How's your creative support network?
I'm learning that a powerful creative support network for yourself isn't a game or a lifestyle accessory.
It's important tool for living in daily life what we most care about by staying current with it. I am strengthening my own to help with what I'm doing.
Though it's very rude to say, at a time like this the social norm is to feel isolated, rootless, and uncertain about where we're going and what's our part in it. This is painful. And social media doesn't help!
Can we do better, even much better!
Could we build daily supports with others - people you already know or people you invite. Could we be better at listening and being listened to more deeply, getting feedback on projects or ideas, moving more into community - living in the moment. There are tools and skills involved since this is not a social norm.
The Lab is on a quest to learn what makes personal, creative, support looks like.
Come join in and help us accomplish this . . . by starting your own personal support network and sharing how it's going, contributing to the pool of knowledge. Make sure you're connected through email as we explore this. Reach out to ask for what you want. Be the source of your own support network.
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Andrew MacDonald here! What I notice is that we're so isolated with all this change around us - often caught in an isolating personal performance to make disconnection work. But it can't work.
My desire is to increase my personal support network and to help you grow yours, rapidly and powerfully. I see a world where everyone has the support they need and deserve!
The poem or fable or short story below is about the journey beyond us and them. (When I'd come close to the end of writing it, I realized it needed to end with a half dozen or so words "borrowed" from one of my mentors, Bert Hellinger. I used the same ones! )
An ask: If many people are to build personal support networks, they're going to have to know about this initiative. If you watch and you DO enjoy the video, please leave a like or a comment. Right now, people comment by responding to the email that contained the link. Youtube is better for me.
A short guided meditation about welcoming the unknown future as a visitor.
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"When you break up the individuals from a community into individual units, they become disempowered because it's the collective consciousness and the collective energy of the group from which power comes.”
The Hello Climate Change! is just what I’ve been wanting without even knowing I wanted it. I volunteer regarding climate change and reversing it through drawdown. I’m in groups that include looking at the issue with body, mind and spirit. Yet the questions we work with here and the approach of awareness of the group field/intelligence are completely fresh for me and I find myself growing as a sacred activist even more.
Lynn Thomas, Ph.D.
Though, I’m a lover of Truth and have a daily spiritual practice, the interaction with Andrew has exponentially provided a sense of presence that lingers even after our short dialogue. It’s helped me to be grounded in Presence with my personal relationships as well as a consultant and facilitator.
/ Organizaional Consultant
I’ve been carrying a lot of the weight of that [climate change] conversation on my own and sharing it with [my partner] and others who are open to it but it’s my perception that the opportunities to connect in that way are rare, but the online group in that space that you created in the we-space, there’s really a lot of immediacy and presence. I can fully be present for myself and others in that space in a way that seems harder in everyday conversation . . .