In our internal conversations, some voices dominate others, which can leave us feeling fragmented or overwhelmed. But when we dive beneath the surface and really listen to our many parts, we connect vulnerably to our full humanity.
This is where you'll discover your inner jackal and giraffe waiting to be embraced… and where you'll find other familiar voices, such as your wounded child, the oppressor, protector, and others who simply want to be heard and understood.
Yes, these inner voices DO sometimes derail you – not because they're wicked, but because they have a vested interest in meeting specific needs.
If you truly listen to these competing voices and give them the experience of being deeply understood,each part begins to realize that their strategies are not in alignment with their needs - and so the transformation begins.
If you look beneath the words of your inner critics, you can begin to understand their positive intent: to protect and keep you safe. When you appreciate their attempt to contribute and honor the important role they're playing (as well as their needs), the inner critics feel seen, heard, and understood. Then they can relax, which enables us to expand our capacity for self-compassion.
Members of your "Internal Committee" behave just like people. If you devalue any member of the committee – by shaming or kicking them out, or by trying to get them to see things differently and modify their behavior – they're likely to rebel. A more helpful action would be to actively support the evolution of the whole by embracing each committee member.
This practice of looking beneath the surface is a way you can help others create their own safe healing space, where they can experience the power of empathy and inner transformation.
Is this something you are drawn to?
Would you like to help liberate people from their suffering – and help them recognize that each part of their psyche has a noble purpose?
Then look no further.
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Martha Lasley – MBA, CNVC Certified Trainer, is a founding partner of Leadership that Works, an organization that trains and coaches visionaries for social change. Thousands of dynamic coaches and facilitators have been trained into the Coaching for Transformation and ChangeMakers programs.
Martha's passion is integrating coaching, facilitating and Nonviolent Communication into organizations. Her expertise includes:
Training coaches and facilitators to support profound personal and organizational transformation.
Coaching leaders and social change activists to develop compelling visions, improve interpersonal communications, bring spirit into team building, and develop a coaching culture.
Supporting groups to transform conflict, develop mediation skills, listen with compassion and design a better future.
Designing and delivering results-oriented leadership development programs and retreats that open the way to exciting opportunities and new perspectives.
Facilitating organizational development, using Appreciative Inquiry and group process facilitation.
Martha has authored three books: Coaching for Transformation, Facilitating with Heart, and Courageous Visions.