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.
I trust you’re doing well, enjoying life, and at least taking a few moments to yourself each day to detense your muscles, shrug off stress, and take some actions toward getting what really satisfies you.
If not, you’re in luck.
Now, about that overcoming fears and phobias thing…
No matter how huge and powerful the fear, or how pervasive the phobia, no matter how much it makes you tremble inside and feel all tense and wanna puke–you really can overcome it, and with a lot more ease than you might think.
Here’s the deal: your unconscious mind works with knowns and unknowns. It loves the known and absolutely hates the unknown. It’ll do everything in it’s power to nest you deep into a rut of knowns, and blockade your movement into new adventures.
So what to do about it? How to overcome fear with hypnosis?
First, understand that the unconscious mind doesn’t differentiate between imagined or real events. What we do with hypnosis and undoing is to first knock out the tension and anxiety level, and get you breathing deeply again, opening up to new possibilities.
Then with hypnosis, we overwhelm the critical mind to gain access to the unconscious, and give you a direct experience of comfort, confidence, and ease where you used to associate fear and discomfort.
Instead of bringing up the old associations, you have replaced them with new ones, and you’ll slide right into whatever you want quickly and easily.
After you do this a number of times, you’ll start to develop an overall fearless state, which you can anchor into a power word or any of the undoing exercises you choose.
I’ll be in touch over the next few days with a lot more tips about how you can radically change your life with hypnosis and undoing. I’m super excited to share it all, but it’s best to digest this stuff in little pieces so you can get the most out of it.
The dreamwork sessions have been the most revealing so far. Once you learn this approach to dream interpretation, you’ll have a clear channel to your unconscious, and never have to rely on dream dictionaries or so-called experts again.
I look forward to working with you.
PS: These sessions are extremely powerful. Make sure you know what you really want, and feel prepared to do what it takes to grab hold of your life.
What is Enlightenment?
Is there a recipe for attaining it?
Those are HUGE questions for many people. Humanity has spent insane amounts of time, billions of dollars, and tons of energy devoted to the almost heroic cause of getting the answers.
Find a guru, a mentor who you believe has a magnificent life, who is beyond mundane issues, who lives far away and you perceive as a superhuman and you won’t ever be able to see your self getting even close to what he has accomplished because at the end, enlightenment is not for everyone. And besides, who are you to compare yourself with the grandiosity of your master?
In order to get at least in the “path” you force yourself to believe that you must practice meditation, yoga, have neutral emotions, be tolerant, practice compassion and feel that everything is beautiful and amazing all the time, plus constantly looking for spaces that allow you to grow, because the daily routine is too vague, too impure. Frustrated? Angry? Distracted? Those aren’t in the recipe. You’re still far away…
When you convince yourself that this is the way, the concept of enlightenment at the end turns into just an excuse, a useless and hopeless search for the confirmation that you are not capable of being happy and sadly you won’t ever be.
I got into Buddhism for awhile looking for solutions for what I considered problems. I had heard from authors, teachers, friends, that if you have a spiritual practice you can really get the relief you are looking for, which seemed to make perfect sense. The solution must be somewhere outside the mundane and quotidian ways of the world I believed had corrupted me, and I needed a cleanse from injurious ideas and behaviors that were taking me away from the truth.
At the beginning I started feeling so good, so proud of myself for taking action toward my own salvation. But it didn’t last too long. I started to feel insecure about the rightness of my practices. I read many meditation books, and at the end all I found was a sense of personal inadequacy and mediocrity.
I wasn’t able to smile at problems, I wasn’t compassionate enough. I couldn’t stop my thoughts and I engaged in all of them during the meditation, etc… and the more I heard from the masters, the more I felt far away from being able to get into the place I believed them to inhabit.
Once I realized that I didn’t want to be me anymore, I wanted to be like one of them. I wanted to be like the Buddha without understanding that I was already the so-called Buddha.
Maybe that sounds prepotent and even megalomaniacal, but to me it’s the only possible truth that all humans are already Buddhas.
Enlightenment is not dualism, it is not about doing more “good” and cutting off “bad.” It’s embracing EVERYTHING without wanting to change it into something else.
