THE MASTER KEY SYSTEM
By Charles F. Haanel
About This Amazing Book
The Master Key System is a personal development book by Charles F. Haanel (1866-1949) that was originally published as a 24-week correspondence course in 1912, and then in book form in 1916. The ideas it describes and explains come mostly from New Thought philosophy. It was one of the main sources of inspiration for Rhonda Byrne's film and book The Secret (2006).
The book describes many New Thought beliefs such as the law of attraction, creative visualization and man's unity with God, and teaches the importance of truth, harmonious thinking and the ability to concentrate. Each of the 24 chapters contains an introduction, followed by a sequentially numbered section which includes an exercise towards the end, followed by a section with questions and answers. At the beginning of the book is a Psychological Chart which readers are encouraged to complete, providing a self-evaluation of their creative power, time efficiency, health, mental ability and capacity to concentrate. The book ends with a glossary and general question-and-answers section. Every chapter includes a quotation from people such as Jonathan Edwards, Lilian Whiting and Amos Bronson Alcott.
Each chapter ends with an exercise which the reader is encouraged to undertake every day for the following 4-7 days. The exercises are meditations that require the reader to first sit comfortably in a chair.
The Master Key System is said to be the very book that Bill Gates read when he attended Hardard, and decided to quit college and pursue his business dreams, thus leading to perhaps the most successful comoany in history, Microsoft!
The sequence of exercises in each chapter is as follows:
Inhibiting all thought combined with previous exercise
Releasing physical tension combined with previous exercises
Letting go of all negative emotions combined with previous exercises
Visualising a pleasant place
Remembering details from a photo of someone
Visualising positive facial expressions on the face of a friend
Visualising everything that leads to the construction of a battleship
Visualising a flower growing from seed
Visualising certain geometric forms
Concentrating on a quote from the Bible; Mark 11:24
Contemplating your unity with Omnipotence
Contemplating being part of the Whole
Focusing on harmony
Contemplating the fact that knowledge needs to be applied to be useful
Contemplating that happiness and harmony are states of consciousness
Focusing on the object of your desire
Focusing on your power to create - create a logical basis for your faith
Total concentration on what you want
Focusing on "In Him we live and move and have our being"
Focusing on truth
Concentration on a Tennyson quote: "Speak to Him, thou, for He hears, and spirit with spirit can meet, Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet."
Contemplating the fact that man is a spirit with a body
Realising that this is a wonderful world
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