Book review of The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel “A brilliant presentation about life and success.”



The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel was originally published in 1912, over a century ago. One would think that the material in it has been superseded by more contemporary stuff, but to conclude such would be an error of magnitude. The Master Key System is a brilliant presentation about life and success, the power of positive and creative thinking, and moreover, and possibly most importantly, that with training and discipline, ANYONE can control their circumstances and make their dreams come true. We’ve all heard about the the law of attraction, or how like-attracts-like, or that positive thinking can get us to our dreams – and there are dozens, maybe hundreds of motivational speakers and disciplines which have popped up on the world’s radar in the last few decades alone, all of which pitch the very same philosophical and spiritual truths which Haanel detailed in his book over 100 years ago. The book is written like an instructional manual, in 24 parts, with lessons to be done in order to gain practical skills with the material. This is a book which could easily be lost to us if not put in the spotlight where it belongs along with other classics, because it is at the very bedrock of many of the most modern and contemporary movements, and even possibly, religious practices which are in vogue today. Some might contend that Haanel was not the only one in the New Thought Movement of his time who propagated these concepts, and that may well be true, but one cannot deny the truth of what he has so carefully elucidated in this terribly simple rendering of a philosophical and spiritual classic. I end this review with this quotation from his book:
“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.”