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August 22, 2016

Relieving Chronic Pain – The CHEK Totem Pole

Happy Monday to You!

I hope you are all enjoying a beautiful summer (or winter season in the South Pacific).

I’ve been enjoying some vacation time after returning from Toronto for the Can Fit Pro conference.

It’s been nice to have time to do some great reading, exercise, painting, tai-chi, and meditation, as well as playing with Mana, watching some movies and documentaries and sharing great food with the family.

In my blog today, I will share:
1. Relieving Chronic Pain – The CHEK Totem Pole
2. CHEK Advanced Training Program Completions
3. Show-N-Tell With Paul

Relieving Chronic Pain – The CHEK Totem Pole

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Are you suffering from chronic mental, emotional or physical pain or dysfunction?
If the answer is “yes,” then my video blog today may be very revealing for you!

Are you wondering what I teach students in the C.H.E.K Institute Advanced Training Programs?

If the answer is “yes,” this video blog will give you a great overview of what is covered in each of the CHEK Advanced Training Programs and systems, such as the CHEK Practitioner and Holistic Lifestyle Coach education pathways (which serve as vocational training or “Dream paths” for many).

In my video blog presentation today (50:00), I take you on a tour of the CHEK Totem Pole system which I developed in the early 1990s.


My presentation shows you the hierarchy of survival systems and reflex systems. In other words, what/who controls what systems and functions of your body-mind.

I share a wide variety of resources, and suggested courses or Advanced Training Programs offered by the C.H.E.K Institute, all of which can be found at

For those of you in Europe, you can also go to

For those of you in Australia (South Pacific), there is a special section on the C.H.E.K Institute web site for you as well.

I hope you enjoy learning a lot about how your body-mind works, and I suspect many of you will have epiphanies as to why you still suffer with chronic challenges even after spending potentially years seeing doctors and therapists.

My presentation today will give you some insights as to what may actually be the source of your challenges, and which CHEK Professionals and C.H.E.K Institute resources are most likely to help you start solving your challenges “NOW” so you can live your dreams more fully!

To purchase the CHEK Totem Pole Banner, please visit our CHEK Totem Pole Banner page.

CHEK Advanced Training Program Completions

Holistic Lifestyle Level 1

HLC1, Oceanside with Angie Chek

HLC 1 Oceanside 8-21-16 Angie

Congratulations for completing HLC 1 with Angie! I personally get a lot of joy out of knowing each of you are “agents of positive change” in the world!

What a great group of highly intelligent, highly motivated students this weekend in Oceanside, CA.

I dropped by the class to visit them Sunday and had a great time meeting and chatting with students.

HLC 1, Melbourne, Australia with Joanna Rushton


Please join me in congratulating our newest Holistic Lifestyle Coaches from Melbourne.

Joanna Rushton is an exemplary teacher of all things holistic and CHEK.

Thank you all for trusting in the C.H.E.K Institute as your health and wellness education provider.

Today, the world needs as many happy, healthy people as we can get on deck to lead the way as living examples.

I look forward to seeing you in HLC 2 or HLC 3 when you are ready to go deeper.

While I was visiting our HLC 1 students, I was also able to say hello to the CHEK Academy students, their amazingly skilled instructor, Ashley Mazurek, and CHEK Instructor Jator Pierre.

Thank you all for your love, inspiration and participation in the C.H.E.K Institute and, naturally, your own dreams and the dreams of others.

CHEK Exercise Coach, UK with Duncan Reeve

C.H.E.K Institute Instructor Duncan Reeve just completed CHEK Exercise Coach in the UK with a great group of students.

Please help me welcome them as our latest CHEK Trained professionals. Congratulations!

I am sure you all enjoyed learning from a master, and that you feel inspired to share your gifts with the world.

I am confident that you are all excited to implement and apply your current knowledge working with clients.

I hope that you’ll continue to expand your working knowledge with CHEK Practitioner Level 1 Course to continue learning and growing yourself personally and professionally when you are ready.

Show-N-Tell With Paul

I’m busy working on a new painting in my spare time, which I’ll share when I’ve gotten far enough into it to be worth sharing.

