Hi all, I realize that there have been similar questions and many answers pertaining to the first lesson in the Master Key System, but there is one question I would like to ask:

For the first lesson where the particular application of sitting still for 30mins required, is it a must for one to close their eyes and shut their mouth completely? because personally for me, I found it extremely difficult to do it with my eyes closed, but when I opened my eyes n closed my eyes in between I found it much easier to sit still longer. also, i sometimes involuntarily say out particular thoughts which I was thinking at that instance...so i was just wondering whether it is actually ok since there was no such mention in the first chapter.

asked 02 Nov '09, 11:36

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edited 09 Feb '12, 14:01

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Regarding that exercise, I don't believe there is a right or wrong way to do it.

I would suggest tackling this exercise in stages and congratulate yourself on each success, rather than trying to achieve perfection all at once. Otherwise you risk demoralizing yourself right at the start of this wonderful course and then giving up with it, like many seem to do.

If you need to open your mouth or eyes initially then do so, and just be pleased that you've managed to sit still for 15 to 30 minutes.

After a day or two of this, try increasing the difficulty. This time, try keeping your eyes closed, say, for this period of time while allowing your mouth to open when needed.

After a few more days, go for the big one...keep your eyes and mouth shut the whole time while remaining perfectly still.

By making small gradual improvements, you give yourself time to get used to something that you may never have tried before.

I have noticed that there is a required elapsed time interval that seems to be necessary for us human beings to get used to anything.

I have a suspicion that after practising this exercise for about three days in a row, you'll suddenly find it becomes much easier. Here is why I think this happens.

And I can assure you that, in time, you will find this exercise of just sitting still to be very easy to do (if you keep on with it) and there are some interesting benefits if you can master it.


answered 02 Nov '09, 19:17

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edited 02 Nov '09, 19:23

hmm but if there is not right or wrong way to do it, how would I know when I am really ready to move on to the next chapter? or should i just move on first when I feel that I have improved a little, and then still work on this exercise on top of the others that are coming?

(02 Nov '09, 21:30) kakaboo

You move on to the next chapter when the week is up...they are weekly lessons after all :) Don't let the need for perfection with any exercise hold you up from steadily progressing through the book. There will be plenty of time to work in parallel on those exercises you still feel you need to master. And the truth is that you will probably return to this book a few times in your life and redo those exercises again anyway so, for now, just do the best you can and keep going.

(02 Nov '09, 23:19) Stingray

is it really ok to do so? from the quote here chapter 1 :

  1. Many will find this extremely difficult; others will conquer with ease, but it is absolutely essential to secure complete control of the body before you are ready to progress. Next week you will receive instructions for the next step; in the meantime you must have mastered this one.


(03 Nov '09, 09:28) kakaboo

Ideally you should master each exercise before moving on but, having read this book many times myself over the years, I can assure you that when you start practising the exercises that are to come, this exercise will feel trivial. :) When you do something harder, the previous "hard stuff" becomes much easier. This is why I am suggesting you move on from Week 1 even if you don't master it.

(03 Nov '09, 12:49) Stingray

Just as clarification to any other Master Key System newcomers...I am not saying move on to Week 2 if you have not even tried the Week 1 exercise. It is essential that you treat the Week 1 exercise seriously. I am only saying that move on to Week 2 if you have tried it seriously and still don't feel you have mastered it, whatever that word means to you.

(03 Nov '09, 14:23) Stingray
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The exercise seems to put emphasis on sitting still for 15-30 minutes in order to gain full control of the physical body and until you have done that, it does not recommend moving to the next exercise.

I don't think that having your eyes open or closed makes a difference. However, the fact that you are involuntarily putting your thoughts into words does not sound like you have full control yet. Obviously, if you have just started this exercise, things like that will happen. Your thoughts will be all over the place and you will not feel comfortable.

Keep practicing it starting with 15 minutes and increase this time gradually. You will find that you will be able to focus your thoughts more and more and you will start to have more control over involuntary bodily movements.


answered 02 Nov '09, 15:29

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