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Esther Bartkiw

Enabling personal growth through positive mindset

How would you describe Core Belief Engineering in its simplest terms?
Core Belief Engineering is an effective, results-based belief change psychotherapy. It helps people identify and change limiting and outdated core belief systems that have been hardwired in the subconscious mind. These limiting belief systems are at the root of life issues such as anger, depression, worry, anxiety, lack of self confidence, financial woes, relationship troubles, health concerns, fear, shame, compulsions and self-destructive behaviors. By discovering and changing negative belief systems, CBE helps to create harmony between an individual's subconscious and conscious mind so that they can get unstuck and move forward in creating the life they choose. In addition to resolving the issue at hand or the very least greatly easing it, CBE participants notice a resolution of inner conflict, a boost in self-esteem, increased self-trust and self love, the ability to make decisions, an ease in managing emotions and behaviors, inner peace and heightened intuition. Most importantly people get in touch with who they really are at the core level. Each session is a day-long process lasting from five to eight hours. Most people report a dramatic change in their lives within a few sessions.

When and how did you come to CBE?
When I was in my mid-thirties I had a conscious awakening, and realized that deep down inside of myself, not only did I not love myself, I didn't even like myself. If you would have asked me. "Esther, do you like yourself?" I would have said, "Of course," but inwardly I was my harshest critic and I was very good at it. When I had this “aha” moment it shook me to my core because I came face to face with what I call my Dirty Little Secret. The secret that I did not like myself very much was something I had kept hidden not only from the world, but also from myself for years. I knew I didn't want to continue living with this self-hatred directing my life. The day I had my realization I told God if He was really there I needed some help now. What I can only describe as magic and miracles began to fall into my world over the next 24 hours. I was awakened to the concept of our beliefs create our reality. I discovered the belief change technique Core Belief Engineering. I booked my first appointment and at the same time knew intuitively that not only would this tool transform my life, but that I would take this technology CBE and help other people make change in their lives as well. I can confidently say my life's purpose found me in the middle of one of my most trying life experiences.

What is the most powerful lesson people can take away from CBE?
Positive change is possible.  It doesn't matter what your age, sex, cultural background, economic or social status is you can make positive change in your life.  It's never too late. Our beliefs create our emotions, our emotions trigger our behaviors and our behaviors determine our results. If you aren't getting what you want in life, make change at the core, at the level of belief. Anything else is a temporary solution.

How has helping others shaped your own journey?
Every time I work with someone in my private practice, I grow and learn. Working with clients allows me to do what I love, help people make positive change in their lives and know who they truly are at the core of themselves. Seeing a person awaken to their potential, talents and abilities is exciting and satisfying. My clients also help me to see where I may need to make changes; whether it is in my own belief system, a business practice or a personal behavior. My practice has evolved over the years and is greatly influenced by my clients. I have listened to what they are longing for, what they want and what they struggle with. I am open to giving people what they need and want under the umbrella of helping people move forward in their lives, walk through their fears and embrace change.

Can you tell us a bit about your book project?
I'm very excited about my book project currently underway. Over 10 years ago while on the top of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistle, British Columbia, looking out at the other mountain peaks and the deep valleys in between, I had an “aha” moment. I realized that just as there were gaps between all of the mountaintops, there was a gap in my life – a gap between where I was and where I ached to be. I realized I was “almost there": close to achieving many of my goals and desires, but still not where I wanted to be. The problem was I didn't know how to bridge the gap. Over the past decade, I have engaged in a journey of inner transformation that led to change in my outward reality. In many areas of my life I left the land of  "I'm almost there," and achieved many of my goals and desires. In other areas, goals I once thought were not possible have became great possibilities. Along the way I gleaned valuable information, tips and solutions for personal growth and transformation that I want to share with everyone. My intention with my book is to help anyone who feels stuck in his or her life take a giant leap and end up on the mountain peak that they long for in celebration and victory. Then start the process all over again but this time dreaming bigger. We don't dream big enough.

You come across extremely well on Twitter. Do you see social media as extending your practice? If so, how?
I can't say enough good things about Twitter. Twitter and all avenues of social media have given me an innovative, exciting and fast-moving platform to inspire and encourage people in a whole new way. During the course of a day I am able to reach people from all over the world with my message of "change is possible." Some of these people I will never meet nor work with one on one, but I trust that something I say, something I tweet or blog will make a difference in their lives. For that I am grateful. Beyond the business aspect, social media (and for me Twitter specifically) has been a phenomenal tool to meet creative, interesting, positive people. It has broadened my social life to include events and activities I wouldn't have known about if it weren't for a tweet. I learn and grow from the people and information on Twitter. I’m connecting with people who years ago would have been hard to get a hold of.  Interesting opportunities come my way, and most of all it's fun. I'm having a great time with all my Twitter friends many who have become friends in real life. 

How long have you lived in Burlington?
I'm an accidental Burlingtonian having moved here out of necessity over 10 years ago. I fell in love with the community, its vibrancy and energy. I am happy to call it my home.
What do you appreciate most about the city?
What I most enjoy about Burlington is the waterfront area around Spencer Smith Park, the beach; a best kept secret and the downtown vibe. Year-round, there’s always something happening in the downtown core. The energy is high, the people friendly and the scenery is beautiful. I am at my creative best when gazing upon the water. I also love the sense of community in Burlington. The people care about one another. There is a great consciousness of community.

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Appears in the Holiday 2010 edition of Hamilton Magazine

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