Week 17 – “All Commercial Relations Are The Externalization of Desire”

The title of this post is extracted from section 17-18 of Haanel’s Master Key System. This year is the third year in a row that I am studying the Master Key System, and it is only now that my attention is consciously attracted by this statement. My intention for this post is just to share with you a simple idea that was sleeping in my mind since a while, and that has been waken up by my reading of  this week Master Key System. This idea is this: engaging in any business or commercial activity is an efficient way to accelerate our personal development. Let’s try to illustrate this idea. One of the most exciting business activities I have ever done is network marketing. For those who don’t know about it, it is a commercial activity that anyone can practice on top of a regular occupation, and which has the potential to bring an unlimited source of income after some years of regular practice. There is a statement in network marketing which is known by all the practitioners: “Your business will grow at the same pace as you will grow as a person.” This is true of course for all types of businesses and commercial activities, but it is particularly visible in network marketing because the basic activity is so simple – sharing something we like by word of mouth – that it easily reveals the differences between the people who get excellent, good or poor results. And the most obvious difference is this: the different amount of successful personal development made by the different individuals. So far, my own definition of “to grow as a person” was “to become a...

Week 16 – Kindness is Everywhere

We are in the kindness week, and don’t you agree that it is very grateful when we allow ourself to be kind with everyone in all circumstances ? The world becomes smiling, we feel light and happy, we are touched during the whole day by a multitude of little sparks of positive energy coming from everywhere… last day, my wife Françoise had the idea to send a postcard « without a reason » to some friends living abroad. It was a couple of friends living in The Netherlands, and with who we spent 4 years from 2003 to 2007 learning integrative energy therapy in Switzerland…we had created strong bonds with them but we had not been in contact since a few years. As Françoise couldn’t find their postal address, I went back in my archived class notes in which I knew I would find it back, which I did. But while looking in my notes, I also found a beautiful text from Babaji that I had completely forgotten. Babaji is an so called « avatar » in India, one of these wise beings who continuously enlights the whole humanity with his wisdom and love. I just wanted to share this text with you, and it is probably a deliberate intention of Babaji himself to have inspired me to find this text during Kindness week. Here it is, enjoy… « Love and serve all humanity. Assist everyone. Be cheerful. Be courteous. See God and good in every face. There is no saint without a past. There is no sinner without a future. Praise every soul. If you cannot praise someone, let them pass out of your...

Week 15 – “And the Word Became Flesh”

In 15-12 of the Master Key we read: “The first form which thought will find is language, or words; this determines the importance of words; they are the first manifestation of thought — the vessels in which thought is carried.” It is quite easy for our intellect to understand the meaning of these sentences. But it may take some more time to also understand their scope and their impact in our daily life. How many times a day are we hearing someone complaining about his current situation or projecting pessimistic predictions for his near future – Sometimes maybe we are catching ourself doing it?! Of course, this is a tragic behavior that each of us should earnestly try to eradicate forever from their habits! This fact started to really emerge in my awareness after I heard an hilarious but very profound speach of a talented speaker and networker named Randy Gage, some years ago. As a young and very promising networker, Randy had been invited by a great leader to give a speach during an important convention on the West Coast. They had dinner together the evening before, and Randy told us what happened during that evening that changed his life forever: “I had spent the whole meal talking about all the bad things that had happened to me in my business and in my life, and about all the difficult challenges I had to overcome to reach my current level in the organization.   During two hours, I moaned and complained, ‘ME, Randy, fighting alone against all the forces of evil’…and he listened to me very patiently. At the end of the meal, he stood up, paid the bill for both of us and we walked...

Week 14 – Hard Work Is…

I am sure that, like me, you have heard many, many times the sentence “In order to succeed, hard work is required”, or any variant of it. At first, I thought that I knew what “working hard” meant, and that, by improving my understanding of the concept of “success”, I would create for me and my family a better life. This “strategy” gave me some positive results of course, but at some stage I realized that I was still quite far from what I felt inside of me to be “my best”! Looking at the sentence again, “In order to succeed, I must work hard”, there were not many words left in it that needed clarification, so I came to the conclusion that I had to clarify what “working hard” really meant. Then, once I figured out that working my consulting  business 70 or 80 hours a week was NOT a correct definition of “working hard”, although I believed it and did it for many years, I stopped doing it. Discovering a part of what “hard work” was not, was of course a success…But I still couldn’t figure out what it really was. Slowly, that unresolved question sank into a lost part of my subconscious mind… Then, finally, FINALLY…it happened, last Monday! I had worked 36 hours nearly non stop (just a break for the MKMMA webcast 🙂 ) to complete a task I REALLY wanted to finish by Monday 9PM… When it was done, I savored my success and I thought “Well, IT WASN’T HARD after all!” Then, in search for anything to relax my mind for a few minutes, I grabbed the first book in my reach – that was “The Strangest Secret”...