Brent Feinberg, a 29-year-old South African integrative healer and author, has developed a set of tools to uplift today’s youth. “Freeing Freddie the Dream Weaver” is his system that addresses issues such as anxiety and depression from which “one out of eight children in America suffer.”
Per Feinberg, “This has become an alarming situation. We address this in the curriculum as well as within the books for any parent who wishes to use them at home and along with teachers and schools to make these topics easier to communicate.”
Feinberg’s books and workbooks address the following:
• Pinpoint, assess and release your fears
• Live life with intention
• See life’s challenges from a positive perspective to learn and grow
• Connect to others to impact and live in a loving world
• Create dreams for yourself and dreams for the world
An example of a healthy practice is “forgiveness exercises to assist in letting go of the past in order to move towards a greater future.” The magical storybook is supported with an activity/sticker book for younger children and a workbook for teenagers and adults to integrate the lessons from the story. Alternative medicine guru Deepak Chopra even endorses his books and materials.
Feinberg believes that kids are indeed more anxious today than they were 10 years ago. “Overstimulation, not having enough time to just play and be kids, and less time in nature, which allows the mind to be still and rested, are causes. More screen time and social and parental pressure to perform, as well as social media feeling they need to live up to their peers’ ‘life highlight reel.’” He does not believe that Jewish children are more anxious than the general population.
In Atlanta he is working with Atlanta Public Schools, Atlanta International School, BB&T, Horizons Atlanta, youthSpark, and Georgia Center for Child Advocacy.
He launched his books at an event at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta a year ago. “The reason I wrote these books is to help systemic issues and uplift youth. Also, to inspire young minds and enable parents and teachers to have the ability to communicate easier important topics that the books deal with.”
Feinberg travels internationally as a speaker and often visits Atlanta, where he has immediate family. Two months ago, he was a rare male speaker at a meeting of Lean In Atlanta, which empowers women.
Feinberg is a yoga teacher, and a certified practitioner in BodyTalk healing, transcendental meditation and advanced techniques of transcendental meditation. Through the many years of experience and studying, he has developed an understanding of consciousness-based health care and well-being. He is also a triple Reiki master: Reiki Master Usui, Reiki Master Karuna, Reiki Master Lightarian. He started his training in 2004 at the age of 13.
“Our media is replete with schools getting positive results with having quiet mediation times for students.” He endorses this. “Meditation or simply being still and silent is beneficial for all people. Transcendental meditation is a highly effective and effortless technique. Most people who just try meditation without learning a technique may complain that it is difficult or not for them. I highly recommend children over 9 or 10 start cultivating inner peace and joy that they can rely on as a reservoir as they grow and encounter challenges in life.”