What is The Possible Self?

Cosmos 10 +

What’s happening in your personal-universe?


The Possible Self, TPS, 2015 Dublin City Center  ‘Me Workshop’ begins in February 

The ‘Me Workshop’ is:

– A one-day group workshop February 14th, 8.30am -6pm for a maximum of ten people from any background or stage of life each working on their own visual-map of their life-story.

– A one-day group workshop February 21st, 8.30am -6pm for a maximum of ten business owners/directors, each working on their own visual-map of their company-story.

-Private one to three day workshops for individuals or company owners/directors by appointment.

Neither therapy nor counselling. The Possible Self ‘Me Workshop’ is an innovative and practical way/process for individuals to explore their private-life or their company-story. They explore and discover the events, people, experiences, behaviours, attitudes, habits and patterns that have shaped, nourished and guided them or their company to date, good and bad, and sets out the possibilities for the future.

The one-day workshop is an introductory level of the process. Each person will produce their own personal life-size visual-map of their personal or company -story. They will get a sense of where they are in their life and how they feel about it.  They imagine and articulate where they want to concentrate their attention and resources now and the possibilities for their future.

Company or business owners can attend both days getting to know where they are in their personal-story on day one and doing the same for their company-story on day two.  The process is the same for both. Participants evaluate if their private and business/company lives are in harmony with each other or not and what they could do about it.

”Reacting to life as you experience it without a compass or plan works for some in their personnel and/or work life. We are the same person no matter where we spend our days and nights. Our behaviors, attitudes, habits and patterns affect ourselves, those around us and the work we do, no matter who we are or where we live, ” explains Áinne Burke the founder of ‘The Possible Self’.

”Most of us have arrived at a place in our lives where the rehearsal is over and we don’t want to repeat behaviours, attitudes, thoughts and habits that no longer serve the person we know we can or could be and the life we can and would like to experience. Taking time to explore, discover, and reflect on who you are being and the possibilities for development, celebration and change is a gift to yourself and to those around you. The Possible Self workshops facilitate and support that process.”

For further information and to reserve your place email

We look forward to meeting you.

121361109.wG3BZaFu._DSC8470How true is  what Aristotle said: “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”

The ‘yourself’ he was talking about was the many integrated or not integrated ‘selves’ that we all have?

Do you ever stop to think how people experience ‘you’ on your public stage everyday?

Do you ever stop to think how you experience ‘you’ on your private stage everyday?

How many ‘selves’ do you have in your life story that live your life on your behalf from your birth to now?

What emotion are you demonstrating to-day by your presence, mood, physical and voice expression?  What vibrational energy are you radiating?  Are you conscious of it and how it affects those around you?  Who are you being and are you in harmony with who you believe you are and want to be?

Which self is the one you know best?  Why is that?  When did that self start its performance?  What about the other ‘selves’ that are back stage waiting for their time on the public and private stage?  Do they ever get a chance to perform, take part in your life, or is there a very controlled editorial board in operation? Who are we being in every moment?  How many selves are on stage and who is directing them?  Close your eyes and imagine what is going on in the theater of your own mind right now!

Here is how one man and one poet expressed his selves:

‘We Are Many’

Of the many men whom I am, whom we are,
I cannot settle on a single one.
They are lost to me under the cover of clothing
They have departed for another city.

When everything seems to be set
to show me off as a man of intelligence,
the fool I keep concealed on my person
takes over my talk and occupies my mouth.

On other occasions, I am dozing in the midst
of people of some distinction,
and when I summon my courageous self,
a coward completely unknown to me
swaddles my poor skeleton
in a thousand tiny reservations.

When a stately home bursts into flames,
instead of the fireman I summon,
an arsonist bursts on the scene,
and he is I. There is nothing I can do.
What must I do to distinguish myself?
How can I put myself together?

All the books I read
lionize dazzling hero figures,
brimming with self-assurance.
I die with envy of them;
and, in films where bullets fly on the wind,
I am left in envy of the cowboys,
left admiring even the horses.

