An approximately 1 hour-long digital workshop, in which you participate all by yourself, whenever it suits you.
I will guide you step by step through a reflection on your life. The experience will be framed as if it is your last hour alive. You will ask yourself: “how have I lived?”.
Put in your earplugs or put on your headset, make sure you cannot be disturbed for at least an hour, and you will have a special experience!
For anyone – age 18 to 99 – who wants to live consciously, who is interested in personal development, who would like to grow and who is not afraid to confront oneself.
This does not alter the fact that everyone can also have a unique personal motivation to participate.
Every person can have their own unique motivation, just like every person will have their own unique perspective of the experience.
We are only satisfied if you are. There is a Money-back Guarantee on the course. Without difficult questions.
In other words, you are satisfied, or you get your money back. It’s that simple. Of course, I don’t think it’s happening, but if you’re even the slightest bit unsure about whether this will work for you, then you can now rest assured.
This is an online course. You can get started right away.
You have unlimited access. After your order you can start immediately. You will then always have access to log in to your account and read everything you want.
The experience of The Last Hour Experience itself is intended as a one-off event. As soon as you are all set and press the start button, it will start for you.
You determine that moment yourself, so even if you only want to start in a few months, or want to start the experience right away; it’s all possible without any problems.
You can make the experience as spiritual or religious as you want and even for those who don’t see themselves as ‘spiritual’, the experience can feel spiritually significant.
It seems as if more and more people are becoming ‘spiritual’ based on how often you hear this word. Since mindfulness has become an established phenomenon, this word has also become commonplace. It is derived from the Latin word ‘spiritus’ which means: (in the) spirit.
It’s a matter of semantic interpretation what that means. If you see the mind as a “life force” – the distinction between an inanimate body and a living human being – we are all “in spirit” and thus essentially all spiritual beings.
What is certain is that everyone has a different perspective when talking about a ‘spiritual experience’. It concerns the experience of one’s own mind, or one’s own consciousness, and is therefore often very personal, although spiritual experiences can also be shared.
How spirituality fits into the life and death theme of The Last Hour Experience:
No one knows for sure what exactly death means and where we go after death. Purely physical recycling of atoms into stardust, or a timeless first-class journey of the soul?
Looking at death from two sides:
The Last Hour Experience is largely about the first point.
Everyone has a personal belief about death, even if that is atheistic or agnostic, so we leave point 2 up to your interpretation.
The fact is that, no matter what we believe, we cannot be fully sure what is going to take place behind the real divide of life and death.
Saying goodbye to life is possible at the very end, at that limit, but who knows how much time we have been given and whether we will consciously get around to the final farewell? In fact, we say goodbye to life a little bit every day.
Goodbye sounds heavy, but it can just as well mean: celebrating life. Being aware, enjoying, experiencing, and living out of gratitude.
Because if we don’t consciously celebrate life, commemorate it through moments of silence, it becomes a hectic, colorless and monotonous whole. An empty life.
So that means life is balancing between two apparent contradictions.
Day after day, because you can hardly live every day as if it were your last, but also not pretend that you will have eternal life.
The same field of tension applies to life as a whole, because that is what life is: walking a tightrope between living and saying goodbye.
In The Last Hour Experience we apply death, which is – whether we like it or not – a fact of life, as an incentive to a very conscious life.
Conscious to the individual pixels of day-to-day life, but also for seeing the bigger picture. Because all those daily individual pixels ultimately form the image of your life as a whole.
Your life as the sum of your days. Your personality as the sum of your thoughts. Some nicer, some less. But the whole is what counts.
And during this life you can do a lot about how you will die later. Not even physically – although health and vitality obviously play a major role and the influence you undeniably have on it – but especially mentally.
How have you lived your life? How did you develop yourself? What memories did you leave behind? Who were you as a person on this earth?
Facing these kinds of questions, and feel – not just know, that’s intellectual – but consciously experience and appreciate that life in this form has an end, can be a spiritual experience for sure.
Then you will benefit a lot from it.
Make easy choices and you will usually have a difficult life. If you dare to make difficult choices that go outside your comfort zone, you will usually have an easier life.
