Quotes by Charles F. Haanel (Author of The Master Key System)
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Quotes from The Master Key System
Knowledge does not apply itself; we as individuals must make the application, and the application consists in fertilizing the thought with a living purpose.
This is true because we 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.”
There is a world within — a world of thought and feeling and power; of light and life and beauty; and, although invisible, its forces are mighty.
The subconscious mind perceives by intuition. Hence, its processes are rapid. It does not wait for the slow methods of conscious reasoning. In fact, it cannot employ them.
Some one may ask: “How can the subconscious change conditions?” The reply is, because the subconscious is a part of the Universal Mind and a part must be the same in kind and quality as the whole; the only difference is one of degree. The whole, as we know, is creative. In fact, it is the only creator there is. Consequently, we find that mind is creative, and as thought is the only activity which the mind possesses, thought must necessarily be creative also.
You must first have the knowledge of your power; second, the courage to dare; third, the faith to do.
Nonresistant thought expands the Solar Plexus; resistant thought contracts it. Pleasant thought expands it; unpleasant thought contracts it. Thoughts of courage, power, confidence, and hope all produce a corresponding state, but the one arch enemy of the Solar Plexus which must be absolutely destroyed before there is any possibility of letting any light shine is fear. This enemy must be completely destroyed; he must be eliminated; he must be expelled forever; he is the cloud which hides the sun which causes a perpetual gloom.
Life is expressive and it is our business to express ourselves harmoniously and constructively. Sorrow, misery, unhappiness, disease, and poverty are not necessities and we are constantly eliminating them.
The “I” of you is not the physical body. That is simply an instrument which the “I” uses to carry out its purposes.
Mind in action is thought, and thought is creative. Men are thinking now as they never thought before. Therefore, this is a creative age, and the world is awarding its richest prizes to the thinkers.
You can originate thought and, since thoughts are creative, you can create for yourself the things you desire.
At least ninety per cent of our mental life is subconscious, so that those who fail to make use of this mental power live within very narrow limits.
There is a fine estate awaiting a claimant. Its broad acres with abundant crops, running water, and fine timber, stretch away as far as the eye can see. There is a mansion, spacious and cheerful, with rare pictures, a well-stocked library, rich hangings, and every comfort and luxury. All the heir has to do is to assert his heirship, take possession, and use the property. He must use it; he must not let it decay; for use is the condition on which he holds it. To neglect it is to lose possession.
The merchant who does not keep his goods going out will soon have none coming in; the corporation which fails to give efficient service will soon lack customers; the attorney who fails to get results will soon lack clients, and so it goes everywhere. Power is contingent upon a proper use of the power already in our possession; what is true in every field of endeavor, every experience in life, is true of the power from which every other power known among men is begotten — spiritual power. Take away the spirit and what is left? Nothing.
All possession is the result of the accumulative attitude of mind, or the money consciousness; this is the magic wand which will enable you to receive the idea and it will formulate plans for you to execute, and you will find as much pleasure in the execution as in the satisfaction of attainment and achievement.
Aspiration, desire, and harmonious relations constantly and persistently maintained will accomplish results. The greatest hindrance is erroneous and fixed ideas.
Attention or concentration is probably the most important essential in the development of mind culture. The possibilities of attention when properly directed are so startling that they would hardly appear credible to the uninitiated. The cultivation of attention is the distinguishing characteristic of every successful man or woman, and is the very highest personal accomplishment which can be acquired.
Make the pattern clear, and make it beautiful; do not be afraid — make it grand. Remember that no limitation can be placed upon you by any one but yourself; you are not limited as to cost or material; draw on the Infinite for your supply, construct it in your imagination; it will have to be there before it will ever appear anywhere else.
Make the Mental Image. Make it clear, distinct, perfect; hold it firmly; the ways and means will develop; supply will follow the demand; you will be led to do the right thing at the right time and in the right way. Earnest Desire will bring about Confident Expectation, and this in turn must be reinforced by Firm Demand.These three cannot fail to bring about Attainment, because the Earnest Desire is the feeling, the Confident Expectation is the thought, and the Firm Demand is the will, and, as we have seen, feeling gives vitality to thought and the will holds it steadily until the Law of Growth brings it into manifestation.
For instance, a man is in debt. He will be continually thinking about the debt, concentrating on it, and as thoughts are causes the result is that he not only fastens the debt closer to him, but actually creates more debt. He is putting the great Law of Attraction into operation with the usual and inevitable result: Loss leads to greater “Loss.”
Ask yourself a few questions and then reverently await the response: Do you not now and then feel the self within you? Do you assert this self or do you follow the majority? Remember that majorities are always led, they never lead. It was the majority that fought, tooth and nail, against the steam engine, the power loom, and every other advance or improvement ever suggested.
It is evident therefore that we are to hate nothing — not even the “bad” — because hatred is destructive, and we shall soon find that by entertaining destructive thought we are sowing the “wind” and shall reap the “whirlwind.”
