In OH, we honour each other’s privacy.
- I may choose to pass, to not play the cards I have drawn.
- I can do this with or without explanation, revealing my cards or not.
In OH, we honour each other.
- I will not interrupt you.
In OH, we honour each other’s intelligence and imagination.
- I do not re-interpret (or interpret) your cards.
In OH, we honour each other’s integrity.
- I do not contradict you or argue about your interpretations.
- I try to remember that there are no “correct” interpretations of the pictures, no misreading of words.
In OH, we honour each other’s individuality.
- When I interpret my OH Cards I do not assume that you see what I see, feel what I feel, read what I read.
Excerpted from Strawberries Beyond My Window, by Waltraud Kirschke:
To promote the development of an OH game … (so that we get to know ourselves and others better, both by speaking personally and by listening actively) Ely Raman formulated some guidelines. Since there are no set rules that must be followed when using the associative cards, these guidelines can be regarded as recommendations to foster the development of an atmosphere of trust. Ely [the creator of the original OH cards] comments: “When these guidelines were experimentally set aside during the test-phase of OH, the spirit of love and communication and the feelings of trust and acceptance quickly vanished. Games became confusing, competitive and egoistic.”