Innate Health Education And Resiliency Training
WHAT IS iHEART:
iHEART is a schools project launched by the Innate Health Centre in collaboration with highly trained Innate Health practitioners.
It has, at its heart, the welfare of the entire school community. It is dedicated to educating adults and students within the school setting about their innate mental health and well-being. We help each individual realise their full potential through understanding states of mind in the classroom.
Our aim is to create a culture of well-being and resilience within the school community in and amongst students, teachers and parents, to enhance the learning experience and to promote an enriched educational and social climate.
HOW WE ACHIEVE OUR AIM:
We share a simple, yet profound understanding of our psychological functioning through the Three Principles of Innate Health.
To derive maximum benefit, we recommend a three-tiered approach: involving students, teachers and parents. Nevertheless, the school environment will still benefit should parents not take part in the training.
IH Practitioners are not therapists: while many IH Practitioners might have previous psychology and counselling backgrounds, the nature of this work is educational – NOT therapeutic.
TRAINING FOR STUDENTS:
Through weekly sessions in the classroom, the students will be introduced to the powerful role that thought plays in creating their realities, their feeling states, their moods and ultimately, their behaviour. They will rediscover and reconnect with their innate resilience and their ability to access wisdom and creativity in all situations.
There will be the opportunity for students to meet with a practitioner on an individual basis, should they wish to do so.
The sessions will be:
- Relevant to their lives and to the issues they are dealing with
- Interesting and thought-provoking
- Practical and empowering
The sessions will empower the students to:
- Access their innate resilience in difficult times
- Reconnect with feelings of security and confidence within
- Understand the source of exam and peer pressure
- Make appropriate choices, using their innate common sense
- Deal with challenging situations and people
- Realise their full potential
- Understand their thoughts and feelings, how they help and how they hinder
TRAINING FOR EDUCATORS:
To educate the teachers in this understanding so that they can:
- Develop an understanding of their own resilience and well-being
- Realise the importance of their state of mind in the classroom
- Develop a common language and understanding with the students within the school community
- Create a healthy, positive, learning environment in the classroom
- Teach from a responsive and not reactive place
- Find real-time teaching moments to point students in the direction of their innate wisdom
- Nurture the innate and infinite potential of their students
- Access their own clarity regarding how best to support their students
- Establish an excellent rapport with the students, fostering respect and a healthy atmosphere in the classroom
- Learn to listen beyond a student’s “bad behaviour” to gain insight to what is actually going on, and generate progress and learning for the students
- Understand how stress is created so they can access a calm and clear mind
Through workshops (format to be agreed) and ongoing support (again, to be agreed), teachers will be introduced to the Three Principles understanding behind their psychological experience.
TRAINING FOR PARENT BODY:
To educate parents in this understanding so that they can:
- Access their own well-being and resilience
- Realise the impact of state of mind on effective parenting
- Nurture healthy conversation
- Learn to listen
- Understand stress
- Participate in and facilitate their children’s emergence into confident, independent and responsible adults in a healthy family setting
Parents will be invited to participate in a five-week parenting course at the IHC or within the relevant school setting.
WHAT ARE THE PRINCIPLES OF MIND, CONSCIOUSNESS, AND THOUGHT; WHY WOULD LEARNING ABOUT THEM HELP ME?
By Dr George Pransky
Where do feelings come from? When I’m anxious or depressed, inspired or content; what causes those feelings? If I can understand the cause, maybe I could end up with more of the feelings I want in life, and less of the ones I don’t want.
We’ve all had ideas, insights or realisations that have changed us or put us on a new and better path. Where do those ideas come from within us? If we knew the answer to that question we might have them more often.
The Three Principles of Mind, Thought and Consciousness uncovered by Sydney Banks provide the answers to all these questions. By simply learning about these principles, people actually end up having nicer lives regardless of their past, their personality, or their circumstances.
Up to this point, the field of psychology has typically pointed to factors like early childhood conditioning, brain chemistry, or life circumstances as the primary source of the feelings we live in like depression, happiness, and self-confidence. The assumption has been that these factors affect everyone and are largely beyond the person’s control. At best people could learn to cope with the feeling which is why the field of counselling and therapy was originally created.
What people are finding, however, is that the factors that were thought to be fixed and limiting to people’s personal well-being don’t fully account for people’s feelings. For example, it’s common to see families in which two siblings have similar genetics and childhood conditioning, yet one is particularly high-spirited while the other struggles with depression. Sydney Banks suggested a much more scientific understanding of where our feelings and our well-being comes from, and how we’re not tied to those causal factors like childhood conditioning or brain chemistry.
In the 1970’s Sydney Banks discovered that every feeling that someone has, comes from the thought he/she is having at that very moment. Every time a thought changes, the feelings changes accordingly, with no exception. In a way, human beings could be seen as “experience-creating machines” that use the gift of Thought to create mental images and the gift of Consciousness to bring those images to life into a full-blown experience. Indeed, creating an experience of life in every moment is what fills our days as human beings.
The power and ability to create our feelings and moment-to-moment experiences comes from the third principal we call Mind. In the same way that our bodies are connected to what biologists call the ‘life force,’ our minds are connected to Mind, the very essence of life, the formless energy and the intelligence behind life. We are all connected to Mind. Thus, we are all capable of wisdom, if not genius, at any moment. This universal intelligence comes to us through our thinking as if out of the blue to guide us in our lives.
In summary, the principle of Thought enables us to formulate our mental lives moment-to-moment. The principle of Consciousness allows us to feel and experience the mental life that thought formulates, and this is all connected to the Principle of Mind – the very source of the intelligence behind life. These Three Principles offer tremendous hope and possibility to human beings. It is reassuring for human beings to know that whatever unpleasant experience we might have, whether it is depression, anxiety, or frustration, is always just the thoughts we are entertaining at that moment. By nature, our thoughts are transient, and when they leave our minds, the accompanying feelings leave us as well. It’s very hopeful and helpful to us to understand that we are naturally resilient in this way.
The Three Principles – in essence – describe the landscape for the human experience.
Seeing the system of the mind allows us to navigate life with understanding and accountability. It allows us to make meaning of life when we might otherwise be overwhelmed or misled. To the extent that we grasp these principles, we won’t as easily get frightened by our life experience.
The Three Principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought reassure us that even in our darkest moments we are one thought away from insight, relief, or a more helpful perception. We don’t have to “make that happen” because it’s in our nature to have new thoughts and to see life with more wisdom.
In short, the Three Principles suggest that we are not passive receptors of life circumstances and events destined to be thrown about by life’s adversity. Instead, it is our nature that we – knowingly or unknowingly – internally generate our own personal experience of life, moment to moment, within our own psyche. Thankfully, every psyche is connected to the very source of life with its infinite intelligence. Knowledge of these Three Principles can help us to gracefully move beyond our struggles and help us to find new thought and insight that we need as we go through life.