Master Key System is the classic work of metaphysical literature. Originally published as a series of articles in the subject of subscribing students, this book presents a method for transforming your life by transmuting the alchemical energies within the body and mind. The material in this book was made by monasteries and secret societies and made available only to initiates of those orders. Mr. Haanel brought this information to the general public.
Summary of Part 1
Would you like to have more power in your life? Become aware of your power! Enjoy better health? Become aware of your health! Live an increased happiness? Become aware of your happiness!
Live the spirit of these elements until they become yours by right. You will not be able to keep them away. The things of the world are permeable to the power present in the man who governs them.
You do not need to acquire this power. He is already yours. But you have to understand it, use it, control it and impregnate it so you can move forward and carry the world at arm’s length.
Day after day – while moving forward, while accelerating your pace, as your inspiration deepens, your plans crystallize, while understanding more things – you will realize that this world is not a cluster without life of stones and wood, but a living entity! It consists of the flying hearts of humanity. It consists of life and beauty.
It is obvious that it is necessary to reach a certain level of understanding to be able to use the information offered by this description. But those who come to this level of understanding feel inspired by a new light, a new force. They gain confidence and show increased power every day. They realize that their hopes and dreams come true. Life has a deeper, fuller, clearer meaning than before.
Summary of Part 2
Our difficulties are largely due to confused ideas and ignorance of our true interests. Our task is to discover the laws of nature to which we must adapt. Clear thinking and moral insight are therefore of incalculable value. All processes, even those of thought, rest on solid foundations.
The more sensitivities are acute, the acute judgment, the delicate taste, the refined moral sentiments, the subtle intelligence, the high aspiration – and the more intense and pure are the satisfactions offered by existence. Therefore, it is the study of what has been thought best in the world that provides the supreme pleasure.
The power, the use, and the possibilities of the mind according to new interpretations are incomparably more wonderful than the fulfillment, or even the most exaggerated dreams of material progress. Thought is energy. Active thinking is active energy. Concentrated thinking is concentrated energy. Thought focused on a definite goal is transformed into power. This is the power used by those who believe neither in the virtue of poverty, nor in the beauty of abnegation, but who perceive them as the word of the weak.
The ability to receive and manifest this power is based on the ability to recognize the Infinite Energy forever present in man. This Energy that constantly creates and recreates its body and mind and is ready, at any time, to manifest itself through it in any useful way. Any manifestation in the external life of the person will be exactly proportional to his recognition of this truth.
Summary of Part 3
You have discovered that the Individual can act on the Universal and that the result of this action and interaction is the cause and the effect.
Therefore, thought is the cause and the experiences you experience in life are the effect.
Therefore, eliminate any tendency to complain about past or present situations, because it depends only on you to change them and transform them into what you want them to be.
Direct your efforts on the fulfillment of the mental resources always at your command, from which comes all true and lasting power.
Persist in this practice until you come to realize that there can be no failure in achieving a correct purpose in life if you understand your power and you persist in pursuing your goal, being given that the forces of the spirit are always willing to lend themselves to an intentional will, in the effort to crystallize thought and desire into actions, events and situations.
Whereas in the beginning every function of life and every action is the result of conscious thought, habitual actions become automatic and the thought that controls them passes into the realm of the subconscious; however, she is just as smart as before. It needs to become automatic or subconscious so that the self-conscious mind can take care of other things. However, the new actions will in turn become habitual, then automatic, then subconscious so that the mind can again free itself from this detail and move on to other activities.
When you have realized this, you will have found a source of power that will enable you to face any situation that may develop in your life.
Summary of Part 4
This part will show you why what you think or do or feel, is an indication of what you are.
Thinking is energy, and energy is power, and that’s because all the religions, sciences, and philosophies that the world has known so far have been based on the manifestations of that energy rather than energy itself, that the world was limited to effects, while the causes were ignored or misunderstood.
This is how we have God and the Devil in religion, the positive and the negative in science, and the good and the bad in philosophy.
The Master Key reverses the process. She is only interested in the cause, and the letters received from the students tell a wonderful story. They conclusively indicate that students find the cause by which they can ensure health, harmony, abundance and anything that may be necessary for their well-being and happiness.
Life is expressive and it is up to us to express ourselves harmoniously and constructively. Pain, misery, misfortune, disease and poverty are not necessities and we are constantly eliminating them.
But this process of elimination consists of rising above and beyond any kind of limitation. He who has strengthened and purified this thought does not need to worry about microbes, and he who understands the Law of Abundance will immediately go to the source of supply.
This is how fate, fortune and fate will be controlled as easily as a captain orders his boat, or an engineer his train.
Summary of Part 5
After carefully studying this part, you will see that every conceivable force or object or fact is the result of the mind in action.
Mind in action is thought, and thought is creative. Men now think as they never thought before. Therefore, it is a creative age, and the world gives its best rewards to thinkers.
Matter is impotent, passive and inert. The mind is strength, energy and power. The mind forms and controls matter. Each form that matter takes is only the expression of a pre-existing thought.
But thought does not operate any magic transformation. She obeys the Natural Laws. It sets in motion the natural forces. It releases natural energies. It manifests in your behavior and actions, and these in turn affect your friends and your knowledge, and ultimately your entire environment.
You can start a thought, and since thoughts are creative, you can create whatever you want for yourself.
Summary of Part 6
I am proud to introduce here the sixth part.
This part will give you an excellent understanding of the most wonderful mechanism ever created. A mechanism that allows you to create Health, Strength, Success, Prosperity or any other desired circumstance.
Needs are demands; requests create an action; and actions generate results. The process of evolution constantly builds our tomorrows from our today. Individual development, just like universal development, must be progressive and demonstrate an ever increasing capacity and volume.
