Manifesting dreams by changing inner dialogue

Trust in the future is when you are connected to, or learning, your intentions from the inside out …..

In a previous post I mentioned how the experience of the first eight months of this year has increased my focus on a couple of life areas that I hadn’t given much attention to in past years. One was my relationship of a significant other and the second was having space that felt like my home.

What I had been experiencing in those two life areas came from neighbours. One was an older married man who became a stalker and a large family next door who turned out to be a part of a bigger family circle of whom owned the house I was in. It was an unwelcome experience that lacked boundaries and became what I can only call as having watchers. I also had to insist they stay off the property as my office was located off the garden which resulted in a level of hostility in the masculine householder that was at a level not appropriate for the circumstances. They felt an ownership over the property. I simply wanted my clients to feel comfortable in movement sessions.

Even without clarity in these two life areas, home and relationship, I did include them in my own goals for the last few years in a sketchy way. The universe must have been listening as last fall a bomb blew up my lifestyle. That bomb was the stimulus to forcefully manifest some long term goals that I had been considering for two previous years yet couldn’t see a way forward and was stuck. I hadn’t anticipated fulfilling them would be out of my control or dramatic as it was. I am thankful that this blow up was my residence and business location and not my health. The universe has its own wake up calls.

I am also grateful I made a decision not to lock into something in fear and make immediate commitments. I still didn’t have a dream. When the bomb blew up it stimulated inner questioning of a third life area, my own career and it’s direction. I took a leap of faith and an attitude of seeing what came to me. I was open to anything being possible. This became a discovery of who I am, and what I can do.

I had three life areas that represented stability all without a hard focus; home, career and relationship. All three are the cornerstones of groundedness and stability. These three areas reflect basic needs for survival; shelter, food and water, and any one of them would influence the other six life areas; wealth, health, future, spirit/knowledge, community and fame.

Now preparing materials for others to put their next year intentions to paper I began reviewing my own. I get how transitional this year has been so far. Yet I have discovered a new dimension of integration of my own dreams into a core experience, while simultaneously believing in them as though they have actually happened. It’s a new way of manifesting them. Like attracts like. All these years of emphasising this to others to try and challenge their resistance for taking actions and now here is my own experience of it. This time with a deeper personal connection to this statement. I have finally found the piece that has been missing for me in that popular nineties philosophy – the law of attraction.

What I am most proud of is how the guidance is a pattern for creating a new inner language. By following the program over the years since developing it myself, it has created a new inner way of speaking that I can describe as one of achievement. One that makes things possible. There is no trying or effort. It is simply a pattern of learning that appears can change the inner dialogue process. I am ecstatic to experience this new dimension of being able to manifest from a core level of connection to myself that is not influenced by mainstream ideologies.

I write about a concrete example of this direct core action in Finding my breath and motivation after COVID (?) has been like creating lemonade from a lemon.

I am reminded that this is what I mentor to others. Now connecting to this dimension for manifesting dreams myself I look forward to being able to support their deeper connections to actively becoming their own intentions.
Being in a circle with one of my mentors in 2004, Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, Phd & Author of Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life, I reflected on his question on where we as individuals could see ourselves taking these teachings. I knew in my heart that I wanted to integrate this language into the somatic journey of the Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic Education. In Feldenkrais there are two ways of offering movement education we call Awareness through Movement and Functional Integration. Each one is focused on patterns for the participant to become self-aware versus being told what to do. One is hands on called FI for short and the other are group lessons called ATM for short. This goal program that I call Awareness through Goals is an added functional dimension of human behaviour and the missing piece in the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education for me. It is the development of inner dialogue that becomes thinking and ways we communicate. By following the goal pattern one integrates universal values into their very conscious way of being from which all action springs from. Marshall it’s taken close to two decades to achieve this. I hope you and Robert Gonzales are watching over and smiling your approval.

The only way to change is action

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Finding my breath and motivation after COVID (?) has been like creating lemonade from a lemon

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

This spring I think I caught COVID for possibly the second time (tested negative).  It scared the hell out of me afterwards when trying to do what I love, walking.  My breathing was compromised, big time.  My lungs screamed after a few steps and I would have to wear a mask to regulate my breathing for it to stop.

