I reached out to a local “philosophical therapist.” I wanted someone to hold space for me outside my social circle or extended network. Having new people hold space has pros and cons. The pros are that I have to explain myself from first principles, cannot rely on the lingo or presuppositions, welcoming a fresh perspective. The cons are that catching them up with the relevant parts of my life story takes time, disabusing any pattern-matching of being placed in atypical client profiles.
Your reflection is invaluable to me as I walk my path. What you are then getting from me is attention but also more than attention. It’s gratitude. You are teaching as you are learning. And in that process, I am learning.
There is a deep generosity in what you are doing. It is authentic. And it opens ways of reciprocity that include the currency of attention, but are also bigger, more meaningful and virtuous.
Seems that keeping the depth of exchange as a compass is a good safeguard. Not the only one, but a good one.
May more of us be transformed for the better in this greater depth.
I’m in a gathering in France at the moment and we talked today about how to stay in integrity when ‘the media’ start to get to know you.
My take aways is: make sure you have a small c ircle of trusted friends/colleagues where you can be your vulnerable self and who watch careful over you.
I do not have the luxury of not being transformed by your work, Peter ❤️
When the philosophical therapist recommended Socrates as a role model, are you sure they weren't referring to your cat? (^._.^)ﾉ