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Master Key Experience Week 22A

OMG! No Texting Allowed! OFC* . . .

Not the comfort zone . . . Not the danger zone . . . It’s the silence zone!

My second “Dwell in the Great Silence” was one day plus one hour. My silence started on Wednesday at 11:00am right after a Zoom meeting with our geographically diverse Mastermind group, with me in Florida, our MKE guide in Canada, plus another member in South Africa. Our Zoom session ran out of time and I was abruptly cut off in the middle of a great ice fishing story about my 97-pound daughter-in-law who landed a huge lake trout that looked as big as she was. I did a quick check of my email, notified my emergency contacts that I was going off-line for a day, played a quick game of Tetris, logged out, went dark, and slipped into the silence zone.

I did a repeat of last week’s Amelia Island, Dwell in the Great Silence – Grand Slam. Performed at Amelia Island’s three best “Beach Driving Allowed” locations. This time it was easier to quiet my Monkey Brain. It reminded me of the Eagles’ song:

“Take It easy, take it easy
Don’t let the sound of your own wheels
Drive you crazy
Lighten up while you still can
Don’t even try to understand
Just find a place to make your stand
And take it easy”

Since the 2019 MKE Week 22 Webinar was not recorded, I listened to the recorded version of the 2018 MKE Week 22 Webinar where I discovered that reading “The Greatest Salesman in the World” and “The Master Key System” were authorized activities during the silence. I resisted the temptation to listen to the audio versions and enjoyed several hours in silence reading both.

The periods of stillness while watching the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean and the sunset over the Intracoastal Waterway were spiritual experiences. Be still and know. . . Be still. . . Be. . .

My silence ended at the Dairy Queen when I spoke the words “Small Chocolate Sundae please”.  Nothing reactivates vocal cords like ice cream and chocolate. In retrospect, while savoring my celebratory desert, I supposed that I could have written out my menu selection and added an additional half an hour to my silence but that may have been cheating. Focused on the now, I ate in silence.

The benefits of  “Dwelling in the Great Silence” have extended far beyond my one day of silence. Spontaneous waves of quiet calmness, like silence flashbacks, wash over me at unexpected times. One day of silence is just the starting place. More “Dwelling in the Great Silence” for two days, then three days, and then four days is scheduled for the future me. Long periods of silence are very appealing to my inner hermit.

“And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence”.

Tolle!

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  • *Text abbreviation = Of Course
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