Great Books – The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel

This hmaster-key-systemas to be one of my all-time favourite books. Charles F. Haanel was an American businessman who lived from the late 19th Century through to the mid 20th. His great personal success in life led him to study and identify the keys to a boundless and happy life.

The book is jam-packed full of enlightening content, not onlyexplaining to the reader the truths about how our minds and the universe interact to create our lives, but also a methodology for aligning ourselves with the laws of the universe in order to purposefully manifest.

The “Master Key System” refers to a series of exercises aimed at giving you greater awareness of yourself and the world around you and to hone the vital skills of attention and visualisation needed to direct and create your life.

Mr Haanel first stresses that you, and only you, are responsible for the quality of your life. Youget what you give, in the sense of the thoughts and images generated constantly in your mind. It is up to you to realise and accept that controlling your thoughts, feelings and images is the key to creating a life exactly as you would like it.

Alternatively you are subject to the same “luck” you have had all along based on your habitual lines of thought, feelings and actions.

To take control of your thoughts and feelings IS possible but requires willingness, persistence and determination through the application of specific exercises. The more control you gain over your body and mind, the more you will be able to purposefully direct your life.

Fundamentally you take the time out necessary each day to practice this mastery. It requires astate of peace and relaxation always. Once relaxed, your work is to firstly banish all unwanted thoughts, feelings and images and then idealise and visualise those things you want in your life.

Practice, effort and persistence based on these guidelines will allow you to grow stronger and gradually take more control of your life, directing it instead of being directed.

This is a truly inspiring book, written from someone who lived and breathed every word written in it. What better example can you ask for?

“Our future is entirely within our own control. It is not at the mercy of any capricious or uncertain external power.” Charles F Haanel

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Great Books – Freedom from the known by Jiddu Krishnamurti

This is a fantastic book summarising a lot of the key teachings from the late Jiddu Krishnamurti.

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After spending his childhood and many years as a young adult being groomed as a “World Teacher” he rejected his imposed obligations and dedicated the rest of his wonderful life to inspiring people to free themselves from ego and its associated madness.

There are innumerable words of wisdom to be taken from the book, a few of which I will share with you now and you can also see summarised in the mind map

  • The key to change is understanding. To truly understand aproblem is to act upon it and therefore resolve it.
  • The “observer” and the “observed”. You act and then the voice in your head judges that action through commentary (criticism, anger, complaint, comparison…). The voice in your head likes to think it is separate from “who” is doing the acting, but it’s not true; they are one and the same. This separation is a fundamental cause of human suffering as we avoid responsibility and attribute blame.
  • Real understanding comes only through observation without commentary.
  • Time does not exist. It is a creation of thought, and the very creation of the “past” and the “future” lends itself to suffering through living in them, rather than in the only reality which is this precious living moment right now, and now, and now…:-)
  • True freedom is when you are free from the past and future, unconditionally. Free from your knowledge, experiences, fears and desires so you can live joyously in the present moment. Don’t try and label it as thought cannot comprehend or describe true freedom…
  • True love is not an emotion and not conditioned by any demand or requirement. True love cannot be understood by thought so cannot be adequately described with words.

Jiddu Krishnamurti was focused on ending human suffering and above all encouraged people to think for themselves. To take the time to ask ourselves existential questions and to follow the answers through to the end. To truly understand human behaviour in general, as we are all essentially the same when it comes to basic emotions.

He pointed out the current violent state of the world, despite thousands of years of organised religions – what has to change? The individual. We are only responsible for changing ourselves, but that one change can start a chain reaction. If you want change in the world, then BE that change.

I highly recommend this book as a guide to understanding all the facets of human behaviour and to clarify why we are as we are and how we can improve and contribute more peace and harmony to our lives and the lives of those around us.

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