With all the things happening around me these past two weeks, I have been thinking a lot about the importance and power in holding space.
What do you do when the “OUGHT NOT” to happen, actually happens? The unthinkable… Its been the kind of week where people I care about (friends and family) want to throw gratitude out the window, and lash out! Curse God, and name blame!
And really… what can I really do for them but hold space? As a sound practitioner, holding space is part of the job description! It’s a mandatory element to creating successful sound healing sessions.
Holding space is creating the environment for someone to be vulnerable. It’s knowing that it’s “not about me”, and giving my full presence to that person or group. Holding space is not about having the answers. It is the process of witnessing and validating someone else’s emotions without judgment.
You may have heard the phrase, “Create the container” or something similar. We say this because Holding Space means you are creating a safe space (a container), and the opportunity for someone to be, or express, whatever it is that is needed at that time. Creating a container and holding space, gives others strength to navigate difficult times and emotions.
Now, this is not something only sound healing practitioners need to do. This is something each and every one of us can take into all our relationships and encounters. Anything from holding space for your partner when they just needs to express their day, or a friend who may have experienced something unjust. Holding space can be brought into nearly every situation. When was the last time you needed to hold space for someone or someone held space for you? What was the topic? How did you hold space for them?
In love, with love I hold space for your process, and your healing.