Sustain a Positive Environment with the Circle of Excellence

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(Picture Credit: Benjavisa Ruangvaree)

By Riah Skrinnik, MS APCC

The science of epigenetics brings traditional genetic science to a new level of the “above the genes” dogma, which suggests that it is not our genes, but our response that controls our environment. Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of groundbreaking book The Biology of Belief, does not teach ways to detox subconscious programming and emotional body, but instead, endorses practitioners who specialize in what he calls “belief change and energy psychology modalities.” This approach indicates that our nervous system connects to the skin and picks up on signals through our five senses in order to control our biology. These signals change the shape of proteins in our body and create an instant response in the genetic activity called “signal transduction pathways,” which can control reaction and behaviors. Lipton believes that signaling transduction can help people improve and adjust their behavioral and biological responses to daily challenges (Lipton).

After decades of study, researchers have concluded the following finding: our brain stores numerous files of responses and each file contains powerful and desirable signals that can be accessible and therefore re-experienced. This finding led to a myriad of attainable modalities developed for our benefit. I would like to offer you one of the persuasion skills modeled by Robert B. Dilts in his book The Sleight of Mouth. “The circle of excellence” is an accessible tool that can help us better organize our experiences. This reliable and uplifting practice goes as follows:

1. Stand or sit in a neutral position. Breath slowly from the belly (move any rapid breathing from the upper chest down to your stomach to reduce stressed mode). Visualize a circle on the ground in front of you. Make it large enough for you to be able to step into the ring (you can physically outline a circle with chalk or tape).

2. Search for every good accomplishment, every notable achievement, every strength, empowerment, or any other source of positivity that resides within you by asking questions, such as, “Have you ever received a good grade on the test? How did it make you feel?” Try to bring up all positive achievements you have experienced throughout your life. Identify associated feelings. Write them in your notes and rank each of them on a scale of 1 to 10.

3. Read your list of experiences and feelings and imagine placing them into your circle. Visualize each item and give them colors, shapes, sounds, smells (if any) and textures. Look at the circle you have filled and check if you feel satisfied with your level of excellence. Feel free to add more and increase the volume and brightness of each item to complete your circle of excellence.

4. Step physically into your circle of excellence. Take a deep breath and feel bright and positive colors, shapes, vibrations and feelings inside the ring. Remember, all you are experiencing inside the ring is a reflection of your achievements and your excellence. Validate the feelings again on a scale of 1 to 10.

5. Stay inside your circle with the ongoing feelings and sensations in your body until you are aware of the positive and encouraging environment below, above, and around you until you feel focused, complete, confident, and ready to continue your life journey (Dilts).



Lipton, Bruce H. (2016). The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles / Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. — 10th-Anniversary Edition.

Robert B. Dilts (2017) Sleight of Mouth: The Magic of Conversational Belief Change / Robert B. Dilts -Kindle Edition.


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