You Are a Master

We are not victims to our genes; we can become masters of our genetic activity because we have the ability to change our environment and our perception of our environment. In the “Heal Documentary” to be released later this year, Dr. Bruce Lipton discusses the findings of his scientific research that revealed cells depend on the nervous system’s interpretation to adjust their biology, so if a person changes their perception, or belief about life, it changes the signals that are going in and adjusting the function of the cells. So how can increase our ability to see more clearly and change our perceptions?

Heal Documentary – Dr. Bruce Lipton Ph.D                              www.healdocumentary.com

The I Create What I Believe! Program, endorsed by Dr. Lipton and based on his research, offers a fun and scientifically sound tool to strengthen your observations skills and subsequently have the ability to change your perceptions in Activity Eight-What Do You See?

What Do You See?- Activity Eight:

This activity tends to be very freeing and quite magical. It also has the capacity to increase observation skills, and refresh the mind.

On a personal level, I have used this activity to re-center myself and explore new ways of viewing a personal challenge. In the family context, I have used this activity to connect more deeply on a nonverbal level with my children, because it puts the child and adult on a level playing field and inspires wonder in both. In a classroom situation, I have done this exercise on the blackboard with the students, because it can increase authentic connection and interaction very quickly within an individual and the group.

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Right Mood

Do you have to be in the right mood to create? Or does creating put you in the right mood? I personally feel that creativity is a simple and powerful way to put yourself in the right mood because it activates your conscious mind. When you are in the conscious mind, your brain dumps oxytocin and dopamine into your system. This makes you feel good. Also, in this brain state you are able to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, and when, if, or how to share your gift with the world.

For me this was a great stumbling block when I was younger. I often found myself unable to speak my truth and share my “what” because of shyness or fear of alienation. I also found myself sometimes sharing the “what” and the “why” when it was inappropriate. This would create a counterproductive situation that would often leave me feeling awkward, vulnerable, and uncomfortable. It was only after I learned how to quiet my mind, and listen deeply to the Universe that I was able to share my insights more effectively.

What I am talking about is the ability to detect when I was in my reactive mind versus my conscious, problem-solving mind, and then effectively shift from one brain state to the other quickly and effortlessly.

I have found that playing with the ICWIB activities, especially Just Scribble, is a great way to become more aware of when you are in your subconscious mind versus the conscious mind, and also to learn how you can easily shift from one brain state to the other.

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What Delights Your Soul?

What burdens your soul? What delights your soul? These seem to be very simple questions, but I think they are also the key to a balanced and joyous life.

When I was young, because of circumstances beyond my control, I found that the only way I could feel safe was to make sure everyone around me was happy and had what they needed. This was a tall order for a very young child, but I learned to do it because it gave me an illusion of safety and my survival depended on it. Unfortunately, in the process I lost touch with what delighted my soul and what I needed to be happy and healthy.

In my long journey back to myself, I rediscovered time and time again that creativity brought me great joy and delighted my soul. Creativity also taught me how to be more present, connect more deeply with myself, and to feel safe and comfortable in my own skin even when others are not happy. These simple changes changed the quality and course of my life.

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Using 100% of Your Brain

The concept that humans use only 10% of their brains has been debunked through the science explained in Dr. Bruce Lipton’s video “Using 100% of Your Brain,” which also touches on how to work with the right and left hemispheres of the brain to enhance your consciousness and your ability to control your life.

The I Create What I Believe! Program, endorsed by Dr. Lipton and based on his research, offers a fun and scientifically sound tool to accomplish the whole-brain experience in Just Scribble: Activity One, Version Two.

In a goal-oriented culture, scribbling can be immensely freeing. I have seen both children and adults unravel emotional conflict and reconnect deeply with their true nature in a very short period of time with scribbling.

Approaching scribbling in the two-handed manner that follows will provide you with an opportunity to also become calmer, more collected, and more able to move through your day in a manner that is very supportive of you.

Just Scribble: Activity One, Version Two:

Just Scribble: Activity One, Version Two

  1. Place a crayon or multiple crayons in each of your hands
  2. Close your eyes and take three deep breaths
  3. After your third breath, allow both of your hands to scribble simultaneously.
  4. Pay attention to the speed, amount of pressure, and the way each hand wants to move
  5. They don’t have to do the same thing, but they do need to be moving simultaneously.
  6. Allow yourself to scribble as long or as short as you would like
  7. Before you open your eyes take a minute to reflect on any changes or insights you gained by scribbling.

After you are familiar with the activity you, can accomplish the same thing with your fingers on your leg or arm. This means that you can collect yourself and enhance your conscious awareness anywhere or any time.

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Creativity

“Which is the Best?” “They are all the best!”

Creativity is a marvelous thing, but don’t get caught in the trap of thinking it needs to look or be a certain way. Art is merely a vehicle for transmitting and expressing emotion. If you talk to a seasoned musician or visual artist, you will find it is only after they have pushed something too far and thought they had destroyed what they were after that the eruption of something amazing is birthed.

Many years ago I had a painting instructor who used to walk around the class with a large black pen. When he saw a student frozen or stuck he would merely come over and draw a large black line across the canvas and say, ” It can no longer be perfect, so now you are free to create.”

I have found that the ICWIB creative activities have a deep capacity to stimulate your mind, delight your soul, heal old wounds, and transform your perceptions so you are able to see a bigger more inclusive picture.

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Be Who You Are

This wonderful quote from Dr. Seuss I feel encapsulates some very profound wisdom. We only need to be who we are, not who we think we need to be or whom we were taught to be. When we do, life works.

On the other hand, when we censor ourselves, or behave in a manner that we think we are supposed to, we are no longer sharing our authentic self or our innate gifts with the world. This is very unfortunate, because the world needs you! Not a facsimile of you, but the real deal!

