THE GHOSTBUSTERS WORKSHOP
HOW TO CALL UP YOUR OWN POWER
A four act play about Power and the crucial importance of shifting of old paradigms to bring about
1. A new and radically different/creative way of thinking and behaving…
2. A new and uniquely important way to interpret and deal with issues around power…
Taxonomy: Power (being non physical) can be understood and interpreted in many different ways. We will use the language of archetypes to explore different experiences of power.
Archetypes are a way of describing energy. They are templates, patterns of influence that are both universal and personal and are thus able to span the seen and the unseen, the collective and the individual.
ACT ONE … MONSTERS
Objective: Identifying your ghosts and ghouls. What are your fears? What keeps you hiding? What keeps you small? Why would you want to stay that way? Have you been challenged? What’s your operating strategy for neediness?
DEFINING ARCHETYPE: THE CHILD
Old behaviour paradigm: The creation of ROLES & MASKS
Positive intention behind this strategy – Safety…’You can’t see me’…’I’ll be safe here’…’This is the version of me that everyone will approve of and like…’ No-one will realise I haven’t got a clue what I’m doing…’etc
Issue: FEAR & NEEDS (from the past)
Old power paradigm: FEAR OF POWER
The need to be safe (to survive) overrules the requirement to be creative, take decisions and risk being unpopular.
Typical behavioural outcome: PROCRASTINATION
SOUNDTRACK…Ray Parker Junior (obviously)
ACT TWO … ‘IT’S NOT MY FAULT…’
Objective: Recognising where we don’t take responsibility for our behaviour and the fears and needs behind it. Recognising where we don’t show up and when our energy, skills and gifts are not 100% available for the benefit of the group. Recognising the strategies we use to defend ourselves when we’re afraid.
From Fear to Blame. Examining the overwhelming temptation to pass the buck when we’re scared or disempowered. Identifying who we blame for the fact that things aren’t going well. Identifying the projections on the people around us – where we create Heroes and Villains (both projections of disowned power).
DEFINING ARCHETYPE….THE VICTIM
Old behaviour paradigm : PROJECTION – leading to self pity (around the villains) and envy (around the heroes)
Positive intention behind this strategy – I don’t have to really show up, I get to hide and manipulate behind the scenes. Being backstage means being safe from humiliation if things go badly but it also means sweeping up after everyone else’s party and a lot of hanging around not doing very much.
Issue: BOUNDARIES & FUSION
Old power paradigm: ABDICATION OF POWER
The need to be safe from humiliation overrules the requirement to be creative
Typical behavioural outcome: POOR COMMUNICATION (misleading/manipulative/aggressive/weak communications)
SOUNDTRACK Five for Fighting – Superman
ACT THREE … THE CUNNING PLAN
Objective: Clarifying the vision for your highest potential. Finding your own personal charisma and holding onto this in the face of people who you perceive have more power than you. Plus the flip side – giving up the tendency to control people you perceive have less power than you.
DEFINING ARCHETYPE….THE PROSTITUTE
Old behaviour paradigm: Power struggles and conflicts. Selling yourself, your ideas, your integrity, your word, your opinions in exchange for counterfeit power.
Positive intention behind this strategy: A familiar and historic strategy to feel safe and successful.
Issue: CONTROL & LACK OF SELF WORTH
Old power paradigm: NEGOTIATION OF POWER
The need to be taken care of by an external power source overrules the desire for self autonomy.
Typical behavioural outcome: STRESS
SOUNDTRACK David Bowie – Changes
ACT FOUR… KEEP THE FAITH
Objective: Maintaining the new vision. Holding your ground. Dealing with the negative force field that wants to pull you back to the old ways.
DEFINING ARCHETYPE….THE SABOTEUR
Old behaviour paradigm: Negativity. Fear of the Future. Creating excuses. Finding flaws in the new plan. Creating drama and busyness. Indecision. Project paralysis. Sabotaging others.
Positive intention – A historic strategy to avoid empowerment because of the changes that would bring about. A way of dealing with the fear of change.
Issue: SELF DOUBT
Old power paradigm: LOSS OF POWER (via LEAKS & LOOPHOLES)
The familiar pull of the old overrules the passion for the new.
Typical behavioural outcome: COMPETITION AND BLAME
SOUNDTRACK Huey Lewis – The Power of Love
THE SEQUEL… THE FIFTH ELEMENT
Feedback and progress reports…
DEFINING ARCHETYPE: THE HERO
The new hero i.e. Taking responsibility for the things we create. Greater consciousness. Less John Wayne, more Zen master. Being present…what exactly does this mean?
NEW POWER PARADIGM: OWNERSHIP OF POWER…SELF EMPOWERMENT…EMPOWERING OTHERS
SOUNDTRACK John Lee Hooker – Things gonna change