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I posted the Art of Disappearing for free on my blog.

At one point I thought a disappearing strategy book based on the Art of War by Sun Tzu was a good idea. I no longer think so and so I have removed from Amazon and posted here. Perhaps there is some value to offer, perhaps not. Frank M. Ahearn

The Art of Disappearing:  According to Sun Tzu’s, Art of War – Laying Plans

Those who preplan their disappearance will have a greater chance at succeeding than those who do not. The essential message here is to walk away with the understanding that, the act of pre-disappearing is equally as important as the art of disappearing. Therefore, view the contents of this book from the perspective of pre-disappearing.

The Art of Disappearing will be explained through, The Art of War by Sun Tzu, using Section I: Laying Plans. (Translated from the Chinese by Lionel Giles, M.A.) I chose The Art of War because it can be engineered for the advantage of the prey.

Sun Tzu was a Chinese general, military strategist, and philosopher who lived in the Spring and Autumn period of ancient China. Sun Tzu is traditionally credited as the author of The Art of War, a widely influential work of military strategy that has affected both Western and Eastern philosophy. (wiki)

When you walk out the door and become a disappeared person you must accept that there is nothing constant but change. As a disappeared person you need to become instantly changeable and be able to adapt to new situations immediately. No matter the peril.

As a disappeared person you must utilize the tool of what if in all, thoughts, decisions and actions. You analyze your thoughts, what if this, what if that. You make a decision and you consider what if it is the wrong decision. You take action and you consider what if it was the wrong action. The what if becomes a code you live by. Your freedom depends on identifying all the what ifs that exist. To ignore but one what if, is to ignore potential failure.

The terms tactic and strategy are often confused: tactics are the actual means used to gain an objective, while strategy is the overall campaign plan, which may involve complex operational patterns, activity, and decision-making that lead to tactical execution. (wiki)

Never move forward on an action if you have not resolved the what if. Avoid having the attitude that you will cross that bridge when you get there or worry about something when it arrives. This is the mentality of an escaped prisoner, who never plans past the wall. Disappearing is never about chance, it is about a safe road to personal freedom.

Always anticipate the possibility of the unwanted knock. There is always a one percent chance you made a mistake, overlooked something or random chance has occurred. Such is the reason to have a backup plan for a new disappear city.

Disappearing is not solely about disappearing. Disappearing is about knowing your predator, knowing the information known about you and knowing the footprints you left behind. Disappearing is creating disinformation, utilizing deception and knowing how to avoid connections.

Everything is connected! All things digital are a disease which aims to connect. The problem is the digital is pushing itself into the offline world of physical space. In time the digital you and the offline you will be forced to be one identity. In my opinion this is the grave danger to personal identity. As a disappeared person you have to combat the digital so it does not connect to your offline physical space.

This book is about teaching you how to be a disappear strategist, not a follower of a how to book.

When you are out in the cold or on the run in Brussels, you cannot flip through the pages of a book for guidance. All the solutions of the future will come from you. In order for you to make the correct decisions you must learn to think like a strategist.

Sun Tzu: The Art of War is of vital importance to the State.

The Art of War is of vital importance to you! It will teach you about predators and their potential abilities. By being able to anticipate tactics you will be able to avoid confrontations and be successful in your disappearance.

Everything in your past and present are a potential footprint. Every footprint is a potential connection to your future. A disappeared person must learn how to incorporate what if, into each thought, decision and action. A strategist questions all and leaves nothing unanswered.

In The Art of Disappearing, what if, is imperative.

Sun Tzu: It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.

There is only one of two outcomes when you disappear, freedom or no freedom. Disappearing is not a limited action from point A to point B but a lifestyle which involves strategies, tactics, a code and discipline.

Never think disappearing is exclusively about disappearing. Being disappeared is merely a result of actions you take. Those actions are all deception based actions. Therefore, to be and to remain a disappeared person you must learn to be a master of deception.

