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First published on 6 June 2022

I am freedom and I am independence

James Lawley & Penny Tompkins

The following transcript is the sixth demonstration of Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling to a group Ukrainian psychologists and psychotherapists. Transcripts of previous demonstrations are available online via these links:
1. Developing a resource metaphor: Journey with whales
2. Developing a desired outcome: Coping with Un-safety
3. Starting to feel the movement of life
4. From Pain to Calm Clear Sky
5. Finding Words in a Spiral Galaxy
The client's responses and our questions were translated by Anna Stativka.

The transcript also has an introduction, a recap during a break in the demonstration and afterwards some questions and answers.

This transcript is illustrative of a number of features:
  • The spontaneous appearance of a symbol that prevents the client’s desired outcome from happening.

  • The session is paused after 15 minutes to enable to client to draw the ‘metaphor landscape’ she has developed so far and for us to comment on the process.

  • The importance of psychoactive space to the change process.

  • The last 25 minutes of the session is entirely devoted to maturing the embryonic change that appeared immediately after the client had described her drawing.

James Lawley & Penny Tompkins
Penny and James book, Metaphors in Mind was the first comprehensive guide to Symbolic Modelling using the Clean Language of David Grove. An annotated training DVD, A Strange and Strong Sensation demonstrates their work in a live session. James has also written (with Marian Way) the first book dedicated to Clean Space: Insights in Space. Between them Penny and James have published over 200 articles and blogs freely available on their website:
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