Much of the work of Alexander Lowen has been a great inspiration to us at Command Z. Most of his work centered around feeling, grounding and moving the body. No matter how much talk happens, he recognized that nothing really occurs until the body is energized and brought back to life.
Check out what he has to say here:
In honor of Dr. Lowen, Riley and I are happy to offer you Radical Undoing sessions for 50% off our normal rate of $250. For the next two weeks, you can purchase your initial session for $125.
We would like to give as many people as possible the experience of Radical Undoing, even if it’s just a single session. So much can happen from deeply feeling your body in this particular way…a single session plants the seeds of a deep bodily awakening that can carry you into an entirely new life.
Riley and I are excited to hear from you and work with you.
Click on the button below to get your initial Radical Undoing session for half-off. You will receive an email immediately with instructions for scheduling your session.
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One of our long time students, Brendan, wrote the following after taking the Mind/Body Restruction courses. Enjoy!
Hey guys! Just finished watching both courses, and now I’m watching them again.
I had a memory of an experience while watching the first course. I can’t remember what exactly it was that Riley said, but the memory was triggered. After that, while watching the second course, Garrett said something that related directly to the same experience. So I thought I’d relate the experience.
This happened about ten years ago, but it has only really been in the past few years that I’ve been able to use it effectively.
I was sitting or lying down, meditating. I slipped into a light trance, and found myself sitting on a chair in a completely black, as in unlit, space. Some distance in front of me, I sensed the approach of something. It was BOUNDING towards me with such joy and energy, the only thing I could relate it too was a really energetic puppy. When I say joy, I don’t mean extreme happiness. I just mean it was raw, unbound by ideas of duality.
It became a puppy, and when it reached me it leapt into my arms. It was spinning and vibrating intensely, much like a super excited puppy would. Another quality it had was cuteness, but a cuteness that was so intense it made me nauseous. It was too much cuteness, or like an imitation of cuteness by something that just had way too much energy, trying to cram itself into the idea of cuteness. Then it turned into a white, glowing ball of energy, about the size of a beach ball.
I knew that this ball was mine to do whatever I wanted. Really, anything I wanted to do with this energy, it was completely open and up to me. This filled me with terror. The idea that I was completely free to do WHATEVER I wanted was the most disturbing thing that had ever occurred to me! I felt a deep connection to the idea that I was totally responsible for my own life. It was all my choices and decisions.
I didn’t have any belief in god, but at that moment I had a very strong sense of a terrible and vengeful god. I kind of had my own sense of how some christians interacted with god as someone to fear. I was terrified by the idea that it was all up to me and I’d have to take full responsibility for my life. I saw that I could choose to deny this, and forever live life being dead, or jump into the joyful terror of existence.
My brain buzzed when Garrett mentioned something about the fear( or awe) of god being the beginning of wisdom.
And that’s my little story!
Someday I’d like to have a live session “in real life” with you guys. Someday!
You know that feeling…
When you’re really connecting with someone…
The conversation flows effortlessly, and your posture matches up. You don’t need to think, because everything is just flowing. You feel it, and you know they feel it, too.
Maybe you’ve had moments of such deep rapport that it seems to verge on telepathy—like it’s not even necessary to speak, just to be, and everything is communicated.
Organic Radical Undoing sessions operate from that space.
The alternative–doing exercises from an impersonally prepared list–is more like having a conversation by reading from scripts. Not exactly the same…
Having “downloaded” and “installed” every element of the Undoing repertoire into our own bodies and unconscious minds, we trainers get into immediate rapport with the trainee’s unconscious by observing and syncing to his or her body’s reactions to the breathing and exercises, and synching our breathing along with theirs.
Then the information flows: no preconceived notions, just a powerful sense of what “wants to” come next. Sure, we can analyze it and force it into making rational sense, for people who are really into that sort of thing; but it’s the direct feeling in the moment, the strength of the transpersonal intuition that makes organic sessions so powerful.
It’s not magic–it just really seems like it sometimes.
When Garrett and I began doing organic sessions with each other, we were astonished by how often one of us would suggest an exercise, and the other would say, “That’s exactly what I was thinking!”
We also found ourselves innovating exercises, because we could tell the other person’s body “wanted” to move in particular way –which the other would often instantly confirm.
Over time, as you gain proficiency and deep familiarity with the Radical Undoing work, and begin to trust your own intuition, you will be able to rely upon your own unconscious to guide you through organic sessions. (At the beginning, however, it’s a bit like trying to pull the cart and ride on it.)
Once you do become comfortable in that space of trust-and-indeterminacy, your intuition will rise up around you in more and more instances of your life. You’ll be able to surrender to your own deeper wisdom and let it shower you with unexpected gifts, day after day.
So, you’ll have that going for you, which is nice.
(From the PDF accompanying the live Organic Radical Undoing Session demonstration. For more information or to request another live presentation of the Organic Session course, email: email@example.com)
Have you ever seen a deer or a dog with just 3 legs? They don’t spend much time complaining. They just adapt to the new circumstances and keep doing whatever they want and need to do.