You learn and grow and become stronger and more complete. Have more experience and references and can interpret and put things into perspective more quickly.
Paradoxical: by regularly stepping out of your comfort, your life will not only become more fun, but also really more ‘comfortable’. Because you are armed with an arsenal of experiences, problems become relatively much ‘easier’.
Problems become challenges that drive even more growth. You achieve things in life that you previously thought impossible.
If you continuously live limited with the unwillingness to go through temporary pain and always choose comfort – the easy way – you will not develop yourself into who you could become.
Difficulties are precisely what defines character and what shapes us. Not if everything always goes smoothly, or goes via the easy way.
It gives you self-insight about what life is really all about for you. And more importantly: it enables you to apply this knowledge.
This can give you the ‘solution’ for everything ranging from new insights in your life to avoiding regret at the end of your life.
Regret when it is too late. Regret for the things you should have done differently. Because you pursued the wrong things.
Out of ignorance, stuck in patterns, or dulled by comfort and numbed by an excess of stimuli and entertainment.
This regret may be the result of a deeper problem, namely: the link in your life between knowing and doing.
Only the latter leads to results. Knowing is relatively easy, but actually doing it – constructively and sustainably – is another.
Being really consistent, in a way that serves you and your environment, is the challenge of life.
Everyone wants the end result. But who wants to make the effort?
But it is even more: for much will surface that you know unconsciously, but not yet consciously. Because it was hidden away.
Underneath all the noise and stimuli of this noisy, fast-paced time.
In addition to a great willingness to take action, you will also gain valuable new self-insights.
Suddenly it is much easier to make choices. You can filter better and say ‘no’ to something with a smile, because you know you have a much stronger ‘YES’ to something that really matters to you.
Without fear of missing out.
All this in order to live now, as you would have done afterwards, and to avoid regretting it when there is no more time to do things differently.
When we say goodbye, we are of course first and foremost confronted with the farewell of a loved one. It’s about the life of that very person and saying goodbye to that one person.
And that brings out feelings…
But in addition, we often cannot escape the fact that two more things happen:
Seeing death literally stops us for a moment.
In the hubbub of everyday life, it confronts us with the finiteness of everything around us. We realize once again very clearly how transient and relative everything really is.
What are we always worried about?
In the face of the big things, our daily worries suddenly become futile.
But whatever happens and whoever falls away, no matter how great the pain; the world is always spinning.
And because everything is always in motion, including everything in ourselves, standing still is not an option. We have to move on. The insight of the relative often disappears quickly. Until we are stopped again…
The death of that loved one simultaneously holds up a mirror to us and confronts us with our own finiteness.
Because there is no distraction from a deceased person who deserves all the attention – after all, you are now central – we can use The Last Hour Experience to discuss these two aspects much more powerfully and give it the attention that this requires.
Our own life, and its deadline.
This purely personal application, without distraction from people around us, creates a very pure confrontation with yourself.
Suddenly there is silence and you look straight at yourself in the mirror.
What do you really live for?
Through this unprovoked confrontation, without a sad cause, you can go deeper and face and heal the fear that lies beneath each personal goodbye.
This ensures that the relative that we normally only see for a short period of time, is something we can continue to take with us. Not from a nihilistic perspective, but from a pure knowing; a keen awareness.
Every day and every moment being aware of the relative and at the same time doing the daily things with gratitude and conviction.
Seeing the world as a play in which we just play a role. The role of life that is assigned to us in the sense of the body in which we are born and in the given place, and the role that we ourselves interpret as actors of life.
A real goodbye indeed; not physically but mentally.
A farewell in the sense of mental detachment. Breaking free from fear and coming to the point under the daily emotions and thoughts. The omniscient consciousness within us. Under our ego and the limited vehicle that our body eventually turns out to be.
Combining that detachment with daily passion and love seems like a contradiction in terms.
Yet that is possible if we are aware of the temporary earthly life and can fully embrace that truth. In that knowledge, live our lives with passion from our hearts. But at the same time dare to say goodbye at any moment to everything that earthly life entails.
Because the things that really matter may transcend everything that death takes from us in the moment of physical goodbye.
