What Do You Do?

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.

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An Inspired Life

Is it possible to live an inspired life in our current stress-and-fear-filled society? Could living an inspired life help bring about the needed change? Or would it feel like an act of denial? Webster’s Dictionary definition of inspired is, “ …aroused, animated or imbued with spirit to do a certain thing by, or as if by, supernatural or divine influence.”

When we consider the pollution level of the planet, the shortcomings of our educational system, the divorce rate, the rising crime rate, political upheaval, and global warming, it is easy to see that a new course of action is needed. Many years ago Albert Einstein said, “We can’t solve our problems using the same kind of thinking that created them.” So obviously our global challenges have primed us for a new approach to life. So, why not also an inspired life approach?

When I think about it from this perspective, what better time than now for everyone to focus on creating an inspired life? This simple shift of focus could change our perceptions and open up in us new ways of thinking. On the other hand, how could this happen when the day-to-day grind of trying to make enough money to pay our bills, do laundry, and make the meals leaves many people with barely enough time to think, let alone envision or create an inspired life? Is it even possible to live an inspired life under such stressful conditions? I think it is, with a simple shift in perception.

When I was growing up, cherry time was my favorite time of year. I was very fortunate because the couple that lived across the street had a very large cherry tree, and they always let me pick as many cherries as I wanted. I would usually pick a large shopping bag filled to the top. Then my friend Denise and I would sit on the front porch steps of our house and eat cherries until our stomachs ached. I am not sure which was more fun, eating the sweet succulent cherries or seeing how far you could spit the pit.

One year the cherries had a lot of worms. That’s didn’t stop me! I approached the task with my usual enthusiasm, but with a slight change in my approach—instead of stuffing multiple cherries in my mouth at one time, I would carefully open each cherry to check for worms before eating it. This slowed down the process, but it also created a whole new experience. Previously we were just focused on eating cherries and spitting the pits. The “year of the worms” we found ourselves focusing on new and clever ways of extracting the worms and in the process our perception of the problem changed. We were no longer annoyed but instead viewed the experience as an adventure. We certainly ate as many cherries, but from our “adventure experience” perspective we also found ourselves feeling more animated, more alive, and very inspired. It was in that experience that I realized that being inspired or having an inspired life is just a state of mind. We always have the choice to either be burdened and downtrodden by a situation, or we can embrace it with our heart and soul and become inspired.

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 help you become more open and present, and ultimately help you create an inspired life.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every child in this country, or even better, imagine if every man, woman and child in the world was able to transform any inaccurate beliefs they had that hindered their ability to grow, learn and live an inspired life. I think this should become a reality!

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The Zen of Seeing

Fredrick Franck, in his book The Zen of Seeing, talks about approaching drawing from a contemplative point of view. “What I have not drawn I have never really seen,” he says. “Once you start drawing the ordinary thing from the inside out you realize how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle.” He likens drawing in this manner to a spiritual practice or discipline. I view it as a way of life—don’t allow yourself to be swayed or thrown off course by external appearances, instead learn to identify and respond to the inner truth.

The Zen of Seeing method, like the I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB!) Program, endorsed by Dr. Bruce Lipton and based on his research, is a way to learn how to go inward, become fully present in the moment, and connect more deeply with life and yourself.

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

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Do We Need to Endure Boredom?

Are you bored? Do you believe that boredom is part of life and you need to endure it?  Or are you aware that boredom, like confusion, discontentment, and frustration are signals from your body saying your current situation, or your belief about the situation, is not good for your biology.

Boredom is not something we want to ignore or teach our children to endure. It is more effective to look at what message the body may be trying to convey when anyone feels bored. Boredom often occurs when there isn’t enough, or the right kind of, stimulation to engage the brain in learning. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to increase the volume or quantity of stimulation. It could just mean the approach is not engaging.

When you hear someone repeatedly express boredom, it would also be good to realize that what he or she is really saying is, “Help, my brain is going to sleep or starting to waste away!” Benjamin Gottlieb, in his book, Coping with Chronic Stress, demonstrates that under-activity in the brain can produce a health risk by encouraging atrophy of nerve cells in the hippocampus––a region of the brain that is essential for spatial and verbal memory.

Understanding what it feels like when engagement is taking place in your body and mind is important, but how can we develop that awareness? The process is quite simple. Reflect on an activity that you enjoy and ask yourself what about it you most enjoy. Is it the physical, mental, emotional, or creative challenge that engages you the most? Then reflect on the situation that is boring you. Does it contain any of the same qualities that previously engaged you? If not, is there a way you could approach it differently so it would possess some of those qualities?

For me, physical motion is the most essential. I am engaged and the happiest when I am moving around. So if I am bored, or feel stifled in any way I always try to move my body. Clearly I would prefer going for a long bike ride or hiking but when that is not a possibility, I will pick up a pencil and scribble, doodle, or draw. The composition is not important. What is important is how the movement of my pencil and my fascination with what is emerging on my paper affects my mind.

When I was growing up my mother always told me that I needed to listen and follow instructions. Regrettably, she was telling to me listening to her, my teachers, and all other authority figures and doing exactly what I was told to do. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t. Not because I was stupid, bad, or incapable, but because my mind organized life differently and I had a very unique learning style.

I struggled for many years until I realized that this “one-size-fits-all” approach to learning was ridiculous!

Learning how to use my pencil to keep my mind engaged and relax my body changed my life! Now when I find myself frustrated, confused, uncomfortable, or bored I just pick up my pencil and in the process I uncover what isn’t working for me and what I need to change. This is exactly what both children and adults students learn to do in the I Create What I Believe! art program. With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB! art activities and videos for FREE.

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Excited to Announce!

After several months of hard work, I am excited to announce the launching of the new I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB) Global Classroom, and my two new websites. The websites addresses are the same: and, but information is easier to find, and the websites are now mobile friendly. The ICWIB Global Classroom now makes it possible for anyone who is interested in learning more about the ICWIB Program to do so via FREE teleconferences and Skype.

The reason for these changes is simple: I have received numerous e-mails from people around the world who are interested in learning more about the ICWIB program, but lack the funds or ability to attend an in-person workshop. Also, Google now requires all websites to be mobile friendly.

The ICWB Global Classroom format makes it possible for individuals to host ICWIB Introductory Presentations in their homes, schools or communities. These presentations are by donation only and all of the money that is collected goes towards a scholarship fund for individuals and/or groups that would greatly benefit from the ICWIB in-depth training and materials, but lack the financial means. So if you attend or host an event you are giving both yourself and others life-changing information and skills.

The ICWB Global Classroom is also offering FREE monthly teleconferences for any individual or group who purchases a kit or has previously purchased a kit. These teleconferences are a way to work directly with Nancy Marie, get your questions answered, and receive special pointers on how to adapt specific activities to fit you or your students’ unique needs.

My mother used to say, “Peace begins at home.” I feel that the creation of World Peace can find its start within each of us, for when we are clear and in touch with our authentic nature we become part of the solution–not part of the problem.

After teaching the ICWIB program to both young and old for over 10 years , it has been evident that sharing these simple and scientifically sound tools has made a pivotal difference in the lives of many participants. The launching of the ICWB Global Classroom is my way of helping everyone become a local dynamic source for World Peace. Together, I know we can bring about a significant change in our families, communities, and the world.

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