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Daily Nugget of Gold 2023

Daily Nugget of Gold 2023

Farmers Never Ponder This

You will never see a farmer at the edge of their field in the fall, wondering why they have the crop they planted. Never will a farmer wonder why their crop came up differently than what they put in the soil. If they had a crop of corn, it wasn’t because they planted wheat. If they grew tomatoes, it wasn’t because they put pepper seeds in the ground. It never, ever, EVER happens that way. Not once.

What we’ve said in our first paragraph here shouldn’t be misconstrued in such a way that there won’t be weeds- those things the farmer didn’t intend to grow, exceptions to the rule. Farmers are ever-vigilant to deal with these aberrations so that they don’t take their crop and destroy it. Just the same, a wise farmer never wonders why why if they plant cucumbers hey got beans. It’s never an issue. Their past actions are what defined their present-day results. Haanel makes this point in the beginning of Part Twenty Two of The Master Key System:

Knowledge is of priceless value, because by applying knowledge we can make our future what we wish it to be. When we realize that our present character, our present environment, our present ability, our present physical condition are all the result of past methods of thinking, we shall begin to have some conception of the value of knowledge.

If the state of our health is not all that could be desired, let us examine our method of thinking; let us remember that every thought produces an impression on the mind; every impression is a seed which will sink into the subconscious and form a tendency; the tendency will be to attract other similar thoughts and before we know it we shall have a crop which must be harvested.

If these thoughts contain disease germs, the harvest will be sickness, decay, weakness, and failure; the question is, what are we thinking, what are we creating, what is the harvest to be?”

This is very useful information if we are to be healthy. What should we do if upon this reading, we find ourselves in an unhealthy state of being? What if we suffer from a disease or even a negative hereditary condition? See if you can guess where Haanel went next?

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

“What is the most detailed and precious sense I possess?”

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Daily Nugget of Gold 2022

Daily Nugget of Gold 2022

Physiology Dependent on Psychology

We said it in a scientific way in our title. Haanel, who often stated things in ways we at first found difficult to understand, said it in a more matter-of-fact, plain English, sort of way. What are we referring to here? What and who we are is dependent upon how we choose to think. Our (well) being is a creation of our thoughts, so we are in control of far more than just what we do, we have unequaled control over our wellness.

This is what Haanel said in the very beginning of the introduction to Part Twenty Two of The Master Key System: “In Part Twenty-two you will find that thoughts are spiritual seeds, which, when planted in the subconscious mind, have a tendency to sprout and grow, but unfortunately the fruit is frequently not to our liking.

The various forms of inflammation, paralysis, nervousness and diseased conditions generally, are the manifestation of fear, worry, care, anxiety, jealousy, hatred and similar thought.

The life processes are carried on by two distinct methods; first, the taking up and making use of nutritive material necessary for constructing cells; second, breaking down and excreting the waste material.

All life is based upon these constructive and destructive activities, and as food, water and air are the only requisites necessary for the construction of cells, it would seem that the problem of prolonging life indefinitely would not be a very difficult one.”

Haanel has described the physical nature of life accurately and in a way that very few scientists would disagree with. Science is also well aware of the power of thought upon the body, commonly known as “the placebo effect”- an effect so profound that in many studies on medicine, it’s to a larger extent than the medicine being considered.

Haanel’s second paragraph (above) is what would be controversial. He’s right, however, in identifying the negative thoughts and their corresponding physical manifestations. We’re foolish if we belief that negative thinking can’t manifest in our own bodies. What your author wants to point out is that the manifestations of negativity aren’t limited to our own being, our own human body, but rather to anything within our existence.

Still, Haanel made an excellent point in that this matters more than anything else as far as our health is concerned.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

Considering the high cost of negative thinking, why not eliminate it entirely from my mind?”

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Daily Nugget of Gold 2021

Daily Nugget of Gold 2021

Realization of the Divinity Within

We’ve pointed out to many people that one of the important descriptors of God, or if you will, Universal Mind, is “Omnipresence”- which means being everywhere. Not only everywhere in today’s terms, but throughout time, both past and future as well as today. If this is truly accurate, and we believe that it is, then that means that God is within us as well, for the infinite nature of Omnipresence commands that fact to be true.

We’d like to mention, briefly, that the other descriptors of God, Omnipotence and Omniscience, are also important to us for if Omnipresence locates God within us, God’s other qualities are at our disposal as well. We are all powerful and all knowing, just as God is, once we learn to tap into our innate abilities.

As Part Twenty One of Charles Haanel’s The Master Key System draws to a close, Haanel centered his thoughts on the Truth. Let’s see what he wrote there:

As long as the people regard the Cosmic power as a power non-human and alien to humanity, so long will it be comparatively easy for a supposed privileged class to rule by Divine right in spite of every protest of social sentiment. The real interest of democracy is therefore to exalt, emancipate and recognize the divinity of the human spirit. To recognize that all power is from within. That no human being has any more power than any other human being, except such as may willingly be delegated to him. The old regime would have us believe that the law was superior to the law-makers; herein is the gist of the social crime of every form of privilege and personal inequality, the institutionalizing of the fatalistic doctrine of Divine election.