It’s not about finding this practice or that master to follow forever and pretend we’re doing the right thing. It’s not about having an altar and 45 min of daily practice while the rest of the day you feel disgusted by yourself and your life, dreaming and hoping that a retreat or a course will miraculously change your reality.
It’s about finding inspiration in the things you enjoy without categorizing everything as sacred or mundane. It means to live and experience life with a fresh perception every single time.
While we keep thinking that we need to eradicate certain aspects of ourselves and force feed ourselves new and foreign ideas as an effort to get closer to happiness, we’re just composing the tragedy of our lives.
Even more of those ideas come from cultural values we’ve been conditioned to accept, without questioning them. This is like when we were babies and we learned from our parents to develop as humans, but later in life we didn’t create our own criteria. Then we never get to grow fully into an individual because of our inability to destroy those teachings and create our own personal, genuine path.
If you have doubts about all I’ve said here, congratulations! You’re practicing the art of thinking for yourself.
And if you’re still looking for any kind of recipe for enlightenment, take a look at this one and give it a try. What can you lose? After all it’s free, and you can try it from the comfort of your home.
Attention: Don’t read this recipe as a series of rigid instructions you’re being forced to follow. Instead, see it as a guide to get a look under the surface of your unquestioned beliefs and presumptions about your life.
Recipe for Enlightenment:
Make a list of all your beliefs about yourself, life, existence, reality.
Combine this with all the concepts and ideas you’ve learned as necessary elements of liberating yourself from suffering.
Make sure you really understand what you want to liberate yourself from, and why you want it.
Once you have a clear picture of what you need to change in order to attain enlightenment, ask yourself, What needs to happen for me to start getting there?
Next, make a list of the reasons for why you aren’t there yet.
When you have all this information, before you fall into misery, put your head up and FEEL what’s happening in your body for a couple minutes.
Try not to label any of the sensations you notice. Just describe them, being aware of the movement, speed, and intensity of what’s happening.
After this, ask yourself, Do I really believe I will attain this idea of enlightenment? Is this really what I want, or is it just something I think I should be doing?
What if enlightenment is just the full comprehension of a situation? And what if that means admitting to yourself that everything is just a perception and there is no such a thing as a real thing or a fake one; a good one and an evil one… It’s just about movement, speed and intensity, the rest are just interpretations of the experience.
Imagine a kaleidoscope, it is a pretty simple artefact made of glass, cardboard and some little things, but the amount of possible images you can see are endless. Reality could be pretty close to this. There are some basic ingredients that interplay and create and infinite manifestation of possibilities and our brains perceive all those possibilities and registered as different objects, people, scenarios that later are interpreted based on our particular experiences.
The key is to focus on what is at every single moment, rather than on what should be. Once you are experiencing life with this new vision, ask yourself again: How can such a thing as enlightenment can exist in a world where labels and names are just an invention of our minds?
And finally reflect about this, How much time and energy are you spending putting yourself down and thinking about the “issues” you have that are taking you away from a better life?. You could actually be doing things that really satisfy you and make you live up to your true potential.
If you need some inspiration, take a look at nature and observe how things work out there.
Ever get the feeling there’s more to it?
Like you might have missed something?
That feeling of dread creeping up through your chest, turning into a lump in your throat, and hot flashes across your face…when you realize you’re the only one who didn’t know! (But how could you have known? Even if it’s so obvious after the fact…)
Those things that you’re unaware that you’re unaware of can prove really tough to spot. But there’s moments when you feel drawn into your own life, like an intuitive pulling inward to the richness of your own inspiration and organic drives.
Other times it feels like complete desperation, like that time I had a gun shoved in my back by some dickhead on meth. You know you’ve got to move–there’s no other option–and for some of you, that’s what lead you here.
A sense of wanting to escape the intensity and anxiety of your own insides–to find something more stable, more solid, and more reliable than just running away from your own life–hiding in a blanket of habits out of fear of losing…
Losing what? Your dignity? (do you have any? What does it matter from the grave you’re digging?) Sanity? (What is sanity but another way to measure yourself against an imagined “norm” that literally no one fits into?)
As you stroll through your life, wondering if maybe there’s something more, take a closer look at everything you’re missing right this minute. Even as you start to think about it–right now–you can see,,,,,hear…..;;;;;taste::::smell”””feel a lot more than you did a few seconds ago, when you were completely focused on reading and thinking.
