What Self Is the Instrument?

Ten Directions
Mar 8 · 7 min read
  1. Engaging in reflective practices such as journaling to discover and highlight the dichotomy between the self-I-have-been and the emergent self
  2. Auditing my cultural identity to look for the various elements — customs, beliefs, practices, assumptions, theories, etc — that made me who I was.
  3. Letting go and stepping away from cultural/identity elements that were no longer supportive or felt authentic. This was similar to how lobsters change their shell when they no longer fit, and move under a rock formation and get a new one. I walked a 500-mile pilgrimage (Camino de Santiago) to support this process.
  4. Requesting developmental support — mentorship and coaching — to help me grow into the emergent self
  5. Integrating previously severed and suppressed dimensions of selfhood with my emergent self because keeping them suppressed was counter-developmental
  6. Seeking out ways to support others with similar developmental challenges and opportunities.

Self As Instrument

Self As Instrument is a publication of Ten Directions. We design and deliver programs that fuel individuals at their emerging edge. We are the home of innovative and unparalleled programs in Leadership, Facilitation, Coaching and Mentorship.

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Self As Instrument

Self As Instrument is a publication of Ten Directions. We design and deliver programs that fuel individuals at their emerging edge. We are the home of innovative and unparalleled programs in Leadership, Facilitation, Coaching and Mentorship.