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Bend

Nature provides us with wisdom if we are open and present enough to hear it speak to us. This is something indigenous tribes have known for centuries. Unfortunately, it is hard to connect with nature on a deep vibrational level if we are disconnected from our authentic nature and ourselves.

So how can we reclaim our innate ability to connect with and live in alignment with nature?

There are many way to recoup that innate wisdom within us, though they all contain the same components—stopping, looking inside, and listening to what is being offered. Unfortunately, many of us were taught to follow external direction—another person’s agenda. You can see the results of this everywhere, but it is especially obvious in education. Students have lost their curiosity— the natural driving force of education. Many have also lost a passion to learn and a passion for mastery. They only are interested in what is needed to pass a test and get a good grade. This is not the point of education.

So how can we resolve this condition in our children, our communities, and ourselves? I think the answer is: Play!

Take the focus off getting the right answer or being right—even in our discussions and arguments. Instead look for what wants to be born. I recently encountered a situation that was going down what I thought was the wrong road. No matter how hard I tried, it wasn’t going the direction I thought is should. Finally I let go of my agenda. (Step One: I stopped.) Then I looked inside for the beliefs that were coloring my visions. (Step Two: I went inward, and Step Three: I listened.) Then the magic began to happen!

Since I had stopped, looked inside, and listened, I was able to see what the Universe was trying to accomplish and the truth was it was what I REALLY wanted to happen—not the second-rate version I was trying to implement.

I invite you to explore some of the other FREE ICWIB art activities and videos because they are a wonderful way to reconnect with nature and oursleves.

Since the ICWIB program, which is endorsed by Dr. Bruce Lipton and based on his research, has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to help even young children reduce stress, release bottled-up emotions, resolve internal conflict, and learn to place their mind in a learning ready state, I think it should be available to any teacher who wants to actively use it in his or her classroom regardless of their ability to pay for the training.

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Best Parent

Many years ago I read an article that said the best parent was not the one who was perfect and never made any mistakes. Instead, it said the best parent was one who made lots of mistakes, but also admitted their mistakes and made restitution. This is because in the process they taught their children that it is okay to make mistakes, as long as you are accountable for your actions and make amends when your actions have a negative impact on others.

After reading that article, I made one significant change in the way I related to my children—I gave them the power to put me on a timeout bench whenever I did or said something they thought was not okay.

One evening when I was very tired and trying to get dinner on the table, I said something to my son, who was about three-and-a-half at the time, in a derogatory tone of voice. Out of his mouth came the words, “I think you need to stop doing what you are doing and go sit on the timeout bench.” His voice was kind, gentle, and very clear.

I immediately turned off the stove, walked over to the time-out bench, and sat down. Then my sweet son came and sat next to me and said, “I will keep you company so you won’t feel lonely or bad about what you did.” In that moment, I realized that even with my long list of mistakes as a parent—he was completely intact.

We sat there for a few minutes and then he asked me if I was ready to go back to fixing dinner. I smiled and said, “Yes!” Carrying the memory of that day has helped me forgive myself for my mistakes, be accountable for my actions, and to always make restitution.

With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of the FREE ICWIB art activities and videos because they are a wonderful way to reconnect with yourself and what is important to you.

Since the ICWIB program, which is endorsed by Dr. Bruce Lipton and based on his research, has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to help even young children reduce stress, release bottled-up emotions, resolve internal conflict, and learn to place their mind in a learning ready state autonomously, I think it should be available to any teacher who wants to actively use it in his or her classroom regardless of their ability to pay for the training.

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Regular or Super?

As I stood at the gas station filling my car with gas a series of questions began to “pop” into my mind. “How full is your tank?” When was the last time you filled it to the brim? Are you one of those marginal feeders? You know, the ones that only put a couple of gallons in the tank at a time instead of “filling it up”. And what do you put in your tank? Regular? Unleaded?  Or Super?

