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Off to Meet the Dolphins

The Dolphin is one of the seven main animal symbols in Value Anatomy, embodying the energy of Love and the Heart Chakra. Seven years ago, I began collaborating with Olda Bureš, the first Czech dolphin therapist - meaning someone who assists dolphins in healing people, not the other way around. Olda spends each spring and fall in Turkey, bringing Czech and Slovak patients to a dolphinarium and watching small miracles unfold on a daily basis. His patients include those with…
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Value Anatomy Has a New Logo

I'm happy to announce that Value Anatomy now has a new logo. It's the beginning of establishing an overall look and identity of this project. The logo was a result of a week-long process involving a design competition among 22 designers from around the world, as far as the Philippines, Brazil, Indonesia, Ukraine, Canada and India. This winning design by Greek designer Achilleas Poutachidis features the element of a DNA helix, as the symbol of the outcome of our program…
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Tony Achmat’s Legacy

I received the one phone call I didn't want to hear - Tony Achmat, my dear friend and co-creator of the Value Anatomy project died last night. He's been in intensive care in the past few days after a heart-attack, so I've been thinking about this possibility and dreading it. But I've also thought about the incredible Tony-way of doing things. (more…)
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Full Moon. Witches’ Night. A Personal Milestone.

Today we completed the hierarchy containing over 700 values. Hours and hours of work! Stage one is done, now the real work begins.  Thank you, Alasdair Bouch, for your patience and help with creating the gigantic Value Anatomy spreadsheet. Thank you Tony Achmat for the inspiration, illustrations and invaluable advice. Thank you Jim Freeman for your input and eternal patience with me. Daniel Kupšovský, Petra Bicanová, Jana Gigov, Alexandra Stevenson, Martin Pluhař and Sophie Parker-Reeves for encouragement and feedback. BTW…
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Happy Easter!

This Easter Monday was another major milestone for me. Tony Achmat came back from Sri Lanka with an envelope full of wonderful Zentangle images for the Value Anatomy cards and books. They depict symbolic animals for each section - 7 major ones and 49 minor. And they are amazing! I unpacked them in front of my Easter guests, our friend George and his eight-year-old son William. We had one of the most encouraging and enlightening conversations ever. William was able…
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First Mock-Up Cards

The extreme structure of Value Anatomy lends itself to many outputs. Among the ones we already discussed were books and video courses, as well as children's games or motivational cards. I like working with both motivational and oracle card decks, so this seemed as a natural choice. Tony Achmat sent me some sample images from Sri Lanka, just snapshots with his mobile phone, so I used them to make initial mock-ups of what the Value Anatomy deck could look like.…
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Getting the Numbers Straight

For a woman interested in sacred geometry, I'm outrageously bad with numbers. I apparently have dyscalculia, the "number version" of dyslexia. 6 and 9 are kind of the same to me. Not good. But I do understand 7 just fine. Value Anatomy became a 7-fold fractal, a pattern that seemingly endlessly repeats with more or less nuance, more or less density. (more…)
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A Hummingbird Flew into My Monastery Cell

In my Value Anatomy spreadsheet, the Hummingbird is a symbol of Joy and Vitality, Enthusiasm and the kind of a Spark that we all hope for in our lives. Luckily, I have one such Hummingbird in my team - Alasdair Bouch. Aside from being a musician who gives joy to audiences, he's also good with languages and well conversant in personal-development matters. Songwriters are essentially poets and have a high sensibility for nuance in language. And that's precisely what I…
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Writing at Loreta Monastery

I rented a room in the Loreta Monastery at the Prague Castle in order to find the peace to write the Value Anatomy book. The cloister was founded in 1600 by a saint who came from Italy to Rudolph II’s court in Prague. It was the same court that hosted Prague’s famous alchemists. Blending cultures and world views Prague had always been a hub for alternative thinking, including Templar and Maltese knights, later also Free Masons and similar orders. (more…)
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It Has a Name! Value Anatomy Is Born

This entire project is about defining things, about giving our feelings and values names. Yet, until now, it was simply "The Value Project" the same way I have "The Michelangelo Project" and "The Creativity Project"... and and and. It took three creative minds and about two hours of a brainstorming meeting and we got it. The masterminds behind this were Daniel Kupšovský (no surprise there, we he's been my brainstorming buddy for over two decades) and Martin Pluhař, my nephew,…
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Code Cracked

As I opened the dialog about values with people around me, I'm finding out that the themes indeed repeat, that there is an internal structure to this. I sense correlations between these subjects and sacred geometry, almost seeing it as an underlying network of all that we call humanity. It sounds posh, it sounds preposterous and it scares me. But it's real. I kept looking for the common thread and then it dawned on me - the template is about…
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There’s More to It

Our heated discussion with Tony Achmat had sent me to the internet and compiling a list of all conceivable human values - all the things people talk about as important, wish for, fight for and defend. I went through web sites, oracle cards, books and all sorts of materials I had from the past. I used the opportunity of our ongoing meeting with a group of friends to get intial feedback. (more…)
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Tony Achmat’s Award Sparks a New Idea

In February 2017, our friend and renowned business coach Tony Achmat was invited to Mumbai, India, to receive the Global Trainer and Leadership Developer Award at the 25th Jubilee Global HRD Congress. It was a well-deserved recognition following 27 years working with the corporate community in Europe. As he prepared his acceptance speech, we discussed the issue of values. It was a subject he taught in countless training and coaching sessions before and one that I had spent countless hours discussing with…
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