During this course we read a new chapter in Charles Haanel’s “The Mastery Key System” every week. More like we read it 2 to 3 times a day and try to learn from it’s message. This week we repeated chapter 17 and our mentors Mark and Davene Januszewski implored us to really dive into chapter 17. I am so glad they did. The first week of reading there were some passages that stuck in my mind. The sixth paragraph caught my attention and I read it over couple of times.
“The student who masters the contents of Part Seventeen will not mistake the symbols for the reality; he will be interested in causes, rather than effects. He will concentrate on the realities of life, and will then not be disappointed in the results.”
I took a pause on the last sentence and read it 3 or four times. It is so perfect and there is no missing the point that when you concentrate on the cause (reality) he (you) will NOT be disappointed in the results. This paragraph refers to worshiping the symbols of success rather than the cause that determines the path to success. There is no equivocation just the fact. Here is that sentence,
“He will concentrate on the realities of life, and will then not be disappointed in the results.”
My second week’s reading of Hannel’s 17 brought me these deeper insights.
This theme is reiterated in Haanel 17-11 and it after reading it a couple of times especially in the second week I wrote 100% in the margin as it tells how proper concentration on a thought transmutes it into a practical tangible end. This means to me I have to know and find my dharma or purpose in my life and concentrate on that and not so much on the steps to reach or enable my purpose. If I concentrate without fail on the outcome the road to my purpose will be built by me with intuition and practical application of the thoughts that come from the concentration. Here is Haanel 1-11
17- 11. Concentration does not mean mere thinking of thoughts, but the transmutation of these thoughts into practical values; the average person has no conception of the meaning of concentration. There is always the cry “to have” but never the cry “to be”; they fail to understand that they cannot have one without the other, that they must first find the “kingdom” before they can have the “things added.” Momentary enthusiasm is of no value; it is only with unbounded self-confidence that the goal is reached.
I remember back when I was 6 or 7 years old and I wanted to play baseball. I didn’t think of how many practices I needed to be at, how many balls I had to throw or how many swings I needed per day. I dreamed about it at night as slept with my baseball glove with a baseball tucked under my mattress as I secretly listened to a Minnesota Twins game broadcast on my transistor radio hidden under my pillow. I didn’t know how I would become a great baseball player I just knew that is what I wanted. Somehow I always had the energy and the want to practice play baseball. My older brother was in the upper league so I always hung around and eventually I was asked to join in and even play games with kids 2 to 3 years older than I was. I had the ideal in my mind and everything became available to me to make it happen. I even got a new bike so I could ride further to the practices. From 17-11 I had my kingdom in mind and the things I needed just appeared.
In all Haanels Chapter 17 is about intuition. That thought or solution comes into our minds at the right instant sometimes completely out of the blue. Haanel’s 17-22, 23 and 24 spell it out beautifully
17-22. 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.
17-23. Intuition arrives at conclusions without the aid of experience or memory. Intuition often solves problems that are beyond the grasp of the reasoning power. Intuition often comes with a suddenness that is startling; it reveals the truth for which we are searching, so directly that it seems to come from a higher power. Intuition can be cultivated and developed; in order to do this it must be recognized and appreciated; if the intuitive visitor is given a royal welcome when he comes, he will come again; the more cordial the welcome the more frequent his visits will become, but if he is ignored or neglected he will make his visits few and far apart.
17-24. Intuition usually comes in the Silence; great minds seek solitude frequently; it is here that all the larger problems of life are worked out.
For this reason every businessman who can afford it has a private office, where he will not be disturbed; if you cannot afford a private office you can at least find somewhere, where you can be alone a few minutes each day, to train the thought along lines which will enable you to develop that invincible power which is necessary to achieve.
My name is Michael Puffer and I always keep my promises.