No matter what kind of (intimate) relationship you choose to engage in with another being, whether it be more light-hearted or serious, it’s always supportive of authentic, fulfilling connection to be honest and clear about what you want and are available for. And to create agreements together around how to get both your needs met based on the following conversation.
Go through all the themes together and check back if you feel you didn’t fully understood your opposite. The order is not important. It can for example be supportive to start with fears as an invitation to show vulnerability.
R-Relationships: What kind of relationships are you currently in? What agreements are you navigating within those other relationships that will affect this one?
B-Boundaries: What boundaries do each of you have as individuals and also in accordance to the other relationships that you’re in? What do you want that shouldn’t happen?
D-Desires: What desires do each of you have with each other? Be courageously honest. Embrace non-attachment to them as well. Listen lovingly to each other’s desires as a gift. It can be a very vulnerable situation. If your desires are not matching in the first place (if both of you don’t have a full yes) counteroffer until you agree on an arrangement that feels really good for both of you. Or discover that you both aren’t a match and may need to say no to each other, which is totally fine too.
Getting to know yourself, what you want and what you don’t want is an ongoing process of clarity and selflove. Here are some inputs to that:
S-Sexual Health: When was your last check for sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), what did you check for (regular STI-checks normally don’t include all possible infections) and what’s the result’s. And when and how did you have intercourse and what kinda safer sex protocol did you follow.
M-Meaning: What does it mean to live the desired interaction? What kinda relationship do you want to life now? (one time only, friendship, intimate, emotional support, sexual, building family, children, committing for something specific, work partner, …) *Everyone* has a different meaning around what certain types of interactions in (intimate) relationships mean. Therefore it’s really supportive of connection, joy and ease to get clear on what those kinds of meanings are for each being. The risk of not doing so often results in one person leading another person on, or one or both of you having a fictitious idea of how the relationship is developing, which never feels good nor in integrity for either person.
A-Aftercare: What aftercare do you need from each other after the agreed interactions? (none, check-in after 3 days, texting at each others birthdays, …)
F-Fears: What fears arise while encountering your opposite and/or while sharing your desires and boundaries?
This questionaire is a tool taught in the ISTA Training, the International School of Temple Arts. ISTA Trainings are powerful initiational journeys into a life where spirituality, sexuality and shamanism is owned and balanced.
How to get better in relation-shipping and make the world a more humble place:
‘What is Erotic Intelligence? – Esther Perel‘