I'm reading Part 10 of Charles F Haanel's The Master Key System. In it, the author writes the following quote.

The ordinary man, who has no definite knowledge of cause and effect, is governed by his feelings or emotions.

  1. How do you explain his premise that not understanding cause and effect, brings about this condition?

  2. Do you agree or not, and why?

asked 24 Oct '09, 07:46

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edited 19 Feb '12, 04:38

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Barry Allen ♦♦

Thank you for your editorial work, Kathy. When I write my first book, I'll get in touch. :-)

(24 Oct '09, 08:35) John

You're welcome, John.

(24 Oct '09, 08:43) Inactive User ♦♦
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Yes, I agree with the quote. We are all governed by feelings or emotions (not just ordinary men and women)...we are wired up to be like that. I don't know anyone who does anything other than to feel good...even helping others makes you feel good that you did it.

The Abraham teachings however go a bit further than this...

They say that emotion always comes in response to a thought we are having. They say it is impossible to have an emotion that has not been stimulated by a thought first. Certainly, whenever I am experiencing an emotion, I have always been able to trace the birth of it to some thought I have had earlier...yes, I keep testing this in case I ever find an exception :)

This is because emotions are an indication of your alignment with your inner being/higher self or whatever label you prefer. Greater alignment indicates a more positive emotion, lesser alignment leads to a more negative emotion.

So to answer your question, yes the ordinary person is governed by their feelings or emotions but their feelings and emotions are governed by the thoughts they think.

In other words, we come back - from this little line of reasoning - to the age-old saying that the thoughts we think govern the lives we lead.

This then answers the first part of your question...I believe the cause and effect that Mr Haanel was referring to is that of thoughts creating our realities, and he was implying that not understanding this then results in becoming governed by your emotions (via your indisciplined thoughts).


answered 24 Oct '09, 12:48

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edited 24 Oct '09, 13:05

Good answer as usual Stingray!

(24 Oct '09, 15:12) Rebecca

Very good answer!

(24 Oct '09, 19:47) John

@Stingray - yes, love it, "the thoughts we think govern the lives we lead" ... and cause and effect = law of attraction :)

(19 Feb '12, 08:14) blubird two

Fantastic answer Stingray. Your answers are indicators to your knowledge.

(26 Dec '22, 16:35) CJLove
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This plane of manifestion is a sentient one and our emotions or feelings assist us towards inward growth. At this point in our evolution we are indeed controlled by our feeling bodies (inclusive of our conceptual and astrological as well). When we can make an awared choice to take control of them we can use the Law of Cause and Effect as a guide. All laws are created to assist humanity toward their further attainment of conscious evolution.

Love and Harmony, Your cosmic sister in truth


answered 24 Oct '09, 14:53

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Thanks for your insights.

(24 Oct '09, 19:49) John

probably emotions for
survival, that also makes
us raw putty in the hands
of skillfully schooled

as they play with feelings


answered 11 Jan, 18:55

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