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  • debbiequestel 2:18 pm on April 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Week 24 – What a Journey ! 

    i-did-itIt gives me great pleasure to write this blog as it marks the end of my amazing 6 month self discovery journey in this MKMMA course. It was only the other day that I got a call from my friend and business associate Cheryl who did her best to encourage me to get enrolled on this program. But truth be told I really did not need a lot of persuading because I was at a point in my life where I needed a bit of a boast to help me achieve some of my desired life goals.

    I have to admit I was a bit nervous about meeting the requirements of the course but by the grace of God I managed to complete it.


    What I gained most from this journey are listed as followed:

    • My DMP: Having a Definite Major Purpose clearly articulated on a piece of paper made the world of difference for me. This was key in obtaining clarity to execute my goal of opening a leadership school as well as maintaining balance in my life.
    • The Sit:  Who knew that I would actually be in a routine to mediate daily? I now look forward to my 15 minutes of silent bliss  every morning.
    • Laws of the Mind: The Seven Laws of the Mind served to be most useful as it taught me how to utilize the resources around me more efficiently.
    • The Master Key System: I am truly blown away by the teachings in the Master Key System. My Uncle told me once that if you desire to be truly successful then you must master your mind; now I understand what he meant. The insights gained from the readings were truly amazing.
    • Discipline: We were gradually given reading tasks, tools, techniques and exercises which has now become a part of my daily routine and personally I am truly grateful for them.
    • Masterminding:  This in itself was such a unique experience. To be able to connect with people all around the world on a weekly basis with a common purpose for betterment was simply priceless.

    celebrateI had the privileged of watching the last webinar of the course with my dear friend Cheryl as it coincided with my trip back to London. We used this as a well deserved celebration as we held our very own MKMMA Party to mark our graduation from the course.

    There was laughter, tears, AH HA moments as we listened to other members around the world share their experiences gained throughout their own journey. We all experienced our very own hero’s journey within the past 6 months.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mark, Davene, Trish, my guide Marea and the entire MKMMA team for their dedication and hard work throughout the course as well as every brave soul who embarked on this journey with me; you are all champions.

    I want to also extend this invitation to anyone of my friends, family, future acquaintances and kindred souls to take a leap of faith and embark on their own journey of self discovery on the next MKMMA course that is due to start in September 2015. Please feel free to email me at for more information.

    I personally loved writing these blogs and promise to use this space as a forum to inspire others to live a limitless life.




  • debbiequestel 9:10 pm on March 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Week 23 – Self-Directed and Loving it 

    It’s coming to the end of this amazing course and I am reflecting on how much has been covered as well as achieved since I have embarked on this journey. I won’t tell a lie at some points along the way I got a bit overwhelmed with the requirements and knowing exactly how to fit it into my daily schedule. Now things that I found to be a challenge within the first month or two of this course has now become second nature to me. I have truly developed some great habits.

    blessing in everything

    I have made a lot of connections to what have been covered in the Master Key Teachings and all the exercises that we were encouraged to do. For instance the silence exercise, and now ‘The Mental Diet on Steroids’ are ways to encourage us to become an observer.

    This week we covered the components of The Law of Least Effort which consisted of a three part life commitment of:

    1. Acceptance

    2. Responsibility

    3. Defenselessness

    In order to master this law we must first accept all people, situations and circumstances fully; take full responsibility for everything that happens to us; as well as eliminate the need to defend our position or point of view. I am not kidding myself or anyone for I know that I have to make a conscious effort to adopt this as a habit, needless to say that I have a lot of work ahead of me, but I can definitely see benefit in adopting this life principle.

    This week I also reflected on the point that living in a state of your true and authentic self and as a result stepping into your greatness means that at times you would be greatly misunderstood. Not everyone will understand why you do the things you do but in the grand scheme of things it really does not matter. For I have learnt a long time ago that if you do not take good care of yourself then you are no good to others.

