We Can’t Choose

This sweet animated video reminds us that we can’t choose whom we love or what we love any more than we can choose who we are. Learning how to identity and embrace our authentic nature with all of its glory and desires is part of our human journey. The process of embracing our true nature could have been easy if, in our early childhood, our family saw and celebrated who we are. But this is often not the case. Instead, many of us have felt shame and guilt for not being whom we are led to believe we need to be to be loved. To have a joyous life, it is important to remove this inner conflict about who you are and stand in your truth, not someone else’s truth.

With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB! art activities and videos for FREE because they are a wonderful way go inward, discover your true nature, and in the process create a more authentic and joyous life.

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Manifest Change Though Mastery

In this short but informative video, Bruce explains that how we see and perceive the world not only controls our genetics and behavior, but it also changes how we create in the world. That just knowing this information is not enough. We have to actively apply the principles to our life to facilitate change. Lets look at how this can take place.

Your mind’s perception of the world changes the chemistry of your body, which in turn changes your cells. One might assume that if you can control your mind, then you could control your chemistry. This is not completely true, because we actually have two minds—our subconscious mind and our conscious mind.

Your conscious, creative mind allows you to see or project into the future, into the past, and solve problems. The subconscious mind, the other mind, is more of a habit mind. Once you learn something, this part of the mind will just do it automatically for you. This is also where our fundamental beliefs about life and ourselves are stored.

It is important to remember that the subconscious and conscious mind is an either/or system—meaning you can either be in your subconscious mind or your conscious mind, but you can’t be in both simultaneously. It is also important to remember that in the first six years of life, the brain is in the functional state of theta—copy and paste—which is like hypnosis. This means the mind is like a television camera recording everything it sees. What we see becomes our fundamental beliefs about life.

So is there a simple way can we change beliefs if they are inaccurate and self-sabotaging? Yes!

The I Create What I Believe! Program, endorsed by Dr. Lipton and based on his research, offers fun and scientifically sound tools to help both children and adults learn how to change their fundamental beliefs about life and themselves.

Here Is How They Work

The ICWIB! exploratory activities are designed to first teach the child or adult how to tell when they are in their conscious mind vs. their subconscious mind. Then the same activities can be used to help the individual learn how to move from their reactive mind into their problem-solving mind quickly and effectively. This alone can bring about significant changes in your life because if you activate the conscious mind, you suspend the subconscious mind and your tapes. This in turn creates an opportunity for you to consciously create a new and more effective response. Bruce refers to this as a “response interrupt.”

In addition to the ICWIB! Program being based on Dr. Bruce Lipton’s research, the activities also use the scientific principles of constructive and destructive interference, as well as multiple Eastern healing practices. For example, the fourth ICWIB! activity, Labyrinth, incorporates yogic breathing and labyrinth walking as a way to move from the reactive mind into the problem-solving mind. This is accomplished quite simply by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, thus moving you out of fight or flight.

Once you learn the Labyrinth activity, you can do it on your leg or your arm with your finger. This means you then have the capacity to shift from one brain state to another effortlessly anytime and in any situation. This is important because science has now revealed that normally our life is run by our subconscious mind (our tapes) 95% of the time while our conscious mind runs our system about 5% of the time. Just increasing the amount of time that your conscious mind is providing directions to your biology can facilitate a significant change in your life.

With this in mind, I invite you to explore the Labyrinth and some of the other ICWIB! art activities and videos for FREE because they are a wonderful way for you to learn how to detect which part of the mind is running your system and subsequently shift from your subconscious or reactive mind to your conscious problem-solving mind.

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Master of My Fate

I have come to the conclusion that the trick to living a good and purposeful life is to figure out how to keep your head screwed on straight in the middle of adversity and challenges. When you do lose your clarity, I feel it is important to know how to re-screw your head back onto your shoulders.

