Week – #23 Masterkey You Get What You GIVE

Haanel says…that the law of success is service; that we get what we give, and for this reason we should consider it a great privilege to be able to give.

givetoget3This may be his most profound argument so far, we get what we give, not what we want, wish, demand, hope or believe.  Deuteronomy 16:17

This is the science which embraces all sciences. It is the art which, above all arts, is relevant to human life. In the mastery of this science and this art there is opportunity for unending progression. Perfection in this is not acquired in six days, nor in six weeks, nor in six months. It is the labor of life. Not to go forward is to go backward.

Science and art operate as practice, an ongoing development, climbing a mountain with no top. What was useful earlier may no longer be of use, workable or relevant. What thinking brought you to this moment may likely be insufficient in moving you into the next.  For most of us, the box we are inside, has instructions on the outside written in a language we are unaware or ignorant. The ‘listening’ we are able to provide must let go of our past to hear it. Understanding comes when we have done enough ‘work’.

1. The money consciousness is an attitude of mind; it is the open door to the arteries of commerce. It is the receptive attitude. Desire is the attractive force which sets the current in motion and fear is the great obstacle by which the current is stopped or completely reversed, turned away from us.

Fear does not exist. Show me some!! Neither does resignation but whatever we use to doNOTfeedFearstay stuck, while mythological as any dragon, has more power over us than we allow ourselves to recognize until we do recognize it. If we can see, the explanation of and for our internal state only justifies our inaction. It could be just as easily called excitement, exhilaration and many other emotional states but the excuses we humans use are always and all ways a lie. A lie to ourselves first and then a story of lies we enthrall and placate our environment that operates in the “we won’t call you on your bull as long as you don’t call us on ours”.

3. 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.

Even the jargon from a hundred years ago knew only governments make money. The rest of us have to earn it and making friends, enlarging our circle of influence being of service makes sense. [And cents]  This law of compensation, an eye for an eye, complete reciprocity does not let you be judge and jury however. The judge and jury, the Infinite has the agenda.

dragonaffairs6. 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 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.

The sixteenth amendment, then not yet attached to the constitution, clearly, a selfish thought that contains the germ of dissolution, may prove this aspect of Haanel a prophet of doom.  Once the channels of distribution forded and dammed for the few, with crumbs spread for rest, dissolution results eventually.

8. The financier gets much because he gives much; he thinks; he is seldom a man that lets anyone 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.

The deal they cut, at the party they held, the Jekyll Island confab in 1910 did not invite you or me or anyone we know to the party.  I am suspect of the authorized history and of Haanel’s fawning. He then recovers himself in his very next paragraph.

9. The average person is entirely innocent of any deep thinking; he accepts the OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAideas of others, and repeats them, in very much the same way as a parrot; this is readily seen when we understand the method which is used to form public opinion, and this docile attitude on the part of a large majority who seem perfectly willing to let a few persons do all their thinking for them is what enables a few men in a great many countries to usurp all the avenues of power and hold the millions in subjection. Creative thinking requires attention.

The real trouble begins next…

10. 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 inevitable 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.

whenIndoubtdontMy thinking provides all I concentrate upon and desire as long as I am not doing harm to another.  This theory sounds nice. With millions of children in our day murdered for convenience and thousands of other reasons says different. Are children their cause in this?  They attracted the cancer, the illnesses too numerous and too new to understand?  Another explanation may provide insights but Haanel’s does not.  When I grew up ‘positive thinking’, spurned incomplete as negative thinking, meant if things are bad and you think positive how does that solve, fix or make any difference!   You must ‘know’ or experience the total reality first.  So called positive thinking may work on the inside but may be a misspent waste of energy ‘out-here’.

12. “Spirit, whatever else it may or may not be, must be considered as the Essence of Consciousness, the Substance of Mind, the reality underlying Thought. And as all ideas are phases of the activity of Consciousness, Mind or Thought, it follows that in Spirit, and in it alone, is to be found the Ultimate Fact, the Real Thing, or Idea.”

Perhaps this version of ‘intelligent design’ does not pass the smell test of the current ‘true science’ hierarchy.

The lesson then rambles along a story with no connection to verifiable facts. Fiction or not, all stories have some basis in reality. With only one lesson left however, there had better be something more in the final installment or my round files name becomes Haanel.

20. Those who may shrink from this idea of employing the Infinite Power to aid one in his work in the material world, should remember that if the Infinite objected in the least to such a procedure the thing could never happen. The Infinite is quite able to take care of itself.

I hope you caught that. The only thing the Infinite manifests must be in agreement with the holediggerInfinite’s plan and agenda. If your aspiration fails this test, you will not succeed.  The question, when pursuing anything then, how long do you spend on it? How would you know if the Infinite Universe wants a giant hole for someone else to fill and build upon?

