Introduction to The Master Key Program – A Step By Step Method to Learn How To Think
“It is mind, therefore, which overcomes environment and every other obstacle in the path of men.”
We are all trying to overcome obstacles and live the very personal life of our dreams, right? Then that sentence is really all we need to know to create the life of our dreams.
Our mind overcomes environment and obstacles in our path to creating our best life. Well if it’s that easy then why is it so hard to make the dream a reality?
Thoughts. That’s what gets in the way. Thinking the wrong thoughts actually. Thinking the thoughts of obstacles and not the thoughts of dreams.
Mind is the tool we have all been given to navigate through our earthly existence and learn, create, grow and love however we choose.
What is mind? It’s not the brain. It’s not the body. No one can open you up and see your mind. What is it?
Mind is your free will. Your doorway to infinity or hell. You can leave behind a legacy of love, something that you created using your gifts or leave behind a legacy of destruction, one that you don’t want to revisit. It’s your choice, your free will that creates this legacy. And your thoughts are where that choice begins.
So now, what are thoughts? Where do they come from? Thoughts are frequencies that convey a message. We are in charge of producing the frequency of our earthly home, our body, and what we think about surrounds and penetrates our body with that frequency.
We can choose the frequency of happy or sad, grateful or angry, whatever we want. The lower frequencies cost us little effort. They are like the default mode. The higher frequencies cost us some energy. They need more input on our part to be employed and felt. It is easier to be mad than it is to be grateful. Grateful cost some energy. Sometimes a lot of energy.
Once we choose the thoughts we are going to consistently think it’s like putting up an antenna above our body. This antenna attracts other frequencies in harmony with this particular frequency; good or bad, growth or destruction.
This is our own personal radio station and we get to choose what is playing.
This is the same process that happens when we decide on a car to buy and then start to see that car everywhere. Our antennae is up for that car. This is a process most of us have done and know that it is real. Now we need to transfer this knowing to building the life we want to live.
We need to picture our ideal life, attach strong positive emotion to our picture, set the antennae, decide on the first steps to take towards this life, firmly believe it is possible and then take the first step on the plan we formulated. The Master Key System helps us to accomplish all of this in a step by step plan.
When we put up the frequency of being grateful, we attract more of this frequency into our lives. (Gratitude is a cause, not an effect.) We experience more events which permit us to feel gratitude. If we put up the frequency of hate we experience more events that permit us to feel hatred. This is always in our control. This is how we bring forth a thousand joys or a thousand ills into our life. The choice is ours.
Our thoughts are also why our environment is our mirror. What we thought in the past created the environment we live in right now. If our environment is exactly what we want, our thoughts were good, keep thinking them. If our environment is not what we want, then that is our cue to change our thoughts right now, this instant really.
Thoughts are the sole reason some people achieve their dream life and others do not. If you want to change your life and achieve your dream begin the study The Master Key System presented right here.
The Master Key System by Charles Haanel is a study on how to think effectively and efficiently that has passed the test of time. There are a total of 28 lessons. We will begin each lesson with thoughts about the lesson and then follow that with the actual lesson from Haanel’s program, The Master Key System.
There is no substitute for reading Haanel’s actual thoughts. His writing can be difficult to understand if you aren’t used to the old style of writing. This isn’t a fast read. You are meant to take your time, reread as much as you need to before moving on. You want to understand the early lessons so that the later lessons make more sense.
This study is laborious and long but so worth the effort, especially now in our current times.
Haanel writes, “This method is scientific, and it is the only method by which we shall be permitted to retain that degree of liberty and freedom that we have been accustomed to look upon as an inalienable right. Because a people is safe at home and in the world only if national preparedness mean such things as growing surplus of health, accumulated efficiency in public and private business of whatever sort, continuous advance in the science and art of acting together, development center and revolve about ascending life, single and collective, for which science, art and ethics furnish guidance and controlling motives.”
I think we all want ascending life for us individually, for our families and as a consequence, for all of society. To achieve this goal, we need to raise our thinking, increase the ability to use our minds efficiently and effectively. We can start this right now. Now is our future.
