Last week, we talked about Content – which is really the “stuff” or the “story,” and Process – which is my experience of the “story.”
You’ll also remember that our truth – our access to the lived experience of our story – is held on 4 dimensions: Intellectual, Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual.
So let’s break down what insights the ADW | Profile gives us into how we process our experiences Intellectually, Emotionally, and Spiritually.
Let’s start with the intellectual dimension. This is how we tend to think. We can look at our patterns on the Openness Family for some initial insights.
The Aspects of the Openness Family offer a picture into how we tend to think through and approach the world around us. So, do you tend to think mostly abstractly or more concretely? Are you constantly seeking changes in your environment or do you prefer to look for routines? Are you always on the look out for new information or do you tend to stick with what you know?
Now, let’s move into the Self-Concept Family, specifically Self-Reflection. This aspect gives insight into how much thought energy we put into reflecting on our recent experiences. Take a listen to this podcast episode for a deeper dive into this aspect.
The remaining Self-Concept Aspects give insight into some of the meaning we may be making of our experiences. How accepting of myself do my thoughts tend to be? How confident are my thoughts about myself? How much am I thinking about how and what others might be thinking about me?
All of these aspects give some deeper insight into what my intellectual dimension tends to do with processing my experiences.
Now let’s move to the Emotional dimension. A great place to start is the Emotionality Family. This family gives insight into the kinds of emotions that tend to come up for me in typical circumstances.
Consider your emotionality aspects and how they may be trying to show up when you are processing your experiences. When you do so, we encourage you to consider these emotions – whatever they are – as your friends.
What are your friends trying to tell you about your current experience?
Remember Tenet #1 – Be Safe (check out this podcast episode). Try to listen to your emotions and what they are saying without judgement. Emotions are just another form of information. So rest then on Tenet #4 – Stay Curious (check out this podcast episode) about those emotions.
Finally, let’s consider the Spiritual dimension. This dimension of knowing gives us access into the lived, felt, connectedness of our experience. The Psychological Values Family offers great insight into your relational needs.
Maybe having that sense of ambition, progress, success, forward movement is what your spiritual dimension attunes to in a given moment.
Spend some time reflecting on what felt sense – or senses – your spirit is seeking in your story. What are the moments, places, or events where your spirit feels fed? What’s that like when it is?
What about when it isn’t? What do you notice about your whole self when your spirit is seeking something but hasn’t quite yet found it? What meaning does your intellectual dimension make?
Lastly, we would encourage you to remember Tenet #6 – be patient, again, and again, and again, and yet again. Patience is the reminder that the growth process is always being realized.
We can apply that tenet to times when we feel disrupted, when our spirit doesn’t yet feel at rest. Those are the moments when we can re-consider the next right thing.
Perhaps the next right thing is to share our truth with those we are in relationship with. Perhaps it is to share what our spirits need, what emotions we are experiencing, what they are telling us, and what thoughts are popping up in our heads.
As we deepen our relationship with our self – with our process – we can more readily access our whole truth and safely share it with those we are in relationship with.