Week 17 Master Keys The Hero’s Journey

Simply say it outloud. The Hero’s Journey. What comes to mind? Adventure? Excitement? Accomplishment? How about sacrifice, anticipation, fear? It is all of those things and more. Sacrifice is the first. The Hero chooses to give up a part of his or her life to embark on the journey. There is sacrifice in the energy put out to go forward to reach the dream. What does that entail? Leaving the comfort, sometimes love or perceived love of others to take a chance to listen to that call. What is the most courageous part of the journey? The first step into the unknown that starts the journey with the faith that one will have the guts to make it to the end. There is a perceived loss at the beginning, and one will not know until the end if he or she  had taken the correct path that will lead them where they need to go. What does the hero need to stay on the path, why a compass, of course, used to guide the hero on his or her way. The compass, when pointed correctly, will guide the hero every step of the way. Without the compass, the hero has no clue in what direction to to turn, losing his or her way, not knowing where to turn, using the sun to guide him; but doing that will only delay their arrival, frustrating them and causing them to falter, give up or fail. When properly guided, all will come to light and the hero will arrive when it is the proper time. What the hero needs to know, is that even in the loss of the compass, they are perfectly on time, since the timing was all part of the plan, reward for the fact that they have taken the time to take that leap of faith, take that first step. Have you taken the journey? You might want to go and find your compass today.

Alicia

Advertisements

Alicia Bozza

January 23, 2016

Who do you whorship? When we think of the word worship,  what comes to mind? Most people think of God or of a God of some sort. They’ll think of a place of worship, a venue where said worship would take place.

Who do you worship?

You may think it is a religious kind of thing,  but a closer look will show you a completely different story.

Cars, schooling, reputation, vacations, homes, things…what do you gain in their worship? Does the value placed in them bring lasting good?  What happens when they rust, break,  fade, falter? Where does that leave you? What do you really have left?  Yes, the memories will always remain,  but unless you have an inner knowing that all that you need,  the key to true happiness, lies in your right thinking, in the knowledge that all you need to know is right there between your ears, all is lost. Life becomes not even worth living.

What is, then,  a person to do? It is essential that a person quiets the mind with its chatter, and gives permission to inner workings of the mind,  that which is connected to the Universal spirit within us all, and allow it to speak to our mind,  a soothing balm to our wounded souls.

Once that allowing occurs, the release appears, the loosening that gives permission for joy to seep through,  no matter what is happening on the outside. NO matter what. This allowing, gives an insight to the wounded soul, allowing it to seek good in bad, beautiful in ugly, happiness in a sad situation. You can have “the peace that passes all understanding” by that very allowing. It’s all up to you.  Don’t you know it IS all about YOU? It is! It’s not selfish! It’s all about ne, too!! There is room for all. When you come to that realization, you will find your peace. You will have arrived at the next level in life, ready to sojourn to the next and then the next.

To the journey,

Alicia

Expectations…are you holding yourself back??

Inspect what you expect, I have always been taught. Think about that phrase.  It is one example (of many) of negative expectation. While,  of course,  it may be necessary,  in certain circumstances,  using it as a rule can be limiting. Why? It is limiting because, your life may be holding another, even better scenario than you could have ever imagined, if and when you could let it all go. That might sound crazy to some. “Have no expectations? What kind of world would this be,  our whole world is run on exopectations!” Exactly. Precisely why there is more suffering than there really needs to be.

According to the wise teacher, Deepak Chopra,  in his book, 7 LAWS of Spiritual Success, The Law of Least Effort States:

1. I will practice Acceptance. Today I will accept people, situations, circumstances, & events as they occur. I will know that this moment is as it should be, because the whole universe is as it should be. I will not struggle against the whole universe by struggling against this moment. My acceptance is total & complete. I accept things as they are this moment, not as I wish they were.

2. Having accepted things as they are, I will take Responsibility for my situation & for all those events I see as problems. I know that taking responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for my situation (and this includes myself). I also know that every problem is an opportunity in disguise, & this alertness to opportunities allows me to take this moment and transform it into a greater benefit.

When we adopted this way of thinking,  life becomes more of an adventure with less stress, filled with good things, no matter what comes your way!

