As I evolve as a practitioner, I discover ideas that create sparks within me and provide encouragement to work at the edge of my comfort zone.  Currently I’m diving into several concepts that are interwoven, and completely aligned to supporting all my clients create the connections that best support them.

Linguistics

From being someone who spent most of my education working with numbers rather than words, I now find myself enamoured with the beauty of language.  From our choice of words, tone and even the delivery, to the non-verbal communication of body language and energy flow.

It’s easy for me to become lost in the power of language and how the simplest expressions like “I’m sorry” or “I don’t know” can hold far more depth than what we experience on the surface.  Linguistics can be incredibly complex or unfathomably simple, yet in any composition it has meaning.  Meaning that can be completely different for each individual.  Leading to misunderstandings and conflict, or clarity and connection. My work is fundamentally driven by conversations, therefore linguistics is an incredibly important piece of the puzzle I’m putting together.

Masking

Right from the start, I’ve been drawn to support clients connect with who they truly are.  However, I found that some feel the need to mask parts of themselves in an effort to fit in and feel safe in their environment.  Although this behaviour is often learnt in childhood, as adults, we can measure the risk of sharing our authentic selves with others.  If the risk is too high, we mask the aspects we feel won’t be accepted, or worse, will be rejected.  We predict how others will respond and then choose the approach that’s likely to minimise the negative impact on ourselves.

It all makes logical sense, but I feel this has led to a world where people struggle to make real connections.  A place where maintaining the mask is more important than living our lives, and those who dare to share themselves can be attacked as their behaviour makes others feel uncomfortable.  This appears to be a whole lot of people hurting beneath the masks they individually wear.  I’m feeling a deep connection to healing this, and at present that’s one person at a time.  Until I find another way to reach more people with an authentic connection.

Inner selves

When I first learnt about inner gremlins, the idea seemed to describe so much of what I experienced.  Then my journey of discovery continued and I came across inner archetypes, subpersonalities, and echoes.  As I combined these with clean language, metaphors, and neuro linguistic programming, I began to develop an approach to working with inner selves (characterised/personified parts of ourselves).

I went from recognising a small group of internal beings, mostly based on archetypes, to considering the potential for an internal landscape of beings, objects, nature, sounds, colours, light and anything else my clients would notice (or I would learn through my personal experience).  Now, as my perspective continues to develop, I’m learning about how these different elements connect with each other, and the potential impact of each connection on the internal landscape and the individual themselves.