Celebrate© January 2006
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Assmang Managanese - Cato Ridge - KZn, South Africa.
Assmang Diversity Training Programme

Day 1 - Groups 3 & 4.
November 2005, Isithumba Conference Centre

This is the most inter-racial, cultural, class and position at work - workshop I have ever attended.

I learnt that we are all the same and we must respect each other.

I enjoyed Arthie’s explanation of the various cultures regarding food.

Most important of all was to converse with different kinds of people. Learning about cultural habits and understanding of other people’s cultures, religion
and beliefs.

I recommend this course because in this way all South Africans can understand each other.

I enjoyed learning about other cultures and getting to know my colleagues better, and learning that basically we all face the same challenges in life irrespective of colour.

I enjoyed the teamwork and life’s lessons. I Learnt Respect, Culture and more about myself.

I enjoyed the interaction with everyone and learning more about them in a fun way.

I learnt the meaning behind diversity and how we can use the knowledge of other cultures etc, to better understand and become friends with our peers.

This is an excellent course. Very well presented and very informative.

I learnt more about the different cultures, religion, groups of people and why they do something in a specific way.

There is no race, gender, colour of your skin differentiation in this programme.

You don’t often get a chance like this to learn about other people, culture and religions.

In enjoyed eing able to interact and communicate with different people. It was a relaxing atmosphere and the food was good.

It is open and relaxed, no finger pointing and prejudice.

It opens your eyes to other cultures and how simple things could be offensive to other people of different cultures.

I had my doubts prior to the programme but it has been a very great day full of learning and understanding.

I enjoyed the easy way our very diverse group came together as a team.

The interaction was great.

I learnt that every person is different irrespective of their cultures.

We need more people like you in this world.

I enjoyed Interaction with others. Getting to know some people better.

I enjoyed getting to know myself a bit better.

I enjoyed getting to work as a team, building team spirit. And knowing why certain cultures do things the way they do them.

Celebrating Humanity helps you to look past your own world and, not to walk about with blinkers, understanding others better.

It helps you to understand other cultures - that you all have different viewpoints.

It makes people realise that no matter what position you hold or what culture or creed you are, your problems and thinking are not unique.

I enjoyed the opportunity to not only communicate with a huge variation of diverse cultures but also the fact that the course candidates came from a vast variety of walks of life.

The day was well balanced between interaction and learning of people’s feelings, cultures and mannerisms.

I enjoyed the interaction of people’s different learning styles and how to categorise individuals and then how to communicate and react to these people. Knowing my own learning styles helps me to adjust my approach to people.

It is a known fact that all people do not know themselves or the people that work with them and this course certainly drives to achieving this harmony.

I enjoyed the learning styles and problem solving with different people. To be working as a team.

I enjoyed learning about other peoples cultures and way of life.

I enjoyed the assessment a person’s learning styles. And listening to other peoples’ opinion and advice.

I learnt that everyone is unique in his or her own way. Do not judge a person by his/ her looks and background.

This is a definite eye opener to those who have blinkers on. We all must learn to get along and work with each other.

I enjoyed understanding my learning style and knowing how I can make it better. In order not to be frustrated you ought to understand what’s important to you as an individual.

It is important to acknowledge others as a sign of Ubuntu and the only way to do that is to be able to understand all cultures to be able to get somewhere.

I enjoyed experiencing and observing people opening up to others and enjoying each others’ company.

I learnt cultural difference from people of the particular cultures and enjoyed sharing points of our backgrounds and cultures and learning to listen to others. And realising that there is so much common ground among us, in numerous areas in respect, belief’s, love, etc.

I recommend this course because we can now communicate with each other.

I enjoyed being relaxed and open.

I recommend this course because it allows people to express themselves freely and understand each other better.

I learnt to give respect to each person’s culture. “The universe rewards actions not thoughts”.

I enjoyed the manner in which it is run - like a play - highly informal and stress free.

I enjoyed the team participation and gentle competitiveness between groups. And the other people in the seminar, people are always great.

