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ENROLLMENT a possibility that touches moves and inspires you 22 0f 36

ENROLLMENT – Official Definition

Enrollment is defined as the act of putting yourself or someone else onto the official list of members of a coursecollege or university, or group. It can be measured by the placement of your name or other people’s name(s) into whatever requires membership of some form.

Having been with the training and development provided by Landmark Worldwide for over 10 years; there are always opportunities for enrollment, and generally speaking, and probably no surprise to you, I am almost always a YES ‘waiting to happen!’ I know I value growth and expansion of myself such that I can continually make a difference with the world I live in. The courses available have enrollment opportunities online and during announcements in the current courses running. In this instant, the ‘enrollment’ conversations are designed to share as much about the course being promoted, such that one can make an informed choice! (See To Choose Freely blog).

ENROLLMENT: New Possibilities, once made

Hah, well it started powerfully for me, when I participated in the Self Expression and Leadership program in Sydney 1994. It is a 4 month course with 12 evening sessions and a few Saturdays. I was given a coach, who was a graduate of the course himself, whose key role was to listen for the future I had produced in the previous Advanced Course. The future I created was: “Love expressed through Leadership, Inspiration, Energy and Enthusiasm!” Well the 4 months was extraordinary, simply because, for the first time, I was focused on all of my communities, in enrolling them to seeing ‘A NEW CHARLES!”

“What was it like?”

“Confronting, enlightening and profound”

The key was whether any of my community was ‘enrolled’ in who I was being. If I was generation my future: “Love expressed through Leadership, Inspiration, Energy and Enthusiasm”, miracles happened surprising everyone concerned including myself. See my Ceasefire Project photos .

I was trained by my coach as to whether someone is ‘enrolled’ in me or ‘not enrolled’ in me, and to immediately NOTICE who I was BEING! As a consequence, this education has impacted my life immensely; as I operate with an attention on the communities I am a member of; both ‘face to face’ and ‘online’. Indeed, my current Wisdom Unlimited program, I have been looking at my network of conversations, as a new way to discover and share the future I am creating.

When I shout “World Peace by 2020: Pass It On! You’re It!” when I go for my regularly bouncing around Ocean Shores; there is no surprise, as I get “it” repeated back at me, as an echo, meaning this conversation has indeed been passed on! See my hilarious INSTAGRAM videos!

MEDIA: Are they enrolled?

On last thing I want to mention, about enrollment, is when it comes to working with the media. Now, whenever I write my press release, I look to see how I can enroll the media to run my story and that this is a skill worth learning when you undertake the Self Expression and Leadership program, I declare! Thank you Channel 10 ,Australia!


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SERVICE: Another Access to Transformation 21 0f 36

Who would have thought that BEING OF SERVICE is one access to one’s transformation? I got a profound insight about ‘service’ when I participated in Landmark Worldwide’s Introduction Leaders Program.

SERVICE: The Action of Helping or Doing Work for Someone.

Firstly, the receiver of your service needs to be welcoming! Otherwise you would consider that the recipient would view you as a nuisance, as a possibility! I have learned over the years that to ‘be of service’ is a gift for both the recipient and oneself.

How can one ‘be of service?’

Great question!                   

I have found that anytime I am paying attention ‘outside of myself’, with the person (s) I am with, I am on the right track, as I am focussed on them. I ‘tune in’, ‘pay attention’ and listen for opportunities for being useful or helpful. Questions, too, are an excellent way of discovering ways where one can ‘be of service’. Perhaps what I have learned over the years is to be interested in making a difference and therefore being of service.


World class service is defined as vastly exceeding customers’ expectations and building brand loyalty as a result. World class service can help attract new customers as 87% of consumers share good experiences with others.

For over 10 years up here in Byron Bay, Australia, I have personally brought this stand to one of the top catering companies called The Larder. Indeed, in our memorandum to understanding (which I wrote), I share the value of being of GREAT SERVICE versus ordinary service as a game worth playing. Consequently, all our new staff start on the same page, understanding how and when they can EXCEL in the services we provide.

