“We’re constantly being re-created. There is this little creative fountain inside us that begins to spring and cast up new thoughts and unexpected laughter and wisdom. If you are very tired, strained, have no solitude, run too many errands, talk to too many people, drink too many cocktails, this little fountain is muddied over and covered with a lot of debris. The result is you stop living from the center, the creative fountain, and you live from the periphery, from externals. That is why, when someone has listened to you, you go home rested and lighthearted. It is when people really listen to us, with quiet fascinated attention, that the little fountain begins to work again, to accelerate in the most surprising way.” Brenda Ueland
One-on-one sessions in which I hold a space with you while you listen inwardly for what you need, value and are devoted to, and why. You’re promised my full, quiet attention, utmost respect for the process as it unfolds for you, and no interruption. My role is to offer you a quality of generative attention that empowers you to sit with the issues and questions that really matter to you; a quality of calm, appreciative attention that encourages you to trust your own feelings, ideas, and personal experience, face what life brings, and sense into what’s wanting to come alive in and through you. We recognise that “silence is a place of great power and healing” – you’re free to be silent as often, and for as long, as you need to be.
When appropriate I’ll volunteer one or two simple questions that can help you examine attitudes and assumptions that might be limiting you, but only with your permission, and only if I feel sure doing so won’t interfere with your explorations. I won’t give advice, analyse, push, or tell you what to do or how to do it – and we won’t set goals (unless you naturally come up with them for yourself). The intention in these sessions is to create an environment in which you’re able to find rest and reconnect to a deeper creative space within where you can be replenished. Away from distracting clutter and noise, you’re invited to return to the vital centre of your being and listen for what is essential to your life; for what can nourish and sustain you and life all around you.
To patiently listen for your own inner wisdom, be with the not-knowing, accept whatever arises, and feel into your own responses takes courage. In our work together we trust in a dimension beyond ourselves (insert whatever language you use for the creative power/ life-force/ divinity/ mystery at the heart of life). At the outset I will ask you if you’d like to include silent meditation and/or prayer, time outside, creative writing, or dreamwork in the process.
“Listening is the oldest and perhaps the most powerful tool of healing. It is often through the quality of our listening and not the wisdom of our words that we are able to effect the most profound changes in the people around us. When we listen, we offer with our attention an opportunity for wholeness. Our listening creates sanctuary for the homeless parts within the other person. That which has been denied, unloved, devalued by themselves and others. That which is hidden.” Rachel Naomi Remen