Master Key Week 21 – If we think big thoughts…

Reading Haanel’s Master Key Part Twenty-One I highlighted most everything.  Each time I read I used a different color pencil and you can imagine what it looks like-, FUN!!!

I really enjoyed this weeks reading as it pulls together our MKMMA course nicely.  We have had assignments that help to work on all of these ideas.

So, here are some clips from our reading this week and the Secret to Success:

 “This is one of the secrets of success, one of the methods of organizing victory, one of the accomplishments of the Master-Mind.  He /She thinks big thoughts.  The creative energies of mind find no more difficulty in handling large situations, than small ones.  Mind is just as much present in the Infinitely large as in the Infinitely small. “

Just imagine for a moment, is that saying that if you can give a presentation to a couple of people you could also have the creative energy to do that same presentation for 500 or more people?  Visualize that for a while until you can really see that happening.  Think about how it is feeling, is there any fear involved, are you sweating, is your heart racing?  If so, the good news is you are alive!  It could actually give you a rush in which the fear dissipates.

“When we realize these facts concerning mind we understand how we may bring ourselves any condition by creating the corresponding conditions in our consciousness, because everything which is held for any length of time in the consciousness, eventually becomes impressed upon the subconscious and thus becomes a pattern which the creative energy will wave into the life and environment of the individual.”

“If we wish a change in our condition all that is necessary is to change our thought.”

The above statement sounds pretty straight forward-, all that is necessary is to change our thought!!!  We are creature of habits and in order to change our thoughts we do need to grasp where our thoughts are coming from in the first place.  I think of the battleship exercise that we did in the second month of MKMMA.  We looked at a battleship and took it backwards in sequence from the people on the ship, where did they come from, what led them here and how about the battleship.   We dismantled the battleship until we were visiting where we were going to purchase the raw materials.  So where is this going, you might ask?  There’s work to be done to change our thoughts.  Think about how hard it was in the beginning to sit for 15 minutes, now you want to sit longer and enjoy emptying out everything around you so you can visualize what it is that you want to visualize, what do you want your life to look like!   

“It is, however, no easy matter to change the mental attitude, but by persistent effort it may be accomplished; the mental attitude is patterned after the mental pictures which have been photographed on the brain; if you do not like the pictures, destroy the negatives and create new pictures; this is the art of visualization. “

I don’t know about you, but I am tossing a lot of negative pictures away-, no need for those mental pictures that are a waste of time and don’t serve anyone well. 

So you get a glimpse of what my Haanel reading looks like-, lots of beautiful colors!    “If we wish to change a change in conditions all that is necessary is to change our thought.”

If we only knew…..

Carol Marsocci

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Master Key Week 20 – IF we did less multitasking!

First, here is the definition for MULTITASKING

mul·ti·task [muhl-tee-task, -tahsk, muhl-tahy-] Show IPA

verb (used without object)

1.  Computers. (of a single CPU) to execute two or more jobs concurrently.

2.  (of one person) to perform two or more tasks simultaneously.

This I find an interesting subject.  When going on job interviews in the 80’s one question I remember always being asked-, are you good at multitasking?  Of course, my answer was a clear YES!  I happened to be in the in the systems field back then and was responsible for choosing and bringing in word processers into our company.   I must sound ancient!!!  I can understand why multitasking was important in my job back then, I was a troubleshooter especially first thing in the morning when everyone received their reports.  Before calling Data Processing, I would determine if it was the end users error or Data Processing’s error in the sequence they ran the updates the previous night.

Our parents watched the era as their lives became easier with washing machines, dryers, toaster ovens, and dishwashers.  When I was growing up I can remember it being a big deal when we got a colored tv.  It also meant that the black & white tv had to go someplace!  Why not my room!!!   We had to get up and out of bed to change the channel or shut the tv off.  I did, however, have a switch that had a cord that went into the tv so that was pretty cool laying in bed and shutting it off.  So then we got a dishwasher, which was a time saver especially because I was the dishwasher.  All of these electronics really did make life easier.  Life was simple; you made plans with people ahead of time if you wanted to go out.   That’s if you could get a hold of them because there was no call waiting, caller id or answering machines-, we had to PLAN.

