Our capacity to adapt to changing conditions is one of the key determinants of success, on both a personal and professional basis. Thousands of books have been written, seminars held and consultants paid to help guide and manage the process of change successfully. Yet it very often leads to stress and major change frequently pushes staff into bouts of ill-health, absenteeism and job changes.
The solution is obviously to call in a shaman! In case that’s not totally self-evident, here’s why:
– The shamanic worldview holds the seeds of story, which captivates our attention but is also an immensely powerful tool: it deepens our understanding and paves the way for insight.
– Its powerful use of symbolism offers the opportunity to examine the issues and our relationships from a safe and non-judgmental space.
– Working with the 7 directions we create a sacred or held space wherever we may be and within that space people feel safe to express their concerns, questions and make suggestions without fear or shame. Ease generates creativity & engagement.
– We sit in circle, in a circle where everyone can see and be seen, everyone is involved and has a voice. What arises and resolves in circle is a co-creation, so all are committed to its success.
– Shamans are a bit crazy! And when your guide is a bit weird it gives you permission to let go some of the barriers, loosen the preconceptions and let new light in. That’s enough for the seeds of change to put down roots and begin to grow.
Here’s a few practices with a proven record of bringing change to people, communities and organisations:
- Despacho: the group prepares an offering to give thanks, acknowledge achievement or release an old way.
- Vision Journey: does what it says on the tin.
- Rites of passage: mark a transition from one state to another, e.g. setting up a new team, amalgamation of operations or change of ownership.
- Power Retrieval: like a vision journey, but with the specific purpose of reclaiming something perceived as lost. Usually undertaken for an individual but equally relevant for teams.
Finally, there is Guided Meditation: regular meditation together helps your team to share aims, goals and creative space with less competition and dissent. Even if you’re not going through a major change process I heartily recommend a regular meditation session for the benefit of both the team and all it’s members.
You’ll never know till you try! Get in touch for your free initial consultation and individual quotation, dare to be great. (Ps I’m not the first: www.corpshaman.com)
The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” —Albert Einstein