Can you see it skipper?? His voice was straining as much as his eyes were bulging out of his head, as the first mate tempted his senses to see beyond the fog.
Right before daybreak the shadow crossing of night turning to day can keep you guessing as to what those shapes of gray and black can be yet in the fog an eerie and unearthly sense is layered upon your perceptions leaving you confused and well uncertain.
Hold Fast!! Yelled the Skipper it was not as much that he saw something in as much as that he felt that something was just not right.” Keep her steady and lay that anchor!” He added, “We will be staying here for now” The sun will be breaking through soon enough he thought in his mind, the light will pierce this darkness and lift the fog and we will then know where to go…
This week’s has left me holding steady and having faith that uncertainties and confusion will dissipate as the Father of Lights gives understanding and prepares the way. It is inconvenient and uncomfortable yet to know my chart is set by my dreams and aspirations rather than the circumstances and situations that occur allows eagerness and sagacity to be present. There is nothing to go back to, only forward.
For week 20 we will begin with a short piece of Haanels writing called the Letter of Transmittal.
“For many years there has been an endless discussion as to the origin of evil. Theologians have told us that God is Love, and that God is Omnipresent.
If this be true, there is no place where God is not. Where, then, is Evil, Satan and Hell?
Let us see: God is Spirit. Spirit is the Creative Principle of the Universe. Man is made in the image and likeness of God. Man is therefore a spiritual being. The only activity which spirit possesses is the power to think. Thinking is therefore a creative process. All form is therefore the result of the thinking process. The destruction of form must also be a result of the thinking process.
Fictitious representations of form are the result of the creative power of thought, as in Hypnotism.
Apparent representation of form are the result of the creative power of thought, as in Spiritualism.
Invention, organization and constructive work of all kinds are the result of the creative power of thought, as in concentration. When the creative power of thought is manifested for the benefit of humanity, we call the result good. When the creative power of thought is manifested in a destructive or evil manner, we call the result evil. This indicates the origin of both good and evil; they are simply words which have been coined in order to indicate the nature of the result of the thinking or creative process. Thought necessarily precedes and predetermines action; action precedes and predetermines condition” Charles Haanel MasterKey Chapter 20
Herein lays the thought process of Haanel towards the idea “to think is to create”. From God to man, to the nature of good and evil to the creative power of thought, there are many interesting points to highlight
First, it isn’t necessary that you believe in God. I choose the Creator and Savior; you may choose to call it another name. The universe, the super consciousness, these are names often given to this. One of the lessons I learned from my children is that the name they call me; Pops, Dad, Father, or even Old Man (well maybe now you have gone too far) it is not necessarily as important as the attitude with which they speak to me. You can label this as your conscious dictates.
It is about the world and universe in which we live. With that presupposition, we know that the nature of this “thing” is creative. The planets and stars or the flowers and plants or cars and planes, it’s all about creation. All is created by the power of thought. If those thoughts destroy or if the results cause harm and oppression, then we call that evil. If the thoughts create or if the results cause benefit and kindness, then we call that good. Thus, good and evil are known by their results. Nothing more or less.
How are you known?
Creative thought unquestionably comes first and controls the action which then foreshadows and predisposes how things are. We have intention, mechanisms are employed and we get results. It is how we become known as we’ll be known by the fruits of our labors. We know the hero’s by their deeds. As we work in the “spirit of things,” we shall bring that genius from within ourselves and let our lights shine in the world.
The one and only condition of spiritual power is use or recognition. We must recognize within ourselves the wealth, the power, the talent, the ability that we have in our possession. That is the prerequisite for actually using that power! When we’re working on something, we only understand when we recognize the connections, when things become clear. His recognition only comes through us via work: study, concentration, persistence.
“Thinking is the true business of life. Power is the result. You are at all times dealing with the magical power of thought and consciousness. What results can you expect so long as you remain oblivious to the power which has been placed within your control? “~ Charles Haanel, Master Key chapter 20
The answer is that one can expect nothing. As Haanel wrote, thinking is the true business of life. As we think and plan and take action, we cease to become the “beast of burden” for those who would do the thinking. Please keep in mind that when Haanel writes “work” here, he is not implying that if we think we will be doing no work. Rather, the work to which he refers here is the mindless work that many do simply to earn a paycheck, to get by and merely survive. Haanel implores us to go beyond that. We must think for ourselves. We must come to recognize the power we each have in our possession that will enable us to impress the world for the good. With thinking comes knowledge. From knowledge comes power. He who knows why will always employ he who knows how.
What am I pretending not to know?
“When you begin to perceive that the essence of the Universal is within yourself, is you. You begin to do things; you begin to feel your power; it is the fuel which fires the imagination; which lights the torch of inspiration; which gives vitality to thought; which enables you to connect with all the invisible forces of the Universe. It is this power which will enable you to plan fearlessly and to execute masterfully” ~ Charles Haanel, Masterkey, Chapter 20
Several weeks ago in the MKMMA we were given this question by our instructors and asked to write out what we thought the answer is and send it by email. I want you to fully understand it. The Master Key is you. We are not to look for something outside of ourselves to come to our aid. We’re not to wait for some cosmic “White Knight” to rescue us from our travails. As we study this “mind stuff,” we are not studying something outside ourselves.
What you think you are often times is more important than who you really are. When Haanel talks about a “master key,” he is not talking about something outside of you, something separate from you. He is talking about YOU. The Master Key is YOU. You have the power. You have the ability. You have the will. It is your duty to use it. You are the only one who can open the doors put before you. Be proud, be fearless, and be bold–and take advantage of that.
“To Think Is To Create.”
“Inspiration is the art of imbibing; the art of self-realization; the art of adjusting the individual mind to that of the Universal Mind; the art of attaching the proper mechanism to the source of all power; the art of differentiating the formless into form; the art of becoming a channel for the flow of Infinite Wisdom; the art of visualizing perfection; the art of realizing the omnipresence of Omnipotence.” ~ Charles Haanel, Masterkey Chapter 20
One thing that Haanel wrote here that I think is most poignant is that Haanel calls inspiration the “art.” It is an art! It’s not a science. We can’t give you exact steps to follow. You can’t put it on a production line. The key is to look for the beliefs and ideas that are blocking you from seeing the solutions you want. This is why you cannot teach success. A person must experientially (not intellectually) begin to “see” things, life, themselves differently. It’s an art. It’s meant to be played with — and every person will have a different experience with it As we practice the exercises in The Master Key System and as we build our ability to think and concentrate, we’ll become inspired — and it will be in our own way. It will be ours… “Inspiration is from within.” We will find within ourselves as we study, experience, and concentrate what we need to accomplish what we set ourselves to do. Within that whole we live and move and breathe. Within it we also have the same opportunity to use what we have as every other being or thing on the planet. Think about that for a few moments. Understand that the only thing separating you from what you want to be is what am I pretending not to know?
Apply it. Involve yourself in life. As you will discover, “To Think Is to Create” is not a “head-trip,” but an active process. As you begin to live applying your new thinking, you will get feedback from life. Apply a new changed perspective until those results and goals that you truly want are achieved.
“In Him we live and move and have our being” ~ Acts 17:28.