The language of ‘the inner’ is as rich as it is diverse. We each talk about our inner experience in wildly different ways. Giving voice to it is more easeful for some than others, which does not mean our inner world is any more or less rich. For some , it’s easier to express our inner experience through our body, for others through art, music or physical activity. Some of us naturally tend towards a language of emotions and feelings, others visceral sensations in the body or intellectual thought through the mind. For others the realm of the imaginal is most available. The more we are able to open to each of these gateways to our inner experience, the more balanced, whole, rich and transformative our life becomes.

When we are in a healthy relationship with our-selves, others and the other-than-human world we have more riches than money could ever buy. When we feel full up in our relationships with others and with our own creativity and sense of purpose, we connect with a sense of inner abundance that makes us immune to the consumer culture that is eroding the web of life our collective future rests on.

Our inner world is unique to us. And a life-affirming world needs all of us in our unique and diverse glory. Life happens through us - our inner experience is how we think, feel, sense, imagine, intuit and make sense and meaning of what happens in our day to day lives. And it is how we relate with our inner experience that shapes how we come into relationship with others and our wider earth community.

If we pay close attention to our inner experience we will likely notice that it is constantly changing. This state of flux means we are continually being offered the opportunity to check out and change the conditioned stories we have running about who we are, what we believe and how we need to show up in the world. It is our relationship with our inner experience that offers us liberation. The more we become aware of what is happening in our inner world, the more we wake up to our own patriarchal conditioning and the personal power we have to make different choices around how we show up in relationships, groups and our wider earth community.

This is how we co-create a more life-affirming paradigm grounded in a self-aware power-with model of relating. A regenerative culture that honours and respects our inherent inter-dependency, and the extent to which our future as a species rests on this truth.

We have created a table in an ambitious yet humble attempt to map the range of ways that we can access our ‘inner world’ within, between and around us. We hope that this will begin to support a bridging of all our inner worlds and a sense that your very own unique inner experience is very much a vital part of the rich and diverse territory of our inner dimension of life.

SENSES: The different ways we can connect with the inner, some of which we will find easier to access than others
GatewayWays of experiencingApproaches
Emotionsjoy, love, anger, griefmindfulness, psychology, psychotherapy, nonviolent communication, embodied presence.
Bodytouch, movement, health, voicedance, yoga, tai chi, chi gung, bodywork, voice work, alternative health modalities, sex, sport
Imaginationfantasy, deep imagery, day dreamingimaginal journeying, cultural expression, creative process
Intuitionarchetypes, dreamsJungian psychology, psychosynthesis, spirit medicine, creative process
Intellectanalysis, reflection, curiosityresearch, psychology, philosophy, debate
STREAMS: Skills and states that enable greater experience, expression of and access to  the inner
GatewayWays of experiencingApproaches
DivineSoul, imaginal, abundanceReligions, Animas
Land/naturenature connection, gardening, farming, ancestors, animalsPermaculture, Shamanism, Herbalism
Ancestorscollective unconscious, traditions, lineageShamanism, religions
EnergyChakras, spirit work, angel workKundalini meditation, energy healing, spiritwork, Kirlian photography
Creativityart, music, song, making anythingany creative practice
SilenceSpaciousnessBuddhism, meditation, contemplative practice, mindfulness, Quaker practice, prayer
Relationshiptrust, communication, shared practice, sexNonviolent communication. Psychotherapies, tantra
Trancedance, surrender, ecstatic practicesKirtan, latihan, shamanism
Ritualsacredness, connection, care, repetition, calling inany form of ritual
SoundSinging, music, drumming