Another words, we didn’t have the distractions that we have these days.  There was a time that we thought with computers we would have less paper-, do you see that happening?  When I went to college, I thought it was huge that I had a typewriter.   We called home once a week from the pay phone in the hall.

Fast forward, came the bag phone that was something we put in our car for emergency only.  Then they made them smaller where you could put them in your pocketbook.  They were used again for emergencies, quick calls that made life a little more convenient.

Desktop computers came in the home, I used them for our business for the bookkeeping aspect instead of using the Dome Book that you wrote all your income and expenses in.  A few years before that I had taken a programming class where our assignment was to draw 2 houses and a bird and it had to fly back and forth from one house to another.  Did I ever imagine where this was going to go???  I just thought it was pretty cool that I could do that!

Fast forward, cell phones and computers-, did we ever imagine how intertwined they would become in our busy lives.  Have you ever left home without it?  How did it make you feel?

How many have their cell phone with them most moments of every day?  How many times do you check your email accounts (yes, that is meant to be a plural)?  How many times do you check your text because you thought you heard a ding?  How many times do you check your Facebook account?  How many times do you make a call because you just feel like talking to someone instead of dealing with the task in hand?  This of course, many times done while you are doing something else-, driving, waiting for someone etc.  How about going to the mall, or walking the streets of NYC, how many people are with people, but talking on their phones.  Are they living in the moment with their friends?

Before MKMMA I knew multitasking was a problem and didn’t really need MKMMA to enlighten me on that.  What I did need is to learn how important it is to have laser focus on the task in hand, take time to sit still and learn how to think of absolutely nothing to thinking deeply about something.  I have become a much better observer and it is fun.  Now when Tom ask me for something and I happen to be in mid stream of another task, I tell him after I finish what I am doing and we laugh!   I am observing how many times I am interrupted in my day and learning how to handle.

So after all is said and done here, we want to use a compass instead of the clock just as we are being taught in MKMMA.  My cell phone and computer keeps me connected with family, friends and people I work with and care very much about.  It is my decision to be there for the one’s I care about and also take care of business.  It’s learning that you can take time to sit each day without distractions, have time with your inner thoughts and enjoy the process.

If we take the time to value and train our minds living in the moment, we will not only help ourselves-, we will in turn help so many people.

Enjoy your day!

Carol Marsocci

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Master Key Week 19 – If my brother was aware…

“Fear is a powerful form of thought.  It paralyzes the nerve centers, thus affecting the circulation of the blood.

This, in turn, paralyzes the muscular system, so that fear affects the entire being, body, brain and nerve, physical, mental, and muscular.”

Have you ever heard of someone go through something like getting hit by a car, or bad fall and didn’t get hurt at all.  Then you hear another story of the same but the person got hurt very badly.

What Haanel says above is so true!  “Fear affects the entire being, body, brain and nerve, physical, mental and muscular”.

When my older brother was 12 years old he had a paper route that he could do in his sleep.  The only problem was he wasn’t paying attention.   He was daydreaming, his thoughts were elsewhere, and crossed a very busy road as he had done every day.  A car hit my brother.  His body went on the hood, then the windshield finally tossing him in front of the car.  Thankfully by that time the car had stopped.

Besides a few bumps and bruises he was okay.  Why do you think he was okay after being tossed around like that?

Perhaps it was because he had no fear, as he didn’t see the car coming.  In fact, this happened over 50 years ago and they felt then that he didn’t get hurt because he had no idea he was going to get hit.-, NO FEAR!!!

How Fear Works


Fight or Flight

To produce the fight-or-flight response, the hypothalamus activates two systems: the sympathetic nervous system and the adrenal-cortical system. The sympathetic nervous system uses nerve pathways to initiate reactions in the body, and the adrenal-cortical system uses the bloodstream. The combined effects of these two systems are the fight-or-flight response.

When the hypothalamus tells the sympathetic nervous system to kick into gear, the overall effect is that the body speeds up, tenses up and becomes generally very alert. If there’s a burglar at the door, you’re going to have to take action — and fast. The sympathetic nervous system sends out impulses to glands and smooth muscles and tells the adrenal medulla to release epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine (noradrenaline) into the bloodstream. These “stress hormones” cause several changes in the body, including an increase in heart rate and blood pressure.

