2. Delivered once/day via our unique Daily E-rousals…beautifully designed, customized emails that go directly to your inbox each morning that contain Daily Arousing Inspirations, a Daily Arousing Adventure, and hundreds of links, tips, and interactive possibilities with Sarah White and our Arousal Coaches.
3. Based on the clinical experience of Sarah White and the scientific findings of numerous biologists, psychologists and neurologists.
So, that’s the Arousal Plan in brief. In essence, the Arousal Plan gives you what you need to succeed in all your goals because it gives you access to your Arousal System, and once you have access to THAT, anything is possible.
The Arousal System
As discovered by Dr. Donald Pfaff, Head of the Laboratory of Neurology and Behavior at Rockefeller University, the Arousal System is:
– “primitive neuronal system [that] throbs in our brainstem, activating our brains and behaviors.”
– “fundamental to all cognition and temperament.”
– “at the base of all emotional life.”
– “an ‘energy source’ for all behavior.”
– “necessary to explain the initiation, strength, and persistence of behavioral responses.”
In other words, The Arousal System is the part of your brain that is responsible for excitement, motivation and action. All other plans TRY to get you excited, motivated and active, but no matter how detailed and developed a diet, method or plan is, you have to be AROUSED by that plan in order for it to work for you, which means it needs to connect to your Arousal System. That’s why BEFORE you do any other plan, you FIRST need to get in touch with your Arousal System, and THEN anything is possible.
The Three A’s: Alert, Active, Available
Now, you might be saying, “Okay, sounds good, but what exactly do you mean by Arousal, anyway?” While Arousal can be hard to define, Dr. Pfaff does an excellent job when he says: Arousal is “higher in an animal or human being who is: more alert to sensory stimuli of all sorts, and more motorically active, and more reactive emotionally.” This means that Arousal is linked to being more alert, more physically active, and more emotionally available. The more Arousal you feel, the more active, alert and available you are, and the more active, alert and available you are, the more Arousal you feel, in an incredibly positive feedback loop.
These three aspects – Alert, Active, and Available – make up the Three A’s of the Arousal Plan. Alert means you’re super aware of your surroundings, eager to take in more information, conscious and full of choice. Active means you’re moving your body, you’re getting up and going, you’re engaged with the world in a willful way. And Available means you’re open to feeling and experience things – lots of things – in relation to those in your life. Arousal gets you more alert, more active, and more available so you can live more richly and purposefully.
But the importance of Arousal to human motivation, emotion and action is not only based on the discoveries of numerous scientists, psychologists and neurologists like Dr. Pfaff and others, it’s also based on the clinical experience of Sarah White, the Arousal Plan’s creator. Through her Naked Therapy practice, Sarah’s found that Arousal is an extremely effective – and underutilized – therapeutic tool that can lead to unique insights, inspire motivation, and make a person feel more alive. And these clinical findings – generated from 1000s of clients and therapy hours – are distilled into the Ten Weeks of the Arousal Plan.
How the Arousal Plan Works
When you sign up for the Arousal Plan, you’ll start immediately getting in touch with your Arousal. Your Day 1 E-rousal will arrive instantly, followed by one every day after that for ten weeks. In the first day you’ll fill out an Arousal Assessment Form so that you can learn about your relationship with Arousal and, should you ever wish it, Sarah White and our Arousal Coaches can provide you with personalized, relevant responses to your daily worksheets. Then, over the course of ten weeks, you’ll receive a Daily E-rousal every morning – a beautifully designed, customized email full of inspirations, adventures, links, tips, and multiple opportunities for email feedback from and webcam consultations with Sarah White. These E-rousals will guide you through the Arousal Discovery Process, and at the end of it all, you will be in touch with your Arousal.
The Arousal Plan is built on Eight Pillars: Food, Exercise, Clothing, Sex & Love, Work & Money, Passion Project, Culture, and Living Space. By bringing Arousal into each of these life areas, you’ll gain Arousal overall and be better able to achieve your goals because you will be AROUSED to achieve them.
Here’s a breakdown of the Ten Week Daily Arousal Discovery Process that will help you achieve this balanced increase in Arousal:
Week 1 (Days 1 – 7) – Getting Ready
Like every E-rousal you’ll receive over the ten week period, the E-rousals of Week 1 will contain Arousing Inspirations and Arousing Adventures as well as links and tips from our More Arousal webpage. In the E-rousals for Week 1 you’ll read about:
– The many meanings of Arousal and their relevance to your potential for achievement
– The story of how Sarah White came up with the Arousal Plan
– A description of the Eight Pillars of Arousal
– Stories of four people (two men and two women) whose lives have been changed by getting in touch with their Arousal
– Detailed suggestions as to how to succeed at the Arousal Plan
– The theoretical and scientific underpinnings of the importance of the Arousal System to your overall well-being
– A multitude of links and tips that will support your attempts to bring more Arousal into your life on a daily basis.
