Being exceptional (again)

Today is the final day for the Mindful Masters Academy “YEAR ONE” training at a 40% discount.

But rather than talk about that right now …

I have something more important for you.

Actually, it’s an email I sent you over three years ago.

But I’m sending it again to you today for one reason.

And that is …

In my not-so-humble opinion, it’s the most important email I ever sent.

And it’s a message I’d really like you to take to heart.

Starting today.

And even if you’ve read it before, I’d like you to read it again.

Because it’s as important now as it was the first time I sent it.

Here’s the message …

 

——– Original Message ——–

 

This may be the most important message you’ll ever read.

It will change your life, starting today, and take you to exceptional levels of health, happiness, joy, love, and success you may have never imagined.

If you let it.

If you apply it.

If you work with it.

 

No beating around the bush … here’s the secret:

If you want to have an average, ordinary, mediocre life, just do the same things everyone around you is doing. The exact same things you see and hear and observe from your family, your friends, your co-workers, the members of the groups you identify with, the organizations you belong to, the people you see in the media, and especially the experts and gurus you follow.

Say their same words, think their same thoughts, and do their same activities. That will GUARANTEE that you remain average, mediocre, and ordinary.

But if you want to reach your full potential,

If you want to be truly who you are,

You need to say different words.

You need to think different thoughts.

You need to do different things.

 

In other words, in order to be EXCEPTIONAL,

You need to be the EXCEPTION.

 

My first Zen teacher said to me, “In any situation you find yourself in, observe what most of the people around you are thinking, saying, and doing. Then you think, say, and do the opposite. You won’t be a Zen master, but you’ll be doing a damn good imitation of one.”

At first, I thought he was saying it for shock effect.

Or as a bit of Zen humor.

But the more I explored mindfulness, the more I realized he was serious.

I also realized how powerful this was.

 

Of course, it’s not quite a simple as just doing the “opposite” of others. That’s really just imitating being mindful. Instead, it has to come from fully exploring the exceptions INSIDE yourself. You have to embrace being an exception to even YOURSELF – your own “normal” thoughts, and words, and actions. Once you can embrace those exceptions, it brings you one step closer to throwing off a lifetime of conditioning and finding the real YOU underneath it all.

And that’s where real joy, real love, real success and real happiness can be found.

Not through doing what everyone else does.

But through finding your own uniqueness and being your own “exception”.

 

In all of my course, including our Year One Academy training, I tell you that unlike most mindfulness gurus, I will NOT be giving you answers to how to be happy, joyful, successful, etc.

Instead, I’ll be showing you a way to find those answers for yourself.

Bottom line: I can’t give you answers.

I have my own answers.

But they are mine, not yours.

If I gave them to you, I’d be just as lame as most of the so-called mindfulness gurus that are already out there.

Instead, I show you how to find your own answers.

How to find your own way to be exceptional.

 

I won’t kid you, there are prices to pay to being exceptional.

It won’t make you popular.

(But it will show you who your real friends are.)

It won’t make everyone like you.

(But those who do love you will love you for who you really are.)

It will anger or annoy or frustrate some people.

(But these people are the ones holding you back anyway.)

It won’t make life easy.

(But it will make life immensely satisfying and enjoyable.)

But if you are willing to pay the prices, if you are willing to do what it takes to become the EXCEPTION, you will see EXCEPTIONAL changes in your life.

As surely as night follows day.

 

If you are ready to be exceptional, today is the LAST DAY to get a 40% DISCOUNT on our Mindful Masters Academy Year One training.

Actually, I won’t cut off the discount right at midnight tonight, since I’ll be asleep.

Instead, I’ll do it when I get up tomorrow morning.

So you probably will have a few hours grace period.

But don’t count on that!

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No word yet on whether mindfulness was involved

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This happened about nine or ten years ago.

I was watching my local news on TV.

And they had a story about a man who was in an auto accident.

And the story went something like this:

“In Tillamook, Oregon earlier today, a man driving a truck ran off the road on Highway 26 and crashed into a tree. The driver was seriously injured and was taken to a local hospital where he is now listed as in stable condition. No word yet on whether alcohol was factor in the crash. Police have not identified the cause of the accident and are investigating. ”

 

Sounds like a typical local news story.