    I am always reminded of this when I am travelling with my daughter. The airline flight attendants remind us that in the case of an emergency that we as parents must put our own gas mask first before helping our own children. So when I take time for myself I do not feel guilty. These things you can only notice when you are an a observer.

    Loving this journey more and more as I am defining a brand new me by trusting that inner voice and following my bliss.

  • debbiequestel 7:36 pm on March 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Week 22a – The Science of Getting Rich 

    the science of getting richQuestion: If you knew of an exact scientific method that you could use to acquire riches of your desires would you take a look at it?

    Well for me it was an overwhelming YES!! So when I saw that one of the requirements this week was to read/watch the content of the book ‘The Science of Getting Rich’ written by Wallace D. Wattles.

     Personally, this was not my first time engaging with this literature as I was already in possession of this book prior to the course and read it twice. However having to read it again as part my weekly activity I gained a totally different perceptive on all principles covered. I guess all my knowledge and experience obtained while on the MKMMA course has allowed me to make connections and as such associate a new meaning that is unique to my own desires.

    Some of the principles that captivated me once again are noted below:

    • “The object of life is development”
    • “Every person naturally wants to become all that they are capable of becoming. This desire to realize innate possibilities is inherent in human nature: we cannot help wanting to be all that we can be.”
    • “The desire for riches is really the desire for a richer, fuller and more abundant life; and that desire is praise worthy.”
    • In order to achieve these riches we must first do things in a certain way.
    • We are three part beings and as such we should maintain balance with our BODY, MIND and SOUL. All of these parts needs full life and expression.
    • There is always and will forever be an abundance of opportunity.
    • Thought is the only power which can produce tangible riches from formless substance.
    • Man is by nature a ‘THINKING CENTRE’
    • One must think CREATIVE rather than COMPETITIVE
    • Efficient ACTION is required thus you must connect Mental Power and Personal Power.
    • “The mental attitude of GRATITUDE draws the mind into closer touch with the source from which the blessings come.”the science of getting rich_qoute

     It then dawned on me that I read this very book twice before about three years ago; so it’s not about knowing what to do but success lies in applying them. So I guess I have lots to do… get started NOW!!!

    I am first going to say “Do It Now!!!” 100 times


  • debbiequestel 2:48 am on March 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Week 22 – Silence is Golden 

    What a week! This week we were given the task of literally shutting away all external factors and embark on what I would describe as a vow of silence. (My very own internal retreat.)

    So what that meant was No phones, No people, No conversations, No Internet and No electronic devices of any kind. Just YOU and Your connection to the supreme being within.

    Now I have to admit that I was very excited about this task. I actually wanted 2 full days of silence but circumstances would not allow it to happen in that exact way. So once I sorted out my childcare arrangements I was able to commit to 6 hours of silent bliss.

    I generally appreciate having quiet times by myself because it is in these moments where my thinking gets amazingly clear. I experience what I would describe as pure thought. I personally believe this happens once a connection is made via meditation or prayer to the divine power within.

    wise souls_silence

    In my stillness I achieved a series of mini sits. I took a moment to be grateful for all that I have been blessed with as well as all the blessing to come. I made copious notes to capture the essence of my pure thoughts. I gained clarity on a few matters that was causing me to be a bit indecisive. It was as though I was being guided to take inspired action.

    What an experience!!!


  • debbiequestel 7:45 pm on February 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Week 21 – Happiness is A Choice 

    This week I reflected on a few situations that happened that caused me to observe the behavior of other people as well as my own. It was interesting to know that some people no matter how many solutions they are given to help their life problems they still choose to make themselves unhappy. You could help them move to a better house, school, job or even a more stable relationship but because they carry themselves with them wherever they go they will always repeat their well rehearsed habits to ensure their unhappiness.

