Monthly Archives: March 2018

Masterkey Experience. Week 23. Out of the comfort zone.

This week I did a book presentation for Rotary. It was a very good experience. Despite the facts that a lot of technical problems occurred during the set up, (I had prepared a video presentation, because 19 minutes of specific information was waaaay too much to memorize), it all went well. Rotary are not able to financially support my book project because I am not a Non profit organization, yet it was a great experience anyway and I have decided to become a member so I can help them do voluntarily work in the future.

I had traumatic experiences as a child being in spotlight and on stage when we did a theatre performance back in 5th grade. I was not at all interested in being a part of the performance and absolutely not as a troll. When I was on stage, in spotlight and had to say my sentences the famous black screen happened and I was not able to remember anything….. at all. I just stood there in the spotlight and everybody began to laugh, and they laughed hard…  For the next many, many years I did not want to be on any photos or anything near performance and later video. Any 5th grader self confidence was totally washed away and I became a bit too self critical over the following years. Scary that so little can have such great impact.

Doing a video presentation, put it on FB and Doing a public talk, all three of them individually took me 100% out of my comfort zone on all levels. I still survived.

For the video presentation I first wanted somebody else to be talking on the video, then maybe I could do a small video window and hide behind glasses, to ending up being in front of 4 cameras face up-close……. That was a pretty wild development. At the Rotary presentation It was shown on a very big flat screen TV with loud sound. It was actually ok.

Putting the video with a fundraising link out on FB was a great learning experience as well. I was not interested in putting myself “out there”, being known or famous at all.  So I only put it on my own FB page. Several thumbs up and 4 donations. For sure not enough to finance the books so people in need can get it for free. Yet it was a great success, I went out of my comfort zone and posted it…. Everyone who hear the book topic want to read the book so I do believe that it will get more traction when I figure out how I am going to market the book. And I do actually believe in miracles, I just witnessed 3 myself.

As mentioned earlier, the public talk was a good experience. I did not go in panic because of the technical problems with setting it up, I did not go “black” and I was not intimidated by watching and hearing myself on the big screen. I am very, very thankful that I was able to leave my comfort zone 3 times due to practicing the Masterkey experience.

Much love and Aloha

Dan Bodhichitta

Masterkey Experience Week 21/22. In silence.

I did 48 hours of silence this week, from Thursday to Saturday…… Or at least I did the best I could. It was a kind of hilarious. I planned 48 hours of silence at Anini Beach on Kauai. What can be easier than silence in a tropical paradise? You guessed it, meditating in the check-in areas in an international airport during Christmas rush hour a couple days before Christmas evening……. I arrived at Anini Beach put up my tent and put a canopy over it to protect my tent in any case it started to rain. As soon as my canopy was up it became windy and it began to rain. Heavy….. for 5 hours straight… So I was grounded in my tent, no planned beach walk for me, and water started to come in. Lots of water. I could have gone home but I didn’t. Then the neighbors in their big camp right next to me started to party and after a couple hours it changed to verbal arguing for some hours, then a physical fight around 12 o’clock in the middle of the night. 1 really angry man was then stumbling to his car. Then some silence, only loads of rain, wind and cats fighting around my tent. Around 1 o’clock in the night the second batch of people came to party……… At some point of time I fell asleep just to wake in a very, very wet tent. Madras, blankets, pillow and everything else were wet, and at lest a couple liters of water was inside my tent…… The next hours I spent drying my tent. Sat in silence and looked at the ocean. Packed up and went home. My daughter and wife were out and respected my silence.

When I was in my 20′s I did spend 72 hours, isolated,  underground, in a dark room, fasting only drinking water, in silence. In my 30′s I did a therapist training. During the training we did a couple “In silence” retreats. 3 and 5 days. No eye contact,  no mirrors, no TV, no cell phones, no watches, no music, no books etc. no communication unless sharing 1 on 1, 2 minutes individually at a time, and only what was happening inside right NOW. The 5 day silence retreat is called “Who is in?” All I can say is; When in silence, it is a profound experience.

Much love and aloha

Dan Bodhichitta