Being a disappeared person means understanding cause and effect: Cause and effect is a relationship between events or things, where one is the result of the other or others. This is a combination of action and reaction. (yourdictionary.com) Being a disappeared person means that you will not always be able to know the result of a decision or action.  Therefore, you must prepare yourself for numerous possible outcomes. 

In The Art of Disappearing, you must become a master of deception!

Sun Tzu: The art of war, then, is governed by five constant factors, to be taken into account in one’s deliberations, when seeking to determine the conditions obtaining in the field.

The Art of Disappearing is an abstract battle and never perceived to be governed by one force or countable actions. You cannot govern the actions of a spinning top. However, knowing that the top is spinning and knowing that it is might be spinning in your direction, offers you the opportunity to combat the situation.

In the Art of Disappearing the unexpected is expected!

Sun Tzu: The Moral Law – Sun Tzu states that people should be in accord with their ruler.

There is no moral law in the world of being disappeared. You are simply fair game to your predator! If you are confronted with a moral choice, the decision that follows must be based on your road to freedom.

In The Art of Disappearing, freedom is always the objective!

Sun Tzu: Heaven –  Signifies, night and day, cold and heat

You exist in a world where your thoughts decisions and actions will determine your fate. To disappear properly it is important to learn how to make decisions based upon information you know as well as information you do not know. The decisions you make must be black and white, however, your actions will be a shade of gray. Meaning, as you move forward, be aware that the black and white may need to change.

In The Art of Disappearing, you exist in a dichotomy!

Sun Tzu: Earth comprises distances, great and small; danger and security; open ground and narrow passes; the chances of life and death.

You are at war with numerous foes, such being humans, information, technology, connections, personal mistakes, the past and random chance. You are at war with everything around you, the corner you turn, the border you cross, the public space you walk and the stranger sitting across the room. In the disappearing world time, space, past, present and current are one.

“So what does time and space mean? It means time and space is inseparable and yet separable. Just as everything in life is present, and yet not present.” Dr. Vijai S. Shankar

Just because you cannot see it, does not mean it does not exist. You must always believe your predator is in your space, regardless of that space being measured by miles.

In The Art of Disappearing, everything is one!

Sun Tzu: The Commander – Virtue of wisdom, sincerity, benevolence, courage and strictness.

These are admirable words in a two-thousand-year-old book, which suggests a man should have a code. I do believe it is important to create a disappear code, however, avoid the chivalry. A disappear code is the foundation that creates the rules of self. The rules of self are a weapon to live by and never compromise.

In The Art of Disappearing, one must live by the rules of self!

Sun Tzu: Method and Discipline – Marshaling of the army in its proper subdivisions, the graduations of rank among the officers, the maintenance of roads by which supplies may reach the army, and the control of military expenditure.

To underestimate your predator is to surrender all advantage. As you have evolved into a strategic disappearing machine, expecting the same advancement from your predator is necessary. Consider your predator a mirror image of your own actions. As you appear invisible so shall your predator. As you employ tactics so shall your predator. As you move, your predator follows. Always view your predator as the shadow not far behind.

In The Art of Disappearing, view your predator as omnipotent!

Sun Tzu: These five heads should be familiar to every general: He Who Knows – Will be victorious; he who knows them not will fail.

Disappearing is to be broken down into three stages.  Pre-disappearing, Disappearing Day and Post Disappearing.

Pre-Disappearing is the know before you go! You must know and combat the vulnerable information you are leaving behind. You must know if the disappear plans you created can be compromised by a potential digital footprint. You must identify the what ifs!

Disappear Day (D-Day) the day of exposure. How will get from point A to point B without creating connections? When you walk out the door, assume you are under surveillance?

Post Disappearance, living as a disappeared person and avoiding the connections that can trace you. Always be aware of people, places and things that can connect to your here and now.

In The Art of Disappearing, you must know before you go!