    Choose to be happy

    I made sure to note that other people’s behaviors and actions are not a reflection of me. I am in a great point in my life where I choose to see the blessings in each experience. I realize that somehow when someone or something in my life is not in alignment with the core energy of who I truly am then as though orchestrated by a power beyond my human comprehension, that person, situation, thing or circumstance is somehow removed from my daily interactions. At the onset of this I sometimes find myself asking questions like “Why did that happen?” or ” What could I have done differently to avoid this from happening?”. But when I become an observer of the situation, I realize that it has happened for the sake of my Highest Good. Then I remember that my happiness is my choice.

    So now I am excited to welcome yet another month in my MKMMA journey and as this month ahead also marks the last few weeks of the webinars I promise to give myself the gift of completion because “I Choose to be Happy.”

    Looking forward to reading the next chapter of The Greatest Salesman in the World so until then spread some happiness and have a wonderful week. 🙂


    • tnewell 2:04 pm on March 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I loved your blog. Thanks so much for sharing heart to heart.


    • MasterKeyTheresa 4:16 am on March 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      A very interesting perspective ono happiness.


    • brodiaiguier 12:14 pm on March 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      It’s totally true and I like the phase you used “Then I remember that my happiness is my choice” because if we are unhappy, we can make a conscious decision to make a change to become happier.

      Take Care… Brodi


    • Bruce Carlson 5:29 pm on March 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Debbie,
      I have been asking myself similar questions as you have been wrestling with. One thought that comes to mind is am I looking for happiness or peace?



      • debbiequestel 1:11 am on March 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Oh wow!! That is deep. Never thought of it like that until now. Thanks for the insight.


    • brucebrownnc 7:38 pm on March 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I too have found it interesting to become more and more in touch with my Observer. I think he’s becoming my best friend!


  • debbiequestel 5:06 pm on February 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Week 20 – Let’s Keep it Moving 

    Carnival is officially over now and I am only one webinar behind lots to catch up on but I am so up for it. I realized that my sit is the perfect time to realign myself. In this moment I noticed how my old blue print was allowing procrastination to surface.



    Thank goodness we are reading scroll 5 from the Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.

    “I live this day as if its my last.

    I avoid with fury the killers of time. Procrastination I destroy with action; doubt I bury under faith; fear I dismember with confidence. Where there are idle mouths I listen not; where there are idle hands I linger not; where there are idle bodies I visit not. Henceforth I know that to court idleness is to steal food, clothing, and warmth from those I love. I am not a thief. I am a woman of love and today is my last chance to prove my love and my greatness.”

    The more I read this the more I was able to remind myself of being my authentic self. I also took the opportunity to reflect on the teachings from the previous chapters: I form good habits and become their salve; I greet each day with love in my heart; I am nature’s greatest Miracle; I live this day as if it is my last. 

    It was only then that I acknowledged how far I have come. I now understand the term “Living by the Compass”. We get to consciously choose everyday to live by the compass or by the clock. So I am choosing to keep it moving living my life by my internal compass with my master key readings, index cards, movie poster and my DMP (Definite Major Purpose).


    I am exactly when I am meant to be for all is truly well.

  • debbiequestel 6:55 pm on February 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Week 19- Wonderful Problems to have…. 

    This week has went by so quickly that it is all just one big blur. I have lots of problems to deal with and a long to do list that has me busy daily. Some of the thoughts that currently preoccupy my mind are concerned with preparing all relevant documents for new staff such as contracts and job specifications. Then my mind drifts thinking about which learning concept should be covered and the necessary resources needed for our pre-schoolers. Then I wonder if I should open the daycare earlier than planned based on the number of calls daily requesting information about this service.

    Then it came to me in one of my infamous ‘Ah HA Moments’!

    wonderful problems

    Five months ago I would have been anxious to actually find a suitable location for the school now I have that sorted and I have nothing less than wonderful so called problems. What a difference this course has made to my life….I am truly grateful.

    I am spending time this week catching up with my weekly webniars and requirements. This is a perfect time to do so as we do not have a scheduled webinar this week.

