On the Path

The Golden Key

The Law of Attraction states that what we tend to think about, we bring about. Where attention goes, energy flows.


We see this metaphysical law play out in everyday life. Someone thinks of ill health; another thinks of good health; one thinks of failing a test; another thinks of making a good grade – the law works the same for any situation.

We might accept that our dominant thoughts create our reality. But changing our thoughts

is not always easy, especially with troubling or fearful thoughts.

The tendency in thinking is to simply follow along a train of thought. We think one thought, which directs us to another and another, and soon we realize we’ve traveled far away from the original thought. This is sometimes called the “monkey mind,” that jumps all around.

In order to direct thinking at all, we must be mindful about what we’re thinking.

You might ask yourself during the day: What am I thinking? And do I want to experience the effect of the kinds of thoughts I’m thinking? The Golden Key is one way to change your train of thought. Written as a small pamphlet in 1931 by Emmet Fox, these five pages contain a useful practice to direct thoughts.


The key is this:

Stop thinking about the difficulty, whatever it is, and think about God instead.


Fox adds you may hold any views on religion, or none, and it still works. For the word God, you could substitute higher power, great spirit, beauty, wisdom, truth, love, peace, or whatever word you choose that represents a positive presence.

Fox says, “If you can become so absorbed in the consideration of the spiritual that you forget for a while about the difficulty, you will find that you are safely and comfortably out of your difficulty – that your demonstration is made.”


While the golden key is simple, it is not always easy to turn thoughts. But it is the only way.

Repeating affirmative statements can help, such as “Everything is in divine order,” “The Universe is guiding me,” or “Peace surrounds me,” or even just “All is well.”

We train our minds like training a puppy by repeating a command over and over until it sinks in or becomes habituated.

There’s an old phrase from the 1500’s, “a golden key can open any door.” Basically, this means that enough money, or the promise of it, will accomplish anything.


Yes, money can be helpful. But even more helpful – and rewarding – is to take charge of our own thoughts. Then we are richly creative, for we are creating the world we want through directing our minds.

These words of W.H. Murray about the power of commitment come to mind.

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:

the moment one definitely commits, then Providence moves too.


All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.


I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it! Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it.” Commit to being mindful of your thoughts. Commit to entertain only the thoughts you wish to experience.


When difficult or negative thoughts intrude, use the Golden Key: turn away from them and turn to that which is uplifting and joyful.

You have that power!


Use the Golden Key to open the door to the world in which you want to live.

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