Always at Home

Dear friend,
Thank you for taking the time to read this post.
As I write this I am sitting in a street cafe in busy, dirty, noisy night time Delhi, on my way back from two months at the Balanced View Center in Goa. What I wanted to share is the difference I see in how stable and safe I feel in so many different settings. I easily used to feel anxious, unsafe and even afraid when traveling in the East; whenever it got too dirty or exotic I felt somehow threatened and like I couldn’t relax. I remember many sleepless, anxious nights on the road and the contrasting relief that wouldn’t arise until I was safe back in my apartment in Stockholm. This was fine, but I remember wishing that I possessed a stability that wasn’t tied to a place or a person. Now that I am here, upon reflection it is beautiful to see that I can relax and feel at home in this chaotic place. I think it is because more and more I feel at home, content and familiar with my internal data. It’s like I bring home with me wherever I am, home is always what is looking, completely at rest and at ease no matter what appears within or outside. This is so soothing and so freeing! I don’t feel afraid of foreign people or foreign places because I have harmonized the relationship with so many of the thoughts and emotions that I used to take as alien or hostile. Gratitude to the brilliant, custom made support of Balanced View’s empowerment network the Four Mainstays that come with me to all corners of the world, for opening this up and allowing me to realize I am always at home in open intelligence!
Love, Beate


I am so immensely grateful for the wonderful trust of the Four Mainstays empowerment network of Balanced View.
To have the wonderful tools of short moments in midst of disturbing states, to completely relax and leave every thing as it is, this is so very empowering and soothing!!
Having a Trainer and Root Trainer, Community, and participate in trainings, this is the complete trust and guiding light of light!!! Since I have relied on the Four Mainstays my relationship to my children and wife have become so close and beautiful.
As a father I can see that I can be of great support, which I did not believe I could be before, and it is so much easier to relate in a natural and easeful way with all people!!
My life is so filled with clarity and love, and it is so obvious how stable and powerful I am in my everyday life!!!
With gratitude Per

The Gift of Complete Relaxation

When I met the Balanced View Teaching, I was in my fourth year of learning a bodywork/energy art which was intended to bring about healing through relaxation and balance. I had a three year diploma already, and was offering this service to the public.

It’s amazing to reflect and see clearly how much I could not even enjoy giving this service, as I could not relax with my own data (thoughts, emotions and sensations), let alone help someone else relax with theirs. I was in a constant argument in my mind, because my thoughts were always so negative and my response was to struggle with them, to try to make them positive or make them go away. This resulted in a lot of tension!

The first time I listened to a talk by Candice, the founder of Balanced View, I experienced my first moment of complete relaxation. I remember it so distinctly because it was complete relief for my mind and body. It was what I had been striving to experience, in all the practices, attempts to rest and all the therapy sessions.

When I went to my first Balanced View Open Meeting, I was given the tool of a short moment. I remember this so distinctly also, because for the first time, I was shown what about me is powerful, clear, alert and can always be relied upon.

This experience was so profound, I kept on coming back. After a short amount of time, I gave up the bodywork practice because I could see what I really wanted for myself and others was being offered so completely by the Balanced View Teaching.

Complete relaxation was impossible before receiving education in the nature of mind because no matter what I did to relax, I was always so busy in my mind. The practice of the Balanced View Teaching has shown me deeply and profoundly that I can let all my data be as it is, no matter how wrong it might seem. I’ve been shown undoubtedly that everything I experience is open intelligence, my power to benefit all.

Seven years later, I can face all circumstances, I can enjoy everything about life, I can contribute benefit no matter what I am experiencing because I can relax and let the beneficial energy of data self-release and empower my qualities and activities. All I need to do is completely relax for a short moment. A short moment of knowing that everything I experience is open intelligence.

It is the greatest blessing, the most wonderful way to live life, giving so much in all ways we wish for as human beings. I cannot thank Candice and Balanced View enough. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

With great love, Jess

A life with a trainer

When I did my Twelve Empowerments Training around nine years ago, I was very fortunate to be able to have contact with a Balanced View Trainer. How wonderful that was and of course, still is and it’s getting better and better every day. This relationship is one I treasure above all. The precious Trainer I can write to has gone before me exploring the nature of mind and wish to support for what is best for me. Such a loving and kind being it is. Every email I have been writing to him I have received empowering support and on a continual basis, it expands my view, the variety of options I can handle certain situations, my mental and emotional stability increases, etc.

A dear, dear friend I completely trust. Sunbathing together, he holds my hand and guides me in the exciting land of precious gems and jewels. Wow! What a marvellous event life is.

