When we do our own projects, they are still puzzles that we are trying to solve, just puzzles that are real and meaningful for us, rather than arbitrary ones someone else has set for us.
And yes, as we solve our own puzzles, we start to feel our own effectiveness as individuals making the world a better place, so it absolutely it crucial for everyone of us humans to have the opportunity to imagine, create, play, share, and reflect, as often as possible.
I don’t have too many opportunities right now to facilitate projects, but I have been working on very clear ways to do so! I have a project of my own I’ve been working on for years called “Speaking UP”, and I’ve included an inquiry process in this. I have tailored the process to a variety of different applications, from healing from emotional stuff, to science, to defining one’s life goals.
The basic concept is to start wherever there is someone or something you care about being harmed or threatened in some way. So either a loss or a fear of loss that is affecting you strongly. Then we look at all the different relationships that are involved in this part of your life’s story. (Who, how, where, when, which direction, why?)
Here is the one that is for a more general audience. I’ve used this one in a workshop for telling one’s personal story, with some nice results.