Week 21 – Power: again!

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.
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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.

Week 20 – Inspiration

In this lesson, Haanel has much to say about inspiration. Being the amateur etymologist that I am, my head is instantly in the dictionaries seeking understanding, searching our root meanings. Inspiration is from the Latin ‘inspirare’ which has two meanings: to breathe in air; divine guidance. These seem like two very different meanings a first glance, but Mr. Haanel quickly dispels that idea.Webster’s Dictionary at the end of the 19th century defines inspiration in two ways:

  1. breathing in, infusing
  2. exercising an elevating influence upon the intellect or emotions; extraordinary elevation of the imagination or other powers of the soul

He shares with us many nuances of the word inspiration. in paragraph 20:15 we learn that “Inspiration is the art of imbibing”. Back to Websters Dictionary 1881 for the following definition of imbibing: “to receive into the mind and retain”. Far different from the ‘too many beers’ meaning of today.

Haanel continues with many other facets of inspiration:

  • “the art of self-realization”
  • “The art of adjusting the individual mind to the Universal Mind”
  • “the art of attaching the proper mechanism to the source of all power”
  • “the art of differentiating the formless into form”
  • “the art of becoming a channel for the flow of Infinite Wisdom”
  • “the art of visualizing perfection”
  • “the art of realizing the omnipresence of the Omnipotence.”

In 20:8 Haanel tells us that when you recognize the “universal is within yourself…[it] lights the torch of inspiration”. And in 20:10 we are told that wisdom is having “the inspiration of the omnipotent Universal Mind on demand at any time.”  In 20:13 we see that using our power of thought is “the secret of all inspiration, all genius.”  When we recognize the Unity of everything and that the source of power is within ” we tap the source of inspiration.” 20:14

And as Mr. Haanel does so brilliantly, he ties it all together for us:

“Power implies service; inspiration implies power; to understand and apply the method of inspiration is to become a superman. We can live more abundantly every time we breathe, if we consciously breathe with that intention.” (20:19-20)

The lesson in all of this is to shed light on what this Master Key journey has begun for me. My intellect and emotions have been elevated, it feels to me like I have climbed a mountain and gained a much clearer vantage point. My imagination has been fired by the discovery of the powers of my soul and I know that “all great things come through recognition” 20:3. And all of it is a simple as inhaling…for I know that the Universal is everywhere and that my connection is right here, with every breath I take. Inspiration indeed.

Week 19 – Rays of light

Concentrate. This is the word for our sit this week. In 1900 Webster’s Dictionary defines concentrate as follows: to bring to a common center, or to unite more closely; to combine; to condense; as to concentrate rays of light into a focus.

Haanel proposes in Part 19 that we are in need of a vital force that is required for life, that this primary force manifests through living bodies. If we align ourselves with universal principles we can increase the inflow of this vital energy and obtain the power which that enables us to produce results, mentally, morally, and spiritually. Certainly sounds like a power we would all like to be well connected to.

What is this primary force, this power that can do so much? We have learned from the very beginning of the book that the power that controls our world is thought. It is the primary force in the mental, physical, moral and spiritual world. It is the connection of the Universal to each of us and it is our thoughts that give the Universal the many varied manifestations that make up the world in which we live.

So what is the secret to this power? Why do some people seem to accomplish, create, and possess so much, while others seem to add very little to the forward progress of the universe? Haanel tells us that the secret for possessing this unlimited resource, this magnificent life force, this unparalleled power, is to concentrate. The universe is fluid to a power within each of us, and if we follow universal principles and concentrate our thoughts on the powerful, constructive, and positive, that our world will follow. And like the rays of light concentrated together, we can bring into sharp focus and true manifestation all the desires of our heart.

Week 18 – What does Mr. Haanel mean when he says…?

In listening to my fellow travelers in this Master Key journey, there are many comments about the meaning that this remarkable book is conveying. Charles Haanel wrote the Master Key System in the early part of the twentieth century and in the one hundred plus years since that time, many of the words he used frequently have taken on slightly or even dramatically new meanings. This week, I will share a few examples of this to shed some light on what Mr. Haanel was saying in a way that makes sense to the reader of today.

Perhaps the biggest source of confusion in studying the Master Key System comes form the frequent use of the word ‘creative’. In today’s language, when we think of creative, it is in relation to someone’s originality: their artwork, music, decorating, clothing, architecture, etc. From Google definitions:  relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work. “change unleashes people’s creative energy”

However, The Master Key System, this word has a very different meaning. When we consult The Concise Oxford Dictionary of 1919, we read ‘bring into existence, give rise to, originate’.
So let’s look at a sentence in section 18 through this lens. In 18:12 Haanel states: “Thought is creative….but this creative power does not originate in the individual, but in the universal”.
So it would be easy for a modern reader to assume that thought is imaginative and imagination originates in the universal. However, in studying the words from Mr. Haanel’s era we see that the meaning would have been: thought has the power to bring into existence and the power to manifest does not originate in the individual but in the universal.
In other words, a century ago the term creative had a somewhat different connotation than today.While today’s connotation is one of someone who has an artistic side or flair, the meaning a century ago was one of bringing forth something from nothing: ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth’ (Genesis 1:1) God was (is) creative.
Let’s look at one more word that carries within it a key concept of Part 18. The word is ‘environment’. This word came back into popular usage  in the 1970’s in conjunction with Earth Day and growing awareness of the human impact on the planet’s biological systems. “the natural world, as a whole or in a particular geographical area, especially as affected by human activity. Synonyms: the natural world, nature, the earth, the planet,the ecosystem, the biosphere, Mother Nature. Let’s go back to Oxford 1919: Surroundings; surrounding objects, region or circumstances. There we see a very different usage of a familiar word. This word appears twice in the brief introduction to 18. Haanel explains that we exist in relation to others and that these relationships form our environment. And two sentences later he lets us know that our environment is a result of the law of attraction. In other words Haanel’s “environment” was the world which surrounded us, our home, clothing, family, workplace…
After a decade of reading this inspired book, I must admit that I am merely a beginner in understanding and working out all of the magic contained in this brilliant and unique text. But I hope to share with my fellow travelers the value of reading carefully and remembering to look into the words from Mr. Haanel’s perspective. Doing this has helped me glean many more layers of understanding, value, and usefulness from this unrivaled work.