Preparation: The Doors

Submitted by illuminator on May 28, 2011 - 3:22pm

Compose two questions for which you'd like some new information.
Then formulate 2 or 3 possible answers that correspond to each question.

Examples:

Question: What's the best direction for me to take towards getting a better job?
1) Go back to school
2) Expand my search "outside the box"
3) There's still more to learn at my current job

Question: How can I improve my relationship?
1) Better communication
2) Seek counseling
3) Look deeper into myself to find my own repeating/unresolved issues

Question: Is it time to shop for a new car?
1) Yes
2) No

I prefer to use The Doors for intuitive information gathering, rather than for seeking one specific answer. However, if there is a definitive one that's for your highest good to know at the time, you'll most often get the same response, no matter whom you partner up with, and regardless of how many different ways you ask the question.

Here are the procedural steps that we'll go over together before we start the exercise:

  1. You'll be paired up with a partner in a 'breakout room' in Adobe Connect.
  2. Let's say that your partner decides to go first. He'll be the one who will first serve as the 'receiver' to pull through information that will relate to your question. Your partner will have no awareness about what you're asking...
  3. When you've properly positioned your partner, you will be guiding him to a certain location, using your own creative guided imagery — to a location that corresponds with the number of possible answers that you've formulated. (Make it up! Use your imagination!)

    For example — let's say that you've predetermined that your question has 2 possible answers — maybe a yes/no type of question:

    Once you're gotten 'in sync' with your partner by inviting him to take a deep breath with you — (reminding him to uncross limbs for a more receptive posture) — then you might guide him on a short journey — to the woods:

    First, you'll open up all his senses, and then guide him into the first of two similar structures (cottages, stores up the escalator at the mall, circus tents, cabanas as the beach, mansions on a hill, etc.):

    For example:..."And now, you find yourself in the woods..feel the cool breeze on your face...see the white puffy clouds...smell the pine trees...hear the crunch of needles beneath your feet...hear the birds"...etc. Then —

    "...Now you find yourself going deeper into the woods, where you suddenly come upon two Hansel and Gretel-ish cottages...Feel yourself walking up to the door of the first cottage, and now go inside...Now tell me what you see!"

  4. You will be taking notes about the impressions that your partner describes — what he's experiencing — typing his impressions into a 'note,' available in the pull-down menus under "Pod" — listed with the other icons up on the 'stage' above. (We'll show you!)
  5. Interpretation and Sharing Stage:
    This is the point where you'll be discussing the "downloaded" information that your partner pulled in for you — and you that recorded in the notes.

    Begin this discussion by typing your question in CAPS at the start of the notes you took. Then type your possible-answer-#1 at the start of the first cluster of notes, the impressions you recorded when your partner entered the 1st structure. Do the same, typing in your second possible answer above the 2nd cluster of notes.

  6. Now you're going to work with various possible interpretations of the recorded data, and discuss how the first "download' of information might relate to the 1st possible answer, and then likewise, for the 2nd batch of info.
  7. Finally, you will reverse the process: Your partner will guide YOU to whatever number of structures correspond to the # of possible answers that he has formulated, relative to HIS question.
  8. Have fun with this exercise!