“Do you own your time?” he asked me.
I sat there for a moment, stunned.
Then it hit me like a bus plummeting off a cliff in a Latin American jungle somewhere: YES.
That affirmation took almost 22 years to attain.
Sadly, the driver on that particular Northern California trip wasn’t exactly the owner of her own time, so I had the choice between staying longer or getting an easy ride back to Eugene, Oregon, where I was living at the time.
Just like Patrick Jane–TV’s The Mentalist–in this scene, I’ve realized that I’m always on my own time, no matter what the circumstances appear to be:
You can realize that for yourself too.
The obstacles that get in your way are a lot easier to transcend than they seem in the dark recesses of your mind. The Inner Critic has a way of amplifying it’s critiques to make you feel small, weak, and helpless.
But you’re way more powerful than you think.
That’s what the Art of Not Giving a Fuck is all about.
So remember, use the code blackfriday
And you’ll get 50% off any and all workshops you want at the NGF site, through Monday.
It’s high time you owned your own time, and each of the NGF workshops, in their own way, will show you how to do exactly that.
In other news, I just started up a G+ group called Command Z: From Victim to Adventurer. Just click on that button to ask to join, and I’ll add you right away. I’m adding new, cool stuff everyday for you to watch, listen, read, and enjoy.
I look forward to all the cool and fun stuff you want to share there as well.
If you have a suggestion for more categories, just let me know. Otherwise, the current ones should give you plenty of new experiments and explorations in transcendence to play with.
Speaking of transcendence, once you join the G+ group, you’ll also see that this coming Saturday, you’re invited to a free workshop on Radical Transcendence. Can’t wait to see you there.
PS: Oh, if you were wondering who asked me that question about time, it was my friend E.J. Gold, when we visited him for a week a few years ago. One of the most expansive weeks I’d had in a long time.
We all know how it goes.
One minute you’re sitting there working…and flash forward 5 hours later… And there you sit, hunched over the keyboard or craning your neck like a turtle over the phone, the cool glowing screen painting your face like Halloween (yeah, the sun set at some point) and on and on…
The day just scrolls on by, while you like this and that, make a comment here and argument there, oooh! Look at these pictures! What a great article–Oh I didn’t realize the new episode started tonight!
Before you know it, the day has passed, and you don’t remember anymore what was going on with whatever you forgot to keep working on.
It happens to everyone. It’s a completely natural response to that kind of stimulus. Some have argued that social media sites are actually designed to hypnotize you. I don’t know if that’s true, but take a look at any office, coffeeshop, or public transportation and you’ll see what I mean by hypnosis.
Eyes glazed over. Tuned out to the rest of the world. Flitting from one thing to the next. Never getting anything done that you really want to do.
And yeah, it’s fun. There’s nothing wrong with spending some time online and enjoying yourself.
But when social media steals your awareness away from other things that bring you deeper satisfaction, you’ve got a choice: will you remain hypnotized with that scrolling news feed in the driver’s seat?
I’ll explain exactly how to get yourself out of social media hypnosis, but first, we’ve got to understand exactly how hypnosis works.
It’s a completely natural process that we all go through multiple times a day.
It all starts with anxiety. We get bombarded with so many bits of information all day long. Our unconscious filtering process gets overwhelmed at some point, and anxiety is the result.
After the anxiety builds up enough, it triggers the primitive fight or flight state in your lower brain.
Once that’s occurred, most of us aren’t going to fight, and when it’s just you and your phone, there’s nothing to fight. (Wait, maybe that explains where youtube comments come from…)
So we’re left with flight.
Where do we flee?
Our conscious awareness flees into a hypersuggestible state of hypnosis.
So why is that such a big deal? Because your critical mind is numb to what’s going on, and then all that news, all those ads, and all the other random stuff goes straight into your unconscious mind and starts influencing your life script.
That might not sound too bad, but think about how insidious it could be. You’ll actually feel like you made the choice to like something you see at the store, when in fact, that emotion was conditioned into while you sat there scrolling past the ads and playing online.
Again, this isn’t meant as an attack on social media. I use it and enjoy it most of the time. Instead, it’s a way to put yourself back in charge of your own time and your own mind.
