By practicing naming, we develop our subtle capacities, both individually and collectively.
It allows the group to open up and, sometimes, expand.
What steps to take for the practice
It takes courage to start naming. Some key principles to embrace:
- Make sure you frame the naming as a test - ie. say something like: “I’m going to name this thing that I’m sensing/seeing/feeling, so you can tell me if there’s some truth in it or if it’s just me”.
- Have no attachment to any specific response. It can actually be just you!
- Naming puts you in service to the group. Naming is for the group’s benefit, not to be right.
- Trust yourself, about what you’re sensing and also about the need for it to be shared (or not).
- Always be respectful. Whatever you want to share, do it in respect and from true care.
When in a group, sometimes it’s difficult to identify “what’s mine and what’s the group’s”.
Naming allows us to tap into what we’re sensing and test whether it’s the group’s or mine. Sometimes it’s none. And sometimes it’s both.
By asking out loud, we test what we are sensing/seeing/feeling/ and we give others the opportunity to confirm or negate our perception.
The more we test, the more we refine our subtle senses and our capacity to read the energy in the room becomes more refined.
Ultimately we’ll start making the invisible, visible. We’ll start speaking about what’s unsaid. And we’ll increase the group’s capacity to see, open up, process (if needed) and become whole.
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