MKE 2019, Week 18

33. The incentive of attention is interest; the greater the interest, the greater the attention; the greater the attention, the greater the interest, action and reaction; begin by paying attention; before long you will have aroused interest; this interest will attract more attention, and this attention will produce more interest, and so on.
This practice will enable you to cultivate the power of attention.

34. This week concentrate upon your power to create; seek insight, perception; try to find a logical basis for the faith which is in you. Let the thought dwell on thefact that the physical man lives and moves and has his being in the sustainer of all organic life air, that he must breathe to live. Then let the thought rest on the fact that the spiritual man also lives and moves and has his being in a similar but subtler energy upon which he must depend for life, and that as in the physical world no life assumes form until after a seed is sown, and no higher fruit than that of the parent stock can be produced; so in the spiritual world no effect can be produced until the seed is sown and the fruit will depend upon the nature of the seed, so that the results which you secure depend upon your perception of law in the mighty domain of causation, the highest evolution of humanconsciousness.

Charles Haanel, ‘The Master Key System’, Part XVIII

So, the trick seems to be creating a self-perpetuating spiral of interest arising attention, the attention strengthening the interest and thereby gaining more power for itself.

And isn’t that how any real habit, good or bad is created?

We do something because it catches our interest, we give our attention to the process and repeat it. And sooner or later the whole cycle becomes automatic, conscious thought and will has been removed.

Until, for some reason, we take interest in changing this certain aspect of our lives, we turn our attention to the matter at hand and after some number of conscious cycles of interest and attention, we manage to consciously change an unconscious habit.

Wonderful how the mind works, right?

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MKE 2019, Week 17

23. Intuition arrives at conclusions without the aid of experience or memory. Intuition often solves problems that are beyond the grasp of the reasoning power. Intuition often comes with a suddenness that is startling; it reveals the truth for which we are searching, so directly that it seems to come from a higher power. Intuition can be cultivated and developed; in order to do this it must be recognized and appreciated; if the intuitive visitor is given a royal welcome when he comes, he will come again; the more cordial the welcome the more frequent his visits will become, but if he is ignored or neglected he will make his visits few and far apart.

24. Intuition usually comes in the Silence; great minds seek solitude frequently; it is here that all the larger problems of life are worked out. For this reason every businessman who can afford it has a private office, where he will not be disturbed; if you cannot afford a private office you can at least find somewhere, where you can be alone a few minutes each day, to train the thought along lines which will enable you to develop that invincible power which is necessary to achieve.

Charles Haanel, ‘The Master Key System’, Part XVII

Here Haanel points out the importance of seeking the silence regularly to open the door for our intuition to come in and guide us.
I don’t know about You, yet I know I have ignored that quiet little voice numerous times throughout my life and suffered the effects of neglecting this force.

I also experienced how the intuitive sense becomes more and more prominent and clear the more I take the time to listen to it. Be this in a sit or just walking by myself in nature, letting my mind rest and purposefully listen inside instead of trying to work my life out with logic.

What about You?

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MKE 2019, Week 16

The vibratory activities of the planetary Universe are governed by a law of periodicity. Everything that lives has periods of birth, growth, fruitage, and decline. These periods are governed by the Septimal Law.
The Law of Sevens governs the days of the week, the phases of the moon, the harmonies of sound, light, heat, electricity, magnetism, atomic structure. It governs the life of individuals and of nations, and it dominates the activities of the commercial world. Life is growth, and growth is change, each seven years period takes us into a new cycle.
The first seven years is the period of infancy. The next seven the period of childhood, representing the beginning of individual responsibility. The next seven represents the period of adolescence. The fourth period marks the attainment of full growth. The fifth period is the constructive period, when men begin to acquire property, possessions, a home and family. The next from 35 to 42, is a period of reactions and changes, and this in turn is followed by a period of reconstruction, adjustment and recuperation, so as to be ready for a new cycle of sevens, beginning with the fiftieth year

Charles Haanel, ‘The Master Key System’, Part XVI

How does this structure of life relate to You?

Can You see this pattern in Your own life?

Where are You in the cycle?

These are important questions to ponder and I personally like to take them into the Sit with me from time to time.
Actualized by my turning 50 this coming fall, and seeing the changes that have happened in my life over just the last few years, I can fully embrace starting the whole cycle over and continue live a life second to none and in alignment with my values and dreams.

