Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding Identity Development, Identity Development Sessions and the Intention Method:
In a group workshop, it is the subject (or client) who chooses the resonators when they are working with their sentence of intention. When you are asked by the subject to resonate with their word, it is your choice if you accept or not. As a resonator you are like a profoundly complex musical instrument that includes a genetic system, muscular system, skeletal system, bacterial system, blood system, immune system, nervous system, hormone system, psychological system, cell and organs and the most sophisticated neurobiological system on the planet.
These combined systems sense and “resonate” with similar systems in the subject on a non-verbal level, allowing you to then report (verbally) what you experience, echoing back to the subject the feelings, thoughts and sensations that you take in while resonating their word. By being a resonator you are providing information to the subject and also, uncannily, you often realize something which relates to your own self development. Primarily, you are a resource for the subject, even as many resonators report that they personally gain valuable personal insight from the resonating experience.
Because of the training, an ID facilitator makes it possible to offer Identity Development Sessions. First, the facilitator makes sure that the setting is conducive for the work to be undertaken. This includes the contracting with the subject and resonators (if in a group setting).
The facilitator then attends to the dynamics that are unfolding in the session and, as the unfolding continues, may ask questions relating to what is being experienced and/or offer observations.
In individual private, one-to-one sessions the facilitator may represent words in the client’s sentence of intention, offering feedback from this resonating position. Floor markers are also used in 1:1 sessions.
In a group workshop, when a subject’s session has concluded, the subject will thank each resonator for participating in the session and “release” them from their roles. Generally, the session is not de-briefed or discussed by the group, except if one of the resonators needs to say something to help conclude their resonating role. The facilitator will probably ask if the subject would like some quiet time for reflection before proceeding to the next subject’s session.
In a one-to-one setting after the work in the session has come to a conclusion the facilitator will work with the subject to ensure that any next steps are clarified, which relate to the self insights/discoveries.
While an ID session can stand alone, we recommend that a subject also work with a licensed therapist, health or medical practitioner to integrate what is learned in an ID session because these sessions are not therapy nor a substitute for therapy even as they can be quite powerful and effective. Sometimes if a subject is working with a licensed practitioner he/she might be accompanied to an ID session by that practitioner, or the subject and licensed practitioner come together to a group workshop. This enables continuity and integration to be created with their ongoing therapeutic or medical work.
By taking part in ID sessions all participants agree that they are committed to confidentiality. All participants have signed the registration-waiver contract that commits to confidentiality.
Nonetheless the Institute cannot guarantee confidentially, especially when using internet systems such as Zoom, Skype, etc.
In a one-to-one session the contract of confidentiality is discussed by the facilitator at the first session. If a subject were to invite a licensed practitioner with whom they are working to a one-to-one session, then all three would agree the basis on which they would work together in the session. This might mean both the practitioner and facilitator being resonators at some point in the work. If the practitioner accompanies a subject to a Group Workshop the practitioner becomes a member of the group like anyone else.
In group sessions every participant has signed the registration waiver contract, which includes a confidentiality clause. There is also a contracting conversation that takes place at the start of each session. This allows everyone the opportunity to ‘sign up’ to the contract with each other in a real and meaningful way. The main focus of this contracting is about confidentiality and self responsibility.
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ID sessions are not therapy, nor a substitute for therapy. Like yoga or meditation, ID sessions enhance any therapy, spritual/religious practice or cultural orientation by recovering all of you.