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Week 3 – The Hero’s Journey – By George! I Think She’s Got It!

Solar Plexus

Solar Plexus

I’ve changed, and this is a very good thing.  In week one the word trust comes to mind.  I trusted this was the right program for me.  That spark within me had nudged me along for months before jumping in with both feet.  I knew something magical was about to happen, if I would only follow without question or protest.  So I gave my all and by week two, belief was the word of the day.  I am both amazed and amused by how simple this program is if we just relax and let it happen.

Today, near the end of week three, I am certain of the outcome.  I do not need to question.  I know.  I have deleted the word “will” in Og Mandino’s first scroll.

“I will form good habits and become their slave,” now reads, “I form good habits and am their slave.”  I have moved away from living in a world of “…quiet desperation,” to one of certainty.

Mark Januszewski says in his blog this week that it feels good, “…to be overwhelmed with awareness.”  Boy!  Did that hit home.  I am waking up!  Although I am not new to the quest to find myself, I have made giant leaps in awareness these past three weeks.  I’m even reading Haanel with more clarity.  I mean…er…when I first started reading Haanel, I thought, when was this written?  Had they not spoken English, yet?  Or was it pure academic scribble…you know…the kind we need to read over and over, then stand on our heads in order to “get it.”  Guess what?  I’m “getting it” on the first read now.

By George! I think she's got it!

By George! I think she’s got it!

Haanel writes, “Fear is the cloud that hides the sun.” Fear of failure.  Fear of being laughed out of literary circles.   Is it any wonder then that I’ve struggled for years to write my book, that I was mostly talk and very little action, sitting with hands perfectly poised over the keyboard, and hovering.  Frozen, that is until I shed fear from my life.

Today, my solar plexus rules.  When I look to my heart for love, I feel it in my solar plexus, my sun that radiates and starts spinning and buzzing and letting my light shine.

People often ask me, “What’s your book about.”  I tell them it’s the story of my life, how I went from hard labor and poverty on a chicken farm to great wealth and power, (via a trip through hell and out), then losing it all before finding my true worth.  If their eyes haven’t glazed over and they are still listening, I add that the book is about significance, about being of value, of being heard.  I had always longed to be counted.

I’m beginning to feel that significance now.


~Virginia Perl

Week 2 – The Hero’s Journey – Sock It To Me

I’m nearing the end of week two of this incredible 26-week journey into my soul; the Genius that lives within me.  And already Og Mandino’s promises are coming true.  On page 56 of The Greatest Salesman in the World, he writes, “…I will begin to awake, each morning, with a vitality I have never known before.  My vigor will increase, my enthusiasm will rise, my desire to meet the world will overcome every fear I once knew at sunrise….”  I can’t believe I am resting in the arms of the Master Key Master Mind Alliance; well not really “resting.”  I’m doing my work, but it’s Fun, (with a capital F.)

I love all of the readings and the assignments.  I am at 100%; haven’t missed a task.

I’ve always been a collector of miracles, and tiny ones have been arriving in my pocket this week; so small that I barely notice.  I am a writer who is working on her first book, (very much part of my DMP.)  While writing I often find myself kissing myself on the shoulder, (MUAH!), then adding the little masterpiece to my ever-growing manuscript.  Where are these little bits of perfection coming from?  The Universal Fountain of Supply, that’s where.

In The Master Key System, Charles Haanel claims that my conscious mind is the gatekeeper to my subconscious mind protecting it from wrong thoughts slipping in, allowing only good thoughts to enter.  I must ever be vigilant and think good thoughts.  My conscious mind has the high function of completely reversing conditions in my life.

Whoa!  Just think about that for a moment. That’s pretty potent!  There’s only one word to describe that idea, (which I hereby borrow from Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and any other dude from the Beat Generation.)  That word is “deep”!

Can you imagine having the power – I mean really having the power – to choose your destiny?  And all you have to do is THINK.




Week 1 – The Hero’s Journey – What Me Worry?

Today I begin a new life.

Today I toss away old and useless experience, and old tapes that no longer serve me.  I begin anew.  In the words of Alfred E. Neuman, “Most minds are like concrete…all mixed up and permanently set.”

I will chip away at that old concrete until I find the gold beneath its surface.  I am on a journey to discover the world within.  I will rebuild from the inside out.  To quote Og Mandino in The Greatest Salesman in the World, “To create the olive, king of all trees, a hundred years is required.  An onion plant is old in nine weeks.  I have lived as an onion plant.  It has not pleased me.”

I have made a commitment to adhere to the good habits suggested by the Master Key Master Mind Alliance which has gifted me with a six-month pay-it-forward scholarship.  This is week one.  After four days, I find myself greeting each morning with joy, looking forward to the readings, and doing the work required to build a new blueprint for living my life’s purpose.  Purpose; a big word.   In the oft-spouted words in 12-step programs, “It’s progress not perfection.”

I’ve made progress in my life, with lots of slips, but I’m near the top of that mountain today, in reach of knowing the glory on the other side.  I’m almost there, and I’m committed.

My fellow students and I are asked to sit perfectly still for 15 minutes each morning. Today, while sitting, I smiled like a happy Buddha.  It was involuntary, so I don’t consider it movement.  The smile arrived as a result of thought.


I was thinking about how scary it is to make this commitment.  I mean, what if I fail?  What’s the worst that could happen?  It was then that I realized 99.9% of all things we worry about never come to pass.  That’s when the smile arrived.

So, no fears my friends.  I am meeting this head on with courage and conviction.  More great words of Alfred E Neuman, “What me worry?”  Alfred E. Neuman

Virginia Perl