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our Philosophy

At the core of our mission is dialog: the lost art of holding of thesis and antithesis for a synthesis to emerge.

Liberation

The journey of liberation is in its core the journey of overcoming the limitations of our animal body's primal focus on survival, while including the wisdom of these instincts into the wholeness of our being.

Unfortunately in our culture, we are constantly told that pain and fear are things we can and should avoid. Thus for many, the tricky path of self-development is a constant attempt to cut off parts of their being and to dismiss and disapprove the emotional reality and the unique experience they are holding. A powerful shift can happen when we fully accept everything that is within us - our emotions, our pain, our fears, our wounds and our dissociated split off parts.

Developmental, relational, and collective trauma leaves us with a fragmented sense of self, a chaotic circus of partial selfs - inner children, warriors, victims, perpetrators, rescuers, hyper-independent professionals - all with their unique identity, summoned by bodily memories that have yet to be integrated and felt fully. These fragments don't live next to a perfectly developed adult self that we just have to uncover, there actually is no "true" other self anywhere to be found to begin with. Our perceived self, is not a real subject, it is an impermanent, constantly changing, fleeting process of regulating a flow of information and energy that is witnessed. Our most authentic sense of self is emerging from a compassionate relationship between the inner fragments we're trying to escape. It is this relationship that allows authentic expression from a sense of wholeness, this relationship is who we are. Just like it is the relationship between electrons and protons that creates the atom, there is no substance beyond this relationship. Everything that exists is relationships, between relationships, in an infinite fractal whole.

The ability to hold all the parts within ourselves in connection, even the ones hidden deep in our shadows, judged as unlovable in ourselves and in others is the beginning of the healing journey. If we do this, we discover that our wounded fragments store superpowers that are waiting to be in service of the unfolding of our true purpose within the collective whole. Our trauma is nothing but a container for the unique alchemical potential we are here to embody. In a similar way our shadows, our unconscious judgments, the parts of us we can not see, hold a key to the transcendence of the paradigm of good and evil, opening us to a world of seeming contradictions that reveal aspects of an undivided whole.

Trauma and shadow are phenomena that are directly related to our survival instincts and somatic sense of safety. To be able to integrate them, we need to learn how to regulate a sense of safety within. True safety is presence with our direct somatic experience, a state that gives us the power to respond to life, be creative, and make choices. If we confuse safety and fragility, we collapse into dependency, projecting our safety outwards, becoming a victim of circumstance, needing others to behave the "right" way. We lose our ability to respond and make choices, we give away our power. Stepping back into this power happens through a reconnection of mind and body, compassionately asserting our boundaries, regulating our sense of safety, holding ourselves in confidence and courage, independently from what is happening outside.

If we do this, we can take responsibility for our evolutionary journey in a completely new way, living from purpose instead of fear. Yet we don’t want to get stuck in an endless quest of finding the most authentic self, getting addicted to the process of self development, and with that self. Even the most authentic self is illusory and transitory in nature, it has no permanence, no subjectivity, no substance beyond the participation in the interdependent whole of all life. We can move beyond this illusion of the self without needing it to change or disappear, and make peace with the constant process of death and rebirth that is life. Trying to escape this experience is what keeps us stuck in a constant battle with our emotional and somatic reality, missing out on the profound mystery of the present moment.

Love

Relationships are the alchemical cauldron through which all integration in the cosmos happens. They are the only thing that is real, and the biggest challenge in our life.

Once we fully accept our experience, open the gifts of our traumas, and  cast light into our shadows, we live more authentic and whole. From this wholeness it is, that we can be intimate with others, that we can express our deepest desires, that we can grow and step into our full power - while truly holding ourselves in connection. Knowing that we are complete and imperfectly perfect with all the fully lovable parts of ourselves, we can find the true meeting point.

Most relationships are built on fulfilling needs that are rooted in incomplete attachment experiences from early childhood. These underlying dynamics keep recreating paradigms that touch our very core woundings around connection and lead to disconnection from the present moment reality and projection of our internal fragments onto our partners.

Attachment patterns as a part of our survival system are closely related to developmental trauma and the inner fragmentation it leaves us with. Here embodiment as the gateway into the present moment can create a profound experience of safety within the body that is the foundation to explore our inner parts, build the capacity to feel what was too much to be felt, and create a compassionate relationship between the fragmented parts within, meeting the inner wounded child and giving it attunement and safety.

