Chris Perrella

My Master Key Experience

October 10, 2016
by Chris Perrella

Revisit and Review – MKMMA Year Two

bigstockphoto_man_meditation_12036691When I started reading Haanel’s Master Key Part Two earlier this week it’s amazing what you can discover when you take the time to revisit and review.

Revisit and review. Let me explain.

Last year when I took the MKMMA course I was asked to write out a Definite Major Purpose (DMP). In short, it’s something that I feel that I would like to see manifest in my life. It must be purposeful meaningful to me. I also had to choose from a list of personal pivotal needs, two to be exact, out of seven that I was to work towards satisfying. As I worked towards these needs this in turn would help me with the manifestation of my DMP.

I have been seeing some great success in my quest, but I have also had some significant challenges.

As I said at the beginning of this post…

When I started reading Haanel’s Master Key Part Two earlier this week it’s amazing what you can discover when you take the time to revisit and review.

There right before my eyes, as I start to read the first paragraph, the explanation for and answer to my significant challenges:

“Our difficulties are largely due to confused ideas and ignorance of our true interests. The great task is to discover the great laws of nature to which we are to adjust ourselves. Clear thinking and moral insight are, therefore, of incalculable value. All processes, even those of thought, rest on solid foundations.”

How can I work towards my purpose if I’m not listening to the truth of my heart and following it?

“Our difficulties are largely due to confused ideas and ignorance of our true interests.”

I chuckled a little and shook my head as I read the first sentence again. Good old Blueprint.

Old habits die hard. Unless they are replaced with new habits, quite preferably  good ones, they never quite go away. I have chosen to avoid what I should have really been doing. Justifying to myself that the other needs I supplemented for it needed to be achieved first before moving forward. Funny thing is I’m not mad at myself at all. I do know that fear has played a big role in this outcome and that I am solely responsible for that fear.

“One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it.” (Quote – Master Oogway, “Kung Fu Panda”)

What do I intend to do?

I watched an interesting video on challenging your perceptions by Derek Atchely. You can click this link if you’d like to watch it My perception is based on fear. Fear that I will not be able to perform the task to give the best level of service I can to others. I intend to eliminate my fear by believing I can do what I had originally set out to do and continue to challenge my perception every day through action until all that my subconscious mind is filled with are the thoughts and beliefs to achieve my purpose every day.

My first personal pivotal need is True Health. My second personal pivotal need that I have chosen to avoid until now is Liberty. It’s time for me to start asking the right questions, to get the right answers and eliminate any fear I have completely.

Interested in taking the course?

For those of you interested in finding out more about the course and if it is a fit for you, at the top of this post you’ll see a heading that says Master Key Scholarship. When you run the cursor over it there will be a drop down tab that says get your MKE Scholarship, when you click that there is some free information about the course and if you choose to, you can sign up there for early notification for next year’s course.

And if you’d like to try something fun and challenging, if you look over to the right of this post there is a clock with a title underneath it that says 7 Days To A New Life, sign up there for the free challenge!


October 1, 2016
by Chris Perrella

One year: MKMMA Year Two – The Journey Continues

bigstockphoto_man_meditation_12036691One Year.

One year has passed since I’ve taken the MKMMA course. Many good things continue to happen for me. I had thought about how I could put into words everything that’s happened so that people who choose to read this may get a better understanding of what this course continues to do for me and many others, and as I begin this course again with my wife this time, the third and fourth paragraphs to Part one of Haanel’s Master Key put’s a smile on my face, it is what’s happening to me:

“Day by day as you go on and on, as you gain momentum, as your inspiration deepens, as your plans crystalize, as you gain understanding, you will come to realize that this world is no dead pile of stones and timber, but that it is a living thing! It is made up of the beating hearts of humanity. It is a thing of life and beauty.

It is evident that it requires understanding to work with material of this description, but those who come into this understanding, are inspired by a new light, a new force, they gain confidence and greater power each day, they realize their hopes and their dreams come true, life has a deeper, fuller, clearer meaning than before.”

