Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy is inspired by Classic Elements. 

We thrive to blend multicultural lenses to inspire and empower women and men, to produce a cultural shift for healthy interaction, and to be a societal transformation toward Women's Renaissance. Below is our work in progress. 

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Kaizen Cycle for Continuous Improvement

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The Japanese philosophy of Kaizen – which means “change for the better” in Japanese – represents a powerful internal process. Apply kaizen to your life and change becomes easier, you feel more motivated and better at tuning in to your true potential.

Kaizen combines two Japanese terms: kai (good) and zen (change). Incorporating ‘good change’ into our everyday lives, by introducing small but consistent improvements, can have a big impact over time.

 

We follow kai(good) by establishing safety guards to protect the important relationship between mentors and mentees to foster fruitful learning and teaching experience. 

As we are learning from each other, and discussing sensitive topics, we might be triggered based on our previous trauma, which can stagnate our kaizen. To learn, one has to accept that the current ways are no longer working for them and allow themselves to change(zen). Change(zen) brings uncertainty, which brings inner chaos and turbulence.

 

Accepting your inner chaos is a sign of your inner transition from the old system of beliefs to a new one. Discard everything that does not work for you and utilize everything that is healthy for you. Do not suffer alone in fear or doubt. Bring out your inner Heroic Journey and inner process to us. 

Heroic Journey

 

 

For the lessons to be integrated into our inner identity and internalized, we have to be patient with ourselves and others. Learning, just like teaching is a challenging task. 

We are forging our Own Paths and Our Own Ways. We do not have to accept a lesson and can choose to be quiet or skip it. Learning often follows the Heroic Journey.

According to Wikipedia, In narratology and comparative mythology, the Heroic journey, or the monomyth, is the common template of stories that involve a heroine or a hero who goes on an adventure, is victorious in a decisive crisis, and comes home changed or transformed.

A Heroine/Hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the Heroine/Hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on their fellow women and men.

Please allow your mentors and us to be your Helpers when you get stuck in your learning process. And please remember that since this is a real-life and not a story, sometimes there are no lessons to be learned. There is nothing to prove to yourself or others, it is okay to walk away, it is okay to change your mind, it is okay to fail and it is okay to make mistakes.

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Partnership Wheels

The Power and Control Wheel was developed in the 1980s by the American Domestic Abuse Intervention Project and, as an early example of trauma-informed practice, used focus groups of female victims/survivors to compile a list of the types of abuse most commonly used against them.

We are using the gender-neutral wheel to identify the signs of mentor-mentee collaboration turning unhealthy. 

Please note that the power imbalance can be created either by the Mentor or the Mentee if they fall into underlying subconscious patterns due to either being triggered by trauma or stress. 

The Equality Wheel describes the qualities involved in healthy relationships. The Equality Wheel shows the changes needed for men who batter to move from being abusive to the non-violent partnership. 

Please note that the power imbalance can be created either by the Mentor or the Mentee if they fall into underlying subconscious patterns due to either being triggered by trauma or stress. 

If you as a Mentor or Mentee start feeling that the mentorship process turned unhealthy, please reach out to us. You are free to stop the mentorship or we can meet with both of you individually or together, access your needs and use assertive communication to rebuild the relationship bridge with respect to your differences. 

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