Last year when I read Lesson 14 I remember being struck by a paragraph in the introduction that discussed the concept of denial. It was definitely an “aha moment” as I came to understand that we are personally responsible for the existence and subsequent growth of unsatisfactory conditions in our lives (though usually unaware of it). We actually create and augment our own undesirable circumstances …….through the very process of thinking, focusing and further obsessing over them. What came to me immediately was the fact that so many people are perpetually in debt….and the more they think about it the more it grows…regardless of whether they worry about being in debt or getting out of it. Fueled by the powerful emotions of fear, guilt, worry and shame….constant and growing debt begins to plague us. But now we find the most simple remedy is at our very fingertips – applying the Law of Growth in what I call an “inverse” way. That is, forget about the unsatisfactory conditions ….and it will atrophy. But we must learn to apply the Law of Substitution, the Law of Practice and exercise patience (for nature never acts in haste).
“if you deny unsatisfactory conditions in your life, you are withdrawing the creative power of your thought from these conditions. You are cutting them way at the root. You are sapping their vitality.”
He explains that this denial will not bring about instant change… “A plant will remain visible for some time after its roots have been cut, but it will gradually fade away and eventually disappear, so the withdrawal of your thought from the contemplation of unsatisfactory conditions will gradually, but surely, terminate these conditions.”
And that most of us have learned to concentrate intently on the things we don’t like, the things we wish were different….giving the unsatisfactory conditions “that measure of energy and vitality necessary to supply a vigorous growth.”
So last year that was my biggest take-away from Lesson 14.
Now here I am….2nd time through the Master Key Experience.
By the way….. have I ever mentioned that I have a chemistry degree?
Ironically, last year as I devoured every treasure my mind was prepared to accept and absorb in the 1st round, I recall that those lessons where Haanel began “talking science” didn’t always interest or resonate with me. I found much of that content tedious to read, irrelevant or uninteresting… perhaps I thought of it as out-dated or simplistic. My ego was in the way, for sure. But I also think this was such a spiritual journey for me that I was indifferent to Haanel’s teachings around the scientific explanations about the power of thought.
This time through the course I find myself tuned in to new messages….new insight…..new exciting things to ponder as he breaks down the “Universal substance from which all things proceed” -the source of all Power, Wisdom and Intelligence – into omnipresent electrons…..“which fill all material bodies and occupy the whole of what we call empty space”. That they are directed by Mind to be assembled into atoms, then very specific molecules, then a multitude of compounds, which unite to build the Universe. He talks about how in the body electrons manifest as cells, and that they “possess mind and intelligence sufficient for them to perform their functions in the human physical anatomy”. As we know, each cell is specialized, with a specific function, whether it operates independently or as a community with other cells. And then in a perfect Mastermind Alliance – “all these cells are moving for a common purpose and each one is not only a living organism, but has sufficient intelligence to enable it to perform it’s necessary duties. “
In summary….Lesson 14 really began to provide me with a deeper scientific understanding and appreciation for how the subconscious mind is the connecting link between the Universal and the conscious mind and that as we come into this realization we can learn to discipline ourselves in the art (and science) of correct thinking…..thereby eventually creating any conditions we desire.
My world without will be a direct reflection of my world within.