gratitude for how long I have been lucky to be here.

Most of us have a sense of the miracle of our own life. But, so much of the time, we find it difficult to think about the end to this journey we call our life, our last day. Reading this chapter three x’s  a day brought it home for me, Live each day as if it were your last day.  “I live this day as if it is my last day.  I avoid with fury the killers of time. Procrastination I destroy with action…….”  This makes me grateful for every day.

Be mindful

First of all, I live my life with purpose and make the decision to be happy. I decide to be happy and to be present. Writing down the things I am grateful for daily, is making my awareness grow for all the little and big things that make my life so enjoyable.  I am so happy to be alive and have so much to be grateful for. I no longer take anything for granted.   I am especially grateful for my beautiful family who I love so very much. They are everything to me.

Being still and focusing on my breath helps to quiet and calm the mind. This quiet time also gives me an extended sense of gratitude for all that I have. Being mindful creates heightened awareness. Being mindful helps us appreciate the beauty in others. Mindfulness allows us to be in the present, in the Now of the moment.

NOW is all we ever have. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is hoped for.  Being in a mindful state is to notice what is going on in my life.  What must I do next is to be responsive in the moment. This is very empowering. Gives me freedom to be more of myself and go for what I want and what is important to me.

Think and imagine the life you want

The Master Key Process has been a lesson in the power of our mind and the power of thought.

  • Meditation is the time to be still and listen 
  • Be present and in the moment.
  • Be who you are to be.
  • Be the most of who you can be.

I am so grateful to go through this process. The Master Key Process has led me through  this process of discovery of who I am and what is possible for my future. Use the Power of Thought to get what you want.

Namaste,

Johanna Baker

Week 18- Be in the Moment

We have been taught by the Greats “To be in the Moment”. This week has been one of discovery and being more present.  This month we have been reading from Og Mandino’s book the Chapter about savoring each day as if it was our last day. This awareness has brought me to the understanding to treat every moment as if it was my last.   How can I make the most of every day. All connections and the connections I have with my family are so very precious.

Can Sand flow upwards in an hourglass?

Some thoughts from Og Mandino:. Can we have sand flow upwards in an hourglass?  The sun doesn’t set in the same place it rises.  Do I right the mistakes, yesterday that I made yesterday?  Is it possible for us to become younger than we were yesterday?  The  hurtful  words spoken, blows that were struck, or any pain I caused  be taken back yesterday?  No, yesterday is gone and can’t be righted because it was yesterday?

What about tomorrow? Can tomorrow’s sand flow through the glass today? Will the sun rise twice tomorrow? Can I do the things today that are in tomorrow’s path?  Tomorrow’s baby can’t be born today?  Tomorrow’s  death can’t cast its shadow backward and darken today’s joy?   Should I torment myself about something that might never come to pass?  I can’t do anything about  what has already happened or will happen..

Thich Nhat Hanh teaches Mindfulness

Another teacher about  living life in the moment is Thich Nhat Hanh.  He calls it  mindfulness and has  exercises to help us live with happiness and joy. Being in the moment is all we ever have.  Being happy in the moment  is our choice.  No matter where we are in the universe, no matter what situation we are put in, we will always have the option of being happy. We don’t need to be unrealistically optimistic about our situation, but accepting it as it is, and choosing to be happy.

In Thich Nhat Hanh’s words he tells us that many of us are alive but don’t know it. But when we breathe in, and are aware of our in-breath, we touch the miracle of being alive. That is why mindfulness is a source of happiness and joy..  We don’t need to wait 10 years to be happy. Just as Og is teaching,  we can’t be worrying about what was.  We shouldn’t live in a state of forgetfulness where we are not living in the present. We lose out of the joy of being in the moment.

Be in the Moment

Taking time every day to be quiet and breathe in and out is a way to recenter us and bring us into the present .  It is in the present where we can experience joy and happiness.  Using concentration on what we want is a way to quiet the mind and exercise focus.  I have found the “monkey mind” often is running and it is a distraction for me to stay focused.  I find this is where my workout is.

When I am at the gym, I find it easier to be in the moment because I focus on the physical exercise I am in.  I have found that the time I am in my “sit” and I focus on my breathing is a way for me to become more present and in the moment.

