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Daily Nugget of Gold 2001
Frequent Use if a Condition of Power
We were going to talk about this in our last issue, but our fingers took us in a slightly different direction at first- we spoke about how human habitual learning was the key to learning complicated and “mundane” tasks, and then found ourselves differentiating between the two, or at least attempting to, before concluding that even the mundane is incredible if you examine it fully for what it is.
We also talked about how in order to do something very well, it must be deep-seated in the subconscious portion of our minds, which means that we’ve passed down nearly every aspect of it to rote memory and no longer need to think about what we’re doing while doing it. Walking, talking, and driving are what we brought up as “mundane” tasks- but these require no less mastery than anything else we can imagine getting great at.
If we want to manifest what we want in our lives, it will take the same sort of devotion to the goal as with anything else, an undying commitment to perfection through and through. Here’s what Haanel said about it in Part Twenty of The Master Key System:
“As a perfect understanding of the nature of this power is a primary condition for its manifestation, visualize the entire method over and over again, so that you may use it whenever occasion requires. The infinity of wisdom is to follow the method whereby we may have the inspiration of the omnipotent Universal Mind on demand at any time.
We can fail to recognize this world within, and so exclude it from our consciousness, but it will still be the basic fact of all existence; and when we learn to recognize it, not only in ourselves, but in all persons, events, things and circumstances we shall have found the “Kingdom of heaven” which we are told is “within” us.”
So, not only do we need to get our power to be fully developed at the subconscious level, our belief in the power must also be completely and fully enveloped at that level, also. This is probably going to be the most difficult work in your life you will ever do, because it involves not only taking control of your thoughts- but also having a complete and total understanding that your thoughts alone are responsible for the experience you’re having in life.
We’ll want to interject that while this seems like an enormous task at first, it can be achieved by conscious and constant application. The victory over most negative thought and emotions isn’t as difficult as people might think it is, once you’ve come to the realization that the negative states of mind create even more negativity in your life. “Dropped it like a bad habit” is a phrase that comes to mind, although, many people don’t drop bad habits easily…
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“Would it be easier to quit smoking if it where to kill the smoker instantly if they lit up just once more?”
Daily Nugget of Gold 2000
Complexity of Human Development of Habit
It should come as no surprise to anyone that the power of The Master Key as discussed in Charles Haanel’s The Master Key System is conditioned on frequent use. Why do we say that? Because that is where all of the beauty in life comes from- the well-learned, repeated, and frequently re-visited tasks that seem to effortlessly flow once they are ingrained deep at the subconscious level.
Among these tasks are things which might seem quite mundane such as driving, talking, walking, and the like. We don’t think much about these things as being fantastic accomplishments until we try to duplicate them with artificial intelligence. What we’ve found out is that all of these things are massively complex and our attempts to mimic them often fall laughably short- especially at first.
As human beings, we are far better at “fuzzy logic” which really means an ability to rapidly adapt from a non-performing approach to a winning one provided we are dedicated in full to the effort at hand. The machine learning side of things isn’t so gifted. Oh, sure, machines can have certain advantages over us but poetry-in-motion is far harder to pull off than it might seem.
Let’s look at the level of achievement beyond the mundane. Let’s take things like music and other arts such as sculpture and painting. Humans can and do perform such things and still have a lively conversation at the very same time. Further, music isn’t as simple as playing the right note at the right time, but there are all sorts of qualities the musician brings to the work, softness or amplification, on stringed instruments- tones not specifically “designed to come from an instrument” which could include stretching the strings, or perhaps sliding fingers or picks down the ridges or smooth surfaces to add other sounds to the mix.
We’re a long way off in having artificial intelligence duplicate the mastery of paint to fool our eyes into seeing something which doesn’t actually exist, especially seeing it differently in other types of lighting. We can make poor imitations right now with massive computational power, but most of what follows is just the ability to observe certain patterns and work within what can be anticipated beforehand, when we are talking about our efforts to mimic our brilliance.
As far as our own use of Haanel’s principles, we need to apply them well and become artists ourselves in the way we are using them, but we’ve done this before. When we learned to walk, when we went from noise making babies to listening, understanding, and talking with others- we’ve made the kind of commitment needed to apply these principles also. We just need to learn a new skill. We need to master the skill, and we need to practice daily until we do it without fail.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What will it take before I learn to ride this bike without falling?”
Daily Nugget of Gold 1999
The Work Within
We often talk about a famous quote, “Peace comes from within, do not seek it without” and we are going to be discussing it in detail today because of where we are in Charles Haanel’s masterwork, The Master Key System, Part Twenty. The quote is from Buddha, but like all truths in life, it matters less who said it than what was said. The thought here is that in order to obtain peace, we must be introspective. We must work on ourselves within ourselves, not try to change the conditions or things that lie outside of our being. “Without” means outside of us.