Imagination is the light by which we can penetrate new worlds of thought and experience.
People say that they desire abundant life — and so they do — but so many interpret this to mean that if they will exercise their muscles or breathe scientifically, eat certain foods in certain ways, drink so many glasses of water every day of just a certain temperature, keep out of drafts, they will attain the abundant life they seek. The result of such methods is but indifferent. However, when man awakens to the truth and affirms his oneness with all Life, he finds that he takes on the clear eye, the elastic step, the vigor of youth; he finds that he has discovered the source of all power.
Hold in mind the condition desired; affirm it as an already existing fact. This indicates the value of a powerful affirmation. By constant repetition it becomes a part of ourselves. We are actually changing ourselves; we are making ourselves what we want to be.
Character is not a thing of chance, but it is the result of continued effort.
To think correctly — accurately — we must know the “Truth.” The truth then is the underlying principle in every business or social relation. It is a condition precedent to every right action. To know the truth, to be sure, to be confident, affords a satisfaction beside which no other is at all comparable. It is the only solid ground in a world of doubt, conflict, and danger.
If you require Wealth, a realization of the fact that the “I” in you is one with the Universal mind, which is all substance and is Omnipotent, will assist you in bringing into operation the law of attraction, which will bring you into vibration with those forces which make for success and bring about conditions of power and affluence in direct proportion with the character and purpose of your affirmation.
Thoughts are causes and conditions are effects. Herein is the explanation of the origin of both good and evil. Thought is creative and will automatically correlate with its object. This is a Cosmological Law, the Law of Attraction, the Law of Cause and Effect; the recognition and application of this law will determine both beginning and end; it is the law by which in all ages and in all times the people were led to believe in the power of prayer. “As thy faith is, so be it unto thee” is simply another, a shorter, and a better way of stating it.
The ordinary man, who has no definite knowledge of cause and effect, is governed by his feeling or emotions. He thinks chiefly to justify his action. If he fails as a business man, he says that luck is against him. If he dislikes music, he says that music is an expensive luxury. If he is a poor office man, he says that he could succeed better at some outdoor work. If he lacks friends, he says his individuality is too fine to be appreciated.
We frequently hear it said, “A very distressing situation came into my life, which could not have been the result of my thought, as I certainly never entertained any thought which could have such a result.” We fail to remember that like attracts like in the mental world, and that the thought which we entertain brings to us certain friendships — companionships of a particular kind — and these in turn bring about conditions and environment, which in turn are responsible for the conditions of which we complain.
All truth is the same, whether stated in modern scientific terms or in the language of apostolic times. There are timid souls who fail to realize that the very completeness of truth requires various statement — that no one human formula will show every side of it.
By far the greatest discovery of all the centuries is the power of thought. The importance of this discovery has been a little slow in reaching the general consciousness, but it has arrived, and already in every field of research the importance of this greatest of all great discoveries is being demonstrated.
We all know many who have achieved the seemingly impossible, who have realized lifelong dreams, who have changed everything including themselves. We have sometimes marveled at the demonstration of an apparently irresistible power, which seemed to be ever available just when it was most needed, but it is all clear now. All that is required is an understanding of certain definite fundamental principles and their proper application.
If you desire to help some one or to destroy some form of lack, limitation, or error, the correct method is not to think of the person whom you wish to help; the intention to help them is entirely sufficient, as this puts you in mental touch with the person. Then drive out of your own mind any belief of lack, limitation, disease, danger, difficulty, or whatever the trouble might be. As soon as you have succeeded in doing this the result will have been accomplished and the person will be free.
The power of attention is called concentration; this power is directed by the will; for this reason we must refuse to concentrate or think of anything except the things we desire. Many are constantly concentrating upon sorrow, loss, and discord of every kind; as thought is creative it necessarily follows that this concentration inevitably leads to more loss, more sorrow, and more discord. How could it be otherwise? On the other hand, when we meet with success, gain, or any other desirable condition, we naturally concentrate upon the effects of these things and thereby create more, and so it follows that much leads to more.
The financier gets much because he gives much; he thinks; he is seldom a man that lets any one else do his thinking for him; he wants to know how results are to be secured; you must show him; when you can do this he will furnish the means by which hundreds or thousands may profit; and in proportion as they are successful will he be successful. Morgan, Rockefeller, Carnegie, and others did not get rich because they lost money for other people. On the contrary, it is because they made money for other people that they became the wealthiest men in the wealthiest country on the globe.
A generous thought is filled with strength and vitality, a selfish thought contains the germs of dissolution; it will disintegrate and pass away. Great financiers like Morgan and others are simply channels for the distribution of wealth; enormous amounts come and go, but it would be as dangerous to stop the outgo as the income; both ends must remain open; and so our greatest success will come as we recognize that it is just as essential to give as to get.