To do that:
1. First notice that it’s going on. You’ll feel that pang of conscience letting you know it’s time to get back to work on your real goals.
2. Close the app or the browser window. Log out.
3. Close your eyes. Take a deep, refreshing breath.
4. Count yourself OUT of hypnosis by saying out loud: 1-2-3-4-5 and WIDE AWAKE!
5. Take some action toward what you were meaning originally to work on.
This may seem simple, and it is. Simplicity is the sign of effectiveness. Can you see how this might benefit you throughout your day?
Now what if every time you broke out of the FB scrolling trance you also took a few minutes to stretch your face, shrug your shoulders, and drink a glass of water? How might that change your life in both subtle and profound ways?
We’ll get into this in a lot more detail during the Hypnosis and Undoing workshopstarting this Saturday. By the end of it, you’ll know exactly when you’re dropping into those unconscious hypnotic states,and more importantly, how to get back out of them.
Not only that, but you’ll learn how to convert your tensions to raw motivation, and then immediately direct that force toward accomplishing whatever you want most in your life.
Damn, I’m excited about this one. It’s the most cohesive, comprehensive, and effective training I’ve ever put together, and that’s why it’s limited to 10 people. It’s only for individuals ready to take action and start getting big results in their lives.
I’m looking forward to working with you.
Get into the workshop series while there’s still a few spots left.
PS: The workshop will show you how to make things happen on a level you may have never known existed.
Are you tired of fighting against yourself to get what you want in life?
If you are, welcome to the club! For years, through my education and personal exploration, I’ve been searching and experiencing different approaches, in an attempt to be in the driver’s seat of my life. And so far, Body work and Hypnosis have been the most successful and fastest ways of getting there.
Why are those the most effective ways?
If you begin the process of liberation from beliefs and behaviors that don’t serve your intentions and goals, your unconscious is the key to make a really deep and lasting transformation.
Your body is your unconscious; your life script is contained in every cell of your body. Your posture, your handwriting, the shape of your body, the illnesses you get; all of these are expressions of the unconscious, and those are the ways they become part of our awareness.
In the process of connecting with our bodies through body work like Radical Undoing, we are accessing and actually transforming the script we have. However language has a strong influence in us. That is actually the most conscious way we use to learn and to accept or reject beliefs. So with hypnosis we are also sending new messages to the unconscious in a very deliberate manner.
The mission of Command Z is to constantly seek out and deliver the most powerful, yet very simple and creed-free techniques to transform your life. In that spirit, I’ve decided to offer hypnosis sessions.
I’ve been working with hypnosis in my own practice and now, due to the high volume of Command Z clients interested in hypnosis, I will be part of the team and will give hypnosis sessions to all of you interested in becoming the owners of your lives.
“Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.”
Use the button below to get a session with me for the special introductory rate of $75. This rate is good for as many sessions as you’d like, if purchased before 12 October 2014.
I look forward to working with you,
Have you ever dreamed of a magical stick that can transform any aspect of your life you want?
During my time with Command Z, I’ve seen many people fully desiring to change some aspects of their lives. They have compelling reasons to want it, and they’re ready to make it happen.
Although sometimes, no matter how much commitment they have, how many different methods they’ve tried, the obstacle seems to be stuck in your way, and it brings a lot of frustration until they feel hopeless and unable to transform.
It’s true that changing habits, thoughts, and behaviors, is one of the most challenging journeys we can maunder into.
Motivation and desire are fundamental, but aren’t always enough to make changes last. Why is that?
To answer this from a physical perspective, we need to be familiar with the ways our brain works. Our senses interact with the world and through our brains we process this information and create mental routes to navigate in the world.
Every day we interact with many people, places, information, etc. If we had to consciously process all the information we’re exposed to during a full day, we wouldn’t be able to focus on what’s really important to us, and we’d feel overwhelmed and unable to respond in almost all situations.
Because of that, our brains had to developed a critical filter for incoming stimulus. So the sensations we feel don’t stay “pure.” Instead, they’re transformed by the critical mind into an idea or belief based on past learnings.
Making decisions based on associations made in the past–and determining which information is relevant and which isn’t–turns into a pretty efficient way to navigate in the world, without having to make the same mistake over and over again.
