(This reference is from the title of a song by REM).
Last week I facilitated my 3-day He’Art of Thriving workshop. We explored what it takes to truly thrive as human beings. Not in the usual sense of controlling or managing our environment and our circumstances, but through seeing more and more clearly where our experience is coming from.
It was a profound, rich and moving experience – certainly for me, and I think for everybody in the group.
“I was blown away by the way Kim facilitated the 3 days with her amazing presence and such a beautifully ‘light touch’. The days were structured when they needed to be, but it never, ever felt like it. Kim loved us, encouraged us, pointed us and effortlessly enabled each one of us to make a natural heartfelt wisdom-filled contribution. Perfect.” Stefan Cybichowski
I’ve always been fascinated by this ‘magic’ that seems to happen in groups when people drop the masks of ego and insecure thinking enough to just fully show up.
It’s as if there’s some radio frequency- often surrounded with loud static – when the conditions are right, the sound comes through as clear as a bell… and a new world of discovery opens up.
It felt like the energy in the group helped all of us to ‘tune in’ to a specific frequency – one that allowed us all to hear a different ‘song’ that woke us up more and more to our infinite creative potential.
Nothing ra-ra about it – and very different from the kind of workshops I used to run which were about inspiring and motivating people to do more, achieve more, succeed more, influence more, get more – or even give more. The kind of “If it’s to be, it’s up to me” song that I’d been singing most of my life. You cannot tune into an FM radio station while you have the setting on AM. Certainly, the higher frequencies of FM are always out there playing away. But if you’re not tuned to them, you will conclude they are unavailable.
“Those who danced were thought insane by those who could not hear the music” Friedrich Nietzche
When my clients really see the nature of thought, that understanding often throws them into the ‘Now’ – into the wonderful and infinite present moment.
Into a space that’s free from the limitations of our conditioned thinking and our conceptual mind. And that will always lead us back home.
This is the open doorway and birthplace of mental clarity, wisdom, creativity, love, peace and well-being.
And how we show up as facilitator, leader or coach seems to enable or disable this… turn up or turn down the static.
Every day I see more and more truth in this quote:
“We have the most wonderful job in the world. We get to tap people on the shoulder, and be with them as they wake up to the full magnificence of life” Sydney Banks