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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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Any Surface

I had known for a long time that I felt better whenever I was drawing, painting, or sculpting, but I didn’t really understand why until I met Dr. Bruce Lipton in 1989. It was at that first meeting where he explained to me that our mind actually consists of two minds—the subconscious and the conscious mind. They were designed to work together in tandem, but they are very different.

The subconscious or reactive mind is stronger, bigger, and a million times faster than the conscious mind. On the other hand, the conscious mind has the capacity to rewrite beliefs and perceptions we acquired in our early childhood that hinder our ability to succeed.

The creative process requires the conscious mind. Since the two-mind team—subconscious and conscious—operates in an “either-or” system, when you activate your conscious mind you also suspend the subconscious mind. This means you are also suspending preprogrammed beliefs and perceptions, which creates an opportunity for you to identify an inaccurate belief, change it, and create a more effective response.

With this in mind, any time I need to activate my conscious mind and I don’t have paper, canvas, or clay, I will use any surface available to me to shift myself from my reactive mind to my conscious mind so I can continue to create a more authentic and joyous life.

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I Am My Own Big Dog

When I was young I wanted a big dog with soft fur and a heart of gold. He also needed to be a noble being that helped me feel safe.

My mother said dogs cost too much money and my father said they were too much work, but my grandfather, the owner of many dogs, took an interest in my dream dog and asked me lots of questions whenever we spent time together.

Would your dog protect you, love you, and find you if you were lost? How could a dog help you take care of and be true to yourself? Would your dog have to work on the farm like Jake or would taking care of you be his only job? Each time, his questions encouraged me to go inside and find an answer.

Over time I began to realize that I needed someone to be there for me, listen to me when I was upset, and to love me even if I had done something they didn’t like. I don’t remember how many times we talked about my dream dog, but I do remember the day I realized I could be my own big dog. I realized I could love, protect, and find myself when I felt lost, and when I did this, I felt happy and alive. So with some help from my grandfather, I became my own big dog.

The ICWIB activities are another way to go inward and find your own big dog.

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We Were Born

We weren’t designed to be merely linear beings. We are a blend of body, mind, and spirit and were born to be connected to all living things. Unfortunately, our lives today don’t always support this union. Consequently many people spend much of their lives disconnected from their spirits and walk through life as distant and isolated observers. This is very sad, for when you disconnect in this manner you can lose touch with your authentic nature and what is really important.

I know no greater feeling than the bliss of knowing who you are and that you truly belong. A union and connection of this magnitude can give you the energy and confidence you need to pursue your dreams. But without this connection to your spirit it is difficult to be fully alive and make your dreams a reality.

So how can you know when you are disconnected from your spirit? If you have lost your hope or your direction, then you probably have lost your connection with your spirit. If you have lost your ability to love and be loved, or just being alive doesn’t make you happy, then you most likely have lost connection to your spirit.

When this happens I think it is time to go inward and reconnect with your authentic nature. You can accomplish this many ways. When my children were young and I had very little time for myself, I would use my daily chores and breathing techniques to slow myself down so I could reconnect with myself and remember what was important to me. As my children got older I was able to return to my pen and pencil and also model for them how to use scribbling and drawing to reconnect with themselves in a deeper way.

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Thrive

When life doesn’t play out the way we want, we can try and change others or we can learn how to go inward, identify what we need to change, and then change it. The first action of trying change a situation by changing others never really works and tends to be disempowering for all concerned. On the other hand, learning how to go inside and change an inaccurate belief or perception can have a profound impact on a situation and is an act of self-empowerment.

When Dr. Bruce Lipton said, “When you change a belief, you can change your whole life,” this is what he was talking about. So whenever you find yourself wrestling with a challenge, instead of fixating on what others need to change, step back, go inward and discover what you need to change and then change it. Responding to a challenge in this way can have a profound impact on your whole life.

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Children See


Children see—even if they don’t have the capacity to articulate what they see—they see and their mind records what they see. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on the situation and how you respond.

Many, many years ago when my son was about three-and-a-half, I went on an errand that I thought would take about 15 to 20 minutes, with the intent that afterward we would go to the park and play. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that way. I thought all I had to do was walk into the stationery store, pick up a job from the printer, pay for it, and leave. When we arrived, we were told to would take just a little more time. Well, that little more time stretched into 45 minutes.

I kept offering to come back later, but they kept saying it would only take a few more minutes. In the process, I found myself getting increasingly frustrated and angry. In hopes of reducing some of the stress I finally took my son by the hand and walked the isles in hopes of finding some pens and paper I could buy him so we would have something to play with while we were waiting.

We had just found the pens and paper when the owner came out and announced that the job would not be done until the next day, so I purchased the pens and paper, left the store and headed to the park.

