M2. “Do you know what the scariest thing is? To not know your place in this world, to not know why you’re here”
-Elijah Price in the film Unbreakable
Finding how to follow our own path informs us on how to find our place in the world and on how to find out why we are here too. These methods are:
- Respond to that Tap on the Shoulder: Opportunities for us may appear from dream prompts, friends or seemingly nowhere. I don’t actually believe things happen to us simply by chance. Instead, they are the result of hidden desires, wishes or conflicts. And remember, fortune favors the well-prepared.
- Dream Interpretation: “The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind”, said Sigmund Freud, Father of Psycho-Analysis
- Internal Dialogue: Also called Active Imagination. “Suddenly it was as though the ground literally gave way beneath my feet, and I plunged into the dark depths”, said Carl Jung, Father of Psycho-Therapy
- External Dialogue: Includes coaching, talking to friends and family, hypnosis, mind-mapping, brainstorming, journaling, etc.
The Benefits to You
The benefits to you (and maybe requirements from you too) that you can get by following your own path include:
- Making a realistic assessment of your current situation
- Clarifying your current direction
- Taking more personal involvement
- Being more independent, more resilient, more focused
- Overcoming the current challenges or issues with greater ease
- Creating more time to invest in yourself for a more successful future
Who Can Help?
The following questions then arise: Can you solve your current issues with only more knowledge? If you add more effort will that do it? Can you achieve success entirely alone?
Maybe, but I believe you can do a whole lot better if you have some support, the opportunity to share, a sounding board for your ideas and concerns, more encouragement, careful questioning, clearer goals and the like, which you would normally get from a close relationship with a family member or colleague.
But in this fast-paced world, who can really spare you the time, attention, experience and the impartiality? Who would focus totally on your needs and enable you to come to your own personal decisions without pressure or bias?
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”
In the past to help people achieve these “best and most beautiful things” I have worked with them as a life coach, taking the role as an honest “mirror” to help them avoid the paths of self-deception and instead choose a path with a heart.
I am considering going back again to coaching and maybe starting up a dream coaching practice because I am still qualified as a life coach and because I am finding this blog fun and delightful.
I wonder if you have any thoughts on this idea? Do you think anyone would like life coaching using me with my obvious biases of dreams, myths and tarot?
You can find some of my client reviews on my Success Stories page on my coaching website.
FYI. The founder of modern day life coaching, the late Thomas Leonard, said,
“A Coach is your partner in achieving your personal goals, your champion during turnaround, your trainer in communication and life skills, your sounding board when making choices, your motivator when strong actions are called for, your unconditional support when you take a hit, your mentor in personal development, your co-designer when developing an extraordinary project, your beacon during stormy times, your wake-up call if you don’t hear your own, and most importantly: your partner in living the life you know you’re ready for, personally and professionally.”