Keep Your Eye On the Ball

Sitting on the bench for many years watching both my son and daughter play baseball and soft ball, I must have heard coaches say at least a thousand times, “Keep your eye on the ball!” I feel this phase can apply to many situations in life. When we let our minds wander, feel powerless, judge, blame, or trip over our fears, we can become ineffective, lose track of ourselves and what is really important. However, when we keep our eye on the ball we can maintain clarity and manifest our dreams.

The next time you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or lost, ask yourself, “Where is the ball?” and “What is important?” And keep it simple! This is not a time for long-winded philosophical statements; this is a time for action statements. Run! Jump! Slide! Get the ball! This simple approach will help you become more present, feel more confident, capable of coping with your current situation, and even find an innovative or creative solution.

Gandhi said, “…the pure love of one person can offset the hatred of thousands…”  I also feel that one balanced person can offset a great number of unbalanced people, not by what they say, but simply by who they have become. Be that person! And in the process, know you are making a difference in the world! This is how peace becomes a reality—one person at a time!

With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB! art activities and videos for FREE because they are also a wonderful way reduce stress, become more present, and help you uncover innovative solutions.

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Are You Stressed?

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University found that people’s self-reported stress levels have increased 10%-30% in the last three decades. This is not good because high stress has been linked to a large range of health conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic.

So what can we do? I think it is important for everyone to know how it feels when their body is stressed and have tools to help them restore balance quickly and effectively in any situation.

When I was much younger, I had the time to hop on my bike whenever I was stressed, but that is not the case anymore. Instead, I need to turn to simple ways of restoring balance that I can do in tandem with my other tasks. Now, I might go for a walk, doodle, paint, or do one of the I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB!) activities while I am on a stressful phone call or in a demanding meeting. I also might focus on deep abdominal breathing while I am stuck in traffic or turn vacuuming into a moving meditation. Basically I will do anything I can to keep myself out of stress and in my conscious problem-solving mind.

Since this time of year tends to be more stressful for many, I would like to invite you to explore some of the FREE ICWIB art activities and videos, because they are a wonderful way to reduce stress and restore balance in your body.

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Pregnant Women and Their Babies

In this wonderful video interview with Dr. Bruce Lipton, he talks about how the environment that a cell lives in controls the fate of the cell. It doesn’t matter if it is one cell or the billions of cells that make up a fetus—it is still the same response. So the question is: What environment is controlling the development of the fetus? Momma! The mother’s environment shapes the fetal environment.

Historically, when a pregnant woman would visit her obstetrician he would ask her three questions: Are you eating well? Are you taking vitamins and minerals? Are you exercising? Why so few questions? The answer is this: Medicine used to believe that the genes control the fetus’s development. This was called genetic determination. This perspective believed that the development of the baby had nothing to do with the mother. The mother’s only role was nutrition—to feed the baby.

Now the new science called epigenetics says the environment controls the genes. So what is in the mother’s blood besides nutrition? The chemistry of the mother’s emotions and all of the other factors that controls the mother’s body is also in the blood. They filter through the placenta and affect the fetus.

We also now know the baby’s brain starts learning half way through pregnancy. This means the baby is learning the emotional patterns and behaviors of the mother through the chemistry of her blood before it is born. It is important to also note that the father has a role in the fetus’s development. If the father is unsupportive, irritable, or upsets the mother, that is translated and transmitted to the baby. On the other hand, if both the father and mother are aware of their impact on the child’s development and make an effort to create a peaceful, stable, supportive, and loving environment during pregnancy, then that perspective of the world is transmitted to the growing infant.

Is there something you can do if you received negative or unsupportive patterns during your gestation period? Absolutely!

The I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB!) Program, which is endorsed by Dr. Bruce Lipton and based on his research, has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to help both children and adults transform beliefs and perceptions that are hindering their ability to thrive.

How could something as simple as scribbling help an individual transform stifling beliefs in their subconscious mind? To an outside observer, it may look like we are scribbling, but this unique approach is actually a form of biofeedback and mindfulness training, which are great methods for transforming and updating the software between your ears.

With this in mind, I invite you to explore the first ICWIB! Activity­­—Just Scribble for FREE. I also invite you to explore some of the other FREE ICWIB! art activities and videos that are available on the I Create What I Believe! website because they are a wonderful way to help you identify and transform beliefs and perceptions that are not supportive of your authentic nature.

