Master Key Experience – Week 20 – Concentration & Focus

In Part 20 of The Master Key, Haanel opens with Theologians saying that ‘God is Love, and that God is omnipresent. If this be true, there is no place where God is not’.

But don’t let that distract from the point that Haanel makes when he states that ‘the only activity which spirit possesses is the power to think. Thinking is therefore a creative process. So all form is the result of the thinking process’.

This is where Napoleon Hill got his famous quote, “Thoughts are things”.

Haanel goes on to state that ‘Thinking is the true business of life, power is the result. You are at all times dealing with the magical power of thought and consciousness’.

I can’t help wanting to reiterate that The Master Key was published in 1916, and was way ahead of it’s time, (in my humble opinion).

There is still so much to unpack in Part 20 that it requires one’s full and undivided attention. This is truly a correspondence course that can not be read like a novel.

In paragraph 18 Haanel writes, ‘Inspiration is from within. The Silence is necessary; the senses must be stilled, the muscles relaxed, repose cultivated. When you have come into possession of a sense of poise and power you will be ready to receive the information or inspiration or wisdom which may be necessary for the development of your purpose’.

At this point I would be remiss if I didn’t share how Haanel expresses how to manifest more in your life; in paragraph 21 he wrote, ‘In order to secure the larger supply your demand must be increased, and as you consciously increase the demand the supply will follow, you will find yourself coming into a larger and larger supply of life, energy and vitality’.

I think that is pretty powerful, and sounds to me like another way to express the law of attraction.

So, to wrap this up in a nice tidy bow, I want to share the Sit Exercise about Concentration; Haanel wrote, ‘when you can realize this clearly you will have found the secret of the creative power of thought, you will have found the origin of both good and evil, you will have found the secret of the wonderful power of concentration, you will have found the key to the solution of every problem whether physical, financial, or environmental’.

Like I said, this is powerful stuff, which is why it is recommended that it be read once a day for an entire week, if not longer…until it sinks in, (if that is possible in a weeks’ time).

If you are still here, I applaud your persistence and will-power, and want you to know that I appreciate you for taking the time to read my Blog. I would also greatly appreciate you dropping a comment below.

I hope that you will tune-in next week for another installment.

To Your Success,

Scott W. McAvoy


Master Key Experience – Week 19 – Mind Is The Only Principle

Fear is a powerful form of thought. It paralyzes the nerve centers, thus affecting the circulation of the blood.

This, in turn, paralyzes the muscular system, so that fear affects the entire being, body, brain and nerve, physical, mental, and muscular.

Of course the way to overcome fear is to become conscious of power.

Part 19 is all about harnessing your vital force…the power of your mind…or thought.

There is but one operative principle and that is Mind.

Mind is the real and eternal. Matter is forever changing, we know that in the eons of time a hundred years is but a day.

All wealth is the offspring of power; possessions are of value only as they confer power. Events are significant only as they affect power; all things represent certain forms and degrees of power.

These laws are called Natural Laws, because they govern the physical world, but all power is not physical power, there is also mental power. and there is moral and spiritual power.

This power is a superior because it exists on a higher plane, because it has enable man to discover the law by which these wonderful forces of Nature could be harnessed and made to do the work of hundreds and thousands of men.

I am going to end this post with the quote at the end of Part 19: “Silent thought, is, after all, the mightiest agent in human affairs” William Ellery Channing

I hope you got some value from this Post, and can see a way to implement what you learned here, and improve your life…or at least, your happiness.

To Your Success,

Scott W. McAvoy

Master Key Experience – Week 18 – Concentrate On The Power To Create

In this Part Haanel talks about growth, and goes a lot deeper into The Law of Attraction.

I am going to do my best not to give you my understanding of this work by giving you Haanel’s writings word-for-word.

That being said, there are still areas that might require a literal translation, so please allow for some replicated text, as I would not want to misrepresent the meaning,(as it was originally intended).

A perfect example of this is paragraph 4, where Haanel says: “A new civilization is being born; customs, creeds, and precedent are passing; vision, faith and service are taking their place. The fetters of tradition are being melted off from humanity, and as the impurities of materialism are being consumed, thought is being liberated and truth is rising full orbed before an astonished multitude”

And he continues to drive the point home in paragraph 5: “The whole world is on the eve of a new consciousness, a new power, and a new realization within the self”

You have to agree that that is some powerful stuff, and I frankly couldn’t see how I could have relayed that ‘truth’ in my own words. And it is also worth mentioning that this was written in the early 1900s.

