The Master Key System Review

M for Master

Mastery in any subject is about absorbing and distilling new information into knowledge. This knowledge then has to be applied in daily life in order to be of any benefit. "Use is the condition", Haanel says in the book. 

The Master Key System conveys a great deal of knowledge about universal forces as well as the creative process and its meaning for Man. It explains how Man has - through careful and neutral observation - classified and categorized the results, thus creating "laws" that he's been using to his benefit ever since. 

For instance, any observation about the periodicity (rhythm) of planetary movements or the utility of certain animal implements has led him to gain certainty in life. From the peace of mind that resulted, intelligent decisions were made, and thus mastery over external circumstances could be achieved.

K for Key

The Key is symbolic for the male attribute, for it is being inserted into the female lock, which opens the door to whatever Man has paid attention to. The Master Key is representative of the ability to apply mind forces in order to solve any problem at hand. 

It is representative of one's own careful and truthful thinking, for truthful thoughts lead to truthful words, and consequently to truthful actions - and thus results. This is effected through the hermetic principle of Correspondence (or Analogy), stating that any mental (spiritual) construct will find a corresponding outlet on the lower levels of existence, read: the mental, emotional and physical plane.

The Master Key is not only there to solve problems, but also to become aware of opportunities, and make use of them. It's the key to universal forces, helping Man to change the circumstances on the outside through a respective change in his predominant mental attitude.

The Key is about taking actions where others are still taking. It's about courage and confidence, aided and guided by the natural laws that keep the Universe in balance and existence.

S for System

"Knowledge doesn't apply itself", Haanel is quoted as saying in the Master Key System. He therefore ensured the practical application of the newly gained knowledge through individual exercises. 

It's those exercises that turn the course into a "system". The increasingly complex sequence goes as follows:
  1. Physical control (sitting still)
  2. Mental control (inhibit all thought)
  3. Physical relaxation (let go)
  4. Mental relaxation (let go mentally)
  5. Visualisation: a past event
  6. Visualisation: a photo of oneself
  7. Visualisation: a conversation with a friend
  8. Visualisation: a battleship (trace the effect back to the cause)
  9. Visualisation: a flower (cause to effect)
  10. Visualisation: geometric forms (highly symbolic!)
Chapters 11-24 contain concentration exercises, summarised as follows:
  1. Ask, Believe, receive.
  2. You And Omnipotence
  3. Part of the Whole
  4. Harmony
  5. Insight
  6. Correct mental states
  7. The ideal
  8.  Power to create
  9. Absorbed In Thought
  10. The secret, the key.
  11. Silence Truth
  12. Spirit Meet Spirit
  13. Spirit with a body 
  14. A wonderful world

Haanel's reasoning was that thought being energy, and concentrated thought being concentrated energy, concentration would be the key to impact on the subconscious mind, thus aligning the Finite (conscious) with the Infinite (subconscious). 

This way Haanel created a scientific method for creating (not only) material things through the power of creative visualisation, while placing large emphasis on morality, physical and spiritual cleanliness.

Students reading the Master Key System are therefore advised to practice the exercises until full mastery has been accomplished. It's only through the exercises that new skills are obtained, and therefore an ability to effect changes in one's life.

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