Week 13 – “I and my Father are one.”

This week, we’re reading part 13 of The Master Key System – this is the halfway mark!  I’ve come so far, but still feel that I have far to go.

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Christmas was a delight in our home.  While it appeared that our budget was tight, we had gifts under the tree.  I received one of the best gifts ever – my sons went to the beach at 6 am one morning (that, in itself, is a MIRACLE!! 6 AM?!?!?) with the girlfriend of my second son.  She’s a photographer.  They took pictures at the beach, she framed them, and they gave them to me as gifts.  I cried.  Such a beautiful, thoughtful thing to do.

December 2013

I have a favorite musician, Mindy Jostyn, whose music is unfortunately not available in video form.  Two of her CDs are spiritually based.  She has written a piece based on Jesus’ statement, “I and my Father are one.”   The melody is beautiful and soothing, and the lyrics, seen below, exemplify and amplify the lessons we’ve been learning these past thirteen weeks.

Like a river that runs to the ocean, Like a ray reaching out from the sun, Like the leaf and the vine, the grape and the wine, I and my Father are one
And may each of us claim it as truly, As the man who we heard was His son, And may each of us know in the depths of his soul, I and my Father are one
One in beauty, one in truth, One in the asking, one in the proof, One in time and one in space, One in the goodness that flows from His grace
Though our fears may estrange and divide us, May we seek to dissolve them through love, We are sister and brother, each bound to the other, And one with our Father above
One in purpose, one in power, One in the moment, one with a flower, One in kindness, one in peace, One in the Mind that foresees our release
Like a seedling that grows in the forest, Like the light shining forth from the sun, Like a branch and the tree, a drop and the sea, A hymn and the choir, a flame and the fire, I and my Father are one

Here’s another of her songs. Very nice and really uplifting.

Gratitude11This week, we’re focusing on gratitude.   I’m grateful for uplifting music, which, in times of emotional turmoil, are a gift of solace and peace.

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Week 12 – Knowledge, courage, faith

faith mlk“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1

potter dumbledore“Of course it’s happening inside your head, Harry! Why should that mean it’s not real?” – Professor Dumbledore

This week’s lesson in the Master Key System, by Haanel, is about the application of knowledge, using courage and faith.  Haanel tells us that “Knowledge does not apply itself;” About what knowledge is he writing?  He tells us, “You must first have the knowledge of your power; second, the courage to dare; third, the faith to do.”  Knowledge, courage, and faith.  These are the energies that move us forward towards our goals and dreams.

Knowledge.  The sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned.  What is my power?  I know the source of my power – Universal Mind (God). power God He is the source of my being, and the source of my power.  But WHAT is my power?  It is the ability to change my thought (to repent) in order to change my experience.  As I strive to discipline my thought, allowing only correct and positive thinking, the changes in my thought processes are bringing about changes in my day-to-day life.  So many things are better, more harmonious, and I’m so much happier.  So, I’ve gained some knowledge of my power, but I know there’s so much more to learn and put into practice.  What do I need to put it into practice?  “the courage to dare;”

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This is the person I used to think I was:  the cowardly lion.  I was wrong.  I was never that person, because that’s not who I was made to be. Courage_by_dirtbiker715 I am strong.  I am fearless.  I am POWERFUL!

Courage.  The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution;  An obsolete definition is:  mind; disposition; spirit.  I have the courage to succeed.  I have the mind to succeed.  I have the disposition to succeed.  I have the spirit to succeed.courage

Faith.  Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence.

Taking that first step, trusting what you’ve learned, trusting in your God-given power and abilities.  That’s faith.

Combining courage and faith leads to action.  “Knowledge does not apply itself.”  -Haanel.  We have to USE our knowledge, take action through courage and faith, and keep at it until we achieve our goals!  What an important life-lesson this is!  knowledge-n-action-equal-power