In the shadow is not the thing but the representative of it, we focus our attention on what we want to be, the one that says I want to lose weight has just commanded the mind to find more, for the mind can not conceive weight but can conceive loss and will embark on the trail to recover what was lost, weight. The adage is be mindful of what you ask for, you may get it.
Something to ponder follows;
The kind of Deity which a man, consciously or unconsciously,
worships, indicates the intellectual status of the worshipper.
Ask the Indian of God, and he will describe to you a powerful
chieftain of a glorious tribe. Ask the Pagan of God, and he will
tell you of a God of fire, a God of water, a god of this, that,
and the other.
Ask the Israelite of God, and he will tell you of the God of
Moses, who conceived it expedient to rule by coercive measures;
hence, the Ten Commandments. Or of Joshua, who led the
Israelites into battle, confiscated property, murdered the
prisoners, and laid waste to cities.
The so-called heathen made “graven images” of their Gods, whom
they were accustomed to worship, but among the most intelligent,
at least, these images were but the visible fulcrums with which
they were enabled to mentally concentrate on the qualities which
they desired to externalize in their lives.
We of the twentieth century worship a God of Love in theory, but
in practice we make for ourselves “graven images” of “Wealth,”
“Power,” “Fashion,” “Custom” and “Conventionality.” We “fall
down” before them and worship them. We concentrate on them and
they are thereby externalized in our lives.
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
1. We are told that Man has “dominion over all things”; this
dominion is established through Mind. Thought is the activity
which controls every principle beneath it. The highest principle
by reason of its superior essence and qualities necessarily
determines the circumstances, aspects and relation of everything
with which it comes in contact.
2. The vibrations of mental forces are the finest and
consequently the most powerful in existence. To those who
perceive the nature and transcendency of mental force, all
physical power sinks into insignificance.
3. We are accustomed to look upon the Universe with a lens of
five senses, and from these experiences our anthropomorphic
conceptions originate, but true conceptions are only secured by
spiritual insight. This insight requires a quickening of the
vibrations of the Mind, and is only secured when the mind is
continuously concentrated in a given direction.
4. Continuous concentration means an even, unbroken flow of
thought and is the result of patient, persistent, persevering
and well-regulated system.
5. Great discoveries are the result of long-continued
investigation. The science of mathematics requires years of
concentrated effort to master it, and the greatest science —
that of the Mind — is revealed only through concentrated
6. Concentration is much misunderstood; there seems to be an
idea of effort or activity associated with it, when just the
contrary is necessary. The greatness of an actor lies in the
fact that he forgets himself in the portrayal of his character,
becoming so identified with it, that the audience is swayed by
the realism of the performance. This will give you a good idea
of true concentration; you should be so interested in your
thought, so engrossed in your subject, as to be conscious of
nothing else. Such concentration leads to intuitive perception
and immediate insight into the nature of the object concentrated
7. All knowledge is the result of concentration of this kind; it
is thus that the secrets of Heaven and Earth have been wrested;
it is thus that the mind becomes a magnet and the desire to know
draws the knowledge, irresistibly attracts it, makes it your own.
8. Desire is largely subconscious; conscious desire rarely
realizes its object when the latter is out of immediate reach.
Subconscious desire arouses the latent faculties of the mind,
and difficult problems seem to solve themselves.
9. The subconscious mind may be aroused and brought into action
in any direction and made to serve us for any purpose, by
concentration. The practice of concentration requires the
control of the physical, mental, and physical being; all modes
of consciousness whether physical, mental, or physical, must be
10. Spiritual Truth is therefore the controlling factor; it is
this which will enable you to grow out of limited attainment and
reach a point where you will be able to translate modes of
thought into character and consciousness.
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.
12. The mind may place the ideal a little too high and fall
short of the mark; it may attempt to soar on untrained wings and
instead of flying, fall to earth; but that is no reason for not
making another attempt.
13. Weakness is the only barrier to mental attainment; attribute
your weakness to physical limitations or mental uncertainties and
try again; ease and perfection are gained by repetition.
14. The astronomer centers his mind on the stars and they give
forth their secrets; the geologists centers his mind on the
construction of the earth and we have geology; so with all
things. Men center their minds on the problems of life, and the
result is apparent in the vast and complex social order of the
15. All mental discovery and attainment are the result of desire
plus concentration; desire is the strongest mode of action; the
more persistent the desire, the more authoritative the
revelation. Desire added to concentration will wrench any secret
16. In realizing great thoughts, in experiencing great emotions
that correspond with great thoughts, the mind is in a state
where it appreciates the value of higher things.