“Going above and beyond’ of what our guests expect in providing food and beverages at any function we undertake, has us regularly receive great reviews.


This was a surprise to me when I first inquired into ‘being of service’. The thought that “to receive” is a service went against what I had thought I knew; until I discovered how much I was so thrown to GIVING versus RECEIVING.

I think it was during my ‘Being Extraordinary’ seminar that I first got to see that I was so fiercely independent and that I needed no one. Our inquiry looked to consider that fundamentally; most humans are out to make a difference. Oh! All those friends of mine, who offer to help, actually mean it, versus “working on an angle with me!” Yikes. I discovered how; by not allowing them to contribute to me, our relationship was limited in what was possible. Since then, I am much more aware of my friends loving and wishing to help me! Now comes the case of asking for help….and there’s another story!

Where in your life have you been or service to others and yourself?


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Being Unreasonable as another Transformation 20 0f 36

In case of trouble, throw up a reason! How often have I chosen to be safe, and make an excuse simply because I didn’t want to ‘rock the boat’ or ‘upset the apple cart’!

I am currently participating in my second “Wisdom Unlimited Downunder’ Course here in Ocean Shores, New South Wales, Australia and I have been blogging and will blog all 36 ‘TRANSFORMATIVE” ways of BEING. This one is #20!

Being Unreasonable can lead to Amazing Results

I was in my first “Introduction Leaders Program” run by Landmark Worldwide which runs over 6 months. Each of us gave our word we would attend all classes and weekend workshops.

At the time, I was working on formulating the Ceasefire Project: “The Causing of World Peace through the use of FIRE”. With an eye on opening the Sydney Olympic Games with fire breathers, I trained many of the participants in my course to breathe fire. Looking at the time table for our training course, I saw that the last day landed on the 15th of September 1995 and that the classroom ended at 10pm.


Press Release to all 5 Australian TV Stations:

15th September 1995 marks exactly 5 years before the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games. The Chilli Club Fire Breathers will perform a fire show at the Sydney Opera House Steps AT MIDNIGHT to underline the anniversary and take a stand for World Peace by the opening ceremony.

For myself, I felt it was unreasonable to request a TV News camera crew to wait until I had finished my classroom, before getting EVERYONE down to the Opera House from the Landmark offices, then based in Darlinghurst,(15 minute drive).

Not only did we make it in good time, but we had Channel 10 News camera crew document the show in the name of World Peace and the news story was shown to an Australian audience.

THE SUPRISE came from abroad, when my brother-in-law “Ip”, who was living in Brunei, South East Asia, called my father.

Ip: “Tony, did you know your son was filmed and shown on CNN News just now?”

Tony: “Really??!”

Ip: Yes, my son (10years old) was watching the news and shouted: “Dad, Dad, there’s Uncle Charles!”

BEING REASONABLE like “playing it safe”?

So if one is not being unreasonable, what gives, in terms of one’s lifestyle?

Great question!

For myself, I see that when I operate in a ‘familiar’ and ‘safe’ world, my life has a certain flavour. Whilst you could consider that there is nothing wrong with how I am living my life, perhaps there is no growth or expansion in developing my capacities in the things I love doing. You could say I am living a ‘CRUISY LIFE’; with no unforseen interruptions or disruptions even impacting it, when they occur. Consider the skill I have learned over the years is to continually notice the reason why I have not taken action. What REASON am I using here and now? If you can consider that many of the reasons you offer are based on ‘past thoughts and experiences’ as the potential STOP, then perhaps one can CHOOSE FREELY?! (read more here regarding CHOICE)

“I CAN’T……….” or “I AM NOT WILLING TO………….”

Aaah…when I have been in this inquiry, I see that ACCURACY helps with the refusal to take action in anything that is important to you. How often do I say “I can’t…” when I really mean “I am not willing to….” For me, the distinction here is often that I am making reference TO THE PAST where I recall a ‘failure’ to succeed. Once I have realised this as my first thought, I can then review the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ and then declare my action/non action with power. Can you do the same? Tee Hee

What Unreasonable action will you take today that INSPIRES YOU?