As I continue to read through Part One it’s like I am getting an opportunity to assess my progress:

“Harmony in our world within means our ability to control our thoughts, and to determine for ourselves how any experience is to affect us.”

I have a story to share which kind of drives home these points. I had a medical examination just recently to determine the status of my health from a medical condition I had.

I believed and continue to believe that I am healthy, and because of my belief, I am.

About seven years ago my health started getting better, but at the time I couldn’t quite pinpoint what changed. I did talk with a nutritionist about diet, that helped. I did start taking an all-natural supplement, that helped. I stopped taking my medication about two and a half years ago with no relapses. I started exercising regularly and started to gain weight again. But why? Why am I getting better? I thought about it, a lot. And it hit me. My thoughts changed. I don’t remember the exact date that it happened, but at some moment I stopped asking ‘why’, ‘why is this happening to me?’ and I started asking ‘what’, ‘what do I need to do to achieve true health and balance in my life, who do I need to become?’ When I started asking the right questions, the answers started to present themselves to me.

Back to my examination

So I’m sitting in the waiting room with my wife, a little nervous. I knew I felt good, I just knew, but my thoughts were getting the best of me.

My wife remembered to show me some of the pictures and videos of my son, daughter and myself in swimming class earlier that week. That got my mind off track a little, which was good.

Then I was called into the prep room. My mind started racing again. My hands were cold. The prep nurse made a comment about how cold they were.

She left me in the curtained area where I was to fill out a form and dress down and put that wonderful blue gown on. I felt so uncomfortable. I couldn’t get settled.

I had finally had enough

I forced myself to sit down on the bed. I decided to sit still with my eyes closed and think while waiting for the nurse to come back.

I don’t remember exactly what my thoughts were, but they were good, positive. Almost instantaneously I was overwhelmed with joy. Positive thoughts kept pouring in, a big smile on my face.

That nervousness, that fear that I felt, it all went away. I felt my body surging with warmth. There was a calmness within me.

From that point on I remember having great conversations with all the staff up to the point where they put me out for the examination.

I recovered quickly from the anesthetics after the exam and when the doctor spoke with me, he said he could not find anything. I asked him to repeat what he said; my mind was still a little fuzzy from the anesthetics. He did, and I just smiled and said, ‘thank you.’

Closing thoughts

As I continue to read through Part One of The Master Keys to help me conclude this post I come across another point which resonates within me:

“This system will bring you into a realization of power which will be yours when you understand this relation between the world without and the world within. The world within is the cause, the world without, the effect; to change the effect you must change the cause.”

I understand more and more the importance of this statement every day as I continue on my journey.

For those of you who have decided to take the course this year, congratulations. Trust the process, and believe in yourself.

For those of you interested in finding out more about the course and if it is a fit for you, at the top of this post you’ll see a heading that says Master Key Scholarship. When you run the cursor over it there will be a drop down tab that says get your MKE Scholarship, when you click that there is some free information about the course and if you choose to, you can sign up there for early notification for next year’s course.

And if you’d like to try something fun and challenging, if you look over to the right of this post there is a clock with a title underneath it that says 7 Days To A New Life, sign up there for the free challenge!

August 28, 2016
by Chris Perrella

Do it now! These three things will make you happy.

What to do now?

Do you want to live life in harmony? Practice these three things daily: Acceptance, Responsibility, Defenselessness. Remember these three things.

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When I started the MKMMA course last September one of the requirements of the students was to blog about their progress and share it with others through social media, one post a week. I was a little hesitant at first but I soon discovered that it was something I really enjoyed. However, as the weeks progressed I found it more challenging to find something to write about. I think it might be that I started feeling uncomfortable about sharing events of my personal triumphs and struggles with people that know me so I started to explain only some things and as I write this now I can hear the thoughts in my head telling me, “don’t get too personal” or “careful what you say, you might have to explain yourself.”

