The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel
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Nature compels us all to
through life. We could not remain
however much we wished. Every right-thinking person wants not merely to
move through life like a sound-producing, perambulating plant, but to
– to improve – and to continue the development mentally to the close of
This development can
only through the improvement of the
of individual thought and the ideals, actions and conditions that arise
as a consequence. Hence a study of the creative processes of thought
how to apply them is of supreme importance to each one of us. This
is the means whereby the volution of human life on earth may be
and uplifted in the process.
Humanity ardently seeks
Truth” and explores every avenue to
it. In this process it has produced a special literature, which ranges
the whole gamut of thought from the trivial to the sublime – up from
through all the Philosophies, to the final lofty Truth of “The Master
The “Master Key” is here
to the world as a means of tapping
the great cosmic intelligence and attracting from it that which
to the ambitions, and aspirations of each reader.
Every thing and
see around us, created by human
had first to exist as a thought in some human mind. Thought therefore
constructive. Human thought is the spiritual power of the cosmos
through its creature man. “The Master Key” instructs the reader how to
use that power, and use it both constructively and creatively. The
and conditions we desire to become realities we must first create in
“The Master Key” explains and guides the process………
“The Master Key”
hitherto been published in the form
of a Correspondence Course of 24 lessons, delivered to students one per
week for 24 weeks. The reader, who now receives the whole 24 parts at
times, is warned not to attempt to read the book like a novel, but to
it as a course of study and conscientiously to imbibe the meaning of
part – reading and re-reading one part only per week before proceeding
to the next. Otherwise the later parts will tend to be misunderstood
the reader’s time and money will be wasted.
Used as thus instructed
Master Key” will make of the reader
a greater, better personality, and equipped with a new power to achieve
any worthy personal purpose and a new ability to enjoy life’s beauty
- PART ONE
is my privilege
enclose herewith Part One of The Master Key System. Would you bring
your life more power, get the power consciousness, more health, get the
health consciousness, more happiness, get the happiness consciousness.
Live the spirit of these things until they become yours by right. It
then become impossible to keep them from you. The things of the world
fluid to a power within man by which he rules
need not acquire
power. You already have it. But you want to understand it; you want to
use it; you want to control it; you want to impregnate yourself with
so that you can go forward and carry the world before you.
by day as you go
and on, as you gain momentum, as your inspiration deepens, as your
crystallize, as you gain understanding, you will come to realize that
world is no dead pile of stones and timber, but that it is a living
It is made up of the beating hearts of humanity. It is a thing of life
is evident that
requires understanding to work with material of this description, but
who come into this understanding, are inspired by a new light, a new
they gain confidence and greater power each day, they realize
their hopes and their dreams come true, life has a deeper, fuller,
meaning than before.
That much gathers
is true on every plane of existence and that loss leads to greater loss
is equally true.
Mind is creative,
conditions, environment and all experiences in life are the result of
habitual or predominant mental attitude.
The attitude of mind
depends upon what we think. Therefore, the secret of all power, all
and all possession depends upon our method of thinking.
This is true because
must "be" before we can "do," and we can "do"
only to the extent which we "are," and what we "are"
depends upon what we "think."
We cannot express
that we do not possess. The only way by which we may secure possession
of power is to become conscious of power, and we can never become
of power until we learn that all power is from within.
There is a world
– a world of thought and feeling and power; of light and life and
and, although invisible, its forces are mighty.
The world within is
by mind. When we discover this world we shall find the solution for
problem, the cause for every effect; and since the world within is
to our control, all laws of power and possession are also within our
The world without is
reflection of the world within. What appears without is what has been
within. In the world within may be found infinite Wisdom, infinite
infinite Supply of all that is necessary, waiting for unfoldment,
development and expression. If we recognize these potentialities in the
world within they will take form in the world without.
Harmony in the world
will be reflected in the world without by harmonious conditions,
surroundings, the best of everything. It is the foundation of health
a necessary essential to all greatness, all power, all attainment, all
achievement and all success.
Harmony in the
within means the ability to control our thoughts, and to determine for
ourselves how any experience is to affect us.
Harmony in the
within results in optimism and affluence; affluence within results in
The world without
the circumstances and the conditions of the consciousness within.