A quote that Haanel uses in this Part to further drive the point home is from J.A. Fleming: “In its ultimate essence, energy may be incomprehensible by us except as an exhibition of the direct operation of that which we call Mind or Will”.

Here is this weeks Facebook Post:

In paragraph 27: Thought is the energy which the law of attraction is brought into operation, which eventually manifests in abundance.

And then to apply the knowledge learned in this Part , we are given the exercise to Sit for 15 minutes or longer and ‘concentrate upon your power to create; seek insight, perception: try to find a logical basis for the faith which is in you. Let the thought dwell on the fact that the physical man lives and moves and has his being in the sustainer of all organic life air, that he must breathe to live’.

****Did YOU, my dedicated Blog reader, understand any of that?****

I know I didn’t when I first read it, and after a week of reading it, and attempting to implement it in my sit, I still have ‘no-frickin-idea’.

I am sorry if you were hoping I was going to give you some major revelation that Haanel was trying to expose in this exercise, but I just don’t get it.

Like a lot of what Haanel writes, it either went over my head, or he is just that much smarter than me, and I just can’t make sense of it.

Oh well…maybe tomorrow it makes sense.

So let me end this Part, as Haanel did, with a Quote from Emerson: “There is no thought in my mind but it quickly tends to convert itself into a power and organizes a huge instrumentality of means”

If you didn’t understand what the hell Emerson was saying, you’re not alone. Much of what Emerson wrote goes over my head even after several reads (or listens). I guess I am just not ready for it. Like the first time I read Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

Anyway, I want to thank you for reading my Blog. I hope you got at least a little value from the Post. Frankly, if you got this far, I am sincerely, and extremely, grateful to you for being so open-minded and diligent. You Rock!

Until next week – Be Safe and Stay Well,

Scott W. McAvoy

Master Key Experience – Week 17 – Concentration leads to intuitive perception.

The opening of Week Seventeen is profound, and really sets the stage for the lesson Haanel delivers;

We are told that Man has “dominion over all things”, this dominion is established through Mind. Thought is the activity which controls every principle beneath it. The highest principle by reason of its superior essence and qualities necessarily determines the circumstances, aspects and relation of everything with which it comes in contact.

So now, with the ‘stage set’ for how Mind (thought) is the power that controls all things, Haanel explains that continuous concentration means an even, unbroken flow of thought and is the result of patient, persistent, persevering and well-regulated system.

The preceding statement is a testament to the title of Napoleon Hill’s famous book Think and Grow Rich. EVERYTHING starts with thought or an idea.

But it has to be followed be concentration of the thought and a desire to manifest.

Or as Haanel says, “desire added to concentration will wrench any secret from nature”.

The mind is an engine whose power is undreamed; thought is an omni-working power. It is the ruler and creator of all form and all events occurring in form.

Thought enables man to harness all other natural power.

Vibration is the action of thought; it is vibration which reaches out and attracts the material necessary to construct and build.

If you concentrate on some matter of importance, the intuitive power will be set in operation, and help will come in the nature of information which will lead to success.

And this is where Haanel leads us, (or at least my interpretation), into using the Mind to create wealth:

By keeping the thought in mind, it will gradually take tangible form. A definite purpose sets causes in motion which go out and find the material necessary to serve your purpose.

Here is my Facebook Post for Week 17:

And to end this week on a positive note I want to point out the objective of The Sit (meditation) in which Haanel explains using concentration, with no conscious effort or activity associated with your purpose:

If you wish to eliminate fear, concentrate on courage.

If you wish to eliminate lack, concentrate on abundance.

If you wish to eliminate disease, concentrate on health.

Always concentrate on the ideal as an already existing fact; the life principle which goes forth and sets in motion those causes which guide, direct and bring about the necessary relation, which eventually manifest in form.

Remember Napoleon Hill said, “Thoughts Are Things”…I wonder where he ‘stole’, (or borrowed) that from. Doh!

Thanks for reading my Blog – I appreciate you.

Until next week, Stay Safe and Be Well.

To Your Success,

Scott W. McAvoy

Master Key Experience – Week 16 – Life Is Growth…And Growth Is Change:

In this week’s lesson Haanel explains that Wealth is a product of labor. Capital is an effect, not a cause; a servant, not a master, a means, not an end.

Wealth should never be desired as an end, but simply as a means of accomplishing an end. Success is contingent upon a higher ideal than the mere accumulation of riches, and he who aspires to such success must formulate an ideal he is willing to strive.

