The Master Key

by Charles F Haanel

Part Thirteen

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How Dreams Come True
Point by Point
Questions and Answers

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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.

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This Part explains why certain forms of thought often result in disaster and frequently sweep away the result of a lifetime of effort. It explains the modern method of thinking. It shows how actual tangible results are secured, and how conditions must change in order to meet the requirements of a changed consciousness. It explains the process by which this change is brought about and how we may hasten it.

How Dreams Come True

Physical science is responsible for the marvellous age of invention in which we are now living, but spiritual science is now setting out on a career whose possibilities no one can foretell.

Spiritual science has hitherto been shunned by minds with a bias toward the intellectual, but more men are now becoming interested in definite psychological methods and demonstrated facts.

We have come to know that thinking is a spiritual process; that vision and imagination precede action and event; that the day of the dreamer has come. The following lines by Mr Herbert Kaufman, relating to people who first dream and then achieve, are interesting in this connection.

"They are the architects of greatness, their vision lies within their souls, they peer beyond the veils and mists of doubt and pierce the walls of unborn Time. The belted wheel, the trail of steel, the churning screw, are shuttles in the loom on which they weave their magic tapestries. Makers of Empire, they have fought for bigger things than crowns and higher seats than thrones. Your homes are set upon a land that dreamers built to greatness. The pictures on its walls are visions from the souls of dreamers.

"They are the chosen few — the blazers of the way. Walls crumble and Empires fall, the tidal wave sweeps from the sea and tears a fortress from its rocks. The rotting nations drop off from Time's bough, and only things the dreamers make live on."

Part Thirteen tells why the dreams of the dreamer come true. It explains the law of causation by which dreamers, inventors, authors, and organizers bring about the realization of their desires.

It explains the law by which the thing pictured upon our mind eventually becomes our own.

