Tools

When I was around five years old, my father set aside some of his small hand tools in a toolbox for me to use. Often in the evenings or weekends when my father was working on a project, I would be there with him fashioning something from scrapes of wood he had discarded. Unfortunately, my father’s needing to remind me to use a specific tool for the task it was designed often disturbed the peaceful hum of us creating. “A hammer is for pounding nails, a saw is for cutting wood, a drill is for drilling holes,” he would say.

Many years later his words about using a tool for the task it was designed for came back to me, but in a completely different context. At the time, I was trying to be someone I wasn’t so I could fit in and have a sense of belonging. One day, as I struggled, once again I heard his words in my head. “Use the tool for the task it was designed for.” In this context he wasn’t talking about a hammer or a saw, he was talking about me being who I was—not who I thought I needed to be.

I felt his words were telling me to stop expecting myself to be like others and instead embrace who I really was, all the gifts I had to offer, and then walk that path. If I was a hammer, then I needed to just pound nails. If I was a saw, I just needed to cut wood—nothing more and nothing less. It was on that day that I saw just how deep the wisdom of his words was. I also realized the pushing, forcing, and ignoring were just symptoms of me not embracing the task I was designed to do and that I wasn’t living an authentic life. But when I allowed myself to be who I really was, I found that life was much easier and I was actually perfect for the tasks I was designed to do.

With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB art activities and videos for FREE, because they are wonderful way to reconnect with your authentic nature.

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Turn Around Your Life

“You can’t change the first thought that comes into your mind,
but you can change the second and third thought.”

In this short video, Abbe shows how she physically used affirmations to help herself and then others learn to transform negative thoughts and messages into a positive and supportive internal dialogue. Knowing how to transform negative thoughts and messages into positive thoughts and messages is important, because our thoughts impact our biology and science has shown that 70% of our random thoughts are negative. This alone can have a detrimental effect on our ability to succeed.

With this in mind, I invite you to explore Abbe’s unique technique. I also invite you to explore some of the ICWIB art activities and videos for FREE because they are also a wonderful way reduce stress, transform negative thoughts and messages, and reconnect with your true nature.

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Pay Attention

When I was growing up I must have heard the phrase “Pay attention” at least a trillion times. “Pay attention to what you are doing,” “Pay attention to what you are saying.” “Pay attention to what you are thinking.” It wasn’t until a more recent re-reading of Ageless Body, Timeless Mind by Deepak Chopra that I crystalized them all into one phase, “Pay attention to your intention.”

Yes, we need to pay attention when we are driving a car, working with power tools, or cooking on a hot stove. We also need to pay attention and chose our words wisely, especially when we are in a stressful situation, so we can consciously choose to respond from our conscious mind not our tapes. It is only when we focus on the bigger picture—our underlying intention or what we want to create—that we are able to step out of inner conflict and entanglement and effectively create our wishes and dreams.

According to Deepak Chopra, it is important to remember that our biology is designed to respond to and fulfill our desires and wishes, BUT if you are producing conflicting wishes and desires such as “I want to be healthy” but historically you unknowingly used illness to get love and attention, then you can create a conflict in your system. The end result is your wishes and desires cannot be fulfilled.

Seems pretty simple, but paying attention to your intention requires awareness. Awareness of what you want to create and what you don’t want to create. I think it also requires the awareness of how it feels when you are in your conscious mind versus when you are in your subconscious mind, and a skill-set of how to shift from one brain state to another autonomously.

So with this in mind, ask yourself: “Do I have a way to observe and identify the intention behind my actions”? If you do, is your method transportable—meaning can you use it in any or all situations to bring about clarity? If you don’t, then I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB art activities and videos for FREE because I repeatedly turn to these deceptively simple activities to help me uncover my intention behind my actions.

The two activities I would recommend you explore are Activity One: Just Scribble, and Activity Two: Explore and Ponder because together they can help you create a tailor-made set of tools to go inward, shift brain states, and clarify your intention quickly in almost any situation. Once that is accomplished, your biology can automatically respond to your clear and unobstructed directions, thus making your dreams and wishes a reality.

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Repurposing

Neo-natal kittens need 24 hour care, because they need to be fed every few hours. The animal shelter didn’t have 24-hour, around-the-clock staff to care for these neo-natal kittens, but an ingenious solution was hatched that brought love, joy, and purpose back into many senior citizens lives.

This video is a beautiful and touching account of how when diverse people and agencies come together, great healing can take place. With this in mind, I invite you to brainstorm with others in your community on how bringing different individuals together could help them reconnect with and re-purpose their life.

I also invite you explore ICWIB! Activity Eight: What Do You See? and share it with someone else because it is a simple and wonderful way to restore a deep connection with yourself and others.