This really resonated with me because most people want things like a new car, house, boat or some other material possession and they strive to get the money to pay for it, not to just make money for the sake of making money.

Haanel explains further that ‘with such an ideal in mind, the ways and means can and will be provided, but the mistake must not be made of substituting the means for the end. There must be a definite fixed purpose, an ideal, (a.k.a. DMP: Definite Major Purpose).

There is a quote of major relevance that Haanel uses to express the spiritual power that must be recognized:

Prentice Mumford said “The man of success is the man possessed of the greatest spiritual understanding and every great fortune of superior and truly spiritual power”

The power to create depends entirely upon spiritual power – there are three steps: idealization, visualization and materialization.

It is by the exercise of this power that we take our fate out of the hands of chance, and consciously make for ourselves the experiences we desire, because we consciously realize a condition, that condition will eventually manifest in our lives.

It is therefor evident that THINKING is the one great cause in life.

And HERE is what I considered the highlite of this Part:

To Control thought is to control circumstances, conditions, environment and destiny.

How then are we to control thought, what is the process?

To THINK is to create a thought, but the result of the thought will depend upon its form, its quality and its vitality.

The form will depend upon the mental images from which it eminates, this will depend upon the depth of the impression, the predominance of the idea, the clarity of the vision and the boldness of the image.

I believe that Charles Haanel was a genius. Here is my FB Post from this week:

Are you still with me?

I know most of this is word-for-word, but I don’t trust myself not to misinterpret what Haanel was expressing about right thinking.

Haanel goes on to discuss destructive thinking as evil, and constructive thinking as good, when talking about manifesting.

So in closing (because I could drone on for hours in this part), I wish to leave you with how to manifest success:

“If you wish to bring about the realization of any desire, form a mental picture of success in your mind by consciously visualizing your desire; in this way you will be compelling success, you will be externalizing it in your life by scientific methods”.

I freakin’ love this stuff! I hope you, YES YOU, do too.

To your success,

Scott W. McAvoy

Master Key Experience – Week 15 – Knowledge Doesn’t Apply Itself

This week is another mind-blower. Haanel opens this part with “The laws under which we live are designed solely for our advantage. These laws are immutable (unchanging over time) and we cannot escape from their operation”.

We revisit The Law of Attraction (or the Law of Love, one and the same). It is love which imparts vitality to thought, and thus enables it to germinate, and will bring necessary material for its growth and maturity.

The first form which thought will find is language, (or words), this determines the importance of words – they are the first manifestation of thought – the vessels in which thought is carried.

Thought may lead to action of any kind, but whatever the action, it is simply the thought attempting to express itself in visible form. It is evident, therefore, that if we wish desirable conditions, we can only afford to entertain desirable thoughts.

This is where the rubber meets the road – If we wish to express abundance in our lives, we can afford to think abundance only, and as words are only thoughts taking form, we must be especially careful to use nothing but constructive and harmonious language, which when finally crystallized into objective forms, will prove to our advantage.

Words are thoughts and are therefore an invisible and invincible power which will finally objectify themselves in the form they are given…

Are you still here? You know you could just buy the book and get the full description of how powerful words are in the process of manifestation.

I realize that I have been writing this Blog like a Book Report in High School.

It is Week 15, and I find myself just regurgitating Haanel’s words and principles, hoping you get value from my interpretation, when there really is so much more to learn from this incredible text book.

To wrap up this Post, and give you the highlite of Part 15, I would be remiss if I didn’t express the importance of Insight. Haanel explains Insight as “a faculty of the mind whereby we are enabled to examine facts and conditions at long range, a kind of human telescope; it enables us to understand the difficulties, as well as the possibilities, in any undertaking”.

Then to drive the point home, Haanel addresses it in the Part 15 Study Q&A with the question, “What is the value of insight?” The Answer: “It enables us to understand the value of making application of the knowledge which we gain. Many seem to think that knowledge will automatically apply itself, which is by no means true”.

If you made it this far in my ‘book report’ for Part 15, just know that I appreciate you, and your very valuable time.

I hope you got some value here, and I look forward to bringing you Part 16 next week.

To Your Success – Gratefully At Your Service,

Scott W. McAvoy

Master Key Experience – Week 14 – All Thought Is Creative

Honestly, I can’t believe that I am still here for Week 14.

As tough as 2020 has been on my work schedule, and on my personal life, or lack thereof, I have wanted to ‘retreat back to mediocrity’ many many times, but I keep finding a way to ‘Do It Now’…and chanting ‘I Can Be What I Will To Be’ 25 times, three times a day.

