True freedom in all experience

My first introduction to open intelligence was during a second date with my partner Max around six years ago, the above picture one of our first together.  Enjoying the beach and looking out into the waves, at some point he asked me to stop thinking, and check out what remained.  I noticed that a bright alertness remained whether I was thinking or not, and I said, “Wow!” 

Max regularly watched free videos offered on the Balanced View website, and it was all kind of scary and unfamiliar to me initially.  I did not grow up with positive ideas or trust in organizations, having the concept tarnished by religious groups and extremists on one spectrum or the other.  So, I concluded without investigation that it wasn’t for me and left it as “Some thing Max does” in my mind for a number of months.

At one point, Max sent me a video by a Balanced View trainer named Nina.  He had casually sent me various other videos now and then, but I usually brushed them aside and “forgot to watch them”.  Fortuitously, this time when he sent me this particular video, it was a quiet day at my job at the time and I had nothing else to do but watch.  For the first couple of minutes I remained subtly skeptical and half-listening until Nina mentioned something that potently caught my attention and quite literally sat me up in my chair.

Intrigued and curious, I went on to watch every single one of her videos. I started to branch out and watch other trainer and participant shares, and see Balanced View was comprised of all different ages, backgrounds and experiences, yet sharing the same common focus of mutual empowerment and support to discover that in us all which is unchanged and unaffected by anything we experience in life.  Wherever they came from or however old or young they were, they spoke with a relaxation, confidence and genuineness that I recognized and appreciated in a society where no one truly spoke or lived that way that I could see.

Although much of what was shared in the videos I watched was not yet my direct experience, I wanted to understand, and still enjoyed a natural relaxation evoked when watching.  It was especially helpful for me to watch them when I was feeling afflicted by something; providing a space and permission to pause my obsessions and listen openly.  While watching and letting my data be as it is, very often solutions and empowerment in affliction was realized naturally, and I understood further and more directly what was being offered in Balanced View.

We eventually joined clarity calls, and for the first little while, it could feel awkward as I wasn’t confident reading aloud or sharing my direct experience; not wanting to seem like I didn’t know something or whatever the fear may have been.  I feel very lucky that I did not stop attending to avoid feeling certain data streams. We took an introduction training, where the trainers offered us the most gentle yet powerful introduction to innate open intelligence and provided the perfect support.  To interact with trainers directly, asking them any questions I had, seeing their natural relaxation; it was all a total gift to behold and experience, and provided me more insight into why I wanted to participate.  The natural ease and openness they spontaneously demonstrated could not be put on or contrived, and I knew instinctively that was possible in my life as well.

The 12 Empowerments training was an incredible experience to share with other human beings.  There were participants of all ages living in various parts of the world, and I was so inspired by each question asked and share given.  Things I was too afraid to ask, someone else would, and I would think, “THANK YOU!  I wanted to know about this too!”  It was a power-packed time together twice a week where I normalized so much data that I had been afraid to look at openly; becoming willing to see them as helpful pointers to relax and recognize open intelligence instead of seeing them as enemies that needed to be eradicated or avoided.

During and after the Empowerments, I had the great pleasure of more deeply getting to know community members from all over the world either via the internet or in-person at gatherings.  Speaking to trainers and community members in person was another huge shift for me, and even more potent of a demonstration to see practically what it looks like for beings to be totally relaxed, open, and available right in front of my eyes.  It is palpably noticeable when someone is not living at the whim of their data streams, and I found it so alluring, clarifying and encouraging to witness first-hand.

As the constant self-focus of how I was feeling and what I thought I needed to do or obtain in order to be okay faded, so much energy was freed up to be of service to others.  Around the time of first discovering this, my mom had undergone a hip replacement, and it didn’t feel right to me that she should have to worry about her yard or house work while recovering, so I asked if there was anything I could help with.  I was blown away by her gratitude and sweetness, and continue to enjoy that time with her often.  I like to remember and embody my granny while cleaning the yard and house that she used to tidy and organize so well for all of us; my heart glows with her presence with every sweep of my broom.  These are things that previously were not obvious to me, completely overlooking for so long what I already had and how sweet and complete life already was.

