Charles F. Haanel – Pioneer of Mind Power

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Charles F. Haanel was one of the fathers of the self-help and personal achievement movement. At Yupedia, we often take inspiration from his work. Read on to find out why.

The Master Key

“Nature compels us all to move through life. We could not remain stationary however much we wished.

Every right-thinking person wants not merely to move through life like a perambulating plant, but to develop – to improve – and to continue the development mentally to the close of physical life”.

Thus begins the publisher’s foreword to “The Master Key”, Charles F. Haanel’s 1920s classic of self-improvement. Haanel was a successful businessman with a keen interest in Eastern philosophy (he also wrote “The Amazing Secrets of The Yogi”). His approach is based on the idea that behind all reality is a “Universal Mind”. The consciousness of humans is part of that Mind which is the source of everything, so we are able to tap into the source to produce the results we desire. This applies to health, wealth and everything else beneficial to ourselves and our environment.

What makes Haanel different is partly his style, partly his ideas, and partly his method.

Master Key Style

The writing style of “The Master Key” is refreshingly formal, as strange as that may sound. It’s devoid of hype, doesn’t talk down at the reader and has the lucid quality of writing that’s taken years to develop in it’s creator’s mind.

 Charles F. Haanel   Pioneer of Mind Power

Master Key Ideas

At the heart of the Master Key is the idea that human consciousness and Universal Mind are connected. In drawing out how this connection works, Haanel gives original formulations of ideas that have been repeated and diluted many times over the years, by less skilled and confident writers.

“The Principle of Attraction operates to bring to us only what may be to our advantage. We are able to consciously control our conditions as we come to sense the purpose of what we attract, and we are able to attract from our conditions only what we require for our further growth. Our ability to do this determines the degree of harmony or happiness we attain”.

Master Key Methods

In keeping with the hype-free quality of Haanel’s prose, he doesn’t promise instant results. In “The Master Key” he sets out a complete, step by step system divided into twenty four parts. Everything is set out with great clarity, and includes a summary of each chapter in a question and answer form. The overall effect is that we get something to chew on – a powerful system for personal change and achievement to work on over time, taking in the lessons deeply and changing the way we think and act.