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Communication: Another Access to Transformation 19 0f 36

I remember the catch cry of the old Commando course run by Landmark Education back in 1993: “Communicate or Die” ,where this course inquired into going behind enemy lines (your thoughts and feelings) and find the enemy within! I can’t say much more about it although I did notice graduates were proficient in ‘cutting to the chase’!

Communication: Access to Power

The entry course into the “Curriculum for Loving” , as it is often fondly called versus the “Curriculum for Living” which starts with the Landmark Forum. In this course, I discovered when and where I failed in my communication ‘AS A CHILD’ and, once that was distinguished/remembered, a mighty ‘oh wow’ moment. See my ‘FAILURE’ video share here.

“Charles, consider the job you do, the place you live and the clothes you wear are all in support of your ‘sentence’ in life (sentence as in a court room).

Charles: “I am a failure” was my sentence that I gave myself (aged 10) and then hey, no surprise as I was always comparing myself to my ‘better brother’. I was doomed! (Tee Hee)

Charles Crawshaw: “Hands up, those of you reading this, if this circumstance with your sister or brother is SIMILAR? When I shared this with my father, after doing this communication course, he simply replied “Aww Charles, that’s called Sibling Rivalry!”

From Failure to “Million Dollar Lifestyle”

I participated in the communication courses back around 1995, when I was living in the “Heart ” of Darlinghurst, Sydney. It was perfectly situated; on the “Corner of Oxford Street and Crown Street”, with nightclubs and bars up and down the streets and the Landmark office within 10 minutes walking distance!! It was a fairly grungy 1 bedroom apartment, right above a record shop and cafe. As the “gay party scene” was all around me almost 24/7 7 days a week, I noticed;

  1. On weekend mornings especially, there was the likelihood of broken bottles and used syringes.
  2. At the time, I was unemployed and struggling to pay the rent.
  3. That said, if I ever bought clothing, it was always from charity shops and never brand new. With all this as a NEW realisation (Thank you Landmark Worldwide )

I realised that these STRUCTURES were all in support of my thoughts as “Being a FAILURE”; so I started to DISMANTLE all the evidence!!

Charles Crawshaw 1995 –

  • Within 1 month, I caused myself to being chosen as 1 of 8 “Sales TEAM LEADERS” for the launch of Foxtel Cable Television into Australia. Sydney and Melbourne start. My leadership gained me a brand new Foxtel Branded Company 8 seater van to drive my team to suburbs all around Sydney and do ‘door knocking’ sales!
  • I achieved a great salary and commission pay, made by “Charlie’s Angels”, for successfully coming in “First and Seconds” at 9pm, each night for all our sales combined.
  • Within 3 months, I moved in with my brother and his girlfriend, choosing a 2 bedroom apartment in Neutral Bay, Sydney with water views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. My bedroom viewed down on the Neutral Bay Ferry bay and the harbour bridge in the background.
  • I began to buy new clothes and the rest….

Essentially, having NOTICED anything that spoke ‘FAILURE’ to me , I did a MIGHTY SPRING CLEAN of my life!

Million Dollar Lifestyle : 7 October 2019

I work part time in this joyful friendly climate town called Ocean Shores. I run a tv station for it, I own my apartment and I work part time “on line” and “face to face”. I bounce to the beach often to embrace my love for exercise…(it’s all those endorphins hey?) and I don’t have a war on my doorstep. Indeed, it is from that space that I am able to TRULY GENERATE World Peace by 15 September 2020 as a GAME WELL SHARED! #WP2020 has started indeed!


How often do I ‘hold back?’, ‘keep my thoughts to myself’ or simply notice I am deep in thought. In my current Wisdom Unlimited course, (that I am participating in for the second year), we call it ‘monologue’ versus ‘dialogue’. Consider that when we ‘talk to ourselves’, nothing moves. As soon as we get into dialogue, transformation is truly available. What I am distinguishing currently is that some of my MONOLOGUE is on LOUDSPEAKER …something like broadcasting…..aaah!

