Follow These Steps
Follow these steps to introduce Hermes' Web to a
client or student.
|Take the Web out and place it on a table, desk, |
or some other structure in front of the person.
|Explain what the Web is, how it represents the |
psyche as a whole — all of its parts,
acknowledged and otherwise.
||As you explain the basic concepts to the
person, ask for feedback. See if they can relate
some of their own life learning and
experiences to the Web.
||Slip a barrier over the yellow arm of the Web
and explain how it demonstrates how we can
cover up and bury the things we don't like
about ourselves and don't want to deal with.
Talk about how the barrier is a common
human condition, meaning we all have one to
||Talk about how the core becomes a garbage dump and how it grows more and more dangerous when left untended.
||Demonstrate the flip. Explain that what lies below the barrier will rebel, revolt, and stage a revolution. Then, when what's below
gets fed, gets attention, and gets out, it goes back underground, flips back over, and the ego pretends nothing happened.
||Once you have established the concepts and gotten verification and agreement that those concepts exist, you can begin to use
the Web to tie those concepts directly to the person's situation, taking care to let the person tell you what the Web represents to
him or her.
||Before the person leaves, provide him or her with a Web and ask that it be brought to each session.
||In the meantime, ask him or her to think more about what the Web represents and how it applies personally. This allows the
therapeutic process to extend beyond the office or classroom.
Carry the Therapy Home
Providing a Web to each client and student is an essential aspect of Hermes’ Web use. Just as the Web
objectifies the discussion in the office or classroom, it also objectifies a person’s discussions of him or
herself with others. When clients and students carry the Web with them, they are reminded of the work
being done. The Web continues to support and encourage learning and stimulate the therapeutic
process. Once a person has left the office or classroom, Hermes’ Web and its inspiration travel onward.
Questions to Ask
After introducing the Web and establishing some common ground, ask your client or student some of the following questions. Think of
other questions, ideas, and examples you can share with him or her to enrich the interaction, build trust and confidence, and continue to
strengthen the connection.
What do you think the arms down below could be in you?
How often are they visible and who sees them?
Which parts do you trust and which don't you trust?
Are there parts you don't know how to access at all?
Are there any parts you consider dangerous or in need of quarantine?
Are there any parts that only come out under the influence of drugs and alcohol?
What happens under those conditions? Does your ego deny any knowledge of those behaviors the following day?
Are there any parts you are ashamed of or that you would keep hidden from your partner or spouse?
Is there any possibility that a different value system exists below the barrier?
Do the parts underneath have enough power to trump the ego? What could happen in moments like that?
As you converse with your client or student, show each concept as you speak and encourage them to answer by using their Web to
illustrate their thoughts and input.
How to Introduce Hermes' Web