When we seek happiness, for example, if we expect to find it in the accomplishment of something, or in a certain person we wish to be with, or in some physical thing we desire, then we are by Buddha’s reckoning, never going to find it. Not lasting happiness, not deep and fulfilling joy. The things outside of us cannot create that condition within us. What we can find is elusive, fleeting glimpses of it, we can experience short bursts of it along with longer periods of regret, disappointment, and sorrow- because we didn’t seek it from the one and only, everlasting source, within us.
Getting married can be a joyful thing, but if we are expecting our partner to make us happy, we’ve missed the reason for entering the union entirely. It exists as a Spiritual workshop where we can dive even deeper within ourselves to become truly happy and joyful and then share that joy intimately with another. Any expectation on our part that the other person will “make us happy” is doomed to failure in that the responsibility for that is ours and ours alone.
From Part Twenty, Haanel said this: “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, to execute masterfully.
But perception will come only in the Silence; this seems to be the condition required for all great purposes. You are a visualizing entity. Imagination is your workshop. It is here that your ideal is to be visualized.”
The power to change your life for the better lies within you. There is nothing to be found in the physical, material world in regards to providing you with endless joy and happiness because it’s all of your creation to begin with. The music lies within your heart, the beauty you observe in the world must be contained within you for you to be able to realize it. Expecting someone else to provide it for you is a perversion of it’s purpose. The reason you’re here is self-development, you’re here for Spiritual alignment with All There Is. Only when this occurs will you become the fountain of happiness and joy, a spring of true wealth. Then and only then will your heart sing.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“As all peace comes from within, how can I begin at once to obtain it?”
Daily Nugget of Gold 1998
Good and Evil
We’re in the introduction of Part Twenty of The Master Key System by Charles Haanel and continuing with his observations about thought being the creative power in the universe. Haanel went on with a description of that which we call good and and that which we label as evil, and what makes the difference between the two extremes.
“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.”
Notice that both Good and Evil spring from thought. Earlier, Haanel pointed out that evil is the absence of good. He stated there is no principle of evil, just like there is no principle of darkness. Both things exist due to an absence. In the case of good, evil is the absence of it. In the case of light, darkness is the absence of that. Haanel summarizes his introduction thus:
“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.”
Haanel’s focus in this work has always been on the causal powers of thought, or Spirit, acting upon the physical realm. Most people don’t look at life this way, but rather will rush to curse the conditions they find themselves in rather than understand what they themselves did to create those things.
We spent the night last night in the emergency room tending to someone there. Nearby, we overheard three separate conversations blaming events and conditions for what was not going right in someone’s life. It’s our goal to make Haanel’s work more understandable to those who wish to get in control of their own lives, but it’s our realization that few will ever achieve that. Just the same, it’s worth the effort even if we only have a hand in changing one life.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“How do I drive out hatred?”
Daily Nugget of Gold 1997
Creative Nature of Thoughts
In Part Twenty of The Master Key System by Charles Haanel, in the beginning sequence to the lesson, Haanel talks about the Spiritual nature of man, having been formed in the image and likeness of God and makes the point that the only Spiritual activity there is- thought- is Creative.
Said he: “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.”
Isn’t it interesting that with the explosion that occurred with scientific knowledge dating back to the days of Galileo, we’ve moved from thinking that the physical world was primary, because we could map out all sorts of laws about its properties with classical physics- to an astonished, head-tilting reaction when the rug was pulled out from under us with the dawn of our understanding of quantum mechanics?
Some of the truly wacky explanations of why the quantum world works like it does shows you have far materialists will go in attempting to deny the obvious truths placed before them. What truths? That physical objects don’t come into being until acted upon by consciousness. They exist only as a wave of possibilities, they have no physical presence until Spiritual forces (thought) have them come into creation.
When Haanel said above, “All form is therefore the result of the thinking process” he wasn’t being flip, he was stating the underlying truth of all things physical. None of this means that we throw away our classical physics studies, for the rules that physical objects obey are important and worthy of study and our consideration.
There is something we ought to note at this juncture, however. Since physical systems derive their being from thought or awareness, they also owe all of their properties to that Creative power. That means- and this is going to be a bitter pill for materialists to swallow- exceptions to any rule can be allowed under certain circumstances. We have to point out that Applied Physicist and author Thomas Campbell is correct that too many exceptions would create an unproductive “Funhouse Reality”
This gives rise to why we all will have paranormal events happen from time to time. We’ve just began looking at Part Twenty, more to follow.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What things have happened to me that cannot be explained by our current understanding of physics?”