One of the first things I learned in the Master Key Experience was that I had been skimming the surface of many things in my life–books I had read, people I had met, ideas I had come across, and more. I’m forgiving myself because I know, like all of us, I brought to all those things the level of consciousness and maturity I had at the time. For example, like so many, I had heard that The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino was a classic and so I read it quickly, skimming. In the Master Key experience we read each scroll in the Og classic three times a day for a month to let the meaning seep deeply into our consciousness.
This week I realized that some authors on purpose skim the surface because at the beginning of the work the reader is not ready for the whole truth at once. In Part Ten of the Master Key, after writing about mind mastery in nine other chapters, Haanel gets to a deep truth, though he has circled around and around it, deepening the information with each pass. He knew we were not ready to absorb it all until we had done 9 weeks of practicing visualization in a number of different ways in our daily 15-minute “sit.”
For me one of the most powerful of his mental exercises was imagining a seed sprouting cell by cell into the warming earth, taking in water, developing tendrils that turn into stronger roots to gradually support, above the earth, the slow growth of strong green stems and leaves and finally flowers. I observed and learned many things during those meditations. Patience. Cooperation. Magic. Giving to get. Courage. Gaining strength surely and slowly. Celebrating with breath-taking beauty at fulfillment. And more.
Now in Part 10, Haanel says this, and I am blown away!
9. Thought is the connecting link between the Infinite and the finite, between the Universal and the individual. We have seen that there is an impassable barrier between the organic and the inorganic, and that the only way that matter can unfold is to be impregnated with life; as a seed reaches down into the mineral world and begins to unfold and reach out, the dead matter begins to live, a thousand invisible fingers begin to weave a suitable environment for the new arrival, and as the law of growth begins to take effect, we see the process continue until the Lily finally appears, and even ‘Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.’
10. Even so a thought is dropped into the invisible substance of the Universal Mind, that substance from which all things are created, and as it takes root, the law of growth begins to take effect and we find that conditions and environment are but the objective form of our thought.
11. The law is that Thought is an active vital form of dynamic energy which has the power to correlate with its object and bring it out of the invisible substance from which all things are created into the visible or objective world. This is the law by which, and through which, all things come into manifestation…Master Key Experience, The Master Key, Part Ten
Wow. Just wow. If that amazing miracle of growth and manifestation is happening in the earth below…imagine what that blossoming thought looks like above!
And we all have access to this truth and its practice!