But when I call upon my DASHING BEING,
out comes the same OLD LAZY SELF,
and so I never know just WHO I AM,
nor how many I am, nor WHO WE WILL BE BEING.
I would like to be able to touch a bell
and call up my real self, the truly me,
because if I really need my proper self,
I must not allow myself to disappear.

While I am writing, I am far away;
and when I come back, I have already left.
I should like to see if the same thing happens
to other people as it does to me,
to see if as many people are as I am,
and if they seem the same way to themselves.
When this problem has been thoroughly explored,
I am going to school myself so well in things
that, when I try to explain my problems,
I shall speak, not of self, but of geography.
Pablo Neruda

You can get information on the next TPS workshops: email


‘If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.’ Maya Angelou

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.’ Carlos Castaneda

‘You must be the change you wish to see in the world.’  Mahatma Gandhi

‘You don’t get creative by staying in the same place.’ Andy Law

‘It seldom happens that a man changes his life through his habitual reasoning. No matter how fully he may sense the new plans and aims revealed to him by reason, he continues to plod along in old paths until his life becomes frustrating and unbearable—he finally makes the change only when his usual life can no longer be tolerated.’  Leo Tolstoy

Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything.’ George Bernard Shaw

‘Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.’  Helen Keller

What goes on beneath the surface of your life?

Press Release

15 April 2013

The Possible Self ‘Me Programme’ workshops return to Ireland

 The Possible Self Me Programme’ returns to Ireland next month following the success of the inaugural workshop in March 2013.  Two ‘Me Programme’ workshops are scheduled for May – a one day introductory workshop on Saturday the 11 May and a five day residential workshop from Sunday 12 to Friday 17 May.

Neither therapy nor counselling. The Possible Self’s ‘Me Prorgramme’ is an innovative and practical workshop for individuals to explore their life’s and show them the events, people, experiences, behaviours, habits and patterns that have shaped, nourished and guided them to date, good and bad, and sets out the possibilities for their future.

The one-day workshop is an introductory level of the process.  Each person will produce their own personal full size ‘tree of life’ and have a strong sense of where they want to concentrate their attention now and in their future.  The five day workshop goes to a much deeper level of self-knowing, affording the individual more time to produce a detailed personal ‘tree of life’ and a personal working plan for their immediate and long term future.

”Reacting to life as you experience it without a compass or plan works for few people,” explains Áinne Burke the founder of ‘The Possible Self’.  ”Most of us have arrived at a place in our lives where the rehearsal is over and we don’t want to repeat behaviours, thoughts and habits that no longer serve the life we want to live.  As well as coming to know your own story, having a practical plan for all areas of your life with realistic schedules, identified resources and supports, will make you more motivated and inspired about your life and your desire to succeed – these workshops facilitate and support that process.”

Workshop details:

• One day introductory ‘Me Programme’ workshop will be held on 11 May 2013 at the The Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin 4.  It will run from 9-6pm.  Limited to 15 participants.

• Five day residential workshop ‘Me Programme’ will be held on 12-17 May 2013 at the Brooklodge & Wells Spa, Co. Wicklow.  Limited to 12 participants.

To reserve a place on a workshop email or for more information visit


Who is Áínne Burke?

Áinne Burke is a native of Mayo, studied fine art at GMIT in Galway and NCAD in Dublin: she has exhibited in Ireland and Spain. She has worked with both children and adults for over thirty years nationally and internationaly.  In the 1980s she trained as a producer and director in television and interactive media.  She has directed workshops and created training material for broadcasters in e.g.  Ireland (RTE), Denmark (Danmark Radios), Norway (NRK), Holland (NOB), Sweden (Svergis TV), Canada (CBC) and Britain (BBC).  Among the government and other agencies for which she initiated and facilitated projects were the Arts Council, the Departments of Education in Dublin and Belfast, the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Scarlett Theatre in London, the Office of the President of Ireland, the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) in Vienna. She lives mainly in the south of France.


