Charles Haanel – The Master Key System

I don’t remember how I stumbled upon this book, but reading the blurb on the back compelled me to buy it. It read…

The Master Key System is one of the finest studies in self-improvement and higher consciousness ever written…… that not only leaves you feeling good, but also thinking good.  This book was banned by the Church and has been hidden away for seventy years!

I was intrigued, so I had to buy it. It’s sat on my bedside table for 2 months but I picked it up this morning and had a flick through.

Hold that thought for a second whilst I firstly explain some recent events and thoughts….

A very good friend of mine commented on one of my posts yesterday and mentioned my commitment to blogging. It got me thinking about why I am so committed to it. The reason I started blogging was to explore my writing style, to explore what it was like to write publicly rather than just think privately…..It’s become so much more than that. It’s become more important to me than I ever imagined it would.

I read some truly inspiring blogs every day. I speak to some truly inspirational people. I appreciate every hit I get, I’m grateful for every ‘like’ I get, and I’m so very happy with every new comment I get… Subscribing to my blog.. well, that just blows my mind!

I made a conscious decision not to use my blog to rant or to be needlessly negative…. If and when I feel like that, I’ll continue to do it in thought only… and once I’m done thinking about it, I’ll counteract it with a positive blog post. Restore the status quo.

To give you an example… Driving home from work last Thursday, I made a mental ‘to do’ list in my head for the evening. It’s quite unusual for me to do this as I’m not a list kind of girl. I’m envious of those who are.

Anyway, my list was

  • Make Tea
  • Make lunch for tomorrow
  • Change bedding and put pyjamas on before I…
  • Pull pretty much contents of wardrobe out and iron everything

1 – 3 went without a hitch. I then came to point 4. Ironing. I pulled everything out of the wardrobe, and I mean everything. Took it downstairs and made a big pile in the living room floor. I pulled out the ironing board and plugged in the iron….Nothing. I unplugged the iron, shook it about a bit, fiddled with the lead a bit, pressed every button and turned every knob. Plugged it back in… Nothing… I probably did that another 3 or 4 times before a voice in my head said…

Bethan, leave it go.. It’s gone… Time of iron death…8.21pm

I was livid!…Livid that I’d dragged everything downstairs, my plan for the evening had been ruined, I’d have to take everything unironed back upstairs, and the prospect of having to wear unironed clothes to work.

I was so frustrated that I gave the ironing board a little kick….. which instantly buckled and collapsed broken to the floor..

Thank you universe!, lesson learnt!.. I acknowledge the hideous overreaction, and consequences of said overreaction.

I didn’t realise you could feel embarrassment in an empty house when it’s only you who has witnessed the event..  But I did. When I told someone at work the next day about it, they genuinely looked at me in surprise and said “What the hell did you do that for, you’re usually so chilled about everything”

In contrast, today my kitchen light blew and the fitting crumbled when I took it out… Being without light in a room is a little more important than an iron breaking, but today I just thought ‘Oh well, I’ll buy another light fitting and fix it’…

So, my point is, I think my commitment to blogging is as much about my commitment to self exploration, discovery and self-development as much as it is to writing.. I wasn’t expecting that when I started to blog. That has crept in and taken me by surprise.

Looking at my past blog posts, the majority of them relate to having fun, to feeling good and thinking good… which brings me back (finally) to Charles Haanel!

This book is arguably one of the first of its kind to talk about harnessing the power of the subconscious and the law of attraction.

The book is split up into 24 parts, and suggests you should focus on them as weekly study courses. That’s what I intend to do. Over the next 24 weeks, I am going to study one per week, and post a weekly update on my progress.

By blogging about it, I’m committing myself to actually doing it, and by actually doing it, I’m committing myself to blogging about it..

It’s a win win situation!


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bex
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 00:47:19

    oh very cool. looking forward to finding more about this “law of attraction” stuff that everyone around here keeps talking about. 24 weeks! what an incredible long-term goal.

    one of these days i will come over there and do all your ironing – it is one of my favourite things.

    you know, reading your posts is important.


    • bethanage
      Feb 21, 2011 @ 21:02:39

      Ha! Thank you!… You are more than welcome to come and iron… It’s one of my least favourite things to do… Hence the overreaction I think!

      I’ve recently found the Law of Attraction really intriguing…. There is so much information available about it, I thought why not give it a shot! Whats the worst that could happen!?……..


  2. aquatom1968
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 20:11:33

    Hi Bethan, great post again!

    I love feeling good…! And a broken iron should not come in the way of that (well, for as long is absolutely necessary anyway!)

    The Master Key System was written in 1919, and it is still classed as ‘New Thought’ – I always find that concept a little confusing!

    I don’t know if you are aware (and apologies if you are, but I’ll tell you anyway) there is a great site that features books like (and including) The Master Key System in their entirety. The site is the Internet Sacred Text Archive (, and there are hundreds of books freely available to choose from, of all genres. I prefer the feel of a good book if I’m being honest, but I very often visit this site and read some of the works that are available there.

    Sorry for waffling on there… hope your iron problems are ‘ironed out’ soon!!! 😀


    • bethanage
      Feb 21, 2011 @ 20:55:59

      Thanks very much! I was not aware of that site, but I will certainly check it out! I also like the feel of a book… My dream house would have a library in it top to toe with books, and one of those ladders to reach the top shelf!…

      It amazes me that it was written in 1919, but I’ve found you can tell it’s quite an old book from the vocabulary! I’ve got to keep a dictionary near by to check on the words I’m not sure of!.. The positive of this is that my vocabulary is growing as a result! Double good!

      I’m also loving feeling good! I’ve just come back from a 6 mile run, and apart from the fact I can’t feel my legs at the moment, and I’m predicting I’ll have to crawl out of bed in the morning, I feel great!

      Ha! The iron situation was completely ‘ironed out’ by a quick visit to Argos in my lunch hour!


  3. Trevor
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 23:43:37

    I know you posted this yesterday but this is the second up-beat read of the day for me and I’m loving the feeling I’m getting from all this feel-good writing.

    Keep up the good work blogging, I’ve recently subscribed so I’m going to be a regular from now on as well.


  4. Jamie MacKenzie
    Feb 23, 2011 @ 16:18:53

    Love this post and the quote “…embarrassment in an empty house when it’s only you who has witnessed the event…”. I have expereienced that – thanks for the reminder. Great perspective and great self-awareness. Knowing who we are (good and bad) and keeping that top of mind helps us to bring our genuine selves to everyone around us – and in our blogs 🙂

    Thanks again for a great post.



    • bethanage
      Feb 24, 2011 @ 08:13:19

      Thanks Jamie,
      It’s incredible isn’t it? To embarrass yourself in private!?
      Thanks for the comment, and I agree… Knowing the bad is as equally important as knowing the good.. Acting on both is the hardest part


  5. Bec
    Feb 23, 2011 @ 17:43:09

    You are such a creative writer you put me to shame!


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