Last night on my evening walk, I met two young men. One was in his early twenties and the other was in his late twenties. As we stood in the local historical cemetery talking, both revealed they hadn’t finished high school: a label that had crippled both of them. One said he hadn’t finished high school because he had ADHD, while the other announced he hadn’t finished because he had ADD.
Over the last ten years of teaching the I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB!) Program, I have met hundreds of children who have shared with me their endless list of crippling and limiting labels. These labels made them feel flawed—less than—and for some, their excuse for not being successful. There is something seriously wrong when our youth feels this way.
According to Daniel Pink, in The Whole New Mind, we need to be cultivating creative, out-of-the-box thinkers. From my own personal experience, and working with many children and adults over the years, I feel learning challenges require you to be a creative, innovative thinker, because the traditional approaches to learning often don’t work. Being unable to learn in the traditional, linear manner doesn’t mean you are stupid or incapable of learning, it just means you have a uniquely wired brain, which often can do unique and wonderful things. It also means you need to explore and discover how your mind works and what helps it work best.
This is why I stress the importance of Just Scribble, the first activity in the ICWIB! Program. The simple act of scribbling can help a child, or adult, reduce stress, release bottled-up emotions, and come to know themselves in a deeper way. It can also help them move out of their subconscious or reactive mind and into their conscious mind, which is where learning takes place. Once they learn how to shift from one brain-state to the other, they don’t need the crayons and paper any more. They can accomplish the same result by just drawing the pattern they discovered that works on their leg with their finger, or with their foot under the desk.
I think of the information you gain from the Just Scribble activity as a secret code or password that has the capacity to unlock your mind. Once you have learned how to shift from the reactive mind to the conscious mind, you can then use the same activity to learn how to focus and stabilize your mind.
When I was younger I was plagued with a very long list of learning challenges. When I am stressed or over-tired, these challenges can still rise up and make learning difficult, but they no longer stop me. This is because I now know how to effectively shift brain-states and I no longer see myself as “less than” or handicapped.
With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB! art activities and videos for FREE because they are an easy way to not only reduce stress, but to also change the beliefs and behaviors that are creating the stress and making it difficult for you succeed.
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!”