I learnt that people are generally the same, they just have different ways of doing things. There has to be and is strength in diverse and union.

The presenters were a joy.

I recommend this course so that we can all develop a practical understanding of the diverse cultures and acceptance of them. This can play a huge part in one’s success - personal, professional and country basis.

I think the most interesting part of this workshop was interacting with different people.

I am now starting to understand the difference between cultures.

I no longer need to feel reluctant in interacting, conversing or discussing issues with anybody.

It was great to forget about my own personal problems and to know every person at this course also has problems.

I enjoyed solving the problem in a group with team spirit and the desire to win.

There are excellent group interactions, team spirit and a lot to take home and test on wife and children.

I learnt to respect different cultures and how to communicate with different people.

I learn to respect the people I work with.

This programme taught me a lot about how to live with different people.

I sincerely hope that this spirit can be carried over, not only to the workplace but also throughout society.

I recommend the Celebrating Humanity programme because it builds very important bridges necessary for this country to grow as a unified nation.

I enjoyed being a part of the group and taking part in the event. I enjoyed talking to other people, the camaraderie of us together and most of all I had fun.

Day 2 - Groups 3 & 4. November 2005, Isithumba Conference Centre

The participation is very good and stories make you really think of the positive and the future not only for us but our children.

How people see you and what you can do to make people feel wanted, happy and valuable.

I thank you for this opportunity of learning and look forward to taking this knowledge back to my family.

It is important that we make an effort to learn about the diverse nation around us so that we can build a better nation for our children.

I learnt to change my whole overview of different perceptions i.e, to be myself, to be stronger and to respect the views of others.

I enjoyed the openness of discussion.

Understanding the cultures of the different races that make up our nation.

I enjoyed the understanding that all people are different with different cultures but at the end of the day all are human beings without colour.

I learned to understand myself. To understand the mistakes we made in the past. To treat everyone and everybody with respect.

I enjoyed the harmonious interaction within our groups. Learning about other members in the group.

We need more people with your knowledge and belief’s to educate the rest of the world.

I enjoyed the participation of sharing, participation and interactions.

To have consultants like Brian and Arthie who know what they are talking about. It was a good experience indeed.

I recommend the programme because it teaches you respect for others as well as yourself.

I realised how little I know about the various people that make up our country.

The whole day was fantastic. Keep it up. This country has a great future of us being one great nation.

I enjoyed the full and frank inter personal discussions with all the other people on me and them.

The course really helps you understand the way others act and how to work towards better unity.

Brian and Arthie, you are brilliant, talented, good, strong and friendly people.

I learnt to be open to my fellow colleagues even if they are your superior and to tell them what you need and can give them in return.

I recommend this programme because it is needed in the new South Africa for every person to understand his neighbours and colleagues.

I enjoyed listening to our leader’s story (Mr Mthimkhulu) and how it helped us to learn and feel free within ourselves.

I learned that everyone was suffering here in South Africa not the Africans only.

I learned that change starts from us as an individual because of the attitudes we carry.

I recommend the programme because It is a fun way to learn about our diverse cultures in South Africa. It also helps us to appreciate the people we work with.
I learnt that, in order to respect, start by respecting yourself. Treat people the way you want to be treated.

I found many ideas where I can make adjustments in order to better my relationship in the community.

I recommend this programme because it is desperately needed to impact this nation in terms of change that we so desire.

There is nothing that I did not enjoy. This day seemed to pass so quickly. I enjoyed the reinforcement of, we are all equal, and that we just do the things differently.

It is actually easy to see the positive in people, reinforcing this is likely to reduce the negatives.

I enjoyed the commitment of all parties. Everybody shows respect to each other.

It was informative and filled with fun. I enjoyed the way we all enjoyed ourselves.

I’ve learnt that without respect nothing that you say or do will have impact.

Today demonstrated that we can all have fun together as one, not looking out for stupid self esteems but let loose as we should always do.

I enjoyed the interaction shared by all of the candidates through many various topics and activities. And the opportunity to share feelings and thoughts with candidates.

