January 4


Wild Harmony

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Aren’t those flowers beautiful?  They are protea, native to South Africa.  They are so very unique and very unusual.  Individually, each variety of the protea looks pre-historic.  They are not fragrant, nor are they very delicate. I see wild harmony.

The genus Protea was named in 1735 by Carl Linnaeus, possibly after the Greek god Proteus, who could change his form at will, possibly because they have such a wide variety of forms.

Etymology of Protea, wikipedia

They are mesmerizing!

My first exposure to protea was over 40 years ago, at my wedding.  My dear friend, who is a horticulturalist on Kauai, Hawaii, brought two bouquets to my wedding.  I was shocked into being a fan.  I couldn’t get enough of them.  They looked prehistoric, so wild!  But their beauty is the culmination of the harmony of nature. Wild harmony.


Throughout this week, I have been thinking about harmony and thought.  I watched the movie Wild with Reese Witherspoon.  I had seen it before, but chose to view it with my new eyes.


While watching Wild, and observing MKE links, I thought of the protea.  The harshness of the Pacific Crest Trail and the lessons from hardship that Cheryl learns along the way, reminded me of the tough protea plants, with tree-like stalks and weird shapes. 

But similar to the wilderness of the Pacific Crest Trail, there is amazing beauty in these freakish blooms.  Both the Pacific Crest Trail and the protea are products of nature and nature is a product of thought.

All things have their origin in mind, and appearances are the result of thought.  So that we see that things in themselves have no origin, permanency, or reality.  Since they are produced by thought, they can be erased by thought.  

Charles Haanel, Master Key System, 14:16

Wild Harmony

Although it doesn’t seem likely that the movie, Wild, the Pacific Crest Trail, the protea, or me are in harmony, we are. Wild harmony.

This I find fascinating.  I am beginning to understand it all better and better.  Harmony, in the musical sense, is the combination of different notes from the same musical key put together to produce a sound stronger, truer, and fuller than a single note.

The great singer, Linda Ronstadt, spoke about painting a picture with her voice, harmonizing with the instruments, telling the story.  Beautiful harmony!  And who of you readers hasn’t been transported somewhere while listening to a symphony?

Definite Major Purpose

Through the Master Key Experience (MKE), I am learning to engage with my authentic self, finding I have harmony in my soul because I have identified my Definite Major Purpose, and am learning to keep it ever in the forefront of my mind, reminding myself of all my accomplishments while being in a constant state of gratitude.

The positivism in which I choose to be steeped is the result of the habits which have grown out of the exercises I learned to use, to reap that which I chose to sow.

Thus, I plant the seed of tomorrow’s success and gain an insurmountable advantage over those who cease their labor at a prescribed time.  When others cease their struggle, then mine begins and my harvest is full.

Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World, Scroll 3

Trusting is also a part of harmony.  When my trust is in the Creator, the Maker of the universe, I have no reason to be anywhere but in the here and now.  I can do nothing about yesterday and have no control over tomorrow (which never comes).  I have control over myself NOW!  So……


Read more articles by Louise Kohl

About the author

As a veteran homeschooling mother, Louise floundered after the children were gone. She wondered what had driven her before she was consumed with raising children. Her answer came when she enrolled in the Master Key Experience to begin her journey of self-discovery. Louise loves guiding individuals to discover their best selves while defining and clarifying their unique gifts. Her favorite part of guiding is watching individuals share their unique gifts, making an endless ripple effect of positive energy.

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  • I love it Louise! What a beautiful flower, and such a harmonious blog! I loved the movie ‘Wild’ as well, as that movie applies to Master Key part 15, when Haanel talks about obstacles and difficulties. “Growth is attained through an exchange of the old for the new.” (Haanel) Cheryl definitely went through an exchange, a transformation. Cool!

  • I really loved reading this Louise mahalo for blogging! This is so well written and I love these flowers – I know I’ve seen them before but I never knew what they were – Mahalo!

  • Thank you for sharing this harmonious blog Louise! I really liked the “wild harmony” and my thoughts and emotions wandered off to beautiful places I have been to. It reminded me of the perfect harmony you find in the wilderness.

  • Louise, your blog was very insightful as you compared your favorite flower, Protea to the movie Wild with Reese Witherspoon. The harshness of the Pacific Crest Trail and the lessons from hardship that Cheryl learns, can be visualized in the tough protea plants, with tree-like stalks, no smell, and weird shapes in their petals. Also Both the Pacific Crest Trail and the protea are products of nature and nature is a product of thought. I agree with your next statement on trust.
    “Trusting is also a part of harmony. When you trust in the Creator, the Maker of the universe, you have no reason to be anywhere but to be present in the moment. You can do nothing about yesterday and have no control over tomorrow. The only thing that you have control over is yourself and this power needs to be activated now not later so you don’t miss out on any of the wonders of life. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I enjoyed your blog.

  • I love your harmony analogy to these beautiful flowers. You have such an amazing perspective, Louise. Thank you!

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