I have repeatedly talked about how I use drawing and the ICWIB! activities to move myself out of reaction and into my problem-solving mind or re-screwing my head back onto my shoulders. Today I would like to share with you the above poem that I have taped to my refrigerator because it perpetually reminds me how and why I need to re-screw my head back on.

William Ernest Henley wrote this powerful poem when he was recovering from tubercular infection—a very challenging, often life-threatening situation. However, I feel it also speaks to, and applies to, any test of faith. In times of darkness and confusion the words to this powerful poem, especially the last stanza have the ability to recalibrate my internal GPS and set me back on course.

With this in mind, I invite you to tape the poem to your refrigerator as well. I also invite you to explore some of the ICWIB! art activities and videos for FREE because they are a wonderful way recalibrate your internal GPS so you can continue to live a good and purposeful life.

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Masks

We all wear masks from time to time. It is a way to protect ourselves, hide our inner most feelings, maneuver difficult situations, and explore new ways of being. Unfortunately, if you aren’t aware of your own mask and the reason you feel a need to wear it, in a certain situation you can lose touch with yourself, your purpose, and path.

As a street-performing mime in my twenties, I used masks to define my different characters and bring awareness to their body language. During that time, I was always observing and studying how and why people moved. I watched how their movement changed when they were wearing a self-created mask (pretending to be someone they weren’t) and how they moved when they felt the inner freedom to be and express their authentic nature.

Over time, I began to see how our body carries our story and how that story can limit our movement, and rob us of our vitality. During this time, I also began to see how movement could restore balance, deepen our sense of self, increase vitality, and allow our authentic nature to reemerge. These observations and my findings are at the root of many of the ICWIB! activities.

When you scribble or draw circles and lines, pay attention to how your body moves. Does your body and breath move together as one? Or are they disconnected? If they feel disconnected, which activity helps them to reconnect and move as one? The more you allow your crayon to move in an unencumbered manner, the easier it will be to go inward and reconnect with your authentic nature and what is important to you.

With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB! art activities and videos for FREE because they are a wonderful way reduce stress and release bottled up emotions so we can reconnect with our true nature and subsequently create a more joyous life.

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Soar vs. Sore

When you feel angry or upset, do you allow those negative feelings to pull you down and drain your positive life-force energy? If things don’t work out the way you want them to, do you get angry or sore? Or do you know how to shake off unconstructive and negative feelings and re-embrace your positive outlook on life so you can soar?

According to recent research, every thought, word, or action we have affects our biology. Negative thoughts and situations can have a negative impact on our health and make it impossible to succeed. On the other hand, positive thoughts—I am not talking about an ungrounded Pollyanna perspective on life, but rather a positive, innovative, and proactive approach on life—can have a positive effect on our biology.

With this in mind, is there a way to shift your mind from a negative perspective to a positive perspective quickly and effectively? Yes! Any activity that relaxes your body, opens your heart, and clears your mind can help you make the shift. Many individuals turn to creative and physical endeavors to help them move inward, reflect, and restore balance within their system, while others prefer traditional meditative practices for restoring balance in their system.

Whatever approach you take, the mere act of stopping, going inward, and observing instead of reacting can provide you with a golden opportunity to create a new and more effective response. That one single action can have a profound impact on your life.

With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB! art activities and videos for FREE because they are a wonderful way to learn how to go inward and explore the art of introspection. This in turn can reduce stress and release bottled up emotions so you can reconnect with your true nature and subsequently create a more authentic life.

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Congruent

When I woke up one morning I found the word “congruent” lodged in my mind. At first it was an interesting experience, but after about an hour or two its presence became annoying. No matter how hard I tried I couldn’t get it to go away, so I decided I needed to pull it closer, and explore why it was there. My first step was to look up the definition. According to the dictionary congruent is an adjective that means in agreement or harmony; (of figures) identical in form; coinciding exactly when superimposed.

So why was this word dancing in my mind?

