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The Master Key System: In Twenty Four Parts, With Questionnaire And Glossary Paperback – September 22, 2008
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It is ridiculously short, has no flow in the text (basically there are numbered paragraphs) and absolutely not the same as the original text. I don't really understand, actually, why it got published with the same name or why the reviews on here are so wonderful. I'm thinking maybe amazon uses the same reviews for all versions? Anyway, be sure to look at the page count before ordering and don't buy this one.
When the Master Key was published, it was one of those books that successful business men wanted out of the market. They didn't want people to read this book as its truths would help anyone to overcome limitations.
The rumor is that when Bill Gates was just a student, he read this book and utilized its truths. Rest is history.
I have read this book - it is divided in chapters that have introductions and numbered paragraphs to study. It starts from understanding the principles of your conscious mind and its power and advances to utilizing these principles.
As you put in use what the author explains in this volume, you will start seeing substantial changes in your reality. In many ways, Charles was so much ahead of his time. Even today most profilic business coaches such as Antohony Robbins etc. do not admit the fact that your life is in your control 100%. We are taught that we are at the mercy of externals, but it ain't so.
In many ways, Charles F. Haanel is the most outstanding business coach there has ever been. Way before current business coaches who incorporate spiritual life and business, he did it. If you are an owner of major company -- have every employee of your company to read this book and utilize it in their daily routines. Your company will become the new success story. That is for sure.
Why am I giving just 4 stars for such an outstanding book? Well that is because the volume is rather long. I think the central message of this book could have been condensed into 60 pages -- but instead the author goes on and on for several hundred pages. On the other hand -- this does ensure that everyone grasps the principles involved in creating success.
Does it work? Yes it does. Why do some people fail? Well, they just read this book but don't put in use its truths. For some it is difficult to understand or believe that your life is just a mirror that is telling you what you are in your consciousness. Think you have a problem, and one will surface. Think you have a solution and it is as well yours. Fair game.
True, many biblical figures knew this magick and were indeed trying to teach it to others. However, what they were teaching was certainly not christendom. The latter was invented by the church to skew the teachings of the great masters for whom they claimed to speak. The church could not allow people to have this sort of knowledge, as its learning brings one a power independent of all institutions and external sources of authority. That's why they so strictly forbade paganism, witchcraft and anything else that they could not edit into the most self-limiting form, so as to throw the learner off the scent of the real lessons and thus maintain their position of power in society. If you do not wish to believe me on this, consider that the very root of the word "religion" (which is "religare") means to tie-down, restrain or hinder the movement of a thing. This is why Seneca the Younger said "religion is seen by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful." It is something man invented because he feared his own power. It cannot, therefore, offer much more than a horribly and intentionally tainted version of the divine truths with which the wise empower themselves over their circumstances.
Now when I say that Haanel's choice to teach the great secret from a biblical perspective will necessarily hinder the understanding of the learner, here is an example. At one point, Haanel quotes "Jesus" (or somebody's version of Jesus) as saying "it is not I, but the Father within me that does the works." He then states that we must take the same position - that we can do *nothing* to aide in the manifestation of that which we would create. False! SO false!! In fact, if we do nothing to actively bring the things for which we wish into being, the chances that they ever will be are far less. Simply thinking "positive" without any corresponding action on our part is nothing. A religious perspective would, of course, have it that we are small and incapable and it is only through our "relationship" with someone or something bigger (Jesus, Jehovah, whatever) that we can ever get anything done. But in fact the opposite is true. Everything we bring into the world carries the unique energetic "fingerprint" of our own individual personality, and without us to manifest it, it would not be - at least not as it came to be through our will. The true seeker of the power described in books like this cannot afford such thoughtless self-deprecation. What's worse is, he knew how unnecessary religion was to this practice and he used it anyway! He points out on at least two occasions that that which we are here studying are natural and scientific laws, that there is nothing religious about them, and that the practice of personifying the power of the universe into a deity is erroneous and places undue limitation on the (natural) powers that be in their ability to manifest through us. However, he later claims that understanding these truths "removes christianity from superstition and credulity and places it in the realm of scientific fact" or something almost exactly like that. In fact, the person who truly understands these lessons in their pure form, absent cultural bias, will be able to see all the ways that religious interpretations of these teachings are arbitrary and distorted. Religion has had us trudging through the mud of low-frequency living for ages. Why, in this age when religion has lost most or all of its formerly binding legal authority, would we want to cling to it and continue to slow our progress anyway?
I might be able to deal with the occasional bible quote here or there, but he does it *constantly,* and even makes bible verses the subject of meditations. Never, ever, EVER let yourself become focused on such religious thoughts while you meditate. The deep trance of meditation makes one's unconscious mind super-receptive to suggestion, and as the author points out on numerous occasions, the unconscious does not discriminate between what is ultimately true and helpful, and what is false and self-destructive or self=limiting. It just accepts what it's given. Doing this, you will indoctrinate yourself with these misleading and inaccurate conceptions even more profoundly, and your ability to manifest your desires will suffer accordingly.
As is stated on the product page, this book was the source of Rhonda Byrne's inspiration to make "The Secret." I would greatly recommend that instead, as it cuts-way-back on the religious distortion of these truths. You might also study the 7 Hermetic Principles and other arcane knowledge (which are referenced in this book,) but find sources which are necessarily scientific and spiritual, but NOT religious. If you want to try to learn from this book despite its shortcomings, my advice is to take EVERYTHING Haanel says with a very large and very pure grain of salt. Do not let the scriptural pitfalls that limited his understanding become your trap.