Point by Point

  1. It has been the tendency and, as might be proved, a necessity, for science to seek the explanation of everyday facts by a generalization of those others which are less frequent and form the exception. Thus does the eruption of the volcano manifest the heat which is continually at work in the interior of the Earth and to which the latter owes much of her configuration.
  2. Thus does the lightning reveal a subtle power constantly busy to produce changes in the inorganic world; and, as dead languages now seldom heard were once ruling among the nations, so does a giant tooth in Siberia, or a fossil in the depth of the earth, not only bear record of the evolution of past ages, but thereby explain to us the origin of the hills and valleys which we inhabit today.
  3. In this way a generalization of facts which are rare, strange, or form the exception has been the magnetic needle guiding us to all the discoveries of inductive science.
  4. This method is founded upon reason and experience, and has thereby destroyed superstition, precedent, and conventionality.
  5. It is more than three hundred years since Bacon recommended 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 purges the mind from narrow prejudices; denominates theories more effectually than by the keenest irony; calls the attention of men from heaven to earth more successfully by surprising experiments than by the most forcible demonstrations of their ignorance; educates the inventive faculties more powerfully by the near prospect of useful discoveries thrown open to all than by talk of bringing to light the innate laws of our mind.
  6. The method of Bacon has seized the spirit and aim of the great philosophers of Greece and carried them into effect by the new means of observation offered by a new age. It has thus gradually revealed a wondrous field of knowledge in the infinite space of astronomy, in the microscopic egg of embryology, and in the dim age of geology. It has disclosed an order which the logic of Aristotle could never have unveiled and has analysed into formerly unknown elements the material combinations which no dialectic of the scholastics could force apart.
  7. It has lengthened life; it has mitigated pain; it has extinguished diseases; it has increased the fertility of the soil; it has given new security to the mariner; it has spanned great rivers with bridges of a form unknown to our fathers; it has guided the thunderbolt from heaven to earth; it has lighted up night with the splendour of day; it has extended the range of human vision; it has multiplied the power of human muscles; it has accelerated motion; it has annihilated distance; it has facilitated intercourse, correspondence, friendly offices, and dispatch of business. It has enabled men to descend into the depths of the sea, to soar into the air, to penetrate securely into the noxious recesses of the earth.
  8. This then is the true nature and scope of induction. But the greater the success which men have achieved in the inductive science, the more does the whole tenor of their teachings and example impress us with the necessity of using all the instruments and resources at our command to observe the individual facts carefully, patiently, and accurately before venturing upon a statement of general laws.
  9. We ascertain the bearing of the spark drawn from the electric machine under every variety of circumstance so that we thus may be emboldened like Franklin who, by means of a kite, questioned the clouds about the nature of lightning. With the exactness of a Galileo, we assure ourselves of the manner in which bodies fall. We may with Newton dare to ask the Moon about the force that fastens it to the Earth.
  10. In short, by the value we set upon truth; by our hope in a steady and universal progress; by our resolve not to permit a tyrannical prejudice to neglect or mutilate unwelcome facts, we rear the superstructure of science upon the broad and unchangeable basis of full attention paid to the most isolated, as well as the most frequent, phenomena.
  11. An ever-increasing material may be collected by observation, but the accumulated facts differ in their value to assist the explanation of Nature. As we esteem most highly those useful qualities of men which are of the rarest occurrence, so does natural philosophy sift the facts and attach a pre-eminent importance to that striking class which cannot be accounted for by the usual and daily observation of life.
  12. If, then, we find that certain persons seem to possess unusual power, what are we to conclude? Firstly, we may say it is not so — which is simply an acknowledgment of our lack of information, because every honest investigator admits that many strange and heretofore unaccountable phenomena constantly occur. Those, however, who become acquainted with the creative power of thought will no longer consider them unaccountable.
  13. Secondly, we may say that they are the result of supernatural interference: but a scientific understanding of Natural Laws will convince us that nothing is supernatural. Every phenomenon is the result of a definite cause, and cause is an immutable law or principle which operates with invariable precision whether it is put into operation consciously or unconsciously.
  14. Thirdly, we may say that we are on "forbidden ground"; that there are some things which we should not know. This objection has been used against every advance in human knowledge. Every individual who ever advanced a new idea, whether a Columbus, a Darwin, a Galileo, a Watt, a Fulton, a Stephenson, a Faraday, or an Emerson, was subjected to ridicule or persecution. Hence this objection should receive no serious consideration. On the contrary, we should carefully consider every fact which is brought to our attention; by doing this, we shall more readily ascertain the law upon which it is based.
  15. It will be found that the creative power of thought will explain every possible condition of experience, whether physical, mental, or spiritual.
  16. Thought will bring about conditions which correspond with the predominant mental attitude.
  17. Fear is a powerful form of thought. Therefore, if we fear disaster, disaster will be the certain result of our thinking. It is this form of thought which frequently sweeps away the result of many years of toil and effort.
  18. If we think of some form of material wealth, we may secure it. The required conditions will be brought about by concentrated thought; making the proper effort will bring about the circumstances necessary to realize our desires.
  19. However, we often find that when we secure the things we thought we wanted, they do not have the effect we expected. The satisfaction may only be temporary — or may even be the reverse of what we expected.
  20. What, then, is the proper method of procedure? What are we to think in order to secure what we really desire? What you and I desire, what we all desire, what everyone is seeking, is Happiness and Harmony. If we can be truly happy, we shall have everything the world can give. If we are happy ourselves, we can help to make others happy.
  21. But we cannot be happy unless we have health, strength, congenial friends, pleasant environment, sufficient supply — not only to take care of our necessities but also to provide for those comforts and luxuries to which we feel entitled.
  22. The old orthodox way of thinking was to be "a worm", to be satisfied with our portion whatever it is. The modern idea is to know that we are entitled to the best of everything, that the "Father and I are one", and that the "Father" is the Universal Mind, the Creator, the Original Substance from which all things proceed.
  23. Now admitting that this is all true in a theory that has been taught for at least two thousand years and is the essence of every system of Philosophy or Religion, how are we to make it practical in our lives? How are we to get the actual tangible results here and now?
  24. In the first place, we must put our knowledge into practice. Nothing can be accomplished in any other way. The athlete may read books and lessons on physical training all his life, but unless he begins to give out strength by actual work, he will never receive any strength; he will eventually get exactly what he gives, but he will have to give it first. It is exactly the same with us: we shall get exactly what we give, but we shall have to give it first. It will then return to us many fold. The giving is simply a mental process, because thoughts are causes and conditions are effects; therefore in giving thoughts of courage, inspiration, health, or help of any kind, we are setting causes in motion which will bring about their effect.
  25. Thought is a spiritual activity and is therefore creative. But make no mistake: thought will create nothing unless it is consciously, systematically, and constructively directed. Herein is the difference between idle thinking — which is simply a dissipation of effort — and constructive thinking, which means practically unlimited achievement.
  26. We have found that everything we get comes to us by the Law of Attraction. A happy thought cannot exist in an unhappy consciousness. Therefore the consciousness must change and, as the consciousness changes, all conditions necessary to meet the changed consciousness must also gradually change in order to meet the requirements of the new situation.
  27. In creating a Mental Image or an Ideal, we are projecting a thought into the Universal Substance from which all things are created. This Universal Substance is Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient. Are we to inform the Omniscient as to the proper channel to be used to materialize our demand? Can the finite advise the Infinite? Attempting to do so is the cause of failure — of every failure. We recognize the Omnipresence of the Universal Substance, but we fail to appreciate the fact that this substance is not only Omnipresent but is also Omnipotent and Omniscient. We may consequently set in motion causes concerning which we may be entirely ignorant.
  28. We can best conserve our interests by recognizing the Infinite Power and Infinite Wisdom of the Universal Mind. In this way we become a channel whereby the Infinite can bring about the realization of our desire. This means that recognition brings about realization. Therefore, for your next exercise, make use of the principle, recognize the fact, that you are a part of the Whole, and that a part must be the same in kind and quality as the Whole. The only difference there can possibly be is in degree.
  29. When this tremendous fact begins to permeate your consciousness and you actually realize that you — not your body but the Ego, the "I", the spirit which thinks — is an integral part of the Great Whole; that it is the same in substance, in quality, in kind; and that the Creator could create nothing different from Himself, you will also be able to say, "The Father and I are One". You will come into an understanding of the beauty, the grandeur, the transcendental opportunities which have been placed at your disposal.
    Increase in me that wisdom
    Which discovers my truest interest,
    Strengthen my resolution
    To perform that which wisdom dictates.
          — FRANKLIN.

