How to Create Sacred Space for Your Phone Sessions
By Dianne Ruth, CCH, PhD
special benefits to creating your own "sacred space" for your
holistic/alternative counseling and life coaching phone sessions. Instead of being subjected to someone
else’s idea of comfort when meeting with your coach or counselor in
person, you have complete control over the design of your own environment.
Set-up for Privacy
Minimize interruptions by alerting other household
members or business associates of your need for a specific time of
uninterrupted quiet and privacy.
If you have call waiting, simply
dial *70 (most areas)
before placing your call to me.
Call waiting will then
be deactivated only for the number you dial next.
Placing a "Do Not Disturb" sign on your outer door
may detour unexpected visitors.
If privacy is a problem, some creative alternatives might include using
your portable phone outside or in another area of the home.
A cellular phone could be used while leaning back in the seat of your
parked car, lounging on the beach, or visiting a park.
Note: If using a cellular phone
be sure that, you are in a strong signal area, and that it is fully
In addition, use a hands-free headset, ear buds or speakerphone.
What kind of phone should you use?
Regardless of the type of phone you use,
I recommend using a headset, if possible. Many landline
phones today come equipped with a jack for
plugging one in. If you do not have
generally a good quality headset can be purchased for around $30 from any
electronics store such as Radio Shack or
If none of these options work for
you, consider relaxing on your bed, couch, recliner, or other comfortable
chair and using pillows to create a support for your phone receiver.
There are three main reasons for having your hands free. One is simple
comfort. Another is so that you can take notes when appropriate or
desired. In addition, if you are doing any visualization type exercises
such as goal setting, by having your hands free, you can be much more
relaxed and effectively engaged in the process.
Some of the applications you do may include altered
states of consciousness,
also known as natural states of higher awareness. This is simply a matter of closing your eyes,
leaning back, and going within where you will be guided into opening that
channel of communication with your own unconscious or subconscious mind.
The value of this kind of work is that imagination is
the tool for communicating, reprogramming, editing, and releasing
old unconscious behaviours, old blocks, old out-dated negative or limiting
beliefs, and unwanted attitudes that are stuck at the deeper level.
While in this powerful meditative
state, physical comfort with the hands free promotes a more successful
Sit up or lie down?
Deciding whether to sit or lie
down depends on a couple of factors. A recliner is ideal; however,
stretching out on a bed, couch, floor, mat, or the beach in warm weather,
is quite acceptable. On the other hand, if you are very tired and have a
tendency to drop off to sleep, it may be better to sit up.
If you decide to sit, a reclining
chair can provide the most comfort. If you sit upright, it is
important that your spine is straight and your head is balanced over your
body. Otherwise, arrange pillows or other support for your head and neck
if you decide to lean back in a chair or on a couch.
Paper and a pen for notes
or other assignments.
A glass of water. If we are the
least bit dehydrated--and often we are unaware of it--we can enter a
state of what I call, "Polarity
Creating Your Personal
If you decide to do your phone
work indoors, avoid lighting that might glare in your eyes. Some
clients like to burn candles or dim the lights.
Check to see if the air
temperature is comfortable. Adjust it, if needed.
If you enjoy burning incense, or
scented candles, then do so.
Some clients find the sound
of a circulating water fountain to be soothing.
Playing soft music or
environmental ocean or country sounds in the background is another idea.
By taking the time to create your
own sacred space during each call, you will begin to
create an anchor and associate it with
achieving profound and exciting results. Use your imagination to create or
find an environment that feels good, and contributes the most to your
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