What are Your thoughts?

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MKE 2019, Week 15

20. We know that the Universal Thought has for its goal the creation of form, and we know that the individual thought is likewise forever attempting to express itself in form, and we know that the word is a thought form, and a sentence is a combination of thought forms, therefore, if we wish our ideal to be beautiful or strong, we must see that the words out of which this temple will eventually be created are exact, that they are put together carefully, because accuracy in building words and sentences is the highest form of architecture in civilization and is a passport to success.

Charles Haanel, ‘The MasterKey System’, Part XV

And here Haanel gives the explanation of why we are so meticulous when ‘torturing’ our members in creating their perfect DMP.

Isn’t it fantastic how the words we use actually make or break our mood, happiness, yes even our lives?
How often do we use words that are less than flattering about ourselves?
Would we even use the same words in relation to others?
If not, why do we chose them in relation to ourselves?

Being the observer of our own thoughts and the words we use is crucially important to gain insight into why our outer world looks the way it does, and, of course, on how to make the changes we want to see in our lives!

Going back to Haanel:

28. There can be no question but that he who “is wise enough to understand” will readily recognize that the creative power of thought places an invincible weapon in his hands and makes him a master of destiny.

Charles Haanel, ‘The MasterKey System’, Part XV

Observation leading to awareness must always precede understanding!

29. …if we pledge ourselves to a certain action we must be prepared to assume the responsibility for the development of that action….

Charles Haanel, ‘The MasterKey System’, Part XV

So, let’s pledge ourselves knowingly and deliberately so that we can assume the responsibility for our choices proudly!

Please let us know Your thoughts!

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MKE 2019, Week 14

20. 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.
21. A recognition and understanding of the resources of the subconscious mind will indicate that the only difference between the subconscious and the Universal is one of degree. They differ only as a drop of water differs from the ocean. They are the same in kind and quality, the difference is one of degree only.
22. Do you, can you, appreciate the value of this all-important fact; do you realize that a recognition of this tremendous fact places you in touch with Omnipotence? The subconscious mind being the connecting link between the Universal Mind and the conscious mind, is it not evident that the conscious mind can consciously suggest thoughts which the subconscious mind will put into action, and as the subconscious is one with the Universal, is it not evident that no limit can be placed upon its activities?

Charles Haanel, ‘The Master Key System’, Part XIV

I am nature’s greatest miracle.

Since the beginning of time never has there been another with my mind, my heart, my eyes, my ears, my hands, my hair, my mouth. None that came before, none that live today, and none that come tomorrow can walk and talk and move and think exactly like me. All men are my brothers yet I am different from each. I am a unique creature.

I have been given eyes to see and a mind to think and now I know a great secret of life for I perceive, at last, that all my problems, discouragements, and heartaches are, in truth, great opportunities in disguise. I will no longer be fooled by the garments they wear for mine eyes are open. I will look beyond the cloth and I will not be deceived.

I am nature’s greatest miracle.

Og Mandino, ‘The Greatest Salesman in the World’, The Scroll marked IV

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MKE 2019, Week 13

22. In the first place, we must put our knowledge into practice. Nothing can be accomplished in any other way. The athlete may read books and lessons on physical training all his life, but unless he begins to give out strength by actual work he will never receive any strength; he will eventually get exactly what he gives; but he will have to give it first. It is exactly the same with us; we will get exactly what we give, but we shall have to give it first. It will then return to us many fold, and the giving is simply a mental process, because thoughts are causes and conditions are effects; therefore in giving thoughts of courage, inspiration, health or help of any kind we are setting causes in motion which will bring about their effect.

Charles Haanel, ‘The Master Key System’, Part XIII

All things are double, one against another.—Tit for tat; an eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth; blood for blood; measure for measure; love for love.—Give, and it shall be given you.—He that watereth shall be watered himself.—What will you have? quoth God; pay for it and take it.—Nothing venture, nothing have.—Thou shalt be paid exactly for what thou hast done, no more, no less.—Who doth not work shall not ear.—Harm watch, harm catch.—Curses always recoil on the head of him who imprecates them.—If you put a chain around the neck of a slave, the other end fastens itself around your own.—Bad counsel confounds the adviser.—The devil is an ass. 

