Category Archives: Creativity

We Begin

We begin with scribbling because that is where we began when we were very young. Rudolph Steiner talked about the need to activate all four limbs before the introduction of letters and numbers, because it was a way to prepare the system for learning and improve the potential for success.

Drawing symbols such as houses, suns, trees, and people affects the body and mind differently. Often parents and teachers encourage symbolic drawing and shun scribbling because they don’t understand both the neurological and physiological benefits of scribbling. Scribbling can reduce stress, release bottled-up emotions, and help to restore balance in the brain stem, which is needed before cognitive learning can take place. I look at scribbling as a way to ‘warm-up’ the brain, and synchronize the body and mind so true learning can happen.

I think the ICWIB Just Scribble activity, which teaches the art of self-reflection, is a great way to activate all four limbs, because you use either hand individually, or both hands together. You can also scribble with your feet. In the process, the child also learns to detect when their system is “learning ready.” When it isn’t, the scribbling exercises can help them effectively shift brain states autonomously. In the process, they are able to experience more success.

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Challenges

Most people have experienced at least a few brick walls and challenges, because they seem to be unavoidable and part of life. So the question is: How do you respond when you hit a brick wall? Do you get angry? Frustrated? Anxious? Or do you stop, go inside and look for the lesson the challenge has offered you and uncover an innovative solution that is a reflection of your true nature. Remember, when we are stressed our subconscious mind takes over and the behavior and responses we learned when we were young tend to play out automatically without the control or awareness of our conscious mind.

Learning how to identify when we are in our subconscious mind versus our conscious mind and learning how to shift from one brain state to another can help you bring about positive changes in your life because you will be able to step out of subconscious reaction and access clarity as needed. When we are clear, it becomes possible to devise a strategy that supports you to change a negative situation into a positive learning opportunity. So when you encounter a difficult situation ask yourself: Do I want to take the high road? Or the low road? Do I want to steer clear of the problem? Or confront it directly? Each response will provide you with a different outcome and a different learning experience. There is no right or wrong way to approach life—just opportunities for you to become more aware and transform damaging patterns and beliefs you acquired from your family in your early years of life.

I have found that playing with the ICWIB activities is a great way for me to stop reactive behavior, reclaim my center, and handle my challenges in a more conscious and effective manner.

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Adult Coloring

Many people have told me they love coloring in the new adult coloring books. While I find coloring in predesigned coloring books too restrictive, at the same time, I can see how they can be a great source of pleasure and creative expansion for others. On that note, I would like to offer some insights on how to enhance your coloring experience so that it goes from just fun and enjoyable to physically, emotionally, and spiritually transformative.

Here are my suggestions:

When you draw or color in straight lines (back and forth), you create a different frequency than when your color in a circular motion. It is the frequency that is created by both the motion and the color you are using that affects your body-mind state. When you color—your own drawings, doodles, or in predesigned coloring books—pay attention to how you naturally move the crayon, pen, or colored pencil. If it is a circular motion, then also pay attention to the direction you find the more pleasurable. Do you prefer clockwise or counter-clockwise? If you prefer to color in a back-and-forth or straight-line motion, then also pay attention to whether you prefer coloring in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal pattern.

What you are uncovering is the innate movement pattern that allows you to unravel or release that which you not longer need, thus allowing you to become who you really are.

The arts have always been a vehicle for self-transformation, but now with coloring books, doodles, or the ICWIB Program, you don’t have to be a trained artist to reap the benefits of the creative process. Simple scribbling, doodling, and coloring in coloring books can now help you reduce stress and bring you back home to yourself.

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Don’t Let the Noise

When we allow other people’s beliefs and opinions to control or define us, we can also lose touch with our own inner barometer and voice. This also means we can also lose touch with our authentic nature, our soul’s path, and lose track of what is really important to us.

So how do I know if I am defining myself or if I am letting someone else define me?

Normally if I feel lost, overwhelmed, or confused, I know I have lost touch with my internal GPS and I am allowing someone else’s opinion to direct me. Fortunately or unfortunately, this is rarely a satisfying situation. However, if I stop, look inside, and figure out what I need in that moment, I can usually reconnect with my own inner barometer and voice.

When I was younger, I used to try to override or ignore the unpleasantness of feeling lost, confused, or overwhelmed, and follow other people’s opinions and advice, but that rarely ended well. Over time, I have found it is easier in the long run to stop, go inside, and look for where I made a wrong turn or made an incorrect choice. Then I just need to shift my perceptions—or find a different approach—to what I am doing. The change is rarely large, but it does need to be accurate and the direction needs to come from within me.

We are not supposed to be, nor does the world need us to be, the same. Instead, we are supposed to know, embrace, and share our authentic nature with the world. When we do, we feel great joy and the world benefits.

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An Evolution in Consciousness

In his video “We Communicate Through Energy” Dr. Bruce Lipton explains that there is an evolution in consciousness taking place removing the past programming of beliefs such as life is a struggle, life is a competition, and survival of the fittest that have often separated us and have not serve us well as a society. Sometimes it is difficult to remove the obstacles in our own minds, due to these long held beliefs.

If you find yourself having difficulty making a change in your life you might want to explore the I Create What I Believe! Program which is endorsed by Dr. Lipton and based on his research. This deceptively simple, fun and scientifically sound tools can help you quickly change your perceptions, and create a more authentic life.

Each I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB) art activity is built upon the previous ones. You begin with the first activity, Just Scribble, which is an introduction to the art of self-reflection. In that activity you will be able to uncover the rhythm, and style of movement your hands prefer. When you do pay attention to the movements that give you the most pleasure because they are the ones that can help you activate your conscious mind.

Explore and Ponder – Activity Two:

When you move into the second activity, Explore and Ponder the focus is on uncovering how drawing different shaped lines or moving your limbs in either circles or lines affect your body mind state. Unearthing this information can provide you with a custom made set of tools to help you change beliefs and move through your day in a more conscious and integrated manner effortlessly.

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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.

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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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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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