You are also welcome to explore more of the ICWIB art activities and videos for FREE because they are a wonderful way reconnect with your authentic nature and subsequently create a more joyous life.

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Harmony

What if we were taught to settle all our disagreements through a form of creative expression that captivated and inspired instead of hurting or destroying? What if we learned from a very early age that through the arts we could fully express ourselves and restore balance in our body, mind, and spirit? What if we also knew that without the ability to fully express our thoughts, perceptions, and beliefs, that we could feel diminished or disempowered?

The form or type of creative expression is not important, nor does it require professional training or expert skill. It only requires the desire to express, share, or release a feeling lodged deep within our heart. This can be done in the simplest way: decorating a cup cake, singing a song, or drawing a picture with your young child. You can also come up with some novel uses of the arts.

Here is an example: About 30 years ago I met a woman who shared with me her parents’ secret for maintaining family harmony. The house rule was: if you were mad, angry, or upset with anyone you had to “sing” your words—they couldn’t be spoken. This little rule, she said, could quickly turn a possible negative experience into something quite hysterical. The laughter helped release the tension and because the experience was so ridiculous, it was easy to see the conflict in a different light.

When we are allowed to fully express ourselves, harmony is naturally restored in our biology. This in turn helps us feel happy and consequently we are kinder and more compassionate people.  On the other hand, judging, blaming, and viewing the world from the “them vs. me” perspective perpetuates disharmony and war. Lasting peace is accomplished through conscious creative communication that inspires, opens the conscious problem-solving mind, and seeks to build bridges.

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. If you enjoy these messages, Like us on Facebook and share it with others to enjoy. If you would like to read previous posts, you can find them under resources.

Creating Peace

 

In this wonderful video interview, Dr. Bruce Lipton talks about how we have 50 trillion cells living inside our skin in peace and harmony. Each cell, which has a specific job and contributes to the whole, is like an individual being and even though they are different and have diverse jobs they are able to work together in unity and cooperation. At the same time we are living on a planet with seven billion people and we are not living in peace and harmony—instead we are killing each other and ourselves.

Bruce goes on to say that we need to look at the wisdom of our cells and their ability to create a healthy economy, because as he goes on to say, “…They are doing it right and have been for a million years…”

With this in mind and on the Anniversary of 9/11, I invite you to join together to use the following I Create What I Believe!(ICWIB) activity to activate your conscious mind and to intentionally create a moment of peace and harmony for yourself, your family, your community, and the world. I feel this simple, positive creative action from many has the capacity to create a new wave of positive energy in response to the fear, hate, and violence that many are experiencing today.

If you would like to share your artwork with the ICWIB! Community, please e-mail me a picture of your mandala and I will post as many as possible on the ICWIB! Facebook page for everyone’s benefit and enjoyment.

 The I Create What I Believe! Program, endorsed by Dr. Lipton and based on his research, is an innovative and scientifically sound way to transform negative­- and fear-based beliefs and create a more positive and joyous life. (Read More)

Reflective Circle

Some adults and children love this activity, while others may find it a bit challenging. If you encounter difficulty with this activity, just slow down, get curious, and pay attention to your body’s sensations so you can feel when you have shifted from the linear, left hemisphere of your brain to your spatial, right hemisphere. When that happens in me, I normally feel a great stillness or calmness wash over me.

In this drawing activity, we want to be in the spatial or right side of our brain because that hemisphere helps us see the interrelationship and connection of the lines. At the same time, developing this part of the mind can help you see more clearly the interrelationship of all things.

It is also important to remember there is NO wrong way to do any of the ICWIB! activities. If you have difficulty duplicating a mirror reflection, just slow down and pay closer attention to the intersecting points of the lines. If you realize when you finish doing your reflective circle that you didn’t flip a previous image to create a mirror reflection, remember what you did is NOT wrong. Instead, just note that your drawing is showing you the underdevelopment of this part of your mind. Repeated practice of this activity will help spur further development here, which in turn can increase your ability to see and transform inaccurate perceptions and fear to love.

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Peace

When I was growing up, my mother often tried to end battles between siblings by saying, “Peace begins at home.” In those situations she was referring to peace in the house. I think the statement is accurate, but I actually think “home” refers to our body. When there is peace and harmony within us, we can effortlessly weather storms and also be a catalyst for peace in others. However, when we are stressed or out of balance the process becomes more difficult.

Mitchell Gaynor in his book Sounds of Healing states that “…illness is inharmony–either physical inharmony or mental inharmony; the one acts upon the other.…” Stress, or the lack of harmony, affects our clarity, creativity, health, and ability to live effective and positive lives. Since life is filled with so many external stresses, is there a way to restore inner peace quickly?

Yes!