Recently,  my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. I have been planning on an amazing celebration for YEARS. I even have a Pinterest board where I have been accumulating beautiful pictures of a perfect celebration to end all anniversary celebrations. The date has come and gone. Nothing happened. (We did have a lovely dinner, but no real “party” to speak of) On the day of our anniversary, at first it was hard. Tears came & flowed freely, then stopped. I had to think this through.  Do I choose happiness or turmoil? Do I trust or give up hope. Do I really know what to expect? NO! I can live in the disappointment in the inspection of that expectation, or I could bask in the delight of knowing that my life will deliver something more delicious that I could ever inagine. I could wait at the door of my expectation, crying next to a door that won’t open, or walk over to a door, swung wide open, one of possibilities, unimaginable. It’s my choice. Great thing is, it’s yours, too.

All the best,

Alicia

Nothing, yet everything

Sometimes,  when it seems as if nothing is going on at all, that things are always happening!

FB_IMG_1452261514786

Watch this great video to prove my point:

Amazing, right? So even if you’re doing nothing,  you’re always doing something!

History of the past and hope for the future; it’s all in there!

Besides a miracle that we are, it is vital for us to realize that in order for us to thrive both physically and our health and financially we must always control our thoughts. Here is what Haanel says in paragraph 22 from chapter 15 of his keys:

22. Words may become mental places that will live forever, or they may become shacks which the first breeze will carry away. They may delight the eye as well as the ear; they may contain all knowledge; in them we find the history of the past as well as the hope of the future; they are living messengers from which every human & superhuman activity is born.

Know that you are a miracle of God’s creation and that you can do amazing things today!

Alicia

Master Mind Key Week 14

RUDY! RUDY! RUDY!

If you know me well, you know one of my favorite movies is Rudy. I love everything about it. Always have, always will. THIS time I watched Rudy, I got the chance to experience the movie in a whole new way. Why? It is all due to my master guides, who, without influence of any kind, show me the way to find the truth about the Master Mind Way of life.

The first thing I noticed about Rudy was his drive, his Definite Major Purpose…play ball for Notre Dame. He even has his best friend, Pete, by his side, believing him all the way. He had two things that it takes to manifest his dream: desire & heart…and oh yes..enthusiasm. He would watch the games on his TV with his family and listen to the head coach with such fervor, that he would memorize his speeches and repeat them outloud to himself, imagining that he would actually be there to hear it himself.

Rudy barely got by in school and when it was time to take the college tour to Notre Dame, a priest at his Catholic school actually dissuaded him, saying that college was not meant for everyone, barring his entry to the school bus taking the students to the campus. No matter. He was playing ball. He skipped school for the first couple of years after HS, opting to work in the steel mill with his family.

On his 22nd birthday, Pete came through again in support & belief, when he showed up at lunch with a present for Rudy. An authentic Notre Dame Jacket that just happened to be at the 2nd hand shop that Pete entered, in search of the perfect birthday gift for Rudy. Always in belief of Rudy’s dream, the two masterminded their plan for Rudy’s entrance to the beloved school. Having saved up enough money for part of his schooling, he shared his plan to leave the mill and attend school. The plan was set. Rudy would go to school. He hurried to tell his plans to his family, he scoffed at him in disbelief. How? It just wasn’t possible on so many levels. No matter. Rudy had a plan.

Then, tragedy struck. The mill had a meltdown and an explosion that took out the only person who ever believed in him. His beloved friend Pete. His mastermind alliance was gone. When this tragedy hit, did Rudy let his dreams die? Did he let everyone distract his from his dream by hitting him over and over and over with constant doses of “reality”? No! Never! Just as Og Mandino in Scroll 3 describes the bull that charges the picador in the ring, Rudy uses his friend’s death as a springboard to propel him forward by living out the legacy the two dreamed of in their mastermind. This personal pivotal need, legacy, DROVE Rudy away from “reality”toward his dream into the dark night of uncertainty. Alone. A hero’s journey for sure.

