WELCOME TO LIFE-MAPPING
The Possible Self, TPS, is you in every moment of your life. Possibilities that has taken you to where you are now in your life-story and how you might choose to use them to-day and for the rest of your life. Whether you are president of the United Nations, road-sweeper in down town New York, account manger in a PR agency in Ireland, hairdresser in Dubai or Lead Director at Goldman Sachs. No matter who you are, what you do, where you live, what stage you are at you live your life between your first and last breath. There is no rehearsal! What happens in between leaves a legacy, a footprint of who you have become at each stage of your life. Taking time to pause, reflect, evaluate or figure out where you are in your journey is a gift to yourself. We, at TPS facilitate that process with you in private and in group workshops. The process is not counselling, therapy or life coaching. It's an innovative visual life-mapping process that you use to explore your past and present chapters and future possibilities.
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Facilitator & Founder of TPS
The Possible Self Process was created by Áinne Burke, who has, over a thirty-year period designed, produced and directed projects and workshops for edutainment, primarliy facilitating the development of self-awareness, imagination, creativity, curiosity and expression about who we are and the world we live in both for children & adults.
Áinne was born and grew-up in County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland. The beauty and mystery of the landscape inspired her creativity and love of art. She studied fine art in Galway and Dublin, which further helped instill an acute sensory awareness about the world around her and how she responds to it. She has exhibited in Ireland and Spain.
At the age of twenty-three, with three young children, she became a single parent and self-employed, innovating and developing workshops e.g.'Drawing & Sensory Development’ for children and adults. In 1984 she worked part-time on a research project at the Physiology Department of University College Galway, Ireland, titled ‘Aggression, Culture and Emotions’. She read through periods of Chinese history collating examples of their reactions and expressions to local and national events in the arts and literature of the time. Further study of anatomy and physiology of the brain encouraged her interest in how the mind works.
In 1988 Áinne trained as a producer/director in television production and interactive media. She continued to innovate and develop projects and workshops on creativity, sensory-awareness, story-telling and the arts for children and specifically creative professionals in broadcast: RTÉ (Ireland), Danmark Radios (Denmark), Norwegian Broadcasting Organization, Netherlands Outside Broadcasting, Svergis Television (Sweden), Canadian Broadcast Co-operation, BBC (UK), Philips Media (Netherlands, New York & UK).
Áinne successfully initiated, produced and directed numerous projects on behalf of: Departments of Education in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Kennedy Center in Washington; The Office of the President of Ireland; Government Development Agencies; Scarlett Theatre London and OFID, the OPEC Fund for International Development, Vienna. She is currently developing a project called TEAM, The Earth And Me, with Burmese partners through a two-year MA in 'Arts & Science' at St Martins College, UAL, University Arts London, in Londoon.
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About The Possible Self
The Possible Self is a very practical and creative life-mapping workshop. Participants are facilitated to produce a visual life-size autobiographical life-map of their journey from birth to now. Reflect on it. Explore the possibilities. Make plans or not. It's not therapy, counselling or coaching. You are the research-self in the first stage of the process; collating and mapping the information about yourself. An objective-self; discovering your story to-date the great with the not so great acts, chapters and moments. The imaginative-self; deciding what's next for you, your family, company or organisation. And the practical-self making plans for change, renewal and action.
Feeling the flame of curiosity, wonder, excitement and joy burning at your core in all that you do is a truly wonderful experience. If you don’t feel the ‘buzz’ for your own life, imagine the effect it has on you and those around you.
The Possible Self process is like mining. You can explore your life story to whatever level is applicable to you depending on your needs, your time, your resources and where you are in your life at this point in time. In a typical workshop you explore and evaluate your experiences from your birth until now. You come to know and understand how you have been living your life. The events, people and environments that filled the various stages of your life.
You explore your inner world of dreams and imagination. You get to know the masks you might wear in different situations throughout your life and why you do. You identify when you are most confident and happy. You list the competences you developed at each stage of your life so far.
You explore and imagine the potential for change and possible directions for your ongoing journey. You assess each possibility based on your resources and supports, the pros and cons, the level of excitement and inspiration you feel and the time you have left in your lives journey. You make a decision and start to develop a personal plan with schedules and resources to achieve your goals and objectives.
The Possible Self workshops facilitate you to find the courage, imagination, discipline and direction to focus your energy and resources on how you want to be in your life.
Generally speaking, participants are from all walks, stages and crossroads of life who may be; employed, self-employed, unemployed, homemakers, retiring, being ill or overcoming an illness, getting married, separating, divorcing, becoming parents, changing careers, jobs or countries, going into liquidation or trying to avoid it, starting a new company or job for the first time, or at a crossroads where they don't want to keep on living as they are and want change but don't know what direction they might take etc.
They don't want therapy, counselling or coaching. They want time-out to reflect on their journey thus far. They want to identify with what makes them happy, content, fulfilled and what does not. They want to declutter so that they can celebrate what is good, improve on what matters and come to know what is missing in their lives. They want to get energized and inspired by their life and its possibilities. They want to understand, continuously improve and manage the emotional, physical health and well-being, financial, creative, relationships and environmental aspects of their lives with a renewed sense of joy, purpose and meaning. They want to have a more loving and caring relationship with themselves so that they can make a difference in the world around them. We radiate our own lives energy in every moment, knowing its nature and how we manage it is an interesting process in coming to know one self. Imagine the affect, the influence that energy has on you and the world around you!
The Possible Self workshops facilitate and accommodate that process of exploration, discovery, articulation, expression and reflection. In group workshops confidentiality agreements are signed by each client with each other and the facilitator and likewise in private workshops between the facilitator and client.
"It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power." Alan Cohen
The work we did during the TPS program provided us with an actionable plan we developed together during the five days. The biggest thing we learnt to do is listen to each other and find out what picture was in each of our minds about where the company was going.
That was a surprise for all of us. We all saw a different picture. So we took what was best in each picture and built a plan around it to develop our company and to continue to make time to listen and acknowledge all of us working in the company.
Giuseppe Ricci, company director, Turin, Italy
The Us Programme - 5 Days
The Possible Self is an extraordinary program. It managed simultaneously to open my eyes and mind to the widest range of my capabilities and my potential, whilst focusing me sharply on defining precisely my priorities.
I clearly determined the practical path to follow to accomplish my potential, all of which has made me a richer, happier and more fulfilled person. I am greatly aware of my goals and equally so of the challenges involved in reaching them.
Anthony Amis, international financial advisor, France
The Me Programme - 3 Days
When I started on the Possible Self I was all of a muddle. I have four children under ten years of age, a husband, a sick mother, a very big dog, three cats, a fish tank, a budget that was not working, and friends that don’t get to see me. Worst of all an art studio I don’t get to use as often as I would like.
By day three on the program I could see how and why I was not managing my situation. I found ways that would work for me to manage and not control all that was in my life. Controlling was my big bug-bear. By day six I had a very workable plan and 3 months later everyone around me is happier. I am on my way to my studio this afternoon for the first time in a year.
Cecilia García, artist, mother, wife & homemaker, Spain
The Me Programme - 6 Days