TOKENS - LIFECYCLES. DESIGN. MAGNOLIA.

She, above all others, tells me about time.

She is, to me, the archetype of the Minute-Keeper. And somehow, simultaneously, an archetype of the Buddha (full presence + joy + non-attachment).

She keeps time as past-present-future. Her buds a yoni, her petals thick, creamy, & almost succulent, her subtle watercolors contrast with pressed-velvet veins. The moment we see she has come, we already know she is leaving. She brings a whole season's joy upon arrival, & we absolutely must stop, & stand with her, & bring her our tea & even our suppertime. If we want to be there, that is. 

If we want to bask in her moment.

I've always had a magnolia tree. On our hill in San Francisco, when I was 7, & tied a scarf around a stick for a hobo sack at her trunk, & told my mom I was running away (she kept on her knees, weeding, while I made my way down the block, & up again). When I was 17, working full time, going to junior college full time, & dancing 5 nights a week. And here, at our little urban*stead, over our courtyard. I wait for her & wait for her & she doesn't come until I've forgotten to wait for her.

We are shocked by her perfection, every single time. And we are shocked when she leaves, every single time. 

But who are we to argue with Sacred Geometry? The Buddha, as design. 

 


The nature of ideas is to be this perfect & this fleeting. Especially if you are a writer. The more talented you are, the less likely your ideas will come into fruition. Why? Because the temporality of ideas, is eternal (vs urgent, immediate, or approaching). Your ideas are, by design, connected to the Eternal. So they are inherently true. And so, feel me here - They never need to happen. Why would they? Why would you make them happen when they are already perfect? By design, your ideas, like flowers, come in abundance. We could never use all those gorgeous ideas. They are here, & they disappear.

Movement-building requires a bit of *design-thinking* for persistence.

Those of you who are struggling as coaches might consider consulting as "design-thinking strategists." As coaches willing to illustrate how the connect the dots, & how all the dots connect, they get the most exciting projects, not to mention the big bucks. :) Why? Because there's Sacred Geometry present in our initiatives, & they're the ones that make it so.

There's a way that each project & body of work fits into the evolvement of human kind. And if we can zero in on that, then we. are. set.

The more persistence you bring to your work, the more it exists. The more you have to show for your ideas, your work, & your faith. The more returns for you, & everyone else.

Connect the dots for your people, your team, your collaborators by understanding why they need to be a part of your work.

What if you could sell your work without capitalizing on pain points? 

What if you could establish value & importance without highlighting people's fears & demons?

What if you could just point out what's possible & what works?

Design-thinking is important even if we have nothing to "sell." Impact-driven entrepreneurs NEED to use this secret of innovative corporations. Every purpose or mission-based project will benefit by design-thinking because it tells you how every experience & learning might fit into the evolvement of others. It allows you to leverage symbolic thinking.

Of course, it requires some practice. To be excellent at design thinking, you can practice making connections. To bring Spirit into the process, you need to practice bringing beauty to the process & thinking in symbols.

 

Pull out YOUR JOURNAL, or bring into your meditation:

Consider the journey you've been on, with regards to your initiative. What is the symbolic shape (yes, the gesture!) of your story? An arc, a spiral, a journey, a song? Has it been a fairytale, a hero's journey, or a dive into the underworld?

 

Who have been the primary characters in your story? Name them, but also notice if certain archetypes keep appearing in different forms. Name the different archetypes at play. Check out the partial list, below. Each person might play a few archetypes in your story. 


Actor
Anarchist
Bureaucrat
Caregiver
Companion
Crone
Detective
Diplomat
Dreamer
Fool
God
Healer
Historian
Knight
Magician
Matriarch
Muse
Networker
Patriarch
Poet
Priest
Prophet
Puck
Rebel
Revolutionary
Sadist
Scholar
Seductress
Servant
Sidekick
Storyteller
Thief
Tyrant
Visionary
Wizard

Addict
Artist
Beggar
Child
Coward
Crook
Dictator
Disciple
Eternal
Gala
Goddess
Herlad
Innovator
Liberator
Martyr
Midas
Mystic
Nun
Pilgrim
Politician
Prince
Prostitute
Puppet
Redeemer
Robot
Sage
Scout
Seeker
Settler
Slave
Student
Tramp
Vampire
Warrior
Zombie

Alchemist
Avenger
Bully
Clown
Craftsperson
Damsel
Dilettante
Diva
Boy/Girl Evangelist
Gambler
Gossip
Hermit
Judge
Lover
Masochist
Monk
Nature Boy/Girl
Olympian
Pioneer
Predator
Princess
Provocateur
Puritan
Rescuer
Saboteur
Samaritan
Scribe
Seer
Shaman
Spoiler
Teacher
Trickster
Victim
Witch

 

What about you? Think of yourself, mythically. Who have you been in your story? List the archetypes. Check in with your heart floor. What archetypes are you meant to play, as you birth & raise your initiative into it's fullness?

 

What have been the key storylines? Were there certain redundant themes or events that felt like cliche's? See if you can collapse each theme or event into a distilled story, using the Tangka. This is a long-form of Haiku poetry, with lines that follow the syllabic-pattern, 5-7-5-7-7. We use them to keep stories concise, yet infused with meaning. Use the Tangka Map below. Example:

we followed the dream 
we said goodbye to knowing
threw our hats over
fences & jumped feet first in
to creative bliss. then prayed.

What's missing (in yourself, in the world, in humanity, anywhere), that your initiative will presence? Think of your initiative as a story of great change (because it will be, for those who are impacted by it. And those they touch. And that goes on, & on, & on...). What is the nature of that story? You can bring it into a few haikus, too. Include the impact on you, personally, emotionally, financially, in character & reputation. Alumni examples:

the empty seat at
every table is the moms
when she sits first
and lights the candle they learn
their home a temple. reverence.
a circle began
of giving & gifting stones
and they made stone soup
our piece one of so many
and required for each bowl

 

What archetypes are needed in the story? Similarly, what kind of surprise, or serendipitous twist would make this story sweeter, more meaningful, more inspiring, exciting, & useful? Maybe there are a few twists? Alumni examples:

we started contests
on instagram & pinterest
of all cheesy things
but grounded in aesthetics
& magic, gasp! we found her
 
actually i can't
do this. i don't know how
to. i don't want to.
waiting for my wizard
isn't working. i'll master it.
 
enraged, she spouted off
some details she thought needed
for the world to know
and our answers went viral
and our truths became their truths
 
made him an altar
a high place in our movement
and waited  for a 
better place for his talent
and moods to come & get him

 

 

Consider someone who just inspires you to no end. Someone in a different industry. Someone who's just IT. How can you design their way into your work or storyline? What are they doing that would work for you?  How can you make it work for you? 

 

Sometimes, at this point, our initiatives, businesses, brands & movements start to feel like a pretense, inauthentic, or like a compensation for something. If that resonates, & you're feeling brave enough to change the game, you can also use the Tangka to clean up a past failure, identify how you've been using your work, or write up a contingency/exit plan. You can also invent your work anew. 

somehow & somewhere
i lost the way i wanted
this all to go but
the look the feel the freedom
fits. now to fit in the me.
i thought this was it
and maybe for years it was
we've come along now
i'm ready let's be kali
& just burn it all away

 

 

Man I wish we were together right now! I love watching these play out. Well, we talk on Friday, all about Archetypes. I'm hoping the group that appears is tiny, so we can go narrow & deep. And, if you are supposed to be there, please make sure you're there.  I'll send out the call-in info on Wednesday.

xx,

Maya