Video 32 –
Content vs. Sensation
Quality, Personas, etc.
In this segment...
The distinction between sensation quality and content — how and why it matters.
When we have questions, it can be an interesting experiment to “find the one asking” and invite this one to integrate.
Commentary from Connirae:
The questions we ask can be interesting and useful at the content level. It’s also useful to integrate “the one asking” and find out what happens.
Often our questions come out of our “programs” for dealing with the world. Even with the most useful of these programs, there is benefit from allowing them to dissolve back into “the whole.” When we invite this, sometimes we become aware that what we’re inviting to dissolve may be a part of a structure we have created for an important purpose, such as safety.
When an ‘I’ doesn't want to dissolve, it's never a good idea to pressure or push it to do so. This just means something else needs to dissolve first. We need to check for the “outer layer” — usually a reaction or a chain of ‘I’s.
In the end, we discover that the contractions we make (the 'i's that we form), which are intended for some useful purpose such as making us safe, are actually what keep us from a deeper and more fundamental kind of safety.
This interaction is an example of how we can use the way we are in life to discover personas and work with them. When we feel an urgency about having something answered is just one example. Need to know, need to do, etc. are all useful to work with. Every one of us has these, in our own unique ways. Noticing and working with them using this process has great positive benefit. This is one of the ways that I use the Wholeness Process to continually evolve. I notice these needs to know, needs to do, etc. as they arise in my experience, and directly integrate the "me" who needs to know or do.
In this conversation, we first find the “me” who needs to know the distinction. Then she says there are objections to just integrating it. This is useful information. The important message here is — no force. If/when the dissolving is the right step, it will be welcomed. Until then, it isn’t actually the right “next step” for us.
- Personas and “Doers.” How to find them and work with them.
- Can I use metaphors with this? I recommended using primarily natural world metaphors.
One reason I recommended using natural world metaphors is these are the kinds of metaphors that usually arise spontaneously in people's experience when they do the process.
Sometimes I offer clients metaphoric images of what they are likely to experience when the 'I' dissolves: it might be like fog dissipating in sunlight, or like a crystalline structure dissolving in water. Like ice or butter melting. Clients have also described it as like an explosion (in a good way), like sunlight streaming in all directions, like water flowing, lava flowing, or like a drop of dye permeating through water.
The timing and manner of offering these images does matter. The images are offered as possibilities for the unconscious to ponder and use as fits naturally. They give a range of experience the the unconscious may or may not resonate with.