Hello everyone!

I am now on week 3 of the master key system and I am really enjoying it!

The following is the exercise for week 3:

29.. For your exercise this week, I will ask you to go one step further. I want you to not only be perfectly still, and inhibit all thought as far as possible, but relax, let go, let the muscles take their normal condition; this will remove all pressure from the nerves, and eliminate that tension which so frequently produces physical exhaustion.

30.. Physical relaxation is a voluntary exercise of the will and the exercise will be found to be of great value, as it enables the blood to circulate freely to and from the brain and body.

I have stumbled across a problem while doing this exercise. How is one supposed to sit erect while completely relaxing ones body? I have tried doing it but I noticed that I put tension on the greater portion of my body to be able to sit erect without resting my back on the chair.

What is the best position to assume while doing this exercise? Should one use the "back rest" of the chair?

Thanks in advance for your answers!!!

asked 24 Jul '13, 12:54

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edited 29 Jul '13, 17:23

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Barry Allen ♦♦

Speaking from my own meditation & physical opinions only:

Relaxed and limp are two very different words. Ideally when you're meditating (or really performing any task) you will want to be as relaxed as possible. This means you're using the minimum amount of strength to hold your posture, a posture which should be as upright as possible which can require getting used to if it's new to you.

To get a better idea you can hold your arm out to your side and flex it while holding it still, reverse this process as far as you can while still keeping it elevated to understand the sensation you're aiming for. Everything should be light, loose. Most people walking around will carry their stress in particular areas of the body, which you can observe in where they hold more tense and flexed. Your objective is to remove any tension you're holding and relax every muscle.

In my opinion you should absolutely not lean against the chair or anything, not slumping or being supported by anything you can avoid needing. I believe meditating isn't an attempt at "going to sleep" as you would by curling up or laying down, but instead your goal is to reach a point of comfortable consciousness where you can voluntarily access subtle portions of your psyche you would normally be too distracted to perceive.


answered 29 Jul '13, 21:37

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