A lot of what I do in sessions is encouraging freedom of expression. This involves genuine listening. I just read this nice piece on Rob Brezsny’s website and I thought I’d share.
“…To willingly bear witness to what someone else needs to say while simultaneously sparing them of your own solution, defense, dismissal, alternative reality, rebuttal, counterpoint, comparable story or more extreme example.
This kind of listening is a very ‘active’ part to play in a conversation. You have to believe … that none of the things you might say could possibly be as valuable as hearing someone out.
That kind of attention paid to another is powerful medicine.”
~ Gil Hedley, Integral Anatomy