"We had the experience but missed the meaning,
And approach to the meaning restores the experience
In a different form..."
T S Eliot: Dry Salvages
In a session of Symbolic Encounters, careful attention is paid to the words you choose, the metaphors you automatically reach for to describe a situation, an experience, or a dilemma. The result might surprise you.
It's not therapy, but more of a quest, an exploration into what may be blocking fulfilment of an aim. The method is simple, but surprisingly effective and profound.
You summarise a problem or situation briefly as a starting point.
As facilitator, I listen carefully and ask a set of questions generated by your words, designed to open you up to the hidden dimensions of your personal symbolic world.
It is a method developed from a particular training*, as an addition to my 40 years of engagement with the traditional foundations of meditation, self-enquiry, contemplation and developmental disciplines. These time-honoured methods have never been superseded for those who want to enquire into the meaning of life from actual experience not theories, doctrines or beliefs.
Experience is the basis of Symbolic Encounters also. Taking note of signposts you would otherwise miss, you can set a new direction.......
Design is not accident
Meaning is a craft
For a practical example and explanation of how working with symbols can produce change, see my blog post Analysis: Working with Symbols (The Power of Symbols)