Lore + Expertise = Breakthrough
THE TIDE IS READY TO TURN
You’ve probably heard the cliché that the Chinese character for “crisis” or “danger” also means “opportunity.”
The character’s actual meaning indicates “the point at which things change.” How they change depends on how we creatively meet the challenge, whether a crisis or the blessed unease or yearning that drives us onward.
Confusion can mean lacking a framework of meaning - a story - for next steps. What is your deep story just now? What is the deep story - fantasy, epic, myth, dream - of your business? Family? Vital relationships?
Therapy has its place. So does traditional education. But I've often seen how disclosing the deeper aspects of the stories behind who and where we are, how we work, and what our interests or concerns may be engenders rapid learning and transmutation, an alchemical word for deep, lasting transition, development, and transfiguration, both at the personal level and with one another.
I enjoy facilitating this as a loreologist: a consultant and mentor with resources for exploring the limits and possibilities of the personal and collective stories we navigate by in order to deepen, expand, or replace them. Why? So we can move from being confined by them to authoring them. I have done this over many years with individuals, groups, classes, schools of higher learning, and corporations. They key to moving forward is crafting a storied path to guide us.
Whether you wish to redesign a wise life path for yourself, solve an issue at work, restory the path of your organization, mentor others deeply, discover what myths and archetypal images play about in a perplexing event, explore your relationship to the elements, places, and things of the world, learn simple methods for reconnecting with the natural world, or decide to come fully to voice through writing, publishing, teaching, or presenting, you need not worry about how to acquire tools and resources for this. They are already available.
I also enjoy teaching the teachers. Do you want to design a transformative curriculum informed by psychology and folklore at school, at work, or for a group or community of learners? Do you need to know more about translating your deep learnings into terms others can grasp and apply? Where does the wisdom in dreams come in? What about using Terrapsychological Inquiry to explore our relations with specific features of the world: places, regions, sacred sites? Where do storytelling and the science validating it belong in how you reach out and instruct?
From Consultation to Consulteaching
As a higher ed administrator, former department chair, graduate instructor, corporate consultant, and business owner, I have seen the limits of the standard consulting model.
My approach is more direct, saves time, and aligns us with my primary career paradigm: teaching.
Teaching is my nature, my long education, my trade, career, and vocation. I taught other kids in kindergarten, then taught other students in high school and college. Then I moved up to doing it professionally in corporate settings, community colleges, universities, tech events, psychotherapy practices, graduate programs, and many other venues.
From all this I translate deep and applied offerings, moving them from the consulting room, classroom, and boardroom to you. I call this consulteaching.
My Consulting Background
A few examples:
Teton Leadership Center program/certificate creation
Psychworks - core member; corporate consulting
Co-designer of the Blue Sky Leadership program at CIIS
Regulatory/accreditation consulting in higher ed
UCSB Bren School: storytelling and policymaking
Curriculum design, including Holistic Psych certificate for NYOC
Online trainings for Royal Roads University
Ecotherapy trainings at Holos Institute
Individual vocational and personal myth
See also "What Is a Loreologist?"
WHAT WE DO
Storytelling for Change
Learning with Soul
Applied Systems Theory
Work in small groups
Work one on one
Regeerate your idealism
Persuade the highly resistant
Master crucial storytelling skills
Reinvigorate a training program
Find your voice
Move through writer’s block
Learn your locale
Analyze dilemmas by working with dreams