In the meantime, my client Jared shared some great art he recently created that I am inspired to share with you today.

Jared Bean Mandala
The Bean Mandala by Jared

My client (and friend) Jared is a Biodynamic farmer, artist and businessman who lives the CHEK Principles with his wife and child each day.

Jared just finished harvesting his biodynamic beans and made this beautiful mandala from some of the beans he harvested.

I loved it and asked him if I could share it with you here. Here is a comment from Jared about his mandala:

“We just harvested all of this year’s beans from the field, and as soon as I saw them I just new I wanted to “paint” with them.”

Jared Sunflowers

Above, you can see Jared next to some of the amazing biodynamic sunflowers he grew this year on his farm in Santa Rosa.

Biodynamic farming has been shown through research to produce the most nutritious food of any farming method studied. The method was developed by Rudolph Steiner.

I couldn’t resist sharing this recent painting by Jared as well.

Walking The Dream Line Jared 8-21-16

Walking The Dream Line by Jared

Most of you know how much importance I put on living your dream, and Jared is certainly a man who is committed to that!

I asked Jared for some thoughts about his painting to share with you:

“I’m glad you liked it! From the physical/practical perspective, I was standing down at Spirit Lake, on our land, and admiring the ripples in the water, as well as the reflections of the trees in the water.”

“From an emotional perspective, it represents a feeling of balance among the turmoil. And from a spiritual perspective I would say it represents the primordial oneness, formed and formless space – both at once.

“The painting also represents walking my dream line in the present day while recognizing I’m still some ‘bit’ compared to this larger primordial dance, and I’m just relaxing into the ooze of the universe.”

Thanks for your inspiring farming and artistic creations Jared!

You are an inspiration to us all! It is great to see such a beautiful marriage of heaven and earth in you.

I think it is great for all of us to see that we can express ourselves fully, while at once living the life of a productive businessman.

Mana The Surgeon
Doctor Mana
As you may have concluded by now (if you follow my blogs), Angie loves doing photo shoots with Mana, and he loves doing them too.

It’s amazing that a child of only 6 months (his six-month birthday is today!) can show so much interest and focus, and have total awareness that a camera is pointed at him, and engage with it.

Angie, Penny, Maggie (our dog) and I have sooo much fun with our little man.

As you can see above, he learned from his CHEK Institute training that you should always begin by connecting to the patient, and completing an evaluation before beginning any corrective procedure.

Doctor Mana Operating
Having connected to the patient, and competing his evaluation, it’s time to operate.

This is very serious stuff, so we make sure it is very quiet in the operating theater when he’s working. We certainly don’t want anyone getting hurt, and god forbid his medical malpractice insurance goes up if he makes a mistake!

Doctor Mana and Maggie
Mana is also cross-trained by mommy and daddy as a shaman, but he told us he feels he should practice on Maggie before he starts working with his human patients.

I can’t remember what Maggie was suffering from, but she certainly seems better now!

Happy Fireman
When Angie asked Mana if he wanted to be a surgeon when he grows up, he said he wasn’t sure he had the patience to listen to people’s complaints all day.

She asked him what other dreams he’d like to explore and he said he thought he’d make a great fireman.

Angie set him up so he could get some experience fighting fires and he seemed to really enjoy the intensity of firefighting.

We are all quite happy to know that Mana can protect the house from burning down, and that he can cover our surgical needs should any arise as well!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my blog today.

If you are interested in exploring the depths of the psyche and behavioral change and improving your abilities to coach or guide yourself or others to live their dreams more fully, have a look at my upcoming CHEK 4-Quadrant Coaching Mastery workshop September, 15-18, 2016 in San Diego, CA here:

If you would like to master taking care of your body, improving your energy, mental clarity and learning to realize your dreams more fully, you can now take CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 1 training on-line.

I am the primary instructor, so if you’d like to learn from me in the comfort of your own home, I’d love to share my knowledge and experience with you!

To learn more about HLC 1 online, or register for the program, click the elearning tab here:

Thanks for joining me.

I hope you enjoyed my blog this week.

I look forward to sharing more with you next week.

Love and chi,
Paul Chek