The heart has an intelligence all of its own and emits the largest electromagnetic field, which interacts with the environment and with others. When the heart and mind are in complete coherence it gives you that intuitive sixth-sense about people, places, and decisions. But we so often bypass its signals and operate solely from our head driven by our conditioning, beliefs and even our fears.
This technique provides Mindfulness meditation which allows you the space for self-acceptance, awareness and compassion. During the process of self-inquiry you will be guided to listen intuitively to your Soul’s true essence so you can become aligned to its truth and ultimate destiny.
We achieve this with the 5d process of Appreciative Inquiry based on the findings of David Copperider, but these questions are designed to turn you inwards, upwards and outwards.
We’ll look inwards with questions such as, what do you imagine is most loveable about you? What don’t you show about yourself to others? What do you avoid others seeing in you?
We’ll then focus on looking outwards with questions about the future such as, if you could do what you just described more often what might be possible as you look into the future?
We will then proceed to look upwards, for example, if your Soul has a voice what would it say to you right now in this moment? What does your Soul wish for you to experience more of?
We’ll then do a heart opening healing …
The heart opening healing is a deep healing where the practitioner energetically opens the heart chakra and allows for more self compassion and unconditional love to enter into the client’s heart space.
It can be an intensely emotional and powerful experience breaking down barriers which are often called a ‘heart wall’ or ‘heart cage’- we build these metaphorically around our heart to protect ourselves from disappointments, hurts, rejection etc.
“Happiness is a private club that will not let me enter.”
The final words of American journalist Leanita McClain, written after a life-long struggle of childhood desolation, and adult workplace struggles fuelled by both internal turmoil and unforgiving prejudice.
For many, McClain’s words are a painful and haunting identifier of the struggle to find happiness and inner peace. We learn to view happiness as this evasive “private club.” One that may seem to let others have free, unrestricted access while it evades us no matter what we do.
In our darkest times, we quickly learn how easy it is to highlight your flaws when something goes wrong. We learn how easy it is to pick at your wounds and scars and point out how ugly they seem instead of finding reasons to love ourselves despite the darkness.
The fight for emotional peace may be a challenge for more people than one might realize. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that as many as 300 million people across all ages struggle with depression. Other estimates about depression reach as high as 350 million.
For those who constantly find themselves battling waves of sadness and desolation, Soul Truth might be the promising holistic solution they’ve been searching for. Soul Truth, a type of holistic therapy developed by A M Mayers, has roots stemming from Positive Psychology. Similar to the 5-D Cycle of Appreciative Inquiry by David L. Copperider, Soul Truth takes it a bit further to specify its approach towards positive healing. Copperrider’s approach focuses on communities and organizations whereas Mayers’ approach hones in on mental health. As Jon Townsin puts it, “An appreciative approach is a philosophy, not a technique.” Soul Truth, alternatively, has a very specific method for a spin on positive therapy.
The process for Copperrider’s 5-D Cycle is as follows:
Step 1: Define – What is the topic of inquiry? It is during this stage that the person or team identifies and focuses on the inquiry they want to explore.
Step 2: Discover – Appreciating the best of ‘what is’ – In the 5-D Cycle, this step is used to remember the strengths of the organization. Here the inquirer engages in dialogue to find ‘what works’.
Step 3: Dream – As its name might suggest, this step is used by team or community members to use previous achievements as a basis to visualize future possibilities. Now that the team has a focus and knows what works, members can identify their goals and channel them into future constructs.
Step 4: Design – Determining ‘what should be’ – As the Chaplain College, Stiller School of Business puts it, “Design brings together the stories from discovery with the imagination and creativity from dream. We call it bringing the ‘best of what is’ together with ‘what might be’, to create ‘what should be – the ideal’.”
Step 5: Deliver/Destiny – Creating ‘what will be’ – In this stage, members identify how they will ultimately deliver the design they’ve just created. This is the implementation phase of the process that brings the ‘what should be’ to life.
By contrast, Mayers’ Soul Truth therapy approach has a key focus on the mindfulness of mediation. In Soul Truth, one builds self-acceptance and compassion from within and is guided to practice Soulful, or intuitive listening.
With Soul Truth, the questions are asked for intrapersonal development that later blossom into communal growth, instead of going straight to the larger community. In this approach, similar questions play a role in the holistic healing process:
Step 1: Discover. In this line of inquiry, the healing person will ask and answer questions like:
What do you imagine is most loveable about you?
What don’t you show about yourself to others?
What do you avoid others seeing in you?
Step 2: Dream. This line of questioning, much like the “Dream” segment of the 5-D approach, is designed to help you look forward. Here, the healing person will imagine how their future might be positively impacted by the changes they wish to implement. They might reflect on questions like the following:
If you could do what you just described more often what might be possible as you look into the future?
Step 3: Design. This line of appreciative inquiry for Soul Truth really focuses on a third-person point of view. By treating the Soul as an external party, the healing person is encouraged to consider what kind of life the Soul (if it were another person) would design for them:
If your soul had a voice what would it say to you right now in this moment?
What does your Soul wish for you to experience more of?
Step 4: Desire. In this segment, the healing person outlines their own desires and asks what if they were true to themselves—the very essence of Soul Truth. The questions come from themselves and are directed to themselves:
What would I be doing if I were true to myself and true to my soul?
What would I be doing less, what would I be doing more of?
How would it affect the way I interact with my daily life / my relationship / my work/ my close others?
Step 5: Destiny. In the final segment of Soul Truth, the healing person examines the possibilities that lie ahead. And the main question is a simple, but straightforward one:
In order to create more of what I want in my life (happiness, positivity, etc.) what do I need to let go?
At the end of the session, clients then finish with a spiritual exercise. The exercise, called a heart opening, is meant to break down emotional barriers often called “heart walls” or “heart cages” that are built to protect against rejection, disappointment, etc. The powerful emotional responses of the clients and their improved outlook on life after using this approach demonstrates the benefits of Soul Truth.
Soul Truth, as it turns out, can act as a client’s own personal key for entrance into that private club of happiness, all while exploring what true happiness might mean to them. By exploring inward desires, positive future projections, and desires from the soul itself, clients are put into the front seat of guiding their own happiness and ultimately, their own healing.
Ready to experience this for yourself? Book on to the next Soul Alignment workshop here.
About Appreciative Inquiry: https://appreciativeinquiry.champlain.edu/
Leanita McClain Quote: https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/opinions/1984/08/05/a-tormented-black-rising-star-dead-by-her-own-hand-leanita-mcclain-a-pioneer-at-the-racial-frontier-who-lost-her-way/2a8e292d-8d52-4231-999e-82c727441a6d/?utm_term=.afdb56c73c80
World Health Organization Article: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs369/en/
Huffington Post Article: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/20/depression-statistics_n_6480412.html
Jon Townsin Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=QzW22wwh1J4