Each person at Lynn Gordon's Brown Bag Seminar talk Wednesday was given a pearl and a small jar of Play-Doh – and told to wrap the pearl in the clay.
The Sheridan counselor said the pearl is a metaphor for the discovery of self and self-worth. “You are a product of what you go through,” she said. “It's your job to find the pearl.”
She asked the 11 people who attended the event, “Are you worthy?” And added, “It's your choice. You get to decide if you're worthy.”
The counselor has been presenting the luncheon seminars since last fall, and her focus this month is on personal growth and change. She said this will be the last month, for a while, that she will present the programs.
She said if people want to change their lives, they must make a decision to change. You must decide what you want, she said. Changing your life means you must change the way you think. She cited findings of Dr. Candice Pert, a chief molecular biologist for the National Institutes of Health. Those findings were that thoughts are real. Every thought is associated with a unique neuropeptide. Neuropeptides are protein-based amino acids produced by the hypothalamus, which is the control center at the base of the brain.
When a thought occurs, she said it goes into a neuropeptide, and the way we think – our belief system – creates a grid. The cells in our bodies then demand the neuropeptides they are mainly exposed to. In effect, the counselor said, they become addicted to certain neuropeptides. If we want to change our lives, we must change our thoughts.
The counselor's remaining seminars this month will be April 16 and April 23.