Category Archives: Transformation

Very Few Things Are Impossible to Achieve

How can you?

If, when you woke up tomorrow, you were completely free of all financial and emotional debts, what would you do? What would you want to do? Pay attention to your heart’s response and your head’s response. Are they the same or are they different? If they are different, then ask yourself, which response really comes from you and which one comes from preprogrammed behavior or beliefs that are trying to run the show.

Debt weighs us down, keeps us stuck in the past, clouds our perceptions, and sucks the life out of our future. We incur debt when we are not present, and are not responding to what the moment is asking of us.  Learning to step out of all we have known or believed and be present in the moment allows us to find new solutions. We only need to turn on the radio, TV, Internet, or read a newspaper to know that as a global community, we need new solutions.

Whether you are concerned about the economic crisis and how it is affecting our youth, our educational system, and lack of meaningful jobs, or the environmental crisis and how it is affecting the whole planet and all of its inhabitants, the action that is needed is the same. We need to forget everything we have ever learned and realize that just because it worked before doesn’t mean it is going to work in the future.

Here is a wonderful video about Lewis Pugh and what he learned when he swam Mount Everest’s lake. I feel his insights can help us all during this time of great change. Lewis said that the two things he learned from doing this swim was before you do anything you first need to ask yourself  “What kind of mind-set does this situation require to be successful?” and second  “You need to remember that very few things are impossible to achieve if you put your whole mind into it.”

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=2047

If you would like to explore the I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB) Program, the following activities are currently available on the website for free (just click the link to access an activity).

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version One video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wURBZHk8jc&feature=youtu.be

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version Two video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp6fCHs5f2Q&feature=youtu.be

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version Three video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDelU_MDNrM

ICWIB Instructional Guide: Part One
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlj7NDAfAFw&feature=youtu.be

ICWIB Instructional Guide: Part Two

Labyrinth, ICWIB Activity Four
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt0D2I_drFM

Just Scribble ICWIB Activity One (text):

http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-just-scribble/

Labyrinth ICWIB Activity Four (text):

http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-labyrinth/

If you find the activities helpful and are interested in more, sign up for our FREE ICWIB newsletter:

http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/newsletter/

For more information about the I Create What I Believe! Global Classroom: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/global-classroom/

For more information about teacher training via Skype: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/presentations-and-trainings/

 

We Have a Choice

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This wonderful video is a superb reminder of what many of our leading scientists and spiritual leaders have been telling us for decades and even centuries–our thoughts and emotions affect our biology! When we are living a life that makes us happy, we feel better and quite often our health is greatly improved. On the other hand, when we are stress, frustrated, overwhelmed, or angry we send a completely different message to our cells–one that can compromise our health and ability to succeed.

Every day we have a choice–we can view life as a glass of water that is half-empty or half-full. It is our choice, but we do need to remember that our perceptions and beliefs–not our genes–control our cellular biology. So choosing to create a life that fills you and everyone around you with joy might be the best medicine you can find. It certainly can’t help but have a positive effect on your biology as Andy Mackie reminds us in this video.

http://biggeekdad.com:80/2010/01/the-harmonica-man/

If you would like to explore the I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB) Program, the following activities are currently available on the website for free (just click the link to access an activity).

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version One video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wURBZHk8jc&feature=youtu.be

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version Two video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp6fCHs5f2Q&feature=youtu.be

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version Three video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDelU_MDNrM

ICWIB Instructional Guide: Part One
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlj7NDAfAFw&feature=youtu.be

ICWIB Instructional Guide: Part Two
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH5PC1AhzGM&feature=youtu.be

Labyrinth, ICWIB Activity Four
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt0D2I_drFM

Just Scribble ICWIB Activity One (text):
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-just-scribble/

Labyrinth ICWIB Activity Four (text):
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-labyrinth/

If you find the activities helpful and are interested in more, sign up for our FREE ICWIB newsletter: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/newsletter/

For more information about the I Create What I Believe! Global Classroom: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/global-classroom/

For more information about teacher training via Skype: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/presentations-and-trainings/

Learning Opportunity

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We all have moments where we feel genuinely happy, and empowered, but how do you respond when the Universe throws you a curve ball?  Do you get angry? Frustrated? Blame someone? Become a victim?  Make excuses? Or do you have the capacity to stay centered with your heart open, and consciously embrace the “learning opportunity” the universe is offering you?

