The Master Key System Part 17
By Charles F. Haanel
The Master Key System teaches the laws at the very foundation of all attainment and success. Whatever you desire, The Master Key System will teach you how to bring it into your life. Cultivate Life! magazine
is presenting the full twenty-four part course material on a
fortnightly basis. In this way you will have time to work through
the text and exercises as they were originally designed to be studied
by the author, Charles F. Haanel.
The kind of Deity which a man, consciously or unconsciously, worships, indicates the intellectual status of the worshipper.
Ask the Indian of God, and he will describe to you
a powerful chieftain of a glorious tribe. Ask the Pagan of God, and he
will tell you of a God of fire, a God of water, a god of this, that,
and the other.
Ask the Israelite of God, and he will tell you of
the God of Moses, who conceived it expedient to rule by coercive
measures; hence, the Ten Commandments. Or of Joshua, who led the
Israelites into battle, confiscated property, murdered the prisoners,
and laid waste to cities.
The so-called heathen made "graven images" of their
Gods, whom they were accustomed to worship, but among the most
intelligent, at least, these images were but the visible fulcrums with
which they were enabled to mentally concentrate on the qualities which
they desired to externalize in their lives.
We of the twentieth century worship a God of Love
in theory, but in practice we make for ourselves "graven images" of
"Wealth," "Power," "Fashion," "Custom" and "Conventionality." We "fall
down" before them and worship them. We concentrate on them and they are
thereby externalized in our lives.
The student who masters the contents of Part
Seventeen will not mistake the symbols for the reality; he will be
interested in causes, rather than effects. He will concentrate on the
realities of life, and will then not be disappointed in the results.
1. We are told that Man has "dominion over all
things"; this dominion is established through Mind. Thought is the
activity which controls every principle beneath it. The highest
principle by reason of its superior essence and qualities necessarily
determines the circumstances, aspects and relation of everything with
which it comes in contact.
2. The vibrations of mental forces are the finest and
consequently the most powerful in existence. To those who perceive the
nature and transcendency of mental force, all physical power sinks into
3. We are accustomed to look upon the Universe with a
lens of five senses, and from these experiences our anthropomorphic
conceptions originate, but true conceptions are only secured by
spiritual insight. This insight requires a quickening of the vibrations
of the Mind, and is only secured when the mind is continuously
concentrated in a given direction.
4. Continuous concentration means an even, unbroken
flow of thought and is the result of patient, persistent, persevering
and well-regulated system.
5. Great discoveries are the result of long-continued
investigation. The science of mathematics requires years of
concentrated effort to master it, and the greatest science -- that of
the Mind -- is revealed only through concentrated effort.
6. Concentration is much misunderstood; there seems to
be an idea of effort or activity associated with it, when just the
contrary is necessary. The greatness of an actor lies in the fact that
he forgets himself in the portrayal of his character, becoming so
identified with it, that the audience is swayed by the realism of the
performance. This will give you a good idea of true concentration; you
should be so interested in your thought, so engrossed in your subject,
as to be conscious of nothing else. Such concentration leads to
intuitive perception and immediate insight into the nature of the
object concentrated upon.
7. All knowledge is the result of concentration of
this kind; it is thus that the secrets of Heaven and Earth have been
wrested; it is thus that the mind becomes a magnet and the desire to
know draws the knowledge, irresistibly attracts it, makes it your own.
8. Desire is largely subconscious; conscious
desire rarely realizes its object when the latter is out of immediate
reach. Subconscious desire arouses the latent faculties of the mind,
and difficult problems seem to solve themselves.
9. The subconscious mind may be aroused and brought
into action in any direction and made to serve us for any purpose, by
concentration. The practice of concentration requires the control of
the physical, mental, and physical being; all modes of consciousness
whether physical, mental, or physical, must be under control.
10. Spiritual Truth is therefore the controlling
factor; it is this which will enable you to grow out of limited
attainment and reach a point where you will be able to translate modes
of thought into character and consciousness.
11. Concentration does not mean mere thinking of
thoughts, but the transmutation of these thoughts into practical
values; the average person has no conception of the meaning of
concentration. There is always the cry "to have" but never the cry "to
be"; they fail to understand that they cannot have one without the
other, that they must first find the "kingdom" before they can have the
"things added." Momentary enthusiasm is of no value; it is only with
unbounded self-confidence that the goal is reached.
12. The mind may place the ideal a little too high and
fall short of the mark; it may attempt to soar on untrained wings and
instead of flying, fall to earth; but that is no reason for not making
13. Weakness is the only barrier to mental attainment;
attribute your weakness to physical limitations or mental uncertainties
and try again; ease and perfection are gained by repetition.
14. The astronomer centers his mind on the stars and
they give forth their secrets; the geologists centers his mind on the
construction of the earth and we have geology; so with all things. Men
center their minds on the problems of life, and the result is apparent
in the vast and complex social order of the day.
15. All mental discovery and attainment are the result
of desire plus concentration; desire is the strongest mode of action;
the more persistent the desire, the more authoritative the revelation.
Desire added to concentration will wrench any secret from nature.
16. In realizing great thoughts, in experiencing great
emotions that correspond with great thoughts, the mind is in a state
where it appreciates the value of higher things.
17. The intensity of one moment's earnest
concentration and the intense longing to become and to attain may take
you further than years of slow normal and forced effort; it will
unfasten the prison bars of unbelief, weakness, impotence and
self-belittlement, and you will come into a realization of the joy of
18. The spirit of initiative and originality is
developed through persistence and continuity of mental effort. Business
teaches the value of concentration and encourages decision of
character; it develops practical insight and quickness of conclusion.