Sun Tzu: The Art of War: Therefore, in your deliberations, when seeking to determine the military conditions, let them be made the basis of a comparison, in this wise:–

You will be hunted in numerous ways. It will begin by searching the information you left behind and then the hunt goes in any and every possible direction. This is why I state you make your decisions in black and white but you maneuver in a shade of gray. For the disappear world has too many variables to know all.

In The Art of Disappearing one must consider all possibilities!

Sun Tzu: Which of the two sovereigns is imbued with the Moral law?

Moral law is an idea created by those who control. This is not to say you should break the law or harm another. Be it stalkers or law enforcement, all predators must be viewed as one in the same. The both have the same objective, which is to hinder your freedom.

In The Art of Disappearing all predators are one!

Sun Tzu: Which of the two generals has most ability?

Anticipate that the predator has access to all the resources needed to hunt you. Anticipate your predator will go to the ends of the earth to capture you. View your predator as extreme, capable, with deep pockets and serious cunning.

In the Art of Disappearing never under estimate your predator!

Sun Tzu: With whom lie the advantages derived from Heaven and Earth?

Being disappeared is simply an illusion. It is just as easy to find a person who is hiding five or five-thousand miles away. Such persons are only separated by space, time, walls and information. Realize that all things are one and yesterday, today and tomorrow are all equal parts of your disappearance. Meaning, that the footprints from yesterday, the connections today and the unknown tomorrow, makes no difference if you are five or five-thousand miles away.

In The Art of Disappearing, all is an illusion!

Sun Tzu: On which side is discipline most rigorously enforced?

Having a code can separate you from pass or fail. A code is the inner voice that dictates without emotions. A code is a council that will never lie to you, it will force you to make the decisions you may not want to make. All thoughts, decisions and action must fall under the code of what if.

In The Art of Disappearing, you must heed to your code!

Sun Tzu: Which army is stronger?

Again! If your predator was not more capable than you when you disappeared, assume they are now. As you have educated yourself on the ways of disappearing and deception. Assume that your predator is now educated on the ways of hunting.

In The Art of Disappearing, be stronger by feigning the weaker role!

Sun Tzu: On which side are officers and men more highly trained?

The hunter needs only one skill, hunting. You need many skills as a disappeared person. However, learning one hundred skills to its exact is impossible. Although, creating a code to live by and utilizing the what if in your thoughts, decisions and actions will be the closest you will come to mastering one hundred skills.

In The Art of Disappearing, mastering your code is mastering one hundred tactics!

Sun Tzu: In which army is there the greater constancy both in reward and punishment?

Enforcing your code and staying in the moment is a never-ending way of being. The worst of days must bring out the greatest of personal actions. The best of days cannot create complacency. No matter the mood or weather of the day, you are disappeared and must always stay within in that moment.

In The Art of Disappearing, the mood never dictates!

Sun Tzu: By means of these seven considerations I can forecast victory or defeat.

This is a sentence in a two-thousand-year-old book. You cannot forecast the future you can only anticipate possible outcomes. The disappear strategy is to have a move ready in order to avoid capture.

In The Art of Disappearing, words are only words!

Sun Tzu: The general that hearkens to my counsel and acts upon it, will conquer: let such a one be retained in command! The general that hearkens not to my counsel nor acts upon it, will suffer defeat:–let such a one be dismissed!

There are two types of criminals, those that get caught and those that do not. What is the difference between the two? One could say luck, which is probably correct. However, preplanning the crime is key. However, more important is planning the getaway.

In The Art of Disappearing is a planned art!

Sun Tzu: While heeding the profit of my counsel, avail yourself also of any helpful circumstances over and beyond the ordinary rules.

Reading books written by Sun Tzu, Machiavelli, von Clausewitz, Frank M. Ahearn and JJ Luna is all well and good but it is limited. However, an education in disappearing and deception can come by reading about the experiences of those who disappeared and failed.

In The Art of Disappearing books are just books!

Sun Tzu: According as circumstances are favorable, one should modify one’s plans.

