Charles Haanel and his Masterkey approach to unlocking the true potential within each of us are profound. As I was talking with a friend of mine over the principles and scientific laws that we are studying we stumbled across this one thought that made us both sit up and take notice. They, meaning the principles and laws, have always been here and were here since the creation of the cosmos. I am right now typing on a computer a jumble of logarithms and electrical impulses, while listening to music that is being transmitted through the air waves just fifty years ago never heard of. Another would be the science of propulsion/motion which has given us each autonomy and liberty to travel and experience the world. All of these great strides for the benefit of Humans to live in abundance did not just come into existence from nothing no they have always been here just waiting for us to discover,unfold if you will from the universe and be brought to the physical. The human aspiring, as image bearers can, simply stated, “Think to create”. The Great Architect, the Creator designed prepared and laid the foundation for this world with the unlimited possibilities and capabilities for us. In the first creation act God did not work with any preexisting material. Created with a word; spoken by God; ex nihilo-out of nothing. We on the other hand have a world equipped and ready to bring forth what we think.
These studies focus on human’s potential to utilize the undeniable principles and laws in context to the creation. God does not exist to make sure that we are happy and fulfilled. Rather, we exist to glorify God and enjoy him forever. God is not a facilitator for our “life Transformation” projects. He is not a life coach. Rather he is our Creator, Covenant Lord and our Redeemer. Our ability to create, requires veneration and exaltation for the Great Architect, this must be our starting point. For from a place of gratitude and thank fullness our choices will be in harmony with all that is around us.
One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way and no longer needed God. So they picked one scientist to go and tell Him that they were done with Him. The scientist walked up to God and said, “God, we’ve decided that we no longer need you. We’re to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don’t you just go on and get lost.” God listened very patiently and kindly to the man and after the scientist was done talking, God said, “Very well, how about this, let’s say we have a man making contest.” To which the scientist replied, “OK, great!” But God added, “Now, we’re going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam.” The scientist said, “Sure, no problem” and bent down and grabbed himself a handful of dirt. God just looked at him and said, “No, no, no. You go get your own dirt!”
Think to Create
While it appears to be a simple statement, it is not an easy one to fully understand. You may have already heard it many different ways before.
“As a man thinketh in his heart so is he” ~ Psalm 23-7.
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” ~ Napoleon Hill
“As a Man Thinketh” ~ James Allen
“The mind is an engine whose power is undreamed; thought is an omni-working power” ~ Charles Haanel
The difficulty lies in that until you truly internalize it – you will not create your life anymore differently than you have already.
Does Doing equal Experience?
Most people think that what you or someone else is doing is what creates your experience. As you observe people they will say things like” of course I’m upset, my Foreman just yelled at me” Their perspective is that what someone is doing creates their experience. It is as though the Foreman yelling at them created their distress. Another would be “ I have every right to feel insecure right now I just lost my job” As if losing their job has anything to do with how they feel , well for a majority of people this is the way the world is. Unless the circumstances change, you will have a certain experience. This type of thinking or belief leaves you stuck. A heartbreaking story I heard about this week shows how this type of thinking can lead to tragic results. For the last fourteen years at least 30,000 Japanese have killed themselves annually. While the numbers include an alarming rise in Teen suicide and the elderly there is a group which is called karoshi (death from overwork). Japanese often place a great deal of value in having an ikigai in the form of a hobby, career, or family—the specific activity is less important than the act of doing something—and the absence of a purpose in life can be psychologically debilitating. With the rise of industrialization and isolation from family the importance has shifted to defining themselves by their work success that requires over-responsibility, perfectionism, and sustained social pressure to outperform. The financial and long term economic recession in Japan has caused many to lose their job and with their identity wrapped so intrinsically to their work also their will to live is lost.
Does Thinking equal Experience?
What we have been learning is that the creation of our reality actually resides in the subconscious. And this is good news. With the subconscious creating our experience we have so much greater a potential to change our thinking than we do to change our circumstances or other people. Ever hear “What you sow, so shall you reap”? This applies internally as well as externally. The sub conscious mind will produce weeds or flowers based on what you sow. Reason and logic and your five physical senses are what reside in the conscious mind. It can solve very little and yet it is where our education is most often focused. For example, you have a friend who wants to buy a house. The first thing they do is try to solve the question of how with their conscious mind. They look at their income, and then they look at their outflow if they should buy the house. If the income doesn’t surpass the outflow they don’t buy the house. This is often where average, unexceptional thinking stops. In our study the Master key Mastermind Alliance is practicing another level of thinking it is called visualization to get guidance. A good way to look at this is that the conscious mind is having a conversation with the subconscious mind. Many times as you are sowing these new pictures of what you want, your subconscious mind will go to work creating the solutions. In the buying a house scenario you will find yourself “discussing” different options to finance a house where before you weren’t even open, or even apparently from nowhere, someone will want to invest money and starts looking at a partnership with you. Do you have to figure this entirely out? Do you have to know how you will get to the new vision? No. That job is for your sub conscious. It is the problem solving part of you. The real question is this; are you using it unconsciously, meaning with no guidance by your conscious mind or whether the use of visualization is consciously applied. The choice becomes one of whether you want your odds of success to be those of circumstances or do you want your thinking to leverage the results in your favor. If you don’t apply visualization consciously then your subconscious will apply it according to your beliefs and you will recreate what you already have. Unfortunately this is how most people will try and solve all their problems or challenges.
To drive the point home picture a man on a giant piece of earth moving equipment making a new path to his gold mine. He moves a lever and turns the wheel and the mountain of dirt is whisked away and the path is closer. Now this time the man lets loose of the wheel and the levers and puts it on auto pilot the earth-mover goes where it was before or since that has changed, really just in a circle and ends up digging a hole rather than creating a new path. The man then decides that today he doesn’t need the earth-moving machine and parks it in the garage. How much work would he accomplish today? Yet this is the way most of Human beings are. Why? Because they have left their earth moving machine, their sub conscious mind in the garage, that is your problem solver don’t leave home without it.
Visualization is very much the same way of bringing attention to what you want and desire as results in your life. It is focusing on and directing the “conversation” for the purpose of getting new ideas to your conscious mind. Visualization is a way of circumventing the filters of our prejudices, and beliefs. Imagination and visualization are keys, which open up the door to your earth mover.
To be a master at anything, one practices. A professional musician or an Olympian athlete does not practice once in a while or only when they feel like it. They practice every day, regularly, and consistently and often at the same time and same place. They are disciplined and we must be too, if we aspire to walk in mastery and create a life of liberty.
“No athlete in their right mind would attempt to compete at this elite level without using some form of visualization.” ~ Marilyn King