Some inquiry clients report a knowing but no words or images. They know that a feeling is X (a threat, the one who isn’t good enough, a craving for sugar), but are not aware of any images or words connected with it.
There are words or images there, otherwise, there wouldn’t be a knowing. Without a story, a feeling would just be sensations.
One way to help the client explore this is to ask them to translate the knowing into words.
If the feeling could speak, what would it say?
What words fit the feeling?
What does the feeling mean?
This gives the client something to work on. He or she can look at or listen to the words, and in that way begin to separate the story from the sensations.
The reverse of this is when a client is aware of the story, but say they don’t feel it anywhere. In that case, some other pointers can be helpful. For instance, does the client feel it all over the body? (They may look for it in a more limited area.) Do they feel it in the face or head? (They may look for it in the torso.) Do they feel it somewhere, but dismiss it as something else? (Stomach ache, headache, itching, pressure that they think is due to something else.) If they were to point to where they feel it, where would they point? (Without thinking about it in advance.)
- translate knowing into words
- may be a wordless knowing, feel/know it’s true
- translate it into words
- if it could speak what would it say? what words fit? what does it mean?
- then separate out and look at, as inquiry question about
- helps us distinguish thoughts (meaning) and sensations, separate them out, look at one at a time