So we begin The Master Key System course. We will begin each lesson with thoughts on the chapter and follow with the actual chapter from the book. Finally, we will end each chapter with the exercise you will practice for the week. When you have mastered the exercise, then move on to the next chapter.
The Master Key System Book:
Nature compels us all to move through life. We could not remain stationary however much we wished. Every right-thinking person wants not merely to move through life like a soundproducing, perambulating plant, but to develop – to improve – and to continue the development mentally to the close of physical life.
This development can occur only through the improvement of the quality of individual thought and the ideals, actions and conditions that arise as a consequence. Hence a study of the creative processes of thought and how to apply them is of supreme importance to each one of us.
This knowledge is the means whereby the volution of human life on earth may be hastened and uplifted in the process.
Humanity ardently seeks “The Truth” and explores every avenue to it. In this process it has produced a special literature, which ranges the whole gamut of thought from the trivial to the sublime – up from Divination, through all the Philosophies, to the final lofty Truth of “The Master Key”. The “Master Key” is here given to the world as a means of tapping the great cosmic intelligence and attracting from it that which corresponds to the ambitions, and aspirations of each reader.
Every thing and institution we see around us, created by human agency, had first to exist as a thought in some human mind. Thought therefore is constructive. Human thought is the spiritual power of the cosmos operating through its creature man. “The Master Key” instructs the reader how to use that power, and use it both constructively and creatively.
The things and conditions we desire to become realities we must first create in thought. “The Master Key” explains and guides the process………
“The Master Key” teaching has hitherto been published in the form of a Correspondence Course of 24 lessons, delivered to students one per week for 24 weeks. The reader, who now receives the whole 24 parts at one times, is warned not to attempt to read the book like a novel, but to treat it as a course of study and conscientiously to imbibe the meaning of each part – reading and re-reading one part only per week before proceeding to the next. Otherwise the later parts will tend to be misunderstood and the reader’s time and money will be wasted. Used as thus instructed “The Master Key” will make of the reader a greater, better personality, and equipped with a new power to achieve any worthy personal purpose and a new ability to enjoy life’s beauty and wonder. F.H. BURGESS
Some men seem to attract success, power, wealth, attainment, with very little conscious effort; others conquer with great difficulty; still others fail altogether to reach their ambitions, desires and ideals. Why is this so: Why should some men realize their ambitions easily, others with difficulty, and still others not at all?
The cause cannot be physical, else the most perfect men, physically, would be the most successful. The difference, therefore, must be mental – must be in the mind; hence mind must be the creative force, must constitute the sole difference between men.
It is mind, therefore, which overcomes environment and every other obstacle in the path of men.
When the creative power of thought is fully understood, its effect will be seen to be marvelous. But such results cannot be secured without proper application, diligence, and concentration. The student will find that the laws governing in the mental and spiritual world are as fixed and infallible as in the material world. To secure the desired results, then, it is necessary to know the law and to comply with it.
A proper compliance with the law will be found to produce the desired result with invariable exactitude.
The student who learns that power comes from within, that he is weak only because he has depended on help from outside, and who unhesitatingly throws himself on his own thought, instantly rights himself, stands erect, assumes a dominant attitude, and works miracles.
It is evident, therefore, that he who fails to fully investigate and take advantage of the wonderful progress which is being made in this last and greatest science, will soon be as far behind as the man who would refuse to acknowledge and accept the benefits which have accrued to mankind through an understanding of the laws of electricity.
Of course, mind creates negative conditions just as readily as favorable conditions, and when we consciously or unconsciously visualize every kind of lack, limitation and discord, we create these conditions; this is what many are unconsciously doing all the time.
This law as well as every other law is no respecter of persons, but is in constant operation and is relentlessly bringing to each individual exactly what he has created; in other words, “Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.”
Abundance, therefore, depends upon a recognition of the laws of Abundance, and the fact that Mind is not only the creator, but the only creator of all there is. Certainly nothing can be created, before we know that it can be created and then make the proper effort. There is no more Electricity in the world today than there was fifty years ago, but until someone recognized the law by which it could be made of service, we received no benefit; now that the law is understood, practically the whole world is lit by it. So with the law of Abundance; it is only those who recognize the law and place themselves in harmony with it, who share in its benefits.
