The Master Key
by Charles F Haanel
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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This Part tells of the means by which we have discovered that the infinitely small as well as the infinitely large is, in the last analysis, nothing but force, motion, life, and mind. It tells of the process by which we have become familiar with the vast organization by which we are identified with the complex operations of Nature. It gives concise directions for making use of the creative power of the Universe the power by which all things are brought into existence. It shows bow this marvellous power may be utilized, directed, and made available for the solution of every human problem.
Your life is governed by law by actual, immutable principles that never vary. Law is in operation at all times in all places.
Fixed laws underlie all human actions. For this reason, men who control giant industries are enabled to determine with absolute precision just what percentage of every hundred thousand people will respond to any given set of conditions.
It is well, however, to remember that while every effect is the result of a cause, the effect in turn becomes a cause, which creates other effects, which in their turn create still other causes; so that when you put the law of attraction into operation, you must remember that you are starting a train of causation for good or otherwise which may have endless possibilities.
We frequently hear it said, "A very distressing situation came into my life which could not have been the result of my thought as I certainly never entertained any thought which could have such a result". We fail to remember that like attracts like in the mental world, and that the thought which we entertain brings to us certain friendships or companionships of a particular kind, and these in turn bring about conditions and environment, which in their turn are responsible for the conditions of which we complain.
Point by Point
- Inductive reasoning is the process of the objective mind by which we compare a number of separate instances with one another until we see the common factor that gives rise to them all.
- Induction proceeds by comparison of facts; it is this method of studying Nature which has resulted in the discovery of a reign of law which has marked an epoch in human progress.
- It is the dividing line between superstition and intelligence; it has eliminated the elements of uncertainty and caprice from men's lives and substituted law, reason, and certitude.
- It is the "Watchman at the Gate" mentioned in Part Two.
- By virtue of this principle, the world to which the senses were accustomed has been revolutionized and the Sun has been arrested in his course. The apparently flat Earth has been shaped into a ball and set whirling around the Sun. Inert matter has been resolved into active elements, and the Universe presents itself wherever we direct the telescope and microscope, full of force, motion, and life. Now we are constrained to ask by what possible means the delicate forms of organization in the midst of it are kept in order and repair.
- Like poles and like forces repel each other or remain impenetrable to each other, and this cause seems in general sufficient to assign a proper place and distance to stars, men, and forces. As men of different virtues enter into partnership, so do opposite poles attract each other. Elements that have no property in common like acids and bases preferentially cling to each other and a general exchange is kept up between the surplus and the demand.
- As the eye seeks and receives satisfaction from colours complementary to those which are given, so do need, want, and desire, in the largest sense, induce, guide, and determine action.
- It is our privilege to become conscious of the principle and act in accordance with it. Cuvier sees a tooth belonging to an extinct race of animals. This tooth must have needed a body for the performance of its function, and it defines the peculiar body it stands in need of with such precision that Cuvier is able to reconstruct the frame of this animal.
- Perturbations are observed in the motions of Uranus. Adams and Leverrier deduce that there must be another planet at a certain place to keep the Solar System in order: and Neptune appears in the predicted orbit at the predicted time.
- The instinctive wants of the animal and the intellectual wants of Cuvier; the wants of Nature and of the minds of Leverrier and Adams work in a similar manner: hence the results. Here the thoughts of an existence, there an existence. A well-defined lawful want, therefore, furnishes the reason for the more complex operations of Nature.
- Having correctly recorded the answers furnished by Nature, we have with the aid of growing science stretched our senses over her surface. Having joined hands with the levers that move the Earth, we became conscious of a close, varied, and deep contact with the world without. Our wants and purposes become far more closely identified with the harmonious operations of this vast organization than the life, liberty, and happiness of the citizen can be identified with the existence of his government. [My emphasis. Ed.]
- The interests of the individual are protected by the arms of the community added to his own. The more universally and steadily individual needs are felt, the more certain they are to produce adequate supply. In this manner, conscious citizenship in the Kingdom of Nature secures us from the annoyances of subordinate agents by our alliance with superior powers. By our conformity with the fundamental laws of resistance or inducement offered to mechanical or chemical agents, we distribute the labour to be performed between them and man to the best advantage of inventor and user.
- If Plato could with the assistance of the photographer have witnessed the motions executed by the Sun or seen a hundred similar illustrations of what man does by induction, he would perhaps have been reminded of the intellectual midwifery of his master and in his own mind might have arisen the vision of a land where all manual mechanical labour and repetition is assigned to the power of Nature, where our wants are satisfied by purely mental operations set in motion by the will, and where the supply is created by the demand.
- However distant that land may appear, induction has taught men to make strides towards it and has surrounded him with benefits which are simultaneously rewards for past fidelity and incentives for more assiduous devotion.
- Induction is also an aid in concentrating and strengthening our faculties for the remainder of the journey, giving by the mere operations of mind in the purest form unerring solutions for individual as well as universal problems.
- Here we find a method the essence of which is to believe that what is sought has already been accomplished in order to accomplish it. This method was bequeathed to us by the same Plato who, outside of this sphere, could never have found how ideas become realities.
- This conception is also elaborated by Swedenborg in his doctrine of correspondences and a still greater teacher has said, "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them". (Mark xi. 24 A.V.) The differences of the tenses in this passage is remarkable.
- We are first to believe that our desire has already been fulfilled: its accomplishment will then follow. This is a concise direction for making use of the creative power of thought by impressing on the Universal Subjective Mind the particular thing which we desire as an already existing fact.
