the art of self-discovery

The Art of Self-Discovery

Have you ever felt like you you’re made up of different parts? Like there’s the confident you, the anxious you, the adventurous you, and so on? It’s like having a whole bunch of different versions of yourself inside your head, each with its own story to tell and agenda to follow.

This journey of self-discovery is a lot like being an artist, painting a picture of who you are. Instead of just one color, you have a whole palette of emotions and experiences to work with. And each stroke of insight adds depth and color to your understanding of yourself.

What is Parts Work?

Taking the artist’s concept a step further, you might say that parts work, which comes from various psychological and spiritual traditions, is the medium in which you can explore these different parts of yourself. Through parts work, you can shed light on the different characters that live within you and getting to know them better. By understanding and harmonizing these parts, you can create a more cohesive and whole picture of yourself.

This can sound intimidating to some, and to others it might sound completely insane. I get that. Even though this is a practice that has been around for a long time there are more modern approaches that are surfacing and making there way back into the mainstream and into a variety of practices. You can find elements of parts work in therapy, yoga, coaching, hypnotherapy, and with practitioners who follow a more spiritual path of this work.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the different approaches to parts work:

Jungian Psychology: This approach sees our inner world as a garden filled with archetypes – universal symbols that represent different aspects of the human experience. From shadows to anima and animus, each archetype adds to the richness of our inner landscape.

Internal Family Systems (IFS): Imagine yourself as the captain of a ship, and each part of you is like a member of the crew. Just like a captain guides their crew to work together towards a common goal, IFS helps you lead these different parts of yourself towards harmony and self-leadership on your journey through life.

Gestalt Therapy: Here, each part of yourself gets a chance to step into the spotlight of awareness. It’s like a dance of present experiences, helping you foster a sense of wholeness.

Parts Therapy: This hypnotic approach invites conflicting parts of yourself to negotiate in the subconscious realm, aiming for resolution and integration.

Resource Therapy: Sees each part of yourself as a resource, holding the potential for an enriched life when aligned optimally.

Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS): Focuses on meeting the emotional needs of different parts stuck in bygone times, paving the way for healing and integration.

These approaches may differ in their methods and philosophies, but they all share the belief that our inner world is complex and multifaceted. And by exploring these different parts of ourselves, we get to heal the inner conflicts, release stuck energies, and foster a healthier relationship with ourselves.

On a parallel track, the ancient shamanic practice of soul retrieval engages with the soul’s tapestry, identifying and reintegrating lost threads through spiritual journeys, a process embedded in the belief that trauma can cause parts of the soul to be lost in non-ordinary reality.

Though differing in framework—soul retrieval’s spiritual journeys versus the psychological mappings of parts work—both navigate the inner realms to restore wholeness.

In my private practice, I often combine parts work with eye movement integration techniques to offer a dynamic pathway for this type of healing experience. This powerful combination helps clients deal with deep-seated wounds, anxiousness, and limiting beliefs by engaging both the cognitive and somatic dimensions of experience.

Parts work, with its vast history and diverse philosophies, is not just a tool but a journey of returning home to oneself, whole and harmonious. It’s where the past and present can unite, where shadows and light dance together, crafting a future where one’s full spectrum of being is not just acknowledged but celebrated.

So, the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or lost, remember that you’re not alone. You’re a beautiful tapestry of experiences, emotions, and memories. And by embracing all the colors of your mind, you can create a future where your full spectrum of being is not just acknowledged but celebrated.

Nina Saurer

Board Certified - Clinical Hypnotherapist & Life Coach



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