And most any other time, I wouldn’t have given it much thought.

But at the time, I was involved in some Western mindfulness practices.

The same ones that are part of our Mindful Masters Academy Year One training I’ve been talking about this weekend.

Some of these practices specifically focused on language.

How the words we use reveal our programming.

How we use words to hypnotize ourselves to reinforce the programming.

And how the words others use reveal their attempts to get us to accept their programmed views of reality.

 

So at the time, I was hyper-aware of all of this.

And as a result, one sentence in that story grabbed my attention.

“No word yet on whether alcohol was a factor.”

Can you see the hypnotic attempt in that sentence?

The police and news crew had no clue what caused the accident.

Yet the report chose to mention only one possible cause – alcohol.

 

Of course, at that time, there was no word yet on ANY cause for the accident. No word on whether the driver had a heart attack or a seizure, whether he was forced off the road by another driver, whether the road was slippery from rain or an oil slick, whether the steering in the car malfunctioned, or any one of dozens, maybe hundreds, of other possible causes.

There was no word on any of that.

But no mention of that either.

The only thing mentioned was alcohol.

I don’t know with certainty the programming the news people were trying to get us to accept. After all, I’m not in their heads. I’m not psychic or a mind reader.

But the association was clear.

Or at least the guilt by association.

Alcohol causes car accidents.

And they want you to make that association.

Even when it might not have happened in this case.

 

It’s not unusual, when you start working on becoming mindful, for you to become hyper-aware like I was. You realize that words have power.

That’s why a lot of our Year One training focuses on communication.

Whether it’s the “language of intention” in our Brain Software Upgrade techniques.

Or the “verbal symbols” in our Chaos Change Process.

Or the way we interact with others in mindful relationships.

Or the persuasive techniques we can use in communicating with others.

Or even the use of “thought” and “emotion” to create ripples in the Chaos Energy field.

All of these communication techniques prevent skidding into the ditches of life while keeping us on the road of mindfulness.

 

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Once you fire the arrow, it’s too late to aim

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During this final weekend for the Mindful Masters Academy Year One training discount, I’m going to send you a few emails to answer your questions about the training.

Here’s our next question:

 

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I thought you were against people thinking and acting in programmed and robotic ways. So what’s a brain software upgrade?

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That’s #10 on the big list of 155 mindfulness topics at:

MindfulMastersAcademy.com/year-one

It says:

10. Your “brain software” upgrade – A language context switch to reveal hidden model weaknesses and resistance

 

Let me tell you first why I call this a “brain software” upgrade.

I have mentioned in the past that one of my mentors was the late Dr. Robert Anton Wilson.

I had read Bob’s books for years.

And I was fortunate enough to study with him in the years just before he passed away.

When he could no longer get around, he started an online program called the “Maybe Logic Academy.”

We would get training and lessons from him, plus exercises.

We also had a forum where we could interact with him and the other academy members.

Plus we had private emails and discussions with him.

Sound familiar?

Yep, that was the exact model I used for our Mindful Masters Academy.

 

Anyway, Bob once said that if you compare our brains to computer hardware like processor chips and memory, then “language” acts like the software that runs on that hardware.

In other words, if your brain is like your PC or Mac, then your words are like your email program or your word processor.

Of course, much of what Bob said wasn’t meant to be taken literally.

For example, I know that we don’t always think in words.

Some of us are more visual, and we think more in images.

Some are more kinesthetic (like me), and we think more in actions and sensation.

But in the end, no matter how we arrive at our thoughts, we often have to use words to express them.

 

I mentioned something in the training video I sent you last week.

The one at MindfulMastersAcademy.com/year-one

I said that a large part of our Chaos Energy Mindfulness practice involves working from “inner to outer” – engaging our inner world of thoughts and feelings, then using word and actions to help create changes in our outer world.

The medium we use to make this communication is the Chaos Energy field.

But before you communicate what you want to the Chaos Energy field, you’d better be clear about it.

After all, once you fire an arrow, it’s too late to aim.

