You are very good at what you do, and you are proud of your accomplishments. And you indeed may be so!
Still, there is more that drives you. There is a knowing something more has to come. Something dwells in you that wants to be born. There is an urge to speak from your truth and with your own voice. There is something important to say or to change.
Every time you sit down to think about it, doubt overcomes you. You haven’t dared to start to develop your idea further. It feels too vague or too absurd. Or, you have started over and over again and strangely this project has not gone anywhere.
It is not a lack of knowledge or experience. Neither is it a lack of creativity. Your blocks are natural reactions to uncertainty.The good thing is that we can learn from highly respected artists, scientists, inventors, and thought-leaders. They know that being uncertain is a state of mind that is a precondition for creativity. They trust their inner knowing despite any resistance from themselves or from others.
The experts, entrepreneurs, coaches, and consultants I work with are deeply engaged in their work and have already gained a unique expertise they want to share with the world. I see my role as that of being a midwife so they can bring their knowing and creative ideas into being.
As for many of them as well for me, taking on a new task can feel very challenging.
In my previous career as a material scientist, I knew how to write articles, reports, and proposals. But not so when it came to writing an article about my experience with the thinking method “Thinking at the Edge” on which I have been working and teaching for more than 10 years.
The thing is, I was excited to write about it. I wanted people to know about this creative thinking method and the way I am teaching it. Still, when I sat down to write, I couldn’t get the article going. One day, when the deadline came closer, I asked myself a question I might have asked a client:
"What about this blockage is a resource?"
What followed was transformational. By facing my writing challenge and diving into it to find the resource I could 'see' how to write the article. Moreover, I understood what I was onto for a long time by asking questions like above.
A creative process is a challenge because of its uncertainty and uncertainty is also the force of creativity.The trust in my own creative process and the new understanding enabled me to bring with Thetaland℠ - Services into being, a program that speaks from my experience.
Confronted with uncertainty we often experience anxiety and stress, and react by trying to push harder or becoming blocked, discouraged, and frustrated. These impulses of fight, flight, and freeze are built in us to protect us in dangerous situations. However, they don’t help us to actively manage a new situation or to effectively solve a problem, nor are they conducive to creativity.
You might have tried self-management tools to overcome the blocks or you might have tried strategies to improve your emotional reactions. These kinds of tools are important and they help, but they don't work at the root of your struggles.
What you need to overcome the uncertainty aversion is a shift of perspective on uncertainty from seeing it as a threat to using it as a source of creativity.
Our struggle with uncertainty often points to difficult spots, like underlying conflicts, the ambiguity of a situation or an incompatibility, any of which could actually be the source of new insights and ideas. Still, our natural response to uncertainty is to return to certainty. Despite having so much more to offer, we might stay with what has already worked, or check what others are doing and undermine our self-confidence.
With a permanent reminder that your experience is unique and by acquiring the right tools to engage with it, you will start to see its invaluable importance. You will trust your inner knowing and your creative process.
To truly speak from our inner knowing is often unfamiliar to us. We don’t learn how to think from experience at school; the professional life requires clear statements and fast answers.
Thetaland™ not only will provide you with many ways to access your inner knowing and to speak from it, but also its playfulness will open a creative space and let you experience the joy of learning from yourself.
The next course will start February 2021.
The course consists of 5 Modules with recordings, introductions and exercises you will have access to in your learning platform. This makes it convenient to listen to them any time and to work on your own in your own pace.
There will be three Q&A calls with your questions being submitted by email in advance.
The course includes downloadable tools that keep you going, templates that help you to conceptualize and experiential exercises that deepen your thinking process.
The best off all: A Thetaland™ Toolbox will be mailed directly to your home.
The Thetaland™ Toolbox includes 12 dwellings (deviders) in 6 colors, 144 question cards (12 per dwelling), 24 photo cards, 10 manual cards, 1 prologue card and 1 epilogue card. A characteristic metaphor supports each dwelling, so you can explore your topic from different angles.
With the Thetaland™ Toolbox you always have a question or suggestion on hand to linger in thought and dialogue with your inner knowing. It may become your companion whenever thoughts are creative. You will experience the excitement and fun to explore your own inner world of experience while feeling sound and safe.
The methodology used in Thetaland™ is based on "Thinking at the Edge (TAE)", a practice that emerged from Eugene T. Gendlin's philosophy of the implicit. Thetaland™ invites you to turn your attention to topics or themes that may be still unclear. It provides valuable triggers to nudge you beyond your usual ways of thinking and to tread new paths of thought.We will benefit from Thetaland™ to experience thinking at the edge without having it to learn firsthand. Once you've made the experience, there is always more to understand: about the topic you are working on, about your creative process, and about yourself.
Once you click the button Sign up now, you will be taken to our secure checkout.
You will be asked to create an account to have access to the learning platform.
After the checkout is complete, you’ll receive a receipt and a confirmation email, which includes a link for the learning platform. The material of the workshops will be accessible at the latest a day before the workshop takes place.
IMPORTANT: Make sure to provide an address where the Thetaland™ Toolbox should be sent.
As sooner you sign up, as sooner you will have the Thetaland™ Toolbox in your hands.
We want our participants to move forward. If for any reason the content and experience of the first virtual workshop do not work for you, we will refund your tuition less the cost for the Thetaland™ Toolbox. Your refund will be $ 530 ($ 300 when signed up as a student).
Just send an email before the second workshop day (latest November 19).
Conceptual clarity and personal confidence about your idea.
Understanding of your own creative process and what it needs to keep it going.
Deep creative thinking skills by speaking from your inner knowing, the felt dimension of thought.
We will meet once a month for an hour to harvest some of Gendlin’s work by applying it. Each time you will gain another feature to deepen your thinking. A voluntary partnership following the talk will give you an opportunity to try it out.
What is your refund policy?
We want our participants to move forward. If for any reasons the content and experience of the first workshop does not work for you, we will refund your tuition less the cost for the Thetaland™ Toolbox and shipping. Your refund will be $ 530 ($ 300 when signed up as a student). Just send an email any time.
Do I have to pay extra for the Thetaland™ Toolbox?
Your investment for the course includes the Thetaland™ Toolbox which will be sent to you immediately after you've signed up.
What happens when I haven’t yet received the Thetaland™ Toolbox before the course starts?
The first workshop day is designed such that you do not need the Toolbox. In the unlikely case that the Toolbox would not arrive for the second workshop day, you will be provided with the question cards online. Just let me know.
When will we have access to the material in the learning platform?
The material for each workshop will be accessible a week before the course starts.
Does the course make sense for me when I do not have yet an idea?
Yes, sure. During the second and third workshop day, we provide many ways so you can find what your idea is about.
As a college student I have not yet developed a specific expertise. Is the course right for me?
Yes, the course is very well suitable for students. It is especially helpful when you are about to write your thesis or are stuck with it.