Week 2 of Master Key System

by Dan on August 5, 2011

The purpose of this week’s lesson was to teach about the conscious mind and the subconscious mind, and how they work together.  The idea was that the conscious mind’s main purpose is to decide the information that the subconscious mind accepts and implements.

Haanel hammers in that most people dramatically over-estimate how much power their conscious mind has in their lives.  He says using your conscious mind to investigate the subconscious mind is like using a flashlight to look at the entire universe.

Your subconscious mind decides how successful you are, how healthy you are, all your “luck,” and he hints that it even affects external events completely out of your awareness.

However, the conscious mind does have a critical power, which is deciding how the subconscious mind proceeds.  He says it’s very important to guard your thoughts, because your subconscious makes decisions based on premises your conscious mind allows inside.  When these premises are unhelpful or flat out wrong, everything goes wrong.

As a modern example, suppose when you’re a child, you accept the idea that people will be mean to you if you take the spotlight and seek attention.  When your subconscious assumes this as a premise, it acts accordingly.  It’ll make you nervous when you go on stage, because it wants you to be prepared for someone attacking you.  It’ll make you sick the day before a performance so you’ll be kept out of an unsafe situation.

The good news is that you can rewire this all with repetition and deep awareness of your internal programs.

This week, the exercise was to sit still again, but this time to silence your thoughts as much as possible.  I had similar difficulty with this, such as falling asleep again, but I kept my eyes open when I felt sleep coming, and by the end of the week, the falling asleep problem had stopped.

I’m also noticing how much our inner processes affect the outside world.  There’s one quote from Lesson 1 that’s becoming more and more clear:

“You will at once see that this is a radically new and different idea; most men try to change effects by working with effects. They fail to see that this is simply changing one form of distress for another. To remove discord, we must remove the cause, and this cause can be found only in the world within.”

Maybe you’ve noticed this as well: You plug a leak in your life, only to find a new leak in another area.

I’d had some noise problems in my apartment complex for a while, and it was very odd what would happen.  A neighbor would play his music very loud and I’d ask him to turn it down.  After a few times of this, the neighbor would either be more respectful, or maybe move out of the complex a few months later.

Almost like clockwork, another neighbor would move in who would play music loud.  Or a neighbor who was quiet for years would start blasting her TV very loudly.

It felt like that “Hit the mole” game in an arcade where you hit a robot critter with a mallet and then another critter pops up from another hole to take it’s place.

My experience with the noise fits this idea very well.  It’s actually dramatically gone down since using the Master Key System.

I’ll keep posting more updates as I go.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa August 7, 2011 at 10:05 am

Enjoyed, Dan! Oh, and that game is called “Whack-a-Mole.” ;) Makes me want to restart my blog and do the same…

2 Dan August 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Thanks for stopping by, Lisa!

Yeah, definitely restart your blog if you’re feeling it. It’ll be great to have us both covering the experience and then we can cross-pollinate each other’s blogs with the different perspectives. :-)

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