The main points that Thich Nhat Hahn makes to have the “sit” or meditation or the quiet time we give ourselves, can be broken down into a few things to focus on.

  1. Focus on the breath.  Do Belly breathing like a baby.
  2. Concentrate on your breath
  3. Be aware of your Body.
  4. Release Tension
  5. Focus (what I’ve added)

Becoming more Mindful

We are our body as well as our mind  The best way for us to feel more fully alive and present is when we keep our attention to being present in the moment. Be in the moment to experience more of the wonders of life.  We do this when we are present with ourselves and the people that we have around us.  Each moment we stay present brings us more peace and joy. This allows us to see and experience the miracle of being alive.

We are the miracle that we are alive.  We come from a long line of successes. To become happier, and more joyful  is a byproduct of  experiencing more gratitude.  Happiness comes  when we bring our minds into our body and become more aware. Be in the moment. Become present and in the moment.  We become a happier being in this miracle of being alive.

Namaste,

~Johanna Baker

Week 17 HJ – The Hero’s Journey

What is the Hero’s Journey?  Why do we go to the movies?  In every movie we find a protagonist or 2 that run into difficulties.  We become captured by the dilemma they find themselves.in. We are drawn into their story.  They along with some helpers have a challenge a struggle and they decide to take on the challenge.  Deciding to become the victor of your own journey is the basic premise of the Hero’s Journey. We go to the movies to live vicariously through the characters being a champion in their life.

As an example, during the Depression in the 1930’s when times were so tough, Hollywood was making movies and people went to the movies, often with very little money..  Shirley Temple movies were Big in the 1930’s because people found them hopeful and she was always able to make a bad situation better.  Shirley was the Hero in all her movies.  She gave people hope for a better time and portrayed the innocence of a child with a bright and giving Heart. Her kindness and goodness prevailed.

People went to the movies, because there own situation was bleak  and they wanted to see a person become the hero of their own life.  People go to the movies now to be entertained, but also to live vicariously through the character to see them become the hero of their own life. It helps us also feel like a victor through the experience, because we identify with the protagonist.

Joseph Campbell and The Hero’s Journey

Joseph Campbell – Author of the Hero’s Journey

I was introduced to the Hero’s journey a long time ago through the work of Joseph Campbell.      Joseph Campbell wrote The Power  of Myth and the Hero of a Thousand Faces among many other books.

Bill  Moyers did a number of interviews with Joseph Campbell.  Joseph Campbell answers the question, “ 05. Are movies fulfilling the role of creating our myths”  He has given new meaning to all stories since the beginning of time of how we as humans have used the myths to give our lives more meaning.   He’s also explained the deeper meaning to the stories of who we are.

When I was introduced to Joseph Campbell, he gave me another outlook of looking at the stories taught through religion.  He calls them Myths because they are so universal through all the religions and every culture. Movies give us insight into what it means to be the hero of our own life. He does a brilliant job of going through the many stories of many civilizations.  All the stories end up being the story of the Hero’s journey.  Will I jump out of what I know to jump into the unknown. In the beginning I didn’t really know what it meant in my own life.

What do I pretend not to know?

Growing up, I always felt that there was something I was to do that would be a contribution to others. At six years old that is just a feeling, but I felt it strongly.  Of course, I had no idea what that could be  or would be.  What I do now know is that when distressing times with obstacles have shown up, I have always chosen a more difficult path of facing up to the difficulty and  I hold myself accountable. My choice was to work through it to and come through it on the other side. I had chosen the path of the Hero’s journey without knowing it.

An example of this happened early in my marriage when we were kicked out of a group where I felt a lot of connection and purpose.  All of a sudden, my husband Jim and I were totally on our own feeling we no longer had any friends or community.  I  soon discovered through this distressing time that I needed to die or give up how I thought it was going to be to have something better.  It was a painful cathartic experience for me. It felt like a death to me.

At that time, I kept playing a song on an album I had, that sang about the seed needing to break  open to push through the earth so that it could grow.  That is how I felt.  I needed to break open to leave behind  the way I thought  things would be so that I could become more of my true authentic self. It was an awakening that changed the course of my life.  I didn’t need anyone else to give me validation.

