ABOUT VOICE DIALOGUE AND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF
Voice Dialogue is a self-growth and awareness technique created
by two arnerican psychologists, Hal and Sidra STONE PhD. Building
on a lifelong personal and professional experience, inspired by
the teachings of C. G. Jung and Gestalt therapy, they have developed
the theory of the Psychology of Selves and bonding patterns.
Voice Dialogue is an extremely flexible, simple and effective
applied process, which gives an immediate and direct taste of
the energies at work in us. It leads us to experience an inner
family which we will learn to feel, recognize, understand and
relate to and furthers the developement of an inner witness, an
Aware ego, capable of containing the tension of opposites , capable
of caring for our needs. This more aware Self will gradually become
the axis and center of our psychic structure and help us take
responsability for our family of selves, as expressed in our various,
and often contradictory, inner movements, emotions, view points.
This aware ego evolves because we experience these different selves
through our whole range of perceptions - here and now- as they
manifest in our body, mind and feelings, and then step back, disidentify
and become a witness to them.
This process could be compared to a tribal gathering or coucil.
An encounter where each participant can seize the talking stick
and express his personal thoughts, hopes and fears, with the guarantee
of being listened to respectfully by the whole conununity. The
chief and all members will give their full attention to each one
in turn, and so learn about the real needs at stake. The chief
will be the axis of this sharing, which can take as many rounds
as necessary, in order to build an understanding , enriched by
the knowledge of all different view points. By and by, this will
lead to a consensus, a sort of organic unity, making it possible
to take those actions or those decisions, benefiting most the
welfare of all.
Voice Dialogue facilitates in us a psychic structure on the model
of a mandala of consciousness. As our ego undergoes this awareness
process, it becomes the center of the mandala and witnesses from
there - as revolving around it - the many expressions of one's
psyche. This will enable us to relate to these inner selves, with
detachment and compassion, enable us to honour them, care for
them, set securing limits to them and so restore inner balance,
self-esteem, self-acceptance and harmony in our psychic realm.
Inner peace, responsability and self-care generate more joy,
more aliveness and love for others and will prove healing to our
relationships as well as to the world around us.
Copyright © 1993 by Adeiheid Oesch
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Voice Dialogue bibliography
Hal and Sidra Stone
"Embracing Our Selves"
"Embracing Each-Other", New World Library CA
"Embracing Your Inner Critic", Harper and Row SF
"The Shadow King, (The Invisible Force That Holds women Back)",
New World Library CA (Sidra Stone)
"Partnering, (A new kind of relationship)", New World
Adelheid Oesch :
"L'Arche du Coeur, la multiplication par l'Un" Ed. Le Souffle d'Or 1999
- Tome I : Du "Dialogue Intérieur" au silence intérieur. Conte initiatique
- Tome II : Manuel d'Exercices, le "Dialogue Intérieur", clé
d'une conscience unifiée