Having awareness of these dynamics in a relationship and access to somatic resources, allows us to detach from the identification with the wounded parts and create the possibility of relating in the present moment through authenticity and vulnerability, moving beyond projections and judgments. This way our relationships can become the spaces in which inner growth happens, instead of an endless loop of disappointment and disconnection. We can meet each other from a place of abundance and authenticity, truly meeting each other’s heart and soul.

This opens up the opportunity to love and relate in an authentic and truthful way that seemed impossible before. We can recognize our relationships as a crucial part of our spiritual and evolutionary journey, seeing how they are reflecting our ability to embody the archetype of sacred union, our ability to transcend (and include) separation, as an experience of the fundamental non-duality of the kosmos through love.

Leadership

The evolutionary journey does not end with individual liberation, it's rather the beginning of a conscious participation in the collective evolution through transformative leadership.

Our take on leadership goes beyond the archetypes we know from todays business culture that are focussed on vision, decisionmaking, accomplishment and success through a process of social influence. When we talk about transformative leadership we talk about the  capacity to be profoundly present with whole of reality and deeply listen to the emergence of life, which is constantly rebirthing itself through the dialectical transcendence of contradictory polarities into a new whole. This is the regenerative process of life that cycles though birth, preservation and death in an endless movement towards the one life that is already manifest in all form.

If the formerly described aspects of traditional leadership are embraced by and embedded in this quality of deep presence and listening, a powerful, purposeful and incredibly creative agency emerges that is in service of life, alligned with its constant unfolding and a transformative participant in our collective development.

This is the integrated, transformative leadership our work seeks to nurture in this world. The capacity to listen beyond self-confirmation, listening for contradictory information as the source of renewal, listening to another’s reality, listening to the arrival of the highest future possibility, and the empowerment to connect to it.  A capacity to engage with contradictions in a state of not-knowing, a willingness for an open mind, open heart and open self for the mystery of life. It means to facilitate co-creation, to engage in a shared vision that not everyone can see yet, and to become a channel for the collective empowerment of the human journey, as an open channel of power, purpose, and will.

This is the capacity we want to awaken in our clients - individuals as well as organizations - so they can engage in creation in service of life.

Embodiment isn't about creating a blissful absence of mind, it is about creating the conditions in which the mind can truly flourish. Liberated from fear and stories of control, becoming a divine instrument of creativity and choice.

It is fundamentally about meeting death in reverence and surrender, making peace with it, instead of futilely trying to escape it.

— Lennart Hennig

On Healing

At the core of our mission is dialog: the lost art of holding of thesis and antithesis for a synthesis to emerge.

Our Understanding Of wholeness

The journey of liberation is in its core the journey of overcoming the limitations of our animal body's absolute priority of survival, while including the wisdom of these instincts into the wholeness of our being.
Unfortunately in our culture, we are constantly told that pain and fear are things we can and should avoid. Thus for many, the path of self-development is a constant attempt to cut off parts of their being and to dismiss and disapprove their emotional reality and human experience. A powerful shift happens when we fully accept everything that is, our emotions, our pain, our fears.

Developmental, relational, and collective trauma leaves us with a fragmented sense of self, a chaotic circus of parts, inner children, warriors, professionals and hyper-independent characters, all with their unique identity, summoned by bodily memories that have yet to be integrated and felt fully. These fragments don't live next to a perfectly developed adult self that we just have to uncover, there actually is no "true" self anywhere to be found. Our mind, our self, is not a real subject, it impermanent, a fleeting process of regulating a flow of information and energy. Our most authentic sense of self, and its expression, is achieved through creating a compassionate relationship between our inner fragments. It is this relationship that allows an authentic sense of self, a sense of wholeness, to emerge. Just like it is the relationship between electrons and protons that creates the atom, there is nothing else to be found. We can overcome the illusion of the self and make peace with the constant process of death and rebirth.
Trying to escape our experience is what keeps us stuck in a constant battle with our emotional and somatic reality, missing the mystery of the present moment. What is needed to evolve and grow beyond this endeavor is the ability to hold all the parts within ourselves, even the ones hidden deep in our shadows, judged as unlovable in ourselves and in others.