If we find wisdom
the world within, we shall have the understanding to discern the
possibilities that are latent in this world within, and we shall be
the power to make these possibilities manifest in the world
As we become
of the wisdom in the world within, we mentally take possession of this
wisdom, and by taking mental possession we come into actual possession
of the power and wisdom necessary to bring into
manifestation the essentials necessary for our most complete and
The world within is
practical world in which the men and women of power generate courage,
enthusiasm, confidence, trust and faith, by which they are given the
intelligence to see the vision and the practical
skill to make the vision real.
Life is an
not accretion. What comes to us in the world without is what we already
possess in the world within.
All possession is
on consciousness. All gain is the result of an accumulative
All loss is the result of a scattering consciousness.
contingent upon harmony; discord means confusion; therefore, he who
acquire power must be in harmony with Natural Law.
We are related to
world without by the objective mind. The brain is the organ of this
and the cerebro-spinal system of nerves puts us in conscious
with every part of the body. This system of
nerves responds to every sensation of
heat, odor, sound and taste.
When this mind
correctly, when it understands the truth, when the thoughts sent
the cerebro-spinal nervous system to the body are constructive, these
are pleasant, harmonious.
The result is that
build strength, vitality and all constructive forces into our body, but
it is through this same objective mind that all distress, sickness,
limitation and every form of discord and inharmony is admitted
to our lives. It is therefore through the objective mind, by wrong
that we are related to all destructive forces.
We are related to
world within by the subconscious mind. The solar plexus is the organ of
this mind; the sympathetic system of nerves presides over all
sensations, such as joy, fear, love, emotion, respiration,
imagination and all other subconscious phenomena. It is through the
that we are connected with the Universal Mind and brought into relation
with the Infinite constructive forces of the Universe.
It is the
of these two centers of our being, and the understanding of their
which is the great secret of life. With this knowledge we can bring the
objective and subjective minds into conscious cooperation and thus
the finite and the infinite. Our future is entirely within our own
It is not at the mercy of any capricious or uncertain external power.
All agree that
is but one Principle or Consciousness pervading the entire Universe,
all space, and being essentially the same in kind at every point of its
presence. It is all powerful, all wisdom and always
present. All thoughts and things are within Itself. It is all in all.
There is but one
in the universe able to think; and when it thinks, its thoughts become
objective things to it. As this Consciousness is omnipresent, it must
present within every individual; each individual must be a
of that Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent Consciousness.
As there is only
Consciousness in the Universe that is able to think it necessarily
that your consciousness is identical with the Universal Consciousness,
or, in other words, all mind is one mind. There is no dodging this
focuses in your brain cells is the same consciousness which focuses in
the brain cells of every other individual. Each individual is but the
of the Universal, the Cosmic Mind.
The Universal Mind
static or potential energy; it simply is; it can manifest only through
the individual, and the individual can manifest only through the
They are one.
The ability of the
to think is his ability to act on the Universal and bring it into
Human consciousness consists only in the ability of man to think. Mind
in itself is believed to be a subtle form of static
energy, from which arises the activities called 'thought, ' which is
dynamic phase of mind. Mind is static energy, thought is dynamic energy
-the two phases of the same thing. Thought is therefore the vibratory
formed by converting static mind into
As the sum of all
are contained in the Universal Mind, which is Omnipotent, Omniscient
Omnipresent, these attributes must be present at all times in their
form in every individual. Therefore, when
the individual thinks, the thought is compelled by its nature to embody
itself in an objectivity or condition which will correspond with its
is a cause and every condition an effect; for this reason it is
essential that you control your thoughts so as to bring forth only
All power is from
and is absolutely under your control; it comes through exact knowledge
and by the voluntary exercises of exact principles.
It should be plain
when you acquire a thorough understanding of this law, and are able to
control your thought processes, you can apply it to any condition; in
words, you will have come into conscious cooperation
with Omnipotent law which is the fundamental basis of all things.
The Universal Mind
the life principle of every atom which is in existence; every atom is
striving to manifest more life; all are intelligent, and all are
to carry out the purpose for which they were created.
A majority of
lives in the world without; few have found the world within, and yet it
is the world within that makes the world without; it is therefore
and everything which you find in your world without has
been created by you in the world within.
This system will
you into a realization of power which will be yours when you understand
this relation between the world without and the world within. The world
within is the cause, the world without the effect; to change
the effect you must change the cause.
You will at once
that this is a radically new and different idea; most men try to change
effects by working with effects. They fail to see that this is simply
one form of distress for another. To remove discord, we must
remove the cause, and this cause can be found only in the world within.