“World Peace by 2020” shouted out loud isn’t dialogue Charles, when you run on those bouncy boots.

Charles: “What if they shout it back at me; wave, nod or give me “hand peace signs” or honk the horn as they drive or walk by….. I have altered THE SILENCE in this Ocean Shores community which I declare is certainly making World Peace by 2020: Pass It On! You’re It! “ a great shout to keep creating and GETTING IT LOUDER. Watch out for Operation “Sand with a Line” – 15 September 2020! Another #WP2020 GIF! Thank you Facebook for the GIFs you share!!! Again!


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CHOICE: An Ability to Create in Any and All Situations 18 0f 36

It is day 3 of my Landmark Forum back in October 1993. It has been a great 3 days with introduction to some 13 design principals about what it is to be human. Indeed, Ontology (the study of being) was often mentioned back then as the context for Landmark’s education and training.


So we are in the inquiry and the Landmark Forum leader asks for a volunteer to get up on stage, in front of us all, and help distinguish the power of choice. Firstly, the volunteer is shown to replicas of ice cream cones with 2 different toppings: Chocolate and Vanilla. I am paraphrasing here (it has been a while) so I recall we were then given the definition of DECIDE “To kill off options” and CHOOSE “To select freely and have it be free from the past” as a new way of looking at CHOICE.

  • Forum Leader: Chocolate, Vanilla : Choose
  • Volunteer: I choose Chocolate
  • Forum Leader: Why did you choese Chocolate
  • Volunteer: I choose Chocolate because I prefer it to Vanilla.
  • Forum Leader: Was that a choice or decision?
  • Volunteer: It was a choice; I choose chocolate because I like it. I prefer it to Vanilla.
  • Forum Leader: Consider it is a decision. You killed off all alternatives, in this case vanilla, and you chose Chocolate based of a PAST EXPERIENCE where you liked it.

This exercise went back and forth, with the volunteer sticking fast to Chocolate ‘choices’ until suddenly, the volunteer understood to choose freely (and free from the past).

  • Forum Leader: Chocolate, Vanilla: Choose
  • Volunteer: I choose Chocolate because I choose Chocolate.
  • Forum Leader: Why did you choose chocolate?
  • Volunteer: I choose Chocolate because I choose Chocolate.

We all noted there was NO REASON given this time. Then the Forum Leader did something radical. She held out only one ice cream cone (happened to be vanilla) and she asked: Choose?

  • Volunteer: I choose vanilla because I choose vanilla.

What this new concept opened up was perhaps an unusual look at our choices in life; where we look at all alternatives and choose…aaah now consider that’s a decision because you are killing off all alternatives. To make a choice, choose freely and have it be free from the past. So I choose Mum because I choose Mum. I choose Being Short because I choose Being Short! The power here is that these choices, even if there is only option, is to choose it freely. Choose cancer, wow, read here.

CHOICE – A New Freedom

What I have found liberating from this tool is that one can really choose, with freedom, if one is clear there are no past thoughts/feelings/influences clouding one’s mind. Indeed the skill is firstly to distinguish all facets of the matter at hand, and notice all the meaning one has around it. From there, my heart skips a beat and I choose! Indeed, given these choices (from this new point of view), are transformative, consider there is no surprise that fear arises as it is certainly diving into the unknown. Saying that, one of the top 5 benefits of the landmark Forum is indeed making the right choices and pursuing what’s important to oneself. I can certainly testify to that having started both the Ceasefire Project and the Queens Peace Project with a commitment to causing World Peace by 2020.

I choose World Peace by 2020 because I choose World Peace by 2020.

What will you choose (freely) now you have an idea of a new way to look at Choice?


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CREATING FROM NOTHING; Another access to Transformation 17 0f 36

It takes skill to create from nothing, as we are so thrown to having everything around us MEAN SOMETHING! However, reflecting on my extensive personal development through Landmark Worldwide, there is indeed a MAGICAL MOMENT I will never forget on the 15th September 1997.


