Master Key Week 25 – If you accept this gift this is what you can expect:

To be challenged more

Learn about yourself more

Learn about others more

Read more

Love more

Feel more

Question more

Write more

Adapt more

Sing more

Smile more

Understand more

Shake things up more

Experience more

Live more

Work more

Play more

See more

Create more

Think more

Sit still more

Dream more

Embrace more

Treat yourself more

Praise more

Ask more

Be more

Hear more

Listen more

Give more

Enjoy your day,

Carol Marsocci

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Master Key Week #24 – If we choose to accept this gift …

As we arrive at our commencement of the six-month Master Key Master Mind Alliance I look back and ask that you close your eyes for a moment and a gift is sitting right in front of you to unwrap.  It is gift unlike anything you have ever received.  It is a gift of love, beautiful thoughts, giving, caring and if you accept this gift you can unlock the master key to your bliss, of what it is that you really truly and honestly want to create for yourself.

“By following your bliss the world isn’t just alive-, it lives!  It’s a safe place to self discover without influence.  The meaning of life is finding your gifts and the purpose of life is giving it away and by doing so your world lives!”

Here is a clip from the movie “Adaption”.  I truly love “The only barometer you have is your heart.  When you spot your flower you can’t let anything get in your way.”

“Listening to your heart, follow your heart, give away your unique gifts and the world lives!”

Mark J and Davene found their purpose, not to teach, but create an environment for people to self discover without influence.

Enjoy your day!

Carol Marsocci

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Master Key Week #23 – If we wake up with a different thought…

 

“When you let go

of trying to get more

of what you don’t really need,

it frees up oceans of energy

to make a difference

with what you have.”

– Lynne Twist

Haanel says, “Harmonious conditions necessitate sufficient supply, so that if there appears to be any lack, we should realize that the idea or soul of money is service, and as this thought takes form, channels of supply will be opened, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that spiritual methods are entirely practical. ” 

Here we are in Week 23 of the Master Key Mastermind Alliance and I can honestly say this course has been incredibly thought provoking, challenging, life changing and perhaps has stirred the pot a bit!  I guess that’s as good a way of explaining my feelings right now as any.

I decided to Google “the soul of money is service” and came across a quote from Lynne Twist.  What I realized is I do need to be much easier on myself, realize that I am in a much better place than this quote and I do feel that MKMMA has a lot to do with it.

Lynne Twist – “For me, and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is “I didn’t get enough sleep.” The next one is “I don’t have enough time.” Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it. We spend most of the hours and the days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don’t have enough of… Before we even sit up in bed, before our feet touch the floor, we’re already inadequate, already behind, already losing, already lacking something. And by the time we go to bed at night, our minds are racing with a litany of what we didn’t get, or didn’t get done, that day. We go to sleep burdened by those thoughts and wake up to that reverie of lack… This internal condition of scarcity, this mind-set of scarcity, lives at the very heart of our jealousies, our greed, our prejudice, and our arguments with life”

The questions I have learned to ask is “What are we pretending not to know????”

If we only knew…

Carol Marsocci

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Master Key Week 22A – If we go to sleep in peace…

Do you ever feel like you have way too much on your plate?  Do you waste time going in one direction; however, there is a need to go yet in another direction?  Our minds sometimes get over stimulated and we need to stop in silence and clear our mind, plant some seeds, visualize and watch them grow.  Going to sleep and letting things go can be most difficult for many.  Through the MKMMA course I have learned a new habit.  The last hour of the day is quiet, a time to read and feed the mind with positive thoughts and knowledge.  Do you have trouble sleeping because too much is going on in that beautiful head of yours?  Spend the last hour of your day doing this can change everything.

This week I would like to share something my husband Tom reads to me each night before we go to sleep.  You can find this in the book “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” on page 175.

 “I fully and freely forgive everyone, and I sincerely wish for them harmony, health, peace, and all the blessings of life.  I am at peace, I am poised, serene, and calm.  I rest in security and in peace.  A great stillness steals over me, and a great calm quiets my whole being as I realize the Divine Presence within me.  I know that the realization of life and love heals me.

