Roni Chambers received a message from her right brain through red crayon teepees. It was the summer of 2011 and Chambers was sitting through a workshop facilitated by Bill Donius on unlocking the genius of the right brain. Multi-colored crayons were scattered across the table.
“I had a red crayon,” she says. “It was interesting to analyze the people open to the process by who picked up the crayons and who used their pens.”
Chambers works as the Executive Director for the GO! Network in St. Louis which provides networking opportunities and targeted employment resources for professionals in transition. She had just recently made a life altering decision by selling her house in West County and purchasing a ten acre farm in Desoto, Missouri. She says she was in a moment of huge transition when she was exposed to Bill’s exercises. After hearing one particular question, Chambers found herself drawing a series of teepees.
“I remember thinking that I just wanted to be on that farm all the time and what could I do to make that happen? I had been toying with the idea of making the land a place of healing and somewhere for people to go to get away from the city and get reacquainted with nature. For me, Bill’s exercise was the opportunity to explore what that looked like.”
Donius sees his coaching process as an alternative route to inspiration and way to leave the conformity taught to us by our brains.
“Our brains are built first and foremost for survival. It explains our evolution as a species and how our brains are very adapt at learning what it needs to keep us alive. It craves the path of conformity. But when we are walking down a worn path or we’re on cruise control, it becomes harder to make changes in our lives or even see HOW to make those changes.”
He explains that his intentions as a ‘coach’ is to assist people to transform their thinking and their learning. The value to others becomes the access to the imaginations hidden within their brains by applying the right/left brain methodology.
“If convention and tradition were the way to finding the solutions to our lives then most of us would already have the answers,” he says. “But by using a different process, we are actually creating new neural pathways of learning and understanding within our brains.”
David Dresner, an entrepreneur from Santa Monica, California, says his work with Bill provided him a way to confirm his own intuitions after graduating from Washington University.
“I had just graduated college and I knew I didn’t want to become an investment banker,” he says. “Bill was very much a mentor for me in that I felt comfortable with him, and I was able to tap into my own intuitions and thereby chose a different path. His method helps people make decisions. It isn’t the only technique, but it is a great tool to pull out when you’re in doubt about a decision in business or relationships. If you’re not very self-aware at that moment, you can master those techniques and do them anywhere.”
Roberta Greene is a PR professional from New York City who says her experience with Bill’s coaching process led her to an “Aha” moment.
“I’ve worked in public relations for decades and must admit I haven’t seen anything quite like Bill’s book Thought Revolution before,” she says. “After some coaching from Bill on how to use this process, I decided to take on a subject I’ve been wrestling with, so I asked, ‘What can I do to improve the quality of my life?’ I wrote, ‘piano’ with my non-dominant hand. It was an ‘Aha’ moment for me. I started out as a child piano prodigy but have not played in years. I instantly remembered that playing a piano had brought me a great deal of satisfaction and joy, so I went out and bought one that day! I was stunned at how effortlessly this idea flowed forth and how obvious it seemed AFTER I used the right brain writing technique to retrieve it from the deep recesses of my mind. I’m hooked”
For Chambers, her intuition has led her to bringing those red crayon teepees to life on her farm as a functional retreat and horse sanctuary.
“Eventually, I will have ten or so teepees strategically placed around the property in the woods, near the creek, by the pond and in the pasture. It’ll be a place you can go to get back in touch with nature or to build a relationship with a horse. Horses are amazing from a healing perspective. Their huge eyes look right into the soul. My vision is that people will use this property to get themselves to a healthier place.”
“My job is to help people meet their own intentions and their own inner truths. I’m just a messenger.
I believe that every human is born with their own, unique ‘personal potential.’ That each person carries the ability to be ‘the best me, I can possibly be.’ But for many, this ‘potential’ often stays trapped inside, without a process or way to be unleashed.
As Americans, we are burdened with a logic-first, and in many ways, a logic-only culture. When most of us think of personal potential, we view it only in terms of tangible achievement: gaining an MBA, dropping 30 pounds, running a marathon. What we focus on too little is the power to guide our own personal destiny: finding and living our best and highest use. Achievement, not on someone else’s terms, but on those that are unique to our own, personal blueprint.
When I talk about ‘personal potential,’ I don’t mean a one-size-fits-all path, or cultural doctrine like “everyone needs to go to college,” but rather, the one path that is uniquely yours, and yours alone. Too few of us follow this potential, because our culture doesn’t necessarily encourage it, and even in those rare cases where an enlightened parent or teacher encourages it, the tools to unlock this potential aren’t readily known, or understood.
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