Opportunity to hear and honor the many parts of ourselves
Voice Dialogue was created by Jungians Hal and Sidra Stone. It is a modality that allows us to speak from differing parts of our psyches. When you hear yourself or someone else say “Oh, I just don’t know what came over me!” you are witnessing a particular voice or self that person keeps mostly under wraps. Sometimes a buried part of ourselves just has to force its way through. And when it does it comes through with a lot of pent up energy. In Voice Dialogue we give all of the parts a chance to be heard in a safe manner. In this process we develop more awareness of the needs of all the parts of ourselves. As we practice listening to the disowned parts of our selves they no longer have to jump out and surprise us.
Some of our selves or roles have differing agendas but each are important. We start by speaking with the primary voices that run our lives and are generally in charge of keeping us safe in the world. Gradually we get permission from these voices to listen to more and more of the background selves. In this process we literally move from one chair to another as these voices take their turns speaking. Especially important in this work is the development of the Aware Ego. A central seat is given to the Aware Ego which we start from and return to over and over. Developing the aware ego is like strengthening a muscle. It grows over time with continued use. The role of the Aware Ego is to listen to the voices and make choices from a neutral and aware stance. The insights and energetic agility brought about by the Voice Dialogue and Aware Ego process can alleviate a lot of your inner turmoil and can support greater balance in the psyche. It can also be fun and full of interesting and touching surprises.