Like most people, I enjoy it when life is going smoothly. Though I have discovered that if my mind is in an open and receptive state in a difficult situation, I have an opportunity to see, and sometimes transform, a limiting belief or perception. I have also found that regular practice of the I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB) activities and occasional reviewing of the science behind the (ICWIB) program helps to keep my mind in an open and receptive state. So with this in mind, I would like to share Part Two of the ICWIB Instructional Guide DVD with you today. For those who haven’t had an opportunity to view the ICWIB Instructional Guide DVD Part One here is the link to that as well.

If you would like to explore the I Create What I Believe! Program, the following activities are currently available on the website for free (just click the link to access an activity).

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version One video

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version Two video

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version Three video

ICWIB Instructional Guide: Part One

Labyrinth, ICWIB Activity Four

Just Scribble ICWIB Activity One (text):

http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-just-scribble/

Labyrinth, ICWIB Activity Four (text):

http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-labyrinth/

If you find the activities helpful and are interested in more, sign up for our FREE ICWIB newsletter:

http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/newsletter/

For more information about the I Create What I Believe! Global Classroom: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/global-classroom/

For more information about teacher training via Skype: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/presentations-and-trainings/

 

 

 

Art Is a Gift

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We all want our children to have a happy, healthy, and successful life; however, I think it is obvious that more testing and more pressure is not the answer. What could be a solution in this fast paced ever-changing world we now live in?

In our complex world, it is easy to get caught up in the “more is better” mind-set instead of remembering the power of “less.” It is also easy to forget that when we provide all of the bells and whistles on anything, we can discourage active participation, interaction, and conscious growth. In fact, this approach can encourage passivity. When we create situations that are open, flexible, and encourage creating with no right or wrong, we coax the mind to engage, take risks, interact, play, communicate, and problem-solve.

The “all-the-bells-and-whistles” experience is similar to talking with someone who monopolizes the conversation so much that you can feel a part of yourself disappearing. On the other hand, creating opened-ended opportunities for the mind to explore and discover is restorative and empowering.

Can you remember playing with a refrigerator box when you were young? It was a castle, a fort, a house, a restaurant, a bed, a jail, a puppet theatre, a whale, or a bridge. We created and explored—the list was endless.

Art is not just for the “gifted.” Art is a gift from the Universe that can help each of us discover and express our own unique “giftedness.” When art is approached from the “refrigerator box” perspective, we invite the child or adult to explore, discover, and find his or her own way. No matter what the material, the possibilities are infinite, and that is what expands our mind. In the process, the child or adult can rediscover him- or herself, gain a deeper meaning of life, and find a way to express feelings in an uncensored manner. In addition, creativity can strengthen cognitive and problem-solving skills and promote fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination.

Here is an amazing video of what can be created with just a stick and a rake. Remember the possibilities are infinite!

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=1499

If you would like to explore the I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB) Program, the following activities are currently available on the website for free (just click the link to access an activity).

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version One video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wURBZHk8jc&feature=youtu.be

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version Two video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp6fCHs5f2Q&feature=youtu.be

Just Scribble, ICWIB Activity One: Version Three video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDelU_MDNrM

ICWIB Instructional Guide: Part One
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlj7NDAfAFw&feature=youtu.be

Labyrinth, ICWIB Activity Four
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt0D2I_drFM

Just Scribble ICWIB Activity One (text):
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-just-scribble/

Labyrinth ICWIB Activity Four (text):
http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-labyrinth/

If you find the activities helpful and are interested in more, sign up for our FREE ICWIB newsletter: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/newsletter/

For more information about the I Create What I Believe! Global Classroom: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/global-classroom/

For more information about teacher training via skype: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/presentations-and-trainings/

Labyrinth

According to the American Psychological Association, chronic stress is linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide. And more than 75 percent of all physician office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints. Chronic stress can also reduce your clarity, productivity, and ability to succeed.

Since stress can erode our health and compromise our ability to succeed, is there a way we can counterbalance the ongoing stress of day-to-day living?

Shallow breathing is an indicator that the body is stressed or in a state of “fight-or-flight,” while deep- and full-body breathing is an indication that the body is in an open, relaxed, and balanced state. In this state, the conscious problem-solving mind is activated, which gives the individual the capacity to find creative solutions for their challenges in an effective manner. For thousands of years people have used the practices of meditation, labyrinth walking, tai chi, chi gong, and yoga to reduce stress, activate their conscious mind, and restore balance in their body. All of these practices share a key component—deep abdominal or full-body breathing. Deep abdominal or full-body breathing has the ability to “yoke” or synchronize the body and mind, and move it out of a state of stress and into a calm, clear, balanced state.