I chuckled at my mind’s humorous dribble as I got in my car and drove home. Later that evening the same words popped back into my mind again. This time I didn’t dismiss them as foolish dribble. This time I pondered their significance. Was I filling my tank? Had I become so busy that I had become a marginal feeder? Most of us have been taught to take good care of our cars because they are a very large investment. What about our bodies, our minds and our souls?

I know we live in a very fast-paced world these days, and most of us have far more on our “to do” list then we can ever accomplish. On the other hand, if you could find a way to fill your tank and take better care of your body, mind, and spirit wouldn’t you do it? And what if this caretaking technique didn’t require you to buy anything, go anywhere or ignore your “to do” list.  What if this one single thing could also increase your clarity, and your productivity and your connection to your soul? Would you be interested?  Of course you would! We all want to be healthy, happy and successful! At the same time we ignore the simplest and most life-changing act we could do each and every day––our breath.

Your breath, when expressed fully, has the ability to silence mental and emotional chatter, revitalize your body and reestablish internal harmony. When your breath is full, your innate intuitive awareness also flourishes. On the other hand, when your breath is shallow (you are a marginal feeder), your body, mind and spirit are deprived of their life sustaining fuel and their health is compromised.

Since your breath can be either voluntary or involuntary, you always have a choice to run on automatic or to approach your life consciously, one breath at a time. When you become unconscious of your breath it can lose its natural rhythm. When this happens, it becomes more difficult to keep your unconscious beliefs and patterns from playing havoc with your life. On the other hand, when you pay attention to your breath and breathe fully, it is easier to move away from old survival patterns and consciously create the life you want.

So the next time you breathe or the next time you are putting gas in your tank, ask yourself, “How full is my tank? Are you going to fill your tank to the brim today?  Or are you going to just give it enough to get by?” If your engine lacks the “get-up-and-go” to get you where you want to be, maybe you should change how much you are putting in your tank.

With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of the FREE ICWIB art activities and videos, because they are a wonderful way to reconnect with yourself quickly and effectively.

Since the ICWIB program, which is endorsed by Dr. Bruce Lipton and based on his research, has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to help even young children reduce stress, release bottled-up emotions, resolve internal conflict, and learn to place their mind in a learning ready state autonomously, I think it should be available to any teacher who wants to actively use it in his or her classroom regardless of their ability to pay for the training.

Would you like to help make this a reality?

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There is Only One You!

Mr. Rogers used to say, “There is only one you.” If we are all unique, then how can we possibly compare ourselves with other people? This is like comparing apples with pineapples. On the other hand, if we accept that we are different, then I think the question could change to: How can I become the best me? What do I need to do to become better at what I want to do or want to accomplish? And we would set our goals to express our unique gifts, rather than trying to do what someone else is doing.

Michelangelo said, “If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” I think that people succeed at something because they love doing it and consequently they spend a lot of time doing it. So spend time doing what you love and in the process, a way to use what you love to help the world will arise. When it does, take action.

The ICWIB activities are a great way to open up your heart and gain a deeper sense of what you really love and have to share with the world.

With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of the FREE ICWIB art activities and videos.

I also encourage you to explore the ICWIB program because it has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to help even young children reduce stress, release bottled-up emotions, resolve internal conflict, and learn to self-regulate and place their mind in a learning ready state.

Since it has been so useful to children, I think the ICWIB program should be available to any teacher who wants to actively use it in his or her classroom regardless of their ability to pay for the training.

Would you like to hear more about how we are working to make this a reality?

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It is Not the Events

With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of the FREE ICWIB art activities and videos, because they can help us identify and transform beliefs that hinder our ability to learn, grow and thrive.

Since the ICWIB program has repeatedly demonstrated it can help children reduce stress, release bottled-up emotions, resolve internal conflict, transform inaccurate beliefs, and learn to self-regulate and place their mind in a learning ready state, I think the ICWIB training should be available to any teacher who wants to actively use the program in his or her classroom regardless of their ability to pay for the training.

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Impervious

What do you do when you feel lost? What do you do when you feel disoriented or confused? What do you do when you or your mind wanders so far you can’t find your way back to yourself?

