I am now in a new landscape in life. A landscape where there are many nuances of expression and feelings. I feel like a container for the wholeness of life and everything that is part of human life is welcome. This is possible when there is love. Joy of Being is the answer of love. If there is joy there is a recognition of love.
Self love is at the core of this new landscape and it has been a topic I have struggled with a lot in my life. I had closed down the deep connection to myself and to my real feelings. I didn't listen to their messages. I didn't know that they mattered. I didn't know that they could and should be welcomed. I didn't know they could save my life and health. They did. Already back in 2006 when I started to learn about how emotional dynamics and heredity affected families I understood I had found something crucial. I learnt that emotional patterns can be destructive and that they are transferred from generations to generations.
When I listened to a talk show by the norwegian Skavlan in april 2017 his guest was the famous author Yuval Harari, who has written the books Homo Deus and Homo Sapiens (which I recommend to read, they are so entertaining although having a serious message). He expressed his opinions on the future of humanity and the skills we need to thrive. He said that the most important skill for the next century will be emotional intelligence, but in his opinion there are not any good ways of teaching it.
Then I was hit with a creative impulse and inspiration. Yes, I want to create a new type of on-line process for developing emotional intelligence into emotional competence which is a highly needed skill both in families and in work teams. This skill I know from own experience can be the make it or break it thing - both in saving a marriage, in family relations and in making successful teams work towards a shared vision and goal.
I had what I needed, methodologies to use (Emotional Dynamics and Heredity theory and Co-Creative Process Inquiry) and my own Intune awareness tools, developed to serve conscious leadership. The best thing was that I had found the right on-line platform with the greatest possible team to co-create with, which is Sutra, a digital platform being constructed to support deep, authentic connections for community building on-line and collaborative learning in small groups. I knew that emotional intelligence can't be learnt in a traditional format through lectures and materials. You need a different approach involving people to be both in deep contact to themselves and others, at the same time.
I found the Sutra team Lorenz and Natasha Sell in the Ulab-community, where people practice presencing and sensing the emerging future here and now. This is the co-creative way of working as I had explored myself with inspiring results for over 10 years. They were looking for people interested in learning in small groups. I know the power of collaborative learning in small groups after many years of teacher practice. I knew here is a great potential to create something of service to humanity. All the pieces were coming together after years of work. That is Joy of Being. To feel that now I can put all my capacity in use to support humanity in evolving towards a flourishing future. I had asked to be shown the right way of sharing my gifts and knowledge for the sake of making good. I wanted to live my purpose. The value of the emotional work has been life-changing for me and my family - both at home and in my work as entrepreneur guiding people and organizations to evolve and unleash their creativity.
We started an iterating process lasting several months, trying out ourselves what could work the best and I experienced a deep joy to have found a team sharing my passion and purpose and with whom I constantly learn and develop! The first pilot was launched in august 2017 with two small groups with an 8 week content. We followed the process together, focusing on learning the key elements of how to create a safe environment for people to learn to be authentic on-line and how the interactions in the small groups need to be supported. We had a nice blend with audios guiding the exploration of the inner landscape, creative journaling and sharing in group calls.
The space in the group was felt as supportive and encouraging as the comment from the discussion shows: "I love you @harriet for inviting me into this magical space. I love you all for witnessing my transformation. I feel safe, loved , inspired and propelled (gently and lovingly) on my purpose."
The work is very inspiring and we are offering the next personal transformation journey for those who are ready to evolve through emotional work and awareness starting on February 19, 2018. Read more and register at: www.joyofbeing.life Sign up to receive the weekly Joy of Being podcasts. Your Joy of Being is your most valuable treasure. Don't let it die under the burdens of modern life.