“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”  Nelson Mandela

Look for the opportunities in the difficulties, not the difficulties in the opportunities.”  Victor Fiorelli

“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.”  Karen Ravn

“Take control now. Forget about the negative thoughts which others have told you – that you are too old or too young. Stop letting the thoughts of others rule your life; stop being weak and cowardly, blaming your lack of progress on those negative programs. If you begin now and become a do-er, you will have earned your right to remain here.”  Thomas D. Willhite

“Some people see things as they are and say “Why.” I dream things that never were and say “Why not.”  George Bernard Shaw



Life is a journey, an adventure.
An adventure between the first and last breath.
Ours is a human story: an individual perception and sense of self; the people we share it, their personal experiences in exchange with ours and about the planet on which we live.

Living consciously and knowing your own personal story with an awareness of your attitudes, actions, behaviours, habits and patterns facilitates you in making the adventure a more connected, inspiring, colorful, creative and stimulating so that you live life with purpose and meaning.

How are you doing in the twists and turns of life?  If you are considering participating in The Possible Self ‘Me Program’ workshop you might like to know what to expect.

Your co-participants:
There are men and women of various ages from thirty years upwards and from different backgrounds and industries: education, entertainment, media, art, music, home makers, technology, engineering, medical, law, finance, PR and marketing, civil service, corporate business etc.

Some people come because they are in transition: leaving or starting a new job; changing careers; retiring; losing their home, partner or business; starting a new relationship or business; going to live in a different county or country; having a mid-life crisis; children have left the nest; they are floundering from one event to the next; lost or stuck in their life and just can’t find a way to excite themselves about their life.  There are those who are reasonably content with their lives and want to reflect on or evaluate their life to-date and see if there is any part that could do with a good spring-clean, development or change.

The reasons to come to a TPS workshop are many and personal to each person.  One thing they all have in common is that they are very interested in their own lives and how they effect their own well-being, and that of their loved ones around them. All parts of their lives!  They work out how to make the shifts and changes that will give them more purpose, peace, pleasure, personal and emotional security, joy and meaning in their lives.  They get to know how they develop and manage that change through all the ups and downs of life as it continues around them.

There are never more than twelve people in a five-day workshop and up to 15 in a one-day introductory workshop.  The one-day workshop is a mini version of the TPS process and the five day workshop is a residential complete immersion in the process.

The introductory one-day and or the five-day workshop is divided in five parts:
1.    Sensory awareness and development
2.    Knowing your story: the past -your life to-date from birth to now
3.    Owning your story:  the present -the now in your life
4.    Directing your story: the future  -your next chapter/s
5.    Your personal life plan

Workshop structure
In a studio space each person works alone on a long table that represents their life-line in a group of fellow travelers.  Everyone in the group is doing the same work as you are, which creates a sense of camaraderie in the workshop.  You use photographs of yourself that you have brought to the workshop to jog your memory, so that you can chart the various periods to-date.  You photograph your work daily so you have a record of the various stages of progress.

You are facilitated through an innovative process over one-day or five-days to create a visual sense of your years to-date and your next chapter/s on your personal ‘Tree of Life’: the people; events; emotions; places; sensory memories; dreams and imaginings; nature and play experiences.  Everyone in the group is sharing in that process of getting to know their own personal life story.  Sharing common aspects of your story happens at various times during the workshop, formally and informally, which creates an atmosphere of a shared humanity.  A series of exercises are used each day in the development of sensory awareness and expression which helps to create your ‘tree-of-life’ and get you in touch with how you respond to your inner and outer world of memories and everyday experiences.

In a one-day workshop you experience a very short version of that process and in a five-day workshop you have more time to spend on each stage of the process; the past, present and future of your life.