Questions and Answers

121. What is the method by which natural philosophers obtain and apply their knowledge?
A. They observe individual facts carefully, patiently, accurately, with all the instruments and resources at their command, before venturing upon a statement of general laws.

122. How may we be certain that this method is correct?
A. By not permitting a tyrannical prejudice to neglect or mutilate unwelcome facts.

123. What class of facts is esteemed most highly?
A. Those which cannot be accounted for by the usual daily observations of life.

124. Upon what is this principle founded?
A. Upon reason and experience.

125. What does it destroy?
A. Superstition, precedent, and conventionality.

126. How have these laws been discovered?
A. By a generalization of facts which are uncommon, rare, strange, and form the exception.

127. How may we account for much of the strange and heretofore unexplainable phenomena which are constantly taking place?
A. By the creative power of thought.

128. Why is this so?
A. Because when we learn of a fact, we can be sure that it is the result of a certain definite cause and that this cause will operate with invariable precision.

129. What is the result of this knowledge?
A. It will explain the cause of every possible condition, whether physical, mental or spiritual.

130. How will our best interest be conserved?
A. By a recognition of the fact that a knowledge of the creative nature of thought puts us in touch with Infinite Power.

"The old thoughts never die; immortal dreams outlive their dreamers and are ours for aye; no thought once formed and uttered ever can expire.". — MACKAY.