In week four I discovered something that would be of great interest to anyone seeking to get ahead, succeed in personal or professional life, or who is on their path of self-discovery. I find it interesting because in the Master Key it is stated as the “secret of power, of mastery.” This is what most everyone is looking for, right? That one secret that triggers a sequence of events that leads to wealth, power, and fulfillment? Here is the rest of the passage, and then on to what I took away from this week’s study:
“Here is the secret of power, of mastery. To overcome does not mean to go without things. Self-denial is not success. We cannot give unless we get; we cannot be helpful unless we are strong. The Infinite is not a bankrupt and we who are the representatives of Infinite power should not be bankrupts either, and if we wish to be of service to others we must have power and more power, but to get it we must give it; we must be of service.”
So there you go; in order to get, we must give. The more we want, the more we have to give. This tenant can be found in all religious texts of merit, and is something that plays a part in every self-development professional’s programs. Pretty simple, is it not? So simple that I believe most of us, myself included, overlook it all too often.
Without getting into too much detail about the MK (it is pretty heavy reading and it is easy to complicate the message), let me share that it is presented as a matter of fact that the Universal (Infinite, God, etc) seeks to express itself and be of service, and so it seeks out the channel by which it can do the most good, where it can be of greatest service to mankind. This is where you and I come into play.
It is through our activities that the Universal expresses itself and serves mankind; the more we can make ourselves available to do this the better because we become a more effective channel through which the Infinite may act. We serve mankind, yet it is really the Universal serving mankind, acting through us.
And we all know that we cannot give something which we do not have. How do we get “it” in order to give it away? We must give it away first. What do we give? What are you good at? What gives you joy? What talents and skills do you have that will, by enabling others to have/use them, will benefit others? Perhaps the most important question we can ask ourselves is, “what exactly do we want?” Whatever it is, we need to “give” it away first?
Want to feel happy? Make others feel happy first. Want honesty and truth in your relationships? Be honest and truthful with your family and friends first. Want more money? Give money away every chance you get. Want more respect? Respect others first. We could cite any number of things to “get” and “give”, the point being that we must first give exactly whatever it is we wish to have.
What this has caused me to do is make an inventory of the things I already possess (I recommend you do the same), which is a pretty positive exercise and great for my ego, given that I consider myself an extremely blessed individual. Knowing that I have already given quite a bit in certain key areas like health and friendship, and have received it back tenfold, motivates me to step it up.
Creating a list of things I do not yet possess, but wish to have, has made it a very simple process knowing where I need to focus my giving.
What I really love about this principle is that the Universal (God) requires us to serve our fellow mankind if we wish to “get more” for ourselves. It does not subscribe to the poverty mentality that is so pervasive in all areas of modern society, example that it is noble to be poor (e.g. Mother Teresa). In fact the Universal makes a pact with us that if we go first by giving, we may receive and accumulate power (and tangible results that go with it); we are now able to serve/give more with this added power and wealth, which enables us to accumulate more ourselves. It is loop by which we can achieve and possess anything we desire; we simply must determine what we need to give and then do it.
Is the Master Key difficult at times to keep up with? Definitely. So the one thing I take away from this week’s study, of which I am certain after re-reading at length each day, is that I must give, and give some more, and give yet still more, that of which I wish to receive. In so doing I transform myself into a vessel by which the Universal will use me to serve a greater number of my fellow mankind, and this is something which gives me great joy. I promise to stay on this path, and I always keep my promises.