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How to create your own Joy-Based Living Empowerment Group: An incubator for your radiant self.
How to create your own Joy-Based Living Empowerment Group: An incubator for your radiant self.
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Joy-Based Living Beginner's Guide

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And YES you can still join the Joy-Based Living Tribe by pledging $25 or more. Till July 24th.


What Joy-Based Living IS:

Joy-Based Living is a small-but-steady growing movement of women and men who are standing with and for each other as we give birth to our most radiant, expansive selves.

This video shows excerpts and testimonials from a recent local workshop I presented, on Lookout Mountain, in Alabama:

On June 14, I posted an idea to my FB group, to produce a Joy-Based Living Beginner's Guide. 

I expected a positive response, but their enthusiasm blew me away and moved me to create this Kickstarter campaign!:

Facebook responses to concept of a JBL Beginner's Guide. Click for larger view.
Facebook responses to concept of a JBL Beginner's Guide. Click for larger view.

 


Here's the original post describing the idea:

 

 

Hiro Nakamura wants you to know...

KICKSTARTER FUNDING WILL ALLOW ME TO:

  • Focus on the production of the Joy-Based Living Beginner’s Guide without adhering to other projects for a month. 
  • Hire support for fulfilling the rewards, managing the online group, creating a more professional design, publishing a website with a great user interface, and other things that I haven't thought of yet! 

WHAT I'LL DO WITH MONEY THAT EXCEEDS THE PLANNED BUDGET:

I will create a higher quality experience for the students. I will introduce more people to the JBL teachings, both online and in-person. I really care that everyone who wants the support of a true Empowerment Group, can have one. Extra funding will allow me to do whatever I need to do to make improvements until the JBL program can stand on its own. 

Please support the production of the Joy-Based Beginner's Guide by helping us raise 2,000 in 30 days. 

With it, together, we will co-author a new world! Enjoy the many amazing rewards to thank you for participating! 

Thank you for joining me in heralding this new possibility.

My Background

I've been teaching and leading various types of empowerment groups since 1995, and recently I've had the honor and joy of co-leading an empowered group of 20-women from around the world, for the past 2 years.

This continues to be one of the most incredible experiences of my lifetime.

And I'm so excited to be able to share this gift... with you.

A few more things you'll want to know about the Joy-Based Living Beginner's Guide

I dedicate this project to the BELIEVERS... to everyone in my life who has ever believed in me, including me! and to everyone in your life who has ever believed in you. Including you! I dedicate it to our collective future, to a realizable vision of a super-juicy humanity where more and more people believe in each other's dreams and well-being.

Did you know that the most important external component for increasing your joy is... 

having an ongoing community of people who supports your authentic self-expression... A sub-culture of wellness... a TRUE TRIBE of people who offer compassion and empathy when you're feeling low and who celebrate with you when you're flying high!

My name is Debbie Happy Cohen and I'm creating something juicy-awesome just for you!

The Joy-Based Living Beginner's Guide is for people who are already in personal development conversations about transformation.

Often, in the midst of changing paradigms . . .

your boat rocks back and forth, between the old paradigm and the new.

You've left the shore.

Maybe you see the new shore, you may even have an experience of it already.

You know it's right for you, you can feel it and you believe it.

And yet... doubts and fears come up, and sometimes they set you back for longer than you would like.

If you're lucky, you're surrounded by people who support your emerging self and the future you most desire.

However, many people don't have that kind of support.

In order for transformation to last...in order to land on the new shore that you envision, and to stay on that new land, and live there...

What we really need is the support of like-minded others, on an on an ongoing basis. 

A healthy, joy-based community which offers the tools to activate your innate KNOWING and intelligence and a community of individuals to celebrate your successes and see you through your struggles... Authentically and with a ton of genuine acceptance, and with practices that work.

I call these kinds of groups "Empowerment Groups."

In the Joy-Based Living Beginner's Guide, you'll receive step by step instructions for how to apply 3 essential components to create an Empowerment Group that lasts.

The 3 essential components for creating a lasting Empowerment Group are:

  • Core Practices
  • Meeting Guidelines 
  • Container for Safety

Core Practices: You will learn how to make more Joy-Based decisions in every area of your life. You will gain fluency in "languages of well-being" regarding your Things, Community, Emotions, Desires, YOU and your relationship with Life. These elements are important because they influence you in every single moment. (see yellow and purple blueprint). "Languages of well-being" are how your mind-body communicates with you. By learning to communicate with your mind-body in more empowered ways, you can create long-lasting healing and personal transformation. Our goal with core practices, is to become fluent in Languages of Well-being. The easiest way to become fluent in any language is by practicing it with others. That is one of the benefits of creating your own Empowerment Group.

Meeting Guidelines and Structures: You'll learn to choose the best content, frequency, and duration of your meetings, based on your group's size and your members' needs. Leading your Empowerment Group by having the right structures in place will help ensure your success.

