Welcome to the Green Healers Apprentice
We’re excited to have you as a participant in our learning program and am looking forward to seeing your own Personal Wellness Growth Plan “come to life” over the next few days and weeks and months.
Remember: This is a “Living Learning Program” and you have Lifetime Access
We regularly update and expand the contents of all our online courses. Whenever we do that you’ll get a short email alert.
NB! Create a Study Program
The learning units in this program are presented in a specific order. To get the most from this course, doing them in this order is important. But it’s not critical. You are welcome to jump around.
If you are aiming for the Certificate of Completion you must hand in your assignments within the allotted time from your enrollment date.
It’s important that you create a study program to achieve that goal.
Before we begin there are four important things that I need to mention to you…
1. Create a little possibility consciousness.
2. WORK the learning material
3. Expect more questions than answers.
4. No fascism, please.
1. Create a Little Possibility Consciousness
Before you take that first tentative step in your quest for better health God’s way I have one simple request that will help you achieve optimum progress: create a little possibility consciousness in your mind.
Our conscious minds are always questioning and evaluating, filtering information through our current viewpoints and beliefs. While this is a great benefit in life generally, it can also be a huge drawback, because if you prejudge the information you are receiving and decide that it is of no real relevance, you will filter out sections of value and may miss something of great importance.
I therefore request that you create a space in your mind for possibility and place all the information, ideas, principles, concepts and tools that you are about to receive into this space. Then once you reach the end of each learning resource, you will be in a better position to evaluate how the information and techniques will best serve you.
“Be ye transformed by the renewal of the mind, that ye may prove what is good and acceptable and perfect, the will of God.” – Romans 12.2
“A mind that is stretched to a new idea never returns to its original dimension.” – Oliver Windell Holmes
2. WORK the Learning Material
You will only get value from this programme if you ‘work’ it! Knowing about the Modern Nature Cure in our heads doesn’t get us anywhere. It is only when we put it into practice that the insights come and our quest for wellbeing actually happens.
I want you to change not only your knowledge, but also your attitudes, actions, behaviours and habits – your very Well-Being. I want you to experience the most natural and effortless transformation from worseness to ultra-wellness possible. That is a tall order.
To achieve that I want to encourage you to start living more consistently with a central law of the Bible: Whatever you sow, you shall also reap (see Galatians 6:7). Put another way, “whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” (2 Corinthians 9:6, NIV)
May I remind you that you can recognize a tree by its fruit (See Mathew 12.33.) So let’s focus on improving the fruit that we bear.
Put another way, one of the most oft-quoted passages in the Bible study business is James 1: 22-25:
“But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves…”
To study about how to improve our wellness – and not do anything about what we’ve learned – is a waste.
Also keep in mind that the workbooks and learning material are not ‘handbooks’. They do not provide ready answers. They’ll take you to unexpected places; and then leave you there. For logical thinkers, and that includes most of us, this may be challenging and even frustrating.
3. Expect More Questions Than Answers
A feature of this learning program is lots and lots of questions. This may bother you at first but I can assure you there is a very good reason for that. The reason is that questions invoke a deep response from the subconscious mind.
Let me give you an example. Take a moment to do this simple exercise. Say to yourself out loud,: “I don’t have enough time to get everything done.” And experience how you feel in response to that statement.
Now ask yourself out loud, “How can I give more time to my priorities?” and again, tune in to how you feel.
Compare your sense of energy and personal power and the potential for ideas from one situation to another.
When we ask ourselves quality questions we can gain greater control of our lives. Ideas and solutions come more easily. We begin to think in bigger pictures. Open up to our spiritual path. Learn to relax and enjoy life’s adventures.
As John Robson author of Go Deeper Reach Higher explains:
“Your subconscious mind serves your conscious mind. It implements whatever directives it’s given. If you say you don’t have enough time, your subconscious will ensure that you won’t. If you ask a question, the subconscious will always answer it – you need only pay attention.
The answers can be subtle and indirect, and they can come from anywhere at any time. The key is to be aware. The bigger and more complex the question, the longer the subconscious may take to respond with an answer. So turn your problems and self-talk into good questions. You may even explore stating your affirmations and goals as questions.”
The questions I ask of you in this learning program will be challenging at times. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the answers, or even the best answers. And you need not share the answers with anyone. I’m more interested in getting you to think, than in the quality of your answers.
Heed the advice of Karen Lee-Thorpe (author of How To Ask Great Questions) and ask yourself some questions as well. Ask “So what?” regularly and systematically. This invites thinking about the implications of what you are studying. Then ask yourself “Now what?” to do something about those implications. “So what?” helps you think an issue through. “Now what?” guides you step by step in a realistic plan to be a doer of what you’ve learned.