Adventures for this first week will include filling out an Arousal Assessment Form as well as other Arousal-informative worksheets.
Week 2 (Days 8 – 14) – The First Pillar: Food
There are a million diets out there, and some of them may work for you, but what none of them addresses is this: AROUSAL is the key to a healthy, satisfying diet that leads to weight loss and weight control. Why? That’s what you’ll discover this week. Every day you’ll be provided with inspirations and adventures that will get you in touch with a deeper, smarter, more satisfying relationship to eating that replaces your boring food habits with AROUSING food CHOICES and puts you on the path to a leaner self.
Week 3 (Days 15 – 21) – The Second Pillar: Exercise
You’re never going to exercise regularly if you’re not AROUSED by the kind of exercise you’re doing, the kind of people who do that exercise, the thought of yourself doing that exercise, the thought of what that exercise will get you, etc. That’s what this week is about – linking your AROUSAL SYSTEM to your EXERCISE REGIMEN.
Week 4 (Days 22 – 28) – The Third Pillar: Clothing
In many ways, you are what you wear. Your clothes can emit energy, confidence and style (which comes in many forms), or they can emit…well…not so much. Fortunately, clothing is one area in which it’s relatively easy (and cheap) to get out of a rut. And that’s what happens this week. A series of inspirations and adventures will guide you toward changing your OUTLOOK so you can change HOW YOU LOOK. The secret? Getting in touch with what AROUSES you about what you (and others) put on their bodies.
Week 5 (Days 29 – 35) – The Fourth Pillar: Living Space
Often the path to a happier inside is a happier outside. To that end, Week 5 concentrates on making your living space MORE AROUSING. Too often our spaces are utilitarian, slapdash, and disconnected from all we want to be. Enough! All you need to do is figure out how you can connect your space with your Arousal so that it can rejuvenate, re-energize, and revitalize you. You’ll be amazed at how much a little change in your environment can bring about a HUGE change in your Arousal and your life!
Week 6 (Days 36 – 42) – The Fifth Pillar: Sex and Love
Everybody wants more sex and love, but it’s hard, and the solutions out there – advice, counseling, “spice it up” kits, etc. – rarely achieve lasting results. But that’s because they’re all missing one thing. Whether you’re in a relationship that’s gone stale or you’re a frustrated serial dater or you have difficulties even meeting someone, the issue is AROUSAL. To get the sex and love you need, you must first know: what arouses you, where to find your arousal, how to express your arousal, how to share your arousal, etc. That’s what you discover this week.
Week 7 (Days 43 – 49) – The Sixth Pillar: Work and Money
Everyone has a different situation with their work world, and everyone’s in a different place when it comes to possibly bringing more money in, but one thing can be stated universally: being aroused by your job and your money-making prospects is A LOT better than NOT being aroused. And there are a lot of things we can do together to bring more Arousal into this part of your life. Such will be our adventures for this week.
Week 8 (Days 50 – 56) – The Seventh Pillar: Culture
This pillar focuses on the extremely important goal of rethinking what you watch, listen to, browse and read so that it can be more arousing to you and bring more arousal into your life. Instead of giving specific recommendations, I’ll provide you with questions, anecdotes, and worksheets that will help you figure out how to change your cultural intake so that you get the maximum amount of Arousal out of it, much of which will involve the exciting possibilities inherent in engaging others in (and meeting others through) whatever kind of “kultcha” turns you on!
Week 9 (Days 57 – 63) – The Eighth Pillar: Passion Project
In this final week before our concluding Celebration Week, we concentrate on finding what I call your Passion Project. After years of conducting therapy sessions, I’ve found one thing to be extremely true: if you don’t have a Passion Project, you won’t “project” passion. What’s a Passion Project? A Passion Project is simply something you care passionately about, that you engage in “for the love of it,” and that gets you actively involved in improving the world (if only by improving yourself). You might think of a Passion Project as “walking the walk, not just talking the talk.” It gets you going. It gets you into something. It turns you on. And by turning you on, it brings major Arousal into your life. During this week I’ll help you find your Passion Project.
Week 10 (Days 64 – 70) – Celebration!
You’ve worked hard, day after day, to bring more Arousal into your life, and that’s why the last week of the Arousal Plan is all about celebration. We’ll reflect on what you’ve heard, thought and done. We’ll assess our challenges and our victories. We’ll set new and exciting goals. But most of all, we’ll talk about and get involved in making sure our lives stay SUPER AROUSING after the Ten Week Journey to Arousal we’ve been on. It’s gonna be great!
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