A Framework for Wise Education contains a dramatic tool that helps children shift from emotional reaction to wisdom – The Tadd Technique. We at Creative Lives have been astonished at the positive transformation in children when they use this wise view.
The Tadd Technique is the comparison of perception between being focused first in the solar plexus chakra (the gut area) and then the third eye chakra, located in the middle of the forehead. The technique demonstrates that where we consciously or unconsciously place our attention has a radical impact on learning, emotional wellbeing, and relationships. This practice helps students become wise sages, applying their innate wisdom to the details of their relationships, school experience, and their perceptions of the world around them.
As Ellen herself has said, the Tadd Technique has a “wow” factor.
At Creative Lives we have many stories of this dramatic technique and how children are radically helped when applying it. Here’s an example:
The following took place during a life-skills session (we call it Wise Education) with k-5 children. All the children observed as Aliah demonstrated the technique. She was asked to identify and then focus on something that had been worrying or upsetting her at school. She closed her eyes, and placed her attention in her center of emotion (the solar plexus), then to compare the difference she shifted her focus to perceive the same situation from the center in the middle of her forehead (the 3rd eye or “Wise View”).
Teacher: Aliah - what did you experience when you tuned into feelings in the belly?
Aliah: Churning up like hot lava. It was boiling. I was mad and my feelings were getting really hurt when my friends were making fun of my mistake. I just...I made a mistake at school and they were laughing about it and teasing me about it. I haven’t stopped being upset about it for three days. I was just so mad at my friends for doing that.
Teacher: Could you shift focus to your wise view?
Aliah: Yes! When I looked from my wise view I felt just fine. My mistakes are just fine! They are good for me because, well, that's just how I learn, and there's nothing to be embarrassed about. They're good for my friends too [my mistakes] because my friends don't feel so good about their mistakes. I saw my friends were teasing me because they think mistakes are embarrassing. If I don't feel bad, I'll show them it's okay too.
The whole group was attentive as they deeply listened and observed Aliah’s experience of the Tadd Technique.
Teacher: Good. What did the rest of you notice?
Kids: I could tell when she changed her focus..... Me too--her whole face changed...
The children became animated and eager to be next to learn and demonstrate the Tadd Technique. It's remarkable to watch children make a simple shift in focus that creates an enormous change in their experience and perspective. The Tadd Technique transforms perception from negative to positive, confused to clear, and from emotional hurt to compassion.
We can actually teach children to access their wise view, making wisdom and discernment their habit.