That, my friend, is the terror of your situation. One minute, you feel in full control of things, and the next minute, you feel a victim of the changing tides. Habits and daydreams creep in to blind you to the textures of the life drifting by before your senses.
The only thing it’s possible to prove, or to rely on, is that everything seems to drift it’s way out of your life…out of perception…and as things disappear, do you even notice?
Again, what does it matter?
The only reason for you to suffer is because you’ve unknowingly given preference to something you don’t have over what is.
The way out of that suffering is through bringing your awareness back to the world of what is in this adventure-land of your own perception.
You may never get exactly what you think you want, but if you can learn to want what is, then you can never be defeated. Then you will embrace your own invincible mindset, and find the freedom you’re after to live the life you choose.
Before that, you can only chase ideas, fantasies, and expectations, and find only disappointment when what is doesn’t live up to those ideas.
The cool thing is that what is will always wait patiently for you to come back to it, it will never fail you, and it can never be taken away from you.
That’s the reason I love doing this work: helping to usher you along toward your own realization of what is, and then fractalizing out into your life.
Have you ever taken in the vast, exquisite beauty of what is before it gets drawn and quartered through the filters and funnels of what’s supposed to be?
Every undoing session, adventure, exercise, and experiment is designed to put you in deeper touch with what is, while you UNDO all the shit that ain’t.
What do you think? How does that resonate with you?
Let me know in the comments below. Let’s get a discussion going. I want to hear your take on this.
Chew on that for today, but before I go, I want to invite you to take part in the next 4 week undoing intensives. We’re starting a week from this Saturday (so May 3). Sunday at Noon Pacific, I’ll be holding a live hangout on google. I’ll post the link tomorrow in the daily Undoing email. (Subscribe on the right over there is you haven’t yet. You get new exercises, concepts, and daily undoing boosters!)
It’s the adventure of your life, the best one life has to offer.
Talk to you tomorrow,
That’s what I thought after the first time I ever did a full Radical Undoing session.
I must be having a heart attack. I never knew it could feel like this. I never knew it was possible to feel this much life coursing through my body!
That’s what kept running through my head in that cold room in Buffalo, Wyoming 90 minutes after deciding to do a simple “meditation experiment” I’d been meaning to try.
Holy goddamn fuckin shit, was that an experiment! More like an adventure! I forced my small, hardback Moleskine journal open with one fist, and wrote with a pen jammed into the clasped fingers of my other hand.
Buzzing and tingling radiated throughout every inch of my skin and body. I literally thought I could be dying, I was so unfamiliar with that much intense aliveness.
I was at my partner’s parents’ house for Christmas vacation, and the dinner bell rang in the middle of the most intense experience of my life.
I stumbled up the steps, determined to explain all the secrets of the universe to her happily gathered family.
“I just did this crazy meditation experiment from this book and you’ve gotta try it, it’s like some kind of….” (I had no idea what to call it, so “meditation” had to suffice.)
Right then I learned a very important lesson: don’t put on a punk rock show for a crowd waiting to hear Kenny G. No matter how well you play it, the audience ain’t right.
So I turned off the amps and unplugged for some turkey, potatoes, gravy, and a bottle of beer–which was the best bottle of beer I’ve ever tasted. Come to think of it, that was the first dinner I’d ever had in my new body.
What the hell does that mean, you ask?
Up until that experiment, I never realized I had a body before. I knew that my knees and elbows got scraped, I’d scratched a thousand itches, warmed my hands and feet on raging campfires, and experienced myriad joys of the flesh…and yet, I never fully realized the body in which I experienced all these things.
It might sound ridiculous to think of not having a body one day, and then waking up to the fact that you have one the next day, but that’s exactly what it felt like. Up until that first Undoing session, my body existedmainly as a composite of ideas in my mind.
Before that session, most of my life was like that: ideas in my head. Suddenly, the textures of everything opened up before my newly awakened senses. The weather, my house, the falling snowflakes, a light breeze across the backs of my hands, tingling in my fingers, and a deep warmth were all the first, last, and best possible experiences anyone had ever had, and I knew it, and felt it for myself.
Nothing could get between me and my body ever again. With that new awareness and union, everything else made exquisite sense.
