MKMMA Week 23 – Practical Spirituality

Haanel Q & A

  1. What is the first law of success? Service.
  2. How may we be of the most service? Have an open mind; be interested in the race rather than the goal;, in the pursuit rather than possession.
  3. What is the result of a selfish thought? It contains the germ of dissolution.
  4. How will our greatest success be achieved? By a recognition of the fact that it is just as essential to give as to receive.
  5. Why do financiers frequently meet with great success?  Because they do their own thinking.
  6. Why do the great majority in every country remain the domicile and apparently willing tools of the few? Because they let the few to all their thinking for them.
  7. What is the effect of concentrating upon sorrow and loss? More sorrow and more loss.
  8. What is the effect of concentrating upon gain? More gain.
  9. is this principle used in the business world? It is the only principle which is ever used, or ever can be used; there is no other principle. The fact that it may be used unconsciously does not alter the situation.
  10. What is the practical application of this principle? The fact that success is an effect, not a cause, and if we wish to secure the effect we must ascertain the cause or idea or thought by which the effect is created.




1. of or relating to practice or action:

2. consisting of, involving, or resulting from practice or action:
3. of, relating to, or concerned with ordinary activities, business, or work:
4. adapted or designed for actual use; useful:
5. engaged or experienced in actual practice or work:
6. inclined toward or fitted for actual work or useful activities:
7. mindful of the results, usefulness, advantages or disadvantages, etc., of action or procedure.


1. of, relating to, or consisting of spirit; incorporeal.

2. of or relating to the spirit or soul, as distinguished from the physical nature:

3. closely akin in interests, attitude, outlook, etc.:
4. of or relating to spirits or to spiritualists; supernatural or spiritualistic.

5. characterized by or suggesting predominance of the spiritethereal or delicately refined:

6. of or relating to the spirit as the seat of the moral or religious nature.
7. of or relating to sacred things or matters; religious; devotional; sacred.


noun, plural spiritualities.
1. the quality or fact of being spiritual.
2. incorporeal or immaterial nature.
3. predominantly spiritual character as shown in thought, life, etc.; spiritual tendency or tone.

Personal Observations

In this case, the dictionary is less helpful than we would’ve liked. We have seen so far the thoughts become things. We have seen that the “I” of us is a spirit. So that when we make our affirmation that I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy, we are speaking of the spirit of us. Our body might not yet be strong and powerful, but our spirit is. We are a spirit. We have a soul, consisting of mind, will and emotions. We live in a body. When we say, “I can be what I will to be”, we are speaking of spiritual reality.We notice in the Scriptures that the devil tried this “name it and claim it” principle. So we know that there may be some limitations to this.

It seems that we can have whatever we want, as long as it is good for us, good for many, and does not take someone else’s good. To attempt using spirit to control other people is witchcraft. We can, however, control ourselves. A careful reading of the Bible shows us that God is for us, not against us. We see that He is at work in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Since that is the case, we can confidently declare that we can be what we will to be. The Master said that we can be great if we will be of service to many. The law of growth states that what we think about grows. Saul of Tarsus tells us what to think about:

Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think on these things. [Philippians 4:8 -Modern English Version (MEV)]

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