We aren’t machines, and we tend to evaluate based more on our emotions than the facts we have in front of us. There are conflicted messages in our unconscious as a result. Associations remain that don’t serve us anymore, but we aren’t able to transform easily due to the strength they have acquired through repetition.
The unconscious works based on the Pain/Pleasure Principle, which means that it doesn’t recognize information in terms of our likes or dislikes, nor in terms of good and bad, but in terms of knowns and unknowns.
Imagine that you want to quit smoking, and even though you desire to quit because you think it has negative consequences for your health and other issues, you find it really hard to stop.
This is because your unconscious has associated smoking over and over with other parts of your life until the point that now smoking is familiar or known for your unconscious.
In order to make changes in your brain, it isn’t about taking something out and replacing it with this new thing. It’s about adding new information and reinforcing it until it turns in the new known for the unconscious.
If you do this on your own, it can take a long time, and the chances are high you’ll go back to your old ways.
So why aren’t good intentions enough to change?
Because any new information that passes to the unconscious is first filtered by the critical mind, which many times doesn’t have an accurate judgement due to old programming.
The good news is that there are ways to facilitate the creation of new knowns in the unconscious. Radical Undoing is one of the options, and it’s extremely potent because it works directly with your body, resolving the obstacle of your critical mind.
Another really powerful method is hypnosis. And before you start thinking of the lame shows or movies you’ve seen where someone is being “idiotized” rather than hypnotized, let me tell you a little bit more.
Hypnosis has been around for a long time in the history of humanity for different purposes; entertaining, healing, self-control, and a lot more.
There are many myths about hypnosis; it controls people’s minds, hypnotherapists are psychics or frauds, you can lose yourself, there’s no such a thing as hypnosis and so on.
Depending on your own experience (or lack thereof) with hypnosis, your ideas about what it is might change by experiencing it in a whole new way.
But do you really know what hypnosis is about?
The answer is pretty simple: Hypnosis is a hyper-suggestible state, which means that in the hypnotic state, your brain learns more easily, and it’s able to accept suggestions without resistance, in order to create new habits, and ways of perceiving yourself and reality.
It is not about being unconscious or asleep, in the mercy of whatever the hypnotherapist wants to do with you.
During hypnosis you remain totally aware of what’s going on around you, and you can’t be persuade or manipulated to do something you really don’t want to do.
Hypnosis creates a state where your critical mind stops filtering content so the message will be deliver straight to the unconscious and it will be associated with other contents, having a lot more chances to stay and get solid with time.
I’ve experienced hypnosis and I’m very impressed with the results, I’ve also seen clients have amazing experiences with it. So in order to share the wealth, here’s what a long-term client said recently:
“The value of dream-work sessions: you’re paying for incredible customer service and for the tools and techniques to interpret your dreams meaningfully.
Anyone enjoying book clubs or nostalgic about their university’s literary-interpretation classes will love working to understand their dreams. Your unconscious speaks in the register of the dramatic, blending symbolic with literal, while your conscious mind seeks out meaning. The magic happens when the minds reach an interpretation and shake on it. While groping for meaning, you instantly sense whether your interpretation is accurate or inaccurate. Unpacking your unconscious’s signal yields a conscious message ringing true to your experience. After all, the dreams come from your head.
Now, imagine the aforementioned process performed along with a passionate individual, meticulous note-taker and no stranger to time-and-a-half. The resulting amalgam is a repeatable, measureable process no mere hedonist or pretender can stand. The heavy lifting lies squarely on your shoulders. However, the benefits reap you honest feedback from your CNS, visceral passion and a clear understanding of where to begin making change. Anyone serious about understanding their conscious life needs to look into their unconscious one as well.”
-Bill Callis, NJ, US
Personal change is more a transformation than a change in the long run. It’s a very dynamic and organic process, and one that no one else can experience for you.
And, through the body and the right tools, it’s possible to access and transform you old navigation routes into something new, different, and more adventurous.
You can truly reinvent reality and yourself anytime you want.
Reclaim your life,
To go deeper with these techniques, join us for the Hypnosis, Undoing, and Dreams workshop on Saturday October 16 at 10am Pacific Time.