Most people have at least one activity they like to do that helps them reconnect with themselves and reclaim a sense of inner peace, but is it adaptable or transportable? Let me give you an example: Lets say you discovered that you are able to regain clarity and reconnect with what is important or bothering you if you went for a bicycle ride. This is wonderful, but what happens if you are at work and something happens that throws you off balance? Your mind starts reeling, your inner peace dissolves, you lose your clarity, and you find yourself getting upset and maybe even reacting poorly. What can you do in that moment? You can’t get on your bicycle and go for a 10 mile ride—at least not until after work.

What you can do though is the next time you go riding, or do any other activity that helps you reconnect with your essential self and restore inner peace, is pay attention to what part of the activity is most pivotal. Is it the change in your breathing? The rhythm?  The stillness? The movement?  Physical exertion? One-point focus? Feeling of freedom?  Or is it something else?

Paying close attention to your body’s sensations and emotions while you are doing it can help you identify what part of the activity helps you move out of stress and back into clarity the quickest. Once you have uncovered that information then take that awareness and use it in situations where you can’t use your bike.

I found that movement helped me shift my mind-state the quickest. I also discovered that with clear intention, the movement did not have to be as big or as physical as when I rode my bicycle. It could be as subtle as moving my pencil, my crayon, or my foot.

Now when I find myself in challenging situations, I purposely move—even if only my foot or pencil. This relaxes my body, changes my breathing, and subsequently my mind clears. We can’t control life or the behavior of others, but when we are aware of what helps us maintain clarity we can respond to external events in a manner that doesn’t disrupt our inner peace and also helps us generate more peace in the world.

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Changing Perceptions

We all know that feeling of contentment that can wash over us when we are at peace with life and ourselves. Many of us are also familiar with that feeling of wanting to jump out of our skin or react with behavior that is neither constructive nor conscious. Where could this disparity of such opposite reactions stem from? The answer is–our thoughts, fundamental beliefs, and perceptions.

Whenever we are not conscious and fully present, our subconscious mind takes over and runs the show. This would be fine if all the beliefs, perceptions, and behaviors we acquired in the first six years of our life were accurate and supportive. If they aren’t, they can create havoc in your life and make it difficult for you to succeed.

Traditionally, meditation and Buddhist mindfulness have been used to transform behavior and refine perceptions, but I have also seen individuals use many other approaches including sports, gardening, and creativity to quiet their mind, clear their perceptions, and become more at peace with life and themselves.

The video below illustrates how by changing our perceptions we can change our life experience more eloquently then I can express with words.

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=397

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At Peace

The idea of having everyone do what I want and possibly fulfill my every desire may create a temporary delusional high, but I don’t think that approach to life could really give me long-lasting happiness or bring about inner peace. I have found that I experience inner peace when I am deeply connected to my authentic nature, my purpose, and what is important to me.

Mister Rogers used to say, “There is only one you.” When I am that one person, I feel content, happy, at peace, and I feel like I belong. This may seem simple, but actually it can be difficult or at least a challenge if you were raised in an environment that was critical and judgmental.

Remember, a young child’s mind is not capable of challenging the wisdom of the words that fall from their parents’ mouth, because their mind in the first six years of life is in “copy-and-paste” mode. If you are made to feel wrong, stupid, or unworthy in any way, that belief will become part of your subconscious download and mold your life until you change it.

With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB art activities and videos for FREE because according to Dr. Bruce Lipton they are a simple and effective way to activate your conscious mind and rewrite inaccurate programming in your subconscious mind.

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More Connected to Life

Many years ago I worked at a clinic owned by a woman named Alicia. She was there for everyone and had a heart of gold, though for no visible reason, she was always in some kind of crisis. It was as if a cloud of chaos and unhappiness surrounded her at all times. If it wasn’t money problems, it was health problems. If it wasn’t health problems, it was relationship problems. As time passed it became more distressing and exhausting to be around her. Eventually her business failed even though she was good at what she did.

Several years later we bumped into each other. I hardly recognized her—she was so different. She told me that after her business folded, she did some deep soul searching. She said she finally came to terms with the fact that she wasn’t happy as a businesswoman and that her real loves were music and gardening.

She decided to do something different and follow her heart.

She was currently singing with a group of woman and working at a nursery. “This is the life I was looking for,” she said beaming. “I finally feel at peace and connected to life.”

“It is kind of funny,” she continued. “I gave up what I really wanted to do, because I felt I needed a stable life, and now that I’m listening to myself and creating a life that feels right, I feel more stable than ever before.”

Since that day, whenever I feel lost or disoriented I try remember the wisdom of Alicia’s insight—it doesn’t matter what your life looks like to someone else—you only need to be sure it is a reflection of your authentic nature and supports what you hold true in your heart. If you do, you will have a happy and joyous life.

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