Layers of Discovery
We have such desire to know ourselves. We have become restless in the
need to fulfill some unnamed yet insistent drive to seek more than
who we have been taught to believe ourselves to be. With a relentless
spirit, we pursue our evolution, trusting that we’ll come to where
we need to be and find… what?... we’re not quite sure. Yet we
sense that we must surrender to the pressure to engage and persist.
Over the years, having worked with thousands of people, I've discovered
that human beings are neither complex nor complicated. We are however,
intricately woven, with body, mind and spirit offering the fine and gross matter
from which the threads of the tapestry of our being reveal us to ourselves,
to each other and to the world.
Having now designed, facilitated and moved through innumerable experiences
of engaging with others for those much deeper discoveries that bring
us face-to-face with the essence of our being, I am mindful that this
journey demands layers of expression, with the accompanying capacity
to engage each layer as it presents. Through
the women's writing retreats, I've witnessed at least seven of these layers
reveal themselves and unfold.
First layer: the impulse in the body. This is a sensory cue that ripples
through the tissue, devoid of any content (pictures, sounds, etc) or language
to describe it. This is pure sensation....'energy' in motion through
matter...and is the first indication of an awakening to something other than
what we already have/know/are. (For those of you familiar with WEL-Systems:NLP,
this would be the Psychic-Intuitive (PsI) representational system, allowing
us to recognize the flow of information that is so fast, we cannot calibrate
Second layer: the emergence of content in the form of pictures, sounds,
smells, etc. This layer would allow for us to 'represent' the impulse
through pictures, sounds, smells, etc., expressions through the human nervous
system that allow us to bridge the internal to the external, the inside to
the outside. (In NLP terms, these would be the Visual, Auditory, Olfactory,
Gustatory and Kinesthetic representational systems.)
Third layer: language appears. We notice that words have appeared
to describe/make sense of these internal cues. We do not plan the arrival,
sequence, density or intensity of this language, it just shows up! (In
NLP terms, this would be the Auditory Digital representational system.) These
words are inside us....rolling around...sometimes a challenge for us to track
and capture quickly enough to allow ourselves to discover what we already know! We
keep this language inside of ourselves and engage in long conversations with
ourselves - sometimes even debates! - using this language to explore our discovery. This
is the layer where we talk to ourselves, about ourselves and others.
Fourth layer: words make their way outside of us and onto a page/computer
screen. We journal, we blog, we write...and still, there is no sound
attached other than the sound inside ourselves of our own voice. We sometimes
engage in this process to sort through our own internal cues as they surface,
using language - the tool of the intellect - to make our world make sense.
Fifth layer: we sit back and we read our written words, with that voice
inside ourselves, to ourselves. The impulse from within, and the images/sounds/etc
that it carried, have formed into words on the page/screen, and we now bring
internal voice to its expression. We find a quiet place, uninterrupted,
and we revisit what we have revealed to ourselves. No longer attached
to its formation, we now read what we have formed.
Sixth layer: we bring the voice to the outside and read out loud, to
ourselves, what we have created. The inside of us has moved to the outside
of us, allowing the body to become the bridge between the two experiences.
Seventh layer: we bring voice to the outside and read out loud, in the
presence of others, what we have created. In that moment, that which
began its journey deep in the tissue of our bodies has made its way to the
tissue in the body of another. Collectively, our bodies have become the
conduits for shared experience. In that moment, we bear witness to the
awakening presence of another.
In my work with others, what I have discovered is that each of these
layers has its own vibration. (Don't take my word for it - try it for
yourself.) As the sensory cue moves to images/sounds/etc.; to language
inside and out; with self and with other, the vibration of the body changes. With
each layer of expression, a different layer of discovery is awakened by this
vibration in the body, resulting in a processing and integration that is not
possible with any one of these without the others.
Perhaps the most powerful of them all is the Seventh Layer... the layer
that invites that which is sacred in us to awaken and be witnessed by
that which is awake and sacred in another. In that moment, we
connect to our Self, to each other and to the world through which the
vibrations flow, connecting us to the Sacred Space, itself. In
the breath of that single moment, we are forever changed.
Louise LeBrun – author, speaker,
educator and Founder of the WEL-Systems
Institute – is committed to working exclusively with women to
redefine and reclaim leadership. Her retreat intensives catapult
participants beyond their history and into an Emerging Future of
their own design. You can find out more from her website (www.LouiseLeBrun.com)
and from her blog on ‘Emerging Futures’ at www.louiselebrun.wordpress.com.
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