A Coaching Model Created by Christina Rauska
(Personal Coach, CANADA)
Release. Invest. enVision.Explore.Realize.
Water nourishes, helps life grow, refreshes and cleanses. It makes up most of the Earth and most of our bodies. It is a symbol of life. Without it, we would perish. Using the Inner R.I.V.E.R. Coaching Model, you get in touch with your flow, with the water within.
Water is a beautiful symbol of life energy. Water moves through things, around obstructions, under obstacles, over barriers; it trickles, flows, pours, gushes, rushes, waves and erupts. It transforms into solid, it disappears into vapor, always moving and shifting, metamorphosing and always and endlessly returning to liquid form. Reshaping, in a fluid non-contrived motion. It flows, it doesn’t ask why, it doesn’t try to control its movement, it just simply is. Water is a metaphor for life.
By using the Inner R.I.V.E.R. Coaching Model, you access your source, you become unstuck. By discovering and investigating what is going on under the surface; your thought process, underlying beliefs and perspectives that may not serve you, will be lifted up and set free, opening up and creating space for a new more energized and creative life. Your whole river will flow again, no matter what the external conditions are. You move towards and achieve your optimum potential to shine your brightest and to achieve your dreams.
In a River’s ‘idea’ of stillness there is also movement and action. Just as in our own lives, however ‘still’ we may be, we are always in a state of motion, we just may ‘feel’ stuck. The Inner R.I.V.E.R. Coaching Model is about getting a hold of that stillness and using it to make your goals attainable.
Have you said to your SELF?
- I wish things were different
- I wish things were easier
- I wish life was gentler on me
During these times we are building proverbial dams. Maybe we are staying in the past; going over stories we have created again and again. We go against the current of our INNER flow by wanting things to be different than they are, instead of drifting with the natural motions of the river inside us and letting what is, simply BE.
The Inner River Coaching Model incorporates the whole person, body, mind and spirit in order to get in touch with your personal flow. With that access, life is more joyous, fuller, and desirable. Using INNER R.I.V.E.R. Coaching Model in our sessions, helps you get connected to yourself, your infinite wisdom, which enables you to achieve what it is you are truly after.
Be water my friend – Bruce Lee
Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens – Carl Jung
The INNER portion of the coaching model applies to all stages of coaching. It is your awareness.
Your inner ‘knowing’ is that gut feeling, the surety, that space where you know you are right. It’s the part of you that needs to be listened to, that needs to be heard, and that deserves a voice. The feelings that are attached to your thoughts are beneficial to exploring in order to move forward. Applying your ‘Inner’ wisdom and your examined feelings to each R.I.V.E.R. step makes your dreams tangible and more authentic.
Sample Questions: What are you feeling right now? What is your soul saying? Who is speaking? What needs to be listened to? What can silence give you? What would happen if you truly listened?
Feel it. Know it.
What is it are you reflecting? What movements need to be made? How do you know? What are you missing? What are you desiring? Why is this important to you?
I believe you know how to access your inner wisdom, and I will be present to hear what’s being said between the words and actions you are expressing.
It’s about finding your flow, finding your rhythm. Accessing your inner guidance, your knowing, your powers and strengths and using them to move forward in a comfortable easy manner that flows.
R.elease– Your story is released. You let it out, your words flow. Tell me your story, verbalize your thoughts, and open the floodgates.
For example; What is going on in your life? Why did you come to be coached? What needs to be focused on? What is important to you?
I.nvestigate– You will sit with your thoughts and really feel them (emotion) by being questioned deeply. Your hidden values may be brought to the surface, your belief system may get rattled, and your perspectives may be shifted in order to gather what it is you want and what part of you that desires it.
What does that mean to you? Are what you are doing and how you are feeling in alignment? What makes you want the change? What is going well? What is not serving you?
enV.ision– You will feel your dreams come alive. You will see them, taste them, smell them and feel your desires materialize. We will brainstorm and explore options, through dreaming, visualizing, journaling, vision boards and meditation.
I will support you in moving forward by asking; How would you like things to look? How would you like to feel? What would you like to achieve?
E.xpress– I will encourage you to speak the vision out loud, write it down, and design the best case scenario, create a timeframe, the ideal situation. I will really listen and hear what your soul is speaking. We will wave that magic wand and be creative. Let there be no limits to what can be achieved (see Power Tool Limit vs. Limitless). We will make a plan and commit to the plan. We will set up structures to support the plan and consider any possible obstacles or setbacks. We will work together to make sure your river surpasses them. The plan will be put into place at your pace.
R.ealize– Finally, we will celebrate! You did it! You realized your dreams. The time for victory has arrived!!!
Inner River Coaching Model helps the client create and realize everything they want to be, to have, and for it to reflect inwards and outwards. The client gets in touch with their inner wisdom to be their authentic self.
Just as a river flows organically, always reshaping and finding new waterways, so does the client and coach. The coach is guided by the client to support the next step. The coach uses her tools such as powerful listening, space, awareness, powerful questioning, appreciation, and celebration throughout the mindful coaching journey. When we are in touch with our INNER RIVER, we can use this divine guidance to help us achieve our dreams.