Our Approach - Problems can become openings



We can turn dilemmas, conflict and struggles into opportunities for transformation. However, when we encounter the confusion and conflict that accompanies a critical threshold, it is more helpful to look for what’s trying to emerge in life instead of what’s wrong or broken. It helps to ask ourselves: What's trying to happen? What might be ending? What's beginning? What needs to mature?

This change of perspective allows us to work with what’s in progress. We learn that working
with change takes less energy than fighting it. We also begin to realize that some “solutions” make things worse.

Crises and sticking points often pose “adaptive dilemmas.” We get startled out of autopilot because we know there's no turning back, and yet we don't quite know how to proceed. Surviving and thriving on the other side of one of these thresholds requires profound change.

These adaptive dilemmas often make us feel disoriented and lost. But that can be a good thing. Otherwise, we’d resort to our old coping behaviors that no longer work, and miss an important opening for new possibilities.

Accurately perceiving what's going on underneath the drama is key. To learn more about predictable, developmental "crises" and what might be helpful to navigate thresholds associated with natural life cycles, download the paper to follow:

Gestures, Life Cycle Stages & Defining Moments
Explore specific tasks or "problems" that appear at different stages of development. When we appreciate the purpose of a system’s efforts to change, we can work with what's already in progress. Awareness of what is trying to happen prepares us for more reliable future action.

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