I wrap myself in the mantle of love and fall asleep filled with goodwill for all.  Throughout the night peace remains with me, and in the morning I shall be filled with life and love.  A circle of love is drawn around me.  I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.  I sleep in peace, I wake in joy, and in him I live, move, and have my being. “

If we only knew …

Carol Marsocci

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Master Key Week 22 – If we can master our emotions…

This month we are reading Chapter Thirteen, The Scroll Marked VI of Og Mandino’s “The Greatest Salesman in the World.”

“Today I will be a master of my emotions.”

“And how will I master my emotions so that every day is a happy day, and productive one?  I will learn this secret of the ages:  Weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions; strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts.  Each day, when I awaken, I will follow this plan of battle before I am captured by the forces of sadness, self-pity and failure—

If I feel depressed I will sing.

If I feel sad I will laugh.

If I feel ill I will plunge ahead.

If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.

If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.

If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.

If I feel incompetent I will remember past success.

If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.

Today I will be master of my emotions.”

I’m finding this Scroll VI fascinating because now more than ever we have so much information coming to us each day.  It can be overwhelming at times because of technology.   It really gets down to how we handle everything and that’s where our emotions come in.  We receive so many thoughts of our own, however, think about all the thoughts you receive from people you know.

Years ago you would get another persons thought by spending a few moments or some amount of time with them.  Perhaps it would be in person or a phone call.  Fast forward to the present day and we can look all around us and look at people and they may be engaged in a conversation while also checking their phone for a text, email, Facebook, Twitter, Linkin, you name it, you can be bringing information in just a few hours or less that use to be a weeks worth.  All of that stimulation can cause one to get off track or be on an emotional roller coaster.  When you are driving your car, how many billboards are there with information, signs, advertising all over the place.  We are thoroughly saturated with different thoughts coming in all the time.   What do these thoughts do to our emotions?  Do you think sometimes it can be like a roller coaster?

So what are we to do, throw away our communications that we have gotten so attached to?  Perhaps it would help to just check your email at certain times of the day, along with checking social media the same way.  Can you do that?  Can you control those emotions?  Perhaps we would be better served by doing so to keep our emotions from getting bombarded and thereby have control of our actions.

Enjoy mastering your emotions,

Carol Marsocci

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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

by 

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!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCrl5Oy7bzg&list=PLkzJkW9Xyax0_VOzex6shuXNmsxtseYfZ&index=1

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:

Interview:

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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Master Key Week 17 HJ – If we believe we are natures greatest miracle…

It has been 31 days that we have read Og Mandino’s Scroll IV three times a day.  I definitely look at people in a different way since reading, how can you not?  I look at myself differently and expect more from myself as well.

In the past two months we have had two beautiful baby girls come into our family.  It is a time of reflection and rebirth.  I reflect on how my Mom would be so proud of her grandchildren building their unique lives and some bringing into this world the next generation.  My Dad did not have the pleasure of seeing my brothers or myself getting married and raising a family; however, I have always known that he was close by watching over us overflowing with pride.  I learned at a young age that each person is a unique gift.

As Og Mandino says in Scroll IV in “The Greatest Salesman In The World”

“I am nature’s greatest miracle.

Since the beginning of time never has there been another with my mind, my heart, my eyes, my ears, my hands, my hair, my mouth.  None that came before, none that live today, and none that come tomorrow can walk and talk and move and think exactly like me.  All men are my brothers yet I am different from each.  I am a unique creature. “

Getting back to my nieces and nephews two beautiful baby girls I would like to reflect on our three children and my brothers children who each had two children.  We have always been very close and when bringing up our kids we would always get together for their birthdays and  holidays.  So our children became “The Cousins” who are also very close and have lots of fun together.  They are now starting the next generations of “The Cousins”-, how beautiful!!!

In the past when a baby was born I would think of them as a miracle.  I now look at people at any age and know that they were and are still nature’s greatest miracle!!!

Enjoy being nature’s greatest miracle,

Carol Marsocci

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