“I won’t bore you with my life story because, frankly, it’s as dull as fuck. Let’s just say I’ve spent the last 30-plus years trying not to let anybody down.
I’ve made ‘sensible’ choices about my education and career, I’ve avoided unnecessary risk, earned my keep, planned for the future, sought approval constantly and generally got on with what I thought other people thought needed to be done.
As a result I am in a fairly safe position financially, and I am also bored, miserable and frustrated much of the time. But that sounds whiney and ungrateful. I’m sorry. You must think I’m a bitch – and that bothers me, even though we’ve never met (and round I go again).
The first time I ever heard about Garrett and his work was last year when my brother announced he’d be providing the food at a workshop that his friend, Will, was organising; it was something to do with ‘the art of not giving a fuck’.
As one of the world’s most prolific givers of fucks, I was immediately intrigued …
I found some of Garrett’s stuff online and was amazed at how closely the symptoms he described – i.e. that feeling of frustration and being held back by something inside – matched my own experience.
I was also struck by how his promises to ‘set me off on a path of never-ending adventure’ seemed like complete horse shit. If it sounds too good to be true, I reasoned, it’s probably a scam. Or a cult.
I would have almost certainly dismissed it all entirely if it weren’t for the fact that I had met Will a few times and knew him to be an excellent bloke. If he was putting his time and money on the line to get Garrett over to England and put this event on, there must be something in it.
So, when the workshop started a few weeks later, I decided to go down one day and ‘help my brother with the cooking’ (spy).
I was immediately made to feel very welcome, both by Garrett and the rest of the guys attending the course.
They were all friendly, relaxed people who were evidently having a great time and getting a lot from the experience. They were also surprisingly ‘normal’.
I’m not sure what I’d expected; maybe some sulky dweebs who were pissed off at being scammed by an American con man. Or perhaps a load of unquestioning disciples, following Garret around on their knees and chanting while they took turns to kiss his all-knowing arse.
Whatever my preconceptions were, they were wrong. This was just a good group of blokes trying to get past some ingrained bullshit that was holding them back in life.
I’ve seen the testimonial videos on Garrett’s emails and I can confirm that they are an accurate reflection of what the guys were actually like, and how they actually felt. Which is why I’ve decided to give it a shot myself this year.
Maybe I’ll see you there.”
–Editor’s Note: Thanks to Pete B. for sending us this letter about what got him excited to sign up for the Art of NGF UK workshop. (Still a few spots remaining–going fast!)
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.
His work has always stood out to me for their focus on body awareness and organic experience.
In a genre filled with fantastical thinking, wishing, and imagining, Antero’s approaches to consciousness exploration remain grounded in the body and individual perception.
Keep your body in mind while you listen to the discussion, and treat it as a jumping off point for your own individual exploration of your mind, body, perception, and life.
Antero and I have a free-flowing conversation starting with the 8-Circuit-Brain model and it’s relation to direct experience, and then we go deeper into Paratheatre, and his ParaTheatrical ReSearch project stretching over the last 3 decades.
The images above are paratheatre stills from “Dreambody/Earthbody: A Paratheatre video document by Antero Alli (2012; 80 min)”; photo credit: A. Alli.
His most recent offering is this year’s 8 Circuit Brain 8 Week Online Course, starting on March 14, 2014.
Enjoy the interview in the player or by downloading below, and let us know what you think here in the comments!
Update March 2015: Click here to check out the Art of Not Giving a Fuck: Victim to Adventurer Podcast. Signup to get notified of private NGF workshops and an opportunity to receive an invitation into the NGF Elite Expansion Experience.
What you see below was the original announcement for the creation of the Art of Not Giving a Fuck.
It’s a great name for an even greater pursuit. It has the power to change your life and help you relax more deeply than you imagine possible.
A lot of you feel excited about the possibility of not caring so fucking much about all the shit that gets in your way.
But how can you seriously stop giving a fuck about everything that gets you down? There are many, many ways to accomplish this goal, and that’s what the new live weekly series is all about.
