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My most important article

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It’s been a long time since I last published something.
And it might have to do with the fact that I have been withholding something.
I reckon that something got stuck in my writing-channel.
Something big. I want to talk about the Landmark Forum.

I’ve always wanted my writing to be useful. So that the people who read my stuff get value from doing so. There is one thing though that I have yet to write about. And it is – so far- the most useful thing I have discovered.

It is the one thing I could and would tell you to do, to get ahead in life and live to the fullest.

What I’m talking about is a course called: The Landmark Forum.
It’s the best thing I know – hands down.

Actually, many of my articles here were inspired by my participation in these courses. And although I mentioned the courses of Landmark in several posts before, I never actually devoted a full article to it, it was always a mere side note.
Why?
Because I am scared of what people might think of me – simple as that.
But who cares? Aye?

I could actually devote lots and lots of articles to the many breakthroughs, insights and great experiences I have had out of my participation in the courses of Landmark Worldwide.

So without further ado, here is a short list of results I got out of it – in the hope that you will get interested and maybe even do it too.

I first participated in the Landmark Forum for Young People back in 1998, together with my brother.

He was 8, I was 9 years old.
– I went from being extremely shy to playing skits at school and becoming the class representative
– stopped fighting with my brother
– It helped me deal with the divorce of my parents and I could forgive them and love them again.

Next time was in 2004, the Landmark Forum for Teens.
At that time there was quite a bit of bullying going on in school and I was very unhappy with my body, because I was late to the puberty-party.

Right around two or three weeks after the forum, I met some older kids that were very nice and suddenly I had a whole new circle of friends who didn’t care at all about my physical appearance – it was like a miracle for me, and these amazing friendships last to this day.

… After that, I participated in various Seminars here and there, but these are my favorite results from them.

– running my first marathon in Prague
– going to New Zealand for 9 months – and overcoming my fear of flying
-overcoming lots of fears in general (as in: acting while I was scared as heck)
-studying in the Netherlands
-my very nice current job as a translator
-my AWESOME relationship with my girlfriend
– learning Turkish (work in progress)
-becoming a beekeeper
– asking for forgiveness where I had screwed up, for example where I had participated in bullying
-connecting on a much deeper level with lots of people around me because I am free to express my love and affinity

So there are many more things I could talk about, but that is not really the point.
The point is that I want to get YOU curious about this.
To me it is one of the coolest things in my life, to witness how the people participating in these courses blossom and really come alive.
The overwhelming majority of people around me that have actually done the Landmark Forum have had similar groundbreaking and long-lasting results.

So if you have any questions – anything at all – I’d be more than happy to answer it as best as I can.
And if you want to have breakthroughs in your life, try it out for yourself.
(And I would love to hear what you got out of it)

Tl;dr
The Landmark Forum is an amazing course, and if there is one thing I would like to recommend to anyone, it would be this course.

 

 

 

 

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On Rules and Games

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You know those people that never seem to want to play by the rules?
“Aaah the rules suck, why can’t we just  XYZ!?!?”
But then, what is there to a game, if the rules can be bent?

A game of total freedom ceases to be a game and is just carnage and/or nothing, driven by greed, fear and laziness.

In studying law, I come upon all the rules that are (ideally) made up, to ensure a maximum amount of freedom for everyone, without restraining the freedom of others.

I think it is not the ultimate amount of freedom we should be seeking, but rather making intelligent, creative, and future oriented choices about choosing rules for our own lives, that forward the conversations and the games we play. Read the rest of this entry »

Give it Away

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I am sitting on the bus from Berlin to Frankfurt and I am buzzing.
Buzzing with the joy and miracle that is my life.
Today, I’m totally and utterly and helplessly in love with my life and everything that it is and that it isn’t.
And damn it feels good to know that I still can.
Fall in love like that. Read the rest of this entry »

Trust in Allah, but…

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Here’s a bedouin proverb my dad recites often (don’t whistle while you pee, as you might remember is one of his favourites too).

“Trust in Allah,
but don’t forget
to tie up your camel”

It’s one of my favourite proverbs because it illustrates so well, how we need to find a balance between our feelings and our mind.
Recently, listening to this massively inspiring talk by Mr. Alan Watts (you might recall his voice from this video)

I noticed, that for me the scale was heavily tipped towards tying up camels rather than trusting in Allah.
Save money, do your homework, give that guy another call, sell the car, floss regularly, look good, save the world…
Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t put yourself down.

I would like to elaborate a little bit more on the point from my last post, about how forcing things usually doesn’t turn out too well.

Laziness and fear are both words with a heavy, negative connotation.
So I felt like I needed to stress that point more, that they are not BAD, or WRONG or NEGATIVE. Like something to be avoided. They’re not.
That was not the point. Read the rest of this entry »