July was a fun month for me. Right after celebrating Independence Day with my wife's family, we left for a week-long vacation to visit her cousin, who lives in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. While we were there, we had the opportunity to see many of the wondrous natural landmarks and waterfalls, and of course, I took lots of photos and video. The video could be used for video meditations somewhere down the road.
I also had the opportunity to get a good audio recording of an hour-long thunderstorm, which can make a good meditation background for some folks. The great thing about being in the mountains is that you don't get a lot of traffic noise in audio recordings.
I came back from this trip with a list of additional meditation recordings I want to create and add to the Symbolic Solutions 2.0 package.
Soon after coming back from our trip, I had a wonderful portrait session with a young up-and-coming dancer. Lots of great images from just an hour of shooting.
Near the end of the month, for National Dance Day on the 29th, I was hired by a local dance studio to record video throughout the day as they gave out free dance lessons all day, followed by a free dance party.
And lastly, I finally started processing the 15 hours of video I shot while in Egypt last November.
August will also be busy, with another trip to visit my mom and take her to Las Vegas to see Cher perform, which has been a dream of hers for many years. Luckily, my wife, Linda, also wants to see Vegas, so this will be a good time for everyone. We'll just have to see how much I can get done around all these fun experiences.
Here it is the 6th of June already, and I realize I never posted any news from May.
Since last posting, I've written an email series to go with the new Symbolic Solutions 2.0 package to support those using the system. Just a few notes about 3 times per week to point out some of the hidden features and benefits of the material, with a little encouragement mixed in.
And then there was the workshop on May 13th, which did get recorded and is in the members' area for those who have purchased the Symbolic Solutions 2.0 package. As with most live events, it wasn't perfect, but we did cover enough material for it to be worthwhile. One of the interesting developments was that during the last segment, I had an opportunity to do 10-minute 1-on-1 sessions for 3 folks, giving a great demonstration of what's possible using this process.
I think I'm ready to accept the fact that if I'm going to get "perfect" educational videos (or at least as perfect as I can produce), I'm going to have to produce them in a studio environment.
May was also busy with photography jobs, including a few videos. I expect this month to also be busy with photography jobs. Between that and 2 vacations planned in July and August, there probably won't be many changes to the website this summer.
On the horizon, my wife and I are considering another trip to Egypt next year. This one is being organized by a friend we met on our last trip, and from what she tells us, there will be a lot more time for meditating at the various temples, making it a much more spiritual experience. Anyone interested can contact me, and I'll put you in touch with the trip organizer.
As I write this on the 19th, this has been an exciting month! After running the discount sale in January and February, and making sure everyone on my mailing list knew that the new Symbolic Solutions 2.0 package was coming, what it would be like, how much it would cost, and that they could get it as a free upgrade by buying a pre-existing package at a lower amount, I didn't expect many to buy the new Symbolic Solutions 2.0 package when I officially announced it this month.
WOW! Was I ever wrong!
We've had a flood of new orders coming in. Luckily, I've been able to keep up with support requests and general questions about the materials, how to use them, and how long before they should start seeing results. This has come at the perfect time, as I'm also putting together an information packet to support the core recordings.
I've also scheduled a live 4-hour workshop in my local area (Grand Rapids, MI) for May 13th. Since I'm using the workshop to create videos to add to the package, I'll be presenting it on a love-offering basis, meaning that those attending can pay any amount they feel it deserves, at the end of the workshop. Anyone interested in attending can contact me with the email address listed at the bottom of the page, and I'll send you all the details.
Symbolic Solutions 2.0 core sessions have all been recorded and uploaded to the members' area, and a basic product description page has been added to the website (at http://PowerKeysPub.com/symbolic-solutions/).
Members who had previously purchased the all-inclusive Avatar Power System package, the Awaken the Avatar Within package, or who got in on the original Symbolic Solutions Founders Club have all been given access to the new material, and are currently in beta-testing.
Early reports are as expected, with phenomenal results even after a few listenings.
The system is all set up to handle sales of the new package, at $97. Just saw someone selling a single hypnosis session for $99 (although there WERE 2 "bonus" sessions included), so I'm pretty comfortable with the pricing.
Lots of details still left to handle. So very exciting!
One of the details still to come will be an educational video explaining the principles behind the new system. Should have this done next month.
Still working on developing the new package, and have decided to simply call it "Symbolic Solutions 2.0".
Since last month, the plan for the new package has changed a bit. First, I'm focusing on producing the main recordings first, then I'll add the information component later. Since the Awaken the Avatar Within and Symbolic Solutions packages have worked well for those using them even without an information component, the information component obviously isn't a requirement.
Further, as I wrote the scripts for these recordings, I found ways to expand what they could do for the listener. So the module list currently looks like:
I'm currently looking at pricing the new package at $197 because of what it can do for the listener. I'll also add a collection of guided meditations and BWE recordings to supplement and expand the package usefulness. And then there's the information component that will be added later, which will be made available to everyone who gets the package.
At this time, I'm still working on creating the recordings and writing a webpage to describe the package.
I'm expecting to release the new package around the first week of March.
I've decided to extend the 50% discount offer through January as I prepare the new package. To get the discount, just enter the coupon code "Farewell2016" (without the quotes).
Since getting the message from my deeper mind last month to further simplify my online business to "1 package at 1 price", I've considered how I can do this and best meet the needs of those I serve.