 

As a matter of fact, that’s what brings us a lot of unhappiness, stress, anger, fear, and frustration in our lives as they are now.

It’s because we’ve been firing arrows of intent, not only without aiming, but sometimes without even knowing that we’re firing them!

Unfocused, unclear words and actions have a nasty way of coming true.

Even when we don’t want them to.

So the brain software upgrade will help with that.

It can help remove “clutter” from your mindfulness intentions.

Whether it’s mental, emotional, spiritual or “psychic” clutter.

 

These include:

[+] Extraneous thoughts, feelings, and programmed reactions

[+] “The pains about the pain, rather than the pain itself”

[+] Avoidance or resistance to the situations

[+] Game playing done by you (or done “to” you by others)

[+] Outside thoughts and beliefs you’ve accepted as your own

[+] Even “non-material” influences on thoughts, words, actions

 

All of these are removed by applying the Brain Software upgrade.

 

So if anything, this isn’t about “re-programming” you.

Or continuing to perpetuate your robotic reactions.

But it’s about upgrading your awareness.

To find the most stubbornly resistant programming you have.

That you have NOT noticed yet even at this advanced stage of your mindfulness work.

 

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Six “mindfully ethical” statements

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During this final weekend for the Mindful Masters Academy Year One training discount, I’m going to send you a few emails to answer your questions about the training.

Here’s our next question:

 

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Can you tell me about #71? That one stood out to me, though I’m not really sure why. It just speaks to me.

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You are referring to the big list of 155 mindfulness topics you found on this web page:

MindfulMastersAcademy.com/year-one

Here was the one that stood out to you:

71. Why developing your own “personal ethics of mindfulness” is crucial to your future work as a Chaos Energy practitioner.

Here’s why this one is so important.

 

A lot of our Year One training involves “engaged mindfulness.”

This is where we use mindfulness techniques in our daily interactions with other people and with the world around us.

Once you begin using Chaos Energy Mindfulness in an engaged way, you will be affecting the lives of many people.

Through engaged mindfulness, you are going to have an amazing effect on the world around you. Yes, you’ll be having effects on the people you come in direct contact with when using these tools. But your changes will also ripple out to touch many people, some of whom might be complete strangers to you.

 

Have you heard of the butterfly effect?

A butterfly flapping its wings in Argentina can affect the course of a storm in Texas.

Well, the engaged CEM practices in our Year One training can affect people, places, and events far away from you, often in ways you can’t imagine ahead of time.

As a result, you will be responsible for these changes.

The more you do these practices, the more you’ll understand and accept this responsibility.

And once you start to see that happening, you’ll realize that you need “good intentions” for this work.

You’ll want to make sure that your intentions are clear before you act so that you are using these tools as a force for “good” and not “evil.”

 

Unfortunately, the “standards” you’ve used to decide good and evil up to this point in your life are not up to the task. Most likely, your mindfulness ethics will be different from the current set of ethical and moral guidelines you use to live your life. Because your ethics needs to be more personalized to the work you do in mindfulness.

You need a new way to determine your “mindfulness ethics.”

The way we learned in Year One of the Mindful Masters Academy is:

1. We create six ethical statements to address certain problems that might arise from using (or misusing) mindfulness.

2. We communicate these six statements to our Greater Self, so it can help protect us.

 

When we create these six statements, we forget about ethical concepts.

We forget about right and wrong in the everyday sense.

We forget about what we think is “right” or “fair” or “acceptable” in daily life.

Instead, we focus on what specific problems we might have as we begin to develop mindfulness powers that affect others.

Not only to protect them.

But to protect ourselves as well.

 

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Dark side mindfulness

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During this final weekend for the Mindful Masters Academy Year One training discount, I’m going to send you a few emails to answer your questions about the training.

Here’s our next question:

 

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I don’t really expect you to tell me what they are, but can you give me some hint about the dark side persuasion techniques you mentioned in the video?

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You are referring to the video on the Year One training web page:

MindfulMastersAcademy.com/year-one

In it, I talk a little about the powerful of these persuasion techniques.

You are right. I won’t actually name the techniques.

