Quadrant II - Child Within
Quadrant II deals with the 'old stuff'; the 'inner child', metaphors, and the use of Clean Language belongs here. How do we get from Quadrant I to Quadrant II? The motif is no longer diachronic; in Quadrant II time is frozen and the motif becomes vertical, going downwards. The types of questions employed in Quadrant II do not move time along; they go downward into a moment in time. Just as a microscope enlarges space to enable the viewer to see what is there on a microscopic level, the questions employed here go downward into a moment in time to expand time. This enables the therapist to know what is really there to work with. Whereas in Quadrant I we go along a line, in Quadrant II we go down between the lines. The definition of 'intelligence' is 'to read between the lines'.
So if the client is saying "I feel sad" and we ask the question "why?" or we say "Let's explore your sadness", then we are inviting the information to be given in words. We are moving it along, going back into Quadrant I. In Quadrant II we would ask: "And when you feel sad, where do you feel sad?" This stops the need for explanation and instead it gets into the metaphorical world. A Quadrant II question takes a feeling word like 'sad' and instead of leaving it in words it moves it closer to the experience by using metaphor and imagery. This is closer to the physiological feeling. Quadrant II drops 'sad' downward into the body. It locates the information within the boundary of the body. It is biological.
'And when you feel sad, where do you feel sad?'
'In my heart.'
'And where in your heart?'
'In the center.'
'And what's it like when it is in the center?'
'It's like a weight.'
'And what kind of a weight?'
'It's like a rock.'
This is descriptively based language. If it is a metaphor then it can be drawn. Now we are using a primary processing language. Now the 'rock' stands for sadness. We need to perform an operation to get the rock out of the heart so that the client won't say 'I am sad' again. A metaphor has certain qualities; it originates from the Greek word metaphora, container. A particular type of metaphora is the amphora, a container with a rounded or pointed bottom. An amphora can only be set in special places that are designed to hold it. It cannot be placed successfully on the ground. Thus the rock is the amphora; we have to go into the rock to get it to give up its information, to confess its strengths, and then transport it to its true place.
Most probably there will be two things held in the rock, the 'sadness' and the 'inner child'. It is the inner child that is the actual owner of the metaphor. When a feeling goes into metaphor it then becomes a foreign object, the rock needs to be outside the body, not within. As long as the foreign object stays within the body so the feeling remains unresolved. It's just like when foreign toxins enter the body and the physiological defences are employed to try to fight them off. In this case the psychological being cannot cope with the foreign body and as a result the client does not have the full use of their heart. The rock takes up some of the 'real estate', if you will, of the heart and becomes symptomatic.
The owner of the foreign object is not always the inner child. The owner may be found in the history that leads to a person's life, in a person's genealogy or culture (i.e. Quadrant IV). The trick is to find out who is the real owner of the metaphor. So the therapist may need to trace the metaphor back in time. Anything outside of the body classifies as a memory, whereas a metaphor is inside the body itself.
T-1 = Trauma minus 1, the moment just before the worst moment of the experience.
T = The worst moment of the experience.
T+1 = The memory is resolved, moment after the trauma.
In between the lines is the frozen moment (T-1), just prior to the traumatic event (T). It is always frozen and it repeats itself. When there is sexual abuse or other types of trauma the child will pull backwards in memory in order to protect itself from the worst memory. For example, when in T-1, the child is cold and the trauma hasn't happened yet: 'It's a cold and wintry night', the child goes through the rest of its life being cold. This means that T, the trauma, won't happen; time is stopped to prevent T from happening. T-1 is the current manifestation of the result of a trauma and it is somatic.
We must move the T-1 difficulty through T to T+1 to get a resolution.
So the therapist must get this child through this cold and wintry night to T+1. When you are wounded as a child, then you have to be healed as a child. In the Quadrant I mode the head may understand, but this doesn't heal the rock in the heart. You have to heal at the age of the wounding. Quadrant I involves all of the material as you understand it now. The way it was experienced then is in Quadrant II. The information is put into metaphor and developed in order to understand all of its properties. Now the metaphor can be invited to go to its true place and interact with the perpetrator in some way. This transforms both the metaphor and the perpetration. Then the fragments can be picked up and carried to T+1. The T-1 is healed and the rock is no longer requiring space in the heart. The 'shell' of the child that was frozen in time and cold is no longer stuck in that T-1 moment, no longer cold. (N.B. Appropriate study is required to facilitate this process.)
- In Quadrant II we use clean language. We talk in a way that a child understands without moving time forward. (We do not ask "why?")
- We look down between the lines as if we were looking through a microscope opening up a whole world below the words. We magnify the world beneath, the deep structure underneath the word to find a tremendous amount of information. (For example, about the cold and wintry of that night.)
- Time doesn't move forward until to get to T (trauma) and T+1 (resolution), then it is moved in the memory of the child not the adult.
- You find the moment frozen in time, T-1. 'What happens next?' takes the T-1 from bad to worse as you approach T (the worst moment of the trauma). You go into one memory inside the body and the client is regressed into childhood - the voice changes, they feel small. Quadrant II work all happens in trance in order to get to the memory and the metaphor. Usually the client has their eyes closed while working in this quadrant.
Quadrant II is mostly regressive child work, some Gestalt and working with the immediacy of the feeling. It does not bring the pain of the child into the adult body, however. The therapist works with the child concerning the trauma of the child, not the adult.
An annotated transcript Pins and Needles is an example of David Grove using a Quadrant II process.