- We are thus thinking on the plane of the absolute and eliminating all consideration of conditions or limitation. We are planting a seed which, if left undisturbed, will finally germinate into external fruition.
- To review: Inductive reasoning is the process of the objective mind by which we compare a number of separate instances with one another until we see the common factor that gives rise to them all. We see people in every civilized country on the globe securing results by some process, although they do not seem to understand it themselves and usually find it more or less mysterious. Our reason is given to us for the purpose of ascertaining the law by which these results are accomplished.
- The operation of this thought process is seen in those fortunate natures that possess everything that others must acquire by toil; who never have a struggle with conscience because they always act correctly; who never comport themselves otherwise than with tact; who learn everything easily; who complete everything they begin with a happy knack; who live in eternal harmony with themselves without ever reflecting much what they do or ever experiencing difficulty or toil.
- The fruit of this thought is, as it were, a gift of the gods, but a gift which few as yet realize, appreciate, or understand. It is of transcendental importance to recognize the marvellous power which is possessed by the mind under proper conditions and that this power can be utilized, directed, and made available for the solution of every human problem.
- All truth is the same, whether stated in modern scientific terms or in the language of apostolic times. There are timid souls who fail to realize that the very completeness of truth requires various statements because no one human formula can possibly show every side of it. [My emphasis. Ed.]
- Change, emphasis, new language, novel interpretations, unfamiliar perspectives, are not, as some suppose, signs of departure from truth; rather, they are evidence that the truth is being apprehended in new relations to human needs and is becoming more generally understood.
- The truth must be told to each generation and to every people in new and different terms, so that when the Great Teacher said "Believe that ye receive and ye shall receive", or when Paul said "Faith is the evidence of things not seen", or when modern science says "The law of attraction is that law by which thought correlates with its object", each statement, when subjected to analysis, is found to contain exactly the same truth. The only difference is in the form of presentation.
- We are standing on the threshold of a new era. The time has arrived when man has learned the secrets of mastery and the way is being prepared for a new social order, more wonderful than anything ever heretofore dreamed of. The conflict of modern science with theology, the study of comparative religions, the tremendous power of new social movements all of these are but clearing the way for the new order. They may have destroyed traditional forms which have become antiquated and impotent, but nothing of value has been lost.
- A new faith has been born. This faith demands a new form of expression, and it is taking form in a deep consciousness of power which is being manifested in the spiritual activity found on every hand.
- The spirit which sleeps in the mineral, breathes in the vegetable, moves in the animal, and reaches its highest development in man is the Universal Mind. It behoves us to span the gulf between being and doing, between theory and practice, by demonstrating our understanding of the dominion which we have been given.
- By far the greatest discovery of all the centuries is the power of thought. The importance of this discovery has been a little slow in reaching the general consciousness, but it has arrived, and its importance is already being demonstrated in every field of research.
- You ask: in what does the creative power of thought consist? It consists in creating ideas. These in turn objectify themselves by appropriating, inventing, observing, discerning, discovering, analysing, ruling, governing, combining, and applying matter and force. Ideas can do this because thought is an intelligent creative power.
- Thought reaches its loftiest activity when plunged into its own mysterious depth when it breaks through the narrow compass of self and passes from truth to truth to the region of eternal light where all that is, was, or ever shall be, melts into one grand harmony. [My emphasis. Ed.]
- From this process of self-contemplation comes the Inspiration which is creative intelligence and which is undeniably superior to every element, force, or law of Nature because it can understand, modify, govern, and apply them to its own ends and purposes and thus possess them.
- Wisdom begins with the dawn of reason, and reason is but an understanding of the knowledge and principles whereby we may know the true meaning of things. Wisdom, then, is illuminated reason; and this wisdom leads to humility, for humility is a large part of Wisdom.
- We all know many who have achieved the seemingly impossible, who have realized life-long dreams, who have changed everything including themselves. We have sometimes marvelled at the demonstration of an apparently Irresistible power which seemed always to be available just when it was most needed. But it is now clear that what is required is but an understanding of certain definite fundamental principles and their proper application.
- For your next exercise, concentrate on the quotation taken from the Bible, "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them". Notice that there is no limitation, "What things soever" is very definite and implies that the only limitation placed upon us is our ability to think, to be equal to the occasion, to rise to the emergency, to remember that Faith is not a shadow but a substance, "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen".
Questions and Answers
101. What is inductive reasoning?
A. It is the process of the objective mind by which we compare a number of separate instances with each other until we see the common factor which gives rise to them all.
102. What has this method of studying accomplished?
A. It has resulted in the discovery of a reign of law which has marked an epoch in human progress.
103. What is it that guides and determines action?
A. It is need, want, and desire which in the largest sense induce, guide, and determine action.
104. What is the formula for the unerring solution of every individual problem?
A. We are to believe that our desire has already been fulfilled; its accomplishment will then follow.
105. What great Teachers advocated it?
A. Jesus, Plato, Swedenborg.
106. What is the result of the operation of this thought process?
A. We are thinking on the plane of the absolute and planting a seed which, if left undisturbed, will germinate into fruition.
107. Why is it scientifically exact?
A. Because it is Natural Law.
108. What is Faith?
A. "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen".
109. What is the Law of Attraction?
A. The Law by which Faith is brought into manifestation.
110. What importance do you attach to an understanding of this law?
A. It has eliminated the elements of uncertainty and caprice from men's lives and substituted law, reason, and certitude.
"Death is but the natural process whereby all material forms are thrown into the crucible for reproduction in fresh diversity." ANON..