“Because Dragons are full of wisdom and make wonderful friends it is vital to learn to walk with them and to have their constant support.”
~ Trevor Bentley, author of ‘A Touch of Magic’ and gestalt organisational consultant
Dragons live within each of us! Sometimes they are quiet and go unnoticed. Other times they appear fearsome and perplexing. Their fire and energy seem out of control and wayward. We often make them into difficult enemies rather than wonderful friends. I may be biased because I am Welsh!
I've noticed how the language we use reflects our internal normally unconscious view of the issue we're considering. For instance, currently I'm involved with a group of people, who want to change the Welsh government's mind about introducing some new legislation. Someone suggested that we start a 'fighting fund'. This supports the view we are in a fight and is likely to engender that feeling - and affect the group's thinking, decisions and behaviour. I think a better term would be 'winning fund'!
A different example is when we say that someone or something "made us happy/sad/angry/etc ". This is not...
I was preparing runner beansfor cooking and my husband suggested that I use the peeler rather than the knife for the first stage in the preparation process. Now my immediate reaction was to say ‘no thanks, I'm fine’ and then I started to think about his suggestion! Now some people might recognise this response either in themselves or other people!
What I did then was think about why my immediate reaction was to say ‘no, thanks’?
- Was it because I don’t like change, even to this small degree? This didn’t fit in with my usual response to change, which is...