In an ideal situation, our senses work together providing us with accurate information so that we can respond to a given situation most effectively. Unfortunately, there are many places this cooperative information-gathering system can break down.
When we are emotionally hurt by what we see, hear, or feel, one of our senses can withdraw from active involvement with the environment. When this happens, other senses will try to compensate; but good intentions can’t prevent the absent information from biasing the brain’s interpretation of a situation. Similarly, if we acquire inaccurate beliefs about the world or ourselves in our early, formative years, this too can skew our perceptions, affect our sensory integration, and subsequently hamper learning, our decision-making, and performance.
The Labyrinth, the fourth ICWIB! activity, can help you detect and resolve sensory integration problems. In the Labyrinth exercise, the breath drives the movement of the pencil. This helps individuals become more aware of their breathing and learn to purposely use their breath to increase brain activity and focus, decrease stress and anxiety, and perceive situations with more clarity. Since learning problems often stem from poor sensory integration, poor coordination between the body and mind, regular practice of this activity can help both children and adults gain deeper insight into their learning challenges and also help their systems recalibrate for more efficient operation.
Today we are blessed with a wealth of information about learning challenges as well as a wealth of possible solutions. Often, though, this information is difficult to understand and fully integrate because it isn’t presented in a manner that encourages us to gain sensory insight to our system’s malfunction. Consequently, we can be left with the feeling that we are “less than,” instead understanding that we have a uniquely wired brain with unique capacities that others might lack. The ICWIB! Program activities gives the child and/or adult an opportunity to see, explore, and understand our own mind’s errors and create viable solutions on their own. This can be an empowering experience!
With this in mind, I invite you to explore the Labyrinth and some of the other ICWIB! art activities and videos for FREE.
Also, in a recent interview, said, “Freedom is the ability to create without the limitation of generational programming. The I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB!) Program is a gateway and a pathway into a new and better future because it allows children to fully express themselves and to not be limited by the beliefs that have been passed down from generation to generation. This program also frees up children’s minds and allows their creative nature to create a better world for all of us, which is what we need right now!”