search for a way to speed up the changes and to make them last longer
I’ve spent many years using inner self work
and voice dialogue, and often the results for the individual are so positive
that they amaze me. But just as often I am puzzled by the way that another
individual just doesn’t seem to "get it". Some people, myself included still
found it very hard to make any real changes in our lives.
Yes, I must admit
that for many of those years I didn’t really "get it". After seven years, and
even after publishing the first edition of "Growing Awareness" I could not
help noticing that although I thought I "understood" inner self work and
self-awareness (in my rational mind) it still wasn't working the way I wanted
And I know from the people I work with, that they too often
find it hard to grasp some of the essential ideas. As a colleague of mine put
it rather well a few years ago:
"I can understand it well enough in my rational analytical mind. But it
doesn't seem to go deep enough. I need to find a way to get inner self
work into my heart, to connect it up with the muscles and cells in my
body. My biggest worry is that I don't think my Inner Child really
understands it at all."
So, was that the problem, or the symptom?
And that got me thinking ………about why does it often takes years, literally, before
people start using their understanding of
this work make real, significant and permanent changes in their life. I know
how hard it was for me to make any real changes in my life.
And started me on a search …….
To find out why it took some people like me, so long to "get it"…
And it also set me looking at an associated problem. And that is, the
number of people who start out with tremendous enthusiasm after even the
briefest exposure to inner self work, and who then quite suddenly (and
permanently) drop out and don't ever come back again.
I talk more about this in the following pages:
do you measure the effectiveness of inner self work?
Awareness and Classic Voice Dialogue - Similarities and Differences
additions 21 February 2004)
How the terms used in
Growing Awareness differ from Classic Voice Dialogue
to working with Inner villagers
in the Inner Village
fable about using fables
Most new postings about this alternative
approach are now found on the Growing Awareness 2005 website
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