I wondered what to do? 

I took out an old rebounder and got to  jumping.  I didn’t know if it would work but knew it would drain my lymph nodes at the very least.  At first I could only continue for 2 & 1/2 minutes.  Dang.  Slowly the time crept up, as breathing came easier and I was able to push through my resistance to exercising.   Each new time challenge became easier.  Ambition led to trying some other exercises which led to pulling all the muscles around the circumference my ribs.  Intercostal muscle strain meant moving carefully with no jumping or ambitious exercise for six weeks.  

I was able to transition to running on the rebounder though. I knew I didn’t want to lay down as experience has taught me if one does, one may never get up! As the minutes creeped up I asked myself, who is this? This isn’t me. Apparently it was! At some point I felt a new connection to a core energy sensation that easily disappeared as soon as I became distracted by thinking. Any inclination to think at all and the connection of sensing this core strength was gone. Thank goodness for mindfulness training. When awareness of this physical felt sensation connection started to grow I got that I was running towards my future.  I wasn’t sure what this meant only that is was exciting. When my rib muscles finally stopped hurting I started with resistance bands for upper body strength training and that’s when I began to get some understanding of what running into my future meant. I recognized this as an aspect of who I always wanted to be in my dream relationship yet never bothered to make it a priority. This COVID scare could have been a downer yet it turns out has actually turned into a great awakening of personal awareness.

Work out time has crept past 45 minutes a day and now is going towards my goal of 60 minutes. My original fear I felt about my breath has turned into an experience of running into who I choose to be and want to be when my wish fulfilled (my person) and I discover (accept) each other. I emphasize I want to be this person for myself, not them. I hope this is who they experience in me. Running into my future has become an action of manifesting and integrating my dreams as though I am that person I crave to be in a relationship. I have a new long term cycle beginning and it’s like my inner self is aligning for a deeper and more active relationship this coming year.

This COVID type experience has returned focus to my physicality and inner strength. This could be fun!

I am reminded that this is what I mentor to others. Now connecting to this dimension for manifesting dreams myself I look forward to being able to support their deeper connections to actively becoming their own intentions.

The only way to change is action

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Be the Master Creator of your 2022 experience

If anything, we have learned life and lifestyles do not remain the same. Since 2020 the lesson has been changeability in all avenues of living. The changes have been so great that there is no going back to “normal.” The new normal is innovation.

Any meaningful change begins when you notice what you would like to do differently in a non-judging way 

How to begin explore change verses forcing change through concepts

 Becoming your own Master Creator of your experience

The steps of turning Intentions into Goals begins with exploring a vision of 2022.  It is then followed by noticing the illusive four walls of experience created by the nature seasons; fall, winter, spring and summer.  This connection to intention can then easily be turned into a doable guided pattern incorporating universal values, characteristics and qualities in a novel and uncluttered way by creating new habits through the months and seasons.  The ease of learning is integrated through the experience from a simple guided pattern.  Awareness through creation that uses intention before focused action.

Take the re off reactive

Turning intentions into doable goals in 5 easy, integrative steps

There are 5 fun and easy steps to activating the integration of intention and action in a meaningful way using a novel pattern to stimulate right and left brain functions with activities that can create life-enriching experiences and relationships.   As each step can be life-changing and integrative commit to spend time on each step before moving to the next one.  Direction suggestions will be given for each step.

STEP #1 – THE FOUNDATION

Book time with yourself to focus your attention through your creative nature.  This step can be a private experience in your own space or shared with a friend group or spent privately with a mentor or coach.  It will take up to two hours to lay out the image with additional time to gather materials beforehand.  This initial step will be stimulating.  Let it digest for a minimum of three days before moving to step two.

What is stopping you from moving to a life of more joy?