It is thus written, because it is thus in life. Our action is overmastered and characterized above our will by the law of nature. We aim at a petty end quite aside from the public good, but our act arranges itself by irresistible magnetism in a line with the poles of the world. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson, ‘Compensation’ From Essays, first series (1841)

How do these two quotes relate to each other? What does Haanel pick up from Emerson’s text? Do You think Haanel was influenced by Emerson’s work?
Or do they talk about the same things independently of each other, just because these are universal truths?

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MKE 2019, Week 12

4. The only way to keep from going backward is to keep going forward. Eternal vigilance is the price of success. There are three steps, and each one is absolutely essential. You must first have the knowledge of your power; second, the courage to dare; third, the faith to do.

Charles Haanel, ‘The Master Key System’, Part XII

There’s an old saying that we ‘either grow or die’, and this is never as true as when it comes to personal discovery, every year members quit the MKE at some point during the course of these 6 months, and most of them return the year after. We’ve seen this tendency year after year!

Interestingly enough a lot of members who complete the course also come back after a year or two, just to continue the journey. The reason probably being that it’s so easy to start going backward when society pushes so hard to keep us from going the other direction, and the support and added accountability of the loving community of likeminded people might be the leverage needed to continue on the path of self-discovery and self-development.

Yet let us briefly return to the first group, the people starting over after quitting the first round.
Might it be that they miss the environment that encourages growth?
Or even that they start experiencing the pain of dying when the growth process comes to a stall or kicks into reverse gear?
Or, is it just that we human beings, in general, incorporate a natural need of going forward, and giving it up for comfort or other excuses is, in the end, unbearable?

What do You think?

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MKE 2019, Week 11

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.

Charles Haane, ‘The Master Key System’, Part XI

How often have I not looked back and seen clearly how a situation had evolved, baffled by the logical and inevitable development and stunned by the fact that I couldn’t see it coming. If You’re anything like me You know what I’m talking about here, right?

So, by analyzing any situation in hindsight, we can gain an understanding of how it progressed, see our part in the development and take away an important lesson that not only allows us to accept responsibility for the past result and our own part in the creating it, yet also, and more important, learn from history and avoid creating the same situation again.

I’m sure You agree that the difficulty here is mainly our universal tendency to avoid looking too deep into our own past mistakes and so it takes dedication to self-discovery, courage, tenacity and lots of love to overcome that tendency!

What do You think? How has this changed for You during the experience so far?

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MKE 2019, Week 10

I will persist until I succeed.
In the Orient young bulls are tested for the fight arena in a certain manner. Each is brought to the ring and allowed to attack a picador who pricks them with a lance. The bravery of each bull is then rated with care according to the number of times he demonstrates his willingness to charge in spite of the sting of the blade. Henceforth will I recognize that each day I am tested by life in like manner. If I persist, if I continue to try, if I continue to charge forward, I will succeed.
I will persist until I succeed.

Og Mandino, ‘The Greatest Salesman of the World’, Scroll III

What does ‘persist’ mean to You?

To me, it’s the act of applied faith in a purpose that is proven by continuous action towards the object of our desired purpose.
If we just continue performing the actions and developing the habits leading towards our purpose, without any definite proof that it will be obtained, we demonstrate persistence and faith.

What are Your thoughts?

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MKE 2019, Week 9

Suppose, then, we desire to change conditions, how are we to bring this about?The reply is simple: By the law of growth. Cause and effect are as absolute and undeviating in the hidden realm of thought as in the world of materialthings.
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; are making ourselveswhat we want to be.
Character is not a thing of chance, but it is the result of continued effort. If you are timid, vacillating, self-conscious, or if you are over-anxious or harassed bythoughts of fear or impending danger, remember that is axiomatic that “two things cannot exist in the same place at the same time.”
Exactly the same thing is true in the mental and spiritual world; so thatyour remedy is plainly to substitute thoughts of courage, power, self-reliance and confidence, for those of fear, lack and limitation.

Charles Haanel – ‘The Master Key System’, Part IX

So it all starts with observing our thoughts and let the unconscious become conscious through constant vigilance.
Having become consciously aware of the thoughts going on in our minds, we can explore and examine them to find if they serve us or not, deciding to keep those who do and substitute the others.

Like starting any new habit, we will face struggle at first and maybe even doubt if this is possible to accomplish, then, after some practice, the task becomes easier and finally automatic, habitual and effortless.

Is it worth the effort?

Please let us know below!

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