Most people wouldn’t even attempt to accomplish the menial tasks that we do in this course, in hopes of discovering and achieving our heart’s desires.

Good thing I am NOT most people, (as Mark J. says).

Haanel explains in the intro to Week 14 that ‘the least thought entertained by the conscious mind produces within your subconscious mind action in exact proportion to the depth of feeling characterized by the thought and the intensity with which the thought is indulged’.

If you read that and thought, what the frig is he talking about?, then you are as curious as I was trying to figure out what this guy Haanel was smokin when he wrote The Master Key.

When you read on, and this is where some people would just put the book back on the shelf, (but I am NOT some people), so I read on and discovered that this explanation was just another way to say ‘what we think about, with feeling, we bring about’.

Haanel goes on to say in 14:6 Mind is creative and the principle upon which this law is based is sound and legitimate and is inherent in the nature of things; but this creative power does not originate in the individual, but in the Universal, which is the source and fountain of all energy and substance, the individual is simply the channel for the distribution of this energy. The individual is the means by which the Universal produces the various combinations which result in the formation of phenomena.

Now, if you are still with me, on this wild ride in the mind of the eccentric Charles Haanel, (and I say that with the utmost respect for this brilliant man), he goes on to state,

“We find that every man is the reflection of the thought he has entertained during his lifetime. This is stamped on his face, his form, his character, his environment. Back of every effect there is a cause, and if we follow the trail to its starting point, we shall find the creative principle out of which it grew”

This next part requires a little faith, or religious understanding, (in my unsolicited opinion):

The objective world is controlled by an unseen and, heretofore, unexplainable power. We have, heretofore, personalized this power and called it God. We have now, however, learned to look upon it as the permeating essence or Principle of all that exists – the infinite or Universal Mind.

The Universal Mind, being infinite and omnipotent, has unlimited resources at its command, and when we remember that it is also omnipresent, we cannot escape the conclusion that we must be an expression or manifestation of that mind.

It is at this point in Part 14 Haanel goes into applying the Principle of the Universal Mind to manifest your desires:

Thought is the only reality; conditions are but the outward manifestations; as the thought changes, all outward or material conditions must change in order to be in harmony with their creator, which is thought.

(queue the music from The Twilight Zone)

But the thought must be clear cut, steady, fixed, definite, unchangeable, you cannot take one step forward and two steps backward, neither can you spend twenty or thirty years (or in my case 40 years), of your life building up negative conditions as a result of negative thoughts, and then expect to see them all melt away as the result of fifteen or twenty minutes of right thinking.

And here is the recommendation by Haanel:

If you enter into the discipline necessary to bring about a radical change in your life, you must do so deliberately, after giving the matter careful thought and full consideration, and then you must allow nothing to interfere with your decision.

This decision, this change of thought, this mental attitude will not only bring you the material things which are necessary for your highest and best welfare, but will bring health and harmonious conditions generally.

In conclusion of Part 14 Haanel says, ‘If you wish harmonious conditions in your life, you must develop a harmonious mental attitude’.

And of course, after all this, that last statement brought about a “Der” response from my cynical self.

I don’t know if I am tired from The Holidays, or just frustrated with trying to make sense of Charles Haanel, but I know that we start Week 15 tomorrow and I only hope that I can follow the rest of this Master Key Experience, and start applying the principles that will ‘bring material things which are necessary for my highest and best welfare’.

To Your Success,

Scott W. McAvoy

Master Key Experience – Week 13 – Thinking is a spiritual process

So we are at the half-way point, and Charles Haanel tells why the dreams of the dreamers come true…explaining the law of causation by which dreamers, inventors, authors, financiers, bring about the realization of their desires.

Here are the relevant parts that explain this in greater detail:

13:15 It will be found that the creative power of thought will explain every possible condition or experience, whether physical, mental or spiritual.

13:16 Thought will bring about conditions in correspondence with the mental attitude. Therefore, if we fear disaster, as fear is a powerful form of thought, disaster will be the certain result of our thinking. It is this form of thought which frequently sweeps away the result of many years of toil and effort.

13:17 If we think of some form of material wealth we may secure it. By concentrated thought the required conditions will be brought about, and the proper effort put forth, which will result in bringing about the circumstances necessary to realize our desires, but we often find that when we secure the things we thought we wanted, they do not have the effect we expected.

What Haanel is saying is “what we think about we bring about”, but it is very important to ‘be careful what you wish for, you just may get it‘.