We make money by making friends, and we enlarge our circle of friends by making money for them, by helping them, by being of service to them. The first law of success then is service, and this in turn is built on integrity and justice. The man who at least is not fair in his intention is simply ignorant; he has missed the fundamental law of all exchange; he is impossible; he will lose surely and certainly; he may not know it; he may think he is winning, but he is doomed to certain defeat. He cannot cheat the Infinite. The law of compensation will demand of him an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
Quotes From A Book About You
If you think of concentrate along any particular line, you start a train of causation; and if your thought is sufficiently concentrated and kept continuously in mind, what happens?
Prosperity is a harmonious, creative state of being. Creative law will overcome every kind of inharmony, whether it be financial, physical, mental, moral, or social.
Life is not created — it simply is. All nature is animate with this force we call “Life.” The phenomena of life on this physical plane, with which we are chiefly concerned, are produced by the involution of “energy” into “matter,” and matter is, itself, an involution of energy.
Quotes From The New Psychology
All wealth is the offspring of power; possessions are of value only as they confer power. Events are significant only as they affect power; all things represent certain forms and degrees of power.
It is clear, therefore, that thoughts of abundance will respond only to similar thoughts; the wealth of the individual is seen to be what he inherently is. Affluence within is found to be the secret of attraction for affluence without. The ability to produce is found to be the real source of wealth of the individual. It is for this reason that he who has his heart in his work is certain to meet with unbounded success. He will give and continually give, and the more he gives the more he will receive.
Wisdom, strength, courage, and all harmonious conditions are the result of power, and we have seen that all power is from within; likewise every lack, limitation, or adverse circumstance is the result of weakness, and weakness is simply absence of power. It comes from nowhere; it is nothing. The remedy, then, is simply to develop power.
Any man with a knowledge of the possibilities of modern metaphysics has an inconceivable advantage over the multitude.
Mind is creative and operates through the law of attraction. We are not to try to influence anyone to do what we think he should do. Each individual has a right to choose for himself, but aside from this we would be operating under the law of force, which is destructive in its nature and just the opposite of the law of attraction. A little reflection will convince you that all the great laws of nature operate in silence and that the underlying principle is the law of attraction. It is only destructive processes, such as earthquakes and catastrophes, that employ force. Nothing good is ever accomplished in that way.
The Master Mind is within your body and soul, yet interpenetrating both. It is the Grand Man — the God Man — of each of us. It is the same in all human beings and is what is familiarly called the “I AM.”
Intense desire, therefore, is the first requisite in becoming a Master Mind. Those who have made a mark in this world — those who have ascended to the heights — are those who desired intensely and incessantly. Those weak in desire never reach Mastery or the Heights until they become strong and soulfully passionate in desire.
Dare to be an explorer in the realm of thought. Dare to think deeply and radically, for the mind, like muscles, grows strong with use.
Greatness lies unborn and unexpressed in the bosom of thousands of men and women because of lack of initiative. The lack of initiative is due to fear. Fear is due to the belief in the reality of two powers: good and bad. And he whose greatness lies unborn in the womb of his soul has a greater belief in the power of evil than in the power of good and because of this fear he does not venture to fulfill the call of his soul and thus obtain the crown of an overcomer and conquerer.
Do not do the thinking yourself, but let the Infinite One think through you and for you.
Life is an orderly advancement governed by the Law of Attraction. Our growth is through three seeming sections. In the first, we are creatures of law; in the second, users of law; and in the third, we are masters of law. In the first, we are unconscious users of thought power; in the second, conscious users of thought power; and in the third, we are conscious users of conscious power.
Thought is force. There are but two things in the universe: Force and Form. When we realize that we possess this and direct it and by it act on the forces and forms in the objective world, we shall have made our first experiment in mental chemistry.
Every person is what he is because of his method of thinking, and men and nations differ from each other only because they think differently.
Thinking is a creative process and combination is the key. Nature combines electrons, atoms, molecules, cells, and the final result is the Universe. In the field of human endeavor, all progression, development, and achievement is the result of following the lesson learned from nature, and man has risen step by step from the primitive brute state to his present position of mastership by combining, uniting, and relating thoughts, things, and forces.
Quotes From Master Key Arcana
The Law of Love is a piece of pure science and the oldest and simplest form of Love is the elective affinity of two differing cells. Above all laws in the Law of Love, for Love is life.
The fundamental of life is harmony. Discords are obstructions that lie in your path. They obscure the reality of peace that lies at the heart of every experience, but as you increase in experience, you are enabled to discern the good in apparent evil and your power of attraction increases proportionately.
Thoughts of courage, power, and inspiration will eventually take root and as this takes place, you will see life in a new light. Life will have a new meaning for you. You will be reconstructed and filled with joy, confidence, hope, and energy! You will see opportunities to which you were heretofore blind. You will recognize possibilities that before had no meaning for you. The thoughts with which you have been impregnated are radiated to those around you and they in turn help you onward and upward. You attract to yourself new associates and this in turn changes your environment. By the simple exercise of thought, you change not only yourself, but your environment, circumstances, and conditions.