22. This week concentrate on the fact that man is not a body with a spirit, but a spirit with a body, and that it is for this reason that his desires are incapable of any permanent satisfaction in anything not spiritual. Money is therefore of no value except to bring about the conditions which we desire, and these conditions are necessarily harmonious. Harmonious conditions necessitate sufficient supply, so that if there appears to be any lack, we should realize that the idea or soul of money is service, and as this thought takes form, channels of supply will be opened, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that spiritual methods are entirely practical.

The ‘soul of money’ or service are located where? Also, again harmonious occurs with the Infinite or nothing happens, to satisfy or appear in reality. The supply of service falls upon you and me!  One small postscript, CS Lewis did not say this in any form!

Note to self: The search for the magic potion, to have something appear instantly, to manifest literally at the snap of fingers goes on!  Any time spent in the internal map of reality other than to ‘see’ what you want does not do it!  Faith or belief, two very different but related concepts, does not access the power either. Either one with zero doubt has serious possibilities however. Having zero doubt appears around the ‘law of integrity’ out-here.  Harmony with the Infinite being a given.  Matthew 21:21


Week – #17 Expanding Your Intuition

Haanel this week is in peak form. His opening must have lost dozens in his day.  The kind of Deity which a man, consciously or unconsciously, worships, indicates the intellectual status of the worshipper.

Especially the unconscious one, in my experience, is a sign of an unexamined life.

The student who masters the contents of Part Seventeen will not mistake the symbols for the reality; he will be interested in causes, rather than effects. He will concentrate on the realities of life, and will then not be disappointed in the results.

The symbols exist in our minds, ‘in here’. The realities exist in the world ‘out here’.

1. We are told that Man has “dominion over all things”; this dominion is established through Mind. Thought is the activity which controls every principle beneath it. The highest principle by reason of its superior essence and qualities necessarily determines the circumstances, aspects and relation of everything with which it comes in contact.

How long will ‘dominion over all things’ last, another year or centuries? Where is this fossilized planet headed?  Am I open to the solution or part of the drift and flotsam?

4. Continuous concentration means an even, unbroken flow of thought and is the result of patient, persistent, persevering and well-regulated system.

The ‘system’ is you daily, patiently extending the time and clarity on that which you imagine.

6. Concentration is much misunderstood; there seems to be an concentrationidea of effort or activity associated with it, when just the contrary is necessary. The greatness of an actor lies in the fact that he forgets himself in the portrayal of his character, becoming so identified with it, that the audience is swayed by the realism of the performance. This will give you a good idea of true concentration; you should be so interested in your thought, so engrossed in your subject, as to be conscious of nothing else. Such concentration leads to intuitive perception and immediate insight into the nature of the object concentrated upon.

Focus, enraptured in your attention to the object, was our very nature before government schooling put us in desks to be quiet, attentive to nonsense and talk only when called on.  The natural ability to concentrate on a dream is for many a memory only.

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting. – e.e. cummings

8. Desire is largely subconscious; conscious desire rarely realizes its object when the latter is out of immediate reach. Subconscious desire arouses the latent faculties of the mind, and difficult problems seem to solve themselves.

desiretochangeDesire and results are different. I am most interested in results in both ‘out here’ and ‘in here’.  My experience has the conscious mind making the connections that the subconscious throws out. The ability to remain in control, while listening to the subconscious chatter without succumbing to its alert system but noticing the good ideas it offers, if you focus, is essential. Athletes call it the zone. When you are in it, everything slows down and ultimate control is effortless.  What pulls you out of it is when you notice it.  

It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power! – Robert Kiosaki

11. Concentration does not mean mere thinking of thoughts, but the transmutation of these thoughts into practical values; the average person has no conception of the meaning of concentration. There is always the cry “to have” but never the cry “to be”; they fail to understand that they cannot have one without the other, that they must first find the “kingdom” before they can have the “things added.” Momentary enthusiasm is of no value; it is only with unbounded self-confidence that the goal is reached.

Success, or anything else, requires you “BE” successful first. When you be successful you will ‘do’ what successful people do and ‘have’ what successful people have. Any other order produces failure eventually or constant frustration. The ‘kingdom’ Haanel refers to is ‘being’.  We are human beings not human doings.  We are drawn, mesmerized how little children ‘be’ so open, happy, willing and delightful.  When does that get crushed or smothered out of us?  

13. Weakness is the only barrier to mental attainment; attribute your weakness to physical limitations or mental uncertainties and try again; ease and perfection are gained by repetition.