    In the master key reading this week Hannel first mentions that”fear is a powerful form of thought. It paralyzes the nerve centers, thus affecting the circulation of blood…..of course the way to overcome fear is to become conscious of power.”

    I reflected on this for a while because people sometimes think to start a new venture or pursue a goal you must become fearless. But to be honest fear will always be there, however you will get better and better at diminishing the effect to which fear has on you. The exercises that we have been exposed to throughout this course has been instrumental in assisting in minimizing the effects of fear. I personally love the flashing of the index cards and my morning sits.

    Loving this journey more and more.

    • earch2014 6:58 pm on February 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I love your posts as they are real! I will miss them as I am taken off the MKMMA list. I wish you well.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Catherine Osthaus 7:49 pm on February 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      “to start a new venture or pursue a goal you must become fearless” This past week I had heard a “guru” say that every time he speaks in front of a crowd or does some teaching he still faces fear. You are right it does not leave but gets smaller! And then you develop that mental muscle to be an overcomer. His affirmation is “i dont feel pressure, I see opportunity” It has helped me a lot!

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    • Cheryl A's - Master Key 9:46 pm on February 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      They certainly aregreat problems to have – so happy for you Debs!! I agree the exercises are working a treat and sometimes I don’t even realise it! Thanks for your great blog!! x


    • Caryn Elizabeth 11:15 pm on February 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I am so glad that you are making the best of each day. What a wonderful adventure you are on and the lives you will affect with the school. Blessing for a prosperous opening! xo CE


    • MasterKeyTheresa 3:54 am on February 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’m so glad you’re taking it one day at time and working through everything as it comes. It will all work out because your intentions will set your attention.


  • debbiequestel 4:10 am on February 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Week 18 – Perception is Key 

    As I begin this week with a new chapter from Og Mandino’s ‘The Greatest Salesman in the world’ I reflect on these words “I will live this day as if its my last.”  I thought to myself if we really lived in each as though it were our last what would that actually look like? Little things that would normally be a big issue would no longer matter.

    I find myself one week behind on the weekly webinars but I am not stressing out as I keep telling myself that I will persist until I succeed. In the previous webinar we looked at the Hero’s journey and learned about our own dragons that we must all slay so that we can live from a place of Faith and Service. I heard Davene say: ” You were made first class by first class and you are entitled to go first class providing that you are willing to provide a first class service.” I felt empowered by this statement to say the least. I even wrote it on a card to remind myself daily of it.

    perception_change the way you look at things

    I found myself teaching my daughter the lesson of persistence and courage as she experienced her own hero’s journey.

    We are in full swing of the Carnival season here in Trinidad and my daughter being an avid masquerader competes in an individual competition over the course of 3 consecutive weekends. Just as we were transporting her costume back to the designer to put the final touches on it, it was blown off the back of a truck and onto the highway where it was completely destroyed after being trampled on by on coming traffic. It seemed such an impossible task to re-do a costume to the same standard in less than 24 hrs, but thanks to the help of an amazing team who literally stayed up the entire night it was done. WE PERSISTED UNTIL WE SUCCEEDED !!!!!

    Then I handed it over to my 6 yr old daughter who danced her little socks off. Even though she was competing against 30+ older girls in the 6-9 year old category she still managed to place 2nd. Talk about a big smile from ear to ear.

    red cross11-makayla questel frederick-jewel of the caribbean

    For me I reflected on two valuable life lessons:

    1. Always complete what you have started.

    2. If you push yourself to the limit of the unknown then you will realize that you do not break. (Greatness can be found at the brink of life’s biggest disappointments)