If you finish working through a learning resource and you have more questions than when you started I will have done my job. As John Travis & Regina Ryan (co-authors of the Wellness Workbook) puts it:
“Wellness is not about herbal prescriptions, or vegetarian diets, or aerobic exercise regimens, even though some of these things are considered in depth. Wellness is so much more. Wellness is about you, trusting your energy, and creating your unique and vibrant life in your own way. And that may take some serious question asking.”
Quality questions is the hallmark of the learning profession and by asking yourself quality questions you will make the best possible use of this learning program.
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a foreign tongue… And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
4. No Fascism, Please
This is perhaps best worded by John W Travis M.D. co-author of the Wellness Workbook:
“I’m sometimes alarmed by a kind of neofascism that I see in the wellness and alternative/complementary medicine movements.
Covert or overt pressure is applied to get people to adhere to a particular lifestyle or dogma. There are “nutrition nuts” who want everyone to take high doses of a particular supplement or go on a certain diet. There are runners who want to make marathoners out of everyone. There are meditators who want everyone to meditate exactly as they do.
Health becomes equated with a certain set of behaviour or practices, and pressure is applied to make people conform to the group norm.
While I want to get my message across, I do not want to be looked on as the expert dictating the one true way; I do not want to become part of the neofascism. The wellness paradigm calls for options, individuality, and choices freely made.”
How to Get The Most From Each Learning Unit
1. Print the resource. If you are reading it on your computer screen, STOP. Print the resource and file it in a ring binder for easy offline use.
2. Skim through the entire learning resource. Skim through the resource quickly to get an idea of the entire content. Then slow down and take your time to study each section in-depth.
3. Read and underline or circle key thoughts. Be careful not to underline too much. Only underline when you encounter “Aha!” or “Eureka” ideas that challenge your existing beliefs and behaviours about your health.
4. Take time to pause and reflect. Resist the temptation to focus your attention on how other people and future clients can improve their wellness. Remember, this is first and foremost about you! After reading each topic, stop to review your underlined sections and ask yourself, “How could knowing or applying this concept or idea improve my wellness with 10 percent? What would I need to do to get a 30 percent improvement?” Be specific. Jot your ideas in the margin or in you journal/notebook. We have included some “Pause and Reflect” stops and “Activities” to give you a chance to let the message permeate your heart, mind and actions.
5. Summarise your “Aha!” / “Eureka” ideas and reflections in your wellness journal. Craft your quest map by including ideas, action steps and plans on how you can apply what you are learning in your day-to-day life.
6. Work the material. Do all the activities and answer all the questions. This is a “workbook” to be played with, not a novel to get lost in.
7. Share with others what you have learned. The best way to learn is to teach. After you have summarised your “Aha!” ideas and completed your activities, share them and your action steps and plans with a loved one or friend. Use your wellness journal as your teaching guide.
8. Set specific goals. Don’t just profess good health. Words alone cannot improve your well-being. Set a specific goal to include the strategies in your life. Be specific. Even if it is subjective. And don’t aim for more than a 30 percent improvement. Then go into your ‘life laboratory’ and implement your action steps and plans.
Yours in health,
If Your Study Skills Needs Polishing
As an adult learner your approach to learning will be different to that from your school days: you will choose what you want to study, you will have professional and/or personal motivation for doing so and you will most likely be fitting your study activities around other professional or domestic responsibilities.
Essentially you will be taking control of your learning environment. As a consequence, you will need to consider issues related to time management, goal setting, etc. Perhaps you will also need to reacquaint yourself in areas such as note taking, textbook reading, doing assignments, and using the web as a learning resource.
Your most significant considerations will be time and space i.e. the time you dedicate to your learning and the environment in which you engage in that learning.
I recommend that you take time now—before starting your self-study— to familiarize yourself with these issues. There are a number of excellent resources on the web. To start you on your way visit HowToStudy.org at http://www.howtostudy.org/resources.php.
* The information provided is for educational purposes only. Used as a reference; not as a means of diagnosis and/or treatment, it can act as a guide, but only with the cooperation and advise of trained professionals. It is not within the scope of any collection of information to perform the medical duties of the health care profession.
* Always consult with your physician or other qualified healthcare provider before embarking on a new diet or exercise program. If you are pregnant or lactating, taking medications, have a health condition or are planning a medical procedure, consult your health professional before beginning this program. If you have any specific questions about these matters you should consult your doctor or other healthcare provider.