Altered States of Consciousness Series
Professional Group Track Learning Guide
Lesson Four: Communication Theory
-The first step is ACT ONE. This interactive form section will give you an opportunity to delve deeply into the concepts behind our lesson and reflect on how they connect to your life and your role as caregiver. A critical element for the success of an ACT Learning Group is to provide some time and space for personal reflection and journaling.
-After completing this step, ACT TWO is a period of group discussion and reflection. All participants must be given a safe space to express themselves during this time. This portion of the interactive form is filled out with insights gained from your community exploration.
-Next, your group will move on to ACT THREE, the Best Practices, real-world habits, ways of thinking, or behaving that can increase personal well-being. Goals to incorporate best practice suggestions can be made on the group or individual level and support systems can be developed during this time.
ACT Step One: Individual Reflection
ACT Step Two: Group Discussion
ACT Step Three: Best Practices – (Choose at Least One)
1. One of the six Channels of communication is the Visual Channel. Looking up usually indicates accessing of the visual channel; looking sideways indicates accessing the auditory channel; looking down indicates accessing the body sensation channel. Try this exercise:
- Look up and pause for a moment to notice how you are perceiving.
- Look sideways and notice. Look down and notice.
- Are you able to discern any difference in what you notice as you change the direction of your vision?
2. With a partner, experiment with the above exercise.
- Engage in normal conversation and notice your partner’s eye positions as you talk.
- Point out from time to time where their eyes move and ask what channel they perceive they are in at that moment.
3. Another Channel of communication is the Movement Channel as expressed by a breathing pattern. Upper chest breathing usually indicates accessing of the visual channel; mid-chest breathing usually indicates accessing the auditory channel; lower stomach breathing usually indicates accessing the body sensation channel.
- Breathe into your upper chest region and notice which channel you perceive you are accessing.
- Breathe into your mid-chest region and notice.
- Breathe into your lower stomach region and notice.
- With a partner, engage in normal conversation. Notice each other’s breathing patterns as you speak.
- Point out from time to time where your partner’s breathing is located. Ask what channel they are perceiving in at that moment.
- Take turns with a partner – experiment using different channels to communicate and verbalizing what you believe you are perceiving as the message.
“Overcoming our resistance to experiencing our pain can become the source of compassion for the world and other beings.” – Joanna Macy