The thinker

  • If you hesitate as you believe you are not creative, go beyond this thought and gather together some magazines, glue, scissors and some paper.   Create a collage mixing pictures and words that speak to you.
  • If you tell yourself you are dominantly a thinker, go beyond this thought and gather up some of your favorite magazines, glue, scissors and some paper.  Create a collage using words and include pictures that speak to you.
  • If you cannot devote this time to  be adventuresome and connect to  yourself and growth, pause and make a commitment and do it anyhow.  This is as important as eating, sleeping, and socializing, etc.  Perhaps even more important as it is the point of clarity and balance in  our natures.  It is invaluable learning and guidance that comes from  within.
  • Your choices:
Create with abandon
Start where you are  ←learn more
Create with the support of a coach & mentor privately or group←learn more

The artist

  • Gather the medium you wish to create with such as water colours, oil, charcoal, etc.
  • Create a vision of your dreams
  • Your choices:
Create with abandon
Start where you are  ←learn more
Create with the support of a coach & mentor privately or group←learn more

The musician

  • Gather music sheets and pencil/pen or instrument.
  • Create music for your dreams
  • Your choices:
Create with abandon
Start where you are  ←learn more
Create with the support of a coach & mentor privately or group←learn more

The physical

  • Gather pen & paper and locate a place in nature that you can walk ALONE under and surrounded by trees.
    • Let this forest bath of smells, sounds & movement calm and slow down your 5 bodies to connect to your inner desires for the coming year
    • Listening inside is a place one can go in nature easily when slowing down to create the space for it. Listening from inside can give you your best guidance.  Use this time to become quiet and let your inner desires be heard.  Remember to make notes afterwards so this experience isn’t fleeting.
    • Your choices:
Create with abandon
Start where you are  ←learn more
Create with the support of a coach & mentor privately or group←learn more

2022 in Numerology is a #6←                                                 Step #2 to 5


by Renee Lindstrom

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Creating your 2022 experience

2022 becomes a #6 in numerology (2 + 2 + 2 = 6)

2020 began the new decade in a number 4 energy that reflected a new operating code. 2021 followed in the energy of number 5 that introduced an opportunity to be present to the experience in the moment and, discovery and adventure. Now, 2022s number six energy brings in hope, partnership, empathy, unconditional love and healing.

#6

The number six is associated with relationships, responsibility, domestic affairs, partnership, love, family and home life. In 2022 energy will move into the relationship area and include finding new love, reinventing love and focus on family and home. Its energy can enhance empathy and compassion.

Nature expresses balance and beauty through the vibration of 6

In sacred geometry the number six governs the universes material forms and mathematically it is the first number that is both the sum and product of its factors:

1 +2 + 3 = 6
1 x 2 x 3 = 6

Perfect numbers are known for being both harmonious and stable, which are the main characteristics of the number 6.

The qualities of a # 6 are:

  • peace
  • balance
  • harmony
  • love
  • empathy
  • compassion
  • giving
  • justice
  • honesty
  • integrity
  • responsibility

The areas of influence of a #6 are:

  • love
  • plants
  • children
  • pets
  • safety
  • home
  • partnership
  • relationships
  • family
  • reality
  • balance
  • beauty

The focus of 2020 was brick and mortar and the four walls while 2021 was on creation. This year the focus is on meaningful heart connections in relationships, partnerships and family. This could reflect personal intimacy or creating a family type community at work or play.

The support #6 needs:

To be successful in the energy of number 6 there needs to be a focus on self care and organization. The year is one to retrain where you focus your attention first. Instead of actively looking at the horizon first it may be more productive to begin the journey with mindful intention. The number 6 energy can easily be over extended to others expectations and demands. It is important to continue contributing, however in the number 6 energy it’s best to carve out time for doing so. This will free up time for balancing your own health and wellbeing before overextending yourself. This is a year of self–contemplation and understanding of your goals. This focus will balance work, home and play through attention to self-organization.

Read more: Be the Master Builder of your 2022 experience

by Renee Lindstrom

Cultivating Success with Awareness through Goals Programs

 1st Level – Getting Started (Introduction & Pattern)
 2nd Level – Getting Intouch (Experiencing & Connection)
 3rd Level – Integration (Embodiment)

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Awareness of walking

These two videos visually support learning points that I support my students to integrate through movement using guided micromovements in a particular way of exploration. I encourage my students now to watch both of these videos to imprint the visual stimulus for growing envisioning techniques with a focus on transitions of the body’s moving parts.

Why is this important?