Utilize information like pawns, rooks, knights and bishops on a chess board. Understand that no one move will outwit your enemy or win the game. It is a combination of malleable actions that will lead to victory.

In The Art of Disappearing you are the King of your world!

Sun Tzu: All warfare is based on deception.

Your weapon for survival in the disappear world is deception. You will not remain free if you do not master the skills of deception.

In The Art of Disappearing deception is a way of life!

Sun Tzu…. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.

In pre-disappear you will exist in a perception and deception stage. How are the people around you perceiving you? Do they see a change in you? You may believe they are unaware, however, you cannot always be so confident. In addition, what if something occurs the day you plan to disappear and it must be postponed.

In The Art of Disappearing, perception is important!

Sun Tzu: Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.

Even two-thousand-years ago Sun Tzu knew that deception and disinformation was vital to wining a war. However, in your war you will not try to crush your predator. The success of your disappearance is measured by freedom, not necessarily by the downfall of your enemy.

I often state that disinformation is the most important tactic when it comes to disappearing. The reason for this is, if you do not create disinformation your predator will search the known information about you. The known information can be the road map to your present location. By creating disinformation, you make it more difficult to locate you.

Disinformation does not always need to be believable but it must be find-able by the predator. It does not matter if you are creating information about being in Fiji or Belize. Once the hunter locates the information it will play on their mind. They will question if the information was purposely created to look fake but perhaps it is real. Either way, they will search.

In The Art of Disappearing, disinformation is a necessity!

Sun Tzu: If he is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him.

Act as if your hunter is mammoth, live as if they have you pinned down and know that evasion is the only road to freedom. This is the mindset of being a disappeared person.

A simple act of deception can be the road to freedom. Your ex is hunting you in Paris, you purposely drop your wallet in a hotel. In the wallet there is a contact number for your ex. The hotel contacts you ex. Your ex goes to the hotel where you have dropped the wallet. This becomes your opportunity to escape.

In The Art of Disappearing, simple deception leads to freedom.

Sun Tzu: If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.

The disinformation you create will irritate your predator. However, caution yourself and do not become arrogant and believe in your own ego.

Sun Tzu: If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them.

In the disappear world your armed forces are your money and your identification. Being separated from either can be catastrophic. When the predators cannot locate the prey, they resort to, follow the money. There are two aspects of money, where you park your money and how you access your money. When you are in the hunt you need to be extremely cautious when it comes to accessing funds.

Having a solid identification is crucial to disappear survival. Your identification must always be kept on your person, not in the pocket of a carry bag.

In The Art of Disappearing one must always protect their armed forces!

Sun Tzu: Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.

Think of your war as being that of Guerilla warfare. Guerilla warfare is for the smaller weaker armies who fights on their own terrain. However, the difference is, you do not fight on your own terrain, your fight is to protect the location of your terrain.

The first step to protecting your terrain is to become a Virtual Entity who has no connections to anything physical. This means the information from the past and present can never lead to something tangible. When the tangible becomes available to your prey, you become in the gravest of dangers.

In The Art of Disappearing one must avoid connections!

Sun Tzu: These military devices, leading to victory, must not be divulged beforehand.

Divulging your detailed disappear plans to another will only put you at jeopardy. The hunt for will involve your family and friends. The person you shared your disappear plans with may unknowingly share a piece of information that leads to you.

In The Art of Disappearing only one can keep a secret!

Sun Tzu: Now the general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple where the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand. Thus do many calculations lead to victory, and few calculations to defeat: how much more no calculation at all! It is by attention to this point that I can foresee who is likely to win or lose.

Planning the perfect disappearance is impossible. What is possible is to properly pre-plan your disappearance. As you make your plans always think of the past, present and future separately, and as one. This will keep the perspective that time, space, information and miles do not separate you from your predator.

In The Art of Disappearing, all is one!

