Eating Disorder Recovery of the True Self

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Self-Image #3 | The Four Aspects of the “True Self”

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C.S. Lewis once said, “You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.” The clients who sit across from us on a weekly basis are these souls. Our clients are souls, hearts and minds that live within one body. These clients are often at war with their bodies. They don’t like the way their body feels or the way their body looks. One of the important roles of being an intuitive therapist is helping a client connect with the soul that lies within the body one rejects.

The Love Your Self (Self-Image #3) worksheet is one of the best ways to help a client connect with their heart, mind, body and soul. When working with a client, it is most helpful to have the client start with the area they will most easily relate with. For instance, maybe your client is highly intelligent and he or she enjoys learning, begin with the sphere of the mind. Walk your client through the skills they have gained and the accomplishments they have made. Which accomplishments are most important to them? What does this mean about their values? How do the thoughts they think guide their lives?

Continue walking your client through the remaining spheres. In the sphere of the heart, guide your client to connect with aspects of their personality and their capacity to feel a range of emotions. Specifically, explore how their heart gives them passion and desire in life. Guide them to explore how their heart draws them to connect with life – nature, animals, people. Who or what are they most drawn to connect with, and why? What is your client passionate about? What makes him or her feel alive in the world?

When you make your way to the area of the body, focus on the functionality of your client’s body. Explore how their body allows them to experience the world, through their five senses. Their body, which often feels like an enemy, is actually on their side. Perhaps your client can even begin to see what a miracle their body is. How were they able to make it up the stairs today? How are they able to breathe without even thinking about it? Does any of this have to do with their body’s size?

The last area to explore with your client is typically the area of the soul. This might be a big mystery to them, or they might associate the soul with religion or reincarnation. Explain that whatever meaning they currently have regarding the soul is fine – and ask if they’re willing to consider a way to relate to their soul from the perspective of the EDIT™ theory of complete recovery from eating disorders.

Explain that the soul is the source of their intuition – and the source of the “inner wisdom” of their Intuitive Therapist (IT) which guides their recovery.  The soul of your client is where the spiritual yearning of your client resides. This spirituality allows your client to connect with their intuitive abilities. The meaning of the soul can also be explored as your client’s “core essence” – something deep within your client that gives them meaning. And, when your client taps into this very essence, that’s when true healing comes. How does your client connect with their intuition? What makes your client inherently special? What lies within your client’s core essence?

As you walk your client through this worksheet, you will help your client find their “True Self.” When you work with a client who has an eating disorder, the voice of “ED” can be deafening. The only way a client can be reconciled to their bodies and to their true selves is by becoming reunited with their core essence, their very souls. After all, your client is a Soul – help them to become reacquainted with themselves.

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