At the same time, the hypothalamus releases corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) into the pituitary gland, activating the adrenal-cortical system. The pituitary gland (a major endocrine gland) secretes the hormone ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone). ACTH moves through the bloodstream and ultimately arrives at the adrenal cortex, where it activates the release of approximately 30 different hormones that get the body prepared to deal with a threat.

The sudden flood of epinephrine, norepinephrine and dozens of other hormones causes changes in the body that include:

  • heart rate and blood pressure increase
  • pupils dilate to take in as much light as possible
  • veins in skin constrict to send more blood to major muscle groups (responsible for the “chill” sometimes associated with fear — less blood in the skin to keep it warm)
  • blood-glucose level increases
  • muscles tense up, energized by adrenaline and glucose (responsible for goose bumps — when tiny muscles attached to each hair on surface of skin tense up, the hairs are forced upright, pulling skin with them)
  • smooth muscle relaxes in order to allow more oxygen into the lungs
  • nonessential systems (like digestion and immune system) shut down to allow more energy for emergency functions
  • trouble focusing on small tasks (brain is directed to focus only on big picture in order to determine where threat is coming from)

­All of these physical responses are intended to help you survive a dangerous situation by preparing you to either run for your life or fight for your life (thus the term “fight or flight”). Fear — and the fight-or-flight response in particular — is an instinct that every animal possesses.

Carol Marsocci

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Master Key Week 18 – If we followed some of the teachings in the movie “I AM”….

We were asked to watch the movie “I AM” this week.  This movie is a documentary and is very thought provoking and discusses so many facets of life:

  • cooperation and democracy
  • ability to cooperate and take care of others
  • sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature
  • love and compassion
  • anger makes us stupid
  • the heart is intelligent
  • greed-, a learned behavior

My husband Tom and I watched this together and after I watched the interviews with Tom Shadyac I was intrigued.  It is so thought provoking that I stayed up late and woke up to watch more.   Perhaps its something he said-, to be honest it wasn’t just one thing, but many!  To start, he began his journey long before his bike accident where he suffered Post Concussion Syndrome.  However, after the accident he realized that he wanted to tell his story of what he had learned about himself before and after.

Here is the YouTube link to watch in 7 parts.  However, you will have to purchase the movie to watch part 7!  Don’t wait though to watch!!!

Here is the trailer version:

Many suffer with Post Concussion Syndrome.  As Tom Shadyac discusses there are several key points with this illness:

  • Different for different people
  • Very isolating and debilitating disease
  • Nothing helps but time
  • The brain is very slow in healing in most cases
  • It can heal but takes a lot of time

This all resonates with me at a level in which I truly understand.  I always believe that there is a purpose for everything and I wouldn’t be so absorbed in this movie “I AM” and the interviews if I didn’t truly understand what he was saying and had experienced.

For those of you that don’t know, years ago I was diagnosed with Lyme’s Disease after going at least 10 years undiagnosed.  The purpose that I like to share this is if I can help one person not go through whatever it is they may be suffering with, I have made a difference.  It’s important for us to take control of our own health, however, some people are dealing with what Tom Shadyac dealt with from Post Concussion Syndrome and many others do with Lyme and many other illnesses.  You make your world very small during the illness and road to recovery is long.  People generally do not understand and that’s what makes it a lonely place.  I want to help people see that there is hope and happiness around the corner!

I definitely want to meet Tom Shadyac-, he offers so much to the MKMMA!!!  Here is Tom Shadyac’s interview on “The Young Turks” which is worth watching:


I love how he ends this interview:  “We are all on journey’s, I’m not sitting here saying I’m right, look at me, I’ve got the answers.  I’m saying I am experiencing something that is elevating and awesome, do you want to hear about it and then if it applies to you, if it opens up any doors for you-, FANTASTIC!  I think if I stood up and said, “I’m right, the square footage that I chose is right, my lifestyle is the right lifestyle and yours is wrong, I don’t think my friends would respond to that.”

Expand into the possibility-, I am that, I am!

Carol Marsocci

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