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A Three-Centers Approach to Goal Setting

Jan 04, 2016 12:58PM ● By Shari Grayson and Karen Hobson

Do you find that year after year the same issues are coming up for you? Do you have goals you want to achieve, such as losing weight, making more money, exercising more, or learning something new? Do barriers keep coming up to prevent those goals from coming to fruition? Start the New Year off right by paying attention to all your wellness goals.

Sometimes what is needed is to clear past karma and start fresh. The following karma cleansing ritual is based on the work of Oscar Ischazo, founder of Arica. Karma can be interpreted as our areas of fear that prevent us from moving forward.

IPSB College.One method to clear the karma that is held in the body is to explore deeply, touching the physical body and finding the pain/fear that is held there. As massage and other bodywork methods are used to relieve the pain, corresponding karma issues can be released physically, emotionally and mentally. This method of self-massage called Chu’Ka is taught as part of the Essentials of Massage and Bodywork class at The International Professional School of Bodywork (IPSB College).

Another method of clearing karma is the burning bowl. Using a bowl or fire pit to cleanse your karma is a symbolic means of letting go of that which you wish to remain in the past. To perform this ritual, create a small fire in your bowl or pit. It is suggested that you add some sage and lemongrass to the fire to heighten the cleansing properties of the fire.

On a piece of paper, write down two to three “things you do not want to make part of your life story anymore” in each of the Nine Domains of Consciousness:

• Sentiments

• Health and security

• Creativity • Intellectual

• Social interaction

• Work and activities

• Position and authority

• Laws and morals

• Spiritual

Think about what each of these things taught you, then express gratitude for the lessons these things offered you. When you are ready, burn them to let them go. You may offer this intention as they burn: “May all these sufferings be transformed into Light, and so it is.” Know that these lessons will be released from your life to clear the way for new experiences.

Once you’ve cleared the karma, setting goals for the New Year can be a clearer process. Approaching goal setting from an ongoing lifestyle change is the most effective. Naming why you want something adds the motivation to start and maintain those goals. And looking at all the aspects of your life and how they affect each other can help you create a balanced plan for paying attention to all your wellness goals.

Create another list using the guidelines below and choose at least one goal for each of the domains. Once you create your goals, put them up somewhere where you can see them often and keep them at the forefront of your mind. Whenever you review them, set the intention: “After letting go of my karma from the past, I am now ready to accomplish these.”

One method to clear the karma that is held in the body is to explore deeply, touching the physical body and finding the pain/fear that is held there.

Need some guidelines for writing goals? Use “I” statements to personalize and own each goal, state the goal in present tense and be sure the goal is specific and measurable with what you want to achieve. Add a timeline so the goal has a start date and a frequency date.

For example, if you want to practice yoga you could state: “I participate in a 90-minute yoga class twice weekly beginning January 4.” If you want to eat healthier: “I eat a diet of fresh fruits, vegetables and lean proteins; I focus on organic products and prepare at least 80 percent of my own meals every day, beginning January 4.”

Then create a support system for yourself. Within your support system, report your goals and your progress toward maintaining them to a friend, family member, co-worker or coach to help you keep your promises to yourself. Revisit your list every month to keep yourself on track.

May your new year be filled with all good intentions and with goals met and exceeded!

For more information on Arica, visit

On January 8, IPSB College will host a talk, Starting the Year Out Right at their campus in San Diego. The event includes a discussion of the goal setting process from the Three Centers approach. Admissions guides will be on hand to share more information about the school’s programs. Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. followed by the talk at 6:30 p.m. and free bodywork and massage sessions between 7 and 9 p.m.

Location: 9025 Balboa Ave., Ste. 130, San Diego. For more information on IPSB College and their classes, visit