If you’d like to work personally with Garrett on sessions, click here to get started.
Now you know that’s gotta be a trick question.
It’s pretty difficult to become aware in your dreams and keep experiencing them. Most times, you’ll come back to your waking life when you notice you’re having a dream.
But what happens when you slowly, rhythmically, habitually fall asleep to what’s going on in your daily life?
It happens to all of us, almost all of the time. In fact, you might even be in a little trance right now, reading this.
Let’s wake up a little bit before moving forward into some very exciting news.
Stand up for a moment. Do a little dance and shake your shoulders loose. Stretch and move all the muscles of your face very slowly for a couple minutes (it’ll seem like forever).
Now take a deep, full breath, and then another one. Before the next breath, determine to wake yourself up fully. Count from 1 up to 5 out loud, and then say WIDE AWAKE. 1 2 3 4 5 and wide awake.
That’s all there is to the dehypnotizing breath. But you’ll be amazed at how quickly it can get you out of the throes of your emotions and reactions to life. You start reclaiming your own power the very moment you decide to do the breath.
Give it a try, as often as you remember.
Now, for that news…
There has been a lot of buzz about the Command Z Intensives since we closed them down earlier this year.
We’re about to move everything to a whole new adventure in Radical Undoing training, so I wanted to give you a chance to get into the intensives, and experience the deep, powerful transcendence adventures for yourself.
Here’s what one client from Finland said after the intensives:
“I’d been wallowing in depression for a pretty long time before I began undoing. Now it seems to be gone almost completely.
– I have useful tools to deal with difficult emotional states as they come up. I can relax, feel what’s actually going on, and take more constructive action.
– I’ve found more inspiration to actually take action and do things, even little stuff, instead of just fantasizing about doing big things.
-Examples: exercising more; spending more time in nature; arranging more fun activities with friends; applying for jobs; signing up for a new exciting hobby; doing fun creative stuff like drawing and dancing more.
– I’ve let go of my perfectionism at least a little. When I indulge in things that I think may be “wrong” in some way, I feel less remorse and enjoy more.
– I’m more sensitive to what I’m actually feeling, but I also have more control over how I react to emotions, instead of the emotional states just controlling me.
– I’ve become a lot more aware of my chronic bodily and mental tensions.”
The cool thing about becoming more aware of your mental and physical conflicts is that they start to dissolve on their own, even without your help.
The even cooler thing about when the conflicts dissolve is that your perception of your options and possibilities opens up as your previous limitations fade into black.
Check out what Lance and Andrew said a few months after having braved the very first round of intensives:
So, if you wanted to explore something new, powerful, and effective in a lasting way, dive into the intensives. You get to keep the training for life, so the adventures are there whenever you’re ready.
I’m only opening up registration for a little while, and only because you asked me over and over for another chance at it. So this is it.
Oh yeah, and I wanted to give you an extra bit of motivation to get started, so use the code: thisisallthereis at the site to get your reward. Scroll down after you use the code to see that it worked.
Very soon, I’ll send you an invitation to the new training we’ve been cooking up. One hint: I’ve gone through everything all my clients have said over the years and designed this training to address your most pressing concerns and burning pains.
Step by step, you can indeed overcome anything.
I’m very excited and honored to have the chance to work with you as you expand your life beyond what you could ever have imagined.
Talk to you soon.
PS: I’m still taking on a few more folks to explore the power of hypnosis, undoing, and dreamwork… These sessions are unlike anything you’ve experienced before. See you soon.
Did I ever tell you about the time I hopped a train from Eugene, Oregon down to Roseville, California?
It wasn’t an Amtrak, in case you’re wondering.
No. It was a mile-long coal-powered beast of a freight train barreling along the tracks.
I didn’t run and catch it like they show in the movies. (That shit’s WAY more dangerous than it looks. Don’t try it. Seriously.) No. I actually hid near a bridge in some tall grass waiting for a train going in the right direction to stop for crew change.
Crew change is when the train stops in a trainyard for the workers to trade place. Guys on the train go home, and guys in the yard get on the train and start work. (Ok, there are some women train workers too, but I never saw any.)
