Creating A Life Of Freedom
The "How To"
If you are a Feldenkrais, Anat Baniel, Mind-Body Studies, or any other type of somatic and awareness-based practitioner or student (Psychotherapy, Psychology, Rolfing, Alexander, Yoga, and beyond), there are several major conceptual frameworks that you need to have to create an independent practice and independent life.
This is also true for entrepreneurs and business owners in general.
The first framework is the most important - without exception - and it has nothing to do with who you trained with nor what type of degrees or certifications you have (or do not have).
The first framework involves creating a vision of something that you want to create.
You need a vision of what you want to create.
How do you want to practice?
What result do you see yourself having?
If you will be doing somatics for a living, how do you want to make your living?
Who do you want to serve?
In what form? Individual sessions? Group sessions? Online or live? Recorded classes? A book? A job?
You do not need to do it right now or all at once but will need to take some time to see it in your mind’s eye.
The potential forms are nearly endless.
Just pick one and begin to work on it.
Your vision does not need to emerge fully formed and it can be small.
Small is good.
And small works.
I became the first podcaster in the Feldenkrais world in 2003 because I created a simple vision of interviewing a particular person (Marty Weiner) who I met at a conference.
I saw the vision in my head. And then asked Marty if he would do it. He said yes and then I went home and figured out how to record live conversations. (There was no Zoom back then, I used Skype and at the time it did not record automatically.)
That was a small vision that led to big results over time.
It led to me interviewing a few more people and eventually creating an audience and email list.
Later, I used the skills that I acquired doing podcasts to create and sell online Feldenkais-based products.
Then I created the first online conference related to Feldenkrais. Sadly, after bumping into some of the weirdness and mythologies related to Moshe Feldenkrais and the Feldenkrais Guild, I stopped. We will not go down that rabbit hole, right now. But we will go there in future essays
But the important part is to realize that creating your visions will give you skills.
It did not matter to me personally that I stopped doing Feldenkrais conferences, because putting into practice my earlier visions helped me create skills that I could use elsewhere.
I took what I had learned and reached out to friends and colleagues in the psychotherapy community. And over 7 years, I created a dozen or so online conferences related to the work of Milton H. Erickson.
It was wonderful.
And it was lucrative.
And during this time, I started to travel. And while traveling in Mexico, I created another vision and imagined myself living on an island that I was visiting in the Gulf of Mexico.
I created a detailed vision of what it would be like to live on that island and do my work. And then I went home, organized my life, sold my stuff, and moved to that island.
If you were to take a moment and think back on your life, you will be able to find many instances where you created a vision of something and then went out and created it.
Sometimes the things that we create are so simple that we forget that we are creating. For example, having a vision of a birthday or dinner party and then pulling it together and making it happen step-by-step.
Or you have (or had) a vision of getting a college degree or starting a business or… (your examples go here).
Do you have a vision of something that you want to create for yourself and others?
If you have an idea of something that you want to create take some time to visualize and think about it.
Create the vision in your mind.
Hang onto that vision, keep it in your mind.
And see if you can create the next step to making some part of it a reality.
Create that next step no matter how small it seems and no matter how “realistic.”
And begin planning and doing that next step, no matter if you think other people are going to support you.
Permission nor Certification Required.
You will notice in my description above regarding my creations, that I did not mention asking for approval or asking anyone if it was a good idea. All the steps were initiated by me. External approval was not needed.
Yes, I needed people to join me at some points and to help me.
And you may need some people to join you and to help you as well. In particular, if you are creating a product or service you will need to create something that others will buy!
But the steps of creating are 100% in your control.
I hope you enjoyed that and that I am making some sense to you.
At the beginning of this essay, I mentioned that there are several conceptual frameworks to create a life of freedom. We have talked about the most important one: Creating a vision.
The second framework will come in another essay. It involves seeing and dropping what I call, “the reactive mindset.”
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