I decided to view it as a metaphor and apply it to life, my life to be specific. To accomplish this, I began asking myself a series of questions: What does a congruent life look like? Is it possible to have a congruent life? Is my life congruent? How would I know if my life was congruent? How would I know if my life was incongruent? This series of questions then lead me to explore questions about the meaning of my life, my soul, and my purpose.

This thread of questions meandered through my mind throughout the day and as the light of the day began to dim some of my questions found answers.

When my life is congruent everything seems to unfold seamlessly. I feel happy, content, and have a deep sense of peacefulness. I have no need or interest in conflict—either inner or external. At the same time, when I am not congruent I find myself struggling with self-doubt, worrying about what others think, questioning if what I am doing is enough. In fact I find myself wearing myself out wondering, worrying, and struggling so much that I burn myself out before I accomplish anything, then I chastise myself for being so unproductive and drive myself into a deeper, even less congruent state.

It is obvious to me that I am far more productive when I am congruent because I am not wasting energy struggling with inaccurate beliefs or perceptions about life or myself. If this is true, why would I ever be incongruent? The answer, unfortunately is quite simple: habit or learned behavior. We learn behavior and acquire behavior patterns when we are very young. These patterns then play out automatically without our conscious awareness of them. Our only clue to their presence is by looking at our life.

So, is your life congruent? Is it a reflection of who you are and what you believe? If not, I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB! art activities and videos for FREE because they are a wonderful way go inward and uncover incongruences so your life can be a true reflection of your authentic nature.

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The Best Part is the Connection

Making a difference in the world or in someone’s life doesn’t require a lot of money or even a lot of time. It only requires us to “show-up,” and touch another person’s life in a positive manner.

Walking on the beach looking for answers one day, Megan Murphy realized that every time she found a special rock or piece of glass it would somehow carry a message back to her that she was not alone and that she was supported by something bigger than herself. This gave her great comfort. One day she had the idea that she could leave messages for others that might help them during difficult and challenging times.

The process began very simply: Megan grabbed a sharpie magic marker off the counter one morning on her way to the beach and put it in her coat pocket and when she got to the beach she started writing little messages on rocks and placed them back on the beach.

Megan feels the best part about her rock project is the connection. After people find her rocks, they take the idea back to their communities, and start the project there. Now, the rocks don’t just span across the United States, thousands of the rocks can be found in 9 countries around the world.

With this in mind, I invite you to think about small, simple things you can do to make a difference in other people’s lives. Look for ideas or things you can do that are easy and natural to you. One of the things I historically have done is carry pencils, crayons, and paper with me. Sometimes I use them to sketch something, but more often than not children in the vicinity come over and ask if they can color too. I see this as a golden opportunity for me to share my love of paper and crayons and one of the ICWIB! activities with them.

With this in mind, I also invite you to explore some of the ICWIB art activities and videos for FREE so you can pass them one to others in a simple and effortless manner.

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Pier vs. Peer

How do you approach your relationships? Do you approach them as a peer—meaning you view the other person as an equal? Or do you approach them as a pier—meaning you think you need to prop up the other person or carry more than your part of the load? Or do you approach relationships from the perspective that you aren’t capable of carrying your share of the load?

When we approach a relationship from the peer perspective, we send a message to the other person that we value who they are and we view them as an equal. This creates a safe and empowering situation for all. On the other hand, when you think either you have to carry more or think you are incapable to carrying your share, you create an imbalance or a disempowering situation for all.

So why would someone approach a situation from a pier perspective?

When we are young, merely by observing our family dynamics we take on beliefs and behaviors that helps us get our needs met and fit into our family. Some children become caretakers, while others become over-achievers. Others may discover they can get more attention when they are under-achievers or appear helpless, so that is the behavior they take on. Unfortunately in all cases, the child is robbed of the opportunity to discover, fall in love with, and develop their true nature. This can create an inner conflict and imbalance in their system and make it difficult for them to create an authentic life.

So if you think you might be approaching some of your relationships from a pier perspective or needing to be carried by a pier and you would like to change that behavior, I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB art activities and videos for FREE because they are a wonderful way reconnect with your true nature and subsequently create a more authentic life.

