'How To Lose Big Yet Still Win!'
An interview with Castle Rock CEO and Zen Priest
Posted by Sean Hannon on October 9, 2014 in Denver Business, Douglas County Business click here for article in Denver Hub (this interview was slightly modified from the original)
Len Silverston is an industry CEO, best-selling author, Zen Priest and Castle Rock resident.
On Saturday, November 1st from 2-5pm Castle Rock resident, industry CEO, best-selling author and Zen Priest, Len Silverston hosted a transformative workshop entitled “The Illusion of Loss” at Castle Rock AIKIDO – a local martial arts school. Silverston sat down for an interview to share what people could expect.
Interviewer: Hi Len. What will people get out of this upcoming workshop?
Len: This upcoming workshop will focus on one particular technique of the Demartini Method®. This workshop is about dealing with loss in a very effective way to clear our mind regarding the so-called loss. Loss can lead to demobilization, depression and ineffective behavior if not appropriately dealt with. At this workshop, participants will see how these losses are actually not bad things! But we tend to look at them as bad things.
Interviewer: You mean like a divorce or break up?
Len: This workshop deals with loss of relationships, loss of a job, loss of a career, of an investment, of a friend – any loss
For instance, unfortunately, I lost a majority of our savings in a Ponzi scheme. That was quite difficult. However, it turned out well in the long term.
Interviewer: So sorry to hear that. What an amazing situation.
I hear that you are a Zen priest as well as being an industry CEO and best-selling author. That is a really interesting combination. How did that come to being?
Len: I started a very successful computer company back in the 1990s. We do business worldwide with some of the largest companies in the world.
Interviewer: So that’s what most Zen priests do, right?
Len: No. Of course, not! Many Zen priests are actually quite poor. I am so fortunate to be successful in business. My books have been translated into multiple languages, and one of them rates #12 on the Computer Literacy Best Seller’s List.
Interviewer: Were you an industry CEO first or a Zen priest first?
Len: I was an industry CEO and author first.
Interviewer: Did you have to give up all your belongings and take a vow of poverty?
Len: No, but there was a rather interesting discussion about me potentially having to shave my head!
Interviewer: I haven’t lost a parent or been robbed in a Ponzi scheme. Overall, life is going pretty well. Why should I come to this seminar?
Len: Have you ever lost a relationship? A loved one? Have you lost money or an investment? Have you ever lost confidence? Have you lost a friendship?
Interviewer: Sure, I got divorced three years ago. But, was that really a loss? I was pretty happy when it happened.
Len: Can you thank your ex and send her love?
Interviewer: No, I don’t really like her at all and I’m not interested in sending her love.
Len: So that gets in the way of your life.
Interviewer: What makes you say that?
Len: It clearly still occupies your mind. It takes energy and power from you. Anything that is not love, that is not full appreciation for what is happening or what’s happening, takes away from your power.
Interviewer: Can’t I do both? Can’t I appreciate the loss and still not feel good towards someone?
Len: You can elect not to spend time with someone. However, if you are really disliking them in a visceral way and spending emotional energy on a person, even if you are no longer spending time physically with them, then you are losing energy and power.
Interviewer: OK. Is this something that is ongoing? What do I do after I attend the seminar?
Len: I would encourage people to continue the work after the workshops as it is an
ongoing process. I do help people by also providing ongoing coaching and teaching on this and many other tools for personal transformation and awakening.
Interviewer: So, what is the essence of the workshop?
Len: This workshop is based on the law of conservation of energy in physics that states that “Energy can be neither created nor destroyed, merely transformed.” Thus, we can say that nothing is really lost, it just changes form.
Interviewer: Thanks, Len.
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