Fate

It is too easy to point fingers, blame, and judge others. However, if we take the time to explore the inner terrains of our mind, and look at what we need to change in ourselves, then we have the capacity to create a more authentic life.

I have found that the ICWIB activities are a simple and effective way to explore the inner terrains of my mind. They are also a wonderful way to change inaccurate beliefs that may be hindering my ability to thrive.

I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB art activities and videos for FREE.

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Communication

In all relationships good communication is important. Unfortunately, good communication is often lacking when it is needed most. So what is the trick to good communication? Some may say that it is having the confidence and the ability to articulate your position. I think good communication stems from two things: a deep understanding of the “why” behind your position and deep listening.

So, how can we find the real “why” behind our actions and how can we become better listeners? We quiet our mind and practice self-reflection.

I invite you to explore the first activity in the ICWIB Program call Just Scribble, because it is a simple and easy way to cultivate the art of self-reflection. I have found this deceptively simple activity has the capacity to help me unearth answers to my most heart-sought questions.

I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB art activities and videos for FREE.

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Perceptions

Humor has always been a helpful tool for me in difficult situations because it instantly activates my conscious problem-solving mind and moves me out of reaction. Instead of being mad or frustrated I quickly find myself laughing at life and myself. Then in the middle of the laughter, a novel solution usually arises. This cartoon caught my eye because it reminded me that how I perceive something has a profound effect on my stress level and my ability to take productive action.

The ICWIB activities are also a great way to reduce stress and activate your conscious problem-solving mind.

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The Why

I have been writing one to two newsletters a month for many years, but with all of the current upheaval in most people’s lives I feel a need to change that format. I think most of us don’t have the time to read long-winded pieces, but we do need something to hold onto to help us keep our mind clear and to fill our hearts. Humor and imagery are great tools for changing brain states and reducing stress.

So with this in mind, I would like to invite you to enjoy my brand-new I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB) format. If you want more of the shorter and sometimes humorous postings, please “like” us on Facebook and share with your friends. Future posting will be about half as long as this one!

I think times of great change are also the best times to come together and create a new collective consciousness. This trend is a lot bigger than just the I Create What I Believe! Program.

So what can each of us do individually to help build a new more conscious collective? I think the most important things are being centered or present so we aren’t in the reactive mind, and sharing our authentic self with others so we move and connect from the heart. I find these two simple actions can change everything.

Many of you have known me for years, but few know my whole story and why I am so passionate about the ICWIB Program. Today I would like to share a small piece of my story; why I believe so deeply in the ICWIB Program.

The first seeds actually came from my need to heal from my prenatal drug exposure, early childhood abuse, and related brain dysfunction. As a young child I needed to find a way out of my mental prison because no one knew what was wrong or how to help me. I instinctively created some of the ICWIB art activities to help my brain learn how to focus, comprehend, and accomplish seemingly simple tasks.

I firmly believe I would have not have been able to succeed without these tools. Nonetheless, for many years, I didn’t understand the significance of what I had intuitively uncovered until I began writing Passage of Change, A fable based on the research of Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. Being submerged in Bruce’s research brought about a deeper awareness of how my early childhood trauma had impacted my health—and my whole life. That realization has been—and continues to be—the driving force behind my desire to share the ICWIB Program with all those who can benefit throughout the whole world.

If you would like to explore the I Create What I Believe! Program more fully, I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB FREE art activities and videos.

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Nancy Marie

Sense of Self

When parents and teachers talk about the need for good self-esteem, they usually mean that children should have “good feelings” about themselves. For young children, this also refers to the degree they feel accepted and valued by the adults and peers who are important to them.

A child with a healthy sense of self-esteem feels accepted and loved, is not afraid of making a mistake, and knows that the important adults in their life would go out of their way to make sure they are safe and well.  On the other hand, children with low self-esteem do not feel accepted and loved, are afraid of being wrong, and are not sure the important adults in their lives would go out of their way to ensure their safety and well-being.

It is important to remember that “self-esteem” is not something that magically appears out of thin air. It grows from our early childhood experiences.  In the first six years of life we acquire our fundamental beliefs about life and ourselves merely by observing the behaviors, attitudes, and reactions of our parents, siblings, and peers. This is not a thinking process, but rather an automatic download or an experience similar to “cut and paste.”  Once our beliefs are acquired they will color our perceptions about life and ourselves for the rest of our life, unless we actively change them in our subconscious mind.