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What Do You See?

Do you remember the Where’s Waldo books? If you do, do you remember you or your children avidly scanning the pages looking for Waldo? I can remember spending many an hour with my children as we scanned each page in search of Waldo. There was always great excitement when they found him. I enjoyed those books because they created an opportunity for wonderful interaction and served as a great bonding tool. This is because the conscious mind is activated and developed through awe, wonder, and discovery.

The ICWIB! Activity Eight—What Do You See? creates the same opportunity. Similar to the Where’s Waldo books, it invites creative interaction, strengthens observational skills, and can be used as a bonding tool. Since the activity activates the conscious mind, it also suspends the subconscious mind and its tapes. That means you are able to create a new response and connect in a deeper and more meaningful manner.

Many parents have reported using this activity in restaurants, doctor offices, and during times of upheaval. It can be a good tool to use with both young and older children. Remember, 93% of communication is non-verbal, so spending time doing this activity together can break down walls and open up communication.

The I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB!) Program, which is endorsed by Dr. Bruce Lipton and based on his research, has many different activities to help both children and adults learn to activate their conscious minds, and in the process suspend tapes that are hindering their ability to thrive.

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Add More Happiness

Do you often see the cup as being half-empty instead of the half-full? Are you more focused on things that make you sad instead of things that make you happy? If the answer is yes, then you might have some inaccurate beliefs that are distorting your perceptions, as in the comic above.

If you want to add more happiness to your life, then you can accomplish it merely by spending more time in your conscious mind. Why? When you activate your conscious mind, you suspend the subconscious mind and the fundamental beliefs you acquired in your first six years of life. Also, when you activate your conscious mind, your brain automatically secretes oxytocin and dopamine into your blood stream. These are our “feel-good” hormones.

If you want to learn how to quickly and effectively activate your conscious mind at will—even when you are stressed—then I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB! art activities and videos for FREE because they are a simple and scientifically sound way to activate your conscious mind.

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Go Where the River Flows Freely

I have come to the conclusion that nature is my best friend and teacher. It mirrors me, supports me, and constantly provides me with guidance if I am awake enough to hear it speak. Just going for a walk can clear my head, sooth the sadness in my heart, and lift weight off my shoulders. In its infinite way, nature provides me with continuous guidance that helps to keep me from being sucked into today’s crazy storyline. A river, a bird, even an insect can provide me with answers. I only need to be awake and willing to listen and observe.

Connecting with nature quiets the chatter in my head and helps me reconnect with my true nature. Listening to nature reminds me I am not alone and I have never been alone. Partnering with nature empowers me to be my best and helps keep me on my chosen path. So when I feel lost and overwhelmed by the burdens of life, I try to reconnect with nature, even if it is just observing a spider weaving its web or a weed pushing it way through the sidewalk.

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Arrogant Justification

Arrogant Justification is where someone unconsciously judges, criticizes, and/or inflicts harm on another individual and then justifies their behavior by saying they did it for your own good, to teach you a lesson, because they love you, or because you weren’t listening. The list is endless, but in all cases the statements are an untrue justification for their unconscious and harmful behavior.

Since we have two minds—the conscious and the unconscious or subconscious—and the unconscious mind operates without the observation or control of the conscious mind, often the individual will later say, “I didn’t say that or do that,” because in truth they are completely unaware of what their programmed behavior is doing. Dr. Bruce Lipton once said that the only way you can know what your subconscious mind is doing is to look at the wreckage around you.

I think arrogant justification, in terms of doing harm, is much worse than just outright brutality because it twists the mind and confuses the soul. It can leave the individual with a situation where their mind relentlessly tries to make sense of what is done and/or what they did wrong to create such a situation. It also creates a situation where the individual ends up reliving the situation over and over again in an attempt to find some understanding and closure. In this process, we can also lose our sense of value, our purpose, and the reason we are here.

I read somewhere that it is not the pain that is inflicted upon a child that destroys them the most, but rather the perpetual repetition of the incident within their minds trying to find understanding and closure that does the most damage. I feel this kind of unconscious behavior (arrogant justification) is also at the source of a lot of the problems we are seeing today.