When I was younger I used to try and muscle through those moments. I tried to pretend they didn’t exist. I tried to ‘fake it until you make it’, but then one day I realized that I was just running. I was running from myself and I was running from life.

That day I made a choice. I chose to stay. I chose to be present. I chose to explore what I needed to change so I could be present and make a difference. On that day, my life changed.

Now when I find my mind wandering too far, I stop and ask myself what am I avoiding? What do I need so I can approach life in a more present manner today? It is a simple question and a simple step, but it has made a huge difference in my life.

There are many ways to help you come more fully in the moment and find your way back to yourself. I personally turn to some of the ICWIB activities because they are simple, easy to use and very effective for me.

With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of the FREE ICWIB art activities and videos.

Since the ICWIB program has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to help even young children reduce stress, release bottled-up emotions, resolve internal conflict, and learn to self-regulate and place their mind in a learning ready state, I think it should be available to any teacher who wants to actively use it in his or her classroom regardless of their ability to pay for the training.

Would you like to hear more about how we are working to make this a reality?

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Destination Addiction

Do you live in the moment? Or are you perpetually focused on your next destination or accomplishment? Do you believe that when you get to a certain place you will be happy, but you are unable to be happy now? If you have answered yes, then you may be suffering from a condition called “destination addiction.”

Destination addiction is the illusion or belief that happiness is somewhere in the future—almost like a phantom limb. “I will be happy when this happens or I arrive at a particular destination.” The truth is—a destination is just a road marker. If you arrive at that point because you have made a necessary internal change, then yes, you will be happier. On the other hand, if you just focus on getting to the destination or you push to receive the reward (destination) before you have made the internal change, then your happiness will be short-lived. Why? You have brought your existing internal conflict or unfinished business with you to the new destination and that is the real source of your discontent. Yes, new toys, new relationships, and new adventures are wonderful and fun, but I feel it is important to remember that true happiness comes from internal clarity, contentment, and being able to be fully present in your life.

Today’s fast-paced world feeds destination addiction by making us believe that this next product, this next vacation, this next thing will give us a “happily ever after.” We buy into the idea that we have to get to somewhere else before we can relax, enjoy the moment, and subsequently be happy. Without realizing it, we repeatedly create situations where we are perpetually dissatisfied.

Is there a cure for this condition? Absolutely! Do something simple that gives you pleasure. Take a walk during your lunch break—not a power walk—but rather a walk that brings you in touch with your body and the beauty around you. Connect with another human being in a new way that makes both of your lives better. Life is happening every day, but we can’t see it or benefit from it if we aren’t fully in the moment.

Yesterday I saw a young child who lives near me standing near my home on the verge of tears. She said she couldn’t remember where her house was or how to get there. She told me her address, I took her hand and we began to slowly walk her to her house. When we got there, her obviously distraught father was upset that she couldn’t find her way home by herself. I said to him, “Its Friday, she obviously has had a stressful week and when that happens our mind becomes a blur and we lose our way. Don’t you get overwhelmed sometimes, too?” My question and tone of voice brought him into the present moment, he turned his head and looked at me and said, “Yes!” So in response, I said, “Well then, cut her some slack—she is just a child!”

Destination Addiction causes us to rush through experiences so quickly we can lose touch with what is really important. What was important in that little girl’s life in that moment? She needed to know that someone she never met before would take the time to help her feel safe. She needed to know that her father was upset because he was scared that something bad had happen to her. He wasn’t angry with her, he was happy that she was fine and a neighbor had cared enough to help her when she felt lost.

As they walked away holding hands, I felt happy, not because I had “been able to check something off my list” but because I had dropped everything I had been doing (my destination or agenda), stepped fully into the moment and connected not only with the child, but with her father in a way that enabled him to also step into the moment and focus on what was really important—she was safe. The situation also helped her to feel how deeply he loved and cared about her.

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 created by our fast-paced life of today and enable you to see beyond the chaos to the beauty that surrounds you every day.

