Week Eleven – Inductive Reasoning

The Universe is simply the condition which the Universal Spirit has made for itself


I must admit the language in sections of Master Keys Part Eleven seems archaic and convoluted. Perhaps that’s why I’m having some difficulty discerning meaning from some of the passages. Getting to the central message about inductive reasoning took some work.

I have to go back to Part Ten and recall that “Abundance is a natural law of the Universe” and that “all wealth is the offspring of power” and that there is physical, mental and spiritual power.

Spiritual power is the superior faculty or process by which man has been able to understand the Natural Laws governing in the Natural World, and thus to harness the forces of nature. The result among many effects, is that electricity lights the globe, airplanes and spacecraft defy the force of gravity, and time and space are melded into one.

In the physical world we find the inorganic and organic and understand that the inorganic can be imbued with life only by virtue of it’s being incorporated into an already living part of the organic world (10 -6). The example is the plant which we visualized emerging from the seed in the application of Part Nine.

There is a similar relationship between the Natural World and the Spritual World (10 -7), so that there is no way any human, of his own volition, can enter the Spiritual World. However, just like the plant which reaches down into the mineral world and breathes life into those inert molecules, the Universal Mind can reach into the human mind and endow it with marvelous qualities (10 -8).

We are Individualized Universal Mind

Thought is the connecting link between the Infinite and the finite or in this context, between the Universal Mind and that of man. As we have learned in a number of ways as we have progressed through the lessons of the Master Keys, seeking the Silence in the Sit (the application) at the end of each lesson is what forges this connection. Visualization is the true mechanism by which we create our reality and bring to bear the Law of Growth.

And we know that this Law is the Master Key by which we can decree a thing and it shall be established (10 -11). Then I read this remarkable statement in 10 -12:

“It could not be otherwise; if the soul of the Universe as we know it is the Universal Spirit, then the Universe is simply the condition which the Universal Spirit has made for itself. We are simply individualized spirit and are creating the conditions for our growth in exactly the same way.”

This takes me all the way back to Part 7, sentence 8 in which Haanel says this exact same thing. It’s beginning to sink in! We really are individualized expressions of the Universal Mind.

Inductive Reasoning and the Law of Growth

inductive reasoning solar systemAnd so on to Master Keys Part Eleven where the language of some sentences is baffling, circuitous and not all clear to me. What is clear however, is that our faculty of reasoning, especially inductive reasoning, has allowed humankind to understand and harness the laws of nature to our own benefit.

Haanel elaborates in sentences 11 -7 through 11 -13 on the reasoning faculty of the human mind and the fact it is the “watchman at the gate” referred to in Part 2 Sentence 14.

It is inductive reasoning which paved the way for Cuvier, the father of paleontology, and those scientists who came after him to be able to create clear pictures of the form and appearance of extinct organisms based on exact details of very small fragments of their skeletons. Pulling together reams of scientific data and analyzing it with inductive reasoning is the key here.

Haanel draws a parallel here with the principle that a need, a desire, a demand induces, guides and determines action. The result is that it is a natural law that the demand and the supply correlate. Where there is the thought of an existence, that something conjured in thought, actually exists.

This is clarified in 11 -13 where Haanel suggests there is a clear demarcation of “responsibility” between the Natural and Spiritual Worlds. He says all manual, mechanical and repetitious activity is relegated by the Universal to the powers of nature, while human “wants are satisfied by purely mental operations set in motion by the will, and where the supply is created by the demand.”

This takes us back to the link between the Natural and Spiritual Worlds discussed in Part 10 (sentences 7 and 8) and referenced above. Haanel is saying that man’s inductive reasoning and the power of will prepare him for forging this link.

The Sit in which we seek the Silence and develop the power of visualization, which is a function of the subjective mind, is the key to realizing the potential of the central concept of Part 11, which is expressed in 11 -18:

“We are first to believe that our desire has already been fulfilled, its accomplishment will then follow. This is a concise direction for making use of the creative power of thought by impressing on the Universal subjective mind, the particular thing which we desire as an already existing fact.”

This is what Jesus meant when he said “Whatsoever things ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive, and ye shall have them.”

This is also a concise statement of the Law of Growth, the Law of Attraction and the Law of Cause and Effect. In fact these three are one and the same.

Our entire experience to date which has included the daily readings of of chore and service cards, the Blueprint Builder (which Hill calls the Confidence Builder), our Definite Major Purpose, the affirmations, and our Plan of Action cards, along with the development of a focus on positive thought, association of the various colours and shapes with our goals and the calling forth of as many of the 7 major methods or learning as possible, are all leading to the development of our ability to envision and believe that our DMP is a fact.

Persistence is a Result

I am also thrilled that everything we have been doing to this point, if we have thrown ourselves whole heartedly into the experience, has nurtured in us the most fundamental habit for success: persistence. It is timely and appropriate that Mandino’s Scroll III has us affirming “I will persist until I succeed” multiple times daily.

This persistence has created another result. We have developed the four primary habits for success:

Four Major Habits

  • A Definite Purpose
  • A Definite Plan
  • A Positive Mental Attitude
  • A Mastermind Alliance

I see this as a powerful affirmation of the effectiveness of the MKMMA approach and experience.

For the application this week we are to take the admonition of Jesus to “believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” to the Silence. I am doing that. I am becoming more the observer. I am beginning to watch with interest but in a detached way, for what turns up, rather than wondering what I should expect.

I have extended the Sit to a minimum of 30 minutes and will extend that in future as needed. I persist until I succeed.

T.G. (Terry) Neraasen Inductive Reasoning

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Terrence Neraasen

Just consider me a Boomer with no need or desire to retire. I'm constantly learning and striving for excellence. My passions are Family and the natural world to which I dedicate myself and all my efforts.

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Chuck D - 2015-12-14

It’s fascinating how all this ‘work’ comes together, and you, your synopsis nailed it again! …I keep wondering how different, how much more “evolved” the world might be at this stage were the school “systems” to teach this to students, for me now, more than 40 years ago. While we can’t change the past, we can most certainly “influence” the future, especially the lives touched because we decided to rise to the challenge, to grow….

    Terrence Neraasen - 2015-12-14

    Looking to the future is all we can do. I know for starters that I’ll impart this philosophy and view to my family members who are receptive or who ask about it. Chief among them will be my daughter and the grandkids.

Terrence Neraasen - 2015-12-17

Saskia I have not given your question much thought so I will try to notice more next time around. In general I first “wake up” and then if anything I am calm but energized.

Stephen Serna - 2016-01-04

Terry, Your explanation and detail are amazing. This is so enlightening, even someone that is not in the course would gain such a great understanding and curiosity about the material.

    Terrence Neraasen - 2016-01-04

    Thank you Stephen. Your comment is very kind. Makes we want to go back and read the post again! LOL Your support is much appreciated.


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