The scientific spirit now dominates every field of effort, relations of cause and effect are no longer ignored.
The discovery of a region of law marked an epoch in human progress. It eliminated the element of uncertainty and caprice in mens lives, and substituted law, reason and certitude.
Men now understand that for every result there is an adequate and definite cause, so that when a given result is desired, they seek the condition by which alone this result may be attained.
The basis upon which all law rests was discovered by inductive reasoning which consists of comparing a number of separate instances with one another until the common factor which gives rise to them all is seen.
It is this method of study to which the civilized nations owe the greater part of their prosperity and the more valuable part of their knowledge; it has lengthened life, it has mitigated pain, it has spanned rivers, it has brightened the night with the splendor of day, extended the range of vision, accelerated motion, annihilated distance, facilitated intercourse, and enabled men to descend into the sea, and into the air.
What wonder then that men soon endeavored to extend the blessings of this system of study to their method of thinking, so that, when it became plainly evident that certain results followed a particular method of thinking it only remained to classify these results.
This is method is scientific, and it is the only method by which we shall be permitted retain that degree of liberty and freedom which we have been accustomed to look upon as an inalienable right, because a people is safe at home and in the world only if national preparedness mean such things as; growing surplus of health, accumulated efficiency in public and private business of whatever sort, continuous advance in the science and art of acting together, and the increasingly dominant endeavor to make all of these and all other aspects of national development center and revolve about ascending life, single and collective, for which science, art and ethics furnish guidance and controlling motives.
The Master Key is based on absolute scientific truth and will unfold the possibilities that lie dormant in the individual, and teach how they may be brought into powerful action, to increase the person’s effective capacity, bringing added energy, discernment, vigor and mental elasticity.
The student who gains an understanding of the mental laws which reunfolded will come into the possession of an ability to secure results hitherto undreamed of, and which has rewards hardly to be expressed in words.
It explains the correct use of both the receptive and active elements of the mental nature, and instructs the student in the recognition of opportunity; it strengthens the will and reasoning powers, and teaches the cultivation and best uses of imagination, desire, the emotions and the intuitional faculty. It gives initiative, tenacity of purpose, wisdom of choice, intelligent sympathy and a thorough enjoyment of life on its higher planes.
The Master Key teaches the use of Mind Power, true Mind Power, not any of the substitutes and perversions; it has nothing to do with Hypnotism, Magic or any of the more or less fascinating deceptions by which many are led to think that something can be had for nothing.
The Master Key cultivates and develops the understanding which will enable you to control the body and thereby the health. It improves and strengthens the Memory. It develops Insight, the kind of Insight which is so rare, the kind which is the distinguishing characteristic of every successful business man, the kind which enables men to see the possibilities as well as the difficulties in every situation, the kind which enables men to discern opportunity close at hand, for thousands fail to see opportunities almost within their grasp while they are industriously working with situations which under no possibility can be made to realize any substantial return.
The Master Key develops Mental Power which means that others instinctively recognize that you are a person of force, of character – that they want to do what you want them to do; it means that you attract men and things to you; that you are what some people call “lucky”, that “things” come you way’ that you have come into an understanding of the fundamental laws of Nature, and have put yourself in harmony with them; that you are in tune with Infinite; that you understand the law of attraction, the Natural laws of growth, and the Psychological laws on which all advantages in the he social and business world rest.
Mental Power is creative power, it gives you the ability to create for yourself; it does not mean the ability to take something away from some one else. Nature never does things that way. Nature makes two blades for grass grow where one grew before, and Mind Power enables men to do the same thing.
The Master Key develops insight and sagacity, increased independence, the ability and disposition to be helpful. It destroys distrust, depression, fear, melancholia, and every form of lack, limitation and weakness, including pain and disease; it awakens buried talents, supplies initiative, force, energy, vitality – it awakens an appreciation of the beautiful in Art, Literature and Science.
