I cannot speak highly enough of the incredible healing that takes place in group-therapy and group-channeling. Since individual counseling and healing relies mainly on a client’s self-sharing, group process is often more helpful in addressing interpersonal issues. Participants have an opportunity to experience group interactions that serve to deepen their individual processes, as well as receive mutual support and understanding from others in the group.
What I find most touching is the soulful engagement that occurs in group. The synergy and resonance that unites participants heals deep wounds and nourishes their spirits.
Some of my lasting friendships were formed in interpersonal groups, where we bared one another’s soul and fell in love with each other’s realness.
The support that takes place in process-groups is powerful.
I was 27 when I was first invited into a group workshop. It was an eye opening and life-changing experience that revealed how I interacted with others; the way I hid my vulnerability and in how my sensitivity could be a gift, not a burden.
As a highly sensitive empath, my nervous system would often be adversely impacted by being among a group of people. This is actually the reason that my counselor, many years ago, recommended I join her process group. She recognized my intuitive gift and wanted to help me release the wounds that kept me guarded from establishing real connection with others. I had developed so many coping mechanisms to fend off excess energy that I was contracted and in emotional pain.
Later in my first residential workshop, a 3-day retreat, my channel was opened in a personal process; I released deeply held childhood trauma and came home to myself.
I discovered my value as a woman and as a spiritual being.
I learned life skills, compassionate communication, patience, stillness and how to open to others safely.
I came to realized that I am loved and that I can love freely.
What is an Interpersonal Process Group?
It is a heart-opening personal growth workshop that supports individual healing within a creative and therapeutic group dynamic.
In the blog article: The Power of Group, Dr. Akiho Tanaka explains, “The group serves as a microcosm, such that members’ interpersonal issues are reflected in interactions between group members. Thus, addressing member-to-member interactions will also benefit the members’ relational problems outside of group.
“In particular, members have opportunities to receive direct, honest, and respectful feedback from each other and the group facilitator, and they can experiment with different ways of interacting with people. Through exploration and feedback, members can gain greater insight into how and why they react the way they do in interpersonal situations. Also, by learning to become more open and emotionally expressive, group members can learn to connect with others in a more authentic way.”
Interpersonal process groups provide a powerful opportunity to learn more about yourself and others in a safe and supportive environment.
The key is safety. What makes a group safe? The freedom to be yourself, express your feelings and know that you will be supported as you are without having to change to be accepted. Group safety is possible within an environment devoid of spiritual dogma or expectations. What is of utmost importance is a person’s own beliefs and spiritual values, and in how the group can be of support.
Therefore, your skepticism is welcomed, as are all your emotions from anxiety, fear, hurt, anger and grief. When emotions are welcomed they can be seen and heard, which is where so much guidance is found. Emotions are like water; they need to move, emote, express to be transformed.
By no longer overriding anger, shame, sadness, hurt and fear, you tap into a deep reserve of inner wisdom.
“Compassionate acceptance of your feelings cultivates a deep and rich connection with soul; it links intellectual knowledge with spiritual wisdom that supports you in being true to yourself. You must come to understand that your feelings are the entrance to your soul-consciousness, always ready to divulge a more authentic expression of who you are.” – Masiandia, in Mystical Intimacy
Channeling plays a profoundly healing role in group-process.
Channeling enhances the spiritual lives and personal well-being of the group members.
Channeling is a shamanic healing tool – a gift from celestial beings designed to awakening, nurture and facilitate a deep connection with one’s inner self and authentic and empathic connection with others.
As a healing tool, channeling sheds light into areas such as core beliefs and ancestral programming, as well as it serves to deepen the synergies that unite group participants. There is something magical that unfolds when channeled communication facilitates and guides participants into deep inner journeys and joint support. Insight is just a start; much more in-depth awakenings take place that affect not only the person in process, but everyone witness the process.