Get Your Self Scam Free – Recipe
The biggest thing we don’t go over in this book is how to get a refund. One reason is because the various scams out there also have various recourse actions to take. And these actions can be found with any relevant research.
But the real reason is that I’ve been working to get you all this data is so that you can see a scam for what it is and avoid the temptation and trap. You don’t have to get the refund you didn’t fall for.
First, let’s review what you’ve learned so far:
Maslow told you that we all have a hierarchy of needs, running from the actual physical up through emotional, social, cognitive, aesthetic, growth, and right up to self-actualization.
Cialdini told us that these needs have been hijacked by scammers who have learned 6 key points to use: Reciprocation, Commitment and consistency, Social proof, Liking, Authority, and Scarcity.
Levenson showed us that the reason these 6 work for scammers is based on 3 single desires:
Through these three authors, you actually see how you are hard-wired, but also how you’ve been trained through social contacts and family training to become a victim of anyone who knows how to use these factors against you.
Persistent scams in society you should be aware of:
Advertising in any form. Not the same as promotion, although they can be interchanged. Advertising generally uses all the Cialdini and Levenson points in order to get you to buy their product. Promotion, especially local classified ads, simply tell you that something is available as a service or product for purchase or exchange. Most businesses have bought into this as an addiction. Look over advertising for yourself and see if what you are getting is not utilizing one or more of Ciladini’s Influence points.
Credit Cards – essentially, telling you that you can put yourself in further debt in order to get instantaneous gratification. On top of this, they’ve got the Federal OCC to take control away from states so that CC companies could charge over 30% interest. But believe it or not, they get most of their money from tacked-on fees. Pay them off and stay away. Save your money (try 10% out of every paycheck) and use “old fashioned” checks and cash. Buy what you can afford, not what you desire.
Insurance – mostly a bet against your own ability and security. If you have saved money and invested, if you saved the same funds which you pay to insurance companies and put those into sensible investments, you’ll have funds for accidents and so on. Work out your budget and stick to it. These guys scam you on fear. You can see the security, approval, and control points here.
Government in any form. While according to the Golden Rule, you have to give before you can get, governments rely on taking before they can give. And government is involved cheek-by-jowl with all the scams above. Any handouts by the government usually imply that you vote a certain way. Charity by private companies, groups, or organizations are usually really open-handed. Local government bodies are usually more sensible, since you can talk to them personally and they live where you do, but don’t count on it. Look over dealings you’ve had with any government body and see if they aren’t using Levenson’s points to enforce compliance.
Mainstream Media. If you really start looking over what you watch as “news” these days, you’ll see that it is all slanted one way or the other. There is little difference between the tabloid journalism that passes for “news coverage” and the made-up dramas which follow. Blood, violence, cops, Feds, sex. What they cover is designed to do what? Keep ratings high so advertisers will continue to support them. And mostly they cover government officials’ actions. See the pattern here?
Anything you don’t get the expected result from is a scam. But it really amounts to your own ability to decide for yourself and create your own life around you. The more choice you give up to others, the heavier your own shackles become.
A recipe to become scam-free:
Lester Levenson actually found that the biggest problem people had was not in that they were wired to be patsy’s or dupes. It was that they kept holding onto whatever it was that made them that way. All the bad mental habits you have were learned – and can be unlearned. Levenson developed techniques you can use to release these bad mental habits from your life and quit using them for good.
The simplicity of these steps are:
Accept whatever it is that is bothering you.
And let it go.
It’s really that simple. Even if you don’t think you can let it go, to some degree you already have.
When you see you’ve been duped by some scammer, simply accept that as a fact. See the emotions behind it, the desire for security or approval or control – and then just let it go.
Don’t try to figure it out or think about it, just accept it – and then let it go.
When you release in this fashion, those points are gone for good. At least as far as that particular scam. As you keep this up, you become more and more scam-free. As you learn from each of these situations, you’ll avoid more and more. Now this doesn’t mean you get completely free overnight, although it is possible. More likely is that you are going to find yourself releasing more and more situations you find yourself in where you don’t get the expected result.
And as you do keep releasing, you are then more able to simply treat the people involved in that situation as you would like to be treated. This will give you the best result.
You want to start doing this with all non-optimum situations you run into. Do this all day long.
That is the secret recipe for getting scam-free for good.
Now there is a lot more to Levenson’s release technique, also called the Sedona Method.
In the Appendix of this book are a couple of Sedona releasing sites and their products so you can learn more how to apply this on your own. Both have a lot of free material on their sites as well as free downloads or low cost introductory material you can use to improve your life with.
Obviously, being able to release anything and everything that is bothering you is far more applicable to your life than just the scams you will quit running into. So check them out for more information and additional techniques.
Next: Summary – Your Life, Coming Toward You.