As I continued to utilize and enjoy the Mainstays in my life—the trainings and online media, my trainer, a community of friends, and short moments of recognizing open intelligence in whatever I was experiencing—I would suddenly realize in retrospect certain data streams that had caused me the most affliction had dissolved naturally like mist into air.  Social awkwardness and anxiety that I tried to avoid by looking a certain way, speaking in a contrived confidence that wasn’t true, sharing only negative criticisms of others, and many other misguided tactics, was now a natural anticipation and excitement to simply enjoy another’s company and listen openly; not needing anyone to be a certain way for me to feel okay.  Self-hatred or subtly never feeling good enough or that nothing I did was worth sharing was now thriving in and as my natural strengths, gifts, and talents, and sharing openly without the burden of feeling I had to prove something or fit in to some box.  Depression, which had felt like the unwelcome and constant background hum of a florescent light—when it wasn’t a full-blown dark pit of despair—one day I realized was not a problem to feel, and then stopped noticing it altogether.  These are just a few of many potent results I have experienced by participating in Balanced View.

My deepest, deepest gratitude to Candice, Max, and so many beautiful trainers and participants for introducing me to a life of the greatest freedom that just keeps getting more easeful, enjoyable, and fun.  You show me what is possible and shine like the brightest stars in the sky, guiding me home. It is the greatest adventure and delight to participate in Balanced View, and I’d recommend anyone interested to test it out in your own life.  I am so glad I did.

In love and respect, Megan

Empowering Anxiety

For many years I experienced a lot of anxiety. Mostly it showed up when I had to talk to people: neighbours, friends and even family. I would hide and burn with fear and plan how to avoid people. Going into local shops and stores was like walking into a court room for my own trial. A storm of negative thoughts and a feeling of dread overwhelmed me. If people were friendly to me it was like becoming their prisoner. And it wasn’t just anxiety about people, I felt a terrible anxiety every time I switched my phone on in the morning. The little signature tune it played brought on a fear that felt like a sickness in my stomach.

Then I met the Balanced View Training and participated in the Twelve Empowerments Online Training and things started to really shift in my life. I was relying on the practice of the training, “short moments of open intelligence” whenever I naturally remembered to do so and I saw that when I was talking to someone I could take a short moment and relax body and mind completely. In so doing, I could simply allow any anxious thoughts or sensations that arose to be just as they were, without going further into their descriptions. There was a sense of ease and okay-ness that I hadn’t recognized before. I realized that I had a choice to either emphasise my anxiety or instead, I could relax in a short moment and rely on the innate stability, ease and clarity of open intelligence.

I became more confident and better able to express myself and this meant I could enjoy being with other people without that having to look a certain way. It was very empowering. I feel so grateful to Balanced View for these amazing changes and my gratitude increases. I feel so fortunate to be able to access the love and support that is offered all day, every day from the website, the Balanced View teams and my trainer. Thank you.

With appreciation

Ged

Mental and emotional stability

This Balanced View Training is truly wonderful!! With the great and wonderful support of The Four Mainstays I realised that i can completely rest with the feelings of hope, fear and victimhood.

This has completely changed my life, and i found that resting and letting these feelings be as they are,
give me a profound clarity and emotional, mental stability I never had before.

With this wonderfulI stability I am able to really appreciate and enjoy my day to day life,
to be truly happy and content in everything I do. This is such a wonder!!!

In my work as an artist it is so obvious how I now can be so focused and find great solutions on the fly,
and reach new levels and new aspects in creating!!!
To rely on the Four Mainstays is truly so wonderful and making life so filled with gratitude and pure love!!!

With gratitude. Per

Easeful Solutions for my Body

We all have various challenges with our bodies
especially as we grow older. Before I first started with the education in the nature of mind provided so generously by Balanced View, my body’s challenges
seemed to be real, concrete and unsolvable.

Over the years I had ignored and tolerated these
challenges or, alternately, taken up what felt like an all-consuming effort to care for my body. A project which made me feel like Sisyphus, that mythic
character who repeatedly pushes a boulder up a hill only to see it roll down again. I disliked taking all my time and energy to care my body and equally
disliked what seemed like flagrant neglect.

Finding the Four Mainstays was a huge relief, and
by applying the practice of the Four Mainstays in each circumstance where data about health came up, I found increasing relaxation, solution-focus and clarity
where there once was confusion. By taking short moments, relying on my trainer and the training media, slowly these data streams opened up into more and more relief and ease of being. I found that solutions naturally arrive in the context resting with data as they arise.