If we do this, we discover that our wounded fragments store superpowers waiting to be in service of the unfolding of our true purpose. Our trauma is nothing but a container for the alchemical potential we haven't yet had the capacity and awareness to transmute into the gold we are here to embody. In a similar way our shadows, our unconscious judgments, the parts of us we can not see, hold the potential to transcend the paradigm of good and evil, opening us to a world of seeming contradictions that if held with consciousness and presence, allow a more inclusive and integrated self to emerge.

Trauma and shadow are phenomena that are directly related to our survival instincts and somatic sense of safety. To be able to integrate them, we need to learn how to create a sense of safety within, by listening to our bodies, understanding how to regulate our nervous system, and slowing way down, so we can pay attention to the subtle sensations in our body. It is crucial to discern safety and fragility. True safety is a state of our direct somatic experience, a state we can take responsibility for, that we can regulate and generate within our body. It gives us the power to respond to life, be creative, and make choices. If we confuse safety and fragility, we chose a life of dependency, projecting our safety outwards, becoming a victim of circumstance, needing others to behave the "right" way, we lose our ability to respond and make choices, we give away our power. Stepping back into this power happens through the body, understanding its needs and boundaries, regulating our sense of safety, independently from what is happening outside.
If we do this, we can take responsibility for our evolutionary journey in a completely new way, living from purpose instead of fear.

The Insignia

At the core of our mission is dialog: the lost art of holding of thesis and antithesis for a synthesis to emerge.

The Philosophers Stone

“Make of the man and woman a Circle, of that a Quadrangle, of this a Triangle, of the same a Circle and you will have the Stone of the Philosophers.”
The philosopher's stone is an ancient alchemical symbol. It represents the long-sought goal of alchemy to find the “elixir of life” that turns any mundane substance into gold, reflecting the challenge of squaring the circle. The innermost circle can be interpreted as the harmony of the sexes as the two natures of humanity, similar to the Chinese yin and yang.The circle of humanity then is embedded within the square, representing physical creation and matter as a combination of the four elements, which is then subsumed into a triangle as the traditional alchemical symbol for fire being used as a transformative force, and the harmony of body, spirit (mind), and soul. The inner circle reflecting the microcosm of man’s physical existence and harmony, eventually, through the physical existence becomes the outer circle as the macrocosm of the universe and all creation.

To quote Carl Jung: “Squaring the circle was a problem that greatly exercised medieval minds. It is a symbol of the opus alchymicum, since it breaks down the original chaotic unity into the four elements and then combines them again in a higher unity. Unity is represented by a circle and the four elements by a square. The production of one from four is the result of a process of distillation and sublimation which takes the so-called ‘circular’ form: the distillate is subjected to sundry distillations so that the “soul” or ‘spirit’ shall be extracted in its purest state. The product is generally called the “quintessence,” though this is by no means the only name for the ever-hoped-for and never-to-be-discovered “One.” It has, as the alchemists say, a ‘thousand names,’ like the prima materia.”

For me the philosophers stone as the ultimate alchemical symbol represents the evolutionary journey of transformation from separation to wholeness.

The Ouroboros

Carl Jung: "The alchemists, who in their own way knew more about the nature of the individuation process than we moderns do, expressed this paradox through the symbol of the Ouroboros, the snake that eats its own tail. The Ouroboros has been said to have a meaning of infinity or wholeness. In the age-old image of the Ouroboros lies the thought of devouring oneself and turning oneself into a circulatory process, for it was clear to the more astute alchemists that the prima materia of the art was man himself. The Ouroboros is a dramatic symbol for the integration and assimilation of the opposite, i.e. of the shadow. This 'feed-back' process is at the same time a symbol of immortality, since it is said of the Ouroboros that he slays himself and brings himself to life, fertilizes himself and gives birth to himself.
He symbolizes the One, who proceeds from the clash of opposites, and he therefore constitutes the secret of the prima materia which ... unquestionably stems from man's unconscious."

Erich Neumann refers to it as the dawn state of the creation myth, the undifferentiated infancy experience of both mankind and the individual child. The Ouroboros therefore symbolizes the beginningless and endless. The process of evolution to and from the primordial wholeness. This is what we stand for. Self-transformation, self-responsibility, and self-sufficiency, in the face of infinity and oneness, tapping into the alchemical power of transmutation, connected to the harmony of the Kosmos through our inner and outer relationships.

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