The Essence of Communication

Understanding the essence of communication involves paying attention, to everything. Conscious and aligned communication involves the awareness that everything – every action, every object, and every interchange, is a communication.

Experience involves absorbing stimuli and making sense out of that input. Your lens of perception informs your interpretation of the information you absorb.

The intentions of, and energy behind spaces and physical creations also influence your experience of the objects and environments you encounter.

Everything you experience either invites you to engage more fully or to withdraw your attention. Coherence between meaning and message invites you to be more present. Often, the essence of an intended communication differs radically from what is visually or verbally expressed. The cohesive message you intend can be sabotaged by your lack of clarity or an inner conflict.

Effective and meaningful communication involves acknowledging and attending to the core internal issues that we all tend to avoid. As individuals and as a culture we have a capacity to split from what causes us distress, whether that is childhood trauma or trauma of the culture.

It is not a surprise that much of our pain shows up in our physical environment and our relationship to the physical world. Our way of expressing ourselves in the physical world is often a dramatic mirror of our internal state. Inviting sensitive attention to both what you express and how it is interpreted is a powerful way to become more conscious. With awareness you become a more authentic communicator.

Children are often offered sand tray, art therapy, and play therapy as tools for healing. With these tools they are able to express their internal conflicts. Adults have few opportunities to “act out” what their bodies and unconscious selves know. Interacting with the environment is one place outside of illness and crisis where people can play out their stories and heal different aspects of themselves through physical expression.

The simple truth for human beings is that, like a pebble dropped in a pond, radiating out circle upon circle of a wave response, we are creatures designed to interact with, and respond to, the stimuli we encounter.

Research on the brain continues to explain more fully why what we see, through sight and inner visualization, profoundly influences our emotional, physical and energetic experience.

Whether or not we consciously register these waves of response to the world around us, what we see, hear, feel, and interact with kinesthetically informs our sense of ourselves and our understanding of the world around us. How we interpret this information depends upon our individual learning styles, our personal histories, and our cultural expectations.

Conscious and effective communication requires ongoing awareness of the messages we are transmitting, and awareness of the influence upon us of the messages we receive.