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Rewriting the Program

In this very informative video Dr. Bruce Lipton uses the analogy of a TV set and a broadcast to explain the interaction between the cell and the environment. He then goes on to explain that just understanding this interaction and the role of the subconscious and conscious mind alone cannot change your life because the subconscious mind, which is where our tapes are stored, and conscious mind, learn differently.

The subconscious mind learns through hypnosis (theta brain state), repetition (this must be felt and experienced), energy psychology (activities that engage the super-learning processes of the mind) and high-impact events. It is also important to remember that you need to be fully present.

Is there a simple way to accomplish this? Yes!

The I Create What I Believe! Program, endorsed by Dr. Lipton and based on his research, offers fun and scientifically sound tools to help both children and adults transform negative beliefs that hinder their ability to thrive. This is accomplished with activities as simple as scribbling and drawing circles and lines.

LABYRINTH

The labyrinth, which has roots both in yogic breathing and labyrinth meditation walking, can help you relax your body, increase your sense of well-being, and help you become fully present. The repetitive motion and use of deep abdominal breathing can also help you create a theta brain state and shift you from your subconscious mind to your conscious mind. Once that is accomplished, you have the capacity to see and rewrite your programs.

In this exercise the focus needs to be on the tip of your crayon or pencil, not on the design that is emerging. Also, the pencil or crayon can be moved only on your exhalations. The depth of your inhalation and the speed of your exhalation will decide how far your pencil can move with each breath.

When you do this activity, I recommend you pay particular attention to the moment when your mind becomes still and you feel an expanded lightness, because in that moment you have shifted into your conscious mind. It is from there that we want to move through our day. It is also from there that we can create what Bruce Lipton calls “heaven on earth.”

If you are having difficulty bringing on the shift, just slow down your breathing and the movement of your crayon or pencil even more. I also invite you to explore doing this activity with your right hand, your left hand, or both of your hands together. If you find this activity to be helpful for you, remember you can always do it on your leg or arm with your finger. This will enable you to shift brain states anywhere or any time.

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Mastering Your Thoughts

“Self-discipline begins with mastering your thoughts. If you can’t control what you think,
you can’t control what you do.”    -Randy Pausch

When was the last time you didn’t just think your thoughts, but consciously observed and dissected them so fully that you were able to uncover the underlying thread that linked them together?

Several weeks ago, I noticed a trail of thoughts moving between my ears about events that had transpired quite some time ago. At first glance these events seemed completely unrelated. Though as I turned each event over and over in my mind with the utmost curiosity, I began to see an underlying thread or theme. It was this curious exploration and observation that then allowed me to see the commonality between the events and eventually uncover a very important insight for myself.

What was the thread?

Each event was a situation where in retrospect I wished I had responded differently. Each event showed me how being in my reactive mind instead of my conscious problem-solving mind had created the opposite outcome I had hoped for. Each event was also reminding me of the importance of moving though my day at a pace that is manageable for me, so I can consciously respond to the directions of my conscious mind—not my unconscious tapes.

Sounds pretty simple—but it is often difficult to accomplish because our fast-paced world creates stress, and stress automatically activates the unconscious mind. It is also important to remember that the subconscious mind is also a million times faster and more powerful a processor than is the conscious mind. So what can we do or how can we approach our day so that we spend more time responding and operating from our conscious mind?

I think this is what Randy Pausch is talking about: We need to find a way to master our thoughts. There are many ways to do this, but they all have similar components: relaxing the body, slowing down your breathing, and exploring the options instead of forcing an agenda. What we are doing is activating the parasympathetic nervous system—moving our system out of fight or flight or moving from the subconscious mind to the conscious mind. Walking, meditating, folding laundry, washing dishes, and even scribbling can accomplish this.

With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB art activities and videos for FREE because they are a simple and effective way to learn how to activate your conscious mind and in the process attract a life that is more supportive of your authentic nature.

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