Summer sent us in all different directions - travel, family time, residency, retreat. We occasionally checked in with each other, but this week felt like our "back to school" meeting. So much to catch up on and collectively shift our focus to fall.
Autumn is this rich time to harvest. Traditionally this is crop focused, but at Bricoleur, we only dabble in growing a bit of food here and there. We aren't farmers. We do, however, believe in syncing with the seasons as best we can. It's harvest time and we have a lot to gather from our spring and summer experiences.
An idea that's come up again and again over the past few months is the tension between honoring both personal intuition and collective wisdom. Is one more important than the other? Can they exist in harmony, in balance? What would that look like?
To a certain extent, we're pretty sick of expert opinion. Whether it's about motherhood (more on that here) or professional ambition or health or any number or topics, we are bombarded by advice from people who claim to know what we should do. Hell, we are consultants who could easily bill ourselves as social change/systems design experts. We're certainly women with strong opinions, ideas, and values and typically aren't shy about expressing them. But we're very curious about presenting ourselves as un-experts. We want to engage with our clients in ways that honor personal intuition, while also sharing our broad knowledge base shaped by life experience and graduate level education. Is that even possible?
We think it is. We believe we have a role to play in coming alongside individuals and organizations to support the work already happening, the wisdom that's already in the room, and at the same time share our own knowledge to build a powerful collective wisdom.
What does this look like practically? Well, it could look like this brilliant article Casey found, The Solution Is Already With You. It could look like the experience I had earlier this week at an evening gathering with Native storyteller, healer, and ethnobotonist Della Rice-Sylvester. In the cozy SugarPill space, Della shared many stories about her experiences with plants and clearly has a vast store of knowledge that we were lucky enough to tap into for a couple of hours. At the same time, she started the evening by suggesting that any number of plants could be used to heal the same ailment, each person needs to find for themselves what works, what their own body responds to. What resonates with you? That's the plant you use.
I've had times in my life when I rely more on intuition, when I feel strong and powerful in my own skin. And I've had times when I need a reminder of what I already know. The key to balance isn't that everything is always 50/50. It's in trusting the ebb and flow and over time honoring both sides of the equation.
The answer is within us, we already know what to do, AND sometimes we need a nudge, a reminder, from without. We each have a responsibility to slow down enough to know ourselves so we can be in touch with and trust our intuitive wisdom. And we are well served by living in community, open to sharing and building a collective wisdom.