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“Gamma Doodling” Group

…Because sometimes, seeing is believing!

Image re doodle of 'relax now'It can be challenging to discover and integrate building a habit of relaxation.  And sometimes, it feels like work… Just like a spoonful of medicine, you know you need it – so you grimly try to make room for it, in an already overflowing schedule.

It’s a stressed-out and stressful, busy world we all live in.  Sometimes slowing down can feel like a wistful wish.  And so can finding fun ways to relax.

What else might be possible for you if – instead of feeling stressed, tired, anxious, and dragging yourself through life – you could feel greater joy and relaxation?

It really is possible to change this… That’s why I designed the “Gamma Doodling” group.

This group is for you, if

  • You want to find, or deepen, your connection to your own creativity and inspiration… (no prior art experience necessary)
  • You want to find a new way to relax, that’s fun and easy to do
  • You’re interested in improving your concentration/focus.
  • You‘d like to connect more deeply with your sense of intuition.
  • You want a fun way to clear “blocks” in your creativity or your problem-solving.
  • You long to feel deeper joy and spontaneity.
  • You’d like to see visual evidence of the changes you’re creating in your life.
  • And, most importantly, you’re willing to risk trying something new, just to see how it helps you become more of who you truly are!

Image of gamma doodle flowersThese things are all possible, through the joy of simple doodling.  I know, this sounds way too simple…

But it’s true.  And it’s powerfully backed in this group by the science of brainwave re-training.  (So what’s that?  More on that later).

We’ll be using specific gamma frequencies which are associated with creating deep change – helping you tap into your hidden potential… to more easily shift and grow into greater calm, creativity and confidence…

Why ‘doodling’?

Doodling is a simple, easy, do-it-anywhere activity which anyone who can draw a simple line can do  (Yes, you too – regardless of where you are on the creativity spectrum, from artist to stick-figure draw-er…).  And all it takes is a pen and paper.

Image re: joyAs reported in Psychology Today magazine, “While the process may look intricate, it is a deceptively simple pathway to relaxation and inner focus.  In fact, proponents of the practice note that it has multiple benefits, including calming an anxious mind, increasing self-confidence, and cultivating moment-to-moment awareness in a similar way as mindfulness meditation”. [1]

Other suggested benefits of doodling include:

  • It’s self-soothing. There’s something about the creative, repetitive nature, and particularly when you have no intended outcome, which creates measurable relaxation benefits.
  • It teaches us to celebrate making ‘mistakes’ – to see them as unintended surprises, which can mirror a life-lesson: It’s how we adapt and respond to the unexpected that really matters. There’s always learning to be integrated.
  • It’s been reported to “develop inner focus; increase dexterity; improve concentration; and reduce stress” [2]
  • It supports letting go of judgements and criticism, minimizing stress and anxiety. [3]
  • Improved self-esteem [4] – It just feels really good to begin with a simple squiggle, and witness something beautiful emerging, one small stroke at a time.

So, what’s brainwave re-training?

Image of doodled bikeBrainwave re-training is like using training wheels on a bike.  It supports, creates and trains real physical change in the brain – developing new neural pathways which, with practice (more re-training) then become self-sustaining… with us then being able to more easily move into greater relaxation, creativity, and focus, at will.

Historically, research on brainwave re-training has reported it helping with stress, anxiety, relaxation, ADHD, learning disabilities, memory, mood and behavioral problems.  (If you really love reading about science, click here for more information about gamma and  the research).

And what are gamma brainwaves… how do they help us change?

Scientists have studied the brainwave patterns of long-time Tibetan monks who’d had many years of meditation. Unlike newer meditators, when asked to focus their meditation on compassion, the monks’ E.E.G.s consistently showed them cycling more extensively in gamma, within the brainwave frequencies associated with deep compassion and unity consciousness.

With new technological breakthroughs, these states of deep relaxation, once only experienced by monks who’d spent many years in disciplined meditation, can now be experienced by you.   The sound technology we’ll be using creates the most optimal environment for doing just that.

Personally, I love gamma doodling!  And I’m just gonna say it… I’m no artist.

Image - my pre-gamma doodles

A doodle from one week before I started Gamma Doodling

Image of my first Gamma Doodle

My very first Gamma Doodle, from day one…

 

So, when I started working with this combination of doodling and gamma frequencies, I was both surprised and delighted with my very first gamma doodling picture.  (Well, altogether amazed is more accurate!  🙂 )

Over the subsequent few weeks, it increased my intuitive creativity… supported my developing creative new ways of solving problems… And it’s also helped me relax into spontaneity… for me, there’s a deep joy in just allowing something to unfold spontaneously… I feel both more relaxed, and more focused.  Besides all that, it’s just plain FUN!!  And since those initial experiences, doodling has continued to deepen all these aspects of me, in me.

Image of Doodle - "All the World's a Stage"The “Gamma Doodling” group

  • We meet once a week for 6 weeks, for 2 hours each, during which time we are bathed within gamma brainwave frequencies…
  • Beginning with a short focusing topic [**], we then share a 10 to 15 minute guided visualization meditation, to deeply connect with the gamma frequencies.
  • We doodle in silence for about an hour, allowing the gamma frequencies to stimulate and inspire our creativity, to help us experience greater focus and relaxation.
  • We share (for those who wish to) in a circle at the end to notice, explore and deepen our experiences, with others in the group.

[**] Short weekly focusing topics may include: getting unstuck – understanding brainwaves and re-training your brain; working with patterns in our lives – problem solving (using foreground/background); balancing light and dark; adding in color.

As with all my work (please see my warm disclosure page for more details), these sessions are intended to support you in connecting to your own inner healing resources.

To enquire about the next free introductory Gamma Doodling session, and the beginning of the next Gamma Doodling group, please go here…

To read about my other group programs, you’ll find them all here…

To read more about our iQube technology, please go here…

To have a look at more of my blog posts,  you can check them out here…

Footnotes –

  1. Cathy Malchiodi, PhD., in Psychology Today magazine (regarding Zentangle, a ‘doodling-like’ activity).
  2. Suzanne McNeill, CZT
  3. Katie Butler, CZT
  4. Ridgewood Centre Wellness