So Why Don’t People Answer the Call to the Hero’s Journey?

We are all reluctant Heroes.  Many refuse the call, Campbell calls it the personal fears, he calls it the “Dragons”.  We feel we need supernatural aid to deal with what has happened to us.  These things look like, loss of a job, injury, a terrible diagnosis, divorce, a bankruptcy, a  betrayal of our belief system.  It often feels like a death and we don’t know how to come out of it.

It takes courage to overcome the blows we are dealt.  In my own life the blows and the determination to get up again and fight has happened many times. I needed to figure it out or  allow the Universe to guide me to answer that I didn’t know was there. What is worth dying for?  It feels like a death, because the ‘Old Self’ has to die for the ‘New Self’ to be able to live.  ‘Our Subby” takes direction from the Conscious self. .To have The Old Self  die is usually very hard.   The new self  can become the new Authentic Self,  a transformed self. A self to connect with others and with God., our divine self.

Joseph Campbell has said the snake that can not shed his skin will die.

It takes courage to Slay our Dragons

If one has the courage to slay the dragons in our life, the Best and Most Rewarding time comes after the struggle, We also develop more courage after we see what we are capable of.

We all live with our own Hero’s Journey.  When we make a decision to become the hero in our own life, we surrender and are no longer the victim in our life.  When there is no death, there is no transformation.  We are the ones to resurrect our own life.  There is a blessing in the death that lets you live a better life. It is not what happens to us but what we do with it that gives our life meaning,  The most rewarding time comes after the struggle.

As Joseph Campbell has said, “ Life has no meaning.  Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life.  It is a waste to be asking the question, when you are the answer.”

Namaste,

~Johanna Baker.

 

Week 17- Go for Gratitude

Go for Gratitude!

 

Every week we have assignments in the Master Key course. Each assignment is to focus on a subject that moves us forward. We have focused on persistence,  kindness, self discipline, enthusiasm, courage, gratitude, and many others. Our focus for several weeks has been to write 3 gratitude cards a day on 3 X 5 index cards.

What are gratitude cards?

How has writing these gratitude cards made a difference for me. Every day I find things big and small that I am grateful for. I wrote my DMP  (Definite Major Purpose)  and my daily actions are being done with more focus and determination.  Some of the gratitude cards were for things I did in my past or what other people did for me in the past.  Many times I realize I take things for granted. I am now more aware of how these things are creating a better quality of life for me.

 

The feeling of being happy and that all is right in your world, happens when we are in a state of gratitude. Many of us are in search of happiness.  Little did I know that being in a constant state of gratitude is really the key to happiness. This was an aha moment for me. When we are grateful, the world feels and looks different to us.

Shawn Achor Harvard Graduate did his Thesis  on being Happy and the Happiness Advantage

Shawn Achor spent his life in research about the state of gratitude.  He gave a Ted talk that explored happiness. If you haven’t already seen it, check out Shawn’s popular TED Talk here: The happy secret to better work is,  yes, happiness pays off!

Video Shawn Achor

In the following article I found the same exercise of writing down the 3 gratitudes for each day that I have been doing. This can be a life changer.

From Shawn Achor : Those who are happy experience 31% higher productivity, 37% higher sales, 3x greater creativity and 23% fewer fatigue symptoms. Happy people are also up to 10x more engaged, 40% more likely to receive a promotion, and 39% more likely to live to age 94.  

I find the gratitude cards are making a difference for me.  Everything that happens to me both positive and negative, I am grateful because I know everything will be for my highest good. My state of mind is definitely changing. What is wired together fires together and the focus on kindness and gratitude are key in this process of change.

I challenge you to do something for yourself

I challenge you to write 3 gratitude cards a day and to notice kindness in yourself and the people around you.  It takes 21 days to change a habit. Even the things you don’t think are good at the time, you will find were a turning point, a lesson that you needed or something you needed to overcome. Gratitude teaches us to appreciate the rainbow and the storm.

Do this for 21 days and you will notice that you have changed and that the people around have also changed.  It may only be the way you look at them has changed. They may even tell you that you have changed. Watch how you start to feel.

Namaste,

Johanna Baker

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