Friday, 29 August 2008

Landmark Lecture Series

I did the Landmark Forum - a direct result of which is I now speak to my children's mother. I hadn't done so for 6 years.

It doesn't mean that our interactions will be any easier, it just means they are now possible.

The other thing it did was free me from some past issues that were weighing me down. Enable me to see the possibility that I am inventing for myself.

The literature from the forum warns against people with deep psychological issues doing it. I would echo those concerns.

I have reservations about their "marketing" methodology. The apparent "pressure selling."

I have reservations about the perceived infallibility of their belief systems.

Also, it is too long and drawn out, in my opinion.

I can however say, that it helped me a lot. I would recommend it, as long as you avoid becoming "dependent" on it.

As for the lecture series, good god!

This is like pulling teeth. It is not so much a lecture or interaction, as it is a promotional session!

Friday, 1 August 2008

Landmark Forum

This was an extraordinary weekend.

I saw some people who were really struggling, as people, Friday morning, become free from the things that were holding them back - had done so for years.

I hadn't spoken to my children's mother for seven (7) years. With a little support from my new friend Kate, was able to ring her, make a time for her to call into my home, and discuss our three kids.

I also called my mother and told her I loved her - which is undeniably true. Although, last week I wouldn't have believed that call possible.

Some aspects of the Forum I found incredibly boring - especially the constant attempts to market the stuff.

The methodology in signing up people I am uncomfortable with - even though, the results in people's lives, from doing the Forum, have apparently been dramatic. Whether the change will be lasting is the question.

The parts that were good, were extraordinarily fantastic!

New eyes through which to view NOW, and my life...

Nov 2014 - There are some parts that made a lasting impression - "Vicious Circles"
For a more useable approach to this see the ABC's of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy" ABC - a crash course

While it can be part or the start of the journey, it is not a destination.

I saw people fundamentally alter the way they look at the world.

I saw a lot of people stripped of their coping mechanisms and then left to fend for themselves. NOT POSSIBLE and hardly fair and reasonable.

The human journey is just that, a journey.

What worried me at the time was the lack of ongoing support - unless you continued to do their courses and became "Landmarked."

The vulnerable, impressionable, easily swayed people, would be advised to tread carefully.

It remains the case that I got some fundamentally important ways to look at life and life's events.
On balance I benefitted from it but still remain cautious of their marketing and their tendency to USE people as volunteers.