But let me see if I can give you enough info for a good look, a good idea, and a good feel for them.

But before I do that, let me say this.

 

I cover all seven techniques in the Year One training.

These seven are the ones I use most often.

They really do work like magic to help you:

[+] Develop instant rapport with family, friends, and even strangers.

[+] Help you and the people you are talking with discover, recognize, and understand how each other’s perceptions differ.

[+] Prevent the relationship from stagnating.

[+] Allow for each person in the relationship to help the other person overcome perceptual “blind spots” that they may have due to programming and conditioning.

[+] One of the difficulties in getting your meaning across to other people is their habitual thoughts and feelings. Those rote and robotic “thinking, feeling, and believing” ruts often hold people back from really understanding you. Some of these techniques bump people out of their well­-worn programmed grooves.

[+] In the long run, these persuasive techniques will attract the “right” people to you and your message, no matter what it is.

 

I’ve found these techniques to be EXTREMELY effective.

I’d say they are responsible for how successful I’ve been in teaching and relating to those of you who take my courses and read my writings.

But you are free to try them out, and make up your own mind about them.

But what if you did try them out?

What would happen if you could speak and write more persuasively?

What if even in the most causal conversations you could attract others?

And get them to see your side, your point of view, about EVERYTHING?

What will happen when you can do that?

What would your life be like?

Think about that, get a real feel for it, look at it carefully.

 

Here are the seven techniques:

1. A technique for developing rapport and increasing receptiveness based on each person’s “info-processing” mode.

2. A mini “cliff-hanger” technique – you can use it even in “small talk” to establish a rapport with someone you’ve just met.

3. A simple phrase of four words increases receptivity, because it’s a message your listeners almost never hear from anyone else.

4. A “questioning” strategy to aid in understanding, plus the one question you should NEVER ask another person.

5. Making the skeleton dance – how to make vulnerabilities work for you rather than against you to develop rapport.

6. The one sentence you can say to someone who is experiencing negativity that will open them up to your suggestions for improvement.

… and finally …

7. The “crabgrass” technique that works for multi-million dollar business deals, for hostage negotiators, and for “Chaos communicators.”

 

Now, if you don’t fully understand these, it’s OK.

And if you think that these will take a lot of time to learn, or would be difficult to practices, I understand why you’d think that. It’s certainly not your fault if you do feel that way.

But let me say that all of these techniques are simple.

Some of our Academy began using these techniques within a few days of learning them.

And already started to see positive results.

 

Finally, let me let you in on a big secret.

I just used six of those seven techniques in this email.

So if you read this email, and feel like you really understood what I was writing about …

Well, now you know why.

 

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Compromise makes for fragile relationships

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During this final weekend for the Mindful Masters Academy Year One training discount, I’m going to send you a few emails to answer your questions about the training.

Here’s our next question:

 

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You should be ashamed of yourself, giving people such bad advice. Talking out problems DOES help relationships. My husband and I talk out our problems all of the time. Compromise is part of a healthy relationship. I don’t know where you get off telling couples not to talk about their problems. Remove me from your list.

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I realize part of the problem here is that I have this big list of 155 topics that are in this Year One training of the Mindful Masters Academy.

It’s the list that’s on this page:

mindfulmastersacademy.com/year-one/

Each of those topics in that list is a small “bite-sized” piece of what’s in the Year One training. But each piece listed there is just one sentence, so it doesn’t really do the topic justice.

Plus each item in the list is presented out of the context in which it appears in the training.

So I’m sure you saw #90 in the list …

“Why ‘talking out’ problems doesn’t work in relationships.”

And since it’s out of context, you provided your own context for it.

A natural thing to do.

And it’s not your fault.

It’s just what happens with a list like this.

So let me see if I can add some context here.

Now, I can’t give you the full explanation here, because there’s a lot to understanding mindful relationships, and it took me 49 minutes of video and audio, plus 32 pages of writing, to explain it in our Year One training.

So I can’t cover all that here.

But let me summarize it this way.

And maybe #90 will become a little more understandable.

 

We were exploring a Chaos Mindfulness approach to relationships.