A Container of Safety: This special set of Shared Agreements will allow you and your group members to function at your best. We are all imperfect, and these agreements help us stay connected and supportive of one another, as we navigate the turbulence that personal transformation often brings up!

Your group will give you the strength to uplift yourself and others no matter what is going on in your life.

On an ongoing basis, your group will also support you in discovering where you're really at, what you're really feeling and needing, and what direction you want to take next. You will be able to honestly state What's Next so that you can take empowered action. If you're stuck, your group will stand with you and for you, as you continue to evolve your wisdom and clarity.

The purpose of our Joy-Based community is mutual empowerment and joy. Together, we are generating an atmosphere where the beauty and brilliance in each of us is nurtured and celebrated. So that when we go out into the world, we can soar higher as our unique radiance takes up space!

A Joy-Based Living Empowerment Group could be the greatest gift you ever give yourself and that you ever receive. 

Having a group like this in your life will create ripple effects in your relationships, in your community, and in the world.

SAMPLE LESSON 

Here is a prototype, to give you a sense of my teaching style and some of the introductory content. 

 

Risks and challenges

The main challenges with completing this work are:

#1. Time to produce the audios. The content is ready. It needs to go through a "final organization" and then recorded. This should easily be completed in 4-6 weeks.

#2. Developing an online learning program that's easy for students to follow. Modules of information will be organized so that they will be easy for students to reference and to share with each other. I'll need to hire someone to help create this structure. 4-6 weeks.

I thank each and every one of you for your time and support... thanks for helping bring Joy-Based Living into the world!

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    JBL Beginner's Guide (Online)

    The entirety of the JBL Beginner's Guide - 20+ audios and visuals:
    Blueprint, Structure, Shared Agreements and More!
    Step by step instructions to create your own Empowerment Group.
    Complete access.
    Online community just for "JBL Beginners Guide" participants.
    My availability - for 12 weeks - for the Beginner's Guide community to dialogue and answer questions pertaining to the Guide.

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    Double Your Joy!

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    You'll get 2 of the Joy-Based Living Beginner's Guide... one for you and one for a friend!

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    Slow-Cooked Brownies

    A batch of slow-cooked brownies using organic ingredients, including high quality cocoa
    Great chocolate inspires Joy-Based conversations among great friends :-)
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    Due to the nature of shipping brownies, and the fact that these are extra gooey, your batch will be specially baked in small mason jars.

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    30-min JBL Group Consultation

    A 40 minute coaching consultation for you, and up to 3 friends, giving you guidance and recommendations on how to customize the JBL Blueprint and Guidelines for your and/or your group members (phone or Skype)

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    60-min Mind-Body Empowerment Session

    A 60 minute JBL personal coaching consultation for you by me (by phone or Skype), where you identify a specific area where you are feeling "stuck" or "challenged." I will guide you through a very specific process to help you step into a new "embodied" experience of greater empowerment. Because the shift happens on a mind-body level, it has a lasting effect.

    Based on your session, you will receive a customized document containing a new script, which will empower you to repeat the practice at your leisure and get the most out of it.

    This is new in my repertoire of tools and techniques, but the dozen-or-so people I've shared it with have been blown away.

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    90-min JBL Personal Coaching Session

    A 90 minute JBL personal coaching consultation for you by me (by phone or Skype). In this deep-dive conversation, we will co-author the most joy-based possibilities for you as well as clearly defined next steps.

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    Customized Structure for Your Group

    We will develop the online structures to make it easy to organize your group meetings.

    You'll receive a 60-minute group consultation, offering you guidance and recommendations on how to customize the Joy-Based Practices and Meeting Guidelines for your and/or your group members (phone or Skype).

    We will create a webpage for you where you can find everything for your group organized in one place, to help you keep track of your group's schedule, links, documents and information that your group communicates with each other. Once it's created, you will be responsible for making any edits or changes to it.

    After your web page is created for you, you will receive a follow-up consultation (30 minutes) to answer any questions.

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    4- 90min JBL coaching sessions

    Personal one-on-one coaching. The aim of these deep-dive conversations is lasting transformation. (by phone or Skype)

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    A Weekend Coaching Retreat

    A weekend coaching retreat for one individual where we spend 2 and a half days together engaging a conscious conversation, while we travel around the gorgeous Lookout Mountain / Chattanooga area. I'll be your tour guide to some of the loveliest spots on and around the mountain.

    In a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, I'll get to learn about you, about the subtleties of your perceptions through your behaviors. And at the most opportune moments for the greatest learning to take place, with kindness and compassion, I'll give you honest, direct and empowered feedback about your greatest strengths, as well as your blind-sides. I'll also give you tools and techniques you can apply immediately as well as into your future.
    It's great for someone who is ready for some serious transformation.

    For women only.

    Must be someone who is honest and who takes personal responsibility for her feelings, thoughts, words and actions. (You decide if this describes you.)

    You'll be responsible for travel costs as well as sleeping accommodations. I can help you with making a great choice.

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