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About using Matrix Meditations in your counseling, psychotherapy, or personal coaching practice or with your group or congregation
For personal coaches, psychotherapists, counselors, doctors, clergy, and meditation teachers

Q: How can Matrix Meditations enhance a professional practice?

A: In at least six ways. First, it bridges the weekly gap (or whatever the interval between consultations with your client may be). This gives your client a concrete resource for reflection, and, if apropriate, an activity to carry out each day.

Second, it offers new tools to expand your client's horizons of reflection in relation to the problem, issue, or opportunity he or she is dealing with.

Third, in small or large groups, it can provide a focal point for group discussions or other forms of dialogue.

Fourth, it is a resource when you would like to suggest practices that are specifically targeted to your client's needs.

Fifth, it can benefit you personally, especially if you become overwhelmed by your clients' problems and would like a centering, relaxing, and focusing practice that helps you regain your own energetic balance.

Sixth, it can help a client develop moment-by-moment awareness of his or her mental, emotional, and sensory events, opening the way to making changes where needed.

Q & A
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Q: Is Matrix Meditations useful for clients or members of a group or congregation who are not interested in devoting at least fifteen minutes a day to a formal meditation practice?

A: Yes. The Matrix of Consciousness that is first shown on pages 5 and 6 and then unfolds throughout the book addresses universal issues that every person is likely to meet in life. The relevant topical discussions in the Matrix can be a practical basis for reflection to help think situations through even without a meditative practice.

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Q: If I already follow a specific meditative path, either as a teacher or a practitioner, does Matrix Meditations offer anything of value to me? And is there a conflict between it and the practice I am following?

A: Matrix Meditations is descriptive, not prescriptive. Whatever your practice, you will find insights that are valuable to you. With meditation and awareness techniques that are not part of your existing practice, you can assess which ones are compatible with your present practice and which are not. Also, tools and perspectives are offered in the matrix to shed light on specific issues and life problems.

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Q: Is there a potential conflict between my religious and spiritual beliefs and Matrix Meditations?

A: It's not likely. Matrix Meditations integrates perspectives and methods from Jesus and Christian contemplative meditation, Buddha and later Buddhist traditions, Aryuveda, the six Yogas, Taoism, Confucism, Islam, Sufism, ancient Greek philosophy, and modern philosophy and psychotherapy. It does this in an East meets West, integrative fashion, drawing on whatever seems most valuable in highlighting a deep understanding of any given issue or opportunity.

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  Q: I am a psychotherapist. In some cells I can see that you have drawn from contemporary theory and practice in psychotherapy and counseling as well as from meditative traditions. What aspects of psychology and psychtherapy do you draw from and are you trained in?

A: Victor is trained in Gestalt Therapy, Behavior Therapy, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. He is also deeply conversant with Psychoanalysis and Jungian analysis and Humanistic & Existential Therapy. He did a minor doctoral area in personality theory at UCLA with a psychoanalyst and a Jungian. Kooch's psychological training is primarily in the Jungian and transpersonal areas. In a few cells of the Matrix we have transformed practices from Western psychotherapy into meditative forms. In any case where a person feels a possible need for personal or couples or family therapy or counseling, or personal coaching, or pastoral counseling, we strongly encourage such involvement and do not suggest meditation as a substitute for it.
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Q: How does the "oracle" capability of the Matrix described in Chapter 9 fit into a professional practice?

A: By consulting the Matrix in a randomized manner in relation to a question, using cards or coins or divinely inspired finger-pointing with eyes-closed to select a page, a person will be directed to one or more cells until greater insight is achieved. The value of this synchronistic method is in being guided to look at a situation from entirely different perspectives than the one to which a person has been previously committed.

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Q: How can Matrix Meditations be useful to me as a personal coach or career advisor?

A: One way is through the use of the appropriate problem solving material drawn from cells that deal with difficulties, limits, obstacles, etc. relevant to your client's situation. Another is through using meditations to enhance your focus on success, courage, and positive attitude. Also, encouraging your client to initiate a daily meditative practice can be very useful, both for developing balance in the face of adversity and for enhancing creativity in problem solving. Some of our own best ideas come during meditation.

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Q: Do you have any suggestions for starting a Matrix Meditations reading group, using it in professional groups, or breaking a large assembly into small groups for discussion and sharing?

A: The "Free Bonus Downloads page (accessible from the "Buy the Book Now" page has a download called "Suggested Guidelines for Matrix Meditations Groups" that you may find useful.

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Q: Can I communicate with you about the use of Matrix Meditations in my work?

A: Yes, of course. We are interested in stories about how you have used it, either easily or with difficulty, and are available to answer questions.


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