So I sat there in the bushes waiting to get on the train. For hours. When a southbound train stopped in the yard, I waited, looked for guards, and got into what’s called a Canadian grainer.
The car looks something like this:
(Photo by Robert Taylor. Obtained from Wikimedia Commons.)
See that little hole on the right side there? You crawl up into that, and there are two more holes like it to the left and right. Once I crawled up in there, it looked something like this:
(Photo by Nathan Kane. Obtained from Flikr.)
I felt pretty crazed for the first few hours. It got dark. Rain poured down. I tucked my sleeping bag into a huge black plastic trash bag to keep it clean and dry, and lay there half-asleep all night.
I complained to myself for most of those hours about my discomfort, fear of getting caught and thrown off the train, and how much better it was to hitchhike, where at least I had more control over where I was going.
The next day, something totally unexpected happened. The sun came out and I felt the first glimmer of warm air creeping around my face–the only part of me sticking out of the sleeping bag–and finally, I smiled.
When I crawled out of the hole, the glory of what I saw almost knocked me off the train.
Endless fields of green waved to me in the winds from every direction. It was absolutely beautiful, and I felt absolutely free.
I didn’t have to talk to some half-drunk dude like I probably would have if I’d have hitchhiked. There was no one between me and the open skies. All I had to do was enjoy the view, with the absolute knowledge that the train was taking me where I wanted to go.
That really reminds me of my life now.
I haven’t hitchhiked or hopped trains for a few years now, but hopefully a point’s starting to dawn on you.
You’ve been on a roller coaster, right? No matter how much you complain or not, the coaster rolls forward…and takes you where it’s going to take you, whether you like it or not.
Once you choose to get on it, you just let go and enjoy the ride.
That’s a little bit like what life feels like once you’ve gotten deep with the undoing process.
You can relax in the absolute knowledge that your life is heading where it’s supposed to, and you’re there to enjoy the ride.
Just think about it. There’s no way to know where all of our desires, wants, and preferences come from–just like thoughts. They just appear at some point in our minds. Does that mean they have to come true? Obviously not.
But what you can rely on with certainty is what is. That means you can rely on your direct experience and what you can observe to be there for you to observe it. That might sound pretty silly, but it’s true.
Life is always an adventure. Why? Because you never know for sure what’s going to happen next. But, you can know with certainty that the train ride you’re on will keep going, until it doesn’t anymore. At that point, you won’t be around to worry about it anyway.
The only real problem is that we get so caught up in the desires, expectations, and preferences that we can’t see the train ride for the glorious adventure it really is.
Instead, we constantly compare it to our ideas of what we think we might want, and then constantly find things to complain about…never realizing the true freedom in letting go and simply enjoying whatever the hell happens to be happening.
I know. I used to complain like that All.The.Time.
But when you catch a glimpse of all this for yourself, you’ll never have another complaint–even when things don’t seem to go your way. You’ll be too busy enjoying the adventure that is your life.
So how the hell do you get there?
Well, that’s what all the CZ courses, workshops, and experiences are for: to help you stop living the manipulated, complaint-based life–and to embrace your own true adventure, already underway.
Now last week, I put together a huge Command Z MegaPack of courses and sessions, but you asked for a few more options. I know that 797 was a bit too much for some of you, so I’m putting together a better range of stuff so you can get started with your own undoing process, whatever you’re able to do.
Within the next week, I’ll add a couple more options at a better rate, just for you. The thing is, I don’t know exactly how much you’re able to pay for the courses, so please do let me know.
Leave a comment below and let me know, and I’ll do my best to give you more bang for your undoing buck than you can find anywhere else in the world.
It’s a train worth hopping, and when the sun starts to shine on your face–like it did on mine that cool, beautiful morning–you’ll watch your complaints evaporate in the face of your ferocious new smile as you relax deeply and take it all in.
Tomorrow, I’ll get into more detail about where all those complaints and expectations come from, and what you can do about it.
For now, just let me know what rate you’d like to see for a great undoing pack.
PS: Yes. I’m still taking down all the current CZ courses, including Undoing 101 and even the new body segments courses. It’ll all be going into the vault, and available by invitation only, except in certain rare circumstances.