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How to Create Sacred Space for Your Phone Sessions

By Dianne Ruth, CCH, PhD

There are 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 charged. 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 a headset, generally a good quality headset can be purchased for around $30 from any electronics store such as Radio Shack or Walmart.

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.

Why hands-free?

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 outcome.

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.

Have handy...

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 Reversal."

Creating Your Personal Environment

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 personal success.  

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