Our culture seems to be speeding up, creating an “instant world.” We’re given the message that technology, information, food, transportation, communication all must be FAST. Although the world around us may be moving more quickly, our human bodies and souls are not instant.
The role of communication in our society has changed from actively listening in a face-to-face conversation to speedy texts and emails. We use technology to communicate in cryptic, abbreviated terms, in ways that are not meaningful.
How often have you seen a couple sharing a table at a restaurant, busy on their cell phones? When we are in a face-to-face situation and have the opportunity to truly connect, do we truly connect? Too often in our culture we listen in order to respond, rather than to understand. Yet authentically relating from your heart, that exchange of soul-level energy, is critical to emotional intimacy.
Speed is also a hindrance to healing of any sort, which varies by person and requires time and patience. So many variables exist: the individual’s beliefs and experiences, learning style, communication style, the specific situation they wish to address, others involved and their beliefs and experiences. We cannot say that recovery from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder takes a specific amount of time. We cannot say that learning to access our soul wisdom can be accomplished in a finite amount of time. Healing can be a complex process that “takes as long as it takes” for the individual.
Communication in the therapy setting is important to the success of the therapy. It helps for the client be as present as he or she is able to be during therapy sessions, aware of what (s)he thinks and connecting with the moment. By avoiding expectations and simply allowing the process to unfold organically, the therapy will be more effective. However, due to wounding from trauma, we learn to dissociate (disconnect from our bodies). When a therapist works with a client who routinely dissociates, the therapist’s job is to first help the client reconnect to his/her body. After that, the client is better able to be in the moment and communicate with the therapist from a place of deeper connection with himself/herself. In turn, this will translate to the client being better ability to be present with others, that is, if s/he is willing to continue to slow down and connect.