Interview with Dana Garrison
Q: How did you get into doing what you do?
This all started out strangely. Since I was young, I’ve always wanted to create as much positive change with my life as I could. I had so many plans and so many ideas about how I could be of service on the planet, and help create ripples of positive change.
Then, twelve years ago, I came down with a Mystery Illness, which gave me Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), insomnia, auditory processing disorders (a form of learning disorder), and many cognitive issues. I also have some dyslexia and ADD. All of this made it nearly impossible to work or function. When the illness hit, I couldn’t work or really do much of anything. I was homeless, living on a neighbor’s futon, and was afraid I would never be able to support myself. I went to doctor after doctor, on different continents, over the years, and couldn’t figure out what was causing the Mystery Illness.
I then became a counselor, and worked for about a decade doing counseling. In that time, I noticed that many people are in therapy for 10, 20, 30 years and they still aren’t living the life they want. I also found that some clients stayed stuck in a problem, no matter what tools from the therapy toolbox we used.
Then one day I discovered something that changed the course of my life: I found out that 90-95% of what we experience in life is based on what is stored in our unconscious mind! Well, therapy is generally conscious mind work! No wonder some people were staying stuck! When I realized this I began to study in the field of the unconscious mind for a number of years and began doing subconscious work almost exclusively.
And wouldn’t you know it, after about a decade of searching for answers to my health issues, I finally found relief for my own Mystery Illness: Family Entanglement Work and Childhood ReImprinting. These were the only things that gave me relief from my symptoms. I was able to put an end to the anxiety stress and overwhelm that the illness brought, to depression, and to the fatigue and energy problems by doing Family Disentanglement Work and Childhood Re-Imprinting. And then, using this work, I was finally able to get lead to a diagnosis.
But there was another problem I needed to address: I knew I couldn’t work a 9-5 job because of all my health complications, and I also discovered my workplace was toxic. I realized I needed to get out of there and work for myself. I also really wanted to be my own boss, do what I love, and have the freedom to travel the world if I wanted to… but I wasn’t sure if I could start a business. I took business courses but I always got the same thing out of every course – overwhelm. Each course said that we have to learn how to do so many things in order to have a successful business. I couldn’t do all those things due to my health issues and learning disabilities, and also due to a lack of time. I was working full time as a counselor while I was trying to start my own business.
I realized if I was going to succeed, I had to learn how to simplify business and make business as easy as possible, especially because the only time I had to build the business was evenings and weekends, and by the time the evenings and weekends came, I was exhausted. They say that necessity is the mother of invention and I suppose that’s true. In order to get out of a toxic workplace, and give my body the time and space it needed to heal, I needed to figure out how to start a business with almost no time, no money and no energy.
I discovered that I needed two things to succeed: I needed to simplify business down to its core essentials – just 3-5 things that bring in the most cash flow – and I needed to work on my Inner Game and remove any Family Entanglements and Childhood Imprints that were causing me to get stuck.
Using this two-fold path, it only took me a month and a half to get a sold out coaching practice and fully support myself. I was able to leave my job and work for myself, getting paid to do what I love. I’ve been able to sleep as much as I need to, be my own boss, travel as much as I want (I travel internationally for 4 months out of every year now, because travel is an important part of life for me), and do what I love to do. That’s the perfect lifestyle for me. And that’s how I started helping people free themselves from the Family Entanglements and Childhood Imprints that hold them back, and helping them create a business that they love that gives them freedom – what I call Freedom Businesses and Freedom Lifestyles.
Q: What have you brought to the field?
I created a program called The Wealth Code Revealed, which taught people how their subconscious safety systems, their Childhood Imprints, and their limiting beliefs actually programmed their brains for scarcity. I designed this program to help people re-code their brains for prosperity.
I have also designed many new tools for changing Childhood Imprints, removing limiting beliefs, working with factual and emotional timelines, updating safety patterning, and clearing Family Entanglements. What most people don’t realize is that their business and financial setbacks are often rooted in their Family Entanglements and Childhood Imprints. This is also what prevents them from attracting the right romantic partners, friends and business connections, it’s what gets in the way of a creates health problems, and it also affects everyday mood and happiness.
Q: What’s one of your most exciting moments as a professional?
Of course, I don’t have just one. I loved the look on one of my client’s face when he came in one day to tell me that we had overshot his goal. He had set the goal of making $1 million dollars and he came in and told me that he had created double that– $2 million. I love that look on people’s face when they realize that they can actually step powerfully into what they want. I have clients that make $3000 or $10,000 within a week by implementing something I teach them, and they get so excited about how much easier it is than they thought it would be. I love watching people’s surprise when they put something into play and come back with giddiness and shock and surprise at how much easier it is to get more clients, or raise their rates than they thought it would be.
Q:What’s your philosophy and approach to working with people?
I believe in having fun! We all learn so much quicker and change happens so much faster when you’re having fun and feeling connected along the way. A lot of my clients report that working with me not only brings accelerated results, it’s actually really fun.
I’m also results oriented. I like to make sure my clients are thriving. I like to see their businesses booming. And I like helping people make a contribution and be of service to others and the planet.
For me, it’s about creating ripples of positive change on this planet by working with the movers and the shakers. As I help people become more successful in their businesses and their lives, there’s a domino effect. The courses I teach follow Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, and help people become better leaders in their lives, their partnerships, their families and communities. They give people freedom, and mobility, they can buy their time back, and travel the world. It frees people up to have the bandwidth to them work on other parts of their lives and ultimately, giving back.
My bottom line is to creatively affect positive change on the planet and to help people live happier, healthier, and more prosperous lives.
Q: What’s your educational background, degrees, advanced education, and training?
I have a BA in Sociology, a Masters in Clinical Social Work (which is like social-psychology) and I became a Solutions-Focused Therapist. Then I left that world behind and became an Executive and Business Coach, a Master Neuro-Linguistic Programmer, and a Master Family Entanglement Leader and Trainer. I also do Business Constellations and Family Constellations.
I’ve studied Business, Sales, Marketing, Online Marketing, Branding, Web Design, Copy Writing, Non-Violent Communication, Conflict-Resolution and Mediation, Harm Reduction, Thai Yoga Massage, Art Therapy, and Ancient Chinese Face Reading, Past Life Regression, Timeline Therapy, and Reiki and Sei-Kem, just to name a few. I’m a life-long learner and will always be, and I love adding to my toolbox.
Q: Tell us about your personal hobbies. What excites you?
I love to travel! I backpacked the world for 2 years straight. I’ve visited and lived in about 28 countries. I actually traveled in large part to learn about the world in hands-on way, and to learn how I could be of service. When you’re constantly on the road like that, you really learn to be in the moment, think on your feet, use your intuition, and problem solve anything and everything because you have to. I use those skills in my business and with my clients all the time now.
I also love scuba diving, tropical waters, and international foods. I love really good food. I actually created a secret recipe for a Vanilla-Chili Hot Cocoa that’s to die for. And I love to dance. It cultivates such a sense of balance, fluidity, and grace that I like to bring into my work as well. And what is life anyhow, if not learning how to dance with it?