I have begun to collaberate with a group of women on a potential project. It means we meet together on an almost bi-weekly basis and come together with our skills.
It's quickly being revealed to me, that this collective process is a vulnerable one. Where you have to relinquish your understanding of yourself into a group mentality and allow your thoughts to be witnessed by the whole.
So far I have learned:
As much as we are all experts in our own fields, talents and previous experiences, coming together for a 'new' idea, requires the ability to set that aside and see what a 'collective' of these skills brings forth.
It's easy to be resistant to what we aren't good at, or perceive to be skills we don't have or aren't interested in. Coming together often means being open to grow in new areas and taking on something we might not find easy or natural to us.
Thinking outside the box and realizing that in the beginning stages anything can go.
It's important to bring constructive thoughts to the table. Thinking and communicating in a way that brings unity, depth and understanding is important. Especially in the beginning stages, how we interact and honour each other in ideas sets the tone.
Ultimately, be your glorious and unique self. You wouldn't be at the table if you did not have your qualities and skills backing you up. A collective is about how each individual brings something to the table and that is your job, to be equally confident and humble enough to know what that is.
*I'll be posting on and off about the journey of my own collective experience over time.