Regret usually comes because we didn’t have enough action awareness and that insight is suddenly there later on.
The Last Hour Experience brings out that awareness in you. To the life of now. How? By shifting the context from the end to the present.
Regret can also relate to self-blame. The perfectionist variant of our moral conscience. The greater our idea of the feasibility of man, the more we can blame ourselves.
Because: the more feasibility, the more possibilities, the more choice, the less happiness.
This causal connection is illustrated in a humorous but painfully confrontational way in the TED talk: ‘The Paradox of Choice’. In which psychologist Barry Schwartz shows that more choice increases our expectations to a point where they can only lead to disappointment.
In this day and age there is more choice than ever. Everything seems possible. All information is available in no time.
That applies to dating (apps) but also to what we want with our lives. Study, career, mean something for others.
Lots of choice can lead to stagnation; not choose at all because we are paralyzed by all the options. Sometimes it’s nice and easy when a decision is made for you
In addition, we are less likely to be satisfied, because satisfaction with a decision is reduced by the number of options that preceded that decision.
Apart from the fact that more choice leads to increased expectations, this is also because we now consider ourselves responsible. We made the decision ourselves.
This ensures that later on we will always be able to think gnawingly: “What would it have been like if….?” and: “There is probably a better option. Let’s search/swipe further for a moment.”
Is there something that can be done about this? Yes. Fortunately.
Everything starts with awareness. When we see the pitfalls above, we have knowledge and that gives us freedom of action.
We can then see that it is a choice which reasoning we normally follow fully automatically in our head, and link it to the (feasible) options that lie ahead of us.
Then we see that feasibility can very well in harmony with happiness.
That we do what we can do, but are also allowed to make mistakes. That everything is a learning process and the trick is to adapt to the circumstances in which we end up on our life path.
For this it is important to do the necessary self-reflection.
We offer you the pinnacle of this with the experience of The Last Hour Experience.
We all know: life can run totally unexpectedly. We plan everything and ‘would have liked to do so much more’ – later – but life sometimes determines something completely different.
We fooled ourselves.
Just an illusion.
The truth is that our life has a deadline, so the most precious thing we have is our time.
But we do everything we can to ignore our finitude here. Because it raises uncomfortable questions:
· What have you always wanted to do, but put off doing again and again?
· What unfinished business should you be taking up?
· Are you leaving something on the table in your life?
· Did you spend enough quality time with those you love?
· Who do you still owe a ‘sorry’ or ‘thank you’ to if you are being honest with yourself?
· Do you consistently do what really matters to you?
· How are you remembered? What will you leave behind?
Thinking about the finiteness of our physical life can sometimes frighten us.
But the truth is that accepting and embracing the deadline of this life can actually liberate you and make you more aware and happier.
In what way? By going back to the essence. Everything is already in you. All the happiness. Everything you long for. But because of the noise of everyday life, we forget it so easily.
Because constantly – through countless apps, the media channels and advertisements – we are told that we need something. Another purchase. More approval. Distraction. All in endless forms.
And that also works. Very briefly. But it’s just treating symptoms. And the danger is that it is so addictive that it keeps us away from what does work for us, and what really matters.
What we get in life will never make us truly happy. What matters is who we become along the way and what we share and give. Nobody can take that away from you and it gives lasting satisfaction.
Because when you feel good about yourself, live consciously and realise your own ambition and potential, it spreads like wildfire. Your positive energy affects all those around you!
Only then can you really make a difference. Sometimes just by your presence. You have much more influence than you think.
But then we need to know what matters. What makes us grow and consciously focus on that.
A life on autopilot – in fear of the truth and without clear intentions – will leave us stranded everywhere, except for what matters.
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel yourself. I will take you step by step in an hour.
¹ Kierkegaard (1845), 2011, p.123
² Kierkegaard (1845), 2011, p.90
³ Kierkegaard (1845), 2011, p.88
S. Kierkegaard, Seeking God, Love and Death, Amsterdam: Buijten & Schipperheijn Motive (Tre Taler ved tænkte Leiligheder 1845, translated by Lineke Buijs and Andries Visser).