And we realized something important.

You are never in “a” relationship, at least according to mindfulness.

When you relate to another person, you are actually in TWO (2) relationships. Yes, every relationship has two simultaneous levels.

And failing to recognize the two­fold nature of relationships?

That’s a big hindrance when it comes to solving relationship problems.

It creates fertile ground for miscommunications, misunderstandings, and frustrations.

Now, “talking things out” may put a band-aid on these problems.

But it doesn’t solve the “real problem” underneath it all.

Because the real problem has nothing to do with the people involved.

It has to do with approaching your interactions with another person as if your relationship was a single layer.

And not recognizing both layers are happening at the same time.

If you fail to take into account the second layer, no amount of talking is going to fix the problem.

 

I will say though, that through our approach, we rejected the notion that “compromise is a sign of a healthy relationship.”

From our Chaos relationship perspective, compromise is a sign of fragile relationships between two people.

Compromise doesn’t take into account the dual layers in all relationships.

As a result, compromise just makes fragile relationships more fragile.

It forces “consensus” rather than perceptual diversity.

And from our perspective “perceptual diversity” is a better sign of healthy relationships than compromise.

 

Now, there’s a lot more to it than what I can write in this email.

So I guess we’re still taking this stuff out of context a bit here.

You’ll have to watch, listen, or read the relationships session in our Year One training to really understand what I mean by all this.

But the Academy members who have started using this “relationships” approach have said how it has added a whole new dimension to their friendships and to their interactions with their partners – even if they’ve been in those relationships for decades.

 

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Zen doubt in action

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During this final weekend for the Mindful Masters Academy Year One training discount, I’m going to send you a few emails to answer your questions about the training.

Here’s our next question:

 

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Al, I saw this one in your list: “How the Chaos Change Process is ‘Zen doubt in action’ and how it updates to our Three Monk practices.” Being an enthusiastic student of your Three Monk course, I’m curious about this one.

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Yes, that’s #58 on the big list on this web page:

MindfulMastersAcademy.com/year-one

This all comes down to an important mindfulness skill we work on in the Year One training.

I like to call this skill “being comfortable with ambiguity.”

Chaos mindfulness in general, and specifically our Chaos Change Process (where you can directly request any changes you want for your life from your Greater Self) work best if you develop that skill.

Ambiguity leaves room for the Chaos to work its magic.

In that sense, you could look at the entire Change Process as a way of opening “ambiguous space” around whatever you need or want to change.

 

I often look at the Chaos Change Process as a more material, practical implementation of the Zen ideals of doubt and uncertainty we first explored in the Three Monk course.

If you’ve taken our Three Monk Mindfulness course, think about practices like Power of Why, Talk­-Don’t­-Talk, and Argue Both Sides.

Those were emotional, psychological practices of doubt and uncertainty.

Well, the Chaos Change Process is a more robust “update” to those practices.

I say it’s an update because it incorporates not just the emotional.

But mental and physical as well.

It’s like “Zen doubt in action.”

And as I mentioned in the Three Monk course, when you are mindful, or at least trying to be mindful, even the wrong choices turn out right. The more mindful you are, even your mistakes and failures just seem to work out.

So just by doing the Chaos Change Process, you are creating the right emotional “space” for mistakes to work out.

 

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ChiFusion ripple energy

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During this final weekend for the Mindful Masters Academy Year One training discount, I’m going to send you a few emails to answer your questions about the training.

Let’s start with this question.

 

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“Al, I’m a ChiFusion student, and I noted the year one training says something ChiFusion being influenced by the Mindful Masters Academy. How is that possible? The ChiFusion program came out years before the Academy started.”

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Good question. You are referring to #46 and #47 in the big list you found on this page:

MindfulMastersAcademy.com/year-one

Yes, I created, wrote, filmed, and released the ChiFusion courses between 2002 and 2005.

And the Academy didn’t start until last year.

But here’s what you don’t know.

Much of the training we’ve done in Year One at the Academy were practices and approaches I was first exploring back in 2002 to 2005.