I meander………..
Everyone has ‘stuff’ good and bad that has been woven into the fabric of his or her life.  In a TPS workshop of the ‘Me Programme’ you get to create it, see it and begin to understand how it got woven in that way with those colours, textures and threads as the cloth lengthens.  Life is where it is now.  You can’t change the past. You can learn from your years of past experiences when you know your own story and use it as your own personal library.  Celebrate the experiences because they have taken you to where you are now good and bad, and you are still alive to tell the stories.  You will know what you want in your life and you don’t, once you see your ‘tree of life’ to-date in front of you.  As the weaver of your own destiny, you can now choose the colour and texture of the threads to weave the next part of your fabric of life based on what you have woven to-date; what you have come to know about yourself and what you now want to achieve in your life.

In conclusion you may not change anything about your life and you might do, but the essential part you can achieve is to become aware of and change your own attitudes, thoughts, behaviours, habits, patterns and self-talk that does not support the life you want to live and go after what does. Take the courage to know and start that process and the way you perceive life will change for yourself and those around you.  When individuals make these changes they effect all those around them; the atmosphere, communication and relationships. It all begins and ends with our own self and that self always has the possible self there for us in every minute of our lives.  What is it saying to you?

Contact for information, bookings and registration on upcoming workshops.

“Look for the opportunities in the difficulties, not the difficulties in the opportunities.”  p

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”  St. Francis of Assisi

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”  T.S. Eliot, journey, adventure
“An optimist expects his dreams to come true; a pessimist expects his nightmares to.”  Laurence J. Peter

“People get what they want in life when they reach the point at which they can see themselves having what they seek.”  Thomas D. Willhite

“The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good.”  Brian Tracy

“The future is simply infinite possibility waiting to happen. What it waits on is human imagination to crystallize its possibility.”  Leland Kaiser

“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.”  Karen Ravn

'Inside Out'  ©Copyright Aoife Lisa Burke 2011

‘Inside Out’ ©Copyright Aoife Lisa Burke 2011

The Possible Self, TPS is an international company. It designs, facilitates and directs innovative programs and workshops for personal awareness and development.  It’s not therapy or counseling. It’s a creative environment where you are facilitated to reflect on, explore, discover, articulate and express how you got to where you are in your life and how you want to direct, shift and renew it going forward.

The workshops are an opportunity for you to spend focused and concentrated time on your life through a creative process discovering what, who and place inspires you; what works for you and what does not; how do you spend your time and resources everyday, week, month and year; what areas of your life do you want to nurture; what do you like and dislike about yourself; what gives you the greatest pleasure and enjoyment in your life; what skills do you want to develop; how well do you manage your finances, relationships and friendships;  how well do you care for yourself in mind, body and spirit; what habits and behaviors would you like to tweak or change, are you enjoying your life, how do you want to live the rest of your life etc?

Once you see how you have lived your life and what is important to you, you decide on the tweaks and changes you want to make so that your life is more manageable, purposeful, joyous and fulfilling.  Nobody knows you like you do.  You are the author, director and producer of your own life story.  So how well do you know it and how do you want to continue to live it?

Where are you in your life between your first breath and what will be your last breath:   0……….100?

There are two main programs:
The ‘Me Program’
The ‘Us Program’

The ‘Me Program’
This TPS program facilitates a group of people or privately on a one to one basis. It can be a one day introductory workshop or a five-day residential workshop. The schedules and locations vary according to demand internationally.

The ‘Us Program’
This TPS program is customized to a groups need: commercial companies, community groups, government bodies, educational organisations, families etc.

There is a maximum of twelve participants in residential workshops and fifteen in group workshops.

In the group ‘Me Program’ each participant works on their own life-story in private, sharing only what is common to the group. Everyone creates and works on their own life-scroll, life-cards, life-board, life-circles, life-maps and finally on their own life-plan. In a private one to one workshop the process is the same with full facilitation on your life. In a group ‘Us Program’  participants use the same process and materials but this time focusing on the group history, project or event.

The programs are creative, intuitive and non technical. They are holistic and very practical and as so; you consider all parts of your life and how they affect the quality and output in and off your life

For further information please email

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
Albert Einstein

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
Paulo Coelho (Alchemist)

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”
Virginia Woolf

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
Albert Einstein

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
John Lennon

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

%d bloggers like this: