Updated: Sep 11, 2021
It is a most glorious Fall evening in Minnesota. I sit on my backyard deck overlooking the solitude of the wooded wetland adjacent to my property… taking in the breathtaking sunset, watching the wildlife play as I revel in this glorious moment. I smell the grasses and the flowers. I hear the wind in the trees and feel the breeze in my hair. I hear every shovel-full
of dirt fall as my neighbor backfills the retaining wall he just built overlooking the same beautiful wetland. Squirrels chase and chatter, chickadees and hummingbirds take their turns at the feeders. My tiny, long-haired dachshund sleeps happily on my lap (outdoors + mom is her happy place).
I am wildly alive in this moment. The integration and connectedness I feel with the world around me is unmistakable... it touches my soul. Like every tree, animal, and bird, I am aware of my part in this perfect symphony, simply by being me… and being present. I am overwhelmed with gratitude.
7 years ago I would have missed 80% of this moment, though I’d sit amidst the same magnificence. That described most days for much of my adult life as I juggled business, personal, social, and family life. Like many people in today’s busy world, my mind was constantly swirling and switching between reflecting on yesterday’s decisions (should-haves), worrying about the future (the moving goal post of tomorrow’s success), and an obsessive drive to accomplish everything on today’s to-do list in a vain attempt to maintain order.
When we habitually multi-task and function with a divided mind the body, mind, and spirit all suffer… and by extension, so do our relationships, our health, our professional success, and our peace of mind. The rat race takes its toll. We’re perpetually dissatisfied, regardless of how much money we make or how hard we work. When you add the influence of consumerism and manipulative marketing to this dysfunctional mix (which craftily convinces us we’re “less than” unless we buy their stuff)… we medicate ourselves with addictive electronic devices and seek fulfillment in the “stuff” – the fancy car, the gym membership, the next weight loss solution, the next cosmetic procedure or wrinkle cream.
As we fall prey to society’s ideas of what makes us successful… we stop thinking for ourselves. Fear drives much of our behavior. We believe these things will make us happy and at this point, our dreams are in jeopardy. Most of us hit 30 unaware of all this. But then 40 comes (faster)… and then 50, then 60… until something wakes us up and we find ourselves asking:
Where did the time go?
How did the kids grow up so fast?
How did this happen to my body?
Why am I always tired and stressed?
When did I lose the connection in my marriage?
Why am I unfulfilled in my job/career?
I thought I’d be further ahead
Many people begin to believe things like travel, fully funded college educations, debt-free lifestyles are unattainable... pipe dreams. And suddenly, we understand the wisdom behind some of those silly sayings grandma or favorite uncle used to say:
"You only live once"
"Time waits for no one" (Folklore)
"Time lost is never found again" (Ben Franklin)
"Stop and smell the roses"
Ever heard this saying? “The Infinite is in The Finite”
Each 24-hour day is actually a collection of finite magnificent moments like the one I just described above… whether we are sitting in solitude, working on a project, playing with a child, or engaged in a conversation with another human being. Infinite possibilities, infinite power, and infinite joy lie in each of these moments. They are the “NOWS” of life… the only place where anything happens, regardless of whether we are paying attention or not. In one chapter of his best-selling book, Standing Tall, Mark Januszewski articulates something so profound that it bears repeating word-for-word. I urge you to really ponder his message as you read the following 2 passages. I have highlighted a few lines that I hope will hit home…
1. “I am grateful that I am, day by day, minute-by-minute more and more aware of the infinite bounty surrounding me. Each passing moment I become more humbled by the unmerited gifts and opportunities continuously cascading into my life. Any shame my mind begins to experience for the self-centeredness I previously lived with… and self-pity that blinded me from seeing the real riches of life I’ve always been blessed with… is quickly extinguished by a great truth…
Now is all there is. Now is all there ever was and now is all there ever will be. Everything that happened in the past happened when it was now. Same is true of the future. What happens two weeks from today can only happen two weeks from today. Whatever happens, can only happen in the now. I am grateful for this truth and living in the now honors that truth within me.”
2. “I neither regret the past nor wish to close the door on it. Living in a state of gratitude right now is the vitalizing redemption from my self-centered perspective of lack. I use the past and my recollection of any selfishness that stole gratitude and riches from myself and others to appreciate the now should my mind wander into old thought habits of lack, entitlement, or fear. I am present. I am grateful.”
Close your eyes... Imagine
How would it feel to live in a state of constant awareness and gratitude like this, with new gifts and opportunities continuously cascading into your life?
What if, 6 months from now, you have changed your predominant thought patterns... you've developed positive new habits to replace the old ones that no longer served you, and you have forged a new direction for your life?
If this vision stirs something in you...
You have just come across the motherlode.
The 2021 session of the Master Key Experience officially launched today.
Inside this one-of-a-kind course is a combination of ancient wisdom, proven science, and 1-on-1, hands-on support. Participants quickly find themselves rooted in an environment and progression where authentic self-discovery is not only possible... it's a given for those who roll up their sleeves and do the daily work. You’ll discover your bliss, your unique gifts, and your mind will be alive with ideas on how to put them into service.
I believe every person on the planet has a right to enjoy all 13 Riches of Life -- including true health, financial wealth, hope, harmony in all relationships and success in a labor of love. You are worthy of a rich, fulfilling, adventure-filled life.
We can all live in the now - and experience each moment in living color like Mark J and Eckhart Tolle describe above.
One of the 13 Riches is an open mind.
If this sounds like a sales pitch, it's not. Your tuition into the Master Key Experience has already been paid by previous members who endowed the 2021 session with “Pay-it-forward” scholarships. You can find out how to qualify for one of these scholarships in this video.
The Master Key Experience will challenge you. But with challenge comes change. 94+% of MKE finishers report being happier, healthier, and more successful in their career or business.
Here's what I know... because it happened for me. When the student is ready, the teacher shows up. All that's required in this moment is an open mind and a little adventurous curiosity.
Now is all there is.
Awaken the glorious gifts, ideas, and talents lying dormant within you.