While it would be very easy to simply put everything I currently offer into a single package (which I did with the $795 Platinum Membership, and considered offering as the "1 package"), I feel the sheer volume of material would be confusing to many folks, even if I dropped the price to something everyone could afford.
So I've planned out a simple system that should produce fast results for the vast majority of folks, with enough information so the average person can customize the process to their exact needs. It's based on the Symbolic Solutions package, with both workshop videos and pre-recorded audio tools. I'll update the videos, which is something I've been planning to do anyway, although now I'll make sure they are as complete as possible.
At this time, I'm looking at creating 7 modules.
Each module will have an informative video and/or manual, an audio CD containing one or more Symbolic Solutions guided meditations, and an assignment to help the student master the material.
I'm debating whether to include a coaching component to the package. It will help a number of folks get better results, but it will increase the package price for everyone. Maybe I'll fudge the "1 package at 1 price" concept and offer coaching as an optional add-on.
Pricing will depend on whether coaching is included or not, and should fall in the $97 to $495 range.
All packages are 50% off until the end of the year with coupon code "Farewell2016" (without the quotes).
Over the last couple of years, I've been feeling the need to simplify my life in many ways. While I enjoy the time I spend online helping folks all over the world, I also enjoy being a photographer. And this year, I've branched out into video as well.
In my recent meditations, I've seen a way that I can simplify what I do online even more, and there seem to be some rather impressive benefits to doing so.
I think the idea started when I started to update some of the product description pages and found that I was repeating the same ideas when describing the benefits and principles behind the various packages. On some level, I already knew that the different packages were based on the same principles, but now it became even clearer.
My deeper mind brought it to my attention when I asked how I can better serve my audience while also having time to do my photography. A single thought came through, which said simply, "1 package. 1 price."
This isn't a new idea. Lots of businesses work with this principle, especially in the photography world. The idea is that you offer the best you have for a price that's fair to everyone, and focus all of your marketing on finding those people who can best benefit from the one package you offer.
Since the marketing of what I do online takes the majority of my time, simplifying this means that I'll have more time to create new books and recordings.
The best package I currently have is the Avatar Power System package, which includes everything I've produced, as this gives the most choices, and works to produce results through multiple methodologies.
As far as pricing, the Avatar Power System is currently priced at $795. If I add together the individual prices for everything included, the total comes to well over $1500 in value. Yet, I know that the vast majority of my audience would have difficulty investing that much in their personal development. And, believe it or not, the money isn't the main reason I do this. I really don't care how much I sell the package for as long as it works for both myself and my members.
To cut this long story short(er), what I've decided to do is to create a new package that serves to help anyone develop the ability to tap their deeper mind for answers and help manifesting their desires. Since this is the bottom line behind all my other products, I'm comfortable making this the primary focus of my online business. Once created, this one package will replace all others currently being sold from the website.
In the end, I think this will allow me to help many more people on a higher level, and give me the time I need to do everything I want to do in my own life.
On November 20th, I came back from a 2-week trip to Egypt. My experiences there have reinforced some of the ideas I have had regarding the Symbolic Solutions guided meditations. Specifically, I feel guided to ramp up the number of suggestions and symbols used in the meditations to help the listener make more significant changes even more quickly. At the moment, I'm working on developing a plan to create new recordings to be released in January, with many more recordings to be produced throughout 2017.
For anyone thinking about visiting Egypt, and especially the ancient spiritual sites, I highly recommend Guardian Travel as your tour guides. Guardian Travel went out of their way to make sure our group had a great time, taking care of every detail from the time we left the US to the time we returned. Our guide was knowledgeable, personable, and had a great sense of humor. Worth every penny!
This month, I updated my computer system, and will now have a much easier time creating audio/video content. This upgrade was primarily motivated by the need to process 4K video of live presentations into a 1080 format for online publication. The new computer is an HP z620 dual-Xeon (16 cores!) machine with 64GB of RAM. A true powerhouse of a computer!
I also spent some time researching video editing software, and found that Davinci Resolve has come a long way since I last looked at it, and is now a full-fledged video editing system. It still has some major limitations with audio, although there are rumors that this will be addressed in one of the next couple of updates. Even as it is, it's a LOT better than what I had been using (Sony Movie Studio) and what makes it even better is that it's FREE!
For the time being, I'm testing out the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) called Reaper, and am finding it a joy to work with. A full commercial license is only $225, which is quite inexpensive for what it is. For reference, a personal license (also good for small businesses that make less than $20k/year from audio sales) is just $60. They offer a free 60-day trial. All versions have the exact same feature-set, which is fairly extensive.
As a comparison, I spent $600 a few years ago for the software I use to create BWE (BrainWave Entrainment) audios, and that's paid for itself many times over.
My first project with the new DAW was to re-edit the newest Symbolic Solution guided meditation (Self-Confidence), and I'm very happy with the results. A new ZIP file has been uploaded to the members' area (Oct. 27th), and also includes several new backgrounds (12 in total, plus a version with no background). Two of the new backgrounds are ambience recordings I made of a gently-rolling thunderstorm and a field of crickets. Officially, my new favorite meditation backgrounds.
The first half of November will be taken up with my trip to Egypt, so I won't be able to create new meditations or re-process the other previous ones until after I get back.
Also this month, I spent several weeks helping a friend prepare a book for publication.