Finding the time for a practice of meditation, labyrinth walking, tai chi, chi gong, or yoga is difficult for some people, but at the same time I think everyone could benefit from having a simple, inexpensive tool that can reduce stress and restore balance in their body and mind. Labyrinth, the fourth activity in the I Create What I Believe! Program, which has its roots in yoga breathing and labyrinth walking, is a simple and easy way to become more aware of your breath, activate your conscious mind, and move your whole system out of stress and into a calm, clear, balanced state. The added benefit is that unlike mediation, tai chi, chi gong or yoga, you can do this activity anywhere or anytime you find yourself stressed.

With this in mind, I invite you to explore the attached video of the Labyrinth, and share your experience with the ICWIB community on Facebook.

If you would like to explore the ICWIB Program more fully, the following activities are currently available on the website for free (just click the link to access an activity).

http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-just-scribble/

http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-labyrinth/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wURBZHk8jc&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp6fCHs5f2Q&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDelU_MDNrM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlj7NDAfAFw&feature=youtu.be

If you find them helpful and are interested in more, sign up for our FREE ICWIB newsletter: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/newsletter/

For more information about the I Create What I Believe! Global Classroom: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/global-classroom/

 

 

 

Finding a Way Out

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For over 40 years, drawing has helped me gain a deeper understanding of myself and provided me with innovative solutions for my personal challenges. Drawing has also served as a form of biofeedback, providing me with insights into what was bothering me or keeping me from materializing my dreams. So with that in mind, I feel art is not just about creating beautiful pictures for the walls of others. Art is about finding the walls that are holding you back—both internal and external—and finding a way out.

With a mere flick of a pencil or crayon—like the quick turn of a kaleidoscope—we can move ourselves out of a stuck and boxed-in perspective and uncover a new solution for our present challenge. If you don’t feel you are creative or have the capacity to be creative, remember it is the fear of being wrong or the feeling that who we are is wrong that stifles creative development and expression and holds us trapped in a box. However when a child or adult remembers how to spontaneously play with color, line, texture, and form, they can easily uncover and transform the false beliefs that are holding them back.

Art is not something you need to learn; it is already hard-wired into your body. Your body organically responds to color, line, texture, and dimension. You just need to explore and play with those elements to uncover how each of them affects you. In the process, you will ultimately come to know yourself better because art is really the “art of seeing.” This is what the I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB) Program is all about.

In creating the ICWIB program, I merely stripped away the need for creative mastery to uncover the benefits of the creative process. With activities as simple as scribbling, you can access the innovative solutions in the same manner that artists have for centuries.

Recently someone asked me why I painted. I replied that I paint and draw because in the process of moving my pencil or paint brush, my heart opens, my mind becomes clearer, I can remember what is important to me, and how to be a quality human being. So with this in mind, I invite you to explore the ICWIB Program.

The following ICWIB activities are currently available on the website for free (just click the link to access an activity).

http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-just-scribble/

http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-labyrinth/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wURBZHk8jc&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp6fCHs5f2Q&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDelU_MDNrM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlj7NDAfAFw&feature=youtu.be

If you find them helpful and are interested in more, sign up for our FREE ICWIB newsletter: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/newsletter/

For more information about the I Create What I Believe! Global Classroom: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/global-classroom/

A Cost-Effective Solution

In a recent report released by Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, behavior issues that interfere with teaching and learning have notably worsened in all grade levels. Concern about this increase in behavior issues was not limited to any particular demographic group; however, schools in lower-income areas reported concerns at a higher rate than schools in higher-income areas. There are many speculations regarding the cause for this increase. At the same time, all educators are aware of the need for change.

In an attempt to help educators and/or parents gain a deeper understanding of some possible causes for this increase, I would like to share the I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB) Instructional Guide DVD. I have broken the material into smaller sections, which I will share over the course of several months because it is quite lengthy. I feel the information on this DVD could help both parents and educators gain a deeper understanding of some of the possible sources of this increase and also offer some simple, scientific, and cost-effective solutions.

If you would like to more fully explore the I Create What I Believe! Program, the following ICWIB activities are currently available on the website for free (just click the link to access an activity).

http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-just-scribble/

http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-labyrinth/

If you find the videos helpful and are interested in more, sign up for our FREE ICWIB newsletter: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/newsletter/

For more information about the I Create What I Believe! Global Classroom: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/global-classroom/

Just Scribble Version Three

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Wholeness is not something we need to strive for or try to obtain. Wholeness exists within us. It is our perceptions or beliefs about life and ourselves that disconnect us from this awareness and can prevent us from moving through life in a rewarding manner. The I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB) activities are designed to help you transform beliefs and perceptions that would otherwise keep you mired in old behavior and make it difficult for you to reconnect with your authentic self.

