Yesterday, I completed my ARC Straightwire Spiritual Counseling Service with Jonathan Burke of AOGP and STOSA.

First off, I want to say that I found the process itself very pleasant and beneficial. There’s a lot to be said about communication between two people where one is simply asking the question, “remember something regarding ‘blank.” It felt very freeing to me to have permission to simply go into my memory and relate an incident without having the constraints of having to wait until it applied to a certain point of conversation. It was like being given reign to simply remember and state MY memory without being criticized, judged, or evaluated. It was fantastically validating!

I believe Straightwire has also improved my ability to communicate in general. I’m no longer pausing as long to process questions when conversing with others. I think it had cleared my head of “clutter” that previously got in my way when I was in conversation with others. My ability to stay in the present time has also improved. I’m keeping up with my keys and phone much better than I did before. I simply feel more responsible for myself, my significant others, and the things I own. My interest in my physical health and taking care of my body has gone way up. I feel I’m in much better control of my mind and much more cognizant of how subtle decisions I made in the past affect my present and hence, my future. I’ve learned that by staying in reaction to things that happened long ago, or yesterday I hold myself back from moving forward.

I’m still processing a lot of this experience and "cognating" (my own word) many “aha!” moments as I reflect on my Straightwire auditing experience. However, I do know this - Straightwire has helped me “pin down” who I am and what I am, and I realize things are only going to get better from here.