Love  Johan

No Longer Afraid of Myself

Before finding the Balanced View Training, for as long as I could remember, I had been afraid of everything. Every situation, whether extreme or mundane, used to bring up so much fear and anxiety for me. I became very good at ignoring it whenever possible, very skilled at pretending that I was confident, but inside I never felt secure or safe. It was such a painful way to interact with myself, with people and with life in general, and self-doubt was permanent.


Now I have been in the training for five years and I have received undeniable and incredible results. One of them is that I am no longer afraid of myself.


One day I was reflecting on this and I realised that the power of allowing this crippling anxiety and fear with millions of short moments had fully transmuted that fear into indestructible confidence that, for sure, I will know how to respond to most situations and that I no longer need to be afraid of myself.


It was not like an affirmation, it was an unshakeable knowing coming from seeing again and again in my experience how my response to all situations had shifted from fear to settled confidence. I started to see the spontaneous opening of skilful means I had no idea I had. I feel that relying on my trainer is what helped me most in this, being lovingly and clearly empowered to experiment with short moments of open intelligence at every opportunity with an attitude of openness, respect and nurturing self-care.


It happened so naturally that I did not notice the process, all I know is that I kept showing up openly and humbly took the short moments, with so much fear at first, and then bravely allowing the confidence in short moments to expand and showing me that it is safe to feel complete paralysing fear and anxiety. It did not destroy me like I thought it would. In that I found such stability and power and no longer need to avoid this side of myself, to the point that I don’t really notice when it comes up anymore. It is no longer a distraction or a threat, it is no longer the primary perception in all my interactions. It’s such a huge relief and a very relaxing way to be, and I am deeply grateful for that every day. 🙂 Gaelle

Parenting With Growing Ease

We became parents some 15 months ago, before our son’s birth a lot of data streams came up for me, mostly relating to my capacity of being a good parent. today, looking back, I can say without doubt that the practice of resting naturally and the Four Mainstays lifestyle offered by Balanced View, are, for me, the best parenting course ever. I find that there is more and more natural ease with the handling of daily and nightly states, which can be quite demanding; being almost constantly deprived of sleep, dealing with scarcity of free time, times of illness and so forth – having the possibility to more and more not lose patience in the face of these – that is the best present I can think of – It brings so much joy and happiness being more and more at ease. I wish to thank Candice O’Denver the founder of Balanced View, Balanced View Trainers who devote their life to support beings in gaining clarity to their nature and to the Balanced View worldwide community who shine forth in so many ways.


Keep Showing up!

Caring for oneself as Open Intelligence and being socially aware and active is an absolute and instinctive requirement for living plus no longer needing to be shown that we’re worthy of love and being 100% responsible. I have to keep reminding myself that love isn’t out there but here and now, that we are love.

When I first read how to deal with jealousy it seemed to present a really strong issue and the instruction to truly be able to demonstrate O.I. power in the grip of jealousy can seem unrealistic, and over altruistic to simply think in such circumstances,’well it’s universal data and we’re all in the same boat’. It takes time to get to that stage and one could be tempted to think that such a simple hearted type of love is hypocritical.

However time does help if you keep living it as instructed. When my husband gushed over certain T.V stars I used to get innerly furious but now it simply doesn’t affect me so it must be due to repeated thinking on Balanced View lines and learning to trust Open Intelligence more and more until it doesn’t seem difficult any more.

I guess that’s the crux of the whole thing, just keep on showing up and eventually you start to really live it and can eventually know exactly how to handle all those really trying times. I’d always thought short moments had to be taken deliberately like medicine but recently I’ve noticed they can occur in a split second. A crisis arises and you have a hair’s breadth moment to decide what to do, you instinctively take an in-breath and short moment’s recognition of Open Intelligence.

Recently I turned up at my usual venue to teach my usual yoga class to find there was a Bridge convention going on in the same place. With my class members milling around me I had to decide on the spot and taking a short moment happened so fast I suddenly ‘knew’ of an alternative place to go, someone came up with the suggestion of where to find the key to it and without our usual equipment we set off for the new destination, it was cold, we put on extra jumpers, there were no blocks. Again a short moment and , we were using books from the shelves in the room instead, we had no straps, we used our scarves instead. It all turned out fun instead of a disaster. Point proven. Just keep showing up, relaxing and taking the short moments.


The most generous gift that I could have asked for

I have just went through a change in my life and going
through this change was a clear demonstration of the great changes I see happening through the precious support of Balanced View’s empowerment network, the Four Mainstays.

Over a period of 3 months I was looking for a job, and in
the past this time could have been very stressful as looking for a job comes with a lot of data- hope and fear, doubt, worry and more. With the great support of my trainer, I was able to take it one moment at a time, so I was able to outshine so much data and see how I can be totally relaxed and assured even when such data appear.

