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Moving From Traditional "Issues"
to "Issue Statements"

Level One:
Developing an Impersonal Problem Statement

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Goal: to move the focus from the interpersonal to the "too large" personal (from the realm of the guide - explorer to the realm of the explorer's intuition). Size of the stage: too big.

In effect, at this level, the guide is helping the explorer to create what amounts to a traditional "issue," a statement which is too unclear to actually be used for healing.

What makes the traditional issue unable to be used for healing? Because a traditional issue is too vague and impersonal to be pictured and therefore, can only stimulate "outside" experiences in the explorer (as in "the critic," the "watcher," the "analyst," etc.).

Even so, traditional issues can be used as starting points from which to develop "issue statements," problem descriptions which are specific enough and personal enough to be pictured and therefore, can be used as starting points from which to do emergence as they can stimulate "inside" experiences in the explorer (living inner visions).

Examples of questions which can be asked in order to help an explorer to the first level would be:

  • What would you like to explore today?
  • Is there something about your life you struggle with?
  • Which emotion do you least like to feel?
  • If you could change something in you, what would it be?
  • Which part of your body do you dislike the most?
  • Is there something about you, you want to know more about?
  • Which parent was harder on you?
  • What, about money, do you least like?
  • What was your most embarrassing moment?
  • What, about eating, bothers you?
  • What things do you put off the longest?
  • Which year of your life was the hardest?
  • If someone could take over one of your duties, which would you want it to be?
  • What do you try to avoid?
  • Who was your worst teacher?
  • Which year was your worst year of school?
  • What is your most painful experience?

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