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Pure Love

I have been told that one should not touch or engage with a service dog when they are working because it can be distracting and stressful for the dog, but in situations like this I break all of the rules.

I was in a store with Alex when this very young child spotted Alex, broke away from his parents and ran as fast as he could towards him with an expression of joy on his face. When he reached Alex he immediately wrapped his arms around Alex’s head and buried his face in Alex’s fur.

In that moment, I could feel Alex soften and let the child fall into him. At the same time, his parents began running towards Alex and their son. When they reached us, they took their child’s hand, apologized, and walked away.

Seconds later, the child ran back to Alex and wrapped his arms around him again. This time Alex became amazingly still. The parents once again took their child by the hand, apologized, and walked away again. When the child broke away and ran towards Alex a third time, I squatted down next to Alex and asked him if this was okay with him. He just leaned against me, smiled, and opened his heart wider.

When the child reached out to hug Alex this time, I handed my cell phone to his mom and asked her to take a picture of them together. Then this tiny child leaned in and kissed Alex.

It is moments like this that my faith in the Universe is restored.

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Go To The Trees

I have written many pieces about how we can acquire negative programs in the first six years of life, and how these patterns can make it difficult to realize our dreams and thrive. I think it is also important to remember that most of us have also acquired some good patterns. (I don’t think we would be here today it we didn’t.)

I personally acquired a lot of negative programs when I was young, but at the same time I am very grateful for the good programs I acquired even if some of them were the result of very difficult situations. One of the patterns I acquired when I was young was what I call “Go to the Trees!”

So how did I acquire this pattern and how do I consciously use it in my life now?

When I was about five, my mother, father, older sister, and I moved from our flat in the city to a house on some land outside the city. There was seasonal creek running through the middle of the property with the house sitting on one side of the creek and woods on the other.

Whenever I got in trouble, which was often, I would leave the house, cross the bridge over the creek and go into the woods. It felt quiet, calm, and safe in the woods and being there helped me unravel my confusion and reconnect with myself. Sometimes I would hold onto a tree while I cried or talked myself through my current problem. Other times I would just stroll through the trees or play with a stick until I felt ready to go back to the house.

To this day, whenever my stress level rises to a certain level, I get a feeling deep within my bones that lets me know that I need to just drop everything and “go to the trees.” When I do, the quiet calm generated by the trees helps me reconnect more deeply with myself.

With this in mind, I recommend you take some time to walk back in time and explore how you responded to difficult situations as a child, and in the process you might uncover some good programs you created to survive those difficult moments. Life will never be devoid of challenges, but if you remember your good programs they can provide you with inner strength to change negative beliefs that are hindering your ability to thrive.

With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB art activities and videos for FREE, because they are another way reconnect with yourself more deeply and gain the inner strength to change negative beliefs that are hindering your ability to thrive.

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Choosing Love

In this delightful video, Dr. Bruce Lipton and his wife Margaret Horton share with you the importance of choosing love and how that one single choice can change your whole life.

It is important to remember that the body can only read two emotions—fear and love. Hate, anger, anxiety, guilt, and frustration can trigger the reactive subconscious mind, which is where our fundamental beliefs about life and ourselves are stored. No thinking takes place in this part of the mind. Love, contentment, peace, and joy activate the conscious, creative, problem-solving mind. In that part of the mind, we have the capacity to create anything. Deciding to choose love is quite simple; however, stepping into each moment with or from love can sometimes be a challenge

If we want to create an authentic and joyous life, we must first learn to identify when we are in our reactive mind versus our creative mind, then we need to transform the beliefs and perceptions we have acquired, which are at the root of our fears, and replace those old beliefs with more accurate beliefs, perceptions, and responses.

So how can we accomplish this in our fear-ridden society, where we are already overbooked with commitments and overloaded with stress?

The I Create What I Believe! Program, endorsed by Dr. Lipton and based on his research, offers fun and scientifically sound tools to restore balance in your body and help you shift effortlessly from your reactive mind into your conscious, creative, and problem-solving mind.

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