Living with the belief that you are flawed, inadequate, or undeserving can wreak havoc on your health and your ability to succeed.  On the other hand, if given opportunities to discover the faultiness of your perceptions and an opportunity to change those core beliefs, you can change your whole life.  Self-initiated, hypnotic-like practices, like the drawing activities in the ICWIB! Program, are a simple and very effective way to change old beliefs that are stored in our subconscious, because they take the brain into a relaxed and receptive state, which allows for the easy observation and transformation of inaccurate thought patterns and beliefs.

Learning to meet challenges is important, but providing opportunities for a child to discover a sense of balance and their own uniqueness can help them develop a good sense of self. Unfortunately, we live in a performance-driven society where that type of development is being rushed or overlooked.  The end result is similar to taking a cake out of the oven before it is fully cooked––it falls! It fails! It never reaches it full potential!

Many years ago I taught art in both homeschooling and traditional classrooms. During this time I found myself becoming concerned about the children and their future because of all of the negative beliefs and perceptions they had about themselves and life. It was from these observations and my concern that the idea of the ICWIB! Program began to grow inside of me like a seed.

Years later when I was writing Passage of Change, A fable based on the research of Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. my ideas began to crystalize and the program took on a solid scientific structure. That was almost 14 years ago. I am happy to say that almost every week now I hear stories from parents and teachers about how the ICWIB! Program is helping their students or children learn to self-regulate, restore balance, and approach life in a more positive manner. This in turn is also affecting their social, emotional, and cognitive development.

In hopes of getting these transformative tools in the hands of more parents and teachers, you can now view the ICWIB! Introductory DVD for FREE on the I Create What I Believe! website.

If you would like to explore the I Create What I Believe! Program more fully, we invite you to explore some of the ICWIB FREE art activities and videos.

 

 

 

You Are the Perfect Gift

I grew up in an environment that lead me to believe that who I was and most of what I did was wrong. My mind took on this belief and stored it in my subconscious.  As I got older that belief played out repeatedly––I was a perpetual magnet for people and situations that reinforced the belief that I was wrong.

Since my subconscious mind could process 40 million bits of external stimuli a second, while my conscious mind could only process 40 bits per second, no matter how hard I consciously tried to be good, I always ended up doing something that would nullify my actions. This behavior just reinforced the belief that I was wrong—that is until I began to see the real source of my problem and changed my beliefs.

In this time of change, it is time to change––not necessarily ourselves but maybe the way we view our life circumstances or ourselves.

Julie Butterfly Hill, in a speech at the Omega Institute said, “…We are exactly who we were meant to be. Everything we know as our assets and even things that we might have been tricked into believing aren’t good about ourselves…”

Once we truly see ourselves, and embrace all of ourselves, then we can attract the life that really belongs to us, because in that space, as Julie also says, “…Everything of who you are is the perfect gift of what you have to offer the world. It is just learning what direction to channel it that sets you up in the world for a success…there is no fixing or changing of ourselves, there is just being ourselves authentically in the moment and going on the journey and seeing where that leads us…”

When we are balanced, it is easier to see the forest through the trees. It is also easier to not get caught up in any old patterns or beliefs we might have acquired from our parents, siblings, or peers. So take some time today to do something that makes you happy and connects you with your authentic self because that will help you step out of the old and see things from a clearer, more holistic perspective.

To view the whole video of Julie Butterfly Hill:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ1o8b9-OlI&feature=channel

If you would like to explore the I Create What I Believe! Program more fully, the following activities are currently available on the website for free (just click the link to access an activity).

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version One video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wURBZHk8jc&feature=youtu.be

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version Two video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp6fCHs5f2Q&feature=youtu.be

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version Three video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDelU_MDNrM

ICWIB Instructional Guide: Part One
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlj7NDAfAFw&feature=youtu.be

ICWIB Instructional Guide: Part Two
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH5PC1AhzGM&feature=youtu.be

ICWIB Instructional Guide: Part Three
https://youtu.be/IxVJKGH4ysw

Labyrinth, ICWIB Activity Four
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt0D2I_drFM

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One (text):
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-just-scribble/


Labyrinth, ICWIB Activity Four (text):
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-labyrinth/

If you find the activities helpful and are interested in more, sign up for our FREE ICWIB newsletter: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/newsletter/ or follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ICreateWhatIBelieve

For more information about the I Create What I Believe! Global Classroom:
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/global-classroom/

For more information about teacher training via Skype
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/presentations-and-train

 

 

 

You Are Right!