I’ll be exploring a new topic each week, and distilling important skills down to the bare bones of what you need to make it work.
For the first week, on Monday, August 19, 2013 at 5:00pm Pacific Time, I’ll be giving away the core secret of all mentalism, stage magic, psychic/tarot/astrology/palm readings, therapy, counseling, hypnosis, people skills, and pretty much all communication.
Those of you who’ve done more than a few undoing sessions already know that your powers of observation and relaxation go hand in hand. The more relaxed you are, the more you become aware of. And the more you become aware of, the less you have to do to get what you want.
Monday’s workshop will give you the ability to interact with others with ease and joy, while cutting through the bullshit and banter, and helping to turn all situations into win-wins for you and those you interact with. Even better, you’ll start to notice right away how other people are manipulating you with seemingly innocent communication. (Hint: everyone uses this secret, but less than 1% of the population take the time to understand it or learn how to use it.)
Check out the
FB event here, and subscribe to the email list over there in the right sidebar to get updates on each week’s topic.
Upcoming topics will include: Transcendent Sexuality, group undoing sessions, building a workshop in 90 minutes, starting a business in a single weekend, getting rid of beliefs, the secret of all meditation, and a lot more.
Each week, you’ll get a one-page cheat-sheet to help you make remember and make use of the skill or technique we cover during the workshop. Also, you’ll get a link to a video and PDF archive for each workshop you attend.
Click Here to get in on the workshop.
This is about lies. We are about commit heresy: talk about reality in a world that’s sleeping.
When faced with a decision, how do you begin? Most will engage their system of probability in their head. They figure, well if I do this, then that has X% chance of happening. This has Y% chance. They weight the situation on their mental scales. But let’s go deeper.
Extensive research has been conducted into the effectiveness of eyewitness testimony. Simple, right? If we think someone did it, are people reliable? It’s been found to be incredibly inaccurate, actually. What researchers found was that given 20 eyewitnesses, almost all of them will tell the story differently. Also, they usually just focus on the weapon in fear and forget all of the real details. Including what the perp actually looks like. It’s not only that.
When quizzed, they’d make things up, feeling pressured that they should know something (ignoring their programmed-in limitations rather). Also, their story would change over time. After a week, it would often be so different that it sounded like an entirely different event.
It gets worse.
There have been *hundreds* of cases where, with the advent of modern forensics, a person was found to be innocent after being convicted by eyewitness testimony. Researchers found that the person convicted had been shown to the eye witnesses multiple times in a lineup. They were chosen in the second lineup but really they were the –only familiar face– in that lineup (they appeared before). The witnesses didn’t even remember it accurately at all.
In fact, in the state of Maryland, after a group college students began unearthing old cases of inmates on death row, there were more people coming off death row than being executed. Following, states began abolishing the death penalty. Because we don’t really know. So, how accurate is everyone’s little probability game in their head? (What is it really based on?)
Are you sure that’s going to happen? If you’re afraid of it, don’t you tweak the % so you can feel comfortable not doing it? Does the only familiar option always feel right?
I’ll leave the rest of this honest inquiry to you. But if you want to move past these kinds of games and see what’s really going on, beyond the boundaries of the known (fear), we’re inviting you to experience a radical undoing session for only $37.
Normally, it’s almost 10x that, but we’re going to do it as a group so you can try it out. This isn’t about selling you on it. My thing is telling you to look for yourself. Try it out, if it isn’t for you, walk away (I mean it.)
I’m not going to tell you how to live your life. I’m just making the tools for achieving *real* freedom openly available, for permanently reversing your conditioning.
All maps are false,
Anthony & Garrett
If you want it, there’s absolutely more to life. Question is…
Do you want it?
P.S. The radical undoing body work is the easiest way to move into the work. If you follow along with the session, you’ll feel it for yourself. And it only continues from there.
Feel free to ask all questions on the call as well. Anything and everything.