“What do you wish to achieve?”
After what seemed like an hour of silence, Tim was done trying to figure out the answer to that existential question. He spat out what first entered his mind anyway: “I want to understand better what I read.” “And I want to stop having those terrible nightmares since my father passed away six years ago.”
“OK”, the woman answered. “How is your reading now?”
Tim explained how he often got distracted when he was reading. Not from external noise, but from noise inside his head. It was sort of constant, and he had the idea it may somehow be related to his horrible nightmares – because he couldn’t remember the noise being that distracting when his father was alive.
“And how are your nightmares exactly?”
Tim related his usual nightly horrors.
Having gotten Tim’s goals and also where he was at in the present, Diane proceeded: “We should be able to help you out on both these goals.” She continued by explaining how they would go about helping Tim from his present situation to what he wanted to achieve. She explained the tools they would offer him, the estimated time and cost involved and the possible risks along the way. Nothing left out. Just simple transparency.
Tim’s brother, Craig sat in the other room with a counselor named Adam.
Adam used the same, simple approach and asked for Craig’s aspirations and where he was at today.
Craig was half a head higher than his older brother and weighed in at some 50 pounds more. In pure muscles. It came as no surprise that he wanted to be a better boxer. He told Adam that he had excellent reaction speed, but that some basic boxing skills seemed to fail him when he got knocked about a bit.
But Craig was an interesting mix between a muscle-man and a spiritual seeker, and Adam was taken off guard when he told him his most important goal in life; “To be able to go out of my body, freely as I want – just like I used to do when I was a kid.”
Impressed by this mixture of goals, Adam told Craig: “We do have the tools to increase a person’s reaction speed, but we have no experience when it comes to boxing skills and how you can retain them as you get beaten up in the ring. And I don’t know who to refer you to. Sorry about that.”
He continued: “And although we have certain methods that can let the person leave his body, they are actually side-effects of our mental training regime and not a sure-fire way to be what we call exterior,” “If you’d like, I can refer you to two other possible methodologies that may be able to offer what you want – one is a branch of Buddhism, the other is an ancient native American society. We cannot guarantee that they can help you, but it’s worth a shot to contact them. I’ll find their contact information for you.”
The brothers were briefed on this “U-ology center” and that they were actively collecting all kinds of tools to help people reach their goals and aspirations, that they would train to deliver those tools without exaggerations, that they would never question a person’s wishes, and that they would always be honest about what they can do and how they would go about helping a person. It would be all about You.
No one-size-fits-all regimen. No strict policies or hierarchy or ensuing power struggles. Only skillful training in a vast number of tools and applying them honestly where they fit the best.
Tim decided to try it out, while Craig was happy to check out that native American tribe.