Methods, a few examples

Voice dialogue
was developed by Hal and Sidra Stone. It is a way of listening to the inner voices, or different selves, that make up your personality. You'll find it helpful to explore and understand them all, particularly when you're faced with a decision and they're giving you conflicting messages.

Some of these selves may be stronger than others and determine what you do. These are the voices that insist that you have to work hard, you have to be pleasant, you have to do the right thing, or whatever. These subpersonalities define you and make you what you are. You have no choice. But your other selves, the inner voices you try to ignore, simply grow louder and use up energy. On top of it, you tend to attract people with precisely those qualities - lazy and selfish, perhaps, whereas you are conscienti­ous and considerate. The solution? Discover and learn to embrace all your inner selves. Explore them, talk to them, understand what they want. Only then can you make real choices.

Systemic solutions  
is a technique developed by Bert Hellinger and researched by various practitioners. It enables you to identify and untangle the knots that have unconsciously occurred in your family, work or personal inner systems, and restore a sense of balance. The basic idea is that these systems are governed by a set of organising principles. When they go wrong, the system breaks down. The starting point is your inner perception of these systems. People, figures and other symbols help you to identify and locate the systems and discover their secrets. This puts you in a position to adjust and re-create them, to see things in a fresh light and solve problems.

Focusing is an experience-centred process developed by Eugene Gendlin. You focus on feelings that are vague but nevertheless an intrinsic part of your life. Exploring them gently and with an open mind gives them a chance to unfold and tell their own story so that you understand what they are really about. Knowing brings a feeling of relief and enables the body to relax.

Focusing is a process of listening to what your body is telling you. It is a way of gently exploring your inner being without being critical or trying to find answers. A transformation occurs at a very deep level. Your body knows how to make it happen.

You can heal your life  
Louise L. Hay's book has been translated into 23 languages and sold over 200 million copies. The technique is geared to self-acceptance, recognising and transforming negative feelings, letting go of resentments and irritations, and understanding what the symptoms of physical ailments are telling you.