“For me the big prize that I walked away with was the knowledge and awareness that I am not alone in the legal world. That there are many other fascinating authentic and richly complex women lawyers all over the world who are conscious at all levels. One loves trees. One practises law from her home aided by her dog. And the male lawyer in the USA who openly proclaims his commitment to Love !” ~ Participant at JHB Values-Driven Lawyer workshop
The Values-Driven Lawyer workshop in Johannesburg in August interestingly, attracted only women. The goals of the workshop were for each lawyer to discover her values, learn how to make decisions based on her values rather than beliefs, and start to build a practice that is in alignment with who she really is. Well, it appeared the goals were a little ambitious for a ¾ day workshop! We did not manage to cover all we’d hoped to, but the conversations were valuable. It emerged there was a strong need for all the women present to share, in a supportive space, about their experience of practising law in a tough, male-dominated environment.
The model used as the basis for this workshop is the 7 Levels of Personal Consciousness designed by the Barrett Values Centre. The different levels, developed from Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, show stages in the journey we go through as we evolve our consciousness. If you are interested in learning more about this model, and other models of consciousness you click here to be taken to the Shark Free Waters Blog post on Consciousness.
Do you know what your values are? Do you keep a list of your values handy so you can refer to it when you have to make a tough decision? Do you wish you could find ways to bring who you really are at a soul level, to the work you do as a lawyer?
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