Beyond Our Best: Creators Uplifting Individuals, Organizations and Nations

Origin and Founders of Project Dr. Paul Briot & Nathalie Ishizuka

The movement Beyond Our Best originated about ten days after March 11th 2011, when Dr. Paul Briot and Nathalie Ishizuka met at a dinner party in Brussels, Belgium and began to talk about Japan and the use of crisis to elevate.  Intrigued by this unusually modest and wise Ph.D. in philosophy and Professor of Comparative religion, who spoke neither of religion nor philosophy — Nathalie could not leave his side.

japanMarch11.1The turning point for Nathalie to find a way to come to Japan was when Paul drew a curve indicating the use of crisis and March 11th to go beyond a previous best and asked her if she understood. 

Having worked with her father, Dr. Yukio Ishizuka, a Japanese Harvard trained psychiatrist on well-being beyond a previous best, she had seen this curve countless times.

She was certain it could be achieved on an individual level.  Indeed, since her childhood she had seen several hundred Japanese, American, European and other nationalities do so with her father.

“But using crisis to go beyond a previous National Best — and not just an economic or political sense — but in a morale, aesthetic, existential or spiritual sense —  this was new to me,” says Nathalie. 

Determined, she found a way to come to Japan and to work with Japanese artists and other creative individuals spending four years in Japan (from August 2012 to August 2016) seeking individuals who could do just that.  Working with people from different fields, many who have never formaly meditated, she did what needed to be done at whatever level required.  “Only a small seed was planted,” says Nathalie, a seed that is blossoming.  And despite her intensity and efforts, she knew whatever she and her colleagues did is a very small drop in a vast ocean.

Nathalie’s Mission “Inner Silence + Competence”

Today Nathalie’s mission is to accompany individuals to experience the inner silence needed to change themselves and this world at whatever level we may find ourselves.  Her speciality is inner silence & application to one field of competence beyond a previous best.

When I was in Japan I did not meditate together with most partners instead we grappled with challenges from energy, nuclear, mental health, suicide prevention, agriculture, prisons, physical endurance and combined this with our own inner silence or the beauty found in the Japanese traditional arts including architecture, nihon buyo, literature, noh, shodo, zen, sumie.

Today I would like to accompany those committed to changing themselves and this world with tested techniques of meditation and one area of competence beyond a previous best.  When it is not possible nor desirable for me to accompany someone or my level is not adquate enough, I will try to refer them to others more suited or more capable.

Recognizing my limits and my understanding, I have tested various techniques of yoga and I am committed to recommending only what I have practiced.  These techniques exist in various forms in different kinds of yoga and may be found in all the great religions (some less obvious).  I assist or facilitate the work of other yogis or practioners who’s methods I have tested on myself whenever possible.

My dream is to see a world with 10, 100 or 1000 people in each country who meditate at high levels and experience a competence in one field of expertise where they go far beyond a previous best.  This individual and collective journey may be just enough to transform ourselves and our world.  Nations of course don’t change, only individuals do.

Let’s begin the modest work on ourselves.  Let us do the daily inner work and practices in joy.  Let us be humble and modest recognizing the enormity of what we do not know and remain curious enough to seek.  Let us live fully and let us bring even a moment of inner silence to this world each day.   Let this silence blossom into competence to go far beyond our previous best.  Nothing less is required.  We can do this.

Whether you wish to make a fundamental change in a nation, an organization, in your family, a spouse, a child or simply yourself, the achievement is almost just as difficult. It all begins with you.  You can’t change others, only yourself.  Let’s begin there.

The benefit of changing yourself first is that regardless of the state of others around you, you may not only experience serenity and balance in any context but also the capacity to act in the world more lovingly, more effortlessly and far more effectively.

May your path be steady, may it be joyful and may you move far beyond the best in all of us.

And you will.

paulbriot-1About Dr. Paul Briot

Dr. Paul Briot, Ph.D. in philosophy and professor of Comparative Religion, calls for artists to help us experience wisdom.

Writer, Essayist, Poet, Philosopher, Professor of Comparative Religion

Ph.D. in Philosophy.  Professor at the University Center of Charleroi (CUNIC) and at the Faculty of Comparative Religion, Antwerp (F.V.G), Belgium.



