The Master Key

by Charles F Haanel

Part Nine

Contents List:

The Law
Point by Point
Questions and Answers

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The Law of Growth


Fully to understand grand and beautiful thought requires, perhaps, as much time as to conceive it. — JOUBERT

If you wish to enjoy the utmost practical benefit from The Master Key — go slowly.

Transfuse into your mind the contents of one part only, each week for twenty-four weeks.

Realize the meaning of every phrase. The Glossary is there to help you.

Consult The Master Key constantly, as your perpetual help and stimulus.

Each time you read the work you will get a better understanding of the eternal cosmic principles.

Tell others of The Master Key so that more and more people may reciprocate with you, as conscious adepts in harmony.

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Addendum: In the context of the Ardue Web Site, I strongly advise readers to make the most of their opportunity to acquire the wisdom contained in this book by referring also to the materials listed under "See also:".

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This Part tells of the fundamental principle, the imperative condition, the immutable law underlying every successful business relation or social condition. It tells of the law by which you may make yourself irresistible, by which you may sweep away every form of discord, disharmony, and doubt. It tells the secret of the solution to every problem. It explains that there are only three things which all mankind requires for complete happiness and development. It tells what they are and how they may be had.

The Law

In this Part you may learn to fashion the tools by which you may build for yourself any condition you desire.

If you wish to change conditions, you must change yourself. Your whims, your wishes, your fancies, your ambitions may be thwarted at every step, but your inmost thoughts will find expression just as certainly as the plant springs from the seed.

Suppose, then, we desire to change conditions. How are we to bring this about? The reply is simple: By the law of growth. Cause and effect are as absolute and undeviating in the hidden realm of thought as in the world of material things.

Hold in mind the condition desired; affirm it as an already existing fact. This indicates the value of a powerful affirmation. By constant repetition, it becomes a part of ourselves. We are actually changing ourselves; we are making ourselves what we want to be. Character is not a thing of chance but the result of continued effort. If you are timid, vacillating, self-conscious, over-anxious, or harassed by thoughts of fear or impending danger, remember that it is axiomatic that "two things cannot exist in the same place at the same time". Exactly the same thing is true in the mental and spiritual world: so your remedy is plainly to substitute thoughts of courage, power, self-reliance, and confidence for those of fear, lack, and limitation.

The easiest and most natural way to do this is to select an affirmation which seems to fit your particular case. The positive thought will destroy the negative as certainly as light destroys darkness, and the results will be just as effectual.

Action is the blossom of thought and conditions are the result of action. Hence you constantly have in your possession the tools by which you will certainly and inevitably make or unmake yourself. Your reward will be either joy or suffering, satisfaction or regret.