So if you do encounter arrogant justification what can you do? I feel the most important steps are to relax your body, focus your mind, slow down your breathing. This will keep you in your conscious problem-solving mind. It will also enable you to see the absurdity of their words and subsequently keep you from taking on their flawed belief system.

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 identify when you are in your unconscious mind and help you shift from your unconscious and reactive mind to your conscious problem-solving mind.

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Kid Magnet

What makes you laugh? What makes you feel wildly alive inside? What brings joy to the “kid” in you? It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind of handling adult responsibilities, but if you forget to feed the kid inside of you, you might find yourself feeling overwhelmed and unable to function effectively. Too often, unfortunately, taking time to play can feel like a guilty pleasure or a distraction from our “real” work and life.

Dr. Stuart Brown, the leading expert on play behavior and the author of Play, How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul, explains that play is anything but trivial. It is a basic biological drive as integral to our heath and function as sleep or nutrition. When we play, we are open to possibility and the sparks of new insight and thought. Play provides the glue for our relationships and fuels our creativity. In short, we are designed by nature to flourish through play.

So do you make time to play? Do you even remember how to play? If you don’t have a favorite way of playing or if you do but would like to try a new way of playing, I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB! art activities and videos for FREE because they are a wonderful way open your imagination, reshape your brain, transform inaccurate beliefs, and invigorate your soul.

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How to Create a Happier Life

If asked, most people will say they would like to live a happy life, but how many people actually know how to create a happy life? Remember, many of our beliefs, perceptions, and behaviors on how to approach life were acquired before we were even born. They then became part of the default system that runs our body until we change it. If your parents knew how to create a happy life, then you most likely are able to do the same, and effortlessly. On the other hand, if they didn’t or couldn’t, then you might find yourself struggling with knowing how to create your own happy life.

If you want to increase the happiness in your life, where could you start? To begin with, I feel we are blessed to live in today’s world because science is now addressing this question and providing us with some simple steps for change based on their findings.

Let’s begin with what constitutes a happy life. Some people might think a passive, pleasure-oriented life would bring them the most happiness, but scientists are now finding that the phrases, “Do what you love,” and “To thine own self be true,” along with a focus on striving for excellence based on one’s talents, brings about a greater sense of wellbeing and happiness. “This type of well-being is much more robust and satisfying than the passive, pleasure-seeking happiness, and is good for the body,” says Richard J. Davidson, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 So what steps could you take to create a happier life? The research shows that just taking some time at the end of your day to write down everything you did and then looking at the percentage of things you did that you like and the percentage of things you didn’t like can help you get to the source of your discontent.

It is easy to get caught up in an automatic “check-things-off-my-list-mode” and forget that what we do during the day has a profound impact on how we feel and our level of happiness. Just changing one item from something you don’t like to do, to something you do like to do can have a significant impact on how you feel at the end of your day. Also, try approaching something you don’t like—but need to do—in a different or more enjoyable way. This can also have a significant impact on how you feel at the end of your day.

We don’t have control of things outside of ourselves, but we do have control of how we respond to the things there. I know my life changed radically when I began to allow myself to review, and remove, a “to do” item from my list if I was feeling overwhelmed. I found that removing just one item, and replacing it with something that gave me pleasure, could make a huge difference in how I felt in the moment and at the end of my day.

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Change Your Beliefs! Change Your Life!

Is there something we can do to create more harmony in the world today? Absolutely!

Quantum Physics has shown us that we are not separate, but rather interconnected. This means when I am able to stay in my conscious mind, then it is easier for all persons I interact with to stay in their conscious minds, as well. This supports all of us to move and respond to life from love instead of fear.

Since stress activates the subconscious, how can we stay in our conscious mind when experiencing stress?

The I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB!) Program, endorsed by Dr. Bruce Lipton and based on his research, is a fun and scientifically sound way for children and adults to reduce stress, reactivate the conscious mind when experiencing stress, and create more harmony within themselves and in their lives.

If you are new to I Create, I invite you to explore some of the FREE ICWIB art activities and videos.

If you would like to go deeper with the program, we are offering a 30% discount on both the I Create What I Believe! Deluxe Kit and the ICWIB Just Materials Kit between November 21st and December 31st. Use this coupon code: self30  Click here to order your kits now!  Do it before the Christmas rush!

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