Even upon arrival to the school, he was met with doubt, but because of his determination, the spark in his eye, the dream in his heart, a little crack of light came through in the form of an opportunity. The universe was acting on his behalf. Only through action forward, onward toward the goal at ALL costs, was a breakthrough found. It was only after 2 long years of dedication, study, alliances and friendships, did Rudy find success. On his last shot into Notre Dame, he finally received the answer he had been waiting for his entire life. He did it. All the hard work paid off. He officially became a student at Notre Dame University!  He was so excited to return home to his family to share the good news. He hurried to his Dad, who met him with further doubt, further discouragement. He even found his old girlfriend, who had given into societal conditioning, was not dating Rudy’s brother! Her need to be married was greater than her belief in Rudy’s dream, so in her sadness at Rudy’s leaving, turned to his brother for consolation and companionship. The movie never goes there, but I have to wonder if she ever regretted making that decision. What a true champion Rudy proved to be in the end!  Even if he never made the team, his drive, his determination, made him a true winner. One any woman would be proud to call her husband for life. What did Rudy do? He did the only thing he could! Go from that place of disbelief ,to be alone with his thoughts, to the quiet place…so that he could continue to find his dream, unhindered by the dream sucking thoughts of those he called family.

He chose to go away from those people who, his whole life, told him what he could or couldn’t do! He wasn’t going to do that any more!!

He was so determined, he was willing to work for free, become homeless and alone just to get the chance to live his dream. He sacrificed all! A potential wife, a potential home, security, all the societal comforts that life can bring if you choose. Now , honestly, for some, those things are a dream come true, but not for Rudy. His dreams were much bigger than that. Along every step of the way, adversity was there to kick him down. No matter, to Rudy. He saw his goal. Get on that field and PLAY….and play he did. He never stopped believing and he got what he came to do. Play ball for Notre Dame. Why? It was because his belief in others was so great that others went out of their way to allow circumstances to take place on his behalf.  It was because his belief was so great in himself that the universe went out of its way to create a door which opened for him, that lead to a legacy that no one  had been able to duplicate quite like Rudy did.

He believed and he did the impossible.

Here’s the greatest reali

 

The One True Gift

It’s Christmas Eve 2015. Everything is quiet. The calm before the storm. In the quiet, there is peace. A time for true reflection of what truly is. My daughter asked me yesterday about the true meaning of Christmas. She is at that age where she thinks about why things are the way they are. (There are times I scold her for going overboard in this department, but there are times I truly enjoy our dialogue. This time was one of them.)

“The true meaning of Christmas is giving,” I explained. “It’s the time when we give in remembrance of when God sent down his only son as the perfect sacrifice for our sins, which, when He died, tore the veil that stood between God and man, giving us free access to God, through that sacrifice!” It’s the greatest gift ever given!! I also told her that is why we say; “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy!” We are speaking to the soul or Spirit of our being, the part which IS whole, IS perfect, IS strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy!!! When we use that affirmation, we create a space where the soul and the body meet as one. Creating as perfect a being as had ever been found.  Here’s where the world meets the saint, the hero, the enlightened one. Jesus told us that after He left,  we would do even greater things than He. It’s all up to us to have faith, see it as true, and walk in our own truth. Will you give yourself that gift today?

Merry Christmas!

Alicia

 

Master Key Week 12: The company you keep

 

GW

In the silence, I find myself. The part of myself that is whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy. If you have not given it thought, we are created in two parts, the flesh & the spirit, the world without & the world within. All chaos is found in the world without. Looking to material things to fill that empty void that is caused by running away from your other half will never fit the bill. You will always be empty, never filled until you come to the realization that only through listening to the still, small voice will you find the satisfaction which you seek. The answers ARE truly all there, in your better half, but you must silence that world without in order to gain the power to hear.

I often hear my children playing with one of their favorite apps, Magic Piano. My daughter loves to play a favorite Disney song, Once Upon A Dream. Some of the words are so telling:

I know you
I walked with you once upon a dream
I know you
The gleam in your eyes is so familiar a gleam
Yet I know it’s true
That visions are seldom all they seem
But if I know you
I know what you’ll do
You’ll love me at once
The way you did once
Upon a dream

Who is this lover, waiting to take you in their arms, this perfect vision of love? It is you. Your other half, waiting to rescue you. YOU are your own Prince or Princess Charming. Your PC is longing for you to embrace them; at long last you will be one. At long last you will be home. That place is there for you at all times. Won’t you take the time to meet your love, your partner forever?  Married or not, this is the true love you have been looking for. The one who will never leave you, never cheat, always by your side.

He who desires wisdom, power, or permanent success of any kind will find it only within; it is an unfoldment. The unthinking may conclude that the silence is very simple and easily attained, but it should be remembered that only in absolute silence may one come into contact with Divinity itself; may learn of the unchangeable law and open for himself the channels by which persistent practice and concentration lead to perfection. Part 12, Section 27, Charles Haanel