17. The intensity of one moment’s earnest concentration and the
intense longing to become and to attain may take you further
than years of slow normal and forced effort; it will unfasten
the prison bars of unbelief, weakness, impotence and
self-belittlement, and you will come into a realization of the
joy of overcoming.
18. The spirit of initiative and originality is developed
through persistence and continuity of mental effort. Business
teaches the value of concentration and encourages decision of
character; it develops practical insight and quickness of
conclusion. The mental element in every commercial pursuit is
dominant as the controlling factor, and desire is the
predominating force; all commercial relations are the
externalization of desire.
19. Many of the sturdy and substantial virtues are developed in
commercial employment; the mind is steadied and directed; it
becomes efficient. The principal necessity is the strengthening
of the mind so that it rises superior to the distractions and
wayward impulses of instinctive life and thus successfully
overcomes in the conflict between the higher and lower self.
20. All of us are dynamos, but the dynamo of itself is nothing;
the mind must work the dynamo; then it is useful and its energy
can be definitely concentrated. The mind is an engine whose
power is undreamed; thought is an omni-working power. It is the
ruler and creator of all form and all events occurring in form.
Physical energy is nothing in comparison with the omnipotence of
thought, because thought enables man to harness all other natural
21. Vibration is the action of thought; it is vibration which
reaches out and attracts the material necessary to construct and
build. There is nothing mysterious concerning the power of
thought; concentration simply implies that consciousness can be
focalized to the point where it becomes identified with the
object of its attention. As food absorbed is the essence of the
body, so the mind absorbs the object of its attention, gives it
life and being.
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.
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.
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.
25. Remember that fundamentally the subconscious is omnipotent;
there is no limit to the things that can be done when it is
given the power to act. Your degree of success is determined by
the nature of your desire. If the nature of your desire is in
harmony with Natural Law or the Universal Mind, it will
gradually emancipate the mind and give you invincible courage.
26. Every obstacle conquered, every victory gained, will give
you more faith in your power, and you will have greater ability
to win. Your strength is determined by your mental attitude; if
this attitude is one of success, and is permanently held with an
unswerving purpose, you will attract to you from the invisible
domain the things you silently demand.
27. By keeping the thought in mind, it will gradually take
tangible form. A definite purpose sets causes in motion which go
out in the invisible world and find the material necessary to
serve your purpose.
28. You may be pursuing the symbols of power, instead of power
itself. You may be pursuing fame instead of honor, riches
instead of wealth, position instead of servitude; in either
event you will find that they turn to ashes just as you overtake
29. Premature wealth or position cannot be retained because it
has not been earned; we get only what we give, and those who try
to get without giving always find that the law of compensation is
relentlessly bringing about an exact equilibrium.
30. The race has usually been for money and other mere symbols
of power, but with an understanding of the true source of power,
we can afford to ignore the symbols. The man with a large bank
account finds it unnecessary to load his pockets down with gold;
so with the man who has found the true source of power; he is no
longer interested in its shams or pretensions.
31. Thought ordinarily leads outwardly in evolutionary
directions, but it can be turned within where it will take hold
of the basic principles of things, the heart of things, the
spirit of things. When you get to the heart of things it is
comparatively easy to understand and command them.
32. This is because the Spirit of a thing is the thing itself,
the vital part of it, the real substance. The form is simply the
outward manifestation of the spiritual activity within.
33. For your exercise this week concentrate as nearly as
possible in accordance with the method outlined in this lesson;
let there be no conscious effort or activity associated with
your purpose. Relax completely, avoid any thought of anxiety as
to results. Remember that power comes through repose. Let the
thought dwell upon your object, until it is completely
identified with it, until you are conscious of nothing else.
34. If you wish to eliminate fear, concentrate on courage.
35. If you wish to eliminate lack, concentrate on abundance.
36. If you wish to eliminate disease, concentrate on health.
37. Always concentrate on the ideal as an already existing fact;
this is the germ cell, the life principle which goes forth and
sets in motion those causes which guide, direct and bring about
the necessary relation, which eventually manifest in form.
The Master’s Key