Now this self care is automatic, easeful, simple,
effective. Instinctively I know what is needed. In even the smallest of problems I find creative solutions that actually work.

One teeny example is I had itchy ears which for
years I endured without looking for a solution. I remember asking my doctor about this once and being told there was nothing to do about it. By relying on
the Mainstays, recently it naturally occurred to me that there might easily be a solution to this. I very simply changed up a few things I was doing and the
itch is completely gone.

After years!!! All I needed to do was open to a
solution and amazingly though the openness itself, a solution presented itself. This is radical self-care, looking after the smallest of details in complete
self-love.

Another example is for a very long time I have
gone regularly to a chiropractor for my lower back that can get quite painful. In the same way, I was able to find a few stretches that make an enormous
difference in my this regard and I am no longer dependent on outside help to make adjustments. These stretches take almost no time. It’s not like I have to do an hour of yoga; instead it’s literally minutes.

One of the things that used to intimidate me
about caring for my body is that it always seemed like a bottomless pit of work and money that bore few results. In the past when I sought advice for how to
care for my body I would find five million suggestions that felt onerous and endless ‘shoulds’ that were oppressively expensive and time-consuming with
temporary or no results.

Now I have a deep commitment to go to any lengths
to support myself and yet I find these solutions are to the point, time and money efficient, and simple to implement. I easily know what is needed. If I need a
supplement or herb for example, I know what is needed and it is always direct, immediate
and cost-effective. If not I try again until I find the perfect solution.

My most problematic and confusing body problem
was knowing what foods to eat. My body didn’t easily tolerated many foods and this problem was substantively effecting my health.

For example I have high blood pressure and had
been told that I needed to lose weight to decrease my blood pressure. I had tried so many times through all of the various suggested ways to lose weight, but
instead my weight only increased. I am not a person who overeats or eats low quality foods.

This year I was able to see through the confusion
brought on by the reified belief in cause-and-effect in the advice to lose weight, realizing instead what actually was needed was to lower my insulin. I
was able to do this without losing weight and with just a few easy and simple tweaks to my lifestyle. It did not require an onerous, multi-year project — just
a few tweaks and I no longer have high blood pressure.

Also, finally food is lovely again instead of an enemy. I have found a way to eat all my favorite foods, to eat with complete enjoyment and pleasure and I am
actually losing weight regularly, simply, sustainably and pleasurably for the first time in years.

The support of the trainers and community and through the examples of others I was able
to create benefit for myself in a way I never was able before this priceless training in the education of my mind.

Love the 24/7 Support

One of the many things I really love about
Balanced View is the complete availability of empowering support, 24/7.
When I first heard about that I wondered why anyone would want to support me 24/7 without wanting anything in return, and I did not trust it.
I decided I did not want to rely on a trainer and a community, as I had had bad experiences in the past when trying different kinds of support. I decided I would do it alone and keep to the talks from the trainers and books.
As I listened to more talks and read more of the books, I was amazed to see how much benefit I was receiving just from being with the media. I often heard and read about how important it was to rely on a trainer in order to gain confidence in open intelligence, and that usually relying on all Four Mainstays brought the best results. Eventually I decided to put my fears and ideas aside and give it a try for a few months to see what would happen.
It was amazing to me that no one ever forced me to do anything in particular, I really went at my own pace and joined in as much or as little as I wanted, shared as little or as much as I felt comfortable.
Now four years later, I still use all Four Mainstays every day. I never went back on my decision to try it out, and the support has never failed me.
No question is too silly, no topic is taboo, I can truly bring everything to the Mainstays to clarify all situations and relationships with complete confidence, clarity, dignity and kindness.
This is still amazing to me, that so many people would value my empowerment and wellbeing so much and offer complete support with no conditions.
Just knowing who to talk to in order to empower every area of life is a luxury I never take for granted.
As a result I find that so many situations that used to be deeply uncomfortable or terrifying to me no longer hold a grip, and I also find that many emotions, thoughts and sensations that were relentlessly difficult for me now appear without disturbing me at all.
I find such freedom in this simple but powerful way of being, and now enjoy being supported so that I can be at ease in all circumstances.
With great gratitude for this beautiful and important education. Gaelle