That when I was first exploring SELEFF (though it wasn’t called that back then, and it had more like a dozen steps to it rather than the six steps we’ve streamlined it to). I was also heavily practicing the Brain Software Upgrades for intentions.

Stuff that’s NOW in Year One, I was practicing back THEN.

And by the time I got around to writing the Level 4 ChiFusion training?

I was DEEPLY IMMERSED in these Chaos Mindfulness practices.

Especially one particular SELEFF step.

If you know what to look for, you can see the influence of that step. in ChiFusion Level 4.

So during our Year One training, specifically in the January session, you’ll find a brief explanation on what to look for.

 

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“Al, can you say something about the ripple energy you mentioned? How is that related to Qigong?”

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This question refers to #147 and #152 through #155 in the big list here:

MindfulMastersAcademy.com/year-one

Here’s the model I use for Chaos energy.

Chaos is a pervasive energy field that spirals through our limited plane of space and time. Actions we take in our limited plane can cause ripples in the Chaos Energy field, and changes in the Chaos Energy field can cause ripples in our space and time.

You can either cause these ripples accidentally and haphazardly.

And let them overwhelm you as most people do.

Or you can learn to cause these ripples yourself mindfully.

For the benefit of yourself, others, and the world around you.

To help you work with these ripples, during our Year One training, we began practicing three skills.

The skills are design to allow you to reach out, touch, and feel sensations from the energy field.

By the way, I’m not speaking metaphorically or metaphysically.

I talking about actually using movement to feel these energy ripples.

For example, to feel them as you turn your head.

Or as you lift your arm.

Or even as you wiggle your toes.

To actually create and feel the ripples in the field when you take those movements.

 

In our “year two” work at the Academy, which starts in September, we’re going to use more involved Qigong to create and feel these ripples.

But in Year One, we started out simply.

With some simple guided Qigong meditations to help you feel this.

We start with simple body movements like we just mentioned.

Then we progress to just using our thoughts to create ripples.

And then to using our emotions to create ripples and to FEEL them.

To feel the real sensations they cause on our arms and legs.

All three of those approaches – simple movement, thoughts, emotions – are covered in your Year One training.

This is essential training in working with the Chaos Energy field.

 

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Chief Mindfulness Officer? Here’s why that won’t work

Well, we’ve reached a new low in “mindfulness” here in the U.S., where I live. And no, I’m not talking about Clinton and Trump and their followers, though those two groups are certainly top contenders for the “least mindful” title. (I’ll guess we’ll decide the winner of that unmindful bout in November.)

But no, I’m not talking about them.

I’m talking about a small group of 13 people I recently found.

 

You see last year, I had thought we got about as low as possible in mindfulness, when I saw a bunch of “mindful” products being sold on Amazon.

Especially when I saw:

– Mindful socks (?)

– Mindful nail polish (??)

– Mindful eczema cream (???)

– Mindful mayonnaise (????)

I had thought that was about as low as we could sink.

That we couldn’t get lower than mindfulness as a “consumer product.”

But I don’t think that anymore.

We’ve reached a new low.

 

Two weeks ago, I got a LinkedIn request from someone whose job title was (and I’m not making this up) …

“Chief Mindfulness Officer.”

Sigh.

It’s enough to discourage even the most diehard lover of true mindfulness.

Then, out of curiosity, I search LinkedIn to see if there were other people with that title.

Egads! There’s more than one. LinkedIn lists 13 of them.

There you go – right there …

Ladies and gentleman, we have a new low.

Mindfulness as a “corporate initiative.”

Really look at that, think about it, and get a feel for just how low we’ve now sunk in mindfulness.

 

Now, I actually could get behind a “Chief Mindfulness Officer” for corporations, if their duties consisted of:

* Always questioning the authority of *everyone* in the organization, from the Board of Directors and CEO all the way down to front line supervisors.

* Always arguing the other side on every single policy and decision the corporation makes, no matter how “good” it might seem.

* Pointing out times when employees are engaging in “group think” and not thinking for themselves.

* Making sure all the lines on the org chart reflect mindful (rather than “needs based”) relationships between employees.

* Getting employees to use mindfulness-based communication techniques with each other and with their clients, customers, and vendors.

