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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.

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

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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/

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/