In the next section Haanel expresses what everyone wants, which I Posted on Facebook this week:

This is where we get to the meat of this Part: (and why I titled the Post like I did):

13:23 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 (focused), and herein is the difference between idle thinking , which is simply a dissipation of effort, and constructive thinking, which means practically unlimited achievement.

And if you are still with me, (and Charles Haanel), we get another example of the Law of Attraction, which requires a change in consciousness (aka transformation):

13:24 We have found that everything comes to us by the Law of Attraction. A happy thought cannot exist in an unhappy consciousness; therefore the consciousness must change, and as the consciousness changes, all conditions necessary to meet the changed consciousness must gradually change, in order to meet the requirements of the new situation.

I hope this Blog Post does not dilute Haanel’s message too much here, as I breakdown Part 13 in the interest of brevity, because you don’t want to miss this next point leading up to The Sit for this week:

Haanel concludes Part 13 by saying, ” We can best conserve out interests by recognizing the Infinite Power and Infinite Wisdom of the Universal Mind, and in this way become a channel whereby the Infinite can bring about the realization of our desire. This means that recognition brings about realization”.

I could explain The Sit for this week to give an even greater perspective on what Haanel was trying to convey, but I would have to quote every paragraph in Part 13 so nothing was lost in translation.

So let me conclude this Post by saying, If I haven’t convinced you by now, to get this book for yourself, and read it as prescribed by the Author, then I hope you will leave me a comment and let me know.

To Your Success,

Scott W. McAvoy

Master Key Experience – Week 12 – Knowledge Does Not Apply Itself

This week is about the power of concentration, and putting it to use (or to work).

Haanel wrote; “Unless you can concentrate upon the object which you have in view, you will have but a hazy, indifferent, vague, indistinct and blurred outline of your ideal and the results will be in accordance with your mental picture”

Often times we will decide that we want something, but then go after it with vague plans, or no real plan, because we don’t want to get hurt when we fail…or just don’t succeed.

12:3 We find it difficult to banish fear, anxiety or discouragement, and continually send the things we desire further away, so that it is one step forward and two steps backward.

12:4 The only way to keep from going backward is to keep going forward. Eternal vigilance is the price of success.

There are three steps, and each one is absolutely essential. You must first have the knowledge of your power; second, the courage to dare; third, the faith to do.

12:6 But your ideal must be sharp, clear-cut, definite; to have one ideal today, another tomorrow, and a third the next week, means to scatter your forces and accomplish nothing; your result will be a meaningless and chaotic combination of wasted material.

Remember when you were 16 and wanted to get your Driver’s License?

There was nothing, and no one, that was going to stop you. You got the Driver’s Ed Course (and found a way to pay for it), and did everything else that you ‘figured out how to do’ and you got your Driver’s License.

That drive and determination to get what we want, no-matter-what, has been extinguished as we got older, in most cases, because we were told to “be realistic”, or asked sarcastically “who do you think you are, a Rockerfeller?”.

We stopped dreaming big, and ‘got real’. We started going after ‘minimums’ based on our current resources…or lack thereof.

Haanel goes really deep into the power of thought, and the many counterfeits, but in the interest of time I will skip those for now, so I can share this next concept:

12:17 The law is that thought will correlate with its object and bring forth in the material world the correspondence of the thing thought or produced in the mental world. We then discern the absolute necessity of seeing that every thought has the inherent germ of truth in order that the law of growth will bring into manifestation good, for good alone can confer any permanent power.

This is DEEP. Thoughts Are Things.

12:18 The principle that gives the thought the dynamic power to correlate with its object, (pay close attention here), and therefor to master every adverse human experience is the law of attraction, which is another name for love.

This is an eternal and fundamental principle, inherent in all things, in every system of philosophy, in every religion, and in every science. There is no getting away from the law of love. It is feeling that imparts vitality to thought. Feeling is desire, and desire is love. Thought impregnated with love becomes invincible.

Og Mandino wrote about this in The Greatest Salesman In The World. Scroll II started with ‘I greet this day with Love in my heart’.

I could go on and on about Part 12 of The Master Key, but I think it best that you discover the magnitude of the lessons on your own, and in your own time.

So I will end this Post with the quote that Haanel saw fit to close out this part:

“Thought cannot conceive of anything that may not be brought to expression. He who first uttered it may be only the suggester, but the doer will appear” Wilson

Thank you for visiting my Blog. I sincerely appreciate you taking the time.

To Your Success,

Scott W. McAvoy