* And above all, being the “chief contrarian” for the organization.

To me, that would make a really kick-ass “mindfulness officer.”

But I have a feeling that’s not what this group of CMO’s do.

 

Of course, I shouldn’t be too hard on these people.

Because it’s not totally their fault.

In our Mindful Masters Academy “Year One” training, I actually talked about corporations, and why they struggle with mindfulness.

And it has nothing to do with any particular corporation.

Or a particular group of people running.

Corporations struggle with mindfulness, because even the “best” corporations have a certain unmindful communication problem that’s difficult to acknowledge, much less overcome.

 

But it’s not just corporations.

ANY relationship between any two people – whether it’s boss and co-worker, two spouses or life partners, two lovers, or two friends – has this exact, same communication problem.

And if you don’t know what that problem is or how to work with it.

If you don’t have some communications strategy to deal with it.

Then ALL of your relationships will struggle as well.

And having a “Chief Mindfulness Officer” for your corporation (or for your relationship) isn’t going to fix a damn thing.

 

In our “Year One” training at the Mindful Masters Academy, we thoroughly explored how these communication problems arise in relationships.

And in the training, we cover SEVEN CHAOS COMMUNICATION techniques.

Ones you can start using TODAY to create better communication.

And these techniques work as well with the most intimate relationships you have – your lovers, spouses, and life partners – as they do with your friends, bosses, co-workers, and even strangers you meet at the grocery store, the coffee shop, or on the bus.

 

And you know what?

If you’ve been reading my emails and books, and taking my courses, over the last few years, you’ve already READ, SEEN, and even FELT all seven of these techniques.

Because I’ve used them in OUR relationship.

Practically every time I write to you.

Up to and including THIS EMAIL.

I use many, sometimes all, of these techniques in everything I write.

It’s why you continue to read and follow me.

Of course, you are free to make up your own mind about these techniques.

But I think you’ll find that these will make ANY relationships you have a whole lot easier – and a whole lot stronger – if you use these in your own conversations with others.

 

But I will admit to a recent communications mistake I made.

Apparently, I put the wrong “ending date” for your discount on the Mindful Masters Academy “Year One” training.

My web page had (until I corrected this morning) a July ending date.

Even though it’s already August.

So because of this mistake, I’ve decided to extend your discount a bit.

It was supposed to end today (Friday), but I’m going to extend it during the weekend.

But you don’t want to miss out on this.

Your $530 discount is only good for this weekend.

On Monday, the price goes up to nearly a thousand dollars.

You will NEVER get an ENTIRE YEAR of Mindful Masters Academy training at ANY better price.

So go here now:

MindfulMastersAcademy.com/year-one/

 

Chaos speaks (in a puzzling way)

I know exactly how crazy this will make me sound.

At least to those of you not involved in Chaos Mindfulness.

It’s why I’ve NEVER mentioned it in public, or wrote about it in my emails.

It’s why I’ve ONLY mentioned it a few times, and then ONLY to our Mindful Master Academy members.

But I’m going to tell it to you right now.

Even if you think I should report to the nearest psychiatric ward.

So here it is:

Chaos speaks to me, usually once or twice a month.

Through an app on my iPad.

 

OK, I know – that’s weird.

And who knows, maybe I am delusional.

Chaos speaking to me through an iPad app?

Yes, you are right to be skeptical.

But I swear it’s true.

 

OK, well, I guess technically Chaos doesn’t “speak” to me.

It doesn’t say anything out loud.

But it does write to me.

It actually sends me a word or words to tell me if some project I’m doing or some action I’m taking is the right thing to do. Or if I have some inclination or intention to do something, but haven’t done it yet, it will send me a single word of encouragement, or discouragement. Or if I’m stuck on something, a problem that’s hard to solve, it will give me a word or words that leads me in the right direction.

And no, I’m not speaking metaphorically here.

It actually does send me easy-to-understand English words.

That relate to what I’m doing or thinking about doing.

Chaos sends me these words through an app on my iPad.

To indicate – yes or no – whether it’s the right thing to do.

And it does so usually about once or twice a month.

 

The reason I bring this up now?