I started the Ceasefire Project, after learning some excellent tools and practices concerning the media and ‘likely stories’ through Landmark’s Self Expression and Leadership program.

15 September 1995 marked the launch of the project with a thorough ‘press release’ to all Australian TV Networks. I declared we would do a Fire Breathing Show for World Peace and mark 5 years before the opening ceremony the Sydney Olympic Games (a smart move to nurture the ‘LIKELY STORY in the press release’)

15 September 1997 -Sunset

  • Channel 10 News Camera Crew
  • Channel 7 News Camera Crew *
  • North Western corner of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on a grassy hillside at Dawes Point

1997 had me just warming up to the power of emails and texting, so on that day, our group of fire breathers agreement was to bring a few friends so beating last year’s record of 92, should be cool with the 30 or so fire breathers we had trained. 5pm and 40 of us were ready! OOOOPS!

As the leader of this Ceasefire Project Fire Show, this year I had FAILED! Read more here about my thoughts of myself AS FAILURE.

If you can imagine the scene as follows:

Channel 7 and 10 News crew reporters, talking to several fire breathers including my brother whilst Charles (myself) was sitting alone and in deep thought, embarrassment and disappointment of having organised everyone to get here, only to not break the record. Luckily THIS MOMENT only lasted 5 minutes!

FROM NOTHING; A Miracle was BORN; Failure transformed

Charles Crawshaw: “Ladies and Gentleman, if I may have your attention please?”

“Today marks exactly 3 years to the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics. As you can see, our fire breathers are not enough to break last year’s record. I want to THANK BOTH CHANNEL 7 and CHANNEL 10 Camera Crews, for showing up to document us in the name of World Peace on our planet. I promise that we will perform a show tonight for you and before we do, I want to ask each one of you Fire-Breathers how many friends you will bring in 2 weeks’ time when this year’s Olympic Festival of Dreaming” ends. Put up fingers for numbers of friends! OK, thank you!

After dwelling in the morass,(a complicated or confusing situation), for the five minutes mentioned above, I finally saw I could get complete “in the moment” and come from NOTHING. See what comes out my mouth when addressing all those people there, for a FIRE SHOW for WORLD PEACE?!

6 OCTOBER 1997 “Harbour Bridge is ON FIRE!”

Only Channel 10 New Crew returned to the park as we marked the end of 1997’s Festival of Dreaming.

The night was extraordinary as we had enough fire breathers to safely space each other, along the 300 metres of west side walkway. We made some mobile phone call coordination with the Channel 10 camera Crew, who realised they needed to drive away from the bridge and capture the SPAN of the BRIDGE and then , once established, call us.

From Potts Point, Channel 10 News called us so I said: “Let’s light up!”

Along the entire length of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, we could see fellow fire-breathers light their fire sticks ready for the flame launches.

Go!” as the Chilli Club Fire-Breathers performed the first-ever “Mexican Wave” (using  Fire Balls) along the length of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. With Channel 10’s powerful ZOOM Camera shooting the event, our fire show was broadcasted on the news once more!

Click Here For Channel 10 News stories https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzPOad63hoY

The best moment of that night was when several red fire engines appeared on the side of the bridge saying someone had called them and said the bridge was on fire! Note I had failed (again!) to inform any fire departments of the event. Oops!

Where do you see you can take on creating from nothing?

*The Channel 7 News camera crews showed up for the first time after 2 years of our annual fire shows for World Peace, at the Sydney Opera House Steps


PROMISE: A completion of one, demonstrates power 15 of 36

Hah, how fortunate that I am into my second Wisdom Unlimited program run by Landmark Worldwide here in 2019. Why? Well, with all the training and development I have accomplished so far (over 10 years), what has been revealed to myself, now age 56, is the inquiry into: “Adult as Possibility”. With that comes the word: PLAY!

