Category Archives: Balance

Humor

Humor is a wonderful antidote for stress, a delightful way to release bottled-up emotions and ultimately change your perceptions. Some people are natural comedians, while others may find themselves stifled in this department.

I grew-up in an environment where thinking differently was frowned on and poking fun at something was not tolerated, so my humorist outlook on life crept into my art. I didn’t like drawing something the way others saw it, but rather the way my mind liked to twist and reform it. My art became my haven—a place where I could find solace, safety, and express myself.

After many years of playing with the edge in this manner, now I rarely see just a tree or just a dispenser for the dog dropping bags. I see dancing elephants, characters with outstretched tongues, and horse heads in trees. This was a constant source of entertainment when I was a child, and as you can see from the picture above, it continues to be part of my daily life.

If you would like to break out of a mold and explore new horizons in your mind, I suggest you explore some of the ICWIB activities. The one I would like to suggest today is called “What Do You See?” The process is very simple, but the outcome can be quite grand.

  1. Close your eyes and take three deep breaths.
  2. After the third deep breath allow your non-dominant hand to scribble whatever it wants.
  3. When you feel done with the scribbling, open your eyes and see what images you can see in the scribbles.
  4. Remember to turn your paper all four ways because you might find additional images if you turn your paper upside down or sideways.
  5. When you see something you can outline it with a different color or additional lines to make the image more prominent or color it in.
  6. This activity is a great way to increase your observational skills, release stress and entertain yourself.

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Messy Room

Within each of us is a tolerance for the opposite states of chaos and order or unpredictability and predictability. This balance is innate to us.

If you expect your system to tolerate either too much imposed external order or chaos than your body can handle—because it is designed to ALWAYS reestablish balance—it will need to create the opposite effect. You can easily see this phenomenon in young children, although it is important to remember the same thing is taking place in all of us.

Whenever you feel overwhelmed, pay attention to how the situation is impacting you and if it causes you to suppress your feelings. If this does happen, also notice how long it takes for those suppressed feelings to play out in another situation in a negative way. You want to uncover this pattern, because when you do, you then have the capacity to change the behavior at its core—in your biology.

I personally have a very low tolerance for chaos. When I was much younger, I often found myself trying to control things outside of me. Over time, I realized I was trying to accomplish something impossible. Now I just pay attention to when situations have surpassed my tolerance and then either do something to restore my inner balance or simply remove myself from the situation.

The ICWIB activities can help you uncover your tolerance for the opposite states of chaos and order. They can also serve as an antidote for when you have crossed your tolerance line and need to restore balance within your system

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We Are Stronger Together

In his Uplift podcast “Why We Are Stronger Together”, Dr. Bruce Lipton explains our world is not meant to be a battleground and how ‘survival of the fittest’ theories have led to a breakdown of community. Instead, he argues that humanity’s best survival strategy is unity.

So how can a person change these negative ideals if how they were taught to relate to the world?

The I Create What I Believe! Program, endorsed by Dr. Lipton and based on his research, is an innovative and scientifically sound way to change these negative ideals and create a more balanced and unified life.

Scribbling in this manner can help you unravel confusion, restore balance, and gain clarity quickly and effectively. I have seen both children and adults resolve emotional conflict, and reconnect deeply with their true nature in a very short period of time because in this two-handed introspective approach to scribbling helps you to create a whole brain experience. This in turn provides you with an opportunity to see more clearly, change your perceptions, and move through your day in a more conscious, whole and integrated way.

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 re-center yourself,move out of reactive behavior and enhance your conscious awareness anywhere or any time.

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Stronger

“I am stronger because I had to be, I am smarter because of my mistakes, happier because of the sadness I’ve known, and I am wiser because I have learned.” –Unknown

Personal growth does not magically happen. Growth takes place because we are challenged and instead of running away, we step up and accept the challenge whole-heartedly. Some challenges are fairly easy, while others are more difficult. It doesn’t matter if the challenge is large or small, the question you need to ask yourself is, “What do I choose?”

I have found that in those profound decision-making moments I need to go inside, get very still and look for what my heart wants to do and how to accomplish that outcome. Once I know what I want to do, and how I need to approach the situation, I have a map and a path to follow. This approach helps me stay true to myself and maneuver through even extremely difficult situations.

I often use one of the ICWIB art activities to go inward and still my mind. With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB art activities and videos for FREE.

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Stifle

Over the years, I have found that people who are comfortable with their own creativity are rarely critical or try to stifle another person’s creativity. Instead, they usually are inspired by other people’s unique gifts and encourage their development. So if someone has said something negative about your creativity, please note they are probably just sharing with you how their creativity was stifled.

If that happens, what can you do?

You don’t necessarily have to say anything to them, but also, make sure you don’t take on their belief system. Instead, just note what has transpired and move forward with a deep appreciation for your own connection to your creative nature.

If you would like to deepen your connection to your creative nature, I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB art activities and videos for FREE.

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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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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.

Explore the ICWIB! Program further and continue to follow our weekly posts here on our website.  If you enjoy these activities, Like us on Facebook and share in the conversation.  We’d love to hear your feedback—see you there!

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.

The ICWIB Program is a great way to reconnect with your authentic self and your innate gifts.

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

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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.

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

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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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