The Power of Working with Parts

 Mary, a woman in her late 30’s, came to coaching with the goal of mastering the ups and downs, the powerful inner currents, that seemed to sweep over her and gain control of her thoughts, feelings and actions. Over the course of our work together, we came to know these inner currents as inner parts, or personalities. There was a crippled school girl, a hard-nosed sergeant, a Buddha, a highly charged wild part, a lusty irresponsible sexual part, among many others. Mary dialogued with each of these parts as they presented themselves and got to know how they hijacked her and what they needed. She created a notebook with beautiful images that captured the spirit of each of her parts.
In our last session, Mary brought all the parts together in the room. As she went from one to another, experiencing both the challenges and the gifts of each, she began to see how each part was a vital piece of her and how all of their energies together made up the rich wholeness of who she was. Mary experienced ‘herself,’ as the orchestrator of all these diverse energies, able to witness and make choices. She realized that she did not want to get rid of any of the powerful currents, but wanted to work with and integrate each of them as they came up. Appreciative of their needs and gifts, Mary facilitated a large integration of who she now experienced herself to be. She left coaching with the capacity to stay at the helm of her ship, ride the currents of her various energies and harness their power in the service of her destination.

Written by Phoebe Williams

Excerpt from Coaching for Transformation by Lasley, Kellogg, Michaels and Brown.

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