The mental element in every commercial pursuit is dominant as the
controlling factor, and desire is the predominating force; all
commercial relations are the externalization of desire.
19. Many of the sturdy and substantial virtues are
developed in commercial employment; the mind is steadied and directed;
it becomes efficient. The principal necessity is the strengthening of
the mind so that it rises superior to the distractions and wayward
impulses of instinctive life and thus successfully overcomes in the
conflict between the higher and lower self.
20. All of us are dynamos, but the dynamo of itself is
nothing; the mind must work the dynamo; then it is useful and its
energy can be definitely concentrated. The mind is an engine whose
power is undreamed; thought is an omni-working power. It is the ruler
and creator of all form and all events occurring in form. Physical
energy is nothing in comparison with the omnipotence of thought,
because thought enables man to harness all other natural power.
21. Vibration is the action of thought; it is
vibration which reaches out and attracts the material necessary to
construct and build. There is nothing mysterious concerning the power
of thought; concentration simply implies that consciousness can be
focalized to the point where it becomes identified with the object of
its attention. As food absorbed is the essence of the body, so the mind
absorbs the object of its attention, gives it life and being.
22. If you concentrate on some matter of importance,
the intuitive power will be set in operation, and help will come in the
nature of information which will lead to success.
23. Intuition arrives at conclusions without the aid
of experience or memory. Intuition often solves problems that are
beyond the grasp of the reasoning power. Intuition often comes with a
suddenness that is startling; it reveals the truth for which we are
searching, so directly that it seems to come from a higher power.
Intuition can be cultivated and developed; in order to do this it must
be recognized and appreciated; if the intuitive visitor is given a
royal welcome when he comes, he will come again; the more cordial the
welcome the more frequent his visits will become, but if he is ignored
or neglected he will make his visits few and far apart.
24. Intuition usually comes in the Silence; great
minds seek solitude frequently; it is here that all the larger problems
of life are worked out. For this reason every businessman who can
afford it has a private office, where he will not be disturbed; if you
cannot afford a private office you can at least find somewhere, where
you can be alone a few minutes each day, to train the thought along
lines which will enable you to develop that invincible power which is
necessary to achieve.
25. Remember that fundamentally the subconscious is
omnipotent; there is no limit to the things that can be done when it is
given the power to act. Your degree of success is determined by the
nature of your desire. If the nature of your desire is in harmony with
Natural Law or the Universal Mind, it will gradually emancipate the
mind and give you invincible courage.
26. Every obstacle conquered, every victory gained,
will give you more faith in your power, and you will have greater
ability to win. Your strength is determined by your mental attitude; if
this attitude is one of success, and is permanently held with an
unswerving purpose, you will attract to you from the invisible domain
the things you silently demand.
27. By keeping the thought in mind, it will gradually
take tangible form. A definite purpose sets causes in motion which go
out in the invisible world and find the material necessary to serve
28. You may be pursuing the symbols of power, instead
of power itself. You may be pursuing fame instead of honor, riches
instead of wealth, position instead of servitude; in either event you
will find that they turn to ashes just as you overtake them.
29. Premature wealth or position cannot be retained
because it has not been earned; we get only what we give, and those who
try to get without giving always find that the law of compensation is
relentlessly bringing about an exact equilibrium.
30. The race has usually been for money and other mere
symbols of power, but with an understanding of the true source of
power, we can afford to ignore the symbols. The man with a large bank
account finds it unnecessary to load his pockets down with gold; so
with the man who has found the true source of power; he is no longer
interested in its shams or pretensions.
31. Thought ordinarily leads outwardly in evolutionary
directions, but it can be turned within where it will take hold of the
basic principles of things, the heart of things, the spirit of things.
When you get to the heart of things it is comparatively easy to
understand and command them.
32. This is because the Spirit of a thing is the thing
itself, the vital part of it, the real substance. The form is simply
the outward manifestation of the spiritual activity within.
33. For your exercise this week concentrate as nearly
as possible in accordance with the method outlined in this lesson; let
there be no conscious effort or activity associated with your purpose.
Relax completely, avoid any thought of anxiety as to results. Remember
that power comes through repose. Let the thought dwell upon your
object, until it is completely identified with it, until you are
conscious of nothing else.
34. If you wish to eliminate fear, concentrate on courage.
35. If you wish to eliminate lack, concentrate on abundance.
36. If you wish to eliminate disease, concentrate on health.
37. Always concentrate on the ideal as an already
existing fact; this is the germ cell, the life principle which goes
forth and sets in motion those causes which guide, direct and bring
about the necessary relation, which eventually manifest in form.
Thought is the property of those only who can entertain it.
Study Questions with Answers:
161. What is the true method of concentration?
To become so identified with the object of your thought that you are conscious of nothing else.
162. What is the result of this method of concentration?
Invisible forces are set in motion which irresistibly bring about conditions in correspondence with your thought.
163. What is the controlling factor in this method of thought?
164. Why is this so?
Because the nature of our desire must be in harmony with Natural Law.
165. What is the practical value of this method of concentration?
Thought is transmuted into character, and character is the magnet which creates the environment of the individual.
166. What is the controlling factor in every commercial pursuit?
The mental element.
167. Why is this so?
Because Mind is the ruler and creator of all form and all events occurring in form.
168. How does concentration operate?
By the development of the powers of perception, wisdom, intuition, and sagacity.
169. Why is intuition superior to reason?
Because it does not depend upon experience or
memory and frequently brings about the solution to our problems by
methods concerning which we are in entire ignorance.
170. What is the result of pursuing the symbol of the reality?
They frequently turn to ashes just as we
overtake them, because the symbol is only the outward form of the
spiritual activity within, therefore unless we can possess the
spiritual reality, the form disappears. ###
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