On Jan 17th, while on a trip to mumbai for a friends wedding, I got a call from a friend whom I hadn’t talked to for almost 8 months. After the “where were you dude?” and “whats happening” conversation he suddenly switched to a more controlled vocal meter and began. ” I attended landmark forum and….
“hmmm” I thought, “this I guess is the real reason for his call“.
Controlling my skepticism, I heard him out.
After sharing a little about his experience, he invited me for a Tuesday evening free session to introduce me to the course. Being a friend he warned me that there would be guerrilla marketing going on, but he would protect me as much as possible. I wasn’t too inspired, but hell, what else does one do on a Tuesday evening?
So Tuesday came, and the reminder call came, and I reached, albeit a little late. Surprisingly they started on time, and warned us in the beginning that it would go quite late. After a little gyan, the presenter asked for a volunteer. One bakra raised his hand and went on stage. What followed was really quite gripping. Starting with the volunteer’s complaint against the world, the presenter stripped away the layers of lies and half truths through conversation, until all that was left was the real person and his false perception of his world, and everyone in the audience knew that the message was meant for us all. In the end I found myself pressed back in my chair, as if I had been attacked, I didn’t understand my emotions at that time but I was interested. I saw the credit-card-swiping machine and swiped away a weekend of my life to landmark.
Two weeks later, without any expectations at all, and 10 minutes late, I found myself in a room of 230 people from all walks of life, Medicine, banks, biotech, business, house-wives, septuagenarians, physically challenged, college kids and of-course the ubiquitous software engineer.
The facilitator arrived, and we were underway. I wouldn’t be able to do justice to what happened, so I am not going to even try to describe it. In short though, in the days that followed, 230 people shared their lives, their pains and joys, their successful relationships and the broken ones and everything else that blocked them and gave them freedom in their lives. It was a roller-coaster ride of emotions, inspiring at times and sometimes palpably painful. Through expert guidance and a lot of “technology” we were given tips how to make our lives extraordinary and given assignments to begin the fixing process, which had to be finished in the short breaks. I met a lot of people from many walks of life, and many will remain friends forever.
The course is not easy, and requires you to place your life in the conversation. Trust me, its a heavy commitment, but the results will surprise you.
If I were to pick 3 things that hit me from the course (which I hope to convert to T-shirts someday), they would be (plagiarized from the trainers words)
“In Life, Hunt Big Game”
“Play all out” and
“All things begin with integrity”
figure it out or visit a forum 🙂