Building a personal support network

An exciting direction that's just appearing now for me can be to create a personal support network that helps you daily with your creative process. This could look like inviting several people you can check in with by phone or perhaps by video chat. It could be small, just a person or two you invite and make a clear agreement with. Or perhaps you could have four or five, or seven short check-ins with different people most days. This is similar to the injunction in many spiritual traditions to check in with "spirit-as-you-define-it" many times daily, perhaps just for five or ten minutes. Think of the call to prayer or the Catholic office.

I have part of this in my life but this idea is more honest about what I want for myself. Thanks to Neli and her mentor Dominic Barter; the audio in his teleseminar link here will give you a lot of info.

With such a personal support network, you get to define exactly what kind of support you want and make clear agreements with others based on it. You can talk about what's really going on with you and the other, get feedback on an idea or project, get emergency help - if that's in your agreement. You can stay more current with your inner life by sharing with a skilled listener and getting the feedback you ask for.

Many many of us are more or less adrift with the massive changes going on in our world, with climate change and the other uncertainties. People are often struggling on their own. I can imagine personal support networks, active daily, being helpful to many people, including activists, recovering FaceBook and Twitter junkies, meditators, people concerned for their children's welfare in a world that encourages alienation. The system often has us in its thrall. This is a way to collaborate on busting
out!
Posted in Belonging, deep adaptation, Personal support network, Uncategorized.

2 Comments

  1. Pingback: Personal Support Networks – Part 2 – We-space LAB

  2. Andrew, I just love this new direction. I think you’ve recognized something really important. I realize that for many years I had a partner to share my creative explorations and discoveries with. It is really hard not having that contact and input and dialogue and reflection.

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