So, on the 15th September 2019, I HONOURED MY PROMISE, made exactly 19 years to the day. I took National and HASHTAG flags, The World Peace by 2020 flag and banner, 15 Bounce Boots and a SONY Broadcast camera. This was my Peace Ceremony, as declared on national news in Auckland, New Zealand. Indeed, on the 15 September 2000: TVNZ New: “………..And we are declaring it as the 15th September for the next twenty years when we start the peace ceremonies!” were the very words that came out of my mouth! Yay I honoured my promise.*

15 SEPTEMBER 2000: Sydney Olympics ‘LIVE” Television Interview

NEW Promise: 15 SEPTEMBER 2020: WORLD PEACE BY 2020 PARTIES,(around the World)

With over 2 million visitors each year, the SPIRITUALLY FAMOUS Byron Bay lies at the most Easterly Point of Australia. Its lighthouse is an Australian icon and thousands of hump back whales swim by it twice each year; to give birth up north in Queensland and migrate back south to Antartica, once done.

Byron Bay Main Beach:

From SUNRISE to SUNDOWN on Sunday 15th September, 2019 the Ocean Shores Television camera documented the following:

  1. A symbolic sunrise “running of the flags” including the World Peace by 2020 ones and the Russian, Chinese, French, German and American flags
  2. An impromptu “PARTY ON THE BEACH”                                                             ‘Happy 12 years old birthday party of 12 or so girls ‘treasure hunting’ for “DRESSED IN SILVER” LUCY’. They turned up, put on the bouncing boots and grabbed a flag. Then, and after some coaching, SCREAMED (to camera) ‘World Peace by 2020; Pass It On! YOU’RE IT! What I found remarkable for myself, was when I left them alone; with the camera still rolling and recording. Reviewing the footage afterwards, I was MOVED to TEARS, when these girls generated world peacy conversations and their love for Byron Bay (and the boots!)  A Huge Moment was when LUCY; to camera, and straight after her birthday song was sung to her; SHOUTED “WORLD PEACE TAKE OFF!”
  3. Young tall lanky “Liam”, who was so excited to try these boots for the first time, asked if he could run “THE BAY”, which was up to The Pass and back, a distance of 3.6 km (2.2 miles).

I said: “Sure and will you run this World Peace by 2020 flag as well?”

Liam: “Of course I will!

I honoured my promise and made a new one: To PLAY A GREAT GAME for Lucy’s 13th Birthday concerning all 25 Million Australians. To start, please PUT an ALARM into your phones to ring EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT until Tuesday 15 September arises in 2020. When it rings, listen for others ringing and say OUT LOUD: “World Peace by 15 September; PASS IT ON! YOU’RE IT “If you are in another country, do the same and please let me know! Which one of the 195 countries do you live in? PASS IT ON and TAKE OFF!


Hah, scary I hear you say. “I never say promises I can’t keep!” is a common declaration many people share with me and hey, I got you! I make secret promises to myself, where I can cheat if they don’t turn out, because I have never shared it OUT LOUD with anyone anyway?! Consider it takes courage to declare your promises out loud as, almost immediately, you will be judged: Yes you can, No you can’t etc So does that matter?

Great question! Personally, in my current network of conversations, whenever a friend or associate declares their promise to me, I get a sense that the listening I am providing them is a great clearing for them to share. I so love it as a result, as it gives me an opportunity to support them in their promise, if needed. If you have to make a promise right now, who would it be to and what would it concern?

PROMISE: Broken, now what?

Oops, well you can relax about FEELING GUILTY. Consider there is no power in that hopeless sense of failing to honour the promise. What you may like to know is that you are really addressing YOUR INTEGRITY! It would seem you have a strong relationship with YOUR WORD and making promises, so by not fulfilling on your promise, you have damaged your sense of self?

Well for me, if I break a promise to a friend or associate, I take action by getting into communication, (with the person with whom I have made my promise). I let them know I haven’t honoured the promise. I may then REVOKE the promise or make a new one. Simply put, you will restore your power if you address your broken promises directly with the person(s) concerned. We call it ‘cleaning up’ in Landmark’s inner circle..tee hee. Restores one’s integrity indeed?!

