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Clash of two worlds: Indigenous wisdom and coaching

We have created a world in which separating, analyzing and reorganizing nature is the common sense. Let’s begin there in this conversation. Nature, potent force that we pretend to ignore, is everywhere we turn our head, very subtle and others extremely loud and strong.

Our mind was separated more than fourhanded years ago, in which the universe and nature had been reduced to raw material to dispose and become disposal. We abandoned the universe to get deeper and deeper into our own rational world. My invitation is to begin to defy that world that we create everyday, a world that we no longer see or notice, a world in which life is not recognized, where hearts only beat on Valentines Day, where trees can’t teach us anything and the ocean is a lot of salty water waiting to be conquered.

Historically, many indigenous culturas where able to keep that connection to nature despite of all the challenges and obstacles they faced through conquerors and battles, violence and humiliation. In many ethnicities, for example some of them deep in the Amazonas, the jungle is absolutely alive, always in conversation those that walk by. In some others like the Mayans, stars played a key rol in their connection with nature and the universe to become a map and a road to astronomy. Always connected, all of them to the universe and nature, as well as the essence of our planet, breathing the same air we breathe.

“Our indigenous brothers and sisters have been teaching us in an experiential way, the beauty of living in connection with the elements that surrounds us”

That’s the world that we are running away from, destroying progressively. Our indigenous brothers and sisters have been teaching us in an experiential way, the beauty of living in connection with the elements that surrounds us, and how to take care of our wounds, metaphorically speaking, to see the learning and the path that opens in our lives.

It is right here, in this path of learning where I reflect about the type of work that I do today and I necessarily have to observe with care. I find myself investigating, reading, searching, asking with curiosity, taking a closer look at that pre-conquistador world. It is as though I can’t explain being an ontological coach without recognizing that, that story lives within me.

“Ontological coaching and transformation through movement and the body, are directly connected with the indigenous wisdom and our ability to listen from deeper places”

Ontological coaching and the transformation through movement and the body, are directly connected with the indigenous wisdom and our ability to listen from deeper places, when we bring our intuition, on those magical moments that otherwise we would ignore or let go in front of us without giving them an opportunity to teach us. The fire that moves us, the air that allows to breathe, that water that is essential and allows us to flow, the earth that is all generosity and that powerful sun that warms up our lives everyday. Those are some of the places that we as coaches can develop, acknowledge and bring into our conversations with our coachees.

In the Transformational Movement program we incorporated rituals, movement and wisdom from our brothers the Huicholes, an indigenous group located in Mexico, in the northern states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Durango and Zacatecas.

I invite you “dance” with the following questions:

  • What do I understand when I hear knowledge vs wisdom?
  • What would happen if I was to bring my connection with nature to my coaching practice?
  • Which possibilities would this open to my clients?
  • Which concerns or curiosities could awake in myself in this conversation?
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