S01 E07 Mothermouth Musings 1: The power of language – coaches, guides and the old hierarchical structures

Nov 19, 2023 | Musings

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The first instalment of Mothermouth Musings! 🙂

I have decided to intersperse Mothermouth’s interviews with maybe to be considered more ‘philosophical’ musings and ponderings of mine, that have recently come up. These will be short recordings around topics that have caught my attention.

Maybe I will publish these musings under a written blog, but for now time constraints are keeping them to audio recordings which I think works quite well.

With the recent explosion of offerings in coaching and mentoring and online courses in knowledge sharing I ponder about how typical word usage in the field of health and spiritual development actually undermine the essence of what they are claiming to help people with.

For me, the words ‘coach’ or ‘guide’ in themselves denote a power discrepancy or hierarchical set up, which might feel familiar and safe to many because we are used to authoritarian structures, however it contradicts the promise of helping you to ‘step into your power’.

Language is powerful!

Naming something is a ‘magical act’.

Thus, I feel, we need to be very aware of words’ tonality, context, and origins.

How can we rename something that is a dynamic process between people? To come to its essence and to dismantle old disempowering structures at the same time? Maybe ‘accompanying’ somebody on a healing journey would be the right phrase?

I mention a couple of thinkers in this episode who are very much working on the dismantling of hierarchical structures and are supporting collective co-creation.

These are:

Bayo Akomolafe and his Emergence Network – https://www.bayoakomolafe.net

Phoebe Tickell and her Imagination Activism and participation in Liberating Structures:

As always, I am super interested in what your thoughts are on these subjects. 🙂

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Music by 12Volt, with great thanks to my friend Sascha Usison.

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