The Master Key System Chapter 13 – Cause and Effect – Why Dreams Come True
The Master Key System Chapter 13 deals with the scientific method, cause and effect and the Universal Mind.
The scientific method has proved to be incredibly valuable to humanity.
Its foundations were derived from Ancient Greece through the Socratic Method, and it would later be developed into a precise method by Francis Bacon.
Haanel explains how this method of inquiry has led to many of our society-changing discoveries.
When it comes to progress, it seems some of the rarer pieces of data tend to give the most robust information about a phenomenon.
“…generalization of facts which are rare, strange, or form the exception, has been the magnetic needle guiding to all the discoveries of inductive science.”
A statement which echoes observations by the philosopher Nassim Taleb when explaining the discovery of the first Black Swan.
“Before the discovery of Australia, the people in the old world were convinced that all swans were white, an unassailable belief as it seemed completely confirmed by evidence. The sighting of the first black swan might have been an interesting surprise, but that is not where the significance of the story lies. It illustrates a severe limitation to our learning from observations or experience, and the fragility of our knowledge. One single observation can invalidate a general statement derived from millennia of confirmatory sightings of millions of white swans. All you need is one single black bird.”
– Nassim Taleb
Interestingly, when it comes to matters to do with the paranormal (telekinesis, telepathy, ghosts, remote viewing and other unexplained phenomena), people are quick to look the other way.
Neglecting such phenomena is unscientific.
“A scientific understanding of Natural Laws will convince us that there is nothing supernatural. Every phenomenon is the result of an accurate definite cause, and the cause is an immutable law or principle, which operates with invariable precision whether the law is put into operation consciously or unconsciously.”
– Charles Haanel
The creative power of thought is real whether you choose to believe in it or not.
It is the fabled Black Swan.
Thoughts and Cause and Effect
Haanel explains how the Universal Law of Cause and Effect operates on the Mental Plane.
It would be foolish to assume cause and effect only operates in the physical when the physical is derived from the mental.
Every action you take is first a thought impulse.
Through using basic reasoning we can deduce the thoughts and emotions you feel play a pivotal role in creating your outer conditions.
Thought is a spiritual activity and is therefore creative. But make no mistake: Thought will create nothing unless it is consciously, systematically, and constructively directed; and herein is the difference between idle thinking, which is simply a dissipation of effort and constructive thinking, which means practically unlimited achievement.”
– Charles Haanel
Many people have tried to use the Law of Attraction and deemed it a fraud when they failed to attain their desires.
Many people have also gone to the gym and failed to achieve results, but they do not call the gym a fraud.
Why is this?
Working out, being a physical activity, is much easier to study.
We have seen people who regularly stick to their workouts and diet obtain amazing results.
There are thousands of studies which help reinforce the effectiveness of exercise.
Thoughts on the other hand are intangible.
We cannot see what others are thinking.
We cannot see how often they think certain thoughts and with what strength.
This makes the correlation between cause and effect much more difficult to understand.
The only way to prove the law is through your own experimentations.
Most people do not have the discipline to do the work and hence will not get the results.
This is because thinking is more difficult than any physical labor.
One hour of movement is much easier than one hour of meditation.
“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.”
– Henry Ford
Connection to Universal Mind
“The old orthodox way of thinking was to be “a worm,” to be satisfied with our portion whatever it is; but the modern idea is to know that we are entitled to the best of everything, that the “Father and I are one” and that the “Father” is the Universal Mind, the Creator, the Original Substance from which all things proceed.”
– Charles Haanel
Charles Haanel’s view is consistent with the ideas of Hermetic philosophy.
“THE ALL is in the earth-worm, and yet the earth-worm is far from being THE ALL.”
– The Kybalion
According to this esoteric idea, we all share the same substance as THE ALL or Universal Mind or God.
The only difference comes in the degree of the substance.
Because of this, we are free to create in a similar way to THE ALL but on our plane of correspondence.
Because we are limited we cannot be so picky about how this creation will manifest.
“Are we to inform the Omniscient as to the proper channel to be used to materialize our demand? Can the finite advise the Infinite? This is the cause of failure — of every failure.”
– Charles Haanel
Thus creation becomes a game of setting intentions through constructive thought, taking action and learning to go with the flow.
A great book on this process is ‘The Surrender Experiment’. It shows how Michael Singer amassed a fortune by learning to let go.
Master Key System Chapter 13 Exercise
Therefore for your exercise this week make use of the principle. Recognize the fact that you are a part of the whole, and that a part must be the same in kind and quality as the whole; the only difference there can possibly be is in degree.
The exercise for the week involves the contemplation of this universal connection with the infinite. Haanel often mentions the following quote from Jesus.
“Father and I are one.”
You don’t need to be religious in order to contemplate your connection to something greater than yourself. Simply looking at the events of your life can help you see the power of other incomprehensible forces.