Many years ago Henry Ford said, “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” And Albert Einstein said, “You can’t solve our problems with the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” What they were both talking about is what Dr. Bruce Lipton discovered many years ago when he was a fellow in pathology at Stanford Medical School. It was then that he proved in a lab that our beliefs and preconceptions, not our genes, control our biology and when you change your beliefs you can change your whole life.

It is important to note that we acquired our fundamental beliefs and perceptions about life and ourselves in the first years of life merely by observing the behavior, attitudes, and actions of our parents, siblings, and peers. This happens effortlessly because our mind is predominately in a theta brain state—or “copy and paste.” These beliefs then play out automatically without the control or awareness of our conscious mind.

The good news is that with all the current research regarding the mind’s plasticity, we now know that we have the capacity to rewrite the software between our ears. So if your life is not unfolding is a manner you would like it to, you might want to work on rewriting your software.

The I Create What I Believe! Program (ICWIB), which is endorsed by Dr. Bruce Lipton, offers a variety of simple drawing activities and video clips to help you update the software between your ears or change any beliefs or perceptions that you have that are hindering your ability to thrive.

Since this program has proven to be so successful for adults and children of all ages, I would like to share Part Three of the I Create What I Believe! Instructional Guide DVD with you today https://youtu.be/IxVJKGH4ysw. (Below you will find links to Part One and Part Two.)

If you would like to explore the I Create What I Believe! Program more fully, the following activities are currently available on the website for free (just click the link to access an activity).

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version One video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wURBZHk8jc&feature=youtu.be

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version Two video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp6fCHs5f2Q&feature=youtu.be

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version Three video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDelU_MDNrM

ICWIB Instructional Guide: Part One
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlj7NDAfAFw&feature=youtu.be

ICWIB Instructional Guide: Part Two
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH5PC1AhzGM&feature=youtu.be

ICWIB Instructional Guide: Part Three
https://youtu.be/IxVJKGH4ysw

Labyrinth, ICWIB Activity Four
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt0D2I_drFM

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One (text):
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-just-scribble/

Labyrinth, ICWIB Activity Four (text):
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-labyrinth/

If you find the activities helpful and are interested in more, sign up for our FREE ICWIB newsletter: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/newsletter/ or follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ICreateWhatIBelieve

For more information about the I Create What I Believe! Global Classroom:
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/global-classroom/

For more information about teacher training via Skype
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/presentations-and-train

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Power of Art

I began my art career as a sculptor, sensing and feeling the life-force energy running through the veins of my pieces as they came to life under my hands. It was an amazing experience! Creating from my senses in this manner lifted me out of my external view of life and drove me deeply into my own experience of life. Old patterns and behavior began to dissolve. It was from this place of “experiencing life through my senses” that I came to know myself, and became clearer about why I am here.

It was also during this time that I became aware that art is a form of biofeedback—meaning that the real paintbrush is my body/mind state. What I am feeling during the time of creation is what is transmitted into the piece of work. If I am clear, and the process transports me to a place of deep inner peace, then the piece will also have the capacity to transport someone else there too. On the other hand, if I am stuck in my head or I am in the midst of my own personal conflict, these emotions will be laid down on the canvas and ultimately impact the viewer. This can take place with activities as simple as scribbling.

Art became my healer, my guide, and my source of clarity and strength. It didn’t matter what my head said, if discord showed up in a sculpture or canvas I knew I had to face it and resolve my inner conflict to create what I saw with my heart. So, in many ways, art or the creative process has kept me honest and current with myself.

When I was growing up my father once told me, “There is only one person you need to care about when it comes to how others feel about you. Make sure you can face that person in the mirror in the morning.” I feel that art or the creative process does that for me.