The body adapts automatically to almost any new situation or circumstances it encounters, inside and out.
You might argue that pain is a trouble of the body. Pain is an experience, yes, but what makes an experience trouble is the mind…the thoughts we think about it and the unconscious associations we make to it.
The mind has endless troubles, while the body has none.
The mission of Command Z is to refocus the mind onto the body…the vast and beautiful land of no troubles.
The trouble with clearing all the troubles out of the mind is that most people have built their entire identities around the recurring troubles they experience in their lives. When the troubles disappear, so do their identities.
This explains the prevalence of gossip, rumormongering, TV news, disaster footage, politics and religion.
Think about it. Since when does anyone or anything need saving? Do we really need to rescue the Earth from some imagined catastrophe? Or is that just a holdover from Christianity still living in the shadows of our minds?
When you refocus your mind on your body, you will witness directly that there are no troubles.
You might say that the only real trouble is the task of refocusing the mind on the body… It’s an Indiana Jones-style adventure.
That’s where we come in…
Choose Your Own Adventure… Find the Fountain of Youth… The Land of No Troubles. It’s been right there with you all along.
This article is about true joy. It proposes that true joy and wisdom are one and the same.
Proverbs 9:10 is often mistranslated from Hebrew as, “The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
This has been used as justification for a rather tyrannical and wrathful conception of god as some warlike man in the sky.
The original Hebrew root is YRA, “yare.” It does often translate as fear, but this is misleading for our purposes.
Our purposes here, of course, are to help you make use of everything for your own benefit, your own personal advancement and enjoyment.
In this case, the lesson of Proverbs 9:10 can be used to understand a concept that can empower and change your perception of what’s going on in your life. This will enable you to easily align your behavior with your goals.
We have to unpack the words of the Proverb to get the most benefit from it. Let’s get started:
1. The Lord: For our purposes, we will define the Lord as everything inside and outside of you. Yourself, your perception and everything else in the universe are included. You might call this “life,” “reality,” or “existence.”
2. YRA/ yireh: Instead of fear, we will translate Yireh as awe and reverence. Hopefully all of you have had a transcendent experience in your life. Sometimes it occurs during an amazing musical performance, or a bout of serious laughter. It involves deep bodily tingling, emotional exaltation and a sense of eternal oneness with all of life.
The funny thing about the eternal oneness with all of existence is that it is the most normal and basic experience you could ever have. It’s not some kind of mystical thing. It waits patiently behind all the dross, worry and drama of daily life.
When you remember who and what you are, beyond words, the bare facts of existence become deeply satisfying, no matter what problems your mind is dealing with. This is what I mean by “awe.” Recognizing that we know nothing about our existence, and yet here it is, right here with us all the time.
3. Wisdom: wisdom in this case means an understanding that goes beyond all confusion, illusion and delusion. It signifies a beholding of existence as it is, not how we think it should or shouldn’t be. It is not in the realm of ideas. Instead, you find it underneath or behind the screen of the mind where ideas take place. When you avoid the traps of the mind, you reach the unerring wisdom of the body.
The Awe of Existence is the Beginning of Wisdom.
When you experience your first Radical Undoing session, you will know beyond all words and ideas, what it means to feel awe for your own existence. This is the beginning of wisdom, because now you truly understand that your life is your own, and you have ultimate freedom to construct it on your own terms. People often fear this experience, because it means taking full responsibility for your own life.
If you’re not taking responsibility for the creation of your own life, you might want to ask yourself, Who is?
If you’re ready to take that first step, get in touch with us on the site, register for a session, or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
“If the development of civilization has such a far-reaching similarity to the development of the individual and if it employs the same methods, may we not be justified in reaching the diagnosis that, under the influence of cultural urges, some civilizations, or some epochs of civilization–possibly the whole of mankind–have become ‘neurotic’?”
-Sigmund Frued, Civilization and Its Discontents
Two types of “personal development” exist:
The kind that helps you get what your compulsive and conditioned monkey-mind craves (inclusion in desirable social groups, wealth, peace of mind, self-esteem, a better can opener, free fried chicken)…
…and the kind that fundamentally questions those cravings, collapsing the personality down to its bare bones and building a new being from scratch.
It goes without saying that the former category is the more common, and new best-sellers, fads, “secrets,” and wish-fulfillment fantasies never cease to strut about the marketplace.
The latter is usually missed, esoteric even to the “esoteric.”
I enjoy observing what kinds of fads emerge, and when (for example, the immensely lucrative franchise, “The Secret” during recession time), as well as who embraces them and who derides them.
Mythic heroes, having evoked a genie, know to be very careful in their choice of wishes. Those who fail this caution become perennial examples of how we don’t really want what we think we want…
What would happen if you suddenly gained the power to manifest all your thoughts?
Probably not what you think.
So…make your wishes come true, or become a thing that wishes differently?
That’s a secret……