Knowing that if we violate the rights of others, we are such moral thorns that bend at every turn, must indicate that success is based on the highest moral ideal, that is to say “The greatest good to the greatest number”. The constant and persistent maintenance of aspiration, desire and harmonious relations will have results. The biggest obstacle is incorrect and unshakable ideas.
To be in accord with the eternal truth, we must have balance and inner harmony. In order to receive intelligence, the receiver must agree with the transmitter.
Thought is a product of the Spirit and the Spirit is creative, but that does not mean that the Universal will change its way of functioning to fit us or our ideas. This means, on the other hand, that we can enter into a harmonious relationship with the Universal, and once this is accomplished, we can ask all that we are entitled to. The way will be indicated to us.
Summary of Part 7
Ever since, man has believed in an invisible power through which and through which all things have been created and are continually recreated. We can personalize this power and call it God, or we can think of Him as the essence or spirit that permeates all things. In both cases, its effects are identical.
In the individual, the objective, the physical, the visible represent the personnel, which can be identified by the senses. It consists of the body, brain and nerves. The subjective is the spiritual, the invisible and the impersonal.
The staff is aware because it is a personal entity. The impersonal, identical in nature and quality to any other Being, is not conscious of itself and has therefore been called the unconscious.
The staff or the conscious has the power of the will and the choice and can thus discriminate in the choice of the methods by which it will bring the resolution of the difficulties.
The impersonal or spiritual being, being part or all with the source and origin of all power, can not necessarily exercise such a choice, but, on the contrary, controls the infinite resources. It can engender and generate results by methods that the human or individual mind can not conceive.
You will see that you have the choice to rely on the human will with all its limitations and misunderstandings, or to use the potentialities of the Infinite by using the unconscious. It is here, then, that lies the scientific explanation of the wonderful power that has been placed under your control, if only you understand it, appreciate it, and recognize it.
Part Seven describes the method of consciously using this omnipotent power.
Summary of Part 8
In this part, you will discover that you can freely choose your thoughts, but that the result of your thoughts is governed by an immutable law.
Is not this thought wonderful? Is it not fantastic to know that our life is not subject to any caprice or variability of any kind? This stability is our chance, because by conforming to the law we can obtain the desired effect with an invariable precision.
It is the law that makes the Universe the only great guardian of harmony. Without this law, the Universe would be a Chaos instead of a Cosmos.
This is where the secret of the origin of good and evil lies.
Thought is translated into action. If your thought is constructive and harmonious, it will result in good. If your thought is destructive or inharmonious, the result will be evil.
There is only one law, one principle, one cause, one source of power. Good and evil are simply words invented to indicate the result of our action, or our compliance or non-compliance with this law.
The lives of Emerson and Carlyle illustrate the importance of this. Emerson loved good and his life was a symphony of peace and harmony. Carlyle hated evil, and her life was a long list of perpetual dissensions and disagreements.
Here we have two great men, each of them intent on realizing the same ideal. But one of them uses constructive thought and is therefore in harmony with the natural law, while the other uses destructive thought and thus attracts all forms of discord.
It is obvious then that we must not hate anything, nor even evil, because hatred is destructive. We will soon discover that by fostering destructive thoughts, we sow the “wind” and reap the “storm”.
Summary of Part 9
In this part, you learn how to shape the tools that will allow you to create the circumstances you desire. If you want to change your circumstances, you have to change yourself. Your whims, your wishes, your fantasies, your ambitions are likely to be thwarted at every step, but your innermost thoughts will find expression just as surely as the plant comes out of the seed.
Suppose we want to change our circumstances. How to provoke them? The answer is simple: by the Law of Growth. The cause and effect are as absolute and constant in the hidden realm of thought as in the world of material things.
Keep in mind the desired circumstance. Affirm it as an already existing fact. This is the value of a powerful statement. Through constant repetition, she becomes a part of ourselves. We are really changing ourselves. We make of ourselves what we want to be.
Character is not a question of luck, it is the result of a continuous effort. If you are shy, indecisive, awkward, or too anxious or bothered by thoughts of fear or imminent danger, remember that it is clear that “two things can not exist in one place at the same time”.
It is exactly the same in the mental and spiritual world. Thus, your remedy is simply to substitute thoughts of courage, power, autonomy, and confidence for thoughts of fear, lack, and limitation.
The easiest and most natural way to do this is to choose an affirmation that is right for you.
Positive thoughts will destroy negative thoughts as surely as light destroys darkness, and the result will be just as effective.
Action is the flower of thought, and circumstances are the result of action, so that you are constantly in possession of the tools that will certainly and inevitably enable you to do or to undo. Joy or suffering will be the reward.
Summary of Part 10
If you have understood comprehensively the thought contained in Part Ten, you will have learned that nothing happens without a definite cause. You will be able to draw up your plans according to exact knowledge. You will know how to control any situation by bringing into play the right causes. When you triumph, and you triumph, you will know exactly why.
The ordinary man, who has no definite knowledge of cause and effect, is governed by his feelings or emotions.
He thinks mainly to justify his action. If he fails as a businessman, he says that luck is against him. If he hates music, he says music is an expensive luxury. If he is a poor employee, he says he would do better in an outside job. If he lacks friends, he says his personality is too subtle to be appreciated.
He never examines his problem in detail. In short, he does not know that any effect is the result of a definite cause, but seeks to console himself with explanations and excuses. He only thinks in terms of self-defense.
On the contrary, the man who understands that there is no effect without an appropriate cause thinks impersonally. He considers the basic facts independently of the consequences. He is free to follow the path of truth wherever it may lead. He clearly sees the problems to the end and meets the requirements fully and honestly. As a result, the world gives him everything he has to give in terms of friendship, honor, love and approval.