A few weeks ago, I happened to be talking to a friend about the educational system and how I would love to be part of its development. The next day I saw a video from Mindvalley about their new project.
If you haven't heard of it yet, Mindvalley is a personal growth platform, and for me, a massively important source for education regarding what's going on in the progressing world.
When I discovered Mindvalley U, it struck me instantly, I applied to attend as a student and have been accepted to be a part of it. For this first year, there only 400 participants across the world, and my goal moving forward is to return in the years following, both as a teacher and a workshop facilitator.
I work on my own study everyday, but this program will enable me to be in an environment to learn world class teachers and other students of all ages, every day for an entire month in beautiful Barcelona, Spain. Valuable topics such as entrepreneurship, human development/potential, communication and mindfulness. These teachings will support my growth both personally, and within my practitioner/coach service in Energy Psychology, Personal Development and Public Speaking.
For the first time, I will be applying to run live workshops, showcasing how to powerfully connect with the body and mind to conquer stress, become healthier, happier and more confident. I will be sharing tools that are easy to implement, self empowering and life changing, anyone can become more resilient in all areas of life.
For those who know me personally, you would probably know that I am an avid learner and that I am constantly trying out new things, which is why this is something I passionately pursue.
I have never been to conventional university simply because I never knew what it was I wanted in terms of life or what I wanted to learn. Personal growth has increased my excitement for the science of learning and my passion about the human potential field which involves the science of Epigenetics and modern psychology. In the last 9 months I have stripped away many of my lifelong fears of public speaking. My next chapter would be to take that change to a new level and begin to teach.
That is something I never thought I would hear myself say.
'Mindvalley U. is a provider of the skills that the regular education system ignored. Entrepreneurship, leadership, public speaking, personal growth, health and wellness, happiness, love, parenting and mindfulness. And much much more. The skills that truly lead to happier lives and not outdated societal brules of ‘success’.
Back in school I was at best, an average student, always told I had 'potential’, whatever that meant. But labelled as a child who “always has his head in the clouds”. A seemingly harmless viewpoint of another’s behaviour, the expression of these opinions and beliefs are subtly damaging in so many ways and I have come to strongly want to help prevent this for other kids (and of course adults) that have had their innate talents crushed or boxed away in safety. I have picked up some deep invaluable insights as to what happened to me and so many others regarding our self worth and emotional development during our years in education.
Every single person, myself included has many natural talents and natural drives. When we are moving forward on something that is fun, creative and challenging, we are generally very happy. But for me and certainly many others, the schooling system took out much of that natural childhood world of play and creativity and forced into a structure of organisation and learning that felt so far away from who I really was. I have realised this from revisiting my own past in my own self-reflective practise and I have explored extensive inner work to release myself from the impact of past experiences. It is through all of this work that I realised that I could help others with what knowledge I had gained.
The confusion, pain and difficulty of being our true selves in this society causes a ripple effect in belief that most of us are sub-standard. If we were to revise the general archaic structure of current education then maybe we would see a more peaceful, happy and cooperative place to live.
My own learnings of why I struggled so much to learn in school has led me to understand part of a huge passion and a reason 'why' I am now driven to help people to understand. Understand themselves, their potentials and their talents, to be heard and honoured for who they are as individuals. People rarely feel they get the open invitation to express who they really are and in turn this leads to much pain, suffering and countless labels imposed on anyone who doesn't act in the safe framework of our societies rules.
I believe that people all around the globe have amazing unique talents and qualities that go unheard of or unnoticed. It is as though we have grown up to be scared or ashamed to think that we can be amazingly talented and genius beings, and we don't dare praise ourselves or be our best. We fear that we will be judged for our successes and our failures. We generally forget that when we shine our own greatness, we give others permission to do the same.
How many fields of genius can there be? Academia, communication, sports, hospitality, love, healing, persistence, music, strength, architecture... The list goes on.
What is it that you've always loved but not felt good enough pursue?
When I found I could help others, I realised that I had to work on my selfish fears, my belief of my lack of knowledge, and my ego, there is a bigger picture and a bigger goal. Many people and many areas of our society are struggling and certain important life skills are not taught in conventional systems of education.
The education system has been shaken up over the years with online courses, TED talks, Youtube and the like, and is now being brought into a very physical peer to peer manner via Mindvalley.
I really back this new idea and I am setting up this crowdfunding to support me to study in ways I have never been able to do before. I want to offer my experience back to you and others in the personal growth community.
The areas of learning and education are so close to my heart. I am someone who never liked school. I never did particularly well there. I had a stint at college and that was that, university education never appealed to me and I never did like being told what to do. It would be very hard to believe (especially from my school teachers) that I have developed such a passion for learning. When I discovered the talks, lectures, the speakers of Mindvalley and their authors, I began to feel part of a growing, cutting edge community. A community that sees us all as having so much more to offer than the general paradigm would suggest or even allow. Something I have believed to some degree my whole life.
By having the opportunity to attend this, I get to learn from and teach people amazing self help tools that truly revolutionise the way we perceive healing, our emotions, limiting beliefs, and genetic programming. And I get to exchange more important skills with others whilst masterminding and practising.
Creating this Crowdfunding is something I have never done before and i realised after the idea, that I could extend my service as bonuses and offer other unique goodies too.
As I will be living in a different city for a whole month, I will be sourcing my accommodation and travel too.
If you are reading this, thank you so much for taking the time. If you have any questions at all please feel free to contact me.
Any donation will give you access to a future live session/webinar led by me. I will send you links after, as it will be a busy month.
To find out more about this educational program go here: http://courses.mindvalleyacademy.com/mindvalley-u/
So you now get an idea of my reasons, here's a rough breakdown of how funding and your support will help me.
£1000 = Ticket for Mindvalley U and Wim Hof (The Iceman) Workshop
£1500 = Flights and accommodation
Once I am in. My second aim is also to be a part of this professional speaking course and seminar.
£3000 = 5 day Speaking Academy with Eric Edmeades
Wim Hof event - https://www.facebook.com/events/1030948610371421/