    Loving this journey more and more 🙂






    • masterkeychad 8:23 pm on February 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Love the story of you and your daughter’s success. What a tremendous accomplishment! It always plays out that when something becomes a priority it always gets done. Make it a Super+Fantastic day!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Catherine Osthaus 11:13 pm on February 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Debbie, what a wonderful blog post! Perception is everything. And Persistence can move mountains. Your daughter looks absolutely stunning in her costume! My girls would have been over the moon to dance in such an beautiful costume.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Cheryl A's - Master Key 9:37 pm on February 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Aaaahhhh absolutely awesome – Makayla looks fabulous and I am not surprised she done so well – holding herself strong amidst 30 other 6 to 9 year olds!! You must be so proud of both of you for persisting and succeeding!!! Great lessons shared at the end too – thans Debs!! x


  • debbiequestel 11:43 pm on January 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Week 17a – When it Rains, It Pours 

    I always use to hear the older heads in my community say stuff like “when it rains it pours”. This saying was always used to complain about situations in life that seem to be getting progressively worst. For instance you may have allocated money to pay bills then an unexpected circumstance arrives that requires even more money to be spent.

    I on the other hand have been using this same said phrase positively to mean the showering of blessings from above. I guess I am that strange person who loves the sound of rain on the roof top.

    Right now this entire self-discovery journey has been mixed with excitement and anxiety all rolled in one. Giving myself permission to be my authentic self is liberating to say the least and is also a direct result of being clear about my true desires. So now that I am at that point in my life I am experiencing a wave of what can only be described as ‘blessings abundance’. As one opportunity comes, so does another and another; in most cases even better that I imagined.


    Sometimes I want to say “Ok universe, slow down so that I can wrap my thoughts around what’s in front of me before you show me another” but then I remember that some things are bigger than you so my recent motto is “Just go with the flow”.

    I would love to tell you in detail about each and every situation but the river of my dreams is taking me for another swim. I promise to be back next week to share some more. So until then; let the blessings flow. 🙂


    • Christel Waltman 6:45 pm on February 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks is just wonderful. Keep enjoying those blessings, Debbie!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Cheryl A's - Master Key 9:26 pm on February 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I truly love reding your blogs Debs and how you switch things in to positive. I remember you saying to me when we were in St Lucia on my Gran’s veranda and I had said “oh no it’s raining” and you replied “its blessings”. I have always remembered that and amidst the showers was a beautful rainbow!! Keep enjoying your blessings!! 😉 xx


  • debbiequestel 2:18 am on January 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Week 17 – My Inner Power 

    When I first started this course I had a few concerns. I wondered whether or not I could fully honor all the requirements and truly give it 100%; would I be able to use and apply the principles learnt in my life etc. Now I am in week 17 and loving every moment of it. The good, the great and the so called mistakes. I am truly grateful to be here flaws and all. There are areas that I still need to catch up on like the digital aspects of the course but I am certain that I will get on top of it. All is needed is some concentrated effort.

    In the master key reading this week I made particular attention to this :

    “The subconscious mind may be aroused and brought into action in any direction and made to serve us for any purpose, by concentration”

    This made so much sense especially with some events that occurred to me lately. Almost 3 years ago when I made the decision to leave London, England and return to Trinidad where I grew up, I visited my former Secondary School and inquired about volunteering my teaching services. I had this burning desire to give back to a school that had previously served me. But unfortunately even though they were excited and accepting of the idea nothing ever materialized. A week ago I got a call from a past teacher who explained that a Mathematics teacher was unable to return this term and they needed help. So even though I now had my own establishment to run I still committed to volunteering my services a few days during the week.  I knew that deep down this was all due to me being focused in my daily sit and my DMP (Definite Major Purpose) manifesting. Talk about some powerful stuff.

    And the greatest part of this story is that the students who are normally referred to as ‘challenging’ are so grateful and as a result hopeful to pass their up coming exams.

    Loving this journey 🙂



    • David Lewis (@davidsmasterkey) 4:19 pm on January 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      It is amazing to me how that what we focus on manifest itself. Thank you for volunteering your services for the greater good…Cheers!


    • Cheryl A's - Master Key 3:17 am on January 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      aaaaahhhh that’s fabulous Debs – you are powerful!! Amazing to hear how your students have turned things around too – thank you for sharing!!


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