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Dear Family, Friends and colleagues,
I have decided to become a certified professional coach. I thought about starting this appeal with a more poetic opening, but I settled on basic, authentic clarity as a way to begin. Though I was laid off from my last job at the end of February, the past 4 months have been among the best and most amazing in my life, and the reason largely has to do with a profound clarity that has taken shape around my life purpose, through the variety of people, experiences, and understandings that have recently manifested. I have decided to become a certified professional coach, and I am asking for your support.
The realization is that I have been a coach all my life. There is great joy I get in supporting the dreams, visions and aspirations of others; to stand for someone; to constantly hold the space for the possible; to say YES to life. There is no separation. Standing for possibility in others is standing for the possible in your own life.
Indeed, it is the primary motivation for my experience as an independent arts producer for the past 7 years, supporting the creativity of artists I love. It is the calling I felt to work in community based organizations for over 20 years. It is the approach I bring to my spiritual journey, from my studies of indigenous West African spiritual practices, to my readings in contemporary spirituality, to my conversations with many of you; that sense of connection and aspiration for community. It is the inspiration towards leadership that I pursue in many of my communities of involvement.
So I have found myself hearing this new calling, a path that aligns most with my being. An enhanced way of being a contribution to the people and communities in my life. For me, being a coach resonates most as a way of being a contribution to the lives of others, and supporting their vision of transforming their own lives, circumstances, relationships, communities:to change the world.
The coach training program I have been called to is The Newfield Network, which employs an ontological coaching methodology and describes itself as "one of the world's leading transformational learning organizations." Very intriguing. Having read many books and taken several courses relating to personal growth and human potential, it is clear that their teachings and framework to life and its possibilities are indeed what I have come to in my own understanding: that it is the questions and conversations that provide the context for wisdom to emerge; wisdom that makes space for the possible. See more about Newfield's coaching program here.
I'm called and ready to start the program now, yet I'm still unemployed. The cost of beginning the coaching coaching program in July is $9,000.00. Lodging for two one-week on site trainings is $1,800.00. Including the 5% charged by GoFundMe ($587.00) and the roughly 3% ($352.00) charged by WePay, the total rounds to $11,739.00. So, in alignment with my new vision, I've decided to embark on a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG), to send out a wide request for the funds needed for my training.
After sending out appeals over the years to support the artists with whom I've worked, the organizations for which I've worked, or the causes close to my heart, I now seek your support in realizing my own vision. Any level of support you can provide will be greatly appreciated. First, any words of encouragement or support you send will go a long way toward affirming my path. To know that my vision in some way resonates with you will inspire me to move forward. Second, if you are moved or able in any way to make a finical contribution of any amount to my BHAG, I would be most deeply grateful. Know that your contribution is not only to my own development, but also to my growth and ability to be a contribution to the people I know and will meet; to my communities of involvement; to you; and to this world we share.
There are various reward levels of services I will be able to provide as I pursue my certification; you may find that one appeals to you or might make a nice gift for someone else in your life.So take a look at the various reward levels above and get or give the gift of coaching.
Thank you for taking the time to read about my new endeavor. I look forward to sharing more with you as I continue the journey. As always:
Note on Reward Levels:
Levels Green and Silver are valid beginning December 1, 2013.
Levels Gold, and above are valid beginning March 15, 2014
You must give birth to your images.
They are the future waiting to be born.
Fear not the strangeness you feel.
The future must enter you long before it happens.
Just wait for the birth,
for the hour of new clarity.
- Rainer Maria Rilke
And before you leave, a little musical translation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzGiotkGkwQ&feature=share&list=FLel7V-4GPoxibuTQ0iAw2AA
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