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Voice Dialogue London


What is Voice Dialogue?


Voice Dialogue is a process that supports an increased understanding and awareness of oneself, as well as more ease and harmony in relationships and communication with others. It is a simple, gentle, fascinating, and exciting process to practice and engage with.


Have you ever been in a situation where you felt confused or in turmoil and unable to make a choice between different options? Have you ever said, A part of me wants this, but another part wants this other thing!? Has it ever seemed as if there are different voices inside your head, saying different things, and pulling you in almost opposite directions?


This is the territory that Voice Dialogue explores. Voice Dialogue suggests that our inner being isnt singular, but plural, we are actually made up of lots of different beings, or sub-personalities. Some of these inner parts of ourselves are working more or less in harmony, others can be in conflict with one another. Voice Dialogue is a simple but powerful process that helps us to explore these inner selves, so that we can get to know them better. It can also help us to bring into conscious awareness parts of ourselves that have got lost or buried during the course of our upbringing or adult lives.


The aim of Voice Dialogue is to facilitate wholeness and integration, knowing the different parts of ourselves better, which in turn helps us to be more flexible and creative in our responses to others and to life. Voice dialogue is a powerful tool to support personal growth and the development of conscious self-awareness.


A key element in the Voice Dialogue process is the development of the 'aware ego'. In Voice Dialogue this is the aware space 'in between' the pairs of opposite sub-personalities. Normally, what we think of as 'I' or our 'ego' is actually one of our primary sub-personalities with which we are very strongly identified, or possibly a collection of our primary sub-personalities which we move between.


Through engaging in the Voice Dialogue process, we gradually separate from these primary selves, realising that they are not 'I', but that the 'I' is the place of awareness in between and separate from any of the selves within us. As we strengthen our sense of the aware ego space, we become freer to make choices about which part of ourselves we wish to engage from in the world in any given moment. So we become more fluid in our ability to relate to others and the world.


The role of the 'facilitator' is also a powerful role in the Voice Dialogue process. Ideally the facilitator is an empathic presence to the different voices or selves inside the person. Sometimes this requires the facilitator to simply be present, in silence, as the person is experiencing a part of themselves. More often, the facilitator is dialoguing with the selves, always from a place of empathic acceptance. If the facilitator can show acceptance of whatever selves emerge during a voice dialogue session, this can help the person to accept the same selves within them. This empathic listening from the facilitator is similar to the empathic listening cultivated in Nonviolent Communication, and also the 'unconditional positive regard' encouraged by Carl Rogers in his person-centred counselling approach.




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