Before the call began, I was chatting with an attendee. When the time hit 8:05, I started the teleseminar.
I forgot to do one very important thing, though.
I forgot to hit the record button to record my monologue. I only remembered to hit record when I began the questions and answers session.
As they say … My bad.
So, what you’re going to hear here is my second take. After the call ended, I read from my noted and tried as best I could to reproduce the original monologue. Luckily, I make notes.
Let this be a lesson to all of us: We all make mistakes, but usually there are ways to recover from those mistakes.
In my monologue this week, I hit four topics.
The first was to announce this very web site: tuneinunlockattain.com. I hope everybody is enjoying it. Please leave comments to continue the discussions.
The “meat” of my monologue was about one very important item that Haanel mentioned in his “Letter of Transmittal” for Week One.
“You need not acquire this power. You have it already.”
I wrote more about this in an article that has been circulating about the web entitled “The Master Key Is You.”
There is one point about The Master Key System that most people fail to grasp. That point is this:
When Haanel talks about a “master key,” he is not talking about something outside of you, something separate from you. He is talking about YOU.
The Master Key is YOU.
You have the power. You have the ability. You have the will.
It is your duty to use it.
You are the only one who can open the doors put before you.
Be proud, be fearless, and be bold–and take advantage of that.
After studying personal development for about twenty years and publishing The Master Key System for about ten years and coaching/consulting with people for quite a few years, I’ve got one main thing to say: There are no “silver bullets.” What I mean by that is that there is no one thing that will propel you from failure to success. What we must do is practice an entire philosophy rather than focus on one aspect or one small list of aspects. It’s easier to do than it sounds. Believe me.
I aver, though, and will continue to do so that that for which we are looking is not outside of us, it is not something “out there” granting wishes and bestowing gifts on us.
No. The key — the Master Key — is you.
The last part of my monologue dealt with the exercise in Week One.
Week One Exercise
44. Now make the application: Select a room where you can be alone and undisturbed. Sit erect, comfortably, but do not lounge. Let your thoughts roam where they will but be perfectly still for fifteen minutes to half an hour. Continue this for three or four days or for a week until you secure full control of your physical being.
45. 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.
While many — if not all — of the exercises in The Master Key System were probably derived from some meditation practice or philosophy, they are not quite meditation training. The goal of the exercises as you practice them is not to become a Zen monk.
As I said last week, the goal of these exercises is to train your brain.
In this, the first exercise, it is vitally important to stay still. No, you cannot blink your eyes. No, you cannot scratch those itches that will arise. No, you cannot wipe your nose.
Yes, it’s OK if your chest or abdomen moves as you breath. We are all hopelessly addicted to oxygen after all.
One more thing: By far I’ve received the most emails asking about how to master the first exercise. I fewer and fewer as the book progresses. I cannot honestly say that I’ve received next to none about the last few Weeks of the book.
Why is that?
From my experience and from what I’ve heard from many people is that most people just do not make it that far. When they begin the book, they’re excited. They want to do everything correctly. As time passes, they either lose interest, get bored, or life interruptus comes into play.
I implore you to not let that happen to you. Haanel writes that if we are to undertake something, we should see it through to the end. It’s about commitment. It’s about finishing. It’s about completion.
If you are to see success, you must form the habit of completing that which you begin.
Begin with The Master Key System. Begin with these teleseminars. See them through to the end.
After that, the road is wide open.
Questions & Answer Session
Should a person read each chapter every day and write the questions and answers every day as they are studying for the week?
Is meditation the best way to attain a “brain change”?
How does one deal with “toxic” people? How about people who are just “downers”?