inner work

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Creative inner shifts


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As we prepare to host our first Community space next week, Sarah and I have been appreciating the time we ourselves have been taking for introspection over the dark of winter. We’ve been drinking deeply from sources that nourish and inspire us.

We have reflected together on the nature of our work. That is, helping to support the natural transformations occurring within human consciousness. We have been acknowledging the importance of creating and allowing empty spaces of ‘unknowing’, which bring forth new seeds and new ways of perceiving life. We’ve been finding ways to describe how subtle, yet profound shifts in consciousness generate new awareness. They carry us forwards, often effortlessly, towards new understanding and energised action.

One such beloved source of insight for us is the ‘Wilding Women’ project that we are a part of, together with other women and the founder Alison Williams, a career artist and friend. Alison is profoundly connected to these unfolding creative movements that happen in art, in our inner lives, and in the evolution of life itself. She describes the ‘wilding process’ as being: 

About that moment when something shifts in your life, something pivots, and you see something about your life in a completely new way. And once it’s been seen, it can never be unseen.” 

Here is a beautiful little 5-minute video conversation with Alison in which you can hear her words and see pieces of exquisite artwork.

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Inner & Outer Work


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To transform the way we work, we also need to transform our own perception, attitude and behaviours. 

We hear from every quarter that ‘Business as usual’ is no longer an option – in relation to each instance of corporate dishonesty, myopic short-termism, inequity within supply chains, depletion of finite resources, and especially in measuring the true cost of human burnout in families and society.

Research now indicates that the new generation entering the workforce is actively seeking work with greater meaning and purpose. There is an opportunity for leaders at all levels to question ‘the way things are done here’ and to use a more systemic, creative, ‘whole’ intelligence to make mindful interventions. The time is ripe for fresh new responses and solutions that generate creativity, wellbeing and fulfilment for ourselves and for others.

This project involves moving beyond ‘head knowing’ and actively exploring and testing out new possibilities in safe, yet dynamic spaces. We have – Ali and Sarah –  dedicated the last five years to living and exploring a key question…

How can we experience and create a livelihood in full recognition of the abundance, completeness and interconnectedness of life?

On that journey of self-awareness and inner development, we met some very uncomfortable personal edges. In order to embody a more generative way of being for example, we needed to fully trust in life’s abundance. And so we had to look at some of our most deeply-held fears, beliefs and attitudes to life. We regularly needed one another, and a wider peer community, to witness and encourage us at key moments in the process.

We discovered that for each significant new step (external action) needed to build this project, there was often a corresponding ‘inner movement’ in our personal growth. Anyone who embraces life as a growth journey, or indeed who uses a coach, mentor or other self-awareness practice, will undoubtedly recognise the truth of this observation.

It is in this lived context that we invite you to ponder the question…

How can I fully embrace my ‘inner work’ as a leader/creator/catalyst of new possibilities and discover how my ‘outer work’ is transformed as a result?