This week we are reading Lesson 8 of Haanel’s Master Key, and it is by far, the most powerful lesson I’ve read, yet, especially these two paragraphs in the introduction:
“Emerson loved the good and his life was a symphony of peace and harmony, Carlyle hated the bad, and his life was a record of perpetual discord and inharmony.
Here we have two men, each intent upon achieving the same ideal, but one makes use of constructive thought and is therefore in harmony with Natural Law, the other makes use of destructive thought and therefore brings upon himself discord of every kind and character.”
As I mentioned in my Week 1 blog post, one of my main reasons for joining the Master Key Master Mind Alliance came from when I learned how Andrew Carnegie knew that to accomplish what he wanted to accomplish, cooperation would not be enough. He knew he had to have harmony of mind in his master mind.
I was intrigued. How did Andrew Carnegie create a harmony of mind in his master mind?
There was a winnowing process in the development of his master mind. Men who were not in harmony were bounced out.
I wanted to understand this.
I’ve recently come from an experience where many very talented people came together, hugely willing to cooperate with each other for a project that we all believed in. We even used a phrase early on in the process, “a symphony of harmony” to help describe our project. The idea was of many voices coming together in harmony.
And yet, the project fell apart. One by one, people fell into disharmony, and the potential of the project became unrealized.
Everyone involved in this project has been affected by it. However, the potential still stands, waiting patiently for harmonious expression.
Last week, in my Week 7 blog I talked about the value of words. A Course in Miracles referred to words as “symbols twice removed”. This has always been a thought-provoking idea for me. Words are symbols for sounds, that we give meaning to as thoughts, ideas, images, and concepts.
What do our thoughts and ideas symbolize?
The research in frequency, and vibration, cymatics, demonstrates how sound literally gives shape to matter.
In cymatics we can evolve this exploration of the “substance of things not seen”.
This ties in beautifully with what Haanel teaches us in The Master Key. About how the images we hold consistently in our minds magnetizes the mental realm and gives form to the physical.
Two more sayings I grew up with come to mind:
Spirit is the Architect
Mind is the Builder
Physical is the result
Magnify the virtues, Minimize the faults.
This was often advised by Cayce in working with others. He encouraged people to focus on what we have in common, rather than on our differences. And he said it is more powerful to stand for something than to stand against it.
To say it another way, what we resist persists.
We energize, or charge with energy, what we hold consistently in our minds.
In application, I could see and experience for myself the wisdom of these simple sayings. However, in this Master Key Master Mind, I am able to understand more the sound science behind the wisdom.
“It was very good of God to let Carlyle and Mrs Carlyle marry one another, and so make only two people miserable and not four.”
Did the “harmony of mind” that Andrew Carnegie demand within his master mind, include harmony with natural law as described by Haanel, in addition to harmony with his definite chief aim?
It wasn’t enough to have the high ideal (DMP). Evidently Emerson and Carlyle held similar ideals. Andrew Carnegie had determined cooperation would not be enough, to achieve his goals. He knew he would need to have “harmony of mind.” The means to the end does matter. It does affect the outcome. This is often referred to as “ethics”.
It was the consistent conduct, within and without, that created the disharmony for Carlyle, and the harmony for Emerson.
The words we speak, and perhaps more importantly, the words we think and feel, if we pay attention to our language within, and without, let us know if we are being constructive in our thought, or destructive in our thought. They are a great feedback loop, into our own development. This takes our capacity for personal response-ability to a whole new level.
The level of self-mastery.
Thought is the material with which we build our lives. (Mind is the builder.)
Over the years, people have often asked me, how is it that I’m always so happy. Many people wanted me to tell them how to be happy. I’ve not always been so “happy”. Gradually, over time, I’ve cultivated habits of happiness.
I’ve always understood the answer but didn’t know how to explain it to others. Happiness to me, like love, is a choice. It’s a decision I consistently make, day in and day out, by applying the simple wisdom teachings I learned as a child and continue to learn as an adult.
Living the simple sayings, the so called platitudes, cease to be platitudes, because they have been brought to life.
Cayce said, “Wisdom is knowledge applied”. I say, “Live knowledge into wisdom”.
There doesn’t seem to be any relationship in the lives between Haanel and Cayce. And yet, they both taught the same principles. As have all the timeless teachings of the sages, in every field of human thought and endeavor.
There is a universal consistency and harmony, a red thread of connection, within all wisdom traditions. They emanate from the same Source.
Emerson wrote in his Essay on Compensation, “For men are wiser than they know.” And in my personal experience, this holds true.
Each has only to learn the tools and to choose to apply them in their own lives.
Everyone deserves to live a life that is a “symphony of peace and harmony.” If they choose.