I know the title says: These three things will make you happy… bear with me a moment…just working through some things…

As I’m thinking this I realize it’s my old blueprint, the habits of the past, although diminishing still manage to creep up and hold me back from continuing my journey. A thought pops into my head: Good grief! Will you just lay off! I pause for a moment… trying to decide what to do next, something to quiet that nagging old blueprint and as I take a deep breath and relax I remember an excerpt from The Greatest Salesman in the World, “…weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions, strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts.”

The negative thoughts get quieter, the old blueprint stops in its tracks. Another thought pops into my head, I pull a piece of paper from my desk, something written by Marianne Williamson, the words written in bold, “Your playing small does not serve the world.”

The old blueprint shudders at the words. Another  thought  comes to me. I shuffle through the pages in my bag beside me and pull out some pages, written on the top of the first page, Seven Laws of the Mind, the old blueprint stumbles backward, I turn to the second page and read the seventh law, The Law of Growth: Whatever we think about grows. What we forget atrophies.

I stare at the cursor on the page for a few moments, watching it blink, it’s quiet. That negative thought, it’s gone. I can’t hear it anymore. I can continue to type and share now! Yes!

Thank you for being so patient… and now… those three things that will make you happy.

What I would like to share with you in this post is one of the things that I have committed myself to; the Law of Least Effort. Now I know what you might be thinking, least effort? This sounds like it’s a recipe on how to become a great couch potato! I assure you it’s nothing like that at all. The Law of Least Effort means living each day keeping these three things in mind: acceptance, responsibility, and defenselessness.

Now let me explain something. If you had asked me to practice this years ago, I may have given it a look and it may have gone something like this:

You want me to accept everything  because everything is as it should be? If I don’t like it, why should I accept it?

Oh, and taking responsibility? For what? Something that someone else has done? It’s not my fault things happened the way that they did. And if it was my fault, well I’ll sit and stew about it for a few days, learn nothing from it except how to look and feel real miserable and have everyone else around me walk on eggshells and do their best to avoid contact with me until I forget what it was that put me in that mood only to repeat it at later date and repeat the whole cycle over again.

And defenselessness… hah! Are you kidding me? My point of view is my point of view. If someone is challenging that, then it’s time to step into the ring!

That would have been my thoughts a few years ago, but that was who I was, not who I am today and as I practice and apply these three things daily I find that there is a certain calmness that I am manifesting.

Accepting things as they are I don’t struggle against everything and I can continue to live in harmony.

Taking responsibility for my actions I learn from my mistakes and see everything around me as an opportunity in disguise.

When I take a stance of defenselessness I am open to other points of view, I get to know the people in my life a little bit more every day and we learn how to work in harmony instead of wasting all that energy on verbal warfare.

Here are the three points that make up the Law of Least Effort:

  1. I will practice Acceptance. Today I will accept people, situations, circumstances, and 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 and 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 and 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, and this alertness to opportunities allows me to take this moment and transform it into a greater benefit.
  3. Today my awareness will remain established in Defenselessness. I will relinquish the need to defend my point of view, and I will feel no need to persuade others to accept my point of view. I will remain open to all points of view and not be rigidly attached to any one of them.

Looking for a challenge? Give the Law of Least Effort a try, let me know how you make out!

You might ask me what my thoughts are on The Master Key Experience. I would tell you this: it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and the best thing I’ve ever done.

I am learning to listen to the truth of my heart, to find inner peace and I am loving every moment of it!

Have a look at this short video. If you’d like to learn more opt-in here for information on this years course.