Watch this video again, however this time, raise your gaze up towards the hip joints at the top outside of the legs. Notice the weight being dispersed equally side to side with no effort. The movement appears to be dance like in the flow of easy counterbalance motions.

If you continue to observe the video again you may begin to view how lite the legs are with each step. With each separate step the legs response in a similar way as the feet. Using the ability to shift weight this way with through the bone the also shifts forward and back, and side to side. This is why bones have rounded ends into rounded joints.

Remember that the individual leg bones shift weight differently, in any given moment, as a response to the pressure in the foot. For example, the standing leg that bears ones weight is locked at the ankle, knee and hip when the other leg bends at the ankle, knee and hip.

Mentoring micromovement patterns in community learning groups I have observed that one of the biggest culprits to mobility is the loss of this natural counterbalance. In an earlier post I write about the hidden influences in our environment that are silent systems of learning interrupting these natural movements. I believe it started with sitting for long periods of time having a locked focus of attention in one area of function only. I have discovered the outcome to sitting for long periods creates a gap in one’s brain of the natural movement patterns through the bones of ones pelvis, hips, upper and lower legs, knees, angles and feet.

You will see the differences in how these people walk in this second video. In this video they are mostly picking up their feet and not using the ground to push off like the person in the first video.

Begin watching this video with a focus on noticing how both people lift their feet up and hold them in a straight blank like way. This takes an extreme amount of muscle effort which becomes more difficult to continue as one ages.

On second viewing begin to notice their hips. Both people do not have any sway that demonstrates counterbalance through their legs, hips and pelvis. Both of them have one side where the hip seems to bounce hard in the socket of a locked pelvis.  Almost as though wearing an artificial leg. As a Feldenkrais® practitioner I observe a stumble like action.

Watch one more time and lift your  gaze upward to observe turned heads. Each person is looking at the other in a state of intent focus on mental processing. There is no evident counter balance through the upper body. What I see is a locked torso that begins at the base of their neck. It is a much different pattern of walking than in the first video.  

I would describe the first video as effortless and the second one as having tremendous effort.

In the first video the pattern of movement reflects what each toddler has learned in order to roll over, sit up, stand, walk and run. In the second video the pattern of movement reflects what happens through the silent learning patterns in institutional learning systems – sitting in a chair to focus on tasks and memorization. Both these learning systems reflect right and left brain activities. They are both relevant to a healthy and productive life, however there is no balance of both systems. The silent organic and inherent one each of us was born with was replaced by the non-organic one created by our ancestors.

Models of learning are around us starting at birth and continuing into old age.  One never stops learning from the influences surrounding us.  These boards are an example of a learning model that imprints rotations patterns of  movement for those who are having chunky movements and balance issues.   Using these boards at set times throughout the day can enhance integration of the movement pattern, especially if one cultivates awareness of  different shifts in weight.  This pattern of micromoving can reduce inflammation and pain, and increase circulation.  

Mentoring in community for 2 decades provides insight to fundamental truths of aging

Integrative experience shapes learning philosophy of Inside Awareness with Renee Lindstrom

Ongoing Inside Awareness focused classes have been offered through local senior centers for the past twenty years. This continuity has been educational itself. Below is a general breakdown of three areas of focus and the progression of topics offered. Keep in mind that these centers offer classes to two age groups for class participation. One stream is under 50 and one is over 50.

Over the years there have been many take aways and insights to behaviours that block effective learning in these three specialized areas of influence; environment, spoken words, or functional movement and being one of many facilitators in a range of opportunities has been a benefit. This has meant being able to observe and hear about the experiences of both participants and facilitators and witnessing the evolution of trending topics as they come and go.

This unique vantage point has increased the awareness of how influential the environment, thoughts, spoken word and movement patterns are to the quality of living. In earlier articles a focus was on the influences in early developmental patterns in forming one’s beliefs, perspectives and movement postures. (Scroll down to check out articles that influences in early developmental patterns affecting all life functions) Mentoring from the vantage point of this age group over an extended period has been an opportunity to observe and experience the long range effects of these early influences. Early influences such as the design of the furniture, room, curriculum, personalities and interactions.