That you notice the limitation and or uncertainties is a good thing. doNOTfeedFearQuitting because of them is not. The muscles need exercise to grow stronger. The mind is no different.  The exercise of the mind is possible while relaxed. The longer you are able to ‘let it go’ or to let your body be still while staying ‘focused’ on one vision is practice, practice and practice.  There is no top to this; there is always improvement and acceptance of your ‘self’ instead of judging the ability or performance is essential.

We simultaneously live in two worlds. We live in the infinite, ‘in here’, and we live in the finite, ‘out here’ and the rules are different in both.  Playing by ‘in here’ rules ‘out here’ cannot work any better than applying the ‘out here’ rules to ‘in here’.

17. The intensity of one moment’s earnest concentration and the intense longing to become and to attain may take you further than years of slow normal and forced effort; it will unfasten the prison bars of unbelief, weakness, impotence and self-belittlement, and you will come into a realization of the joy of overcoming.

This paragraph is like describing when you discovered balance the first time learning to ride a bicycle. This is nonsensical to anyone who has not had the experience and obvious to anyone who has.  Read it a couple of times slowly.  The ‘joy of overcoming’ once experienced is the true source of one’s power.  Some call it enlightenment.

20. All of us are dynamos, but the dynamo of itself is nothing; the mind must work the dynamo; then it is useful and its energy can be definitely concentrated. The mind is an engine whose power is undreamed; thought is an omni-working power. It is the ruler and creator of all form and all events occurring in form. Physical energy is nothing in comparison with the omnipotence of thought, because thought enables man to harness all other natural power.

“The dynamo of itself is nothing.” That is the nature of the majority is seems. Just grasping the possibility of this paragraph is a step toward “harnessing all other natural power.”  Doubting it, even the slightest, nearly eliminates the possibility from rising.

22. If you concentrate on some matter of importance, the intuitive power will be set in operation, and help will come in the nature of information which will lead to success.

Serendipity and coincidence have happened to all of us. Learning to manage and harness our intuitive power is worth any effort you can muster.

23. Intuition arrives at conclusions without the aid of serendipityexperience 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.

Whatever you exercise grows stronger, where your focus goes, energy flows and results follow. What you ignore atrophies.  What you leave be, lets you be. What you resist persists.

25. Remember that fundamentally the subconscious is omnipotent; there is no limit to the things that can be done when it is given the power to act. Your degree of success is determined by the nature of your desire. If the nature of your desire is in harmony with Natural Law or the Universal Mind, it will gradually emancipate the mind and give you invincible courage.

“When given the power to act” “in harmony with Natural Law or the Universal Mind” you acquire “invincible courage”.  The subconscious that we have very little say over runs everything. Recent research suggests we only justify the subconscious minds directed behavior afterwards. Haanel is suggesting we train it to work for us instead of whomever it is working for now.  It is not ‘you’ by the way!

27. By keeping the thought in mind, it will gradually take tangible form. A definite purpose sets causes in motion which go out in the invisible world and find the material necessary to serve your purpose.

Some call this the law of attraction. Others are not as kind.  I found it before reading Haanel and I called it following breadcrumbs.  With the ‘goal’ in mind, not like a fanatical single thought but a definite purpose assigned to the subconscious to ‘look for the path’ something like ‘bread crumbs’ appear. Intuition showers you with enough clues to follow them and all the materials necessary to serve your purpose arrive on time all the time.

Believing is thinking.

If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right. – Henry Ford

34. If you wish to eliminate fear, concentrate on courage. beleive

35. If you wish to eliminate lack, concentrate on abundance.

36. If you wish to eliminate disease, concentrate on health.

37. Always concentrate on the ideal as an already existing fact; this is the germ cell, the life principle which goes forth and sets in motion those causes which guide, direct and bring about the necessary relation, which eventually manifest in form.

This is starting to get seriously interesting! Yes?

When you get to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly. – Edward Teller

Week – #16 What is Sight Without Vision?

Sometimes I think Haanel shares more than he has too and then repetition is the mother of all learning. This lesson says, we can convert every seeming difficulty into a blessing.

1. Wealth is a product of labor. Capital is an effect, not a cause; a servant, not a master; a means, not an end.

Another way to say it, the mountain called wealth has no top, nor does capital.  The higher you go the more there is to go.

creativemind5. Wealth should then never be desired as an end, but simply as a means of accomplishing an end. Success is contingent upon a higher ideal than the mere accumulation of riches, and he who aspires to such success must formulate an ideal for which he is willing to strive.

Wealth, success and happiness are alike in this.  The ideal goal will produce all three in abundance!  The definition of a goal, the one I like is, an object or event towards which play is directed in order to score. The score, i.e. wealth, success and happiness, if collapsed onto a goal eliminates the very play required for any goal worth playing for to happen.  The score stops at the same time!

