Altered States of Consciousness Series
Individual Track Learning Guide
Lesson Four: Communication Theory
Questions Worth Considering
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.