August 4, 2016
by Chris Perrella

Meditation – An Exercise worth Trying

Meditation: My First Introduction

I was first was introduced to meditation in my early twenty’s. It was a martial arts class that I took for many years. We were instructed to meditate for about a minute before the start of every class. It helped us clear our minds to be able to focus on what was to be learned. The only other time that I was required to meditate was for my black belt training. Myself and several other students were put in a room for the duration of the class and told to just close our eyes and breathe.  What I can remember from this experience… not much. I do remember the room being very dark, and my legs being very sore from sitting cross-legged for about an hour.

Unfortunately, I never saw any value in meditating and never continued with it. I never fully understood the immense benefits of meditation. I never looked into how to meditate effectively or what to meditate about.

Today, some 15 years later if someone were to ask me about meditation I could talk at length about how much I love to do it and the experiences I’ve had from it.

I think it’s safe to say that there are many ways to meditate, what to meditate on or about, where to meditate, what to do while meditating and so on. What I would like to share with you is how I meditate and what I have gained or learned from it.

First thing that I would like to state is that I am sharing my experiences with you the reader. I am not telling you this is the way you should meditate. It’s the way I’ve been taught to meditate, and it works for me. If you are curious and you would like to try I’ve given some information near the end of my post which you may find helpful.

Meditation: My Second Introduction

In September of 2015 I went back to school. It is an on-line a pay it forward scholarship called MKMMA. One of the things that were required of the students to do in the course was to meditate or sit approximately 15 minutes every day. The book that we used to assist us in our meditation was The Master Key written by Charles Haanel. You can pick the book up at your local book store or download it for free on-line.

The fact that the facilitators chose this book is truly remarkable. The book is divided into 24 parts. Each part is approximately seven pages long with questions and answers at the end of each part to serve as a review. The content is amazing, and on about the last page of each section before the review is a paragraph or two that gives the reader instruction on what to meditate or sit and think about.

I like this book and the way you are instructed to meditate/sit because it’s progressive or compounding. Each part builds on the last part and it helps you understand the importance of meditating with a purpose.

A Minor Adjustment

It was very challenging for me at first. I found that aside from sleeping I had never really given my mind a moment to relax. My thoughts were everywhere. It was difficult to focus and to top it off I would meditate late at night before bed and my body would just scream for me to go to bed. This made concentrating on trying to visualize something in my mind virtually impossible. There were many nights where I went to bed frustrated and exhausted. It was only after I spoke with one of the guides from the course that I began to see much better progress. She had mentioned that she would sit and think in the morning. I decided to try this instead. It took a little bit of adjustment and a commitment to wake up earlier in the morning to do this, but it worked.

What I’ve Learned

It is incredible what the mind can do for you when you meditate.

Here are some of the things that have happened for me:

  • I am a much calmer person.
  • I have better control of the thoughts that pop into my mind.
  • Answers to challenges that have come up in my life have often been answered during a sit.
  • Better reasoning skills.
  • A more positive outlook on life.

Thinking About it?

If after reading this you do decide to try meditation I would like to give you some tips that I have learned from my experiences that may help:

  1. Don’t get frustrated if at first you are not getting the results mentioned in the book. Trust the process, it will come.
  2. Do not treat the book and its contents like a novel; treat it more like a work out for your mind. The more closely you follow the instructions, the stronger your mind will get.
  3. don’t rush through the parts, make sure you give yourself adequate time to read and to do each exercise, and try to do it somewhere where you won’t get any interruptions, this is very important.
  4. And just remember to enjoy the process; it can seem like you’re getting nowhere sometimes, but if you stick with it, you will notice the benefits from what you are doing!

A Little Help

While you’re trying this you may want something to accelerate your progress, it continues to help me to this day, it’s called 7 Days to a New Life, it’s free and you can sign up for it on the right side of the page. And if you are really enjoying this and find that you want more you can sign up for early notification for the course I took, it’s at the top of the page under Master Key Blog. There are a few short videos there to explain a bit about the course to help you decide if it is something you want to do.

If you have any questions, please ask and I will do my best to get you answers. One of the valuable things I have learned from this course is to ask questions, you will eventually find the answer you are looking for.