All growth is from
This is evident in all nature. Every plant, every animal, every human
a living testimony to this great law, and the error of the ages is in
for strength or power from without.
The world within is
Universal fountain of supply, and the world without is the outlet to
stream. Our ability to receive depends upon our recognition of this
Fountain, this Infinite Energy of which each individual
is an outlet, and so is one with every other individual.
Recognition is a
process, mental action is therefore the interaction of the individual
the Universal Mind, and as the Universal Mind is the intelligence which
pervades all space and animates all living things, this mental action
reaction is the law of causation, but the principle of causation does
obtain in the individual but in the Universal Mind. It is not an
faculty but a subjective process, and the results are seen
in an infinite variety of conditions and experiences.
In order to express
there must be mind; nothing can exist without mind. Everything which
is some manifestation of this one basic substance from which and by
all things have been created and are continually being recreated.
We live in a
sea of plastic mind substance. This substance is ever alive and active.
It is sensitive to the highest degree. It takes form according to the
demand. Thought forms the mold or matrix from which the substance
Remember that it is
the application alone that the value consists, and that a practical
of this law will substitute abundance for poverty, wisdom for
harmony for discord and freedom for tyranny, and
certainly there can be no greater blessing than these from a material
Now make the
Select a room where you can be alone and undisturbed; sit erect,
but do not lounge; let your thoughts roam where they will but be
still for from fifteen minutes to half an hour;
continue this for three or four days or for a week until you secure
control of your physical being.
Many will find this
difficult; others will conquer with ease, but it is absolutely
to secure complete control of the body before you are ready to
Next week you will receive instructions for the next
step; in the meantime you must have mastered this one.
What is the world
in its relation to the world within? The world without is a reflection
of the world within.
Upon what does all
depend? All possession is based on consciousness.
How is the
related to the objective world? The individual is related to the
world by the objective mind; the brain is the organ of this mind.
How is he related to
Universal Mind? He is related to the Universal Mind by the subconscious
mind; the Solar Plexus is the organ of this mind.
What is the
Mind? The Universal Mind is the life principle of every atom which is
How can the
act on the Universal? The ability of the individual to think is his
to act upon the Universal and bring it into manifestation.
What is the result
this action and interaction? The result of this action and interaction
is cause and effect; every thought is a cause and every condition an
How are harmonious
desirable conditions secured? Harmonious and desirable conditions are
by right thinking.
What is the cause of
discord, inharmony, lack and limitation? Discord, inharmony, lack and
are the result of wrong thinking.
What is the source
all powers? The source of all power is the world within, the Universal
Fountain of Supply, the Infinite Energy of which each individual is an
INTRODUCTION - PART
due to confused ideas and ignorance of our true interests. The great
is to discover the laws of nature to which we are to adjust ourselves.
Clear thinking and moral insight are, therefore, of
incalculable value. All processes, even those of thought, rest on solid
the more acute the judgment, the more delicate the taste, the more
the moral feelings, the more subtle the intelligence, the loftier the
purer and more intense are the gratifications
which existence yields. Hence it is that the study of the best that has
been thought in the world gives supreme pleasure.
powers, uses and
of the mind under the new interpretations are incomparably more
that the most extravagant accomplishment, or even dreams of material
Thought is energy. Active thought
is active energy; concentrated thought is a concentrated energy.
concentrated on a definite purpose becomes power. This is the power
is being used by those who do not believe in the virtue of poverty,
or the beauty of self-denial. They perceive that this is the talk of
and manifest this power depends upon the ability to recognize the
Energy ever dwelling in man, constantly creating and recreating his
and mind, and ready at any moment to manifest through
him in any needful manner. In exact proportion to the recognition of
truth will be the manifestation in the outer life of the individual.
method by which this is accomplished.
The operations of
mind are produced by two parallel modes of activity, the one conscious,
and the other subconscious. Professor Davidson says: "He who thinks
to illuminate the whole range of mental action by the light
of his own consciousness is not unlike the one who should go about to
the universe with a rushlight."
processes are carried on with a certainty and regularity which would be
impossible if there existed the possibility of error. Our mind is so
that it prepares for us the most important foundations
of cognition, whilst we have not the slightest apprehension of the
like a benevolent stranger, works and makes provision for our benefit,
pouring only the mature fruit into our lap; thus ultimate analysis of
processes shows that the subconscious is the theatre
of the most important mental phenomena.
