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RSA Replay – How to Help Every Child Fulfil Their Potential

Streamed live on Jul 8, 2013

Full webcast from the RSA event on Monday 8 July 6pm BST. An edited HD video of the event will be available in the near future.
At the event, one of the world’s leading psychologists, Professor Carol Dweck visited the RSA to discuss how students’ mindsets shape their motivation and learning.

She discussed new research showing a) how parents’ and teachers’ praise can create fixed mindsets and undermine children’s motivation, b) how fixed-mindset school environments can decrease the representation of women and minorities, and c) how teaching students a growth mindset increases their success in school.

Chaired by Dr Jonathan Rowson, RSA

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Who Are You, Anyway?

I think, therefore I am –Rene Descartes

“Take a moment to identify who you are…The identity of our friends and peers tend to affect us as well. Take a good look at your friends. Who you believe they are is often a reflection of who you believe you are. If your friends are very loving and sensitive, there’s a great chance that you see yourself in a similar vein. The time frame you use to define your identity is very powerful as well. Do you look to your past, your present, or the future to define who you truly are?…The benefit to knowing who you are is the ability to instantaneously shape all of your behaviors.” (p.439)

Source: Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins (1991)

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Loving with Ginger

  • An interesting and consistent theme running throughout the historical literature is ginger’s reputed value as an aphrodisiac. From the earliest recorded herbal formulations of India and China to its more modern applications in the Middle East and Cuba, ginger’s millennia-log reputation as an aphrodisiac is impressive.
  • One of the principle reasons cited for the decline of ginger’s widespread use in the late seventeenth century was the transition from “the lusty Elizabethans” giving way to the Puritans and later the Victorians…where the unabashed use of aphrodisiacs became frowned upon.
  • In the Middle East, historians of ancient cultures like Persia wrote that ginger was valued for its properties of clearing the brain. In China, ginger has long been regarded as an agent to stimulate appetite, improve circulation and balance hormonal flow.

Source- Ginger: Common Spice and Wonder Drug by Paul Schulick, p. 24-25, 1996

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Contacting the Dream World: Setting Your Dream Self Free

Our dream self is like the imaginary companion we may have had as children. Such a dream helper can represent the person we aspire to be, or might be an unacknowledged aspect of our own self. The following exercise shows how we can liberate this adventurous hero of the unconscious. Try conjuring up a dream self, sending him or her into the dream world to act as your ambassador and carry out missions on your behalf.

  1. Sit comfortably, close your eyes, and imagine that you are in front of a mirror. Allow the image of your reflection to build up as completely as possible, observing your face, hair and clothes just as you would in a real mirror.
  2. Dissolve the mirror, leaving your image as if real and three-dimensional. Tell yourself that this is your dream body, a part of yourself that can penetrate deep into the unconscious.
  3. Tell your dream body to travel tonight to the dream place you have chosen, to find the answer to a current problem, or to explore elusive areas of yourself – perhaps peace, happiness or self-confidence. Watch as your dream body willingly accepts your instructions, nodding and smiling.
  4. See the image of yourself become once more an image in a mirror, then watch both image and mirror fading until you are securely back in the real world. When you feel ready, open your eyes to set your dream self free.

Dream Cue: Create an idealized version of your waking self, with all the physical and psychological attributes you would like to have. Contemplating and identifying with this perfect self before sleep will help you to develop a more positive self-image.

Source: Teach Yourself to Dream: A Practical Guide by David Fontana, PhD, 1997, p. 37

lucid dreaming

Build Your Personal Charisma by Olivia Fox Cabane

Olivia Fox Cabane reveals how specific behaviors of presence, power and warmth can help individuals to develop their personal charisma.

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Promoting a Healing Environment with Color

Various colors are associated with different types of energy.

Violet: spiritual energy connected to universal power and healing

Indigo: a blend of red and violet, stimulates intuition

Blue: invokes a sense of calm

Green: a healing quality, the color of nature that supports the heart chakra

Yellow: associated with solar energy, power, and intellect

Orange: a nurturing energy related to creation, sunrise, and sunset

Red: invigorating life force in small amounts, can be energetically overwhelming with large or continual exposure.

Source: Invitation to Holistic Health: A Guide to Living a Balanced Life by C. Eliopoulos, 2004, p. 227

Color, Consciousness and Healing: The Healing Effects of Color, Light & Art by Leanne Venier

Leanne Venier, BSME, CP AOBTA, is an international award-winning artist, scientist, engineer and expert on color and light who regularly lectures about the healing effects of color, light frequencies and art at major medical centers, MENSA and elsewhere. She now combines her art with her past careers as a mechanical engineer, acupuncturist and eastern medicine practitioner to teach medical practitioners and lay people about the latest medical research on how to use color and art for healing purposes.