The Divine Mind is the Universal Mind; it makes no exceptions, it plays no favorites; it does not act through sheer caprice or from anger, jealousy or wrath; neither can it be flattered, cajoled or moved by sympathy or petition to supply man with some need which he thinks necessary for his happiness or even his existence. The Divine Mind makes no exceptions to favor any individual; but when the individual understands and realizes his Unity with the Universal principle he will appear to be favored because he will have found the source of all health, all wealth, and all power.

For the exercise for this part, Haanel implored the student to center their mind on the Truth. We’d like to refer you to that exercise in its entirety available online, but a thorough reading of the above paragraphs will give you direction on what Haanel was about to say in that last paragraph of Part Twenty One.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

“What good does it do to own a billion dollars in the bank if I am unaware it’s there?”

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Daily Nugget of Gold 2020

Daily Nugget of Gold 2020

Becoming Who You Want to Be

The first order of business in taking on the task in our title today is to decide. When we decide something, we eliminate all alternatives and choose one which we will follow through on. Does that make sense? There is no going forward with implementation up and until the point of deciding. Unless you’ve made a decision, your life stays in flux. Have you ever considered that the reason people are often so judgmental about others is that they want to feel better about themselves? Can you turn that thought around and apply it to yourself? Is it possible that your finding fault in other people has at its roots the need to forgive yourself for your own shortcomings?

We have an idea for you at this juncture if that might be true, take the shortcut- forgive others for their faults, just let it go. Don’t look for their flaws, look instead, past those flaws to the person they potentially can be. For yourself, forgive your own flaws. Stop dwelling on what you don’t do right, but instead, see yourself for the person you want to be and make whatever changes you think you need to make to get there- but let go of any of the guilt and shame- these things don’t do anything other than have you dwell on the bad. Dwelling on the bad brings you more of it!

We’re in Part Twenty One of The Master Key System, by Charles Haanel and nearing the end of that part. Here’s our look at Haanel’s thoughts on this: “The real battle of life is one of ideas; it is being fought out by the few against the many; on the one side is the constructive and creative thought, on the other side the destructive and negative thought; the creative thought is dominated by an ideal, the passive thought is dominated by appearances. On both sides are men of science, men of letters, and men of affairs.

On the creative side are men who spend their time in laboratories, or over microscopes and telescopes, side by side with the men who dominate the commercial, political, and scientific world; on the negative side or men who spend their time investigating law and precedent, men who mistake theology for religion, statesmen who mistake might for right, and all the millions who seem to prefer precedent to progress, who are eternally looking backward instead of forward, who see only the world without, but know nothing of the world within.

In the last analysis there are but these two classes; all men will have to take their place on one side or the other; they will have to go forward, or go back; there is no standing still in a world where all is motion; it is this attempt to stand still that gives sanction and force to arbitrary and unequal codes of law.”

Unfortunately, some people calling themselves “progressives” advocate greater government control over other people’s lives (ending in tyranny) – that’s not the kind of progress Haanel refers to here. In fact, that is regression because this is precisely where many of us have evolved from.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

“If I were to make real progress in becoming the person I want to be, where is the best place to start?”

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Daily Nugget of Gold 2019

Daily Nugget of Gold 2019

Changing Our Life for the Better

We were talking about thought habits last time we got together, and explaining about what most people call someone’s “personality” is nothing more than a collection of habitual thoughts acted out by them. Have you ever heard someone say, “This is who I am”. That finality is only there because they know very well, how difficult it is to change. If we stop thinking of this as something we can’t do anything about, but rather something we can master for our own benefit- then we will have given ourselves the chance we need to make the changes we want to make.

Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.” The change we need to make in our lives is in our thinking. All else flows from there. On a subconscious level, any time we make a definitive statement about ourselves, we contain ourselves within it’s boundaries.

It’s difficult to free people from the chains they revere.” – Voltaire

Most people would like to change their lives for the better, and as a matter of fact, that fact, more than anything else, gives us reason to live. Lots of people say they want to make the world a better place to live. Few people consider that the change they need to make starts within, with their persistent and habitual thoughts. Let’s see where Haanel was going with his thoughts on this, shall we?

Do not hesitate to aspire to the highest possible attainments in anything you may undertake, for the mind forces are ever ready to lend themselves to a purposeful will in the effort to crystallize its highest aspirations into acts, accomplishments, and events.

An illustration of how these mind forces operate is suggested by the method in which all our habits are formed. We do a thing, then do it again, and again, and again, until it becomes easy and perhaps almost automatic; and the same rule applies in breaking any and all bad habits; we stop doing a thing, and then avoid it again, and again until we are entirely free from it; and if we do fail now and then, we should by no means lose hope, for the law is absolute and invincible and gives us credit for every effort and every success, even though our efforts and successes are perhaps intermittent.

There is no limit to what this law can do for you; dare to believe in your own idea; remember that Nature is plastic to the ideal; think of the ideal as an already accomplished fact.”

The last sentence here contains a major piece of your self-improvement puzzle, start today and see the battle as already won in your mind, because you declared victory, and then let your actions going forward prove this true.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

“If the key to happiness is found within me, how soon should I make the changes I wish to see in myself?”

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