Then taking the decision of choosing a job was also seamless. In the past I would have talked to people about it and that would have caused a lot of turmoil in my thoughts. The support of my trainer helped me to be totally relaxed and to simply rely on the knowing I had and I was totally released from trying to put in to words or explain my decisions.

At every step of the way I felt so supported and that I could totally be at ease with the deep knowing that all is well and that I will know what to do at each step of the way. I feel such deep gratitude to Candice for providing this profound support structure, that is most caring and available. Sometimes I feel it is the most generous gift that I could have asked for.

Thank you also dearest community friends for sharing your experience, as I gain so much trust from your assurance and from the benefits I see on other friends from the community.
It is beautiful to share this most precious gift together.


Joy of being

Through the Balanced View training, there is an ever-increasing joy of being. The greatest surprise is that all the joy, love and benefit is present in all the thoughts, feelings and sensations that I was avoiding.

Before meeting this training I only occasionally felt a sense of joy in certain circumstances and situations where I felt I could be myself. This was a very limiting experience because I was constantly trying to recreate certain circumstances and situations in order to experience this joy.

However, through this practice, I have found a tremendous joy in letting myself experience all the thoughts, emotions and sensations that I thought are “wrong” or “negative”. It might seem crazy but I have found indestructible joy by allowing all negativity to rage freely without holding anything back. It is such a miracle and I would have never discovered it without the Balanced View Training.

There is such liberation in allowing myself to think and feel everything. By doing that all the conditioning of society is brought up and the cosmic joy at the basis of everything shines forth. There is nothing sweeter than taking in all suffering and letting it shine for the benefit of all beings.

Reality is pure goodness, so there is nothing to reject. It is all so amazing and beyond words or imagination.

I feel everyone who is magnetized through this training will experience this for themselves eventually, even if it might seem like a distant dream at first. The support system is so perfect and complete. To me, it is the greatest gift to the world that this is available today to so many people. Thank you all for making this possible.

Thank you Candice for this indescribable gift. I am grateful beyond words for your precious existence.


Keep Calm and Carry On

Something about the phrase, “Keep calm and carry on” always soothed me when I read it—whether in its original version or in the many varieties that adopted it on t-shirts or slogans for their websites. But it’s only now I’m seeing what about it always resonated with me.

I was aching for any confirmation that it was possible for me to be empowered and stable through life’s ups and downs. That even if something seemingly disastrous or disturbing happened, I could be strong and actually carry on without stopping at any and every hurdle that arose. Balanced View is the only thing that has ever given me clear instructions, lived examples and support to not just know that it was possible, but to actually embody it and live it myself.

It didn’t happen overnight. It began with simply recognizing I wanted it, that it was even possible and demonstrated by so many people in the Balanced View Community all encouraging, “You can do it, too!” I was skeptical, but bit by bit—short moment by short moment—in baby steps sometimes and in leaps others, I’d really test out that stability and see that all was well no matter the fuss I made or didn’t make about certain data. Not just imagining the words or contemplating an idea, but being willing to no longer run away—avoid, replace, mindlessly indulge—revealing a direct sense that no matter what I was experiencing, something remained unchanged by all of the appearances and sensations. Getting to know that something as my true identity is the greatest gift I could have had the chance to discover in this life.

Now I know, “I can do it.” where there was once only self-doubt and fear. Where I used to do anything to avoid speaking to people that made me uncomfortable, I see feeling uncomfortable or awkward has never killed me and it doesn’t matter if I feel it or not. Where there is the urge to make a huge deal out of something and focus on how bad it is, slowly but surely there is the willingness to keep calm and carry on with what I instinctively know I need to be doing. And that instinctive knowing is always clearer and more naturally unfolds on its own the more I rely on the Four Mainstays in daily life.

Listening to or watching talks on,, or their respective YouTube channels while I prepare meals or clean the house is an easy and enjoyable way for me to rely on a Mainstay. Being present on the Facebook page and seeing so many new people discovering the same stability and ease that I am is so supportive and inspiring. And speaking to friends in the community, I get to hear about what they are facing openly in their own lives and it gives me such motivation and assurance that I can face anything in mine.

I am grateful for a training that only ever points me back to the profound nature of being a human being, and the great opportunity and adventure that that is. Tsunamis of fear, anger, hopelessness, disgust, guilt and self-doubt scare me less and less, and feel more like rich opportunities than something to try and avoid experiencing. What remains every time I drop the descriptions and stories is an ease of being that is capable, alert, bright, and unafraid. Therein is the real calm, and ability to carry on. Thank you, Candice, Mia and incredible friends that show me what is possible and that I am not ever separate from that calm capability.