I learnt to understand that whilst we are all different, have various cultures and upbringing, we are all good human beings who deserve to share our lives equally.

This is an excellent mechanism to spread the word that in respect all are equal.

I’ve learnt that all the people are same and they are equal.

I enjoyed the learning techniques, different kinds of people and their personalities.

Verbal Feedback - after Day 1

I thoroughly enjoyed it. I feel diversity is very important within a company.

I think it is very good.

It opens you up so you can communicate with the next person.

It teaches you all about the personality types and you have to respect it as well.

You showed us a lot of diversity and how to respect - you can actually communicate openly with that respect.

A lot of team building has actually starting between us. I feel more apart of the team now.

I feel more confident. Now that I know the people I work with I can actually communicate respectfully.

The positive part of the course is that if you keep it up you will feel much better.

The interaction and the mix was quite good and knowing more people.

Now that I have spoke to people that I did not know at work, I am feeling a bit different.

It taught me to respect other people and their opinions more. I have got a lot out of it.

Made me understand that although all people are different, deep down inside we are all the same because all that counts is the personality of the person.

Now that I know the differences I now understand how he is and how to live together and he understands me better now.

From what I learnt here, I really enjoyed it. I accept everybody the way they are, not that I am disrespectful, but by his culture and his individuality.

The course has taught us that there is unity in diversity once we learn to respect each others cultures. It’s been a good learning for me.

My biggest learning point was the different cultures. I think that if you understand peoples cultures you tend to understand people more.

I really enjoyed it. It’s given me more confidence and the respect of everybody else.

I really enjoyed it. Now at work you respect other people’s cultures and you know more about them that we didn’t even know.

When I came here on Monday I didn’t know where this taxi was taking me to, but at least I understand now and I am glad. I think the more we understand each other the better.


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A Rebirth

We wish you, your associates, friends and your families a wonderful 2006. This article is intended as a gift for all of you, as you begin the New Year.

As we move down the path of this new year, we leave behind us years of experiences - good, bad and ugly.

It is true that each one of us carries prominent, and sometimes hidden, memories of things that we have done and things that have happened to us.

It does not matter if these memories are good or bad, or even if our mind has chosen to "forget" some, or all of them. It does even not matter if all, or any, of the other people "involved" remember "what happened", or what we, or they "did."

It is by these incidents, in our lives, that our judgments and actions are formed.
They strongly form the very foundation of our beliefs and behaviours. And they often sub-consciously guide the results that we achieve in our lives.

It here that our relationships and friendships will be strengthened or weakened. It is here that our lives will be sharpened or dulled. It is here where we become victims, or victors. Where we will be prejudiced in our judgments, or open.

Each of these distorting or enhancing lenses, to our view of life, will have been formed in highly emotional times. As such they will be etched into our cellular memories.

Herein lie our fears, our phobias, our cravings, our excesses and according to experts - such as Louise Hay - theses are the very keys to our health and happiness. "Negative thoughts and memories can emanate in our bodies as dis-ease." She further says, "

"Over the years I’ve learned that there are really just two mental patterns that contribute to disease: Fear and Anger.

Anger can show up as impatience, irritation, frustration, criticism, resentment, jealousy or bitterness. These are all thoughts that poison the body. When we release this burden, all the organs in our body begin to function properly.

Fear could be tension, anxiety, nervousness, worry, doubt, feeling not good enough or unworthiness. Do you relate to any of this?

We must learn to substitute faith for fear if we’re to heal. Faith in what? Faith in Life! I believe we live in a "Yes" Universe. No matter what we choose to believe or think or say, the Universe always says "yes" to us.

If we think poverty, the Universe says "yes" to that. If we think prosperity, the Universe say "yes" to that. It's up to us! The Universe wants us to experience anything we desire.

So let's say "yes" to all good. Be a "yes" person, living in a "yes" world being responded to by a "yes" Universe."

If you find yourself with some sort of disease(s) that is not listed in (the book) Heal Your Body, become your own investigator and healer.

