“We don’t know who we are until we hear ourselves speaking the story of our lives to someone we trust.”
While reading Daniel Goleman’s latest book, Focus – The Hidden Driver of Excellence, this quote by Bill George of Harvard Business School really caught my attention. It goes to the heart of all counseling and of what the modern astrological consultation aims to do: to offer a safe space for the client to share his or her unique story, guided skillfully by the astrologer toward self-awareness.
The truth is stark: we don’t see or hear ourselves as others do.
If we wish for increased self-knowledge, a precursor to fulfilling our potential, we need to be heard. We need to hear ourselves. The simple act of sharing our story – with someone we trust – can be powerfully energizing.