In 2011, my whole world changed. What I thought of the world was far different than what I think of it today. It took a perfect storm of events to make me realize I had everything I could ever need or want in life. Why couldn’t I realize it before – I often wonder when I think back.

The weeks leading up to the moment that changed my life, I was reading this book, The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel, a turn of the century ‘New Thought’ writer. What’s now a complete book, in 1916, it was broken up into twenty-four subsets or periodicals. It has action steps at the end of each subset on how to unlock the law of attraction and change your life forever.

My curiosity deepened after reading this passage in chapter nine, which you’ll read in a moment. You see, my wife and I have a young child who was born with bi-lateral club feet. After his birth, we prayed and searched for the best doctors to help him. We were lucky and found the help he needed for his feet here in St. Louis. So when reading this part of the book it jumped out at me and made me pay very close attention.

The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel – Part Nine

A letter from Frederick Andrews offers the following insight:

I was about thirteen years old when Dr. T. W. Marsee, since passed over, said to my mother: “There is no possible chance, Mrs. Andrews. I lost my little boy the same way, after doing everything for him that it was possible to do. I have made a special study of these cases, and I know there is no possible chance for him to get well.”

She turned to him and said: “Doctor, what would you do if he were your boy?” and he answered, “I would fight, fight, as long as there is a breath of life to fight for.”

That was the beginning of a long drawn-out battle, with many ups and downs, the doctors all agreeing that there was no chance for a cure, though they encouraged and cheered us the best they could.

But at last the victory came, and I have grown from a little, crooked, twisted, cripple, going about on my hands and knees, to a strong, straight, well formed man.

Now, I know you want the formula, and I will give it to you as briefly and quickly as I can.

I built up an affirmation for myself, taking the qualities I most needed, and affirming for myself over and over again, “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.” I kept up this affirmation, always the same, never varying, till I could wake up in the night and find myself repeating, “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.” It was the last thing on my lips at night and the first thing in the morning.

Not only did I affirm it for myself, but for others that I knew needed it. I want to emphasize this point. Whatever you desire for yourself, affirm it for others, and it will help you both. We reap what we sow. If we send out thoughts of love and health, they return to us like bread cast upon the waters; but if we send out thoughts of fear, worry, jealousy, anger, hate, etc., we will reap the results in our own lives.

It used to be said that man is completely built over every seven years, but some scientists now declare that we build ourselves over entirely every eleven months; so we are really only eleven months old. If we build the defects back into our bodies year after year, we have no one to blame but ourselves.

Man is the sum total of his own thoughts; so the question is, how are we going to entertain only the good thoughts and reject the evil ones? At first we can’t keep the evil thoughts from coming, but we can keep from entertaining them. The only way to do this is to forget them — which means, get something for them. This is where the ready-made affirmation comes into play.

When a thought of anger, jealousy, fear or worry creeps in, just start your affirmation going. The way to fight darkness is with light — the way to fight cold is with heat — the way to overcome evils is with good. For myself, I never could find any help in denials. Affirm the good, and the bad will vanish. – Frederick Elias Andrews

Approximately two years after reading these words from Frederick Elias Andrews in The Master Key System, I set out to find a group of like-minded writing partners who were interested in exploring these ideas. Together, we are writing eight books, our collective wisdom on the affirmations listed in the above passage. I added ‘healthy’ to the affirmation, even though it may not be necessary, because I believe it’s important in our day and age.

We call our selves The Wisdom Buffet Writers. Welcome to our first book: Happiness Chronicles – Short Stories and Recipes for a Happy Life.

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Jim Thomas