Arriving in a receptive, relaxed and expanded state of awareness can happen by itself.
There are also conditions that support the arriving of this state. It is well documented that people stand a strong chance of learning if they are acclimatised and in a state of receptivity.
- Visualaisation- I use guided imagery and storytelling in my work. Using allegory and metaphor often helps learners identify less with their own story and more with the archetypes. This sets the stage for any desired ‘themes for group learning to be subtly in the group mind or awareness.’
- Relaxation- I use Yoga Asanas for physical relaxation and a technique known as Yoga Nidra for the rest of the body. Yoga Nidra works first with the body, then the breath, then the senses, sometimes combined with guided and finally with more subtler states. By consciously directing the mind rather than seekng one-pointedness like many other meditation techniques; it has an extroadinary effect of the mind just relaxing by itself. Many course or finer tensions can be aided by the use of Yoga Nidra.
- Restorative exercises- I also use some of the Core Routines for Nature Conneciton as a means for participants to reestablish their baseline- this ‘out-breath’ can be particularly imporrtant when the group process becomes intense. Sensing when to incorporate these techniques goes some distance to ensuring group members can speak from a condition of peacefulness; even when things feel heated or challenging!
Other techniqies incud
Inner Silence meditatiom.