Point by Point

  1. There are on]y three things which can possibly be desired in the "world without" and each of them can be found in the "world within". The secret of finding them is simply to apply the proper "mechanism" of attachment to the omnipotent power to which each individual has access.
  2. The three things which all mankind desires and which are necessary for its highest expression and complete development are Health, Wealth, and Love. All will admit that Health is absolutely essential; no one can be happy if the physical body is in pain. All will not so readily admit that Wealth is necessary but all must admit that at least a sufficient supply is necessary, and what would be considered sufficient for one would be considered painful lack for another. As Nature provides abundantly, wastefully, lavishly, we realize that any lack or limitation can arise only from the defects in an artificial method of distribution.
  3. All will probably admit that Love is the third (some will say the first) essential necessary to the happiness of mankind. At any rate, those who possess all three, Health, Wealth and Love, find nothing else which can be added to their cup of happiness.
  4. We have found that the Universal substance is "All Health", "All Substance", and "All Love", and that the mechanism of attachment whereby we can consciously connect with this Infinite supply is in our method of thinking. To think correctly is therefore to enter into the "Secret Place of the Most High".
  5. What shall we think? If we know this, we shall have found the proper mechanism of attachment which will relate us to "Whatsoever things we desire". This mechanism may seem very simple when I give it to you, but read on; you will find that it is in reality the "Master Key" — the "Aladdin's lamp", if you please. You will find that it is the foundation, the imperative condition, the absolute law of well-doing — which means well-being.
  6. To think correctly, accurately, we must know the "Truth". The truth is the principle underlying every business or social relation. It is a condition preceding every right action. To know the truth, to be sure, to be confident, affords a satisfaction beside which no other is at all comparable; it is the only solid ground in a world of doubt, conflict, and danger.
  7. To know the Truth is to be in harmony with the Infinite and Omnipotent power. To know the truth is, therefore, to connect yourself with a power which is irresistible and which will sweep away every kind of discord, disharmony, doubt, or error, because the "Truth is mighty and will prevail".
  8. The humblest intellect can readily foretell the result of any action when he knows that it is based on truth; but the mightiest intellect, the most profound and penetrating mind, loses its way hopelessly and can form no conception of the results which may ensue when his hopes are based on a premise which he knows to be false.
  9. Every action which is not in harmony with Truth, whether through ignorance or design, will result in discord and eventual loss in proportion to its extent and character.
  10. How then are we to know the truth in order to attach this mechanism which will relate us to the Infinite?
  11. We can make no mistake about this if we realize that Truth is the vital principle of the Universal Mind and is Omnipresent. For instance, if you require health, realise the fact that the "I" in you is spiritual and that all spirit is one. Realising that the whole must be wherever there is a part will bring about a condition of health, because every cell in the body must manifest the truth as you see it. If you see sickness, they will manifest sickness; if you see perfection, they must manifest perfection. The affirmation "I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy" will bring about harmonious conditions because the affirmation is in strict accordance with the Truth. When truth appears, every form of error or discord must necessarily disappear.
  12. You have found that the "I" is spiritual; it must necessarily then always be no less than perfect. The affirmation, "I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy" is therefore an exact scientific statement.
  13. Thought is a spiritual activity and spirit is creative: therefore the result of holding this thought in mind must necessarily bring about conditions in harmony with the thought.
  14. If you require Wealth, realise that the "I" in you is one with the Omnipotent Universal Mind which is all substance. This will assist you in bringing the law of attraction into operation. This will in turn bring you into vibration with those forces which make for success and bring about conditions of power and affluence in direct proportion to the character and purpose of your affirmation.
  15. Visualization is the mechanism of the attachment which you require. Visualization is a very different process from seeing. Seeing is physical and is therefore related to the objective world, the "world without". Visualization is a product of the imagination and is therefore a product of the subjective mind, the "world within". It therefore possesses vitality and will grow. The thing visualized will manifest itself in form. The mechanism is perfect; it was created by the Master Architect who "doeth all things well". The operator may sometimes be inexperienced or inefficient, but practice and determination will overcome this defect.
  16. If you require Love, try to realize that the only way to get love is by giving it; that the more you give the more you will get; and the only way in which you can give it is to fill yourself with it until you become a magnet. The method was explained in Part Three.
  17. He who has learned to bring the greatest spiritual truths into touch with the so-called lesser things of life has discovered the secret of the solution of his problem. One is always quickened, made more thoughtful, by his nearness of approach to great ideas, great events, great natural objects, and great men. Lincoln is said to have begotten in all who came near him the feeling awakened when one approaches a mountain. This sense asserts itself most keenly when one comes to realize that he understands the things that are eternal — including the power of Truth.
  18. It is sometimes an inspiration to hear from someone who has actually put these principles to the test, someone who has demonstrated them in his own life. I am to-day in receipt of a letter from a Mr Andrews, who says: "DEAR FRIEND,—You will find my experience published in the March issue of Nautilus, and you are at liberty to make any extracts from or reference to it that may suit your purpose.
  19. "I was about thirteen years old when Dr T W Marsee, since passed over, said to my mother: 'There is no possible chance, Mrs Andrews. I lost my little boy the same way, after doing everything for him that it was possible to do. I have made a special study of these cases, and I know there is no possible chance for him to get well.'