Progression of Topics over twenty years

#1. Participants seeking meaning in life – age range early 40’s & 50’s

Inside Awareness workshops in local community centers began in the late nineties and they had a focus upon subtle energies and influences of home and garden environments . The general age of attendees were early 40’s to 50’s who had a focus on finding deeper meaning in life. These participants had either transitioned in their lives, or were transitioning from familiar life changes that included: divorce, career change, early retirement or the first stages of empty nesters.

#2. Participants seeking solutions to chronic unmet needs & fixing conflict in relationships – age range early 30′ upward

In 2004 workshops expanded to include empathy training and spoken word for the purpose of turning conflicts into connections. The participants ages ranged from young parents to elders seeking solutions to draining relationships. Only a few participants came for the purpose of self development. Most came to fix their relationships at home, work and in the community. These participants usually arrived at the end of the relationship as a last resort to try and fix the troubling circumstances they were experiencing..

#3. Participants seeking relief to chronic conditions influencing functions such as balance, chewing,walking, sleeping, etc., – all ages from teens to elders

In 2007 workshops expanded to include a focus of attention on the motivation for functional movement and behaviour. The primary focus here is on increasing one’s connection to mental, emotional and physical capacities that reflect the preverbal patterns of early learning. Since 2007 participants have experienced relearning early patterns that hav e been forgotten and lost. Patterns for increasing the body parts for even the simplest functions like breathing and balancing.


If you are seeking to understand fundamental truths about yourself, the world in which you live, and your relationships to the world and others, explore progressive learning modules.available through uniquely designed integrative mentoring programs.

If you are seeking to transform your current experiences consider a coaching program to motivate and guide your to change. It begins with you and then integrates into your outside experiences.


More on influences in early developmental patterns affecting all life functions:

The only way to change is action

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Conversation is an equal opportunity and  shared experience

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 1st Phase of Integration – Getting Started (Introduction & Pattern)
 2nd Phase of Integration – Getting Intouch (Experiencing & Connection)
 3rd Phase of Integration – Integration (Embodiment)

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Vanity doesn’t age

In a recent conversation with an elder I was able to reflect back from the spoken words I was hearing, “It seems that vanity hasn’t aged along with you.” “Yes,” was the reply., “vanity tells me that I am ugly.”

Later in the day I became curious about this experience and how and when this shifted for me. When did I stop giving power to vanities harsh words of criticism spoken in my head? It wasn’t that long ago. I wondered what changed? Spontaneously I connected to the sense of self-love inside. I realized at some point the depth of self-love surpassed the value I placed upon vanities words in my head. The scale had tipped in self-loves favour and the criticisms of vanity don’t carry the weight they once did. This is a celebration. At some point in the practical application of my practice there has been a shift in the dialogue in my head and body. My heart speaks the loudest and demonstrates that self directed sense of love.

In my conversation with the elder I hoped my intonation came from this heartfelt experience so it had a soft landing. My intention – not to increase their own moral judgements.

What is your vanity telling you? Has your vanity criticism shown any acceptance of your aging?

The only way to change is action

Coaching available in person, by phone or on-line chat 

Conversation is an equal opportunity and  shared experience

by Renee Lindstrom

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#yyj in person Awareness through Movement® lessons resumes in Oak Bay

on Monday, September 13th, 2021

group lessons

Micro-movements using the Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic Education

Felt sense through Body

Feldenkrais® is a system for learning new actions through movement to increase ones function and quality of life. There is no dogma or self-image attached to this system of independent self-learning. This means it introduces a focus upon what you can do, not what you can’t. It reduces limiting beliefs by increasing focus of attention in the the present moment. As an empath I can trust the Feldenkrais® experience as it deepens my inner understanding, clarity and skeletal support through perception. It taps into the same dynamic of inner support that I trusted as a baby to stand up and begin talking my first step.

I recommend it to everyone longing to be free of the past and to shift the fear of the unknown future. I especially recommend it for those who have been given labels and now identify with them. The only way to transformation is through a new action.

Renee is a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner – since 2007

Location: Monterey Recreation Center – Oak Bay

1442 Monterey Avenue

For more information & to Register:

Register by phone @ 250-370-7300 or

online @ Oak Bay Recreation website

Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement since 2001