About Nathalie Leiko Ishizuka

Nathalie Leiko Ishizuka, a Franco-Japanese from New York, sees crisis as an opportunity to re-invent ourselves.

Background Psychology of Health, Japan, Artist, Writer, Entrepreneur, Individual & Societal Change, Yoga. 

M.A.L.D. Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (admin in cooperation with Harvard), M.B.A. HEC, B.A. Amherst College, summa cum laude, Article 9 Japanese Constitution.  Keio University & Seishin Joshi Gakuin exchange.

Inter-Disciplinary Team

To accompany indivduals at the individual, corporate or national level , far beyond a previous best in one area of competence, we draw on inter-disciplinary experts in a variety of fields from both East and West.  Each has their own approach and no two are necessarily affiliated.

About Dr. Yukio Ishizuka Beyond A Previous Best Level of Happiness & Creativity

Japanese Harvard Trained Psychiatrist & Artist Develops Paradigm of Health applied in US, Europe and Japan

Yukio IshizukaDr. Yukio Ishizuka graduated from Keio University Medical School, Tokyo, Japan in 1964.  He completed his residency in Psychiatry at Mass Mental Health Center, Harvard Medical School in 1969.  He is the founder of Japan International Medical Students Association (JIMSA), which received the coveted Japanese Health Culture Award in 2007 by the Minister of Japanese Health at the Japanese Imperial Palace.  Author of Self-Actualization, Publisher Kodansha (Tokyo, 1982) his book sold over 45,000 copies in Japan.  Dr. Yukio Ishizuka also worked several years at McKinsey and Company, an international consulting firm and was President and Co-founder of a subsidiary of Mitsubishi International Corp for mergers and acquisitions. Happily Married for 44 years with three children.

About Saiso Shimada, Shodo Artist  Beyond Our Best: Creating Inner Silence with Art

Elevation through Art:  A combination of breath, joy, energy and spirit


Shimada, born in Yamagata Prefecture, studied under Kaian Tanaka.  Her works are on display in Beijing Palace Museum, British Library, Turk Japon Vakfi Kulutur Merkezi, Japanisch-Deutsche Gesellchaft, Ukraine National Gallery, and the Lianyungang Museum.  Numerous solo and group exhibitions including EU Embassy Tokyo Private Gathering July 2016, in Ginza Tokyo, Japan November 2017, the Japanese Embassy in Belgium summer 2017, and Paris, France June 2017.

Her work was commissioned to calligraph the signboard at Musahino Imperial Mausoleum (mausoleum complex of Japanese Emperors).

Most recently works of her art appeared in the philosopher and poet’s book Dr. Paul Briot’s newest 2017 edition of Le Rayonnant…un art vers l’Infini…

“This wonderous space created by her work brings forth pure emotion and will bring deep healing to people’s hearts and minds.”

— Aleksey Bogolyubov, Curator of the State Hermitage Museum

About Frederic Bosendorf, D.O.  Facilitating the Body to Move towards Optimal Health

Frederic Bosendorf, D.O., osteopathe, physiotherapist, practitioner of Chinese medecine, uses a holistic approach to help individuals go beyond a previous best level of well-being.

Portrait 5Physiotherapist in 1984, D.O. in osteopathy in 1996 from the International Academy of Osteopathy I.A.O., Chinese Medecine (2003-2007) and (2011-).  Graduated in physiotherapy in 1984 Frederic Bosendoft received his D.O. in osteopathy in 1996 from the International Academy of Osteopathy I.A.O.   He studied Chinese Medecine from 2003-2007 including  two periods of study in China. Since 2008 he has taught once or twice a year in Kigali Rwanda training professionals to assist others in recovering and heal from the genocide.

About Opinions & Approaches to Go Beyond Our Best

We are each our own teachers.  Each person who is mentioned on this site is not responsible for the views of others nor does he or she agree on different societal challenges or issues.  There are of course many other valid perspectives to be considered.  Genius sometimes happens in one area of our lives.  Recognizing our limits, let us be humble and learn from others.  Each may have their one field of competence, rarely is there a genius in all fields.

The response of a few individuals in crisis does not constitute the whole.  And yet, it may be sufficient to stir the imagination.

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