8. The power to create depends entirely upon spiritual power; there are three steps, idealization, visualization and materialization. …

These three stages reminded me immediately of be, do and have. If changewhatyoudoyou put them in the wrong order and especially start at the ‘end’, materialization and have, nothing useful comes of it, unless frustration is your goal.  Notice the amount of time you keep score on frustration too!

13. Premature wealth is but the forerunner of humiliation and disaster, because we cannot permanently retain anything which we do not merit or which we have not earned.

Earl Nightingale said we have exactly what we deserve. Is it possible that winning the lottery and the associated disasters that follow, especially if you do not merit the award, is exactly what one deserves?  Is the lesson learnable? Perhaps someone has to go through loss to experience it. When you find yourself in a hole, the suggestion goes to stop digging.  Perhaps when it comes to what one deserves digging a bigger hole is exactly the correct course of action. The bigger and deeper the hole the higher the skyscraper.

16. It is by the exercise of this power [we can form our own mental images] that we take our fate out of the hands of chance, and consciously make for ourselves the experiences which we desire, because when we consciously realize a condition, that condition will eventually manifest in our lives; it is therefore evident that in the last analysis thinking is the one great cause in life.

doIT2Haanel doesn’t make the distinction but it is clear in his writing it would be obvious to him.  Thinking is not having thoughts.  We are immersed in the stuff called thought and we have an ability to attract the specific thoughts that will help us along the way. Having thoughts is not however thinking. Thoughts are like a pile of Tinker Toy or Lego pieces. Thinking is making something out of them, initially in your minds ‘idea’ area before building with them in your mind’s image factory.  The better, the more detailed your ability to imagine and visualize the more likely the finished product will appear in the now.

17. Therefore, to control thought is to control circumstances, conditions, environment, and destiny.

A very sweeping and all-powerful idea but can you control yours. Not the stuff you are immersed in except to attract some of it or choose what to play with. Will you at least pick and choose which of it you ‘think’ about. Can you attract what builds your destination or do you fiddle with knots and this is not it? Can you even choose your destination or is that something, someone else’s ‘thoughts’?

18. How then are we to control thought; what is the process? …

Socrates, Plato and Aristotle are the oldest on record of offering ‘a lsdway’. Is there THE way? Or must each of us must find our own way. Maybe it too cannot be taught but only caught. It is spending enough time in both places, in our mind, with the silence and just as completely in the world, now. The two are different and I suspect have different sets of rules that work to impact where we ‘are’.  Observing one from the other may be of little or no benefit either.

28. If you desire to visualize a different environment, the process is simply to hold the ideal in mind, until your vision has been made real; give no thought to persons, places or things; these have no place in the absolute; the environment you desire will contain everything necessary; the right persons, and the right things will come at the right time and in the right place.

Providing your ‘ideal’ is detailed and clear enough, the things, place, and people will all arrive ‘on time’ providing you do not give up or quit.

breakthroughjustpastquittingOur greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. – Thomas A. Edison

30. You will readily see that what we think determines the quality of mind, and that the quality of mind in turn determines our ability and mental capacity, and you can readily understand that the improvement in our ability will naturally be followed by increase in attainment and a greater control of circumstances.

Prayer and meditation are the oldest methods and naturally, mind-altering substances have been tried and used just as long. Over the last 100 years or so many have sought to expand the capacity of their mind with all kinds of technology and most are suspect. There are methods that will increase ones capacity to tolerate stress and access the recorder we are.  Dozens of authors that I have read and toplessladderperhaps thousands have found a path. The ability to describe ‘capturing balance’ in words is possible perhaps as is a description of lion that jumps out of the page.  I haven’t found it yet. I have found balance, risking falling.   I have found relaxing, accepting tension. I have found peace, accepting anger as what’s so and noticing it also as so what. This all appears as mountains with no top and ladders that never end.

33. We can only see what already exists in the objective world, but what we visualize, already exists in the spiritual world, and this visualization is a substantial token of what will one day appear in the objective world, if we are faithful to our ideal. The reason for this is not difficult; visualization is a form of imagination; this process of thinking forms impressions on the mind, and these impressions in turn form concepts and ideals, and they in turn are the plans from which the Master architect will weave the future.

blinddeafdumbThere may be much more in the objective world that we do not see for lack of belief.  Then there is another experience.  Looking for something in a drawer, more than once, even taking everything out and putting it back…only to have someone else find it in the exact drawer or you find it on the fourth or fifth look is what kind of blindness!  We “MAY” see what already exists.  Does our ‘belief’ cloud or color or blind our vision? What if our ability to visualize what already exists in the spiritual world is just as blind?  The Master architect is waiting on our ability to see.