By Frank M. Ahearn

www.FrankAhearn.com

 

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250 How to Disappear Tips

In between writing the next section of, The Art of Disappearing, According to Sun Tzu’s, The Art of War. I have been sifting through my writing vault. I cannot even count how many times the terms and words, how to disappear, disinformation, new identities and fake identities appear in the countless Word documents. It nears obsessive, like Jerry Fletcher from Conspiracy Theory. I think I may need a new hobby.

Deep in the disappear vault I found a document where I was writing a book titled, 250 How to Disappear Tips. At first I thought it was kind of cheesy and cheap but it has some relevant information. I am thinking of releasing it, maybe, maybe not. However, the part that is currently missing in the text is the mindset of disappearing, how to become a disappear strategist. These days it is important to be a strategist is you want to disappear properly.

One of the reasons I am so focused on the mindset of disappearing and training oneself to be like Sun Tzu is because tools are just tools. I can explain to you how to create a fake identity or open a bank account in a foreign country under another name. Yet, the real question is would you be able to exist with a fake identity or maneuver through countries as another person. Again, would you know how to maintain or access a bank account under a fake name without being caught?

Think about it from the viewpoint of a car. You are disappeared and driving down a remote stretch of highway. The car breaks down, you lift the hood and stare at the engine. You have no clue to the problem. Basically you can drive a car but you cannot fix a car. In the disappear world that is equal to buying a fake identity and walking through customs and not knowing if the identity will get you to your destination.

My suggestion is to think beyond the 250 How to Disappear steps. Think beyond playing Jason Bourne, James Bond and Whitey Bulger. However, do ask yourself, if you are not the Sun Tzu of your disappeared world, then who are you?

Frank M. Ahearn: www.FrankAhearn.com

Privacy, The Gates of Hell

Some believe the right to privacy is an inalienable right but unfortunately that is a preconceived notion. Privacy begins with your definition of privacy, the walls you create and the boundaries you design. If you do not take control of your privacy, it will simply become broken.

Before you begin working on the privacy you believe you possess, think about the privacy you want and what it means to you as an individual. Since privacy is a construct created by man, one should embrace the idea of privacy as a philosophy. I think of privacy as a rock and think of myself as the sculptor Rodin and I keep chipping away at the Gates of Hell.

For me, privacy is assuring myself that no one knows my home address, only those I choose have my mobile number and that my travel plans are always discreet. These three actions give me peace of mind. These three actions are my philosophy of privacy. I exist in my home knowing that no unwanted person, will ring the bell. I know that when my mobile phone rings, the caller is friendly. I know that when I travel, no unwanted entity or face will be waiting at the airport or in the hotel lobby. Obtaining these goals are not always easy and take much thought and action. However, yet again, well worth it for my peace of mind.

So, where is the big How To part of this article, disappear tools and the trade-craft of creating such privacy. There is none, there is only you rethinking and recreating your ideas of privacy. When that is accomplished think of yourself as a strategist and not a follower of How To books. Be independent, be Winston Smith, be Guy Montag, be proactive in this new age of Big Brother!

Frank M. Ahearn – http://www.Disappear.Info

Zen Warrior of The Disappear World

The mindset of disappearing is to think of yourself as a Zen warrior of the disappear world. One who has the ability to see the past, the present and the future, separately and as one. Imagine yourself being a three-dimensional chess game where you exist in three physical dimensions and each dimension affects the other. Three-dimensional chess embraces the idea of taking a two-dimensional plane and adding an aerial (above) and underwater (below). I see it from the perspective of adding the past and the future into your current physical plane. Meaning, the actions that occurred prior to disappearing can affect your current disappeared state. Your current disappeared state can affect your future disappeared state. In addition, your past can affect your future. Everything is one in the disappear world.

So the question is how does one become a Zen warrior of the disappear world. It begins with your thought process and how you view being disappeared. The first step is to realize, understand and accept that disappearing is not about tools but a way of life. One should always exist in the here and now, which is the ultimate state of awareness. This awareness embraces the idea that there is no past, present of future, just that all is one. It is like standing on a tall building and you can see everything in front and everything behind you, while being in one place.