Turns out all that stuff I used to think of as me was just a conglomeration of ideas, like rounded stones and sediment collected in a dry riverbed.
I used to think I was one of those stones.
But, after that first session–and the waves and ripples that rushed through every part of my life–I felt more like the solar system in which suns, planets, rivers and rocks take place.
Maybe that’s a little obscure, so let me bring it back home again. No ideas can ever fully encompass you. In that light, none of your ideas about yourself are accurate. They’re just a collection of observations about the past…about things you remember doing…about things you regret doing and not doing…and a whole lot of ungrounded opinions.
You don’t need your ideas of yourself. What you really want is to feel good, to wake up in the morning excited, curious, and grateful about the day opening before you. And you want to fall asleep feeling good at night, letting go of the day you just had.
The one trick I know to feeling good most (if not all) of the time is to get out of the vicious jungle of your mind and dive deep into your body–especially your breathing.
That’s what radical undoing–and all the Command Z courses, NGF workshops, and adventures are here to help you do: bring you back to yourself, minus the guilt, shame, and belief that there’s something wrong with you as you are.
Because there’s nothing wrong.
When you’re ready to experience this for yourself, get in touch and we’ll figure out which Command Z adventure is right for your situation.
PS: still time to reclaim your mind for more than half off. For those of you who know intuitively that facing mortality can exponentially enhance the quality and appreciation of your time here, get this one too.
I’ll keep this short, so you have time right now to try out this exercise.
It’s very simple, and you can use it to shake yourself out of bad moods, to relax deeply, to feel more alive, and see things from a new perspective.
If you’ve tried any of the exercises I’ve sent out over the past few days, you already know they get better and better the more you do them.
Sometimes when I catch myself drifting into some imagined suffering, an exercise flashes through my mind. If I’m not trying to rebel against my own enjoyment and fun, I take the cue and do the damned exercise, no matter how difficult it is to get myself to do it.
Because of that, aliveness fills my belly, a grin dances onto my face, my arms look for something fun to work on, and a tingling awareness buzzes in my lower back.
Those are just pleasant side effects of breathing deeply and paying attention to your bodily experience. When you ground your awareness in your body, everything else gets easier, and you can finally feel in charge of your states.
Not that you’ll always feel at your best, but you’ll always be willing to do your best, and to squeeze out some fun, laughter, and enjoyment, regardless of the circumstances.
If that sounds like a radical life change, it is. If it seems impossible, I’m here to show that it’s quite possible, if you spend a little time every day dedicated to feeling more alive.
Here’s a video of today’s exercise:
The cool thing about all the CZ exercises is that they get easier and easier to take action toward what you really want, and to make sure you get the most enjoyment and satisfaction possible in all the experiences of your life.
In addition to that physical exercise, you can also learn to put up boundaries to help nudge you more toward your own deepest satisfaction and joy–in every area of your life.
I call the process of putting up those boundaries Psychic Self Defense. What that means is to:
1. Know what you really want. If you have no idea, then your next step is exploring your options and finding out.
2. Aim yourself at what you want, and take action toward it. If you make a mistake or fail, aim again and continue further.
When you don’t know what you want, you can get caught up in the treadmill of a life not of your own making–and that’s not satisfying to anyone, except maybe the people and businesses you donate thousands of days of your life to, and the other businesses you pay to keep you distracted, to help ease the woes of living a life that doesn’t fill you with satisfaction and joy.
When you decide to take the reins of your own life, to play only the games you want to play, and do what deeply satisfies you on a consistent, day to day basis, you’ll be surprised at the resistance that arises to keep you in your place.
Friends, family, coworkers, and popular media create a chorus of doubt, despair, and discouragement that overwhelms and conquers most people’s best intentions before they even get started.
When you start changing your life, be prepared to take responsibility for your own joy and satisfaction, and don’t let the naysaying of other people get in your way.
It’s in that spirit I made the NGF Guide to Psychic Self Defense.
Don’t let another week goes by without standing up for your time, reclaiming your mind, and making progress toward your own best interest…
Have fun earnestly,
PS: The cool thing is, when you master the exercise from today, plus the stuff you learn in the NGF workshop, getting the results you want gets easier, while you have fun and enjoy the process.