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Gary van Warmerdam combines the wisdom spiritual traditions have in eliminating suffering with common sense in a way that is both practical and effective. Gary has studied extensively with best selling author of The Four Agreements, Dr. Miguel Ruiz beginning 1994. He co-developed and taught the Four Agreements Facilitators training at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck NY and the Crossings in Austin Texas. His teachings are based in universal principles of common sense and unconditional love found in all spiritual traditions. Gary leads several intensive events during the year and coaches individual clients. His book, MindWorks, is available in print and in digital formats in numerous places.
Gary has previous professional experience in sales and management in both small and large businesses. He served as a nuclear trained officer in the US Navy and as officer of the deck of an aircraft carrier. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
The Self Mastery 1 course will guide you to deal with your emotions, thoughts, and beliefs. These are fundamental skills.
The Relationship Course will guide you through understanding common false, and drama making beliefs about relationships. You will benefit from the skills learned in the Self Mastery I course to effectively work through what you learn in the Relationship series.
Because you are being set up for success. If you had all the lessons at once your mind would be filled with information but you would not have practiced anything yet.
For change to happen new neural pathways need to be connected and your brain and nervous system re-trained. That process does not happen with just getting knowledge.
What many people have learned is that reading a lot of books is not likely to change your emotional patterns. If you are trying to change thoughts, all it does is give you more to think about in the same way.
For success in making the changes you want to make you will need a different approach than just having information. You will need to do different things so those new patterns seep down into your unconscious.
Some results will happen right away. However, the results your ego mind will hope for are different than what will happen right away.
Just by listening and understanding the principles in the course audios you will begin to have a different understanding of your self, and others. You might start applying that change right away. Or, what you learn may cause you to change how you looked at a past situation. These are some immediate changes.
As you practice the awareness exercises in each lesson you will grow and change even more.
Most courses will tell you how you should be. This course is about understanding what has you stuck where you are, and practical steps to change what you are doing.
The problem with telling you how you “should be” is that the critical voice of the Judge just uses that to beat you up. It has another standard to say you are not meeting, and thereby tell you that you are a failure.
This self judgment is one of the traps to avoid. It doesn’t actually result in any improvements. It only leads to feeling worse and being demotivated.
I have listened to SM 1, SM-2, and the Relationship series multiple times. I am now in a new relationship where I care for this person more than anything in the world and not lose myself. This is so incredible to see this distinction. I am also learning to be brave and honest even when it scares me to death. It is liberating.
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