I loved the Power of Partnership course - many thanks to our wonderful facilitators, Susan Carter and Sara Saltee. You are so good at holding the space for exploration and transformation!
I've been exploring Riane's work since the 80s, when I read The Chalice and The Blade. I've done her Master Class, and the Caring Economy course as well - so this rounds out my work with the community.
I so appreciated the distinctions of the different kinds of partnership, and the idea of starting with Self first. It is so important, and something many of us don't do. I have found the practice of consistently partnering with myself very nurturing. It gives me a greater foundation to handle the difficult family issues and the stresses of building a coaching business.
I use the language of Partnership in working with my coaching clients, and am looking forward to having even more tools to help them express their whole, authentic selves in a way that they can be truly heard and understood - bringing the principles of Partnership into our communication.
For many women, it is difficult for us to speak up and speak out for ourselves because of Dominator cultural expectations - women should be soft spoken; nice girls don't toot their own horns; when a woman speaks strongly and powerfully, she's called a bitch, too aggressive or pushy, or argumentative; girls should be seen and not heard; etc. These stories have caused us to be shushed, silenced, devalued, shamed, and to understand that our voices don't matter. They have caused us to hold our VOICES back.
I love having the Dominator/Partnership structure to place these stories in. (I call them "voice stories.") Part of what we need to do to change our cultural stories, as Riane calls us to do, is to bring these old voice stories out into the open so we can recognize them, and stop feeding them.
In my work, I find that women hold these expectations of other women just as often as men. Whenever I give a talk or presentation about my work, I always ask everyone to stand up and pledge to support women speaking strongly and powerfully. It's usually a transcendent moment.
I'll be bringing the ideas of Partnership more into my presentations and my work with clients as my business grows. I'm looking forward to helping to make the Big Shift further into Partnership happen FASTER!