It has changed the lives of thousands of men and women, by substituting definite principles for uncertain and hazy methods – and principles for the foundation upon which every system of efficiency must rest. Elbert Gary, the chairman of the United States Steel Corporation, said “The services of advisors, instructors, efficiency experts in successful management are indispensable to most business enterprises of magnitude, but I deem the recognition and adoption of right principles vastly more importance.
The Master Key teaches right principles, and suggests methods for making a practical application of the principles; in that it differs from every other course of study. It teaches that the only possible value which can attach to any principle is in its application.
Many read books, take home study courses, attend lectures all their lives without ever making any progress in demonstrating the value of the principles involved. The Master Key suggests methods by which the value of the principles taught may be demonstrated and put in actual practice in the daily experience.
There is a change in the thought of the world. This change is silently transpiring in our midst, and is more important than any which the world has undergone since the downfall of Paganism.
The present revolution in the opinions of all classes of men, the highest and most cultured of men as well as those of the laboring class, stands unparalleled in the history of the world.
Science has of late made such vast discoveries, has revealed such an infinity of resources, has unveiled such enormous possibilities and such unsuspected forces, that scientific men more and more hesitate to affirm certain theories as established and indubitable or to deny certain other theories as absurd or impossible, and so a new civilization is being born.
Customs, creeds, and cruelty are passing; vision, faith and service are taking their place. The fetters of tradition are being melted off from humanity, and as the dross of materialism is being consumed, thought is being liberated and truth is rising full orbed before an astonished multitude.
The whole world is on the eve of a new consciousness, a new power and a new consciousness, a new power and a new realization of the resources within the self.
The last century saw the most magnificent material progress in history. The present century will produce the greatest progress in mental and spiritual power.
Physical Science has resolved matter into molecules, molecules into atoms, atoms into energy, and it has remained for Sir Ambrose Fleming, in an address before the Royal Institution, to resolve this energy into mind. He says: “In its ultimate essence, energy may be incomprehensible by us except as an exhibition of the direct operation of that which we call Mind or Will.”
Let us see what are the most powerful forces in Nature. In the mineral world everything is solid and fixed. In the animal and vegetable kingdom it is in a state of flux, forever changing, always being created and recreated. In the atmosphere we find heat, light and energy.
Each realm becomes finer and more spiritual as we pass from the visible to the invisible, from the coarse to the fine, from the low potentiality to high potentiality.
When we reach the invisible we find energy in its purest and most volatile state. And as the most powerful forces of Nature are the invisible forces, so we find that the most powerful forces of man are his invisible forces, his spiritual force, and the only way in which the spiritual force can manifest is through the process of thinking.
Thinking is the only activity which the spirit possesses, and thought is the only product of thinking.
Addition and subtraction are therefore spiritual transactions; reasoning is a spiritual process; ideas are spiritual conceptions; questions are spiritual searchlights and logic, argument and philosophy is spiritual machinery.
Every thought brings into action certain physical tissue, parts of the brain, nerve or muscle. This produces an actual physical change in the construction of the tissue. Therefore it is only necessary to have a certain number of thoughts on a given subject in order to bring about a complete change in the physical organization of a man.
This is the process by which failure is changed to success.
Thoughts of courage, power, inspiration, harmony, are substituted for thoughts of failure, despair, lack, limitation and discord, and as these thoughts take root, the physical tissue is changed and the individual sees life in a new light, old things have actually passed away, all things have become new, he is born again, this time born of the spirit, life has a new meaning for him, he is reconstructed and is filled with joy, confidence, hope, energy. He sees opportunities for success to which he was heretofore blind. He recognizes possibilities which before had no meaning for him.
The thoughts of success with which he has been impregnated are radiated to those around him, and they in turn help him onward and upward; he attracts to him new and successful associates, and this in turn changes his environment; so that by this simple exercise of thought, a man changes not only himself, but his environment, circumstances and conditions.
You will see, you must see, that we are at the dawn of a new day; that the possibilities are so wonderful, so fascinating, so limitless as to be almost bewildering. A century ago any man with and aeroplane or even a Gatling gun could have annihilated a whole army equipped with the implements of warfare then in use. So it is at present. Any man with a knowledge of the possibilities contained in the Master Key has an inconceivable advantage over the multitude.
On to Lesson 1.