The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel

Master Key System

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by Charles F. Haanel, intro by Jayaram V

According to one story in circulation, the Master Key played an important role  in the life of Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft. It is said that after reading The Master Key System while he was studying at Harvard University, Bill Gates was so impressed by its contents and concepts that he dropped out of the university and went on to pursue his dream of "a computer on every desktop."

It is also said that the book, which was written over 80 years ago, has been a source of inspiration for many writers such as Napoleon Hill, entrepreneurs, businessmen and wealthy people in the USA and elsewhere. After reading the book, Napoleon Hill write a letter to Charles F. Haanel, the author of the book, giving him credit for his own achievements and expressing his willingness to work with him to get his course into the hands of many people.

The Master Key System discusses the creative power of thought, the deep connection between the world within or the mind and the Universal Mind. By understanding how it works, we can effectively reach our goals, become prosperous and remain in control of our lives. 

A key is used to unlock something. A master key unlocks anything and everything. The master key to unlock wealth and abundance is the divine source of all abundance, or the universal Mind, described generally as God or the power of God.

The book suggests that we can connect to this divine source, using our own mind power  of both the conscious and the subconscious minds. What we desire, think and feel within ourselves is reflected in the world without. When we realize this great secret, this immense power which we all possess, this master key, we become masters of our own lives and unlock the immense powers and potentials residing in our minds and bodies. In the process we also learn to act responsibly, with awareness and right attitude. 

All the powers are hidden within and we can use this power to manifest our desiers and dreams. This is the central theme of the book. There is word in each of us, a world made of thought and feeling  and although that world is invisible and hidden, its powers are mighty. "When we discover this world we shall find the solution for every problem, the cause for every effect." Since the world within is a individualization of the world without, Haanel suggests, "Every thought is therefore a cause, and every condition an effect; for this reason it is absolutely essential that you control your thoughts so as to bring forth only desirable conditions. "

The Master Key System, was originally published between 1912 and 1919 as a weekly correspondence course. When it was published, the book sold more than 200000 copies in the USA, a record of sorts in those days when not many people bought books or read.

Its author, Charles F. Haanel (1866- 1949), was a self-made man. He was the first to emphasize the importance of meditation and manifestation in creating abundance. He uncovered and explained in the book the idea of tapping into the original source, or the source of sources, and focus upon that to create wealth.

Not much is known about him, except that he was an outstanding business coach who authored many books,  of which at least five were well known. T Charles F. Haanel was a member of Keystone lodge, a thirty-second degree Mason and a Shriner. As a writer, probably he was not that well known in his lifetime, but he left behind a work that has influenced many Americans ever since, molding their thinking and successes. He died in November 1949.

The principles and ideas of the book can be found in many latter day works such as The Secret Or Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. We have brought to you the entire copy of this ageless classic. Although this is not an exact page by page reproduction of the original, we have reproduced the entire text of the main body of the book, including the glossary and the questionnaire, but excluding the reproductions of the title page, the index and the page numbers. We believe this electronic text will help you uncover the secrets of the Master Key and inspire you the way it has inspired several people in the past. Jayaram V

Suggestions for Further Reading

THE MASTER KEY SYSTEM IN TWENTY-FOUR PARTS WITH QUESTIONNAIRE AND GLOSSARY By CHARLES F.HAANEL Saint Louis, MO: Inland Printery [1919]. This text has been reformatted for the web at by Jayaram V. This text is not an exact reproduction of the original edition  published in 1919. The title pages, page numbers, contents and index pages of the book are not included in this electronic version. Those who are interested in the entire version of the text may refer the original copy. This text is in the public domain in the US as it was published before 1923.

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