It is through the
that Shakespeare must have perceived, without effort, great truths
are hidden from the conscious mind of the student; that Phidias
marble and bronze; that Raphael painted Madonnas
and Beethoven composed symphonies.
Ease and perfection
entirely upon the degree in which we cease to depend upon the
playing the piano, skating, operating the typewriter, the skilled
depend for their perfect execution on the process
of the sub-conscious mind. The marvel of playing a brilliant piece on
piano, while at the same time conducting a vigorous conversation, shows
the greatness of our subconscious powers.
We are all aware how
we are upon the subconscious, and the greater, the nobler, the more
our thoughts are, the more it is obvious to ourselves that the origin
beyond our ken. We find ourselves
with tact, instinct, sense of the beautiful in art, music, etc., or
origin or dwelling place we are
The value of the
is enormous; it inspires us; it warns us; it furnishes us with names,
and scenes from the storehouse of memory. It directs our thoughts,
and accomplishes tasks so intricate that no
conscious mind, even if it had the power, has the capacity for.
We can walk at will;
can raise the arm whenever we choose to do so; we can give our
through eye or ear to any subject at pleasure. On the other hand, we
stop our heartbeats nor the circulation of the
blood, nor the growth of stature, nor the formation of nerve and muscle
tissue, nor the building of the bones, nor many other important vital
If we compare these
sets of action, the one decreed by the will of the moment, and the
proceeding in majestic, rhythmic course, subject to no vascillation,
constant at every moment, we stand in awe of the latter,
and ask to have the mystery explained. We see at once that these are
vital processes of our physical life, and we cannot avoid the inference
that these all-important functions are designedly withdrawn from the
domain of our outward will with its
and transitions, and placed under the direction of a permanent and
power within us.
Of these two
the outward and changeable has been termed the "Conscious Mind,"
or the "Objective Mind" (dealing with outward objects). The interior
power is called the "Subconscious Mind," or the "Subjective
Mind," and besides its work on the mental plane it controls the regular
functions which make physical life possible.
It is necessary to
a clear understanding of their respective functions on the mental
as well as of certain other basic principles. Perceiving and operating
through the five physical senses, the conscious mind deals
with the impressions and objects of the outward life.
It has the faculty
discrimination, carrying with it the responsibility of choice. It has
power of reasoning--whether inductive, deductive, analytical or
this power may be developed to a high degree. It is the
seat of the will with all the energies that flow therefrom.
Not only can it
other minds, but it can direct the subconscious mind. In this way the
mind becomes the responsible ruler and guardian of the subconscious
It is this high function which can completely
reverse conditions in your life.
It is often true
conditions of fear, worry, poverty, disease, inharmony and evils of all
kinds dominate us by reason of false suggestions accepted by the
subconscious mind. All this the trained conscious mind
can entirely prevent by its vigilant protective action. It may properly
be called "the watchman at the gate" of the great subconscious
One writer has
the chief distinction between the two phases of mind thus: "Conscious
mind is reasoning will. Subconscious mind is instinctive desire, the
of past reasoning will."
draws just and accurate inferences from premises furnished from outside
sources. Where the premise is true, the subconscious mind reaches a
conclusion, but, where the premise or suggestion
is an error, the whole structure falls. The subconscious mind does not
engage in the process of proving. It relies upon the conscious mind,
watchman at the gate," to guard it from mistaken impressions.
as true, the subconscious mind at once proceeds to act thereon in the
domain of its tremendous field of work. The conscious mind can suggest
either truth or error. If the latter, it is at the
cost of wide-reaching peril to the whole being.
The conscious mind
to be on duty during every waking hour. When the "watchman" is
"off guard," or when its calm judgment is suspended, under a
variety of circumstances, then the subconscious mind is unguarded
and left open to suggestion from all sources. During the wild
of panic, or during the height of anger, or the impulses of the
mob, or at any other time of unrestrained passion, the conditions
are most dangerous. The sub- conscious mind is then open to the
of fear, hatred, selfishness, greed, self- depreciation and other
forces, derived from surrounding persons or circumstances.
The result is usually unwholesome in the extreme, with effects that may
endure to distress it for a long
Hence, the great importance of guarding the subconscious mind from
perceives by intuition. Hence, its processes are rapid. It does not
for the slow methods of conscious reasoning. In fact, it can not employ
never sleeps, never rests, any more than does your heart, or your
It has been found that by plainly stating to the subconscious mind
specific things to be accomplished, forces are
set in operation that lead to the result desired. Here, then, is a
of power which places us in touch with Omnipotence. Here in is a deep
which is well worth our most earnest study.
