Nine Powerful Principles Used in The Inner Presence Inquiry Work To Create The Conditions For Effortless Transformations!
1) Be aware of the ways you can inadvertently add to clients' conditioning and constrict them further.
- Offering support primarily from our own conditioning instead of presence.
- Framing intended outcomes of work as static states for clients to achieve instead of living realities.
- Being an authority and cultivating client submissiveness or acquiescence.
- Using models and frameworks in a way that confuses the map with the territory.
- Being biased about what is and is not explored by the client.
There are many ways we can unwittingly play into the reifying habit of the client’s mind. Knowing how to prevent this will create the conditions for effortless transformation.
2) Working with clients to have insights that come from an emotional experiential level, instead of insights that come from the intellectual level.
I like to make the distinction between and intellectual understanding and an emotional understanding. An intellectual understanding is usually second-hand knowledge. An emotional understanding comes from the experiential insight that involves emotions.
There is a huge difference between an explanation that is generated from rational thinking versus an explanation that comes from the experiential insight that spontaneously arise when deeper emotional connections are made.
The intellectual understanding does not lead to effortless transformations, whereas the experiential emotional understanding does lead to or is the effortless transformation itself.
The Inner Presence Inquiry work factors this important distinction into the equation to effectively access beliefs and implicit memories to gain experiential insights.
3) Placing a priority on meaningful experiential work with clients will yield transformative insights that are not possible with talk about or story about engagements.
In a supportive context, there seems to be a strong tendency for people to‚ “talk about” or go into a “stories about‚” their experience. Others want to speak from a detached spiritual stance devoid of feelings all the while believing that indicates level of some sort of non attached equanimity.
There are lots of techniques and methods for making the sessions more experiential that I incorporate into the Inner Presence work to create the conditions for meaningful transformations to occur.
4) Paying attention to context will bring clarity and focus to the session and allow emotionally rich material to emerge.
In an Inner Presence Session, a context allows focused attention to connect with something specific, while at the same time, there is an openness for anything to emerge when connecting to such contextual information. Generally the client will generate the specific context. The facilitator will honor that context and bring attention back to the context when the session goes off on an unrelated tangent.
Also, the facilitator will learn to know when it is effective to allow the context to change to something that is deeper, yet related to the original context. All of these protocols makes for an efficient and effective session.
5) Holding a non-pathological regard by dropping all the labels will free clients from being trapped in a reality that something is wrong with them or something is missing.
Pathological regards happen both on the part of the facilitator and the client. In our psychologically literate culture, clients come fully armed with their psychological self-labels.
Professionals can use psychological labels that might have been part of their education. Using such pathological labels with clients, or allowing them to use them on themselves, tends to inspire them to form an identity around such label. Implied in such self-identification is there is something wrong or that are bad in some way.
Same happens in spiritual circles: Some regard anger is unspiritual, or anything other than being calm means acting out of ego which is deemed as bad or unspiritual. Whatever is defined as unspiritual is a label that invites the inner or external ego police.
These pathological regards don’t serve the intention to inspire effortless transformations. The Inner Presence work has found a way to be free of such labeling and is still highly effective.
6) Allowing your support in a session to be gentle, non invasive and client-directed.
The most impactful discoveries come from the client discovering on their own unconscious constructs instead of the helping professional telling them. It’s a question of how to use one’s expertise to create the conditions for clients to discover these construct on their own. Creating a non directive space invites the client’s inner wisdom to be a willing participant.
Also, the Inner Presence Inquiry work adopts an attitude on the part of the facilitator of allowing the clients bodymind system to direct the flow and depth of inquiry. Creating safe space, working with protection in gentle ways is more effective than kicking down the door of what some professionals call client resistance. The more safety, the more depth.
7) Supporting clients with non-prescriptive contributions.
There are many facilitation protocols in the Inner Presence Inquiry work which, if followed, will keep this tendency to prescribe what clients should be doing.
8) Working in the present with a client can reduce their identification with parts of them that are emerging with the past or future stories.
Some approaches hold the past or future are not relevant. Other approaches are focused on the healing the past or creating a better future. With this kind of focus there tends to be neglect of what is happening in the present.
This not to say the past or future are not relevant, but these memories and future projections take on a different dimension when they arise and are connected with presence in the present in a natural way. There is a quality difference in being totally identified with a past memory or future projection with no awareness and inviting past memories and future projections into the here-and-now awareness for consideration.
9) Verifying that effortless transformations have happened or are fully integrated will prevent false positives, or contrived transformations that are not lasting.
This question of “how do we know” points back to the particular definition of transformation and the particular transformational markers that are used to indicate transformation has happened.
The Inner Presence work incorporates checking questions in the inquiry process. It gives facilitators feedback about our effectiveness so we know for sure we are making the optimal contribution to clients.
For more information here’s a three part video on the principles of the work.