Art, from my perspective, is not just about creating beautiful things for other people’s walls. Art is a process that allows us to discover the walls that are holding us back and help us find a way out. Art can facilitate self-discovery, realignment, and most importantly, help us reclaim our authentic nature. Through the creative process I have discovered that real joy exists in being myself and sharing my gifts with the world—no more and no less.

It was through my journey of experimentation and creating that I began to understand life in a different and more profound manner. I moved from feeling like a victim into the awareness that we create our life. I moved from being driven by the “shoulds” and “have to’s” I was raised with, into a life that was propelled by my heart and soul.

It is important to remember that you don’t have to be a trained or highly skilled artist to benefit from the creative process. The same thing can be accomplished by something as simple as scribbling. This is because art at its core is a language—a nonverbal form of communication that allows us to express ourselves in an unguarded manner. This alone can be restorative to the system. At the same time, when art is approached in an exploratory manner, not worrying about the outcome, it offers even more. (This is what the ICWIB program is about.) It can be used as a centering tool allowing both children and adults who have either focusing problems or self-control issues to learn how to self-regulate themselves. For individuals who have performance issues, it can be a simple and effective tool that allows them to destress and purposefully move their body and mind out of a fight-or-flight reaction and into the calm, critical-thinking oasis known as the conscious mind. This is where growth-promoting learning and healing takes place.

The creative process can also give both young and old an opportunity to discover the uniqueness of their own mind, and gain a deeper sense of self, which are the real keys to happiness and success.

If you are interested in exploring the creative process as a way to reduce stress, resolve inner conflict, or gain a deeper sense of self, the following I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB) activities are currently available on the website for free (just click the link to access an activity).

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version One video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wURBZHk8jc&feature=youtu.be

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version Two video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp6fCHs5f2Q&feature=youtu.be

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version Three video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDelU_MDNrM

ICWIB Instructional Guide: Part One
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlj7NDAfAFw&feature=youtu.be

ICWIB Instructional Guide: Part Two
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH5PC1AhzGM&feature=youtu.be

Labyrinth, ICWIB Activity Four
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt0D2I_drFM

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One (text):
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-just-scribble/

Labyrinth, ICWIB Activity Four (text):
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-labyrinth/

If you find the activities helpful and are interested in more, sign up for our FREE ICWIB newsletter: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/newsletter/

For more information about the I Create What I Believe! Global Classroom:
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/global-classroom/

For more information about teacher training via Skype:
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/presentations-and-training

When Nature Takes a Deep Breath

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Winter is the time when all of nature takes a deep breath and goes inward. It is not the time to be running around trying to find the perfect present. Instead, it is the time to remember how to be present, and what you need to be present. Receiving and giving presents can be a lot of fun, but learning to be present is transformative and healing and winter is a natural time to cultivate this awareness.

It is during the winter cycle that many people make News Year’s resolutions. I did this as a teenager, but by the time I was in my mid-twenties I found it was more beneficial for me to practice deep listening to what wanted to be born in the upcoming year.

This was not a quick process in the beginning, rather it required me to learn how to use my breath and subtle movement in my body to still my mind and become deeply rooted in the present moment. In recent newsletters I have talked about how I accomplished this with my artwork, aerial movement, and sound and movement meditation. I have also mentioned how activities as simple as scribbling or even vacuuming your living room can be used to pull you out of discord and into alignment with yourself and your purpose.

Life is really quite simple, but we are bombarded with so many distractions and such an overwhelming amount of stimulation it is easy to lose our focus. In the process, we may also lose track of our chosen path and even ourselves. However, if you take the time (and it can be as little as five minutes every hour) to go inward and still yourself, you will find that you are far clearer and more productive throughout your day. You also might find that your life is filled with a deeper richness and sense of purpose.

The reason I find stillness so important is that it is in the stillness that I am reminded of my innermost dreams, desires, and needs. It also helps me notice my tolerance or intolerance for the opposite states of chaos (unpredictability) and order (predictability).  I used to resist and try to override this innate sensitivity, but now I use it as a barometer or gauge, which helps me stay on course. This awareness is a steady reminder to let go of my agenda, listen deeply, and make appropriate choices for me. When I don’t, my system gets out of balance, I lose my clarity and my health, and my vitality diminishes.

