Focusing is usually taught in the context of personal growth and psychological development. In addition, Focusing can be understood as a method of thinking with the implicit, as indicated by the title of Chapter VIII of Gendlin's “A Process Model.” We can think with and from a felt sense to move our lives and thoughts forward.
Reconnecting Focusing to its philosophical roots and to Gendlin's later philosophical work will bring new perspectives on practicing Focusing and expanding its use.
This course will acknowledge our inner experience as a guide to living meaningfully and fostering creative thinking. We will experiment with and experience not only the movements of Focusing and TAE, but also those we can find in Gendlin's writings to create new meaning and move our lives forward.
The course is for you
- if you already have some experience in Focusing and Focusing partnerships and are interested in learning more about thinking with and from a felt sense.
- Or you are seeking a certification path that includes Thinking at the Edge (TAE) and other practices from Gendlin’s philosophy besides Focusing.
- If you are already certified, you might want to expand your experience and knowledge about the philosophical background of Focusing and TAE and learn more felt-sensing applications.
The course "Thought-Movements with the Felt Sense" is the second part of the Training & Certification Program "Deep Thinking to Move Life and Thoughts Forward." It can also function as a "stand-alone" course and a post-trainer training.
Deepen and broaden your Focusing skills; enrich your Focusing practice with TAE steps and practices directly from Gendlin’s philosophy.
Understand what Focusing and the TAE steps are about by learning some of Gendlin's basic philosophical concepts.
Open up applications beyond Focusing partnerships and personal growth
Provide you with exercises that you can use in your teaching and/or application context.
Making thinking with and from a felt sense flexible, accessible, and playful with Thetaland®--The Game of Inquiry
Class 1: Open a Space
Interaction first principle – Safety protocol – Self-empathy
Class 2: Getting a sense of anything
Experiencing – Emotions – Felt meaning, Felt sense – Clearing a space
Class 3:. Speaking From
Kinds of symbolization – Naked Saying – Thought-paths
Class 4: Close Listening
Listening to others: reflecting and paraphrasing; Listening to yourself: understanding yourself
Class 5: Holding and Letting
Zigzagging between experiencing, symbolizations, and self-empathy to create meaning
Class 6: Felt Sense Formation and Shifting
A fresh approach from A Process Model
Class 7: Crossing as a Practice
Crossing in Focusing – crossing terms – crossing situations
Class 8: Applications
For personal growth and creative thinking
The classes and practice group meetings will be Thursdays,
- Feb 22 and 29
- March 14, 21 and 28*
- Apr 4, 11, 18 and 25
- May 9*, 2024
*March 28 and May 9 are practice group meetings.
noon/12 pm – 2:30 pm EST / EDT* (New York)
*Please notice that the USA will change to daylight saving time on Sunday, March 10. Classes from March 14 on will be on EDT (Eastern Daylight Saving Time).
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How much Focusing experience do I need to have tojoin the course?
You need to have:
Are there any other pre-requisites for the course, like reading Gendlin’s books?
No previous reading is required to join this course.
Is the course more about learning the philosophy or more about practicing?
The course is focused on practicing and applying the practices coming out of Gendlin's philosophy. Gendlin’s writing is full of examples of how to think "with the implicit," "beyond patterns," or "at the edge.” We will learn from them.
Do I need to / or can I work on a project during the course?
The course does not require that you are working on a project. However, if you want you can apply all the exercises and practices to one project.
What are the other courses of the Program "Deep Thinking to Move Life and Thoughts Forward?"
The Program consists of four courses:
#1 Focusing for Thinking and Personal Growth
#2 Thought-Movements with the Felt Sense (the actual course)
#3 Crossing and Thinking Together
#4 Integration: Project, Guiding and Application
If you already have a Focusing and Focusing partnership experience, you do not need to do course #1.
Dr. Evelyn Fendler-Lee is a self-employed organizational psychologist certified as a person-centered counselor and focusing trainer. She encourages deep and interactive thinking for original creation, profound change, and sustainable solutions. In her work with individuals and teams, she integrates her experience from her previous career as a researcher and project manager and from teaching social and personal skills at universities.With the Thetaland® Academy, she applies the principles and practices of Gendlin's philosophy of the implicit to innovation, teamwork, and leadership, using Thetaland®- The Game of Inquiry she co-developed in 2018.