Honestly, I can’t believe that I am still here for Week 14.
As tough as 2020 has been on my work schedule, and on my personal life, or lack thereof, I have wanted to ‘retreat back to mediocrity’ many many times, but I keep finding a way to ‘Do It Now’…and chanting ‘I Can Be What I Will To Be’ 25 times, three times a day.
Most people wouldn’t even attempt to accomplish the menial tasks that we do in this course, in hopes of discovering and achieving our heart’s desires.
Good thing I am NOT most people, (as Mark J. says).
Haanel explains in the intro to Week 14 that ‘the least thought entertained by the conscious mind produces within your subconscious mind action in exact proportion to the depth of feeling characterized by the thought and the intensity with which the thought is indulged’.
If you read that and thought, what the frig is he talking about?, then you are as curious as I was trying to figure out what this guy Haanel was smokin when he wrote The Master Key.
When you read on, and this is where some people would just put the book back on the shelf, (but I am NOT some people), so I read on and discovered that this explanation was just another way to say ‘what we think about, with feeling, we bring about’.
Haanel goes on to say in 14:6 Mind is creative and the principle upon which this law is based is sound and legitimate and is inherent in the nature of things; but this creative power does not originate in the individual, but in the Universal, which is the source and fountain of all energy and substance, the individual is simply the channel for the distribution of this energy. The individual is the means by which the Universal produces the various combinations which result in the formation of phenomena.
Now, if you are still with me, on this wild ride in the mind of the eccentric Charles Haanel, (and I say that with the utmost respect for this brilliant man), he goes on to state,
“We find that every man is the reflection of the thought he has entertained during his lifetime. This is stamped on his face, his form, his character, his environment. Back of every effect there is a cause, and if we follow the trail to its starting point, we shall find the creative principle out of which it grew”
This next part requires a little faith, or religious understanding, (in my unsolicited opinion):
The objective world is controlled by an unseen and, heretofore, unexplainable power. We have, heretofore, personalized this power and called it God. We have now, however, learned to look upon it as the permeating essence or Principle of all that exists – the infinite or Universal Mind.
The Universal Mind, being infinite and omnipotent, has unlimited resources at its command, and when we remember that it is also omnipresent, we cannot escape the conclusion that we must be an expression or manifestation of that mind.
It is at this point in Part 14 Haanel goes into applying the Principle of the Universal Mind to manifest your desires:
Thought is the only reality; conditions are but the outward manifestations; as the thought changes, all outward or material conditions must change in order to be in harmony with their creator, which is thought.
(queue the music from The Twilight Zone)
But the thought must be clear cut, steady, fixed, definite, unchangeable, you cannot take one step forward and two steps backward, neither can you spend twenty or thirty years (or in my case 40 years), of your life building up negative conditions as a result of negative thoughts, and then expect to see them all melt away as the result of fifteen or twenty minutes of right thinking.
And here is the recommendation by Haanel:
If you enter into the discipline necessary to bring about a radical change in your life, you must do so deliberately, after giving the matter careful thought and full consideration, and then you must allow nothing to interfere with your decision.
This decision, this change of thought, this mental attitude will not only bring you the material things which are necessary for your highest and best welfare, but will bring health and harmonious conditions generally.
In conclusion of Part 14 Haanel says, ‘If you wish harmonious conditions in your life, you must develop a harmonious mental attitude’.
And of course, after all this, that last statement brought about a “Der” response from my cynical self.
I don’t know if I am tired from The Holidays, or just frustrated with trying to make sense of Charles Haanel, but I know that we start Week 15 tomorrow and I only hope that I can follow the rest of this Master Key Experience, and start applying the principles that will ‘bring material things which are necessary for my highest and best welfare’.
To Your Success,
Scott W. McAvoy