Here is one promise you can count on me.

I promise to PLAY FULL OUT in CAUSING the Best Birthday Party; ever held in Byron Bay, for a 13 year old girl called LUCY who wished WORLD PEACE TAKE OFF one year earlier.

* It was my fire breathers who helped open the Sydney Olympics with the BUSH FIRE element for WORLD PEACE.


COMMITMENT: A Leadership quality that allows for measurement of the cause 14 of 36

COMMITMENT: A Leadership quality that allows for measurement of the cause 14 of 36

Commitment: The state of being dedicated to an activity

Whenever I hear the word commitment, my first thought is that of admiration, as it “oh so easy” to have a non-committal attitude to anything in life, especially if it is in the ‘too hard’ basket. Over the years through my personal development courses taken with Landmark Worldwide, I have really established some true commitments which I know I will carry to my grave. One such commitment is my stand for World Peace by 2020. Over years since, I declared my engagement to World Peace on ‘live television’, what has shown up for me is this sense of certainty for who I needed to be, to fulfill on my stand. What has been obvious too are the moments when I have dropped my stand and not occurred as “World Peacy!”…ooops and hey, minor breakdowns I declare!

Commitment: An obligation that restricts freedom of action

Well, there’s a new angle in the inquiry! I can see that when one is focused and taking action to fulfill on one’s commitment, a loose fluid demeanour may not be the ideal way to achieve the goals of one’s promise. It is with an obligation that one can see openings for actions that align with one’s commitment. One of the outcomes I never saw when I completed the Landmark Forum back in October 1993 was the new domain of a “laser vision”. Indeed, as stated in an analysis of the Landmark Forum made by social scientist Daniel Yankelovich, 89% of 1300 surveyed, reasoned to ‘be more committed/motivated and pursue what is important to them’.

Until one is committed…

W.H. Murray Scottish Mountaineer of Everest has been quoted in several of my seminars as follows:

‘Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred … ‘Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”

I invite you to share your commitments below and be empowered by the courage it takes to share oneself! World Citizen #WP2020


NOTHING: One Access to Transformation where there is NO MEANING 13 of 36

NOTHING: One Access to Transformation where there is NO MEANING 13 of 36

Oooh, here is one distinction introduced into The Landmark Forum on Day 3 (Sunday) that completely gave me a very new outlook on life. This particular inquiry,( into what it is to be human),  lead us into considering life is empty and meaningless and that it is empty and meaningless. Read more here.

NOTHING as a skill to “BE WITH IT”

Whenever I look at a circumstance in my life where I wish it to be better, different or even disappear, I am so struck by the meaning I have put into the circumstance already. Indeed, in many of the courses I have undertaken through Landmark Worldwide, a common throwaway line is for us, as humans, to consider that we are meaning-making machines! How hard is it to bring NOTHING to my circumstances? All my circumstances have meaning, surely? What I have learned over the years is to distinguish whatever meaning I put into any of my commitments in my life and simply be AWARE OF IT. The mischief I have with it all is my propensity to add meaning!


So if one can dwell in the space of nothing or indeed, no thing , where does one go from here? Well if everything, (with humans) exists in language, then one can say that the access to any power is to be great with one’s word. Indeed, when I participated in the course called Communication: Access To Power, I learned to consider that a powerful human being is one who honours their word. I also learned that making promises, requests, assertions and declarations were also accesses to expanding one’s capacity, through language.


Perhaps the significant way one can inquire into ‘nothing’ is to notice how one listens. When I hear ‘Everything/nothing’ in any conversation I have with people, I then have some capacity to distinguish anything that may ‘get in the way’ of what is being said purely as I have identified I am listening through filters. A great example is when I am confronted by a person who is wearing “LOUD CLOTHING”. How quick am I to have the clothes get in the way of anything the person is saying! Indeed, his or her clothes are doing the speaking (tee hee, as I laugh in recognition as I am guilty of this example!). Maybe this is too simple for our complicated minds and perhaps the gift is to NOTICE, LET IT BE and SPEAK NEWLY?!