The operation of
law is interesting. Those who put it into operation find that when they
go out to meet the person with whom they anticipate a difficult
something has been there before them and dissolved the
supposed differences; everything is changed; all is harmonious; they
that when some difficult business problem presents itself they can
to make delay and something suggests the proper solution; everything is
properly arranged; in fact, those who have
learned to trust the subconscious find that they have infinite
at their command.
is the seat of our principles and our aspirations. It is the fount of
artistic and altruistic ideals. These instincts can only be overthrown
by an elaborate and gradual process of undermining the innate
can not argue controversially. Hence, if it has accepted wrong
the sure method of overcoming them is by the use of a strong counter
frequently repeated, which the mind
must accept, thus eventually forming new and healthy habits of thought
and life, for the subconscious mind is the seat of Habit. That which we
do over and over becomes mechanical; it is no longer an act of
but has worn its deep grooves in the
mind. This is favorable for us if the habit be wholesome and right. If
it be harmful, and wrong, the remedy is to recognize the omnipotence of
the subconscious mind and suggest
actual freedom. The subconscious being creative and one with our divine
source will at once create the freedom suggested.
To sum up: The
functions of the subconscious on the physical side have to do with the
regular and vital processes, with the preservation of life and the
of health; with the care of offspring, which includes
an instinctive desire to preserve all life and improve conditions
On the mental side,
is the storehouse of memory; it harbors the wonderful thought
who work, unhampered by time or space; it is the fountain of the
initiative and constructive forces of life: It is
the seat of habit.
On the spiritual
it is the source of ideals, of aspiration, of the imagination, and is
channel through which we recognize our Divine Source, and in proportion
as we recognize this divinity do we come into an understanding
of the source of power.
Some one may ask:
can the subconscious change conditions?" The reply is, because the
subconscious is a part of the Universal Mind and a part must be the
in kind and quality as the whole; the only
difference is one of degree. The whole, as we know, is creative, in
it is the only creator there is, consequently, we find that mind is
and as thought is the only activity which the mind possesses thought
must necessarily be creative also.
But we shall find
there is a vast difference between simply thinking, and directing our
consciously, systematically and constructively; when we do this we
our mind in harmony with the Universal
Mind, we come in tune with the Infinite, we set in operation the
force in existence, the creative power of the Universal Mind. This, as
everything else, is governed by natural law, and this law is the
"Law of attraction," which is that
Mind is creative, and will automatically correlate with its object and
bring it into manifestation.
Last week I gave
an exercise for the purpose of securing control of the physical body;
you have accomplished this you are ready to advance. This time you will
begin to control your thought. Always take the same
room, the same chair, and the same position, if possible. In some cases
it is not convenient to take the same
room, in this case simply make the best use of such conditions as may
available. Now be perfectly still as before, but inhibit all thought;
will give you control over all thoughts of care, worry and fear, and
enable you to entertain only the kind of
you desire. Continue this exercise until you gain complete mastery.
You will not be
to do this for more that a few moments at a time, but the exercise is
because it will be a very practical demonstration of the great number
thoughts which are constantly trying to gain access
to your mental world.
Next week you will
instructions for an exercise which may be a little more interesting,
it is necessary that you master this one first.
is as absolute and undeviating in the hidden realm of thought as in the
world of visible and material things. Mind is the master weaver, both
the interior garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance."
-- James Allen
What are the two
of mental activity? Conscious and subconscious.
Upon what do ease
perfection depend? Ease and perfection depend entirely upon the degree
in which we cease to depend upon the conscious mind.
What is the value
the subconscious? It is enormous; it guides us, warns us, it controls
vital processes and is the seat of memory.
What are some of
functions of the conscious mind? It has the faculty of discrimination;
it has the power of reasoning; it is the seat of the will and may
How has the
between the conscious and subconscious been expressed? "Conscious
mind is reasoning will. Subconscious mind is instinctive desire, the
of past reasoning will."
What method is
in order to impress the subconscious? Mentally state what is wanted.
What will be the
If the desire is in harmony with the forward movement of the great
forces will be set in motion which will bring
about the result.
What is the result
the operation of this law? Our environment reflects conditions
to the predominant mental attitude which we entertain.
What names has been
to this law? The Law of Attraction.
How is the law
Thought is a creative energy, and will automatically correlate with is
object and bring it into manifestation.
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