When I lived in a more temperate zone I really enjoyed the sunshine and the ability to wear lighter clothing in the winter, but it was easier to get caught up in doing too much and not gain the deep benefits of winter because it didn’t force me to stop, go inside, reflect, and reconnect with myself. Several years ago the snow was so heavy that my house lost power for five days. At first I was inconvenienced, but by the end of the first day I began to enjoy the quiet and the slower pace. It gave me time to ponder my thoughts and review my dreams. I wrote, drew, read, and when the sun went down I went to sleep. It was a very peaceful time; in fact I enjoyed the stillness so much that I was a bit annoyed when the power came back on again. When I didn’t lose power in a more recent storm, I still stopped because I knew that this was the time to review my life and visualize my upcoming year.

So when it is possible, remember to take the time during this inward-winter season to go deep within yourself and get clear on what wants to be born through you in the spring. This will set a tone and direction for your whole year.

May it be a lovely and transformative season for you.

If you are interested in exploring the I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB) activities are currently available on the website for free (just click the link to access an activity).

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version One video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wURBZHk8jc&feature=youtu.be

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version Two video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp6fCHs5f2Q&feature=youtu.be

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version Three video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDelU_MDNrM

ICWIB Instructional Guide: Part One
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlj7NDAfAFw&feature=youtu.be

ICWIB Instructional Guide: Part Two
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH5PC1AhzGM&feature=youtu.be

Labyrinth, ICWIB Activity Four
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt0D2I_drFM

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One (text):
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-just-scribble/

Labyrinth, ICWIB Activity Four (text):
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-labyrinth/

If you find the activities helpful and are interested in more, sign up for our FREE ICWIB newsletter: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/newsletter/

For more information about the I Create What I Believe! Global Classroom:
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/global-classroom/

For more information about teacher training via Skype:
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/presentations-and-training

Be a Dot

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When I was in my early thirties, I moved from doing sculpture to stippling, which is way of drawing a picture by only making dots or small touches.   This was a rather drastic leap, and yet in retrospect, this huge change in medium allowed me to dive deeper into my awareness of the energy behind the creative process. It was also around this same time that I began studying yoga. As my mind uncovered and linked the similarities between the two, my understanding of the creative process—at least my approach to the creative process—grew.

Practicing a yoga asana, a yoga posture, reminded me of my experience placing individual dots in stippling. I found that as I entered a posture, I would anchor my limbs in a manner that was similar to my placement of the dots. And when I drew with dots, I found myself infusing my dots with my breath in the same manner that I coupled my movements with my breath in yoga.

In stippling there is a stillness in the one point focus, attention to placement, and a vision of the “whole”—this is also true for me in yoga. The unwavering stillness they both offered gave me the opportunity to observe, review, and silence the chatter in my mind. Placing a dot became an opportunity to stop a negative thought or change a reaction. Doing an asana became an opportunity for me to become the dot. Drawing, one dot at a time, cultivated an awareness of being part of something bigger and more significant than me.  Doing an asana strengthened that awareness as well.

In this back and forth process of creating a dot and being the dot, I was reminded time and time again that art had the capacity to heal and deliver me back to myself. After many years of experimentation and study, I have come to understand that the creative process can have profound restorative benefits for the body, mind, and spirit. I have also discovered that you don’t have to expensive art supplies, excessive art training, or be the next Leonardo Di Vinci to reap the benefits. You only need to allow yourself to play with crayons and paper again in an exploratory manner. If this concept piques your curiosity, you might want to explore the ICWIB Program.

If you are interested in exploring the I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB), the following activities are currently available on the website for free (just click the link to access an activity).

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version One video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wURBZHk8jc&feature=youtu.be

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version Two video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp6fCHs5f2Q&feature=youtu.be

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version Three video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDelU_MDNrM

ICWIB Instructional Guide: Part One
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlj7NDAfAFw&feature=youtu.be

ICWIB Instructional Guide: Part Two
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH5PC1AhzGM&feature=youtu.be

Labyrinth, ICWIB Activity Four
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt0D2I_drFM

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One (text):
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-just-scribble/

Labyrinth, ICWIB Activity Four (text):
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-labyrinth/

If you find the activities helpful and are interested in more, sign up for our FREE ICWIB newsletter:
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/newsletter/

For more information about the I Create What I Believe! Global Classroom:
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/global-classroom/

For more information about teacher training via Skype:
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/presentations-and-training