Aslan Counseling - Spiritual Companioning
integrated Leadership
To speak of integrated leadership is to recognize that crossroads, transitions and disappointments in life when embraced are gifts to be unwrapped. It is when the ego is humbled, we feel vulnerable, out of control that the journey down to our deeper more authentic selves can lead to a bigger more expansive way of seeing and in doing so come a greater capability to lead from there - inside out. Such wisdom supports an openness to possibilities as yet unknown preparing us to risk letting go of what no longer supports life in favour of that which encourages imagination and creative ways of seeing and living.
It is to the artists of our time that we can turn for inspiration, wisdom and the way forward.  The first line of Antonio Machado's poem can guide us.  "Wanderer, your footsteps are the road and nothing more, Wanderer there is no road, the road is made by walking," These words suggest that the road forward unfolds before us.  In this way, the way of unitive consciousnss, we are led to healing and wholeness of ourselves and our Universe.

To speak of leadership is to speak of opportunities for creative conversation that opens space to muse more freely about the "something more," reflecting on our vulnerabilities toward the not yet future.
It is an opportunity for beautiful questions to open our hearts to the possibility that we are changed and open to being changed by our encounter with the Other.  The physicist David Bohm in his famous talk "On Dialogue" stated that transformation through dialogue happens when people gather, suspend their assumptions in order to better hear one another.
Deep and contemplative listening are essential for the hard questions people find themselves struggling to articulate.  Questions like; "Why am I here?" "What do I want?" What am I willing to give up?"  What am I willing to risk?" are questions of discernment contained within a changing world. Questions like these cannot always be answered but can be held in faith and hope.
Convening conversations for the sake of a deeper consciousness is what leadership is about. It is the call for all thoughtful leaders today who wish to heal themselves, relationships and a suffering universe. 

It is through one to  one conversations, groups or facilitate d workshops  that Marsha accompanies folks as they discern where and how they are being lead/called to become all they can be.  For people of courage who risk engaging in deep, honest conversations within themselves and  with culture, they will find peace and joy as a new way of living impacts the rest of the world.
In our communities and organizations everywhere Marsha believes there is potential for growth and healing.  Artful conversations in all our organizations and communities can facilitate deeper appreciation of differences in recognizing that diversity can enrich and lead to deeper unity between people.
That said, we need to humbly remember that change starts in our own hearts one person at a time.
If you are considering a integral companion here are three guiding questions that might assist you in making your decision:
What are the aspects of my life that I resonate with?
Where do I see resistance in my life?
Where do I see the need for realignment?
These questions have the potential to open you to growth and healing in many different aspects of your life.  A integral companion can support you toward radical change when a call for more is engaged.  Those who have participated in such a journey know it also brings joy and peace.
Wanderer, your footsteps are
the road, and nothing more,
Wanderer, there is no road,
the road is made by walking.
By walking one makes the road
upon glancing back
one see the path
that must never be trod again.
Wanderer, there is no road -
Only wakes upon the sea.
                                       Antonio Machado  

At the center of our being is a point of nothingness that is untouched by sin and by illusion, a point of pure truth, a point or spark which belongs entirely to God, which is never at our disposal, from which God disposes our lives, which is inaccessible to the fantasies of our mind or the brutalities of our own will.... It is like a pure diamond, blazing with the invisible light of heaven.  It is in everybody, and if we could see it we would see these billions of points of light coming together in the face and blaze of a sun that would make all the darkness and cruelty of life vanish completely.
                                       Thomas Merton


If the attraction of the whole that has set everything in motion in me, has animated and given organic form to everything.  It is because I feel the whole and love it passionately that I believe in the primacy of being... nothing in the world is intelligible except in and starting from the whole.
                                      Teilhard de Chardin

The challenge now is to create an entirely new, vital revolution that takes the whole of life into its sphere.  We have never dared embrace the whole of life in all its awesome beauty;  we've been content to perpetuate fragments, invent corners where we feel conceptually secure and emotionally safe... Today... we can no longer go on with this game of fragmentation.
                                 Vimala Thaker
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