A Journal of Discovery

February 6, 2016
by Virginia Perl

Week 18 – The Hero’s Journey – Journey Interrupted

I guess there was bound to be a week where I stumble.  Don’t get me wrong, I stayed true to Og, Haanel, the Law of Giving cards, Flash cards, the DMP, Movie Trailer, Gratitude, Kindnesses and all the rest, but my promises needed some help.  I didn’t keep the promises to further my Definite Major Purpose, or my service.  Isn’t this what it’s all about?  It wasn’t because I was lazy, or disinterested, or any other lame reason.  My promises are very important to me.

Instead of getting really down on myself, I decided to “sit down” and have a little chat with Subby.  I explained that on Thursday morning a severe Migraine headache came for a visit.  I have been bed-ridden for three days.  This is the first time, my blog has been late.  But instead of feeling depressed, I realized that I actually did my best this week.  And the best part is that Subby still believes that I always keep my promises.  I’m sure of that.  I don’t know what I’d do, if my subconscious mind stopped trusting me.

I could have used some of Cassandra’s healing powers.  I need to learn more about that.  But first, before crawling back to bed, I want everyone to know that I am feeling better, and I will be back on schedule in a few days.

I will edit this blog sometime next week!  🙂


Virginia Perl

January 29, 2016
by Virginia Perl

Week 17b – The Hero’s Journey – Letting My Light Shine

The Master Key

            The Master Key

I loved this week of reflection, of getting rid of old habits and attitudes that no longer serve me.  I spent the week going back over old chapters in Haanel’s The Master Key System.  A lot of it was new to me even though I was reading it for the second time.  I’ve grown.  I have a new perspective.

Haanel says that the Law of Attraction brings us our “own.”  This means that we “are” today the sum of everything we’ve experienced in the past, including the experiences and beliefs that were handed down to us from our ancestors and from their societies.

So I’ve been busy identifying those traits that have become my “own” but are obstacles to my growth.  I’m tossing out, with joy, whittling down until only courageous thoughts remain.  I am doing a mental housecleaning.

Fear was the first defect to go.  I shall let my light shine, and meet each day with courage and, as Haanel writes, “…pound barriers to pieces, and leap over the chasm of doubt and hesitation which fear places in my path.”

If we wish to be of service to others we must have power, but to get it we must give it.  I have written a new service on my card.  “I promise to participate in the Alliances five days this week and every week.  I always keep my promises.”




Virginia Perl

January 22, 2016
by Virginia Perl

Week 17 – The Hero’s Journey – The Master Plan

The Master Plan

The Master Plan

We are nearing the end of week 17 of this wonderful journey.  I looked back at some of my earlier posts.  In week 1, I wrote, “Today I begin a new life,” which are the words of Og Mandino as he wrote Scroll I in The Greatest Salesman in the World.  I was an eager new student, who awakened each morning looking forward to the readings.

By week 6, I was feeling the crunch of all the assignments, and was a bit dizzy from all of the information I was processing, but I was also running around telling everyone, (silently), that I loved them.

By week 11, I was becoming persistent.  I was like a well-oiled machine, organized, and thrilled to be getting all of my daily tasks done.

Now in week 17, the Master Plan is in place.  I am aware of the changes in me.  I no longer allow other people’s ideas to drive me.  Only I have the answers.

I am Nature’s greatest miracle.

I not only see my own uniqueness, but I am seeing it in others.  Their uniqueness stands out to me in colors so brilliant and dazzling I feel I’m in the center of a Mardi Gras festival.

Haanel writes that if I concentrate on my purpose, “…intuitive power will be set in operation and help will come in the nature of information, which will lead to success.”  With knowledge, I can manifest anything I want.



Virginia Perl

January 15, 2016
by Virginia Perl

Week 16 – The Hero’s Journey – Just Be Yourself

I am Nature’s greatest miracle.  Yes, I am realizing that my mother was right all along.  She always told me, “Just be yourself.”  She’d say, “Don’t try to be like someone else when you are already perfect.”

Og writes, “Vain attempts to imitate others no longer do I make.”

Be yourself!

Now that this thought has really started to sink into my being, I have found my voice.  I am writing with so much more clarity, so much more honesty, and wisdom, and bravery.  Og suggests proclaiming your uniqueness to the world, which I’ve done, (read my week 15 blog.)  The flash cards were the key to my awakening to my uniqueness.  I’m so happy I can finally see that.  I read my flash cards twice a day.  I do not want to lose this feeling that embraces who I really am.

Live happily ever after!

Live happily ever after!

My second awakening for this week was finding my ideal.  I always thought my purpose was to write a book.  I thought the book would create wealth and I would be rich and live happily ever after.  But this is only half of it.

Haanel writes, “Wealth should then never be desired as an end, but simply as a means of accomplishing an end.  Success is contingent upon a higher ideal than the mere accumulation of riches, and he who aspires to such success must formulate an ideal for which he is willing to strive….There must be a definite fixed purpose, an ideal.”

Aha!  Light bulb alert!

Ta Da!

Ta Da!

Haanel is saying that the wealth I acquire should be used to give back.  This I will do by forming a foundation which creates world awareness of the damage caused by the toxins in our food, and will fight for children’s rights to organic school lunches.

My book and the ensuing riches are the means to the end.  The foundation is my ideal.

I wonder what I’m going to learn next week.  I can hardly wait.



Virginia Perl

January 8, 2016
by Virginia Perl

Week 15 – The Hero’s Journey – Nature’s Miracle

Nature's Miracle

Nature’s Miracle

“I am not on this earth by chance.  I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand…. I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.” Og Mandino

It doesn’t surprise me that we are working on writing our life on flash cards at the same time we are reading Scroll IV.  I am nature’s greatest miracle!

I love my flash cards.  It is amazing to me how wide the range of my experience is – up – down – right – left – back – forth – all over the place with events that made me who I am today.  Here is an example of my life according to my flash cards:

  • I was on American Bandstand.
  • I used an outhouse daily on the farm.
  • Sammy Davis, Jr. asked me to dance with him on stage.
  • I prayed at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.
  • I lived in a basement house.
  • I was a friend of Mickey Mantle and Billy Martin.
  • I did a Fab detergent commercial.
  • I told Cary Grant all about growing up on the farm.
  • I took my kids castle-hunting in Bavaria.
  • I had breakfast with Judy Garland.
  • I delivered chickens to the Hormel estate.
  • I dined at Maxim’s in Paris at the next table to Jackie & Ari Onassis.
  • I had a 12 handicap.
  • I had 6 live-in servants in my home.
  • I cleaned houses to pay my way through college.
  • I knew Elvis Presley.
  • I went to a one-room schoolhouse.
  • I dated Dickey Doo.

I have 150 of these cards.  I read them twice a day.  They confirm that I am Nature’s greatest miracle. There is no one else in the world who has had my experience.  I’ve been put on this earth with a purpose.


This program is all coming together now.  I am flabbergasted!

Yes, I guess I’ve had a life.  I’ve got to get this book written.



Virginia Perl