A few weeks ago I treated my godchild to an indoor skydiving session. When I saw him floating and adjusting his position by moving his arms and legs ever so slightly, I wished for a moment that I had booked a session for myself as well.
It suddenly made me think of a recurring dream in which I can fly. I lift off, just by stretching and quickly moving my arms up and down. Once I have reached a certain altitude, all it takes are a few flaps of my “wings” to float above the world. In my dreams this feels wonderful and powerful. When I wake from this dream I feel as if I can do anything.
The creative and associative images and events from dreams remind me of the metaphores I use during my coaching. Clients are trying to tell me something and instead of continuing that often fruitless exercise , I ask them to give me a metaphor describing their feelings or experiences.
“It’s as if I’m pushing a heavy rock up a mountain” evokes more feelings, also physically, than saying “This is hard for me”. You can explore the metaphore further, leading to new and unexpected insights – as if suddenly the clouds part and a light starts to shine (another metaphore).
Using images and metaphores can be incredibly enriching and refreshing. It truly makes a difference and gives the coach and client wings, metaphorically speaking.