Ask yourself, is it one of the forms of fear or is it one of the forms of anger? Are you willing to release those thoughts. And replace them with positive affirmations? Loving yourself will also contribute greatly to healing your body for love heals.

So how do you love yourself? First of all and most importantly: Cease all criticism of yourself and others. Accept yourself as you are. Praise yourself as much as you can.

Criticism breaks down the inner spirit, praise builds it up. Look into a mirror often and simply say: I LOVE YOU, I REALLY LOVE YOU. It may be difficult at first, but keep practicing and soon you will mean and feel what you say. Love yourself as much as you can and all of life will mirror this love back to you."

Local South African training organisation Paradigm Shift Training run Louise Hay courses in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. (Similarly qualified specialist facilitators are trained by Louise Hay, to do so elsewhere in the world. Check out her website for more info.)

Our family have recently attended 2 day courses and our results have been incredible. There is an incredible peace to be seen in each person, as they handle and clear their own deep seated fears and angers. This is a peace that we all deserve. Including you.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Another widely used technique that is bringing almost instantaneous release, to fears and angers, is the EFT technique (see below for the link.) It is simple, incredibly effective and can be used for almost any ailment or past trauma.

On his web site - Gary Craig - talks of his recent successes with Vietnam veterans, and various practitioners talk of their own successes with anything from asthma to alcoholism, to fear of heights, to sexual abuse and xenophobia.

Interestingly Gary Crag has never charged for consulting in his field and makes all of his material available at very reasonable prices. In fact, you can get all of the basic information in a FREE 79 page eBook. (See below for links to Gary Craig's EFT site.)

Face to face clearing

I carried a childhood incident - relating to an uncle - for decades. It deeply embarrassed me at the time. And I never forgot!

At every opportunity, as I grew older, I would indignantly ask anyone who cared to listen, "How can a grown man treat a small child like that?"

I was angry for many years. I told, and retold, the story. It gained power and cut deeper into my memories.

Until one day, soon after my fortieth birthday, I cornered him and retold my story...

" How could you treat a child like that I demanded to know?" He looked at me with sad eyes, as he apologised, and said, "I don't remember doing that. I wish I could. Please forgive me, I am so sorry."

As I watched the pain in his face, I felt a deep sadness leave me. I suddenly realised that it was I who should apologise, not him. My understanding grew in a flash.

As a young inexperienced uncle, he had made a silly comment, to a small easily-embarrased child. He had said it only once. I had repeated it and continuously maligned him for years. He now was the victim of my actions.

As I apologised to him, years of separateness and sadness was lifted from both of us. I could again see him as a person. A man like me, with feelings, aspirations and normal human frailties.

At that moment I set myself free from a tiny incident in a far away dining room, that was embarrassing to a 6 year old. At that time, in my life, I did not have the human experience to understand. It was one of the many incidents, that I had taken way past its sell-by-date.

A great way to start each new year, is to go to those who you have kept out of your life - and clear with them face-to-face. It will set you free, as it did me.

A better way is never to go to sleep with anger or sadness in your heart. Clear it before it becomes an emotional scar.

Each day is a new dawn

The Chinese have a saying which goes something like this, "each day is a new dawn."

We too believe that each day is our opportunity for a cleansing, a rebirth and the emanation of the positive future that once awaited us at our birth. We start each day afresh, albeit with new experiences to teach and guide us.

Should each of us in this country and around the world, cleanse ourselves of our negative emotional memories, we will positively transform our ways and the future of our world.

Your way may be better...

And there are obviously many other ways to cleanse your spirit.

You may find spiritual ways, or that psycho-analysis, prayer, meditation, affirmations, chanting or simple quiet time will work for you.

Whichever way you choose to refresh and purify your soul, please remember to regularly give a little time to yourself.

Spend good energy on building your spirit. And you will transform your life and your world.

Best wishes

Brian V Moore

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Mthimkhulu International is a Proudly South African, BEE Empowered organisation which offers its services in South Africa, Africa and the USA. We are open to offer our services anywhere in the world.

Celebrating Humanity ©

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