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Level Two: "Issues" to "Issue Statements"

Getting Personal

Goal: to move the focus from the "too large" personal (from the realm of the explorer's intuition) to the "visible" personal (to the realm of the explorer's inner vision). Size of the stage: right sized.

At this level, the goal of the guide is to help the explorer to refine and evolve the traditional issue into an emergence style "issue statement." An "issue statement" is a problem description which is specific enough and personal enough to be pictured by the explorer. This makes it an ideal starting point from which to do emergence in that it can stimulate "inside" experiences in an explorer (living inner visions).

How do you know you have a good enough "issue statement?" You know you have a good enough issue statement when the statement causes you, the guide, to easily be able to picture at least one example in which you see the explorer.

Can you do better? Absolutely. You know you have an even better issue statement when you can see a whole family of pictures in which you can imagine the explorer. In fact, the best issue statements are those which cause the explorer to immediately get drawn into a scene just by saying it back to them.

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

[1] Where: describe the place where issue occurs, e.g. the weather, light or dark, cold or warm, wet or dry, etc.

[2] When: define the time when the issue occurs, e.g. the clock time, day or night, the season, your age number, a reference to a life event (1st grade, my last year of college, the year I got married, the month I moved to ... ).

[3] What: set the stage where the issue occurs, e.g. briefly and generally identify a few props which are on the stage on which the issue occurs, e.g. when I hear car engines, when I'm in the back seat of a car, when someone is vacuuming the carpet, etc.

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