Why is this thought process important? Disappearing is like juggling, if you drop one ball the juggle ceases to exist. Disappearing is always about the past, present and future and if you drop one, your freedom will cease to exist. Only you can determine how the past can creep up on you and only you can determine which actions today can play a negative role in your future. You are the only strategist in your world, not some book. Therefore, be Zen in your thinking and warrior in your actions!

Frank M. Ahearn – http://www.Disappear.Info

Author of: The Art of Disappearing, According to Sun Tzu’s The Art of War

Disappearing is Not About Disappearing

Disappearing is not about disappearing. Anyone can jump on a bus and end up in an unknown place. That just means you are disappeared. Finding disappeared people is an easy feat, be it them five miles or five thousand miles away. Technology, information and humans have no boundaries. The danger is when the technology connects the information to your identity and the human connects the information to your physical space. This is when you are in the hunt. However, of the three, the human is your biggest threat. Think about it, it will be the human chasing you down the street not a laptop. Although, who knows what the future brings.

If disappearing is not about disappearing, what is it about. Partially, it comes down to connections and seeing your life in a three-dimensional form. The past, the present and the future. They all connect and it is your job to avoid connections and to search for potential connections. Then combat those connections. Disappearing is knowing how to bank and not be connected to your money. Disappearing is knowing how to connect with people in your present and keeping them out of your past. Disappearing is knowing how to get out of town and set up shop somewhere new if all goes bad. Disappearing is not about reading books on how to, disappearing is making yourself a disappear strategist.

Frank M. Ahearn
http://www.Disappear.info
New Book: The Art of Disappearing, According to Sun Tzu’s The Art of War

The Ultimate How To Disappear – Part 19

This is from the a book I recently wrote, The Ultimate How to Disappear, however, the book did not turn out as expected so I trashed it. Please note, unedited.

Part 19

Where There Is Human Touch There Is No Privacy… The reality of privacy is, it is a secret. If there is more than one person involved the secret is vulnerable. Always be prepared that the secret will be leaked.

Mobile Show Phone… Before disappearing you will set up a Show Phone. This is a phone you will carry in public or at social events. This phone will NEVER have any real identifiers entered into the phone. You will have numbers in the phone book to the local Chinese restaurant, the supermarket, the bus station and names like Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice. However, their phone numbers will be random businesses. You will NOT have photos of yourself or people of your past. Never take photos in or in proximity of your home due to GPS.

A Show Phone is a phone you have with you when you are around other people. The reason for the bogus information is, if you leave the phone behind, someone asks to use the phone there is no threat of identifiers falling into the wrong hands.

SIM Danger… Do not play Jason Bourne and have twenty SIM chips in your possession while traveling. If you are randomly searched this will be looked upon as mighty suspiciously. Mighty suspicious leads to a backroom anal probe.

Simple Lesson… Never carry tools of the trade that can create suspicion. Review your car or luggage and ask yourself if something can be considered suspect. If it can, trash it and move on without it.

The Great Disappearing Biblical Question… Can one truly disappear in the age of Big Brother and big data? The answer is yes and the reason why is, information is just information. The true danger is the human eye.

Again… Before you walk out the door, search your person and bag. Determine if anything can create suspicion or danger. Always have you ID at the grab of a hand, this way you never fumble in your bag. Your fumble could look suspicious. Actually if you sneeze the wrong way in some place it could be probable cause.

Know Your Story… Before you disappear and walk out that door, know what you must know. Who you are, where you are going and why. When a person crosses customs or is stopped by law enforcement they are immediately judged by their demeanor and response. If you come across like an idiot and are unsure of your travel, you will be taken for a cup of coffee in the back room. If you know what I mean.

Know Your Rights… No matter where you are disappearing to, know the law and know your rights. If you have the right to remain silent be so! If you have the right to say no, say no. sometimes just knowing your rights will let you pass go.

