Since we began studying and masterminding on the Master Key by Haanel, a common theme of “giving first” has repeated. In order to get/receive something (pick it: money, friendship, love, power, knowledge, etc) we must first give it away.
The basic conundrum is of course “I want something because I do not yet have it..if I must give it away in order to receive it, how can I give away something that I do not yet possess? Help!!!”
The key, the lynchpin of it all, if one has absolutely nothing (even if they have something), is to express gratitude. For some reason, expressing gratitude, which costs nothing, is an act that gives away positive feelings that come back to us. When they come back, they do so in the form of what we expressed gratitude for: “I am grateful for having a few bucks in my pocket” returns a bit more wealth. “I am grateful for my wonderful family” returns more love and friendship. You get the idea.
Chapter 19 in the Master Key discusses power, life-force, or vital force..all words labeling the same indescribable phenomenon. The purpose for accumulating personal power (how I refer to vital force) is to expand our awareness: of the world in which we live; our true nature; natural laws; as well as to use ourselves as a force for good.
Accumulating personal power is the key to storing more energy, which unlocks the doors to anything we desire (to have, be, do, accumulate, etc). The key to accumulating personal power? You guessed it: give it away. Begin by expressing gratitude in as many ways as you possibly can, including for the limited amount of personal power you may have at the moment. Guaranteed..it will come back to you ten-fold like a good old fashioned boomerang.