STAND: Another Access to Transformation 12 of 36

STAND: Another Access to Transformation 12 of 36

Stand: An attitude towards a particular issue

After I completed my Landmark Forum in October 1993, I discovered that my thought: “My mother and father don’t love me!” was false. I truly believed that they loved my younger smarter fitter brother more. I was embarrassed, ashamed and confronted to even think those thoughts back then! Wow, moments in our childhood can really impact our lives!! OK, well if we are all ‘grown-up’ by around 24 years of age, what was my parents’ childhood like?

Oh, oh, World War II right of both of their doorsteps ,when they were kids. From this insight, I immediately took an inspired stand: To Stop the World Fighting for a Day! I so felt this would be a lovely way to redeem my silliness in my childhood, believing I was ‘unlovable’ and therefore really keeping my parents at bay.

CEASEFIRE PROJECT: The Causing of World Peace (By 2020) through the Use of Fire

This stand started on the 15th September 1995, after my press release to all 5 national television news companies in Australia attracted a Channel 10 film crew to meet some 27 or so fire breathers at the Opera House steps at midnight. Significantly it marked exactly 5 years before the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games and it was performed as a stand for World Peace by those games. Apart from gaining national news, CNN News picked up the story.

How did I find out?

My sister’s 10-year-old son was watching the news on cable television in Brunei when he turned to his father and said: “Dad, its Uncle Charles on tv!”

I then took a stand to perform fire breathing shows every year on the same date and invite the television cameras to document the show and our record-breaking attempts for the greatest number of fire breathers gathered together to perform the shows.

15 September 1997 : Oh oh!

Channel 7 and Channel 10 camera crews showed up at the northern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge at sundown and it was noted we did not have the numbers to beat the 92 fire breathers at the Sydney Opera House Stairs the year before.

I recall being confronted and embarrassed I have gotten the tv crews down and I fell back to my thought that I was a ‘failure’. Indeed, I discovered in the Communication Course: Access to Power, that when I was aged 10 years old, my younger brother got picked for the school soccer team and I didn’t get picked! In that moment, I decided that I was a failure.

Luckily, the ‘ever pervasive past’ thought only lasted for around 5 minutes.

I then gathered the fire breathers together, honoured them for showing up, turned to the camera crews and apologised for the reduced numbers, promising a fire show anyway and requested we all return in exactly two weeks to mark the end of that year’s Olympic Celebration and, true to form, Channel 10 TV News captured the moment when we performed a Fire Breathing Mexican Wave across the Sydney Harbour bridge. The funniest part was the moment when the fire brigade showed up after someone said the bridge was on fire! I have forgotten to inform them!

Stand: A position taken in an argument.

Whenever I declare my stand for World Peace by 2020, there is an ‘immediate’ thought. I often continue with my experiences and potential solutions and ‘off we go’ into the possibilities or indeed resignations concerning the stand. What I have discovered in ‘being a stand ‘is noticing the times when I am not being “World Peace by 2020”.

Indeed, only last Sunday, 15th September 2019, I got into an argument with a friend, who had turned up for the Peace Ceremony and had not fulfilled on her promise to help me film the good moments of the day, (later I saw I was not clear in my requirements).

Interestingly, the Wisdom Unlimited course I am currently engaged in reminds me how often I ‘drop down’ to conversations 7-year-olds have which is in the domain: “Fair/Not Fair!” Using “Adult as possibility”, I saw I was definitely being 7 years old with my friend and that from her point of view she was being fair! Phew, I apologised for not being World Peace by 2020 and our friendship was restored!

How often do we get misunderstood, because we don’t share our stands about ‘the matter at hand’. Suddenly we find ourselves in arguments centered around the matter, where, perhaps, clear boundaries have not been established. Whilst it may not be a ‘common declaration’ to share one’s stands in life, I invite you to consider that whenever you declare a stand, you provide an opportunity for people to get aligned, support you or indeed start an argument! World Peace by 15 September 2020 to you all!