Find The Balance… Knowing your rights does not mean you should be a dickhead. Find the balance between standing up for yourself and being polite. If you are a dick you will be treated like a dick. The balance of your freedom depends on the outcome of such conversations. This is where you must think like a strategist, assess the situation and respond according. Then again, there might come a time where you must dead eye them and play it out. Yet, these things should not be tested on isolated roads in the middle of nowhere.

People, Places & Things… As I stated one can disappear in the ever intrusive age of technology and government spying. However, you must create a mindset and recognize that people, places and things can bring you down.

This idea derives from when I was a kid in Daytop, a drug program. They stressed the fact of people places and things. If you do not want to shoot heroin, do not hang out with addicts or in places where addicts hang. The same goes for disappearing, if you do not want get popped or be discovered in your, disappear world, do not hang out with people, in places or do things that will compromise your freedom. There is a flipside to this. Sometimes you cannot control people, places and things. Therefore, be prepared for the people, places and things that land in your lap.

People… You could turn the corner and run into someone you have not seen in twenty years.

A client of mine, Charlie Brown is a college professor who occasionally writes articles about international criminals. On a Sunday an article was published and on Tuesday three men knocked on his door. The three men explained that they are going to kill him, not today, not tomorrow or next month but perhaps in three months or six months. Either way they are going to kill him by the end of the year.

I met Charlie in a café and he was a bag of mess. He was distraught and appeared highly paranoid. I do not like talking with clients in bars or cafes, people eavesdrop. We moved the conversation to the Waldorf Astoria and found a quiet spot in the corner.

Charlie wanted to move to the Pacific North West of America, which I explained would be a huge mistake. He was college professor and probably taught thousands of students who were now spread across the US. My though was he needs to go to a place where he would not run into people. He was adamant and had no desire to leave the country.

When you are thinking of your new disappear land it is important to think of the who factor. Who can or will I run into in San Diego or Belmopan. Do I know anyone who lives in Paris, Lisbon or Boston? Did that company I work for ten years ago open a new office in London? You cannot identify every threat but try to identify as many as possible to reduce the threat.

But Sometimes… What happened next never, ever happened in my life. Over walks a colleague Charlie has not seen in twenty years. I mean, what are the chances? Charlie turns white in shock and has a difficult time introducing the long haired dodgy dude sitting next to him. This was a totally uncomfortable situation and eventually the colleague wanders away.

Here is the problem with a such a scenario. Let us say, Charlie was disappeared in Seattle and sitting in a Starbucks. The colleague walks over, says hello to Charlie, Charlie is all weirded out and the colleague eventually walks away.

Where the danger lurks is, the colleague could walk away and post on Twitter he saw Charlie Brown in a Seattle Starbucks. The criminals who plan to put Charlie in the dirt nap could have Google alerts. That story would end with a bullet in Charlies head. Sometimes, random shit happens so be prepared.

Places… Your environment is always a danger. Whether it is a shopping mall, supermarket or moving train. The key is to reduce your exposure and not put yourself in places that can expose you. When I think of London, I think facial recognition. When I think of Times Square, I think shit loads of cops. Before you start your day’s travel, think about who and what you will come your way. If there is a safer road, take that road. Risk is cool in poker but not when it comes to freedom.

Habits… We are all creatures of habits. Make a list of your habits. When I talk of habits, I mean things like, specific cologne, lipstick, words you say or jeans you buy. Habits include, your early trip to Burning Man or opening of deer season in Michigan. Plus, you should not shoot Bambi’s mom, bad karma.

Evolution… To a degree there must be an evolution of self. Not a new identity but personal changes that will leave parts of the old you in the past. In the pre-disappearing stage, think about you and aspects that can and will make you vulnerable. The evolution of self should be a natural letting go not an unbelievable recreation of who you were or want to be in the future.

Frank M. Ahearn – http://www.Disappear.Info