Caring Lesson 7. Recognition/Communion of Souls
Summary of skill
- Recognition is a coming into focus, that sensation of “Yes, I am familiar with this, I know this energy, I am oriented now to where I am and who is around me” and “Ah-hah, this is what is happening”
- Recognition of a soul is a deeper level of perception and recognition than recognition of someone’s personality or physical body; you are recognizing a spiritual being who is having an earthly experience
- Energy level: Recognition, soul to soul, goes beyond a theoretical or abstract level of understanding; it involves a sensation of deep resonance with the person before you, and it opens a space of connection, compassion, hospitality, and immediacy that helps build trust and helps prepare the way for your pastoral care; recognition is rapport at a much deeper level; another word for recognition might be “communion”
- Partner exercise: Where and how do you yearn for greater recognition/communion in your life? Client presents, and facilitator practices Active Compassionate Listening. Switch roles. Write up your session as a client and write up your session as facilitator using the Practicum form (you can download the form using the link below).