There is a lot great reading to do in Master Key Chapter 8. Two concepts really stood out to me, the first being a universal law and the second being the most practical exercise I have ever heard about to quickly and fully understand that law.
The law, from the chapter’s introduction: “In this par you will find that you may freely choose what you think but the result of your thought is governed by an immutable law. Is not this a wonderful thought? Is it not wonderful to know that our lives are not subject to caprice of variability of any kind? That they are governed by law. This stability is our opportunity, because by complying with the law we can secure the desired effect with invariable precision.”
For those claiming complete responsibility for their lot in life, this is a welcome reassurance. For those less inclined to believe in self-accountability (i.e.- live in victim hood), this law is an uneasy concept to grasp. In either case, their is a simple way to experience how everything in life (effects) has a root cause in a thought.
The exercise: envision a ship in the sea (warship in the MK, could be a cruise ship, etc). Envision all of the people on it, the technology it uses to monitor itself and its surrounding in the ocean. Now go backwards in time and step by step envision the ship in each of its stages before it sailed at sea.
Envision the ship at port being put together; the hundreds of men with steel and tools, creating the ship before your mind’s eye. Go back further, before the ship was at port. Picture workers melting the materials and forging them into steel. Envision workers mining the materials from the mountains and transporting them to a factory. Before that, a ship company receiving orders from perhaps the federal government to build a new ship. There was likely debate in Congress over whether or not to pay for an build a new ship. Before that, the senator or representative from a given state created the bill to build a new ship and brought it to the House floor for debate. And still further back, in her/his local district, someone brought the idea to the congressperson, likely with the idea that there were hundreds of people in that community needing work, and building ships is what they had always done.
So we begin with envisioning a battle ship in the ocean and end the exercise seeing that before the ship was ever even considered, it all started with a thought. Once the thought was spoken and shared, it began attracting and accruing the necessary people and resources to bring it to fruition.
This exercise can be done with anything in existence; a person, thing, event, or condition. It is really very cool that we can consider any situation (effect) and look deeper below the surface to try and understand its root cause.
This is a powerful technique that illustrates the law that although we can think anything we desire, the thought will then be governed by the same immutable law governing all thoughts. Practicing this exercise gives one an incredible advantage in any arena, and makes one able to be useful to others. Knowing there exists a way to learn how to better serve others will make those seeking advancement and fulfillment very happy, indeed.
Faith it up and live upward,