Enclosed you will find Part Twenty-four, your final lesson of this course.

If you have practiced each of the exercises a few minutes every day, as suggested,

you will have found that you can get out of life exactly what you wish by first

putting into life that which you wish, and you will probably agree with the student

who said: “The thought is almost overwhelming, so vast, so available, so definite,

so reasonable and so usable.”

The fruit of this knowledge is, as it were, a gift of the Gods; it is the “truth”

that makes men free, not only free from every lack and limitation, but free from

sorrow, worry and care, and, is it not wonderful to realize that this law is no

respecter of persons, that it makes no difference what your habit of thought may

be, the way has been prepared.

If you are inclined to be religious, the greatest religious teacher the world has

ever known made the way so plain that all may follow. If your mental bias is toward

physical science, the law will operate with mathematical certainty. If you are

inclined to be philosophical, Plato or Emerson may be your teacher, but in either

case, you may reach degrees of power to which it is impossible to assign any limit.

An understanding of this principle, I believe, is the secret for which the ancient

Alchemists vainly sought, because it explains how gold in the mind may be

transmuted into gold in the heart and in the hand.


1. When the scientists first put the Sun in the center of the Solar System and sent

the earth spinning around it, there was immense surprise and consternation. The

whole idea was self-evidently false; nothing was more certain than the movement of

the Sun across the sky, and anyone could see it descend behind the western hills

and sink into the sea; scholars raged and scientists rejected the idea as absurd,

yet the evidence has finally carried conviction in the minds of all.

2. We speak of a bell as a “sounding body,” yet we know that all the bell can do is

to produce vibrations in the air. When these vibrations come at the rate of sixteen

per second, they cause a sound to be heard in the mind. It is also possible for the

mind to hear vibrations up to the rate of 38,000 vibrations per second. When the

number increases beyond this, all is silence again; so that we know that the sound

is not in the bell, it is in our own mind.

3. We speak and even think of the Sun as “giving light.” Yet we know it is simply

giving forth energy which produces vibrations in the ether at the rate of four

hundred trillion a second, causing what are termed light waves, so that we know

that we call light is simply a form of energy and that the only light there is, is

the sensation caused in the mind by the motion of the waves. When the number

increases, the light changes in color, each change in color being caused by shorter

and more rapid vibrations; so that although we speak of the rose as being red, the

grass as being green,

or the sky as being blue, we know that the colors exist only in our minds, and

are the sensations experienced by us as the result of the vibrations of light

waves. When the vibrations are reduced below four hundred trillion a second, they

no longer affect us as light, but we experience the sensation of heat. It is

evident, therefore, that we cannot depend upon the evidence of the senses for our

information concerning the realities of things; if we did we should believe that

the sun moved, that the world was flat instead of round, that the stars were bits

of light instead of vast suns.

4. The whole range then of the theory and practice of any system of metaphysics

consists in knowing the Truth concerning yourself and the world in which you live;

in knowing that in order to express harmony, you must think harmony; in order to

express health you must think health; and in order to express abundance you must

think abundance; to do this you must reverse the evidence of the senses.

5. When you come to know that every form of disease, sickness, lack and limitation

are simply the result of wrong thinking, you will have come to know “the Truth

which shall make you free.” You will see how mountains may be removed. If these

mountains consist only of doubt, fear, distrust or other forms of discouragement,

they are none the less real, and they need not only to be removed but to be “cast

into the sea.”

6. Your real work consists in convincing yourself of the truth of these statements.

When you have succeeded in doing this you will have no difficulty in thinking the

truth, and as has been shown, the truth contains a vital principle and will

manifest itself.

7. Those who heal diseases by mental methods have come to know this truth, they

demonstrate it in their lives and the lives of others daily. They know that life,

health and abundance are Omnipresent, filling all space, and they know that those

who allow disease or lack of any kind to manifest, have as yet not come into an

understanding of this great law.

8. As all conditions are thought creations and therefore entirely mental, disease

and lack are simply mental conditions in which the person fails to perceive the

truth; as soon as the error is removed, the condition is removed.

9. The method for removing this error is to go into the Silence and know the Truth;

as all mind is one mind, you can do this for yourself or anyone else. If you have

learned to form mental images of the conditions desired, this will be the easiest

and quickest way to secure results; if not, results can be accomplished by

argument, by the process of convincing yourself absolutely of the truth of your


10. Remember, and this is one of the most difficult as well as most wonderful

statements to grasp…. remember that no matter what the difficulty is, no matter

where it is, no matter who is affected, you have no patient but yourself; you have

nothing to do but to convince yourself of the truth which you desire to see


11. This is an exact scientific statement in accordance with every system of

Metaphysics in existence, and no permanent results are ever secured in any other


12. Every form of concentration, forming Mental Images, Argument, and

Autosuggestion are all simply methods by which you are enabled to realize the


13. If you desire to help someone, to destroy some form of lack, limitation or

error, the correct method is not to think of the person whom you wish to help; the

intention to help them is entirely sufficient, as this puts you in mental touch

with the person. Then drive out of your own mind any belief of lack, limitation,

disease, danger, difficulty or whatever the trouble might be. As soon as you have

succeeded is doing this the result will have been accomplished, and the person will

be free.