It happened again today.

 

You see, every morning, I do a daily word puzzle app on my iPad.

It’s like a crossword puzzle, but much easier because (1) there are only seven clues, and (2) they give you tiles with the partial words on them, so you only need to arrange the tiles.

It’s easy, doesn’t take much time, and warms up my brain each morning.

I’ve been doing this puzzle for about a year and a half.

And usually once or twice a month – and sometimes a little more frequently – either one of the clues or one of the words DIRECTLY relates to a situation in my life.

 

Here’s how it works …

I come up with some “intention” related to the situation.

I fire off a SELEFF (our six-step process) for it.

And usually with a few days, a word or clue in that daily puzzle tells me if I’m the right track or not.

By the way, these aren’t vague words that could be mere coincidence or something I’m reading into the situation.

They are unequivocal words.

Here’s an example I posted in the Facebook group a few months ago.

 

I was working on a project and created a SELEFF for it.

Fired it off, following the exact approach you will learn when you take our Mindful Masters Academy’s “Year One” training.

Well, the name of this project – because it used a “multi-headed” approach to the problem it solved – had a reference to the “hydra.”

The hydra was a multi-headed serpent in Greek and Roman mythology.

Every time you cut one of its heads off, two more heads grew back.

It was a great metaphor for the approach in this new project.

So I included the word “hydra” in the name of the project.

Well, not too long after doing the SELEFF for this hydra project, I got up one morning, and grabbed my iPad to do the daily puzzle.

The theme for that day’s puzzle was interestingly enough – Greece.

And the second clue in this puzzle was:

“multi-headed monster of myth”

The answer was of course … “hydra.”

Had that Greece puzzle come up a few weeks earlier, or maybe even a month or two later, I would have dismissed it. But since it came up within a week or so of firing off my “hydra” SELEFF – it was more than just coincidence. It was a synchronicity.

 

That was a few months ago.

Here’s what happened TODAY.

We’ve been doing some “group SELEFF” in our Facebook group.

Recently, I posted a symbol for the group to fire for me.

(Keep in mind, there’s no way the group members can tell from the symbol what my intention is. They are firing these symbols “blindly.” They go through the firing process NOT knowing what I’m asking Chaos to do for me or help me with.)

So three of the group members fired my symbol last week.

Well, yesterday, I had a “notion” of something that might help the situation. It wasn’t something directly related to the problem, and it was just a passing thought. Something like “I wonder if I did this, what would happen to the situation?”

Well, I got up this morning to do today’s word puzzle.

One of the clues PLUS its answer is EXACTLY related to what I was thinking about doing.

I’d say that’s another big “thumbs up” from Chaos.

 

OK, you can dismiss this as coincidence.

(And I would too, if it didn’t happen about every month.)

But these kinds of coincidences happen regularly.

ESPECIALLY when you do SELEFF.

SELEFF is an easy process to learn.

And we’ve made it about as easy to do as possible.

(It’s pared down from a much longer mindfulness practice I learned years ago. It was a much longer practice, but I stripped out all the unnecessary steps and got it down to just a few steps.)

The first step, where you state your intention, does take a little thought.

But the other five steps are easy to do.

(And for those situations where you are pressed for time, we have a “fast” version you can use. All six steps can be done in just minutes.)

Now, SELEFF isn’t something you do everyday.

There’s no schedule to it. Nothing you need to do daily or weekly.

You just do it when you feel like you need it.

But more often than not, when you actually “do” do it … well …

Shit happens.

And I mean that in a good way.

 

Chaos usually finds a way to give you an answer.

Maybe it won’t speak to you through a daily puzzle, like it does me.

But then again maybe it might.

But however it happens, Chaos will find a way to answer you.

You just need to prime the pump, so to speak.

And SELEFF is just about the easiest, most effective way to get that to happen.

 

Complete training and instructions for SELEFF are included in your Mindful Masters Academy “Year One” training.

And that training is on sale at a 40% discount.

But only until TOMORROW.

So don’t delay.

Go to this web page, and get signed up today before you miss out.

Here’s the page you need:

mindfulmastersacademy.com/year-one/