Meaning by Design - Symbolic Encounters


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 SYMBOLIC ENCOUNTERS
   What is important to you? 

Symbolic Encounters 
is an invitation to take a 'walk' in your individual inner 'landscape'.
The process can help you  to
~Clarify an issue 
~Get round a blockage
~ Motivate yourself
~ Resolve a problem
 ~Locate hidden resources 


We individuals have our own personal symbolic representations, spontaneously assigned without conscious thought.  Significant issues, our real values, and above all the imprint of trauma or joys are most often recorded in the psyche as an internal image. We only realise what it is if asked to describe or convey the  feeling or content, and then we may automatically reach for a metaphor to express it. 
 
And they have power.  
Power to hold us bound long after the stimulus has passed, 
power to colour our present, 
power to determine our future actions.



Brought into conscious awareness, the power is unlocked and therefore available for change.






Symbolic Encounters can open the door a little .......








Example:  A woman likened a sudden traumatic event in her life as "it was like the twin towers of 9/11 collapsing". Although it had occurred many years before, those inward towers never stopped collapsing for her, re-animating and preserving all the fear and contraction. Until, by exploring this powerful metaphor, she realised that she was so bound in to the destructive image, and influenced by it, that she had never acknowledged the other non-negative consequences of the event. The image dissolved,  and the metaphor, frozen by her original reaction, no longer had power to condition her life and responses.

Example :  One individual described the two aspects of his interest as two pools . One was light and tranquil, the other dark but with animals from the plain coming to drink. He moved from one to the other, exploring the ramifications, the detail  of the metaphor, which formed naturally in the mind's eye, while another level of mind understood  exactly the implications of each particular. Afterwards, he knew what he must do. 




   


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