I encourage you to memorize Dr. Seuss’ quote and repeat it to yourself anytime you find yourself trying to be less, or more, than your whole wonderful self. Know that this does not guarantee you will get everything you want, but it will give you what you need, which is a deep connection to your soul and the Universe.

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Worst Enemy

“Make sure your worst enemy is not living between your ears.”

It is easy to point fingers and blame others for our unhappiness, but the truth is we have a very strong role in the creation of our reality. Research shows that about 95% of a person’s life is run by the tapes they received from their parents in the first six years of life and that 70% of those tapes are negative. With this in mind, it is easy to see how our worst enemy could live between our ears. So what can you do if those tapes are hindering your ability to thrive? Research now shows us that we have re-write software between our ears, which means we can change any tapes that are hindering our ability to grow and thrive.

I repeatedly turn to some of the ICWIB activities when I discover I am operating from an inaccurate belief. Why? They are a simple, fun, and scientifically sound way to changing an inaccurate belief or perception. When I do take the time to stop and change a belief, perception, or behavior I find my life improves quickly.

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Art Makes Us See

Art, I think, is a delightful way to discover how you see, and can cultivate your ability to see more clearly. This is because a simple drawing, painting, or even a scribble can capture not only what you are seeing, but also your state of mind in that moment in time. In order to draw something accurately, you need to observe the shapes, connections, and interrelationships of the objects or subjects you are looking at accurately. In order to accomplish this, you need to slow down, go inward, and be fully present in the moment. In many ways art is a form of meditation.

I continuously find it amazing that when I look at something I have drawn several days earlier, I am able to see my state of mind and how present I was when I did the drawing. So in this regard, drawing is a feedback system that helps me see, grow, and change in a positive manner. I have spent many years practicing and refining my ability to see, and render what I see, because it not only gives me great joy to share what I see with others, but because I helps me see myself more clearly and experience life more fully.

Michelangelo said, “If anyone knew how long it took me to reach mastery they wouldn’t think it was so wonderful.” Yes, mastery requires hundreds of hours and many years of practice, but the ICWIB art activities can help you cultivate the ability to see more clearly and experience life more fully without needing to spend twenty or thirty years to master this ability.

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Inner Artist

I read somewhere that an artist is someone who looks at something ordinary, but sees something completely different. To have an inner artist, I don’t think you need to have mastered a specific modality, though it can be a helpful vehicle for sharing your insights. You merely need to approach life with the creative awe, wonder, and aliveness of a child. When you do embrace your inner artist, your insights can inspire, awaken, and delight others.

People who have cultivated this part of themselves seem to have an uncanny ability to lift others up and bring laughter into their darkest moments. This is not something they do cognitively or even intentionally, but rather something they do instinctively.

How can a simple image, song, or story shift another person’s brain state so quickly? What is so transporting? I think it goes back to what Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” We can fill the space between our ears with “stuff,” but when we do, the process is similar to just filling your stomach with stuff instead of eating food that delights your senses, ignites your chi, nourishes your soul, and helps to bring you back to yourself.

After seventy years of life, I guarantee you the Universe will send you some curve balls. So then the questions are: “How will you respond?” Will you get upset? Will you make someone wrong? Will you allow yourself to become disempowered? Or will you respond with some magic? I try to choose magic, because it delights my soul, stimulates my senses, shifts my brain state and helps my system restore balance. When Dr. Bruce Lipton talks about how changing your perceptions can change your whole life, this is what he is talking about.

Others might want to control you, put you in a box, or to make you feel small, but in order for them to accomplish this, you have to agree and participate. When I was young, I would crawl in the box because I didn’t know how to avoid it. I also didn’t know how that simple act of giving away my power in the moment could impact my emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being for a long time. Now I do, so I try and stay out of boxes—either those created by others or self-imposed.

How do you know you are stuck in a box? And if you are, how can you get out?

Ask yourself if your current life looks and feels like it should. If it doesn’t, then some part of you is still stuck in a box. If you want to get out of the box, I think this is where your inner artist can be helpful. As I previously stated, having an inner artist doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to sketch or paint—though you can. It means that you actively look for the most magical, innovative, and creative response to your life’s challenges. It can be as simple as laughing and looking at the humor in the situation. Or it could be gaining enough clarity that you finally have the courage to make a step in a different direction. The main thing is to embrace this is a part of yourself. It may be a bit rusty or dusty, but I am certain it is still alive and ready to lead you to a more authentic and joyous life. When you reconnect with this part of yourself, your life will change!

The ICWIB activities are a great way to reduce stress, strengthen your inner artist and activate your conscious problem-solving mind.

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Fountain of Youth

What makes us old? Is it the loss of the suppleness in our body or our mind? I think the loss of the suppleness of our mind, or stagnant thinking, ages us faster because it is our beliefs and perceptions, not our genes, that control our body.

As I have aged, I have become aware that the other thing that erodes my vitality—leaving me feeling depleted and old—is trying to be someone I’m not. On the other hand, when I allow myself to embrace my authentic nature I feel alive and ageless. No, I don’t have the capacity to do the some of the things I could do when I was younger, but now I am capable of doing things that bring my heart great joy and remind me of who I am, which I could not do when I was much younger.

So if you are feeling old, stop and ask yourself these questions: Am I feeling old because I have become too rigid in my thinking? Have I lost track of my authentic nature? Whatever the cause, changing your perception of the situation and then changing your approach can help you feel your youthful vitality again.

The ICWIB program, especially the first activity “Just Scribble,” is a great way to go inside, reconnect with your authentic self, and rekindle your youthful vitality again. With this in mind, I would like to invite you to explore some of the ICWIB art activities and videos for FREE.

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