In this modern era we are faced with an unspoken challenge. Ken Wilber, the philosopher behind integral theory, noticed that we have many people that grow up, yet fewer people wake up. We have many people that have gotten older, yet few people that we go to as an elder.
An elder in some cultures is the wise guide that people in a community can turn to for support and mentoring.
Yet, there is an elder among us all that is ready to serve. This elder is not whom you would think, or even approach, or seek out. This elder is accessible and ready to serve whenever called upon.
This wise elder is found at the apex of coaching. Coaching is the newest elder on the scene. Coaching is introducing people to their own empowerment, their own wisdom and their own potentials. Not by advising or guiding the way for them. But, by introducing them to Themselves. The self waiting to come forward. The wisest part of self, the most aligned part of self, the authentic part of self.
No other other modality, that I'm aware of, can breach limitations at this level.
"You have taught [yourself] what you are,
but you have not let what you are teach you."
~ A Course In Miracles
This week I invite you to allow yourself to teach yourself. Put the next self-help book down (you can always read it later through a new lens) and instead go inside. What does your heart have to say about.... ?
Every coach has the tools to hold a bigger space for us to meet the elder within. Every coach has the skills to help you see farther, dig deeper and help you ensure you are unfolding in the right direction.
Can you imagine living a world where people are connected to their wisest self sooner than later? Companies that begin with the end in mind? Leaders that care about the health of the whole because they are connected to their values? I can and I am proud to be a part of this profound solution we call coaching.
In coaching, we come home to Our-self, our best self, our brightest self, our most inspiring self. And, we find that home truly is where the heart is. And this is why coaching is the next elder, waiting to support us in ways we never could have imagined on our own, in this next chapter of human evolution.
If today's message has inspired you,
please share it with other coaches who cherish inspired learning as much as we do!
By Laurel Elders, PCC
IICT Founder / Senior Faculty