This course is about transformation. We all have the power to change the way we experience the world. For poker players, we can absolutely change the way we experience playing poker. In implementing this change, we will make more money, enjoy poker more, and have other beneficial effects that extend beyond our poker experience. If you play poker, be it online on Pokerstars or live in Las Vegas, this course is GUARANTEED to improve your EV graph and make poker more enjoyable.
Many poker players, myself certainly included, have passively accepted pejorative state of being as they played poker. Many unpleasant things can happen while we play poker: getting bad beats, running bad, not hitting draws, not being able to move up to the next stake, having conflicts with regs, computer crashing, Full Tilt Poker declaring bankruptcy, etc. Logically, the mind has associated painful feelings and stored them as stories. These stories fill up our mind as we play. We collect them and over time they can be very painful and burdensome.
In this course we explore methods to dissolve these stories, these thoughts. We become aware of this process and use techniques to surrender them. Free from these bounds, poker becomes more enjoyable and more profitable. We no longer see the use in building up painful memories, but release let, letting life live itself.
This course starts with a lecture in which the techniques are explained. The rest of the course follows the progress of one of my students, Thomas, as he learns to transform his previous problematic thoughts and works with me one-on-one to implement the techniques taught in the lecture.
An introduction to the course and a short overview of the PowerPoint presentation.
Understand the basic symptoms of tilt and the processes that cause tilt. The more we can become aware of these symptoms. the more we can stop tilting.
Get to know some of the different things that cause us to tilt when we are away from the poker table.
At its core, this section introduces different habits and problematic thoughts that lead to tilt.
If something causes us to tilt, one of the easiest ways to stop tilting is be to avoid it. This can have very immediate effects but it is limited in scope and result. Eventually, even the things we can avoid may be worth revisiting so that we can surrender our stories associated with them.
Some things are unavoidable. Or even for the things we can avoid, we want to purge ourselves of the underlying problem. We have different problematic thoughts that manifest based on certain conditions. These causes us to feel stressed out and to not think clearly. But it is within our power to surrender these thoughts.
In this exercise we recall or create a pleasant (and unpleasant memory), seeing that it is within our power to control thoughts and seeing that these thoughts effect us. We have the power to control how we feel.
There are five main techniques that are explained. The basic principle is to become aware of these problematic thoughts and then to surrender them. Depending on the thought, different techniques may be more useful.
Using focus on the breath and the question, "am I aware?" to draw the mind inward we are better able to see the different states that manifest.
If a thought is beneficial, we can just let it go. Let it fade from our consciousness.
We can stop a problematic thought in its track by asking a question that seeks its source. This is particular useful for thoughts that repeat and are difficult to let it go. Experience the thought process and know that it isn't you or beneficial to you.
Note: This is not a philosophical question that needs answering.
Create distance between you and the thought by recalling it in the mind's eye, feeling it out, and committing to let it go.
Stop the dissonance by experiencing two extreme versions/scenarios that relate to a problematic thought and try to feel at peace with them. This also helps to bring more awareness to problematic thoughts so that they can be more readily seen and surrendered.
Closing thoughts for this part of the series.
A few questions regarding surrender.
Thomas checks in after about 10 days and we begin to process problematic thoughts together.
Check in with student Thomas and see how he is progressing having just listened to the lecture 10 days ago.
Explore some of the real, problematic thoughts that Thomas experienced and is learning to surrender.
A quick overview of what techniques we will use and a short breathing exercise to start us out.
Thomas envisions himself as a poker player but this goal is connected with a lot of pain and suffering. What as Thomas learns to break free of these bonds by using the inoculation technique.
When things go wrong, it is easy to blame others. The frustration and anger we have toward others affects us to. By stopping this flow of negative energy, we transform.
Thomas explores another one of his problematic thoughts and quickly sees through the false beliefs that exist.
A few questions regarding the implementation of surrender.
A review of some of the hands from Thomas's first sweat session as well as some talking point highlights.
Thomas Checks in after two weeks and we continue to process problematic thoughts together.
Updates from Tomas at the end of his 2nd week.
Thomas runs into some bad beats as we do our second sweat session together. Problematic stories start to manifest and Thomas relies on the techniques to surrender them.
A brief wrap up of what we learned and what we saw was possible from Thomas, who transformed very quickly in just 2 weeks despite not having any background in meditation or surrender.
Author David Ring III was born in MA, in 1983. After an atypical upbringing that left him with a negative mindset, he began to seek freedom from his pessimistic thoughts.
With very little interest in the corporate world, he left university in 2006, and began traveling the world. There was no reason to travel; it was just what people aspired to do. For David, he was living life and searching for
From 2007-2010, he settled in central New Hampshire.
After buying a large, beautiful Victorian house in Franklin, NH, the economy went into recession. He began his first business venture, turning this home into a family business, a bed and breakfast. After a few years of this slow and simple living, it was time for himto move on.
Upon coming to Thailand in 2010, he begin writing his first
novel, Bound Before the Morrow, hoping to portray his own personal journey out of negativity and to inspire others to do the same. During the five years it took to write, his views changed slightly, and
spirituality entered the mix. The book still maintained the original message, but a new way of life had opened for David.
David still bases himself in Thailand. He avoids the heat by escaping into air conditioned coffee shops and plunging himself into writing. In this way he gently and articulately shares his philosophical beliefs.