Laura Ballús

Laura Ballús

Laura Ballús

High school teacher with managerial and coordination positions IES Baix Montseny, de Sant Celoni

My first experience with Inner Journey Method imaging was as a member of a high school management team. They were very useful for us to take a different look at various situations that often occur in a center where many people live together, especially relational conflicts, between students, between students and teachers, between teachers, between teachers and management team, between students and management team, between families and teachers, between families and management team, etc.

When we used them within the team they shed light on some aspects of the situation that we had overlooked and this led us to carry out actions that had not occurred to us before. On the other hand, when we used them to unravel some conflict of teaching team they gave a playful air to some meetings that until then had been very tense and served to approach the people of the team, allowing to leave the negative roles established.

On another occasion we put the letters at the service of the guidance of high school students and it was a very valuable and enriching gift for them. The images helped them discover things about themselves that they did not know or, rather, to name feelings and emotions that they may have hidden and that, at the same time, hid unknown talents.

I was also able to use the power of these images to plan the goals of an academic year in teacher training, this time as a faculty member and without managerial responsibilities. It was very interesting to see how they helped us build a shared vision from the different points of view we each had at the beginning of the exercise. And at the end of the activity, verbalizing everything we had built through the pictures created a sense of team that was very encouraging to start the course.

I would recommend the use of letters to anyone who has a job where they have to work as a team and, especially, to those people who, due to their job, have to act as guides. On the other hand, letters are a very valuable tool for self-knowledge, which is basic to be able to help those around you, whether students, classmates, family, or any member of the community where you live and/or work.