Message of a Master - The Universal Law

Message of A Master – Introduction

It is late into the night. I should have slept over long ago, but something has kept me up. As I was reading my emails earlier in the evening I had come across one with a quote that grabbed my attention. It read: "The cause of the confusion prevailing in your mind that weakens your thoughts is the false belief that there is a power or powers outside you greater than the power within you.”

The statement immediately grabbed my attention. I searched the net, proceeded to download the whole book and started reading it from beginning to end. Now, hours later, with the silence of the night being broken only by the croaking of frogs outside, I have finished it.

I could not put the book down until I reached the end. I am not quite sure if it was the mysterious character in it called “The Master” or that it just made plain sense that spurred me on to read it in one seating. Whatever the case, even though I knew a lot of its contents before, they seem to have taken on a new and fresh meaning.

Message of A Master – the Results

The book was called “The Message of a Master” and was written by John McDonald in 1929. It begins with the story of a man who had lost both his health and wealth and was in despair and wallowing in his misery. As a remedy he ran away from his town and was aimlessly traveling around in defeat. That was until he met the master.

Almost immediately his fortunes changed. He regained not just his wealth, but also his health and, on reflection, castigated himself for having wasted so much of his life doing things wrongly when there was an easier, fail proof way to achieve both health and wealth.

Message of A Master – the Universal Law

The master called it the Universal Law. He himself lived by it and, as was evident in his lifestyle and achievements, it had worked well for him. He said of it: “the great masses of humanity are using the Law destructively or partially so, and the scales are balanced against them. Here and there, among the masses, we find an occasional outstanding figure who has achieved greatness or success and he is erroneously singled out as lucky or as a genius, when the fact is that he has made use of the law – whether knowingly or unknowingly it matters not – at least sufficiently to have the scales balanced in his favor.”

He went on to explain the Universal Law by giving examples. Electricity, for example, has always been around in the world. Yet, until man understood it and, more importantly, understood how to harness it and use it for his sown benefit, it was totally useless to him. Furthermore, electricity can be an agent of both good and bad, depending on how you use it. So the Universal Law has always existed, though most are ignorant of it, and can be an agent of both good and bad, depending on how you use it.

Message of A Master – have an open mind

Lest there be skeptics amongst some of you reading this, allow me to repeat the words of the master: “He who is wise in his own conceit, who approaches a subject in an attitude of doubt and resistance, will learn little. There is not much hope for him. But he who takes up any subject in an open mind, willing to learn anything that will contribute to his advancement, comfort and happiness, is wise.”

So as I read, I tried to keep an open mind. All the while eagerly waiting to be told what exactly the Universal Law was and how I could utilize it myself. My persistence in reading was soon rewarded. The Universal Law was indeed nothing new to me. It was simply this: anything you firmly and consistently think about will come about. To put it more eloquently it was “that (the) mind…holds images, pictures. And any picture firmly held in any mind, in any form, is bound to come forth.”

The Universal Law, I thought, is truly universal. Why? Because I have come across it in so many forms and from so many different sources, all written at so many different times and in so many different places. Yet one thing that is consistent amongst them is that one idea that your thoughts control your destiny. Your are in control of everything that happens to you, good or bad. “The man who knows the law and uses it will be supreme and the ignorant one who refuses to see this will just remain in bondage to his false beliefs.”

Message of A Master – Thoughts are supreme

Thoughts are the supreme thing in life. The outer environment is merely a reflection of the thinking. The master observed that people called him as such because he seemed to have some supernatural powers, but he added that this was true only in “the sense that I have learned how to master environment and conditions. That I have developed in me the powers that abide in all of us and that I am more nearly living life as it should be lived.” Mastery of environment and conditions is one of the keys to being successful and living life from the inside out.

Common sense living has it backwards. We tend to live from the outside-in, responding to and adjusting our lives to outer conditions and environment. But the correct process is to live from the inside-out. We can create our world from within us, in our minds, and then it will manifest itself through our effort and diligence to bring it about.

Message of A Master – Conclusion

James Allen was referring to this same law in his book “As a man Thinketh” when he said that when man “realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow; he then becomes the rightful master of himself."

The whole principle, as outlined in the book, could be given in more detail, but that is hardly necessary. The simple truth is clear. That is why it is often overlooked. But if you utilize it, it will work for you as it has for thousands before you. Use the power of your mind. Create your life from within.

You are all you can be. Go on and be it.


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