In the back seat of the car on the way to the park, my son drew the above portrait of me.

When got to the park, he showed me his picture. I was stunned! In that moment, even though it was embarrassing to have been captured so accurately I said, “Wow! That is amazing! I was really angry. I was really frustrated!” He smiled and said, “Yes!” Then he jumped out of the car and said, “Lets go down the slide,”

I have held on to that picture for several decades in hopes of reminding myself to be more conscious of my beliefs, perceptions, and actions, because children are observing, and it is impacting them all of the time even if they don’t have the capacity to articulate what they see.

I have found that the ICWIB activities not only help me reduce stress and release bottled-up emotions, but that they also help me see more clearly, which ultimately helps me to not take on inaccurate beliefs, and to transform the ones I have already taken on.

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Not a Waste of Time

A Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania study found that coloring, drawing, and doodling make us feel more relaxed because they activate the prefrontal cortex, which helps control the brain’s reward pathways and contributes to our emotions, decision-making capabilities, and motivation.

In this study, the participants were given paper and markers and instructed to doodle in several different ways. They found that during each of the activities—in just three minutes’ time—blood flow increased in the prefrontal cortex of the brain.

After the final activity was complete, the subjects were asked to report their state of mind, both in regard to their drawing activities and how they were feeling about themselves. The responses were overwhelmingly positive, suggesting that time spent drawing, doodling, or coloring is not a waste.

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Who Would You Be Without Your Story?

A friend just sent me something that contained the following question, “Who would you be without your story?” The question caught my eye and intrigued me enough that I began pondering the question.

What if I had been born a man instead of a woman? What if I was tall instead of short? What if I had become a doctor instead of an artist? A linear thinker not a visual learner? What if I had grown-up with brothers instead of sisters? Or grown up a different race or in a different country? Would I have the same honor code? Would I have the same integrity line? Would I still feel that being centered, clear, and accountable was mandatory? The more questions I asked myself, the more intrigued I became with the idea of “Who am I without the story my family, friends, and I have woven?”

After several days of pondering, I finally came up with an answer—I would be the part of me that I refer to as my authentic self. Yes! I would still have the same honor code and integrity line. I would still feel it was important to walk through life as centered and as clear as possible. I would still feel it is important to be accountable for all of my actions and make restitution. I would still believe that everyone is good, has profound gifts to share with the world, and is capable of fulfilling his or her potential.

The funny twist to my story is that at one point early in my art career—when I was in my twenties—I signed my work “Just Me.” Now I am working on being Just Me.

If you would like to ponder the question: Who would I be without my story, I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB! art activities and videos for FREE, because they are a wonderful way to shift mind states and spiral into your authentic nature.

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Bite Yourself in the Butt


Have you ever said or did something that later came back to bite you in the butt? I know I have. When I was younger I tried to sweep those moments under the rug or downplay them because not being perfect and being caught in the act of not being perfect was too embarrassing. Now in my less-than-glorious moments, I try to not run, hide, or sweep the event under the rug. Instead, I try to stop, look inside, and discover the root or underlying belief or perception behind my behavior, and then change that. This is not a chastising moment, but rather one of peaceful and loving acceptance of myself.

How does stopping and going inside help me discover the underlying cause or belief? Slowing down and observing each step helps me to shift from my reactive, unconscious mind to my conscious, creative problem-solving mind. In the process, I gain the ability to see the cause of my problem, and also create a new and more appropriate response. This is what Dr. Bruce Lipton is talking about when he said, “…When you change a belief or perception you can change your whole life…”

I often turn to the simple ICWIB art activities, which require no artistic training or skill because they are a fun and easy way to discover the underlying belief or perception behind behavior, and then change it.

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Epigenetics 101

Even today, medical students and practitioners are operating under the assumption that genes are the primary factors in biological processes and that we are essentially all just victims of our heredity. To put it simply, modern science has mistaken the blueprint, in this case the DNA, for the contractor who actually builds the house.

The revolutionary science of Dr. Bruce Lipton proved that it’s actually the cell membrane, which is covered in hundreds of thousands of receptor proteins, that is specialized to interpret different signals from the environment and relay the information back to the cells. Epigenetics has scientifically proven that evolution is no longer a mindless game of chance based on random hereditary variance, rather it is an interactive dance between organism and environment.

Since we now know that evolution is not a mindless game of chance, but rather this interaction, how can we actively transform any negative programs we have and also help our children transform any negative programs they might have already acquired?

I Create What I Believe! Program, endorsed by Dr. Bruce Lipton and based on his research, offers fun and scientifically sound activities that teach both children and adults how to transform negative programs quickly and effortlessly. 

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