Beliefs and practices

As the founder, teacher and facilitator behind Metamorphix, I resolutely pursue a secular business of: 

* conscious connection

* deep courage and

* exceptional contribution.

I strive to incorporate these ideals into every Metamorphix experience. See the extended version of my beliefs and practices below. 

--Anne O'Connor

  1. Love, Care, and Respect are my operating principles. Working towards being a decent human being is a worthy pursuit and I bring that to Metamorphix through secular practices. The bedrock of Metamorphix is that you are here on the planet with us and that’s all you need to qualify for love, care, and respect. That’s it. No other requirements. I may fall down on these principles, because, alas--and also halleluiah…
  2. We’re all human beings: enduringly fallible, forgivable, and redeemable. You are going to screw up. Hard things will happen. When I screw up, I will work to make it right quickly and as wholly as possible. The important thing is…
  3. A good life is possible no matter what has happened so far. Imagine all the atrocities that human beings have come through and gone on to live lives of beauty, purpose, and love. We can heal. We can fix our mistakes. We can move on. We can let go. We can learn to become resilient, courageous, and comfortable in our own skin. It’s not always easy, but it is almost always possible. It is rare this happens alone, and that’s why I believe that…
  4. Small group work is a fantastic format for creating the most effective and lasting change. If ever I were to believe in magic it’s when I see a group form, open, and love one another into new discoveries, new ways of being in the world, and more connected, courageous, and values-aligned lives. There truly is nothing that changes the world more quickly and profoundly than a group of people, well-led, coming together with a common purpose. Creating this kind of transformation is life’s most powerful and important work. The power of the individual supports the power of the group. And the power of the group supports the individual. We need that interchange to be our most genuine and creative—living in alignment between our internal and external experiences. That need to push up against one another--metaphorically-- is difficult and can be fraught with many layers of tension, trust issues, and other complications. So, it is important that when a group comes together…
  5. We hold confidentiality and boundaries with the utmost attention. In my facilitating of small groups, I use a two-part confidentiality agreement. You commit to holding the confidence of what happens in the group from anyone outside the group. And you honor confidentiality and boundaries in the group: we don’t talk to one another out in the world about what happens in the group without permission first. You will, perhaps, never form a group so carefully as you will when you work with Metamorphix. It’s that crucial.
  6. As the facilitator and teacher in either groups or private sessions, I commit to bringing my best facilitation, the best, current, and researched material that I’ve developed and learned from skilled teachers, and to meet the needs of the group and the individual to the best of my ability. And also to bringing playfulness, creativity, fun, and laughter to the work. Because life works better that way, no matter what you’re doing.
  7. I recognize that my perspective is one of a white, cis-gendered, straight, middle-class, educated, woman. This particular perspective can get in the way of me seeing other perspectives. I commit to the work of recognizing my cis whiteness and working to recognize and honor many ways of seeing and being in the world. And to working to shift the systems of power so they are more equitable and fair. 
  8. I am not a counselor, a doctor, a guru, or any other kind of miracle worker. I am a facilitator and teacher with a lot of experience. I will walk beside you, I will give you solid practices, information, and skill development techniques. I will both make space for who you are right now and consistently push you to where you want to go. 
  9. We are here to do rigorous, deep work. We will be gentle and patient—personal development is an individual journey on its own timeline—but we will work diligently and persistently towards excellence and sustained learning.
  10. My responsibility on the planet includes sharing what I’ve learned about how to get past the obstacles that get in the way of the life you want. Another way that I give back is by donating a percentage of all Metamorphix proceeds to other groups working towards uplifting and teaching people to live well together. This includes groups focused on women’s and girls’ learning, queer-affirming groups, social justice groups, and environmental protection groups. Black Lives Matter. 

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