  20. "She turned to him and said: 'Doctor, what would you do if he were your boy?' and he answered, 'I would fight, fight, as long as there is a breath of life to fight for".
  21. "That was the beginning of a long-drawn-out battle, with many ups and downs. The doctors all agreeing that there was no chance for a cure, though they encouraged and cheered us the best they could.
  22. "But at last the victory came: and I have grown from a little, crooked, twisted cripple, going about on my hands and knees, to a strong, straight, well-formed man.
  23. "Now, I know you want the formula, and I will give it to you as briefly and quickly as I can.
  24. "I built up an affirmation for myself, taking the qualities I most needed and affirming for myself over and over again, 'I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.' I kept up this affirmation, always the same, never varying, till I could wake up in the night and find myself repeating, 'I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.' It was the last thing on my lips at night and the first thing in the morning.
  25. "Not only did I affirm it for myself, but for others that I knew needed it. I want to emphasize this point. Whatever you desire for yourself, affirm it for others and it will help you both. We reap what we sow. If we send out thoughts of love and health, they return to us like bread cast upon the waters; but if we send out thoughts of fear, worry, jealousy, anger, hate, etc., we shall reap the results in our own lives.
  26. "It used to be said that man is built completely anew every seven years, but some scientists now declare that we build ourselves entirely over again every eleven months: so we are really only eleven months old. If we build the defects back into our bodies year after year, we have no one to blame but ourselves.
  27. "Man is the sum total of his own thoughts; so the question is, how are we going to entertain only the good thoughts and reject the evil ones? At first we can't keep the evil thoughts from coming, but we can keep from entertaining them. The only way to do this is to forget them — which means, get something for them. This is where the ready-made affirmation comes in.
  28. "When a thought of anger, jealousy, fear, or worry creeps in, just start your affirmation going. The way to fight darkness is with light: the only way to fight cold is with heat, the way to overcome evil is with good. For myself, I never could find any help in denials. Affirm the good, and the bad will vanish. — Sincerely yours, "FREDERICK ANDREWS", Oddfellows Building, "Indianapolis, Ind., U.S.A".
  29. If there is anything you require, it will be well for you to make use of this affirmation; it cannot be improved upon. Use it just as it is; take it into the silence with you until it sinks into your subconsciousness, so that you can use it anywhere: in your car, on the bus, in the office, at home. The advantage of spiritual methods is that they are always available. Spirit is omnipresent, ever ready. All that is required is a proper recognition of its omnipotence and a willingness or desire to become the recipient of its beneficent effects.
  30. If our predominant mental attitude is one of power, courage, kindliness, and sympathy, we shall find that our environment will reflect conditions in correspondence with these thoughts. If our thought is weak, critical, envious, and destructive, we shall find our environment reflecting conditions corresponding to these thoughts.
  31. Thoughts are causes and conditions are effects. Herein is the explanation of the origin of both good and evil. Thought is creative and will automatically correlate with its object. This is a Cosmological law, the law of Attraction, the law of Cause and Effect. Recognition and application of this law will determine both beginning and end. It is the law by which in all ages and in all times the people were led to believe in the power of prayer. "As thy faith is, so be it unto thee" is simply a shorter way of stating it.
  32. Your next exercise is to visualize a plant. Take a flower, the one you most admire. Bring it from the unseen into the seen. Plant the tiny seed, water it, care for it, place it where it will get the direct rays of the morning sun, see the seed burst. It is now a living thing, something which is alive and beginning to search for the means of subsistence. See the roots penetrating the earth; watch them shoot out in all directions. Remember that they are living cells dividing and subdividing, that they will soon number millions, that each cell is intelligent, that it knows what it wants and how to get it. See the stem shoot forward and upward; watch it burst through the surface of the earth; see it divide and form branches; see how perfect and symmetrical each branch is formed; see the leaves begin to form, and then the tiny stems, each one holding aloft a bud. As you watch, you see the bud begin to unfold and your favourite flower comes into view. Now, if you will concentrate intently, you will become conscious of a fragrance; it is the fragrance of the flower as the breeze gently sways the beautiful creation which you have visualized.
  33. When you are able to make your vision clear and complete, you will be enabled to enter into the spirit of a thing and it will become very real to you. You will be learning to concentrate, and the process is the same whether you are concentrating on health, a favourite flower, an ideal, a complicated business proposition, or any other problem of life.
  34. Every success has been accomplished by persistent concentration upon the object in view.
"In the end, thought rules the world. There are times when impulses and passions are more powerful but they soon expend themselves while mind, acting constantly, is ever ready to drive them back and work when their energy is exhausted." — J McCosh.

Questions and Answers

81. What is the imperative condition of all well-being?
A. Well-doing.

82. What is the condition preceding every right action?
A. Right thinking.

83. What is the underlying condition necessary in every business transaction or social relation?
A. To know the Truth.

84. What is the result of a knowledge of the Truth?
A. We can readily foretell the result of any action that is based upon a true premise.

85. What is the result of any action based upon a false premise?
A. We can form no conception of the results which may ensue.

86. How may we know the Truth?
A. By a realization of the fact that Truth is the vital principle of the Universe and is therefore omnipresent.

87. What is the nature of Truth?
A. It is spiritual.

88. What is the secret of the solution to every problem?
A. To apply spiritual Truth.

89. What is the advantage of spiritual methods?
A. They are always available.

90. What are the necessary requirements?
A. Recognition of the omnipotence of spiritual power and a desire to become the recipient of its beneficent effects.

"Thought means life, since those who do not think do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man". — A B ALCOTT.