04 Jan Andrew T. Austin’s Metaphors of Movement
The above video is just a very small sample of the full Metaphors of Movement process.
Tale of the day:
Awakening through Metaphor
Last September I gave an interactive presentation for the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners’ International Hypnotherapy Conference. I presented Andrew T. Austin’s Metaphors of Movement process, exploring group metaphors and sharing examples of client metaphors from my private practice. The material was very well received, and we had a lot of fun. A few days later, I heard back from one of my clients whose metaphor I shared at the conference. She told me that after our single metaphor session, she experienced “a real awakening.” A few days ago I spoke with her again (three months after the metaphors session we did together), and she was just as emphatic about how huge this change has been for her, and how she feels like “a whole new person.” The video below is taken from the presentation I gave at the conference, and gives a glimpse into the Metaphors of Movement process. Be sure to watch until the end of the video to see my client’s post-session follow-up, in her own words.
Join us in Boulder, April 17-20, 2015, for Andy Austin’s live 4-day Metaphors of Movement training.
Tool of the day:
Keys to your Inner Experience
I shared this tool a couple months ago. Whether or not you already had a chance to explore it then, I invite you to explore it now, having just learned from the live examples and demonstrations in the video above!
1) Notice a metaphor you use automatically, such as “I’m stuck in a rut,” “I’m banging my head against a brick wall,” “I’m in the pit of despair,” “I’m treading water,” etc. OR, think of a place where you feel stuck or blocked and ask yourself, “This whole thing, the whole big mess, what is it like?”
2) Notice more of the metaphor, what’s left, right, front, back, up, down. (What are you standing on? What kind of wall are you banging your head against? Etc.). Notice whether this already starts to make some things clear to you in a new way.
3) Get in brainstorm mode and repeat back literally what you see in the metaphor, paying special attention to common idioms that arise (such as “going with the flow” “grounded” “taking steps” etc.
4) Now you have a more detailed metaphorical experience of where you are beginning. If we want to get somewhere different, we first need to know where we are beginning, and we don’t all start at the same place. Notice how you’ve chosen to position yourself in the metaphor. Now that you think about it, how else might you position yourself? What is the first step you might take, or not take? What is the direction you want to go? Don’t change the metaphor.