14. But remember that thought is creative and consequently every time you allow

your thought to rest on any inharmonious condition, you must realize that such

conditions are apparent only, they have no reality, that spirit is the only reality

and it can never be less than perfect.

15. All thought is a form of energy, a rate of vibration, but a thought of the

Truth is the highest rate of vibration known and consequently destroys every form

of error in exactly the same way that light destroys darkness; no form of error can

exist when the “Truth” appears, so that your entire mental work consists in coming

into an understanding of the Truth. This will enable you to overcome every form of

lack, limitation or disease of any kind.

16. We can get no understanding of the truth from the world without; the world

without is relative only; Truth is absolute. We must therefore find it in the

“world within.”

17. To train the mind to see Truth only is to express true conditions only, our

ability to do this will be an indication as to the progress we are making.

18. The absolute truth is that the “I” is perfect and complete; the real “I” is

spiritual and can therefore never be less than perfect; it can never have any lack,

limitation, or disease. The flash of genius does not have origin in the molecular

motion of the brain; it is inspired by the ego, the spiritual “I” which is one with

the Universal Mind, and it is our ability to recognize this Unity which is the

cause of all inspiration, all genius. These results are far reaching and have

effect upon generations yet to come; they are the pillars of fire which mark the

path that millions follow.

19. Truth is not the result of logical training or of experimentation, or even of

observation; it is the product of a developed consciousness. Truth within a Caesar,

manifests in a Caesar’s deportment, in his life and his action; his influence upon

social forms and progress. Your life and your actions and your influence in the

world will depend upon the degree of truth which you are enabled to perceive, for

truth will not manifest in creeds, but in conduct.

20. Truth manifests in character, and the character of a man, should be the

interpretation of his religion, or what to him is truth, and this will in turn be

evidenced in the character of his possession. If a man complains of the drift of

his fortune he is just as unjust to himself as if he should deny rational truth,

though it stand patent and irrefutable.

21. Our environment and the innumerable circumstances and accidents of our lives

already exist in the subconscious personality which attracts to itself the mental

and physical material which is congenial to its nature. Thus our future being

determined from our present, and if there should be apparent injustice in any

feature or phase of our personal life, we must look within for the cause, try to

discover the mental fact which is responsible for the outward manifestation.

22. It is this truth which makes you “free” and it is the conscious knowledge of

this truth which will enable you to overcome every difficulty.

23. The conditions with which you meet in the world without are invariably the

result of the conditions obtaining in the world within, therefore it follows with

scientific accuracy that by holding the perfect ideal in mind you can bring about

ideal conditions in your environment.

24. If you see only the incomplete, the imperfect, the relative, the limited, these

conditions will manifest in your life; but if you train your mind to see and

realize the spiritual ego, the “I” which is forever perfect and complete,

harmonious; wholesome, and healthful conditions only will be manifested.

25. As thought is creative, and the truth is the highest and most perfect thought

which anyone can think, it is self-evident that to think the truth is to create

that which is true and it is again evident that when truth comes into being that

which is false must cease to be.

26. The Universal Mind is the totality of all mind which is in existence. Spirit is

Mind, because spirit is intelligent. The words are, therefore, synonymous.

27. The difficulty with which you have to contend is to realize that mind is not

individual. It is omnipresent. It exists everywhere. In other words, there is no

place where it is not. It is, therefore, Universal.

28. Men have, heretofore, generally used the word “God” to indicate this Universal,

creative principle; but the word “God” does not convey the right meaning. Most

people understand this word to mean something outside of themselves; while exactly

the contrary is the fact. It is our very life. Without it we would be dead. We

would cease to exist. The minute the spirit leaves the body, we are as nothing.

Therefore, spirit is really, all there is of us.

29. Now, the only activity which the spirit possesses is the power to think.

Therefore, thought must be creative, because spirit is creative. This creative

power is impersonal and your ability to think is your ability to control it and

make use of it for the benefit of yourself and others.

30. When the truth of this statement is realized, understood, and appreciated, you

will have come into possession of the Master-Key, but remember that only those who

are wise enough to understand, broad enough to weigh the evidence, firm enough to

follow their own judgment, and strong enough to make the sacrifice exacted, may

enter and partake.

31. This week, try to realize that this is truly a wonderful world in which we

live, that you are a wonderful being that many are awakening to a knowledge of the

Truth, and as fast as they awake and come into a knowledge of the “things which

have been prepared for them” they, too, realize that “Eye hath not seen, nor ear

heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man,” the splendors which exist

for those who find themselves in the Promised Land. They have crossed the river of

judgment and have arrived at the point of discrimination between the true and the

false, and have found that all they ever willed or dreamed, was but a faint concept

of the dazzling reality.

“Though an inheritance of acres may be bequeathed, an inheritance of knowledge

and wisdom cannot. The wealthy man may pay others for doing his work for him, but

it is impossible to get his thinking done for him by another or to purchase any

kind of self-culture.”

S. Smiles

Master Key System

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