In week two, I wrote about a “power-full understanding” in my blog post. Mr. Haanel states in the very first paragraph of this mighty tome that: “The things of the world are fluid to a power within [me] by which [I] rule them”. I struggled mightily with the concept of power, thinking of it’s negative connotations but realized finally that power was about how we used our thoughts. I understood that power comes from gathering our thoughts and focusing them to create all that we choose to manifest in the world. Power is all the rain drops, gathered into a mighty river, rolling unstoppable, into the sea.
In week 6, a post titled “The Power of Harmony’, Haanel taught me that after we find our power within, we must use it to our best advantage. “An electrician will tell you the effect of electricity will depend on what you attach to the power source. So it is with our power.” We learn that the proper way to harness our power is by attention. This is simply the decision to gather our thoughts onto the object of our attention, and to release anger, jealousy, opinion, etc. As Mr. Haanel so aptly puts it: “The possibilities of attention when properly directed are so startling that they would hardly appear credible to the uninitiated.” (Chapter 6, Master Key)
Week 11 power became intertwined with faith directed at the object of one’s attention. “…whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24 NIV) Our mind contains power to fulfill every need and desire, and as we use our power to create a demand, the universe responds with supply. Successful use of our power leads to the fulfillment of the Law of Attraction.
Week 12 was pivotal for me, power and my understanding of it had grown so large that I could never return to who I had been (old blueprint). 50 minutes of talking to myself in the mirror and stating my one sentence DMP unambiguously to the universe left my cement shattered beyond repair, glimmers of the golden buddha showing in many places. A burning desire create liberty was illuminated in 12:8 – ”independence is found to be a practical working knowledge of the creative power of thought.” Yikes; gain knowledge of the power of my thoughts to create and I will have my liberty. Suddenly that most important Personal Pivotal Need was within reach….I can almost touch it.
Week 17 brought more clarity: We all contain within our minds a power that dwarfs any other in the universe. No strong man, no great army, no fantastic invention can compare to the power of thought. That power relies on concentration for its results, and that power is undeniable if it is concentrated and is in harmony with natural law. In chapter 20, Mr. Haanel shows us that our source of power is Universal Mind, “The secret of power is a perfect understanding of the principles, forces, methods and combinations of Mind, and a perfect understanding of our relationship to the Universal Mind.” 20:6
Chapter 21 is the connecting of all these remarkable principles and understandings. It is our “consciousness of power” and unity with a Mind that is limitless that sets us free. (21:1) Our contact with this “inexhaustible power” makes us a “live wire” with sufficient power to to “master every condition”; and leads us to “… the source of all health, all wealth, and all power.”
Mr Haanel, you have truly shown me the meaning of power and perhaps for the first time in my life given me a glimpse of the true measure of power that lies within me and every other person.