When a belief is far from my conscious view, I find it’s sometimes easier to identify and inquire into it from the perspective of the subpersonality holding it.
So I notice something in me that’s perhaps disturbing and appears foreign – an impulse, tendency, action, feeling or certain thoughts. I realize it belongs to a subpersonality – an aspect of my psyche or a voice.
How does that subpersonality look? What’s the feel of it?
How is it to shift into the perspective of that voice? How does it experience the world? What does it say? What’s its fear? What does it believe about the world or me?
I can continue exploring it’s world. For instance, when did it first gain it’s current world view? How is it trying to help me? What are the consequences of its strategy? Is there another strategy that would be more helpful? Is is anything it would like to say to me? How does it experience how I relate to it? How would it like to be related to?
Having identified some of its fears and beliefs, I can then inquire into the beliefs – one at a time – from the perspective of this subpersonality. While still in that voice, I ask myself is it true? Can I know for certain it’s true? What happens with him (me) when you take that story as true? How would it be for him if you couldn’t have that thought? What’s the validity in the turnarounds? How would it be for you – and him – if you lived from the most juicy turnaround?
Another thing that can be useful is TRE. While still in the voice, I can allow shaking and neurogenic tremors and perhaps release stress, tension and trauma related to how that subpersonality experiences the world. This is another way to support this aspect in my psyche in finding liberation from its suffering.
Note: There are a few different ways to do inquiry from the perspective of a part of my psyche. One is to go back to a time when I – as a whole – believed it, and answer from there. Another is to contact that part of me – feel it, allow it to emerge – and stay connected with it and answer from there. And a third is to use a voice dialog approach where I take the role of the voice and relate to me – who I am – as he. This third one may work well for people already familiar with the role shifting in voice dialog.
- inquiry from the perspective of a subpersonality
- combine (for instance) voice dialog and the work
- phrase it as the subpersonality sees it + answer from that place
- for me, falls into place, makes more sense – especially when the belief is far from my conscious view