Today I want to share a video of the third version of Just Scribble, the first activity in the ICWIB program for you to explore. In case you haven’t had a chance to explore Versions One and Two, here are the links to those activities as well.

The purpose of Just Scribble Version Three is to help you further identify the strengths and weaknesses of both your linear mind and your creative mind. It can also help you identify in what kind of situations it is more advantageous for you to lead or initiate action from your linear mind versus your creative mind. Using this activity over time can also help you integrate the two hemispheres of your mind, thus making it easier for you to create the life you want.

I do not recommend version three of Just Scribble for young children because it requires complex observation and reflection. I normally only teach Version One (individual hands) and Version Two (two hands together) to young children. These two versions are adequate for a young child to explore both sides of their brain, strengthen the weaker side, and encourage both hemispheres to work in tandem.

I hope you enjoy the Just Scribble Version Three video.

If you want to share your experience with me, I would love to hear from you. If you would like to more fully explore the I Create What I Believe! Program, the following ICWIB activities are currently available on the website for free (just click the link to access an activity).

http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-just-scribble/

http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-labyrinth/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wURBZHk8jc&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp6fCHs5f2Q&feature=youtu.be

If you find them helpful and are interested in more, then sign up for our FREE ICWIB newsletter (LINK).: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/newsletter/

For more information about the I Create What I Believe! Global Classroom: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/global-classroom/

Grew Out of a Need

Research has shown that childhood abuse can damage the brain and reduce it up to 10 percent in size. This in turn can then create functional abnormalities of one’s mood and thinking process. Western science used to believe that by young adulthood the brain had lost its capacity for radical change, which meant that brain damage caused in childhood was no longer curable in adults. This viewpoint left little hope of recovery for individuals who where abused as children.

More recent research has revealed that the brain has the capacity to change at any age, and one of the best ways of doing that is though mindfulness practice. Since childhood adversity is an experience that many people have had, I feel it is important to make easy and effective tools available to as many people as possible to help reduce stress, move out of reactivity, restore balance, and learn to create a healthier life.

The I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB) program grew out of a need that I saw, and from my own personal experience. I experienced an excessive amount of trauma both in the womb and in the first five years of my life. This subsequently had a negative impact on my developing brain. Since I grew-up in a time where there was little awareness of how trauma and/or abuse could impact brain development, I had to find a way out myself.

Some of the ICWIB activities stem from activities I developed for myself as a child to help restore balance, while other activities are based on movement practices and drawing activities I discovered later in life and used for my own healing. Each of the twelve activities focuses on helping the brain resolve a different kind of imbalance.

The ICWIB program activities helped me let go of the difficult experience and see it with new eyes. This in turn helped me move forward into life in a more peaceful, integrated and joyous way. This is the reason I am so passionate about getting the ICWIB program into the hands of parents, teachers, therapist, and anyone working with children—especially at-risk children or adults.

Over the last ten years of teaching the ICWIB program, I have received letters and e-mails from people all over the world expressing a desire and need to learn more about both the science behind the ICWIB program and the drawing activities. In response to their outreach, I created the new Global Classroom.

The Global Classroom now offers introductory presentations, free teleconferences, in-depth training and a scholarship program.

Today I would like to share with you Version One of Activity One—Just Scribble—from the ICWIB Tutorial DVD. This activity incorporates deep abdominal breathing with movement—two important components for restoring balance and healing in the body and mind. It also introduces the art of self-reflection, which is a very important component of mindfulness training. I hope you enjoy this video clip. Please share it with anyone who might benefit.

Reminder: Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 5:00 PM PST is the first FREE ICWIB teleconference. Any individual or group that has purchased an ICWIB kit is invited to attend. Please contact Nancy Marie at: info@innereyepublishing.com for the dial-in number and password. The focus of this event is to review material, help individuals adapt activities for special circumstances, and answer questions.

For more information about the I Create What I Believe Global Classroom: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/global-classroom/

To schedule an I Create What I Believe Introductory Presentationsin your home or community contact Nancy Marie at: info@innereyepublishing.com

For more information about the I Create What I Believe! program: www.ICreateWhatIBelieve.com

For more information about the Just Scribble activity: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/icwib-just-scribble/

To sign-up for the FREE I Create What I Believe! Newsletter:

http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/newsletter/

For more information about the FREE I Create What I Believe! Teleconferences: http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/in-depth-training/