This video includes detailed information on:
* How our bodies absorb and use color and light frequencies;
* Latest scientific research and current medical applications for treating cancer and other illnesses using color and light;
* New studies and technology that support healing of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, autism, and other diseases and disorders;
* The science behind the healing effects of certain types of artwork;
* Why we need all the color frequencies found naturally in sunlight for optimum health;
* What are biophotons and why they are so important to optimal health and wellbeing;
* How color and consciousness are connected;
* Color attributes and how we can use them every day to prevent and heal illness.

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Self-Love Boot Camp

  • Become your own best friend: If you want to see yourself clearly, just step into the shoes of your closest friends. What do they see when they look at you? Probably not the things you complain about, but all the things that keep them coming back for more of your company: Your easy laugh. Your compassionate ear. Your sound advice. Your fun-loving spirit. Get very clear on what it is about you that draws people in. Then spend your time contemplating that idyllic image.
  • Only have eyes for you: The grass is always greener on the other side, except when you are in love. When you are losing your head over Jim, you don’t stop to think, “Gee, Jim is great, but I wish his name were George…” Instead, you believe you have found the best of all possible worlds because of the connection you’ve forged. That is how I want you to feel good about yourself. Connected. I want you to stop comparing yourself with the Miss Thangs with their flat bellies and endless legs, and start admiring yourself for your great smile, smooth skin and hopeful outlook.

Source: Love Smart by Dr. Phil McGraw, 2005, p.57

“But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you that you love, well, that’s just fabulous”—Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

Getting Free of Self-Importance Is The Key To Happiness
At TEDxMiddlebury 2013 Polly Young-Eisendrath discusses the idea that we can control and manage our lives as counter to our happiness. After considering the true meaning of happiness, Polly highlights several uniquely human emotions—shame, guilt, envy, and jealousy—that pose as obstacles to this happiness and offers solutions to overcome these emotions. Polly Young-Eisendrath is a speaker, writer, Jungian analyst and mindfulness teacher. She is a long-time practitioner of Zen Buddhism and Vipassana in the tradition of Shinzen Young. She is also Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont and in independent clinical practice in central Vermont. Her 14 published books have been translated into more than 20 languages, including “The Self-Esteem Trap,” “The Resilient Spirit,” and “Women and Desire”.

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Wrinkle Free Skin

“Consider glycolic acid the MVP of this regimen. In a cleanser or moisturizer it will help remove dead skin and speed cell turnover, so skin looks less wrinkled over time…During the day, a vitamin C serum can increase the production of skin-firming collagen, and then a moisturizing sunscreen to protect from cell-damaging free radicals caused by the sun. At night: a retinol lotion – spiked with hydrating hyaluronic acid and firming peptides – to (gently!) stimulate collagen.” (p.104)

In the morning try Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum or Kinerase Advanced Lotion.

At night try Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel or Nia 24 Intensive Retinol Repair.

Source: 30 Days to Amazing Skin, InStyle Magazine, January 2014, p. 99-104.


Summer Skin Care with Dr. Gervaise Gerstner MD on the Wendy Williams Show

Discussing Summer Skin Care and Melanoma Awareness with talk show host Wendy Williams. Dr. Gervaise Gerstner is a board-certified dermatologist with a passion for combining the inherent art of her practice with the latest technologies available to help people achieve the results they want. She treats men and women of all ages and enjoys the process of guiding patients from addressing their initial concerns to helping them maintain a lifelong commitment to optimal skin health. For more information about Gervaise Gerstner Dermatology, please visit

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Sedentary Lifestyle vs. Walking Lifestyle

“Unhealthy, calorie-rich diets combined with a sedentary lifestyle can wreak havoc on our waistlines. This potent one-two punch is most likely responsible for the dramatic rise of overweight and obese conditions that have been noted over the last few decades. If we were a nation that incorporated a moderate amount of physical activity into our daily lives, then the poor dietary choices we make would be less punishing when we stepped on the scale. The truth, however, is that not only are we eating more calories, but we’re also burning fewer of them through physical activity such as walking or exercise. This combination has completely disrupted our energy balance, thus producing a country struggling with weight control.” (p. 26)

Smith, I. 2001. The Take Control Diet. New York, N.Y.: Random House.


A Doctor-Professor answers the old question “What is the single best thing we can do for our health” in a completely new way. Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital. ©2011 Michael Evans and Mercury Films Inc.

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